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Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton says Nuggets guard Jamal Murray again disrespectful at game’s end

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Jamal Murray has not been afraid to trumpet wins over Lonzo Ball and the Lakers. Los Angeles coach Luke Walton has had enough of it.

Roughly three months after the Nuggets’ guard mockingly dribbled around Ball at the end of a Denver win, Murray once again appeared to celebrate his team’s triumph over the highliy visible rookie. After intercepting a late pass by Ball and being fouled, Murray appeared to direct some not-so-subtle comments toward the Lakers point guard.

Walton was none too impressed, telling reporters after the game that it was the second time Murray had been “disrespectful” at the end of a game.

Nuggets coach Mike Malone admitted he did not see what prompted Walton’s postgame reaction, but told reporters he would watch the film and talk to Murray if Walton’s concerns were validated.

Murray finished the game with 22 points, eight assists and four steals. Ball put up 15 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and four steals in the 125-116 Lakers loss. The rookie guard admitted after the game that Murray’s dribble stunt in December was a “punk move,” and dubbed his antics as “circus stuff.”

Murray, however, was none too apologetic about, well, anything after the game.

“I’m just gonna go out there and hoop and whoever takes it to heart and takes their losses salty, I can’t do anything about that,” Murray said.



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Report: Pau Gasol to join Trail Blazers

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Free agent center Pau Gasol has agreed to a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Gasol, 39, who was limited to just 30 games last season because of a variety of injuries, has career averages of 17.0 points and 9.2 rebounds over 17 NBA seasons.



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Report: Furkan Korkmaz returning to 76ers

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Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, agent Mike Lindeman of Excel Sports tells ESPN.

Korkmaz, 21, brings back a rotational forward with the ability to spread the floor with his shooting. The loss of JJ Redick in free agency – and Kyle Korver’s decision to choose Milwaukee over Philadelphia – brought some increased urgency to keep Korkmaz on the Sixers roster.

 The 21-year-old Korkmaz, who was the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, averaged 5.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 14.1 minutes last season.

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Report: Kevin Love to withdraw from World Cup

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Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is the latest player expected to withdraw from Team USA’s training camp for the FIBA World Cup, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

This news comes just one day after Damian Lillard reportedly withdrew from the World Cup. Love, who played in just 22 games last season because of a shoulder injury, averaged 17.0 points and 10.9 rebounds in 2018-19.

During the previous two weeks, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum reportedly decided not to compete in the World Cup this year.

Although the guard ranks will be somewhat depleted of NBA stars, Team USA continues to have a deep pool of players available.



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