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NBA Rumor Roundup: Los Angeles Lakers Interested in Washington Wizards Star, Ja Morant Wants To Face Defending Champions At Home Over Christmas And More

NBA Finals 2022 came to an end after 6 games when the Golden State Warriors lifted the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the fourth time in eight years.

They have established themselves as one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history due to their recent dominance. Many analysts and bookmakers have already chosen them as favorites to win the title in 2023.

The Warriors are repeating! They AGAIN win the NBA championship next year!” https://t.co/fbhCy1QF5X

There won’t be basketball games for a few more weeks, so fans are spreading rumors about deals and patiently waiting for the draft. Let’s take a look at a few NBA rumors over the past 24 hours.


Charlotte Hornets unsure what to do after assistant Kenny Atkinson steps down as head coach

Golden State Warriors assistant coach Kenny Atkinson during Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals.
Golden State Warriors assistant coach Kenny Atkinson during Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals.

Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson took the unheard of step of turning down the Charlotte Hornets after they offered him the head coaching job. Atkinson was among several coaches who were interviewed for the role, and the organization announced that he had been cast.

However, after the Warriors won the 2022 NBA championship, Atkinson backed down and decided to stay in San Francisco.

Now the Hornets have an uncertain future. They reportedly had no idea that Atkinson had chickened out in preparation for his arrival. They cannot look at past events and decide what to do because this is unprecedented.

Assistant coaches aren’t turning down head coach jobs, and the move has put the Hornets in scramble mode.

According to Roderick Boone of The Charlotte Observertwo league sources described the matter:

“Strange Situation and Shock”


The Miami Heat focused on training the natural shooter, not teaching the rookie how to shoot.

The Miami Heat bench celebrates a victory over the Boston Celtics during the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals.
The Miami Heat bench celebrates a victory over the Boston Celtics during the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals.

The Miami Heat were defeated in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals at home and are now looking to replenish their roster ahead of next season.

They are looking for perimeter shooters who could complement Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. The front office believes their current options for Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro are insufficient.

Now the question before them is should they choose an average player who is a natural shooter, or should they choose an overall player who is average at shooting?

According to Adam Simon, the Heat’s vice president of basketball, the decision isn’t that hard. According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun SentinelSimon said:

“It’s a very difficult thing to talk about when you have to say, ‘Well, we think he can be a better shooter.’ It’s very hard for guys to go from below average shooters to very good shooters…”

He explained the two types of shooters that come into the NBA.

“I think there are guys who are born to shoot, by which they are identified. With a guy who can’t shoot, it’s not easy.”

The NBA draft could be about who has the shot, or who can give the Heat the best chance. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… Choose a shooter or create a shooter? “I think there are guys who are born to shoot, by which they are identified. With a guy who can’t shoot, it’s not easy.” — Adam Simon

Miami Heat leans towards re-signing PJ Tucker, but not Markieff Morris

(LR) PJ Tucker (1st) and Markieff Morris (4th) benched at Miami Heat
(LR) PJ Tucker (1st) and Markieff Morris (4th) benched at Miami Heat

The Miami Heat want to come back next season with a roster ready for immediate action. They’re probably only one three-pointer away from reaching the NBA Finals, so their roster doesn’t need to interfere much.

However, the front office has a few questions they need to answer. Most importantly, will they bring back Markieff Morris and PJ Tucker?

According to a Miami Heat reporter Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, they are very inclined to bring Tucker back. But Morris showed no production that would justify his return. He reported:

“I’m not sure if Markieff Morris has shown anything in his limited time that would make you last another season. Ultimately, the Heat will at least weigh all available options against re-signing.

Markiff… Again, I’m fully looking forward to PJ Tucker’s return. However, one thing to note about Markieff is that he remained involved as a teammate even when he wasn’t playing.”

Ja Morant would love an NBA Christmas game against the Golden State Warriors in Memphis.

Ja Morant of
Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies vs Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors

Ja Morant is notorious for being associated with the Golden State Warriors due to his chatter and constant taunting of players.

Many view the Grizzlies-Warriors matchup as a promising new rivalry in the NBA, and Morant embraced it. Fans have tweeted that the Christmas bout between the rivals in San Francisco will be a real treat for the fans.

Morant tweeted that he wants a game in Memphis.

Nah in da M. bring ’em to the trenches twitter.com/BrysonWright3/…

In a constant exchange of opinions, Draymond Green corrected Morant and tweeted:

“Champions play at home, young ones! Christmas… LJ”


Los Angeles Lakers interested in acquiring three-time All-Star Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards during the 2021–22 NBA season.
Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards during the 2021–22 NBA season.

The Los Angeles Lakers are facing a shortage of draft and trade capital, and their chances of getting another NBA All-Star are virtually nil.

But that doesn’t stop the team led by LeBron James from asking everyone around. They reportedly look at it as a “worst thing they can say is no” approach, as reported by The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor on his podcast. “Emptiness”.

O’Connor reported:

“The only name I’ve heard recently is Bradley Beal as another guy they want. I’m not sure that the interest is as mutual … and the first 27 and 29 years.


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