The NBA returns to regular-season action on Dec. 22 following an abbreviated offseason -- one that saw the draft and the start of free agency compressed into the same week -- with some uncertainty.
With a 23-20 upset of the Los Angeles Rams, the Jets (1-13) relinquished their front-runner position for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft.
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The next area the Hornets needed to address was their issues at center. While Cody Zeller is a solid worker, they need a rim protector as they gave up the highest field goal percentage in the NBA last season.
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The NBA's health and safety protocols for the upcoming season mandate all coaches, including head coaches, wear masks at all times while coaching -- a change from the in-game mask policy used during the league's summer restart in Orlando. The guidelines warn that coaches "must not regularly pull down their facemasks more than is occasionally necessary under the circumstances to perform essential coaching duties."
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On Feb. 6, they joined forces in Minnesota when the Golden State Warriors dealt Russell to the Timberwolves and landed Andrew Wiggins in return. Towns and Russell didn’t get a chance to play with each other for long, however, as the NBA season was suspended on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (The Wolves, with a 19-45 record, weren’t among the 22 teams invited to the NBA’s bubble to complete the 2019-20 season.)
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“Me and [Russell] have had conversations about understanding that, and understanding the power of this moment and this opportunity,” Towns said. “How can we use it to change the world?”
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James Harden indicated to the Houston Rockets before training camp that he would be open to a trade to the Philadelphia 76ers or possibly other contenders, sources told ESPN.