This Celtics-Heat trade features Kemba Walker to Miami


The Miami Heat could be looking to shake things up as we enter the second half of the NBA season. This could mean an upgrade at the point guard position. The Heat expect to be contenders in the postseason and a point guard could certainly help that notion. . This was a priority for the Miami Heat in the offseason. They brought back Goran Dragic but could still look to make upgrades. Miami has been linked to many big-name players, both in trade rumors and free agency. This is a chance to land an impact player at the top of the offense to team up with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. . Kemba Walker could be the star heading to Miami. The Boston Celtics signed Walker to a free-agent deal last offseason and has been a strange fit for the Celtics since his arrival. Both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have been leading the Celtics in scoring this season but that is about it. . They have yet to find a way to make their teammates better and play defense at a high level. This is the reason that the Celtics have also underachieved this season. They are still in the top half of the Eastern Conference but have not looked like that championship team. This trade would certainly shake things up for both teams heading down the stretch of the season. Lets take a look at what it might look like to land Walker in Miami.

Wolves Edwards says Rubio is the best leader hes ever been around


MEdwards then said it was great to be able to learn from Rubio and elaborated why Rubio is able to reach him. . . He leads by example and communication. Some leaders, theyre going to lead by example. Some of them lead by talking, but Ricky, he does both, Edwards said. He does it pretty good, if you ask me. I mean, Im taking bits and pieces from Ricky and he keeps telling me stuff that I dont know and hes helping me grow and learn. Hes the best leader Ive been around all my life . . When I make a mistake hes going to talk to me and tell me what I did wrong and how I can fix it. Hes always trying to get me involved in the game. . . On another note, Edwards said he didnt realize the Wolves were going to drench Finch in water following his first win as an NBA coach. . . In a video of the moment the team provided, you can see Edwards realize a little later he was supposed to throw water on Finch, then come over and dump a whole bottle on Finch. INNEAPOLIS When the Timberwolves brought Ricky Rubio back in a trade with Oklahoma City, they did so in part because they wanted Rubio to help mentor Anthony Edwards the way Rubio helped in the development of Donovan Mitchell in Utah and Devin Booker in Phoenix. . . Even if Rubio has struggled on the court, it seems the part about him becoming close with Edwards has taken shape. . . After the Wolves beat New Orleans 135-105 on Thursday, Edwards spoke about his growing voice in the locker room. . . First it came up in a discussion about the Wolves playing better defense after coach Chris Finch installed some new concepts. . . I feel like if my teammates dont buy into this new principle every game then I gotta go into the locker room and cuss a couple people out because if it got us a W, we gotta keep doing it, Edwards said. . . Edwards, who had 27 points on 10 of 22 shooting, was then asked if he felt he had a leadership role in the locker room, and thats when he referenced his relationship with Rubio. . . I hope so. Im trying to get there, Edwards said. Im growing and learning every day from Ricky. Just trying to watch what he do. I feel like hes a great leader on our team. If I keep learning from Ricky, I feel like Ill be in a good position.

Wiggins gives Wiseman advice to become star alongside legends


ames Wiseman has had some impressive moments early on in his rookie season, but he still has a lot to learn if he is going to reach his lofty ceiling.J. . Andrew Wiggins knows all about the expectations that come with being a high draft pick. The Warriors forward was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Wiggins was a good player during his five-plus seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves but didnt become the franchise star many pegged him as and eventually was shipped to Golden State last February. . Wiggins won the Rookie of the Year award during his inaugural campaign, something Wiseman has his eye on, and the Kansas product gave the 19-year-old center some advice on chasing the award and how to become the star hes supposed to alongside Steph Curry and Draymond Green. . Just keep playing hard, playing smart and keep wanting to get better, Wiggins said. Hes around great guys, around Steph and Draymond, around legends. So hes going to learn a lot. Its a process. Theres a lot of up and downs in that rookie season but once you find yourself and become confident the sky is going to be the limit for him. Theres so much he can do and how raw he is — the stuff he does, he doesnt even know hes doing it. So when he figures it all out and becomes who hes supposed to be, hes going to be a superstar. . Through 22 games, Wiseman has flashed the athleticism, versatility and scoring acumen that had the Warriors salivating when he fell to them at No. 2 in the draft. After playing in just three games at Memphis, Wiseman still is a work in progress and the Warriors are bringing him along at his own pace. Hes had incredible games followed by NBA learning experiences which is all part of being a rookie. . . Wiseman has a chance to make a statement in the Rookie of the Year race Friday when he faces LaMelo Ball, who the Charlotte Hornets selected one pick after Wiseman, at Chase Center. Ball and Wiseman will be forever linked as their NBA careers evolve. While Ball has silenced all his doubters right out of the gate, how Wiseman develops will determine whether or not the Warriors made the right call in passing on Ball. As for Wiggins, hes following his own advice and soaking up his time alongside Curry and Green with his eyes on a lofty goal for next season when Klay Thompson returns to the fold. . Its great playing with Steph and Dray, Wiseman said. Guys that have multiple championships, know the game of basketball, legends in the game. Just learning from them, being alongside them, battling, competing every day and thats the end result. Hopefully, we can keep pushing and make a run to the ship, especially when Klay comes back.

Back from weather break, Mavericks beat Grizzlies 102-92


DALLAS – Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 20 of his 29 points while Dallas built a big first-half lead without much help from Luka Doncic, and the Mavericks returned from a weather-induced break with a 102-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. . Dallas was playing for the first time in eight days after two postponements because of a wintry weather blast in Texas. Kristaps Porzingis didn’t play after showing up on the injury report the day of the game with back stiffness. . Doncic scored 14 of his 21 points after halftime in his first game since the soon-to-be 22-year-old became the first Dallas player to be voted an All-Star starter in consecutive seasons. The Slovenian star’s franchise record of 14 consecutive games with at least 25 points ended. . Two nights after falling behind by 31 at halftime in a 31-point loss to Phoenix, the Grizzlies were down 23 in the second quarter after scoring a season low for any quarter and trailing 26-13 after the first. . Ja Morant had 22 points and nine assists for Memphis. The NBA leaders in field goal percentage coming in shot 39% and went 6 of 31 from 3-point range 19%. . SUNS 132, TRAIL BLAZERS 100. . PHOENIX AP — Devin Booker scored 34 points, Deandre Ayton added 19 and Phoenix kept rolling with a lopsided win over Portland. . It was the largest margin of victory this season for the Suns, who have won nine of 10. Portland has lost two straight following a six-game winning streak. . Booker had 17 points in the first quarter and 22 by halftime. He finished 12 of 17 from the field and 8 for 8 at the free throw line. . . Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 24 points. . JAZZ 132, HORNETS 110. . SALT LAKE CITY AP — Donovan Mitchell had 23 points and eight assists as Utah enjoyed a record-breaking performance from long range against Charlotte. . The Jazz 25-6 set a franchise mark for 3-pointers with 28, including 19 off the bench — the most by any team’s backups in NBA history, according to STATS. . Joe Ingles and Georges Niang led the way, making a career-high seven 3s apiece. Each player finished with 21 points. Jordan Clarkson added 20. Charlotte gave up 54 total 3-pointers in two games against Utah this season. . Gordon Hayward and LaMelo Ball scored 21 points apiece to lead the Hornets. Malik Monk added 20. . BULLS 120, ROCKETS 100. HOUSTON AP — Coby White scored 24 points and Chicago used a big third quarter to pull away from short-handed Houston. . Zach LaVine scored 14 of Chicago’s 46 third-quarter points, finishing with 21, and the Bulls outscored the Rockets by 20 in the period to break open a tight game. . David Nwaba had 22 points off the bench to lead Houston, which has lost eight straight. The Rockets had their previous two games postponed because of a winter storm and subsequent utility outages in the Houston area. . Wendell Carter Jr. added 18 points with 13 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won four of five. . HEAT 108, THUNDER 94. . OKLAHOMA CITY AP — Duncan Robinson scored 22 points and made six 3-pointers, leading the Miami Heat over Oklahoma City in the finale of their seven-game road trip. . Kendrick Nunn added 20 points and nine assists, Bam Adebayo had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and they hooked up on an alley-oop dunk during Miami’s 15-0 run to start the fourth quarter. . Robinson ended it with a 3 that gave the Heat a 94-77 lead midway through the final period. Miami won the final three games of the trip to finish 4-3. . Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 27 points for the Thunder, who were outscored 63-40 after halftime.