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.

PREVIEW. Miami Heat’s visit to Oklahoma City Thunder will complete bonding road trip

The Miami Heat’s turnaround started a bit before their current seven-game road trip. . But heading into the trip finale against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night in Oklahoma City, Heat players, as well as head coach Erik Spoelstra, say the road journey has been a turning point. “When we’re at home we can’t really see each other,” Bam Adebayo said. “We’re in the hotel now, we’re traveling together on the plane, getting to talk to one another and really getting that cohesive brotherhood again that we had last year. It’s great for us and we just got to keep building from here. The Heat are 3-3 on the trip, including victories in their last two games. The trip is tied for the longest in franchise history. . Since starting 7-14, Miami is 6-3 to improve to 13-17. . And the Heat have done it while dealing with a variety of injuries. “I think, without a doubt, this is one of the best segments of the season for us,” Spoelstra said. “We’ve made big strides I think in the last eight, nine days of this trip and we’ve dealt with some adversity together. I think that’s always good for our group.”. While the Heat are still working through those injuries, the Thunder are starting to get healthy after a series of injuries that left Oklahoma City without an active point guard for several games. . Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is coming off the best of his three games since his return from missing four consecutive contests with a left knee sprain. . Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 points and had nine assists in Sunday’s victory at Cleveland. . The return of Gilgeous-Alexander and backup point guard Theo Maledon, who has recently moved into the starting lineup alongside Gilgeous-Alexander, has helped the Thunder become more efficient. “Transition offense is the big weapon that we have with the guards that we have that are so aggressive getting downhill and putting pressure on,” center Mike Muscala said. “Then you’re getting free throws, which adds to that efficiency, and getting layups and dunks and then you’re getting 3-point shots.”. . Oklahoma City has averaged 25 free-throw attempts per game over their last four, nearly five per game better than its season average. . The Thunder are still trying to translate that aggressiveness into victories. Oklahoma City dropped six of its last eight. . In their first meeting between the teams, Jan. 4 at Miami, the Heat dominated in a 118-90 win with a balanced scoring effort. Adebayo had 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting. Oklahoma City shot just 36.7 percent from the field. . The Thunder’s bench, which scored 42 points in Sunday’s win, shot just 31.4 percent in the previous meeting. The Heat are likely to be without Goran Dragic once again, but the guard figures to return soon after missing the last eight games with a sprained left ankle. Dragic has played in just three games since Jan. 25. . Miami could be without Tyler Herro as well. . Herro is listed as questionable after not playing in the second half of Saturday’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers following a right hip contusion.