Amid controversy surrounding the Cavaliers’ reported discord in the locker room, LeBron James led them to a 115-108 win over the Pacers Friday by recording his eighth triple-double of the season.
James scored 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting, while also dishing out 11 assists and hauling in 10 rebounds. James also had 11 turnovers, a shocking amount for the star forward, but he was vindicated by his strong overall performance.
Clippers guard Lou Williams added fire to the trade rumors swirling around his name by scoring 40 points with 10 assists and four steals off the bench in a 109-100 road win over the Grizzlies.
The Raptors lost 97-93 at home to the Jazz, but center Jonas Valanciunas scored 28 points on 12-of-16 shooting with 14 rebounds. Valanciunas now has four double-doubles in his last five games.
The Nets starting lineup produced just 45 points in a 116-91 loss to the Bucks. DeMarre Carroll scored 14 points, and Allen Crabbe added 13, but the rest of the starting lineup struggled to get anything going. Breakout star Spencer Dinwiddie scored just nine points on 1-of-6 shooting.
According to multiple reports, the Cavaliers and Kings are in active discussions to send Hill to Cleveland. Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert appear to be the players being talked about as a return for the guard.
Sacramento and Cleveland continue to discuss a deal for guard George Hill, league sources tell ESPN. Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye are primary players in ongoing conversations.
The Cavaliers have fallen into third place in the Eastern Conference, just one game in front of the Heat, and have been in trade talks for multiple players during their losing skid (10 losses in past 14 games entering Tuesday). Hill was mentioned as a possibility Saturday and it appears those talks are heating up for the 31-year-old, who is averaging 10.3 points and 2.8 assists per game. However, according to Opta, those are the lowest averages he has had since 2010-11 with the Pacers.
Cleveland’s guards though have not been much better. Jose Calderon is averaging 4.1 points and 2.1 assists per game, while Derrick Rose is putting up 13.4 points and 1.8 assists, but he has only played in nine games. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 16.1 points and 3.6 assists, but he has only played in seven games.