4:05pm: Click here to read this week’s chat transcript.
3:00pm: The Eastern Conference has experienced a renaissance of sorts this season, but two of the East’s most powerful teams absorbed blows in the past week. The Bulls lost Joakim Noah for a four-to-six-month timeframe that likely ends his season and wrecks his value as a trade candidate, while the Cavaliers took a beating at home against the Warriors, just days after Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that Cleveland was exploring the trade market for slumping center Timofey Mozgov. The second-place Raptors keep chugging along despite DeMarre Carroll‘s injury, though ex-GM Bryan Colangelo is reportedly a serious candidate for the Nets GM vacancy. We can talk about that and more in this week’s chat.