Five Key Stories: 12/1/19 – 12/7/19

If you missed any of this past week’s biggest headlines from around the NBA, we’ve got you covered with our Week in Review. Here are some of the most noteworthy stories from the last seven days:

The first coaching change of the new season took place Friday when David Fizdale was axed in New York after a 4-18 start. Mike Miller takes over the team on an interim basis, and rumors are circulating that team president Steve Mills could be next in line to be fired or reassigned.

There’s also coaching unrest in Cleveland, where a report suggests that players are tuning out John Beilein. The 66-year-old is in his first NBA season after a successful NCAA career, and several players complain that he is running the Cavaliers too much like a college team.

With the Cavs off to a 5-16 start, there are rumblings that the team has started listening to offers for Kevin Love. The five-time All-Star is in the first year of a four-year, $120.4MM extension that he signed last summer.

Carmelo Anthony‘s strong play since signing with the Trail Blazers has earned him a fully guaranteed contract for the rest of the season. Anthony will receive a prorated amount of the $2.15MM veteran’s minimum.

The Rockets protested Tuesday’s loss in San Antonio after an odd play in which a dunk by James Harden wasn’t counted. After the ball went through the net, it popped out in front of the hoop, leading the officials to believe it wasn’t a made basket. Commissioner Adam Silver will rule on the protest later this month.

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from around the basketball world this week:

  • Stephen Curry had another surgery on his broken left hand this week to remove pins that were left in during the first operation. The Warriors still plan to re-evaluate his condition in February to decide if he will play at all this season.
  • The Wizards were left with no healthy centers on their roster after Thomas Bryant was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right foot. He will be re-evaluated in three weeks.
  • The Pelicans offered an update on rookie Zion Williamson, who is recovering from a meniscus injury. The No. 1 pick may make his NBA debut this month, but it’s expected to be outside his initial projection of six to eight weeks.
  • There’s positive injury news in Boston, where the Celtics say Gordon Hayward is ahead of schedule in his rehab from a broken bone in his left hand. He’s expected to return to action by Christmas.
  • Pau Gasol, who has been sidelined by a foot injury since signing with the Trail Blazers this summer, agreed to join the team’s coaching staff. Gasol hasn’t officially retired, but he faces a long road back to the NBA at age 39.
  • Chris Paul claims he was “shocked” by a trade to the Thunder because Rockets general manager Daryl Morey promised him it wouldn’t happen. Paul admits that he and Harden “haven’t really talked” since the deal.
  • The Warriors don’t appear to be in a rush to trade offseason addition D’Angelo Russell. He was an All-Star last season, but doesn’t look like a good fit with the expected return of Curry and Klay Thompson next year.
  • Veteran forward Dante Cunningham may be headed to China. The 32-year-old is working on a deal to continue his career overseas after 10 NBA seasons.
  • Former first-round pick Shane Larkin is putting up huge numbers in the EuroLeague. With an opt-out in his contract next summer, he is making a strong case to return to the NBA.
  • A sexual assault case against Kings head coach Luke Walton was dropped by his accuser. The NBA announced in August that it had cleared Walton in an independent investigation.

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