Five Key Stories: 2/9/20 – 2/15/20

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:

USA Basketball announced a preliminary list of 44 players who will be considered for spots on the Summer Olympics team. The Lakers led the way with five selections in LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, Kyle Kuzma and JaVale McGee.

The late Kobe Bryant was among eight finalists announced for enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Perennial All-Stars Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are also eligible for the first time.

Already sporting the league’s best record, the Bucks added some depth by signing Marvin Williams, who reached a buyout agreement with the Hornets. Milwaukee waived Dragan Bender to make room for Williams.

Darren Collison, who had been pondering an NBA comeback with the Lakers or Clippers, decided to sit out the rest of the season. The former Pacers guard may reconsider his plans this summer.

The Trail Blazers had a setback to their playoff hopes when Damian Lillard suffered a groin injury that will sideline him for one to two weeks. Lillard was replaced in the All-Star Game and Three-Point Contest by Suns guard Devin Booker.

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

  • The TimberwolvesKarl-Anthony Towns may be sidelined past the All-Star break with a wrist injury. Minnesota is in contention for the league’s worst record and figures to be cautious with its franchise center.
  • Paul George‘s troublesome left hamstring flared up again in the Clippers‘ final game before the break. It’s the third time this season that George has experienced a problem with the hamstring.
  • MVP candidate Luka Doncic was back on the court Wednesday after missing seven games with an ankle sprain. He was also healthy enough to play in the Rising Stars Challenge.
  • Knicks consultant Steve Stoute stirred up controversy by stating in an interview that interim coach Mike Miller won’t be brought back next season. In response, the team issued a statement denying that Miller’s fate has already been decided.
  • The Knicks will consider Jeff Van Gundy and Tom Thibodeau as coaching candidates for next season.
  • A report suggests unrest in Sacramento as owner Vivek Ranadive is unhappy with the direction of the franchise. General manager Vlade Divac and coach Luke Walton aren’t in any immediate danger of being replaced, but Ranadive plans to reassess the situation this summer.
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist signed with the Mavericks after reaching a buyout agreement with Charlotte. Dallas waived Ryan Broekhoff to make room on the roster.
  • The Hawks promoted two-way player Brandon Goodwin to their 15-man roster, signing him to a two-year contract. Atlanta had a roster opening after being active at the trade deadline.
  • Dion Waiters expects to talk to the Lakers after clearing waivers. He was released by the Grizzlies this week after being acquired from Miami in the Andre Iguodala trade.
  • The Knicks remain the most valuable franchise in the NBA in this year’s franchise valuations by Forbes.
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