Around the Association: Drama in the LakeShow, Trade Market Shakeup, New No. 1 Atop the Power Rankings, More

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Around the Association: Drama in the LakeShow, Trade Market Shakeup, New No. 1 Atop the Power Rankings, More

Chicago Bulls

Drama in Los Angeles is a phrase that I’ll never tire of hearing. Seriously, I’m always here for a heaping serving when it comes to the Lakers. And that’s where we’re starting our little trip around the Association today.

Lakers Drama

The Los Angeles Lakers may have beaten the Jazz on Monday night, but the drama is at an all-time high. According to The Athletic, head coach Frank Vogel is on the hot seat. The organization almost considered letting him go after the team’s blowout loss to the Nuggets on Saturday, and they are now evaluating him on a “game-to-game basis.”

I got to admit … this sounds pretty bogus for Vogel. I’m not going to sit here and pretend I know what’s happening behind the scenes, but it isn’t Vogel’s fault that he got dealt an old roster with a hard-to-fit Russell Westbrook. The personnel seems to be the biggest problem, and Vogel, the fall guy, likely will not fix anything.

NBA Power Rankings (Look Away, Bulls Fans)

The latest NBA power rankings have dropped, and there is a new No. 1 on the list, and no, it’s not the Chicago Bulls (I sadly kid). It’s the team that most recently embarrassed the Bulls on national television on Monday, the Memphis Grizzlies.

On the other hand, the Bulls have fallen four spots in this week’s power rankings, checking in at No. 8 after losing four of five last week, including lopsided losses to Brooklyn, Golden State, and Memphis. Look, power rankings are what they are, a list of teams curated by a human being that has no bearing on the on-court product moving forward. But it still stinks to see the Bulls tumble out of the top five after a tough week.

Myles Turner’s Injury Complicates Potential Trade

Myles Turner has been considered one of three Indiana Pacers to draw serious trade interest before the upcoming February 10 NBA trade deadline. Still, a stress reaction in his left foot adds a layer of uncertainty to his trade value and what type of return the Indiana Pacers might be able to get back for Turner.

According to a recent report by HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto, the Pacers are seeking either two first-round picks or one first-round pick and a “promising young player” in return for Myles Turner’s services, but now that price might be too rich for the blood of potential suitors looking to land Turner next month. Despite the injury, could the Pacers still get their asking price (or close to it) for Turner? Sure they could, but if I’m a contender looking to land Turner for a stretch-run and the playoffs, knowing that his injury will keep him sidelined beyond the trade deadline would give me pause. The Pacers plan to re-examine Turner in two weeks ahead of the trade deadline, and that will be a significant development for trade talks between Indiana and other teams.

You can read more on this in Eli’s post from Monday:

Spurs’ New Minority Ownership Stake

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the San Antonio Spurs added a new minority owner in Airbnb, co-founder Joe Gebbia on Tuesday.

Shams reports that Gebbia is joining Michael Dell, the founder of Dell Technologies, and San Francisco-based investment firm Sixth Street as new investors in the Spurs with a new strategic partnership role that continues reconstruction of the organization under Peter J. Holt since he took over as managing partner in June. As a kid, Gebbia grew up an NBA fan in Atlanta and was a ball boy for the Atlanta Hawks. Now, he’s a part-owner of an NBA franchise, something that he told Charania is beyond his wildest dreams:

“Kind of crazy to think that the 16-year-old kid that one day to actually be an investor and partial owner of an NBA team,” Gebbia said. “I mean, that was beyond my wildest dreams as a kid.”

And Ones…

•   Kevin Durant will be sidelined for four-to-six weeks with a sprained MCL:

•   Draymond Green continues to deal with a calf issue related to a disc in his lower back, according to Shams. The Warriors will re-evaluate Draymond Green again in two weeks.

•   The Dallas Mavericks have waived willie Cauley-Stein in a move that allows them to sign Marquese Chriss to a two-year deal. Chriss has averaged 6.8 points and 3.9 rebounds for the Mavs in 12 games. Cauley-Stein has not played for Dallas since November 27.

•   Chandler Parsons has retired from the NBA:

•   I’ve been the conductor of the Ja Morant-Memphis hype train in the ATA’s the past few weeks, but Ja better take it easy before I have a change of heart.

•   This does remind me of a different day and age in the NBA:

•   ESPN is adding Kendra Andrews to their NBA coverage. Kendra is the sister of current ESPN-er Malika Andrews:

•   We’ll part with this must-read of the day by Shams:



Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is a Staff Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.