Day: June 13, 2021

CJ McCollum, Kristaps Porzingis and more

As we get closer and closer to crowning the 2020-21 NBA champion, a bunch of teams are already preparing to set themselves up to make a run at the trophy next season through the trade market.

Various teams are also getting ready for the future, but the more distant one, in that their interest in the trade market is related to unloading big contracts and preparing to rebuild.

As such, the trade rumors in the NBA have been hot and heavy recently even though the season isn’t even over yet.

Below, check out the new installment of our Trade Rumor Rankings series, which ranks the five players who have appeared most on our Trade Rumors Page over the previous seven days.

CJ McCollum (Portland)

With the Portland Trail Blazers’ most recent disappointing playoff exit, it’s only natural that speculation about the team’s immediate future would be almost instant. And that’s

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Indiana sweeps Kentucky All-Stars in opening games of classic series

Frederick Douglass standout Dashawn Jackson led all scorers in Friday night’s opening game of the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Classic series at the Owensboro Sportscenter, but the hosts could not overcome their rivals to the north in a 90-73 loss.

The Kentucky team included Mr. Basketball Ben Johnson (Bellarmine) from Lexington Catholic, Sweet 16 MVP Sam Vinson (Northern Kentucky) from Highlands, St. Xavier’s Ayden Mudd (Bellarmine) and DeSales standout Sekou Kalle (Akron). Jackson (Eastern Kentucky) scored 20 points, Kalle had 12 and Mudd addeded 10 for Kentucky.

Indiana’s All-Stars placed five players in double figures, led by 18 from Luke Brown (Stetson). Shamar Avance scored 14, Blake Wesley (Notre Dame) 13, Caleb Furst (Purdue) 12, and Pierce Thomas (Butler) 11 .

Kentucky scored the game’s first two points but quickly fell behind 12-2 at the first media timeout. Indiana led 44-31 at halftime.

Friday’s game was part of a doubleheader with the

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