Michael Jordan not looking to trade Kemba Walker, but ‘would listen to opportunities’

Michael Jordan isn’t prepared to let Kemba Walker go without some incentive.

In an exclusive interview with the Charlotte Observer on Monday, the Hornets owner made it clear he isn’t looking to trade his point guard but could be open to a deal that included an All-Star player in return.

“We bred him, we chose him, we groomed him to be a good player for us,” Jordan said. “I’m not looking to trade Kemba, but I would listen to opportunities.”

When he gets the ball off a Stotts play call and a Lillard pass, Blazers basketball can be beautiful.

But when they’re on the floor together as the primary guard pair, the results haven’t been all that spectacular. In the 1,046 minutes Lillard and McCollum have played together, the team’s offensive rating is 106.8. That’s solid, but only slightly higher than the overall team total (105.0).

With the caveat that two-man ratings don’t tell the whole story, it’s worth looking into their teammates, and which ones help get them going.

Love played only three minutes in Saturday’s loss to OKC, missing both his shots. He is averaging 18.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game this season.

The Cavs have fallen to third place in the Eastern Conference, six games behind the Celtics and have reportedly been interested in making a trade before next month’s deadline.

Sidney Crosby’s continued dominance of the Flyers helped the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins move back into first place.

Conor Sheary scored two goals, Crosby had three assists and Pittsburgh surged into the top spot in the Metropolitan Division with a 5-2 victory over the Flyers on Wednesday night.

Phil Kessel, Jamie Oleksiak and Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Penguins, who have won three straight. Pittsburgh (39-25-4, 82 points) moved one point ahead of idle Washington and three in front of third-place Philadelphia.giants_255

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