No major deals have been swung since the Kyle Korver-to-Cavaliers transaction, but with just a little over a month between now and the Feb. 23 NBA trade deadline, rumors surrounding some of the Association’s top talent are beginning to pick up steam. While no shortage of big names have found themselves tied to rival teams in recent weeks, the reality is that most of them will end up staying put. The average deadline is lucky to see more than one or two All-Star caliber players shipped out, as evidence by 2015’s marquee deals including the likes of Tobias Harris, Brandon Jennings and Channing Frye. The year before was an exception, as a trio of point guards entering their prime — Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas and Reggie Jackson — were all moved.
Kyle Korver feels mostly moved in. The newest member of the Cleveland Cavaliers still has some adjusting to do before he feels completely at home with the NBA champions, who have struggled of late. One of Korver’s biggest adjustments is learning to play with LeBron James, one of the game’s most gifted passers. Korver regretted missing a 3-pointer in Golden State after James nearly fell before feeding him in the corner.
Jordan Woodard hit three massive shots charging towards the basket late in the Sooners’ upset of West Virginia. Through the first two weeks of Big 12 play, there didn’t appear to be too many easier games than a home date with Oklahoma. The Sooners started 0-4 in the league, were under .500 overall, and had lost seven in a row over a 32-day span.