West Rumors: Lakers, Russell Westbrook, Mavs, Maxi Kleber, Jazz



  • Forward Maxi Kleber is out indefinitely after tearing his right hamstring during Tuesday’s practice, the team announced. Several reports have suggested it’s a 6-8 week timeframe.
  • Surgery is among the options being considered treatment for the injury, per ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, who added that it’s still too early to make that determination.
  • Several sources around the league have told Hoops Wire they believe the Mavericks could soon part ways with veteran point guard Kemba Walker, signed earlier this month.
  • The Mavs are still trying to replace the departed Jalen Brunson (Knicks), and might want Walker’s roster spot to help assist a trade, sources indicated.


The Jazz could be one team that is set to make another trade ahead of the deadline, per Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated.

“As it turns out, they are neither the tanking team we all expected in October nor the surprise, top-tier playoff team they appeared to be in November,” Beck wrote. “They’re just a modestly talented, midtier team that’s as close to a playoff berth as it is to a lottery slot. In other words, they’re in the dreaded middle: not good enough to be relevant, not bad enough to get a high draft pick.”

One scenario is the Jazz moving on from several veterans to try to land more draft picks and play the lottery.

“The Jazz could cash out some combination of Jordan ClarksonMike ConleyCollin Sexton and Kelly Olynyk and stockpile more picks and young players, all while helping them sink in the standings and secure a higher draft pick,” Beck added.

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