The NBA doesn’t sleep over the holiday period but it isn’t the games making headlines. Players are unhappy with the trade season about to fire up as a result.

Clippers: “Not A Great Team”

The Los Angeles Clippers are expected by many to end the season as NBA champions, but according to Montrezl Harrell, they’re “not a great team”.

“That’s, I think, one thing that you all need to get out your minds. We’re not a great team. We just [came] together this year. We have two players that haven’t been a part of this team. We have a player who won an NBA championship with a whole ‘nother team last year.”

Harrell isn’t fooling anybody, though. Despite being thumped by the Memphis Grizzlies, the Clippers will no doubt start to hit their straps by the time the playoffs roll around. With some negative press and a few starting to doubt them, there is no better time than now to get on the Clippers in the NBA Championship market.

They’ll surely make a statement against the New York Knicks as $1.19 and -9.5 favourites, too.

Somebody Save Kevin

Kevin Love has made his feelings clear with the Cleveland Cavaliers front office.

On the same day a report surfaced of a vocal disagreement between Love and general manager, Koby Altman, the 31-year old gave up on a play and made sure Colin Sexton and the coaching staff knew why.

Do everybody a favour and get the man out of Cleveland, Koby.

Trade Season

The NBA could receive quite the shakeup if some of the current trade rumours eventuate.

We’ve touched on Love already – he’s all but gone.

Jrue Holiday has been mentioned as a player possibly on the move while Andre Drummond has recently fielded questions about his feelings to being traded.

The Philadelphia 76ers are in the market for perimeter players while the Atlanta Hawks have effectively put Evan Turner and Chandler Parsons on the block.

The latest – and perhaps most notable – comes from L.A. The Los Angeles Lakers are open to offers for Kyle Kuzma. It’s been a rocky start to the season for the 24-year old. He’s not played his best basketball and things haven’t been made any easier by his trainer sending online jabs toward LeBron James.

If any of these players are moved or a contender manages to upgrade, the NBA championship market will be quick to respond.

All Over For Irving?

Kyrie Irving has played just 11 games for the Brooklyn Nets this season. That could be all he plays, too.

On the sidelines since early November, Irving could yet miss the remainder of the season if he is told to get surgery when evaluated in a month or two.

It already feels like a ‘what could have been?’ season for the Nets. At 16-18 for 7th in the East, they’re barely holding onto a playoff spot.

Highlight Play of the Week

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NBA ATS Standings

The Phoenix Suns don’t win too many games straight up, but they’re doing a job for punters at the moment. With four covers on the bounce, the Suns have jumped up to 4th on the NBA ATS ladder. Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs are stuck at the bottom for another week.

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