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Kings, Nets Discussing Deron Williams Trade

The Sacramento Kings and Brooklyn Nets are discussing a deal centered on Deron Williams.

Talks have centered upon Darren Collison, Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson for Williams.

Sacramento has significant interest with Williams, but a hurdle to a possible deal is the Kings’ desire to have center Mason Plumlee included into the package, league sources said.

The Nets' partnership with Williams has become increasingly fractured over the past two years, and the idea of a breakup has appeal for both sides, sources tell Yahoo.

 

Williams has two full years and $43 million-plus left on his contract through the end of the 2017 season.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Jameer Nelson, Celtics Have Initial Dialogue On Future Possibilities

The Boston Celtics and guard Jameer Nelson have had preliminary discussions on his future role and "what if" possibilities before the February trade deadline, but buyout negotiations have not taken place yet, league sources told RealGM.

Nelson signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks last offseason, persuaded by the organization’s culture and an opportunity to start and compete for a Western Conference contender. Still, Dallas had scoured the market for an upgrade at point guard this season and acquired Rajon Rondo, ending Nelson’s brief tenure and sending him to a likely draft lottery team.

At 32, Nelson has cherished a role on a competing NBA team, but has now embraced his position with the Celtics. Over 11 seasons, Nelson is well-regarded as a professional and locker room voice.

Nelson spent his first 10 pro seasons with the Orlando Magic and started in his 23 games for Dallas. He’s averaged 12.4 points and 5.3 assists in his NBA career.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Carmelo Anthony Denies Report Of Willingness To Waive No-Trade Clause

Carmelo Anthony and his agent have denied a report that he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause if the New York Knicks decided they wanted to trade him.

Anthony has no desire to be traded at the current moment, according to the report, but his willingness to consider giving up the no-trade clause shows how frustrated he has become with the Knicks’ historically bad start to the season.

“He thought things would be better than this, but he still wants to stick it out for now, ’’ a source said. “He trusts Phil, but I think he’s afraid of Phil.’’ 

Anthony would have to approve any trade.

"After all the work I did to get here and get back here? If I was to get up and want to leave now that would just make me weak," said Anthony in response to the report.

"Carmelo, as always, is committed to the Knicks," said his agent Leon Rose to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. "There have never been discussions about trades or wanting to leave New York. Any story, rumor, report to the contrary is utter nonsense."

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

Lance Stephenson Receiving Trade Interest, But Hopes To Remain Part Of Hornets' Turnaround

Lance Stephenson has garnered fresh trade inquiries into the Charlotte Hornets’ front office recently and wouldn’t be opposed to a potential move to the Brooklyn Nets, but hopes to remain part of and succeed in his partnership with the Hornets, league sources told RealGM.

Four to five NBA teams have shown an interest to the Hornets on Stephenson, but no deal is imminent, Stephenson has made clear his desire to help propel a turnaround and both sides believe there’s still time to salvage a productive relationship and run with the franchise, sources told RealGM.

In 21 games this season, Stephenson has averaged 10.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 34 minutes per game. He has shot at or near career lows, as a rotation player, from the field (38.7 percent), three-point range (16 percent) and free throw line (67 percent).

Even so, the 6-foot-5 guard has become increasingly comfortable in Charlotte — playing his best basketball of the season so far in December, averaging 16.3 points, six rebounds and 4.3 assists for a 2-1 record.

As a native of Brooklyn, New York, Stephenson attended Lincoln High School in Coney Island. Privately, Stephenson, 24, has unconditional affection for the city and hopes to play for the Nets in the borough at some point in his career.

After a summer headlined by the acquisition of Stephenson to a three-year, $27.4 million deal, the Hornets have gone 6-15 this season under a blend of regression from core players, a return to the bottom tier in points allowed per game after finishing fourth behind Chicago, Indiana and Memphis in 2013-14, and fluctuating trust in the locker room.

As a key contributor toward three consecutive playoff appearances and two in the Eastern Conference Finals, Stephenson found his niche in the league and averaged nearly 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Pacers a season ago. He is in his fifth NBA season out of the University of Cincinnati.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Furkan Aldemir To Sign With 76ers

Furkan Aldemir will leave Galatasaray to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Aldemir is averaging 8.1 points and 9.1 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game for Galatasary in 11 games.

The 76ers acquired the draft rights to Aldemir in July 2013 from the Houston Rockets.

Via Sportando

Mavericks Leaders To Sign Jermaine O'Neal

The Dallas Mavericks have an undeniable edge to sign Jermaine O'Neal after the acquisition of Rajon Rondo, according to sources.

O'Neal is "highly intrigued" about the idea of joining the Mavericks.

O'Neal maintains his offseason home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and has long been interested in joining the Mavericks to reunite with Rick Carlisle

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Andrew Bogut Undergoes Platelet-Rich Plasma On Knee

Andrew Bogut had PRP (platelet-rich plasma) procedure on his knee on Wednesday.

Bogut will likely have another procedure done in a week.

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Ray Allen Contacted By Wide Range Of Teams, Including Grizzlies; Not At Stage To Decide On Future

Ray Allen — the most coveted NBA free agent on the market — has heard from far beyond just five teams to consider, including interest from the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told RealGM.

Allen’s agent, Jim Tanner, confirmed the wide range of interest on Saturday and added that the 6-foot-5 shooting guard has no timetable to make a decision on his playing future.

Despite a report on Saturday that he was choosing between the San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors, Allen has not yet reached the stage to decide on any team. Memphis has gone 18-4 this season and has an open roster spot that could be used toward securing another shooter to the rotation.

Earlier in the week, Warriors general manager Bob Myers told 95.7 in Oakland that his team has contacted Allen to gauge interest in signing with the franchise. Nearly every team with contending aspirations is believed to have reached out to Allen and his agent Tanner.

Over an 18-year NBA career, Allen, 39, has built a Hall of Fame run while playing for Milwaukee, Seattle, Boston and Miami. Allen has averaged 18.9 points for his career and is the league’s all-time leader in three-point shots made at 2,973.

Allen averaged 9.6 points in 73 games for the Heat last season. In Game 6 of the 2013 series against the Spurs, Allen knocked down one of the most critical shots in NBA Finals history.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Jeff Green Happy With Celtics, Denies Rumors Of Wanting Trade

Jeff Green cleared up his comments to Comcast SportsNet when he said that his frustration was at an "all-time high" due to losing.

Green received word that there have been articles written about trade possibilities with the Boston Celtics.

“Before you start, I just wanted to clear the air about some BS rumor that came out,” Green said. “I don’t know if the person who made this article is in this circle, but the rumor about me wanting to get traded is definitely false.

“I said that I was frustrated with losing, not frustrated with the team. So if the words didn’t come from my mouth, I’d appreciate it if you not write a dumb [expletive] article like that."

In 2012, Green signed a four-year, $36 million contract with the Celtics. The next season, Boston went 25-57 with the team rebuilding after the end of the Big Three Era. Green has said he wanted to be a key part of that turnaround.

“If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have signed a contract to come back here,” Green said. “I’m happy where I’m at. I’m happy with the coach, the front office, everybody. Haven’t been happy like this in years, so it’s a good place for me.”

Via Julian Benbow/Boston Globe

Rondo, Cuban Hopeful For Long-Term Partnership

Rajon Rondo and Mark Cuban both expressed a desire not to rent the new situation together with the Dallas Mavericks, who acquried Rondo in a trade from the Boston Celtics.

“Obviously, we wouldn’t give up picks if we didn’t think it was long term,” Cuban said. “We’re past the days of rent-a-player.

“If he’s not the definition of a cornerstone, I don’t know what is. But let me qualify that. With him side by side with Monta (Ellis) and (Tyson) Chandler, there’s no one guy who will be the cornerstone of the team. So having a good young nucleus — for us the young nucleus used to be 35 — to get that number down to 28 or 29 is something we want to keep together.”

Rondo could sign a five-year, $107 million max contract with the Mavericks next summer.

“I’m definitely excited and optimistic about the situation here,” said Rondo, who’ll make $12.9 million this season. “And like Mark was saying, being alongside a guy like Monta and they just re-signed Chandler, the future seems bright and I’m just looking forward to winning a championship as fast as possible and hopefully we can keep this team together.”

Via Dwain Price/Star-Telegram

Jimmy Butler Doesn't Hold Resentment Over Lack Of Contract Extension

Jimmy Butler said he does not hold resentment with the Bulls for the lack of a new deal.

Lin Understands Kobe's Game-Winner Attempts, But 'I Would Love To Shoot Some'

Kobe Bryant has now missed 12 consecutive potential tying or go-ahead shots in the final five seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime.

Mavs Acquire Rajon Rondo From Celtics

The Mavericks would send Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, one future first round pick and a future second round pick to the Celtics for Rajon Rondo.

Cavaliers Interested In Wesley Matthews

The Blazers have dismissed all overtures for Wesley Matthews and hope to re-sign him as a free agent in the offseason.

Miroslav Raduljica Expected To Become Free For Mid-January NBA Deal

Miroslav Raduljica has received interest from several NBA teams for a midseason acquisition, sources said.

76ers Sign Ronald Roberts From D-League, Waive Jorge Gutierrez

Ronald Roberts started all eight games for the Sevens so far this season, averaging team-highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 67% from the floor.

LeBron, Griffin Named NBA Players Of The Week

LeBron James and Blake Griffin have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Nov. 24 and Nov. 30.

Report: Cavaliers Connecting Better With Tyronn Lue Over David Blatt

The Cavaliers seem to oscillate between lukewarm and irritated with David Blatt, according to a report.

George Karl, Alvin Gentry, Mark Jackson Emerge As Kings' Candidates

George Karl has tried to get multiple head coaching positions since leaving the Nuggets.

A.J. Price Waived By Pacers

The Pacers roster now stands at 15.

Andrei Kirilenko Situation With Nets Appears Beyond Repair

Andrei Kirilenko has left the Nets for their roadtrip as he has received several healthy scratches in recent games.

76ers To Waive Ronny Turiaf

Ronny Turiaf was acquired by the 76ers in a three-team trade on Friday.

Herb Simon 'OK' With Pacers Pursuing Deal For Lance Stephenson

Several deciding factors would determine the Pacers' interest in Lance Stephenson.

Andrew Bogut Being Held Out As Precaution For Fatigue

Andrew Bogut has fatigue and not an injury and would reportedly play if he were playing in the postseason.

Darius Miller, Patric Young Waived By Pelicans

The Pelicans have waived Darius Miller and Patric Young.

Pelicans Interested In Re-Signing Gal Mekel Later In Season

Gal Mekel appeared in four games with New Orleans, averaging 1.5 points and 3.3 assists.

Kobe: You Can't Get To Supreme Level Without Channeling Dark Side

Kobe Bryant acknowledged the difficulties of having the type of personality that strives to become one of the best ever as he passed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list.

Sources: Thunder Inquire About Wilson Chandler

Wilson Chandler is averaging 14.7 points and 6.3 rebounds this season.

Kobe Bryant Calls Teammates 'Soft Like Charmin' During Practice

The practice was the first by Kobe Bryant in several weeks.

Pelicans To Sign Gal Mekel

Gal Mekel will sign with the Pelicans on a two-year deal.
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