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Kevin Durant To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery

Mar 27, 2015 3:14 PM

Kevin Durant will undergo season ending surgery on his foot. 

Sam Presti released the following statement:

“As we communicated last week, Kevin was going to use this time to engage in consultation and evaluation regarding the persistent soreness in his right foot at this stage of his rehabilitation. As part of this process, Kevin and Thunder personnel traveled to two additional specialists this past week; Dr. Martin O’Malley in New York City and Dr. James Nunley at Duke University. These in-person consults were designed to further supplement the previous evaluations of Dr. Bob Anderson. Several conference calls and discussions amongst the specialist team concluded that, while the majority of the soreness in Kevin’s foot was related to continued inflammation of the cuboid bone and would subside with rest, the evaluation process also determined that the Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal, which had shown significant healing previously, was now demonstrating signs of regression.  

"With the focus of this process being aimed entirely on Kevin's long term health and stability, it was the consensus of the specialists team, in addition to a collective decision by Kevin, his representation and the Thunder, that to address the setback of the fracture site, a bone graft procedure would be the most proactive and recommendedapproach. The bone graft is the standard procedure for the five to eight percent of Jones fracture surgeries that do not initially have success or experience setbacks sometime within the recovery period. While everyone is disappointed that Kevin falls into that group, we are encouraged that the bone graft procedure has historically demonstrated long-term health and stability. 

"Dr. O’Malley will perform the bone graft surgery early next week in New York. He has extensive bone grafting experience amongst athletes and has been consulting on the case throughout. Kevin will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season and is expected to return to basketball activities in the next four to six months.” 

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Chris Johnson To Sign With Jazz For Remainder Of Season

Mar 26, 2015 7:25 PM

Chris Johnson has agreed to sign with the Utah Jazz for the remainder of the season, league sources tell RealGM.

Johnson became a free agent after his second 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks expired.

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Toure' Murry Waived By Wizards

Mar 27, 2015 12:10 PM

The Washington Wizards have waived Toure' Murry to create a roster spot for Will Bynum.

Murry appeared in three games for the Wizards and averaged 1.5 points in 4.3 minutes per game.

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Dan Gilbert One Step Below Cuban In Terms Of Involvement

Mar 27, 2015 1:24 PM

Dan Gilbert purchased the Cleveland Cavaliers for $375 million ten years ago this month.

Gilbert's net worth at the time was estimated to be worth $800 million and is now north of $4.7 billion. Gilbert's holdings has expanded from mortgages and venture capital to casinos, real estate, consumer products, tech, minor league sports franchises and a Cavaliers' team worth more than $900 million.

Gilbert has withdraw publicly, but sources inside and outside of the organization say his involvement in the Cavaliers' day-to-day operations has increased.

"If you had a 1-to-10 scale of an owner's involvement Mark Cuban would be a 10," said one prominent league agent. "Dan would be a 9."

Gilbert continues to live in suburban Detroit, but regularly flies to Cleveland to attend home games. Gilbert is known to monitor the design of the Cavaliers' jerseys, what's on the scoreboard during timeouts and many other details of the franchise.

Gilbert has become more active in Cavaliers' trade talks, contract negotiations and the draft process.

It is not unusual for Gilbert to speak directly to an agent or to up the ante in trade talks by calling an opposing owner, sources said.


Gilbert disagrees with the idea that he's heavily involved in basketball decisions.

"I don't think that's accurate," Gilbert said. "The way I look at it is it's the owner's job to say yes before you say no. I believe an owner is there to set the philosophy and to establish the culture but you let your guy pull the triggers."

The Cavs went from $23 million under the salary cap in July to $18 million over the cap and into the luxury tax in the same season, which is unprecedented in NBA history.

"Every owner is more involved than they show publicly," said one league official who knows Gilbert well. "But Dan has worked hard to get the organization to where he wants it."

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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Earl Clark Signs 10-Day Contract With Nets

Mar 27, 2015 11:23 AM

The Brooklyn Nets have signed Earl Clark to a 10-day contract.

Clark played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association this season after leaving the D-League. Clark was Player of the Month for the D-League in November with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

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Wizards Sign Will Bynum To 10-Day Contract

Mar 27, 2015 12:08 PM

The Washington Wizards have signed Will Bynum to a 10-day contract. 

Bynum (6-0, 185) has played seven seasons with Golden State and Detroit appearing in 353 career regular season games while averaging 8.2 points, 3.3 assists and 1.6 assists in 18.5 minutes per game.  

Undrafted out of Georgia Tech in 2005, Bynum enjoyed his best season in 2009-10 for the Detroit Pistons when he averaged career highs with 10.0 points and 4.5 assists per game. Bynum appeared in 30 games this season for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association where he averaged 22.3 points, 7.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds while shooting .564 from the field.

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Ian Clark Waived By Jazz

Mar 26, 2015 7:40 PM

The Utah Jazz have waived guard Ian Clark. Following the move, the Jazz roster now stands at 14 players.

Clark (6-3, 180, Belmont) appeared in 23 games as a reserve this season for the Jazz, averaging 1.9 points in 7.0 minutes per game. He also appeared in seven games (six starts) while on assignment with the Jazz’s exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, the Idaho Stampede, where he averaged 14.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 32.0 minutes per contest. 

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Westbrook Confused Why Media Asking About Defense After Giving Up 1.369 PPP

Mar 26, 2015 12:44 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder were blown out on Wednesday by the San Antonio Spurs, losing 130-91.

Russell Westbrook didn't understand why the media asked him about their defense following the game.

"Uh, defensive issues carrying over. I'm confused," said Westbrook. "You didn't say that when we won four games in a row. I'm just a little confused."

The Thunder had won four straight games before Wednesday, but they also were struggling on defense.

"You can play bad defense [and win], but you don't mention it when we win," Westbrook said. "But when we lose you want to mention it. I'm just a little confused."

Points Per 100 Possessions Allowed over past five games
Mar. 18: 116.0
Mar. 20: 121.0
Mar. 22: 84.1
Mar. 24: 121.2
Mar. 25: 136.9

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Jamal Crawford Confident Of Returning This Season

Mar 26, 2015 6:48 PM

Jamal Crawford is not worried he may miss the rest of the season with his injured calf.

Crawford has been out for more than three weeks with what he describes as "the weirdest" injury of his NBA career.

“It’s hard not playing,” said Crawford, who is not traveling with the team on its current three-game trip, “but I just look at it as each day is a little closer to coming back. The team is playing well and I see my family a little more, so I’m trying to look at the positives.”


Crawford sustained the injury March 2.

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

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Michael Frazier Leaving Florida For NBA Draft

Mar 26, 2015 12:12 PM

Michael Frazier is leaving Florida for the 2015 NBA Draft.

Frazier will hire Andy Miller and Matt Ramker to represent him.

Frazier averaged 12.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 29.2 minutes per game in 14-15.

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