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Chris Paul Out 6-8 Weeks With Thumb Surgery

Jan 17, 2017 7:36 PM

The L.A. Clippers announced that Chris Paul will undergo surgery on Wednesday, Jan. 18 to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.

Dr. Steve Shin will perform the procedure.

Paul is expected to miss approximately six-to-eight weeks and will continue to undergo treatment and evaluation by the Clippers medical staff.

In 36 games this season, the Clippers are 26-9 with Paul in the lineup. The nine-time NBA All-Star is averaging 17.5. points, 9.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds this season and leads the NBA with 2.25 steals per game.

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Hawks Trade Mo Williams To Nuggets

Jan 18, 2017 2:04 AM

The Atlanta Hawks have traded Mo Williams and cash to the Denver Nuggets for the rights to Cenk Akyol.

The move gets the Nuggets closer to the salary floor with Williams' $2.2 million salary.

Denver will waive Williams, who was traded to the Hawks by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Kyle Korver trade.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Wolves Actively Looking For Ricky Rubio Trade

Jan 17, 2017 4:45 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves are actively shopping Ricky Rubio.

The Timberwolves have attached Rubio to multiple offers with Shabazz Muhammad to several teams around the NBA.

The Sacramento Kings have had a strong interest in acquiring Rubio, but there’s no traction on a deal between those two teams. 

Minnesota has been searching for a "bridge" guard in return to start in the short-term but ultimately back up Kris Dunn.

Rubio, 26, is the highest paid player on the young Timberwolves roster this season. He is making $13.5 million for 2016-17 and will be owed $29 million through the end of his contract in 2019.

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Tags: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Carmelo Anthony Informs Phil Jackson He Won't Waive No-Trade Clause

Jan 17, 2017 4:49 PM

During a Tuesday meeting, Carmelo Anthony informed Phil Jackson he intends to remain with the New York Knicks and has no desire to waive his no-trade clause.

Anthony lashed out at Jackson after a critical column written by a confidant of Jackson's implied that Anthony’s days in New York should be coming to an end.

“Nothing has changed,” the source told the Daily News. “He wants to stay in New York and win in New York.”

The Vertical, citing an Anthony source, described the meeting as “calm” and “business-like.”

Anthony, who was aware of the story before being meeting with reporters, hinted that Jackson’s fingerprints were on the story.

"If that's the case, if that's where it's coming from, that side, I guess it's a conversation we should have,'' Anthony said Sunday. "If they feel my time in New York is over, I guess that's a conversation we should have."

The most recent controversy has led some in the Anthony camp wondering if Jackson is intentionally picking a public fight in hopes of agreeing to a trade.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

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Kyle Lowry Trying Not To Worry About Free Agency Until Summer

Jan 17, 2017 1:45 PM

Kyle Lowry will be a free agent this offseason and was recently asked if he wants to re-sign with the Toronto Raptors.

"When the time comes, then I will worry about it," said Lowry. "It definitely will be an option. It's definitely home. I have been given the keys to it, [and it's where] I have been most successful. When that time comes, I'll think about it, but for now I just want to keep winning and try to get to that next level and take it game by game and day by day."

The Raptors traded for Lowry in 2012 from the Houston Rockets and re-signed him in 2014.

Lowry figures to receive a much more lucrative contract in free agency this time than the four-year, $48 million deal he signed in 2014.

Lowry had to wait until his fifth season to become a full-time starter.

"I feel like the last couple of years, everything has been happening the right way mostly because I have done everything that I was supposed to be doing. Just be a professional, go out there and work every single night and be me and have fun and just provide. Have fun, be with your teammates and your family and not worry about anything but having fun and winning games. At this time of the year, at this point in my life, it is about continuing to try to grow as much as possible and winning. Winning at the highest level. Winning a ring would be the ultimate goal, the ultimate feel-good."

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Knicks Considering Starting Kristaps Porzingis At Center

Jan 17, 2017 1:50 PM

The New York Knicks are considering starting Kristaps Porzingis at center.

Many have suggested Porzingis' best future is at center.

"We’ve got to look at everything. ... In the long run, we’ve got to look at hey, when KP comes back, what, will it change everything all together and what it will do?," said Jeff Hornacek. "Sometimes it’s a chance you have to take, but we continue to look over that. We just need to mix it up maybe a little more."


Moving Porzingis to center would send Joakim Noah to the second unit and move Carmelo Anthony to power forward.

Players have privately complained about Hornacek's unpredictable rotations recently.

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Chris Paul Sprains Left Thumb, X-Rays Negative

Jan 17, 2017 1:18 AM

Chris Paul sprained his left thumb in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers' win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.

X-rays on the thumb were negative, a team source said.

Paul was defending Russell Westbrook and sprained the thumb fighting over a screen set by Joffrey Lauvergne at the top of the 3-point line.

Paul sprained the same thumb during a practice late in the preseason.

The last time Paul sprained his left thumb in season was during the first round of the 2014 playoffs against the Golden State Warriors. The Clippers won the series in seven games.

Paul broke his right hand in Game 4 of the first round against the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2016 playoffs.

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NBA Efficiency Differential: Cavs Drop To 6th

Jan 17, 2017 11:19 AM

The Golden State Warriors continue to rank first in Efficiency Differential at +12.4 points per 100 possessions, while the Cleveland Cavaliers have dropped from fourth to sixth at +5.0. The Warriors also currently rank first in both offense and defense. Cleveland ranks 13th in defense and fifth in offense.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have moved into the top-10 and now rank ninth at +1.8.

Week 12 Rankings
1. Warriors: 12.4
2. Spurs: 9.3
3. Rockets: 7.3
4. Raptors: 7.1
5. Clippers: 6.0
6. Cavaliers: 5.0
7. Jazz: 4.7
8. Celtics: 2.6
9. Thunder: 1.8
10. Bucks: 1.6
11. Hornets: 1.0
12. Grizzlies: 0.5
13. Hawks: 0.4
14. Wizards: 0.2
15. Bulls: 0.0
16. Pacers: -1.0
17. Wolves: -1.1
18. Pistons: -1.3
19. Nuggets: -2.0
20. Blazers: -2.8
21. Pelicans: -2.8
22. Kings: -2.9
23. Knicks: -3.2
24. Heat: -4.7
25. Magic: -4.9
26. Mavericks: -5.3
27. Suns: -5.7
28. 76ers: -6.0
29. Lakers: -6.0
30. Nets: -9.4

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DeJuan Blair Signs With Texas Legends

Jan 17, 2017 12:56 PM

DeJuan Blair has been acquired by the Texas Legends of the D-League.

Blair previously played this season in China, averaging 24.1 points and 13.6 rebounds.

Blair played for the Mavericks, the D-League affiliate of the Legends, during the 13-14 season.

Dallas recently signed Pierre Jackson from the D-League.

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Dunc'd On: CLE/GSW II, 4 Random Questions

Jan 17, 2017 3:26 AM

A crazy in-depth breakdown of Golden State's win over Cleveland, including the implications for a potential Finals rematch. Then four random questions on where Joel Embiid's rookie season stacks up, the last playoff spot in the West, and more.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux).

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Some Within Knicks' Organization Believe Carmelo Anthony Should Be Traded
No specific trades were discussed during the meeting between Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony.

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James Harden: I Was Shocked By Mike D'Antoni's Point Guard Idea
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Nike Not Planning On Producing Sleeved NBA Jerseys
Adidas introduced the concept in 2013 to mixed reviews.

Sara Germano/Wall Street Journal

Carmelo Anthony Still Seeking Meeting With Phil Jackson
The meeting is expected to happen soon as Carmelo Anthony's future with the Knicks becomes increasingly uncertain.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Heat Sign Okaro White To 10-Day Contract
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Pacers Assign Rakeem Christmas, Joe Young To D-League
Joe Young has appeared in 20 games, averaging 2.7 points in 5.4 minutes.

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Carmelo Anthony Feels He's Already Proven Loyalty To Knicks
Neither Phil Jackson nor general manager Steve Mills addressed the situation with Anthony on Monday.

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Draymond Green Assessed Flagrant Foul 1 For Collision With LeBron James
Draymond Green was called for a flagrant foul 1 after a hard collision with LeBron James.

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Lance Thomas Suffers Fractured Orbital Bone
Tests confirmed that Lance Thomas suffered the fractured bone in his face and the concussion symptoms.

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Cavs Briefly Considered Sitting Big 3 For MLK Game Against Warriors
The Cavaliers have won four straight against the Warriors and sitting the trio would have meant they'd still have that winning streak essentially intact if they meet in The Finals in June.

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Cavs +8.9 Points Per 100 Against Warriors During Four-Game Streak
The Cavaliers have won four straight games against the Warriors, dating back to Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

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Mavericks Sign Pierre Jackson To 10-Day Contrat
Pierre Jackson was originally signed by Dallas on Dec. 27, before being waived by the team on Jan. 6 after appearing in four games with the club.

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Carmelo Anthony Would Like Direct Conversation If Knicks Want To Move Him
Carmelo Anthony said he hasn't reconsidered waiving his no-trade clause with the Knicks.

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Tom Gores Backs Stan Van Gundy Despite Slow Start For Pistons
The Pistons entered 16-17 with high expectations but they have a 19-24 record.


Stephen Curry Can't Envision Himself Leaving Warriors In Offseason
Stephen Curry doesn't object to being the fourth-highest paid player on the Warriors this season.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Dunc'd On: 15 In 60 (Eastern Conference 01.15.17)
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Heat To Sign Okaro White With Disabled Player Exception
Okaro White has averaged 18.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in 33.0 minutes over 23 games in the D-League this season.

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Loss To 76ers Led To Locker Room Tirade From Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony has never considered requesting a trade from the Knicks, according to a source.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Cavs Assign Kay Felder To D-League
Kay Felder has appeared in 22 games for the Cavs this season, averaging 5.1 points in 10.6 minutes per game.

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Carmelo Anthony Reportedly Would Only Approve Trade To Cavs, Clippers
Carmelo Anthony has an early termination option after the 17-18 season.

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