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Earl Clark, Lakers Discuss Possible Reunion

The Los Angeles Lakers have had a level of dialogue with forward Earl Clark on a potential reunion, league sources told RealGM.

Over the past several weeks, the Lakers have looked into available wing talent that features Quincy Miller. The Lakers came out of last week’s free agency workouts without delivering a deal, and while no deal has been reached yet with Clark, they are expected to have an elevated urgency due to the recent season-ending injury to Xavier Henry.

In four games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League, Clark has averages of 28.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and two assists.

Clark, 26, had his most productive NBA run with the Lakers in the 2012-13 season. He was an afterthought in the franchise’s trade for Dwight Howard, but averaged 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and secured a multi-year contract in the 2013 offseason.

Clark lasted half of last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers before signing a pair of 10-day contracts with the New York Knicks. He averaged 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 54 total games.

Clark was the 14th overall draft pick to the Phoenix Suns in 2009 out of Louisville. He has played five NBA seasons with Phoenix, Orlando, the Lakers, Cleveland and New York.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Knicks Concerned Carmelo Anthony's Back Issue Could Be Season-Long

Carmelo Anthony is expected to miss the rest of the New York Knicks' road trip with a back injury.

The Knicks are concerned that Anthony's injury could become a season-long issue related to the disk.

Anthony injured his back landing awkwardly after a jump shot in Monday's game.

“Most injuries aren’t necessarily acute or traumatic,’’ Derek Fisher said. “Maybe there were some things that led up to it. Back spasms isn’t something you can push it or rush. Until you can actually play without actually being in spasm, there isn’t anything you can really do. Hopefully that will be soon.’’

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

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

Silver Writes NYTimes Op-Ed In Favor Of Legalization, Regulation Of Sports Betting

Adam Silver has written an op-ed in the New York Times in favor of legalization and regulation of sports betting in the United States.

"Betting on professional sports is currently illegal in most of the United States outside of Nevada. I believe we need a different approach," writes Silver.

"For more than two decades, the National Basketball Association has opposed the expansion of legal sports betting, as have the other major professional sports leagues in the United States. In 1992, the leagues supported the passage by Congress of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, or Paspa, which generally prohibits states from authorizing sports betting.

"But despite legal restrictions, sports betting is widespread. It is a thriving underground business that operates free from regulation or oversight. Because there are few legal options available, those who wish to bet resort to illicit bookmaking operations and shady offshore websites. There is no solid data on the volume of illegal sports betting activity in the United States, but some estimate that nearly $400 billion is illegally wagered on sports each year."

This position from Silver represents a willingness to think outside its long-held positions. The NBA reached agreement on a deal with FanDuel this week, which is a daily sports fantasy site.

"Let me be clear: Any new approach must ensure the integrity of the game," continued Silver at the end of the piece. "One of my most important responsibilities as commissioner of the N.B.A. is to protect the integrity of professional basketball and preserve public confidence in the league and our sport. I oppose any course of action that would compromise these objectives.

"But I believe that sports betting should be brought out of the underground and into the sunlight where it can be appropriately monitored and regulated."

Via RealGM Staff Report

Anthony Davis 'Loves' Situation With Pelicans

Anthony Davis believes that the New Orleans Pelicans are on the "right path" and is confident they will make the postseason this year.

"We know what we got in this locker room," Davis said. "We know what direction we want to go in and our identity to be."

The Pelicans are 7-6 this season.

Davis is pleased with his current situation with the Pelicans. Davis will make $7 million in the final year of his rookie contract, but is eligible for a maximum contract extension next summer that could be worth about $90 million over five years. If he is not signed to an extension prior to the start of the 2015-16 season, he will be a restricted free agent in July 2016.

"I love it here in New Orleans," Davis said. "Great city. Great atmosphere. …We're getting the fans back and New Orleans back buzzing for the Pelicans, a great organization. I love my team here.

"We're definitely moving in the right direction. I don't know what the future holds, but right now I'm definitely loving the team and the organization."

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

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

Derrick Rose Removed From Game With Hamstring Tightness

Derrick Rose was removed at halftime of the Chicago Bulls' game against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday because of left hamstring tightness.

"Just trying to be smart, back-to-back (games), fatigue, and didn't want to take any steps back," said Rose, who scored two points. "So, take these couple of days off, head to Boston."

Rose has missed four games with the hamstring injury this season.

Via Fred Mitchell/Chicago Tribune

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

Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls were not able to agree to a contract extension before the Oct. 31 deadline, and this season, the swingman has averaged 20.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals a game.

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

"Nah, nah," Butler said. "I love the city of Chicago. I think everybody knows that. I just feel like I've just got to help win games, man. I want a championship. The money has never been an issue because I'm from Tomball. The money I make now is more than nothing.

"I just wanted to prove to my teammates, to my coaches, to the city, that I'm here to stay."

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

David West Hopes To Make Season Debut Friday

David West hopes to return from a sprained ankle on Friday against the Orlando Magic.

"(Coach Frank Vogel) will make the call," West said after participating in practice Tuesday in San Antonio. "I'll see what he says. (But) I feel good. This last week has been good. No setbacks. The ankle is healthy which is important."

Vogel said he is hopeful West can return Friday.

West sprained his ankle Oct. 18 during a preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks.

Via Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Jordan Hamilton Signs With Iowa In D-League

The Iowa Energy acquired Jordan Hamilton on Wednesday, the team announced.

Hamilton was a first round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and has played for the Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz.

 

Via RealGM Staff Report

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.

Nuggets View Every Player On Roster As Trade Asset

The Nuggets are open to moving contracts and do not view anyone as an untouchable part.

Aaron Gordon Out Indefinitely With Fracture In Foot

Aaron Gordon fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot during Saturday nightís game.

Pistons Assign Tony Mitchell To D-League

Tony Mitchell appeared in 21 games for the Pistons last season.

Joe Johnson Had Issue In Free Agency With Knicks' Facility Being Outside City

Joe Johnson seriously considered signing with the Knicks in 2010.

Bradley Beal Hopes To Make Season Debut Against Cavs On Friday

Bradley Beal has been out since Oct. 10 with a fractured left wrist.

Clifford Believes Stephenson Isn't A Star Yet, Must Work To Become One

Steve Clifford believes Lance Stepenson's slow start and adjustment in his first season with the Hornets are partly due to his struggles to live up to external expectations.

Pacers 'Cool' On Possibility Of Paul George Returning This Season

The Pacers have "cooled" on the possibility of Paul George returning this season from his offseason injury, according to sources.

Brett Brown: Nobody Knew Year 2 Would Be Like This

The 14 players who have played so far this season for the 76ers have an average age of 23.3 years.

Thunder To Release Sebastian Telfair, Keep Ish Smith

The Thunder need to get down to the 15-player maximum roster size.

76ers Won't Be Favored In Any Of Remaining 69 Games

The 76ers' best odds to win are at 44.6 percent on March 30th when they host the Lakers.

James Harden: Reggie Jackson Has To Get Money He's Earned

Reggie Jackson has made it clear that he is hoping to receive a more prominent, starting role.

Silver Strongly Disagrees With Roberts On Owners Being Replaceable

Adam Silver and the NBA responded to statements made by NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts in which she said the salary cap is "un-American" and that the owners are replaceable.

Tobias Harris Has Interest In Signing With Knicks

Tobias Harris hopes that the Knicks will pursue him in restricted free agency.

Mark Cuban Proposes Conference Realignment

The Mavericks, Spurs, Rockets and Pelicans would move to the East, while the Bulls, Pacers, Pistons and Bucks would move to the West.

Carmelo Had 'Great Dialogue' With Dwight About Joining Rockets

Carmelo Anthony isn't playing the what-if game with the Rockets and Mavericks playing well.

Damian Lillard, LeBron Named NBA Players Of The Week

Damian Lillard and LeBron James have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Nov. 10 and Nov. 16.

Lakers Assign Jordan Clarkson, Xavier Henry To D-League

Jordan Clarkson and Xavier Henry have been assigned to the D-Fenders.

Scott Unable To Reach Nash Despite Lakers' Hope For Mentorship Role

Byron Scott and Mitch Kupchak said they hoped Steve Nash would serve as a mentor and de facto shooting coach for younger players.

Roberts: NBA Owners Are Replaceable

Michele Roberts expressed objections to the concept of an NBA salary cap, while also indicating that she's planning on pushing for more than 50-50 split of basketball-related income.
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