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Danilo Gallinari Has Meniscus Tear In Right Knee

Danilo Gallinari has been diagnosed with a meniscus tear in his right knee.

Gallinari is out indefinitely and will need surgery.

Via Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

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

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

RealGM Radio: Matt Steinmetz On The Warriors

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) talks with Matt Steinmetz, host of The NBA Show on 95.7-FM in the San Francisco Bay Area (@SteinmetzNBA).

The two focus primarily on the Warriors' strong start, including the differences for this year's team, Klay Thompson's development and whether the Warriors can win the championship this season.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

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

Brad Stevens Committed To Celtics Amid Speculation Of Interest From Indiana University

Brad Stevens made it clear that he is committed to his job as the head coach of the Boston Celtics, even as fans of the Indiana University Hoosiers speculate about Stevens returning home.

"I’ve committed to being here," Stevens said. "I’ve already left a situation once and that was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to choose to do. This is something that as long as they want me to be here, this is what I want to be doing and I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. I know it’s all specific to the rumor mills and the discussion of one spot. I think they’ve got a good coach who’s done a helluva job. He doesn’t deserve that speculation.

"I’m the head coach of the Boston Celtics. This is the job. This is where I am. This is what I want to do really well and I’m committed to being as good as I can every single day for the Celtics."

Stevens is in his second season as the Celtics' coach and has gained respect in the league.

Said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: "He was a hell of a coach before he got here and he’ll be an even better coach as time goes on. He’s a special guy, that’s why Danny Ainge went and got him."

"I think Brad Stevens is an awesome coach," Kevin Love said. "They’re going to be able to figure it out as they accumulate more talent and like I said, I’m a big fan of Brad Stevens."

Via Paul Flannery/SB Nation

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.

Rondo To Study Film Of New Teammates To Ease Transition

Rajon Rondo expects the adjustment period with the Mavericks to be quick.

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.

Goran Dragic Will 'Definitely' Consider Signing With Knicks

The presence of Phil Jackson makes the Knicks more attractive to Goran Dragic.

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.

David Lee To Return To Warriors' Lineup Monday

David Lee has missed all but six minutes of the season since re-injuring his left hamstring.

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.

Lance Stephenson Has Clashed With Hornets' Teammates

Steve Clifford has placed responsibility for Lance Stephenson's adjustment on the Hornets' veterans.

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.

Kevin Durant Taking It Day By Day With Thunder

Kevin Durant said nine weeks ago that he does not pretend to have a crystal ball about his future -- in regard to his 2016 free agency or otherwise.
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