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

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

George had surgery in August to repair his devestating leg injury suffered in a USA Basketball Showcase.

The Pacers have a 5-8 record to begin the season.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Iman Shumpert Won't Need Shoulder Surgery

Iman Shumpert won't need surgery to repair his injured shoulder.

Shumpert suffered the injury on Dec. 12 and will be reevaluated in a few weeks.

“Yeah, definitely. I wanted to get back on the court as soon as possible. But it’s a healing process,” Shumpert said before Saturday’s 99-90 loss to Phoenix. “It’s a lot better now that it’s back in place. I don’t need any medication or anything for it, just ice.

“It’s not like it’s hurting me walking. I don’t have to use a sling. It’s just all about strengthening the muscle so that it doesn’t pop out again when I return back… They gotta look at it and say that everything is healed up when I go out there and practice and I’m comfortable with getting hit when I get out there.”

Via Peter Botte/New York Daily News

Carmelo Has Been Advised To Rest Knee For Several Weeks

Carmelo Anthony has been advised to stop playing for a few weeks due to soreness in his left knee.

"I have multiple people say kind of just shut it down," Anthony said. "Or just take time off. But at the end of the day, it's hard for me to just do that right now in the midst of what's happening with the team and this season. So just trying to be smart about that."


Anthony was hopeful that his knee would feel better with a few more days of treatment and admitted that 'some days are better than others,' as far as the pain in the knee goes. He isn't sure what it would take to finally make the decision to rest it for a while.

"Some days it feels like I can go, some days it feels like I have everything," Anthony said. "The other day it was a little sore in the first half and I didn't have no lift in my shot and in the second half the lift came back a little bit. It's going to be off and on like that."

Via Nick Friedell/ESPN

Josh McRoberts To Undergo Possible Season-Ending Surgery For Meniscus Tear

Josh McRoberts will undergo surgery for a right lateral meniscus tear and will be out indefinitely, the Miami Heat announced on Monday.

McRoberts' surgery is possibly season ending.

McRoberts signed a free agent deal with the Heat in the offseason.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Alex Poythress Out For Season With Torn ACL

Alex Poythress will miss the remainder of the 14-15 season for Kentucky with a torn ACL.

Poythress suffered the injury during Thursday's practice.

"When you're coaching other people's children and these children have high aspirations and unlimited potential -- not only to do things for themselves but for other people -- I can't begin to tell you the feeling when someone gets hurt," coach John Calipari said in a release. "My own son, Brad, tore his ACL last year. All I can tell you is I was physically sick when it happened to him. I feel exactly the same way now that it's happened to Alex."


Pursuing a title was a key motivation for Poythress to return for a third season with the Wildcats after last spring's NCAA title-game loss to Connecticut. 


Lakers Granted Hardship Exception

The Los Angeles Lakers have been granted a hardship exception and will be allowed to expand their roster to 16 players.

With injuries to Xavier Henry (Achilles' tendon), Steve Nash (back), Julius Randle (leg) and Ryan Kelly (hamstring), the Lakers have had just 11 healthy players for the last two weeks.


If the Lakers do take advantage of the hardship exception, they'll need to get back down to 15 once Kelly returns.

Via Eric Pincus/Los Angeles Times

Knicks Don't Like Chances Of Signing Marc Gasol In Free Agency

The New York Knicks don't believe they have a very good chance of signing Marc Gasol in free agency, according to a source.

The Knicks will prioritize finding a center in the offseason with the team not expected to keep any of its current options apart from possibly Cole Aldrich.

Gasol is having a career season with the Memphis Grizzlies, who can pay him an extra season on his new contract.

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

Grizzlies Send Jarnell Stokes Back To D-League

The Memphis Grizzlies re-assigned rookie forward/center Jarnell Stokes to the NBA Development League’s Iowa Energy, the Grizzlies’ exclusive D-League affiliate.

During his first assignment in Iowa, Stokes posted 13 points and 13 rebounds in 35 minutes in an exhibition on Nov. 8 vs. Sioux Falls, which was played in Memphis at FedExForum. He was recalled from Iowa on Nov. 10. The 20-year-old has totaled eight points and seven rebounds on 3-of-3 shooting in 21 minutes through six appearances for the Grizzlies this season. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

Hornets Aggressive In Trade Talks

The Charlotte Hornets have been aggressive in making trade calls as they begin the season slowly, according to sources.

The Hornets are searching for upgrades on the wing and at power forward. Anyone other than Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson is available, though they're also unlikely to consider trading Lance Stephenson.

The Hornets didn't do enough in the offseason to fix their perimeter shooting issues and that has caused their offense to stagnate.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Pelicans Consider Signing Dante Cunningham

The New Orleans Pelicans are strongly considering signing Dante Cunningham.

Cunningham worked out for the Pelicans over the weekend.

The NBA recently suspended Charlotte's Jeffrey Taylor 24 games after he plead guilty in a misdemeanor domestic assault case. Despite charges being dropped against Cunningham, it was immediately unclear if he faced any league discipline.

Cunningham has been working to clear his name with NBA executives since a domestic assault arrest in April in Minneapolis. As a member of the Timberwolves, Cunningham was charged with an assault on his then- girlfriend, but charges were eventually dropped and police found that his accuser’s story included falsehoods.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Rockets Won't Sign Al Harrington

Al Harrington was released by his Chinese team recently.

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.

Kobe Bryant Considers Sitting Out For Rest

Kobe Bryant also seemed to wrestle with the idea of missing a game.

Phil Jackson Defends Chandler Trade On Twitter

Phil Jackson and Chris Sheridan engaged in a spirited discussion on Twitter about the early results of the Knicks' trade of Tyson Chandler to the Mavericks.

Chris Mullin Could Have Kings' Head Coaching Job If He Wants It

Chris Mullin is acting as an advisor to Vivek Ranadive and mentor to Pete D'Alessandro within the Kings' organization.

Warriors Contact Ray Allen, Believe He's Uncertain On Future

The Warriors reached out to Ray Allen, who remains a free agent.

Jimmy Butler, Stephen Curry Named NBA Players Of The Month For November

Jimmy Butler and Stephen Curry have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for November.

Larry Sanders Embracing New Bucks' Culture Under Kidd

Jason Kidd and his staff made Larry Sanders a centerpiece of their efforts from the beginning, working with him in Las Vegas during the summer and continuing during training camp.

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.

Jameer Nelson, Celtics Have Initial Dialogue On Future Possibilities

The Celtics and Jameer Nelson have had initial discussions on his future role and "what if" possibilities before the February trade deadline.

RealGM Radio: Galletti Breaks Down The NBA's Bottom-15 Teams

Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galetti break down the bottom fifteen of his most recent Power Rankings, going through each team's season so far and what to expect.

Kings To Use Version Of 4-On-5 Defense

With Michael Malone fired, the Kings are expected to use version of Vivek Ranadive's four-on-five defense to create cherry-picking baskets.

Delonte West Still Seeking Return To NBA

Delonte West said his release from Shanghai was not disciplinary.

Kerr: Not Trading Klay Thompson For Love Has 'Worked Out'

The Warriors play the Wolves on Monday for the first time since their trade talks in the offseason regarding Kevin Love for Klay Thompson.

Ivan Johnson Signs In NBA D-League

Ivan Johnson has signed in the NBA Development League, joining the waiver player pool, sources told RealGM.

Alec Burks Out At Least Two Games With Shoulder Inflammation

Alec Burks missed Wednesday's game and will sit out on Friday as well, undergoing further tests.

NBA Denies Kings' Protest From Game Against Grizzlies

The basis for the Kings' protest was that Courtney Lee's game-winning shot should have been disqualified as having been made after time expired.

Heat Sign Hassan Whiteside, Waive Shannon Brown

Hassan Whiteside has appeared in three games for the Iowa Energy in the NBA Development League this season.

Lakers Hope Loyalty Toward Nash Will Help Down The Line With Free Agents

Steve Nash plans on remaining in Manhattan Bech for the remainder of his life and is expected to be part of the Lakers' franchise even after his contract expires.

Heat Recall Andre Dawkins From D-League

The Heat have recalled Andre Dawkins from their NBA Development League affiliate.
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