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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 Los Angeles Lakers' franchise even after his contract expires.

Nash had a breakfast meeting last week with Mitch Kupchak.

"He's planning to come around when he's ready," Lakers' spokesman John Black said.

The Lakers have given Nash time and space to come to grips with the end of his season and possibly his career.

"Going forward I hope we all can refocus our energies on getting behind these Lakers," Nash wrote in a Facebook post on Nov. 7. "This team will be back and Staples will be rocking."

Jeanie Buss believes in good karma and the returns of treating people well, which is part of the reason why Nash still is valued by the franchise.

Treating Nash well could be viewed by potential free agents as a sign of the team's loyalty.

Kevin Durant worked out with Nash at the Lakers' training facility in the offseason and clearly respects the veteran point guard. Durant will be the prize of the 2016 free agency class and the Lakers will certainly pursue him.

Via Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

Rockets Release Francisco Garcia

The Houston Rockets will release Francisco Garcia.

Garcia will make way with the Rockets acquiring Corey Brewer and Alexey Shved.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Rockets Acquire Corey Brewer From Wolves For Troy Daniels

The Houston Rockets have acquired Corey Brewer from the Minnesota Timberwolves for Troy Daniels.

Ronny Turiaf will also be included from the Wolves, but sent to the Philadelphia 76ers with a second round pick.

The 76ers will send Alexey Shved to the Rockets.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Raptors May Have Revealed New Logo (Picture)

The Torono Raptors may have given a sneak peek of their new logo in a 30-second "We The North" ad that was released on Friday.

The Raptors will have new uniforms next season.

Via RealGM Staff Report (via Eric Koreen)

Gal Mekel Waived By Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived Gal Mekel.

Mekel, 6-3, 191, was signed by the team on December 5 as an unrestricted free agent. Mekel appeared in four games with New Orleans, averaging 1.5 points and 3.3 assists.

New Orleans’ roster now stands at 14.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Kevin Durant Sprains Ankle, X-Rays Negative

Kevin Durant scored 30 points in the first half before suffering a mild right ankle sprain in the closing seconds.

Durant stepped on Marreese Speights' foot and rolled his ankle while driving to the basket. Durant was called for a charge.

"I was a little nervous," said Durant. "But I knew when I got up and started walking it felt good. So I just wanted to make sure with the X-rays everything was good."

Durant had X-rays as a precaution, and results were negative. Durant hopes to not miss any games.

"I don't know. I'm going to just take it a day at a time. Tomorrow morning we'll see how it reacts and go from there," he said. "I hope [to play]. That's the plan. But we'll see."


Durant said he felt like he could have returned to the game in the second half but was advised to sit. 

"They had to convince me not to play," he said. "It was the foot I had surgery. I wanted to play, I wanted to go back out there, but they just wanted to be cautious.

"It shouldn't be [serious]. Just a sprained ankle. But when you sprain an ankle with the injury I had, it puts more pressure on that side of the foot."

Via Royce Young/ESPN

Cuban Finalized Rondo Trade In Green Room Of Colbert Report Finale

Mark Cuban finalized the Rajon Rondo trade on Thursday while in the green room of The Colbert Report finale.

Cuban was one of many celebrities to help bid farewell to Stephen Colbert's final telecast on Comedy Central before moving to CBS.

The Mavericks acquired Rondo in a trade with the Boston Celtics.

Via Seth Rosenthal/SB Nation

Hornets Keeping Lance Stephenson 'For Now'

With a dearth of quality trade offers, the Charlotte Hornets are keeping Lance Stephenson "for now," according to sources.

Stephenson has had a problematic start to his tenure with the Hornets after signing a three-year, $27 million contract.

The Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets are among seven clubs that showed interest in Stephenson.

The Hornets also feel Stephenson's lingering groin injury has prevented him from being at 100 percent this season. The Hornets want to rest Stephenson, let him heal and see if he can either fit in with Charlotte or re-establish his trade value.

Via Chris Broussard, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Thibodeau: Thank God For Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 35 points in the Chicago Bulls' 103-97 win on Thursday over the New York Knicks.

"Thank god for Jimmy Butler," said Tom Thibodeau. "Big shots, plays defense, gets to line, makes plays, plays unselfishly and hard. Doesn’t take plays off."

Butler is averaging 20.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game in what has become a breakout season.

"He’s playing as well as anyone in the league," said Kirk Hinrich. "He’s been huge for us all year. Don’t know what we’d do without Jimmy."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Kobe Unsure If Lakers Adding Superstar In 2016 Would Factor In Decision On Retirement

Kobe Bryant has been widely expected to retire when his current contract expires in 2016, but he was asked if the Los Angeles Lakers adding Kevin Durant or any other superstar player may cause him to reconsider.

"I don't know. Maybe," Bryant said. "But it's really my call, man. If I want to play, I'll play. If I don't, I don't. If I don't want to play anymore and go through the process of getting my body ready day in and day out, I'm not going to play." 

This week Durant said accusations of players not wanting to play with Bryant is ridiculous.

Said Bryant: "I greatly appreciate" Durant's comments. 

Via Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Celtics To Likely Receive Mavs' 2016 Pick

The Mavericks' pick goes to the Celtics this season if it falls between No. 4 and No. 14.

Larry Sanders Suspended One Game By NBA For Pushing Nicolas Batum While Elevated

Larry Sanders has been suspended one game for pushing Nicolas Batum in the back as he elevated toward basket on Dec. 17.

Lakers Offer Steve Nash, Picks To Celtics For Rajon Rondo

The Lakers offered the Celtics multiple draft picks and Steve Nash for Rajon Rondo, according to sources.

Elfrid Payton Not Trying To Emulate Rondo's Game

Elfrid Payton's rookie numbers compare to Rajon Rondo's rookie season in 06-07.

Carmelo On Not Signing With Bulls: What's Done Is Done

Carmelo Anthony hopes the Knicks will be able to eventually get him more help.

Rajon Rondo 'Open' To Re-Signing With Mavs, Rockets

Given Rajon Rondo's looming unrestricted free agency, any deal would have to come with assurances that he'd be willing to re-sign with his new team.

Mavericks Emerge As Favorites For Rajon Rondo, Rockets 'Still Fighting'

Rajon Rondo is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason.

Corey Brewer Placed On Trade Block Again By Wolves

The Cavaliers, Rockets and Clippers are the teams most interested in trading for Corey Brewer.

Celtics Show Renewed Willingness To Trade Rajon Rondo

The Celtics have left strong impressions with rival organizations that they’re prepared to make a deal that includes Rajon Rondo, sources said.

Robin Lopez To Miss 6-7 Weeks With Fractured Hand

Robin Lopez sustained the hand injury in the Trail Blazers' win over the Spurs on Monday.

Mitch McGary Out 2-3 Weeks With Inflammation In Tibia

Mitch McGary's court activity will be lowered as a treatment.

Execs Expect Brook Lopez To Exercise $16.7M Option For 15-16

Brook Lopez has reportedly been shopped in trades by the Nets.

Warriors Reassign Ognjen Kuzmic To Santa Cruz

The Warriors assigned Ognjen Kuzmic to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League.

ROY Winner Has Led In Combined Per-Game Stats For 26 Of Past 27 Awards

Kevin Pelton found that 25 of the previous 26 ROY awards had gone to the rookie with the highest combined averages of points, rebounds and assists per game.

Isaiah Thomas: Agent Firing Unrelated To Suns' Future

Isaiah Thomas recently fired agent Andy Miller and said the move was unrelated to his future with the Suns.

Alexey Shved To Strongly Consider Return To Europe As Free Agent For Lucrative Offers

Alexey Shved will strongly consider returning to Europe where he has received outlines for multi-million dollar offers, league sources told RealGM.

Ranadive Wants Kings' Next Coach To Be Offensive-Minded 'Jazz Director'

Vivek Ranadive wants a coach who will help showcase the players' offensive talents.

Tyson Chandler Feels Sorry For Carmelo

Tyson Chandler feels sorry for his former teammate Carmelo Anthony.

Rockets Assign Clint Capela To Rio Grande Valley

Clint Capela has appeared in four games for the Rockets.

Durant Strongly Refutes Notion Players Don't Want To Play With Kobe

Kevin Durant refuted the notion that players around the NBA don't want to play with Kobe Bryant.
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