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LeBron Believes Minutes For Cavs' Big 3 Have To Come Down

LeBron James is averaging the third-most minutes per game in the NBA at 39.1. Fourth and fifth on that list are Kyrie Irving (38.4 mpg) and Kevin Love (37.0 mpg).

"That has to come down," James said Tuesday, referring to the playing time for the Cleveland Cavaliers' Big 3.

"For me, I don't want to do that all year," James added. "Obviously right now it's difficult because we're trying to find a groove and we're trying to find a rhythm and we're trying to find something that you can't really, you don't want to shortcut it but at the same time you gotta be smart about it."

James played 41 minutes in the Cavaliers' 106-97 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Monday.

Via Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

C.J. McCollum Sidelined Four Weeks With Finger Fracture

C.J. McCollum sustained a fracture to his right index finger in Portland’s 102-93 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, the Trail Blazers announced on tuesday.

The injury occurred at the 7:50 mark of the fourth quarter on Monday.

McCollum will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Nick Johnson Assigned By Rockets To Rio Grande Valley

Nick Johnson has been assigned to the Houston Rockets' single-affiliation NBA D-League partner, Rio Grande Valley. 

Johnson has appeared in three games with the Rockets so far this season, totaling two points and a rebound in 11 minutes of playing time.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Andrei Kirilenko Out Of Nets' Rotation

Andrei Kirilenko has fallen out of the Brooklyn Nets' rotation and was a healthy inactive for their game against the Miami Heat on Monday, saying he has "no idea" when he could receive playing time again.

“It’s tough, but there’s nothing I can do,” Kirilenko said. “I’m not the one making decisions, and it is what it is.”

Kirilenko has scored just three points in the 35 minutes he’s played across seven games. Kirilenko said Lionel Hollins has been open with him about his decision to leave him out of the rotation.

“I really appreciate it,” Kirilenko said, “but it doesn’t make things easier.”

Via Tim Bontemps/New York Post

Draymond Green Expected To Get At Least $8M Per Season

Draymond Green is making just $915,000 this season as a former second round pick for the Golden State Warriors.

Green will become a restricted free agent this summer and figures to receive a substantial raise.

"You could make the argument that his value is somewhat like Taj Gibson's is to the Bulls right now," one NBA talent scout said. "He is seen as a part of the Warriors' main core. His value is very similar to that of Tayshaun Prince on Detroit's championship team. He will end up getting approximately $8 million per year in free agency based on similar comparables."

Green is looking forward to free agency.

"It'd be a lie to say I don't think about it," he said. "But I don't try to do anything different. If I did, everything is going to go wrong because I would be focusing on the wrong thing. I'd be stressed all year. Stress equals bad performances, which then would equal no contract. I really love it here. It's all I know about this league. As far as the money working out, if they want me to stay here, I know there's a way to keep me here."

Via Ric Bucher/Bleacher Report

Duncan Respects LeBron's Return To Cleveland, Didn't Think It Was A Possibility

The San Antonio Spurs will play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday for the first time since LeBron James returned to the franchise.

“I didn’t even think that was a possibility,” Tim Duncan said of James’ return to Cleveland. “But I respect the fact that he actually did that. He went back home and is trying to do something there, and trying to put a team together and trying to win a championship.

“Honestly I haven’t seen too much of it. Obviously they’re very impressive talent-wise, top to bottom. They have a bunch of all-stars, a bunch of very good players and it’s just about meshing and chemistry right now. Hopefully they don’t find it any time soon.”

The Spurs have faced a James' team three separate times in the Finals.

Via Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

LeBron's Relationship With Blatt Remains Work In Progress

LeBron James and David Blatt continue to be a work in progress understanding each other.

"Every day we continue to learn each other, as a group, as individuals," James said before the Cleveland Cavaliers' loss on Monday to the Denver Nuggets. "He's an intense guy, very intense guy. Wants to win, wants to do it the right way. He doesn't want to mess around too much with the process, and you can respect that. He gets on us when we do something wrong and he gives us a pat on the back when we do something right. It's been more getting on us than pats on the back thus far, but it's a good thing. It's good for our team."

Blatt was disappointed with the Cavs' energy.

"We just didn't come with the proper mindset and with the energy level that we had the other night and have had the last several games," said Blatt.

"I didn't feel it," James said, refuting that the Cavaliers lacked energy. "It's easy to say that after the fact."

Via Joe Vardon/Northeast Ohio Media Group

James Johnson Out Indefinitely With Severe Right Ankle Sprain

James Johnson is out indefinitely with a severe right ankle sprain.

Johnson has averaged 7.6 points, 3.8 rebounds in 19.4 minutes per game this season.

Johnson suffered the injury in Saturday's game.

Via NBA.com

Cleanthony Early To Undergo Knee Surgery

Cleanthony Early will have arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose fragment from his right knee.

The injury was diagnosed following an MRI exam.

Early will be reevaluated in one month to determine the timetable for his return to the New York Knicks' lineup.

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

Bosh Didn't Want 'Pressure' Of Joining Another Big 3 With Rockets

The pressure of joining another Big 3 played a part in Chris Bosh's decision not to sign with the Houston Rockets and instead remain with the Miami Heat on a five-year, $118 million contract.

Bosh had just spent the past four seasons perceived as the third best player in a Big 3 behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

"I could see where people would think that's an attractive site," Bosh told CBSSports.com. "They were trying to win right away. And I was really happy to be touted that I possibly could've been out there. But you know, that doesn't guarantee anything, and I know that. All that guarantees is a bunch of pressure."

"Bottom line, he enjoyed his four years in Miami and believes they can still compete for championships," Bosh's agent, Henry Thomas, told CBSSports.com.

Via Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Pacers Get Hardship Relief Extension On A.J. Price

A.J. Price will remain on the Pacers for another 10 days after the club was granted a second injury hardship relief exception.

Ryan Kelly Out At Least Six Weeks With Torn Hamstring

Ryan Kelly suffered the injury in Sunday's loss.

Kobe: You're Crazy If You Think I Want To Shoot This Much At 36

Kobe Bryant scored 44 points on 34 shots from the field in the Lakers' loss on Sunday to the Golden State Warriors.

George Karl Remains Interested In Coaching, Monitoring Nuggets' Situation

George Karl was the NBA Coach of the Year in 12-13, but was fired before entering the final season of his contract.

Report: Klay Thompson Would Have Entered 2010 Draft With Guarantee From Lakers

The Lakers had already traded their first round pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, though they did own the 38th pick from the Grizzlies.

Meyers Leonard Shifts Philosophy From 'Brute' Center To Stretch Forward

Meyers Leonard has shown development in his shooting and has a more defined role as a shooting big man who can stretch the defense.

Timberwolves Discussing Corey Brewer Trade With Cavs, Rockets

The Cavaliers and Rockets view Corey Brewer as a notable boost for their wing depth.

Rudy Gay Agrees To Three-Year, $40M Extension With Kings

Rudy Gay's extension with the Kings includes a player option for the the 2017-18 season.

Spurs Expected To Pursue Marc Gasol As Possible Tim Duncan Replacement

Marc Gasol will be the Knicks' main free agent target next offseason.

NBPA Hires Chrysa Chin To Better Manage Players

Chrysa Chin has served as a league liaison for players and is often seen consulting prospects on draft night.

Chris Douglas-Roberts Has Partially Torn Achilles

Chris Douglas-Roberts has dealt with pain in his Achilles since training camp.

Celtics Assign Dwight Powell, James Young To Maine

The Celtics have assigned rookies Dwight Powell and James Young to the Maine Red Claws.

76ers Sign Robert Covington

Robert Covington was the first overall pick of the 2014 D-League Draft.

76ers Waive Chris Johnson

The 76ers have waived Chris Johnson.

Thunder Assign Grant Jerrett To D-League

The Thunder have assigned Grant Jerrett to the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA D-League.

Kobe 'Extremely Jealous' Of Spurs' Longevity Together

Kobe Bryant would love the opportunity to play another playoff series against the Spurs.

Assault Charges Dropped Against P.J. Hairston

Kentrell Barkley claimed P.J. Hairston punched him in the face during the game.

Dwyane Wade Misses First Game Of Season With Hamstring Injury

Dwyane Wade missed 28 games last season, nine of which with a similar hamstring injury.

Jackson: Warriors' Turnover Issues Not Going To Change Overnight

Stephen Curry has averaged the second-most turnovers in the NBA at 4.4 per game.

Cavaliers Assign Alex Kirk To D-League

Alex Kirk has appeared in two games for the Cavs this season.
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