Mar 04, 2014 11:10 AM EST
Jimmy Butler entered Monday having averaged 15.3 points on 52.5 percent shooting, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.5 blocks over his previous six games, adding efficient offense to his already strong presence on defense for the Chicago Bulls.
"His demeanor is terrific," Tom Thibodeau said. "There are plays in which he defends as well as you can defend and they make (a shot). He comes right back and does it over and over again. When you can make a scorer work for his points, that's all you can ask.
"And then to carry over what he does offensively, to run the floor, move without the ball, get into pick-and-roll, to post, we're asking a lot. And he's playing at a very high level."
Mar 03, 2014 10:28 PM EST
The Cleveland Cavaliers will sign forward Arinze Onuaku to a second 10-day contract, a league source told RealGM.
Onuaku’s first 10-day deal expired on Monday.
An undrafted, 6-foot-9 forward out of Syracuse, Onuaku worked diligently to earn contracts with the Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans. In four games this season, Onuaku has scored three points and grabbed seven rebounds in 26 minutes.
Onuaku, 26, spent parts of the past two seasons with the Canton Charge – Cleveland’s D-League affiliate.
Mar 03, 2014 10:24 PM EST
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is interested in returning to the Milwaukee Bucks in some capacity.
Abdul-Jabbar was the first overall pick in the 1969 NBA Draft by the Bucks and he led the team to the 1971 championship alongside Oscar Robertson.
Abdul-Jabbar was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1975.
"If I get a call, I will definitely offer my services," said Abdul-Jabbar. "There's nothing on the table right now. A couple of people have asked me and if I had the chance to be part of this franchise again, I would take it."
Over the last few years, Abdul-Jabbar has expressed an interest in returning to the NBA as a coach. He's worked as a special assistant with teams such as the Clippers and Lakers.
Mar 03, 2014 9:57 PM EST
LeBron James scored a career high 61 points on Monday against the Charlotte Bobcats.
James shot 22-for-33 from the floor, 8-for-10 from three and 9-for-12 from the line in 41 minutes.
James' previous career high was 56 points in 2005 against the Toronto Raptors.
Mar 03, 2014 7:19 PM EST
Joel Embiid will miss the final two regular season games for Kansas with a lower back strain.
Embiid could also miss part or all of the Big 12 conference tournament.
"There is no reason why he should not be feeling much better by the NCAA tournament," Bill Self said. "The doctors feel that amount of time off should do him wonders for how he is feeling."
Embiid miss the Jayhawks' game against TCU on Feb. 15 with the same back injury, but came back to average 14 points and 10.3 rebounds the past four games.
Mar 03, 2014 6:42 PM EST
The Milwaukee Bucks will sign Tony Mitchell to a 10-day contract.
Mitchell is averaging 19.4 points in the D-League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Mar 03, 2014 5:12 PM EST
The NBA has seen a lot of knee injuries to some of its best and most explosive players in recent seasons.
“It’s all the pick-and-roll," said Stan Van Gundy. "A lot of the guys who are getting hurt are the guys who are attacking.”
Van Gundy said players might be putting too much of a “load” on their knees to handle when they jump to change direction.
“Derrick Rose might be too explosive for his own good,” said Van Gundy.
Mar 03, 2014 5:03 PM EST
The Brooklyn Nets will sign Jason Collins to a second 10-day contract.
Collins' first 10-day contract expires on Tuesday.
Mar 03, 2014 4:42 PM EST
The Los Angeles Lakers have 23 games left in the regular season and Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash are long shots to return at some point.
Bryant has not played since December due to a fracture in his knee while Nash has battled chronic back problems.
“The doctors haven't cleared Kobe so it's a non-issue right now,” Mike D'Antoni said. “The thing is, does he get back and play some games to get his rhythm back for next year or just wait? So I don't know.
Nash wants to return this season and possibly next, but there is uncertainty.
“I don't know what to tell you,” D'Antoni said. “What's the endgame? We've talked about it. He's not completely healthy. We have 23 games left. We're not going to make the playoffs. So what's his objective in taking minutes away from the young guys that we're trying to develop?
“Now, if Steve starts to feel better, then we'll see. It's always an ongoing process in talking to him, but it's not something that's on the horizon right now.”
Mar 03, 2014 2:59 PM EST
John Wall and James Harden have been named the NBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Feb. 24, through Sunday, March 2.
Wall led the Washington Wizards to a 3-0 week, behind averages of 25.0 points (seventh in the conference), 10.7 assists (tied for first in the league) and 2.0 steals.
Harden led the Houston Rockets to a 2-1 week behind averages of 27.0 points (tied for third in the conference), 7.7 assists (fifth in the conference) and 2.0 steals.
Kevin McHale and Erik Spoelstra have been named the NBA Coaches of the Month for February.
The Cavaliers reportedly were looking to move Luol Deng for a first round pick.
The Pistons are in danger of missing the playoffs for the fifth straight season.
DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, Travis Outlaw and Jason Thompson are the only players remaining on the roster that were acquired by Geoff Petrie and the Maloofs.
After his release by the Hawks, Antawn Jamison is working out in Charlotte in hopes of being signed by a team.
Dewayne Dedmon is expected to be offered a second 10-day contract by the Magic.
Jimmer Fredette played college ball at BYU, but the Utah Jazz never seriously considered pursuing him.
An MRI for Thabo Sefolosha's calf injury confirmed a strain.
Pat Riley made it clear that they LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are all in the right place.
Xavier Henry played two games with the D-Fenders.
The Suns stood pat at the deadline and could have as much as $25 million in cap space in the offseason.
Justin Hamilton is averaging 19.3 points and 9.2 rebounds for the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Eric Bledsoe had knee surgery on Jan. 10 and has not dealt with pain or swelling.
Carmelo Anthony experienced his longest postseason run under George Karl in 2009.
Ben Gordon was waived by the Bobcats on Sunday.
The Pacers weren’t scared off by Andrew Bynum’s extensive medical history, but have been very careful with his health.
Trading Amar'e Stoudemire for a contract longer in length would compromise the Knicks' plans for cap space in 2015.
Tom Gores is seriously discussing whether to shake up the Pistons' front office, according to a report.
Jimmer Fredette is expected to officially sign with the Bulls.
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