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Nets, Hornets Discuss Trade Involving Joe Johnson, Lance Stephenson

Jan 26, 2015 12:24 AM

The Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Hornets have restarted trade discussions that involve Joe Johnson, according to sources.

The Hornets and Nets are discussing a larger package that would likely include Lance Stephenson, Gerald Henderson and Marvin Williams.

Charlotte owner Michael Jordan has been intrigued with the possibility of Johnson, who has struggled recently with tendinitis.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Joe Johnson, Lance Stephenson, Gerald Henderson, Marvin Williams, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Langston Galloway, Knicks In Talks On Deal

Jan 26, 2015 6:46 PM

The New York Knicks held negotiations with Langston Galloway on a new contract Monday, with multiple NBA teams prepared to engage if he's set free, league sources told RealGM.

Galloway is on his second 10-day contract with the Knicks, ending Monday night.

The two sides failed to reach an agreement through then, and they'll carry over discussions to Tuesday.

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Tags: Langston Galloway, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kobe Bryant Considered Joining Michael Jordan With Wizards

Jan 26, 2015 12:42 PM

Kobe Bryant considered joining Michael Jordan with the Washington Wizards before his 2004 free agency.

Abe Pollin, however, parted ways with Jordan in 2003 a year before Bryant was scheduled to make his free agent decision.

“That’s true,” Bryant confirmed recently. “A long time ago? Yeah.”

 

Bryant considered signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, but eventually chose to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant was in the middle of a feud with Shaquille O'Neal as the two were struggling to co-exist. The Lakers traded O'Neal in that 2004 offseason to the Miami Heat.

“The challenge had been thrown down upon me, of not being able to win without Shaq. A public challenge never really bothered me too much, but he made a couple of comments as well. I think he called me Penny Hardaway Part 2 or something like that. So that’s what [ticked] me off,” Bryant said. “Then it was like, ‘Listen, you know the step back that I took to help us win championships. Let’s not get [expletive] confused. I can dominate on my own. I decided to stay here and win championships and sacrifice MVPs and scoring titles and all that stuff.’ So once that was said, it was like a line in the sand now.”

According to two people with knowledge of the situation, after Jordan decided to sell his minority ownership stake to resume his playing career with the Wizards, Bryant informed him several times he wanted to play for the Wizards. Jordan was going to return to the front office after his retirement.

“I’ve always been very big on having mentors, on having muses and I’ve been really, really big on that,” Bryant said. “Being around guys who have done it before and done it at a high level and always tried to pick their brains and always tried to absorb knowledge. Obviously, being in that situation [with the Wizards], it would’ve helped having to be around him every day and so on.”

 

The Wizards never had the assets to discuss a trade for Bryant, so the only chance the organization would have had to make a run at him was when he became an unrestricted free agent in 2004. 

 

“We would’ve put together a great team and we would’ve won championships,” Bryant said. “Listen, man. There are not a lot of players in this league that say, ‘Come hell or high water, we’re going to get this [expletive] done.’ People can look around and joke around about winning, saying they want to win. For me, it’s a matter of life or death. It was that important to me. And if it’s that important to me, I’m going to get there.”

Michael Lee/Washington Post

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mavericks Confident About Signing Jermaine O'Neal By All-Star Break

Jan 26, 2015 12:30 AM

The Dallas Mavericks are confident that they are moving closer to signing Jermaine O'Neal, according to sources.

The Mavericks are closely monitoring O'Neal's progress as he works out in preparation for a comeback and hope to sign him by the All-Star break.

"We'll let you know when there's any breaking news, but right now, there's none," Rick Carlisle said on Sunday.

O'Neal has made it clear to interested teams that he doesn't intend to sign anywhere until he is closer to NBA game shape.

Tim MacMahon, Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Jermaine O'Neal, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Paxson Refutes Van Gundy's Comments On Bulls Leaking Stories To Undermine Thibodeau

Jan 26, 2015 12:34 AM

During Friday's Chicago Bulls-Dallas Mavericks telecast, Jeff Van Gundy accused Bulls management of trying to undermine Tom Thibodeau by leaking disparaging stories, saying the practice dates to Phil Jackson's tenure as well as Scott Skiles' and Vinny Del Negro's.

"Tom Thibodeau isn't being undermined at all," John Paxson said. "What's being undermined is the entire Bulls organization by Van Gundy, who has an agenda against our organization for whatever reason and has for years. I guess he thinks he's trying to protect his friend, but he's doing just the opposite. It's pretty pathetic when you think about it, and truth be told he owes Jerry Reinsdorf an apology for his disparaging remarks."

Van Gundy declined to address Paxson's remarks and said he stood behind his Friday comments.

Thibodeau said he was aware of Van Gundy's comments but had not heard them.

"I'm fine," Thibodeau said. "I don't get wrapped up in that stuff. That's (Van Gundy's) opinion. He's paid to give opinions. He has to do his job. I try to do my job. I'm just trying to work here. ... My job is to coach the team. That's what I worry about. (Van Gundy) doesn't speak for me. I don't speak for him."

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Sign Larry Drew II To 2nd 10-Day Contrat

Jan 26, 2015 12:50 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed guard Larry Drew II to a second 10-day contract. 

In six games played since joining the Sixers, Drew is averaging five points and four assists in nearly 19 minutes per game.  Dating back to the start of the 2000-01 season, Drew is one of just 22 players to have recorded at least 26 assists within the first six games of a career.

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Tags: Larry Drew, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Quincy Miller To Sign Second 10-Day Contract With Kings

Jan 25, 2015 10:27 PM

The Sacramento Kings will sign Quincy Miller to a second 10-day contract.

Miller was leading the NBA Development League with 26.3 points 3.7 blocks per game when the Kings signed him to his first 10-day contract Jan. 17.

Miller played 34 minutes with 13 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks in Friday’s loss at Golden State.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Quincy Miller, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron: We've Improved Mentally More Than Anything

Jan 26, 2015 10:34 AM

LeBron James had 34 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 39 minutes in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 108-98 home win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"We've improved, mentally more than anything," LeBron James said.

The Cavaliers have won six straight games.

"We're a confident bunch, but for us, we're a humble bunch," James said. "It's one game, against a very experienced team, a very talented team, very good team that's been together for a while and it shows that we can match up with that caliber team."

"I felt the atmosphere was a playoff atmosphere," Blatt added. "I'm glad we responded well to that kind of matchup."

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Nuggets Recall Erick Green From D-League

Jan 25, 2015 10:25 PM

Erick Green has been recalled from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League by the Denver Nuggets.

Green played two games for the Mad Ants this season averaging 21 points and 3.0 assists per game.  

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Robbie Hummel Suffers Fracture In Hand

Jan 25, 2015 10:18 PM

Robbie Hummel suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand.

The injury occurred at the end of the third quarter of Sunday's game and he'll be out indefinitely.

In 36 games (four starts) this season, Hummel is averaging 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 15.0 minutes per game.

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Tags: Robbie Hummel, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

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Nets Evaluating Lionel Hollins
Lionel Hollins is in the first season of a four-year deal worth more than $20 million.

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Kobe Bryant To Undergo Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery
Kobe Bryant has agreed to undergo surgery.

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Kemba Walker To Undergo Surgery For Meniscus
Kemba Walker is expected to miss approximately six weeks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Klay Thompson, LeBron James Named NBA Players Of The Week
Klay Thompson scored a record 37 points in the third quarter of Friday's game, finishing with 52 overall.

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Brook Lopez Prefers To Remain With Nets
The Nets have been pursuing a trade of Brook Lopez.

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Clippers Remain Interested In Nate Robinson, Pursuing Other Deals First
Nate Robinson previously played for Doc Rivers when both were with the Celtics.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Cavs' Unbalanced Roster Led To Poor Body Language, Effort
One unnamed player said "it was never Coach [David] Blatt's fault."

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer (via Fear The Sword)

LaMarcus Aldridge Likely To Have Double Recovery Time By Waiting On Surgery
LaMarcus Aldridge is not risking his long-term health by playing with a torn ligament.

Jason Quick/Oregonian

Brandon Jennings Out 6-9 Months With Full Achilles Tear
Brandon Jennings will miss the rest of the season and is expected to be out six to nine months with a full tear of his left Achilles.

Vincent Goodwill/The Detroit News

Goran Dragic To Give Every Team An Equal Opportunity In Free Agency
Goran Dragic said he has not given more specific thought to his decision, preferring to focus on the season.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Waiters Unconcerned He Didn't Receive Goodbye Message From LeBron
Dion Waiters said he has only spoken to Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson among former Cavaliers teammates since his trade to the Thunder.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Brandon Jennings Out Indefinitely With Possible Achilles Injury
Stan Van Gundy said Brandon Jennings will be out for the foreseeable future.

Keith Langlois/Pistons.com

Elijah Millsap To Sign Three-Year Deal With Jazz
Elijah Millsapís deal will be for the remainder of the season and holds two years of team options for the Jazz.

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Jeremy Lin Receives Healthy DNP-CD
Jeremy Lin was a healthy scratch, DNP-CD during the Lakers' loss to the Spurs on Friday.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

LaMarcus Aldridge Puts Thumb Surgery On Hold, Will Play Against Wizards
LaMarcus Aldridge will play against the Wizards on Saturday night.

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Thompson Sets NBA Record For Most Points In A Quarter
Klay Thompson scored 37-points in the third quarter, on his way to scoring 52-points on Friday night.

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Mark Cuban Believes NBA All-Star Game Voting System 'Broken'
Mark Cuban believes the apathetic response from NBA fans for All-Star Game voting proves the system is "absolutely, positively broken."

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

NBA Tells Seattle Not To Expect Team Within Next Few Years
An agreement for the funding of a Sodo arena between Seattle, King County and Chris Hansen expires in November of 2017.

Geoff Baker/Seattle Times

Tony Wroten Has Partial ACL Tear In Right Knee
Tony Wroten will need surgery on his right knee.

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Raptors, Bulls Among Teams Interested In D.J. Kennedy
The Raptors and Bulls are among four NBA teams that have shown an interest in D.J. Kennedy, sources told RealGM.

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