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LeBron James: Gregg Popovich 'Factors A Lot' Into 2020 Olympics Decision

Jan 21, 2017 9:11 PM

LeBron James is undecided if he will participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

James said the chance to play for Gregg Popovich will be a big consideration.

"It factors a lot," James said. "I've said that before. He's just a great mastermind of the game of basketball."

James recently called Popovich "the greatest coach of all time."

"Team USA is in good hands with him," James, a gold medalist in 2008 and 2012, told the Associated Press at the time of Popovich's hire by USA Basketball. "It was in good hands with Coach K. It's almost like 'The Godfather.' We hand it off to Michael Corleone now."

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, National, National Olympics

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Magic Sign Anthony Brown To 10-Day Contract

Jan 22, 2017 12:06 PM

The Orlando Magic have signed guard-forward Anthony Brown to a 10-day contract.

Brown becomes the 12th Call-Up from the NBA Development League this season. 

Brown (6’7”, 211, 10/10/92) has played and started in 16 games this season with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League, averaging 21.6 ppg., 5.1 rpg., 3.4 apg. and 1.00 stlpg. in 39.2 minpg., while shooting .472 (42-89) from three-point range. He also appeared in nine games this season with New Orleans, averaging 3.8 ppg. and 2.9 rpg. in 15.8 minpg. Brown was signed by the Pelicans on Nov. 21, then waived on Dec. 9.

Originally selected in the second round (34th overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, Brown has appeared in 38 career NBA games with the Lakers and New Orleans, averaging 3.9 ppg. and 2.5 rpg. in 19.5 minpg. He has also played in 23 career D-League games with Los Angeles and Erie, averaging 19.4 ppg., 4.7 rpg. and 2.9 apg. in 37.5 minpg., while shooting .419 (57-136) from three-point range.

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Tags: Anthony Brown, Orlando Magic, Erie BayHawks, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Jabari Parker Punished For Disclosing Locker Room Discourse

Jan 22, 2017 4:48 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks brought Jabari Parker off the bench in their loss on Saturday to the Miami Heat for violating a team rule.

Parker disclosed locker room discourse to the media.

After dropping their fourth consecutive game on Friday in Orlando, the Bucks held a team meeting in which Parker became vocal in voicing his frustration with the lack of togetherness, sources said.

In his postgame media address, Parker confirmed there was a team meeting and disclosed what the organization regarded as private, locker room dialogue.

"I spoke up for the first time, and it didn't go my way," Parker said to the media. "I was getting thrashed, but hey, as long as I give them another perspective, I did my job."

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

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Ricky Rubio Leaves Wolves For Personal Reasons

Jan 21, 2017 9:30 PM

Ricky Rubio has left the Minnesota Timberwolves for personal reasons and will miss Sunday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

Tom Thibodeau said he expects Rubio to get back into town late Sunday and rejoin the team for practice Monday.

Rubio didn't play in the second half of Thursday's game due to tightness in his left hip.

Rubio has been the subject of trade rumors for much of the season.

ESPN

Tags: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA

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Stan Van Gundy Insists Pistons Won't Trade Reggie Jackson For Ricky Rubio

Jan 21, 2017 9:43 PM

Stan Van Gundy insisted to reporters he will not trade Reggie Jackson to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Van Gundy confirmed a report that the Pistons and Timberwolves had discussed a multiplayer deal headlined by Jackson and Ricky Rubio this week, but he revealed Saturday morning that he has assured Jackson the deal would not happen.

"I texted Reggie and just said, 'This is crazy season, and we're not trading you for Ricky Rubio,'" Van Gundy told reporters after the Pistons' morning shootaround in advance of their Saturday night home game against Washington.

"That was it. I don't normally address it, but the fact that it was out there and it concerned his agent [Aaron Mintz] enough to call, I addressed it. ‎

"I'm not denying that the discussion took place -- they take place all the time. But that's a lot different than consideration. And clearly we didn't make that move."

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Ricky Rubio, Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dunc'd On: Trade Deadline: Pacific Division, DEN/MIN, News

Jan 23, 2017 3:20 AM

News, including Carmelo Anthony's willingness to potentially waive his no-trade clause.  Then a comprehensive look-ahead to the trade deadline for the Pacific Division, who will they look to move, who are buyers, and who are sellers? We finish with a look at a fantastic Denver/Minnesota game.

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Wolves, Pistons Discuss Ricky Rubio For Reggie Jackson Trade

Jan 20, 2017 9:30 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons have held trade talks centered around Ricky Rubio for Reggie Jackson.

No deal appears imminent but the two sides have engaged in talks this week.

The Wolves have openly been trying to trade Rubio for some time with Kris Dunn representing the future at point guard. Rubio has two seasons left on his deal valued at $29.2 million.

Minnesota is also willing to include Shabazz Muhammad in scenarios involving Rubio. Muhammad will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

Jackson is in the second season of a five-year, $80 million deal.

Marc Stein, Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Ricky Rubio, Reggie Jackson, Shabazz Muhammad, Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Chasson Randle Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With 76ers

Jan 20, 2017 7:28 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed Chasson Randle to a second 10-day contract.

Randle has appeared in two games since being signed by the Sixers on January 9. He posted 10 points in 16 minutes in Monday’s win over the Bucks in Milwaukee.

Randle was most recently with the NBA D-League Westchester Knicks, where he appeared in 19 games and posted averages of 21 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 32 minutes per game, while shooting 40% from three-point range.

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Tags: Chasson Randle, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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RealGM Radio: Seerat Sohi

Jan 20, 2017 5:18 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Seerat Sohi (@DamianTrilard) have a wide-ranging discussion about the state of the NBA and its stars.

They discuss Klay Thompson and the Warriors, the former Thunder teammates in their current situations (10:05), Jimmy Butler and the Bulls (32:48), what teams they enjoy watching the most (43:15), who they would like to see traded at the deadline (51:40), the Utah Jazz (59:03), what they are interested to watch for the rest of the season (1:04:35) and much more.

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76ers Claim Mo Williams Off Waivers

Jan 20, 2017 5:11 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have claimed Mo Williams off waivers.

Williams was traded by the Atlanta Hawks to the Denver Nuggets this week and subsequently waived.

Like the Nuggets, the 76ers had yet to reach the salary floor.

By claiming Williams, the 76ers have eliminated the Nuggets' $1.1 million salary floor related savings and have taken it for themselves.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Mo Williams, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Carmelo Anthony Will Consider Leaving If Knicks Prefer Trade
Carmelo Anthony continues to want to remain with the Knicks but he said he would consider leaving if that's what the front office wants.

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Teams Believe Hawks Will Revisit Paul Millsap Trade Talks
Paul Millsap will be a free agent in 2017 and the Hawks are reticent to let him leave without compensation.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Magic Offer Nikola Vucevic, First Rounder To Heat For Goran Dragic
The Magic attempted to engage the Heat recently on a trade for Goran Dragic.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Suns Seeking 1st Round Pick For P.J. Tucker With Clippers Interested
P.J. Tucker will be a free agent in 2017.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Nuggets Hope To Trade Jusuf Nurkic By Deadline
Denver would like to give Jusuf Nurkic a chance to be a starting center elsewhere while receiving a return on his value.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Bulls Planning Pursuit Of Chris Bosh
The Bulls are already working on pursuing Chris Bosh if he becomes a free agent.

Marc Stein/ESPN

David West Out At Least Two Weeks With Fractured Left Thumb
David West is the primary backup for the Golden State Warriors at center behind Zaza Pachulia.

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Pau Gasol Out Indefinitely With Broken Left Hand
Pau Gasol collided with Kyle Anderson and walked off the court grimacing and flexing his left hand.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Jimmy Butler's Future With Bulls Will Factor Into Dwyane Wade's 17-18 Decision
Dwyane Wade signed a two-year, $47 million deal with the Bulls with a player option for Year 2.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

LeBron, Giannis, Harden Headline 2017 NBA All-Star Starters
The NBA has announced their starters for the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans.

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NBA, NBPA Officially Ratify New Collective Bargaining Agreement
The new agreement will take effect on July 1, 2017 and run through the 2023-24 season.

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Kings Confirm Full Rupture Of Left Achilles Tendon For Rudy Gay
Rudy Gay underwent an MRI on Thursday to confirm the injury suffered on Wednesday.

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TNT To Air 'Players Only' Franchise For Five Nights Of Monday Games
TNT will debut a new NBA Monday franchise titled Players Only in which only former professional basketball players will fill all commentator roles.

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Kevin Durant: I Didn't Plan On Coming To Warriors For Just A Year
The Warriors will contend with the free agencies of both Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry this offseason.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Khris Middleton Could Return By All-Star Break
Khris Middleton is expected to be kept on a minutes restriction as he eases way his back from the injury.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Russell Westbrook Promises Revenge Upon Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia was handed a flagrant foul 1 for the play, following a review by the officials.

Royce Young/ESPN

Nets Sign Quincy Acy To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Quincy Acy has averaged 6.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in four games of his first 10-day with the Nets.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Dunc'd On: Who Has Made Some Money, OKC/GSW, Rudy Gay Injury
Which 2017 free agents have boosted their value? Plus Paul, Gay injuries, OKC/GSW.

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Rudy Gay Likely Suffers Torn Achilles Tendon
Rudy Gay had planned to decline his $14.3 million option with the Kings for the 17-18 season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Kevin Durant Reflects On Time With Westbrook, Harden
Kevin Durant reflected back this week on how special the Thunder were earlier in his career playing beside fellow MVP candidates Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News