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Carmelo Anthony Leaves Game With Back Spasms

Carmelo Anthony suffered a back injury during the first half of the New York Knicks' loss on Monday to the Houston Rockets.

Anthony doubled over in obvious discomfort with less than two minutes remaining in the half.

The Knicks described Anthony's injury as back spasms.

Via Scott Cacciola/New York Times

Furkan Aldemir To Sign With 76ers

Furkan Aldemir will leave Galatasaray to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Aldemir is averaging 8.1 points and 9.1 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game for Galatasary in 11 games.

The 76ers acquired the draft rights to Aldemir in July 2013 from the Houston Rockets.

Via Sportando

Silver Writes NYTimes Op-Ed In Favor Of Legalization, Regulation Of Sports Betting

Adam Silver has written an op-ed in the New York Times in favor of legalization and regulation of sports betting in the United States.

"Betting on professional sports is currently illegal in most of the United States outside of Nevada. I believe we need a different approach," writes Silver.

"For more than two decades, the National Basketball Association has opposed the expansion of legal sports betting, as have the other major professional sports leagues in the United States. In 1992, the leagues supported the passage by Congress of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, or Paspa, which generally prohibits states from authorizing sports betting.

"But despite legal restrictions, sports betting is widespread. It is a thriving underground business that operates free from regulation or oversight. Because there are few legal options available, those who wish to bet resort to illicit bookmaking operations and shady offshore websites. There is no solid data on the volume of illegal sports betting activity in the United States, but some estimate that nearly $400 billion is illegally wagered on sports each year."

This position from Silver represents a willingness to think outside its long-held positions. The NBA reached agreement on a deal with FanDuel this week, which is a daily sports fantasy site.

"Let me be clear: Any new approach must ensure the integrity of the game," continued Silver at the end of the piece. "One of my most important responsibilities as commissioner of the N.B.A. is to protect the integrity of professional basketball and preserve public confidence in the league and our sport. I oppose any course of action that would compromise these objectives.

"But I believe that sports betting should be brought out of the underground and into the sunlight where it can be appropriately monitored and regulated."

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jeff Green Happy With Celtics, Denies Rumors Of Wanting Trade

Jeff Green cleared up his comments to Comcast SportsNet when he said that his frustration was at an "all-time high" due to losing.

Green received word that there have been articles written about trade possibilities with the Boston Celtics.

“Before you start, I just wanted to clear the air about some BS rumor that came out,” Green said. “I don’t know if the person who made this article is in this circle, but the rumor about me wanting to get traded is definitely false.

“I said that I was frustrated with losing, not frustrated with the team. So if the words didn’t come from my mouth, I’d appreciate it if you not write a dumb [expletive] article like that."

In 2012, Green signed a four-year, $36 million contract with the Celtics. The next season, Boston went 25-57 with the team rebuilding after the end of the Big Three Era. Green has said he wanted to be a key part of that turnaround.

“If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have signed a contract to come back here,” Green said. “I’m happy where I’m at. I’m happy with the coach, the front office, everybody. Haven’t been happy like this in years, so it’s a good place for me.”

Via Julian Benbow/Boston Globe

Jimmy Butler Doesn't Hold Resentment Over Lack Of Contract Extension

Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls were not able to agree to a contract extension before the Oct. 31 deadline, and this season, the swingman has averaged 20.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals a game.

Butler said he does not hold resentment with the Bulls for the lack of a new deal.

"Nah, nah," Butler said. "I love the city of Chicago. I think everybody knows that. I just feel like I've just got to help win games, man. I want a championship. The money has never been an issue because I'm from Tomball. The money I make now is more than nothing.

"I just wanted to prove to my teammates, to my coaches, to the city, that I'm here to stay."

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

DeMarcus Cousins, Lou Williams Named NBA Players Of Week

Lou Williams and DeMarcus Cousins have been named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 17, through Sunday, Nov. 23.

Williams helped the Toronto Raptors to a 3-0 week, finishing fourth in the Eastern Conference with 23.7 ppg and ninth with 2.0 spg.

Cousins led the Sacramento Kings to a 2-1 week and paced the league in rebounding (16.3). He averaged 25.7 points (second in the league) on .577 shooting (30-for-52) and tallied five blocks.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Xavier Henry Ruptured Left Achilles

Xavier Henry ruptured his left Achilles tendon during the Los Angeles Lakers' practice on Monday.

Henry underwent an MRI on Monday to confirm the injury.

Henry, who re-signed with the Lakers as a free agent on July 25, has appeared in nine games this season, averaging 2.2 points, 0.4 rebounds, 0.3 assists, and 0.33 steals in 9.5 minutes per game. The five-year pro averaged career-highs in points (10.0), rebounds (2.7), and assists (1.2) per game last season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Andrei Kirilenko Situation With Nets Appears Beyond Repair

Andrei Kirilenko has left the Brooklyn Nets for their roadtrip as he has received several healthy scratches in recent games.

"Source says situation between Kirilenko and Nets probably won't be resolved until he's on another team," writes Stefan Bondy.

Lionel Hollins told the media on Friday that he's unsure if or when Kirilenko will rejoin the club on their road trip.

Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN reports that the Nets have had preliminary talks with the Philadelphia 76ers about moving Kirilenko and Sergey Karasev. Kirilenko would likely be waived by the 76ers.

Via Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Nuggets View Every Player On Roster As Trade Asset

The Denver Nuggets have built their core around Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried, who received a four-year contract extension before the season.

Still, the Nuggets are open to moving contracts and do not view anyone as an untouchable part.

"Every player on our roster is a movable asset," Tim Connelly said. "Certainly you don't want to view players as assets, but there's a part of you in the front office that has to be brutally honest with how these guys are viewed leaguewide. We don't have a guy on the roster we'd have to heavily incentivize to move."

Via Kevin Arnovitz/ESPN

Aaron Gordon Out Indefinitely With Fracture In Foot

Aaron Gordon has a fracture in his foot and is out indefinitely.

Gordon fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot during Saturday night’s game against the Washington Wizards.

Gordon was the fourth overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic.

Via Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

JaKarr Sampson Recalled To 76ers

JaKarr Sampson appeared in two games for the Delaware 87ers, averaging 15 points and 5 rebounds.

Joe Johnson Had Issue In Free Agency With Knicks' Facility Being Outside City

Joe Johnson seriously considered signing with the Knicks in 2010.

Bradley Beal Hopes To Make Season Debut Against Cavs On Friday

Bradley Beal has been out since Oct. 10 with a fractured left wrist.

Pacers 'Cool' On Possibility Of Paul George Returning This Season

The Pacers have "cooled" on the possibility of Paul George returning this season from his offseason injury, according to sources.

Brett Brown: Nobody Knew Year 2 Would Be Like This

The 14 players who have played so far this season for the 76ers have an average age of 23.3 years.

76ers Won't Be Favored In Any Of Remaining 69 Games

The 76ers' best odds to win are at 44.6 percent on March 30th when they host the Lakers.

James Harden: Reggie Jackson Has To Get Money He's Earned

Reggie Jackson has made it clear that he is hoping to receive a more prominent, starting role.

Silver Strongly Disagrees With Roberts On Owners Being Replaceable

Adam Silver and the NBA responded to statements made by NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts in which she said the salary cap is "un-American" and that the owners are replaceable.

Tobias Harris Has Interest In Signing With Knicks

Tobias Harris hopes that the Knicks will pursue him in restricted free agency.

Carmelo Had 'Great Dialogue' With Dwight About Joining Rockets

Carmelo Anthony isn't playing the what-if game with the Rockets and Mavericks playing well.

Damian Lillard, LeBron Named NBA Players Of The Week

Damian Lillard and LeBron James have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Nov. 10 and Nov. 16.

Lakers Assign Jordan Clarkson, Xavier Henry To D-League

Jordan Clarkson and Xavier Henry have been assigned to the D-Fenders.

Scott Unable To Reach Nash Despite Lakers' Hope For Mentorship Role

Byron Scott and Mitch Kupchak said they hoped Steve Nash would serve as a mentor and de facto shooting coach for younger players.

Roberts: NBA Owners Are Replaceable

Michele Roberts expressed objections to the concept of an NBA salary cap, while also indicating that she's planning on pushing for more than 50-50 split of basketball-related income.

Some International Scouts Believe Kristaps Porzingis Is Best 2015 Prospect

Kristaps Porzingis is a 6'11 big out of Lavia that won't turn 20 until April.

NBA Agrees To Four-Year Deal With FanDuel

The NBA will receive equity in FanDuel as part of the deal.

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 Lakers' franchise even after his contract expires.

NBPA Prepared To Appeal Jeff Taylor's Suspension

Jeff Taylor's suspension would cost him $199,689 of his $915,000 salary.

Justin Holiday, Ognjen Kuzmic Assigned To Warriors' D-League Team

The Warriors assigned Justin Holiday and Ognjen Kuzmic to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League on Friday.

Giannis Becoming More Comfortable At Power Forward

Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 14 points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes.
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