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Pistons Waive Josh Smith

Dec 22, 2014 11:57 AM

The Detroit Pistons have waived Josh Smith.

Smith is owed $26 million over the next two seasons and the Pistons will use the stretch provision on his contract to give the team some cap relief.

The Sacramento Kings made multiple overtures to sign Smith in the offseason, but Stan Van Gundy wanted to try to make his frontcourt of Smith, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe work.

“Our team has not performed the way we had expected throughout the first third of the season and adjustments need to be made in terms of our focus and direction,” said Van Gundy.  “We are shifting priorities to aggressively develop our younger players while also expanding the roles of other players in the current rotation to improve performance and build for our future.  As we expand certain roles, others will be reduced.  In fairness to Josh, being a highly versatile 10-year veteran in this league, we feel it’s best to give him his freedom to move forward.  We have full respect for Josh as a player and a person.”

Marc Stein reports that the Pistons aggressively shopped Smith in recent weeks, but the Kings were the only team to show any real interest.

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Dwyane Wade Didn't Try To Convince LeBron To Re-Sign With Heat

Dec 22, 2014 10:44 AM

Dwyane Wade hopes the Miami Heat fans give LeBron James an appreciative response in his first return visit with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Day.

Wade said he never tried to recruit James to remain with the Heat, treating him more as a friend than a teammate.

Wade and James were together in Las Vegas before he announced his decision to sign with the Cavs.

"We had already planned to go to Vegas earlier in the year," Wade said. "[LeBron's] camp was out there at the time, and I was out there with D-Wright. It was perfect timing to be out there with two of my best friends. So that summer, it was already planned. When it came to the decision that had to be made, I kind of knew a little bit. I could feel it a little bit. But I didn't know it 100 percent until we talked. But I could feel it. I knew it was tough on him. It was probably harder because I was around, because it was a tough time to make that decision for him. And then, one of the toughest parts was because of me and the relationship we had and stuff like that."

Wade and James won two championships together and their friendship will last into retirement.

"That's all I ever will be is Dwyane the friend," Wade said. "Dwyane the teammate, I'm not that guy. I knew whenever it comes to somebody having to do what's best for them, I'm always going to take myself out of it and give them the best advice I feel I can give. I'm not going to be biased and give them what I think is going to be best for me. I'm going to give them what I feel is best for them, and I've always been that way in any situation. I tried to be selfless. I took being his teammate out of it and I was just his friend. It was as simple as saying, 'Do what’s best for LeBron James, because everybody is going to benefit from you. You stay in Miami, we benefit from you. Wherever you go, do what's best for you, because wherever you play, somebody is going to benefit off of you. So you have to be happy with your situation.' "

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Tags: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings, Nets Discussing Deron Williams Trade

Dec 20, 2014 6:48 PM

The Sacramento Kings and Brooklyn Nets are discussing a deal centered on Deron Williams.

Talks have centered upon Darren Collison, Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson for Williams.

Sacramento has significant interest with Williams, but a hurdle to a possible deal is the Kings’ desire to have center Mason Plumlee included into the package, league sources said.

The Nets' partnership with Williams has become increasingly fractured over the past two years, and the idea of a breakup has appeal for both sides, sources tell Yahoo.

 

Williams has two full years and $43 million-plus left on his contract through the end of the 2017 season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Deron Williams, Sacramento Kings, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Carmelo Anthony Denies Report Of Willingness To Waive No-Trade Clause

Dec 12, 2014 10:55 AM

Carmelo Anthony and his agent have denied a report that he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause if the New York Knicks decided they wanted to trade him.

Anthony has no desire to be traded at the current moment, according to the report, but his willingness to consider giving up the no-trade clause shows how frustrated he has become with the Knicks’ historically bad start to the season.

“He thought things would be better than this, but he still wants to stick it out for now, ’’ a source said. “He trusts Phil, but I think he’s afraid of Phil.’’ 

Anthony would have to approve any trade.

"After all the work I did to get here and get back here? If I was to get up and want to leave now that would just make me weak," said Anthony in response to the report.

"Carmelo, as always, is committed to the Knicks," said his agent Leon Rose to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. "There have never been discussions about trades or wanting to leave New York. Any story, rumor, report to the contrary is utter nonsense."

Marc Berman/New York Post

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Lance Stephenson Receiving Trade Interest, But Hopes To Remain Part Of Hornets' Turnaround

Dec 11, 2014 12:17 PM

Lance Stephenson has garnered fresh trade inquiries into the Charlotte Hornets’ front office recently and wouldn’t be opposed to a potential move to the Brooklyn Nets, but hopes to remain part of and succeed in his partnership with the Hornets, league sources told RealGM.

Four to five NBA teams have shown an interest to the Hornets on Stephenson, but no deal is imminent, Stephenson has made clear his desire to help propel a turnaround and both sides believe there’s still time to salvage a productive relationship and run with the franchise, sources told RealGM.

In 21 games this season, Stephenson has averaged 10.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 34 minutes per game. He has shot at or near career lows, as a rotation player, from the field (38.7 percent), three-point range (16 percent) and free throw line (67 percent).

Even so, the 6-foot-5 guard has become increasingly comfortable in Charlotte — playing his best basketball of the season so far in December, averaging 16.3 points, six rebounds and 4.3 assists for a 2-1 record.

As a native of Brooklyn, New York, Stephenson attended Lincoln High School in Coney Island. Privately, Stephenson, 24, has unconditional affection for the city and hopes to play for the Nets in the borough at some point in his career.

After a summer headlined by the acquisition of Stephenson to a three-year, $27.4 million deal, the Hornets have gone 6-15 this season under a blend of regression from core players, a return to the bottom tier in points allowed per game after finishing fourth behind Chicago, Indiana and Memphis in 2013-14, and fluctuating trust in the locker room.

As a key contributor toward three consecutive playoff appearances and two in the Eastern Conference Finals, Stephenson found his niche in the league and averaged nearly 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Pacers a season ago. He is in his fifth NBA season out of the University of Cincinnati.

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Tags: Lance Stephenson, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Furkan Aldemir To Sign With 76ers

Nov 24, 2014 11:09 AM

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.

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Wolves Would Have Kept Kevin Love Without Cavs' Trade

Dec 22, 2014 5:27 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves began their trade talks involving Kevin Love with the Golden State Warriors before eventually agreeing upon a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Warriors were unwilling to include Klay Thompson in any deal for Love, which made a trade impossible for both sides.

The Wolves acquired Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young for Love, Alexey Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute.

Flip Saunders says the Wolves would have kept Love if the deal with the Cavaliers didn't come together. There were no other trades on the table at that point which were to the Wolves' liking.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Tags: Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Andrew Bogut Undergoes Platelet-Rich Plasma On Knee

Dec 17, 2014 8:53 PM

Andrew Bogut had PRP (platelet-rich plasma) procedure on his knee on Wednesday.

Bogut will likely have another procedure done in a week.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Tags: Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Ray Allen Contacted By Wide Range Of Teams, Including Grizzlies; Not At Stage To Decide On Future

Dec 13, 2014 3:49 PM

Ray Allen — the most coveted NBA free agent on the market — has heard from far beyond just five teams to consider, including interest from the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told RealGM.

Allen’s agent, Jim Tanner, confirmed the wide range of interest on Saturday and added that the 6-foot-5 shooting guard has no timetable to make a decision on his playing future.

Despite a report on Saturday that he was choosing between the San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors, Allen has not yet reached the stage to decide on any team. Memphis has gone 18-4 this season and has an open roster spot that could be used toward securing another shooter to the rotation.

Earlier in the week, Warriors general manager Bob Myers told 95.7 in Oakland that his team has contacted Allen to gauge interest in signing with the franchise. Nearly every team with contending aspirations is believed to have reached out to Allen and his agent Tanner.

Over an 18-year NBA career, Allen, 39, has built a Hall of Fame run while playing for Milwaukee, Seattle, Boston and Miami. Allen has averaged 18.9 points for his career and is the league’s all-time leader in three-point shots made at 2,973.

Allen averaged 9.6 points in 73 games for the Heat last season. In Game 6 of the 2013 series against the Spurs, Allen knocked down one of the most critical shots in NBA Finals history.

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Jeff Green Happy With Celtics, Denies Rumors Of Wanting Trade

Nov 24, 2014 1:09 AM

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.”

Julian Benbow/Boston Globe

Tags: Jeff Green, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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