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Knicks Looking At Felton, Rodriguez And Atkins?

The Knicks are still looking for help in the backcourt, and Charlotte's Raymond Felton, Portland's Sergio Rodriguez, and Denver's Chucky Atkins are reportedly options.

Felton, who makes $4.1 million and will be a restricted free agent this summer, has been shopped by the Bobcats.

New York likes Rodriguez, but the Blazers are going to want something significant in return.

The Nuggets have Atkins buried on the bench, but he is more of a shooter than he is a playmaker.

Via Newsday

Hornets' Chandler Ignores Trade Rumors

New Orleans' center Tyson Chandler ignores all trade rumors, having learned throughout his career that you can't focus on that kind of attention.

"Honestly, at this point in my career, I don't pay attention to it," Chandler said. "I've only been involved in trade rumors once during my final year in Chicago. Once you start focusing on that stuff, you lose track on what you are trying to do. I don't even read newspapers or watch the sports channels."

Sports Illustrated listed Chandler for the Pistons' Rasheed Wallace as a possible trade.

Via Times-Picayune

Indiana's Ford Expected To Sit Again

Indiana point guard T.J. Ford is expected to miss his third straight game on Tuesday night when the team faces off against Atlanta.

He missed practice on Monday because of a sore lower back.

"We're just trying to figure out what I can tolerate," said Ford. "You know going into the season and throughout the season you're not going to be 100 percent. You want to get to a level you know you're still capable of producing. . . . We'll continue to do a lot of treatment so I can get back on the court."

Via Indianapolis Star

OKC Waives Steven Hill

The Oklahoma City have waived center Steven Hill. Hill appeared in one game for the Thunder scoring two points and grabbing thee rebounds in two minutes.

Via Press Release

OKC's Acquisition Of Krstic Finalized

Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team's acquisition of center Nenad Krstic has been finalized.

The Thunder originally signed Krstic to an offer sheet on Dec. 22nd.

The transaction was finalized today when the New Jersey Nets declined to match the Thunder offer.

?We are pleased to be able to add Nenad to our organization,? said Presti. ?He is someone that we feel helps this team both in the short and long term. We are excited that he will be a part of the Thunder as we continue to build our team here in Oklahoma City.?

Krstic (7-0, 213), the 24th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Nets, played four seasons in New Jersey appearing in 226 games. During that time he averaged 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in 27 minutes per contest.

The Serbian national had his best year in 2005-06 when he started 80 games for the Nets as a second year player. He averaged 13.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Krstic had his 2006-07 season cut short by a torn ACL in his left knee. Prior to the injury he was averaging 16.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest.

At the same time the team announced that it has waived center Steven Hill. Hill appeared in one game for the Thunder scoring two points and grabbing thee rebounds in two minutes.

Nets Pass, Krstic Officially Joins Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team?s acquisition of center Nenad Krstic has been finalized.

The Thunder originally signed Krstic to an offer sheet on Dec. 22nd. The transaction was finalized today when the New Jersey Nets declined to match the Thunder offer.

?We are pleased to be able to add Nenad to our organization,? said Presti. ?He is someone that we feel helps this team both in the short and long term. We are excited that he will be a part of the Thunder as we continue to build our team here in Oklahoma City.?

Via Press Release

Orlando: No Interest In Trading For Joe Smith

Otis Smith says Orlando doesn't have interest in acquiring Joe Smith of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"Did those rumors say what we are giving up for him? What am I going to do with another big? Am I just collecting them?" Smith said.

Via Orlando Sentinel

Maggette Doesn't Want To Be A Clipper Again

With speculation that Baron Davis wants to return to Golden State escalating, Corey Maggette was asked if he would like to go back to the Clippers.

"Who me? No. I love it here, man," Maggette said. "It's been a big change for me. Fans here are absolutely great. That's the biggest thing coming from Los Angeles. They have a mixture of Lakers and Clippers fans. Here, it's the Bay Area team. They love their Warriors. That's what's great about them."

Via San Francisco Chronicle

Suns' Nash Leaves With Back Spasms

Phoenix guard Steve Nash doesn't expect the back spasms that limited him against Oklahoma City to be a long-term issue.

Nash played just nine minutes in Monday night's victory.

"The negative is that I didn't get to contribute, but the positive is I didn't have one incident that jarred it, and it was a huge reaction that could keep me out for an extended period of time," Nash said after the game.

"We'll see how I feel (Tuesday). I'm very questionable for (Tuesday), but I think it's something that definitely won't keep me out after the new year."

The Suns battle the Grizzlies on Tuesday night.

Via Seattle Times

Celtics' Garnett To Receive Time Off?

Kevin Garnett has been playing more minutes than usual lately, so Celtics' coach Doc Rivers is trying to make an effort to give his star some time off.

"He was at 34 or 35 or 33 on a lot of nights," said Rivers. "Then that way, once in a while you could extend it. That would be a great number."

Garnett is content with whatever Rivers wants to do.

"Whatever Doc says, I'm with. I wish I was perfect. But I feel really, really good. I haven't always had the chance to say that this year," Garnett said of his workload.

Via Boston Globe

A.I. Or Hamilton To Be Pistons' 6th Man?

When Richard Hamilton returns from his groin injury, Pistons' coach Michael Curry could opt to bring either Hamilton or Allen Iverson off the bench.

Davis Denies He Wants Out

Baron Davis has denied claims by Stephen Jackson that he wants to return to the Warriors.

RealGM Recaps For Games On Monday, Dec. 29th

The Pistons ended the Magic's 7-game win streak with an impressive victory at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Monday night.

Weeks To Go Before Curry Can Practice

Eddy Curry is weeks away from practicing with the New York Knicks.

Nets Send Williams To D-League

New Jersey Nets' forward Sean Williams was assigned to the Colorado 14ers.

Ricky Davis Suspended For Violation Of Anti-Drug Program

Ricky Davis has been suspended for five games.

James, Bryant Named Players Of Week

The Cavaliers' LeBron James and the Lakers' Kobe Bryant Monday were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 22, through Sunday, Dec. 28.

Nellie Predicts Lakers To Dethrone Celtics

Warriors' coach Don Nelson believes that the Lakers will dethrone the defending-champion Celtics this season.

Clippers' Randolph Could Miss 2 Weeks

Clippers' forward Zach Randolph has a bruised left knee that could keep him out for as long as two weeks.

Grunfeld: Arenas Close To Return

Wizards' president Ernie Grunfeld believes guard Gilbert Arenas is close to returning to the court.

Cleveland Interested In Gerald Wallace?

Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace's name remains a mainstay in trade rumors, and the Cavaliers could have interest.

Knicks Almost Traded Lee To Nuggets

The Knicks and Nuggets had serious enough discussions about a David Lee-for-Linas Kleiza trade earlier this month that Lee got word something was possible.

Baron Would Welcome Return To Warriors?

Golden State's Stephen Jackson recently spent time with former teammate Baron Davis, who revealed to him that he wouldn't mind returning to the Warriors.

Karl Not Hopeful About Nene Being All-Star

Nuggets' coach George Karl doesn't believe that Nene will be representing the Western Conference at February's All-Star Game.

Mihm Wants To Remain A Laker

Chris Mihm has heard all the trade rumors involving him leaving the Lakers, but he hopes they are false.

Pacers' Dunleavy Continues To Progress

Pacers' swingman Mike Dunleavy has increased his practice participation up to 20 minutes, but he is also battling a virus.

Nuggets Actively Looking For Big Man?

The Nuggets have talked to the Thunder about possibly acquiring one of its big men, assuming they land Nenad Krstic, whom they recently signed to an offer sheet.

RealGM Recaps For Games On Sunday, Dec. 28th

David West hit a jumper with two seconds left on the clock to give the Hornets a 105-103 win over the Pacers in Indiana on Sunday night.

Marbury Wants Fine Settled Before Discussing Buyout

Before Stephon Marbury discusses a buyout for the Knicks, he wants the $400,000 back that he was fined for allegedly refusing to play. According to Marbury, he did not even have a jersey in his locker.

Kings' Miller: 'I Hate Losing'

Kings' center Brad Miller admitted to the Sacramento Bee recently that he has a difficult time dealing with losing.
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