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Kidd-Gilchrist Intends To Stay At Kentucky Beyond This Season

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said that he plans to stay at Kentucky beyond this season.

"I'm graduating here. I'm not going nowhere," Kidd-Gilchrist said after Saturday's game against Vanderbilt. "I'm staying at Kentucky."

When those around him chuckled, Kidd-Gilchrist added: "I'm dead serious. I don't know why y'all laughing."

Kidd-Gilchrist will have to convince John Calipari that he should stay.

“He’s got to come up with some reasons he’s coming back and convince me,” Calipari said. “Here’s why: What if he got hurt and I’m out there convincing him to come back? What if that happened? Or something happened to him that all of the sudden really hurt him and his draft-ability and his future?

“It’s hard to live with yourself, unless you’re just trying to win five more games or ‘How many games can I win before I retire?’ This is about these young people.”

Calipari said that former one-and-done stars like John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe often say to him, “Man, I wish I could have stayed three or four years.

“But there’s opportunities that arise. Just like Bill Gates, when he said, ‘You know what? I’m done with school; I’m going to chase my dreams’ and in his case, change the world. Steve Jobs did the same thing; left school and went out and changed the world.

“You have opportunities. You’ve got to look at them and figure out what’s right.”

Via Louisville Courier-Journal

Villanueva Runs In Monday's Practice

Charlie Villanueva ran the floor for about 20 minutes during Monday's practice and was pleased by how his non-running cardiovascular conditioning has helped him remain in shape.

Villanueva has been dealing with ankle tendinitis and bone spurs.

No timetable has been established for Villanueva's return.

Via David Mayo/MLive.com

Rivers Agrees Boston's Defense Needs More Discipline

Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo recently said the Celtics had to become more disciplined defending.

“I think they’re right,’’ Doc Rivers said. “It’s something we’ve talked about all year but it’s difficult when you don’t have practice times, you don’t have the right guys on the practice floor.

“They have to trust each other more, this year more than ever, defensively and offensively. You can’t, defensively, go double or go switch on a play where we haven’t worked on it. Usually, with a lot of practice, you can get away with it because someone will cover up for you. Execution is very important and probably more so this year than any year I’ve ever coached.’’

Via Boston Globe

Deron Williams Undergoes MRI On Left Foot

Deron Williams didn't participate in Monday's practice because of an MRI on his left foot.

His foot swelled up before Sunday's All-Star game.

Williams is not expected to miss any time.

Via Colin Stephenson/Star-Ledger

Deron Williams Talks About Enjoyment Of Playing In Dallas

In Dallas for a Monday practice ahead of a game against the Mavericks, Deron Williams was asked his thoughts on playing at the American Airlines Center.

“I always like playing here,” Williams said. “It’s probably my favorite (arena) to play in. I just enjoy playing here — I enjoy playing in front of my friends, family. It’s always good they get the chance to come and see me play.”

Avery Johnson acknowledged that the Mavericks could sign Williams.

“For me personally, working for Mark Cuban, he’s a threat, okay?” said Johnson. “I know the guy. So I think because of the success he’s had — and I know he got criticized a lot for ... all those years where he didn’t win a championship — but he’s had some really great success here that rivals any situation. So that’s a threat. And for us, we don’t make any assumptions until we get Deron signed on the dotted line.

“So the main thing is, we keep doing what we’re doing, Deron’s been a major part of what we’re doing behind the scenes,” Johnson said. “He’s been a major part of what we’re doing with the new Barclays Center. So we’re saying he’s doing all of that with the intent that he’s going to remain with us in the future.”

Asked about his future Monday, Williams delivered what has become his standard response: “You know, I’m just trying to play out the season and look at my options after the season.”

Williams was also asked if he prefers the idea of being in his hometown or the arena itself.

“Home,” he said. “(And) I just like the arena. I think it’s a good shooting background. I just enjoy playing here. Fans — the fans are great. It’s always good when arenas have a lot of energy. Ours (the Prudential Center) doesn’t have too much energy.”

Via Colin Stephenson/Star-Ledger

Kobe To Visit Specialist For Broken Nose

Kobe Bryant will see an ear, nose and throat specialist on Tuesday.

Bryant suffered a broken nose when he was fouled hard by Dwyane Wade in the third quarter of Sunday's All-Star game.

Bryant returned to Los Angeles on Monday after complaining of headaches.

Via Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Wilson Chandler Has Until Thursday To Sign Offer Sheet With Rival Team

Wilson Chandler has until Thursday to receive an offer sheet from another team as he could only play for the Nuggets thereafter.

Chandler met with the Raptors last week, but no offer has been made.

Agent Chris Luchey confirmed that a one-year deal is out.

If Chandler doesn't sign a long-term deal with Denver, he won't play until the 12-13 season.

Luchey said "we're considering all options" and that it's realistic that Chandler could sign with a professional team in Italy this spring.

Via Benjamin Hochman/Denver Post

Howard Preferred Nets Before Conversation With Kobe

Dwight Howard's list of preferred destinations remains the Nets, Lakers and Mavericks with the Nets as the clear leader, according to a source.

One source said Howard wants to "be Kobe Bryant, not be with Kobe Bryant."

Sam Amick also cites close friends of Howard who say Bryant informed him that he would be the second or third option on the Lakers. 

RealGM's Jarrod Rudolph first reported details of the conversation in which Bryant compared Howard's potential impact to Tyson Chandler.

But one source says Howard preferred the Nets even before the Bryant conversation.

Via Sam Amick/SI.com

Nets Sign Gerald Green

The New Jersey Nets have signed Gerald Green of the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

In 22 games, 13 starts, with the D-Fenders this season, Green (6-8, 200) averaged 19.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in 30.6 minutes.  

The 2012 NBA D-League All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, Green scored 28 points in 24 minutes during NBA All-Star festivities in Orlando.  

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bobby Simmons Signs With Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have signed Bobby Simmons of the Reno Bighorns.

In 21 games, 18 starts, with the Bighorns this season, Simmons (6-8, 220) averaged 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 32.4 minutes.  
Simmons has scored more than 20 points three times and recorded two double-doubles, including a 19-point, 18-rebound performance on Feb. 18, against the Idaho Stampede.  

Via RealGM Staff Report

Mavericks Won't Buyout Odom, Will Remain Patient

Lamar Odom did not report back to the Mavericks on Monday and there is no timetable for his return.

Blazers Officially Sign Przybilla

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free agent Joel Przybilla.

Solomon Jones Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With Hornets

Solomon Jones averaged 3.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 14.8 minutes over five games.

Hornets Sign Lance Thomas For Remainder Of Season

Lance Thomas has averages of 2.7 points and 3.7 rebounds.

Kings Reach Deal On New Arena In Sacramento

The Kings and the city of Sacramento have reached a tentative deal to build a new arena in the downtown railyard.

Red Claws Acquire Hamady N'Diaye

The Maine Red Claws have acquired Hamady N'Diaye from the Available Player Pool.

Blazers Waive Armon Johnson

The Portland Trail Blazers have waived Armon Johnson.

Deng Wears Africa T-Shirt During Introductions, Risking Fine For Awareness

Luol Deng wore a T-shirt honoring Africa during pre-game introductions at the All-Star Game, raising awareness while also risking a potential fine.

Magic To 'Aggressively' Pursue Trade For Nash

Otis Smith intends to "aggressively" pursue a trade for Steve Nash.

Gerald Green To Sign With Nets

Gerald Green is averaging 22.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per 36 minutes in 22 games this season.

Kobe Suffers Broken Nose, Concussion

Kobe Bryant flew back to Los Angeles on Sunday evening following a CT scan.

Bobcats Remain Patient, Move Forward With Rebuilding Plan

The Bobcats plan to draft wisely and look for moves that add draft picks or young players.

Josh Howard Will Consider Re-Signing With Jazz

Josh Howard will be a free agent after this season.

Przybilla Passes Physical, Roster Decision Between Oden, Johnson Awaits

Joel Przybilla passed his physical on Sunday and will sign officially with the Blazers on Monday.

Warriors To Send Jeremy Tyler To D-League

The Warriors will sent Jeremy Tyler to the Dakota Wizards of the D-League.

Magic Deny Rumors Of Imminent Howard To Lakers Trade

The Magic are denying a rumor that they have reached a deal with the Lakers and Raptors involving Dwight Howard.

Western Conference Wins 2012 All-Star Game, Durant Takes MVP

Kevin Durant scored 36 points on 25 shots from the floor.

Hibbert Works With Nutritionist To Add Strength, Improve Stamina

Roy Hibbert has lost weight and gained strength after working with a nutritionist.

A-Rod Claims Kobe Considered Retirement Because Of Knee Trouble

Kobe Bryant considered retirement last season because of overwhelming pain in his right knee and ankle, Alex Rodriguez said.

Roy, Oden Injuries Gave Aldridge Opportunity To Prove Worth

LaMarcus Aldridge believes he would have been the odd man out in Portland had Brandon Roy's knees held up and Greg Oden remained healthy.
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