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Bucks, Hornets, 76ers Interested In Gary Talton, D-League's Assists Leader

Jan 27, 2015 11:09 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Hornets and Philadelphia 76ers are exploring the call-up candidacy of Gary Talton, the NBA Development League’s assists leader, league sources told RealGM.

Behind 13 games of 10 or more assists, Talton has averaged 13.2 points, 10.2 assists and 40.6 percent three-point shooting this season. He has split the year with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, his current team.

Talton had two 20-assist performances earlier in the season with Rio Grande Valley, where he was surrounded by a bevy of shooters to feed passes. The 6-foot-1 point guard has notched double-doubles in three of his last five games with Fort Wayne.

Talton, 24, finished his collegiate career at UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago), averaging 12.3 points, 4.4 assists, four rebounds and 34.4 minutes per game as a senior. He went unselected in the 2013 NBA Draft, followed by free-agent workouts for teams, including the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Tags: Gary Talton, Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Hornets, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Misc Rumor

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Kemba Walker To Undergo Surgery For Meniscus

Jan 26, 2015 2:53 PM

Kemba Walker will undergo surgery to repair his meniscus.

Walker is expected to miss approximately six weeks.

Walker has missed three of the Charlotte Hornets' past five games.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Nets, Hornets Discuss Trade Involving Joe Johnson, Lance Stephenson

Jan 26, 2015 12:24 AM

The Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Hornets have restarted trade discussions that involve Joe Johnson, according to sources.

The Hornets and Nets are discussing a larger package that would likely include Lance Stephenson, Gerald Henderson and Marvin Williams.

Charlotte owner Michael Jordan has been intrigued with the possibility of Johnson, who has struggled recently with tendinitis.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Joe Johnson, Lance Stephenson, Gerald Henderson, Marvin Williams, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion

Jan 21, 2015 11:15 AM

The average NBA franchise valuation is now a record $1.1 billion.

There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

The Los Angeles Lakers lead the way at $2.6 billion, up 93% over last year. 

The value of the New York Knicks shot up 79% to $2.5 billion, ranking the team second overall.

Rounding out the top five are the Chicago Bulls ($2 billion), Boston Celtics ($1.7 billion) and Los Angeles Clippers ($1.6 billion).

6. Brooklyn Nets: $1.5 billion
7. Golden State Warriors: $1.3 billion
8. Houston Rockets: $1.25 billion
9. Miami Heat: $1.175 billion
10. Dallas Mavericks: $1.15 billion
11. San Antonio Spurs: $1 billion
12. Portland Trail Blazers: $940 million
13. Oklahoma City Thunder: $930 million
14. Toronto Raptors: $920 million
15. Cleveland Cavaliers: $915 million
16. Phoenix Suns: $910 million
17. Washington Wizards: $900 million
18. Orlando Magic: $875 million
19. Denver Nuggets: $855 million
20. Utah Jazz: $850 million
21. Indiana Pacers: $830 million
22. Atlanta Hawks: $825 million
23. Detroit Pistons: $810 million
24. Sacramento Kings: $800 million
25. Memphis Grizzlies: $750 million
26. Charlotte Hornets: $725 million
27. Philadelphia 76ers: $700 million
28. New Orleans Pelicans: $650 million
29. Minnesota Timberwolves: $625 million
30. Milwaukee Bucks: $600 million

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Nets Decide To Keep Brook Lopez For Now

Jan 16, 2015 2:17 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have ceased trade talks involving Brook Lopez.

The Nets had discussed both two-team and three-team trades with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"Standing pat at this time," one Nets source told Yahoo Sports. "There was nothing we liked."

The Nets backed away from the idea of simply moving Lopez on a salary dump, without the ability to bring back value on his talent, league sources said.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Brook Lopez, Kendrick Perkins, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nets, Thunder Progressing On Brook Lopez For Perkins, Lamb Trade

Jan 16, 2015 10:33 AM

The Brooklyn Nets and Oklahoma City Thunder are engaged in two-team trade talks involving Brook Lopez.

Three-team talks with the Charlotte Hornets that would have sent Lance Stephenson to Brooklyn are dead.

The main piece that would go to the Nets in the deal with the Thunder is the expiring contract of Kendrick Perkins.

Lopez has a player option for the 15-16 season worth $16.7 million. Lopez could seek a long-term deal this offseason is he finishes the season healthy and productive.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports the deal would also include Jeremy Lamb.

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Tags: Lance Stephenson, Brook Lopez, Kendrick Perkins, Brooklyn Nets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nets Put Lopez, Stephenson Talks On Hold

Jan 16, 2015 10:20 AM

The Brooklyn Nets pulled back from three-team talks involving Brook Lopez and Lance Stephenson on Friday.

A deal that would have centered on Lopez to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Stephenson from the Charlotte Hornets to the Nets was approaching completion on Thursday before Brooklyn stepped back.

The Hornets would receive Jarrett Jack from the Nets and Jeremy Lamb from the Thunder as part of the discussed trade, while Kendrick Perkins could go to the Nets.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Tags: Brook Lopez, Lance Stephenson, Brooklyn Nets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder, Nets, Hornets Discuss Three-Team Brook Lopez, Stephenson Deal

Jan 15, 2015 10:43 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been involved in three-team trade talks with the Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Hornets centered on Brook Lopez and Lance Stephenson.

Lopez would go to the Thunder under the discussed trade, while Stephenson would be dealt to the Nets.

The Hornets would receive Jarrett Jack from the Nets and Jeremy Lamb from the Thunder.

Charlotte appears to be the most motivated party to make a deal.

Sam Amick of the USA Today reports that Kendrick Perkins would likely be dealt to the Nets if a deal is agreed upon.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Lance Stephenson, Brook Lopez, Jeremy Lamb, Jarrett Jack, Oklahoma City Thunder, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nets Accelerate Brook Lopez Trade Talks

Jan 15, 2015 7:14 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have accelerated trade talks involving Brook Lopez and intend to move him soon.

The Nets are in talks with several teams with Lance Stephenson a viable option. Brooklyn is gathering intel on Stephenson.

The Charlotte Hornets tried to trade away Stephenson last month.

The Los Angeles Lakers are also interested in Lopez, but don't have the assets to make a deal work for both sides.

The Nets most serious potential trade partners are in the Western Conference.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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

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Heat, Clippers, Hornets Calling Nuggets On Arron Afflalo

Jan 12, 2015 7:25 PM

The Denver Nuggets are receiving trade interest in Arron Afflalo from the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Charlotte Hornets.

The Nuggets acquired Afflalo last offseason from the Orlando Magic and is on an expiring contract.

After trading away Timofey Mozgov, the Nuggets are essentially conceding the season and looking to turn existing players into long-term assets.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Arron Afflalo, Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson Named NBA Players Of Week
Kemba Walker and Klay Thompson have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played Jan. 5 through Jan. 11.

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Hornets Guaranteeing Jason Maxiell's Contract For Season
Jason Maxiell has been informed informed he will make the guarantee cut with the Hornets.

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Hornets Recall Noah Vonleh From D-League
Noah Vonleh played two games for the Mad Ants this season averaging 7.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

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Al Jefferson Out Minimum Of Four Weeks With Groin Strain
Al Jefferson has been diagnosed with a strain of an adductor muscle in his left groin.

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Hornets Assign Noah Vonleh To D-League
Noah Vonleh has played in just four games this season.

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Lance Stephenson Could Return As Soon As Monday From Pelvic Injury
Steve Clifford said even Monday might be a reach for Lance Stephenson's return.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Lance Stephenson Has Strengthened Confidence In Hornets' Partnership
The Nuggets emerged as an interested suitor for Lance Stephenson this season, league sources told RealGM.

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Pacers' Players Not Encouraging Front Office To Trade For Stephenson
The Pacers were worn out of Lance Stephenson by the end of last season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Lance Stephenson Has Clashed With Hornets' Teammates
Steve Clifford has placed responsibility for Lance Stephenson's adjustment on the Hornets' veterans.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Hornets Keeping Lance Stephenson 'For Now'
The Heat and Nets are among seven clubs that showed interest in Lance Stephenson.

Chris Broussard, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Herb Simon 'OK' With Pacers Pursuing Deal For Lance Stephenson
Several deciding factors would determine the Pacers' interest in Lance Stephenson.

Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Pacers, Nets, Clippers Show Interest In Lance Stephenson
The Pacers, Nets and Clippers have varying degrees of interest in Lance Stephenson.

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Lance Stephenson Receiving Trade Interest, But Hopes To Remain Part Of Hornets' Turnaround
Lance Stephenson has garnered fresh trade inquiries into the Hornets’ front office recently and wouldn’t be opposed to a potential move to the Nets.

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Steve Clifford's 15-16 Option Becomes Fully Guaranteed
Steve Clifford's third season of the three-year, $6 million coaching deal was guaranteed with a 43-39 record last season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Clifford Thinks Stephenson's Issues 'A Comfort Thing'
Steve Clifford is emphasizing that Lance Stephenson is not yet a superstar-caliber player.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Hornets Aggressive In Trade Talks
The Hornets are searching for upgrades on the wing and at power forward.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Clifford Believes Stephenson Isn't A Star Yet, Must Work To Become One
Steve Clifford believes Lance Stepenson's slow start and adjustment in his first season with the Hornets are partly due to his struggles to live up to external expectations.

Michael Wallace/ESPN

Jeff Taylor Won't Appeal 24-Game Suspension
Jeff Taylor and his agent chose to accept the suspension and sit the remaining 13 games until he can return to the lineup.

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NBPA Prepared To Appeal Jeff Taylor's Suspension
Jeff Taylor's suspension would cost him $199,689 of his $915,000 salary.

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Jeffery Taylor Suspended 24 Games By NBA For Pleading Guilty To Domestic Assault
Jeffery Taylor has been suspended 24 games by the NBA due to his guilty plea to domestic assault charges in September.

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