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Cavs, Anderson Varejao Close To Three-Year, $30M Extension

The Cleveland Cavaliers are nearing agreement with Anderson Varejao on a three-year, $30 million extension.

Varejao is the longest tenured member of the Cavaliers, joining the club in 2004.

Varejao turned 32 last month and has been a productive player when healthy.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Russell Westbrook Suffers Fracture In Hand

Russell Westbrook suffered a fracture in his right hand in the Oklahoma City Thunder's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.

Scott Brook said Westbrook had a "small" fracture.

There was no timetable for Westbrook's return.

Via Darnell Mayberry/The Oklahoman

Thunder Unlikely To Sign Reggie Jackson To Extension

The Oklahoma City Thunder are unlikely to agree upon an extension with Reggie Jackson, which will allow him to become a restricted free agent in 2015.

The Thunder will have the right to match any offer Jackson receives from another club.

Oklahoma City agreed upon extensions with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha, but were unable to with Jeff Green and James Harden. Green was traded at that season's deadline, while Harden was dealt before the extension deadline.

Via Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

Hawks Decline John Jenkins' Fourth-Year Rookie Option

The Atlanta Hawks have decided to allow John Jenkins to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason, declining his fourth-year rookie option, league sources told RealGM.

Jenkins, Atlanta’s 23rd overall draft pick in 2012, has averaged 5.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in two seasons with the franchise. After contributing as a  reserve in his rookie year, Jenkins missed most of last season with a severe back injury that required surgery.

Jenkins played three seasons at Vanderbilt before entering the NBA in 2012.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Mavericks Open To Late Season Signing Of Ray Allen Or Rashard Lewis

The Dallas Mavericks would be open to signing Ray Allen or Rashard Lewis later in the regular season should either player be interested in a deal.

Both Allen and Lewis have been working out, and Lewis has worked out in Dallas sometimes.

"We haven’t talked to him, but I think he’s doing it the right way,” Mark Cuban said of Allen. “He’s waiting to see who’s doing well. If it comes down to it, we’d always consider it. We’re always open to improving the team. But you don’t want to mess up a good thing, either. That’s when Caron got hurt and Roddy got hurt. But Peja is a good example.

“Rashard Lewis is working out here. We’ve stayed in touch with him and worked with him.”

Via Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

LeBron Brings Back Chalk Toss After Public Vote

LeBron James has decided to bring back the chalk toss in his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James held a public vote with 95 percent voting for the chalk toss.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Rose: I Don't Like To Say Too Much About My Haters

Derrick Rose had 13 points and five assists in 21 minutes during the Chicago Bulls' convincing 104-80 win over the New York Knicks, which was his first regular season game since last November.

"I wouldn't say my rust is knocked off, but it's getting there," Rose said. "I can't be content with how I'm performing. I have to put it behind me whether it's good or bad and make sure I stay consistent with my workouts. Physically, I feel good.

"I can't get caught up in (proving doubters wrong). I let my game speak for itself. I don't like to say too much about my haters. But you should be able to tell by the way that I work that I've been in the gym every day really working hard on my craft."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Josh Smith: Kenneth Faried Is 'A Clown'

Josh Smith had strong words for Kenneth Faried to Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News on Thursday.

Smith was responding to a quote from Faried in which he said that Smith "shot them out of the game."

The Denver Nuggets defeated the Detroit Pistons by a final score of 89-79. Smith scored 25 points on 9-for-22 shooting.

"He's a clown, quote me on that," said Smith.

"He fears me. He's scared of me. He knows it's coming."

Via Vincent Goodwill/Detroit News

DeAndre Jordan Not Focused On Contract, Considered 'Key To Championship'

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are universally known as the Los Angeles Clippers' top two players, but players and coaches believe the X-factor toward an NBA championship is DeAndre Jordan.

“He’s the key to our championship,” Matt Barnes said. “Teams have offensive threats, but when you have a 7-footer that can run the floor, rebound, block shots and change shots, he’s going to be the key.”

Jordan is entering the final year of his four-year, $43 million deal.

“It’s just another season. I don’t want to think about it like that,” Jordan insists. “I don’t think about it like that.”

Everyone knows the issue is there.

“It’s a free agent year. It’s a big year for our team,” Barnes said. “There’s a lot on his plate.”

Via Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Warriors Pick Up Options On Barnes, Ezeli; Decline On Nedovic

The Golden State Warriors have exercised their fourth-year rookie options on Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli.

The Warriors have also declined their third-year option on Nemanja Nedovic. RealGM reported on Wednesday that the Warriors were strongly leaning toward declining Nedovic's option.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Robert Covington, 76ers Nearly Finalize Agreement; Forward Likely Signing In D-League

Robert Covington and the 76ers progressed toward finalizing a multi-year contract this week, but a deal has deteriorated as the two sides failed to agree upon contract length, league sources told RealGM.

Roberts: Players Won't Buy Owners' Cries Of Poverty

Michele Roberts has said that "cries of poverty will not work this time" after comments from Adam Silver indicated teams are losing money.

Jermaine O'Neal Hasn't Ruled Out Continuing Career

Jermaine O'Neal is not ruling out returning to the NBA for his 19th season after just turning 36.

Jeff Taylor Sentenced To 18 Months Probation, Treatment For Alcohol

An NBA spokesman told the Observer on Wednesday that the league’s investigation into Jeff Taylor is continuing.

Gilbert: Signing Kyrie Irving To Extension Was Pivotal To Getting LeBron

Dan Gilbert believes getting Kyrie Irving signed to a max contract extension with the Cavaliers was critical in landing LeBron James in free agency and then trading for Kevin Love.

Celtics Exercise 15-16 Options On Olynyk, Sullinger, Zeller

The Celtics have exercised its third-year option on Kelly Olynyk, and its fourth-year options on Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller.

Gasol: Picking Bulls Over Spurs, Thunder Was Most Difficult Decision Of My Life

Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Bulls' opener against the Knicks.

LeBron, Gilbert Agree Relationship Is 'Really Good'

LeBron James and Dan Gilbert are ready to begin their first season back together again and are on good terms as the Cavaliers look to win their first NBA championship.

Malcolm Turner Hired As D-League President

Malcolm Turner was previously with the Wasserman Media Group.

Knicks, Nets, Mavs, Hornets Could Conceivably Be Interested In Kobe

Kobe Bryant's contract expires after the 15-16 NBA season.

Horents Exercise Rookie Options On Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller

The Hornets have exercised their fourth-year option on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and its third-year option on Cody Zeller.

Mavs Release Gal Mekel To Create Roster Spot For Barea

The Mavericks have released Gal Mekel.

Silver Prefers Relocation Over Expansion, '30 Teams Feels Right'

With franchise valuations at an all-time, expansion would give other NBA owners an instant influx of cash.

Jimmy Butler, Bulls Unlikely To Agree Upon Extension

Jimmy Butler would become a restricted free agent in 2015.

Enes Kanter, Jazz Break Off Extension Talks

Enes Kanter will become a restricted free agent in the 2015 offseason.

Jimmy Butler Out 2-4 Weeks With Thumb Sprain

Jimmy Butler will miss two to four weeks with a thumb sprain.

Jordan Admired How Stephenson 'Takes On Challenges'

Michael Jordan believes Lance Stephenson could be the missing piece for the Hornets to take the next step as a championship contender.

Kobe Calls Dwight 'Soft' During Scuffle, 'Teddy Bear' After

A Lakers source said Kobe Bryant repeatedly called Dwight Howard "soft" during their altercation.

Julius Randle Suffers Broken Right Tibia

Julius Randle is out for the season after breaking his right tibia in his first NBA game.

Kemba Walker Agrees To Four-Year, $48M Extension With Hornets

Kemba Walker has agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract extension with the Hornets, according to sources.
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