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Lakers Plan Multiple Workouts For Gal Mekel, Dwight Buycks

The Los Angeles Lakers plan to match up free agent point guards Gal Mekel and Dwight Buycks for consecutive workouts on Thursday and Friday, league sources told RealGM.

Both Mekel and Buycks remain on the available market after being waived and bought out, respectively. The Lakers remain fond of Ronnie Price, but the team has looked into wing and guard players this week.

RealGM first reported on Nov. 7 that Buycks had reached a buyout with Valencia in Spain and started discussions with the Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder. The Lakers have also brought free agent forward Quincy Miller into Los Angeles for a workout.

Buycks, 25, averaged 3.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in 14 appearances for the Toronto Raptors last season. The 26-year-old Mekel averaged 2.4 points and two assists in 31 games for the Dallas Mavericks a season ago.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Saunders Believes Brewer 'Too Vauable' To Trade

Flip Saunders appeared to be backtracking on the Minnesota Timberwolves' reported trade talks involving Corey Brewer.

"He's just too valuable to us to move," Saunders said.

Saunders said he understands why teams with championship hopes want Brewer.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets are two reported suitors for Brewer.

Via Jon Krawczynski/Associated Press

NBPA Prepared To Appeal Jeff Taylor's Suspension

The National Basketball Players Association announced that it is prepared to file an appeal on behalf of Jeff Taylor in regards to his 24-game suspension for domestic violence.

Michele Roberts called the suspension "excessive, without precedent and a violation of the CBA."

Taylor's suspension would cost him $199,689 of his $915,000 salary.

"The Commissioner is not entitled to rewrite the rules or otherwise ignore precedent in disciplinary matters."

Taylor pled to a misdemeanor charge that will be dismissed at the end of his probationary period.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Rockets Express Interest In 10-12 Players For Trade Exception

The Houston Rockets are actively seeking to deal the $8.34 million trade exception that they acquired in the Jeremy Lin trade to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Rockets have talked to teams about 10 to 12 players.

The Rockets had been expected to wait until more players were eligible to be traded, either after Dec. 15 when players signed in the off-season can be dealt or more likely at the February trade deadline.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Kevin Durant Signs Endorsement Deal With Sonic

Kevin Durant has signed an endorsement deal with the fast-food drive-in chain Sonic.

"Everything that Kevin pitches comes from an authentic point of view," said Michael Yormark, president and chief of branding and strategy for Roc Nation, Jay Z's agency that represents Durant. "When it comes to grab-and-go food, KD's a Sonic guy."

An extra layer of motivation to forge the partnership comes from the fact that Sonic, which has 3,500 restaurants in 44 states, has its headquarters in Oklahoma City. It's the second deal that Durant has done this year with an Oklahoma City company.

Sonic is not an NBA partner nor a Thunder partner but expects to feature Durant heavily, especially during the playoffs.

Via Darren Rovell/ESPN

Josh Powell Joins Rockets' Coaching Staff

Josh Powell has officially joined the Houston Rockets' coaching staff.

Powell has been working with the Rockets in a coaching role since October.

Powell spent part of last season with the Rockets and has played eight NBA seasons.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Nick Young: I Leave A Presence When I Walk Off Like Michael Jackson, Prince

The Los Angeles Lakers are 2-0 this season with Nick Young in the lineup after starting the season 1-9 without him. 

“I can’t take all of the credit. I can take some of it,” Young said. “It’s all about my swag. That’s a part of my repertoire.” 

Young is averaging 16.5 points in 28.0 minutes over his first two games.

“I’m talking about how I just walk off. I leave a presence when I walk off. I’m like Michael Jackson, Prince, all them other guys.”

Via Mike Dyce/Fansided

RealGM Radio: James Ham On The Kings' Strong Start

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) talks with James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom (@James_Ham) about the Sacramento Kings, one of the real success stories from the first month of the season.

The two discuss what keyed this strong start, the dominance of DeMarcus Cousins, the importance of Rudy Gay's extension and potential trade targets for this season.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Derrick Rose Likely Out Until At Least Next Week

Derrick Rose will sit out again on Thursday at the Sacramento Kings with a hamstring injury.

The Chicago Bulls are being conservative with injuries this season, and Rose's absence likely will extend to next week.

"When one guy is out, the next guy step in and get the job done," Tom Thibodeau said. "That’s the way it’s been. My first year here, Joakim (Noah) missed three months. So it’s just whoever is out, the next guy get in there and get it done."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Kalin Lucas, Hassan Whiteside Waived By Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies waived Kalin Lucas and Hassan Whiteside.

Both players had re-signed with the Grizzlies on Nov. 19.

Lucas (6-1, 186) recorded one steal in six minutes in his NBA debut Wednesday at Toronto.

Whiteside (7-0, 275) originally signed with Memphis on Sept. 25 and saw action in five preseason contests before he was waived on Oct. 22.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Allen Iverson Stops Nike From Selling Shoes With His Likeness

Allen Iverson endorses rival company Reebok and has been with the brand since being drafted in the NBA in 1996.

Brett Brown: Nobody Knew Year 2 Would Be Like This

The 14 players who have played so far this season for the 76ers have an average age of 23.3 years.

Mavericks Assign Ricky Ledo To D-League

Ricky Ledo has been inactive in each of the Mavericks’ 12 games this season.

Wizards Assign Glen Rice Jr. To Fort Wayne

Glen Rice Jr. has appeared in five games this season for Washington

Jason Richardson Hopes To Return From Stress Fracture As Soon As December

Jason Richardson believes he will return as soon as December from a stress fracture in his right foot.

Kobe Walks Back Negative Things He's Called Dwight

Kobe Bryant called Dwight Howard "soft" repeatedly in their game on opening night this season.

Raptors Honor Vince Carter With Tribute Video

Vince Carter requested a trade from the Raptors in 2004 and has largely been booed in his return visits ever since.

Grizzlies Re-Sign Kalin Lucas, Hassan Whiteside

The Grizzlies have re-signed Kalin Lucas and Hassan Whiteside.

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.

Jahlil Okafor Considered By NBA Teams As Consensus Top Prospect In 2015

Jahlil Okafor is one of the best low post scorer prospects in many years.

Goran Dragic Plans On Testing Open Market In Free Agency

Sources say the Rockets and Lakers will be options for Goran Dragic.

Delonte West Released By Shanghai Sharks

Delonte West averaged 23.7 points and 5.6 rebounds for Fujian Xunxing last season.

Carmelo Has Been Playing Through Knee Injury Since 2nd Game Of Season

Carmelo Anthony wouldn't say what's wrong with it or what those tests revealed, but he aggravated it on Tuesday.

Jason Collins Announces Retirement From NBA

Jason Collins has announced his retirement from the NBA in a piece in Sports Illustrated.

Self: Cliff Alexander Not Tall Enough To Score Over Kentucky's Length

Cliff Alexander's lack of length was problematic in Kansas' 72-40 loss to Kentucky on Tuesday.

Celtics Telling Teams Rajon Rondo Won't Be Traded

Rajon Rondo's representatives are said to be pursuing a max contract.

Dwight Howard Under Investigation For Hitting Six-Year-Old Son With Belt

Dwight Howard reportedly admitted to hitting his son with the buckle of his belt, leaving bruises and abrasions on his legs.

John Lucas To Sign In China

John Lucas has reportedly pulled out of a workout with the Lakers.

Lance Stephenson Expects To Get Booed From Pacers Crowd In Return

Lance Stephenson's father maintains that leaving the Pacers was not the plan heading into free agency in the offseason.

LeBron Believes Minutes For Cavs' Big 3 Have To Come Down

LeBron James is averaging the third-most minutes per game in the NBA at 39.1.
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