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Alexey Shved To Strongly Consider Return To Europe As Free Agent For Lucrative Offers

Philadelphia’s Alexey Shved has hoped to continue his NBA career as an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, but the Russian guard will instead strongly consider returning to Europe where he has received outlines for multimillion dollar offers, league sources told RealGM.

Shved was dealt to the 76ers in the summer after two seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he has shown glimpses of the scoring and ball-handling that impressed many around the league in his rookie season of 2012-13.

In 17 games this season, Shved has averaged 9.9 points, 2.7 assists, 1.3 rebounds and 40 percent field-goal shooting. Through early December, Shved had been one of four NBA players with a usage shooting percentage over 26, total shooting percentage over 55 and an assist percentage over 36 — joining Stephen Curry, Jeff Teague and Dwyane Wade.

Nevertheless, Shved has lost enjoyment for his current situation due to low minutes. The 6-foot-6 product averaged nearly 23 minutes as a rookie, but just 10.5 per game a season ago. Despite being one of their most productive players this season, the 76ers have played Shved only 16.8 minutes a game. Before dealing Shved to the 76ers, the Timberwolves scanned several other teams interested in him, including the Indiana Pacers, league sources said.

If he ultimately returns to Europe as a free agent, Shved, 26, would recoup significant minutes and a lucrative offer comparable to, if not higher than, his NBA value.

Shved went unselected in the 2010 NBA Draft, but he signed a guaranteed three-year contract with the T’Wolves in 2012. As a rookie, Shved participated in the Rookie-Sophomore Rising Stars game at NBA All-Star Weekend. He played for CSKA Moscow before joining the NBA.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Jabari Parker Expected To Miss Remainder Of Season With Torn ACL

Jabari Parker has a torn ACL and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Parker suffered the injury in the Milwaukee Bucks' win on Monday at the Phoenix Suns.

Parker was the second overall pick out of Duke in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Ranadive Wants Kings' Next Coach To Be Offensive-Minded 'Jazz Director'

Vivek Ranadive wants the next head coach of the Sacramento Kings to be an offensive-minded "jazz director."

Ranadive discussed Malone's firing and the Kings' coaching search in an interview Tuesday with ESPN's James Ham, saying that he wants a coach who will help showcase the players' offensive talents.

"Defense is great, but we need defense and offense," the Kings owner said. "We need to go from a rules-based organization, which was important when you had chaos, to a values-based organization -- from kind of a programmatic offense, to a read-and-respond, free-flowing offense.

"I like to use a music metaphor. We had a Sousa marching band, which was needed when there was chaos. But now we need to shift to a jazz band, where people can be individually showcased and improvised. What we need is a jazz director. I think that's the kind of leadership moving forward."

Via James Ham/ESPN

Tyson Chandler Feels Sorry For Carmelo

Tyson Chandler feels sorry for his former teammate Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony and Chandler had an icy relationship during their time together with the New York Knicks, according to various reports.

"I do because he's a competitor," said Chandler. "I laced them up and went to battle with him for the last three years and know what kind of competitor he is.

"I know he wants to win, and I know he's going to take a lot of this heat. And it's unfortunate because he's a hell of a player in our league. It's just unfortunate."

The Knicks have struggled this season with a newly re-signed Anthony.

"He signed a contract to come back here with expectations of doing everything in his power to take this team to the next level," Chandler said. "I ultimately feel like it will with the right pieces. They have to get luck with some things in free agency or get a high draft pick or whatever the case may be, but it takes a while to change the culture.

"You bring in a new coach and you bring in a new offense and a new identity. As long as players and everybody here understands that it's a process, it'll be all right. The moment it gets tough is when you're losing. Losing makes things difficult."

Via Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Cavaliers Interested In Wesley Matthews

The Cleveland Cavaliers have expressed interest in Wesley Matthews but have been rejected in their quest to land him from the Portland Trail Blazers, according to sources.

The Blazers have dismissed all overtures for Matthews and hope to re-sign him as a free agent in the offseason.

Portland is 19-6 so far this season.

Via Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Isaiah Thomas: Agent Firing Unrelated To Suns' Future

Isaiah Thomas recently fired agent Andy Miller and said the move was unrelated to his future with the Phoenix Suns, despite dot-connectors and his recent comments to CBS Sports that the situation "was not what I expected."

Miller negotiated Thomas' four-year, $27 million contract with Phoenix in July.

"It's unrelated to the Suns," Thomas said of firing his agent. "I lost trust in the guy. That's all it is. Professional reasons. Personal reasons as well. People, I've seen, say I want to be traded and things like that. Nah, that happened two weeks ago.

"I'm not OK with losing, so I don't think anybody is OK with what is going on right now. We've got to figure it out."

The Suns have gone 12-14 this season.

"My family loves it," Thomas said. "So if they're happy, I'm happy. Like I said, we're losing now. And, no, I'm not OK with the situation right now because we are on a six-game losing streak. I'm not OK with it."

Via Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Heat To Apply For $2.65M Injured Player Exception

The Miami Heat will apply to the NBA for a disabled-player exception to help replace Josh McRoberts, who is expected to be out for the remainder of season with a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Under NBA rules, if McRoberts' injury is deemed by an independent NBA physician to be deemed season ending, the Heat then would receive half of McRoberts' 2014-15 salary for a replacement player, either through a trade or free-agent signing.

A $2.65 million amount can only be used in a trade for a player in the final year of his contract or in a one-year offer to a free agent. 

Via Ira Winderman/Sun-Sentinel

Herb Simon 'OK' With Pacers Pursuing Deal For Lance Stephenson

Herb Simon said he would personally be fine with the Indiana Pacers pursuing a trade to bring back Lance Stephenson, but left any decisions up to the team's front office.

"I'd be OK with it but it's not up to me. Larry (Bird) has to decide if he fits," Simon said.

Several deciding factors would determine the Pacers' interest in Stephenson, said Simon, and a huge consideration would be chemistry.

"First of all, we don't know if they're really trading him, at least I don't know," Simon said about the Hornets. "I know they made some calls and we would have to (figure out) how he fits back into the team. Those are all basketball decisions and Larry and Kevin (Pritchard) are the best to answer that.

Via Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Arnett Moultrie Signs With Jiangsu Nangang

Arnett Moultrie has signed with the Jiangsu Nangang Basketball Club in China.

 

Moultrie was the 27th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and spent two seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers before being traded to the New York Knicks in October.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Durant Strongly Refutes Notion Players Don't Want To Play With Kobe

Kevin Durant refuted the notion that players around the NBA don't want to play with Kobe Bryant.

"Excuse my language, but that's (expletive)," said Durant, who congratulated Bryant via text message after he surpassed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list on Sunday. "I want to play with a winner every single night, especially somebody who wants to win that bad, who works that hard, who demands a lot, who raises up your level. I'd want to play with a guy like that every day. ... (His style) may make people uncomfortable, how he acts and just how he approaches the game, but I love that type of stuff. I think (the accusation) is BS."

Durant was asked what he most admires about Bryant.

"Just his work ethic, just his demeanor man," Durant said. "He doesn't mind being an (expletive), and he comes to work man. He's intense. He demands a lot out of his teammates, and I've seen that just playing alongside him in the Olympics (in 2012). He demands a lot out of everybody. He makes them better. Everybody out on the court. You've got to respect that. As a player, I study guys like that. We might not have the same personality, but I think we approach the game the same way and I've learned a lot from just watching him."

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Rockets Assign Clint Capela To Rio Grande Valley

Clint Capela has appeared in four games for the Rockets.

Warriors Reassign Ognjen Kuzmic To Santa Cruz

The Warriors assigned Ognjen Kuzmic to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League.

ROY Winner Has Led In Combined Per-Game Stats For 26 Of Past 27 Awards

Kevin Pelton found that 25 of the previous 26 ROY awards had gone to the rookie with the highest combined averages of points, rebounds and assists per game.

Mullin Resists Lobbying To Become Kings' Coach, Corbin To Be Given 'A Shot'

With Chris Mullin not interested in coaching at this point, the Kings will give Ty Corbin "a shot" for the rest of the season.

Jabari Parker Carried Off With Sprained Left Knee

Jabari Parker crumpled to the floor with a left knee injury and had to be carried to the locker room.

Robin Lopez Out Indefinitely With Broken Hand

Robin Lopez is out indefinitely with a broken hand.

Shabazz Napier, Hassan Whiteside Recalled To Heat

Shabazz Napier appeared in one game with the Skyforce recording 22 points, three assists, two rebounds and a steal in 30:39 minutes.

Earl Barron Named D-League Player Of The Week

Earl Barron averaged 31.9 points on .571 shooting (40-for-70), to go along with 12.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal.

Dwight Howard Optimistic On Not Missing More Games Due To Knee Injury

Dwight Howard had missed 11 games with a strained right knee.

Pelicans Committed To Keeping Tyreke Evans

The Pelicans have been very happy with the play of Tyreke Evans this season.

John Wall, James Harden Named Players Of The Week

John Wall and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Dec. 8 and Dec. 14.

Josh McRoberts To Undergo Possible Season-Ending Surgery For Meniscus Tear

Josh McRoberts' surgery is possibly season ending.

Miroslav Raduljica Expected To Become Free For Mid-January NBA Deal

Miroslav Raduljica has received interest from several NBA teams for a midseason acquisition, sources said.

Kobe: You Can't Get To Supreme Level Without Channeling Dark Side

Kobe Bryant acknowledged the difficulties of having the type of personality that strives to become one of the best ever as he passed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list.

Kings To Use Version Of 4-On-5 Defense

With Michael Malone fired, the Kings are expected to use version of Vivek Ranadive's four-on-five defense to create cherry-picking baskets.

Chris Mullin Could Have Kings' Head Coaching Job If He Wants It

Chris Mullin is acting as an advisor to Vivek Ranadive and mentor to Pete D'Alessandro within the Kings' organization.

George Karl, Alvin Gentry, Mark Jackson Emerge As Kings' Candidates

George Karl has tried to get multiple head coaching positions since leaving the Nuggets.

Chris Bosh Could Miss Several Weeks With Strained Calf

Chris Bosh isn't sure when the injury occurred.

Issues Between Malone, Kings' Front Office Began With Royce White

The Kings were looking for an excuse to fire Michael Malone and it came with DeMarcus Cousins out with a virus.

Raptors Could Pursue Marc Gasol In Free Agency

The Raptors had been expected to wait until 2016 to pursue Kevin Durant, but are increasingly intrigued by Marc Gasol.
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