Mar 10, 2014 3:16 PM EDT
Nerlens Noel is hoping to make his NBA debut in his hometown of Boston on April 4.
The Philadelphia 76ers visit the Celtics that night. Noel hinted toward his hope of playing on April 4 by posting "4-4-14" on his verified Twitter page.
Noel has been slated as unlikely to play this season. Noel tore his ACL last season as a freshman at Kentucky.
“Just in general, he’s all in in regards to the practices and the weighs,” Brett Brown said. “He’s just come with boundless energy. And I really don’t want to go on record too much in regards to the tweet, because I really don’t know enough about it. I haven’t spoken to him about it. That’s that.”
Mar 10, 2014 8:49 PM EDT
The New York Knicks and Phil Jackson continue to discuss a deal for him to run the front office.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that no one in Jackson's camp thinks a deal is "close."
Bill Simmons of ESPN reported on Sunday that Steve Kerr would be a leading candidate to become head coach if Jackson is hired. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News also reports Kerr could be strongly considered.
Kerr is currently an analyst with TNT and was previously general manager of the Phoenix Suns.
"My guess would be Steve Kerr because they're close," said Simmons. "Steve Kerr wants to get into coaching and has said hopefully this season would be the year."
Mar 10, 2014 6:22 PM EDT
The New York Knicks and Phil Jackson are discussing a deal for him to run the front office.
Donnie Walsh was given tremendous power when he was hired in 2008 in a similar deal, but that had limitations when James Dolan chose to intervene. Dolan also gave considerable power to Isiah Thomas.
"Nobody will ever have full autonomy," a high-ranking league official told Yahoo Sports. "Donnie had it in his deal, and when he questioned it, it was, 'See you later.' "
Dolan believes Jackson is capable of swinging the balance of power in free agency.
But Dolan's persistent policy of stonewalling the media provides a foundation for the Knicks' turmoil.
"The biggest issue for [Dolan] is the no-talk policy with the media," a high-ranking league official said. "Everybody signs on, except for Walsh. And after that [Dolan] said, "Never again.' "
Mar 10, 2014 4:44 PM EDT
Carmelo Anthony and James Harden have been named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 3, through Sunday, March 9.
Harden led the Houston Rockets to a 4-0 week, which included wins over the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged 30.3 points (second in the league), 6.8 assists (seventh in the conference) and 2.50 steals (tied for third in the conference).
Anthony led the New York Knicks to a 3-1 week behind averages of 29.0 points (third in the conference), 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.75 steals (fifth in the conference).
Mar 10, 2014 5:27 PM EDT
D.J. White worked out for the Golden State Warriors on Monday, according to a source.
White has played with the Boston Celtics, Charlotte Bobcats and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Mar 10, 2014 9:31 AM EDT
The New York Knicks are pursuing Phil Jackson to run the basketball side of their organization. If Jackson accepts the job, the first major order of business will be the free agency of Carmelo Anthony.
“I don’t even know what’s going on with that,’’ Anthony said. “Nobody came to me about that. Until that time comes, I’m not going to know what’s going on.
“It’s hard to say at this particular moment. If anything, it’s not going to be right now. I’m pretty sure they’d try to wait for the offseason and then we’ll deal with all that stuff.’’
Mar 10, 2014 6:29 PM EDT
Karron Johnson has signed a contract with the D-League, a source tells RealGM.
Johnson left his Polish team, Kotwica Kolobrzeg, last week. Johnson was averaging 11.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 21.1 minutes per game in 15 appearances.
Johnson played collegiately at Shaw.
Mar 10, 2014 9:21 AM EDT
Along with James Nunnally and Kevin Murphy, the Philadelphia 76ers will work out Darius Johnson-Odom and Scott Suggs on Tuesday, league sources told RealGM.
Johnson-Odom, who played four games for the Los Angeles Lakers a season ago, has averaged 21.9 points and six assists with Springfield of the NBA D-League.
Suggs is averaging 17.7 points on 48 percent shooting per game for Erie.
All four players will be under consideration for a possible 10-day contract with the 76ers.
Mar 10, 2014 4:16 PM EDT
Anthony Bennett has been diagnosed with a left patellar tendon strain, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced on Monday.
Bennett will be out approximately three weeks while receiving treatment and continued evaluation.
Mar 10, 2014 4:55 PM EDT
The New York Knicks have acquired the right to own and operate an NBA D-League team that will play in White Plains, New York.
The new team will be the NBA D-League’s record 18th team and will be the exclusive affiliate of the New York Knicks, playing its home games at the Westchester County Center, approximately 30 miles north of New York City. The Knicks become the seventh NBA team to fully own and operate their own NBA D-League affiliate.
“We are thrilled to work with the New York Knicks and Westchester County to bring NBA D-League basketball to White Plains,” Dan Reed said. “The New York area has a rich basketball history and we’re excited to give some of the game’s best fans the opportunity to watch top NBA prospects up close and personal in an intimate, family-friendly and affordable environment.”
Allan Houston will serve as the new team’s general manager.
Earl Clark and Shannon Brown were signed following the release of Beno Udrih and Metta World Peace.
Aaric Murray transferred from West Virginia after beginning his college career at La Salle.
Damion James averaged 24.7 points to go with 14.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.7 blocks.
Jeff Capel leaves with a 53-70 overall mark.
Xavier Thames of San Diego State has been named Mountain West Player of the Year.
Nick Johnson of Arizona has been named Pac-12 Player of the Year.
Joel Embiid has been out since last week's loss to Oklahoma State.
Kevin Murphy is averaging 26 points per game in the D-League with the Idaho Stampede.
Rajon Rondo and Josh Smith were teammates as Oak Hill.
Tekele Cotton of the Shockers was named Tournament MVP.
Langston Hall was named MVP.
Dwight Buycks is averaging 15.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 28.8 minutes in eight games (two starts) with the Jam.
Daniel Mullings of New Mexico State has been named WAC Player of the Year.
Warren Gillis was named Tournament MVP.
Joel Embiid was named Defensive Player of the Year, while Andrew Wiggins received Freshman of the Year honors.
Troy Daniels has spent most of the season with Rio Grande Valley.
Drew Gooden had long made clear to the Wizards management that he was interested in a possible signing.
Corey Walden was named tournament MVP.
Phil Jackson's role would be president of basketball operations, in complete control of all basketball-related matters.
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