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Kings Intend To Fire George Karl Before All-Star Break

Feb 9, 2016 12:31 AM

The Sacramento Kings plan on firing George Karl after their final game before the All-Star break.

The Kings have internally decided a change is necessary and that it likely will happen after their final game at the Philadelphia 76ers.

Sacramento lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-100 on Monday.

Corliss Williamson is the overwhelming favorite to be named interim head coach.

Concerns have been accumulating for weeks about Karl.

Vivek Ranadive has hoped the Kings would break their nine-season playoff drought before moving into their new arena.

The Kings' next coach will be their ninth since the 06-07 season. The decision on Karl belongs solely to Vlade divac.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Woj: Knicks Have 'Real Chance' On Russell Westbrook In 2017

Feb 9, 2016 10:29 AM

Russell Westbrook will be an unrestricted free agent in 2017 and the New York Knicks reportedly "have a real chance to sell" him on joining the franchise.

The opportunity to play in the New York market and join Kristaps Porzingis has his attention.

Kevin Durant will be a free agent in 2016 and could decide his long-term future a year before Westbrook can decide his own.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Russell Westbrook, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Larry Sanders Plans NBA Return As Soon As Off-Court Pursuits Stabilize

Feb 9, 2016 10:44 AM

Larry Sanders plans on pursuing a return to the NBA once his off-court pursuits stabilize.

"Once my art, music and passions off the court feel stable, I will look into coming back," Sanders told The Vertical. "I still love basketball. I want stability around me, and part of my mindset to leave was not to put all my eggs in one basket.

“I feel highly valuable on any team. There aren't a lot of people who can bring my game to a team. I still play basketball all the time, staying in shape. I will need to make sure the situation is right for me.”

Sanders receives $1.86 million per year until 2022 through his buyout with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Sanders was suspended twice for violating the NBA's anti-drug program and went on a personal leave of absence before a buyout last February.

Sanders was one of the NBA's best young rim protectors.

For now, Sanders says there is no timetable toward a return. He now resides in Los Angeles where he releases music, including a recent single called “Black Mercedes.”

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Larry Sanders, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Had No Interest In Brandon Knight For MCW Straight-Up

Feb 9, 2016 11:55 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers weren't interested in doing a trade last season of Michael Carter-Williams for Brandon Knight straight-up.

Jason Kidd felt he could mold Carter-Williams and was under contract for two more seasons at a total of $5.5 million.

Knight was set to be a restricted free agent and the Milwaukee Bucks couldn't re-sign both him and Khris Middleton, along with a big man.

"When we made the decision to trade Brandon, it gave us the opportunity to not only look at [Carter-Williams] but also flexibility going into the summer," Kidd said earlier this season. "At that point, we had to figure out which one we could move and had the opportunity to get something in return."

The Bucks and 76ers had a stalemate on their talks but that broke when the Phoenix Suns entered the picture as they owned the Los Angeles Lakers' pick.

The picks the Suns acquired from the Miami Heat for Goran Dragic motivated them to part with the Lakers' pick.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia Sixers, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Adam Silver Trying To Focus On Basketball Side Of Job

Feb 9, 2016 12:43 PM

Adam Silver just had his two-year anniversary as NBA commissioner on February 1st and talked about his revelatory moment.

“Like Bill Clinton said it’s the economy stupid. It’s about the game stupid,” Silver said. “Sometimes … maybe you start focusing too much on the business side of basketball.”

Silver has concentrated on basketball as much as possible.

“In the last two years, I’ve spent a lot more time talking directly to general managers and talking about the game,” Silver said.

Silver has worked on reducing back-to-backs, changed the playoff format seeding and has also pushed for a reduction of Hack-A-Player instances.

“I realize every day how fortunate I am to be in this position and how lucky I am that the league is in such great shape,” Silver said “... that I have such wonderful colleagues, and by colleagues I mean everyone from the owners of the teams, to the group many of whom you know that I have here in the league office with me, to the excellent team executives, and of course our players, who really are a fantastic group of young men.”

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

Tags: NBA

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Knicks Monitoring Brandon Jennings

Feb 9, 2016 12:13 PM

The New York Knicks continue to monitor the play of Brandon Jennings.

Jennings returned from an Achilles injury in late December and will be a free agent this offseason.

The Knicks were interested in Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder, but talks with the Atlanta Hawks didn't progress.

"Do we sit in a really favorable spot? Probably not," Phil Jackson said. "We don't have a tremendous amount of favorable trade items that are on our roster."

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Terrico White Named D-League Player Of The Week

Feb 8, 2016 4:36 PM

Terrico White of the Bakersfield Jam has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Feb. 1 through Sunday, Feb 7. The honor is the first of White’s career.

White (6-5, 190, Ole Miss) helped Bakersfield to a 3-0 week, averaging 29.7 points (third in the league) on 52.5 percent shooting (32-for-61) to go with 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals. He connected on 12-of-25 attempts (48.0 percent) from three-point range.

On Feb. 2, he scored a season-high 37 points, including eight three-pointers, and added eight rebounds and four assists in a 132-111 victory over the Oklahoma City Blue.  On Feb. 4, he recorded 31 points and five rebounds in a 117-197 win over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

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Tags: Terrico White, Bakersfield Jam, D-League, D-League Award, D-League Teams

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Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis Considered Untouchable Ahead Of Deadline

Feb 8, 2016 8:48 PM

Phil Jackson said both Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis are off the table ahead of the trade deadline.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause in his contract.

"I think it's a known fact that Carmelo has a no-trade," Jackson said. "We like Kris. I think everybody like's Kris. There's not too many people that would ever say 'I would trade him.' "

The Knicks lost nine of 10 games before the firing Derek Fisher.

"Like any team that's looking to improve themselves, we're open to discussion," Jackson said. "We have to be. That's just the nature of the game. Do we sit in a real favorable spot? Probably not. We don't have a tremendous amount of favorable trade items that are on our roster. Players that are good, some of them are undervalued, so you've can't get value back for what they're playing at now."

Justin Tasch/New York Daily News

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Festus Ezeli To Undergo Left Knee Surgery

Feb 8, 2016 3:13 PM

Festus Ezeli will undergo exploratory surgery on his left knee.

Ezeli will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

Ezeli missed the entire 13-14 season with right knee surgery.

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Tags: Festus Ezeli, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Elliot Williams Signs With Panathinaikos

Feb 8, 2016 8:37 PM

Elliot Williams has signed with Panathinaikos.

Williams was most recently in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies and was named to the D-League All-Star team.

Chris Reichert/Upside Motor

Tags: Elliot Williams, Panathinaikos, Greek HEBA A1, NBA, D-League, International, International Teams, International League

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Isaiah Thomas, LaMarcus Aldridge Named Players Of The Week
Isaiah Thomas and LaMarcus Aldridge have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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Tyronn Lue Remains On Good Terms With David Blatt
Tyronn Lue denies the narrative he helped contribute to the firing of David Blatt.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

NBA Efficiency Differential Rankings: Spurs, Warriors, OKC, Cavs, Raptors Remain Top-5
The Raptors remain fifth with a +4.7 Efficiency Differential.

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Jon Isaac Pursuing Entering Draft Straight From Prep School
Jon Isaac is ranked No. 9 overall in the incoming 2016 class and is a Florida State commit.

Pete Thamel/Sports Illustrated

Suns Sign Jordan McRae To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Jordan McRae has appeared in five games with Phoenix, averaging 5.8 points and 1.4 assists in 13.0 minutes.

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Kings' Players Have Turned On George Karl
George Karl is owed more than $10 million through 2018.

Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Source: Knicks' Job The One Tom Thibodeau Has Always Wanted
Tom Thibodeau was fired as head coach of the Bulls at the end of last season.

Ian O'Connor/ESPN

Luke Walton, Brian Shaw Considered Top Long-Term Candidates For Knicks
Brian Shaw and Luke Walton are considered the top long-term candidates for the Knicks to replace Derek Fisher.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Knicks To Promote Kurt Rambis To Interim Head Coach
Kurt Rambis has been an assistant coach on Fisher's staff and was previously head coach of the Wolves.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Derek Fisher Fired By Knicks As Head Coach
Derek Fisher was in his second season with the Knicks.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony Has Had Two MRIs On Left Knee In Three Weeks
Carmelo Anthony has already missed seven games this season and hasn't been as explosive or quick.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tony Parker To Participate In Olympic Qualifying
Tony Parker's wife is pregnant and there was a possibility he wouldn't play to be with her during her delivery.

L'Equipe (via Jeff Garcia/San Antonio Express-News)

Magic Willing To Listen To Tobias Harris Offers
Tobias Harris signed a four-year, $64 million contract with the Magic in free agency last year.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Austin Rivers Out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Left Hand
Austin Rivers will likely miss four to six weeks with a broken left hand.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Williamson More Likely To Be Named Kings' Interim Head Coach Than Lieberman
Corliss Williamson joined the Kings as an assistant in 2013 after several years coaching in college.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Nets To Begin Interviewing GM Candidates On Monday
Bryan Colangelo, Danny Ferry, Arturas Karnisovas and Gersson Rosas are amongst the candidates who will interview.

Mike Mazzeo/ESPN

Nikola Vucevic Hopes Magic Don't Make Deadline Trade
Nikola Vucevic and Andrew Nicholson have been with the Magic since the beginning of their rebuild.

Brian Schmitz/Orlando Sentinel

Tim Duncan Close To Return From Sore Right Knee
Tim Duncan has now missed seven straight games.

Tom Orsborn/San Antonio Express-News

Georgios Printezis Named Euroleague MVP For Top 16, Round 6
Georgios Printezis scored 30 points to go with nine rebounds and a 37 performance index rating.

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Jimmy Butler Has Left Knee Strain
The timeline for Jimmy Butler's return to play will be determined by further evaluation in Chicago and his response to treatment.

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