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Nets Gauging Trade Interest In Bojan Bogdanovic

Dec 1, 2015 4:14 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have interest in trading away Bojan Bogdanovic.

The Nets have been gauging interest from other teams in Bogdanovic.

Bogdanovic is averaging 8.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in 24.3 minutes per game this season for the Nets.

Mike Mazzeo/ESPN

Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Luke Walton, David Blatt Named Coaches Of The Month

Dec 1, 2015 3:24 PM

Luke Walton and David Blatt have been named the NBA's Coach of the Month for games played in October and November.

Walton has led the Golden State Warriors to a 19-0 record, though the wins count for Steve Kerr.

Blatt led the Cavaliers to the best record in the East during October/November at 13-4 (.765). During that span, the Cavs averaged an Eastern Conference-best 103.1 points and surrendered just 96.5 points, en route to posting the best differential in the conference at +6.6 points per game. 

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Award

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Celtics Tried To Use Hornets' No. 9 Pick To Trade Up With Knicks To No. 4

Dec 1, 2015 11:23 AM

In last year's draft, the Boston Celtics initially pursued a trade for the Charlotte Hornets' No. 9 pick with the idea of sending it to the Knicks, along with Boston's No. 15 pick to move up to No. 4.

The Celtics were targeting Justise Winslow at No. 4, just as they were at No. 9.

Charlotte refused the pitches from the Celtics and ended up taking Frank Kaminsky, while Kristaps Porzingis went No. 4 overall to the Knicks.

The Miami Heat selected Winslow with the 10th overall pick.

"We listened," Steve Mills says. "But we were never close."

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Justise Winslow, Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Kaminsky, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Rondo, Cousins Pulled George Karl In For 'Powerful' Two-Hour Meeting

Dec 1, 2015 6:40 PM

George Karl was summoned by DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo last week for a meeting.

This was supposed to be a 15-minute discussion but instead became a positive two-hour meeting.

“It was a powerful meeting for all three of us,” Rondo told Yahoo Sports.

Rondo and Cousins were also able to get some lingering frustrations off their chest, and Karl offered back his thoughts.

“We asked him to just sit with us so we can pick his brain and share our thoughts,” Rondo told Yahoo Sports. “What I love about [Karl] is he’s very open. George is not a dictator. ‘What can we do positively? What can we do to improve?’

“If you can come into a meeting with no egos and everyone was humble, it just works out for the better.”

Rondo and Cousins told Karl they thought his film sessions would be better with more constructive criticism and teaching.

Rondo and Cousins said they also told Karl not to hesitate to use them as examples in film sessions.

“I told him to start with me. Whatever I can do to help the team,” Rondo told Yahoo Sports. “If you have to bully me or call me out, I can accept that. I’m a 10-year vet. I learned from [former Boston Celtics coach] Doc [Rivers] and the past guys that it has to start with the vets who have the most leeway on the team or the most responsibility.

“[Cousins and I] are both trying to change the culture, change the organization.”

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Sacramento Kings, NBA

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Knicks Have 'Never' Considered Trading Away Carmelo Anthony

Dec 1, 2015 11:34 AM

Steve Mills claims the New York Knicks have never thought about trading away Carmelo Anthony.

"Never," said Mills. "Period."

The Knicks figure to move forward building around Kristaps Porzingis, who is just 19 while Anthony is already 31.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

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

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LeBron: I Wanted To Be Just Like Kobe Bryant

Dec 1, 2015 6:30 PM

LeBron James talked about how much he admired Kobe Bryant when he was in high school.

"I mean, in high school I wore a nappy-(expletive) afro because of Kobe Bryant, because he wore it," James said. "I wanted to be just like him, man. And I always said my inspiration came from (Michael) Jordan, but I always thought Jordan was so out of this world that I could never get there. Kobe was someone that I just always kind of wanted to be like and play like."

James also regrets never being able to play against Bryant in The Finals.

"I know the world wanted to see it," James said Tuesday. "I wanted it, we wanted it, he held up his end and I didn't hold up my end, and I hate that. I hate that that didn't happen."

Janis Carr/Orange County Register

Tags: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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Steve Kerr 'Thrilled' For Warriors' Start, Still Has No Timetable

Dec 1, 2015 6:21 PM

Steve Kerr is "thrilled" for the Golden State Warriors as they have a 19-0 record this season without him on the sidelines.

"There’s no question that there’s part of me that feels I’m missing out," said Kerr.

Kerr still has no timetable for a return.

Kerr said his back is fine but he's having headaches and other side effects from two surgeries.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Elliot Williams Named D-League Player Of The Month

Dec 1, 2015 6:23 PM

Santa Cruz Warriors guard Elliot Williams has been named NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in November.  

Williams (6-5, 183, University of Memphis) helped Santa Cruz to a 4-3 record to start the 2015-16 season. 

Williams ranked third in the NBA D-League in scoring (28.1 ppg) and assists (6.6 apg), and added 8.6 rebounds. He has scored at least 23 points in every game.

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Tags: Elliot Williams, Santa Cruz Warriors, D-League, D-League Award, D-League Teams

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Jahlil Okafor Will Be Accompanied By Security Guard When Going Out

Nov 30, 2015 10:02 PM

Jahlil Okafor will now be accompanied by a security guard whenever he goes out on the town.

The request for security was made by Okafor's handlers.

"A lot of teams do that for their players anyway,'' a source close to Okafor said. "So from now on the Sixers are going to have someone at his disposal full-time."

Okafor engaged in a brawl with a man outside a Boston nightclub last week.

The fight in Boston followed an incident in October in which a heckler pointed a gun at Okafor's head following a verbal exchange at a club in Philadelphia.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA

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Ryan Hollins Agrees To Sign With Wizards

Nov 30, 2015 10:57 AM

The Washington Wizards have reached agreement with Ryan Hollins.

Hollins was with the Sacramento Kings last season and spent the 2015 preseason with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Ryan Hollins, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wizards To Waive Martell Webster
Martell Webster has one season remaining on his deal with a partial guarantee.

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LeBron Disagrees With Durant On Media Treatment Of Kobe
LeBron James said the media has done a great job of building Kobe Bryant up to the stature he has as one of the league's best players of all-time.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Al Jefferson Out 2-3 Weeks With Strained Left Calf
Al Jefferson is averaging 13.7 points in 26.2 minutes per game this season.

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Sean Kilpatrick Named D-League Player Of The Week
Sean Kilpatrick averaged 36.5 points on 58 percent shooting (24-for-43) from the field last week.

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Agents Deride Way 76ers Have Operated During Rebuild
The way the 76ers have treated players, agents and possibly other teams may be the most problematic part of the process long-term.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Paul George, Kevin Durant Named Players Of The Week
Kevin Durant and Paul George have been named the NBA's Player of the Week.

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Kevin Durant Rants Against Media Treatment Of Kobe Bryant
Kevin Durant was asked for his reaction to the announcement by Kobe Bryant that he will retire at the end of the season.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

NBA PER: Kawhi Leonard Enters Top-5
Kawhi Leonard has joined Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin in the top-5, jumping from 14th to fifth since last week.

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Jahlil Okafor 'Not Proud' Of Off-Court Incidents
Jahlil Okafor apologized for several off-court incidents in his personal life.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Thunder Assign Josh Huestis, Mitch McGary To D-League
Mitch McGary has played in six games for the Thunder this season, averaging 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game.

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NBA Efficiency Differential Rankings: Thunder Back In Top-5
The Thunder, Magic, Clippers and Rockets made notable gains over the past week.

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Kupchak: Awkward For Kobe To Go Out With Young, Rebuilding Team
Mitch Kupchak admitted the Lakers haven't made his job easy at this stage of his career.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Kobe Bryant Announces Retirement At End Of Current Season
Kobe Bryant has announced he will retire at the end of the 15-16 season.

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Stephen Curry 'Definitely Feels Like Better Player Than Last Year'
Stephen Curry is averaging 32.1 points per game, 8.3 more than last season when he won MVP.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

JaVale McGee: I'm A Lot Smarter, More Patient In My Game
JaVale McGee is trying to make the most of his opportunity with the Mavericks.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Brett Brown: Naive To Think There Won't Be Problems With Such Young Team
Brett Brown talked about the potential for problems inherent in the way the 76ers' roster has been built around young players.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Jahlil Okafor Pulled Over For Driving 108 MPH On Ben Franklin Bridge
Anything over 40 MPH on the bridge is considered reckless driving.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Dunc'd On Pod: Facebook Mailbag
Host Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux of RealGM and the Sporting News answer reader questions submitted via Facebook.

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Westchester Knicks Re-Acquire Jimmer Fredette
Jimmer Fredette was originally acquired by the Westchester Knicks in the 2015 NBA D-League Draft.

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Harrison Barnes Injures Ankle, X-Rays Negative
Harrison Barnes suffered a badly sprained ankle during the third quarter of the Warriors' win at the Suns.

Diamond Leung/San Jose Mercury News

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