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Andrei Kirilenko Situation With Nets Appears Beyond Repair

Andrei Kirilenko has left the Brooklyn Nets for their roadtrip as he has received several healthy scratches in recent games.

"Source says situation between Kirilenko and Nets probably won't be resolved until he's on another team," writes Stefan Bondy.

Lionel Hollins told the media on Friday that he's unsure if or when Kirilenko will rejoin the club on their road trip.

Via Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Kevin Martin Out Indefinitely With Fractured Right Wrist

An MRI revealed that Kevin Martin has a fractured right wrist and will be out indefinitely.

Further evaluation will be done over the next few days to determine the next course of action.

The injury occurred at the 6:48 mark of the first quarter during Minnesota’s 115-99 win over New York on Wednesday, November 19.

Through nine games this season Martin is averaging 20.4 points on 48.3 percent shooting from the floor and 48.1 percent from the three-point line. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jeff Taylor Won't Appeal 24-Game Suspension

Jeff Taylor will not appeal his 24-game suspension on a domestic violence incident despite the backing of the players' union.

National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts ripped NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s punishment as “excessive and without precedent” in a statement on Thursday. The union was eager to challenge the NBA on the severity of the suspension based on the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Taylor and his agent chose to accept the suspension and sit the remaining 13 games until he can return to the lineup.

 

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Brendan Haywood Aware Cavs Could Trade Him

Brendan Haywood has a non-guaranteed contract for next season worth $10.5 million that could a trade chip for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Haywood is aware that the Cavaliers could trade him at any time.

"I don't worry about it because at the end of the day, I can't do anything about it," Haywood told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "If somebody views my contract as an asset or the team feels they can get something in that can help them or shed salary, they're going to do what they're going to do because that's what they have to do."

Haywood, who has appeared in two games this season, is not bothered and understands the business.

"Executives have jobs to do," Haywood said. "They get paid to do their job. My contract is what it is. Worrying about it is not going to do anything about it. If I can't sleep at night, it's not like they're not going to trade me because of it so I might as well go out there, live my life and go on about my business."

Via Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Texas Loses Isaiah Taylor For Several Weeks With Wrist Injury

Isaiah Taylor will be out for several games with an injured wrirst.

Taylor received X-rays following the game, but Texas' medical staff will seek additional tests in Austin to see if there is a fracture.

"It looks like he's going to be out for several weeks," one source said, "but it's not season-ending."

Taylor is one of the top point guards in the country and averaged 12.7 points and four assists last season as a freshman. 

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

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

Brett Brown: Nobody Knew Year 2 Would Be Like This

The Philadelphia 76ers have lost their first 11 games and are eight losses away from the longest-season opening losing streak.

"That's where we're at, everybody," he said. "And we're not crying about it. We don't want sympathy. We come to work. I get it."

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

"When I first took this job, when [general manager] Sam [Hinkie] took his job, nobody knew that year two was going to play out like this," Brown said after practice Thursday.

The 76ers were expecting a big improvement with two first round picks, but they instead selected an injured player (Joel Embiid) and one that would remain in Europe (Dario Saric).

"We put our big-boy pants on and made a decision that is best for the club long-term," Brown said. "Time will tell. But the year that we are all now living in is a result of those types of decisions. That's why you look on the floor and see a roster like you do and resumés like you do."

Via Matt Breen/Philadelphia Inquirer

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

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

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

NBPA Prepared To Appeal Jeff Taylor's Suspension

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

Mavericks Assign Ricky Ledo To D-League

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

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.

Wizards Assign Glen Rice Jr. To Fort Wayne

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

RealGM Radio: James Ham On The Kings' Strong Start

Daniel Leroux and James Ham discuss what keyed the Kings' strong start, the dominance of DeMarcus Cousins, the importance of Rudy Gay's extension and potential trade targets for this season.

Josh Powell Joins Rockets' Coaching Staff

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

Derrick Rose Likely Out Until At Least Next Week

The Bulls are being conservative with injuries this season.

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

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

Rockets Express Interest In 10-12 Players For Trade Exception

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

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.
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