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Pacers 'Cool' On Possibility Of Paul George Returning This Season

The Indiana Pacers have "cooled" on the possibility of Paul George returning this season from his offseason injury, according to sources.

George had surgery in August to repair his devestating leg injury suffered in a USA Basketball Showcase.

The Pacers have a 5-8 record to begin the season.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

76ers Won't Be Favored In Any Of Remaining 69 Games

The Philadelphia 76ers are not currently scheduled to be favored in any of their remaining 69 games.

Their best odds to win are at 44.6 percent on March 30th when they host the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 76ers have yet to win a game this season.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Carmelo Had 'Great Dialogue' With Dwight About Joining Rockets

The New York Knicks have started the season slowly, while two of Carmelo Anthony's free agency suitors, the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks, look capable of going on deep title runs.

Anthony and the Knicks play both teams on the road this week.

"Of course I know that they're playing very well," Anthony said at shootaround Monday morning. "It's not something that I kind of say to myself that I regret doing this or regret doing that."

 

Anthony bought into the vision of Phil Jackson to stay with the Knicks.

"No, I can't do that," Anthony said of playing the what-if game. "I can't do that. I can't do that. That's just not my nature as a person. I would never be able to sit down and ask myself 'what if?'"

Anthony said he "took a deep, long look at" all that Houston had to offer, such as weather, and no state tax. He had conversations with Howard, but in the end wanted to remain with the Knicks.

"We had some great dialogue back and forth," Anthony said. "I talked to him. We talked about some things. Ultimately it came down to what I felt at that moment, what I really wanted.

"Me and Dwight had some contact and some conversation. He tried. He tried extremely hard. It didn't have anything to do with Dwight or James or anything like that. It came down to my own decision."

Via Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Lakers Hope Loyalty Toward Nash Will Help Down The Line With Free Agents

Steve Nash plans on remaining in Manhattan Bech for the remainder of his life and is expected to be part of the Los Angeles Lakers' franchise even after his contract expires.

Nash had a breakfast meeting last week with Mitch Kupchak.

"He's planning to come around when he's ready," Lakers' spokesman John Black said.

The Lakers have given Nash time and space to come to grips with the end of his season and possibly his career.

"Going forward I hope we all can refocus our energies on getting behind these Lakers," Nash wrote in a Facebook post on Nov. 7. "This team will be back and Staples will be rocking."

Jeanie Buss believes in good karma and the returns of treating people well, which is part of the reason why Nash still is valued by the franchise.

Treating Nash well could be viewed by potential free agents as a sign of the team's loyalty.

Kevin Durant worked out with Nash at the Lakers' training facility in the offseason and clearly respects the veteran point guard. Durant will be the prize of the 2016 free agency class and the Lakers will certainly pursue him.

Via Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

Cavs Recall Alex Kirk From D-League

The Cleveland Cavaliers have recalled center Alex Kirk from the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team.

Kirk has played in three games (all starts) for the Charge this season with averages of 23.7 points on .483 shooting, 9.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 39.3 minutes per game. He has appeared in two games for the Cavs this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Eric Gordon Out Indefinitely With Torn Labrum

Eric Gordon is out indefinitely with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Gordon has suffered from a host of injuries since signing a new free agent deal in 2012.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Lakers Didn't Pursue Non-Superstar Free Agents In 2014

The Los Angeles Lakers pursued Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, but they sat out the pursuit of B-plus-level players such as Lance Stephenson, Eric Bledsoe, Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Lowry, Isaiah Thomas and others.

The Lakers showed some initial interest in Lowry, but told his agent they were waiting on a decision from Anthony and James.

Stephenson received some initial interest, but they never followed up.

The Lakers showed no interest in Thomas, who signed a market favorable contract with the Phoenix Suns.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Furkan Aldemir To Sign With 76ers

Furkan Aldemir will leave Galatasaray to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Aldemir is averaging 8.1 points and 9.1 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game for Galatasary in 11 games.

The 76ers acquired the draft rights to Aldemir in July 2013 from the Houston Rockets.

Via Sportando

Jimmy Butler Doesn't Hold Resentment Over Lack Of Contract Extension

Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls were not able to agree to a contract extension before the Oct. 31 deadline, and this season, the swingman has averaged 20.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals a game.

Butler said he does not hold resentment with the Bulls for the lack of a new deal.

"Nah, nah," Butler said. "I love the city of Chicago. I think everybody knows that. I just feel like I've just got to help win games, man. I want a championship. The money has never been an issue because I'm from Tomball. The money I make now is more than nothing.

"I just wanted to prove to my teammates, to my coaches, to the city, that I'm here to stay."

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Jeff Green Happy With Celtics, Denies Rumors Of Wanting Trade

Jeff Green cleared up his comments to Comcast SportsNet when he said that his frustration was at an "all-time high" due to losing.

Green received word that there have been articles written about trade possibilities with the Boston Celtics.

“Before you start, I just wanted to clear the air about some BS rumor that came out,” Green said. “I don’t know if the person who made this article is in this circle, but the rumor about me wanting to get traded is definitely false.

“I said that I was frustrated with losing, not frustrated with the team. So if the words didn’t come from my mouth, I’d appreciate it if you not write a dumb [expletive] article like that."

In 2012, Green signed a four-year, $36 million contract with the Celtics. The next season, Boston went 25-57 with the team rebuilding after the end of the Big Three Era. Green has said he wanted to be a key part of that turnaround.

“If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have signed a contract to come back here,” Green said. “I’m happy where I’m at. I’m happy with the coach, the front office, everybody. Haven’t been happy like this in years, so it’s a good place for me.”

Via Julian Benbow/Boston Globe

Spurs Assign Kyle Anderson To D-League

Kyle Anderson has appeared in six games this season for San Antonio, averaging 1.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per contest.

Heat To Sign Hassan Whiteside

The Heat are signing Hassan Whiteside out of the NBA D-League.

Zoran Erceg Named Euroleague MVP For Week 6

Zoran Erceg finished the game with 32 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals for a performance index rating of 41.

LeBron James Remains Optimistic Despite 'Fragile' State Of Cavs

LeBron James framed the Cavaliers' state as "fragile" after the team dropped to 5-7 with a 110-93 home loss to Raptors on Saturday.

Greg Oden Focused On Life Issues, Not NBA Comeback

Greg Oden is not interested in pursuing a comeback in the NBA for now.

Thunder Want Serge Ibaka To Keep Shooting 3-4 Three-Pointers Per Game

Serge Ibaka is shooting a team-best 38.3 percent from 3-point range.

Lakers Re-Assign Jordan Clarkson, Xavier Henry To D-Fenders

Jordan Clarkson and Xavier Henry will make their second appearance of the season with the D-Fenders.

Dwight Howard Undergoes PRP Treatment On Knee, No Timetable For Return

Dwight Howard was not in the Rockets' lineup on Saturday and Kevin McHale said there is no timetable for when he will return.

Westbrook, Durant Participate In Non-Contact Portion Of Practice

The Oklahoman reports that "there's a growing belief that (Russell) Westbrook and (Kevin) Durant aren't far from returning."

Harden: Rockets Lacked Ariza's Leadership, Defense, Shot-Making Last Season

Chandler Parsons has said he does not pay attention to Trevor Ariza's play.

Kobe Considers Hometown Discounts As 'Big Coup' For Owners

Kobe Bryant was not interested in taking a below market value with the Lakers.

76ers Assign JaKarr Sampson To D-League

JaKarr Sampson has appeared in nine games with two starts for the Sixers this season.

Lakers Working Out Roscoe Smith

Roscoe Smith plays for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League.

Jeff Taylor Won't Appeal 24-Game Suspension

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

Kevin Martin Out Indefinitely With Fractured Right Wrist

Kevin Martin suffered the injury in the first quarter of the Wolves' win over the Knicks.

Andrei Kirilenko Situation With Nets Appears Beyond Repair

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

Texas Loses Isaiah Taylor For Several Weeks With Wrist Injury

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

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 Cavaliers.

Brett Brown: Nobody Knew Year 2 Would Be Like This

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

Kalin Lucas, Hassan Whiteside Waived By Grizzlies

Kalin Lucas and Hassan Whiteside had re-signed with the Grizzlies on Nov. 19.
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