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Pacers, Nets, Clippers Show Interest In Lance Stephenson

The Charlotte Hornets and Indiana Pacers have held preliminary trade talks on Lance Stephenson, according to sources. A deal is not imminent at this point.

The Hornets have been unwilling to attach a draft pick to Stephenson, which would have helped talks with the Pacers.

The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers have also researched Stephenson's time with the Hornets, but aren't serious at this point.

The Hornets signed Stephenson in the offseason.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Anthony Davis Sits Out With Chest Contusion

Anthony Davis will miss the New Orleans Pelicans' game against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday due to a chest contusion, the team announced.

Davis suffered the injury this week in the Pelicans' win over the Miami Heat.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Furkan Aldemir Signs Four-Year, $12M Deal With 76ers

Furkan Aldemir has landed a four-year contract worth around $12 million with the Philadelphia 76ers, according to sources.

Aldemir has played professionally in Turkey.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Stephen Curry Wanted Knicks To Draft Him In 2009

Stephen Curry wanted to play for the New York Knicks when he came out of Davidson and in the NBA Draft in 2009. Curry was chosen by the Golden State Warriors at No. 7 while Jordan Hill was taken by the Knicks one spot later.

“The Warriors had some questionable characters on their team, the Knicks really needed a point guard, and we felt that Stephen would fit perfectly with a coach like Mike D’Antoni, playing that fast, up-and-down style," Dell Curry said. "He loved the idea of playing at Madison Square Garden.”

Donnie Walsh and Larry Riley, both running the Knicks and Warriors, respectively, at the time, fell in love with Curry's game.

“He’d get the ball in the backcourt, and boom, he was gone,” Walsh said. “It wasn’t just his quickness; he saw everything. I’m sitting there thinking, ‘We’ve got D’Antoni coaching our team, and this kid would fit perfectly.’"

“And you know what?” Riley said. “I walked out that night thinking that he would be a very good N.B.A. player for 10 years. I didn’t worry about what he shot. I knew he could shoot. The reason I really liked him was that he never backed down. Nelly always loved playing small ball. And there was always the thought that if it didn’t work, we could move someone.”

Curry's agent, Jeff Austin, admitted he tried to do whatever he could to get Curry in New York.

“Riley calls me and says, ‘Can I watch a workout?’ ” Austin said. “I said, ‘No, you can’t.’ He says, ‘Can I talk to him?’ I said, ‘No, you can’t.’ I tell him that Stephen wants to be in New York. Stay away from him.

“Larry, to his credit, kept saying, ‘I’m still taking him.’ There was nothing I could do to dissuade him.

“The Knicks, if they were one spot higher, where would they be now? It just shows you that as much time and energy they put into it, the draft is not an exact science. A lot of it is just luck, where you land.”

Via Harvey Araton/New York Times

Matt Barnes Fined $25K By NBA

Matt Barnes was fined $25,000 for kicking a water bottle into the stands and directing profane language at fans, the NBA announced.

The invident took place during the Los Angeles Clippers' game on Friday.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Doug McDermott Out 6-8 Weeks After Surgery On Small Meniscus Tear

Doug McDermott will rehabilitate for six to eight weeks after he underwent surgery to repair a small meniscus tear in his right knee on Saturday.

The Bulls didn't release any official timetable for McDermott's return, and the rehab estimate is fluid based on how quickly McDermott can regain strength and conditioning.

McDermott left the procedure without crutches.

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Iman Shumpert To Be Sidelined At Least Three Weeks With Dislocated Shoulder

Iman Shumpert diagnosed with a dislocation of his left shoulder, the New York Knicks announced on Saturday.

No surgery is necessary.

Shumpert will be reevaluated in approximately 3 weeks.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jimmy Butler Credits Mentorship Of Deng For Development

Jimmy Butler credits the mentorship of Luol Deng for his development this season.

The Chicago Bulls traded Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers last season and Butler has since become Tom Thibodeau's most indispensible two-way player.

"It's crazy how everything works," Butler said. "Lu is the main one who always told me to be ready and keep working on my game and be confident. He told me I belonged here. Stuff like that goes a long way and that's stuff that everybody doesn't see and hear. Lu is a key part to me keeping my head into the game.

"He taught me a lot of the stuff I'm doing now. He always had confidence in me. I miss that guy."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

LeBron Has 'Expanded Rest Of His Game' While Athleticism Declines

LeBron James only has six dunks in the halfcourt this season as his game evolves while getting older.

ESPN.com published a pair of stories on Thursday examining James' place in the league as a 12-year veteran.

One quoted an advance scout as saying, "The LeBron who could dunk on any player at any time is probably gone. ... He's probably never been a better basketball player than he is right now, though." The other noted how James had only six dunks in the Cavs' half-court offense through his first 20 games.

"It's funny you say that because a family member of mine sent me the same message you just talked about," James said. "You can look at it in a bad way or a good way. I've expanded the rest of my game. I'm still out there making plays. My athleticism, obviously I'm not the 18-year-old kid that I was before. But I can still do the things I need to do to be successful."

Via Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Dusko Savanovic Named Euroleague MVP For Round 9

Dusko Savanovic of FC Bayern Munich has been named Euroleague MVP for Round 9 of the regular season.

Savanovic scored a career-high 31 points – including 14 in the fourth quarter – to lead Bayern to a come-from-behind 95-89 victory over PGE Turow Zgorzelec.

Savanovic was not only efficient with his shooting – 7 of 10 on two-point shots, 4 of 6 from behind the three-point arc and 5 of 6 from the foul line – but he also totaled 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks for a performance index rating of 37, which was the highest of any player in Round 9 of the regular season. His index rating also established a record for Bayern Munich players in the Euroleague. This was the second time in Savanovic’s career that he was named player of the week.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Ray Allen Contacted By Wide Range Of Teams, Including Grizzlies; Not At Stage To Decide On Future

Ray Allenís agent, Jim Tanner, confirmed the wide range of interest on Saturday and added that there is no timetable to make a decision on his playing future.

Heat Assign Shabazz Napier, Hassan Whiteside To Sioux Falls

Shabazz Napier has appeared in 23 games with the Heat this season.

Jermaine O'Neal To Decide On Playing Future In January; Cavs, Clippers, Mavs, Warriors Interested

Jermaine O'Neal said he expects to make a definitive decision on his playing future early in 2015.

Doug McDermott To Undergo Arthroscopic Procedure On Knee

A timetable for Doug McDermott's return will be determined after the procedure.

Brett Brown Upset By 76ers' Decision To Trade Brandon Davies

Brett Brown said "there is a human side of it that bothers me because you are trying to grow chemistry, you are trying to grow a culture."

76ers Sign Ronald Roberts From D-League, Waive Jorge Gutierrez

Ronald Roberts started all eight games for the Sevens so far this season, averaging team-highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 67% from the floor.

Andrew Bogut Being Held Out As Precaution For Fatigue

Andrew Bogut has fatigue and not an injury and would reportedly play if he were playing in the postseason.

Steve Kerr Using Seahawks' Practice Atmosphere After Visiting Carroll

Steve Kerr picked up a lot about how to set a practice vibe from Pete Carroll.

Sources: Thunder Inquire About Wilson Chandler

Wilson Chandler is averaging 14.7 points and 6.3 rebounds this season.

Kobe Bryant Calls Teammates 'Soft Like Charmin' During Practice

The practice was the first by Kobe Bryant in several weeks.

Alex Poythress Out For Season With Torn ACL

Alex Poythress suffered the injury during Thursday's practice.

Carmelo Anthony Denies Report Of Willingness To Waive No-Trade Clause

Carmelo Anthony has no desire to be traded at the current moment, but he reportedly is growing frustrated with the Knicks' struggles.

LeBron Misses First Game Of Season With Knee Soreness

The soreness is located in the back of LeBron James' left knee and that he first started feeling the discomfort after Tuesday's game.

Monta Ellis Signs Endorsement Deal With Jordan Brand

Monta Ellis signed an endorsement deal with Jordan Brand before the current season, sources tell RealGM.

Reno Bighorns Acquire Jordan Hamilton

The Reno Bighorns acquired the player rights for Jordan Hamilton from the Iowa Energy.

Warriors Contact Ray Allen, Believe He's Uncertain On Future

The Warriors reached out to Ray Allen, who remains a free agent.

Darius Morris Signs With Nets

Darius Morris was one of the Blazers' final cuts this preseason.

Delonte West Still Seeking Return To NBA

Delonte West said his release from Shanghai was not disciplinary.

Malcolm Lee Waived By 76ers

The 76ers waived Malcolm Lee on Thursday, the team announced.

David Lee Making Progress With Injured Left Hamstring

David Lee is now running on a treadmill and could begin practicing as early as Thursday.
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