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Wade To Sit Against Pacers

Dwyane Wade will be unavailable for the Miami Heat in their game on Friday against the Indiana Pacers.

The Pacers currently have a half-game lead in the Eastern Conference standings.

Wade has now missed 28 games due to a injuries and strategic rest for his knees. Wade's latest setback is for a hamstring.

Toney Douglas will start for the Heat in place of Wade.

Via Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

Rajon Rondo Hopes To Be Made Aware Of Celtics' Offseason Plans

Rajon Rondo has not asked Boston Celtics management to be part of the decision-making process, but he hopes to be aware about the direction of the team.

“I want to be aware of what’s going on, especially if I’m part of the future here,” Rondo said. “And being the point guard, I would like to know what the team has in store or wants to do or the moves they want to make. I think I’ll be around in Boston this summer and I’ll look forward to what’s going to happen. I’m very excited.”

Rondo views the upcoming summer as critical to his complete return from a torn ACL. He has averaged 11.8 points, 9.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds in 29 games this season.

“Next year will be fun, it will be a fresh start,” Rondo said. “I’ll be able to go through training camp and my conditioning will be better than ever and I’ll have a full summer to train at full speed, at full strength. [Last] summer I wasn’t able to train. This summer will be a fun summer, probably the best summer of my career. I’m looking forward to it, something to take out of it. Not making the playoffs, I’ll have a lot more time to train and get better.”

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Exec: Surprised Knicks Didn't Do More Homework On Bargnani

The New York Knicks' trade last offseason for Andrea Bargnani is widely considered one of the worst of the past year.

“Getting anything for him was a surprise,’’ a Western Conference executive said. “But you get desperate. The guy has talent, a 7-footer, mobile, his first few years he made shots. But I question his love for the game and mental makeup. I’m surprised the Knicks didn’t do more homework on him.’’

“We wanted to give opportunity to our younger players and also for Andrea to find a better fit since it wasn’t working out here,” Masai Ujiri wrote in an email.

Bargnani is averaging 13.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting, but his defense and rebounding are a liability. Bargnani is shooting 27.8 percent from three-point range.

“They got him as a stretch 4, but he hasn’t been a stretch 4 for years,’’ an NBA scout said.

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

Jared Cunningham Signs With Kings For Rest Of Season

The Sacramento Kings have signed guard Jared Cunningham for the remainder of the season.

Signed to a 10-day contract on March 31, Cunningham is averaging 3.0 points (.235 FG%, 10-10 FT), 0.7 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 6.3 minutes per game in six games off the bench for the Kings.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Kings Assign Willie Reed To D-League

The Sacramento Kings assigned forward Willie Reed to their D-League affiliate Reno Bighorns.

Reed has averaged 13.6 points (.649 FG%, .800 FT%), 7.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists 2.4 blocks, and 25.0 minutes per game in five games off the bench for the Bighorns this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Cal Pursuing Xavier's Chris Mack

Cal has strong interest in Xavier's Chris Mack to replace Mike Montgomery as head coach.

Mack had led Xavier to the Sweet 16 in 2010 and 2012 since replacing Sean Miller in 2009.

Montgomery has publicly pushed for assistant Travis DeCuire to get the job.

California was 21-14 this season and will lose seniors Justin Cobb and Richard Solomon.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Eric Gordon To Undergo Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Eric Gordon will miss the remainder of the season to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee next week, the New Orleans Pelicans announced on Thursday.

Gordon is expected to make a full recovery.

Gordon averaged 15.4 points on 43.6 percent shooting in 64 games this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

D.J. White Signs With Bobcats For Remainder Of Season

The Charlotte Bobcats have signed forward D.J. White for the remainder of the season.

White, who signed a pair of 10-day contracts on March 21 and 31, has seen action in two games for the Bobcats this season, tallying two rebounds and one steal in five minutes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Rockets Sign Dexter Pittman, Release Greg Smith

The Houston Rockets agreed to sign Dexter Pittman while waiving Greg Smith.

Smith has missed most of the season due to a knee injury.

Pittman, who went to training camp with the Chicago Bulls and later signed a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks, has averaged 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds with the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

James Southerland To Sign With Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans will use an injury exemption to create roster space to sign James Southerland out of the NBA Development League, a league source told RealGM.

Southerland’s deal for the remainder of the season won’t carry into 2014-15. The Pelicans had received an exemption that allows the team to exceed 15 players on the roster, which has sustained significant injuries to Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson.

The Pelicans announced Thursday that Anthony Davis (back) and Eric Gordon (knee) are out for the rest of the season.

Southerland made the Charlotte Bobcats’ roster out of training camp in October and appeared in one game before his release. The 6-foot-8 sharpshooter has averaged 14.7 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the D-League.

ESPN first reported Southerland’s call up to New Orleans.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

18 Of Past 23 GM Hires Weren't Former NBA Players Or Coaches

More outsiders' teams made the playoffs (63 percent vs. 48 percent) in their third year.

Armor To Relocate To Grand Rapids In Hybrid Deal With Pistons

The Pistons will launch a D-League team in Grand Rapids with the Springfield Armor relocating.

Nik Stauskas Leaves Michigan For NBA Draft

Nik Stauskas had a breakout season as a sophomore, averaging 17.5 points while shooting 44 percent from 3-point range.

Bulls To Sign Lou Amundson For Remainder Of Season

The Bulls will sign Lou Amundson to a contract on Thursday for the remainder of the season, sources tell RealGM.

Report: Julius Randle To Enter NBA Draft

Julius Randle is a virtual lock to be a top-10 selection and could go in the top-5.

Carlos Boozer Tunes Out Possibility Of Being Amnestied By Bulls

Carlos Boozer reiterated that he has tuned out discussion of the Bulls likely using the amnesty clause on him in the offseason.

LeBron Concedes Durant Has Performed 'Most Consistent' For MVP Award

LeBron James praised Kevin Durant as the most deserving candidate for the MVP award.

Mike James To Sign With Bulls For Remainder Of Season

Mike James' 10-day contract with the Bulls expired in January.

David Lee Doesn't Pay Attention To Criticsm Warriors Better Without Him

David Lee was asked how he felt about the suggestion that the Warriors might be better with a lineup consisting of Draymond Green at power forward instead of him.

Hilton Armstrong Signs With Warriors For Remainder Of Season

Hilton Armstrong has appeared in 12 games with Golden State this season.

Chris Walker To Return To Florida For Sophomore Season

Chris Walker was a draft prospect for the upcoming NBA Draft.

Rockets Recall Robert Covington, Troy Daniels From D-League

The Rockets recalled Robert Covington and Troy Daniels from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.

Celtics Have Held Preliminary Discussions On Potentially Re-Signing Kris Humphries

Kris Humphries believes in the Celtics' future, citing the roster and Brad Stevens.

Joel Embiid Declares For NBA Draft

Joel Embiid is widely expected to be a top-3 pick if his back tests out as healthy.

Joakim Noah To Sit Out World Cup Of Basketball

Joakim Noah sat out the 2012 Olympics due to plantar fasciitis.

Pacers To Sit Entire Starting Lineup Against Bucks

Frank Vogel is trying to prescribe rest to his Pacers' starters.

Lakers Could Wait Until Free Agency For Decision On D'Antoni

The Lakers also will not solicit the opinion of Kobe Bryant when evaluating whether or not to retain Mike D'Antoni.

Glen Rice Jr. Enjoyed Building Endurance In D-League

Glen Rice Jr. averaged 14.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in the D-League.

UMass' Derrick Gordon Comes Out As Gay

Derrick Gordon is a starter who averaged 9.4 points and 3.5 rebounds a game this season.

Mitch Kupchak Agrees To Multi-Year Extension To Remain Lakers' GM

Mitch Kupchak has been GM of the Lakers since he succeeded Jerry West in 2000.
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