Dec 06, 2013 12:04 PM EST
The Miami Heat are in trade discussion as they search for backcourt depth with Dwyane Wade playing on a limited basis.
Wade missed his fifth game of the season on Thursday.
The Heat routinely started Mike Miller in the absence of Wade last season, but they used their amnesty provision upon him to save approximately $17 million in taxes.
Dec 06, 2013 11:51 AM EST
Kobe Bryant will not return for Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings, but could be available for Sunday against the Toronto Raptors.
Bryant practiced for the third consecutive day on Thursday and felt improvement in his left ankle.
“I mean, we’ve got to see how it feels (Thursday night)," said. I’m going to try to get another hard session in and then tomorrow morning try to push it again and the same thing tomorrow evening and just continue to keep on measuring it.”
Bryant said he needed to break up lingering scar tissue in his ankle through movement and therapy.
“I’m not jumping through the gym by any means,” Bryant said, “but I don’t need to be able to do that in order to be a great player.”
Dec 06, 2013 11:44 AM EST
Alex Murphy has decided to transfer from Duke at the end of the semester.
Murphy has averaged 6.6 minutes per game in five of the Blue Devils' nine games this season.
Murphy was a four-star recruit in the class of 2011.
Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker each average over 30 minutes per game at the position Murphy would play.
Murphy figures to be a highly coveted transfer.
Dec 05, 2013 11:20 PM EST
Jason Kidd was asked to evaluate himself as Brooklyn Nets' head coach following the team's 113-83 blowout loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday night.
"I think you get evaluated by being whole," Kidd said. "It starts there.
"Once that occurs, then you're evaluated"
Kidd reassigned Lawrence Frank from being the Nets' lead assistant coach to only "daily reports" filed to the team.
Dec 05, 2013 5:08 PM EST
The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned center Henry Sims and guard/forward Carrick Felix to the Canton Charge.
Sims has appeared in six games for the Cavs this season, averaging 1.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 5.8 minutes per game and Felix has appeared in three games, averaging 1.3 points in 5.0 minutes per game.
Dec 05, 2013 1:25 PM EST
The Golden State Warriors have waived center Dewayne Dedmon.
Dedmon, 24, was originally signed as a D-League call-up from the Santa Cruz Warriors on Nov. 18.
The 7’0” center appeared in four games with Golden State, logging a total of six minutes.
During his time with Golden State, Dedmon also appeared in one game with Santa Cruz while on assignment to the D-League club
Dec 05, 2013 12:54 PM EST
In this episode of RealGM Radio, host Daniel Leroux talks with Sam Amick of USA Today, Larry Coon of CBAFAQ.com, ESPN and HoopsWorld, and Charles Modiano of RealGM.
Sam (@sam_amick) and Daniel discuss the disparity between the Eastern Conference and Western Conference so far, the strong start of the Portland Trail Blazers, and the progress of DeMarcus Cousins.
For the My Life in Basketball segment, CBA guru Larry Coon (@LarryCoon) talks about his background and the path to creating the first CBA FAQ as well as the role of the individual max contract moving forward.
Finally, Charles Modiano comes on to discuss the Knicks' rough present and uncertain future.
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Dec 05, 2013 12:51 PM EST
Derrick Rose spoke to the media on Thursday for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.
Rose was asked if he could return for the playoffs.
"If I'm healthy and the situation is right - I'm playing," said Rose.
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune was told by the Chicago Bulls two weeks ago that the chances of Rose returning are "almost non-existent."
Rose also was asked if the Bulls may have to move on without him.
"You can be a fool if you want to," said Rose.
Dec 05, 2013 12:27 PM EST
The seriousness of how Portland treats the Trail Blazers forced Neil Olshey to accelerate his approach in rebuilding the roster.
The Blazers are now 16-3 with the best record in the Western Conference.
"It caught me off guard," Olshey said. "Listen, I had been in this building as a front-office executive, a coach, and I knew how much it meant inside this building with the fans. But how much the identity of this city is wrapped up in the Blazers. It's so important that this team performs well – and does it with the right kind of guys. It's not just winning, but how we win, how we lose, how guys play, how guys treat the fans.
"And you know, that's what accelerated it for me. It would be great to come in with a three-to-five-year plan, slowly rebuild, but about five minutes after I got here, I realized: We're going to have to pick the pace up on this."
Olshey came from the Los Angeles Clippers, where he worked in the shadow of the Los Angeles Lakers and the ubiquitous entertainment industry.
"You could live and work in anonymity in L.A.," Olshey told Yahoo Sports, "but it's different here. At one point, the Dalai Lama was here and our president, Chris McGowan, and I presented him with a Blazers jersey. I wouldn't have even been on the list to be in the arena with him in L.A."
LaMarcus Aldridge has been one of the NBA's best players just months after he doubted if he may be better off going to a team ready to contend.
"Neil has done great job," Aldridge told Yahoo Sports. "I mean, he's done … great."
Dec 05, 2013 11:41 AM EST
The Milwaukee Bucks are 3-15 after losing both members of their starting backcourt from last season, Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, in free agency.
Jennings and Ellis are both playing well with their new teams.
"It's the situation he's in," Jennings said of Ellis' explosion. "He's on a team where they need somebody to score. Dirk (Nowitzki) is not that scorer like he used to be. He still can do it, don't get me wrong. But he (Ellis) is in a situation kind of like he was in at Golden State, before Stephen Curry and all of them got there. So he's the main scorer and he's the guy."
The pairing of Jennings and Ellis was ill-fitted.
"We're two players that need the ball," said Jennings.
"Here, I can just run the team," Jennings said. "I'm playing with an unbelievable frontcourt. My assists are high, higher than they ever have been so far, which I'm really happy about. I'm just finding guys and just learning how to control the game down the stretch and win."
Rajon Rondo has not been cleared for 5-on-5 basketball.
Carmelo Anthony said he hasn't talked about his future plans to those close to him.
In 18 games this season, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 9.1 points
The NBA announced the suspended game following smoke inhabiting the entire arena.
Byron Scott coached Jason Kidd to two NBA Finals appearances with the Nets in 2002 and 2003, when Lawrence Frank was on his coaching staff.
Charlie Westbrook joined the D-League’s waiver process late Wednesday afternoon to determine his franchise.
Lawrence Frank signed a six-year, roughly $6 million deal with the Nets in the offseason to be Jason Kidd's lead assistant coach.
The Pacers’ local television ratings rank fourth in the NBA.
Danny Ainge said Rajon Rondo still has not been cleared fully for contact practice.
Dennis Schröder ranks tied for fourth among all NBA rookies in assists.
Marquis Teague was recalled due to an injury to Mike James.
Timofey Mozgov is averaging 16.5 points and 17.5 rebounds over the past two games as his numbers are up across the board in his third full season with the Nuggets.
Allan Houston is currently an executive under Steve Mills.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sustained a fracture in his left hand on Tuesday night.
Lamar Odom has returned to Los Angeles after two weeks of workouts with Rob McClanaghan.
Michael Carter-Williams is averaging 17 points, seven assists, five rebounds and a league-high three steals per game.
Paul George posted averages of 23.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists as the Pacers went 15-1 through November.
Kobe Bryant passed throughout a 20-minute scrimmage game on Tuesday that was highlighted by a steal and dunk.
Retaining the meniscus improves Derrick Rose's odds of avoiding chronic knee issues.
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