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Lakers Awarded $4.85M Disabled Player Exception

The Los Angeles Lakers have been awarded a $4.85 million disabled player exception for Steve Nash, according to sources.

Nash is out for the rest of the season due to back issues.

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Aaron Gray Remaining Active With Pistons Despite Being Waived

Aaron Gray remains at the Detroit Pistons' practice facility helping put big men through drills while being sidelined after a cardiac episode over the summer.

"I had my first kind of 'shock' here," Gray said, referring to the Pistons' practice facility, "then it was kind of a rollercoaster over the next two days."

Gray does extensive cardio exercises and undergoes regular testing.

"We're just taking it one step at a time right now -- still gathering information, same old answers -- and preparing for the next step," Gray said. "What step we're on, or what step we'll get to, I don't know. Eventually, there will have to be a decision on whether I can play basketball again or not."

Gray was waived and the Pistons traded for Joel Anthony to replace his roster spot since he would not likely be cleared.

Gray stayed for his rehabilitation and remains active in the game by drilling big men for a team that released him.

"They brought me here for a service," Gray said. "Even though I've been waived, the type of guy I am, I'm still getting paid for two years. I just wouldn't feel right not contributing as much as I possibly could.

"The organization's been great. It's been great being around the bigs, giving them as much knowledge as I can, helping out as much as possible, and just being able to use the facilities during my rehab."

 

Via David Mayo/MLive

Thibodeau: Derrick Rose Still Not Real Comfortable With Ball Yet

Derrick Rose had 18 points, five assists and three rebounds in 25 minutes in the Chicago Bulls' 97-95 win at the Utah Jazz.

Tom Thibodeau was asked after the game if Rose looked fatigued in the second half.

"Oh I don't know. Jesus. He's got to get out there and play," Thibodeau said. "I thought he did a lot of good things. You could see he's not real comfortable with the ball yet, but that will come. When Derrick strings some games together, he's going to take off. He's got to go. That's the bottom line. He's got to go."

Rose has tried to be cautious about his future and has missed eight games overall after missing four earlier in the season because of sprained ankles.

"It's been time," Rose said. "To me, it's been time. Every injury is a setback a little bit, but as far as emotions and everything, how hard I worked, it's been consistent with how I'm feeling, being positive. And it's been a minute since I've played. This is the first one and now it's behind me and now we're on to Denver."

Via Nick Friedell/ESPN

Randy Foye Out Three Weeks With Torn Quad

Randy Foye said he will miss three weeks with a tear in his right quad.

An MRI on Monday revealed the injury.

Foye will not undergo surgery and will rest and receive treatment.

Via Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Grizzlies Re-Assign Jordan Adams To D-League

The Memphis Grizzlies re-assigned rookie guard Jordan Adams to the NBA Development League’s Iowa Energy, the Grizzlies’ exclusive D-League affiliate.

During his first assignment in Iowa, Adams (6-5, 209) totaled 20 points, seven rebounds and one assist in 31 minutes in an exhibition on Nov. 8 vs. Sioux Falls, which was played in Memphis at FedExForum. He was recalled from Iowa on Nov. 10. The 20-year-old is averaging 1.5 points, 1.3 assists and 0.75 steals in 10.1 minutes in four games for the Grizzlies this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Damien Wilkins Named D-League Player Of The Week

Damien Wilkins of the Iowa Energy was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Friday, Nov.14, through Sunday, Nov. 23.

A 6-6, 225-pound guard/forward out of Georgia, Wilkins averaged 28.3 points (fourth in the league) on .561 shooting (32-for-57), 10.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists to lead Iowa to a 3-0 start to the season.  On Nov. 14, he recorded a double-double, scoring 32 points and snatching 13 rebounds, to go along with nine assists, one block and one steal in a 152-144 victory over the Reno Bighorns. On Nov. 15, he tallied 30 points, 11 rebounds and two steals in a 102-100 victory over the Santa Cruz Warriors. Wilkins is in his first season in the NBA D-League and was selected by Iowa in the 2014 NBA Development League Draft with the 16th overall pick.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Carmelo Anthony Leaves Game With Back Spasms

Carmelo Anthony suffered a back injury during the first half of the New York Knicks' loss on Monday to the Houston Rockets.

Anthony doubled over in obvious discomfort with less than two minutes remaining in the half.

The Knicks described Anthony's injury as back spasms.

Via Scott Cacciola/New York Times

JaKarr Sampson Recalled To 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers have recalled forward JaKarr Sampson from the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League. 

Sampson has appeared in nine games with two starts for the Sixers this season. He appeared in two games for the Sevens, averaging 15 points and 5 rebounds.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Xavier Henry Ruptured Left Achilles

Xavier Henry ruptured his left Achilles tendon during the Los Angeles Lakers' practice on Monday.

Henry underwent an MRI on Monday to confirm the injury.

Henry, who re-signed with the Lakers as a free agent on July 25, has appeared in nine games this season, averaging 2.2 points, 0.4 rebounds, 0.3 assists, and 0.33 steals in 9.5 minutes per game. The five-year pro averaged career-highs in points (10.0), rebounds (2.7), and assists (1.2) per game last season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

DeMarcus Cousins, Lou Williams Named NBA Players Of Week

Lou Williams and DeMarcus Cousins have been named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 17, through Sunday, Nov. 23.

Williams helped the Toronto Raptors to a 3-0 week, finishing fourth in the Eastern Conference with 23.7 ppg and ninth with 2.0 spg.

Cousins led the Sacramento Kings to a 2-1 week and paced the league in rebounding (16.3). He averaged 25.7 points (second in the league) on .577 shooting (30-for-52) and tallied five blocks.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Heat Sign Hassan Whiteside, Waive Shannon Brown

Hassan Whiteside has appeared in three games for the Iowa Energy in the NBA Development League this season.

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

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

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

The 76ers' best odds to win are at 44.6 percent on March 30th when they host the Lakers.

Carmelo Had 'Great Dialogue' With Dwight About Joining Rockets

Carmelo Anthony isn't playing the what-if game with the Rockets and Mavericks playing well.

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 Lakers' franchise even after his contract expires.

Cavs Recall Alex Kirk From D-League

Alex 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.

Eric Gordon Out Indefinitely With Torn Labrum

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

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

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

Furkan Aldemir To Sign With 76ers

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

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

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

Jeff Green Happy With Celtics, Denies Rumors Of Wanting Trade

Jeff Green has said he wanted to be a key part of the Celtics' turnaround.

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."
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