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Danilo Gallinari Has Meniscus Tear In Right Knee

Danilo Gallinari has been diagnosed with a meniscus tear in his right knee.

Gallinari is out indefinitely and will need surgery.

Via Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Kings, Nets Discussing Deron Williams Trade

The Sacramento Kings and Brooklyn Nets are discussing a deal centered on Deron Williams.

Talks have centered upon Darren Collison, Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson for Williams.

Sacramento has significant interest with Williams, but a hurdle to a possible deal is the Kings’ desire to have center Mason Plumlee included into the package, league sources said.

The Nets' partnership with Williams has become increasingly fractured over the past two years, and the idea of a breakup has appeal for both sides, sources tell Yahoo.

 

Williams has two full years and $43 million-plus left on his contract through the end of the 2017 season.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Rondo To Study Film Of New Teammates To Ease Transition

Rajon Rondo had six points, seven rebounds, nine assists, two steals and four charges in his debut with the Dallas Mavericks, a 99-93 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

“I love it here,’’ Rondo said. “The fans have been great, the reception tonight was amazing, and that’s what it’s all about.’’

Monta Ellis scored 38 points after some wondered if Rondo would interfere with his game.

“I think he did a great job — he scored 38 points,’’ Rondo said of Ellis. “I didn’t hold him back too much.

“We both like to dominate the ball, but I think we played well off each other tonight, along with Devin [Harris] as well.’’

Rondo expects the adjustment period with the Mavericks to be quick.

“It’s not going to take long, for the most part it’s basketball. I’ve been watching these guys from afar.

“It’s NBA players, I have the [NBA League Pass], I watch them all the time and they know how to play off each other. It’s a very intelligent team, I’m not too far behind, and I’ll keep watching film and keep learning my guys’ system.’’

Via Dwaine Price/Star-Telegram

Goran Dragic Will 'Definitely' Consider Signing With Knicks

Goran Dragic called signing with the New York Knicks a “possibility” in July when he plans to opt out of his contract and test free agency.

The presence of Phil Jackson makes the Knicks more attractive to Dragic.

“Oh yeah, definitely,” said Dragic, who earned All-NBA third-team honors last season. “You know Phil, he was a great coach. He won so many titles and he was coaching so many great players that of course it’s interesting and I would love working with him. Because probably he’s making all the moves — I’m not sure — but he knows what the team needs and what direction the team needs to go. In the past probably, he makes some decisions, who the Lakers bring in and the Chicago Bulls and (he) did an amazing job.”

 

Dragic said he intends to keep his options open for free agency and isn’t focusing on any single team, though he did repeat the Knicks were an option.

“I think so it’s a possibility, but not just New York,” Dragic said. “I’m a free agent. I want to explore my options but so far I’m really happy in Phoenix. They give me a lot. I like the city. I like the fans and I like the organization, so it’s going to be a tough decision to make, but I’m going to start thinking of that at the end of the season.”

Via Mitch Abramson/New York Daily News

David Lee Expected To Return Monday From Hamstring Injury

David Lee practiced on Sunday and expects to return from a hamstring injury on Tuesday against the Sacramento Kings.

"He looked great," Steve Kerr said. "The hamstring is fine. He scrimmaged 5-on-5. We’ll do the same thing (Sun), and we anticipate him playing Monday."

Lee added he believes he will play against the Kings.

Lee has played just one game this season.

Via Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Mavericks Leaders To Sign Jermaine O'Neal

The Dallas Mavericks have an undeniable edge to sign Jermaine O'Neal after the acquisition of Rajon Rondo, according to sources.

O'Neal is "highly intrigued" about the idea of joining the Mavericks.

O'Neal maintains his offseason home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and has long been interested in joining the Mavericks to reunite with Rick Carlisle

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Lance Stephenson Has Clashed With Hornets' Teammates

Lance Stephenson has clashed with teammates during his early time with the Charlotte Hornets.

Steve Clifford has placed responsibility for Stephenson's adjustment on the Hornets' veterans.

The Hornets have sought out trades for Stephenson, but haven't found an opportunity to their liking. The Hornets want value still in return for Stephenson and aren't merely trying to dump his contract.

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

David Lee To Return To Warriors' Lineup Monday

David Lee will return to the Golden State Warriors' lineup on Monday against the Sacramento Kings.

Lee has missed all but six minutes of the season since re-injuring his left hamstring.

"He looked good, he was moving really well, his hamstring's fine," said Steve Kerr. "He told me everything else is sore now, which is a good sign. He's getting back into basketball shape and running a lot of sprints. But this was the first time he's scrimmaged full court, which was a good step."

Lee's return will allow the Warriors to reduce Draymond Green's minutes, who has been playing more than 40 per game since Andrew Bogut went out with injury.

Via Carl Steward/San Jose Mercury News

Jameer Nelson, Celtics Have Initial Dialogue On Future Possibilities

The Boston Celtics and guard Jameer Nelson have had preliminary discussions on his future role and "what if" possibilities before the February trade deadline, but buyout negotiations have not taken place yet, league sources told RealGM.

Nelson signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks last offseason, persuaded by the organization’s culture and an opportunity to start and compete for a Western Conference contender. Still, Dallas had scoured the market for an upgrade at point guard this season and acquired Rajon Rondo, ending Nelson’s brief tenure and sending him to a likely draft lottery team.

At 32, Nelson has cherished a role on a competing NBA team, but has now embraced his position with the Celtics. Over 11 seasons, Nelson is well-regarded as a professional and locker room voice.

Nelson spent his first 10 pro seasons with the Orlando Magic and started in his 23 games for Dallas. He’s averaged 12.4 points and 5.3 assists in his NBA career.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Rondo, Cuban Hopeful For Long-Term Partnership

Rajon Rondo and Mark Cuban both expressed a desire not to rent the new situation together with the Dallas Mavericks, who acquried Rondo in a trade from the Boston Celtics.

“Obviously, we wouldn’t give up picks if we didn’t think it was long term,” Cuban said. “We’re past the days of rent-a-player.

“If he’s not the definition of a cornerstone, I don’t know what is. But let me qualify that. With him side by side with Monta (Ellis) and (Tyson) Chandler, there’s no one guy who will be the cornerstone of the team. So having a good young nucleus — for us the young nucleus used to be 35 — to get that number down to 28 or 29 is something we want to keep together.”

Rondo could sign a five-year, $107 million max contract with the Mavericks next summer.

“I’m definitely excited and optimistic about the situation here,” said Rondo, who’ll make $12.9 million this season. “And like Mark was saying, being alongside a guy like Monta and they just re-signed Chandler, the future seems bright and I’m just looking forward to winning a championship as fast as possible and hopefully we can keep this team together.”

Via Dwain Price/Star-Telegram

RealGM Radio: Galletti Breaks Down The NBA's Top-15 Teams

Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti discuss the stacked Western Conference playoff picture, his current title favorites and his top team in the league so far.

Iman Shumpert Won't Need Shoulder Surgery

Iman Shumpert suffered the injury on Dec. 12 and will be reevaluated in a few weeks.

Deonte Burton Transfers From Marquette To Iowa State

Deonte Burton becomes the 13th transfer Fred Hoiberg has taken since 2010.

Silver Believes Some Teams Are Going Through 'Legitimate Rebuilding Process'

Adam Silver believes the public perception of tanking is a bigger issue than what teams are actually hoping to accomplish.

76ers To Waive Ronny Turiaf

Ronny Turiaf was acquired by the 76ers in a three-team trade on Friday.

Report: Cavaliers Connecting Better With Tyronn Lue Over David Blatt

The Cavaliers seem to oscillate between lukewarm and irritated with David Blatt, according to a report.

Pelicans Interested In Re-Signing Gal Mekel Later In Season

Gal Mekel appeared in four games with New Orleans, averaging 1.5 points and 3.3 assists.

Lin Understands Kobe's Game-Winner Attempts, But 'I Would Love To Shoot Some'

Kobe Bryant has now missed 12 consecutive potential tying or go-ahead shots in the final five seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime.

Kawhi Leonard To Miss Some Time With Tear In Hand

Kawhi Leonard has suffered a tear in his hand and Gregg Popovich is unsure when he'll return.

Rockets Release Francisco Garcia

The Rockets will release Francisco Garcia.

Rockets Acquire Corey Brewer From Wolves For Troy Daniels

Corey Brewer has been traded to the Rockets.

Raptors May Have Revealed New Logo (Picture)

The Raptors may have given a sneak peek of their new logo in a 30-second "We The North" ad that was released on Friday.

Gal Mekel Waived By Pelicans

Gal Mekel was signed by the team on December 5 as an unrestricted free agent.

Kevin Durant Sprains Ankle, X-Rays Negative

Kevin Durant stepped on Marreese Speights' foot and rolled his ankle while driving to the basket.

Cuban Finalized Rondo Trade In Green Room Of Colbert Report Finale

Mark Cuban was one of many celebrities to help bid farewell to Stephen Colbert's final telecast on Comedy Central before moving to CBS.

Hornets Keeping Lance Stephenson 'For Now'

The Heat and Nets are among seven clubs that showed interest in Lance Stephenson.

Thibodeau: Thank God For Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 35 points in the Bulls' 103-97 win on Thursday over the Knicks.

Kobe Unsure If Lakers Adding Superstar In 2016 Would Factor In Decision On Retirement

Kobe Bryant has been widely expected to retire when his current contract expires in 2016, but he was asked if the Lakers adding Kevin Durant or any other superstar player may cause him to reconsider.

Celtics To Likely Receive Mavs' 2016 Pick

The Mavericks' pick goes to the Celtics this season if it falls between No. 4 and No. 14.

Mavs Acquire Rajon Rondo From Celtics

The Mavericks would send Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, one future first round pick and a future second round pick to the Celtics for Rajon Rondo.
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