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Frank Compares Ellis To Iverson

Lawrence Frank believes Monta Ellis is the closest player he has ever seen to Allen Iverson.

"Those two are lethal," Frank said, referring to Ellis and Jennings.

"Ellis is a challenge for everyone. Ellis is a nightmare matchup. To me, Ellis is the closest thing to Iverson. He has speed, quickness; he's a great finisher for his size."

Via Charles F. Gardner/Journal Sentinel

Vucevic Grabs Magic Franchise-Record 29 Rebounds

Nikola Vucevic scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed 29 rebounds -- an Orlando Magic franchise record -- in Sunday's 112-110 loss to the Miami Heat.

"Yeah, I knew how many rebounds I had," Vucevic said. "Teammates kept telling me to get 30, and I was close. But I only wish we would've won the game."

Vucevic broke Shaquille O'Neal's 19-year-old franchise high.

Via Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Vasquez, Ellis Named NBA Players Of The Week

Greivis Vasquez was named the Western Conference Player of Week for games played Monday, December 24, through Sunday, December 30. This is the first time in Vasquez’s career that he has won a Player of the Week honor.

Vasquez led the Hornets to a 2-1 record, averaging 21.0 points, 10.0 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals while shooting 53.1 percent from the field. 

Monta Ellis received the honor in the Eastern Conference.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Evans Seeks 2nd Opinion On Sore Left Knee

Tyreke Evans will visit Dr. Steve Lombardo to receive a second opinion on his sore left knee.

Evans has been out of the Sacramento Kings' lineup since Dec. 16.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Stoudemire Not Yet 80 Percent Healthy, May Return Early

Amar'e Stoudemire participated in his first full practice since mid-October, but isn't sure if he will return on Jan. 1.

Stoudemire said he's not even 80 percent and would like to feel close to 100 percent before he plays.

"It would be great if I could go on Jan. 1," he said. "I can't determine how I feel tomorrow or the following day. If the next two days go well and I continue to improve, then that will be a great day to start playing."

The Knicks' injury woes have caused Stoudemire to want to return earlier.

Via Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Lazar Hayward Signs With Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed Lazar Hayward.

Hayward, who played collegiately at Marquette, has appeared in 69 NBA regular-season games with Minnesota and Oklahoma City, posting averages of 2.9 points and 1.3 rebounds in 8.2 minutes per game.

Even with the signing of Hayward, the Timberwolves will continue to look to bolster their wing depth.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Cousins' Teammates Tired Of Excuses

DeMarcus Cousins returned from his indefinite suspension earlier than the team had expected.

Cousins arrived for a Christmas Eve practice.

"When he apologized to the team, two players stood up and said, 'We've heard this bull[bleep] before,'" the source said. "'You're either going to be with us, or you're not. We don't want to hear any more excuses.'"

The Kings have tried to persuade Cousins to enter counseling.

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Tyreke Evans Plans For Second Opinion On Ailing Knee

Tyreke Evans had wanted to return for Sunday's game against the Boston Celtics but decided he wasn't ready during practices and workouts leading up to the contest.

Now, Evans plans to get a second opinion on his injured left knee.

Evans bruised his knee on Nov. 27 and an MRI earlier this month showed no structural damage.

Via Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Avery Bradley Still Expects Jan. 2 Return

Avery Bradley remains on track to return to the Boston Celtics for their next game on Jan. 2.

The Celtics kept Bradley at home during their current road trip to work out in preparation for his first NBA game in seven months after surgery on both shoulders.

“The biggest thing is now is just trust in our communication defensively,” point guard Rajon Rondo said about the defensive struggles. “With Avery coming back, obviously that will be a better pick-and-roll defender for the guard spot, but it’s not just going to be on Avery. It’s going to be trust from our bigs and our guards, being patient, and playing together.”

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Cavaliers Recall Samuels From D-League

The Cleveland Cavaliers have recalled forward Samardo Samuels from the Canton Charge.

Samuels played in two games (both starts) for the Charge, averaging 20.5 points on .567 shooting and 10.5 rebounds in 37.5 minutes per game, helping Canton win both games. Samuels has played in 18 games (one start) this season for the Cavs, averaging 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 10.9 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Thunder Recall Jones, Liggins Orton From D-League

Perry Jones III is averaging 14.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 blocks in 31.5 minutes in the D-League.

Hornets Assign Darius Miller To D-League

The Hornets have assigned rookie forward Darius Miller to the Iowa Energy.

Pacers Recall Miles Plumlee

Miles Plumlee is averaging 14.7 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks over 33.0 minutes over six D-League games.

Maciej Lampe Named Euroleague MVP For December

Maciej Lampe averaged 17 points in just 23 minutes per game in December to help lead Caja Laboral into the Top 16.

Jamison Isn't Seeking Release Or Trade

Jamison says he doesn't want to leave the Los Angeles Lakers and is "here for the long haul."

Garnett To Decide Playing Status On Year-To-Year Basis

Garnett will decide on a year-to-year basis about whether he wants to keep playing in the NBA.

Brooks Could Vote For Harden As All-Star Reserve

Harden could have the vote of former coach Brooks as an All-Star reserve.

Royce White Refuses D-League Assignment

Royce White was sent to the Rockets' D-League affiliate on Saturday, but he released a statement Sunday refusing to accept the assignment.

Rose Doing Non-Contact Practice Drills, Not Close To Playing

Derrick Rose is participating in non-contact practice drills but is not close to playing.

Sources: James Anderson To Sign With Rockets

Anderson will sign with the Houston Rockets on Sunday.

Leonard Sprains Right Ankle, X-Rays Reveal No Fracture

Meyers Leonard injured his right ankle when landing awkwardly jumping for a rebound.

Kings Would Seek $500M Sale Price

The Maloofs believe that the mobility of the franchise makes the seemingly unrealistic valuation plausible.

Wade's Agent Set To Appeal Suspension

Wade's agent, Henry Thomas, said on Sunday that he plans to appeal Wade's one-game suspension.

Ariza Nearing Return To Practice

Ariza has missed the past 13 games with a leg injury but is expected to practice with the Wizards this upcoming week.

Lou Williams Hopes To Keep Starting

Williams wants to remain the Hawks' starting shooting guard.

Gordon Scores 24 In 12-13 Debut

Eric Gordon scored a game-high 24 points, shooting 5-for-13 from the field while attempting 14 free throws.

Royce White Assigned To D-League

The Rockets have assigned rookie forward Royce White to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Nets Waive Josh Childress

Josh Childress appeared in 14 games for the Nets, averaging 1.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.1 minutes per game.

MarShon Brooks Eager For New Opportunity Under Carlesimo

MarShon Brooks logged a series of DNPs earlier this season.

Skiles Likes Mbah a Moute At Power Forward Spot

Richard Mbah a Moute is averaging a career best 9.1 points per game.
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