Dec 13, 2013 10:27 AM EST
The New York Knicks were prepared to trade Raymond Felton, Metta World Peace, plus either Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Jr. or a 2018 first round pick to the Toronto Raptors for Kyle Lowry, but owner James Dolan has vetoed the deal.
The Raptors preferred a first round pick from the Knicks.
Dolan had previously dealt with Raptors' GM Masai Ujiri on the 2011 deal for Carmelo Anthony when he was with the Denver Nuggets.
“Dolan didn’t want to get fleeced again by Masai,” said a source. “They had a deal ready.”
The Knicks had decided to move forward with the deal on Wednesday evening, but Dolan had second thoughts on Thursday.
“There are two problems,” the source said. “Dolan didn’t like that someone from his group leaked it to the media, and the other problem is the Knicks seem to have too many (people) involved with making decisions.”
Dec 13, 2013 12:14 AM EST
The Houston Rockets are poised to trade Omer Asik by Dec. 18 or Dec. 19.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the mix for Asik and could offer Anderson Varejao.
Asik has reportedly requested multiple trades from the Rockets.
Dec 13, 2013 10:50 AM EST
The Houston Rockets continue to plan on trading Omer Asik by Dec. 19, so they can possibly package any acquired players in a deal before the NBA's Feb. 20 deadline.
Many insiders believe that the Rockets' top target remains Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks.
The Hawks signed Millsap to a two-year, $19 million deal in the offseason, which is considered one of the NBA's best bargains.
Dec 13, 2013 12:51 PM EST
When asked about Andrei Kirilenko's status and potential return, Jason Kidd claimed there was no news.
"There is no update," Kidd said. "Hopefully, sometime in 2013 would be great. But if he comes back in 2014, that would be fine, too."
Kirilenko has missed 18 straight games because of back issues.
Asked if he will return to the Brooklyn Nets soon, Kirilenko said, "I hope so.''
Dec 13, 2013 1:10 PM EST
Before the Los Angeles Lakers boarded a plane for Friday's game at the Oklahoma City Thunder, Pau Gasol was adamant that he believes he simply does not fit in Mike D'Antoni's system and blamed the coach's offense for his poor play this season.
"The fact that I'm not getting the ball in the post affects directly my aggressiveness," he said. "When I'm not getting the ball where I want to, where I'm most effective, where I can bang guys and utilize my skill, that affects my aggressiveness and overall intensity.
"This year hasn't been ideal, certain things are not ideal for me, but that's not going to change any time soon."
When asked why the season has not been idea, Gasol said: "What do you think? I'm not going to say anything, but it's easy to see. You see a guy with a certain skill set, where does it fit better, where it doesn't."
Gasol said he has not talked at all to D'Antoni about his role and sounded irked.
"I don't pay attention," Gasol said of D'Antoni's criticism about his toughness. "Mike is sometimes all over the place, I don't give much credit to things like that."
Dec 12, 2013 9:36 PM EST
Elias Harris has agreed to a contract with Bamberg in Germany, who compete in Euroleague.
Harris was released recently by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Harris had dual citizenship in the United States and Germany.
The deal has an NBA out clause.
Dec 13, 2013 12:00 PM EST
Rudy Gay gets a fresh start from a fanbase in the Sacramento Kings eager to embrace him.
The Kings' fans gave Gay a standing ovation when they made a brief appearance at Sleep Train Arena this week.
"Being traded shouldn't hurt your confidence," said Gay to Amick. "It should make you more confident, because obviously this is a team that wants me and wants me to be a part of the team. It doesn't hurt my confidence at all. Once you've gone into a situation, you have to find different ways for you to be effective."
The Kings believe Gay's production will improve playing with a big of DeMarcus Cousins' caliber.
"That's why we didn't get caught up into Rudy's numbers this year in Toronto, because DeMarcus is a luxury, for us and also for his teammates, because he generates wide open shots for those guys," said Michael Malone. "So we feel that will hopefully get Rudy back to where he was in those Memphis days."
Gay also cited Andre Iguodala as an example of the type of player he can become.
Dec 13, 2013 11:51 AM EST
The Houston Rockets sought two first round picks in a deal for Omer Asik, according to a report from Alan Hahn of MSG.
Zach Lowe of Grantland reports that the Rockets also wanted the right to swap first round picks in a third draft with the team in question being the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Rockets are motivated to trade Asik by Dec. 19.
Dec 12, 2013 10:04 PM EST
The Los Angeles Lakers are down to zero point guards due to Steve Blake's injury and are considering their options regarding a potential signing.
Mitch Kupchak said Leandro Barbosa, Darius Morris and Chris Duhon are all "on the list" of point guards the team is considering.
"I think for the time being we're going to roll with what we've got," Kupchak said. "To find a player that doesn't belong to somebody right now that can come in and play in front of Kobe [Bryant], in front of Xavier [Henry], in front of Jodie [Meeks], it's unlikely.
"But maybe there's a player out there that we can take a look at. ... It's a good time to perhaps look at a player, but I don't think there's somebody that we're going to bring in and we're going to start or is going to play big minutes."
The Lakers plan to give elevated ball handling duties to Bryant, Henry and Meeks.
Dec 13, 2013 11:47 AM EST
The San Antonio Spurs have recalled forward Malcolm Thomas from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.
Thomas, who was recently signed by the Spurs on Dec. 3, played in two games for the Toros, averaging 19.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 35.5 minutes.
Thomas first appeared in two games this season for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League. For the year, Thomas is averaging 26.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 38.0 minutes while shooting .661 (37-56) from the field.
Greivis Vasquez expressed excitement about his new opportunity with the Raptors.
Jermaine O'Neal is out indefinitely and a timetable will be determined after the procedure.
Jason Love scored 20 points including 8-for-9 on two-pointers with 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals to be named Eurocup MVP of regular season Round 9.
Steve Blake is expected to be out a minimum of 6 weeks.
In this episode, host Daniel Leroux talks with Ethan Sherwood Strauss of ESPN and tax accountant Michael Pak.
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Kyle Lowry is on an expiring contract and doesn't figure to be part of the Raptors' long-term plans.
LeBron James is the leading overall vote-getter, while Kobe Bryant leads in the Western Conference.
Malcolm Thomas is showing improved range on his jumper through three games in the D-League this season.
Gary Neal was a 26-year-old undrafted free agent in 2010 when the Spurs took a chance on him.
Michael Jordan had given the shoes to a ballboy of the Jazz.
Iman Shumpert suffered a bruised left knee after banging into Mike Dunleavy Jr. in the third quarter on Wednesday.
Raymond Felton has been bothered by the hamstring since the preseason.
Pau Gasol spent his first six and a half seasons with the Grizzlies.
Stephen Jackson went six months between NBA contracts, but kept himself prepared in the event the right situation presented itself.
Jamal Aytes was a late addition to the Runnin' Rebel program, signing with UNLV late in the summer.
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Jeff Van Gundy was assigned to announce the game with Mike Tirico.
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