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Casey Fined $25,000 By NBA For Criticizing Officials

Dwane Casey has received a $25,000 fine by the NBA for public criticism of the officials.

Casey made his comments in the postgame press conference following the Raptors' 93-92 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Jan. 30 at Philips Arena.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Wake Forest To Retire Chris Paul's Jersey

Wake Forest will retire the jersey of Chris Paul on Mar. 2, during halftime of a game against Maryland.

Paul played two seasons for the Demon Deacons from 2003-05.

Paul ranks eighth in school history in assists (395) and seventh all-time in steals (160).

Via Scott Wortman/Wake Forest Communications

Lowry Believes Rudy Gay Will Have Opportunity To Become All-Star With Raptors

Kyle Lowry is excited to be joined on the Toronto Raptors by former teammate Rudy Gay.

Lowry and Gay played together with the Memphis Grizzlies before the former was traded to the Rockets.

"He’s a potential All-Star," said Lowry. "Every year he’s got that status where he can be an All-Star, he just never gets put into an all-star game."

Gay has struggled at times this season, but could be rejuvenated by the new situation with the Raptors.

"He’s excited, he’s looking forward to the opportunity," Lowry said. "He definitely knows the situation, he knows how people are going to be looking at him to becoming that player and I think he’s going to prove it. He’s going to be able to be the All-Star that he should always be."

Via Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

Glen Davis Set For Foot Surgery, Likely Done For Season

Glen Davis will undergo surgery to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot.

Davis is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks, which could effectively end his season.

Davis suffered the injury on Wednesday when he appeared to step on the foot of Iman Shumpert.

“I feel really bad for the guy,” J.J. Redick said. “I know he’s had high expectations for himself and for this team this season, and he’s had a rough go of it. I feel bad for him.”

Via Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Suns Explore Trade For Josh Smith

The Phoenix Suns have begun pursuing Josh Smith, according to multiple sources.

The Suns have held preliminary trade talks with the Atlanta Hawks and will continue their pursuit into the offseason should they be unable to execute a trade before the deadline.

The Suns would likely build their offer for Smith around Marcin Gortat.

Phoenix could sign Smith to a new contract in the offseason while retaining enough cap space for a second big contract free agent.

Via Alex Kennedy/HoopsWorld

Ilyasova Regaining Confidence, Shooting Touch Under Boylan

Ersan Ilyasova is gradually regaining the confidence that made him effective last season.

Ilyasova is averaging 15.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting -- including 50.0 percent from three-point range -- since Jim Boylan replaced Scott Skiles on Jan. 8.

"I'm just getting my confidence back, and when I get wide-open shots, I'm able to knock them down," said Ilyasova.  "We've started playing better as a team, and we're sharing the ball offensively."

Skiles took Ilyasova out of the starting lineup in December.

"My concern (was) about the minutes," said Ilyasova. "When you come off the season I had last year, I didn't expect to play less than I did last year. That didn't motivate me well. It's really hard to play the way I was playing with Skiles. Whatever I did affected my minutes when I missed a couple of my first shots."

When Boylan took over, his first move was to reinsert Ilyasova into the starting lineup.

"When I came in, my job was to try to get him back to a good place," Boylan said. "The last several games, he's been looking really good, the Ersan of last year. So hopefully we can keep that going."

Via Andrew Gruman/FOXSportsWisconsin

Bynum Receives Lubricating Injections In Knees

Andrew Bynum traveled to New York on Thursday to receive lubricating injections in his ailing knees.

Bynum will resume his basketball-related activities next week, possibly as soon as Sunday.

Bynum previously received lubricating injections in September.

Via Marc Narducci/Philadelphia Inquirer

Colangelo: Bargnani Drew Trade Interest Before Injury

The Toronto Raptors earlier this season fielded trade inquiries about Andrea Bargnani, general manager Bryan Colangelo confirmed.

Bargnani has been sidelined since Dec. 12 with a right elbow injury.

"There's teams interested I know that," Colangelo said. "I've got a handful of situations that people were monitoring this whole injury process. I'm not saying anything with any concrete nature that he's going to be traded but we're looking to make our basketball team better and I've pretty much told everybody: nobody on our team is untradeable based on some of the things we are looking to do and what our objectives are."

Colangelo expects Bargnani to return with a chip on his shoulder, which could stimulate trade talks.

"You're going to see, I think, a rejuvenated Andrea Bargnani when he comes back from the injury here in a few days," Colangelo explained. "He's got something to prove. Maybe he proves just enough to create a trade conversation.

"I will tell you that any interest in Andrea -- which there was quite a bit early on in this season -- went by the wayside when he got hurt. So that's just a natural part of the business when a guy's not playing you can't really discuss him."

Via Kevin Nielsen/Rogers Sportsnet

Clippers Want Eric Bledsoe To Be More Vocal

The Los Angeles Clippers would like Eric Bledsoe to be more vocal.

With Chris Paul sidelined with a bruised right kneecap, Bledsoe is in charge of running the team’s offense.

"That's his personality a little bit," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "But he's also got to understand that guys need to hear him out there, whether it's offensively or defensively. He's working on it and it's a comfort level for him as well."

Bledsoe has started the eight games Paul has missed, with the team going 5-3 over that stretch.

Via Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Stoudemire Fully Adjusted To Reserve Role

Amar'e Stoudemire has accepted his role as the New York Knicks' sixth man.

"It's in my DNA: I'm just willing to do whatever it takes to win," Stoudemire said. "I've accomplished a lot in my career so far. The next thing to accomplish is to win a championship. Whatever that takes. Whatever role that I need to step into, I'm totally open to it."

Stoudemire has made a committed effort to score in the post.

"When he catches the ball down there, he's able to produce," Mike Woodson said. "That's going to be huge for us down the road."

Entering play Wednesday, the Knicks had outscored opponents by an average of 13.4 points per 48 minutes with Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler on the floor together.

"The more time that we get to play with one another, the more we learn about one another, the better the chemistry is," said Chandler.

Via Ian Begley/ESPNNewYork

Agent: Oden Interested In Signing With Cavaliers

Greg Oden is interested in signing with the Cavaliers.

Wallace Had No Role In Trade As Hollinger Takes Bigger Role In Grizzlies' Front Office

New CEO Jason Levien is operating largely based on the recommendations of statistician and former media member John Hollinger.

New CBA Could Put LeBron In More Likely Position To Return To Cleveland

LeBron James has contemplated a return to the Cavaliers throughout his tenure with the Heat, according to a report.

Grizzlies' Front Office Didn't Reach Out To Rudy Gay Following Trade

Rudy Gay didn't receive a phone call from CEO Jason Levien, or any of the new members of the management team.

Jazz Building Around Accumulation Of Lottery Pick Players

While five teams have more total lottery picks on their rosters, the Jazz have the most under 25 in Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Alec Burks and Enes Kanter.

Sources: Warriors Unlikely To Make Trade Before Deadline

The Warriors would like to add to their frontcourt, but are unlikely to make a move.

Raptors Admit To Looking At Bargnani Trade Options

Bryan Colangelo has spoken with Andrea Bargnani's agent about possible moves.

Raptors Acquire Rudy Gay In Three-Team Trade

Rudy Gay is the centerpiece of a three-team trade involving the Raptors, Grizzlies and Pistons.

Dooling Won't Come Out Of Retirement With Celtics

Keyon Dooling is currently serving as the Celtics' coordinator of player development.

Lakers Receive $1.78M Injury Exception For Jordan Hill

The Lakers will have $1.78 million to use to sign a player or in a trade.

D-Fenders Acquire Almond, Mike Taylor From Iowa For Jarrid Famous, First Round Pick

The D-Fenders have acquired Morris Almond and Mike Taylor from the Iowa Energy in exchange for Jarrid Famous and a 2013 first round draft pick.

Marshall Henderson Tested Positive For Cocaine Last January

Marshall Henderson spent 25 days in jail last spring for violation of the terms of his probation.

Raptors, Grizzlies, Pistons Agree On Rudy Gay Trade

The Pistons will acquire Jose Calderon, with the Grizzlies receiving Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye in addition to Ed Davis in the Rudy Gay trade that sends him to the Raptors.

Cavaliers Reassign Kevin Jones To D-League

During his first stint with Canton this season, Kevin Jones appeared in six games, averaging 23.8 points, 12.3 rebounds and 40.8 minutes.

Nuggets Assign Julyan Stone To Iowa Energy

Julyan Stone joins Nuggets teammate Quincy Miller on the Energy’s roster.

Brook Lopez Named All-Star Replacement

Brook Lopez is having the finest season of his career after signing an offseason maximum contract with the Nets.

Raptors, Grizzlies Discuss Rudy Gay Trade With Owners

The Raptors would send out both Jose Calderon and Ed Davis to acquire Rudy Gay.

Irving, Lillard Headline Rising Stars Roster

Kyrie Irving will participate in both the Rising Stars Challenge and All-Star Game.

Colangelo Was Torn Between Bargnani, Gay On Draft Night

The Raptors could have drafted Rudy Gay in 2006 with the first overall selection.

Chris Johnson Used D-League Showcase To Earn Spot With Grizzlies

Chris Johnson's 10-day contract with the Grizzlies expires on Friday.
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