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Nets Reassign Shengelia To D-League

The Brooklyn Nets have reassigned Tornike Shengelia to the Springfield Armor, the Nets’ NBA Development League affiliate.  

Shengelia rejoins the Armor having played in 13 games for the Nets this season, averaging 1.4 points and 4.2 minutes. In his previous two assignments to Springfield, he played in three games, averaging 28.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 41.3 minutes. For his efforts, he was named NBA D-League Performer of the Week on Jan. 28. 

Anthony Bennett Dealing With Inflamed Nerves In Left Shoulder

Anthony Bennett is listed as day-to-day with nerve inflammation in his left shoulder.

“Right now we’re treating him as having brachial neuritis, which is exactly inflammation of the nerve group coming off your neck to the shoulder,” said UNLV team trainer Dave Tomchek.

Bennett underwent both an MRI and ultrasound and will be re-evaluated prior to the Runnin’ Rebels’ Saturday afternoon game against Nevada.

“We’ve determined there’s no structural damage in the shoulder; we’re taking care of the nerve and it’s going to be a day-to-day situation,” Tomchek said. “He’ll get treatment and proceed with activity as pain allows him. There’s no timetable as to when this is going to be completely gone.”

Via Taylor Bern/Las Vegas Sun

Cavaliers Assign Kevin Jones To D-League

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned Kevin Jones to their D-League affiliate, the Canton Charge.

Jones appeared in 18 games this season for the Cavaliers and averaged 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds in 9.3 minutes per game.

Via Ron Ledgard/Akron Beacon Journal

Amundson Drawing Interest From Heat, Knicks, Bulls, Celtics

Lou Amundson has received free agent interest from the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics.

“Any of them would be great,’’ said Amundson, who has been working out in his hometown of Denver after being waived Feb. 8 by Minnesota, said of the teams looking at him. “They’re all good teams.’’

Amundson said that his agent, Mark Bartelstein, has had conversations with Heat president Pat Riley. 

The Heat are considering whether to fill their 15th roster spot.

Via Chris Tomasson/FOXSportsFlorida

Popovich: Spurs Unlikely To Change Roster

Gregg Popovich said the San Antonio Spurs will review the post-deadline list of bought-out free agents, but added that a move remains unlikely due to roster constraints.

The Spurs have the maximum 15 players on their roster.

“We always look at everything, sure,” Popovich said. ‘You have to do your work. I don’t think anything is going to come of it.”

Popovich said there is an advantage to having a set roster.

“It saves time and lets us concentrate on other things, that’s for sure,” he said. “We don’t have to spend time teaching the system to people who haven’t been here. That’s really time consuming, so we don’t have to do that now.”

Via Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Dwight Howard Wants To Play For Team USA In 2016 Olympics

After missing the 2012 Olympics, Dwight Howard expressed his interest in playing for Team USA in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

"No doubt," Howard said when asked if he wants to play for the men's national team in the next Olympiad.

Howard, who will be 30 when the 2016 Olympics arrive, was not able to participate last summer with a back injury but had been invited to be a member of the team.

"I was pissed off," Howard said. "I was mad I couldn't play in the playoffs. I was mad I couldn't play in the Olympics. I was pissed. I was looking forward to going to London. I was looking forward to making a big run in the playoffs last season, so I wasn't too happy about the fact that I had to have surgery and miss a lot of basketball."

Via Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Lakers Unlikely To Sign Raja Bell If Bought Out

The Utah Jazz and Raja Bell continue to discuss a buyout.

Bell hasn't played throughout the season.

Bell has long been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers, but the team reportedly doesn't want to add any more payroll.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Nash Doesn't Regret Choosing Lakers

Steve Nash does not regret his decision to join the Los Angeles Lakers despite a frustrating season that may result in missing the playoffs.

Nash also considered the Raptors and Knicks.

"Ten out of 10 times, I make the same decision again," Nash said. "I've gotten to see my kids probably four times as much as I'd seen them if I'd have gone back East. That's first and foremost. Second of all, it's a great experience to play for the Lakers organization. ... I'm happy here.

"I'm beyond playing for the credit or the adulation. I feel secure in myself as a player. I just want to help this team, regardless of what it means for me personally."

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Celtics Likely To Sign Terrence Williams To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Doc Rivers believe the Boston Celtics will sign Terrence Williams to a second 10-day contract once the first expires after Friday's game.

"I think so," Rivers said when asked whether Williams will get another 10-day deal.

Williams has averaged 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in three games with the Celtics.

Via Baxter Holmes/Boston Globe

Casspi, Cavaliers Discussing Buyout

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Omri Casspi are discussing a buyout.

Casspi would like to part ways by Mar. 1, which is the deadline for players to be bought out and remain eligible for the playoffs.

Casspi has not found a role during his tenure with the Cavaliers.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Thunder Reassign Jones, Lamb, Liggins To D-League

The Thunder have reassigned Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb and DeAndre Liggins to the Tulsa 66ers.

Michael Curry In Line For 76ers' Job If Change Made

Michael Curry is expected to be a candidate for the job in the long-term.

Celtics Sign D.J. White To 10-Day Contract

D.J. White averaged 21.6 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 33.0 minutes per game in China.

Gasol Cleared To Use Elliptical Machine, Expected To Be Out Three More Weeks

Pau Gasol has been cleared to increase his rehabilitation from a torn plantar fascia in his right foot.

Wall Struggling Since All-Star Break

John Wall has turned in several poor performances since the All-Star break.

Korver Open To Return To Jazz

Kyle Korver will be a free agent after this season.

Granger Willing To Concede Franchise-Player Role To George

Danny Granger is willing to make the necessary adjustments to fit alongside Paul George.

Maggette Will Not Seek Buyout From Pistons

Corey Maggette is not interested in joining a playoff contending team.

World Peace's Hit On Faried Doesn't Warrant Action From NBA

As of Wednesday, the NBA also had not taken any action against Metta World Peace clubbing Kenneth Faried.

Greg Oden To Decide On Next Team In July

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics are in the mix for Greg Oden, the former No. 1 overall pick.

Hibbert Offers To Pay Stephenson's $35K Fine

Lance Stephenson received a $35,000 fine, which constitutes 4 percent of his pre-tax salary for the season.

David Lee, Hibbert Each Receive One-Game Suspensions

David Lee has been suspended one game for his part in Tuesday's altercation with Roy Hibbert.

D.J. White To Sign With Celtics Within Next Day

D.J. White has finally received a letter of clearance from China.

Anthony Davis To Sit With Sprained Shoulder

Anthony Davis has missed a combined 13 games this season due to a stress fracture injury (11) and a concussion (two).

Irving To Miss Another Game With Injured Knee

Kyrie Irving will miss his second straight game due to a hyperextended/sore right knee.

Rasheed Wallace To Undergo Foot Surgery, Likely Done For Season

Rasheed Wallace will undergo surgery on his injured foot.

Heat Call Ray Allen 'Jesus'

Ray Allen's Miami Heat teammates occasionally call him 'Jesus'.

LeBron Posts Career Best Monthly PER Of 38.5 In February

LeBron James averaged 29.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game while shooting 64.1 percent from the floor.

LeBron May Dial Down Pre-Game Dunks

The Heat have started to stream video of LeBron James' pregame dunks on the team's official website.

30 Candidates For NCAA Naismith Award Announced

The thirty candidates for Naismith Men's College Player of the Year were announced on Tuesday.
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