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Austin Rivers Out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Left Hand

Feb 6, 2016 11:01 PM

Austin Rivers will likely miss four to six weeks with a broken left hand.

The Los Angeles Clippers are already without Blake Griffin due to a broken hand.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Austin Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Williamson More Likely To Be Named Kings' Interim Head Coach Than Lieberman

Feb 6, 2016 10:57 PM

If the Sacramento Kings decide to fire George Karl, the team could to elevate Corliss Williamson to interim head coach.

Nancy Lieberman is also an assistant coach for the Kings, but she's unlikely to be named interim head coach.

"I don't think I'm in limbo," Karl said. "I think I've got a heckuva challenge [against] a team that's played damn well -- probably it's best basketball in the last six weeks. If you want to overreact to the last four or five games, that's somebody else's reaction, not my reaction. I think this team is still in a place that we can solve some problems and be good."

Williamson joined the Kings as an assistant in 2013 after several years coaching in college. Williamson played for the Kings for five seasons at the beginning of his career and an additional two before retiring.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nets To Begin Interviewing GM Candidates On Monday

Feb 6, 2016 10:53 PM

The Brooklyn Nets will begin interviewing general manager candidates on Monday.

Mikhail Prokhorov will be in attendance, as will the other members of the team's GM search committee: Nets chairman of the board of directors Dmitry Razumov, trusted Russian basketball confidant Sergey Kushchenko, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Brett Yormark and president of ONEXIM Sports & Entertainment Irina Pavlova.

 

Bryan Colangelo, Danny Ferry, Arturas Karnisovas and Gersson Rosas are amongst the candidates who will interview.

Frank Zanin, who is currently assistant GM of the Nets, will also interview.

Mike Mazzeo/ESPN

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nikola Vucevic Hopes Magic Don't Make Deadline Trade

Feb 6, 2016 9:50 PM

Nikola Vucevic hopes the Orlando Magic don't make a trade at the deadline.

"That's no reason to think we need to change anything. We have to find a way within each other to get back to what we were doing early in the year," Vucevic said. "We just got to find a way to get out of this [slump].

"Trades or whatever … I don't think about that — that's not my job — and I never will."

Vucevic and Andrew Nicholson have been with the Magic since the beginning of their rebuild.

Brian Schmitz/Orlando Sentinel

Tags: Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Tim Duncan Close To Return From Sore Right Knee

Feb 6, 2016 9:45 PM

Tim Duncan is getting closer to returning from his sore right knee.

Duncan has now missed seven straight games.

“The question will be, do we want to give him any time before the (All-Star) break or not,” Gregg Popovich said. “But he’s been going three on three and going up and down and that kind of thing. He’s close.”

Tom Orsborn/San Antonio Express-News

Tags: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Injury

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Jimmy Butler Has Left Knee Strain

Feb 6, 2016 9:28 PM

An MRI on Jimmy Butler's left knee confirmed that he sustained a knee strain in the second quarter of Friday night's game against the Denver Nuggets.

The timeline for his return to play will be determined by further evaluation in Chicago and his response to treatment.

Butler was again named an All-Star this season.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

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Kevin Durant: Focus On Basketball, Haven't Thought About Free Agency

Feb 6, 2016 9:00 PM

Kevin Durant was asked about his free agency ahead of Saturday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

An Adrian Wojnarowski report this week linked Durant to the Warriors should he decide to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty that’s going on, because I haven’t really thought that far,” Durant said. “I’m just trying to focus on playing basketball. I’m locked in on trying to be better every single day and trying to come in and help my teammates every single day. I think that’s what my thought process is always focused on.

“Once that time comes, I’ll make that decision. I’ll sit down and talk to my closest friends and family and figure it out, but right now, I’m just trying to be the best basketball player I can be every single day. I have to be at a high level to lead every day at practices, shootarounds and games, and that’s a tough task. I can’t focus on anything else, other than that.”

Steve Kerr was also asked about the Durant report.

“I don’t know why anybody would talk about anything but the fact that we’re 45-4 and have a hell of a team,” said Kerr. “Why would anybody talk about some different team, future stuff and other players?

“Focus on our team. We’re pretty good.”

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings Strongly Considering Firing George Karl

Feb 6, 2016 12:34 PM

The Sacramento Kings are considering firing George Karl following their loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.

The loss marked the Kings' sixth in seven games.

“An overreaction to the loss” was how one league source involved in the conversations on Karl’s job status described the organization’s response late Friday night.

Karl has lost support in management and some parts of the locker room.

Vivek Ranadive made the decision to fire Michael Malone in December of 2014 when the Kings had an 11-13 record.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: George Karl, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Blake Griffin Undergoes Additional Hand Surgery

Feb 5, 2016 7:57 PM

Blake Griffin underwent a second procedure on his broken right hand this week.

The procedure was related to the surgery Griffin had on his hand last week, after he suffered a spiral fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand during a Jan. 23 altercation with Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi.

Griffin's recovery timeframe of four to six weeks remains in place and the procedure is not considered a setback.

Griffin hasn't played since Dec. 25th when he suffered a partially torn quadriceps tendon.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Thunder Not Ruling Out Playing Kevin Durant At Center Against Warriors

Feb 5, 2016 7:53 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder had Serge Ibaka defending D.J. Augustin in one-on-one situations in practice on Friday ahead of their game against the Golden State Warriors.

Billy Donovan didn't rule out having Kevin Durant play center as well.

"I don’t know about that necessarily. I think we’ll have to see the way the game goes,” Donovan said. “Kevin is one of those guys, I’d say, because of his IQ it’s not something I would worry about. I think he’s really smart, he can pick up anything.”

Durant has played 79 percent of his minutes at small forward and 21 percent at power forward.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Tags: Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Erick Green Signs 2nd 10-Day Deal With Jazz
Erick Green signed his first 10-day with the Jazz on Jan. 26 and has appeared in two games, averaging 2.0 points in 3.0 minutes.

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Clippers Have Received Blake Griffin Trade Offers From Multiple Teams
Blake Griffin is under contract through the 16-17 season.

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

Mike Conley Jr.: Everything Will Be On Table In Free Agency
Mike Conley Jr. will be one of the most highly sought after free agents this offseason, but he's widely been expected to re-sign with the Grizzlies.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Vince Carter Has No Plans To Retire
Vince Carter is currently in his 18th NBA season at the age of 39.

Ronald Tillery/Memphis Commercial Appeal

Orlando Johnson To Sign 10-Day Deal With Suns
Orlando Johnson was most recently with the Austin Spurs of the D-League.

Shams Charania/The Vertical on Yahoo! Sports

Manu Ginobili Out At Least Four Weeks After Testicular Surgery
Manu Ginobili was injured in Wednesday's game when he took a knee to the groin from Ryan Anderson.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Curry, Harden, Thompson Headline Three-Point Contest
The NBA has set its field for the 2016 Three-Point Contest, headlined by defending champion Stephen Curry.

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NBA Finally Ready To Make Rule Change On Hack-A-Player
Adam Silver has long been neutral to the strategy of intentionally fouling a player who is poor at free throws.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

Bucks Interested In Trading Michael Carter-Williams, Greg Monroe
The Bucks are interested in making another major trade ahead of this year's deadline in an attempt to fix their issues.

Gery Woelfel/Racine Journal Times

January PER Of Top-12 Prospects For 2016 NBA Draft
We've gathered the month-by-month PER of the current top-12 prospects of the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Brandon Williams Promoted By 76ers To Chief Of Staff
Brandon Williams will report to Sam Hinkie and he will have broader oversight on matters that include player development, agent relations and recruiting.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

LaVine, Barton, Aaron Gordon, Drummond In 2016 Slam Dunk Contest
Zach LaVine will defend his title against Andre Drummond, Will Barton and Aaron Gordon.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Chandler Parsons Looking Forward To Recruiting Dwight Howard
Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard have recently rekindled their friendship.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Rockets Still Planning All-Out Pursuit Of Kevin Durant
The Rockets can sign Kevin Durant to a max contract while also re-signing Dwight Howard.

Calvin Watkins, Marc Stein/ESPN

Rockets Not Interested In Trading Away Dwight Howard
Daryl Morey said the Rockets wouldn't be capable of making a playoff push without Dwight Howard.

Brian T. Smith/Houston Chronicle

Nuggets 'Building Around' Danilo Gallinari, 'Not Trading Him'
Danilo Gallinari is signed for $15.050 million next season and has a player option worth $16.1 million for 17-18.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Kevin Durant: Free Agency Reports Don't Distract Thunder
Kevin Durant said reports of his free agency are beyond his control.

Royce Young/ESPN

Raptors Interested In Trading For P.J. Tucker, Markieff Morris
The Suns are likely to see a quality draft pick for P.J. Tucker.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Markieff Morris To Be 'Main Focus' Of Suns' Offense, Devin Booker Second Option
Markieff Morris has been the subject of trade rumors due to his displeasure with the Suns' organization but he's set to play a key role in Earl Watson's offense.

Dave King/Bright Side Of The Sun

Nets Granted Permission To Interview Gersson Rosas
Gersson Rosas has been with the Rockets for over 10 seasons.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

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