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Eric Gordon Out Indefinitely With Torn Labrum

Eric Gordon is out indefinitely with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Gordon has suffered from a host of injuries since signing a new free agent deal in 2012.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Lakers Didn't Pursue Non-Superstar Free Agents In 2014

The Los Angeles Lakers pursued Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, but they sat out the pursuit of B-plus-level players such as Lance Stephenson, Eric Bledsoe, Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Lowry, Isaiah Thomas and others.

The Lakers showed some initial interest in Lowry, but told his agent they were waiting on a decision from Anthony and James.

Stephenson received some initial interest, but they never followed up.

The Lakers showed no interest in Thomas, who signed a market favorable contract with the Phoenix Suns.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Furkan Aldemir To Sign With 76ers

Furkan Aldemir will leave Galatasaray to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Aldemir is averaging 8.1 points and 9.1 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game for Galatasary in 11 games.

The 76ers acquired the draft rights to Aldemir in July 2013 from the Houston Rockets.

Via Sportando

Jimmy Butler Doesn't Hold Resentment Over Lack Of Contract Extension

Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls were not able to agree to a contract extension before the Oct. 31 deadline, and this season, the swingman has averaged 20.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals a game.

Butler said he does not hold resentment with the Bulls for the lack of a new deal.

"Nah, nah," Butler said. "I love the city of Chicago. I think everybody knows that. I just feel like I've just got to help win games, man. I want a championship. The money has never been an issue because I'm from Tomball. The money I make now is more than nothing.

"I just wanted to prove to my teammates, to my coaches, to the city, that I'm here to stay."

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Jeff Green Happy With Celtics, Denies Rumors Of Wanting Trade

Jeff Green cleared up his comments to Comcast SportsNet when he said that his frustration was at an "all-time high" due to losing.

Green received word that there have been articles written about trade possibilities with the Boston Celtics.

“Before you start, I just wanted to clear the air about some BS rumor that came out,” Green said. “I don’t know if the person who made this article is in this circle, but the rumor about me wanting to get traded is definitely false.

“I said that I was frustrated with losing, not frustrated with the team. So if the words didn’t come from my mouth, I’d appreciate it if you not write a dumb [expletive] article like that."

In 2012, Green signed a four-year, $36 million contract with the Celtics. The next season, Boston went 25-57 with the team rebuilding after the end of the Big Three Era. Green has said he wanted to be a key part of that turnaround.

“If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have signed a contract to come back here,” Green said. “I’m happy where I’m at. I’m happy with the coach, the front office, everybody. Haven’t been happy like this in years, so it’s a good place for me.”

Via Julian Benbow/Boston Globe

Spurs Assign Kyle Anderson To D-League

The San Antonio Spurs have assigned forward Kyle Anderson to the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.

This will mark Anderson’s first assignment to Austin this season.

The former UCLA Bruin has appeared in six games this season for San Antonio, averaging 1.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per contest.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Heat To Sign Hassan Whiteside

The Miami Heat are signing Hassan Whiteside out of the NBA D-League.

Whiteside has had a strong start for the Iowa Energy and was briefly signed by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

LeBron James Remains Optimistic Despite 'Fragile' State Of Cavs

LeBron James framed the Cleveland Cavaliers' state as "fragile" after the team dropped to 5-7 with a 110-93 home loss to Toronto Raptors on Saturday.

"We're a very fragile team right now," James said. "Well, we were a fragile team from the beginning. Any little adversity hits us, we just shell up. That's something that will come with experience.

"This is not even the lowest it's going to get for us. You guys know, the lowest it can get is up 17 in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the Finals and losing. It can get that low. Or being up 2-1 and going to Game 4 and lose three straight in the Finals. That's very low. So, I'm very optimistic. I'm very positive. More positive than I thought I would be right now, so, we look at what we did wrong, things that we did well and get ready for Orlando coming in on Monday."

Via Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Greg Oden Focused On Life Issues, Not NBA Comeback

Greg Oden attended the Cleveland Cavaliers' home game against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.

Oden is not interested in pursuing a comeback in the NBA for now.

"I have to deal with other stuff first," Oden said. "Life stuff."

Oden averaged 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 23 games for the Miami Heat last season.

Via Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

Thunder Want Serge Ibaka To Keep Shooting 3-4 Three-Pointers Per Game

Serge Ibaka has already tied a career-high for three-point makes and attempts in a season with 23 and 60 respectively.

Ibaka's three-point shooting is expected to continue for the Oklahoma City Thunder after Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.

“I think it continues,” Scott Brooks said. “He doesn’t necessarily have to live out there and shoot 10 a game. But three or four a game is a good number for him.”

Ibaka is shooting a team-best 38.3 percent from 3-point range — the equivalent of an efficient 1.15 points per shot attempt (or a 57.5 percent 2-point shooter).

“He’s a great shooter,” Brooks said. “He’s not just a great big-man shooter.”

Via Anthony Slater/The Oklahoman

Lakers Re-Assign Jordan Clarkson, Xavier Henry To D-Fenders

Jordan Clarkson and Xavier Henry will make their second appearance of the season with the D-Fenders.

Dwight Howard Undergoes PRP Treatment On Knee, No Timetable For Return

Dwight Howard was not in the Rockets' lineup on Saturday and Kevin McHale said there is no timetable for when he will return.

Westbrook, Durant Participate In Non-Contact Portion Of Practice

The Oklahoman reports that "there's a growing belief that (Russell) Westbrook and (Kevin) Durant aren't far from returning."

Harden: Rockets Lacked Ariza's Leadership, Defense, Shot-Making Last Season

Chandler Parsons has said he does not pay attention to Trevor Ariza's play.

Kobe Considers Hometown Discounts As 'Big Coup' For Owners

Kobe Bryant was not interested in taking a below market value with the Lakers.

76ers Assign JaKarr Sampson To D-League

JaKarr Sampson has appeared in nine games with two starts for the Sixers this season.

Lakers Working Out Roscoe Smith

Roscoe Smith plays for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League.

Jeff Taylor Won't Appeal 24-Game Suspension

Jeff Taylor and his agent chose to accept the suspension and sit the remaining 13 games until he can return to the lineup.

Kevin Martin Out Indefinitely With Fractured Right Wrist

Kevin Martin suffered the injury in the first quarter of the Wolves' win over the Knicks.

Andrei Kirilenko Situation With Nets Appears Beyond Repair

Andrei Kirilenko has left the Nets for their roadtrip as he has received several healthy scratches in recent games.

Brendan Haywood Aware Cavs Could Trade Him

Brendan Haywood has a non-guaranteed contract for next season worth $10.5 million that could a trade chip for the Cavaliers.

Brett Brown: Nobody Knew Year 2 Would Be Like This

The 14 players who have played so far this season for the 76ers have an average age of 23.3 years.

Kalin Lucas, Hassan Whiteside Waived By Grizzlies

Kalin Lucas and Hassan Whiteside had re-signed with the Grizzlies on Nov. 19.

NBPA Prepared To Appeal Jeff Taylor's Suspension

Jeff Taylor's suspension would cost him $199,689 of his $915,000 salary.

Mavericks Assign Ricky Ledo To D-League

Ricky Ledo has been inactive in each of the Mavericks’ 12 games this season.

Allen Iverson Stops Nike From Selling Shoes With His Likeness

Allen Iverson endorses rival company Reebok and has been with the brand since being drafted in the NBA in 1996.

Saunders Believes Brewer 'Too Vauable' To Trade

Flip Saunders said he understands why teams with championship hopes want Corey Brewer.

Wizards Assign Glen Rice Jr. To Fort Wayne

Glen Rice Jr. has appeared in five games this season for Washington

Lakers Plan Multiple Workouts For Gal Mekel, Dwight Buycks

The Lakers plan to match up free agent point guards Gal Mekel and Dwight Buycks for consecutive workouts on Thursday and Friday, league sources told RealGM.

RealGM Radio: James Ham On The Kings' Strong Start

Daniel Leroux and James Ham discuss what keyed the Kings' strong start, the dominance of DeMarcus Cousins, the importance of Rudy Gay's extension and potential trade targets for this season.
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