Mar 10, 2014 3:16 PM EDT
Nerlens Noel is hoping to make his NBA debut in his hometown of Boston on April 4.
The Philadelphia 76ers visit the Celtics that night. Noel hinted toward his hope of playing on April 4 by posting "4-4-14" on his verified Twitter page.
Noel has been slated as unlikely to play this season. Noel tore his ACL last season as a freshman at Kentucky.
“Just in general, he’s all in in regards to the practices and the weighs,” Brett Brown said. “He’s just come with boundless energy. And I really don’t want to go on record too much in regards to the tweet, because I really don’t know enough about it. I haven’t spoken to him about it. That’s that.”
Mar 10, 2014 9:33 AM EDT
The New York Knicks will sign Earl Clark and Shannon Brown to second 10-day contracts.
Clark and Brown were signed following the release of Beno Udrih and Metta World Peace.
Mar 10, 2014 9:31 AM EDT
The New York Knicks are pursuing Phil Jackson to run the basketball side of their organization. If Jackson accepts the job, the first major order of business will be the free agency of Carmelo Anthony.
“I don’t even know what’s going on with that,’’ Anthony said. “Nobody came to me about that. Until that time comes, I’m not going to know what’s going on.
“It’s hard to say at this particular moment. If anything, it’s not going to be right now. I’m pretty sure they’d try to wait for the offseason and then we’ll deal with all that stuff.’’
Mar 10, 2014 9:21 AM EDT
Along with James Nunnally and Kevin Murphy, the Philadelphia 76ers will work out Darius Johnson-Odom and Scott Suggs on Tuesday, league sources told RealGM.
Johnson-Odom, who played four games for the Los Angeles Lakers a season ago, has averaged 21.9 points and six assists with Springfield of the NBA D-League.
Suggs is averaging 17.7 points on 48 percent shooting per game for Erie.
All four players will be under consideration for a possible 10-day contract with the 76ers.
Mar 10, 2014 1:58 AM EDT
Joel Embiid will fly to California on Monday morning to see a back specialist.
Embiid has been out since last week's loss to Oklahoma State.
‘We wanted to get a second opinion and wanted to send him to the very best authority,” Self said following the game according to Gary Bedore of KUSports.com.
“Hopefully we get real positive news. Hopefully he can be on the practice floor very very soon. We will not put him out there just because he feels better but because the doctors says it’s time to get back out there. Hopefully it will be real soon, if not we’ll sit him a little longer. We still don’t think it will affect (his participation in) the NCAA tournament in any way.”
Mar 10, 2014 1:55 AM EDT
The Philadelphia 76ers will workout Kevin Murphy with the possibility of signing him to a 10-day contract.
Murphy is averaging 26 points per game in the D-League with the Idaho Stampede.
Mar 10, 2014 1:53 AM EDT
Rajon Rondo and Josh Smith discuss the possibility of playing on the same team again.
Rondo and Smith were teammates as Oak Hill.
"We call each other every once in a while to check up and see how one another is doing," Smith said on Sunday. "He's my best friend, especially in the NBA. We still talk all the time, and our families take vacations together. He's a very good friend."
Rondo will become a free agent in 2015.
"The conversation comes up," Smith admitted. "We always tell each other what a surreal moment that would be, for us to connect again. With the different free agencies that we have [Rondo comes off the Boston books in 2015; Smith is locked in through 2017], it could be far-fetched, but it could be possible. I tend to be an optimist."
Mar 09, 2014 7:58 PM EDT
Dwight Buycks has been recalled from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League by the Toronto Raptors.
Buycks was reassigned to the Jam on March 5. He appeared in three games, totaling 61 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in 98 minutes. Buycks scored a game-high 28 points on 12-for-19 shooting from the field March 5 against the Texas Legends.
This was Buycks’ second stint in the NBA D-League this season. He is averaging 15.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 28.8 minutes in eight games (two starts) with the Jam. He has scored in double figures six times.
Mar 09, 2014 1:24 PM EDT
The Houston Rockets have reassigned Troy Daniels to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.
Daniels scored five points in the Rockets' win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday.
Daniels has spent most of the season with Rio Grande Valley.
Mar 09, 2014 4:32 AM EDT
As he prepared to join an NBA team midseason, Drew Gooden maintained his training in Washington and had long made clear to Wizards management that he was interested in a possible signing. Once the Wizards cleared a roster spot during the trade deadline, they elevated interest in Gooden and signed him to a 10-day contract when injury issues struck the frontcourt.
“I live in the Washington area, and I’m tired of moving,” Gooden told RealGM. “The Wizards already knew I was interested in them, and we got a deal done. Ernie [Grunfield] and Tommy Sheppard did a great job of getting this deal done. It’s a great move for them getting into the playoffs.”
Gooden had gone unsigned after being released in the summer by the Milwaukee Bucks through the amnesty provision.
“I was watching the game from afar and critiquing the NBA, observing games and what type of player I would be when I come back,” he said. “The time off was a reset for me in my career.”
Gooden went scoreless in his first two appearances this season, but he’s produced 25 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in the last two games – further cementing the Wizards’ plan to sign the 12-year pro for the remainder of the season as long as he remains healthy into the expiration of his second 10-day contract.
“I’m just happy to have the opportunity,” Gooden said. “Everything else is out of my hands.”
Phil Jackson's role would be president of basketball operations, in complete control of all basketball-related matters.
The Heat have signed DeAndre Liggins to a second 10-day contract.
Carl Landry will miss the remainder of the season after a recent MRI revealed a medial meniscus tear in his right knee.
Drew Gooden has averaged 4.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 11.0 minutes over three games.
Orlando Johnson has averaged 9.0 in five appearances with the Kings.
Bobby Brown cannot sign an NBA deal until his team in China is eliminated from the playoffs.
O.J. Mayo has been suspended one game without pay for forcibly striking Greg Stiemsma in the throat.
Jabari Parker remains undecided about whether he will enter the 2014 NBA Draft.
With the Jazz entering the final stretch of the season, they may give more playing time opportunities to Malcolm Thomas and Ian Clark.
Carmelo Anthony denied a report that he discussed joining the Bulls with Joakim Noah during All-Star Weekend.
Mark Cuban is in favor of the NBA expanding its draft beyond the current two rounds.
The Pacers lost to the Rockets by a final score of 112-86 on national television.
Phil Jackson has been offered a role with the Knicks and will decide within the next week.
The Lakers are not inclined to make an in-season coaching change, according to sources.
Vitor Faverani underwent left knee arthroscopy to repair a torn lateral meniscus.
Ersan Ilyasova will serve his suspension Friday.
Carmelo Anthony would benefit financially and possibly have more clarity about the Knicks by waiting until 2015 for free agency.
Ty Corbin is in the final season of his contract.
Phil Jackson has expressed interest in the media in running a front office.
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