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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

Feb 5, 2016 4:58 PM

The Utah Jazz have signed guard Erick Green from the Reno Bighorns to a second 10-day contract.

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.

Green (6-3, 178, Virginia Tech) appeared in 23 games (22 starts) for the Bighorns this season, averaging 26.7 points on 53.3 percent shooting, 4.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 39.0 minutes of action. He scored in double figures in 22 games, including 20-plus points on 19 occasions. He scored 30-or-more points in nine contests and a career-high 40 points in two games. Green was named the NBA D-League Player of the Month for January, and was also selected as an NBA D-League All-Star.

The 24-year-old appeared in 46 games (one start) over two seasons for Denver (2014-2015) and averaged 3.2 points in 9.1 minutes. He was waived by the Nuggets on Nov. 5 after appearing briefly in three games this season. Green also spent one season (2013-14) with Sana 1871 Siena.

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Tags: Erick Green, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Have Received Blake Griffin Trade Offers From Multiple Teams

Feb 5, 2016 4:52 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have received trade proposals on Blake Griffin from multiple teams.

But the Clippers remain reluctant to trade Griffin, who has been having the best season of his career at the age of 26 before he was injured.

Griffin is under contract through the 16-17 season.

Griffin is out for two months after injuring his hand punching the Clippers' equipment manager.

"Blake's ours and he's going to stay ours," Doc Rivers said before the Clippers played the Orlando Magic on Friday.

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mike Conley Jr.: Everything Will Be On Table In Free Agency

Feb 5, 2016 12:15 PM

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 Memphis Grizzlies.

Conley didn't close the door on signing with the New York Knicks when asked on Friday.

"Everything will be on the table when the time comes. I haven't committed to anything."

 

Shortly before Conley's comments, Zach Randolph preemptively talked about Conley.

"Mike Conley's not coming here, man," said Randolph.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Vince Carter Has No Plans To Retire

Feb 5, 2016 11:26 AM

Vince Carter plans on playing next season and beyond.

Carter is currently in his 18th NBA season at the age of 39.

"For sure," Carter said. "Did I say I was retiring? I'm very thankful for (the recognition on the road). Don't get me wrong. But I plan on coming back. I just go year to year at this point. I don't put a timetable on it. I don't want to say two years and then everybody says 'Well this is it, right?' But 20 years would be cool."

Carter has been used more sparingly this season.

"There are times when you see more lively legs and it's awesome," Dave Joerger said. "The last two games guys have been like 'Yeah, Vince!' It's fantastic. He's very versatile and you have to play him. He can make a 3 on you in two seconds. His experience and playing with Jeff (Green) and Matt (Barnes) is a unique look for us. They're kind of all the same, but they have different skills. They cover for each other really well. It's something I'm really comfortable with. They're all high-IQ guys and they make the game easier for each other."

Ronald Tillery/Memphis Commercial Appeal

Tags: Vince Carter, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Orlando Johnson To Sign 10-Day Deal With Suns

Feb 5, 2016 11:17 AM

The Phoenix Suns will sign Orlando Johnson to a 10-day contract.

Johnson was most recently with the Austin Spurs of the D-League.

Shams Charania/The Vertical on Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Orlando Johnson, Phoenix Suns, Austin Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Manu Ginobili Out At Least Four Weeks After Testicular Surgery

Feb 4, 2016 8:03 PM

Manu Ginobili will be out at least four weeks after undergoing testicular surgery.

Ginobili was injured in Wednesday's game when he took a knee to the groin from Ryan Anderson. Anderson was called for an offensive foul on the play.

Several Spurs and team personnel quickly rushed to check on Ginobili before helping the guard to his feet. Ginobili took a few steps, and nearly collapsed again, before a trainer and Tim Duncan were able to walk him to the locker room.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Tags: Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Injury

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Curry, Harden, Thompson Headline Three-Point Contest

Feb 4, 2016 7:26 PM

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

*Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
James Harden, Houston Rockets
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
JJ Redick, Los Angeles Clippers
Chris Bosh, Miami Heat
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns

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NBA Finally Ready To Make Rule Change On Hack-A-Player

Feb 4, 2016 6:30 PM

The NBA may finally be ready to create rule changes to the Hack-A-Player rules.

“I’m increasingly of the view that we will be looking to make some sort of change in that rule this summer,” said Adam Silver.

Silver has long been neutral to the strategy of intentionally fouling a player who is poor at free throws.

“Even for those who had not wanted to make the change, we’re being forced to that position just based on these sophisticated coaches understandably using every tactic available to them," Silver said. "It’s just not the way we want to see the game played."

There have been nearly 300 Hack-A-Player instances this season compared to 164 in all of last season.

DeAndre Jordan, Andre Drummond and Dwight Howard comprise the majority of Hack-A-Player fouls.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

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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

David Lee To Be Traded Or Bought Out By Celtics
David Lee is out of the Celtics' rotation and would like to have a role somewhere else.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Andrew Wiggins Won't Compete In Toronto Dunk Contest
Andrew Wiggins lost a dunk contest in high school, which is why he's skipped them so far in the NBA.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Celtics Interested In Trading For Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard can opt out of his deal this offseason.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Kobe Bryant On 38 Points: You've Seen It For 20 Damn Years
Ten years after scoring 81 points against Sam Mitchell's Raptors, Kobe Bryant scored 38 points against Mitchell's Wolves.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

T.J. Warren Out For Season With Fractured Foot
T.J. Warren originally joined the Suns after the team selected him with the 14th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

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Sam Hinkie Views Jerry Colangelo As Colleague Rather Than Mentor
Sam Hinkie has become more accessible to the media since the 76ers hired Jerry Colangelo.

Mike Sielski/Philadelphia Inquirer

Harrison Barnes Calls Kevin Durant Report 'Part Of The Business'
Harrison Barnes seemed genuinely surprised to hear the Warriors intend to pursue Kevin Durant to replace him this offseason.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Jeff Ayres Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With Clippers
Jeff Ayres has appeared in three games with the Clippers scoring two points and grabbing two rebounds.

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