Nov 27, 2014 3:05 PM EST
Anthony Davis believes that the New Orleans Pelicans are on the "right path" and is confident they will make the postseason this year.
"We know what we got in this locker room," Davis said. "We know what direction we want to go in and our identity to be."
The Pelicans are 7-6 this season.
Davis is pleased with his current situation with the Pelicans. Davis will make $7 million in the final year of his rookie contract, but is eligible for a maximum contract extension next summer that could be worth about $90 million over five years. If he is not signed to an extension prior to the start of the 2015-16 season, he will be a restricted free agent in July 2016.
"I love it here in New Orleans," Davis said. "Great city. Great atmosphere. …We're getting the fans back and New Orleans back buzzing for the Pelicans, a great organization. I love my team here.
"We're definitely moving in the right direction. I don't know what the future holds, but right now I'm definitely loving the team and the organization."
Nov 27, 2014 3:00 PM EST
Steve Clifford believes Lance Stepenson's slow start and adjustment in his first season with the Charlotte Hornets are partly due to his struggles to live up to external expectations.
"To be fair, one of the things that's made it more difficult for him is that he came here and people proclaimed him as the next superstar," Clifford said Wednesday. "He's not a star. He's a guy that has talent to become a star. To be a star in this league, you have to do it over years."
"It's different. It's not easy. He started two years before he got here. He played on a really good team, so everybody saw him play when no one else was playing. When Al Jefferson came here, he'd [averaged] 19 [points] and eight [rebounds] for like 10 years. You knew what you were going to get. And that's what Lance needs to become. In many ways it's not fair."
"I've told [Stephenson] this. I've been fortunate. I've been around Kobe [Bryant] and [Tracy] McGrady. They were superstars. I was also around Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell. They were two-, three-year All-Stars. [Stephenson has] got a lot of work to get to that level. Everybody proclaimed him as this guy, and if you remember the first time we got him, I said he's got to develop into that."
Stephenson was benched again in the Hornets' loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. He is averaging 9.7 points and 8.1 rebounds this season.
Nov 26, 2014 11:44 PM EST
The Oklahoma City Thunder will release Sebastian Telfair with their hardship exception expiring.
The Thunder need to get down to the 15-player maximum roster size.
Oklahoma City will instead keep Ish Smith.
Nov 26, 2014 11:16 PM EST
Mark Cuban has come up with a proposal for conference realignment in which eight teams would change conferences.
In Cuban's plan, the Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans would move to the Eastern Conference. The Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks would move to the West.
"It's not like it'd be the first time we've ever realigned," Cuban said. "It's happened many times before, so there's precedent and I just think it shakes things up and makes things interesting."
Adam Silver has been receptive to ideas that would address the issue of the West being a significantly deeper, stronger conference than the East. One idea that has been floated is to have a 16-team playoff bracket that does not take conferences into consideration.
Nov 26, 2014 3:42 PM EST
The Iowa Energy acquired Jordan Hamilton on Wednesday, the team announced.
Hamilton was a first round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and has played for the Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz.
Nov 26, 2014 1:36 PM EST
Carmelo Anthony is expected to miss the rest of the New York Knicks' road trip with a back injury.
The Knicks are concerned that Anthony's injury could become a season-long issue related to the disk.
Anthony injured his back landing awkwardly after a jump shot in Monday's game.
“Most injuries aren’t necessarily acute or traumatic,’’ Derek Fisher said. “Maybe there were some things that led up to it. Back spasms isn’t something you can push it or rush. Until you can actually play without actually being in spasm, there isn’t anything you can really do. Hopefully that will be soon.’’
Nov 26, 2014 11:35 AM EST
The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has assigned forward Tony Mitchell to the team’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive.
Mitchell, drafted 37th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, appeared in 21 games for the Pistons last season averaging 1.0 points and 1.2 rebounds per game.
Nov 26, 2014 11:33 AM EST
David West hopes to return from a sprained ankle on Friday against the Orlando Magic.
"(Coach Frank Vogel) will make the call," West said after participating in practice Tuesday in San Antonio. "I'll see what he says. (But) I feel good. This last week has been good. No setbacks. The ankle is healthy which is important."
Vogel said he is hopeful West can return Friday.
West sprained his ankle Oct. 18 during a preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks.
Nov 26, 2014 11:30 AM EST
Derrick Rose was removed at halftime of the Chicago Bulls' game against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday because of left hamstring tightness.
"Just trying to be smart, back-to-back (games), fatigue, and didn't want to take any steps back," said Rose, who scored two points. "So, take these couple of days off, head to Boston."
Rose has missed four games with the hamstring injury this season.
Nov 26, 2014 9:57 AM EST
The Los Angeles Lakers have had a level of dialogue with forward Earl Clark on a potential reunion, league sources told RealGM.
Over the past several weeks, the Lakers have looked into available wing talent that features Quincy Miller. The Lakers came out of last week’s free agency workouts without delivering a deal, and while no deal has been reached yet with Clark, they are expected to have an elevated urgency due to the recent season-ending injury to Xavier Henry.
In four games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League, Clark has averages of 28.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and two assists.
Clark, 26, had his most productive NBA run with the Lakers in the 2012-13 season. He was an afterthought in the franchise’s trade for Dwight Howard, but averaged 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and secured a multi-year contract in the 2013 offseason.
Clark lasted half of last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers before signing a pair of 10-day contracts with the New York Knicks. He averaged 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 54 total games.
Clark was the 14th overall draft pick to the Phoenix Suns in 2009 out of Louisville. He has played five NBA seasons with Phoenix, Orlando, the Lakers, Cleveland and New York.
Steve Nash is out for the rest of the season due to back issues.
Jordan Adams had 20 points, seven rebounds and one assist in 31 minutes in an exhibition on Nov. 8 vs. Sioux Falls.
Randy Foye will not undergo surgery and will rest and receive treatment.
Aaron Gray stayed for his rehabilitation and remains active in the game by drilling big men for a Pistons' team that released him.
Derrick Rose had 18 points, five assists and three rebounds in 25 minutes in the Bulls' 97-95 win at the Jazz.
Hassan Whiteside has appeared in three games for the Iowa Energy in the NBA Development League this season.
The Knicks described Carmelo Anthony's injury as back spasms.
JaKarr Sampson appeared in two games for the Delaware 87ers, averaging 15 points and 5 rebounds.
DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings to a 2-1 week.
Xavier Henry has appeared in nine games this season, averaging 2.2 points, 0.4 rebounds, 0.3 assists, and 0.33 steals in 9.5 minutes per game.
The Pacers have "cooled" on the possibility of Paul George returning this season from his offseason injury, according to sources.
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The 76ers' best odds to win are at 44.6 percent on March 30th when they host the Lakers.
Carmelo Anthony isn't playing the what-if game with the Rockets and Mavericks playing well.
Steve Nash plans on remaining in Manhattan Bech for the remainder of his life and is expected to be part of the Lakers' franchise even after his contract expires.
Alex Kirk has played in three games (all starts) for the Charge this season with averages of 23.7 points on .483 shooting, 9.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 39.3 minutes per game.
Eric Gordon has suffered from a host of injuries since signing a new free agent deal in 2012.
The Lakers pursued Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, but they sat out the pursuit of players such as Lance Stephenson, Eric Bledsoe, Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Lowry, Isaiah Thomas and others.
Furkan Aldemir is averaging 8.1 points and 9.1 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game for Galatasary in 11 games.
Jimmy Butler said he does not hold resentment with the Bulls for the lack of a new deal.
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