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RealGM Radio: Galetti Breaks Down The NBA's Bottom-15 Teams

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galetti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) break down the bottom fifteen of his most recent Power Rankings, going through each team's season so far and what to expect.

Notable topics include how New Orleans can improve the talent surrounding Anthony Davis, his surprising worst team in the NBA so far and a metric ton of Lance Stephenson trade ideas.

New Orleans Pelicans: 1:47
Sacramento Kings: 10:11
Milwaukee Bucks: 15:04
Boston Celtics: 20:37
Orlando Magic: 24:23
Indiana Pacers: 28:12
Brooklyn Nets: 32:18
New York Knicks: 36:27
Los Angeles Lakers: 44:03
Miami Heat: 46:54
Detroit Pistons: 52:20
Utah Jazz: 57:26
Philadelphia 76ers: 1:06:40
Charlotte Hornets: 1:13:08
Minnesota Timberwolves: 1:16:10

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Mavericks, Rockets Engaged With Celtics On Rajon Rondo Trade Talks

The Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets have engaged with the Boston Celtics on Rajon Rondo trade talks.

The Celtics have engaged on several fronts on Rondo with the Mavericks showing an increased interest. The Mavericks have a clear need at point guard.

Rondo is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Corey Brewer Placed On Trade Block Again By Wolves

Corey Brewer has been placed back on the trading block by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers, sources said, remain the most interested suitors for Brewer, but have also been joined by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Flip Saunders, after calling Brewer "too valuable to trade" on Nov. 20, publicly acknowledged last week that the Wolves' many injuries and subsequent struggles to compete in the difficult West have forced Minnesota to concede that the team is shifting from a "retool" mode to a "rebuild."

Via Marc Stein, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Andrew Bogut Undergoes Platelet-Rich Plasma On Knee

Andrew Bogut had PRP (platelet-rich plasma) procedure on his knee on Wednesday.

Bogut will likely have another procedure done in a week.

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Celtics Show Renewed Willingness To Trade Rajon Rondo

The Boston Celtics are showing a renewed willingness to include Rajon Rondo in trades, according to sources.

The Celtics have left strong impressions with rival organizations that they’re prepared to make a deal that includes Rondo, sources said. Boston has been engaged in discussions described as “serious” in recent days, but no trade agreement is imminent.

Boston's asking price for Rondo remains "pretty high, probably higher than most want to pay," according to one league official.

The Celtics have focused talks on Rondo toward Western Conference teams rather than East.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski, Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Robin Lopez To Miss 6-7 Weeks With Fractured Hand

Robin Lopez posted on his official Twitter account that he will be sidelined six to seven weeks due to his fractured hand.

"Thanks for all your thoughts & support! It'll be 6 or 7 weeks til I'm on the floor again thanks to this bum hand. Can't wait!!! ," Lopez tweeted.

Lopez sustained the injury in the Portland Trail Blazers' win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Mitch McGary Out 2-3 Weeks With Inflammation In Tibia

Mitch McGary will miss the next 2-3 weeks with periostitis (inflammation) in his left tibia.

It's not expected to be a serious injury, but McGary's court activity will be lowered as a treatment.

McGary made his NBA debut on Sunday, scoring three points and grabbing four rebounds in six brief minutes against the Suns on Sunday.

Via Anthony Slater/The Oklahoman

Execs Expect Brook Lopez To Exercise $16.7M Option For 15-16

Brook Lopez is expected to pick up the $16.7 million player option on his contract for next season, according to league executives.

Lopez has reportedly been shopped in trades by the Brooklyn Nets.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Warriors Reassign Ognjen Kuzmic To Santa Cruz

The Golden State Warriors assigned center Ognjen Kuzmic to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today.

Kuzmic will be in uniform for the D-League team’s home game on Wednesday.

 

 
Via RealGM Staff Report

ROY Winner Has Led In Combined Per-Game Stats For 26 Of Past 27 Awards

Last season, Kevin Pelton found that 25 of the previous 26 ROY awards had gone to the rookie with the highest combined averages of points, rebounds and assists per game. Michael Carter-Williams, the 2014-15 winner, made that 26 of 27.

Andrew Wiggins is now the favorite to win Rookie of the Year following the season-ending injury to Jabari Parker.

Parker was leading rookies in that combined category at 19.5, followed by Wiggins at 17.8, Nerlens Noel at 16.2 and Zach LaVine at 15.1.

The one ROY in the past 27 seasons not to lead rookies in combined per-game stats was Amar'e Stoudemire, who finished a combined 0.1 behind Yao Ming in 2003-04.

Via Kevin Pelton/ESPN

Isaiah Thomas: Agent Firing Unrelated To Suns' Future

Isaiah Thomas recently fired agent Andy Miller and said the move was unrelated to his future with the Suns.

Alexey Shved To Strongly Consider Return To Europe As Free Agent For Lucrative Offers

Alexey Shved will strongly consider returning to Europe where he has received outlines for multi-million dollar offers, league sources told RealGM.

Ranadive Wants Kings' Next Coach To Be Offensive-Minded 'Jazz Director'

Vivek Ranadive wants a coach who will help showcase the players' offensive talents.

Tyson Chandler Feels Sorry For Carmelo

Tyson Chandler feels sorry for his former teammate Carmelo Anthony.

Rockets Assign Clint Capela To Rio Grande Valley

Clint Capela has appeared in four games for the Rockets.

Cavaliers Interested In Wesley Matthews

The Blazers have dismissed all overtures for Wesley Matthews and hope to re-sign him as a free agent in the offseason.

Durant Strongly Refutes Notion Players Don't Want To Play With Kobe

Kevin Durant refuted the notion that players around the NBA don't want to play with Kobe Bryant.

Jabari Parker Expected To Miss Remainder Of Season With Torn ACL

Jabari Parker has a torn ACL and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Heat To Apply For $2.65M Injured Player Exception

Josh McRoberts is expected to be out for the remainder of season with a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Mullin Resists Lobbying To Become Kings' Coach, Corbin To Be Given 'A Shot'

With Chris Mullin not interested in coaching at this point, the Kings will give Ty Corbin "a shot" for the rest of the season.

Herb Simon 'OK' With Pacers Pursuing Deal For Lance Stephenson

Several deciding factors would determine the Pacers' interest in Lance Stephenson.

Arnett Moultrie Signs With Jiangsu Nangang

Arnett Moultrie was the 27th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and spent two seasons with the 76ers before being traded to the Knicks in October.

Jabari Parker Carried Off With Sprained Left Knee

Jabari Parker crumpled to the floor with a left knee injury and had to be carried to the locker room.

Robin Lopez Out Indefinitely With Broken Hand

Robin Lopez is out indefinitely with a broken hand.

Shabazz Napier, Hassan Whiteside Recalled To Heat

Shabazz Napier appeared in one game with the Skyforce recording 22 points, three assists, two rebounds and a steal in 30:39 minutes.

Dwight Howard Optimistic On Not Missing More Games Due To Knee Injury

Dwight Howard had missed 11 games with a strained right knee.

Pelicans Committed To Keeping Tyreke Evans

The Pelicans have been very happy with the play of Tyreke Evans this season.

John Wall, James Harden Named Players Of The Week

John Wall and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Dec. 8 and Dec. 14.

Josh McRoberts To Undergo Possible Season-Ending Surgery For Meniscus Tear

Josh McRoberts' surgery is possibly season ending.

Miroslav Raduljica Expected To Become Free For Mid-January NBA Deal

Miroslav Raduljica has received interest from several NBA teams for a midseason acquisition, sources said.
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