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Felton Hopes To Re-Sign With Knicks In 2012

Raymond Felton has been much better than expected during his first two months with the Knicks and he would like to remain with the franchise after his two-year contract expires in 2012.

"I think now, I've found my home. I've found it. I'd love to spend the rest of my career in New York,'' Felton told FanHouse. "When this contract ends, hopefully we'll work out another one."

Felton is averaging 18.2 points and nine assists per game for the Knicks.

"I always felt I was among the best (point guards), but now I'm getting the chance to show in different ways, from assists to defending, on the big stage, getting the exposure, showing everyone what I'm capable of,'' Felton said. "Did I know it would happen like this? No. Did I hope it would? Yes. It's been great so far, and I'm having a lot of fun.''

Felton was held back in some regard during his tenure with the Bobcats.

"I'm not going to say anything bad about Charlotte, but it was a different type of offense. This kind of fits me a little better. And winning makes everything good,'' he said. "I knew what I was getting into here, and I liked what I saw. It's been more fun than I even thought.''

Via FanHouse

Odom Clears Out Of Starting Lineup For Bynum, Has Career Night

Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom responded well to Phil Jackson's decision to reinsert the center into the starting lineup for the first time since returning from injury.

Odom scored 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting, his highest career scoring total in a game in which he came off the bench.

Bynum scored 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

The Lakers defeated the Hornets by a final of 103-88.

Via Press Enterprise

Nash Reveals Violent Thoughts On Refs After Technical

Steve Nash picked up a technical foul during the Suns' 123-110 loss to the Sixers on Wednesday.

Nash demonstratively argued with an official following an out-of-bounds call during the fourth quarter. Nash continued to argue after receiving the technical call.

"I'm going to f*****g punch one of these motherf*****s in the face," said Nash to Alvin Gentry according to two sources.

Via FanHouse

Nuggets Inquired On Love During Offseason

George Karl admitted to inquiring about the availability of Kevin Love during the previous offseason.

"We liked him last year when he was kind of inconsistent," Karl said. "We made inquiries on Kevin Love this summer. (But) we didn't think this. We didn't think he'd make the huge step that he's made from last year to this year. This is incredible."

Asked how close the Nuggets were to acquiring Love, Karl said: "I know he was on our radar screen. I know there were inquiries. In some of the meetings we talked, his name was out there. It never got close, I know that."

Via Denver Post

Evans Hits Halfcourt Game-Winner For Kings

Tyreke Evans made a game-winning shot beyond halfcourt to give Sacramento a 100-98 victory over the Grizzlies as time expired.

"I've won a couple dollars off that shot," Evans said. "We practice it after shootaround in the morning sometimes and I'm glad we do that."

Paul Westphal hoped DeMarcus Cousins, who inbounded the ball, might find a teammate streaking down the court, but instead found Evans.

"I'd like to take credit for that one," Westphal said. "I thought I did pretty good to get them to throw the ball in. We were pretty discouraged when that shot went in (by Mayo). But I thought Memphis relaxed a little bit, and in that it's like flag football in your neighborhood street. Everybody go long."

Via Sacramento Bee

X-Rays Negative On Okur's Back

Mehmet Okur underwent an X-ray that was negative Wednesday after straining his lower back during a 103-95 Utah victory against the Clippers at Staples Center.

Okur left the game with 8 minutes, 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter and did not return.

Via Salt Lake Tribune

Knicks Interested In Ridnour, Not Telfair

Minnesota is interested in acquiring Anthony Randolph from the Knicks and is attempting to use one of their point guards to make a trade possible.

New York is interested in Luke Ridnour or a first round pick, but they are not in the market for Sebastian Telfair.

Via Newsday

Garnett Injures Right Leg

Kevin Garnett injured his right leg in Boston's 104-92 loss at Detroit on Wednesday.

"I can't tell you much more than what you know already," said Doc Rivers on Thursday morning. "They're going to do more tests today, I think they'll do an MRI. We do think it's muscle-related, we don't think it has anything to do with the knee, but we don't know. So we're just going to wait and see."

Garnett appeared to injure his leg after cutting to the basket and planting with two feet before going up for a dunk. As he went up into the air, it was clear Garnett was already hurt and he subsequently hung on the rim longer than usual.

Garnett then limped and grimaced to halfcourt.

Via Boston Globe

Houston Shopping Virtually Everyone

ESPN.com's Chad Ford wrote in a chat on Wednesday that the Rockets are very active in trade talks.

According to Ford, Yao Ming isn't the only player Houston is making available in trade discussions.

"Rockets are very, very active right now. Virtually everyone on the team is for sale for the right price," Ford wrote.

"I've heard Yao, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Battier all mentioned. Rockets want/need a star right now and are willing to package players together to get it. Problem is their talent level is solid, but overpaid. Martin and Scola are good, but few teams want those contracts. Yao is solid as an expiring contract, but there are tons of those floating around. If you believe Yao will come back, could be some value there, but he's an unrestricted free agent this summer."

Via Chad Ford/ESPN.com

Rockets Want Prospect, Pick And Expiring Contract For Yao

The Rockets are looking for a package that includes a prospect, a draft pick and an expiring contract in any deal for Yao Ming, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

"Rockets want combo of prospect, picks and expiring $ for Yao. Teams can get $8M in savings via insurance/chance to re-sign him at cut rate," Wojnarowski wrote on his Twitter page.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Carter Will Make Phoenix Debut Against 76ers

Vince Carter has been nursing a sore left knee.

Wolves Plan To Make Push For Mayo, Anthony Randolph

Minnesota would like to acquire both O.J. Mayo and Anthony Randolph.

Biedrins Could Miss Road Trip With Sprained Ankle

Andris Biedrins has already missed five games with a sprained ankle.

Howard Mocks LeBron's Chalk Toss At Cleveland

Dwight Howard got laughs from the crowd at Quicken Loans Arena.

Wright's 32 Points Headlines Wednesday's Former D-Leaguer Action

Golden State’s Dorell Wright scored a career-high 32 points to go along with 11 rebounds in a loss to Atlanta.

Kings Won't Trade Cousins

The Kings are committed to Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins as their core.

Camby Wants To Remain With Blazers

Marcus Camby wants to remain with the Trail Blazers and wouldn't even be interested in a trade to an elite team.

Eyenga's Defense Improving In D-League

The Cavaliers will consider recalling Christian Eyenga in about a week's time.

Murphy Worried About Reputation With Free Agency Looming

Troy Murphy has played sporadically with the Nets in a contract year.

Wizards Gauging Interest In McGee, Blatche?

Washington wants to see what they could get in return for JaVale McGee and/or Andray Blatche.

Kobe Takes Blame For Loss To San Antonio

Kobe Bryant went 8-for-27 from the field against the Spurs, including a stretch of 13 consecutive misses.

Camby Sits Out With Sprained Ankle

Marcus Camby injured his right ankle on Monday night against Utah.

Carmelo To Return On Thursday

Carmelo Anthony is scheduled to return to the Nuggets on Thursday after spending time grieving his sister Michelle’s death.

Boykins Suspended For Making Contact With Referee

Earl Boykins will miss Milwaukee's game against Chicago on Tuesday night.

Turner Trying To 'Adapt' To NBA, Isn't Worried About Expectations

Expectations come along with being the No. 2 pick, but Evan Turner isn't drowning in them.

Kobe Hopes 'Rest Of The Guys' Are Up For Spurs

Kobe Bryant would like to see more effort out of his teammates amid the Lakers' recent run of mediocrity.

Nuggets Unsure Of Anthony's Status

Denver is 0-3 without Carmelo Anthony.

Pistons Unlikely To Pursue Yao Ming

Many around the league believe that Yao Ming's playing career is over and Detroit is likely in that camp.

Cavaliers Continue To Investigate Possible Trades

The Cavaliers cleared some roster space for possible moves on Monday.

Beaubois Still 'A Ways Away' From Return

Rodrigue Beaubois isn't close to returning from a fractured foot.
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