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Draymond Green Believes He's Top-5 Player In NBA

Feb 13, 2016 9:06 PM

Draymond Green was named to the All-Star Game for the first time in his career this season.

Green is currently fourth in the NBA in Real Plus Minus.

Green is one of the better defensive players in the NBA and is also an excellent passer as a big man. Green was asked if he thinks he's a top-5 player in the NBA.

"Of course, I believe it. If I don't believe it, who will?" said Green. 

Green also said he doesn't attempt to quantify things like that.

Henry Abbott/ESPN

Tags: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, NBA

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LeBron James Could Be Oldest Player In 2017 All-Star Game

Feb 13, 2016 8:58 PM

LeBron James is typically the last player to leave the court after the Cleveland Cavaliers' practices, working for an additional 45 minutes to an hour post practice on average.

Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving occasionally join him.

"You have to put in the work if you expect to improve your game," James explained. "That's always been my mindset. I can't cheat the game. You only have so long to play this game at a high level and I want to do my part to make sure I'm still progressing."

Teammates often have to wait on the bus for him to get back to the hotel when they're on the road.

James will be 32 during next year's All-Star Game and could be the oldest player in the game depending on whether Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade make the team again.

"I have not [thought about being the old vet] until you brought it up," James said. "Don't make me feel so damn old, man.

"Nah, it'll be cool. It'll be all right. I'm next. We're next. You're on deck."

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Russell Westbrook On Lakers' Question: 'Nah, I Like Where I Am Now'

Feb 13, 2016 8:50 PM

Russell Westbrook was asked if he'd like to play for the Los Angeles Lakers in response to him saying they were his favorite team growing up.

"Nah, I like where I am now. Oklahoma City is a great place for me," said Westbrook.

A recent report from Stephen A. Smith indicated the Lakers have been led to believe they will have a chance to sign Kevin Durant and Westbrook in the future.

Westbrook will be a free agent in 2017, while Durant can be a free agent in 2016.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jimmer Fredette Named MVP Of D-League All-Star Game

Feb 13, 2016 8:46 PM

Jimmer Fredette was named MVP of the D-League All-Star Game with 35 points.

Fredette is still trying to get back to the NBA.

"You're always hopeful," said Fredette. "Everybody in this league, that's what their dream is. They want to get back or into the NBA, or further their career. That's what this league is for, and I'm no different."

Fredette is averaging 22.6 points and 4.8 assists per game for the Westchester Knicks.

Tim Reynolds/Associated Press

Tags: Jimmer Fredette, Westchester Knicks, NBA, D-League, D-League Award, D-League Teams

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Raptors Haven't Asked For Relief For Canadian Dollar

Feb 13, 2016 8:29 PM

Adam Silver was asked if there were any plans to make a deal with the Toronto Raptors due to the drop in the Canadian dollar.

In the past, Major League Baseball made a deal to give the Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos some relief.

"There is no current plans to make any adjustments, but we have a planning committee of our owners that deals with matters like that," said Silver. "Of course it's something that we talk to MLSE about all the time. I should say the issue is complex, because in many cases when it comes to league revenue that's paid to the Raptors, it's paid in U.S. dollars, and they have other expenses, of course, they pay in Canadian dollars. So it's something that we're studying.

"The Raptors have not asked for relief from the league, but there have been periods of time historically when the Canadian dollar was at a low point when there have been adjustments made. So we'll continue to look at it. That's the purpose of our planning committee, which also oversees revenue sharing among our teams."

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Tags: Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA CBA

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Chris Bosh To Undergo More Tests On Calf Injury

Feb 13, 2016 5:25 PM

Chris Bosh will undergo more exams on his strained right calf as early as Monday.

Bosh withdrew from the All-Star Game.

"It just lingered and I didn't feel it was wise to continue to push it, especially with this elongated week that we have off," Bosh said. "I just wanted to make sure that I was taking the necessary precautions and being a good professional."

Bosh missed the second half of the 14-15 season due to a blood clot in one of his lungs.

"When we get back to Miami we'll do everything we need to do to make sure it's right," Bosh said.

Associated Press

Tags: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury

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Kyle Lowry Thought December 2013 Trade To Knicks Was Done

Feb 13, 2016 2:20 PM

Kyle Lowry thought he had been traded to the New York Knicks in December of 2013.

“That deal was done,” Lowry said.

The Toronto Raptors would have received Metta World Peace, Iman Shumpert and a future first round pick.

The Knicks killed the deal at the request of James Dolan.

Dolan was afraid of losing another trade to Masai Ujiri, who was on the other side of the Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani deals.

“At the end of the day, the decision was made for me to be here and it worked out equally, perfectly for both parties,” said Lowry who is in the second year of four-year, $48 million contract.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

Tags: Kyle Lowry, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Carmelo Anthony: I'm Not Going Anywhere

Feb 13, 2016 12:04 PM

Carmelo Anthony responded to his inclusion in trade rumors on Saturday.

Anthony was linked to a trade involving the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, but Anthony has a no-trade clause.

"There's always some trade s--- going [on]. I don't pay attention to those rumors," Anthony said Saturday during an interview on Sirius XM NBA Radio. "I'm not going anywhere."

 

The talks, described as preliminary, included Anthony going to the Cavaliers with Kevin Love being traded to the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks receiving draft picks and players.

Anthony was then asked whether he's thought about spending his future playing for a losing organization.

"Not yet. I'm pretty sure I'll have that conversation with myself and my family and my team," he told reporters in Toronto. "But it's not a conversation for right now."

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs, Celtics Have Discussed Kevin Love Trade

Feb 12, 2016 11:36 PM

The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers have held preliminary trade talks centered around Kevin Love.

There have also been very preliminary discussions about expanding the deal to include Carmelo Anthony, who would have to waive his no-trade clause with the New York Knicks to facilitate a trade to the Cavaliers.

The Knicks would receive draft picks and players in return with one believed to be Timofey Mozgov.

Those talks have not progressed.

Anthony reiterated on Friday he has no plans to seek a trade.

“Not yet. I'm pretty sure I'll have that conversation with myself and my family and my team,” he said. “But it's not a conversation for right now.”

Two other possibilities for Anthony are the Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers.

For now, the Celtics are focused on Love.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Durant: I Want To Finish This Thing Out With The Thunder

Feb 12, 2016 8:25 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have held no internal discussions nor have they explored trading Kevin Durant ahead of the deadline.

Durant will be a free agent this offseason.

Durant was asked if he ever gave thought to the possibility of the Thunder trading him away.

“I really don’t know. I doubt it, but we’ll see. I guess now that you said something, I might not be able to sleep the next few days,” said Durant.

“I never thought about that at all,” Durant said with a laugh. “I don’t know, man. I don’t want to be moved. I want to finish this thing out with my team. I think we got a really good thing going right now, so I haven’t really thought about it.

“We never talk about that stuff, me, [general manager] Sam Presti, our assistant GM [Troy Weaver]. It’s always about how I can be better for my teammates and with my leadership skills.”

The Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are expected to pursue Durant.

Durant has seemingly warmed to the idea of being pursued.

“I will tell you one thing, it’s great to feel wanted,” Durant said. “… I’ve heard so many rumors or whatever. It’s good for people to say this team wants me or that team wants me. That’s what you want as a player is for everybody to respect you and really admire how you play basketball.

“But at the same time, man, my focus has just being the best player I can be for my teammates. I got a lot of responsibility as the big brother and leader of our team. That takes a lot of focus anyway. It’s tough.”

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Spurs, Warriors, Cavs, Raptors, Celtics, Clippers In Top-10 On Offense, Defense
The Spurs, Warriors, Cavs, Raptors, Celtics and Clippers are in the top-10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.

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Chris Bosh Withdraws From ASG, Al Horford Chosen As Replacement
Al Horford will replace Chris Bosh on the Eastern Conference team.

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Nuggets Could Hire Chauncey Billups As Assistant GM If Karnisovas Leaves
Chauncey Billups is currently an NBA analyst for ESPN but would still like to work in a front office.

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Gregg Popovich: I Get Very Envious Of Warriors
Gregg Popovich offered extremely high praise of the Warriors.

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Kings Make It Clear DeMarcus Cousins Not Available
The Kings considered trading DeMarcus Cousins last June amid a difference of personalities between he and George Karl.

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Celtics Have Nearly No Interest In Dwight Howard, Prefer Al Horford
The Celtics are reluctant to trade significant assets for a player who will be a free agent in the offseason.

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LeBron James Remains Undecided On 2016 Olympics
LeBron James has been in every Finals since 2011 and the Cavaliers are the favorites to represent the Eastern Conference.

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Kevin Durant Wasn't Familiar With One-Plus-One Contract Possibility
Kevin Durant was asked if he's considered the possibility of signing a one-plus-one contract this offseason with the Thunder, which would allow him to become a free agent again in 2017.

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Kawhi Leonard Has Largest Wingspan Ratio Of Any All-Star In Past 15 Years
Part of the success of players like Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green are their incredibly long wingspans.

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Some Warriors Think They'll Sign Kevin Durant In Free Agency
Chris Broussard says Kevin Durant's attraction to the Warriors goes beyond just improving his odds of winning a championship.

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Dunc'd On: Midseason Awards
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Bryan Colangelo, Arturas Karnisovas, Sean Marks Believed To Be Nets' Top GM Candidates
The Nets hope to narrow their candidates to two or three by the end of All-Star weekend.

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NBA To Discuss Adding Corporate Logos On Jerseys For 17-18 Season
The NBA is proposing 50 percent of the money from a deal would be kept by the team with the other 50 percent going into a revenue-sharing pot.

Darren Rovell, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Paul Pierce: I Might Be The Reason Celtics Get Ben Simmons
Paul Pierce was traded by the Celtics to the Nets in 2013 in a package that included several draft picks.

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RealGM Radio: Warriors' Announcer Jim Barnett
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Stephen Curry Has Best Pre-ASG PER Since Jordan In 87-88
Stephen Curry heads into the All-Star Game with a NBA-leading PER of 32.0, which is the best pre-ASG mark since Michael Jordan's 32.4 PER in the 1987-88 season.

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Rockets Engaging With Teams On Dwight Howard Trade
The Rockets are working with Dwight Howard's agent, Dan Fegan, on possible destinations.

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Raptors Have Held Talks On Kenneth Faried, Thaddeus Young
The Raptors own the Knicks' first round pick in addition to their own, which can be used in a trade.

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DeMar DeRozan Feels At Home With Raptors
DeMar DeRozan will be a free agent for the first time in his career but he says it will be "pretty tough" for a team to sign him away from the Raptors.

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Chris Bosh Treating All-Star Game Like It Could Be His Last
Chris Bosh has made 11 All-Star Games.

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