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Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Leaving Arizona For NBA Draft

Apr 1, 2015 7:17 PM

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson plans to leave Arizona to enter the 2015 NBA Draft.

Hollis-Jefferson averaged 11.2 points and 6.8 rebounds a game during his sophomore season. During his freshman season he averaged 9.1 points and 5.7 rebounds.

Draft Express currently has Hollis-Jefferson as the No. 24 pick in their 2015 Mock Draft.

Hollis-Jefferson responded to the report indicating that no decision has been made.

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Tags: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Shabazz Napier Out For Season Following Sports Hernia Surgery

Apr 1, 2015 5:49 PM

Shabazz Napier underwent successful surgery to repair a sports hernia. The procedure was performed by Dr. David Edelman at Doctors Hospital in Miami this morning. He will miss the remainder of the regular season.

Napier has appeared in 51 games (10 starts) this season for the Miami Heat averaging 5.1 points, 2.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 19.8 minutes.

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Tags: Shabazz Napier, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury

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Suns Sign Jerel McNeal To 10-Day Contract

Apr 1, 2015 3:44 PM

The Phoenix Suns have signed guard Jerel McNeal to a 10-day contract.

McNeal has averaged 18.5 points, 4.6 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 27 games with the Bakersfield Jam this season. The 6-3 guard scored a season-high 40 points on 16-of-23 shooting for the Suns’ NBA Development League affiliate on March 7 at Austin.

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Tags: Jerel McNeal, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League

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Kings To Sign Sim Bhullar To 10-Day Contract

Apr 1, 2015 3:13 PM

The Sacramento Kings will sign Sim Bhullar to a 10-day contract.

Bhullar will become the first player of Indian descent in league history.

Bhullar has spent the entire season with the Reno Bighorns, Sacramento's affiliate in the NBA Development League, after going to training camp with the Kings.

 

Bhullar is a 7-foot-5 center out of New Mexico State.

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Tags: Sim Bhullar, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Waive Steve Nash, Sign Jabari Brown To Multi-Year Contract

Apr 1, 2015 1:56 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have waived Steve Nash and have signed Jabari Brown to a multi-year contract.

Nash announced his retirement last month.

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Tags: Jabari Brown, Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Tyler Harvey Leaves Eastern Washington For NBA Draft

Apr 1, 2015 1:31 PM

Tyler Harvey will declare for the 2015 NBA Draft, leaving Eastern Washington after his junior season.

Harvey led the nation in scoring in 2014-15, averaging 23.1 points per game. He shot 46.9 percent from the field overall and 43.1 percent on 3-pointers, leading the country in made 3-pointers.

Harvey is expected to be drafted in the 25-40 range.

 

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Tags: Tyler Harvey, Eastern Washington Eagles, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Russell Westbrook Eyes NBA's Citizenship Award

Apr 1, 2015 12:25 PM

Russell Westbrook has put up MVP-caliber numbers one season after teammate Kevin Durant won the award, but he's had his eye on another award.

“It’s been one of my main goals all season,” said Westbrook of the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. “I want it.” 

Lee Jenkins writes that the change in Westbrook when away from cameras and tape recorders is significant.

“People who don’t know me probably think I’m mad all the time, and with the way I play, they have a point,” he says. “But I’m not Angry Man off the court. I’m a laid-back chill guy.”  

Westbrook plays with a manic energy and it comes from his approach to the game.

“There are many times throughout a season that you may not feel like playing,” says Westbrook. “You may not want to play on this night, or against this team. But I don’t feel that way. This is one of the best jobs in the world, and you never know how long you’ll be able to do it—how long you’ll be able to run like this and jump like this. So I go for it. I go for it every time. It may look angry, but it’s the only way I know.”

Westbrook has had to take on a bigger role with Durant out for most of the season.

“He plays with a rage that ignites this whole team, this whole arena,” said Durant.

Lee Jenkins/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Award, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Kevon Looney Closes Agent Decision With Plan To Declare For NBA Draft

Apr 1, 2015 12:13 PM

UCLA freshman forward Kevon Looney has plans to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft and is closing a representation agreement, sources told RealGM.

An active athlete at 6-foot-9, Looney, 19, had been considering several top representation firms and will be in strong contention to become a lottery pick in June.

UCLA's coaching staff admitted to reporters on Tuesday that the NBA could be too tantalizing for Looney to return should he believe in being a top 12 selection.

As the Pac-12's Freshman of the Year and member of the conference all-first team, Looney scored 11.6 points and grabbed 9.2 rebounds per game. He helped lead UCLA to the Sweet Sixteen where the Bruins lost to Gonzaga.

Looney was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and chose the Bruins as his collegiate team after an extensive recruitment process.

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Nerlens Noel Enjoying Playing With 'First True PG' Ish Smith

Apr 1, 2015 11:11 AM

Nerlens Noel has increased his production significantly since the Philadelphia 76ers' trade of Michael Carter-Williams, which has created a big role for Ish Smith.

In the 20 games since Smith's arrival, Noel has averaged 11.1 shots per game, up from 7.8.

"He finds me whenever I'm open and, honestly, he's the first true point guard I've ever really played with," Noel said Monday. "He said I'm one of the few elite big men that he's played with so I think we complement each other so well."

Carter-Williams would often look for his own shot in pick-and-rolls with Noel. Noel often was caught off-guard by Carter-Williams' passes.

"He making me look good," said Smith. "I know people keep saying [it's me], but he's making me look good. All I have to do is put it somewhere around the rim and he's going to get it. We're still trying to shore up some things. Like in Cleveland, they did a good job in the second half taking the lob away. So we're still trying to figure out how, down the stretch, we can figure out some different things. Coach [Brett Brown] was talking to us about it. We're still trying to work out some kinks.

"I've never really clicked with somebody that quick, that fast. I've never had anybody that I've played with that athletic. Well, Dwight [Howard] was pretty athletic. But Nerlens, he goes and gets everything."

"It's a relationship that is growing," said Brett Brown. "Ish helps Nerlens and the communication that they have is free and just very productive and very healthy between a point guard and a post man. [It's] really encouraging."

Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Daily News

Tags: Nerlens Noel, Ish Smith, Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Kelly Oubre To Leave Kansas For NBA Draft

Apr 1, 2015 11:01 AM

Kelly Oubre intends to leave Kansas to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft.

Oubre is an expected lottery pick.

Oubre averaged 9.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in 20.9 minutes for Kansas.

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Tags: Kelly Oubre, Kansas Jayhawks, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Giannis Expects Shooting Range To All Make Sense Next Season
Giannis Antetokounmpo attempted 118 three-pointers as a rookie (converting 41) but has tried only 40 this season, making just seven.

Charles F. Gardner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Kevin Durant: I Would Love To Stick It Out With One Team My Whole Career
Kevin Durant can become a free agent in 2016, but he continues to imply that his future will be with the Thunder.

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LeBron Prioritized Acquiring J.R. Smith Over Shumpert In Knicks' Trade
LeBron James reportedly loves the Cavaliers' top-7 players.

Bill Simmons/Grantland

Top NBA Draft Prospects (March Stats)
Justise Winslow and Karl-Anthony Towns had increased production in the month of March.

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D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera Leaving Georgetown For NBA Draft
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera was a First-Team All-Big East selection in 2015 in his junior season at Georgetown.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Jordan Mickey Declares For NBA Draft
Jordan Mickey was a First Team All-SEC selection in his sophomore season at LSU.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Westbrook's Adjusted Stat Line For 1962: 47-15-12
In 1961-62, Oscar Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists to become the first and only player to put up a triple-double season.

Tom Haberstroh/ESPN

Bucks To Introduce New Color Scheme
The current color scheme of forest green, red, silver and white has been in effect since the 2006-'07 season, when it replaced a purple and green theme.

Charles F. Gardner/Journal Sentinel

Nikola Pekovic Out For Season With Ankle Soreness
Nikola Pekovic has played in just 51.8 percent of the Wolves' games since signing a new contract.

Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune

Celtics Received 1st Round Pick Trade Offers At Deadline For Avery Bradley
The Celtics received offers from multiple teams at the trade deadline of low first round picks and expiring contracts for Avery Bradley.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Kevin Durant Undergoes Bone Graft Surgery On Foot
Kevin Durant is expected to return to full basketball activities in the next four to six months.

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Tim Frazier Signing With Blazers For Remainder Of Season
Tim Frazier is coming off a win as D-League Player of the Week.

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Chris Mullin Agrees To Become Head Coach Of St. John's
Chris Mullin is leaving a position as an advisor for the Kings.

Roger Rubin, Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Montrezl Harrell, Terry Rozier Declare For NBA Draft
Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier have decided to leave Louisville early to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Derrick Rose Returns To Full Contact Practice
Derrick Rose is on track for his four-to-six week recovery from a knee injury.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Georges Niang Staying At Iowa State For Senior Season
Georges Niang has decided to remain at Iowa State for his senior season.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Stephen Curry, Brook Lopez Named NBA Players Of The Week
Stephen Curry averaged 30.0 points and 8.0 assists, and connected on 24-of-38 three-point field goals (63.2 percent).

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Patrick Beverley To Undergo Surgery On Wrist, Out For Season
Patrick Beverley will be a free agent this offseason.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Westchester Fires Kevin Whitted As Head Coach
Kevin Whitted and Craig Hodges had tension throughout the season running the triangle offense with the second-worst record in the D-League.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Hibbert: Paul George Looks Like His Old Awesome Self In Practice
Paul George has been impressive in practice as he works his way back from a broken leg.

David Aldridge/NBA.com