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Jeff Green Happy With Celtics, Denies Rumors Of Wanting Trade

Jeff Green cleared up his comments to Comcast SportsNet when he said that his frustration was at an "all-time high" due to losing.

Green received word that there have been articles written about trade possibilities with the Boston Celtics.

“Before you start, I just wanted to clear the air about some BS rumor that came out,” Green said. “I don’t know if the person who made this article is in this circle, but the rumor about me wanting to get traded is definitely false.

“I said that I was frustrated with losing, not frustrated with the team. So if the words didn’t come from my mouth, I’d appreciate it if you not write a dumb [expletive] article like that."

In 2012, Green signed a four-year, $36 million contract with the Celtics. The next season, Boston went 25-57 with the team rebuilding after the end of the Big Three Era. Green has said he wanted to be a key part of that turnaround.

“If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have signed a contract to come back here,” Green said. “I’m happy where I’m at. I’m happy with the coach, the front office, everybody. Haven’t been happy like this in years, so it’s a good place for me.”

Via Julian Benbow/Boston Globe

Andrei Kirilenko Situation With Nets Appears Beyond Repair

Andrei Kirilenko has left the Brooklyn Nets for their roadtrip as he has received several healthy scratches in recent games.

"Source says situation between Kirilenko and Nets probably won't be resolved until he's on another team," writes Stefan Bondy.

Lionel Hollins told the media on Friday that he's unsure if or when Kirilenko will rejoin the club on their road trip.

Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN reports that the Nets have had preliminary talks with the Philadelphia 76ers about moving Kirilenko and Sergey Karasev. Kirilenko would likely be waived by the 76ers.

Via Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Brendan Haywood Aware Cavs Could Trade Him

Brendan Haywood has a non-guaranteed contract for next season worth $10.5 million that could a trade chip for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Haywood is aware that the Cavaliers could trade him at any time.

"I don't worry about it because at the end of the day, I can't do anything about it," Haywood told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "If somebody views my contract as an asset or the team feels they can get something in that can help them or shed salary, they're going to do what they're going to do because that's what they have to do."

Haywood, who has appeared in two games this season, is not bothered and understands the business.

"Executives have jobs to do," Haywood said. "They get paid to do their job. My contract is what it is. Worrying about it is not going to do anything about it. If I can't sleep at night, it's not like they're not going to trade me because of it so I might as well go out there, live my life and go on about my business."

Via Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Saunders Believes Brewer 'Too Vauable' To Trade

Flip Saunders appeared to be backtracking on the Minnesota Timberwolves' reported trade talks involving Corey Brewer.

"He's just too valuable to us to move," Saunders said.

Saunders said he understands why teams with championship hopes want Brewer.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets are two reported suitors for Brewer.

Via Jon Krawczynski/Associated Press

Rockets Express Interest In 10-12 Players For Trade Exception

The Houston Rockets are actively seeking to deal the $8.34 million trade exception that they acquired in the Jeremy Lin trade to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Rockets have talked to teams about 10 to 12 players.

The Rockets had been expected to wait until more players were eligible to be traded, either after Dec. 15 when players signed in the off-season can be dealt or more likely at the February trade deadline.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Celtics Telling Teams Rajon Rondo Won't Be Traded

Rival executives have told Bleacher Report that Danny Ainge has been firm that the Boston Celtics will not trade Rajon Rondo ahead of the trade deadline.

"They're definitely bravely saying they won't trade him at this point," said one general manager, who nevertheless added, "I definitely think it's the right thing to trade him. I think Danny knows it."

Rondo's representatives are said to be pursuing a max contract, which would be for five years and an estimated $106 million if he stays with Boston, while his deal elsewhere would be four years and about $79 million.

"My body feels a lot better, my legs are a lot stronger," Rondo said, comparing his play now to last season, when he was just making his way back. "I can get into the paint a lot easier now, this year. Last year, I was pretty slow. So this year I'm a step faster."

"This is going to be his best year of his career, I think," Ainge said, though not because Rondo is on any sort of salary drive. "Knowing Rondo, he just wants to show that he's one of the elite point guards in the NBA again. But yeah, he is a foundational piece that we already have that's right there. But there is uncertainty for this upcoming offseason."

Via Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Timberwolves Discussing Corey Brewer Trade With Cavs, Rockets

The Minnesota Timberwolves are discussing trading Corey Brewer with multiple teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets, according to sources.

The Cavaliers and Rockets view Brewer as a notable boost for their wing depth.

Minnesota is believed to be seeking future assets in exchange for Brewer.

If Brewer winds up in Cleveland, he'd be reunited with Love, with whom he has a close relationship after their well-chronicled success on the fast break as teammates in Minnesota. The Rockets have been known to ‎covet Brewer since last season and they registered trade interest in the 28-year-old even before Brewer had a career-high 51 points against Houston late last season.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Kobe Bryant Leaving Lakers 'Not Going To Happen'

The Los Angeles Lakers are unlikely to make the playoffs, but Kobe Bryant has no interest in leaving the franchise to play for a contender.

"It's not going to happen," Bryant told USA TODAY Sports when asked if the temptation to change teams might still grow from here. "It's not going to happen. You go through the good times, you've got to go through the bad times." 

Bryant is signed through the 15-16 season.

"I have a no-trade clause. (Lakers governor) Jeanie (Buss) and (Lakers executive vice president of basketball operations) Jimmie (Buss) aren't sending me anywhere."

Bryant also said he can't envision playing beyond the contract.

"Nah, not really," he said with a grin and a shake of the head. "But I'm so loyal to this organization, there's not a chance (of him leaving)…I've been really fortunate to win a lot of games here, a lot of championships here. You can't (expletive) with (that)."

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Kings Taking 'Wait-And-See Approach' With Current Roster

The Sacramento Kings have started the season with a 4-1 record and are comfortable with their roster now after a year in which they have been incredibly active in exploring trade scenarios.

"(Coach) Michael Malone and I," D'Alessandro said, "in our first meeting with the team, we looked at everyone in the room and said, 'Guys, we picked this team now.' Our ownership, our front office, our coaching staff -- this is our team. Last year, we came in here and we couldn't say that. Do we want to take our time a little and see where this thing goes? Yeah. It's a different feeling. Yes, we want to see what this team is now. Does that mean any team in the league is ever sitting on their hands and saying they're done? No. Of course not. But we really feel about the acquisitions we made. We feel great about guys like (Omri) Casspi and Darren (Collison) and Ryan (Hollins). (Ramon) Sessions is now starting to come along as well. We want to see what we have here.

"When you talk about thirst, last year when we came in, we knew we had to disrupt the whole roster," said general manager Pete D'Alessandro. "Dismantle. I don't know if that was a thirst as much as -- well, it was a thirst. It was a necessity, right? Our eyes are always open. We're always looking to get better. But we are very happy with the acquisitions that we made. We're going to take a wait-and-see approach and see how this thing goes. Obviously every team in the league is looking for that one magical guy, but let's see if this chemistry's right for a little bit."

Via Scott Howard-Cooper/NBA.com

Knicks, Pacers Discussed J.R. Smith For Chris Copeland Trade

The New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers recently discussed a trade of J.R. Smith for Chris Copeland, according to a source.

Copeland has an expiring contract after leaving the Knicks for the Pacers on a two-year, $6 million deal in 2013.

Smith can opt out of the $6.4 million he's owed for 15-16, but he could also wait for 2016 when the cap is expected to increase.

Phil Jackson isn't expected to make any moves until Dec. 15 when free agent signees and 2014 draft picks become eligible to be traded.

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

Kobe 'Extremely Loyal To Lakers', Not Considering Asking For Trade

Kobe Bryant makes $23.5 million this season and $25 million in the next, which would limit the Lakers' ability to trade him.

Klay Thompson, Warriors Agree Upon $70M Max Extension

Klay Thompson and the Warriors have agreed upon a four-year, $70 millon maximum contract extension.

Knicks, Nets, Mavs, Hornets Could Conceivably Be Interested In Kobe

Kobe Bryant's contract expires after the 15-16 NBA season.

Kings Receive Trade Interest In Jason Thompson

Jason Thompson is signed through the 16-17 season.

Knicks Trade Outlaw, 2nd Rounder To 76ers To Clear Roster Space

The Knicks will also send a future second round pick to the 76ers.
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