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Heat To Sign Hassan Whiteside

The Miami Heat are signing Hassan Whiteside out of the NBA D-League.

Whiteside has had a strong start for the Iowa Energy and was briefly signed by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Greg Oden Focused On Life Issues, Not NBA Comeback

Greg Oden attended the Cleveland Cavaliers' home game against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.

Oden is not interested in pursuing a comeback in the NBA for now.

"I have to deal with other stuff first," Oden said. "Life stuff."

Oden averaged 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 23 games for the Miami Heat last season.

Via Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

Kobe Considers Hometown Discounts As 'Big Coup' For Owners

Kobe Bryant considers the public pressure for longtime players of a specific team to take less money, as Dirk Nowitzki has done with the Dallas Mavericks, as a "big coup" for NBA owners.

"It's the popular thing to do," Bryant said. "The player takes less, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. I think it's a big coup for the owners to put players in situations where public perception puts pressure on them to take less money. Because if you don't, then you get criticized for it.

"It's absolutely brilliant, but I'm not going for it. I know the new head of the players' association ain't going for it, either."

Nowitzki signed with the Mavericks for $25 million over three years.

"I wanted to be on a good team," Nowitzki said. "I wanted to compete my last couple of years at the highest level. Ever since after the championship, we had a couple of rough years. We missed the playoffs one year, were the eighth seed twice I think, so that was really the main decision.

"I wanted to play at a high level my last couple years, and it kind of worked out with getting Parsons, with getting Tyson back here. We feel like we've got a good group, and hopefully we can make it work."

Via Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Lakers Working Out Roscoe Smith

The Los Angeles Lakers will bring in Roscoe Smith for a workout on Friday, league sources tell RealGM.

Smith plays for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

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

Lakers Plan Multiple Workouts For Gal Mekel, Dwight Buycks

The Los Angeles Lakers plan to match up free agent point guards Gal Mekel and Dwight Buycks for consecutive workouts on Thursday and Friday, league sources told RealGM.

Both Mekel and Buycks remain on the available market after being waived and bought out, respectively. The Lakers remain fond of Ronnie Price, but the team has looked into wing and guard players this week.

RealGM first reported on Nov. 7 that Buycks had reached a buyout with Valencia in Spain and started discussions with the Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder. The Lakers have also brought free agent forward Quincy Miller into Los Angeles for a workout.

Buycks, 25, averaged 3.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in 14 appearances for the Toronto Raptors last season. The 26-year-old Mekel averaged 2.4 points and two assists in 31 games for the Dallas Mavericks a season ago.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Josh Powell Joins Rockets' Coaching Staff

Josh Powell has officially joined the Houston Rockets' coaching staff.

Powell has been working with the Rockets in a coaching role since October.

Powell spent part of last season with the Rockets and has played eight NBA seasons.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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

Goran Dragic Plans On Testing Open Market In Free Agency

Sources say the Rockets and Lakers will be options for Goran Dragic.

Jason Collins Announces Retirement From NBA

Jason Collins has announced his retirement from the NBA in a piece in Sports Illustrated.

Celtics Telling Teams Rajon Rondo Won't Be Traded

Rajon Rondo's representatives are said to be pursuing a max contract.

John Lucas To Sign In China

John Lucas has reportedly pulled out of a workout with the Lakers.

Draymond Green Expected To Get At Least $8M Per Season

Draymond Green is making just $915,000 this season as a former second round pick.

Pacers Get Hardship Relief Extension On A.J. Price

A.J. Price will remain on the Pacers for another 10 days after the club was granted a second injury hardship relief exception.

Nuggets View Every Player On Roster As Trade Asset

The Nuggets are open to moving contracts and do not view anyone as an untouchable part.

Joe Johnson Had Issue In Free Agency With Knicks' Facility Being Outside City

Joe Johnson seriously considered signing with the Knicks in 2010.

George Karl Remains Interested In Coaching, Monitoring Nuggets' Situation

George Karl was the NBA Coach of the Year in 12-13, but was fired before entering the final season of his contract.

Report: Klay Thompson Would Have Entered 2010 Draft With Guarantee From Lakers

The Lakers had already traded their first round pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, though they did own the 38th pick from the Grizzlies.

James Harden: Reggie Jackson Has To Get Money He's Earned

Reggie Jackson has made it clear that he is hoping to receive a more prominent, starting role.

Timberwolves Discussing Corey Brewer Trade With Cavs, Rockets

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

Rudy Gay Agrees To Three-Year, $40M Extension With Kings

Rudy Gay's extension with the Kings includes a player option for the the 2017-18 season.

Spurs Expected To Pursue Marc Gasol As Possible Tim Duncan Replacement

Marc Gasol will be the Knicks' main free agent target next offseason.

76ers Sign Robert Covington

Robert Covington was the first overall pick of the 2014 D-League Draft.

Bradley Beal Hopes To Make Season Debut Against Cavs On Friday

Bradley Beal has been out since Oct. 10 with a fractured left wrist.

76ers Waive Chris Johnson

The 76ers have waived Chris Johnson.

Scott Unable To Reach Nash Despite Lakers' Hope For Mentorship Role

Byron Scott and Mitch Kupchak said they hoped Steve Nash would serve as a mentor and de facto shooting coach for younger players.

Kevin Love Denies Interest In Joining Lakers As Free Agent

Kevin Love denied a report that that he will consider opting out and signing with the Lakers next offseason.

Perkins Would Consider Return To Celtics, Believes Rondo Wants To Stay

Kendrick Perkins remains one of Rajon Rondo's closest friends as a former teammate.
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