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Earl Clark, Lakers Discuss Possible Reunion

The Los Angeles Lakers have had a level of dialogue with forward Earl Clark on a potential reunion, league sources told RealGM.

Over the past several weeks, the Lakers have looked into available wing talent that features Quincy Miller. The Lakers came out of last week’s free agency workouts without delivering a deal, and while no deal has been reached yet with Clark, they are expected to have an elevated urgency due to the recent season-ending injury to Xavier Henry.

In four games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League, Clark has averages of 28.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and two assists.

Clark, 26, had his most productive NBA run with the Lakers in the 2012-13 season. He was an afterthought in the franchise’s trade for Dwight Howard, but averaged 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and secured a multi-year contract in the 2013 offseason.

Clark lasted half of last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers before signing a pair of 10-day contracts with the New York Knicks. He averaged 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 54 total games.

Clark was the 14th overall draft pick to the Phoenix Suns in 2009 out of Louisville. He has played five NBA seasons with Phoenix, Orlando, the Lakers, Cleveland and New York.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Lakers Awarded $4.85M Disabled Player Exception

The Los Angeles Lakers have been awarded a $4.85 million disabled player exception for Steve Nash, according to sources.

Nash is out for the rest of the season due to back issues.

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Carmelo Had 'Great Dialogue' With Dwight About Joining Rockets

The New York Knicks have started the season slowly, while two of Carmelo Anthony's free agency suitors, the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks, look capable of going on deep title runs.

Anthony and the Knicks play both teams on the road this week.

"Of course I know that they're playing very well," Anthony said at shootaround Monday morning. "It's not something that I kind of say to myself that I regret doing this or regret doing that."

 

Anthony bought into the vision of Phil Jackson to stay with the Knicks.

"No, I can't do that," Anthony said of playing the what-if game. "I can't do that. I can't do that. That's just not my nature as a person. I would never be able to sit down and ask myself 'what if?'"

Anthony said he "took a deep, long look at" all that Houston had to offer, such as weather, and no state tax. He had conversations with Howard, but in the end wanted to remain with the Knicks.

"We had some great dialogue back and forth," Anthony said. "I talked to him. We talked about some things. Ultimately it came down to what I felt at that moment, what I really wanted.

"Me and Dwight had some contact and some conversation. He tried. He tried extremely hard. It didn't have anything to do with Dwight or James or anything like that. It came down to my own decision."

Via Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Lakers Didn't Pursue Non-Superstar Free Agents In 2014

The Los Angeles Lakers pursued Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, but they sat out the pursuit of B-plus-level players such as Lance Stephenson, Eric Bledsoe, Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Lowry, Isaiah Thomas and others.

The Lakers showed some initial interest in Lowry, but told his agent they were waiting on a decision from Anthony and James.

Stephenson received some initial interest, but they never followed up.

The Lakers showed no interest in Thomas, who signed a market favorable contract with the Phoenix Suns.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Furkan Aldemir To Sign With 76ers

Furkan Aldemir will leave Galatasaray to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Aldemir is averaging 8.1 points and 9.1 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game for Galatasary in 11 games.

The 76ers acquired the draft rights to Aldemir in July 2013 from the Houston Rockets.

Via Sportando

Jimmy Butler Doesn't Hold Resentment Over Lack Of Contract Extension

Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls were not able to agree to a contract extension before the Oct. 31 deadline, and this season, the swingman has averaged 20.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals a game.

Butler said he does not hold resentment with the Bulls for the lack of a new deal.

"Nah, nah," Butler said. "I love the city of Chicago. I think everybody knows that. I just feel like I've just got to help win games, man. I want a championship. The money has never been an issue because I'm from Tomball. The money I make now is more than nothing.

"I just wanted to prove to my teammates, to my coaches, to the city, that I'm here to stay."

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

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

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

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

Andrei Kirilenko Situation With Nets Appears Beyond Repair

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

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 Cavaliers.

Saunders Believes Brewer 'Too Vauable' To Trade

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

Lakers Plan Multiple Workouts For Gal Mekel, Dwight Buycks

The 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.

Josh Powell Joins Rockets' Coaching Staff

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

Rockets Express Interest In 10-12 Players For Trade Exception

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

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.
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