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Brad Stevens Committed To Celtics Amid Speculation Of Interest From Indiana University

Brad Stevens made it clear that he is committed to his job as the head coach of the Boston Celtics, even as fans of the Indiana University Hoosiers speculate about Stevens returning home.

"I’ve committed to being here," Stevens said. "I’ve already left a situation once and that was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to choose to do. This is something that as long as they want me to be here, this is what I want to be doing and I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. I know it’s all specific to the rumor mills and the discussion of one spot. I think they’ve got a good coach who’s done a helluva job. He doesn’t deserve that speculation.

"I’m the head coach of the Boston Celtics. This is the job. This is where I am. This is what I want to do really well and I’m committed to being as good as I can every single day for the Celtics."

Stevens is in his second season as the Celtics' coach and has gained respect in the league.

Said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: "He was a hell of a coach before he got here and he’ll be an even better coach as time goes on. He’s a special guy, that’s why Danny Ainge went and got him."

"I think Brad Stevens is an awesome coach," Kevin Love said. "They’re going to be able to figure it out as they accumulate more talent and like I said, I’m a big fan of Brad Stevens."

Via Paul Flannery/SB Nation

Goran Dragic Will 'Definitely' Consider Signing With Knicks

Goran Dragic called signing with the New York Knicks a “possibility” in July when he plans to opt out of his contract and test free agency.

The presence of Phil Jackson makes the Knicks more attractive to Dragic.

“Oh yeah, definitely,” said Dragic, who earned All-NBA third-team honors last season. “You know Phil, he was a great coach. He won so many titles and he was coaching so many great players that of course it’s interesting and I would love working with him. Because probably he’s making all the moves — I’m not sure — but he knows what the team needs and what direction the team needs to go. In the past probably, he makes some decisions, who the Lakers bring in and the Chicago Bulls and (he) did an amazing job.”


Dragic said he intends to keep his options open for free agency and isn’t focusing on any single team, though he did repeat the Knicks were an option.

“I think so it’s a possibility, but not just New York,” Dragic said. “I’m a free agent. I want to explore my options but so far I’m really happy in Phoenix. They give me a lot. I like the city. I like the fans and I like the organization, so it’s going to be a tough decision to make, but I’m going to start thinking of that at the end of the season.”

Via Mitch Abramson/New York Daily News

Lance Stephenson Has Clashed With Hornets' Teammates

Lance Stephenson has clashed with teammates during his early time with the Charlotte Hornets.

Steve Clifford has placed responsibility for Stephenson's adjustment on the Hornets' veterans.

The Hornets have sought out trades for Stephenson, but haven't found an opportunity to their liking. The Hornets want value still in return for Stephenson and aren't merely trying to dump his contract.

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Kings, Nets Discussing Deron Williams Trade

The Sacramento Kings and Brooklyn Nets are discussing a deal centered on Deron Williams.

Talks have centered upon Darren Collison, Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson for Williams.

Sacramento has significant interest with Williams, but a hurdle to a possible deal is the Kings’ desire to have center Mason Plumlee included into the package, league sources said.

The Nets' partnership with Williams has become increasingly fractured over the past two years, and the idea of a breakup has appeal for both sides, sources tell Yahoo.


Williams has two full years and $43 million-plus left on his contract through the end of the 2017 season.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Jameer Nelson, Celtics Have Initial Dialogue On Future Possibilities

The Boston Celtics and guard Jameer Nelson have had preliminary discussions on his future role and "what if" possibilities before the February trade deadline, but buyout negotiations have not taken place yet, league sources told RealGM.

Nelson signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks last offseason, persuaded by the organization’s culture and an opportunity to start and compete for a Western Conference contender. Still, Dallas had scoured the market for an upgrade at point guard this season and acquired Rajon Rondo, ending Nelson’s brief tenure and sending him to a likely draft lottery team.

At 32, Nelson has cherished a role on a competing NBA team, but has now embraced his position with the Celtics. Over 11 seasons, Nelson is well-regarded as a professional and locker room voice.

Nelson spent his first 10 pro seasons with the Orlando Magic and started in his 23 games for Dallas. He’s averaged 12.4 points and 5.3 assists in his NBA career.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Mavericks Leaders To Sign Jermaine O'Neal

The Dallas Mavericks have an undeniable edge to sign Jermaine O'Neal after the acquisition of Rajon Rondo, according to sources.

O'Neal is "highly intrigued" about the idea of joining the Mavericks.

O'Neal maintains his offseason home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and has long been interested in joining the Mavericks to reunite with Rick Carlisle

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

76ers To Waive Ronny Turiaf

The Philadelphia 76ers will release Ronny Turiaf.

Turiaf was acquired by the 76ers in a three-team trade on Friday.

Via Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Report: Cavaliers Connecting Better With Tyronn Lue Over David Blatt

The Cleveland Cavaliers seem to oscillate between lukewarm and irritated with David Blatt, according to a report.

Some Cavaliers players have connected better with lead assistant coach Tyronn Lue due to his status as an ex-player and past relationships with them.

Blatt has mostly abandoned the facets of the Princeton offense he ran throughout training camp and the preseason and has been constantly tinkering with his lineups and rotations.

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Pelicans Interested In Re-Signing Gal Mekel Later In Season

The New Orleans Pelicans waived Gal Mekel but remain interested in potentially re-signing him later in the season.

"We just felt like it was a move that we wanted to take a look at him," Monty Williams said. "We thought he did a good job, (but) there are some particulars financially that I am not going to discuss, that's for Dell and his staff (to discuss). They do a good job of keeping the organization in a good place. We like (Mekel) a lot. That doesn't mean we won't bring him back. But at this point we felt like we were going to go in a different direction."

Mekel appeared in four games with New Orleans, averaging 1.5 points and 3.3 assists. 

"I thought he brought some really good stuff to our team and it kind of stirred the pot a little bit even though we didn't do that on purpose," Williams said. "I thought our guys had a great understanding that we are going to continually tweak the roster to make our team better. For the time that he was here, he helped us."

Via Nakia Hogan/New Orleans Times-Picayune

Rondo, Cuban Hopeful For Long-Term Partnership

Rajon Rondo and Mark Cuban both expressed a desire not to rent the new situation together with the Dallas Mavericks, who acquried Rondo in a trade from the Boston Celtics.

“Obviously, we wouldn’t give up picks if we didn’t think it was long term,” Cuban said. “We’re past the days of rent-a-player.

“If he’s not the definition of a cornerstone, I don’t know what is. But let me qualify that. With him side by side with Monta (Ellis) and (Tyson) Chandler, there’s no one guy who will be the cornerstone of the team. So having a good young nucleus — for us the young nucleus used to be 35 — to get that number down to 28 or 29 is something we want to keep together.”

Rondo could sign a five-year, $107 million max contract with the Mavericks next summer.

“I’m definitely excited and optimistic about the situation here,” said Rondo, who’ll make $12.9 million this season. “And like Mark was saying, being alongside a guy like Monta and they just re-signed Chandler, the future seems bright and I’m just looking forward to winning a championship as fast as possible and hopefully we can keep this team together.”

Via Dwain Price/Star-Telegram

Rockets Release Francisco Garcia

The Rockets will release Francisco Garcia.

Hornets Keeping Lance Stephenson 'For Now'

The Heat and Nets are among seven clubs that showed interest in Lance Stephenson.

Kobe Unsure If Lakers Adding Superstar In 2016 Would Factor In Decision On Retirement

Kobe Bryant has been widely expected to retire when his current contract expires in 2016, but he was asked if the Lakers adding Kevin Durant or any other superstar player may cause him to reconsider.

Celtics To Likely Receive Mavs' 2016 Pick

The Mavericks' pick goes to the Celtics this season if it falls between No. 4 and No. 14.

Mavs Acquire Rajon Rondo From Celtics

The Mavericks would send Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, one future first round pick and a future second round pick to the Celtics for Rajon Rondo.

Lakers Offer Steve Nash, Picks To Celtics For Rajon Rondo

The Lakers offered the Celtics multiple draft picks and Steve Nash for Rajon Rondo, according to sources.

Rajon Rondo 'Open' To Re-Signing With Mavs, Rockets

Given Rajon Rondo's looming unrestricted free agency, any deal would have to come with assurances that he'd be willing to re-sign with his new team.

Mavericks Emerge As Favorites For Rajon Rondo, Rockets 'Still Fighting'

Rajon Rondo is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason.

Corey Brewer Placed On Trade Block Again By Wolves

The Cavaliers, Rockets and Clippers are the teams most interested in trading for Corey Brewer.

Celtics Show Renewed Willingness To Trade Rajon Rondo

The Celtics have left strong impressions with rival organizations that they’re prepared to make a deal that includes Rajon Rondo, sources said.

Execs Expect Brook Lopez To Exercise $16.7M Option For 15-16

Brook Lopez has reportedly been shopped in trades by the Nets.

Isaiah Thomas: Agent Firing Unrelated To Suns' Future

Isaiah Thomas recently fired agent Andy Miller and said the move was unrelated to his future with the Suns.

Alexey Shved To Strongly Consider Return To Europe As Free Agent For Lucrative Offers

Alexey Shved will strongly consider returning to Europe where he has received outlines for multi-million dollar offers, league sources told RealGM.

Cavaliers Interested In Wesley Matthews

The Blazers have dismissed all overtures for Wesley Matthews and hope to re-sign him as a free agent in the offseason.

Heat To Apply For $2.65M Injured Player Exception

Josh McRoberts is expected to be out for the remainder of season with a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Mullin Resists Lobbying To Become Kings' Coach, Corbin To Be Given 'A Shot'

With Chris Mullin not interested in coaching at this point, the Kings will give Ty Corbin "a shot" for the rest of the season.

Herb Simon 'OK' With Pacers Pursuing Deal For Lance Stephenson

Several deciding factors would determine the Pacers' interest in Lance Stephenson.

Arnett Moultrie Signs With Jiangsu Nangang

Arnett Moultrie was the 27th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and spent two seasons with the 76ers before being traded to the Knicks in October.

Pelicans Committed To Keeping Tyreke Evans

The Pelicans have been very happy with the play of Tyreke Evans this season.

Miroslav Raduljica Expected To Become Free For Mid-January NBA Deal

Miroslav Raduljica has received interest from several NBA teams for a midseason acquisition, sources said.
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