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Cousins' Teammates Tired Of Excuses

DeMarcus Cousins returned from his indefinite suspension earlier than the team had expected.

Cousins arrived for a Christmas Eve practice.

"When he apologized to the team, two players stood up and said, 'We've heard this bull[bleep] before,'" the source said. "'You're either going to be with us, or you're not. We don't want to hear any more excuses.'"

The Kings have tried to persuade Cousins to enter counseling.

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Nets Waive Josh Childress

The Brooklyn Nets have waived Josh Childress.

Childress, who signed as a free agent with Brooklyn on September 13, 2012, appeared in 14 games for the Nets, averaging 1.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.1 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Prokhorov Cuts Vacation Short To Address Nets' Coaching Situation

Mikhail Prokhorov cut short a heli-skiing vacation in British Columbia to address the Brooklyn Nets' coaching situation.

Prokhorov fired Avery Johnson after a 14-14 start to the season.

“I made my own [analysis],” Prokhorov said. “Really, we have a very talented team. And if we look, we have baskets of talents. But for the time being … we see that we need better results.

“And this says to me there were problems giving maybe a lack of concentration, and maybe a lack of ability to produce a good second half.”

Prokhorov indicated interim coach P.J. Carlesimo will have a chance to lead the Nets out of their current slump but also said he'll be hands-on if the team decides to make another coaching change.

“I will be involved personally,” Prokhorov said. “Very. Trust me.”

Prokhorov could not suppress a grin when asked about Phil Jackson's potential candidacy.

“Now, P.J. [Carlesimo] is the head coach,” Prokhorov said. “And if it becomes necessary, you know [who] the usual suspects are.”

Via Andy Vasquez/NorthJersey

Raptors Remain Likely To Trade Bargnani

The Toronto Raptors are expected to trade Andrea Bargnani before the end of the 2012-13 season.

One source close to the situation said Friday that Bargnani is "a lock to be moved."

Bargnani has two years and $22 million left on his contract.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Jamison Baffled With Consecutive DNPs, Doubts Future With Lakers

Antawn Jamison has fallen out of Mike D'Antoni's rotation in the Los Angeles Lakers' frontcourt.

Jamison hasn't played since Dec. 16 against the 76ers, which was the last game before Pau Gasol returned.

"It doesn't make sense at all," said Jamison. "They're pretty much telling me my services are no longer needed."

Via Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Jeff Van Gundy Interested In Nets' Job, Could Be Concerned On Timing

Jeff Van Gundy is being considered by the Brooklyn Nets for their head coaching vacancy, according to sources.

Van Gundy is also interested, but he is unlikely to be willing to meet with the Nets while an interim head coach is in place during the season.

The Nets have yet to reach out to Van Gundy.

Van Gundy has never met with an organization that had a coach in place as part of his personal code, and has respect for P.J. Carlesimo's status.

The Nets would have to meet with Van Gundy during the offseason.

The Knicks met with Phil Jackson while Van Gundy was interim head coach of the Knicks.

Van Gundy turned down the Nets before Avery Johnson was hired in 2010.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Williams Takes Partial Responsibility For Johnson's Firing

Deron Williams dismissed reports suggesting he quit on Avery Johnson before his firing.

Williams sat out Johnson's final game as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.

“I feel if I would have played better, as a player, that we would have won a lot more games and he would still be here,” Williams said Friday morning. “As far as that’s concerned, I feel responsible.”

Williams and Avery Johnson had a strained relationship from the moment Williams arrived, according to people both inside and outside the organization.

“That’s how things go nowadays," said Williams about the perception that he caused the firing. "As soon as something happens, somebody’s got to take the blame. And I guess that guy is me. I can’t fight everything that’s being said, and I’m not going to try. I know my teammates have my back. Like I said, I wanted to be here with Coach Avery.”

Via Howard Beck/New York Times

Kelvin Sampson Emerges As Candidate For Nets

Kelvin Sampson has emerged as a serious candidate to become the next head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, according to sources.

Sampson is an assistant with the Houston Rockets and did an impressive job as interim head coach while Kevin McHale was away on a personal matter with his ailing daughter.

Sampson had a 7-6 record in McHale's absence.

Sampson has been praised for his ability to connect with star players.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Nets Make Phil Jackson Top Target

The Brooklyn Nets have targeted Phil Jackson as their primary choice to become head coach, according to sources.

Jackson's longtime representative, Todd Musburger, told TNT's David Aldridge on Thursday that his client has "no interest in the Nets' job at this time." 

But a source says that Jackson would entertain an offer from the Nets.

The Nets presumably would have no difficulty in meeting Jackson's salary demands.

Avery Johnson was fired as head coach of the Nets on Thursday.

Via Marc Stein, Chris Broussard/ESPN

Phil Jackson Has No Interest In Nets Job

Phil Jackson has no interest in coaching the Brooklyn Nets.

"Phil has no interest in the Nets job at this time," Jackson's agent, Todd Musburger, said via text.

The Nets fired Avery Johnson Thursday morning.

Jackson is reportedly interested in a management position similar to that of Pat Riley's in Miami, where he could shape the front office and roster.

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Avery Johnson Fired By Nets, Carlesimo Named Interim

Avery Johnson has been fired as head coach of the Nets.

Avery Johnson's Job Appears In Danger As Losses Mount

The Nets have lost 10 of their last 13 games and are now 14-14 after an 11-4 start.

Olshey Intends To Build Blazers Through Draft, Free Agency

Neil Olshey outlined his plan to develop the Blazers.

Cavaliers Claim Livingston, Waive Sloan

The Cavaliers have claimed Shaun Livingston off waivers from the Wizards and Donald Sloan.

Celtics Sign Varnado

The Celtics have signed Jarvis Varnado.

Cousins Expected To Hire Dan Fegan

DeMarcus Cousins recently parted ways with agent John Greig.

Wizards To Sign Shelvin Mack

The Wizards waived Shelvin Mack before the start of the current season.

Mavericks Waive Derek Fisher, Set To Sign Chris Douglas-Roberts

Derek Fisher played nine games for the Mavericks.

Sources: Lakers Passed On Delonte West To Prevent Further Complications

The Lakers elected to pass on signing Delonte West due to concerns about how his presence would possibly further destabilize an already complicated situation, according to sources.

Evans Unconcerned About Becoming Trade Candidate

Tyreke Evans could be a trade candidate if the Kings feel re-signing him in the offseason as a restricted free agent is unlikely.

Source: Rasheed Wallace Has Stress Fracture In Left Foot

Rasheed Wallace's sore foot is actually a stress fracture and he will miss an extended period of time.

Gasol, D'Antoni Meet To Clear Air

Pau Gasol and Mike D'Antoni met on Wednesday evening at a Manhattan Beach restaurant to discuss their differences.

Josh Howard Has Torn ACL, Waived By Timberwolves

Josh Howard has a torn ACL and will be waived by the Timberwolves.

Cavaliers Had Reservations About Valanciunas Buyout

The Cavaliers selected Tristan Thompson with the No. 4 pick of the 2011 NBA Draft instead of Jonas Valanciunas.

Bulls Could Eventually Waive Robinson, Trade Hamilton With Tax In Mind

The Bulls may waive Nate Robinson and his non-guaranteed contract by Jan. 10 if Marquis Teague continues to play well in his extended minutes.

Magic In No Hurry To Move Redick

The likeliest trade partners for the Magic in regards to J.J. Redick are the Bulls, Grizzlies, Wolves, Bucks and Jazz.

Hornets Sign McGuire

The Hornets have signed forward Dominic McGuire.

Hornets Expected To Sign McGuire

Dominic McGuire will soon sign a contract with the Hornets.

76ers Inquire About Acquiring Starting Center

Trade Conversations Expected To Increase With Arrival Of Dec. 15

The NBA trade season is officially underway now that the pool of available players has increased as it does every Dec. 15.
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