Dec 31, 2012 1:11 PM EST
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.
Dec 30, 2012 2:03 AM EST
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.
Dec 29, 2012 12:22 PM EST
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.”
Dec 29, 2012 11:32 AM EST
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.
Dec 29, 2012 1:51 AM EST
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."
Dec 28, 2012 7:51 PM EST
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.
Dec 28, 2012 4:58 PM EST
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.”
Dec 28, 2012 1:41 PM EST
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.
Dec 27, 2012 11:16 PM EST
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.
Dec 27, 2012 6:21 PM EST
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.
Avery Johnson has been fired as head coach of the Nets.
The Nets have lost 10 of their last 13 games and are now 14-14 after an 11-4 start.
Neil Olshey outlined his plan to develop the Blazers.
The Cavaliers have claimed Shaun Livingston off waivers from the Wizards and Donald Sloan.
The Celtics have signed Jarvis Varnado.
DeMarcus Cousins recently parted ways with agent John Greig.
The Wizards waived Shelvin Mack before the start of the current season.
Derek Fisher played nine games for the Mavericks.
Dec 22, 2012 | Marc Stein/ESPN
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.
Dec 22, 2012 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Tyreke Evans could be a trade candidate if the Kings feel re-signing him in the offseason as a restricted free agent is unlikely.
Rasheed Wallace's sore foot is actually a stress fracture and he will miss an extended period of time.
Pau Gasol and Mike D'Antoni met on Wednesday evening at a Manhattan Beach restaurant to discuss their differences.
Josh Howard has a torn ACL and will be waived by the Timberwolves.
The Cavaliers selected Tristan Thompson with the No. 4 pick of the 2011 NBA Draft instead of Jonas Valanciunas.
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.
The likeliest trade partners for the Magic in regards to J.J. Redick are the Bulls, Grizzlies, Wolves, Bucks and Jazz.
The Hornets have signed forward Dominic McGuire.
Dec 16, 2012 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Dominic McGuire will soon sign a contract with the Hornets.
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