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Kings Fire Mike Malone

The Sacramento Kings have fired Mike Malone as head coach, according to sources.

Ty Corbin will take over as interim head coach.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Pacers, Nets, Clippers Show Interest In Lance Stephenson

The Charlotte Hornets and Indiana Pacers have held preliminary trade talks on Lance Stephenson, according to sources. A deal is not imminent at this point.

The Hornets have been unwilling to attach a draft pick to Stephenson, which would have helped talks with the Pacers.

The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers have also researched Stephenson's time with the Hornets, but aren't serious at this point.

The Hornets signed Stephenson in the offseason.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Furkan Aldemir Signs Four-Year, $12M Deal With 76ers

Furkan Aldemir has landed a four-year contract worth around $12 million with the Philadelphia 76ers, according to sources.

Aldemir has played professionally in Turkey.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Stephen Curry Wanted Knicks To Draft Him In 2009

Stephen Curry wanted to play for the New York Knicks when he came out of Davidson and in the NBA Draft in 2009. Curry was chosen by the Golden State Warriors at No. 7 while Jordan Hill was taken by the Knicks one spot later.

“The Warriors had some questionable characters on their team, the Knicks really needed a point guard, and we felt that Stephen would fit perfectly with a coach like Mike D’Antoni, playing that fast, up-and-down style," Dell Curry said. "He loved the idea of playing at Madison Square Garden.”

Donnie Walsh and Larry Riley, both running the Knicks and Warriors, respectively, at the time, fell in love with Curry's game.

“He’d get the ball in the backcourt, and boom, he was gone,” Walsh said. “It wasn’t just his quickness; he saw everything. I’m sitting there thinking, ‘We’ve got D’Antoni coaching our team, and this kid would fit perfectly.’"

“And you know what?” Riley said. “I walked out that night thinking that he would be a very good N.B.A. player for 10 years. I didn’t worry about what he shot. I knew he could shoot. The reason I really liked him was that he never backed down. Nelly always loved playing small ball. And there was always the thought that if it didn’t work, we could move someone.”

Curry's agent, Jeff Austin, admitted he tried to do whatever he could to get Curry in New York.

“Riley calls me and says, ‘Can I watch a workout?’ ” Austin said. “I said, ‘No, you can’t.’ He says, ‘Can I talk to him?’ I said, ‘No, you can’t.’ I tell him that Stephen wants to be in New York. Stay away from him.

“Larry, to his credit, kept saying, ‘I’m still taking him.’ There was nothing I could do to dissuade him.

“The Knicks, if they were one spot higher, where would they be now? It just shows you that as much time and energy they put into it, the draft is not an exact science. A lot of it is just luck, where you land.”

Via Harvey Araton/New York Times

Ray Allen Contacted By Wide Range Of Teams, Including Grizzlies; Not At Stage To Decide On Future

Ray Allen — the most coveted NBA free agent on the market — has heard from far beyond just five teams to consider, including interest from the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told RealGM.

Allen’s agent, Jim Tanner, confirmed the wide range of interest on Saturday and added that the 6-foot-5 shooting guard has no timetable to make a decision on his playing future.

Despite a report on Saturday that he was choosing between the San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors, Allen has not yet reached the stage to decide on any team. Memphis has gone 18-4 this season and has an open roster spot that could be used toward securing another shooter to the rotation.

Earlier in the week, Warriors general manager Bob Myers told 95.7 in Oakland that his team has contacted Allen to gauge interest in signing with the franchise. Nearly every team with contending aspirations is believed to have reached out to Allen and his agent Tanner.

Over an 18-year NBA career, Allen, 39, has built a Hall of Fame run while playing for Milwaukee, Seattle, Boston and Miami. Allen has averaged 18.9 points for his career and is the league’s all-time leader in three-point shots made at 2,973.

Allen averaged 9.6 points in 73 games for the Heat last season. In Game 6 of the 2013 series against the Spurs, Allen knocked down one of the most critical shots in NBA Finals history.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Jermaine O'Neal To Decide On Playing Future In January; Cavs, Clippers, Mavs, Warriors Interested

Jermaine O'Neal said he expects to make a definitive decision on his playing future early in 2015.

"I'm going to make a clear-cut decision after the holidays," O'Neal said.

O'Neal admitted he knows there are teams that are interested in a possible deal and he has not ruled out returning for what would be his 19th NBA season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors are among the teams that covet O'Neal should he play again.

O'Neal played for the Warriors last season.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Brett Brown Upset By 76ers' Decision To Trade Brandon Davies

Brett Brown was upset the Philadelphia 76ers' decision to trade away Brandon Davies in the Andrei Kirilenko deal.

The undrafted second-year player appeared in 71 games over two seasons, averaging 3.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 13.4 minutes.

"When you start losing people that you are very fond of and have tremendous respect for ... there is a human side of it that bothers me because you are trying to grow chemistry, you are trying to grow a culture," Brown said after Thursday's practice.

"That takes a hit when teammates lose teammates. There is a respect, effort-wise, of how they go about their business. There is a reality to our job that is just business in the NBA, but it doesn't mean it has to feel right."

Davies played in every game before Tuesday, made six starts and averaged 19.0 minutes.

"He is a role player, but we saw him grow his perimeter game," Brown said. "We saw him make some turn-and-face jump shots. He always played with that reckless abandon. He is one of those low-maintenance guys that teams look for who want to have high-character, solid people at the 15, 14, 13 roster spots. I think his better days are ahead of him because he improved with us."

The 76ers could play more small-ball with their makeshift roster.

"There are a lot of moving parts, and there is going to continue to be because it is the nature of our job," Brown said. "Stability is not a word that comes to mind very often with where we are at with the Philadelphia 76ers.

"It is a tremendous challenge to keep the locker room together if they lose a teammate or friend. It is a tremendous challenge to have a semblance of order or purpose on offense or with rules on defense. It is just such a volatile situation at times."

Via Dei Lyman/Comcast

76ers Sign Ronald Roberts From D-League, Waive Jorge Gutierrez

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed free agent forward Ronald Roberts from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers.  

Roberts is the 11th Call-Up of the 2014-15 NBA Development League season. 

Roberts started all eight games for the Sevens so far this season, averaging team-highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 67% from the floor.  He was also on the Sixers roster during the preseason and the Orlando Pro Summer League.

The 76ers have also waive Jorge Gutierrez.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Andrew Bogut Being Held Out As Precaution For Fatigue

Andrew Bogut will be held out of his second straight game on Saturday as a precaution.

Bogut has fatigue and not an injury and would reportedly play if he were playing in the postseason.

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Sources: Thunder Inquire About Wilson Chandler

The Oklahoma City Thunder have inquired about the availability of Wilson Chandler, according to sources.

Chandler is averaging 14.7 points and 6.3 rebounds this season.

Via Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Carmelo Anthony Denies Report Of Willingness To Waive No-Trade Clause

Carmelo Anthony has no desire to be traded at the current moment, but he reportedly is growing frustrated with the Knicks' struggles.

Warriors Contact Ray Allen, Believe He's Uncertain On Future

The Warriors reached out to Ray Allen, who remains a free agent.

Darius Morris Signs With Nets

Darius Morris was one of the Blazers' final cuts this preseason.

Delonte West Still Seeking Return To NBA

Delonte West said his release from Shanghai was not disciplinary.

Nets Create Two Traded Player Exceptions With Kirilenko Deal

One exception if for $3.4 million while the other is for $916,000.

Lance Stephenson Receiving Trade Interest, But Hopes To Remain Part Of Hornets' Turnaround

Lance Stephenson has garnered fresh trade inquiries into the Hornets’ front office recently and wouldn’t be opposed to a potential move to the Nets.

Nets Trade Andrei Kirilenko, 2020 2nd Rounder To 76ers

The 76ers will acquire Andrei Kirilenko, a 2020 second round pick, along with the right to swap 2018 second rounders and cash from the Nets.

Quincy Miller Signs Contract For NBA Call Up Chance In D-League

Quincy Miller worked out for the Lakers last month and had been a leading candidate to earn a roster spot.

Knicks Most Interested In Trading Away J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith has a player option for the 15-16 season.

Carmelo Threatens To Beat Up Hardaway As Tension Between Two Increases

Carmelo Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr. have reportedly not cared for each other since last season.

Wolves Ready To Turn Season Into Rebuild Instead Of Retool

The Wolves could now look to trade some of their veteran players.

Jazz To Sign Patrick Christopher

The Jazz are lining up the call up of Patrick Christopher from the NBA D-League.

Raptors Unlikely To Use Final $4.6M TPE From Rudy Gay Deal

The Raptors used exceptions from the Rudy Gay deal in two other trades.

Nets Make Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson Available

The Nets hope to eventually to construct a deal or two that bring back sufficient talent that enables them to remain a playoff team.

Masai Ujiri: Raptors At Letting-Players-Grow Stage

The Raptors have six players on expiring contracts worth a total of $30 million with only Amir Johnson and Lou Williams being defined as core assets in that group.

Steve Clifford's 15-16 Option Becomes Fully Guaranteed

Steve Clifford's third season of the three-year, $6 million coaching deal was guaranteed with a 43-39 record last season.

Lakers Under Belief Kobe Won't Sign Another Deal After Two-Year Extension Expires

Kobe Bryant has reportedly left open the possibility of signing another deal in 2016.

Cavs Interested In Kosta Koufos, Willing To Deal Dion Waiters For Difference Maker

The Cavaliers are well aware landing a quality big man likely depends on selling on potential trade partners to take back Dion Waiters.

Daniel Orton Signs With Sichuan In China, Set To Replace Metta World Peace

Daniel Orton has signed with Sichuan of the Chinese Basketball Association, replacing Metta World Peace on the roster, sources told RealGM.

Lakers Granted Hardship Exception

The Lakers have had just 11 healthy players for the last two weeks.
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