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Knicks, Lakers, Magic Discussed Dennis Smith Jr. Trade With Mavs

Jan 23, 2019 12:41 PM

The Dallas Mavericks had trade talks with several teams last week on a Dennis Smith Jr. deal.

While the Orlando Magic have previously been mentioned as a team that discussed a Smith trade, talks were also held with the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers.

Smith has since returned to the Mavericks.

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Tags: Dennis Smith, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Anthony Davis To See Hand Specialist, May Miss Up To 4 Weeks

Jan 23, 2019 1:26 AM

Anthony Davis will see a hand specialist to examine a potential fracture in his left index finger.

Davis would miss between 2-4 weeks if the fracture is confirmed.

Davis was injured during the Pelicans' 128-112 loss to the Blazers on Friday. He is averaging 29.3 points 13.3 rebounds on the season. 

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Tags: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Injury

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Jazz Interested In Otto Porter

Jan 23, 2019 12:38 PM

The Utah Jazz have been a team interested in trading for Otto Porter.

The Washington Wizards could be more aggressive in shopping Porter if they fall out of playoff contention.

Porter has a player option in the 2020 offseason.

The Wizards, however, have made it abundantly clear they will not trade Bradley Beal.

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Tags: Otto Porter, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Spurs Interested In Trading For Wing

Jan 23, 2019 10:07 AM

The San Antonio Spurs have attempted to acquire a wing player over the last few months.

The Spurs had interest in trading for Trevor Ariza but were unable to find a suitable trade with the Phoenix Suns.

Stanley Johnson could be a potential target for the Spurs. Assistant general manager Brian Wright was in the front office of the Detroit Pistons when he was drafted in 2015. Executives believe Wright remains a supporter of Johnson.

“Can (the Spurs) fix everything that’s wrong with him?” another NBA scout asked, pointing to Johnson’s shooting as a concern. “Maybe (the Spurs) are the culture for him to turn him around.”

Johnson will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

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Tags: Stanley Johnson, Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Trade Deadline Activity Currently Featuring Far More Buyers Than Sellers

Jan 23, 2019 12:34 PM

The Feb. 7th trade deadline features more teams looking to buy than sell with 25 teams remaining in playoff contention.

“It’s supply-and-demand,” one front-office official said. “You have most teams still trying to make the playoffs, and so few sellers.”

The Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls are the only teams completely out of the playoff picture.

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Tags: NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Grizzlies Ready To Listen To Marc Gasol, Mike Conley Trade Offers

Jan 23, 2019 8:15 AM

The Memphis Grizzlies are ready to listen to trade offers for Marc Gasol and Mike Conley.

The Grizzlies could decide to keep one or both players if no deals meet the threshold of a desired return.

Memphis is prepared to reshape their roster around Jaren Jackson.

The Grizzlies will seek a combination of young talent, draft picks and cap relief.

The age and money owed to Gasol and Conley will make it difficult for the Grizzlies to get a substantial return.

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Tags: Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Devin Booker, Gorgui Dieng Ejected, Attempt To Fight In Hallway

Jan 23, 2019 9:24 AM

Devin Booker and Gorgui Dieng were ejected from Tuesday's game following a confrontation between the two.

Dieng knocked Booker down with an elbow and the two then exchanged words before Booker retaliated by putting his left hand in Dieng's face.

“I think he’s trying to hit me,” Dieng said. “Everybody could see. It was clear. I wasn’t trying to throw a punch. He’s trying to hit me. I just laugh it off.”

As Dieng was leaving the court, he motioned Booker to meet him in the hallway. Booker tried to run off the court to meet Dieng in the hallway but was held back by the Suns' director of team security.

Dieng got to the top of the hallway between the locker rooms as he left the court first, but went back inside the visiting locker room before Booker got to the other end of the hallway near the Suns’ locker room.

“I know in this league a lot of guys think they’re tough.” Dieng said. “And they’re not.”

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Tags: Gorgui Dieng, Devin Booker, Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, NBA

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Jeanie Buss: Luke Walton Is Doing A Terrific Job

Jan 23, 2019 10:19 AM

Jeanie Buss went on The Lowe Post this week and talked about the current status of Luke Walton as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Walton's job security has been an issue since the early part of the season.

“I can tell you right now, everyone, Magic (Johnson), Rob (Pelinka), myself, everyone in the organization is behind Luke. There’s nothing more important to Earvin, to Magic — besides his family — than this Laker team. And we are doing everything we can to make sure that Luke is successful in his job. That’s our job.

“I think he’s doing a terrific job. Given the injuries that we’ve had, it’s a challenge. People forget, like, he’s had two of our starters taken away from him. And they’ve won really important games on the road, proving what is possible even without LeBron.

“It’s still difficult to lose the games you’re supposed to win when you’re at home to a sub-.500 team. It’s really hard to lose those games. But then you go out on the road and you get the wins over Oklahoma City, and these great teams in our conference that are where we want to be at the top of the conference, (and) I think that you can see that there is progress being made even without two of our starters. I think Luke’s done an impressive job.”

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Exec: Pau Gasol Doesn't Have Trade Value

Jan 23, 2019 10:11 AM

Pau Gasol has had his minutes reduced since returning from a foot injury by Jakob Poeltl.

Gasol is on a $16 million salary, which makes a trade for the San Antonio Spurs difficult.

“I just don’t see him having any trade value,” one league executive said.

Gasol only has $6.7 million of his $16 million salary for 19-20 guaranteed.

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Tags: Pau Gasol, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Durant: Lakers Were Figuring Out Identity Before LeBron James' Injury

Jan 22, 2019 7:00 PM

The Golden State Warriors blew out the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday by a final score of 130-111. The win came just under a month after the Warriors lost on Christmas Day when LeBron James was injured.

“They’re a team trying to figure out their identity, and I think they were figuring it out before Bron got hurt,” Kevin Durant said.

The Warriors have faced James' teams 32 times since the 14-15 season.

“I think here, with his injury, it kind of threw a wrench into the chemistry with the team because I think they were in a good groove, especially when they killed us on Christmas,” Durant said. “I think they’re going to be a team to be reckoned with in the playoffs.”

“I don’t know that they’ve played enough games together to even judge it. I know they’ve got some good talent on that team,” said Draymond Green.

“I ain’t going to add nothing to what’s already been said,” Stephen Curry said. “He’s one of the all-time greats. He makes them better. The rest is to be seen.”

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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TNT's NBA Ratings Down 22 Percent From Last Season
LeBron James' move from the Eastern time zone to the Pacific time zone with the Lakers is believed to be a major factor.

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Mike Conley Confirms Robert Pera Informed Him, Marc Gasol Of Trade Talks
Mike Conley said there was no indication in his talk with Robert Pera that a trade will happen by the league's deadline Feb. 7.

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Hawks Willing To Discuss Taurean Prince Trade
Taurean Prince is in his third season and is averaging 14.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

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Grizzlies Trying To Trade Chandler Parsons
Chandler Parsons returned to California to work out as he waits on a possible trade.

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Rick Carlisle On Dennis Smith Jr. Return: 'Everything We Needed'
Smith finished with 17 points in his return after missing 6 games.

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Rajon Rondo Expected To Return To Lakers On Thursday
Rondo missed the last 14 games with a finger injury.

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Dunc'd On: Chris Haynes of Yahoo!: AD's Options, Melo/Lakers, Teams Looking to Move at Deadline
Nate Duncan and Chris Haynes discuss NBA news and possible Trade Deadline moves.

Rockets, Bulls Finalize Carmelo Anthony Trade
Jon Diebler and Tadija Dragićević were included in the final version of the Carmelo Anthony trade.

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Luka Doncic Fined $10,000 For Kicking Ball Into Stands
Luka Doncic was assessed his second technical foul and ejected.

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Grizzlies Quietly Evaluating Potential Marc Gasol Trade Scenarios
Marc Gasol is 33 and it is difficult to ascertain what type of return the Grizzlies could get for him.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Dunc'd On: All-Star Picks; Cousins' Return; News
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux give out their All-Star picks and discuss some news.

James Harden Joins Wilt Chamberlain With 20th Straight 30-Point Game
The last time Harden scored under 30 points was December 11th.

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Grizzlies Sign Bruno Caboclo To 10-Day Contract
Caboclo averaged 16.4 points and 7.2 rebounds in the G League.

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Lakers Interested In Carmelo Anthony If Roster Spot Opens
The Bulls will look to deal Anthony in a one-for-one trade before the deadline.

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Marcus Smart Fined $35,000 By NBA
Marcus Smart pursued an opponent in an attempt to escalate a physical altercation and failed to leave the court in a timely manner.

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Rockets Agree To Trade Carmelo Anthony To Bulls
Chicago will waive Carmelo Anthony.

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Rockets To Waive James Nunnally
James Nunnally was recently signed by the Rockets to a 10-day contract.

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Wizards Sign Gary Payton II To 10-Day Contract
Gary Payton II has spent this season in the G League, averaging 19.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 3.4 steals in 13 games.

RealGM Staff Report

D'Angelo Russell, James Harden Named NBA Players Of The Week
D'Angelo Russell averaged 28.0 points and 7.0 assists as the Nets went 3-0.

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Wayne Ellington's Agent Has Discussed Trade With Heat
Miami is aware Wayne Ellington wants to play.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald