December 2011 Basketball Wiretap

NBA Reduces Suspensions For Bynum, Villanueva

Dec 23, 2011 4:31 PM

The NBA has decided to reduce the suspensions for Lakers center Andrew Bynum and Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva.

Bynum had been suspended five games for body-slamming then-Mavericks guard J.J. Barea during the Lakers' playoff loss to Dallas.

Now, the NBA has reduced that to the first four games of the regular season that he is physically ready to play.

Villanueva was suspended five games for initiating an on-court altercation with Cleveland Cavaliers center Ryan Hollins and attempting to escalate it by entering the Cavaliers' locker room.

Rachel Shuster/USA TODAY

Tags: Andrew Bynum, Charlie Villanueva, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Suspension

Rockets Close To Signing Marc Gasol To $55M Deal

Dec 11, 2011 3:20 PM

The Rockets are close to signing Marc Gasol to a max contract offer sheet worth $55 million over four seasons.

Houston is working on a sign-and-trade with Memphis to secure him.

The Grizzlies have been expected to retain Gasol, with the idea that they would match nearly an offer he would receive.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Tags: Marc Gasol, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Suspension