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  • Hawks Trading Guard Mo Williams to Nuggets?

    The Atlanta Hawks are trading guard Mo Williams to the Denver Nuggets, clearing the way to sign Gary Neal to a 10-day contract, league sources told The Vertical.

    Atlanta will send Williams and cash to the Nuggets, who’ll waive Williams, league sources said.

    The deal will be finalized on Wednesday, sources said.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports
  • Chris Paul on Injury: ‘No pity party over here’

    Chris Paul, at his annual bowling tournament tonight: "Been through this before. No pity party over here. Just trying to get back."


  • Lowry: Staying in Toronto ‘definitely will be an option’

    (Question) Q: Do you want to stay in Toronto? Is that your first choice?

    (Kyle Lowry) A: When the time comes, then I will worry about it. It definitely will be an option. It's definitely home. I have been given the keys to it, [and it's where] I have been most successful. When that time comes, I'll think about it, but for now I just want to keep winning and try to get to that next level and take it game by game and day by day.

    Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN
  • Warriors’ Owner Leans on Durant About Re-Signing

    “Kevin Durant came here when there was not a new arena,” (Joe) Lacob told a crowd of more than 1,000 at Golden State’s ceremonial groundbreaking for Chase Center in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. “Hopefully, he will decide to re-sign this summer.”

    Amid applause, Durant chuckled nervously. Moments later, while standing in front of a giant rendering of the 18,000-seat venue, scheduled to open in 2019, he acknowledged that “it’ll be fun playing” there.

    Source: Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle
  • Wolves Won’t Entertain Zach LaVine Trade Conversations?

    On (Ricky) Rubio trade talk - was told recently by a team that tried - Wolves will not entertain Zach LaVine trade conversations.


  • Lakers’ Luol Deng Out Indefinitely

    Luol Deng, who injured his right wrist January 15 against the Detroit Pistons, is out tonight against the Denver Nuggets. Deng had an X-ray, the results of which were negative, and has been diagnosed with a sprained right wrist. He is out indefinitely.

    Source: NBA.com/Lakers
  • Warriors Break Ground at Site of New Arena

    The Golden State Warriors and GSW Arena LLC officially broke ground today for Chase Center, the state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex being built in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood.

    Source: Chase Center
  • Whiteside: Bias Exists Against Me in All-Star Voting

    Miami’s Hassan Whiteside believes his numbers stack up to any center’s in the East and said if his name was not attached to his statistics, the All-Star voting “would be different.”

    Whiteside is not sure why he believes there is a bias against him but he just thinks there is one.

    “You put my numbers up and just don’t put a face up there I feel like the (voting) numbers would be different,” Whiteside said today following the Heat’s shoot around in preparation for tonight’s game against Houston.

    Source: Tom D'Angelo of the Palm Beach Post
  • Chris Paul To Undergo Surgery; Out Six-to-Eight Weeks








  • Sources: Timberwolves Shopping Ricky Rubio

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are actively shopping point guard Ricky Rubio in trade proposals, league sources told The Vertical.

    The Timberwolves have attached Rubio to multiple offers with Shabazz Muhammad to several teams around the NBA, league sources said. Minnesota has been seeking something of a “bridge” guard in return, a player capable of starting in the short term, but who’ll ultimately settle into a backup role and give way to rookie Kris Dunn to become the long-term starter, league sources said.

    The Sacramento Kings have had a strong interest in acquiring Rubio, but there’s no traction on a deal between those two teams, league sources said. So far, the Timberwolves are trying to exhaust the market elsewhere for a better return of assets than the Kings can offer.
    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical
  • Carmelo Meets With Phil, Reaffirms Commitment to Knicks

     

    Jackson met with Anthony [on Tuesday] to discuss those comments and his feelings about remaining with the organization for the final two years on his contract. One source described the meeting as far more contentious than previous sit-downs between Jackson and Anthony.

    No specific trades were discussed, sources said, as both sides left the meeting to take time to process the situation and wait on Anthony's answer as to whether he wants to remain with the Knicks or accept a trade elsewhere.

    Source: Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN.com

    UPDATE: 3:55pm ET

    According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, in their meeting, Anthony reaffirmed his desire to remain with the Knicks.

    https://twitter.com/FisolaNYDN/status/821460435132174338

    Isola's account was later confirmed by Adrian Wojnarowski, who points out that Anthony's no-trade clause makes it improbable that the star is headed elsewhere anytime soon. According to Wojnarowski, the meeting was more "businesslike" than "contentious," for what it's worth.

    https://twitter.com/WojVerticalNBA/status/821462455780081664
  • Sources: Jazz Rodney Hood Out With Bone Bruise

    Utah Jazz shooting guard Rodney Hood has a bone bruise but no structural damage on his hyperextended right knee, league sources told ESPN after learning the results of an MRI performed Sunday.

    Hood suffered the injury late in Saturday's 114-107 win over the Orlando Magic. His knee buckled when he tried to go up for a layup in transition, and Hood screamed in agony after he went down, prompting fears that he might have suffered a season-ending knee injury. Hood will miss at least one game, but he is not expected to be out an extended period of time.

    Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN
  • OKC Center Steven Adams Misses Game With Concussion

    Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams will miss Monday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers with a concussion, the team said.

    Adams is in the league's mandated concussion protocol; the timetable for his return is unknown. Adams was injured early in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Sacramento Kings after falling and hitting the back of his head on the floor. Adams immediately exited the game and did not return.

    Source: Royce Young of ESPN
  • Pelicans’ Davis Leaves Game After Hard Fall

    Anthony Davis left during the third quarter of the New Orleans Pelicans' game in Indiana after suffering right hip and left thumb injuries from a hard fall underneath the basket.

    X-rays came back negative, and Davis did not return to the Pelicans' bench. "Don't know anything yet," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters in Indianapolis after the game. "We'll just check with the doctors and see. I'm sure it's going to be a bruise, and we'll see to what extent it will be."

    Source: Justin Verrier of ESPN
  • Cavs’ Kevin Love Leaves Game With Back Soreness

    Kevin Love said he hopes he won't miss additional time after lower back soreness forced him to sit the second half of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 126-91 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.

    Love said he's planning to play Thursday when the Cavs host the Phoenix Suns but is day-to-day.

    Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN
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