Bleacher Report "Every time Hassan Whiteside appears on the floor now, there's an assumption his output will be astonishing. There's an expectation the NBA's unforeseen emerging force will stamp the stat sheet with some more say-what-wait-what(?!) numbers. That's precisely what was happening here again Friday..." February 01
ESPN.com "The Detroit Pistons plan to sign veteran guard John Lucas III to a 10-day contract this week, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Pistons, who have been looking for another point guard ever since Brandon Jennings suffered a season-ending Achilles injury, are in the..." February 01
The Memphis Grizzlies will sign forward JaMychal Green to a 10-day contract, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
ESPN.com "The Houston Rockets are bracing for the loss of Dwight Howard for at least a month due to persistent trouble with his right knee, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Rockets, while confident that Howard has enough time to bounce back for the regular-season stretch run..." February 01
Sporting News "Ricky Rubio has been cleared to play for the Timberwolves against the Mavericks on Monday, a source close to the situation told the Associated Press. Rubio hasn't played since Nov. 7 when he injured his left ankle. Including Minnesota's game on Saturday against Cleveland, he will have missed 43..." February 01
ESPN.com "The Minnesota Timberwolves' promotional video "#TheReturn," a spoof of the Cleveland Cavaliers' visit being all about Mike Miller's return to the Target Center rather than Kevin Love's, was meant to be a joke, but Flip Saunders isn't laughing. "I was not aware of the video a lot of people are..." February 01
Yahoo! Sports "In the hours after a loss to the Brooklyn Nets, Stan Van Gundy sent Josh Smith a text message: "You haven't done anything wrong, but need you to stop by my office in the morning." Van Gundy awaited him in the Detroit Pistons' practice facility and soon Smith began to listen to the franchise's..." February 01
Denver, I'm told, has been pushing an offer of J.J. Hickson/JaVale McGee for B-Lopez. Nets have so far been firm in their refusal to take it
Pro Basketball Talk "Gerald Green had played in all of the 129 games he was available since joining the Phoenix Suns last season, and has been an important part of the bench unit this year, averaging 13.4 points in 21.4 minutes per contest. But that streak came to an unexpected end on Friday, when Green received a..." February 01
Orlando Sentinel "Magic coach Jacque Vaughn's seat is so hot he might need to wear asbestos trousers. His team is 15-34 and has lost 13 of its last 15 games, including seven in a row. Unhappy with the club's progress, Magic management has told the Sentinel there is no guarantee that Vaughn will finish the season..." February 01
New York Post "It’s a good thing Carmelo Anthony didn’t join the Lakers and bank on the health of buddy Kobe Bryant. Bryant is now sidelined for nine months after tearing the rotator cuff in his left shoulder and will miss Super Bowl Sunday’s not-so-glamorous Knicks-Lakers matchup, which was removed from..." January 31
CSN New England "All season long the Boston Celtics have been about developing their young players while cultivating a style of basketball that can win games in the near future. But they play in the Eastern Conference which once again is the weaker of two in the NBA; so weak that the Celtics (16-28) are 12..." January 31
Sources: 2 names to watch for the Orlando job - Scott Skiles & Mark Jackson
SI.com "Multiple league executives believe Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant's next contract could be worth around $200 million, according to Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix. Durant, who can become a free agent in 2016, is in his eighth season in the league since being drafted No. 2 in 2007...." January 30
CBSSports.com "With DeMarcus Cousins being named as Kobe Bryant's injury replacement for the 2015 All-Star Game in New York, that still leaves Portland Trail Blazers' point guard Damian Lillard on the outside looking in. Lillard was one of the toasts of All-Star weekend in New Orleans a year ago when he..." January 30
Pro Basketball Talk "The Magic haven’t fired Jacque Vaughn. Yet. But it seems so imminent, rumors are already swirling about Orlando’s next permanent coach. Chris Broussard of ESPN: several league executives have speculated that former Magic player Scott Skiles could be a front-runner for the job. Maybe..." January 30
The Score "LeBron James took part in portions of Friday morning's shootaround, but he remains doubtful for tonight's game against the Sacramento Kings. James is dealing with a sprained right wrist that forced him to miss Wednesday's victory over the Portland Trail Blazers." January 30
ESPN.com "Kevin Love can already hear the reception he expects Minnesota fans will welcome him with on Saturday when he returns to Target Center to play the Timberwolves for the first time since being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer. "Truthfully? 'Booooooooo!' That (will be) probably more..." January 30
SI.com "San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan has filed a lawsuit against his longtime financial advisor, seeking more than $1 million in damages, KENS-5 in San Antonio reports. In the lawsuit, Duncan alleges that Charles Banks misused Duncan's $7.5 million investment in his company, Gameday..." January 30
NBA trade rumble as deadline nears: Rival teams believe Mo Williams is available in 'Sota if you can satisfy Wolves' wishes on a draft pick
Sporting News "Don't say something bad about DeMarcus Cousins. He will remember it. On Jan. 30, 2010, Fox Sports' Clay Travis made a very bold statement about the Kentucky big man: "There is a 100% chance that DeMarcus Cousins is arrested for something in the next five years. 100%. Write it in..." January 30
Yahoo! Sports "The Orlando Magic are close to firing coach Jacque Vaughn and a change could come soon, league sources told Yahoo Sports. As embarrassing losses accumulate, Vaughn is rapidly running out of time to show the progress needed to make it through the next several days – never mind the fourth and..." January 30
Sources: Dwight Howard will get second opinion on his knee, could miss extended time. Likely eliminates Howard as All-Star sub for Kobe.
Sporting News "Minnesota swingman Chase Budinger, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, would more than welcome a trade—he’s not demanding it, but his representatives have let the team’s front office know he would like to be elsewhere. The Timberwolves have been trying to accommodate Budinger,..." January 30
Real GM Basketball "The 2015 All-Star reserves are being leaked ahead of Thursday night's official announcement. The reporter who broke the leak is listed in parethesis. West Kevin Durant (Amick) Klay Thompson (Stein) James Harden (Wojnarowski) LaMarcus Aldridge (Stein) Russell Westbrook..." January 30
ESPN Los Angeles "Kobe Bryant addressed his expectations a day after shoulder surgery Thursday night in a brief interview with ESPN, saying he planned on being ready to play come September for the Los Angeles Lakers' training camp. "Yeah, that's the plan," Bryant said. Bryant said his rehab over the next..." January 30
Fox Sports "When the Lakers signed Kobe Bryant to his two-year, $48.5 million extension in November 2013, he hadn't played in seventh months due to a torn Achilles. Only weeks after signing the extension, Bryant returned to the court -- for all of six games before going down for the season with a broken..." January 30
New York Post "Nets coach Lionel Hollins wanted to make a point about facing up to and fighting through adversity when he was asked if he ever changed his approach during a bad stretch. But he took his analogies to the extreme. “Do you change your approach when life doesn’t go the way you want it? There’s..." January 30
Pro Basketball Talk "The Orlando Magic lost 115-100 to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night, dropping their record to 15-34 on the season. By all indications, Jacque Vaughn’s days as head coach in Orlando may be numbered due to the poor performance. The Magic are not untalented. Nikola Vucevic is one of the best..." January 30
Miami Herald "Dwyane Wade knew as soon as it happened. This latest injury might take longer than usual to heal. Calling a sudden news conference on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena, Wade told reporters, “I won’t be seeing y’all for a little while, so take a good look at this face.” The shooting guard..." January 29
New York Daily News "The countdown to Kevin Durant’s free agency has already begun in places like New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington and especially Oklahoma City, where the next 18 months will fly by faster than Russell Westbrook on the break. Phil Jackson and the Knicks have until July 1, 2016 to get their..." January 29
Chicago Tribune "Bulls general manager Gar Forman on Thursday addressed recent reports about the growing tension between management and coach Tom Thibodeau. "While as an organization we try to avoid responding to rumors, there is absolutely no basis to this recent speculation," Forman said in a statement. "We..." January 29
CBSSports.com "Rumors of a rift between Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and those above him in the team's power structure have persisted for a long while, and the latest report on the matter sounds rather troubling. From the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson: Despite the two seasons left on the four-year..." January 29
Deadspin.com "According to CBS 5 News, Phoenix Suns twins Marcus and Markieff Morris are being investigated by Phoenix police for their role in an alleged assault that occurred Saturday outside of a gym. " January 29
Lakers Nation "After his third consecutive season that has ended prematurely due to injury, many questions have surrounded Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant. Next year will be his 20th season and some wonder if he will be able to come back again. However, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak believes..." January 29
Vince Carter (left foot injury) will not return tonight and will have MRI tomorrow. Fear is he has stress fracture but could be sprain.
Atlanta's Al Horford has been selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
Fisher says Melo will play tonight
NBA.com "New Orleans announced Thursday that All-Star power forward Anthony Davis (groin injury) is listed as questionable to play in Friday’s home game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Davis’ status will be evaluated tomorrow, including during the Pelicans’ morning shootaround at the Smoothie King..." January 29
Nick Young (ankle) is out for tonight’s game against the Bulls.
The Score "Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder and is expected to need nine months to make a full recovery. Bryant underwent the approximately two-hour procedure at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los..." January 29
Steve Kerr said Andrew Bogut went through practice today and is good to go vs. Utah. Festus Ezeli will get D-League minutes this weekend.
New York Post "Phil Jackson was charged with restoring a sense of pride in the Knicks organization when he was named the team president last spring. That may have been just as important as the mandate to return to the playoffs or win a championship. Jackson may indeed get to that point. But so far, he keeps..." January 29
OKC was close to trading Reggie Jackson to Denver, according to a source. He is expected to be moved before the deadline.
Larry Brown Sports "Klay Thompson may have set an NBA record last week by scoring 37 points in a quarter, but George Gervin does not feel that his record was broken. Gervin, along with Carmelo Anthony, was the previous record holder with 33 points scored in a quarter. The big difference is that Gervin accomplished..." January 29
Houston Chronicle "Rockets center Dwight Howard underwent an MRI on Wednesday. The evaluation revealed edema (swelling due to accumulation of fluid) in his right knee, the team announced. Howard will be evaluated over the next few days but will not travel with the team on its road trip to Boston and Detroit." January 29
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Hassan Whiteside knew his never-ending journey had ended last Nov. 23 upon answering his cell phone while making a sandwich in Iowa. He didn't hear his agent's voice on the other end, as expected from the number. Will Smith instead was singing "Miami." "Finally,'' Whiteside said, because..." January 29
ESPN Dallas "If Chandler Parsons had a midseason MVP vote, it would go to former teammate James Harden. "For sure. He's the best player in basketball right now," Parsons said before his Dallas Mavericks fell 99-94 to Harden's Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. "The things he's doing are incredible. The..." January 29
Detroit News "Though it might be assumed the Pistons will sign a point guard to a 10-day contract to replace Brandon Jennings, coach Stan Van Gundy didn't rule out any kind of solution for the coming days. Including a trade. "We've got a few balls in the air," Van Gundy said. "As much as we would like to..." January 29