• Westbrook accuses Pachulia of intentionally falling on him: 'He tried to hurt me'

    San Francisco Gate "After the Warriors’ 112-80 rout Saturday night over Oklahoma City, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook took issue with a third-quarter sequence in which Golden State center Zaza Pachulia fell on Westbrook’s leg. “Obviously it was intentional,” Westbrook told reporters. “Nobody touched him, and he..." February 25

  • Wolves' Jimmy Butler to undergo surgery on meniscus, will reportedly return in 4-6 weeks

    CBS Sports "The Minnesota Timberwolves had an unfortunate start to the second half of their season. In the third quarter of their first game back after the All-Star break, playing the Houston Rockets, All-Star forward Jimmy Butler went down with a knee injury. At first, the concern was that Butler tore his..." February 25

  • Steve Kerr supports the idea of sponsors paying NCAA players, abolishing amateurism

    Sporting News "It appears Steve Kerr is on board with abolishing amateurism and compensating college athletes. The Warriors head coach responded to a column by CBS Sports suggesting that very thing and it's hard to misinterpret what he was saying. "Yep, Bingo," he wrote on Twitter in response to an article..." February 24

  • Kawhi, Spurs Have 'Tremendous Disconnect Right Now'

    Real GM Basketball "The comments by Gregg Popovich to the media that Kawhi Leonard could miss the remainder of the season despite being medically cleared to play signalled a shift in how the Spurs are handling the situation. "When Pop came out sort of that first media availability on Wednesday after All-Star..." February 24

  • Chandler Parsons, Marc Gasol got stuck in Miami elevator at 4 AM

    Larry Brown Sports "The Memphis Grizzlies are stuck near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, and now they are getting stuck in other places too. In a post to his Instagram Story early on Saturday morning, Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons revealed that he was trapped in a hotel elevator in Miami with..." February 24

  • Nuggets Coach Michael Malone: Nikola Jokic ‘Should Be In MVP Conversation’

    SLAM Online "After the Nuggets beat the Spurs, 122-119, on Friday night, coach Michael Malone had high praise for forward Nikola Jokic, telling reporters that the 23-year-old “should be in the MVP conversation.” The Joker posted his third consecutive triple-double (28 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) in the..." February 24

  • All-NBA nod would make Anthony Davis eligible for supermax in 2019

    Clutch Points "Anthony Davis could be very well on his way to earning All-NBA honors this season, a particular accomplishment that would make him eligible for a five-year, $230 million supermax contract extension in the summer of 2019, projected to be the largest in NBA history, according to ESPN Insider Bobby..." February 24

  • Optimism that Jimmy Butler avoided torn ACL

    Larry Brown Sports "There appears to be some more positive news about the status of Jimmy Butler. NBA.com’s David Aldridge reports that there is some optimism that Butler avoided a torn ACL. Butler left Friday night’s Minnesota Timberwolves-Houston Rockets game late in the third quarter with a right knee..." February 24

  • Ballmer: Clippers moved Griffin to adapt to 'modern NBA'

    ESPN "LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer on Saturday said that trading Blake Griffin was "a very difficult decision," but that considerations about the future, as well as injury and chemistry concerns, necessitated the blockbuster deal with the Detroit Pistons. "[Griffin] is obviously a superstar..." February 24

  • Kevin Durant commits $10M to help disadvantaged kids attend college

    Washington Post "Kevin Durant knows about starting at the bottom rung. But he is blessed with a gift to play basketball, which is not just a paycheck, but a ticket to worlds with other possibilities. He has used that access to create business opportunities beyond the world of sports, such as in..." February 24

  • Lue: LeBron leading by example with attempt to play every single game

    ESPN "LeBron James is on pace to play in all 82 games for the first time in his 15-year career because, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says, the Cavs star feels obligated to be out there every night for his teammates. "I just think being the leader of this team, I don't think he thinks he can..." February 24

  • NBA unlikely to punish Mavericks anytime soon

    Larry Brown Sports "The NBA is unlikely to punish the Dallas Mavericks anytime soon, according to a report. Sports Illustrated published a report during the week that alleged the Mavericks were harboring a hostile workplace the past two decades. The allegations included the Mavericks allowing a serial sexual..." February 24

  • Pop: Spurs need to 'play for themselves' without Kawhi

    ESPN "On an empty court inside the Pepsi Center, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich explained that his squad can't hold out for a hero in light of the revelation that star forward Kawhi Leonard probably would miss the rest of the season. "We've pretty much been that way, but this is the last 23..." February 24

  • Mood is ‘somber’ as Jimmy Butler prepares to undergo MRI on injured knee

    Sportsnaut "Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler went down to what appears to be a serious knee injury late in the third quarter of Friday’s game against the Houston Rockets. The injury itself doesn’t look good, as Butler was not able to put any weight on the knee in question. He immediately exited..." February 24

  • Jimmy Butler Proposes to Play Lou Williams for $100,000 in Response to Tweet

    Bleacher Report "Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Jimmy Butler laid down a challenge for Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams and shared his proposal with ESPN's Cassidy Hubbarth before tipoff with the Houston Rockets on Friday night at the Toyota Center. The star forward offered to play Williams one-on-one..." February 24

  • Danny Green misses Spurs game due to bad spaghetti

    Yardbarker "NBA players better start being careful before chowing down on spaghetti before games. The San Antonio Spurs announced on Friday night that Danny Green would miss the team’s game against the Denver Nuggets because of an illness. Green told reporters he got some case of food poisoning after..." February 24

  • Jimmy Butler injury update: X-rays negative on injured knee, MRI on Saturday

    CBS Sports "Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports that X-rays on Butler's right knee came back negative, and the team confirmed that he will have an MRI on Saturday. Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler was helped off the court during Friday night's game against the Houston Rockets after suffering..." February 24

  • Nowitzki passes Kidd to move into 4th on all-time minutes list

    Fanrag Sports "Trailing Jason Kidd by nine minutes on the NBA’s all-time minutes played list, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was set to make history during Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Nowitzki would move past Kidd during the second quarter, and he’s now in fourth place on the all-time..." February 24

  • Dan Gilbert won’t do ‘what it takes to keep’ LeBron James

    Sportress of Blogitude "LeBron James is by no means a lock to remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers following this season. In fact, it would appear Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is prepared to effectively run James out of Cleveland. At least that’s the suspicion forwarded by sources quoted in a recent column from Bleacher..." February 23

  • Kevin Durant against one-and-done rule; would have entered NBA out of high school

    CBS Sports "Several current NBA players have been implicated for possibly accepting inappropriate payments in the latest information from the FBI's probe into NCAA basketball. Among those named are NBA rookies Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith Jr., Kyle Kuzma and Bam Adebayo. Warriors forward Kevin Durant did..." February 23

  • Bucks, Raptors interested in Ersan Ilyasova

    Pro Basketball Talk "This is about as big a surprise as my wife crying during “This Is Us,” but it sounds like it’s about to go down. The Hawks and Ersan Ilyasova are close to a buyout, reports Michael Cunningham at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Hawks and forward Ersan Ilyasova tentatively agreed to..." February 23

  • Raptors ‘actively looking’ to make buyout splash

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors are in good shape as they enter the regular season’s stretch run following a lengthy all-star break. The team holds a two-game cushion on first place in the East, is on pace to set a new franchise record for wins in a regular season, have a realistic shot at reaching the..." February 23

  • Lonzo Ball won't play back-to-backs

    247 Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers have missed having their starting point guard for several weeks. Lonzo Ball will make his return to the lineup on Friday when the Lakers host the Dallas Mavericks. On Friday, head coach Luke Walton announced that Ball won't playing in back-to-back games, which means he is..." February 23

  • Michele Roberts: Cap smoothing was ‘disgraceful request’ by NBA

    Pro Basketball Talk "In 2016, new national TV contracts pushed the NBA’s salary cap from $70 million to $94.143 million – a larger jump than over the entire previous decade. Free agents cashed in majorly that summer. But now, the cap is leveling off. It went up to just $99.093 million last year and is projected to..." February 23

  • Lonzo Ball Returning Friday For Lakers

    Hoops Rumors "Lakers guard Lonzo Ball is set to return to the court for the Lakers on Friday night, head coach Luke Walton confirmed today (Twitter link). Ball, who has been recovering from a knee injury, last played on January 15. According to the Lakers (Twitter link), Ball won’t play in back-to-back games..." February 23

  • NBA Rumors: Is LeBron James to Sixers 'growing buzz'?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Until the moment LeBron James announces his next destination this off-season, be it via a live ESPN special, in Sports Illustrated or on the Players' Tribune, the speculation and rumor mill will run rampant trying to figure out what one of the best NBA players of all-time will decide. Everyone..." February 23

  • Report | Hawks to buy out Ersan Ilyasova

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Hawks are nearing a buyout agreement with veteran power forward Ersan Ilyasova, according to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports. Ilyasova is one of seven players on the Hawks roster scoring in double figures this season, as he’s averaging 10.9 per game to go along with 5.5 rebounds and..." February 23

  • Paul George ‘Absolutely’ Wants to Win Defensive Player of the Year

    Norman Transcript "It’s closing in on awards season. Paul George is aware of it. With only a quarter of the season to go, the Thunder forward is coming up in many conversations about Defensive Player of the Year. He’s never won before, despite making it onto three All-Defensive teams. And he said at Thursday’s..." February 23

  • Lonzo Ball endorses paying college athletes

    Larry Brown Sports "Recent events in college basketball have raised the question of whether college athletes should be paid, and Lonzo Ball is on board with that idea. The Los Angeles Lakers guard and former UCLA star knows it’s an open secret that college athletes are taking money, and it just makes sense to..." February 23

  • Warriors, Wolves, Thunder Eyeing Joakim Noah?

    Hoops Rumors "Several playoff-bound teams are keeping an eye on Joakim Noah‘s situation in New York and would consider signing him if he reaches free agency, sources tell Frank Isola of The New York Daily News. According to Isola, the Warriors, Timberwolves, and Thunder are among the teams monitoring the Knicks..." February 23

  • Report: Raptors ‘actively looking’ to make buyout splash

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors are in good shape as they enter the regular season’s stretch run following a lengthy all-star break. The team holds a two-game cushion on first place in the East, is on pace to set a new franchise record for wins in a regular season, have a realistic shot at reaching the..." February 23

  • Lakers’ Lonzo Ball on playing with Isaiah Thomas: ‘Opposites attract’

    Orange County Register "It was late on a Saturday night when Isaiah Thomas, fresh off his 22-point Lakers debut in Dallas earlier this month, landed in Los Angeles for the first time after being traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers. With three days between games, the next practice was not scheduled until Monday..." February 23

  • DeAndre Jordan is selling his house in L.A.

    Clutch Points "Fans of the L.A. Clippers breathed a small sigh of relief when the team’s prized interior defender, DeAndre Jordan, survived the trade deadline, as it hinted that the center might be valued high by the front office after all and could be kept even past this season. Now just two weeks after,..." February 23

  • The reinvention of Carmelo Anthony

    ESPN "Behold the man in his element: back to the basket at the right elbow, ball held high, roughly 17 feet away. It's a sight embedded deep in the culture, as instantly recognizable as a logo for a national brand. To see him there, in person, is like visiting a famous landmark, a place to pay respect..." February 23

  • Legal expert: 'Real chance the NBA could come down hard' on Mavericks

    Sportress of Blogitude "A legal expert believes there’s a “real chance” the NBA will throw the book at the Dallas Mavericks over the organization’s workplace misconduct scandal. Allegations of troubling workplace misconduct with the Mavericks organization were brought to light in a Sports Illustrated exposé published..." February 23

  • The Bulls pulled off an all-time tanking loss Thursday against the Sixers

    CBS Sports "The Chicago Bulls are tanking. They aren't going to come out and say as much, especially after Mark Cuban was fined $600,000 for doing so, but they're definitely tanking. For their game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, they simply sat Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday despite nothing..." February 23

  • Cavs To Monitor Buyout Market

    Real GM Basketball "The Cleveland Cavaliers were required to sign a player by Thursday to meet a roster minimum and added Marcus Thornton on a 10-day contract. Cleveland will also monitor the buyout market. "He's been a great player in the (G) League for us, played every game," Tyronn Lue said of Thornton..." February 23

  • Paul George says he wants to sign with team for long haul

    Pro Basketball Talk "Paul George is enjoying his time with the Thunder. He also likes the idea of playing near his hometown in Los Angeles. How will George pick between the two in free agency? One idea: Sign a short-term contract with Oklahoma City. He’ll be eligible for a higher max-salary tier in two years..." February 23

  • Anthony Davis Doesn't Plan on Leaving Pelicans in Next Couple Years

    Bleacher Report "New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis reassured the team's fans he doesn't plan on trying to engineer his exit from New Orleans before his contract expires after the 2020-21 season, but he didn't rule out the possibility of leaving in free agency. "I’m here until 2021, and then I'll make a..." February 23

  • Robin Lopez taking demotion in stride, wants to return to Chicago

    NBC Sports Chicago "Only an errant punch that missed the face of Serge Ibaka prevented Robin Lopez from suiting up for the Bulls since arriving in the summer of 2016, but his availability streak will come to an abrupt end as the Bulls are sitting Lopez and Justin Holiday for the foreseeable future. Lopez didn’t..." February 23

  • Cavs Could Screw Themselves With Latest Report on Potential LeBron Contract

    12 Up "​The Cleveland Cavaliers ​reshaped their entire roster at the trade deadline to get themselves in a better position to compete for a championship in 2018. While the team has improved its chances this season, the Cavs need LeBron James to continue competing in the future. James is expected to..." February 23

  • The Pelicans Dunked On Skip Bayless For Calling Anthony Davis The NBA’s Most Overrated Player

    Dime Magazine "Just a few short seasons ago, the basketball world was unanimously hailing Anthony Davis as the NBA’s newest superstar in the making. His length and his athleticism, combined with a hyper-versatile skill-set, made him the prototype of what we now consider the modern unicorn, and his eye-popping..." February 23

  • Drake Might Leave Jordan Brand for Adidas, According to Multiple Reports

    SLAM Online "Drake signed a deal with Jordan Brand at the end of 2013. He’s had exclusive and limited Air Jordan colorways release in the years since, as well as apparel that’s featured his signature OVO branding. Though the Air Jordan XII, Air Jordan X and Air Jordan VIII have been given the Drake..." February 23

  • Clippers aren't sure when Avery Bradley will be able to play

    Los Angeles Times "Clippers guard Avery Bradley remained in Los Angeles on Thursday getting treatment on a sports hernia injury that has bothered him for most of the season. Bradley is not expected to join the Clippers for Friday night's game at the Phoenix Suns. The Clippers are unsure when Bradley will..." February 23

  • Knicks still have yet to decide how they’ll proceed with exiled Joakim Noah, who has interest around the league

    New York Daily News "Joakim Noah may never suit up again for the Knicks, but the exiled center will have plenty of desirable options should he negotiate a buyout with the club. According to league sources, several playoff-bound teams are closely monitoring Noah’s situation in New York and would push to sign him if..." February 23

  • No-Trade Clause Could Be Sticking Point Between LeBron James, Cavs

    Real GM Basketball "If LeBron James becomes a free agent this offseason and holds talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a new contract, there are some who believe his no-trade clause will be a sticking point. James has been on a no-trade clause since returning to the Cavaliers, which has limited the team's..." February 23

  • Did Nikola Mirotic troll Bobby Portis after Bulls’ loss?

    Larry Brown Sports "Nikola Mirotic dropped an interesting, well-timed tweet on Thursday night that has many wondering whether he was trolling his former team and teammate. Mirotic is now with the New Orleans Pelicans after being traded there by the Chicago Bulls earlier this month. His team was off on Thursday,..." February 23

  • George Hill: 'It's a blessing' to play for Cleveland Cavaliers, have chance at championship again

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Following a brief film session with assistant coach Phil Handy -- something that will become a necessity to get up to speed -- George Hill strolled over to the media section on the opposite side of the luxurious practice court. He was stunned by the setup, with reporters placing their recording..." February 23

  • Grizzlies promise to ‘keep fighting’ for rest of the season

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "Veteran Marc Gasol is as healthy as he’s been at this point in an NBA season. The center insists he’ll continue to push himself through a campaign that won’t include a playoff berth. The Grizzlies are seeing their younger players develop. Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff is showing passion,..." February 23

  • NBA to set up confidential hotline to report sexual harassment, other issues

    USA Today "The NBA is launching a hotline to report sexual harassment and other forms of misconduct confidentially, according to a letter sent to all 30 teams by commissioner Adam Silver. Silver sent the letter Thursday, two days after a scathing Sports Illustrated report detailed years of alleged..." February 22