• The NBA is having real discussions about a playoffs play-in tournament

    ESPN "Recent comments from NBA commissioner Adam Silver about tweaking the league's playoff format drew intense media coverage, but sources say there is also some behind-the-scenes momentum for the idea of a play-in tournament determining the last two seeds in each conference -- to the point that two..." February 22

  • Eddie House says LeBron James "quit" during 2011 NBA Finals

    247 Sports "For years, the conversation surrounding LeBron James dealt with comparing his talent to that of Michael Jordan. According to most, James has firmly entrenched himself as the second best NBA player of all-time behind Jordan. However, former guard Eddie House joined "Undisputed on Wednesday and..." February 22

  • It looks like Knicks decided who gets first shot at point guard

    New York Post "The formal part of Knicks practice was over Wednesday. Some players hoisted shots, some did interviews on camera. Off to the side, coach Jeff Hornacek huddled with Emmanuel Mudiay, who at the end of the talk put in additional running. On Tuesday night, Mudiay worked often with the first unit, a..." February 22

  • Magic's Aaron Gordon could dictate market for flawed class of restricted free agents

    Sporting News "The reality of the much-hyped NBA free agent class of 2018, which received ample attention over All-Star weekend, is that beyond the first handful of guys, things get dicey quickly. There’s one guy not going anywhere — Warriors forward Kevin Durant — and three guys who are marginal candidates..." February 22

  • Will Sixers receive Lakers' 1st-round pick? Checking in on the trade

    Newark Star-Ledger "The NBA All-Star break is over, so for much of the league, the race for the playoffs begins in earnest. For the teams out of playoff contention, it's tanking season, time to position themselves for a better chance at winning the lottery and the opportunity to draft a potential superstar like..." February 22

  • Paul Millsap practices, but is unlikely to play this week

    NBA.com "The Denver Nuggets have had to navigate the majority of the 2017-18 season without their big offseason addition, Paul Millsap. Good news appears to be on the horizon, though, as the former All-Star is closing in on a return. Millsap has been out since mid November after suffering a torn..." February 22

  • Should Mark Cuban be forced to sell Dallas Mavericks?

    Clutch Points "The Dallas Mavericks are under the microscope after a Sports Illustrated investigative report was released painting a picture of an “animal house” organization that had a history of harboring misogynists and sexual predators. Mark Cuban is known as one of the most hands-on owners throughout the..." February 22

  • Former NBA Legend Allen Iverson Loses His 3rd Mansion To Foreclosure

    Total Pro Sports "This is definitely not the answer. Former Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson is in a bit of a financial rut after he just recently lost his third home to foreclosure. BOSSIP has the details: “Wells Fargo sued the NBA great to foreclose on his Alpharetta, Ga. mansion last year,..." February 22

  • Report: Kawhi Leonard cleared medically, seeking second opinion

    Pro Basketball Talk "Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he’d be surprised if Kawhi Leonard played again this season, a stark reversal from just a month ago. Back then, even while announcing Leonard was out indefinitely with a quad injury, the San Antonio coach said Leonard wouldn’t miss the rest of the season. What’s..." February 22

  • Kawhi In Control Of Whether He Returns To Play This Season

    Real GM Basketball "The San Antonio Spurs are allowing Kawhi Leonard to make the decision on whether or not he plays this season. Leonard spent 10 days before the All-Star break consulting with a specialist on his right quad injury. Leonard has been medically cleared to return from the right quad tendinopathy..." February 22

  • Dirk Was ‘Disgusted’ By The Report Of Sexual Misconduct In The Mavs Offices

    Dime Magazine "The Dallas Mavericks have been the talk of the NBA world over the past 24 hours after a damning report from Jessica Luther and Jon Wertheim in Sports Illustrated, citing multiple current and former employees of the organization, pointed out numerous incidents of sexual misconduct in the Mavs’..." February 22

  • Nets determined to make Russell-Dinwiddie pairing work

    New York Post "The Nets will pair D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie together more in the second half of the season. Now they have to figure out how they fit, and how the rest of the pieces fit around them. “Assuming his minutes go up, I’d certainly hope so,” Dinwiddie said. “Because if not then that..." February 22

  • Marcus Smart needed glass shard removed from hand after punching frame

    Larry Brown Sports "Marcus Smart had to learn the hard way that punching any sort of glass-based object may be hazardous to your health. The Boston Celtics guard, who has not played since lacerating his right hand striking a picture frame last month, said on Wednesday that he needed a shard of glass removed from..." February 22

  • Report: Warriors to visit with kids in lieu of White House trip

    247 Sports "In lieu of a taking a trip to the White House at the end of February to celebrate their recent title, the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors will visit with local children, according to a report from ESPN.com's Chris Haynes and Ramona Shelburne. In September, President Donald Trump..." February 22

  • While Myles Turner awaits his 'man strength,' he's still a Pacers building block

    Indianapolis Star "Here are three indisputable facts about Indiana Pacers big man Myles Turner. His scoring (13.5) and rebounding (6.6) averages have receded from last season, while his shot-blocking (2.1) and effective field goal percentage (52.2 percent) have leveled off, meaning that the 2015 first-round pick..." February 22

  • Pistons' Reggie Jackson enters next stage in rehab process

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Pistons returned from the All-Star break Wednesday still uncertain when Reggie Jackson can begin practicing, let alone when he'll be cleared to play, but there are some encouraging signs. Jackson is entering the next stage of his rehabilitation this week following his Grade 3 right..." February 22

  • Cavaliers to sign Marcus Thornton of Canton Charge to 10-day contract

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to a 10-day contract with Canton Charge guard Marcus Thornton, a source confirmed to cleveland.com Wednesday night. The Cavaliers had a two-week window following the trade deadline to sign a 14th player, needing to make the move before Thursday's matchup..." February 22

  • Phoenix Suns GM not planning to ‘strategically rest’ players as he did last season

    Clutch Points "The Phoenix Suns have been a mess all season. Even though the development of franchise superstar Devin Booker is coming along exceptionally, the Suns haven’t secured any type of success or progress this year. Part of that has to do with the makeup of their current roster. Sans Booker, the Suns..." February 22

  • Gregg Popovich: 'I'll Be Surprised' If Kawhi Leonard Returns This Season

    Bleacher Report "The San Antonio Spurs may have to make do without superstar Kawhi Leonard for the rest of the 2017-18 season. Head coach Gregg Popovich said Wednesday he would be surprised to see Leonard back on the floor this season, according to Michael C. Wright of ESPN. "We've got to move on," Popovich..." February 21

  • Seattle to host Warriors-Kings preseason game

    Sacramento Bee "The Kings and Golden State Warriors have scheduled a preseason game next season in Seattle, according to multiple league sources. The Oct. 6 meeting between Northern California teams will be the first NBA game in the Key Arena since the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City after the 2007-08 season and..." February 21

  • Mark Cuban’s fine third-largest known fine in NBA history

    Pro Basketball Talk "While explaining how he told his players the team was better off losing this season, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said “I’m probably not supposed to say this” and “Adam would hate hearing that.” Cuban was right. NBA commissioner Adam Silver fined Cuban $600,000 for “public statements..." February 21

  • The List of Crazy LeBron James Conspiracy Theories Just Keeps Growing

    Complex "During NBA All-Star Weekend, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver mentioned that the league is considering potentially altering its playoff system. Instead of having the teams divided by conference—with seeds 1 through 8 in the East and seeds 1 through 8 in the West—the change would mean all 16 teams..." February 21

  • Dennis Smith Jr. planned to have J. Cole dunk in dunk-contest routine

    Pro Basketball Talk "Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. seemed pretty steamed about getting eliminated in the first round of the dunk contest: The dunk-contest scoring system – five judges ranking dunks on a scale of 6-10 – is plenty flawed. There should have been a larger difference between the Smith and Victor..." February 21

  • LeBron James Doesn’t Think NBA Should Change Postseason Format

    SLAM Online "During All-Star Weekend, commissioner Adam Silver told reporters that the League is considering changing the current playoff format, perhaps eliminating conferences and instead seeding the tournament 1-16. On Wednesday, LeBron James said he disagrees with altering the way things are, via..." February 21

  • Mark Cuban Fined $600K For Tanking Comments

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has fined Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600K for suggesting that his team could benefit by losing games for the rest of the season, tweets Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post. Cuban’s comments came during a recent appearance on Julius Erving’s House Call with Dr. J podcast. The..." February 21

  • Mark Cuban: Not Firing Reporter After Domestic Violence a 'Horrible Mistake'

    Bleacher Report "Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban took sole responsibility for not firing Mavericks.com reporter Earl K. Sneed following two domestic violence incidents, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com by calling it a "horrible mistake." "I want to be clear, I'm not putting the blame on anybody else,"..." February 21

  • With Lonzo set to return, Lakers look for growth in second half

    ESPN "It has been almost six weeks since Lonzo Ball played in a game. While sidelined with a sprained left MCL, the No. 2 overall pick watched Julius Randle play his most consistent basketball, Brandon Ingram flourish at point guard for seven games, Kyle Kuzma detonate from time to time, Josh Hart..." February 21

  • Anthony Davis discusses requesting a trade from the Pelicans

    247 Sports "Anthony Davis is under contract with the New Orleans Pelicans through the 2020-21 season but it appears as though the All-Star forward is already questioning whether or not he will finish that deal as a member of the Pelicans' roster. While nothing seems imminent at this point in time, Davis..." February 21

  • Highest-paid rookie in NBA history, Bogdan Bogdanovic proving himself with Kings

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kings rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic insists he wanted to get to the NBA much more quickly than he did. He declared for the 2013 NBA draft. “That’s how I put myself on radar here,” said Bogdanovic, who was playing in his native Serbia. He garnered some attention, but not enough, so he withdrew...." February 21

  • 'I Still Believe in Him': NBA Scouts Aren't Giving Up on Slumping Trae Young

    Bleacher Report "Questions about Trae Young's NBA potential have started to arise during his cold-shooting February. Specifically, many wonder how his ongoing slump is affecting his draft stock. After averaging 30.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting while leading Oklahoma to a 16-5 start, Young has struggled..." February 21

  • Ex-Rocket Bobby Brown Headed To Greece

    Hoops Rumors "Bobby Brown, who was waived by the Rockets last week, has reached an agreement to play for the Greek team Olympiacos, according to Eurohoops (hat tip to Sportando). Brown, who appeared in 20 games this season, had hoped to re-sign with Houston for the rest of the year, but became expendable..." February 21

  • NBA Rumors: Knicks trying to trade for Hornets' Malik Monk?

    Newark Star-Ledger "During the lead up to the 2017 NBA Draft, the Knicks and Kentucky sharpshooter Malik Monk were connected at every turn. But when draft night arrived, the Knicks went in a different direction by selecting point guard Frank Ntilikina. That doesn't mean interest in Monk's skill set evaporated..." February 21

  • Hinkie's old boss expected Giannis to be a Sixer

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The 2013 NBA draft was one of the strangest in recent memory. There was no consensus first overall pick, which is how Anthony Bennett happens. Nerlens Noel was viewed as a candidate to be the top pick before tearing his ACL late in his lone college season. The Sixers, then under Sam Hinkie,..." February 21

  • Emmanuel Mudiay likely to replace Jarrett Jack in Knicks’ starting lineup

    Newsday "Jeff Hornacek sat down with Emmanuel Mudiay at the end of the point guard’s second practice as a Knick. Mudiay wasn’t done with his workout though. He still had some sprints to run. Mudiay is trying to improve his conditioning because he will see a jump in minutes from when he was with Denver...." February 21

  • Suns, Mavs Among Potential Aaron Gordon Suitors

    Hoops Rumors "The Suns and Mavericks are among the teams viewed as potential offseason suitors for Magic power forward Aaron Gordon, league sources tell Sean Deveney of The Sporting News. Gordon will be eligible for restricted free agency this summer. As Deveney outlines, the Suns should have cap space this..." February 21

  • 'Greek Freak': Bucks star Giannis lands trademark to use nickname on backpacks, clothing

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The "Greek Freak" nickname may soon be coming to a backpack, hoodie or other gear tied to Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. The U.S. Patent and Trademark office last week approved a trademark for "Greek Freak," the nickname for the Buck's All-Star forward. The trademark was noticed..." February 21

  • JaVale McGee: Warriors want playoffs to arrive, 'we're definitely anxious'

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Did you know that the Warriors aren't taking the regular season as seriously this year? Of course you knew that already. During the All-Star break, JaVale McGee told Vice Sports about the state of the team right now. "I feel like we’re definitely anxious," McGee explained. "I feel like..." February 21

  • Highest-paid rookie in NBA history, Bogdan Bogdanovic proving himself with Kings

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kings rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic insists he wanted to get to the NBA much more quickly than he did. He declared for the 2013 NBA draft. “That’s how I put myself on radar here,” said Bogdanovic, who was playing in his native Serbia. He garnered some attention, but not enough, so he withdrew...." February 21

  • LeBron James likely won’t consider return to Heat

    Clutch Points "During an anonymous All-Star Weekend poll released by ESPN, players considered the Miami Heat as one of LeBron James’ likely destinations during this upcoming summer. According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, this idea is a sheer fantasy — a reunion unlikely to..." February 21

  • ESPN’s NBA Countdown is moving to Bristol, then New York, while The Jump is expanding to a full hour

    Awful Announcing "With Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose heading to the upcoming Get Up morning show with Mike Greenberg while retaining their NBA Countdown roles (at least for now), it was clear that the NBA studio show would be leaving Los Angeles. But we now have details on when and for where, with Ryan Glasspiegel..." February 21

  • Stephen A. Smith says LeBron James should sign with Rockets

    247 Sports "The biggest storyline surrounding free agency this summer is where LeBron James will end up signing. James has called home Cleveland home for the vast majority of his career aside from the four seasons he spent with the Miami Heat. On Tuesday's, ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith says that the best..." February 21

  • Mavericks issue statement in response to SI article on uncomfortable workplace

    Larry Brown Sports "The Dallas Mavericks have reacted swiftly and strongly to an article from Sports Illustrated that detailed several examples of how uncomfortable of a work environment they harbored the past two decades. SI published an article on Tuesday night by Jon Wertheim and Jessica Luther titled “Inside..." February 21

  • Mavs writer deleted his Twitter account after involvement in scandalous report

    Clutch Points "Dallas Mavericks writer Earl K. Sneed has been reporting on Mavs basketball for the last seven years. You may have noticed him giving game updates on NBA TV, doing interviews with the staff giving his thoughts on behalf of the players and team on the happenings of all things Mavs. Tuesday,..." February 21

  • Anthony Davis on Players Who Waited Too Long For Trade: ‘It Makes You Think’

    SLAM Online "Anthony Davis says “it makes you think” when former players say they waited too long to request a trade. While guesting on ESPN’s The Jump, Davis added, “You wonder if you’re following in that same path” " February 21

  • Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina about to get major look

    New York Post "Youth will be served. At point guard for the Knicks. With 23 games remaining in a Knicks season going nowhere, a big part of what remains will be the development of their young point guards, rookie first-round pick Frank Ntilikina, 19, and trade-deadline acquisition Emmanuel Mudiay, 21...." February 21

  • Hornets front office concerned Kemba Walker will reach free agency before they’re able to re-sign him

    Clutch Points "The Charlotte Hornets could have a dicey situation on their hands, as reports of potentially dangling Kemba Walker in the trade market didn’t sit well with the two-time All-Star point guard. While no trade came to fruition, the front office is now concerned with their inability to offer him a..." February 21

  • Report: Dallas Mavericks' Hostile Workplace an 'Open Secret'

    Bleacher Report "The Dallas Mavericks office allegedly was an unsafe work environment for female employees, according to Jon Wertheim and Jessica Luther of Sports Illustrated. After interviews with more than a dozen current and former Mavericks employees across several months, Wertheim and Luther reported the..." February 21

  • Jeff Hornacek confirms Joakim Noah won’t return to Knicks

    Newsday "Jeff Hornacek wouldn’t comment on reports that he pushed Joakim Noah during their heated exchange last month in Denver. But Hornacek gave the strongest indications yet that Noah won’t be back with the Knicks. “I think that is the plan,” Hornacek said following practice Tuesday night. That..." February 21

  • Draymond Green, Kevin Durant: Warriors do not care about having best record

    Larry Brown Sports "The Golden State Warriors have had the best record in the NBA for the last three consecutive seasons, but they probably won’t be breaking their backs to make it a fourth this year. In a feature by Anthony Slater of The Athletic that was published on Tuesday, Warriors forwards Draymond Green and..." February 20

  • Anthony Davis: Pelicans would have contended for title if DeMarcus Cousins not hurt

    ESPN "As New Orleans star Anthony Davis prepares for the second half of the season with the Pelicans holding on to the eighth seed in the Western Conference, he still thinks about what could have been this year had teammate DeMarcus Cousins not ruptured his Achilles. "We could have gone through the..." February 20