• Cavaliers not willing to put Nets pick in potential trade packages

    Sporting News "When the Cavaliers made the trade that sent away Kyrie Irving to Boston, the most critical element of the deal was the insurance policy the team got from the Celtics: the rights to the Nets’ top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, projected at the time to be a top-five choice in a draft that could feature..." December 15

  • Magic Johnson: Lakers might save cap space for 2019

    Pro Basketball Talk "LeBron James seems to be tempering expectations of him signing with the Lakers. Lakers president Magic Johnson – who has hyped signing two max free agents this summer – is doing the same. Johnson on Spectrum SportsNet , as transcribed by Harrison Faigen of Lakers Nation. “I feel..." December 15

  • Jamal Crawford seems unhappy about his playing time

    Larry Brown Sports "Former Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford has seen a noticeable decrease in his playing time this season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and it appears to be coming as something of an unpleasant surprise to him. Speaking with the media on Friday, Crawford talked about his 17 minutes per game..." December 15

  • DeMarcus Cousins complains refs unfairly target him on technicals

    Sportsnaut "DeMarcus Cousins is notorious for receiving technical fouls. Apparently, however, one referee might’ve been too loose with the call. According to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Cousins said he was slapped with a technical for telling an official, “good job.” “I said, ‘Good job. Good..." December 15

  • Ray Allen Accuser Drops Stalking Case

    TMZ "The man who accused Ray Allen of making violent threats against him after their alleged relationship went sour is backing off -- he's dropped his case against the NBA star, TMZ Sports has learned. As we previously reported, Bryant Coleman got a temporary restraining order against Allen in..." December 15

  • Tristan Thompson should be able to play for Cavaliers Saturday

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson is expected to be able to play against Utah after his late scratch before Thursday's win over the Lakers, a source told cleveland.com. Thompson, who's trying to come back from a left calf injury that's cost him 20 games this season, warmed up and felt soreness..." December 15

  • LeBron's Secret Chat With Lonzo Got Picked Up Thanks To On-Court Mics

    Uproxx "LeBron James and Lonzo Ball shared a moment on Thursday night. After the Cleveland Cavaliers took down the Los Angeles Lakers, 121-112, LeBron sought out the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and told him something. The moment got turned into a meme, largely because LeBron pulled his jersey over..." December 15

  • Kristaps Porzingis Is Listed As Day-To-Day After Suffering A Knee Injury Against The Nets

    Dime Magazine "Knicks fans felt their collective hearts skip a beat on Thursday night, as Kristaps Porzingis had to leave the team’s game against Brooklyn with a knee injury. Not only did Porzingis have to head into the locker room, but he suffered a non-contact knee injury, which is the type of thing that could..." December 15

  • NBA names Monty McCutchen head of referee development

    New York Times "After officiating more than 1,400 regular-season games and 169 N.B.A. playoff games, Monty McCutchen is moving into a supervisory role in the league office to mentor and coach referees from the N.B.A., N.B.A. G League and the W.N.B.A. McCutchen, a professional referee for more than 25 years,..." December 15

  • Report: LeBron James unlikely to join young team in free agency

    Larry Brown Sports "With LeBron James’ anticipated free agency now just six-and-a-half months away, could his list of potential destinations be narrowing? In an appearance Thursday on “SportsCenter,” ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported that if James were to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers, he would likely join a team..." December 15

  • Porzingis: Knicks fans should show Carmelo Anthony 'love' in his return to New York

    CBS Sports "The latter part of Carmelo Anthony's tenure with the New York Knicks was weird, to say the least. Usually when an All-Star has a public breakup with his team, it's the star who wants out. In Melo's case, it was the Knicks who were seemingly trying to get rid of him. The ugliness included..." December 15

  • DeMarcus Cousins Expects To Remain With Pelicans Past Trade Deadline

    Real GM Basketball "DeMarcus Cousins is confident that he will still be playing for the New Orleans Pelicans after the Feb. 8 trade deadline. Cousins will become a free agent this offseason. “I am confident in my team,” Cousins said. “I am starting to understand this business a lot more than I did before. You can..." December 15

  • Rumor: Hornets tried to trade for Jimmy Butler last spring

    Clutch Points "It appears that the Charlotte Hornets once attempted to make a big blockbuster trade last year, but fell short. The Hornets have struggled this year due to injuries, and their draft picks in recent years haven’t panned out. They once had hope to get better, but that hope seems all but lost, per..." December 15

  • Scottie Pippen: LeBron James ‘Probably Ahead’ of Michael Jordan

    SLAM Online "LeBron James, statistically-speaking, is “probably ahead” of Michael Jordan, according to Scottie Pippen. Pip concedes that MJ has the edge in terms of MVPs—to say nothing of NBA championships—but says James’ numbers are superior. LeBron turns 33 this month, and he’s putting up staggering..." December 15

  • Joel Embiid takes blame for Sam Hinkie

    Pro Basketball Talk "In his letter resigning from the 76ers, Sam Hinkie wrote: You can be wrong for the right reasons. This may well prove to be Joel Embiid. Embiid never played for Philadelphia while Hinkie ran the team, sitting out his first two pro seasons due to injury. Then, Hinkie got ousted and Embiid got..." December 15

  • The Cleveland Cavaliers Trolled Lonzo Ball By Playing Three Straight Nas Songs During The Lakers’ Warmups

    Uproxx "Of all the feuds in hip-hop, Lonzo Ball vs. Nas’ may be the most innocuous. The issue started when the Los Angeles Lakers’ point guard took to Twitter to declare that “nobody listens to Nas anymore” and that Migos and Future were “real hip-hop.” After Nas’ manager called him an “oatmeal face” who..." December 15

  • Eight NBA players who have a real chance to be involved in trade rumors soon

    CBS Sports "Dec. 15 is known by many fans as the unofficial start to NBA trade rumor season. It's the day that players who signed new contracts in free agency can be traded by the team they signed with. Is that big target from the offseason not working out well? Put him on the block and see what's out there...." December 15

  • Cavaliers Reluctant To Discuss Nets’ Pick

    Hoops Rumors "Shortly after acquiring the Nets’ 2018 first-round pick from the Celtics in the summer, Cavaliers GM Koby Altman acknowledged that he had an obligation to listen to inquiries on that pick, but suggested that the Cavs had “every intention of keeping it and using it.” A few months later, it doesn’t..." December 15

  • Kristaps Porzingis leaves Knicks game with knee injury

    New York Post "Knicks stud Kristaps Porzingis suffered a non-contact left-knee injury with 9:55 left in the third quarter vs. the Nets and removed himself from the game immediately and headed to the locker room, limping in the tunnel. Porzingis was defending Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and appeared..." December 15

  • Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. describes leg injury as 'serious'

    Sporting News "Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. has been absent from the lineup since suffering a stress injury in his lower left leg early this month, and he may be out a while longer. Hardaway spoke with members of the media Thursday before New York's matchup against the Nets, and he painted an ominous picture..." December 15

  • Rick Pitino blocked Hornets’ plan to move to Louisville

    Clutch Points "Former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino killed more dreams than just those associated with college basketball fans who thought he was on the up and up. Pitino, along with former Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich, reportedly blocked an attempt by the Charlotte Hornets to move to..." December 15

  • Phoenix Suns unlikely to swing major trade as free agents become available

    Arizona Central "The NBA trade machine could get cranked up Friday, the first day free agents who were signed over the summer can be traded. But don’t expect the Suns to do a lot of wheeling and dealing. General Manager Ryan McDonough said that while Phoenix will look for ways to upgrade its roster, its..." December 15

  • Kevin Garnett on Timberwolves ownership: “They suck”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves are at odds. That should come as no surprise. Garnett has publicly said that he would like to buy out Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor as opposed to partnering with him in someway for the team. For his part, Taylor has said that Garnett has failed to..." December 15

  • Ainge: Morris 'going to be playing periodically'

    NBC Sports Boston "The Celtics are in the process of putting together a day-to-day plan for Marcus Morris who has missed four of Boston’s past five games due to left knee soreness. “We’re still working on that, on a timetable,” Danny Ainge, the Celtics president of basketball operations, said on 98.5 the Sports..." December 15

  • Knicks asked Courtney Lee to step up and he answered big

    New York Post "With Kristaps Porzingis back in the locker room with knee pain and Tim Hardaway Jr. wearing a walking boot on the bench, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek made a remark to Courtney Lee to start the fourth quarter. “Fourth quarter, coach told me to step up, we need you,’’ Lee recounted. “I said, ‘I got..." December 15

  • LaVar Ball confirms he met with Lakers' brass to discuss his criticisms of Walton

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Lakers' front office recently had a meeting with LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, asking him to tone down some of his public criticisms of head coach Luke Walton and help create a more positive atmosphere around his son, sources told ESPN. The..." December 14

  • Jahlil Okafor Appreciates Nets' Investment in Him

    NBA.com "Jahlil Okafor understands the importance of timing. It's been a year since he's had consistent playing time, but appreciates the patient approach the Nets staff is taking towards getting him acclimated with the team. The former No. 3 pick of the 2015 NBA Draft explained that it’s on him to show..." December 14

  • Bucks' Mirza Teletovic sidelined for second time in career with blood clots in lungs

    CBS Sports "The Bucks have been without forward Mirza Teletovic for the last 16 games due to arthroscopic knee surgery. Unfortunately, they won't be getting him back any time soon. Milwaukee announced Thursday that Teletovic will be sidelined indefinitely after doctors discovered blood clots in both of the..." December 14

  • Joel Embiid Roasted Karl-Anthony Towns in Savage IG Exchange

    Complex "When Philadelphia 76er Joel Embiid isn't dropping Game of Thrones theories or finally meeting LaVar Ball, he's perfecting his smack talk. Earlier this year he roasted Kevin Hart, engaged in a nuclear (Twitter) war with Hasan Whiteside, and recently went in on Jalen Rose. His recent target? Karl..." December 14

  • Sources Describe LeBron James To Lakers As Long Shot

    Real GM Basketball "While speculation connecting LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers has been rampant, sources describe it as a long shot as of now. The Lakers are widely expected to have enough cap space to sign two players to max contract deals provided they unload Luol Deng's contract. James has been a..." December 14

  • Pitino once helped shoot down attempt to move Hornets to Louisville

    Bloomberg "The first basketball practice was just days away, and in Louisville the expectations were high. Although the University of Louisville Cardinals had lost several top players, they had an influx of new talent, especially Brian Bowen, a highly regarded prospect from Saginaw, Mich. In the preseason..." December 14

  • Boy in hospital asks LeBron James to dunk on Lonzo Ball

    Larry Brown Sports "Thursday’s highly-anticipated matchup between LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers and Lonzo Ball’s LA Lakers is getting some added intrigue. James and the Cavs visited Cleveland Clinic Children’s on Wednesday, and the four-time MVP got a special request from a boy named Andrew — to dunk on Ball..." December 14

  • Rumor: LeBron, Chris Paul’s desire to play together ‘overstated assumption’

    Cavs Nation "Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James can become a free agent at the end of this season, it’s true. NBA experts and analysts have been trying to decipher where the three-time champion might go — if anywhere at all. One team that has recently been in the discussion is the Houston..." December 14

  • Carmelo Got Hit With A ‘Honey Nut Cheerios’ Chant From Pacers Fans

    Uproxx "Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul Goerge made his first return to Indiana on Wednesday night after going through a messy divorce with the Pacers this summer. George spent 7 seasons in Indiana before telling the Pacers of his intentions to leave the franchise after the 2017-18 season. By telling..." December 14

  • Shoulder Injury Sidelines Luc Mbah A Moute 2-3 Weeks

    Hoops Rumors "The Rockets will be without forward Luc Mbah a Moute for two to three weeks following a shoulder injury sustained Wednesday night but, as Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets, the results of an MRI conducted reveal that there are no significant issues. Shortly after the game on Wednesday, head..." December 14

  • Austin Rivers to miss Clippers’ next game with concussion

    Larry Brown Sports "Austin Rivers will miss the Los Angeles Clippers’ next game after suffering a concussion on Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic. Rivers was elbowed in the side of the head by Jonathan Simmons just before halftime and left the game. The Clippers later announced he would not be returning to..." December 14

  • Suns hoping Devin Booker will be back around Christmas

    Arizona Central "The Suns are targeting a return for injured guard Devin Booker “right around Christmas,” General Manager Ryan McDonough said Wednesday. Phoenix plays the Memphis Grizzlies at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Dec. 26 and then has two days off before playing the Sacramento Kings on Dec...." December 14

  • Hayward 'attacking the process' but still no timetable for return

    NBC Sports Boston "Gordon Hayward took yet another step forward in his recovery from a dislocated left ankle injury. He has now been given the green light to not have to wear a walking boot. "I feel alright I guess, as well as I could," Hayward told reporters earlier today. "I'm out of the boot right now so..." December 14

  • Shabazz Muhammad Expected $20M Per Season In Free Agency

    Real GM Basketball "Shabazz Muhammad turned down a four-year, $40 million contract extension from the Minnesota Timberwolves before the 16-17 season, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. According to sources, Muhammad saw the spending of the 2016 offseason with the cap increasing and believed he would..." December 14

  • Paul George: Victor Oladipo is the ‘Future of Indiana’

    SLAM Online "Prior to facing the Pacers for the first time Wednesday night, Paul George admonished the press in Indiana for not giving Victor Oladipo his just due. George says Oladipo is the new face of his old team. Despite missing 11 of 14 shot attempts last night, PG and the OKC Thunder left Indy with..." December 14

  • Report: Draymond Green’s injury lingering, doubtful for Dallas

    Clutch Points "Having already missed two of their last three games, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green may once again be forced to sit out their game on Thursday versus the Dallas Mavericks due to lingering effects of his shoulder injury. The development was confirmed by head coach Steve Kerr, via..." December 14

  • Van Gundy looks to tweak Pistons out of skid

    Detroit News "Two weeks ago the Pistons were the toast of the NBA, with a 14-6 record, riding a three-game winning streak and getting attention from many of the national pundits as one of the best stories in the season. They had wins at Oklahoma City and Boston and a dominating win over the Suns. Their..." December 14

  • The aspect of Frank Ntilikina that blows everyone away

    New York Post "Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina stood up to LeBron James, even — gasp! — shoved the King. He went up against fellow rookie Lonzo Ball, who has about three tons of hype on him. Ntilikina outscored Ball, 7-2, in the fourth quarter and overtime. Ntilikina improves by the hour. But perhaps the most..." December 14

  • Should the Portland Trail Blazers make a trade for Marc Gasol?

    Oregonian "As the Memphis Grizzlies' free fall continues, many in the NBA community wonder if their championship window is beginning to close on star center Marc Gasol. And if so, would the Grizzlies be willing to trade him? Memphis General Manager Chris Wallace has flat out said they have no interest in..." December 13

  • Report: Rival executives still expect Paul George to leave Thunder for Lakers

    Pro Basketball Talk "Paul George has been pretty open about his plans. He told plenty of people – including the Pacers – he planned to leave for the Lakers in the summer of 2018. Even after the Thunder traded for him, George spoke of the lure of playing for his hometown team. Of course, George also left the door..." December 13

  • New Nets ownership partner ‘will help the NBA’: Prokhorov

    New York Post "After NBA commissioner Adam Silver confirmed Joe Tsai’s deal to buy 49 percent of the Nets, team owner Mikhail Prokhorov said the e-commerce billionaire will be a fantastic partner and a boon for the entire league. “Just we are finishing the deal. I think Joe is a great partner and will help..." December 13

  • Marc Gasol Contends He Won't Ask For Trade From Grizzlies

    Real GM Basketball "Marc Gasol contends he will never ask for a trade from the Memphis Grizzlies regardless of how badly the team may fall off. While the Grizzlies have been one of the NBA's most consistent playoff teams during Gasol's tenure, they have fallen off so far in 17-18. "I have a responsibility to..." December 13

  • Gordon Hayward spotted without walking boot

    Sporting News " Gordon Hayward was allowed to remove his walking boot on Wednesday, two months after suffering a gruesome ankle injury in the first quarter of the Celtics' season-opener against the Cavaliers on Oct. 17. " December 13

  • Magic’s Aaron Gordon won’t play against Clippers

    Orlando Sentinel "The injury-ravaged Orlando Magic will have only a skeleton crew available for their game tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers. Power forward Aaron Gordon, who is recovering from a concussion he sustained Friday, remains in the NBA concussion protocol. Although Gordon hasn’t suffered any..." December 13

  • Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard Is ‘Liking’ Tweets Criticizing Paul George Trade

    SLAM Online "The internet hot takes of the Paul George trade almost universally blasted Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard. Now Pritchard is getting the last laugh. " December 13