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  • Dennis Smith Jr. To Return To Mavericks January 20, 2019
    Amidst all of the reports of tension in the Mavericks‘ locker room between head coach Rick Carlisle and Dennis Smith Jr. that led to reports that Smith was being put on the trading block, it appears the tension has subsided. Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium is reporting (via Twitter) that Carlisle and Smith […]
  • Pacers To Sign Stephan Hicks On 10-Day Contract January 20, 2019
    The Pacers have signed guard Stephan Hicks to a 10-day contract, his agency, JCK Sports Group, confirmed on social media. Hicks joined the Pacers in their locker room shortly after signing his deal, prepping for the team’s game against Charlotte on Sunday night, Scott Agness of The Athletic tweets. Hicks, 26, has spent the past four seasons […]
  • Heat Notes: Whiteside, Spoelstra, Wade, McGruder January 20, 2019
    Hassan Whiteside has impacted the Heat in a much more positive way this season, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes, giving perspectives from some of his teammates and figures around the franchise. Whiteside, who missed part of last season due to injury, was unhappy with his playing time after his minutes dropped from 32.6 […]
  • And-Ones: All-Rookie Teams, Trade Candidates, Europe, J. Young January 20, 2019
    Dallas guard Luka Doncic is the clear favorite for Rookie of the Year honors midway through the season, writes Ben Nadeau of Basketball Insiders as he selects his all-rookie teams. Doncic has transformed the Mavericks and has a chance to be the first rookie selected for the All-Star Game since 2011. Joining him as Nadeau’s […]
  • Gary Payton II To Sign 10-Day Deal With Wizards January 20, 2019
    The Wizards will fill their roster opening by signing guard Gary Payton II to a 10-day contract, tweets ESPN’s Marc J. Spears. The signing is expected to take place tomorrow, which will be the deadline for Washington to get back to the 14-man roster limit, two weeks after waiving Ron Baker. This is the latest NBA […]
  • Knicks Notes: Vonleh, Smith Jr., Tanking, Prospects January 20, 2019
    Noah Vonleh has achieved his goal of re-establishing himself with the Knicks, but their partnership may not last beyond the February 7 trade deadline, writes Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic. Vonleh was looking for playing time when he chose New York last summer instead of the Spurs, Bucks or Cavaliers. He joined the Knicks on […]
  • Sixers Notes: Embiid, Noel, Butler, Fultz January 20, 2019
    Joel Embiid‘s back soreness is creating a dilemma for the Sixers as they battle for home court advantage in the playoffs, writes Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia may prefer to rest Embiid, but the team leads Boston by only a game and a half in the race for fourth place and is in […]
  • MRI Planned For Lonzo Ball After Ankle Injury January 20, 2019
    Lonzo Ball could miss significant time after spraining his ankle in Saturday’s loss to the Rockets, writes Bill Oram of The Athletic. The injury occurred midway through the third quarter when Ball collided with James Ennis. It caused an instant momentum shift as the Lakers, who were leading by 17 points, fell to Houston in […]
  • Texas Notes: Smith Jr., Barea, Nene, Gasol January 20, 2019
    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle is willing to welcome Dennis Smith Jr. back to the team whenever he’s ready, relays Tim MacMahon of ESPN. Smith hasn’t played in the past four games — officially because of back soreness and an illness — and didn’t join the Mavs for their current road trip. He also didn’t report for […]
  • NBA G League Assignments/Recalls: 1/19/19 January 20, 2019
    Here are Saturday’s NBA G League assignments and recalls from across the league: The Spurs assigned forward Chimezie Metu to their Austin affiliate so he would be available for tonight’s game against Iowa, the team announced on its website. Metu is averaging 14.9 points and 7.2 rebounds in 15 G League games.
  • Nets Notes: Russell, Dinwiddie, Durant, LeVert January 20, 2019
    The Nets started winning when D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie figured out how to work together, writes Brian Lewis of The New York Post. Brooklyn’s point guards had an uneasy relationship early in the season, which left coach Kenny Atkinson reluctant to put them on the court at the same time. But with them working […]
  • Wizards Notes: McRae, Beal, Leonsis, Grunfeld January 20, 2019
    Jordan McRae‘s 54-point outburst in the G League probably won’t get him a standard NBA contract even though the Wizards have a roster spot to fill, writes Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. McRae signed a two-way deal with Washington in September, but has only appeared in eight NBA games with minimal playing time. With […]
  • Central Notes: Lopez, Anthony, Burks, Bledsoe January 19, 2019
    The thumb injury that will sideline Wendell Carter Jr. for the next eight to 12 weeks won’t change the Bulls‘ plans to trade veteran center Robin Lopez, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Even though a deal would leave Chicago short-handed in the middle the team, the team could give more minutes to Cristiano Felicio or get by with […]
  • Five Key Stories: 1/12/19 – 1/19/19 January 19, 2019
    If you missed any of this past week’s biggest headlines from around the NBA, we’ve got you covered with our Week in Review. Below are some of the most noteworthy stories from the last seven days: Rockets starting center and All-Star candidate Clint Capela will be out of action for the next four to six weeks after […]
  • Markelle Fultz To Continue Rehab In Philadelphia January 19, 2019
    Sixers guard Markelle Fultz has returned to Philadelphia to continue his shoulder rehab with the Sixers, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. There is still no timetable for his return, but he will be attendance for today’s game between the Sixers and Thunder. Fultz, who was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome in early December, has been rehabbing […]

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