9:15 PM EST, Mon December 22, 2014
Grand Rapids Press 9 hours ago
Detroit Pistons waive forward Josh Smith with two years remaining on his contract

Detroit Pistons waive forward Josh Smith with two years remaining on his contract

Smith signed a four-year, $54 million deal with the Pistons in June 2013.
Grand Rapids Press 5 hours ago

With release from Detroit Pistons, Josh Smith added to list of Joe Dumars' personnel misfires

From Smith to Allen Iverson to Ben Gordon, a look back at some of the player personnel moves that backfired on the Pistons during Dumars' watch.
Grand Rapids Press 3 hours ago

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy discusses decision to waive Josh Smith

Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy talks about waiving forward Josh Smith after Monday's practice on Dec. 22, 2014.
Broderick Turner / Los Angeles Times 6 hours ago

Clippers mull over Josh Smith, who was waived by Detroit

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, who also is the team’s president of basketball operations, was asked if Los Angeles would explore trying to acquire forward Josh Smith, who was waived by Detroit on Monday.
Dallas Mavericks Blog | ESPN Dallas 6 hours ago

Mavs can see Josh Smith filling Wright role

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks never had any interest in Josh Smith when he was a jumper-happy forward seeking a starting job and high salary. But they’d love to have Smith as a bargain-priced bench player, in particular as a replacement for traded backup big man Brandan Wright. ESPN.com’s Marc...

Lopez will play whatever role Hollins wants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –- Brook Lopez participated in practice on Monday, but his status remains uncertain for Tuesday’s game against Denver. Lopez has missed eight straight games with a back injury and still needs to be cleared medically to return to action. But he says his back feels good, and he lobbied to play on Tuesday. “I was winded out there,” Lopez said after practice. “I feel once when I get back out on the court, it’s gonna come, and I’ll be out there playing basketball.
Net Income / NetsDaily 9 hours ago

Amico: Cavaliers have "interest" in Brook Lopez but salary makes a deal unlikely

Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio reports Monday on the Cavaliers pursuit of a big man and says the Cavaliers are interested in both Brook Lopez and his brother, who's out with a broken hand. League sources say the Cavs have an interest in both Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (clearly on the market) and...
Nets Blog | ESPN New York 2 hours ago

Brook: 'I'd love to be a Wookiee'

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –- Brook Lopez lobbied for two things on Monday. First, he made it clear that he would like to return from a back injury and be cleared to play on Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets. The second request, though, is going to be a lot more difficult for the 7-foot center. Lopez,...

Jeff Teague injury: Hawks guard to miss 3rd straight game with strained hamstring

The Atlanta Hawks will be without starting point guard Jeff Teague for the third straight game due to a strained hamstring. Jeff Teague will miss his third straight game with a strained hamstring per a report by the AJC's Chris Vivlamore. Jeff Teague is OUT tonight vs. Mavericks. #ATLHawks — Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) December 23, 2014 There initially was some hope that Teague would be able to return to action on Monday. SportSouth's Andre Aldridge reported on Saturday that Teague was hopeful that he would be able to play against the Mavericks. With Atlanta back at home on...
Rotoworld 2 hours ago

Jeff Teague (hamstring) ruled out for Monday - Jeff Teague (G) Atlanta Hawks

Jeff Teague (hamstring) will not play on Monday night against the Mavericks.

Lance Stephenson misunderstood says Nuggets coach Brian Shaw

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There are a lot of words floating around the internet and airwaves about Lance Stephenson. Many of them aren't complimentary. In July, he signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Hornets. By December, the Hornets were already ready to trade him, according to multiple reports. The Pacers were interested, but another [...]

James Harden expects to play tonight vs. Blazers

• • • James Harden said he felt pretty good after Monday’s shootaround and that he plans to play tonight when the Rockets host the Trail Blazers. Harden was listed as probably on the injury report after dealing with a strained hamstring suffered in Saturday’s loss to Atlanta. In addition to Harden, Dwight Howard remains […]

Olynyk nominated for Player of Week award

Boston Celtics second-year big man Kelly Olynyk was nominated for Eastern Conference Player of the Week but lost out to Atlanta's Al Horford. Olynyk's stat line in Boston's four-game span last week that saw the team go 3-1: Team-best 19.8 points on 60.8 percent shooting overall (43.8 percent beyond the 3-point arc) with 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1 steal per contest. Olynyk scored a career-high 30 points during Monday's win in Philadelphia and was a team-best plus-52 in plus/minus this week.
Marc Berman / New York Post 8 hours ago
Samuel Dalembert gets fined $15,000 for elbow

Samuel Dalembert gets fined $15,000 for elbow

Knicks center Samuel Dalembert avoided a Christmas Day suspension, but was fined $15,000 by the NBA for what was deemed a flagrant elbow thrown at the face of the Raptors’...
Toronto Sun 1 hour ago
Raptors coach has 'man crush' on Bulls' Butler

Raptors coach has 'man crush' on Bulls' Butler

It is going to take all season to figure out who should win most NBA awards, but you can go ahead and give most improved player to Bulls guard Jimmy Butler right now.

Here's that huge put-back dunk by James Ennis against the Celtics

Heat rookie James Ennis had 16 points off the bench in the Heat's 100-84 victory against the Celtics on Sunday. Dwyane Wade was out with a sore knee, so Ennis received minutes at backup shooting guard and made the most...
Straight Outta Vancouver 13 hours ago

Full Recap: Cleveland Rocks the Grizzlies 105-91

After so many overtimes, emotional wins and nail-biting conclusions, it is only natural that the Grizzlies would possibly lose some steam. Especially with Zach Randolph & Tony Allen out for Memphis, the Cleveland Cavaliers were more than the Bears of Beale Street could handle in this Sunday afternoon encounter. No Zach Randolph. No Tony Allen. As arguably the hardest week of the season to date came to a close Sunday, the Memphis Grizzlies were undermanned and surely exhausted heading into Cleveland for a matinee showdown with LeBron James and the Cavaliers. It showed in the first half, as...
Pounding The Rock 15 mins ago

Full Coverage: San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers

After losing to the new-look Mavs on Saturday night, the Spurs have dropped four in a row and six of their last eight. The Clippers are the next in a string of playoff-bound teams to challenge Pop's boys. San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Clippers AT&T Center, San Antonio, TexasDecember 22, 2014, 7:30 p.m. Spurs TimeTV: FSSW- RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI On the heels of a pair of draining 3-OT losses, Coach Popovich sat his entire starting lineup in Dallas. While the Mavs adjusted to the presence of a new floor general, a depleted San Antonio team kept in the game and, through some conservative...
Denver Stiffs 1 hour ago

Second half thread: Nuggets at Hornets.

Extremely sluggish start to the game. Then came the second quarter. Team reverts to one on one when pressured at all by the defense. Post your second half thoughts here.

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Add Lakers to list of teams interested in Josh Smith

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Orlando Sentinel 14 mins ago

A 1981 meeting between Pat Williams and Danny Ainge helped set the course of Celtics history

On May 15, 1981, a Toronto Blue Jays infielder named Danny Ainge and his roommate on the road, fellow infielder Garth Iorg, sat in a Cleveland hotel room watching a soap opera on TV as they killed time before a game that night against the Cleveland Indians.
Washington Post 29 mins ago

Bulls come to the District seeing red as they get ready to face the Wizards

Paul Pierce deviated from the company line Monday afternoon. Unlike his coach and teammates, the veteran Washington Wizards forward was willing to address the reality, that the Wizards’ meeting with the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night is not a typical December regular season game. Read full article >>
Salt Lake Tribune 49 mins ago

Utah Jazz notes: Burks emerging as team's best perimeter defender

Memphis • For Alec Burks, his place with the Utah Jazz is all about filling in the blanks. The shooting guard knows the offense runs through Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors - so he scores as needed. Burks knows that the Jazz crave firepower off the bench - so he leads the second unit on many nights. But most of all, Burks has defended this season. He’s made it a passion. He’s made it a priority for the first time in his career. And as the Jazz wrap up a six game road trip and head to Christmas...

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