• Durant, Westbrook Return Possible Next Week?

    When the Thunder’s Friday morning shootaround opened for reporters, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were seen on a far court, continuing to intensify their individual workouts.

    Wearing a protective splint, Westbrook dribbled and shot with his surgically repaired right hand. Durant, meanwhile, rose off his surgically repaired right foot for a pair of easy dunks.

    Brooks also revealed that the two superstars will participate in parts of Thunder practice on Saturday afternoon — the first team work for either since their injuries.

    The two seem to be healing at an accelerated rate and a return by the end of next week — particularly for Westbrook — isn’t out of the question.

    via Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman
  • Howard Undergoes PRP Procedure on Knee

    At least now, Dwight Howard has something new that he and Kobe Bryant can talk about.

    Howard said Friday that he underwent a “PRP” treatment on his right knee on Thursday, the same cutting-edge procedure that Bryant used on his knee in 2013.

    “It feels a lot better,” Howard said. “I had to get a shot in it to clear some of the stuff out it. I’m trying to do whatever I can to get back on the floor.”

    Asked if he is definitely out on Saturday, Howard said, “I have no idea.”

    via Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle
  • Nets, Sixers Talking Kirilenko, Karasev Trade?

    According to sources, Nets have had preliminary talks w/ Sixers about moving Kirilenko + Karasev. In such case Sixers likely waive Kirilenko.

    via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN  on Twitter
  • Vogel: Very Unlikely Paul George Plays This Year

    Indiana Pacers All-Star forward Paul George expects to hit a huge milestone in the coming weeks – he will be cleared to run on a basketball court with the speed of a middle-aged man.

    "It's a goal for sure to be able to have the opportunity to play this year, especially alongside the group of guys that we've got," George said.

    "Very unlikely that Paul George plays this year," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said Friday.

    via Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star
  • Sources: Jeff Taylor Will Not Appeal Suspension

    Despite the pronounced public backing of his union, Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor will not file an appeal to the NBA for a 24-game suspension centered on a domestic abuse incident, league sources told Yahoo Sports on Friday.

    National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts ripped NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s punishment as “excessive and without precedent” in a statement on Thursday. The union was eager to challenge the NBA on the severity of the suspension based on the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

    Nevertheless, Taylor, 25, and his agent chose to accept the suspension and sit the remaining 13 games until he can return to the lineup.

    via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports
  • Kings Assign Rookie Eric Moreland to D-League

    The Sacramento Kings have assigned rookie forward Eric Moreland to the team’s NBA D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, it was announced today by General Manager Pete D’Alessandro.

    via NBA.com/Kings
  • Bulls’ Gibson Carried Off Floor with Ankle Sprain

    Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson sprained his left ankle in the third quarter of Friday night's 105-87 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and did not return.

    The injury took place midway through the third, and Gibson fell to the floor writhing in pain. Moments after Gibson went down, the entire Bulls bench went out to check on the veteran forward. He was carried off the floor by teammates Nikola Mirotic and Nazr Mohammed and was barely putting any weight on the foot or ankle.

    After the game, Gibson said X-rays taken on the ankle were negative. He came back into the Bulls' locker room on crutches and in a walking boot.

    via Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago
  • Sources: Nets Likely to Move Andrei Kirilenko

    There is a chance Andrei Kirilenko has played his last game as a Net.

    Though league sources indicated Kirilenko’s absence for personal reasons both Friday against the Thunder and Saturday in San Antonio has nothing to do with his lack of recent playing time, the 33-year-old forward clearly has fallen out of Nets coach Lionel Hollins’ plans, and it appears the team soon could be ready to move on.

    Sources said no buyout negotiations have taken place, but it’s possible the Nets still could try to trade Kirilenko and his $3.3 million expiring contract.

    via Tim Bontemps of the New York Post
  • Magic’s Gordon has Surgery; Return Unknown

    Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon underwent a successful surgical procedure today to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced.

    Gordon was diagnosed with the injury following the Magic’s game on Nov. 15 at Washington. He will be out indefinitely and his return will depend on how he responds to rehabilitation

    via NBA.com/Magic
  • Source: Lakers Work Out Guard Roscoe Smith

    The Los Angeles Lakers will bring in Roscoe Smith for a workout on Friday, league sources tell RealGM.

    via Shams Charania of Real GM
  • JaKarr Sampson Assigned to D-League

    The Philadelphia 76ers today announced that they have assigned forward JaKarr Sampson to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League.

    via NBA.com/Sixers
  • Wolves’ Kevin Martin Out Indefinitely

    Wolves annouce that Kevin Martin is out indefinitely with a fractured wrist

    via Marc Stein of ESPN on Twitter
  • Aldridge Admits to Prior Grudge Toward Bulls

    For LaMarcus Aldridge, the meeting with Chicago is a chance to face the franchise that drafted him No. 2 overall in 2006 before trading him to Portland in exchange for Tyrus Thomas on draft night.

    Aldridge said he doesn't think about the Bulls trading him on draft day as much as he did early in his career.

    "I think early in my career I might have used it for motivation," he said. "But now I'm too old to be still holding that grudge."

    "For a while that was my favorite team to play against," he said "Just to show them that they missed out. Just to show them that I'm better than they thought I was going to be. Now I'm over that. I have other goals to worry about."

    via Mike Richman of The Oregonian
  • NBPA: Taylor’s Suspension Excessive; Violates CBA

    The executive director of the NBA Players Association said Thursday the suspension given to Charlotte's Jeffery Taylor by Commissioner Adam Silver is ''excessive, without precedent and a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.''

    Michele Roberts adds that the union is ready to file an immediate appeal, but that the choice is Taylor's.

    Silver suspended Taylor for 24 games without pay on Wednesday after the forward pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property.

    via The Associated Press
  • Source: Lakers Working Out Mekel, Buycks

    The Los Angeles Lakers plan to match up free agent point guards Gal Mekel and Dwight Buycks for consecutive workouts on Thursday and Friday, league sources told RealGM.

    Both Mekel and Buycks remain on the available market after being waived and bought out, respectively. The Lakers remain fond of Ronnie Price, but the team has looked into wing and guard players this week.

    via Shams Charania of Real GM