• Sixers in Discussions to Land Marquis Teague?

    The Philadelphia 76ers are in talks with the Brooklyn Nets to acquire guard Marquis Teague, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The Nets wouldn't receive anything of significance in return for Teague, sources said.

    via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports
  • Knicks Sign Center Jordan Vandenberg

    New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has signed center Jordan Vandenberg.

    via NBA.com/Knicks
  • Jordan Crawford Felt ‘Overlooked’ in NBA

    In case it flew under your radar, (Jordan) Crawford, a former NBA veteran who turns 26 years old today and registered 268 appearances for the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors, now suits up for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.

    “During the offseason I didn’t think I’d sign in China. I thought I would get a good deal in the NBA, but I was overlooked,” Crawford told Basketball Insiders from his three-story mansion in Urumqi, the largest city in China’s western interior.

    via David Pick of Basketball Insiders
  • Source: Celtics Claim Jarell Eddie Off Waivers

    The Boston Celtics have claimed free agent forward Jarell Eddie off NBA waivers, a league source told RealGM.

    Eddie was recently released by the Atlanta Hawks, and he drew multiple waiver bids before the Celtics were awarded his rights.

    via Shams Charania of RealGM
  • Stephenson on Pacers: ‘I wanted to stay there’

    Life has changed for (Lance) Stephenson, who signed a three-year deal worth $27 million with Charlotte as an unrestricted free agent in July. However on Thursday, before the Hornets played his former team, Stephenson said the change did not come easy. In an interview with The Star, Stephenson said his first choice was to stay with the Pacers.

    "I wanted to stay there but they gave me a deadline where I had to choose," Stephenson said. "So there wasn't no time for me to make a decision. They gave me a deadline (before) how long it (was) going to take for them to go somewhere else.

    "I had to make a quick decision and me and my agent decided we would see what other teams (were) talking about."

    via Candace Buckner of The Indianapolis Star
  • Nash Ruled Out for 2014-15 Season


    The latest and perhaps last setback of Steve Nash's disappointing tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers has come.

    Nash has been ruled out for the 2014-15 NBA season because of recurring nerve damage in his back, according to league sources.

    The Lakers confirmed the news.

    via Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report
  • Despite Criticism Kobe Preaches Focus

    The ESPN article, quoting anonymous sources, framed Bryant as someone who alienated potential free agents and teammates.

    “It’s not the first one, it’s not going to be the last one,” Bryant said. “The one thing I’ve come to understand over the years is that you’ll have a bad story that comes out on a Monday and it seems like it’s the end of the world. It seems like everybody is taking shots at you.

    “It’s a cycle. And things are never as good or as bad as they seem at the moment in time. So you stay focused on the big picture. Things are never really as bleak as they seem at the time. I just kind of roll with it.”

    via Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times
  • Silver: Owners Concerned About Lottery Reform

    An effort to reform the NBA's draft lottery process failed to get enough votes to pass at the league's board of governors meeting Wednesday.

    While the final vote was 17-13 in favor of the reform, that was short of the required 23 votes needed to push the change through.

    "I think, in essence, the owners were concerned about unintended consequences," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. "I think we all recognize we need to find the right balance between creating the appropriate incentives on one hand for teams to, of course, win, and on the other hand allowing for appropriate rebuilding and the draft to work as it should in which the worst performing teams get the highest picks in the draft."

    via ESPN
  • Bulls’ Joakim Noah to Have Minutes Restriction

    The tale of (Chicago Bulls) Joakim Noah and the mysterious knee continued today at the Advocate Center.

    He feels fine from the "minor'' surgery in May, but yet will remain on a minutes restriction moving forward. (Coach Tom Thibodeau) Thibs couldn't say how long.

    via Chicago Sun-Times Basketball on Twitter
  • Lakers to Rest Kobe for Remainder of Preseason

    (Los Angeles Lakers) Kobe Bryant will not play the Lakers' last two exhibition games. He's going to rest. Opener is next Tuesday vs. Houston (Rockets).

    via Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times on Twitter
  • Spurs’ Leonard Being Isolated Away From Team

    Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) has been working out some, but (San Antonio) Spurs still trying to keep him isolated from rest of team. Won't be at ATT Center tonight.

    via Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express News on Twitter
  • Report: Thunder Exercise Options on Four Players

    News: (Oklahoma City) Thunder exercises options on Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb.

    via Oklahoma City Thunder on Twitter
  • Celtics’ Faverani May Return to Action by November

    (Celtics GM Danny) Ainge said Vitor Faverani could be cleared for practice somewhere from mid-November to early December.

    via Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald on Twitter
  • Report: Nuggets Waive Benimon, Williams

    The Nuggets have waived forward Jerrelle Benimon and forward Marcus Williams, general manager and executive vice president of basketball operations Tim Connelly announced today.

    via NBA.com/Nuggets
  • Kings’ Ben McLemore Parts Ways with Agent

    (Sacramento Kings) Ben McLemore is making a change to his inner circle.  Sources confirmed to Cowbell Kingdom early on Wednesday that McLemore recently parted ways with agent Rodney Blackstock.  Following practice today, McLemore addressed the issue with the media.

    “It was a man decision,” McLemore said.  “It was something that I had to figure out on my own and make a decision for myself.”

    via James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom