• Bulls’ Derrick Rose May Return to Practice This Week

    Derrick Rose may be cleared for practice this week as he continues to recover from a fractured left orbital, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. Rose was seen publicly at the Advocate Center for the first time Monday since suffering the injury during the Bulls' first practice Sept. 29.

    "Derrick's in the building," Hoiberg said. "It was great to see him today. We'll get with him and watch some individual film after practice. [He] still isn't able to do anything as far as courtwork. Hopefully he'll get the clearance here in the next couple of days, at least get a sweat going and getting a little bit of running."

    Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN
  • Pelicans’ Norris Cole Out With High Ankle Sprain

    New Orleans Pelicans backup point guard Norris Cole joined centers Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca on the injury list with a high ankle sprain, team officials said before Monday's preseason game against the Chicago Bulls.

    Cole could be sidelined for up to six weeks and miss the start of the regular season. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters Monday said Cole was hurt during practice when a player inadvertently stepped on his ankle.

    Source: John Reid of The Times-Picayune

  • Knicks’ Anthony Wants to be Held Accountable for Mistakes

    Carmelo Anthony issued a "challenge" to the New York Knicks coaching staff recently: He wants them to hold him accountable for his mistakes.

    "Call it out in the film session so everybody can see that and hear that. By them doing that, it kind of forces me to be at the top level of my game on both ends of the court," Anthony said after the Knicks' 94-88 preseason victory over the Sixers on Monday. "I think it brings the best out of me and if you bring the best out of me, I think it will bring the best out of everyone on the team."

    Source: Ian Begley of ESPN
  • Wesley Matthews Believes He’ll Flourish in New System

    Mavs SG Wesley Matthews: "I honestly think I’m going to flourish in this system on both ends of the court. I’m excited about it.''

    Source: Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Twitter


  • Mavericks Show Interest in Larry Sanders?

    The Mavericks do have some interest in Larry Sanders, I'm told. They didn't bring him to Texas, though. Likely nothing imminent.

    Source: Tim Cato of Mavs Moneyball on Twitter

  • Tyler Zeller on Extension: It Would be Great to Get One

    The 25-year-old is in the final year of his rookie contract, and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said there have been discussions about an extension. Ainge has until the end of the month on the extension, and he likes to wait as long as possible on these things.

    “I’ve heard that,” said Zeller with a smile. “Look, it’s one of those things that, would it be great to get one? Yeah. But at the same time, you know, I’ve got one more year on my contract. I love playing, and I’m just going to try to do whatever I can to play as well as I can. Whether I’ve got one year left or six years left, I’m just going to keep playing hard. . . ."

    Source: Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald
  • Popovich Wanted Spurs’ Parker to Play Eurobasket

    Pop (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich) says he encouraged (Tony) Parker to play in Eurobasket last summer: "It's better if he plays. If he sits, the duck pate and fois gras adds up."

    Source: Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express-News on Twitter
  • Celtics’ Rozier has Left Knee Drained; ‘Nothing Serious’

    Boston Celtics rookie guard Terry Rozier had his left knee drained after experiencing swelling last week and will miss both of the team's exhibition games this week in New York.

    Rozier, the 16th overall pick in June's draft, said he initially tweaked the knee near the start of training camp chasing a loose ball. He didn't tell the team's medical staff, believing the injury to be minor, but swelling became an issue overseas. "I thought I could just get through it. But lesson learned from that," Rozier said. "But it's nothing serious. It just has me off my feet right now."

    Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN
  • Sources: Josh Selby Signs Deal With AmeriLeague

    Former NBA player Josh Selby has signed a contract to play in the AmeriLeague, according to sources.

    Source: Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders on Twitter

  • Rockets Claim Forward Arsalan Kazemi Off Waivers?

    The (Houston) Rockets claimed Iranian forward Arsalan Kazemi off waivers, league source tells Yahoo Sports. He had been on Atlanta (Hawks) roster.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports on Twitter


  • Drummond, Barnes Most Likely to Land Extensions By Deadline?

    Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond and Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, according to league sources, are the players best positioned to secure a lucrative extension this month as the revised deadline approaches and negotiations in both cases continue.

    Source: Marc Stein of ESPN
  • Warriors’ Steve Kerr Explains Absence; No Return Date

    Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Sunday that a spinal fluid leak led to his leave of absence from the team.

    "I wanted to just tell you guys what I'm going through, what's happened. Because I think there's kind of a gray area, people wondering what's going on," he said.

    However, he would not put a definitive timetable on when he'll return to coaching the defending NBA champions.

    Source: Ethan Sherwood Strauss of ESPN
  • James Harden Leaves Game After Suffering Bruised Knee

    The Rockets had gone from clicking to limping when James Harden and Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier collided late in the first half, with Harden slowly walking off with a bruised right knee.

    Rockets coach Kevin McHale said that he had been given no update on the severity of the injury after the Magic had rallied back from a 22-point first-quarter deficit to take a 123-119 win. Harden left without speaking, but did not seem to have difficulty walking.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle
  • New Orleans Pelicans Sign Center Jerome Jordan

    The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed free agent center Jerome Jordan. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    Source: NBA.com/Pelicans
  • Nuggets Announce Options Exercised on Harris, Nurkić

    The Denver Nuggets have exercised the third-year options on guard Gary Harris and center Jusuf Nurkić for the 2016-17 season, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.

    Source: NBA.com/Nuggets