• Report: Rockets Discussing Dwight Howard Trade

    The Houston Rockets have started contacting teams about trading eight-time All-Star Dwight Howard, league sources told The Vertical.

    Howard, 30, plans to exercise an opt-out in his contract this summer to become an unrestricted free agent, and uncertainty surrounding the commitment both sides are willing to make has pushed Houston general manager Daryl Morey toward seeking potential trades on the market, league sources said.

    via Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical
  • Rockets’ Coach: ‘We’re a broken team’; ‘Fragmented’

    Houston Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Wednesday night that he is coaching "a broken team," and veteran guard Jason Terry said the team has chemistry issues.

    "We're broken," Bickerstaff said. "It's that simple. We're a broken team, and we all need to use this break to figure out how we're going to impact change. If we don't want to impact change, then we need to be made aware of that, too, and we'll go in a different direction.

    "We can't continue to go out and play this way. It's easy to see it's a fragmented bunch. You can't win that way."

    Source: Calvin Watkins of ESPN
  • Love Suffers Shoulder Contusion; No Timetable Given

    Cavaliers forward Kevin Love left the game with 46.5 seconds left in the second quarter after an in-game collision. Further examination by the Cavaliers medical staff confirmed a left shoulder contusion.

    Source: NBA.com/Cavaliers
  • Mike Conley Open to Playing for Knicks, Nets?

    Will Mike Conley find his way to the Big Apple this summer?

    The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets might seem to be in disarray now, but don't count out the possibility that one of those two teams lands Conley in free agency. A source close to Conley believes the Memphis Grizzlies point guard will be more receptive to playing for the Knicks and Nets than most think.

    Source: Mike Mazzeo of ESPN
  • Kidd-Gilchrist Dislocates Shoulder; Will Undergo MRI

    Charlotte Hornets small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a dislocated right shoulder during the second half of Wednesday’s 117-95 road victory over the Indiana Pacers.

    Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to an Indianapolis hospital where doctors would pop the shoulder back into the joint. This is the same shoulder that Kidd-Gilchrist injured in the preseason, requiring surgery to repair a torn labrum.

    The Hornets said postgame that Kidd-Gilchrist will have an MRI in Charlotte Thursday to determine the seriousness of this injury.

    Source: Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer
  • Prokhorov: First Round GM Search Over; ‘Short List’ Next

    Before leaving, (Nets' owner Mikhail) Prokhorov told ESPN.com that his search committee's first round of interviews is over, and they are currently in the process of compiling a short list of candidates who could fill the GM vacancy.

    "We've finished our first round of homework, now we're onto our second -- the short list," Prokhorov said.

    Source: Mike Mazzeo of ESPN
  • Suns’ Morris: Shoving Match With Teammate ‘Nothing’

    A disappointing season for the Phoenix Suns turned uglier Wednesday when teammates Markieff Morris and Archie Goodwin got into a physical altercation on the bench.

    Morris and Goodwin were seen arguing during a timeout in their game against the Golden State Warriors. The argument escalated into a shoving match between Morris, who is 6-foot-10, 245 pounds, and Goodwin, who is 6-5, 200 pounds. Teammates quickly stepped in and separated the two.

    "That was nothing. That was part of being a leader and big brother," Morris said after the team's 112-104 loss. "Of course it looks bad. Everything I do looks bad."

    Source: ESPN
  • Paul Pierce Says This Could ‘Possibly’ Be Last Year

    Paul Pierce on whether he, too, is thinking this is his last year: "I'm going to take it year by year but this could possibly be ".

  • Scott: Irving, Paul More Mature as Rookies Than Russell

    “I haven't been the easiest man on him (D'Angelo Russell) in the world,” (Byron) Scott said hours before his Lakers fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-111 at Quicken Loans Arena. “But I always seem to go back to thinking -- after I've been so hard on him on certain occasions -- that he's 19 years old, and he's just a kid playing in a man's world. I know the potential is there. He's just got to keep working at it. I'm going to stay on him because I think he has a chance to be a very good basketball player.”

    Later Wednesday, Scott further critiqued Russell by saying the former Ohio State standout is not as mature as other top-flight rookie point guards Scott coached, such as Kyrie Irving in Cleveland and Chris Paul in New Orleans.

    Source: Baxter Holmes of ESPN
  • Pistons Retire Billups’ Jersey in Halftime Ceremony

    Moments before his jersey went up to the rafters, Chauncey Billups spoke to the crowd about the night the Detroit Pistons wrapped up the 2004 NBA title by routing the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the Finals.

    Billups was the most valuable player in the Finals that year, and he had his No. 1 jersey retired by the Pistons on Wednesday night at halftime of their game against Denver.

    Source: NBA.com/Pistons
  • Bulls’ Gasol Replaces Injured Butler in All-Star Game

    Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol has been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace his teammate, injured Eastern Conference All-Star reserve Jimmy Butler (strained left knee), in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 14 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

    Source: Official Press Release
  • Marc Gasol Out Indefinitely With Broken Right Foot

    Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol will be sidelined indefinitely with a broken right foot, the team said in a statement Tuesday.

    "Marc is a cornerstone of our franchise, and we are focused on getting him healthy," Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said in the release. "Marc will be out indefinitely and a further update will be provided after the All-Star Break."

    Source: ESPN
  • Clippers Suspend Griffin Four Games Without Pay

    Blake Griffin was suspended four games without pay on Tuesday for punching a team staff member, and the Los Angeles Clippers will dock the star forward's pay for an additional game because he broke his shooting hand.

    In all, Griffin will lose $859,442 from his season salary of $18,907,725.

    Source: ESPN
  • Pelicans Evans to Undergo Season Ending Surgery

    After missing the past seven games to help alleviate pain from right knee tendinitis, New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans will undergo surgery that is likely to cause him to miss the rest of the season

    Source: ESPN
  • Kings Won’t Fire Karl After a Meeting With Divac

    The Sacramento Kings, in a dramatic about-face, have decided against firing coach George Karl after a meeting Tuesday between Karl and general manager Vlade Divac, according to league sources.

    Sources told ESPN that, after Karl pledged to make some changes to address growing concerns within the organization about his defensive schemes and practice policies, Divac has decided to back the embattled coach.

    Source: Marc Stein of ESPN