• Magic, Vucevic Reach 4-Year Extension

    Magic give Vucevic four-year $54 million extension, source tells Yahoo

    via Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports
  • Rajon Rondo to Play for Celtics’ Season Opener?

    Within the past few days (Boston Celtics Rajon) Rondo underwent a CT scan for the broken bone in his left hand, which showed he is “progressing great,” according to (Coach Brad) Stevens. But the 28-year-old still hasn’t received clearance for contact.

    “It doesn’t bother me at all,” Rondo said of the injury. “When I dribble the ball, when I catch the ball, it doesn’t bother me. But it’s night and day from trying to brace myself hitting the floor, and going into the lane and somebody smacking my hand.”

    The Celtics initially set a 6-8 week timetable, which would keep Rondo out for about 1-3 weeks of the regular season. But staying true to his reputation, the guard immediately said he would like to expedite the process. Stevens did not rule out Rondo suiting up for the Oct. 29 opener against the Brooklyn Nets.

    "I think it's a possibility," the coach said.

    via Jay King of Masslive.com
  • Bosh Concedes Money Was Factor in Choosing HEAT

    Chris Bosh was close to signing a four-year, $88 million deal with the Houston Rockets, but ultimately decided to remain with the Miami Heat on a five-year, $118 million contract.

    Bosh admits that money was a factor in his decision to stay with the Heat.

    "It's always business," he said. "Nothing is ever personal. I think 100 percent of those dudes would have taken the deal I took.

    "It's not always about money," Bosh said. "But you do want your full market value. If you work your butt off to get to a certain point, you want to be rewarded for that."

    via Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel
  • Kobe: We’re Going to Play Smashmouth Basketball

    “We’re going to be smashmouth basketball,” Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said. “That’s how we’re going to play. We’re going to be nasty. We’re going to be physical.”

    The Lakers showed how those elements could work in their 98-91 preseason win on Sunday over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center.

    via Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News
  • Nuggets’ McGee Expected to Make Debut This Week?

    (Denver Nuggets) JaVale McGee (tibia), however, might make his preseason debut tomorrow. If not, then against Golden State in the preseason finale #Nuggets

    via Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post on Twitter
  • Celtics’ Wallace Comfortable with Bench Role

    (Boston Celtics Gerald) Wallace explained: “I’m here for supportive veteran leadership. Whatever the coach needs me to do. We’ve already talked about it. I’m in a position where I’m comfortable with it.”

    That’s a far cry from last year, when Wallace initially groaned about a demotion to the second unit.

    “It’s a lot easier right now because I don’t feel myself at 100 percent,” he said. “I’m still battling, trying to get my knee back to where I want it to be. At this point I don’t feel like I can play 30 or 40 minutes right now, with my knee the way it is. I’m still a work in progress of getting myself back to 100 percent so I’m comfortable with it.”

    Wallace said he feels pain whenever he pushes off or tries to explode off his surgically-

    via Jay King of Masslive.com
  • Lottery Reform Vote Set to Pass?

    Lottery reform vote at NBA Board of Governors Wednesday. 23 of 30 votes to pass. Philly/OKC will vote "No" but support short on stopping it.

    via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports on Twitter
  • Kawhi Leonard to be Re-evaluated Tuesday

    (Spurs Coach Gregg) Popovich on (Kawhi) Leonard (eye): "He had a really strong strain of whatever virus it is. He's still out and they're going to re-evaluate (Tuesday)."

    via Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News on Twitter
  • Report: Los Angeles Lakers Waive Appling, Tyler

    Lakers waived guard Keith Appling and center Jeremy Tyler on Monday.

    via Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times on Twitter
  • Hornets’ Henderson Nearing Return to Court

    Gerald Henderson (hamstring) tells me he did some running and shooting today. He hopes to play in Hornets' final exhibition.

    via Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer on Twitter
  • Grizzlies’ Courtney Lee Suffers Ankle Injury

    (Memphis Grizzlies) Courtney Lee turned his left ankle and will not return. #DALvsMEM

    via Earl K. Sneed of NBA.com/Mavs on Twitter
  • Timberwolves Waive Center Kyrylo Fesenko

    The (Minnesota)  Timberwolves have waived center Kyrylo Fesenko. The Wolves' roster now stands at 17 players.

    via Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports on Twitter
  • Jason Kidd Believes Nets Wanted to Fire Him

    "Did I want to be traded?" said (Jason) Kidd, whose Bucks play the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday. "I think once [the Nets] OK'd the talk to Milwaukee, that just showed, whatever you want to call it, rumors or no rumors that they wanted to fire me in December had to have some legs."

    Kidd was alluding to reports by ESPNNewYork.com and Yahoo! Sports about how management strongly considered making a coaching change last December when the Nets were in the midst of a 10-21 start but Russian ownership stuck with Kidd.

    via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York
  • Kobe: Randle’s an Idiot If He Messes This Up

    Both (Kobe) Bryant and Lakers coach Byron Scott talked to (Julius) Randle, saying he has the potential to become an NBA All-Star one day IF he mimics Bryant’s work ethic. If not? Randle will just become another forgotten NBA player.

    “It means he can’t [bleep] it up.” Bryant explained in more vulgar terms following the Lakers’ 98-91 preseason victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday at Staples Center.

    “If you [bleep] this up, you’re a really big idiot,” Bryant said. “ESPN are idiots, but you’re really a big idiot if you manage to [bleep] this up.”

    via Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News
  • Knicks’ Fisher Testing Options with Bargnani Out

    “He (Andrea Bargnani) hasn’t been able to practice the last few days so it wouldn’t be smart to jeopardize him by putting him into game action tomorrow,” (Knicks coach Derek) Fisher said of Bargnani after the Knicks practiced for the fourth straight day Sunday in Greenburgh. “We’ve mixed the groups up a lot and we have some different guys in the frontcourt at times, different guys in the backcourt, so we’ll kind of reassess who has been effective this week and try to put a good lineup together.”

    Quincy Acy has started the past three contests, but Fisher indicated Saturday that 7-footer Jason Smith also is pushing for a starting spot after scoring 14 points last Tuesday against Philadelphia in Syracuse.

    via Peter Botte of the New York Daily News