NBA Rumor Round Up For Tuesday, November 24:
Brooklyn Nets: Even though the Nets are just 3-11 after 14 games and likely heading towards a dismal season, owner Mikhail Prokhorov isn't ready to make any moves and will show patience looking ahead. “We have a lot of new players and quite a few younger pieces, so it takes some time for the team to gel and to show its full potential," Prokhorov told The Record on Monday. According to the newspaper, Prokhorov refused to comment on Lionel Hollins and Billy King when asked about the job performances from his head coach and general manager.
New Orleans Pelicans: If Tyreke Evans doesn't have any setbacks up to game-time on Wednesday, he may rejoin the active roster against the Suns. "He just went through a regular practice," Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry told The Advocate on Monday. "We'll see what happens post-practice now, but but he seems to think that he's fine and feeling good. We'll go again tomorrow and we'll see how shootaround goes (Wednesday in Phoenix) and then we'll determine what our course of action would be from there." ... Evans had surgery on Oct. 20 to fix an issue with his right knee.
Portland Trail Blazers: Forward Meyers Leonard did some one-on-one work on Monday and in the coming days he should begin three-on-five and five-on-five drills. "I feel strong," Leonard told The Oregonian. "I feel pretty good." ... If his left shoulder doesn't suffer any setbacks, Leonard may return to the lineup after a couple more games. "It's hard to put a timeline on it," he said. "But I'm hoping in the next few games that I'll have a chance to get back." ... Currently, head coach Terry Stotts is starting Noah Vonleh at power forward.
Orlando Magic: The Magic were dominated by the Cavaliers on Monday and after the game head coach Scott Skiles said he is planning to switch his playing rotation. "It's time to change the lineup," Skiles told the Orlando Sentinel. "That's pretty much the reality we're going to have to face here in the next 48 hours before we play again. That lineup, there's just been too much of this, and we've got to see if we can find something else that works." ... Skiles will consider all of his options. "Pretty much everything is in consideration," said Skiles. ... The starting forward tandem of Evan Fournier and Tobias Harris may be broken up in the coming games.
Miami Heat: Starting small forward Luol Deng is dealing with a tight hamstring and he might need to rest it now to make sure the issue doesn't linger for a few weeks. "We’re gonna evaluate the next game,” Deng told the Palm Beach Post. “It got really tight on me in the second half, and I wasn’t moving as well. We’ll try to be smart. We’ll see.” ... Miami's next three games are against Detroit on Wednesday, New York on Friday and Boston on Monday. ... Deng has been solid to start the 2015-16 season and he is averaging 10.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists.
Dallas Mavericks: Center JaVale McGee is now available for game action after making his debut on Sunday. Dwight Powell could see his minutes decrease behind Dirk Nowitzki and Zaza Pachulia with McGee as a possible rotation player and it will fall to head coach Rick Carlisle to determine the proper amount of time for each big man. "It's a good problem to have," Carlisle told The Dallas Morning News. "It just gives us more options and we'll figure all that out." ... After dealing with a left leg injury for the last two years, McGee will likely see limited time on the floor for a while just to make sure there are no setbacks. "I've been impressed with him since we got him in late August," Carlisle said. "He's been professional and attentive. And he's got a very good basketball IQ. It's a matter of getting him acclimated to what we're doing as much on the defensive end as the offensive end."
Golden State Warriors: The Warriors are planning to honor Jason Richardson on Tuesday night between the first and second quarters, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. “My first reaction was: ‘Why?’” Richardson said. “I was at a loss for words that a franchise that had just won a championship wanted to honor me — a guy who didn’t do anything for them, except go out and do my job.” ... Richardson, the No. 5 selection in the 2001 NBA draft, played his first six years in the NBA with the Warriors. During his time with Golden State, Richardson averaged 18.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals. .. “I didn’t win a championship,” Richardson said. “I didn’t go to an All-Star Game. I wasn’t All-NBA, All-Defense or All-Anything. But this organization has a love for me, despite all of that."
Philadelphia 76ers: Center Joel Embiid is working his way through a second year of rehab to recover from foot surgery and he is approaching the process differently now. "He just seems like (there's) a new level of maturity, a new level of seriousness in him," a source tells David Aldridge of NBA.com/TNT. "The gravity of the situation is on him; it's on everyone." ... Embiid is sidelined for all of the 2015-16 season. ... In other news, starting shooting guard Nik Stauskas felt some pain to his left knee during Monday's game, so on Tuesday he will have an MRI to determine the issue. “It feels like a bruise and it feels like I got kneed there, but I can’t pinpoint a specific time when it happened,” Stauskas told CSN Philly.
Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks sent forward Damien Inglis to the D-League on Sunday and he was assigned to the Canton Charge. "We're full of twenty-something year-old guys that need to play," Bucks head coach Kidd tells the Journal Sentinel. "For Damien, the D-League is probably the best thing for him right now. We don't have a D-League team so for us to have Cleveland take him is something we needed. You can practice, but he needs games. He needs to get some minutes under his belt." ... Inglis missed all of 2014-15 recovering from a prolonged issue with his broken right ankle. ... In five appearances this season, Inglis is averaging 1.6 points and 1.6 rebounds.