Why Nene's content coming off the bench 

December, 22, 2014
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Nene missed some games at the end of November and into early December due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot and since he returned head coach Randy Wittman has played him off the bench. Nene says he's fine with his current role for a bit longer.

Danilo Gallinari's setback 

December, 22, 2014
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The Denver Nuggets had their 2013-14 season derailed due to injuries and in 2014-15 some of those players are still having issues. Center JaVale McGee (lower left leg strain) is out indefinitely due pain in the area of the fracture and Danilo Gallinari is out for a while due to a torn meniscus in his right knee. Gallinari missed all of 2013-14 as he recovered from a torn left ACL.

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Stephenson still a locker-room problem? 

December, 21, 2014
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As we noted on Friday, the Charlotte Hornets have pulled Lance Stephenson off of the trading block for the time being. They hope that he will settle in once he shakes off a nagging groin injury.

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Forward David Lee strained his hamstring during the preseason and tweaked it during his regular-season debut, four games into the 2014-15 campaign. To date, Lee has played just seven minutes on the hardwood.

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Could Deron Williams become a King? 

December, 20, 2014
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The Brooklyn Nets reportedly are willing to part with Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and Deron Williams should proper deals come their way. Well, Saturday came a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports claiming the Sacramento Kings have called the Nets regarding Williams. Per Wojnarowski, nothing is close to getting done.

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Goran Dragic's trade market 

December, 20, 2014
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Phoenix Suns starting point guard Goran Dragic has been in the rumor mill for a few months since he can become a free agent in July by declining his $7.5 million player option for 2015-16. According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, several teams have interest in Dragic. For his part, he is only thinking about helping the Suns win this season.

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When Kawhi Leonard may return 

December, 20, 2014
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Kawhi Leonard hurt his right hand on Dec. 9 and after dealing with it for 10 days the medical staff decided it was best for him to sit, so the torn ligament can heal. So, when might he return to the active roster?

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Mavs intrigue Jermaine O'Neal 

December, 20, 2014
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UPDATE: From ESPN.com's Marc Stein: "Sources told ESPN.com that Jermaine O'Neal ... is 'highly intrigued' by the idea of joining the Mavericks as a free agent in the wake of the Rondo deal."

Other teams watching O'Neal are Cleveland, Golden State and LA Clippers.
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The Dallas Mavericks acquired Rajon Rondo Thursday night which upgraded the point guard position, but the deal left them vulnerable in the frontcourt as backup center/forward Brandan Wright was part of the package going to the Boston Celtics.

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Why Pelicans waived Gal Mekel 

December, 20, 2014
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The New Orleans Pelicans made somewhat of a surprising transaction on Friday when they released backup point guard Gal Mekel. Head coach Monty Williams met with the media and explained why the move was made. Williams also mentioned the possibility that Mekel could be re-signed at some point later on in the season.

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Why Ainge will likely trade a big man 

December, 19, 2014
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Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge finally dealt Rajon Rondo on Thursday after two years of rumors and speculation. Ainge landed forward/center Brandan Wright as part of the package from the Dallas Mavericks and his acquisition will likely lead Ainge to send out a big man.

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Could Brewer soon land with Rockets? 

December, 19, 2014
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have put swingman Corey Brewer back in the trade market, per ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst. The Houston Rockets have been hot for Brewer for a while and a deal may get completed soon.


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More Melo shut down talk 

December, 19, 2014
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Nine days ago Carmelo Anthony mentioned that a few people around him are saying he should sit out some games to help with the sore right knee. Anthony doesn't want to sit out games, but he did on Thursday and more might be coming.

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Stan Van Gundy targets more energy 

December, 19, 2014
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The Detroit Pistons are 5-21 after 26 games and to no surprise president of basketball operations/head coach Stan Van Gundy is on the phone talking trades to improve the roster. So, what area is Van Gundy targeting?

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Nicolas Batum may miss some games 

December, 19, 2014
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Nicolas Batum was in a lot of pain on Thursday thanks to a nasty fall on Wednesday due a Flagrant 2 foul from Milwaukee's Larry Sanders when the Portland Trail Blazers starting small forward was driving towards the basket. Batum's status is uncertain for Friday's game against the San Antonio Spurs as the team is listing him as questionable.

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Lance Stephenson off market, for now 

December, 19, 2014
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The Charlotte Hornets have reportedly made calls around the league offering up Lance Stephenson, but they have yet to receive a suitable offer. With that in mind, the team has decided to keep the shooting guard "for now," reports ESPN.com's Chris Broussard and Ramona Shelburne.

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