Periostitis benches Mitch McGary 

December, 18, 2014
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The 2014 rookie class has been dealt several injuries, some are season-ending, and Oklahoma City forward/center Mitch McGary is one of them. McGary has hardly played during his rookie season due to a foot fracture and now he's out with periostitis to one of his legs.

Brook Lopez to opt in? 

December, 18, 2014
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Center Brook Lopez will be under contract through 2015-16 with the Brooklyn Nets should he exercise his player option for next season. That seems to be the likely scenario, according to Grantland's Zach Lowe.

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Alexey Shved back to Europe? 

December, 18, 2014
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Alexey Shved has not been given as big of a role as he would like in the NBA, first with the Minnesota Timberwolves and now the Philadelphia 76ers, so there is a good chance he will head back to Europe after this season, according to Shams Charania of RealGM.com. Shved's contract, paying $3.28 million this season, expires on June 30.

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Mark Jackson in mix for Kings job? 

December, 17, 2014
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Lots of speculation is going on with the Sacramento Kings after Michael Malone was relieved of his duties as their head coach on Monday. An interesting meeting took place on Tuesday night as current ESPN commentator Mark Jackson met with Kings advisor Chris Mullin, Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro and center DeMarcus Cousins behind closed doors after the Sacramento-Oklahoma City game, reports Sam Amick of USA Today.

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Cavs covet Matthews, Koufos 

December, 17, 2014
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The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in the rumor mill for the last few months and one of their known targets via a trade is Memphis Grizzlies backup center Kosta Koufos. That interest has been reported a few times, which now includes an item from Chris Haynes of Northeast Ohio Media Group. Haynes also listed Portland's Wesley Matthews as a player the Cavs covet.

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Bucks without Jabari Parker 

December, 17, 2014
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Milwaukee Bucks rookie forward Jabari Parker hurt his left knee during Monday's game against the Phoenix Suns and Tuesday night news broke that he suffered a torn ACL. As a result, Parker's season is over. The recovery timeline for a torn ACL normally runs 12 to 18 months, so Parker likely won't return to the Bucks' active roster until early 2016.

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Why Shaw met with Gallinari, Faried 

December, 17, 2014
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The Denver Nuggets have lost six out of their last seven games and a few players are not happy, so head coach Brian Shaw meet with each of them. Those players are Danilo Gallinari and Kenneth Faried.

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Will Miami make a roster move? 

December, 17, 2014
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The Miami Heat have likely lost Josh McRoberts for the rest of the season due to a knee injury and they will be without Chris Bosh for undetermined amount of time as he deals with a sprained calf. Are the Heat going to make a move for some frontcourt help?

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Why Isaiah Thomas dumped Andy Miller 

December, 17, 2014
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The local Phoenix media found out that Isaiah Thomas has dumped agent Andy Miller, so the Phoenix Suns guard was asked to explain the reasoning for the move.

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Why Wolves will waive Ronny Turiaf 

December, 17, 2014
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Minnesota Timberwolves center Ronny Turiaf had hip surgery on Tuesday and afterwards the team announced he is sidelined for the duration of this season. Since Turiaf's contract expires in June, the Wolves are expected to waive him at some point to open up a roster position. Of course his contract could also be included in a trade.

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Uncertain role for Jeff Taylor 

December, 17, 2014
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Jeff Taylor has hardly played in the last year due to a 2013-14 season-ending injury (ruptured Achilles) and 24 game suspension from the NBA this season. Taylor is available for game action now that the suspension has been completed, but head coach Steve Clifford is not sure how he's going to use the swingman.


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Robin Lopez's expected timeline 

December, 17, 2014
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UPDATE: Robin Lopez announced on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that his hand will need six to seven weeks to heal before he can return to the active roster.

Head coach Terry Stotts was unwilling to say on Tuesday who will be moved into the starting center position.
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LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard are the stars for the Portland Trail Blazers, but the success comes from the supporting cast which are lead by Robin Lopez, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum. Unfortunately the Blazers are going to be without Lopez for a while after he broke his hand during Monday's game against the San Antonio Spurs.

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Simon okay if Stephenson comes back 

December, 16, 2014
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Lance Stephenson's time with the Charlotte Hornets could be over at some point before the 2015 trade deadline on Feb. 19. Stephenson has been a semi-bust with the Hornets during his short time with the club and he's also now considered to be a bad fit. For that reason rumors have linked Stephenson with a possible move back to the Indiana Pacers. When asked, Pacers owner Herb Simon said he's okay if management reacquires Stephenson.

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When DeMarcus Cousins could return 

December, 16, 2014
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DeMarcus Cousins has missed the last nine games due to a bout of viral meningitis and he won't play on Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. A source tells The Sacramento Bee that Cousins might be ready to play on Thursday when the Kings take on the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Kings: Candidates beyond George Karl 

December, 16, 2014
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George Karl might be considered the favorite to be the next full-time head coach of the Sacramento Kings after Michael Malone was fired on Sunday. The speculation listing Karl as a top candidate comes from his relationship with Kings general manager Pete Pete D'Alessandro (they worked together in Denver) and the desire for the the Kings to play an uptempo offense. Karl also knows how to coach players who can be a bit difficult to handle, so many believe DeMarcus Cousins would respect Karl from Day 1. Karl does have interest in the job.

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