Andrea Bargnani nearing season debut? 

December, 28, 2014
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It's been more than 11 months since Andrea Bargnani played an NBA game, as he has battled several injuries. He has missed every game this season due to nagging calf and hamstring strains.

However, it looks like he may be getting close to hitting the hardwood again.

Latest buzz on Embiid's rehab process 

December, 28, 2014
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Last season, the Philadelphia 76ers had injured rookie Nerlens Noel travel with the team throughout the campaign with the idea that keeping him involved with the team would help him adjust to the NBA.

They have been doing the same thing this year with Joel Embiid, who likely will miss the entire season with a foot injury. However, coach Brett Brown announced Saturday that they had sent Embiid home two days into their current five-game road trip.

"Brown said Embiid's recovery is moving in the right direction," wrote Keith Pompey of Philly.com. "He added that the team believes that flying Embiid around the country might not be the smartest thing to do on the five-game West Coast trip."

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When will Rubio return to action? 

December, 28, 2014
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November 7 -- that's the last time we saw Ricky Rubio on the hardwood. An ankle injury has kept him sideline since, and there remains no definitive timetable for his return to game action.

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Why Brooks will stick with Perry Jones 

December, 26, 2014
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Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks has been starting Perry Jones at small forward during Kevin Durant's absence. Jones' production as been uneven, however Brooks isn't planning to demote him back to the bench.

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Will Nuggets make a big trade? 

December, 26, 2014
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Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post was asked by a reader if the Denver Nuggets are shopping Wilson Chandler and in answering the question he speculated the team might make a huge trade in early 2015.

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Will Cavs play small-ball sans Varejao? 

December, 26, 2014
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Now that starting center Anderson Varejao has been lost for the duration of the 2014-15 season, head coach David Blatt needs to come up with game plan to deal with the loss. The plan on some nights will be to go with a small lineup.

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Patty Mills' timeline on time 

December, 26, 2014
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Patty Mills has done well in his recovery from the July surgery to fix the torn right rotator cuff and if all goes well he could be cleared to practice soon.

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Why Rockets need to make a trade 

December, 26, 2014
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UPDATE: ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports the Rockets are looking at several options and hope a trade to open up a spot for Josh Smith will take place on Friday.

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The Houston Rockets are on the verge of signing free agent forward Josh Smith via the $2.077 million Bi-Annual Exception. Before the deal can be signed, general manager Daryl Morey needs to open up a roster spot for Smith via a trade or waiving one of the players currently on the team. According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, Morey is looking for a deal.

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Suns a player in the trade market? 

December, 25, 2014
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The Phoenix Suns gladly swapped forward Anthony Tolliver for Detroit Pistons forward Tony Mitchell on Wednesday as it increased their salary cap room and that could lead to another deal.

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Why did SVG trade for Anthony Tolliver? 

December, 25, 2014
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Detroit Pistons president of basketball operations/head coach Stan Van Gundy made a minor trade on Wednesday when he dealt forward Tony Mitchell to the Phoenix Suns for Anthony Tolliver.

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Will Cavs call Jermaine O'Neal? 

December, 25, 2014
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are desperate to add a center to the roster after losing Anderson Varejao to a torn Achilles, which is a season-ending injury. The best free agent on the market is probably Jermaine O'Neal and he said on Wednesday that Cleveland has yet to call him. Well, that will likely change now. O'Neal reiterated that his family could make the decision on whether he plays this season and that he won't announce anything for a few more weeks.

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Will Warriors fill 15th roster spot? 

December, 25, 2014
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The Golden State Warriors are one of seven teams to have an open roster spot and they will likely fill it at some point. According to Diamond Leung of The Oakland Tribune, Warriors general manager Bob Meyers addressed that topic on Wednesday during an interview on a Bay area radio station.

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Josh Smith to blast off with Rockets 

December, 24, 2014
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UPDATE: It won't become official until forward Josh Smith clears waivers at 5 PM (Eastern), but as expected he will sign with the Rockets, per media reports, including ESPN.com's Chris Broussard.

Smith, who will be signed via the full $2.077 million Bi-Annual exception, has been assured he will get Houston's starting power forward.
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Most of the NBA media have the Houston Rockets as the favorite to sign forward Josh Smith after he clears waivers on Wednesday. The Rockets appear to be the leaders for several reasons: 1) His friendship with Dwight Howard; 2) the ability to give Smith the full $2.077 million Bi-Annual exception, while other teams can only offer a pro-rated minimum deal; 3) Houston could have a Top-4 playoff seed in the West; 4) there are enough minutes for him to have a big role for Houston.

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Small trade increases Suns cap room 

December, 24, 2014
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Stan Van Gundy waived Josh Smith on Monday and Wednesday the Detroit Pistons president of basketball operations/head coach made a minor trade. Per the Pistons website, Van Gundy sent forward Tony Mitchell to the Phoenix Suns for Anthony Tolliver.

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Kevin McHale's extension 

December, 24, 2014
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Before today, Kevin McHale was the only head coach in the NBA without a contract beyond this season, but that is no longer the case. ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst confirms McHale has signed a three-year extension worth a bit more than $12 million.

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