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.

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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Chondromalacia benches Andrew Bogut 

December, 19, 2014
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Golden State Warriors starting center Andrew Bogut has missed the last five games due to what the team is calling "right knee chondromalacia/bone edema" and he likely won't return to the active roster for a few more weeks. Bogut had a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) procedure and now he needs to rest the knee.

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Could Rajon Rondo land in Big D? 

December, 18, 2014
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The Rajon Rondo rumors have been going on for almost two years and Wednesday came word from ESPN.com's Marc Stein that the Dallas Mavericks are pushing hard for the point guard.

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Corey Brewer back on the block 

December, 18, 2014
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Corey Brewer has been in the rumor mill for that last few months since a good number of teams are in need of a wing defender, but Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations/head coach Flip Saunders has publicly stated he's not willing to trade the swingman. Well, Saunders may be changing his mind, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst.

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Crawford splits from Miller; downplays trade speculation 

December, 18, 2014
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December has not been a good month for agent Andy Miller as we have reports has he been dumped by Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Thomas and now a player on the Los Angeles Clippers. According to Chris Haynes of Northeast Ohio Media Group, that player is Jamal Crawford.

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Spencer Hawes not out for the season 

December, 18, 2014
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During Wednesday's "First Take" on ESPN, Stephen A. Smith purportedly mentioned the Los Angeles Clippers will be without Spencer Hawes for the duration of the season. That was likely a slip up by Smith, if heard correctly, but it was enough for Hawes' financial advisor to make a call to his client.

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Dwight Howard's plan RE his knee 

December, 18, 2014
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After missing 11 games due to a sore knee, Dwight Howard has returned to the active roster, but on Tuesday he sat out practice. Howard did play 43 minutes on Wednesday against Denver and put up 24 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks. Howard may have to sit out more practices so the soreness can be controlled moving forward.

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Randy Foye's uncertain return 

December, 18, 2014
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The Denver Nuggets have been without guard Randy Foye for the last 12 games due to a torn right quadriceps and as of Wednesday he is still not sure when he might be able to rejoin the active roster.

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Why Hornacek promoted Alex Len 

December, 18, 2014
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Miles Plumlee has started 25 games this season, but on Monday head coach Jeff Hornacek dropped him to the bench and promoted Alex Len to the first unit. Why the change?

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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.

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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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