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January 19, 2013 | 07:19 PM ET Update

Mike Monroe: Plugged-in source tells me Lindsey Hunter will be interim coach of Suns, not Elston Turner Twitter @Monroe_SA

Carter, who turns 36 next Saturday, is in his 15th season, having reached a goal he once set for longevity. Carter, who has a team option on his contract next season for $3.18 million, didn’t want to speculate on how many more seasons he would like to play but said he definitely plans to be around for 2013-14. “I just go year-to-year, contract-to-contract,’’ said Carter, who is averaging 12.3 points to drop his career average to 21.1. “My ultimate goal coming into the NBA was to play 15 years, so here I am, Now, we’ll see what happens.’’ FOXSports Florida

Kahn attended law school in New York City then, not with the intention of spending his forthcoming years racking up massive billable hours but rather as passageway into an NBA front office. Did Fratello know way back then that the guy prepping for that weekend's broadcast someday would lead an NBA team? "Well, he wanted to be in that front-office position," Fratello said. "That was one of his goals way back then. He was more Bob Costas' guy, doing the research and preparing Bob for what was coming up that week. He was kind of attached to Bob Costas' hip, but I knew that was something he had wanted. "He worked on what he had to work on and, to his credit, it happened for him. It was something he dreamed about, and it wound up happening for him." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"He has certainly accumulated pieces," Fratello said. "For a while people were trying to figure out what David Kahn was doing. It looks to me like he started out with an idea, 'Let's accumulate as many talented pieces as we can and then we'll sort it out.' If he felt they were the best player, take them and then move them if they have value to other teams for other picks or in a package for something big and impressive." Most of those players Kahn has moved on have been released, traded for little or paid to go away. So far, there's been no "big and impressive" signature trade for a team that Fratello says could make the playoffs and win one playoff series perhaps if Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and everybody else all were healthy. "They're good, if they're healthy," Fratello said. "They've got a great coach and some nice pieces." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

January 19, 2013 | 06:00 PM ET Update

Jeff Zillgitt: Hawks G Lou Williams will miss rest of the season with a torn ACL in right knee. X-rays last night were negative. MRI today revealed injury. Twitter @JeffZillgitt

“We are extremely disappointed for Lou and our thoughts and support will be with him during his recovery,” said President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Danny Ferry. “He has been a complete professional in every sense of the word and know that approach, along with his work ethic, will serve him well in his rehabilitation.” SI.com

The Hawks lost Williams with 7:12 remaining in the second quarter with an initial diagnosis of a right knee sprain pending further tests. Williams was driving to the basket and pulled up without contact. He screamed out several times as he continued off the court without putting weight on his leg. After lying down in the entryway to the arena to be attended to by Hawks trainers, Williams was taken to the locker room in a wheelchair. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Joseph Goodman: Heat will not resign Josh Harrellson for another 10-day contract. Harrellson is exploring other options for more playing time. Twitter @JoeGoodmanJr

Suspended Rockets rookie forward Royce White has confirmed that he wants the team to hire a physician – a “medical point person,” in his words – with authority to determine whether White’s generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder will allow him to practice or play each day. White’s confirmation of the stipulations he wants added to his contract were made during a Jan. 8 interview with correspondent Bernard Goldberg of HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” which will air a 16-minute segment Tuesday night on White. “I want a medical point person that will remain neutral and keep the interest in health,” White told Goldberg. Houston Chronicle

Asked if that meant the doctor could determine that White’s anxiety disorder would not allow him to play, for example, in a game against the Lakers, “Then I can’t play against the Lakers,” he said. “Just like if your orthopedist says, ‘Royce’s left toe has a crack in it and he shouldn’t run or jump against the Lakers tonight,’ then I can’t run or jump against the Lakers tonight.” White said the only difference between his disorder and an orthopedic injury is “you can’t see mine. There’s no swelling, so to speak. It’s not purple.” He said he was aware his demands could end his NBA career before it starts but said, “I’m not gonna accept it without a fight.” Houston Chronicle

The HBO interview includes a segment with White driving on Houston streets and expressing concern about motorists who may be sending text messages while driving, and a tour of his closet, which Goldberg described as a symbol of White’s need for structure and order. “The item in here for me, out of all my clothes and belongings, that represents the most anxiety for me . is these hats right here,” White said. “They’re easily misplaced. You know, they’re easily displaced. It’s a round shape on a hook, on a square. You know, it’s just geometrically, it messes with my mind. Which is why I’m very careful when I come in my own closet.” Houston Chronicle

January 19, 2013 | 03:54 PM ET Update

Ethan J. Skolnick: One ridiculous numbers found in my research for tomorrow's column: LeBron James has shot below 50 percent in only 7 of 38 games this season. Twitter @EthanJSkolnick

A second set of X-rays on Celtics guard Avery Bradley’s ribs came back negative Saturday afternoon. Bradley, who bruised his ribs during Wednesday night’s contest against the New Orleans Hornets, is expected to travel with the Celtics to Detroit for Sunday’s game against the Pistons. NBA.com

On what Babby wanted to see from Gentry that he did not: “I don’t want to get into the details of evaluating what led to the decision. This is not something we planned for. As short as a month ago, Robert Sarver was direct and blunt in saying Alvin would be here for the rest of the year. That was our intent all along. That was a commitment that we had made. But sometimes in this business you get to a point where it just doesn’t feel right and we just reached that point. We met after the game last night. Robert, Alvin and I met long into the night and met again this morning and just felt like it was the right time for each of us to move on. How you get to that point is something that we look at closely and try to learn from but I don’t think it serves anybody’s purpsoe to share all of the details and all of the reason, either from his side or from our side.” Arizona Republic

January 19, 2013 | 01:40 PM ET Update

The injury-depleted Timberwolves have signed forward Mickael Gelabale to a 10-day contract, the team said Saturday. Gelabale, 29, last played in the NBA in 2008, with the Seattle SuperSonics. This season the 6-foot-7 forward has been playing professionally in Europe and Spain. Last year, he played for the French national team in the London Olympics. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

January 19, 2013 | 09:54 AM ET Update

The Grizz might not move Gay before the Feb. 21 trade deadline, but rest assured he'll be dealt before next season. (Or maybe it'll ultimately have to be Randolph if it's not Gay). If new management opts to give this core one last shot at a long playoff run, it'll be because it couldn't swing a palatable deal before the deadline, not nostalgia. ESPN.com

Source with a team interested in Rudy Gay: the Gay-for-Jared Dudley/Michael Beasley deal was leaked in order to generate more offers from around the league. The response when other GMs heard about the offer was, "Hey, we can do better than that." The Grizzlies, if they are going to move Gay, want a young SF on a smaller contract and a draft pick. Sulia

The Heat, by all accounts, just aren't open to that sort of shake-up. No matter how much chatter there is about its lack of size, rebounding woes and defensive slippage, from The Chuckster or otherwise, sources plugged into the league's personnel grapevine say that Miami isn't prepared to part with Chris Bosh, not only in a bow to that daunting history, but because it's not exactly comfortable from a player-relations perspective to break up a star trio that famously plotted its move to South Beach in unison in the summer of 2010. ESPN.com

David West is an unrestricted free agent after this season. Here's what he said about his upcoming free agency: "I never let that creep into my mind," West said of his upcoming free agency. "If I go out and just play these games night in and night out, try my best to contribute to this group, compete and try to get a win every night, everything else will take care of itself. I learned a long time ago that if the team wins then everyone wins individually. That's the mindset that I've always had. It's worked up to this point." Sulia

Interesting comments recently from Indy's Paul George about how past Pacers teams all "had an ego to them" but how this one is "putting the team first." Hard to imagine that the Pacers could find a trade taker for Danny Granger in the next 24 days before the deadline, given that Granger (knee) has missed the entire season so far, but it seems safe to suggest the end of the Granger era in Indy is drawing closer and closer. ESPN.com

As far as Celtics president Danny Ainge is concerned, Leandro Barbosa has not requested a trade and what’s more, he was in the starting lineup for Friday’s matchup with the Bulls. According to a Brazilian publication, Barbosa said he wanted to be traded or released to seek a team that would give him more playing time. Ainge said Friday that Barbosa has not sought a trade and considers the issue closed. Boston Globe

“You’d have to ask him about the quote, I have no idea,” Ainge said. “But all I know is he’s never come to me and asked to be traded, so I have to take him at his word. He’s never asked me for a trade. “I don’t pay attention to anything at all. He’s never brought anything to my attention. This is some media report. I don’t pay attention to that stuff. I wouldn’t have even known about it had it not been brought to my attention.” Boston Globe

A strong showing at the D-League Showcase propels Jerome Jordan to the No. 1 spot in our Call-Up Rankings, as voted by 10 NBADL executives and coaches. The Jamaican center, who played with the Knicks during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, has been excellent on the boards with averages of 15.6 ppg and 7.9 rpg. Look for Jordan to get a look from teams such as Minnesota, where the injury bug has been virulent among big men. HoopsHype

Afterward, he claimed Garnett continued his strategy of throwing “elbows” and “cheap shots” at the Bulls big man. Noah and Garnett were called for double technicals with 2:20 left in a game that the Bulls led, 84-83. Garnett did not address it after the game but Noah did. “Just trying to throw elbows,” Noah said. “Cheap shots, just trying to get you off your game. But he’s a vet, he’s been doing this a long time, but it’s all right.” WEEI.com

One of the first times Noah accused Garnett of throwing elbows was back in the 2010 Eastern Conference playoffs. “He’s a dirty player, man,” Noah said. “He’s a dirty player. That’s messed up, man. I’m hurting right now because of an elbow he threw. It’s unbelievable. He’s a dirty player. It’s one thing to be competitive and compete and all that, but don’t be a dirty player. He’s a dirty player.” Does he regret those comments? “I feel like I was young, maybe talking a little bit too much,” Noah said Friday night when reminded of 2010. “What happens on the court should stay on the court. I was pretty vocal about it, but at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is winning or losing basketball games. You don’t have to like your opponents, it’s all right. At the end of the day, the only thing I’m worried about is this team and I think that he’s the same way with Boston. He’s worried about his team and getting them going. WEEI.com

Perhaps the perspective of being back where he won a gold medal with the U.S. Olympic team and seeing a key component return in Iman Shumpert underscored the point to Anthony. Anthony has not advanced out of the first round of the playoffs in two tries with the Knicks and has done so just once in his nine NBA seasons. “By far,’’ Anthony said Thursday night in London when asked whether this is his strongest team. “I have been on good teams before. But as far as being a complete team from top to bottom, this is the best team I’ve been a part of.’’ New York Post

The Indiana Pacers swingman put his stamp on his first All-Star appearance Friday night with 31 points, six rebounds and five steals in a 105-95 victory against the Houston Rockets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "Paul George, I think, solidified it tonight," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "I don't think there's any doubt. ... All they have to do is look at this game." USA Today Sports

Vogel doesn't need a flowery letter to get George on the team. His third-year swingman should be joining LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade on the Eastern Conference squad. George knows it, too. That's why he chuckled when asked if he expects to play in the game next month in Houston. "I'm not expecting, but if it happens, it happens," George said. "I'm not expecting. It'll be an honor to be an All-Star." USA Today Sports

Shumpert had a day off yesterday to recover as the Knicks flew home, and today’s practice was canceled. Following Thursday night’s win, Shumpert reported no pain. “I’m pretty optimistic,’’ he said. “They thought I’d have soreness weeks ago. I’m hoping I’m just different.’’ New York Post

The NBA is on to C.J. Wilcox. At least two scouts were in attendance Wednesday to watch him score 25 points against Colorado. During last week's trip to the Bay Area, a dozen scouts saw his 19-point, eight-rebound performance at California and a handful witnessed his 27-point, nine-rebound outing at Stanford. "He's got our attention," said one Western Conference scout. "At the beginning of the year, he was a guy on our list. But there's a lot of guys on our list. "Now he's moved up that list. He's someone that we're taking a hard look at." Seattle Times

"Lately I've just been passing it on to (coach Lorenzo Romar) or passing it on to my dad and been focusing on the team right now," he said. "Later down the road, when it gets closer to that time, I'll start talking to Romar and talking to my dad about exactly what's going on. "I'm kind of blind to it right now. I get calls, but I say talk to my dad or talk to Romar." Seattle Times

It has to say a lot about the Suns organization that Nash said it was a good thing for Gentry he was let go ... "Obviously, I'm sad for Alvin (Gentry), but in some ways maybe this is a good thing for him," Lakers guard Steve Nash said after practice Friday. Nash was coached the last four years by Gentry, reaching the Western Conference Finals together against Los Angeles in 2010. "He's a great coach, a really good coach and any club would be lucky to have him as a coach, that's for sure. He'll land on his feet for sure because he can really do a good job." Sulia

Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni, who had Gentry as an assistant on his staff when D'Antoni was the head coach in Phoenix, was saddened by the news. "Very surprised," D'Antoni said. "He’s a good coach. Now, a coach getting fired is not news. You hate it for a friend and you hate it that a guy does a great job and it definitely wasn’t the coaching’s (fault) that they were losing. So, it’s too bad. But that’s our business and you go on. I hate it for him." Sulia

The Timberwolves will likely be without head coach Rick Adelman for an extended period. Club president of basketball operations David Kahn said Friday, Jan. 18, that he doesn't expect the veteran coach to rejoin the team "in the near term." "What Rick would like to do is make certain his family situation is stabilized, and when he returns, he feels it's with some permanence, as opposed to being in and out," Kahn said. St. Paul Pioneer Press

Adelman has been away from the Wolves to be with his wife, Mary Kay, who has been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness. Adelman has not coached the Wolves since their Jan. 5 game against Portland at Target Center. Adelman spoke to the team before Wednesday's practice but did not stay. Wolves assistant Terry Porter led the practice and will continue in his role as acting head coach. The Wolves (16-20), who play Houston on Saturday night at Target Center, are 1-5 under Porter. St. Paul Pioneer Press

Porter said Adelman is still making decisions and communicating daily with the coaching staff. Porter said he was aware that Adelman's absence might be prolonged. "We'll have to hold court while Rick is gone," Porter said after Friday's practice. "I'll keep preparing us for every game until we hear different." St. Paul Pioneer Press

Geary had a brief NBA career, that first season with the Cavaliers, followed by one more with the San Antonio Spurs. After playing in the CBA and Europe, the former University of Arizona defensive stopper found his niche in coaching. The 2011-12 bj-league Coach of the Year, Geary will serve as the Eastern Conference's assistant coach on Sunday at Ariake Colosseum. Tokyo Cinq Reves coach Motofumi Aoki was named the East's bench boss last month. On Sunday, the bj-league's seventh annual All-Star Game, is slated to tip off at 5:10 p.m. Japan Times

If NBA players were waiting for some of the sport's biggest stars to step up and weigh in on the disturbing findings against union chief Billy Hunter, consider that done. "I think change is needed, top to bottom," Nets star Deron Williams told CBSSports.com Friday night, becoming the league's first high-profile player to call for Hunter's ouster as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. "I don't think things were getting voted on like they should have been," Williams said. "... I'm sure there's guys that are still with Billy, and some guys that aren't. We've just got to figure out what the next step is." CBSSports.com

But some players, like Williams, and their agents already were displeased with Hunter's job performance before the report's findings were published. While Hunter's perceived losses in three rounds of collective bargaining against NBA commissioner David Stern are a matter for interpretation, the findings against the longtime union chief made it clear that the reasons for dismissing him would not be limited to the report's findings. "I didn't like how things went down with this negotiation," Williams said. "I sat in on some of the meetings and nothing good came out of it while I was there. All along, they were telling us, 'Prepare for the lockout.' I think we weren't active enough, weren't aggressive enough. ... I think there could've been some other measures taken -- decertify earlier and a lot of other things." CBSSports.com

But the Hawks' Kyle Korver, the Hawks' alternate player rep, has read the summary of the law firm's findings and planned to continue reading on the team's flight home to Atlanta. Korver said it's "incredibly important" that players educate themselves about the findings and get involved in the decision of who will lead the union going forward. "I think everyone's got to read the information and we've got to make the decision together," Korver said. "I think where all this can go wrong is when people start throwing out their opinions. We all have the information now. In the past, we didn't always know. You'd hear rumors. Do you believe these agents? Do you believe the union? Do you believe ESPN? This is it. This is the real stuff. So I'm sure there are going to be some decisions made." CBSSports.com

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