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January 29, 2013 | 09:11 PM ET Update

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo will get a second opinion within days on his torn right ACL injury. And that second opinion may come from arguably the best in the business - famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. "He (Dr. Andrews) is one that we're definitely considering," Rondo's agent Bill Duffy, told CSNNE.com. "If he's No. 1, there's a couple 1As and 1Bs we're looking at as well." CSNNE.com

Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman has been trying to keep a lid on his wife's health issues that caused him to be away from the team for three weeks, preferring to deal with the situation privately while keeping his eye on the team from afar. Mary Kay didn't seem to understand why, so Rick Adelman relented on Tuesday, one day after he returned to the team from his hiatus. Rick Adelman said his wife is suffering from seizures and doctors still haven't figured out what has been causing them. "It's just a process now," Adelman said after practice. "We don't know why. We have no clue why it happened. No one can figure it out. Now it's a matter of finding it out. How do you manage it? What do you do with it? How do you go forward? ... The good thing is she's home." MSNBC.com

January 29, 2013 | 07:40 PM ET Update

Expectations are growing that the Hawks will trade forward Josh Smith, a source said. Smith has averaged 17 points, 8.6 rebounds. 4.7 assists and 2.1 blocks this month despite the trade speculation. Yahoo! Sports

Four months after retiring from the NBA, Keyon Dooling is considering a return to the game. The 12-year veteran guard began increasing his workout routine on Tuesday should he receive a call from the Boston Celtics. "I'm definitely considering," Dooling told CSNNE.com Tuesday evening. "I've upped my exercise starting today and if Doc (Rivers) gives me the word I will be ready." CSNNE.com

Moore indicated Iverson may explore opportunities to play in the NBA this season. "Hopefully, one day, he'll get an opportunity to possibly join a team and help a team – come off the bench and maybe give a team some very valuable minutes in this playoff stretch," Moore said. "I'm not a guessing man, but if I had to bet, I would surely feel like Allen is going to try and get himself in shape to return sometime this year." USA Today Sports

"Allen wants those fans to know it's not within his power to come back and just walk back in to the NBA. He clearly understands that. He understands why and he wants them to know that it's not up to him to just walk back out. He appreciates the love the fans have shown for him. "But in no way shape, form or fashion does he want anyone to think that the NBA is doing something wrong to him by not allowing him back in the NBA. He knows why he's not in there, and he's determined to show those who need to know he's willing to get back." USA Today Sports

With more than three months on the job, Levien has begun to transform the Grizzlies with some unexpected additions to his front office staff, tapping long-time business associate Stu Lash to oversee player personnel and long-time sports reporter and advanced analytics guru John Hollinger, formerly from ESPN, as his vice president of basketball operations. "Both guys needed to be recruited a little bit," Levien told USA Today Sports. "I put my agent hat on, but I think both guys were excited." USA Today Sports

Hiring Lash seemed almost inevitable, as he and Levien have a long history together. However, hiring Hollinger away from ESPN was something of a surprise. "I always read his stuff so I sort of knew him from reading his stuff and saying, 'This guy is smart and he writes really well,'" Levien said. "We spent time at the Sloan Conference together (an annual sports analytics conference held by MIT in Boston), and I liked him even more. "I leaned on John when I was an agent a few times to give me advice on how I can use analytics in promoting my clients through negotiation and even in the draft. I understood what he was looking at and what he saw and how that equated to what I was looking at and what I saw. And I said, 'This guy really gets it, he's really sharp.'" USA Today Sports

"If you look at the dynamic of our group, with Jason making the final decision," Lash says, "Chris brings a tremendous amount of experience and he's been here, he's done a great job with the foundation and the core of what this team is. John and myself, having different backgrounds and the transition early on was not very difficult. Chris was very open on how he got to this point with this team and it's been good." It's this kind of synergy of information that Levien envisioned when he brought together his front office. "We definitely have a plan and vision for what the future here looks like," Hollinger said. "I'm sure you want me to share all of it, but unfortunately I can't really disclose USA Today Sports

Executive director Billy Hunter has fired his daughter and daughter-in-law from the NBA players' association, less than two weeks after a review criticized his hiring practices. In a letter to the union's special committee of players, dated Jan. 23, Hunter informed them that Robyn Hunter was to be let go as of Jan. 25. Megan Inaba will stay on through the All-Star break to help coordinate activities in Houston before leaving her job on Feb. 17. Hunter also states in the letter, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, that the NBPA will no longer work with Prim Capital, the banking firm that employs Hunter's son, Todd. USA Today Sports

January 29, 2013 | 06:05 PM ET Update

Doc Rivers said before Tuesday's practice that he has spoken with Keyon Dooling and informed him to starting getting in shape for a possible return. Dooling told the Globe on Sunday that he would consider coming out of retirement. He retired this summer despite agreeing to a one-year contract extension with the Celtics. "He would be the closest for me if we had to go in another direction (at point guard)," Rivers said. "We'd have to find out if he could still do it. He knows our stuff. He's the easiest by far. He's going to (get in shape) anyway." Boston Globe

Since Rajon Rondo‘s season-ending ACL injury, there’s been plenty of talk about trading Paul Pierce, but the Celtics captain made his plea to the media before the team’s first practice since losing their All-Star point guard. “I want to retire as a Celtic,” said Pierce. “That’s been my longtime goal, but it’s not under my control. The organization, they make their decisions, but it’s something I’ve desired since being here so long.” WEEI.com

Both center Chris Johnson and swingman Michael Gelabale will be around a little while longer. Both signed a second 10-day contract with the Timberwolves, the team announced Tuesday. That means the team was granted another roster injury exception. Johnson has appeared in five games for the Wolves, averaging 9.2 points while shooting 18-for-25 (72.0 percent). He has also averaged 3.8 rebounds while playing 17.2 minutes per game. Johnson, who was in training camp with the Wolves, came back to Minnesota from San Jose of the Development League. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

On Wednesday night, Orlando Magic center Nik Vucevic almost certainly will be named as one of the participants in the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend in Houston. Vucevic is an obvious candidate for the exhibition, which is commonly referred to as the rookie-sophomore game. The second-year player is averaging 11.9 points per game and, through Monday, ranked fourth in the NBA in rebounding, averaging 11.2 per game. Orlando Sentinel

As center Andrew Bynum continues to make headway in his six-step rehabilitation program on the court, so, too, has his demeanor improved off of it. “We're very encouraged [by Bynum's progress]," said head coach Doug Collins Monday. "I think the most important thing is that he is encouraged. You can always tell when guys start feeling better. "When you're hurt, you don't feel like you're part of the team… Especially a guy who's been traded [to a new team]. I get a sense that he's getting that feeling of being back in the mix, which is nice." NBA.com

Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins, at home recovering from a sinus infection Sunday while associate coach Michael Curry ran practice, suddenly started feeling queasy. He had just learned that Boston Celtics all-star point guard Rajon Rondo will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. "Yesterday I got a sick feeling in my stomach because I had a torn ACL," Collins said Monday before the Sixers hosted Memphis. "We've seen Rondo go down with one now, we've seen (former 76er and current Atlanta Hawks guard) Lou Williams. I think maybe LeBron (James) said it, he said as much as a rival as the Celtics might be, you never ever want to see a player like that hurt because the league needs them. Rondo is a special player. I hate that any player has to go through that. That's a tough rehab. He's an incredible athlete. I know he's going to fight back." USA Today Sports

Pritchard, a six-year NBA player, has worked in an NBA front office since 2004 when he was the director of player personnel for the Portland Trail Blazers. In 2007, he was promoted to General Manager. He’s currently in his second season with the Pacers and first as GM. An hour before the Pacers-Raptors game on Feb. 8, Pritchard is hosting a seminar, "How to Be a GM." He’s had the idea for a while, but after receiving tremendous feedback on twitter, he decided to move forward with the idea. "I thought about it a couple of times and the one thing I know is there’s a lot of people that want to get into business and they also need to get a little direction number one, but also get a foundation," Pritchard explained. NBA.com

The job is so complex that it would probably take days to understand some of the nuances and pieces to working in a front office. That’s why Pritchard says he will cover the fundamentals—which are just as important upstairs as they are on the basketball court. He also plans to answer questions from the participants. "You can’t really get into too much detail, but what you can do is give them a foundation so they can understand what being a general manager is all about, see if they want to do it, and how to get into the business and what is my typical day made up of." To earn a front office position, you have to be willing to work your way up. Just take a look at Peter Dinwiddie’s story. Before the season, he was promoted to Vice President of Basketball Operations, but he started with the franchise in ticket sales. A 'whatever it takes' mentality and perseverance are both vital components. NBA.com

January 29, 2013 | 03:36 PM ET Update

Adrian Wojnarowski: In engagement of 3rd teams for possible Rudy Gay-to-Toronto deal, Raptors struggling to find landing spot for Jose Calderon, sources tell Y! As for finding a spot for Calderon, yes, teams have interest in him. Yet how much are they willing to contribute to MEM-TOR in 3-way deal? Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Ryan Wolstat: Memphis has been leaking info like crazy throughout this process. It's a new front office without a lot of experience. Twitter @WolstatSun

Darren Wolfson: Told by a #Twolves contact they have additional days flexibility, so a Lou Amundson move is not required right this second. Twitter @DarrenWolfson

If you guessed Chalmers, you’re undoubtedly with more than 99 percent who have a pulse. But Chalmers doesn’t care if you picked him as the odd man out. He believes he belongs in a listing of the top point guards in the NBA. “I’d say top 10,’’ the Miami Heat fifth-year man said of where he ranks. “I’m not in the lower part (of the top 10), I’m in the middle part. I just have confidence in myself. I think I can compete with the best of them.’’ FOXSports Florida

This is as close as Glen Davis gets to a vow of silence. As the Orlando Magic prepare to face the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night, the emotional power forward plans to avoid talking to referees after questionable calls and non-calls. Davis received a technical foul in each of Orlando’s last four games for complaining to referees. “I’m not going to say ‘Hi,’ ” he pledged. “I’m not going to say, ‘How are you doing?’ I’m just going to come here and play. That’s it because it’s been messing up my game, messing up the flow of my game, and I’ve got to grow up.” Orlando Sentinel

Davis is 6 feet 9 and 289 pounds, and he indicated he doesn’t get the calls he wants because of his bulldozing style and his size. “You can’t just think that I am stronger than everybody else,” he said. “If people foul you, they foul you. You know what I mean? Yeah, I don’t jump high. I go straight to the rim. But I’m not going to complain if there’s not a foul. The refs know that. But I’ve got to blend in with the game and let them do what they need to do. So I just need to shut up.” Orlando Sentinel

Billy Hunter, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, purged family members from union roles after a report was critical of nepotism at the organization. The moves dismissing personnel including his daughter and daughter-in-law were disclosed in a letter from Hunter to members of a special committee of players established prior to the investigation by the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. A copy of the letter, dated Jan. 23, was obtained by Bloomberg News. Bloomberg

“Hopefully this decision will alleviate any concerns raised by their employment,” Hunter wrote in the letter. “These measures are being taken although the report noted that both of them were highly qualified, not overpaid, and were contributing members of the NBPA staff.” Robyn Hunter, the director’s daughter, ceased working at the union on Jan. 25, according to the letter. Megan Inaba, his daughter-in-law and director of special events and sponsorships, will leave on Feb. 17 after the National Basketball Association’s All-Star weekend. Bloomberg

January 29, 2013 | 12:57 PM ET Update

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat have emerged as the leaders to land former No. 1 pick Greg Oden. The 7-foot Oden, who hasn't played since Dec. 5, 2009 due to multiple knee injuries, is hoping to take a visit down to Miami to meet with Pat Riley and the Heat in the next week, a source told CBSSports.com. CBSSports.com

After missing the past five games with a sprained ankle, Alexey Shved expects to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, agent Obrad Fimic told RealGM. Shved had wanted to come back at some point last week, but he and the Timberwolves ultimately believed that he needed more time to heal his left ankle. The 24-year-old participated in practice on Monday as the team played scrimmage games. RealGM

A Knicks fan has created his own merchandise for Brooklynites who support the Knicks, but the NBA is not too pleased with it. Mike Sorisi created a line of new hats, stickers and shirts with a logo that has the orange and blue Knick colors along with the graphic styling of the nets. He says after he made his website for people to purchase the gear he was immediately contacted by the NBA. For now, Sorisi has been forced to stop selling his merchandise. He’s hoping the NBA will work with him to come up with a compromise. Pix11

Testimony is expected to begin this morning in the capital murder trial of the son of former Dallas Mavericks player Nick Van Exel. Nickey Van Exel, 22, is accused of fatally shooting his long-time friend Bradley Eyo in the chest with a shotgun at Van Exel’s Garland home in December 2010. According to police, Van Exel later confessed to the shooting, saying that he didn’t realize the gun was loaded. Dallas Morning News

January 29, 2013 | 10:19 AM ET Update

“N.B.A. players deserve better representation from the union they fund,” Tellem writes in the letter. “I implore you and your fellow players to take control of your union and your future. It’s time for Mr. Hunter to go.” Tellem suggests that players should make that decision when the players association holds its annual All-Star meeting on the weekend of Feb. 15-17. That is also when the players will discuss the recent audit, by the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Representatives of the firm are expected to present the findings and answer questions. New York Times

In his letter, Tellem suggests that Hunter should not be allowed to attend that meeting in order to prevent him from any attempt “to intimidate and manipulate.” Tellem writes: “Hunter is betting that the players — historically passive — will let him slide. I hope you don’t. Clearly, Hunter has violated your trust.” New York Times

But sources say that the Raptors, undaunted by that stance, continue to pursue Gay and also covet Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur. Toronto, sources said, has made veteran point guard Jose Calderon and blossoming young forward Ed Davis available as the two cornerstones of its offer. ESPN.com

If talks with the Raptors do progress, according to sources, it's possible that a trade with Memphis could expand to include other teams and players. NBA front-office sources have maintained for weeks that Calderon (who has an expiring contract), fellow Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (only $1 million in guaranteed salary next season) and former No. 1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani all are available. ESPN.com

Gay's name is one of the hottest around in NBA trade rumors. The Grizzlies, who rallied from 17 points down to beat the Sixers, are fourth in the Western Conference and listening to offers for their leading scorer. He showed his value down the stretch, hitting the go-ahead bucket, then sinking two free throws to seal the win. "Whether I'm here or not, it shouldn't affect this team," Gay said. "I'm going to be a professional about it and make sure that it doesn't." He added: "Wherever I go, I'm going to be me." USA Today Sports

The Grizzlies reached out to every team in the league in early January, mainly to introduce themselves and to gauge what was out there, hence all the Memphis chatter specifically related to Rudy Gay. The new front office wanted a fresh look at the landscape and that’s why you have heard so much about Memphis in the rumor mill, because they have been talking. The Grizzlies had to get under the luxury tax line; it was never an option to be a tax payer with how the team is constructed on the financial side. Considering deals involving Rudy Gay made the most sense because he makes a ton of money. After hearing what Gay could return, the Grizzlies turned to Cleveland and made a lesser deal. HoopsWorld

Redick spoke with RealGM on Monday, discussing the trade deadline and his impending unrestricted free agency “It’s become a home for me," Redick told RealGM of Orlando. "I met my wife there and I’d love to play there after this year. If they wanted to re-sign me, I’d definitely consider it, obviously if I’m here past the deadline. "I like Orlando and I like the people. The community has been wonderful for me. I’m very grateful to play for one team for seven years. It’s very unique and I’m fortunate for that.” RealGM

“My agent (Arn Tellem) has kept me in the loop and Rob has kept me in the loop,” said Redick. “Nothing is imminent, nothing is in the foreseeable future. I expect that there will be more discussion, more serious discussion I should say, around the deadline. If I’m here, I’m here. If I’m not here, I’m not here. There’s nothing I can do to control that situation.” RealGM

Lazar Hayward has re-signed with the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Hayward was signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Dec. 31 and became a free agent on Jan. 18. RealGM

Howard has been asked to step onto Bryant's turf and co-lead Bryant's team, a domain that the greatest player since Michael Jordan has dominated for so long. "We were two big dogs and we were bumping heads," Howard said. "But instead of us bumping heads, we need to do things to lead this team. Offensively, he's going to lead our team and on the defensive end, that's my job. So we all have different roles, but we all have one common goal: We have to be together in order for us to succeed. "We both want to win," Howard said. "I understand what he wants; he understands what I want. And in order for us to get it together, we have to be on the same page and we have to think as one and be one on the court. That took some time, but we're getting better at it." CBSSports.com

Howard believes the meeting and confronting Bryant about their roles has helped the Lakers put together their modest winning streak. "I'm happy that me and Kobe are getting on the same page," Howard said. "In order for us to win, me and him have to always be together on the same page. We have to really lead this team. I think that's the key right there. "It's a process. It's always been a process. It wasn't an easy one because we're both two big dogs and we bump heads. Instead of us bumping heads we can both do things to lead this team. Offensively he's going to lead our team, and on the defensive end it's my job. So we all have different roles but we all have one common goal and we have to be together for us to succeed." ESPN.com

"You have to create conflict and confrontation," Bryant told "Max & Marcellus" on ESPNLA 710. "A lot of times when you have people that are in those positions, everybody is kind of tiptoeing around each other, everybody is afraid to rub each other the wrong way and you wind up not advancing, you wind up being counterproductive, so you really have to challenge each other." ESPN.com

Howard wouldn't go into the specifics about the meeting and what he and Bryant said to each other, but he did say he thought it was good that both players aired their concerns. "I think that's something's that's needed," Howard said. "A lot of times when you have a lot guys come together nobody wants to step on anybody's toes or do anything against somebody else, but we have to win. And in order for us to win we have to pull the best out of each other every night. That takes time for us to do. In order for us to do things as a unit we have to do things out of the ordinary. If we have to pull the best out of each other every day by going off on somebody, that's what we have to do. At the end of the day it's not personal. We're only doing it because we care about each other and care about what we're trying to accomplish." ESPN.com

Kaman has expressed disappointment that things have not worked out better, although Elton Brand has been the team’s most effective center of late and Bernard James and Brandan Wright also have played well at times. “I talk to him all the time about it,” Carlisle said. “He’s a good player and we need him. We have good, honest conversations. Sometimes, there’s a difference of opinion, but that’s OK. Reasonable men have a right to disagree. “But I make it clear to him that he’s an important guy on this team, and we need him and need what he can do for us.” Dallas Morning News

The presence of point guard Raymond Felton, who likes to operate out of fast breaks, has helped. Felton and Jason Kidd both have been instrumental in getting Anthony the ball in a position from which he can instantly let it fly—a considerable change from last season, when, until Jeremy Lin came along, the Knicks didn't have a player capable of doing so. "That's part of it," Felton said. "Anybody is going to shoot better when someone's getting them the ball in their sweet spot." Wall Street Journal

"I talked about [coming back before the All-Star break], but to me it doesn't really matter when I come back," Bynum said. "I think giving myself the extra week of training would be better than trying to come back before that." SI.com

By the end of the third quarter, Curry was sitting on the baseline near the visiting bench with his shoe off, adjusting his ankle brace. He headed toward the locker room to test running with 8:57 remaining, and though he quickly returned to the bench, he never re-entered the game. Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said the team just wanted to be cautious about putting Curry back on the floor, despite pleas from the guard to return to the court. “We’ll find out tomorrow but we just wanted to be smart,” Jackson said. “I sent (assistant coach) Pete Myers in the hallway to look at him run and there was no need to put him back out there. “I just wanted to make sure he was healthy and give an opportunity to know what we’re dealing with. He wanted to get back in the game, but I’ve got more interest in his future and our future.” CSNBayArea.com

Bulls fans weren't the only ones surprised when executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson and Gar Forman flew to Denver to interview Mike Dunlap on May 3, 2008, during the lengthy head coaching search that ultimately netted Vinny Del Negro. "I'm surprised to hear from my wife, let alone the Bulls," Dunlap deadpanned. "They were really kind to me. They asked me my name. They asked me my age. And then they said, 'You're outta here.'" Chicago Tribune

"It was a great experience," Dunlap said of the 2008 interview. "Pax and crew put me through the paces on the whiteboard for three hours, and it was a precursor for the interview in Charlotte. I knew what to expect by then. "The difference between a pro and college interview is pro is all basketball. It's technical and about management of players. In college, you're into things like recruiting, counseling and academics." Chicago Tribune

Let’s assume that the NBA’s bigwigs approve the relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle. Also that, according to a semi-reliable source, Phil Jackson will indeed sign on to supervise the entire basketball operations of the resurrected Seattle SuperSonics. Given these presumptions, several questions present themselves, questions that Jackson will not address unless or until this parley of events comes to pass. However, without consulting PJ, here are my personal takes on the hows and whys of the situation. SheridanHoops

Jeremy Lin had a busy schedule after arriving late to Utah with the Houston Rockets on Sunday evening. The Houston point guard made it to the final minutes of a Sundance Film Festival screening after a snowstorm grounded the team in Grand Junction, Colo. Then, prior to playing the Jazz on Monday, Lin was introduced to former University of Utah guard Wat Misaka, who won a national championship with the Utes in 1944 and became the first Asian-American to play in the NBA when he appeared in three games with the New York Knicks in the 1947-48 season. Salt Lake Tribune

Brooklyn Nets forward Kris Humphries has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit from a former lover who alleges she contracted a sexually-transmitted disease from him. Kayla Goldberg filed a sexual battery and negligible transmission of a venereal disease lawsuit against the NBA player in August 2012, claiming he infected her with genital herpes after they allegedly had unprotected sex in 2010. Toronto Sun

After Vanessa filed for divorce in 2011, rapper Drake said in the song "Stay Schemin' " that Vanessa didn't deserve a large sum of Bryant's fortune because "...you wasn't with me shootin' in the gym." That line became an instant hit and has often been repeated by Bryant's fans. On Monday morning, after Bryant tweeted about he and his wife drinking some coffee and tea, a fan replied saying, "but..... #SheWasntWithYouShootingInTheGym" Bryant immediately defended his wife. "no, she wasn't. She was busy raising our kids #nonanny #respectmothers," Bryant posted to his Twitter account. Los Angeles Times

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