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February 23, 2013 | 07:02 PM ET Update

Now that J.J. Redick is a Buck and is going to get a long-term deal from the team this summer, what happens to Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings? They could be gone. Jennings hopes to land in Dallas via a free-agent deal this summer and the Mavs would love to get him, but he's restricted. Ellis was the centerpiece of the offer for Josh Smith. New York Daily News

Mavericks center Chris Kaman joined 104.1 FM The Ticket on Thursday for his Chris Kaman radio show. Here are some highlights. On if he thought a trade was possibly in the works: “I didn’t even care. I can’t control it so it’s something I’m not worried about. If you worry about it, it’s going to stress you out. You’ll be thinking about it all day and all night and I don’t need to do that. That’s not something I need in my life. If they had a trade that worked well for them then it’s a business and I understand. I’m okay with it. I kind of put myself at piece about it. It’s something I can’t control. There are very few players that can control that situation, and I’m not one of them.” Dallas Morning News

Mavs owner Mark Cuban recently joined Ben & Skin on 103.3 KESN-FM. Here are some highlights: On how he sells Dallas to free agents: “It just depends on the guy. Every guy is different. We just don’t say hey, we’re the Mavs. Hey, we won a championship. Hey, we like to win. Hey, don’t you know who we are? Hey, Dallas is a great city. It’s not like that at all. It’s tailored to the individual. Every guy is different so you’re going to have a different pitch. You’re going to have a 5-10-15 percent chance of getting him because the CBA says the recumbent team has the best opportunity then you’ll look at all the others. There are a ton of free agents out there. We saw some things fall through the crack last year so hopefully we can continue to add good players in search of the great player.” Dallas Morning News

In contrast, veteran Jason Collins – the only player the Wizards got back in the deal who will actually suit up for the team – didn’t arrive until Saturday. Crawford certainly has more to prove, with his career still in its early stages and he was anxious to play after falling out of the rotation in Washington. “I think it was time,” Crawford said. “I’m looking forward to a new situation. And just to help this team win, like they’ve been winning for years. I’m excited.” Washington Post

The NBA has had its share of quiet trade deadlines, but last week’s lack of action involving stars probably came down to the league’s new harsher tax system. “Teams are scared of the taxes,” said one Eastern Conference GM, reflecting on the dearth of trades involving high-salary players. “Everybody is watching their spending.” New York Daily News

The Nets get their first look at the revamped Grizzlies Sunday in Brooklyn. By sending Gay to Toronto and off-loading Marreese Speights to Cleveland, it's all about shedding salaries and avoiding taxes for the new ownership group, headed by Robert Pera. Those weren't basketball-driven decisions, but had everything to do with the new bosses' demands to save money. As one team official put it, "They put a gun to our head." New York Daily News

JaVale McGee had no interest in being sentimental about his return to Washington. The place McGee called home for the first 3½ seasons of his NBA career before getting dealt for Nene at the trade deadline last March was no more important to the Denver Nuggets’ 7-foot big man than any other stop in his life journey – if you let him tell it. “For some reason I have a selective memory, so it wasn’t like I was having flashbacks, stuff like that,” McGee said after his current playoff team lost to his former lottery- bound team for the second time in five weeks. “It wasn’t really that special to me.” Washington Post

Reggie Rose, Derrick’s brother, says he was only speaking for himself when he ripped the Bulls for not bringing in enough talent to compete with the Miami Heat. Sure he was. But if you’re awaiting Derrick’s reaction, he only talks to the national media these days. He’s got no use for the Chicago guys who cover him (or try to) on a daily basis. New York Daily News

February 23, 2013 | 02:14 PM ET Update

Just as the buzz surrounding Michael Jordan's 50th birthday celebration was beginning to subside, the Joliet Slammers of the Independent Frontier League are here to revive it with a creative publicity stunt. It an announcement made by general manager Chris Franklin on Friday afternoon, the Slammers would like to offer Jordan a one-year contract with an invitation to spend the summer finishing his unfinished baseball business while wearing their uniform. Yahoo! Sports

MarShon Brooks wasn't mincing words when he spoke with Stefan Bondy before Friday night's game vs. the Rockets. He told Bondy that he still thinks he can a big-time scorer in the NBA, that he doesn't really care where he plays as long as he gets more time than he has this year. Brooks played 10 minutes Friday, scoring six points on 2-of-3 shooting and going to the line once. Here's a sampling in his own words: On his potential as a scorer in the NBA: "I still believe if I got the minutes I could score 20 points per game." NetsDaily

Jennings is playing a team-high 37.4 minutes per game and Ellis is averaging 37.1, leading to concern expressed by both Hammond and Boylan. "We've had to play them too many minutes," Boylan said. "Forty minutes a night, that's not a good formula for us." But Jennings disputed that notion. "I'm 23 years old," he said. "I don't mind playing a lot of minutes at all. I never complain about playing time; I never complain about being tired or anything like that. "Monta has played 40 minutes at Golden State. It's nothing to us." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Golden State Warriors forward Carl Landry presented $10,000 worth of donations in boxing, fitness and recreation equipment Thursday to the East Oakland Boxing Association, which was burglarized on several occasions last year. Landry helped distribute equipment provided by Good Sports, including exercise benches, boxing gloves, protective head and groin gear and chin-up bars. The East Oakland Boxing Association is a nonprofit that has served Oakland residents ages 5 to 20 since 1987. It provides free after-school and summer programs that include physical activities like boxing along with mentoring and tutoring for academics, art, gardening and leadership development. San Jose Mercury-News

February 23, 2013 | 08:32 AM ET Update

“Damian is definitely on our radar,” Director of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo told CSNNW.com. “He's one of the bright young stars we have in this game and certainly his chances are very high that he makes our list.” CSNNW.com

Lillard will have the opportunity to showcase his talents in front of Colangelo and whoever the coaching staff may be during scrimmages and drills. If Lillard fares well, he could be selected to the Men's National Team roster in hopes of competing at the 2014 World Championships. The rookie out of Weber State has accomplished so much in so little time and apparently he's not anywhere close to being done. “We're watching him,” Colangelo said. CSNNW.com

Stephen A Smith followed with "This is not a question about Dwight Howard" which induced laughter from King, before Smith went on to ask a question...about Dwight Howard. Stephen A wanted to know what Billy had to say about balancing the increased productivity of Brook Lopez and his teammate's support of him with having an owner that wants to make a "splash" like landing Dwight Howard. "I feel like this reality show will never end," King said, and went on to reveal the most shocking detail of the interview, that he is a Young and the Restless fan. An apoplectic Smith responded, Young and the Restless?! Not General Hospital?! We gotta talk, but go ahead." King then compared the Dwightmare to a soap opera where the "writer keeps re-writing the script. The character died off;nope, nope he's still breathing." The Brooklyn Game

Or then again, maybe not. The Sixers have a decision to make on Bynum this summer, and Bynum has a decision to make on the Sixers. It simply isn’t a matter of the Sixers making the best offer to the game-changing center. “We have Plan A and I think everyone knows what A stands for. And we have Plan B and we don’t know,” general manager Tony DiLeo said on Friday morning at the Sixers’ workout site at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. “If and when we get our complete team on the floor, then we can get some answers. We want to evaluate all of our players and in the summer make some decisions. We have some flexibility, we have a lot of free agents, we have a lot of good, young players and an All-Star point guard that we can build around. We have a lot of options and a lot of different ways we can go this summer.” CSNPhilly.com

Now that the NBA trade deadline has come and gone, Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko knows, as if there were any question, he'll be here for the rest of the season. After that, he has until to July 1 to opt out of the final season of the two-year, $20 million contract he signed last summer. He has 10 million reasons to stay, but said Friday he's keeping an open mind. "I'm going to wait until the off-season," he said. "Right now there's no point to make any decision." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Alex Kennedy: Kobe Bryant has pushed for a Raja Bell acquisition, says source. Bryant respects Bell, who is training in Fort Lauderdale and wants to play. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

Alex Kennedy: Another veteran option for Lakers is Derek Fisher. He's training in Vegas and L.A. He retired earlier this year, but wants to resume career. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

Though Anthony once touted Ronnie Brewer in October as the Knicks’ unsung signing, he welcomed with open arms his former Denver teammate, Kenyon Martin, who replaced Brewer on the roster. “If he’s in shape and locked in, I think he can be a big attribute to this team,’’ Anthony said before last night’s defeat. “I’ve been able to play with him for a few years and I know from a basketball standpoint what he brings to the game when he’s locked in and focused. I haven’t talked to him yet. People that I know have spoken to him and say he’s been playing and he’s in shape, ready and focused. As long as that’s the plan, we’re all for it.’’ New York Post

D.J. White, a young NBA journeyman who has played for Charlotte and Oklahoma City, and whose season for Shanghai of the Chinese League just ended, is set to sign with the Celtics once his paperwork clears. "We're hoping," Rivers said of the forward, who may join the team as soon as Sunday in Portland or Monday in Utah. Boston Herald

Rivers hasn't given much thought, yet, to how White would fit in. "I just (go into the locker room) and say, He's here when it gets done," said Rivers. "We pretty much think it's a done deal, but it's never done until it's done. I didn't know a lot about him. He was in Oklahoma City, Charlotte. We went over three or four guys, and this is one of those things where you listen to Danny (Ainge) and Austin (Ainge). They give you their opinion. I told them what I need, but I also said whatever they thought was the best player. Two weeks ago when (Jared Sullinger) went down, I said we're just looking for whatever they think is the best player. Boston Herald

It's hard to say what combination of emotions and self-reflection brought Howard to this place. But listening to him talk Friday, it felt as if the place he was in was a good one. He took ownership of his failures. He acknowledged his responsibilities to this team and the Lakers franchise. "I think it starts with me," Howard said with surprising candor. "I have to really come out every night with the same intensity and the same effort. When I get tired, I can ask coach to take me out. I think it starts with me. I have to do a better job of playing hard. I'm going to try." He sounded different. Genuine. Connected. Changed. "All I could think about [Thursday at Buss' memorial] was his legacy, what he stood for, how he changed the whole culture of the NBA, sports, L.A.," Howard said. "It meant a lot to me to hear what people were saying about him and thinking about everything I've seen since I've been here, since I've been a Laker." ESPN.com

Iman Shumpert scored 53 points in 12 games – twice he was scoreless. Jason Kidd 27 in 11 games and five times he was scoreless, and James White tallied two in one game. Those two spots are scoring positions. “I’m not getting (scoring),” Woodson said before the Raptors game. “I figure if we start out by playing defense, it’s not a problem you still have enough with Raymond and Melo to make up the difference. But we’ve been fighting on both ends. “We’re struggling to get stops and then we’re struggling to put the ball in the hole. I’m not one to sit tight and say that’s OK. I’ve got to figure it out. If it means changing the lineup I’ve got to do that.” Sulia

According to at least two of the sources, Bynum, who has been working out with coaches and team medical personnel exclusively, participated in a five-on-five scrimmage with teammates. Just how long the scrimmage lasted was unknown. This is a huge step for Bynum and the Sixers, who have just 30 games remaining in the regular season, including Saturday's game with the defending champion Miami Heat, winners of nine straight. For both parties, the most important element now is to see how Bynum's knees react in the coming days. Philadelphia Inquirer

Warriors center Andrew Bogut will miss Friday night’s game against San Antonio because of back spasms and is out indefinitely, according to head coach Mark Jackson. The big man, who has played only 12 games this season because of left ankle surgery, missed Thursday’s practice and had an MRI on his back Friday. Jackson said he didn’t mean to sound grim about Bogut’s condition, but the team doesn’t yet have the results from his medical tests. San Francisco Chronicle

Linas Kleiza wants everyone to know his basketball career is not over. The Toronto Raptors forward made an impromptu appearance before the media on Friday morning to refute a Lithuanian report that his nagging knee problems had spelled the end of his career. In fact, Kleiza said he could return to action as early as a week from now. Kleiza's brother called him Friday morning to inform him of the article on Lithuanian website 15min.lt. "The article. . . said my career was over, I'm retired. It's funny, it's the Lithuanian media, I don't even know what to say," Kleiza said. "I don't even want to talk about it, I don't know how you can even write something like that out of the blue. "It's funny, but at the end of the day, it's not very funny when they talk about you like that." TSN

A Washington state judge rejected a lawsuit Friday aimed at undoing a deal to build a new professional basketball and hockey arena in Seattle -- a key part of plans to bring the NBA back to town. King County Superior Court Judge Douglass North held that the agreement between the city of Seattle, King County and an investment group led by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen does not violate state environmental law. "This is a big win in our work to bring the Sonics home to Seattle," Mayor Mike McGinn said in a written statement. ESPN.com

The Lakers have heard Mark Cuban’s comments about Kobe Bryant. They’re not amused. On Friday, the Dallas Mavericks owner said in a radio interview that the Lakers should consider using their one-time amnesty provision on Bryant. Bryant has one more season and $30.5 million left on his contract. He is one of four players the Lakers can amnesty, and next season is the last chance they can use the money-saving device. The Lakers weren’t thrilled with the speculation. “We’re aware of Mark Cuban’s comments and feel they are inappropriate,” Lakers spokesman John Black said Friday. “As to the issue itself, we will not comment publicly on the amnesty issue as it relates to any of our players.” Los Angeles Times

The Lakers will not file a formal complaint with the NBA, though the league is looking into the matter and can fine Cuban for his comments. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak declined to comment. Pau Gasol ($19.3 million next season), Metta World Peace ($7.7 million) and Steve Blake ($4 million) are the other three players the Lakers could waive this summer and not pay luxury taxes on their salaries. The Lakers still have to pay the salary of whichever player they amnesty. “If you look at their payroll, even if Dwight comes back, you’ve got to ask the question: Should they amnesty Kobe?” Cuban told 103.3 FM in Dallas. “You just don’t know, right? It’s the same reason I wouldn’t get rid of Dirk [Nowitzki]. I’ll take a hit for a season rather than get rid of Dirk. That’s just it. I’ve made that commitment to him over the years and he’s returned that commitment. Maybe that’s selfish, but that’s just the way it is. Los Angeles Times

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