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February 25, 2013 | 07:17 PM ET Update

If Denver doesn’t provide this opportunity until the end of the season, will you stay in the NBA or move to Europe as a free agent in summer? Timofey Mozgov: You can’t rule out anything. But right now my priority is the NBA. According to my agent, there are two or three clubs in this league that are willing to sign me during offseason. We will consider everything and make a decision. Rush'n Hoops

It was reported that Miami and Minnesota have contacted the Nuggets about you. Did it really happen? Timofey Mozgov: Yes, my agent told me about it. And I would go to Miami or Minneapolis gladly. On one condition only – that they would let me play. That the Heat are the main title contender this season didn’t matter to me at all. I am not going to sit on the bench even for a champion’s ring. To me, playing time is more important right now than any team results. Rush'n Hoops

The reality is that Bledsoe is going to get paid lucratively; it’s just a matter of where. It will be up to the Clippers’ front office to decide if he fits with Paul and Blake Griffin, as well as in the team’s long-term plans. “Whatever happens happens. For right now I’m playing backup point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers,” he said. “Who knows what the future holds. I’m going to continue doing what I’m doing and try to get a win at the end of the day.” ESPN.com

Jason Friedman: Rockets make it official: Sign Tim Ohlbrecht from Rio Grande Valley. Averaged 13.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.63 blocks in 32 games w/ RGV Twitter @JasonCFriedman

Jonathan Feigen: Rockets announce signing Tim Ohlbrecht. Averaged 13.4 p, 7.4r with RGV. Source: Usual Rockets 3-year deal, 2nd and 3rd with team options. Twitter @Jonathan_Feigen

Even when it seemed clear the Thunder wouldn't resign Derek Fisher this offseason, OKC gushed about him plenty "Derek Fisher, just being around him, I can tell why he's loved by so many people and why the Lakers won so many championships," Brooks said this summer at the Pelican Hill Golf Club. "He puts everything he has into every possession, every practice and every game. In our practices, he is 37 and he did everything we asked, every drill and every possession. He practices every day. It was great. I don't think we could've gone as far as we did without him. I thought he was terrific and I love him. I really have a lot of respect for him." Sulia

Carmelo Anthony will not face a suspension for his dustup with Philadelphia big man Spencer Hawes on Sunday night, according to a league source. In the third quarter of the Knicks-76ers game, Anthony hit Hawes in the back of the head as the two were fighting for position on a rebound. Hawes angrily approached Anthony but was pushed away by Tyson Chandler. ESPN.com

For the third time in four games Sunday, Lopez was a non-entity in the fourth quarter (he did play seven seconds in one of those games, but that doesn’t count). And interim coach P.J. Carlesimo acknowledges the move, based on the flow of the game and usually by the play of Andray Blatche is something he must actively seek to avoid. “It's probably something that I don't want to do in the future,” Carlesimo said. “I created the situation and it’s not a good situation. So yes, I worry about it that I need to address it and I worry about it that I need to watch what I do going forward.” New York Post

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams said his left calf feels "good" and he'll be ready to go for Tuesday night's game in New Orleans. Williams suffered a left calf contusion in the final seconds of Sunday's loss to Memphis. He missed Brooklyn's two games before the All-Star break due to inflammation in both of his ankles. Since then, Williams is averaging 20.3 points and 8.5 assists and shooting 44.3 percent from the field -- 52 percent from 3-point range. "I feel better," he said. "I feel like the break helped and the (cortisone) shots helped and it's been a positive effect, and hopefully it continues to get better." Williams is shooting just 31.9 percent in the fourth quarter this season. He was more aggressive Sunday night, scoring eight points in the final period. "It's not like I haven't wanted to be aggressive, it's just like my ankles wear down quarter by quarter and toward the end of the game, it's like I have no lift," Williams said. "Now that they're feeling better, I'm just gonna try to keep attacking and keep the pressure on." ESPN.com

As for the idea that he might not Memphis next year, Hollins, who is in the final year of his contract said that’s not his plan. “I think I’ll be in Memphis. I believe I’ll be in Memphis. There’s nothing cut in stone, but that’s my thought process. And if it’s not in Memphis than I’ll try to coach somewhere else and do the best job I can,” Hollins said. “But my thought process is I will be in Memphis, I love the city, I love the organization and the players that we have developed. This is where I’ve been, this is where I’ve had my first real opportunity, and where I’ve had my first success. So I wouldn’t want to go anywhere, but I know the business of basketball and my mind would be open and if it had to happen I would leave. But that’s not my thought process; my thought process is to be here in Memphis.” Jim Rome

It’s hard to find an NBA player who hasn't seen the movie, which featured Allen as a highly recruited high school basketball star and the son of the Washington character Jake Shuttlesworth, in prison after being convicted for the accidental killing of his wife. “You ask any player and he’ll say that he nailed it,’’ Heat guard James Jones said of Allen’s role. Miami guard Mario Chalmers called it “one of my favorite movies.’’ He said Allen’s teammates sometimes call him by his character’s name. “We do it sometimes during games when he catches a hot streak or he does something crazy,’’ Chalmers said. “We’re like, ‘Jesus.’ Sometimes he just looks over and smiles.’’ FOXSports Florida

February 25, 2013 | 02:48 PM ET Update

For Stephen Jackson, getting home at the conclusion of the weeklong Western portion of the Spurs’ rodeo road trip meant reuniting with his wife, Renata, to continue the process of recovering from the loss of the child the couple recently lost. Jackson said he and his wife are to learn results of an autopsy conducted after the baby Renata Jackson had been carrying for six and a half months died after a premature birth. “It’s going to be good to get home just to see how she is doing,” Jackson said after the Spurs closed out their nine-game rodeo trip with a victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. “I hope she is fine, hope everything is fine. She’s been on my mind ever since I left. Things are getting better. I’m OK and I’ll get home. We’ll get the autopsy and we’ll go from there.” San Antonio Express-News

Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum didn’t bite when asked about Indiana Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough’s reputation as a dirty player. “There’s nothing but love between me and Tyler Hansbrough,” Bynum said. “There’s some love going on. That’s all.” Detroit Free Press

February 25, 2013 | 12:42 PM ET Update

The Clips stood pat, but not by their basketball people's choice. L.A. and Washington had a done deal Wednesday night that would have sent forward Trevor Ariza to the Clippers in exchange for Caron Butler, giving L.A. a long, defensive-oriented body to throw at the likes of Kevin Durant in the playoffs. (Butler, who still has an offseason home in the D.C. area, and who was loved by the locals, didn't have a problem returning to a non-Arenas Wizards locker room. He'd have been welcomed back as a much-needed offensive option, according to sources.) NBA.com

But sources indicated that Clippers owner Donald Sterling nixed the deal Thursday morning, not wanting to gamble on the team's chemistry being affected in any way down the stretch. My interpretation: we don't want to do anything that could, in any way, be held against us by assistant general manager Chris Paul this summer if we don't get far in the postseason. NBA.com

The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed guard Derek Fisher, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We are excited to welcome Derek back to the Thunder organization," said Presti. "He contributed to our team in various ways last season, and we are looking forward to him joining us again.” NBA.com

The Atlanta Hawks worked the phones right up to the deadline. Sources close to the process say Atlanta pulled Josh Smith off the market at 2:52pm, just eight minutes before the trade deadline. They worked the marketplace for days leading up to the deadline only to find that the return on Josh Smith would have been negligible and more importantly would have almost insured that Atlanta, the current 5th seed in the East, would have been knocked out of the playoffs based on the talent they got back for Smith. Atlanta was unwilling to trade a playoff berth and the money that comes with it, for the luggage they could have returned for Smith. HoopsWorld

Some NBA players dread the idea of being traded. It’s an abrupt and somewhat unexpected process that requires you to uproot your life and your family. It often happens mid-stream. Being traded is an unsettling process. For Magic guard Beno Udrih, his trade deadline deal from Milwaukee to Orlando couldn’t have been more welcomed. Udrih had wanted out of Milwaukee from almost the day he arrived. He clashed with former Bucks head coach Scott Skiles. He rarely played and the fit with the Bucks was forced to say the least. Udrih was viewed as a throw-in in the Magic’s trade with Milwaukee. However, the 30-year Udrih doesn’t view Orlando as a pit stop, rather he hopes he can carve out a role with the Magic. Udrih has a history with Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn, who he played with in San Antonio, and with Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan, who played a role in his drafting by the Spurs, something he says makes this change easier. HoopsWorld

Kenyon Martin went through his first workout Saturday with the Knicks, but didn’t lose his temper or get on anyone’s bad side by saying the wrong thing after signing a 10-day contract. So he’s off to a good start and vows to continue, and plans on getting signed for the remainder of the season. “People have misconceptions about me,” the former Net said in Greenburgh. “That’s why I’m here, to change those now.'” New York Daily News

Martin last played with the Clippers last season, when he was a reserve for the first time in his career. He averaged five points and four rebounds in 22 minutes per game. Sitting at home, he heard all the familiar criticisms he has encountered, ever since being taken as the top pick of the 2000 draft by New Jersey. Like how he has a quick temper and says the wrong thing. “Does it come out wrong sometimes? Yeah, I’m the first to admit my timing and tact is not the best,” he said. “But are my intentions good? Absolutely. But I might have to work on that and learn to keep my mouth shut a little bit.” New York Daily News

Reports from Chicago Bulls practices have indicated that rehabbing star Derrick Rose is dunking again, and he proved it Sunday night in Oklahoma City. During a workout session before the Bulls' blowout loss to the Thunder, Rose went through his usual shooting regimen and this time -- with cameras looking on -- the star point guard elevated on his surgically repaired left knee and slammed several down. No word yet when or even if Rose will return to action this season, but signs of progress are emerging. Chicago Tribune

It is an area in which one does not normally find professional athletes, who normally blanch at taking a stand on what cereal they eat, lest they offend a single person anywhere. But Faried came to his position honestly and through tough experiences growing up in Newark, N.J., where he was raised by his mother, Wauuda, and her wife, Manasin Copeland. "I've been supporting gays, lesbians, transgender, transsexual rights since I was in high school, since my mother came out to people," Faried said. "I've been okay with it. I'm in support of it and I'm gonna continue to be. I guess I'm in a bigger light now, and when I say things about it, when I make a statement about it, it's more glorified. It's okay with me, because I respect it, and I'm going to continue to live up to the hype of being in support of it." NBA.com

February 25, 2013 | 08:49 AM ET Update

The Oklahoma City Thunder are preparing to re-sign veteran guard Derek Fisher, according to sources familiar with the Thunder's thinking. Sources told ESPN.com that the Thunder, after trading Eric Maynor away last week before the NBA's annual trade deadline, have made plans to sign Fisher, who joined the Thunder for the stretch run in March 2012 after the Los Angeles Lakers dealt Fisher to Houston. The veteran guard will sign with the team Monday for the remainder of the season, according to multiple league sources. ESPN.com

The Oklahoma City Thunder have reached agreement to sign veteran guard Derek Fisher for the remainder of the season, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Fisher arrived in Oklahoma City Sunday night and will sign his contract on Monday. Yahoo! Sports

After his most dominant performance of a frustrating season, Dirk Nowitzki declared he has no doubt he'll play for the Dallas Mavericks at least through the 2015-16 season. "When my [current] contract's up, I'm 36 and I'll definitely sign a couple more years," Nowitzki said after recording season highs of 30 points and 13 rebounds in Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. "It's still fun, but I don't know if I'll play until 40. But when I'm 36, definitely sign one more deal, maybe two or three years." ESPN.com

"Honestly, I had some doubts here when I came back," Nowitzki said. "It took so long. Is it ever going to come back? It was a tough stretch for me coming back from the surgery, but the way I feel now, I still think I can play a couple of years." ESPN.com

James, who bolted the Cavaliers as a free agent in 2010, didn't rule out that possibility last year. Denver Nuggets coach George Karl recently went so far as to tell FOX Sports Florida, "I think LeBron is at that stage where he's challenging himself to motivate him to do something that's maybe more difficult. I could see him maybe (returning to the Cavaliers). I see (Cleveland point guard Kyrie) Irving maybe being a reason for that.'' "That's the first time I've heard it," James said after Sunday's game when asked about what Karl had said. "My only focus now is to win another championship. I can't worry about speculation or rumors. What we're doing on the floor right now is what it's all about. We're playing good ball right now. We're trying to win a championship. I can't worry about what people say." FOXSports Florida

All along, Korver felt a trade out of Chicago could come, and when he left last year, it was on good terms. Korver will be a free agent this offseason, and there’s little doubt that the Bulls will at least make a pitch to sign him – just like many other NBA teams. And should he receive that call from the Bulls, Korver made clear he would consider returning. “Totally, I would,” Korver told RealGM on Saturday night. “That’s a great organization, that’s an awesome jersey to put on. Great fans, good team. You only get to be a free agent so many times in a career, so I’ll definitely see what’s all there. But I would absolutely listen to what they’ve got to say.” RealGM

Chris Mannix Show: Rudy Gay on Memphis team reaction to Speights-Ellington deal: "It was a shock to the team. We were just meshing so well together." Twitter

The Lakers have 11 wins in their last 15 games and are within 2½ games of a playoff spot. They haven't lost since Bryant guaranteed the team would make the playoffs last week. And as if his 14-point, 5-of-5 from the field fourth quarter wasn't enough of a closing act, Bryant took to Twitter to take his last shot of the day. After Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in a Friday radio appearance: "If you look at their (the Lakers') payroll, even if Dwight (Howard) comes back, you've got to ask the question: Should they amnesty Kobe?", Bryant responded postgame by tweeting "Amnesty THAT." USA Today Sports

“They should have listened to Cuban and amnestied him this morning,” Dirk Nowitzki kidded after his 30-point, 13-rebound performance was overshadowed by a Kobe classic. Oh, Kobe did throw one verbal jab at Cuban after his dominant performance in Dallas. “We've always kind of marched to the beat of our own drum, but I'm sure if [Cuban] wants to amnesty Dirk, that's something we'll entertain,” Kobe said, essentially offering his fellow future Hall of Famer a spot on the Lakers’ roster next season. ESPN.com

Well, it’s on a much higher intellectual level than those digs -- just try calculating the luxury tax that kicks in next season -- but it’s another classic Cuban shot at the Lakers. And this one backfired. “Nice to know there is a least one team and their players, outside of the Mavs, that listen to everything I say,” Cuban wrote in one tweet Sunday evening. He then added another: “But I do have to give props to @kobebryant for a great tweet. #Welldone.” ESPN.com

Another Magic player appeared on the court wearing Howard's old No. 12: Tobias John Harris. Harris played his first game since arriving from the Milwaukee Bucks in a multiplayer trade last week for J.J. Redick, scoring 14 points and blocking three shots against the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I've heard a lot about that because it's Dwight Howard's number," Harris said, managing a laugh. The Magic had planned to one day hang Howard's No. 12 in the rafters. But his departure created a rebuild and a chain reaction that eventually led to Redick's trade, which delivered Harris and two other of his Bucks teammates (Beno Udrih and Doron Lamb). "I was surprised by the move, but at the same time, I knew it was a better situation for me to join a young nucleus here," he said. Orlando Sentinel

After Wade scored 33 points Saturday at Philadelphia, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra further came to his shooting guard's defense. He chastised those who had criticized Wade's play earlier in the season. "The human, natural reaction for us is to roll our eyes at the beginning of the year or even just a handful of weeks ago when people were criticizing him," Spoelstra said. The most publicized ripping came from Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley, once his partner in cell-phone commercials. Barkley blasted Wade, saying he had lost his explosiveness. "I deal with it," Wade said of the criticism he heard. "We all deal with something here individually at times. So it was my turn to deal with something and that's the biggest thing is, how do you respond? When you fall, how do you get back up? And I responded." FOXSports Florida

In the least surprising news of the day, Will Bynum of the Detroit Pistons has been suspended one game without pay for striking Tyler Hansbrough of the Indiana Pacers in the stomach, the league announced on Sunday via official release. The play occurred with 8:39 remaining in the fourth quarter, and with the Pistons trailing by 20 at the time. NBCSports.com

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams felt he was fouled by Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen late in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s 76-72 loss at Barclays Center. With 26 seconds left and the game tied at 72, Williams drove the lane and attempted a layup, but was blocked by Allen. Williams said he suffered a left calf contusion on the play when he was “kicked or kneed.” “I definitely thought I got fouled, but they didn’t call it so I guess I didn’t,” said Williams, who finished 24 points -- eight of them in the final period -- along with four assists, four rebounds and three steals in 42 minutes. ESPN.com

Suns guard Shannon Brown is having his second consecutive career-high scoring season and runs little risk of that changing because he is not playing. A roster lacking the talent to compete afforded Brown the opportunity to average 11.2 points because of the lack of creative scorers, but it also has sent the Suns staff in search of a new mix without Brown. Brown did not play in any of last week’s three games and was not in the rotation again Sunday night against San Antonio after playing the first 53 games this season. “I honestly don’t think what’s going on is supposed to be going on,” Brown said. “I really can’t do much about it but stay in shape and keep my mental (approach) strong and continue to work on my game, and hopefully things will get better for me.” Arizona Republic

Amar’e Stoudemire has said all the right things about coming off the bench, but that has been easier to do given how much the Knicks were winning. Should the Knicks go cold, however, as they did in the four games prior to Sunday’s win, Stoudemire hinted he might not be so thrilled about it. “As long as we’re winning. If we keep winning then we’re good,” said Stoudemire, who scored 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting. “When you start losing a little bit then you start thinking about it.” New York Daily News

Odom is averaging a career-low 3.9 points while shooting 39.7% from the field, the second-lowest percentage of his career. "It takes time and it's humbling," Odom said. "All you can do is keep at it. "I just stayed with it. You don't have no choice but to get better when you practice every day against Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan and Jamal [Crawford]. Everything that we do is intense. So time will come and hopefully it can stay." The Clippers believe it can stay if Odom just looks for his shot more. Los Angeles Times

Love said he plans to meet with doctors for another examination on his surgically repaired hand toward the end of the first week in March or the beginning of the second week. He's hoping to return with 15-20 games remaining in the season to try and put a positive end to a most disappointing year. Love first broke his hand in the preseason, didn't have surgery and returned about 10 days ahead of schedule. He broke it again in January and this time needed surgery to fix it. He said the injury is feeling much better this time around, but he has yet to begin basketball-related activities. "After surgery, it feels just different. Better," Love said. "It feels like my hand again." ESPN.com

While he is waiting to return to the court, he'll soak up moments like the one he shared with little April to try and remember that things could be so much worse. "When you see a family getting taken care of and what they have to go through, I mentioned perspective," Love said. "It's really great to see what St. Jude's done. It's really great to see." ESPN.com

An inadvertent elbow from guard Chris Paul hit the Spurs point guard just above the right elbow in Thursday’s game against the Clippers, but Parker stayed mum about how sore he was even after warming up and discovering his perimeter shot was affected by the pain. “He was a little too much in hero mode,” Popovich said. “He really wasn’t forthcoming. We didn’t realize it until about halfway through the game when he didn’t shoot any (perimeter) shots. I would have sat him in that game, and that’s definitely why we’re sitting him tonight.” Parker admitted withholding information about the extent of his injury. “I told Pop, ‘You know me. I’ve been here 10 years, and I don’t complain about injuries. There’s a lot of stuff I don’t tell you.’ He said, ‘With something like this, you’ve got to tell ?me.’?” San Antonio Express-News

Parker said he expects to be back in the lineup for Wednesday’s home game against the Suns. “That will be five days for it to heal,” he said. “I should be fine.” San Antonio Express-News

As if the Lakers can absorb more bad news. Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni suggested Pau Gasol won't return in the regular season after nursing torn plantar fascia in his right foot for the past three weeks. "By the time he gets back, we'll be in or out," D'Antoni said. "His impact will be in the playoffs if we get there." Los Angeles Daily News

An MRI on Brandon Knight's hyperextended right knee came back negative, but the second-year Detroit Pistons point guard will be out for an undisclosed period of time. Pistons doctor Ben Paolucci visited Knight before Friday night's game with Indiana, but coach Lawrence Frank said he's day-to-day and won't play again until he's 100%. USA Today Sports

Add Russell Westbrook to those who speculate Derrick Rose will return on his surgically-repaired left knee sometime this season. "I see that he's getting better," the Thunder's All-Star point guard said. "He's almost close to coming back." Chicago Tribune

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