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January 27, 2015 | 11:08 PM ET Update
January 27, 2015 | 08:44 PM ET Update

The Detroit Pistons are looking into the possibility of trading for Miami Heat point guard Norris Cole, league sources tell Northeast Ohio Media Group. Miami has sent the word out that the 26-year-old defensive specialist can be had. There's nothing imminent at this point and talks have been described as "exploratory," a source said. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Collective bargaining agreement rules prohibit the Nuggets from extending Nelson's current contract, which has one year on it — a player option — that pays him $2.8 million next season. But if Nelson opts out of his contract after the season, then the Nuggets could sign him to a multiyear deal. Last summer, the Nuggets made a run at him in free agency, but he signed with the Dallas Mavericks, for whom he thought he would get more playing time. Denver Post

Matt Barnes: This is wat I'm on!!! Gonna be like eminem in 8 mile when he killed the shelter then had to go back to work. We gonna win a championship & instead of celebrating im gonna HV to go to work!! lol photocred: my man flip http://instagram.com/p/yX-k61rzU0/ Instagram

THE 30 BEST-PAID PLAYERS IN NBA HISTORY

We're living in a time when it's great to be good at basketball. Most of the highest-paid players of all time are in the NBA right now.

   
January 27, 2015 | 08:00 PM ET Update

The Philadelphia 76ers’ K.J. McDaniels has performed well enough to garner serious consideration for the NBA’s Rising Stars game during the All-Star Weekend, despite the event’s new format causing his status to be put into question around the NBA, league sources told RealGM. RealGM

Did you find that exploring that life, because you could, wasn't all it was cracked up to be? I can spend whatever I want, and at the end of the day, it really doesn't mean anything? JR Smith: Especially from the standpoint of making me better. I always made myself better by staying in the gym. When you replace that with stuff off the court, then you're taking away from what made you who you are, or what got you to a certain point. It was kind of pulling me down in a sense, of not getting enough rest, not doing things you're supposed to be doing, things you're used to doing. So when you start missing those shots you're supposed to make, especially wide-open shots, it was like, alright, what's going on, what's going on? Instead of looking at what it is, you're reverting to that even more, instead of going back to the basics. So I think that's the greatest part about being here. NBA.com

Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt have signed endorsement deals with American Family Insurance, the company said Tuesday. Durant, the NBA's most valuable player last season, is the first NBA player American Family has signed. American Family is one of the nation's largest insurers. NBA.com

NBA DANCERS ON INSTAGRAM

Aside from player and team Instagram pictures, you can now check out the photos NBA cheerleaders are posting online on HoopsHype.

   
January 27, 2015 | 06:06 PM ET Update

BUZZ METER: WHO'S TRENDING IN THE NBA TWITTERSPHERE?

Who's the man of the minute in the NBA Twittersphere? Find out here who's getting the most mentions at any given moment.

   
January 27, 2015 | 04:35 PM ET Update

Matt Barnes: Another 25k! The part of the story the nba hasn't told you was my language wasnt directed at a fan, I was talkn to the owner of the Suns.... Who was sitting on the baseline & I only said something to him AFTER he cussed at me, BUT because I didn't SNITCH I get fined!! #thecode You can take my money, I care about winning!! I've been fined 50k in the last mnth for kicking a "PAPER"Gatorade cup that had alil bit of water in it that didn't even hit anyone &.... Responding to an OWNER who cussed at me first.. 50,000 dollars for that?? Come on now! I might need to find a second job with all these crazy tecs & fines. I Can see it now LA TIMES.. "Costco worker by day nba player by night" Twitter @Matt_Barnes22

Joe Freeman: Wesley Matthews said neither he nor the #Blazers have been told by the NBA he has been invited to compete in All-Star Three-Point Contest. Wesley Matthews: "But obviously I would love to represent Portland in the Three-Point Contest when it is an official thing." Twitter @BlazerFreeman

Safe to say Nick Young had some fury to unleash against his former team. But three weeks after the Lakers sixth man declared, “I hate the Wizards,” coach Byron Scott said Young will be unavailable to play Tuesday night, sidelined by a sprained right ankle suffered in Monday’s practice. For a Lakers team that has been beaten down by injuries, most recently and notably Kobe Bryant’s torn rotator cuff, it’s just another blow. “It’s one of those things,” Scott said, “one guy gets down, there seems to be a snowball effect and it just keeps happening. Just got to keep trying to plug guys in and see what happens.” Orange County Register

THE BEST NICK YOUNG QUOTES EVER

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January 27, 2015 | 03:35 PM ET Update

SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEOS: THE BEST OF VINE AND INSTAGRAM

Adding to our social media tools, you can now watch here all the videos NBA players are posting online – including those by Nate Robinson, Iman Shumpert and JR Smith, of course.

   
January 27, 2015 | 03:07 PM ET Update

New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has signed guard Langston Galloway for the remainder of the season. Galloway, 6-2, 200-pounds, is averaging 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists over 28.0 minutes in eight games (four starts). He re-signed with the Knicks on Jan. 7, with the first of two consecutive 10-day contracts, becoming the NBA D-League Westchester Knicks’ first-ever Call-Up. NBA.com

The Knicks and guard Langston Galloway have reached an agreement on a deal through the 2015-16 season, as SNY.tv first reported Tuesday morning via league sources. “It’s true!! The NY Knicks worked until late in the night and snow storm!!” Larry Galloway, the player’s father, told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog by email. The Knicks Blog

January 27, 2015 | 02:58 PM ET Update

The Pistons have an open roster spot, and Van Gundy said a third point guard likely will be with the Pistons by the end of the week. Despite trade speculation, Van Gundy dismissed the idea of dealing anything of value just to add a third point guard. "We want to give ourselves every chance, so we want to get some help, but we won't mortgage anything in terms of the future," Van Gundy said. "We're not going to go out and give away assets, picks or anything like that. No, we're not gonna do that." That means a temporary solution probably could be found in the D-League, with a 10-day contract. Detroit Free Press

Adrian Wojnarowski: Exiled Washington 7-footer Robert Upshaw strongly considering leap to NBA D-League, sources tell Yahoo. He's going thru agent process now. The D-League offers an immediate avenue for college players who are declared ineligible. P.J. Hairston did it a year ago prior to NBA Draft. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

 

SOCIAL MEDIA PICTURES: PHOTOS PLAYERS POST

Just like everybody else, NBA players are spending more and more time on social media sites and photo-sharing services. Check all the pictures they are posting on Instagram, Twitter and more here.

   
January 27, 2015 | 01:41 PM ET Update

Olshey said the Blazers are "active" in looking for pieces to improve the roster, and seemed to steer his interest toward establishing depth at wing - either a shooting guard or a small forward. In particular, Olshey said he wants a player with specific qualities: A shooter who is also a willing passer as well as a smart defender. Oregonian

But first, it must be understood that to get something, the Blazers must give up something. It's safe to assume that Olshey will not touch the starting five of Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge and Lopez. Veterans Steve Blake and Kaman are core players, and Olshey remains highly protective with two of his former lottery picks in CJ McCollum and Meyers Leonard. That leaves the most likely trade bait forward Thomas Robinson, forward Dorrel Wright, center Freeland, forward Victor Claver and wings Will Barton and Allen Crabbe. Oregonian

Between the ages of 30 and 34 the Lakers played Bryant 37 minutes a game. On a mission to prove he didn't need Shaq, Bryant played through a host of injuries. He won some titles, too. At age 34 in the 2012-13 season, Bryant played 76 of the Lakers' first 78 games and was averaging nearly 39 minutes a game. He averaged 45 minutes per game over the last seven games he played before he snapped his Achilles tendon after playing 45 minutes in that fateful game. Bryant's career was derailed by that injury but not at that moment, because he's was barreling toward it for years. There's no need to ask then coach Mike D'Antoni or the Lakers organization if they have any regrets. Byron Scott certainly has regrets about playing Bryant 35 minutes a game this season with a lingering sore shoulder. Had the Lakers been more judicious over the past five to six years with Bryant, would he be in this position today, having a third straight season ended by injury? No one knows. ESPN.com

BUZZ METER: WHO'S TRENDING IN THE NBA TWITTERSPHERE?

Who's the man of the minute in the NBA Twittersphere? Find out here who's getting the most mentions at any given moment.

   
January 27, 2015 | 12:41 PM ET Update

Marc J. Spears: Bakersfield center Earl Barron is signing with Shanxi in China, a source told Yahoo. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

Marc J. Spears: Ex-NBA center Earl Barron's hope is to sign with an NBA team after his season is over with China Shanxi. He could be back as late as 3/15. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

For the third time in a week, the Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned rookie guard Joe Harris to the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League. Each time Harris was sent down and played, he was recalled and activated for Cleveland's contest that same day. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Steve Kyler: NBA Coaches votes for All-star reserves due at 12pm EST today - announced Thursday - here is how I see the field -- http://t.co/ONabjLC2rN Twitter @stevekylerNBA

Vincent Ellis: Jennings had surgery last night. Texting SVG this morning with game plan suggestions. #pistons Twitter @Vincent_Ellis56

The Pistons have not released formal details about the surgery yet. "He seems fine, as a matter of fact, he was texting me game-plan advice this morning -- 'I've been watching them (Cavaliers) a lot,' that's what he said," Van Gundy said at this morning's shootaround. "He's so into it, it kills him not to be playing. That guy loves to play basketball. More than most people that I've been around in this league, he just loves to play, and this is killing him. He's trying to stay upbeat." Booth Newspapers

“Look at their record, the standings, the streak that they’ve put together and how many players are going to wind up on the all-star team and it answers what a great coaching job the staff has done and what a great job the players have done in playing unselfishly and playing both ends of the floor,” Fratello said. “The way you talk about the way teams play – meaning defensively cover for each other, making the sacrifice of making the next rotation and blocking out, doing the dirty work on the glass, keeping the ball in front of you and challenging shots when they go over the top. Offensively, just look at the assist column every night. It kind of jumps out at you how well they move the ball, how well the shoot the ball, the distribution in scoring for them. What it all leads to is the record that they have. It’s magnificent.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

No new taxes, no hole in the state budget, and no loss of Wisconsin's professional basketball team -- or the revenue they provide. Those were the big talking points for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday morning, as Walker outlined a plan to use the growth in NBA player tax revenues to finance $220 million in bonding for a new multi-purpose arena in downtown Milwaukee. In a short prepared presentation at the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Walker noted that NBA players currently pay $6.52 million annually in state income taxes, and that the projected growth in player salaries (and thus tax collections) could finance the full $220 million in revenue bonds included in his new state budget. Central to that projected growth is the NBA's new nine-year, $24 billion TV pact starting in 2016, a deal that roughly triples the current $900 million annual TV deal split among franchises. Brew Hoop

Jamal Crawford was in the middle of an interview after Monday night’s win when DeAndre Jordan decided to interrupt for just a few seconds — with a song about how Crawford should be the Sixth Man of the Year. Crawford, who seemed to be completely unfazed by his teammate’s interruption, wiped his face with a towel after Jordan’s song and answered the question. For The Win

NBA DANCERS ON INSTAGRAM

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January 27, 2015 | 11:39 AM ET Update

The Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Hornets and Philadelphia 76ers are exploring the call-up candidacy of Gary Talton, the NBA Development League’s assists leader, league sources told RealGM. Behind 13 games of 10 or more assists, Talton has averaged 13.2 points, 10.2 assists and 40.6 percent three-point shooting this season. He has split the year with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, his current team. RealGM

Can he withstand another grueling stretch of rehab after fighting his way back from Achilles and knee injuries that kept him out all but six games last season? "It's just a matter of if he wants to go through it all again," Denver Nuggets Coach Brian Shaw said Monday night before his team played the Clippers at Staples Center. "I don't think that you can put anything past him." Los Angeles Times

Veteran guard Kevin Martin returned to shooting workouts Monday for the first time in nearly a week now that he had fluid drained from his surgically repaired wrist, and said he’s hopeful he can return for Wednesday’s game against Boston. “It feels better now than it did when I started practicing two weeks ago,” said Martin, out since November. “Getting it drained helps a lot.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Ariana Grande isn't the only big-voiced singer performing at the NBA All-Star Game: Christina Aguilera has been added to the lineup. NBA announced Tuesday that Aguilera will perform ahead of the 64th annual game on Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. She will sing a "New York-themed medley" during player introductions and be joined by dance troupe The Rockettes. ESPN.com

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January 27, 2015 | 10:16 AM ET Update

The Golden State Warriors' backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson plan to participate in the NBA's three-point shooting contest during All-Star Weekend in New York, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Atlanta's Kyle Korver, Portland's Wesley Matthews, and the Los Angeles Clippers' J.J. Redick are among the six players set for the contest on Feb. 14 at the Barclays Center, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

However, Harris thought that the New York Post tried to ruin the moment with Berman's article, which "erroneously" cited a fan saying his son wanted to play for the Knicks. "He kind of took away from the special moment that we had," Harris said. "The article was good, but he threw that in there ... Tobias didn't say that. People took that one little piece out and they ran with it." Gospel Herald

Shams Charania: No deal reached between Langston Galloway and New York, and both sides will carry over negotiations Tuesday, league sources tell RealGM. Twitter @ShamsCharania

Arash Markazi: Doc said the Clippers won't panic and sign someone if Barnes is out for any length of time. Doc's still waiting on the "buyout season" guys. Twitter @ArashMarkazi

He missed the Wizards’ first nine games due to a fractured left wrist and came off the bench for four games upon his return. Beal is in his third season, but is still the youngest player on the Wizards at 21 years old. For what it’s worth, analyst Shaquille O’Neal thinks both Gortat and Beal should join Wall. “Right now it’s up to the coaches, but if I end up losing it then I think it’s going to be more about politics,” Gortat said with a smile. Washington Post

“I think someone else from my team should be in there with me,” Wall said. “And it’s crazy that if [Anthony] had surgery, if his knee didn’t get better, then [Gortat] would’ve been a starter. That would’ve been the funny part about it. But yeah, I think someone from my team, whether it’s him or Brad [Beal], is well-deserving of another spot from my team.” Washington Post

One of the NBA leaders in assists all season, Wall led the balloting wire-to-wire, starting with the first announcement on Christmas Day. Three days prior, Minaj did what many NBA fans did: She tweeted out a vote. Because of her celebrity, that vote for Wall amounted to far more than just one thanks to retweets and who knows how many others simply who followed her lead. "It's pretty exciting to see her, at that level, to show some support and vote," Wall told me following a recent practice. CSNWashington.com

In response to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban saying the NBA should no longer allow fans to vote for who starts in the All-Star game, the league has revealed information that indicates the voting system is blossoming. "The NBA confirmed All-Star balloting saw a 28% increase in fan voting this year with more than 25 million votes cast,’’ a league source said. "The NBA, unlike MLB, is a digital-only program with no paper ballot in arenas. "This year, for the first time, the NBA made every player eligible to be voted for, so that obviously spread the votes out more than ever before amongst many more players. Also, the NBA started balloting later this year, so the voting window was 27 days shorter this year (67 to 40 days) and the numbers were still up by 28%.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Asked about his level of frustration with the non-call, Gallinari simply grinned and said, “I’ll let the people watch the replay and make their own judgment.” Shaw, however, steamed. “It’s frustrating when night-in and night-out all of those kind of calls go against us,” he said. “And the explanation of i changes all the time, when we get an explanation. Or they admit that they made a mistake after the fact when it’s already cost us a game.” Denver Post

Ainge is in his 12th season as president of basketball operations, and the summer before last he commenced a major roster reconstruction with the trade of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. The frequency of transactions has accelerated in recent weeks as the Celts gather draft picks and shed salary. “I feel like I love what we’re doing,” Ainge told the Herald. “I think that we have a big task and a real challenge ahead of us, and I love the challenge. I’m ready for the long haul, and we’re prepared to do it as quickly as we can. But I’m also ready to do it the long way of developing players into a good team. From my standpoint, I’m enjoying it. “I love what I do. I love the people I work with, and I think we just all take it a year at a time. But right now I’m looking at it as a phase. I plan on being here for a while, and I plan on Brad (Stevens) being our coach for a while, and I plan on us turning this thing around.” Boston Herald

Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said he plans no changes to the team's new shootaround policy after point guard Ty Lawson's arrest last Friday. "I didn't just wake up one day and say 'We're just going to move shootaround back' with nothing behind it," Shaw said. "There was research done. There were studies. There's science behind sleep patterns, recovery time. It had nothing to do with alcohol or hanging out or anything else. And so I've been slowly but surely studying some of these things and talking to some of the leading researchers in the area." Denver Post

Gov. Scott Walker is expected to announce Tuesday morning that he plans to put into the state budget a financing plan that includes bonding to help build a multipurpose arena in downtown Milwaukee. A source familiar with Walker's plan said the governor's plan relies on the diversion of income taxes paid by visiting National Basketball Association athletes as well as Milwaukee Bucks players to pay the debt service on the bonding. The plan also could include diverting sales taxes paid for some goods and services at the new arena. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

A new arena is expected to cost between $400 million and $500 million. With at least $250 million up front from the Bucks, that means general fund-backed bonding of $150 million or more would be needed unless more private financing is found. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

“The NBA owners know it’s a lot more than the TV contract that brought the values up,” an NBA team source tells Breitbart Sports, “It’s the sports betting.” The source’s comment follows a Forbes report recapping fiscal year 2014. According to the report, the NBA underwent a value surge unmatched by any other professional sport. The Milwaukee Bucks, peculiarly purchased in part by Marc Lasry in April of 2014 for an estimated six times more than their annual revenue, sit at the bottom of the Forbes 30-team list. Breitbart News Network

Near the top of Forbes’s rankings are former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s Los Angeles Clippers. Before purchasing the Donald Sterling-defamed Clippers, he ran the computer software empire during the peak of Microsoft’s development of touch-screen interfaces. Conveniently, the league source describes a marriage between Ballmer’s former business and Lasry’s alleged dirty hobby as the key to to an endless revenue stream that NBA owners anxiously seek to tap into. “In addition to all of the regular bets we already have, you’ll be able to sit at an NBA game or on your couch and bet on jump shots by pressing a button on the iPad or your cellphone or any of the gadgets,” explained the league source. “You’ll do this as much as you want throughout the game.” Breitbart News Network

The Celtics haven’t seen the last of Utah this year. There has been no formal announcement that this area will be reviving the summer league known as the Rocky Mountain Revue, but sources say the Celts are prepared to participate. The club, which defeated the Jazz, 99-90, last night, will also have a team in the Las Vegas Summer League, the second time it has been in two leagues in one offseason. The reason the C's will be so active is that they figure to have a load of young players in need of development. Boston Herald

The National Basketball Association (NBA) will pay tribute to its largest international fanbase Feb. 19 to March 4 with its biggest ever Chinese New Year Celebration, ushering in the Year of the Goat with millions of fans in China, the U.S. and around the world. The celebration will feature a record 56 live games broadcast and streamed in Greater China, showcasing 27 of the 30 NBA teams; the debut of "Surprise Door," the first NBA Chinese New Year television spot, which embraces the diversity of the league's fans; the unveiling of the first Chinese New Year uniforms; and the tip-off of the Chinese New Year Celebration Season of Giving initiative to support underprivileged communities in China. NBA.com

Kyle Anderson: Just gotta accept the fact its not my year in 2k mane. First 2k I've ever been weak in lol smh. Next yr is my year in 2k. Not this one. Twitter @KyleAnderson5

Former NBA player turned CBS sports commentator Greg Anthony agreed to pay a D.C. police officer who was working undercover as a prostitute $80 for sex and said “oh yeah” when the officer asked Anthony if Anthony wanted the officer to “dress up.” According to the charging documents submitted to D.C. Superior Court this past weekend in Anthony’s Jan. 16 arrest, D.C. undercover officers were responding to “complaints” about prostitution activity in the 1500 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW. Anthony was arrested at the Doubletree Hotel in room 805. Washington Post

“It was crazy, and it was sad it had to be under those circumstances,” he said while preparing for the Celtics’ matchup with the Jazz. “It was good seeing my family but it was a tough day for us. Everybody understood that we’ve got to get past it but it’s going to take time. But that’s why you have family.” Boston Globe

 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN WARRIORS HISTORY

Wilt Chamberlain never won a championship with the Warriors, but his monstrous stats make him the clear pick for No. 1 player in franchise history.

   

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