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November 23, 2014 | 02:32 PM ET Update

As for Butler's mindset after not getting an extension deal done with the Bulls, he shook his head when asked if there's any lingering resentment. "Nah, nah," said Butler, who will be a restricted free agent next summer. "I love the city of Chicago. I think everybody knows that. I just feel like I've just got to help win games, man. I want a championship. The money has never been an issue because I'm from Tomball. The money I make now is more than nothing. I just wanted to prove to my teammates, to my coaches, to the city, that I'm here to stay." USA Today Sports

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have assigned guard/forward James Young to the Maine Red Claws. Young has appeared in one game for the Red Claws this season, an 81-80 win over Fort Wayne on November 16. The rookie scored 21 points and pulled down five rebounds in 36 minutes of action. He made his NBA debut against the Houston Rockets on November 1 and has averaged 3.0 points on 3.9 minutes over three appearances this season. NBA.com

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have assigned forward Kyle Anderson to the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League. This will mark Anderson’s first assignment to Austin this season. The former UCLA Bruin has appeared in six games this season for San Antonio, averaging 1.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per contest. Anderson will be available when Austin hosts the Santa Cruz Warriors this afternoon at 3 p.m. inside the Cedar Park Center. NBA.com

David Pick: Veteran big man Sean May (@Sean May) finalized a six week agreement with French club Rouen, according to source. Rouen coach Denis Christophe has previous experience with Sean May at Paris-Levallois. Let to comfort in new deal. Twitter @IAmDPick

There is no timetable for Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard's return after he underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy to treat his strained right knee, coach Kevin McHale said before Saturday night's 95-92 win against the Dallas Mavericks. It was the second consecutive game missed by Howard, who warmed up before Wednesday's loss to the Lakers before it was determined minutes before tip-off that he could not play. ESPN.com

The Chicago Tribune reports from Bulls practice that forward Taj Gibson was sent home from practice after suffering an ankle injury over the weekend. But the good news is that Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol, who have been out for over a week with injuries, did practice, which means they could return to action for the Bulls' Monday-Tuesday back-to-back against Utah, and Denver, or at least one of the games. CBSSports.com

November 23, 2014 | 11:09 AM ET Update

Brandon Bass has continued to play very well for the Celtics, which means there’s a chance he may not be with the team this entire season. Scouts and opposing front-office types have begun to speak and inquire about the 29-year-old forward, a practice that’s generally a precursor to discussing a trade. Danny Ainge could not be reached on whether teams have called about Bass — not that he would say anyway — but it certainly makes sense. Boston Herald

His teammates and coach certainly have appreciated the way he’s gone about his business, playing hard and well and not lamenting the fact he signed for a contending situation and now is part of a rebuilding group. “If there’s a team competing for a championship and they could steal him, that’d be big,” said Rajon Rondo. “He’s one of the best mid-range shooters in the league. “He’s a professional. That’s why he’s here. That’s why he’s getting paid the big bucks. He does what it takes to stay at this level, and he’s playing at a high level. Regardless of whether he’s starting or coming off the bench — you know, there are nights where he may play 30 (minutes) or play 10 — he’s consistent. He’s always been really consistent and ready to go.” Boston Herald

The Cavaliers are monitoring Andrei Kirilenko's state of affairs in Brooklyn, Northeast Ohio Media Group has been told - though it's more due diligence at this point than anything else. Cleveland is in dire need of an athletic wing defender who can guard shooting guards and small forwards; and a rim protector. The Cavaliers, on all fronts, are busy these days. Cleveland Plain Dealer

If the Nets want to dump AK-47 on another team and save more than $10 million in luxury taxes, they'll have to give something up. It just may not be Karasev or a draft pick. And it may or may not be Philadelphia. The other possibility is that he is waived and signs either in the NBA or overseas. His wife said recently she'd like to see him finish his career with CSKA Moscow, where he started out We should know more early in the week. NetsDaily

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November 23, 2014 | 08:54 AM ET Update

He is playing at a level that if he were to opt out of his contract at the end of this season, he would be among the more sought-after free agents. A league executive told CSNNE.com on Saturday that the market for Green is as strong, "if not stronger", than it is for Rajon Rondo, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. "They're two totally different players and their roles with a team are different, too," he said. "But Green can do a lot of things to help just about any team, as long as you're not making him the guy you build around. Green's the guy you add to the guy you're trying to build around." CSNNE.com

Bryant will make $25 million at 37 years old while Nick Young, Julius Randle and Ryan Kelly take up another $10 million. Various player options (Ed Davis) and team options (Jordan Clarkson, Robert Sacre) could add another $3 million, though Davis could opt out and drive that number even higher. Leave room for an estimated $5 million for their likely two first-round draft picks. It's easy to see the Lakers allocating $43 million toward only nine players amid a conservatively estimated salary cap of $66 million for 2015-16. Throw in troublesome mandatory things called "cap holds" and the Lakers have only $21.5 million to spend next summer on free agents. Los Angeles Times

As for the pre-Thanksgiving version of the perpetual who-stays, who-goes game, the Pistons still have the opportunity to pay Monroe more than any other team on the open market. Money talks. So does turning down a lot of it, which Monroe did this year for the right to be a 2015 unrestricted free agent. Someone will back up the armored truck for him and it probably won't be Detroit. Booth Newspapers

If Jerebko keeps playing like he is now, he very well may want to consider staying. He is a range-shooting power forward who runs the floor and screens and moves the ball well, which checks a lot of Van Gundy's boxes, as well as several traits the Pistons lack otherwise. Jerebko's resurgence as a rotation force is one of the good stories in a bad start. Keeping him might be an option if it suits both parties. Booth Newspapers

Singler can be a restricted free agent next summer. I would expect him to remain in Detroit beyond this season, best guess, but we'll see what happens on the open market. He'll get paid but it won't be outrageous and the Pistons can match any offer. Booth Newspapers

Despite the tension between Rockets fans and Parsons, he insists there is no bad blood. “This was home for me for three years, so I have no hard feelings toward them,” Parsons said. “It obviously got a little ugly during free agency, but (Rockets general manager) Daryl (Morey) told me it was going to, so it didn’t surprise anyone. “That’s just how it goes and it’s business, and at the end of the day, my friendship with these guys will stay the same.” Houston Chronicle

"We're a very fragile team right now," James said, following a 110-93 drubbing by the Toronto Raptors at home for the Cavaliers' fourth consecutive loss. "We were a fragile team from the beginning. Any little adversity that hits us, we just shell up." Cleveland Plain Dealer

The situation is getting worse as the Cavaliers extended their losing streak to four with a 110-93 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday at The Q. "[We're] not taking good care of the ball," said Blatt before the game. "Missing easy opportunities on the break. Not screening the way that we should. Not playing with the level of physicality that we need to and other things." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Fredette, who was acquired by the Pelicans as a free agent this summer, is still waiting for an opportunity to draw consistent minutes as a backup. He returned to Utah for Saturday night’s game against the Jazz hoping to get in his first game action since last week’s victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves. ''It's definitely tough,’’ said Fredette, who is averaging 2.8 points after six games. ''As a competitor you want to be out there on the floor and play. But ultimately that’s coaches decision.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

Fredette hoped to see more time in New Orleans this year but acknowledged before the game that it’s “definitely tough’’ not seeing more minutes. “As a competitor, you want to be out there on the floor,’’ Fredette said. “But ultimately it’s the coach’s decision. I hope I can get an opportunity just because I want to be out there playing. I just want to help the team as best as I can. But we’ll see what happens.'' Deseret News

Ibaka has already tied a career-high in both makes (23) and attempts (60) from deep. He’s taken as many as nine in a game. He’s made as many as four. It’s become a thing. And if you ask Scott Brooks, it’s not going anywhere, even when the stars return. “I think it continues,” Brooks said. “He doesn’t necessarily have to live out there and shoot 10 a game. But three or four a game is a good number for him.” Oklahoman

Garnett hasn’t spoken to the media after each of the last four games. But when he last spoke a week ago after the Nets lost in Portland, he discussed how he was feeling a couple of weeks into his 20th NBA season. “I’m giving what I’ve got,” Garnett said. “I’m trying to be the example [and make] no excuses, and just come out here and be whatever kind of example I need to be for this team, and hopefully people follow and I’m able to impact some.” New York Post

Clifford recently called his team “tiny” in describing their tendency to give up offensive rebounds at the worst times. The McRoberts-to-Williams tradeoff did not help in that regard. That does not mean, however, that the coach is displeased with Williams’ performance. “This is a bigger adjustment for him” because of the position shift, Clifford said. “In his last stop he played the (power forward) spot, but that’s a different system. He’s been a (small forward) his whole career. “His basketball IQ is very good and he has a high skill level.” Charlotte Observer

Coach Rick Carlisle wasn't talking out of school, but he kind of put the onus on Cuban when he said that new Houston Rocket Jason Terry will be immortalized at American Airlines Center someday. "He's one of the all-time great Maverick players," Carlisle said. "No doubt about that. His number will be retired one day. I have no doubt about that. I have strong feelings because he and I were very close." Dallas Morning News

When asked if Curry and Thompson are the best backcourt in the NBA, Thompson deferred. "I don't really care about that," Thompson said. "If there were two people on the court and it was us versus them, it would be a different story. But it's five of us on the court. Our goal is to play into June [in the NBA Finals]. It's not to have the labels as the best backcourt." During the off-season, many reports said Thompson was going to be traded to Minnesota for All-Star power forward Kevin Love, who wound up in Cleveland. Los Angeles Times

Then last month Thompson signed a four-year contract extension for $70 million. "It was important to get the extension," Thompson said. "But at the same time, if it didn't happen, I was going to do what I do — just play hard, score the ball and defend." "Our owner just gave him $70 million so I'm sure he's happy," Kerr said, laughing. "That sold him. That told him how much we wanted him." Los Angeles Times

He showed the Jazz an eyeful Saturday, scoring a career-high 43 points on 16-of-23 shooting with a team-high 14 rebounds. For good measure, he added a pair of steals and a blocked shot and played good defense against Utah’s big men, who collectively didn’t have one of their better nights. “Obviously Davis is a great player and he had a great game tonight,’’ said Utah coach Quin Snyder. “It’s a real challenge. You can’t give him easy baskets and he got some of those tonight.’’ Deseret News

That’s one reason Anthony is pleased to see Jose Calderon back on the court. “Jose knows how to run an offense, especially an offense like this," Anthony said. "He can shoot the ball, he can spread the court. But most importantly, his IQ out there on the basketball court, I thin,k is very high. That’s something that, at that position, we’ve been missing.” ESPN.com

Q  How do you spell Antetokounmpo? Nate Wolters: Oh, I still have no clue. You want me to give it a try? A-n-t-e-(pause)-k-o-u-n-p-o? Well, it’s tough. I know how to say it. I don’t know how to spell it yet. Q How freakish is the Greek Freak? Nate Wolters:  He’s really good. He has gotten a ton better since last year. Just with his length, there are not too many guys who can do what he does. He handles it like a guard. He’s a really good passer. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Dwyane Wade: Great win tonite fellas.. I'm proud of the way @mchalmers15 has played this season and especially since I've been out. #MIP #HeatNation. Mario Chalmers: @DwyaneWade thanks big bro. I'm holding it down till u get back. Twitter @mchalmers15

Timberwolves general manager Milt Newton attended the funeral for Thaddeus Young's mother, Lula Hall, on Friday in Memphis, Tenn. The Wolves' power forward has been away from the team on bereavement leave for more than a week and is expected to return to practice before Wednesday's home game against Milwaukee. "He's dealing with things," Wolves coach Flip Saunders said. "It's not easy, but he's dealing with the things he has to." St. Paul Pioneer Press

“We just have to remain patient,” coach Derek Fisher said. “It’s been tough for him ever since he’s been here.” There is no timetable for Bargnani’s return. New York Daily News

Pelicans starting shooting guard Eric Gordon suffered a separated left shoulder in the second quarter on Saturday night after colliding into Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke. There is no timetable on Gordon's return, but it' another injury setback for the Pelicans. The Pelicans officially said Gordon suffered from a left shoulder subluxation, which is a displacement. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Vitor Faverani said Saturday he still has no idea when he will return to the Celtics’ lineup after missing the past nine months following separate knee surgeries. Faverani, once projected to be the team’s starting center, spoke to reporters for the first time since a second left knee surgery last month. Faverani said he hasn’t played basketball since tearing his left meniscus during an NBA D-League appearance in February. Boston Globe

Blatt has made one change already in his starting lineup. The coach seems ready to make another. "Yes," Blatt said when asked if he was contemplating a lineup change. He also mentioned it could potentially happen before Monday's game against the Orlando Magic. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Blatt talked about the biggest issue the Cavs have on defense at the moment, and he didn't hesitate in the pregame. "Point of entry defense," Blatt said. In part he was referring to his guards on the perimeter. Dribble penetration has been an issue. Opposing guards in particular. That problem showed against the Raptors, whose guards scored 86 of the 110 points. Cleveland Plain Dealer

An NBA scout told the New York Post's Fred Kerber the other day that the rebuilding Sixers “are pathetic. I have to keep their roster in front of me because I don’t know who the (heck) these guys are.” With seven undrafted players on the roster on a team that has suffered six double-digit setbacks in their last seven outings, winning is going to be difficult for the Sixers. And Brown knows it. “I didn't accept this job to pad my resume,” said Brown, a 12-year Spurs assistant, beforehand. The Intelligencer

Scott said he didn’t mince his words with his players Saturday. “It (porous defense) doesn’t set well with me at all,” he said. “I didn’t take it out on them this morning, but I let them know that it doesn’t set well with me. The one thing we are looking for at that end of the floor is consistency. “We talked about the effort and the effort has gotten better, but the consistency every single night we want done and it’s what I’m looking for.” Orange County Register

Following the Kings’ 103-88 win over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night, D’Alessandro sat down for a one-on-one conversation with Cowbell Kingdom. We could cut the quotes into sound bites and leave you wanting more, but instead, here is Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro in podcast form. Cowbell Kingdom

Earlier Saturday, the NBA corrected a scoring error from Friday night's game, leaving the official final 124-82. At issue was a three-pointer that was incorrectly credited to forward John Henson. Instead, he hit a jump shot from the lane with 1 minute, 44 seconds remaining and is now credited with six points for the game. The three would have been the first of Henson's three-year career. "I was looking at the box score and saw they gave me a three-pointer," Henson said. "I thought they were just going to let it go. But it's all good." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Also one Cavs official responded to the large and loud contingent of Raptors fans after the game by whispering the following to me as we left the arena: "Tell them to talk to us in June." FoxSports.com

In an op-ed piece in the New York Times earlier this month, Silver lobbied for the federal government to allow states to authorize betting on professional sports, subject to strict regulatory requirements and technological safeguards. "I agree 100 percent," Cuban said Saturday night before the Mavericks lost 95-92 to the Houston Rockets. "I think we're the world's biggest hypocrites when we say, 'Oh, we don't want you betting on our games,' and then we get all excited about the sports betting line and people go to Vegas on trips won from the NBA or NFL. I mean, it's hugely hypocritical. "I just think that Adam did the exact right thing. I think by focusing on the federal regulations and making the changes there, that it will change. It's just a question of when. ESPN.com

"I think it'll be legalized in casinos (outside Nevada)," he said. "Then we'll charge the casinos for information sources, video sources. All you got to do is look overseas. You can go and legally bet on the NBA in the UK and other countries and they're actually big customers of NBA video. The gambling sites overseas can't just show NBA video. That would be copyright violations. So they must be paying for it. You got a template already where it's legal in the rest of the world other than North America." Dallas Morning News

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