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January 28, 2015 | 04:14 PM ET Update
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Arash Markazi: Barnes said he was talking to 13-year old boy and his dad and a couple of hecklers but it didn't get heated until Sarver got involved. Barnes on Sarver: "We don’t like each other. He didn’t like me when I was there and I didn’t like him when I was there so it is what it is. If you’re going to say something like that to me, expect me to respond but don’t go run and tell when I do go say something. You can ask him what he said. He said enough to make me respond. We don’t like each other. I’m going to get a summer job at my kid’s school working as a yard dude. When you pay the money to get that close to us who doesn't want to say that I talked to Matt or I talked to Chris during the game. Twitter @ArashMarkazi

Marc J. Spears: Warriors center Festus Ezeli (ankle) has asked to do a rehab stint with @DLeagueWarriors that starts Saturday at Reno, a source told Yahoo. Warriors reserve center Festus Ezeli has missed 16-straight games to a left ankle sprain. His @DLeagueWarriors stint is expected to be short Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

THE BEST NICK YOUNG QUOTES EVER

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January 28, 2015 | 02:31 PM ET Update

The Miami Heat have called up Tyler Johnson on a 10-day contract, league sources tell RealGM. Johnson comes from the D-League's Sioux Falls Skyforce, where he averaged 18.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 15 games. Johnson was on a 10-day contract with the Heat earlier this month. RealGM

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed forward Reggie Williams of the Oklahoma City Blue to a 10-day contract. Williams, 6-6/210, has appeared in 13 games this season for the Blue of the NBA D-League, averaging 16.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.08 steals in 31.9 minutes. NBA.com

Kevin Martin plans to play tonight against Boston at Target Center, his first game back since he fractured his right shooting wrist against New York on Nov. 19, according to sources with knowledge of his health. He had hoped to make his return last Wednesday against Dallas, but awoke that morning with it significantly swollen. He had fluid drained from it on Thursday and has had a compression brace on it since then. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker underwent successful surgery today to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. The procedure was completed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Walker's recovery time is expected to be a minimum of six weeks. Walker is the Hornets’ leader in points (18.8), assists (5.2) and steals (1.4). Walker averaged 23.0 points on .429 shooting from the field (171-399), including .355 from beyond the three-point line (43-121) over his last 21 games played. NBA.com

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 28, 2015 | 01:19 PM ET Update

He has heard from plenty of Lakers fans happy for his success this season, and he very much appreciates it. Gasol is well aware of the Lakers' ongoing spiral, and he's sorely disappointed that Bryant is missing both chances for them to be on the court together this season. But when asked if he would endorse the Lakers organization to his All-Star center brother who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, Pau offered little reason to believe the fledgling Lakers are on Marc's wish list. Bleacher Report

"Marc wants to win a championship," Pau said. "That's what he's looking for. That's what's most important to him. I don't know if you think the Lakers will be in a position to win a championship next year or not. "But he knows what he'll be looking for as a free agent—or maybe he'll stay in Memphis because they have built a very good team already there with some very good pieces. He'll know what he wants, and he will be ready to make his decision." Bleacher Report

Shams Charania: Aside from Cavs, Wizards have placed interest in guard Will Bynum, sources tell RealGM. Bynum likely available from China in late March. Twitter @ShamsCharania

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed forward Chris Johnson of the NBA Development League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers to a 10-day contract. Johnson becomes the NBA’s 24th overall NBA D-League Call-Up of the 2014-15 season and the 22nd different player to be called up. Per team policy, financial terms were not released. Following the move, the Jazz roster now stands at 15 players. NBA.com

After all the days, months and years of trying to block out what hurt his heart, Pau Gasol was the one bringing up all of the trade rumors now. "I'm re-energized. I'm in positions where I'm comfortable and effective, so I make a lot of plays," Gasol said of his wonderful new life as a Chicago Bull instead of a Los Angeles Laker. "And the fact that my name is not on the trade block like it has been for the past three years, that's a factor that's overlooked. "It's huge. It's huge not to have to think about that and have it in the back of your mind constantly. It's nice to have that type of security and comfort." Bleacher Report

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says any deal from the state to help pay for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena will also likely have to include contributions from the city and county. Walker spoke about the issue on Wednesday after he announced a plan to have the state use $200 million in bonds to help pay for the arena. His proposal met with some resistance from state lawmakers who say the city of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County should also have to chip in. Walker says he doesn't object to that and it's likely to be a part of whatever passes the Legislature. USA Today Sports

NBA DANCERS ON INSTAGRAM

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January 28, 2015 | 12:16 PM ET Update

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Jorge Gutierrez to a 10-day contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Gutierrez is the 23rd Gatorade Call-Up of the 2014-15 NBA Development League season. Gutierrez, 26, most recently played for the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League and in six games averaged 15.2 points, 6.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds in 35.7 minutes per game. He began the season with Brooklyn where he averaged 1.6 points in 10 games before being traded to Philadelphia on Dec. 11. He was waived by the 76ers on Dec. 12. NBA.com

Nobody else lands near Mirotic – for good reason. Logically, it’s difficult for players to draw fouls while they’re hanging near the 3-point arc. It takes a special blend to balance both skills. Mirotic, who shoots 36 percent on 3-pointers, does it a few ways. One, he’s the floor-stretching big Chicago needs to complement Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson – especially because Noah has struggled spread the floor as a passing hub this season (perhaps due to injury). Even on the perimeter, Mirotic has a nifty shot fake that helps him draw fouls, including on 3-point tries. NBCSports.com

Two, he plays hard. Mirotic, who credits playing professionally at age 17, is comfortable amid contact. A perception exists that rookies and European players get unfavorable whistles, but Mirotic has overcome that double whammy. “I don’t think about it when I’m playing,” Mirotic said. “I try to play smart, and sometimes you need to try to get contact to go to the free-throw line.” NBCSports.com

Devin Kharpertian: Nets release medical update on Mirza Teletovic from team doctor. The important part: “I expect Mirza to make a full recovery." Twitter @uuords

Here is the full statement from the Nets' team doctor: The following is a statement from Brooklyn Nets team physician Dr. Michael Farber: " Mirza was diagnosed with pulmonary embolus on January 22 and started on the appropriate medications for this condition. Diagnostic testing was arranged and he was then observed until testing showed that he reached the expected therapeutic range. We are pleased to say that he reports no symptoms at this time and that he will be discharged to return home today." "This was a true collaborative effort between our medical team and training staff and the local physicians at the Los Angeles hospital where Mirza was treated. I am really pleased with how Mirza has progressed. We will evaluate him upon return, personally review all of the testing he had done, and arrange for further testing if necessary." "I expect Mirza to make a full recovery." NetsDaily

NBA SALARIES BY COUNTRY

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January 28, 2015 | 11:27 AM ET Update

The benching of Ross has led to trade speculation, with Toronto eager to beef up its struggling interior defense and Ross an attractive young chip who can be paired with the first-round pick the Raptors will get from the Knicks (the lesser of the picks between New York and Denver) in 2016. But according to league sources, Ross is going nowhere. “Absolutely not,” one rival executive told Sporting News. “They still have a lot of belief in him and there is not much you could do to get him from them.” Sporting News

Toronto has allowed 43.3 point in the paint per game this year, which is just 22nd in the league. But, according to sources, the Raptors won’t use Ross to make that happen, despite his third-season struggles—which actually date back to last year’s postseason. Casey considered benching Ross then, but did not pull the trigger on the move. Ross averaged just 5.0 points in Toronto’s seven-game, first-round loss to Brooklyn, shooting an abysmal 29.8 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from the 3-point line. Sporting News

Perkins readily admits that he hears the trade chatter involving his name, but refuses to let it become a distraction to how he prepares on a day-to-day basis. “You just go with the flow, man,” Perkins told Basketball Insiders. “It’s a business so you can’t think about trades. If you think about them, you’ll just stress yourself out. Everything is going to happen for a reason, so you just have to let it take its place.” Basketball Insiders

With free agency looming, the Thunder could potentially lose Perkins for nothing in return this summer. But Perkins is totally candid about his upcoming free agency and fully believes that since he was acquired by the Thunder in 2011, he’s done nothing but help the franchise rise in the standings. “I just have to come out and make sure I do my job,” Perkins said of his pending free agency status. “I try not to look ahead to free agency. I just try to go out there and compete night in and night out. Basketball Insiders

“But ever since I’ve got to Oklahoma City, I feel like I haven’t did anything but help the organization get to where they want to be. The organization has helped me also. So this is a family. If I’m here next year or not, if I leave, I’m going to miss everyone here because we’re like family.” Oklahoma City has reached the Western Conference Finals three out of the past four seasons, losing in the NBA Finals back in 2012. This season, the Thunder (23-22) would be on the outside looking in at the playoffs if they started today, as the club currently sits 10th in the Western Conference standings. Basketball Insiders

Steve Kyler: Bucks announce 10-day deal for Jorge Gutierrez -- he slides into a replacement spot allowed while Larry Sanders serves ten game suspension Twitter @stevekylerNBA

The "Greek Freak" said he would come up with a plan. "We're going to see what we're going to do," he said of consulting with his brother. "I'm going to try to do something crazy, something fancy. Are you sure I cannot do a layup?" Antetokounmpo, the 6-foot-11 Bucks phenom, is expected to be named Wednesday to the international team for the Rising Stars Challenge, a game scheduled Feb. 13. That game will feature rookies and second-year players and will have a new format, with 10 international players going against 10 USA-based players. The dunk format will be a two-round event, and competitors will get three chances to complete a dunk in both rounds. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Kerr admitted the club got absolutely no warning Bogut wasn’t going to play. He just said he wasn’t feeling well and bolted. Didn’t even give it a try. Kerr maintained he isn’t worried about Bogut’s dependability when pressed on the subject after the game. Privately, though, you know all the Warriors’ brass are discussing this behind closed doors because Bogut is such a monumental element to the Warriors’ long-term aspirations. It’s a 7-foot asterisk to them possibly making it the NBA Finals and winning it all. Without him, they probably don’t get through the second round in the West. Contra Costa Times

On August 1, 2014, George suffered a traumatic leg injury on live television playing for Team USA during a scrimmage. The game was canceled from that point, and Paul's basketball career has been on pause as he recovers from surgery and rehabs to get back into basketball shape. Bleacher Report has been filming George over the last few months and will be creating a multipart video series about his return to the NBA. The Road Back: Part One is the first time George has gone in-depth about the injury, as well as his surgery and rehab. We get his perspective, along with that of his family, who was there during the distressing injury in Las Vegas. Bleacher Report

January 28, 2015 | 10:11 AM ET Update

League sources say they have been shopping Derrick Williams, but Stauskas was recently reported to be available as well. When there’s a team that is aggressively looking to make a trade and has attractive assets to pull one off, usually that means a deal will happen before the deadline. Keep an eye on the Kings. Basketball Insiders

With all of that said, some within the Thunder organization believe they should keep Jackson because they realize it would be hard to replace the production they get from him at the back-up point guard position and because there’s the belief that Jackson and Waiters could form a nice one-two punch if they’re able to get on the same page and eventually develop some chemistry. A Jackson trade could certainly happen, but league sources don’t characterize it as inevitable since the Thunder are still weighing the pros and cons of such a move. Basketball Insiders

O'Neal has the Mavericks' offer to join them whenever he makes the decision to resume his playing career. He's been sitting out this season, but he has been working out and going through treatments to get himself into game-ready condition. The Mavericks, a source said, still feel confident about their chances of landing the 6-11 O'Neal, who has played 18 NBA seasons. They have held a roster spot open specifically for him. Dallas Morning News

There is interest from other teams around the league, and the Mavericks are making sure they keep tabs on the waiver wire and the possibility of some players whose seasons will end soon in China who could return to the NBA. But O'Neal, 36, is the No. 1 target, the source said. The window is open as long as needed for O'Neal to make a decision on when to return, but the most likely scenario is that he would join the Mavericks sometime between now and the All-Star break, which begins Feb. 12. Dallas Morning News

Undrafted rookie guard Langston Galloway will remain with the New York Knicks for the remainder of this year and is under contract for next season as well. Galloway signed with the Knicks on Tuesday. Next season's salary is partially guaranteed. "I'm honored to be part of the New York Knicks organization," Galloway wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of him signing the contract. "Blessed to live out this dream. Ready to continue this journey." Philadelphia Inquirer

Tim Bontemps: Jason Kidd signing Jorge Gutierrez to play for the Bucks is not the least bit surprising. He was a big fan of Gutierrez last year w the Nets Twitter @TimBontemps

Before Christmas, Childress was in great form and put himself in contention for the NBL’s most valuable player award. Childress has enjoyed his time in Sydney and is interested in helping the Kings improve next season. “We’re talking about it,” he confirmed yesterday. “The injury is unfortunate and fortunate. I have a lot more downtime now to go through a contract with the Kings and my agent and find out if we can reach an agreement that’s good for both sides.” Daily Telegraph

For instance, Rose missed 20 of his 33 shots, but he drilled the game-winner with 8.4 seconds left in overtime with the type of icy confidence that he displayed during his MVP season of 2010-11. He played 43 minutes in a game, the most he has played in one contest in almost three seasons. Most importantly, when his team needed him to hit the biggest shot of the night, he had no hesitation taking it. "A player like myself, I want them moments," Rose said. "I want that shot. My teammates gave me the ball to take the shot and it looks good on the resume. I'm not running away from them shots, I'm not turning them down. If anything, my teammates are going to give me the ball to take the shot, so that's a good feeling." ESPN.com

The anger with which Durant has punished the rim hasn’t necessarily manifested itself off the court, where the reigning most valuable player has maintained a measured calm and displayed no panic nor worry through a season that has been more difficult than expected for the Oklahoma City Thunder. “It’s just different. First time being injured and all the injuries that happened to us. That’s about it,” Durant said, when asked if this season has been more of a grind than others. “We’re back playing now. That’s over with, we’re trying to move forward now.” Washington Post

Attempts to acquire Brook Lopez from Brooklyn fell apart but also raised doubt about the Thunder’s ability to reach the playoffs, much less win the West, as it is currently assembled. Durant doesn’t appear to have those concerns. When asked recently if he felt the Hawks were the league’s best team, Durant responded, “I ain’t going to go that far. They’re a good team. I like our team. “We’re just behind on everything, from training camp, all the way up to the season, so even though we’re 40-something games in, I feel that we’re still trying to figure stuff out and grow,” Durant said. “Because it feels like we’re in the beginning of the season with everybody coming back, but I like the progress. I like the groove we’re in.” Washington Post

Now Cavs coach David Blatt believes it's time for the narrative surrounding LeBron James' campaign to change as well. Specifically, Blatt wants to know why James' name doesn't appear in the MVP conversation more often. "That's just kind of funny, to be honest with you," Blatt said before the Pistons game. "First of all, he's the greatest player in our game, and he's had, since he's been healthy -- and really all year, but particularly since he's been healthy -- his performance has been as high level as ever. And you don't have to look very far at our record to see what impact he has on this team when he's playing and not playing." ESPN.com

Regardless of the uncertainty of his future, Prince has made the best of a rather unenviable situation. Last year, Prince’s teammate at the University of Kentucky, Keith Bogans, did not want to play leader and mentor and was sent home until his contract was traded. “You come to a position like this and you’ve got Marcus Smart and Phil [Pressey] and these guys calling me ‘old head,’ which I really don’t like, so I am going to have to talk to them about that,” he said. Boston Globe

When asked why he is such a willing mentor in a situation where he could understandably be more consumed with playing for a contender, Prince said: “If you love the game and you respect the game, no matter what position you’re in, you’re supposed to be professional and go out and play the game. Once I got traded here, my main concern that all options were on the table and see what situation would be best. Boston Globe

Now the million-dollar question: Is Love worthy of being an All-Star this year? "Yes, I think so," Cavs coach David Blatt said. "...Kevin from his position is averaging a double-double while sacrificing some of his own individual game to help the team win and be successful. So yeah, you can certainly make a case for that. Absolutely." Cleveland Plain Dealer

To Love's credit, he's handling the situation like a professional. After Tuesday's win, the Cavaliers' seventh consecutive win, he admitted that it's even hard for him to envision roaming the streets of New York in mid February considering the team's 26-20 record. "Either way I'll head home to see my family or head back to Los Angeles," he told NEOMG. "So, it's not anything that's really a big deal to me. Obviously I would like to be there, but it's going to be nice for me to get a break either way." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Leonard understands missing 18 of his team’s first 45 games likely crossed him off the lists of most of the Western Conference coaches who must make some tough choices from among a strong group of frontcourt players. “I believe so,” Leonard said after practice Tuesday. “I’d probably be better just having those 17 games behind me, having more experience. But it’s nothing I’m looking forward to. I’m just trying to better myself as a player and help the team.” San Antonio Express-News

The biggest headline for the Suns over the last few days has been Hornacek’s controversial rule for technical fouls that states simply, “If you get a T for arguing with an official, you’re benched for the rest of the game.” What seemed like an idle threat at first quickly became reality when Goran Dragic was benched against the Houston Rockets after picking up a technical, and then again when Morris picked up one against the Clippers. Valley of the Suns

Hornacek said he once again addressed the issue with his team, mentioning some slight changes to a rule many criticized as being too harsh for a playoff-hopeful squad. “We talked about it,” he said. “We’ve tried both ways and we’re just going to try to do a better job as a team, as teammates, to corral each other when they start to argue. The guys came up with that. “They have been better, it hasn’t been — you know both Goran and Keef’s technical, it wasn’t constant yelling, it was just a couple of times. So I told them, ‘Hey, if you guys do that, and kind of help each other out there on the court, we’ll kind of look at it and it might be my discretion whether we do it for the rest of the game so we don’t have that necessarily hard rule.’ But I may still sit them for the end of the game if I feel like it and they know that.” Valley of the Suns

Kalin Lucas and Jarnell Stokes are basketball players who ended up fighting each other on Tuesday night. The only problem with that? They're teammates. Lucas and Stokes play for the Iowa Energy, the D-League affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies. Something went wrong between them on the bench during their game against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and blows were exchanged. Sporting News

 

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