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March 2, 2015 | 06:49 PM ET Update
March 2, 2015 | 06:30 PM ET Update

The Memphis Grizzlies signed forward JaMychal Green to a multi-year contract, Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Before first coming to Memphis, JaMychal was the top prospect in the NBA Development League, and he has impressed us both in games and in practice during his tenure with the Grizzlies,” Wallace said. “JaMychal is not only a gifted athlete with tremendous upside but he is a humble, very hard working individual who has quickly earned the respect of his new teammates.” NBA.com

Kevin Garnett bought 1,000 tickets for the Timberwolves' game against the Clippers Monday night. It took fans less than three minutes to claim them. The first 500 to claim tickets got a pair of seats courtesy of the player known as "The Big Ticket," who played his first game back in Minnesota Feb. 25 after a trade with the Brooklyn Nets. "It's a way of showing my appreciation," Garnett said. "I'm always looking to be innovative and try things from an original standpoint. I'm excited to be back here, and I can't thank everybody. In appreciation, I can show some type of gesture, and this is the way I tried to show it." St. Paul Pioneer Press

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.

   
March 2, 2015 | 05:35 PM ET Update

Adrian Wojnarowski: The NBA's review process continues on Phil Jackson's public comments about draft-ineligible D'Angelo Russell, league sources tell Yahoo. Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell is considered draft-ineligible -- until he declares. NBA doesn't let teams comment on those players. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

But your Spurs, the little engine that couldn’t quite for so many years before embarking on one of the most consistent runs of success in all of professional sports, now have the best winning percentage in NBA history. Their winning record combined with one of the worst seasons in Los Angeles Lakers annals slipped them past their long-time rivals by mere percentage points, 61.4 (1920-1207) to 61.1 (3213-2050). Among those still in action, Boston (58.8), Phoenix (55.3) and the franchise formerly known as the Seattle SuperSonics, AKA the Oklahoma City Thunder (53.6), round out the top five. San Antonio Express-News

BEST PLAYERS THAT DIDN'T GET THEIR NUMBERS RETIRED

There's no shortage of great players who don't have their jerseys hanging in the rafters at the arenas of the teams they starred for.

   
March 2, 2015 | 04:10 PM ET Update

Ryan Wolstat: Kyle Lowry was getting stretched out in room instead of shooting around with Raptors. Take of that what you will. Lowry out tonight and from the way he is talking, (speculation here) could be a few more too. Said bigger things down the line are priority. Lowry said a bunch of things are bothering him. He would play through but said org smartly thinking long-term and it is right call. Lowry said not easy to sit at home but: “(They’ve) seen me enough this year and I think my family and friends understand the bigger plan. The long term is the plan, the long term for our season is really the goal in mind.” Twitter @WolstatSun

Sols, a 3D printing company, may change how shoes are built for customers. Sols’ goal is to essentially eliminate shoe sizes — with three pictures of a customer’s foot, Sols can create a custom orthotic and from there build the custom shoe. Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is a main investor in the company. The general idea would be that Sols creates the base of the shoe and any leathers on top of the shoe could be created around that base. Have high arches? No problem, Sols will be custom fitted to your specific foot. In between sizes? Once again, it won’t matter because each base of the shoe is custom built. The Fields of Green

 

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.

   
March 2, 2015 | 02:46 PM ET Update

The Chicago Bulls announced today that an MRI of Jimmy Butler confirmed a Grade 2/3 ulnar ligament sprain and small bone impaction injury to the left elbow. It is estimated that Butler may be out three to six weeks. On the year, Butler has appeared in 55 games (all starts) and averaged a team-high 20.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.73 spg (ninth in the NBA) and 0.58 bpg in 38.9 mpg (first in the NBA). NBA.com

Jimmy Butler will miss an extended period of time and be evaluated on a week-to-week basis after Monday's MRI exam confirmed a sprained left elbow, league sources said. Butler suffered the injury during Sunday's loss to the Clippers when he ran into a DeAndre Jordan screen in the third quarter. He didn't return. Chicago Tribune

David Aldridge: Despite Bulls' latest backcourt injury, with Jimmy Butler (elbow) out 3-6 weeks, no contact yet with FA guard & former Bull Nate Robinson. Twitter @daldridgetnt

Still, as the trade deadline neared, the Suns believed they had a commitment from Dragic that he would stay longterm if they traded Thomas -- a commitment that came, according to a league source, after Dragic met with owner Robert Sarver. So the Suns got serious about making a deal for Thomas. They thought they could re-sign Dragic to a deal that, if not a max deal, would have certainly kept him happy. But the Suns moved too late. Dragic made his feelings known to them in a meeting on Feb. 15, then echoed those sentiments publicly the next day, adding the twist that the Suns were untrustworthy. This set off both McDonough and Babby, who took the unusual step of publicly rebuking Dragic after the trade was made. NBA.com

Danny Granger is not with the team at present, as both sides try to figure out how they want to handle things going forward. On the one hand, the 31-year-old Granger has a player option for next season and could certainly be looking to sign with a title contender. On the other hand, the Suns' training staff is renowned around the league for extending players' careers, which could be music to the oft-injured Granger's ears. McDonough said Sunday the Suns were "keeping an open mind" on Granger's future with the team. NBA.com

The team talked with Markieff Morris en route to Miami, but had no plans to discipline him, with McDonough saying Sunday the timing of Morris' comments "wasn't great. We came out and basically didn't show up against San Antonio. It was probably our worst performance of the year... I think there's a way to deliver the message a little more tactfully than he did." But internally, the Suns do think they could use a little more fan support. They're 22nd in the league in attendance, according to ESPN.com. Of course, fans think they could use a few more wins, as they got in the Seven Seconds or Less days. NBA.com

Dragic's wife, Maja, and son, Mateo, remain in the Valley because she is expecting their second child. Dragic has averaged 13.8 points and 5.4 assists for Miami, who lost Chris Bosh to a blood clot on his lung at the same time as Dragic's arrival. Arizona Republic

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.

   
March 2, 2015 | 01:52 PM ET Update

The Detroit Pistons have recalled forward Quincy Miller from Grand Rapids of the NBA D-League. Miller, who was signed to a 10-day contract by the Pistons Feb. 21, played two games for the Drive. He had 15 points, 12 rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes during a 140-99 rout over the Delaware 87ers Friday. Booth Newspapers

Do you feel good about the way it ended in Phoenix? Giran Dragic: “I wish it would have gone differently. I’m never the guy who is going back in the past. What it is, it is. I’m always going to be grateful for what the organization and Robert (Sarver) and his family did for me. But I wish it ended on different circumstances.” Palm Beach Post

Do you regret how you handled it? Giran Dragic: “Definitely. Maybe I came too harsh. I came out and said what I was feeling. I never said nothing about how it was a bad organization, just how I felt. Maybe I shouldn’t say that, but I’m an honest guy so I say what I feel. I felt that at that time. “When I look back, it sounds harsh. It is what it is. I cannot correct this. The people who know me and were with me all those years, they know my personality. I never intended to do something to harm the organization or the people who were working with me.” Palm Beach Post

The Oklahoma City Thunder will wear a new uniform for its final four Sunday home games of the regular season, beginning March 8. The alternate design was unveiled by Thunder broadcaster Lesley McCaslin during the “Thunder Live” pregame show on FOX Sports Oklahoma, prior to the broadcast of Sunday’s Thunder vs. Lakers game. NBA.com

Now, Cuban is headed back to the small screen. Lesley Goldberg of The Hollywood Reporter: Launching in July, Sharknado 3 will be set in Washington, D.C., this time and, per Syfy, will “cause mass destruction in the nation’s capital” before it roars down the Eastern Seaboard. Entrepreneur/Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban ofShark Tank will play the president NBCSports.com

This basketball brawl video comes from a Spanish basketball league game over the weekend. Laboral Kutxa trailed Bibao Basket by 16-points with less than 10 seconds remaining, but neither team stopped playing. A Bibao player went up for a dunk and took exception to some contact from a defender. What makes things weirder is that the play didn’t even count because the Bibao player was called for traveling. Either way, the Bibao player bumped the opponent and a brawl broke out. The Big Lead

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN BULLS HISTORY

Very few doubts with the Top 2, but who comes after Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen?

   
March 2, 2015 | 11:56 AM ET Update

Dave Pemberton: #Pistons recall Quincy Miller from the D-League. With the Drive, he averaged 11.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 19.7 mins per game Twitter @drpemberton

DeAndre Jordan has gotten over being snubbed as an All-Star, but Doc Rivers said it would be a crime worthy of an investigation if he was also snubbed for the defensive player of the year award. In fact, if Jordan was able to post better offensive numbers, there's no reason in Rivers' eyes he shouldn't be part of the MVP conversation. "He's clearly the defensive player of the year," Rivers said Sunday. "If anybody else gets that award, we need to have an investigation. … What he’s doing defensively, if he was doing that offensively, he would be recognized as the MVP or one of them, but because it's defense, no one notices." ESPN.com

Jordan started his 300th consecutive game on Sunday, the longest active streak in the NBA, but it wasn't until Blake Griffin was sidelined with a staph infection in his right elbow three weeks ago that Jordan received the attention Rivers felt was long overdue for the Clippers' 26-year-old center. "He gets every rebound," Rivers said. "And when he doesn't get it, it takes two guys to keep him off and allows the other guys to get rebounds. He's clearly very important for us." ESPN.com

Michael Jordan is a rookie on the Forbes billionaire list, coming in at a tie for the 1,741st richest person in the world. Though the Nike Air Jordan brand continues to do bonkers sales ($2.25 billion in 2013, from which Jordan earned $90 million), the biggest reason for his leap onto the list is his ownership in the Hornets — his stake in the franchise now supposedly worth over $500 million after Steve Ballmer dropped $2 billion on the Clippers. Now that MJ has cleared this imaginary hurdle, total happiness and fulfillment are surely close behind. The Big Lead

Other majority team owners who made this top 400 richest included Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov (No. 125, $9.9 billion), Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich (No. 137, $9.1 billion), Miami Heat owner Micky Arison (No. 191, $7.1 billion), Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross (No. 216, $6.5 billion), St. Louis Rams, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke (No. 225, $6.3 billion), Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos (No. 259, $5.7 billion), Detroit Tigers and Red Wings owner Michael Ilitch (No. 330, $4.8 billion), Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham FC owner Shahid Khan (No. 330, $4.8 billion), Washington Nationals owner Ted Lerner (No. 330, $4.8 billion), the New York Knicks and Rangers owners, the Dolans (No. 381, $4.3 billion), New England Patriots and Revolution owner Robert Kraft (No. 381, $4.3 billion) and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones ($4.2 billion). ESPN.com

Battier managed to pull off the feat while also feeding his teammates bits of information here and there. The former Heat forward said he would give teammates "a baby spoon of data and they'd taste it and say, 'Hey, it's not bad. What else do you got?'" Battier said he stopped short of telling players like LeBron James what to do, but he would give tips such as what shoulder an opponent prefers to shoot over. "He'd have some success and you'd see him a little more open to the information," Battier said. Sports Illustrated

Carmelo Anthony hated Battier and he had good reason. Battier had tremendous success against Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant during his career (yet oddly struggled against Jason Richardson) and at least one of his superstar opponents took offense. Battier recalled how much opponents hated going against him, whether it be due to disrespect or dread. “The looks of disdain I got from Carmelo Anthony every time,” Battier recalled. “I didn’t even try to shake his hand.” Sports Illustrated

 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN PISTONS HISTORY

The Bad Boys beat the stars from Larry Brown's 2004 team at the top of the ranking.

   
March 2, 2015 | 08:33 AM ET Update

The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to waive center JaVale McGee in time for him to sign with a playoff team, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because the decision had not been announced. USA Today Sports

Players waived by March 1 can still sign with teams that compete in the postseason, meaning the 27-year-old McGee will likely have a fruitful market when he clears waivers. Whether it's a new job with one of the Texas teams (San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets), the Miami Heat or another contender, McGee has every reason to be enthused about what lies ahead — especially considering he didn't give any money back. USA Today Sports

For the Sixers, the merit of the McGee move that brought him from the Denver Nuggets at the Feb. 21 trade deadline had everything to do with the first round pick they acquired. The 2015 first-rounder from Oklahoma City, by way of Denver, is protected for selections one through 18 in 2015, 1-15 in 2016 and 1-15 in 2017. If the Sixers don't receive it by then, they'll receive two second-round draft picks. USA Today Sports

Once he clears waivers this week, McGee will then become a free agent. McGee initially said upon being dealt to the Sixers that he did not want a buyout, but ESPN.com reported Sunday that McGee's representatives were on the hunt to find a team interested in signing the 7-footer. The Sixers took on the substantial remaining money on McGee's contract from the Denver Nuggets on trade deadline day in a deal that also netted them a future first-round pick. McGee has played sparingly since joining Philadelphia and realistically had no future there, given the presence of young center Nerlens Noel and two highly-rated frontcourt lottery picks, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, who have yet to play for Philadelphia. ESPN.com

The fact that his future is cloudy and the NBA is a business isn’t lost on the former Michigan State standout. He is cherishing these times and these victories. “I’ve said it multiple times this year, we know how good we are,” Green said. “We’re having so much fun. It’s a fun group to be around. It’s easy to capitalize on this, when you enjoy being around the people you’re around every day. This is a special group, a special bond, so let’s make the best of it, because this team will probably never be together again. Boston Globe

“That’s just the nature of this business. One addition, one subtraction, and the team isn’t together no more. So take advantage of it while you’ve got it because I’m sure this team will never be together again. It’s a fun time. One of the funnest times of my life. Live in the moment.” Boston Globe

But Warriors coach Steve Kerr seemed to be asking a foreboding question: You want to go small? We play small ball better than anyone. Draymond Green, an impending free agent who might be of special interest to the Celtics this summer, was slotted in at center. Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes rotated at power forward, and the downsized lineup forced the Celtics into scrambles that often resulted in bad shots. Boston Herald

There were no moves for the Raptors at the trade deadline. They are going with the group they have and it will be up to them to fight through what Casey terms “this malaise.” “There’s no extra bodies coming through the door. It’s us. It’s on us as a group. We’ve got to figure out a way and the only way you do that is play through it, improve each game,” he said. Toronto Sun

The Rockets apparently are feeling a little chipper both during and after their 105-103 overtime win against the Cavaliers on Sunday in Houston. First, the Rockets' James Harden delivered a kick to the groin of LeBron James after a scuffle for the ball in the third quarter. Harden received a flagrant 1 foul but stayed in the game and finished with 33 points. That certainly didn't sit well with James and he says he believes the NBA will review the call. "Obviously that's not a basketball play," James said afterward. "Obviously, the league will probably take a look at it. I have no idea why he would do that, but two competitors just trying to go at it and he won this one." Cleveland Plain Dealer

To Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, guard James Harden is out in front in the race for MVP to the point he said that should be the opinion of those without a connection to the franchise. “He’s the best player in basketball,” Alexander said. “He’s having the best year of anybody, no question,” Houston Chronicle

Amir Johnson and DeMar DeRozan believe the Raptors will figure it out. “We’re good though,” Johnson interrupted a questioner after Saturday’s loss in New York City who was pointing out things have not gone well during this five-game losing skid. “We’re still good ... We can’t feel sorry for ourselves even though we’re losing.” Toronto Sun

Lawson was averaging a career-high 36.5 minutes per game going into Sunday's contest against New Orleans. Shaw said it wouldn't be difficult to break the news of a court time reduction. "You just do it," he said. "I've already talked to the team in terms of letting them know that I'm going to take a look at some of the other guys and that their minutes would be decreasing," Shaw said. "So I don't think that there's an issue with that. I'm just trying to get them in the minutes that they are out there, to play as hard as they can." Denver Post

A handful of potential suitors here and abroad are interested in making a play for the Brooklyn Nets as the auction for the NBA franchise gears up, The Post has learned. Chinese conglomerate Fosun and the Qatari government’s investment fund have signaled an interest in buying the pro basketball team from majority owner and Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov. New York Post

Some believe delaying the Nets sale is Silver’s goal. The Atlanta Hawks also are for sale, with bids said to be around $900 million, and the NBA may not want prospective buyers to be split between the teams. China’s Fosun is also in the bidding for the Hawks, sources said. New York Post

Interest is also coming from music mogul David Geffen, who considered a bid for the LA Clippers last year before the NBA team was sold for a record $2 billion to former Microsoft chieftain Steve Ballmer. Even former Time Warner boss Dick Parsons, who was interim chief executive of the Clippers when the NBA forced then-owner Donald Sterling to sell the team, has eyed the Nets, sources said. New York Post

But in classic Bulls fashion, an injury, this time Jimmy Butler's hyperextending his left elbow while on defense on a DeAndre Jordan screen, delayed things for a few minutes. After a commercial break, Breen asked Van Gundy if he could discuss his previous comments, which occurred on-air in a January game between the Bulls and Dallas Mavericks and then this past week, to a Chicago media writer. Van Gundy told Ed Sherman, writing for the Chicago Tribune, that he was asked by Thibodeau's agent to "tone it down" after the Mavericks game, while noting Forman yelled at him at the Dallas game. “Can you speak about it without sleeping with the fishes?” Breen said. ESPN.com

Van Gundy was happy to, and during his conversation with Breen, the ESPN cameras cut to Forman and Paxson, with the latter staring intently at his phone. “What I said previously, I stand by,” Van Gundy said. “I think, over the course of time, they’ve been unfriendly and they haven’t been pro-coach. “I think you go all the way back to Doug Collins’ time here, then Phil Jackson, and go on and on and on. So I don’t really feel the need to reiterate too much. That’s what I said. That’s what I believe.” ESPN.com

Why does he write? That’s easy. “You get to be a storyteller,” he says. “And you get to share information in a way that can sometimes change people’s minds and at least make people open up and expand what they know to be true. I think that’s pretty neat.” He now has almost 1.7 million followers on Twitter. He also has a following among the big names who knew him in his previous incarnation. “This is not somebody writing a little column,” says Jerry West, the Hall of Famer who served as Lakers coach and general manager. “His language is unparalleled. It doesn’t surprise me. There is no athlete I’ve ever met brighter than Kareem.” Washington Post

“My shyness and introversion from those days still haunt me,” he wrote. “Fans felt offended, reporters insulted. . . . If I could, I’d tell that nerdy Kareem to suck it up, put down that book you’re using as a shield and, in the immortal words of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (to prove my nerd cred), ‘Engage!’ ” If only it were that simple. “Sometimes there’s that sense that he’s unapproachable,” says NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “But having been around the world with Kareem, it’s clear he’s incredibly shy and that his shyness gets mistaken for aloofness.” Washington Post

NBA superstar Eric Bledsoe gave himself a "Treat Yo'self" moment after signing his $70 million contract with the PHX Suns ... dropping thousands of dollars on gold and diamond grillz! TMZ Sports has learned the 25-year-old point guard recently hit up Thizzelles Grillz -- a high-end grill maker in NYC -- and dropped $5,000 on two sick pieces ... one for himself, one for his brother. TMZ.com

WHERE ARE NBA PLAYERS BORN?

We research the most common birthplaces of current NBA players. So many Californians...

   

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