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NBA Rookie Ladder: How the Top Contenders Stack Up in Mid-November

The 2014 Rookie of the Year race isn't quite going the way we thought it would around this time last season. Injuries have really played a role in that, with Marcus Smart, Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon each going down early. It doesn't...Show More Summary

Magic's Gordon undergoes foot surgery

ORLANDO -- Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon underwent a successful surgical procedure Friday to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced.

NBA Afterthoughts Who Are About to Become X-Factors

NBA perceptions can change in an instant. Today's 24-hour news cycle causes hot streaks to become overblown and slumps to send players plummeting toward obscurity. But a players' impact has a lot to do with opportunity and fit. A player can be in over his head or buried on the bench if his talents don't scratch an itch for his team. Show More Summary

Aaron Gordon out indefinitely after foot surgery

Aaron Gordon out indefinitely after foot surgery Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon underwent a successful surgical procedure today to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced. Gordon was diagnosed with the injury following the Magic’s game on Nov. 15 at Washington. He will be out indefinitely and his return [...]

Kings assign Eric Moreland to D-League

The Sacramento Kings have assigned rookie forward Eric Moreland to the team’s NBA D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, it was announced today by General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. Moreland has not seen action in the 12 regular season games with the Kings. The undrafted rookie from Oregon State totaled four points (2-4 FG), five rebounds, one assist [...]

Kobe Bryant Scoffs at Hometown Discounts as a 'Coup' Against Players

Kobe Bryant isn't about to pat Dirk Nowitzki on the back. More pointedly, Bryant won't ever placate NBA owners by accepting a hometown discount or below-market contract. "It's the popular thing to do," Bryant said of player pay cuts ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers' Friday night matchup against the Dallas Mavericks, per ESPNDallas.com's Tim McMahon. Show More Summary

How Offseason's Best Under-the-Radar Moves Are Paying Dividends for NBA Teams

NBA teams don't need to break the bank or dominate headlines to change their fortunes. Some of the league's most impactful transactions don't grab front-page coverage. While superstar shifts deserve the attention they receive, the right...Show More Summary

Jose Calderon, Andrea Bargnani ready to step on court for Knicks

The New York Knicks need all the help they can get. They’re off to a disappointing start, and what’s worse is that the strength of schedule they’ve faced so far is on the very weak side of things. In other words, they’ve played lots of unimpressive teams, and still done quite badly. Now, the team [...]

DeMarre Carroll set to return for Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks, who through Thursday’s games have a 5-5 record, are regaining the services of rugged, versatile small forward DeMarre Carroll. Here’s the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporting: DeMarre Carroll is back. The Hawks small forward will be active for tonight’s game against the Pistons and all indications are that he will start. Show More Summary

Martell Webster making progress in eventual return for Wizards

With a 7-3 record through Thursday, the Washington Wizards have the 7th best winning percentage in the NBA; a fantastic start to a promising season. And the team is poised to get even deeper once Martell Webster becomes available to play, which should happen in the relatively near future. Here’s the Washington Post blog reporting: Bradley Beal’s return [...]

Cavs, Kevin Love still adjusting to each other

The new-look, talent-filled Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a modest 5-5 start; not entirely surprising, as team chemistry takes time to develop. Still, much improvement is needed. A big factor is power forward Kevin Love, who is a better offensive player than defensive, and yet is still being worked into the team’s scoring scheme. Here’s [...]

Pacers' George making progress in recovery

Pacers forward Paul George could take the next step in his recovery from a broken right leg as early as next week.

Sixers assign JaKarr Sampson to D-League

The Philadelphia 76ers today announced that they have assigned forward JaKarr Sampson to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League. Sampson has appeared in nine games with two starts for the Sixers this season.

How Rajon Rondo Allows Avery Bradley to Thrive with the Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics guards Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley are undersized, but still compliment each other very well. It’s difficult not to blend in with a healthy Rondo—who’s regained his stranglehold on the assist leaderboard—and BradleyShow More Summary

Kobe Bryant Once Again Defends His Massive Contract

Los Angeles Lakers superstar guard Kobe Bryant’s two-year, $48.5 million extension is by far the most unpopular contract in the NBA. Fans and media love to gripe about it, but […] The post Kobe Bryant Once Again Defends His Massive Contract appeared first on SLAMonline.

Time to Stop Sleeping on Milwaukee Bucks

Not one aspect of the Milwaukee Bucks' start to 2014-15 was planned or projected—not the moxie or mettle with which they carry themselves, not the wins they've collected, not the rhythmic sounds of hope heard with every dribble, made...Show More Summary

Kevin Martin Out Indefinitely With a Broken Wrist

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Friday that guard Kevin Martin suffered a fracture of his right wrist during Wednesday’s 115-99 win against the visiting New York Knicks. Martin is averaging 20.4 […] The post Kevin Martin Out Indefinitely With a Broken Wrist appeared first on SLAMonline.

Houston Rockets to Seek Trade Options Early to Bolster Thin Bench

Always seeking a place on the cutting edge, the Houston Rockets will not wait until after Thanksgiving to begin Christmas shopping. Black Friday? Cyber Monday? They’re as old and outdated as a box score. At first glance, the RocketsShow More Summary

LeBron James: Kevin Love Will Get the Ball ‘If he Demands it’

The Cleveland Cavaliers need Kevin Love to be aggressive on the offensive end of the floor, and the world knows how much more involved he’d like to be. LeBron James […] The post LeBron James: Kevin Love Will Get the Ball ‘If he Demands it’ appeared first on SLAMonline.

Papa John’s Changes Promo Because the Sixers Can’t Win

Last month, the Philadelphia Sixers and Papa John’s announced a fan promotion for a steep discount on pizza following each Sixers victory. 11 games into the season, the tank-fastic Sixers […] The post Papa John’s Changes Promo Because the Sixers Can’t Win appeared first on SLAMonline.

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