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Rockets guard Pat Beverley opted to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday and is expected to be out for four to six weeks, a person with knowledge of the decision said on Saturday. Houston Chronicle
Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni on Friday indicated that Beverley could miss the season's first 20 games. Beverley, a second-team All Defense selection in 2015, averaged 9.9 points on 40 percent 3-point shooting last season. Eric Gordon will replace him in the Rockets starting lineup. Houston Chronicle
The Rockets on Saturday signed former Oklahoma State forward Le'Bryan Nash, intending to add him to the roster of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, their NBA Development League affiliate, a person with knowledge of the deal said. Houston Chronicle
Derrick Rose was reunited with his teammates for the first time in more than two weeks at Knicks practice on Saturday. He didn’t wear a shirt during the final minutes of the workout, but he did wear a look of relief afterward. “Oh man, it felt like heaven to be out there, man,” Rose said in his first interview since a Los Angeles jury found him not liable in a civil sexual assault trial on Wednesday. “I got through my little situation, but I’m happy to be focusing on nothing but basketball right now.” NY Newsday
Rose worked out by himself in Los Angeles after court adjourned each day and on Friday was able to meet with the coaching staff for a crash course on the changes and adjustments employed since the game in Houston. Of his first team action in 16 days, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said: “He looked good. We did some up-and-down. His conditioning was good. And he’s picking up on the stuff we’re doing pretty well. It looked good today for being off a couple weeks.” NY Newsday
Even with his coach vowing to limit his minutes during the regular season, LeBron James thinks he can win a fifth MVP this year and only has to look to the guy that beat him out for the award the past two seasons, Stephen Curry, for evidence. “No,” James said Saturday when asked if he was concerned that planned rest could affect his MVP case. “Because Steph played 31 minutes a game and he won the MVP.” ESPN.com
James is tied with Wilt Chamberlain for the third-most MVPs in league history with four. A reporter suggested that James could enter into even more elite company with a fifth. “So, I’m not elite?” James quipped. ESPN.com
LeBron: “Well, I’ve never set into a season saying I want to win MVP,” he said. “I’ve always thought of the season saying I want to be MVP for my team and it’s resulted in me getting four of them. So I’ve been available, for the most part, every night and I’ve been available on both sides of the floor. I’ve been healthy. ESPN.com
As expected, the Washington Wizards have picked up the third-year option on Kelly Oubre Jr.’s rookie contract, according to several league sources. The option, for the 2017-18 season, is for $2.09 million. Oubre will make slightly more than $2 million this season, his second in the league. The Wizards retain an option for Oubre’s fourth season. Washington Post
Rookies Nicolas Brussino and Dorian Finney-Smith have claimed the final two roster spots for the Mavericks, a source said. Dallas Morning News
The Pistons decided to keep McCallum, the former Detroit Mercy and Birmingham Detroit Country Day star. Saturday’s decision takes on added significance since barring another roster move, McCallum will back-up Ish Smith at point guard until Reggie Jackson can return from left rehab. Detroit Free Press
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