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nba rumors There’s significant fear within the Detroit Pistons organization that guard Brandon Jennings sustained a torn Achilles' tendon on Saturday night and could miss the rest of the season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo Sports

After crumpling to the floor on a non-contact play in the third quarter of a loss to Milwaukee, Jennings is set to return to Detroit on Sunday for an MRI exam on his left Achilles. Both the Pistons and Jennings are bracing for the worst, sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo Sports

Jennings did not accompany the Pistons to Toronto for tonight's game, and most likely won't be playing in any more games this season. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy acknowledged it didn't look good. He didn't have to say much at all. If you saw Kalin Lucas' change-of-direction injury that shredded his Achilles tendon while he played for Michigan State in the 2010 NCAA tournament, you essentially saw the same non-contact action on which Jennings was hurt against the Bucks. Michigan Live

nba rumors With the Knicks on the verge of a four-game winning streak and on the first anniversary of his 62-point scoring-record explosion against Charlotte at the Garden, Carmelo Anthony sat for a “recovery day’’ Saturday night as his teammates lost, 76-71, to the Hornets. It was a preordained plan for Anthony to sit out the second night of a back-to-back, as the Knicks are in a busy stretch of their schedule. Anthony only has been back a week after going on a two-week sabbatical to rest his sore left knee. He played 42 minutes in Friday’s victory over the Magic, and coach Derek Fisher knew his All-Star would sit. NY Post

Jose Calderon didn’t make the trip to Charlotte to rest his bruised left knee. Fisher said Calderon is feeling better, but wasn’t sure if he’d be back Monday vs. Sacramento. … Rookie Cleanthony Early, who made his return from an ankle sprain Friday and played three minutes without taking a shot or grabbing a rebound, did not play. NY Post

nba rumors The Cavs are still trying to upgrade their backup point guard spot, but that probably won’t happen until closer to the trade deadline. If they can’t find one in trade, they may have to wait until one they like is bought out or until late March when the Chinese League season ends. Akron Beacon Journal

There have been whispers throughout the season the Cavs may trade Brendan Haywood’s unique contract before this summer, when it reaches its maximum value. Those whispers are growing louder. In fact, if the Cavs are to upgrade their backup point guard position through trade, they will inevitably have to include Haywood just to make the money match. And from all indications, they’ll have no problem moving Haywood’s contract if the right point guard becomes available. But they won’t know that until closer to the Feb. 19 trade deadline. Akron Beacon Journal

Assuming Kevin Love is still here, the Cavs will commit at least $58 million next season in salary just to Love, LeBron and Kyrie Irving. Add in Anderson Varejao’s $10 million for next season, new deals for Tristan Thompson and Iman Shumpert (each of whom will be coming off their rookie deals and seeking at least $10 million) and the Cavs’ payroll next season will explode through the cap (projected now around $66 million) and tax apron. That means Haywood’s contract cannot be used in sign-and-trade deals, which eliminates the Cavs from pursuing any free agents with his contract. Akron Beacon Journal

If they don’t trade for a point guard, keep an eye on Will Bynum and Bobby Brown. Both are playing in China and won’t be available until after the Chinese playoffs in March, but the Cavs are interested in both. Bynum would be a much cleaner add than Brown, who still has two years left on his deal with DongGuan, but they’ll have competition. Akron Beacon Journal

nba rumors Jerry West knows the feeling Klay Thompson was feeling Friday night. He has often reflected about a game in which he made 16 of 17 shots and also made all 12 of his free throws. But the 76-year-old Warriors executive assistant was quick to say that Thompson's 52-point outing against Sacramento, particularly his 37-point quarter in which he made all 13 of his shots and was 9 for 9 from beyond the 3-point arc, was a feat so unprecedented and exciting that it kept him up all night. Bay Area News Group

"I flew back (to his home in Los Angeles) after the game, and honestly, I couldn't go to sleep," West said Saturday. "I was replaying in my own mind what I had just witnessed. It was incredible to watch. It's something no one's watched, to be honest with you. The people that were fortunate to be there saw something that's probably not going to happen for a long, long time if it ever happens again." Bay Area News Group

nba rumors The Rockets might have let guard Goran Dragic return to the Suns as a free agent, but Dragic said Friday that he would not hold that against them if they pursue him as a free agent next summer. Dragic signed a four-year deal with the Suns that gave him the power to opt out after his third season, an option that the Rockets would not give him when they insisted on a contract without player options. Asked if the Rockets would be at a disadvantage because they could not reach agreement on a deal in 2012, Dragic said, “Oh, no. No. Nothing like that. Houston Chronicle

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said that Cleveland forward Shawn Marion would always have a job waiting for him in Dallas when his time as a NBA player comes to an end. Marion announced his retirement earlier this week, after 16 seasons – five with the Mavericks. Cuban said that the organization would “have a big deal for him” when Cleveland came to town on March 10. Dallas Morning News

2015 NBA Draft: Jahlil Okafor, the 6-foot-11, 270-pound 19-year-old Duke freshman phenom from Chicago. “I’ve talked to over two dozen NBA general managers and scouts, asking who they would take No. 1 if the draft was held today, and every single scenario that answer was Okafor,” ESPN draft insider Chad Ford said in a phone interview. “Okafor is the guy right now. He’s the most dominant college basketball player in the country.” NY Post

Ford said Okafor is the best big man prospect he has seen since Tim Duncan — a popular comparison because of Okafor’s well-developed post game, footwork, high basketball IQ and even-keeled personality — and teams rarely pass up on potentially dominant centers. NY Post

A second NBA executive said Kentucky’s versatile 6-foot-11 forward Karl-Anthony Towns of Piscataway, N.J., and Dallas point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who opted to play overseas in China rather at SMU, are other possibilities, depending on who lands the first pick. Ohio State dynamic freshman guard D’Angelo Russell is a possible sleeper, as well. NY Post

Retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is getting into the sitcom game. O’Neal, 42, will star in and produce a half-hour comedy pilot for truTV called “Shaq Inq.” The series will be a “workplace comedy loosely based on the wild and frenetic business empire of Shaquille O’Neal,” according to the network. NY Post


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