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NBA Rumors for Sunday, Feb. 7

InsideHoops NBA rumors updated 8:00 a.m. ET. More stories and other news also appears on the InsideHoops basketball blog, including most of our live updates during the day. Note that NBA trade rumors pick up steam leading to the 2016 NBA trade deadline (February 18 at 3pm ET). Other key NBA rumors-related dates are the 2016 Playoff Eligibility Waiver deadline (March 1) and playoff roster deadline (April 15 at 3pm ET).

nba rumors Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers has been diagnosed with a broken left hand and likely will be out four to six weeks, sources said. Rivers suffered the injury moments before he was ejected for arguing with officials Wednesday in the Clippers' loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Initial X-rays came back negative, and Rivers told reporters he believed he had a bone bruise.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver had no choice but to name Tyronn Lue the coach of the Eastern Conference All-Star team, because league rules state the coach of the conference’s leading team must coach in the All-Star Game. One exception is a coach can’t be given the task two seasons in a row; that’s why Gregg Popovich, and not Steve Kerr, is coaching the West squad this year. Boston Globe

nba rumors A potential trade target for many teams, including the Celtics, will be Pelicans swingman Ryan Anderson, who has an expiring $8.5 million contract and has responded well following a serious neck injury in January 2014. Anderson is averaging 17.2 points and 6.1 rebounds this season while mostly coming off the bench and could be the knock-down shooter and floor-stretcher the Celtics could use at power forward. Boston Globe

The Pelicans entered Thursday 5½ games out of a playoff spot in the West and could consider making major moves before the Feb. 18 trade deadline. Guards Eric Gordon and Norris Cole also have expiring contracts. Boston Globe

Another player who could be dealt is Detroit guard Brandon Jennings, who has shown he is healthy after Achilles’ surgery and perhaps ready for a starting role. That won’t happen with the Pistons as Reggie Jackson is locked in as the starting point guard. Jennings has an expiring $8.3 million contract, the final year of a three-year deal he signed with the Bucks. Boston Globe

nba rumors Q: What about the Spurs elevated your game? Kobe Bryant: "Their discipline. When I first came into the league, I played with a lot of emotion, I played with a lot of rage. But to beat San Antonio, I mean that year we got swept in ’99 really showed me another level of the game in terms of the coldness with which they played, the discipline they played with. That’s when I realized I had to get my game to that level, and get it there now. They helped me find that next level of discipline." San Antonio Express-News

Q: How has your relationship with Gregg Popovich evolved? Bryant: "It’s been amazing. I mean, he’s been so open with me and I’ve been a sponge every chance I get to be around him. I talk to him a lot about the game, I ask him questions about the game, how he teaches the game. One of my favorite times that I spent with him was during the All-Star game when he was coaching. He came up to me right before practice and he said, ‘Hey, should I do a real practice or like a whatever walk-through All-Star practice?” I said, ‘Do a real practice, because I want to see what the hell goes on in San Antonio, so you’ve got to do all the real stuff.’ The guys were kind of looking around like ‘What the hell.’ Tim just looked at me like, ‘You’re killing me.’ I wanted to see what goes down." San Antonio Express-News

nba rumors The Brooklyn Nets will begin formally interviewing candidates for their general manager vacancy on Monday, sources told Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov will be in attendance, as will the other members of the team's GM search committee: Nets chairman of the board of directors Dmitry Razumov, trusted Russian basketball confidant Sergey Kushchenko, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Brett Yormark and president of ONEXIM Sports & Entertainment Irina Pavlova.

As first reported Jan. 13, two-time executive of the year Bryan Colangelo, who has a wealth of experience at the top of an organization, is a strong candidate for the position.

nba rumors Tiago Splitter will miss his fourth straight game with a right hip injury as the Hawks reserve center was ruled out of Sunday afternoon’s game at the Magic. Atlanta Journal Constitution

The score, in the fourth quarter of the Nuggets game on Friday night against the Bulls, was frequently wrong. Nuggets coach Michael Malone noticed and tried to help, but didn’t want his players caught up in worrying about it. “I don’t know what was going on at the scorer’s table, but you’ve just got to concentrate on the task at hand,” Malone said. “For me it’s tough because I want to know is it a one possession game or a two possession game, what the right score strategy-wise. But for our players, don’t worry about that. Worry about playing and making plays on the floor.” Denver Post

nba rumors An MRI performed today on Jimmy Butler’s left knee confirmed that he sustained a knee strain in the second quarter of last night’s game against the Denver Nuggets. The timeline for his return to play will be determined by further evaluation in Chicago and his response to treatment. InsideHoops

As expected, the Jimmy Butler knee injury was more scare than heartache, as the Bulls announced on Saturday that an MRI showed that the left knee is a strain with no structural damage. Chicago Sun-Times

nba rumors Knicks president Phil Jackson’s boycott of the media — he hasn’t spoken since late September, three days before training camp — was barely tolerable when things were going decently. Now Jackson’s silence is reprehensible for 60 million reasons. Fisher could use getting some of the heat off of the coach. And Knicks fans deserve so much better than an absentee, invisible president. NY Post

Jackson’s new roster has proven no margin for error, and he has a chance to clear more cap space at the Feb. 18 trade deadline. At full strength, they appear a respectably mediocre .500 bunch but without the depth or wherewithal to withstand injuries. Arron Afflalo and Porzingis are not No. 1 scoring options. Even in his bounce-back 17-point, 10-rebound, six-block outing vs. Memphis on Friday, Porzingis was again no factor down the stretch, committing one of his three turnovers. NY Post

nba rumors Kevin Love and Matthew Dellavedova will both miss Saturday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Love is dealing with a bruised thigh suffered Friday night and Dellavedova is missing his third game with a sore left hamstring. Akron Beacon Journal

Ish Smith: The point guard suffered a sprained left ankle late in Friday’s setback at the Washington Wizards. Rookie T.J. McConnell will start in his place. InsideHoops


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