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nba rumors Pau Gasol passed on the Knicks, but that doesn’t mean his younger brother Marc will. Next summer, Grizzles center Marc Gasol, a versatile and supremely talented 7-foot center, will be a free agent. The Knicks, with more than $20 million of cap space, are expected to make a run at him. NY Post

Pau, in town with the Bulls, his new team, said it is “possible” his 29-year-old brother could wind up in New York and mentioned he has talked to Marc about Knicks president Phil Jackson in the past. “We’ll see what happens next year, what he decides. Hopefully he’ll have a strong year and all the options in the world, because he’s one of the top centers, interior players in the league, so any team would be fortunate to have him,” the 34-year-old Spaniard said of his younger brother, before the Bulls demolished the Knicks, 104-80, Wednesday night at the Garden. “It’s a personal decision. I talked to my brother enough about Phil that he knows what he brings to the table. NY Post

“I considered them just because of different factors, mainly Phil and Derek being involved, the Knicks being a great organization as well,” Pau said. “It would’ve been interesting, but I thought there were better situations for me.” NY Post

nba rumors The clock continues to tick toward Friday’s deadline for the Thunder to come to terms on a contract extension for guard Reggie Jackson. But as the deadline nears, a deal appears unlikely to get done and talks will have to resume next summer when Jackson becomes a restricted free agent. Oklahoman

The Thunder can match any offer Jackson might receive next summer, and Thunder general manager Sam Presti repeatedly has made it clear that the franchise intends to keep Jackson. But the price tag could be going up. Oklahoman

Phoenix guard Eric Bledsoe fetched a $14 million annual salary over five years from the Suns just before the start of training camp. Charlotte guard Kemba Walker received a $12 million annual salary over four years from the Bobcats on Tuesday. Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio could be next in line for an eight-figure annual salary, and Milwaukee guard Brandon Knight is seeking a deal in the same neighborhood. Oklahoman

nba rumors Enes Kanter will enter the free-agency market next summer. The fourth-year big man and the Utah Jazz could not come to an agreement on a contract extension and mutually agreed to call off negotiations ahead of Friday's deadline, the Deseret News has confirmed. Deseret News

Like Hayward this past summer, the 22-year-old Kanter will be a restricted free agent next offseason. Hayward ended up signing a four-year, $63 million deal with Utah after signing an offer sheet with Michael Jordan's Charlotte Hornets. Deseret News

"Both parties decided to take it to next year," Kanter's agent, Max Ergul, told the Deseret News without getting into specific details of the negotiations. Deseret News

The Jazz still have a few days to try to come to terms on an extension with shooting guard Alec Burks. The final deadline is 10 p.m. MDT Friday. Deseret News

The NBA’s deadline for rookie extensions for the draft class of 2011 is Friday at midnight ET. The Jazz are still engaged in discussions with shooting guard Alec Burks, who is also eligible for a rookie extension before Friday night’s deadline. Yahoo Sports

nba rumors For LeBron James, the journey begins anew. Right back where it began. Nearly four months since proclaiming "I'm coming home" and shifting the NBA's balance of power, James will play Thursday night in front of family, friends and the Cleveland fans who had their hearts broken four years ago. This is a homecoming like no other. AP

"I am going to be extremely excited and happy to be back on this floor," James said. "But as far as what the meaning is all about the meaning is still the same: it's about me preparing for a long journey to try to win a championship — and that's my mindset." On Wednesday, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, whose ability to patch up his rift with James in July paved the way for the four-time MVP's return, opened his first news conference since February by welcoming the media. AP

Warriors point guard Shaun Livingston surprisingly didn’t miss the start of the season Wednesday after his recovery from toe surgery cost him weeks of training camp and the entire preseason. Shortly before the season opener that the Warriors went on to win 95-77, coach Steve Kerr approached Livingston about the possibility of playing since they were short-handed with David Lee and Brandon Rush sidelined. Bay Area News Group

nba rumors The irony was the Bulls pursued the Knicks’ Anthony, who led the Knicks with 14 points. But Anthony shot five of 13 against Mike Dunleavy with Jimmy Butler out injured and the Knicks trying to work for a new coach and work in a new offense. Though uneasy, they matched the Bulls for a bit. But when the Bulls bench extended the pressure, the Knicks bubble burst and the Bulls spent the second half mostly enjoying it with the starters on the bench. Derrick Rose had 13 points and five assists in 21 minutes and Noah played just under 20 minutes with three points and six rebounds. Blog

Bulls (in win vs Knicks): Overall, the reserves scored 55 of the 104 points despite playing fewer total minutes. It’s a major bonus not only giving Thibodeau the chance to curtail the playing time of Rose and Noah even with Butler out, but being able to rely on the development of a highly functioning second unit that can compete at a superior level. Blog

But for all his explosive dominance in the first half, the second half told a much different story for Westbrook. He scored 10 points in the third, bringing his total to 36, but noticeable fatigue of carrying his team for 27 minutes had set in by the fourth quarter. "I think Westbrook wore down," Portland center Chris Kaman observed. He managed just 1-of-6 in the fourth quarter and shot 4-of-13 for 12 points in the second half after a blistering 26 points on 7-of-13 in the first two quarters. The Thunder as a team managed just 12 points in the last 12 minutes. Oregonian

Kenneth Faried is just the fifth player since 1985-86 to have 22-plus points and 17-plus rebounds in 28 minutes or less -- Omer Asik, Tim Duncan, Alonzo Mourning and Robert Parish are the others -- but this isn't the first time he did it. He had 27 points and 17 rebounds in 24 minutes of a 2012 game against Golden State. Smith scored 25 points for the Pistons but was 0 of 3 on 3-pointers, one of them extremely early in the shot clock. He was 9 of 22 from the field and had only three assists. Michigan Live

The Pistons clearly missed Greg Monroe, who will complete his two-game suspension for an impaired-driving conviction tonight when he sits out an 8 p.m. game at Minnesota. They could have used his post stability in a rudderless fourth quarter. Michigan Live

Eric Bledsoe's night ended with 30 seconds left in the third quarter after receiving his second technical foul, which earned an automatic ejection. He and Bryant were whistled for a jump ball after getting tied up going for a rebound. Bledsoe suffered a bloody lip in the process but no foul was called. Frustrated, he walked over and kicked the scorer's table. Arizona Sports

As far as the Nuggets have to climb from the depths of a 46-loss season to return to the playoffs, Gallinari has already come much further to rehabilitate a knee that nobody could figure out how to fix. "It's going to take me a while to get back to normal minutes," said Gallinari, who is on the basketball equivalent of a pitch count. His court time is currently limited to approximately 20 minutes per game. "Patience may be the toughest thing when you're injured." It long has been my contention that Gallinari's injury was the most overlooked, underrated aspect of the breakup between Karl and Kroenke. Denver Post

The union’s new executive director Michele Roberts was in the Knicks locker room before the game after announcing a new team around her, including ex-Knick Roger Mason as director of player relations and Gary Kohlman as general counsel. The former acting director Ron Klempner was named general counsel, collective bargaining. Fisher eventually could break Larry Brown’s record for staging the most starting lineups in club history — 42. NY Post


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