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nba rumors The Boston Celtics are exhibiting a renewed willingness to pursue trade packages that include point guard Rajon Rondo, league sources told Yahoo Sports. As much as ever in his nine seasons in Boston, the Celtics have left strong impressions with rival organizations that they’re prepared to make a deal that includes Rondo, sources said. Boston has been engaged in discussions described as “serious” in recent days, but no trade agreement is imminent. Yahoo Sports

Boston has been consistently shopping forward Jeff Green, trying to acquire a package that includes a first-round draft pick, sources said. Rondo being available would suggest Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is prepared to undergo a deeper rebuilding project and push harder for the highest possible draft position in the 2015 NBA draft. Yahoo Sports

nba rumors It appeared like a normal exercise as Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle performed a leg press during Wednesday’s practice. But in Randle’s case, it marked one of many progressions he has made since suffering a season-ending injury to his right leg in the Lakers’ season opener just under two months ago. Since then, Randle has healed enough to get around without any crutches in the past week. LA Daily News Blog

“Honestly I’m not supposed to be off crutches,” Randle said, with a chuckle. “The doctor said to go at your own pace. My pace was to get rid of them immediately.” LA Daily News Blog

nba rumors [Brian] Shaw has been aware of Faried's frustration. "Rather than everybody kind of holding it in and keeping to themselves, I'm encouraging them to come talk to me, let me know what you think. I'm going to let you know what I think, and we'll reach some common ground and see what is what," Shaw said. "So I just took some time to talk to a couple of the guys who were feeling a little frustrated, and encourage them to keep on working and we'll get there. We're not that far away." Denver Post

Last season, Shaw held a bigger round of meetings to clear the air after veteran guard Andre Miller was dismissed from the team following an on-court spat with his coach. At that time Shaw met with every player on the roster individually and with the team as a whole in order to define roles and let each player know where he stood and what he expected of them. Denver Post

Now that the Charlotte Hornets and the city of Charlotte have agreed to an arena renovation, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said its inevitable Charlotte will get an All-Star Game. “Personally I’m very excited about coming back here. I don’t think there’s any question it’s going to happen,” Silver said during a visit to Charlotte Wednesday. “Just a matter of what year.” Charlotte Observer Blog

The first available All-Star Game up for bid is in 2017. In all likelihood the 2017 and 2018 events will be awarded to cities simultaneously. Silver said there’s no set date for when those games will be awarded, but he’d like it to be as soon as possible. Charlotte Observer Blog

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nba rumors Rookie Jabari Parker will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, dealing a huge blow to the rebuilding Milwaukee Bucks. The team said late Tuesday night that Parker will have surgery after tests revealed the extent of the injury. The second overall pick in this year's draft was flown back to Milwaukee after getting hurt in the third quarter of a 96-94 win Monday night over Phoenix. AP

A league source confirmed an ESPN report that Jabari Parker has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season. Parker suffered the injury in the third quarter of Monday's game at Phoenix. He had to be carried off the court after his left knee buckled without contact. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Blog

The 19-year-old Parker was hurt when he took an awkward step before colliding with the Suns' P.J. Tucker. It's a huge blow for a rebuilding franchise off to a good start under new coach Jason Kidd. The Bucks, who won 15 games all of last season, are 13-12. AP

nba rumors The Golden State Warriors' 16-game winning streak is over, and they're ready to start anew. First, coach Steve Kerr wants a couple practices. The Warriors wrapped up a three-game road swing along with the longest winning streak in franchise history Tuesday night in Memphis with the Grizzlies beating Golden State 105-98 thanks to 20 straight points by their bench to start the second quarter. AP

"We understand it was a nice run and something the franchise has never done before," Golden State star Stephen Curry said. "It's put us in a good position to take a tough loss like we did tonight and keep moving. We'll be all right. . It was fun while it lasted." The Warriors still have the NBA's best record at 21-3. They just lost for the first time since Nov. 11 against the Spurs, also the last team to beat Memphis. This was the first time in NBA history in which both teams had 19 or more wins in the first 24 games — the Grizzlies improved to 20-4. AP

The Warriors played without center Andrew Bogut for a fourth straight game, and he will be re-evaluated Wednesday after the team said before tipoff that Bogut now has chondromalacia and bone edema in his knee instead of simply tendinitis. They also were without David Lee, who's dealing with a hamstring problem. AP

Leave it to Dirk Nowitzki to put things into perspective. He was asked about banking wins against the Leastern Conference, when he said: “When you’re not beating the top teams in the West yet, you got to get wins wherever you can. We’ve been taking care of business pretty good (against the poor teams), but eventually, you just gotta beat a top-eight team in the West, for your confidence, for your record. So we’ll keep attacking.” They can only beat the team on the schedule that particular night, which means it’s Detroit on Wednesday. But that San Antonio game Saturday looms as another yardstick game. Dallas Morning News blog

On Kobe Bryant: “He’s probably the greatest player in my generation that I played against,” said Nowitzki, who has 27,239 career points and will likely pass Elvin Hayes and Moses Malone over the next few weeks to move up to seventh on the list. “Obviously Shaq was very dominant, Tim Duncan was great, but I just loved watching Kobe. I don’t think there will ever be another MJ, but he’s definitely as close as it gets that we’ll ever see. ESPN Dallas

A fairly new, $1 billion arena ought to be leak-proof, right? Turns out no, as the Heat found out Tuesday in their 95-91 win at Brooklyn. Late in the first quarter, the ceiling at Barclays Center leaked and caused a 29-minute delay. It had been raining heavily since about 5 p.m. Arena staff brought out a garbage can to collect the water, and both teams waited on the court to see if it could be resolved quickly. They eventually retreated to the locker room. Palm Beach Post Blog

The Nets promised a video tribute for deceased superfan Jeffrey Gamblero before Tuesday night's game against the Miami Heat. They more than followed through. Nets players wore jerseys with neon "Gamblero" 44 warmups while the arena had a moment of silence for the fan who became nationally known when he was removed from Madison Square Garden during a Knicks game and, just weeks later, died after falling out of a window. NJ.com Blog

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