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Jason Kidd may not be seeing Lawrence Frank on a daily basis anymore, but at least he’s paying attention to his daily reports. When Kidd announced Frank would be “reassigned” from his assistant coaching duties last Tuesday — adding he would no longer be present on the bench during games or at practices — he said Frank would be writing “daily reports” off of the team’s games. NY Post
“Unfortunately, I haven’t read anything,” Kidd said of the various media reports on their relationship. “I’ve been focused on the game plan of playing Boston, and so unfortunately I can’t answer that question. “I’ve been reading the reports [Frank is filing], and that’s as far as it’s going.” NY Post
Given how snakebit the Bulls currently appear to be, perhaps no injury should surprise. Nevertheless, Joakim Noah sitting out against the Bucks with a bruised right thigh qualified because he practiced on Monday, participated in Tuesday's morning shootaround and coach Tom Thibodeau replied "no" when asked if the Bulls had any new injuries. Chicago Tribune
According to Thibodeau, Noah suffered the injury "three or four games ago." Noah said he had been playing through the soreness but aggravated it at the morning shootaround. Thibodeau said Noah is dealing with swelling but traveled with the team to New York overnight. Chicago Tribune
The Bulls have expressed interest in signing D.J. Augustin if the point guard clears waivers Wednesday, a league source confirmed. Yahoo Sports first reported the Bulls' interest. Chicago Tribune
Augustin would be signed for a prorated portion of the veteran's minimum. The Bulls are carrying 13 players and could add one without making a move. However, it's unlikely they will keep four point guards in Kirk Hinrich, Marquis Teague, James and the possible addition of Augustin. Deep into luxury tax territory, they certainly will pare one such guard by season's end, when tax penalties are assessed. Chicago Tribune
Danny Granger has played in only five games over the past two seasons for the Indiana Pacers, but he's hoping to make his return this week. Granger said he won't play in Tuesday's game against the Miami Heat and instead is targeting Friday's home game with the Charlotte Bobcats as he recovers from a calf injury that's kept him out of the team's first 21 games. He was limited to five games last season because of a knee injury. ESPN.com
"There's a very good chance, hopefully on Friday," Granger said. "I'm conditioning my legs, getting my wind. The knee is not an issue at all. The calf is pretty good now." After Granger experienced several setbacks over the past year, the Pacers aren't committing themselves as strongly to the return. Last year, Granger missed three months with patella tendinitis, came back for two weeks and was shut down again. He missed the rest of the season and later needed surgery. ESPN.com
The Los Angeles Clippers announced Tuesday that they have signed free agent forward Stephen Jackson. Jackson, 35, joins the Clippers after spending the 2012-13 season with San Antonio, where he averaged 6.2 points 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 19.5 minutes per game in 55 games for the Spurs. InsideHoops
A veteran of 13 NBA seasons with New Jersey, San Antonio, Atlanta, Indiana, Golden State, Charlotte and Milwaukee, Jackson has appeared in 849 career games (676 starts) and brings career averages of 15.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in 32.1 minutes per game to the Clippers. Jackson was a member of the 2003 NBA Champion Spurs and has appeared in 72 career playoff games, averaging 13.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 33.6 minutes per game.
Former NBA player Lamar Odom pleaded no contest Monday to a drunken driving charge and accepted a sentence of three years' probation and three months of alcohol abuse treatment. In a deal with prosecutors, Odom entered the plea to one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and was also ordered to pay $1,814 in fines and penalties, Los Angeles city attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan said. Odom had faced a maximum sentence of six months in jail. AP
Odom was arrested Aug. 30 after his Mercedes-Benz SUV was spotted weaving on a freeway in the Studio City section of Los Angeles. The California Highway Patrol said the vehicle was observed traveling in a ''serpentine manner.'' AP
He has remained mostly silent since his arrest. He tweeted in September he had been ''Seeing the snakes,'' and credited the Kardashian family for being ''the ONLY ones that have been here consistently 4 me during this dark time. Only person 2 blame is myself.'' AP
The Sacramento Kings today acquired forwards Rudy Gay and Quincy Acy along with center Aaron Gray from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for guard Greivis Vasquez and forwards John Salmons, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. “We’re excited to welcome these additions to our team,” said D’Alessandro. “In Rudy we’ve acquired one of the league’s proven scorers while Aaron and Quincy provide size and depth in our frontcourt. We also appreciate the contributions and efforts that John, Chuck, Greivis and Patrick made to the Kings organization. We all wish them the very best moving forward.” InsideHoops
“We thank Rudy, Aaron and Quincy for their time here. They were great professionals and strong community ambassadors of the Raptors,” said Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri. “The trade gives us good flexibility and more certainty as we plan for our future.” InsideHoops
Vasquez, who was acquired during the offseason in a three-team trade by Sacramento from New Orleans in exchange for guard Tyreke Evans, averaged 9.8 points (.433 FG%, .320 3pt%, .938 FT%), 1.9 rebounds, a team-high 5.3 assists and 25.8 minutes per game in starting all 18 games for the Kings this season. In his four NBA campaigns with Memphis (2010-11), New Orleans (2011-12 – 2012-13) and Sacramento, Vasquez is averaging 9.0 points (.429 FG%, .325 3pt%, .818 FT%), 2.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 24.6 minutes per game in 232 career contests. Born in Venezuela, he was drafted by the Grizzlies out of Maryland with the 28th overall selection of the 2010 NBA Draft. InsideHoops
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