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  • Sources: Houston's Patrick Beverley has torn ligament in wrist, will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    Houston Rockets starting guard Patrick Beverley suffered a torn ligament in his left wrist, and further evaluation in seven to 10 days will determine if season-ending surgery could be necessary, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Beverley met with doctors on Wednesday in Houston, where it was determined that more time was needed to evaluate the extent of the injury and the potential for further damage if he continues to play with it this season.

    Beverley, who was injured in Monday night's win against Indiana, is an important part of the Rockets’ push for a Western Conference championship. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and is expected to command a significant deal – either in Houston or elsewhere.

    Beverley, in his third year with the Rockets, is averging 10.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 56 games this season.

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  • Sources: Eric Musselman reaches agreement to coach Nevada-Reno

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    Eric Musselman – an LSU assistant and a two-time NBA head coach – has reached an agreement in principle to become head basketball coach at the University of Nevada-Reno, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The university's Board of Regents will meet Thursday to finalize Musselman's candidacy, sources said.

    Musselman, 50, interviewed for the Nevada-Reno job on Monday.

    Musselman was the head coach of the Golden State Warriors (2002-04) and the Sacramento Kings (2006-07) and complied a 108-138 record. He has since had successful head coaching stops in the NBA Development League before assistant coaching jobs at Arizona State and LSU.

    David Carter was fired by the university March 11 after a 9-22 season.

     

  • Sources: Jay Larranaga passes on chance to interview for George Mason's head-coaching job

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 6 days ago

    Boston Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga has declined to be a part of George Mason University's search for a head coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    George Mason had targeted Larranaga as one of its top candidates to replace the deposed Paul Hewitt, but Larranaga will pass on the chance to meet with university officials, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Larranaga has history, family ties and an affinity to the Atlantic 10 program, but is committed to Celtics coach Brad Stevens and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge – and a future as potential head-coaching candidate in the NBA.

    Larranaga, Boston's top assistant coach, is the son of University of Miami coach Jim Larranaga, who elevated George Mason to national prominence with 13 consecutive winning seasons and an improbable run to the Final Four in 2006.

    Jay Larranaga, 39, has stamped himself as one of the bright young assistant coaches in the NBA and a potential future head coach.

    Larranaga has also been an assistant coach under Mike Fratello on the Ukraine National team in recent summers.

  • Sources: George Mason plans to look at Jay Larranaga for head coaching vacancy

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 10 days ago

    George Mason University has plans to make Boston Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga one of its focuses in its search for a new head coach, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    George Mason officials on Monday fired coach Paul Hewitt, who went 20-42 in his final two seasons for the Atlantic 10 program.

    Jay Larranaga, Boston’s top assistant coach, is the son of University of Miami coach Jim Larranaga, who elevated George Mason to national prominence with 13 consecutive winning seasons and an improbable run to the Final Four in 2006.

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    Jay Larranaga, 39, has stamped himself as one of the bright young assistant coaches in the NBA and is considered a potential future head coach. It is immediately unclear what – if any – interest he would have in leaving the NBA for college basketball, but he does have strong ties to the university.

    Larranaga has also been an assistant coach under Mike Fratello on the Ukraine National team in recent summers.

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  • Sources: Hawks forward Mike Scott expected to miss four to six weeks

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 12 days ago

    After a diagnosis of a broken left big toe, Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott is expected to miss four to six weeks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Scott has developed into an important bench performer for the Eastern Conference-leading Hawks and it’s possible that his recovery could extend into the start of the playoffs in mid-April.

    Scott, 26, suffered the injury in Atlanta’s loss on Wednesday to the Denver Nuggets and was diagnosed with the broken toe on Friday.

    Scott has averaged 7.5 points and 2.7 rebounds this season. A second-round pick out of Virginia in 2013, Scott signed a three-year, $10 million contract extension over the summer.

    The Hawks are signing veteran forward Austin Daye to a 10-day contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

  • Sources: Hawks to sign Austin Daye to 10-day contract

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 12 days ago

    The Atlanta Hawks will sign forward Austin Daye to a 10-day contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Daye was playing for Erie of the NBA Development League.

    The Hawks will be without forward Mike Scott, who recently suffered a broken toe.

    Daye, 27, was waived in January by the San Antonio Spurs. He has played in Detroit, Memphis, Toronto and San Antonio. He was the 15th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft.

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  • Source: Lakers to sign guard Jabari Brown to 10-day contract

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 16 days ago

    The Los Angeles Lakers plan to sign guard Jabari Brown to a 10-day contract, a league source told Yahoo Sports.

    Brown is averaging 24.4 points for the Los Angeles Defenders, the Lakers’ NBA Development League affiliate.

    Brown, who practiced with the Lakers on Tuesday, will be reunited with Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson, with whom he formed a backcourt at the University of Missouri.

    Brown, 22, went undrafted after leaving college as a junior in 2014.

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  • Sources: Portland checks on Ray Allen, who's intent on sitting out season

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 20 days ago

    Perhaps the Portland Trail Blazers could’ve been an ideal scenario for Ray Allen to return to the NBA: A championship contender in a tradition-rich market losing one of the league’s best three-point shooters to a devastating injury.

    In the wake of Wesley Matthews tearing his Achilles tendon on Thursday night, Blazers general manager Neil Olshey made a call to agent Jim Tanner on Friday morning on the chance that Allen might reconsider his decision to sit out the 2014-15 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Nevertheless, Tanner informed the Blazers that Allen, 39, remains intent on sitting out the season and wouldn’t consider the possibility of joining Portland – or any other team, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Allen is the most prolific three-point shooter in league history, but it’s possible that he’ll never play again.

    For now, Portland appears far less inclined to pursue the rest of the barren free-agent guard market than it is simply to rely on Arron Afflalo, C.J. McColllum, Allen Crabbe, Alonzo Gee and Dorrel Wright to shoulder the shooting void left by Matthews.

    The Blazers are 41-19, third in the Western Conference, and riding a five-game winning streak.

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  • Sources: Bucks to sign D-League forward Chris Johnson

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 20 days ago

    The Milwaukee Bucks are signing Rio Grande Valley forward Chris Johnson to a 10-day contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Johnson, who spent time with the Utah Jazz and the Philadelphia 76ers this season, is traveling to Milwaukee to sign a deal on Friday.

    Johnson is averaging 20.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists for Rio Grande Valley of the NBA’s Development League. He’s had NBA stops with Memphis, Boston, the 76ers and the Jazz.

    Johnson, 24, played at the University of Dayton.

     

  • Wesley Matthews to miss rest of season with torn Achilles tendon

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 21 days ago

    Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews suffered a left torn Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season, a league source told Yahoo Sports.

    The loss of Matthews is a devastating blow for the Blazers' hopes of challenging for a Western Conference title, as well as a significant personal hurdle for Matthews. He's set to become a free agent this summer and expected to command a significant deal.

    Torn Achilles tendons typically require eight to nine months of rehabilitation.

    Matthews was injured in the third quarter of Thursday night's victory over Dallas in the Moda Center. Matthews crumpled to the floor upon making a move to the basket. He had a streak of 250 consecutive games played end on Dec. 10, 2012, only to start a second streak of 142 games that will end now.

    In the best season of his career, Matthews was averaging 16 points and making nearly 40 percent of his 3-pointers. He is one of the NBA's best 3-point shooters.

    The Blazers' trade deadline deal for Arron Afflalo will give them an experienced shooting guard to move into the starting lineup. C.J. McCollum will likely play a more significant role off Portland's bench.