Did Jay-Z approve this? Nets to sign DeShawn Stevenson.

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DeShawn Stevenson was once dissed in a Jay-Z song because of the players running feud with LeBron James (something that flared up again during the NBA finals last year when Stevenson was with the Mavericks).

Soon, Stevenson will play for Jay-Z and his Nets.

Stevenson has reached a contract deal with the New Jersey Nets, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. It’s a one-year deal worth $2.5 million (the Nets are still all about the cap space for next summer).

Stevenson started 54 games for the Mavs last year but he will come off the bench and have to fight for minutes in a crowded Nets backcourt. Anthony Morrow is the starter at the two guard, Marshon Brooks can play that roll off the bench (or be the three), and there is also Stephen Graham. (At the point the Nets are pretty set with Deron Williams and Jordan Farmar.)

What Stevenson brings is some defensive intensity the Nets have lacked at the wing — and a guy who will get in LeBron’s face. That is what can get him some run.

On offense, the vast majority of Stevenson’s shot attempts were from three last season (all but about one shot a game) and he hit 37.8 percent of them, which was a career high.

Blow the whistle.

Jeremy Lamb hits game-winner despite Bismack Biyombo, others Hornets prematurely running on court to celebrate

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The Hornets sure were excited for Jeremy Lamb‘s game-winner against the Pistons tonight.

Too excited.

After Lamb hit a jumper to put Charlotte up two with 0.3 seconds left, several Hornets ran onto the court. Bismack Biyombo was nearly at halfcourt as Detroit tried to inbound! He was so far onto the court, I’m not even sure officials noticed him when dinging Malik Monk – closer to the bench –for the violation.

Ashley Holder:

The Pistons made a technical free throw to cut their deficit to one, but they still had to inbound from under their own basket. Their desperation pass was intercepted, and Charlotte held on for a 108-107 win.

Several Hornets were certainly relieved.

Crazily enough, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this.

Suns’ T.J. Warren fined $15k for inappropriate language toward official following ejection (video)

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Everyone on the Suns seems frustrated.

In Phoenix’s loss to the Clippers on Monday, T.J. Warren got ejected. And his outburst will cost him extra.

NBA release:

Phoenix Suns forward T.J. Warren has been fined $15,000 for directing inappropriate language toward a game official following his ejection, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

This wasn’t a lengthy exchange. Warren didn’t linger on the court complaining. He must have said something extremely harsh to warrant two technical fouls and a fine that quickly.

(Despite confusion, the foul preceding the ejection was called on Deandre Ayton, not Warren.)

Pacers star Victor Oladipo returns from 11-game absence

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When the Pacers ruled Victor Oladipo out indefinitely a couple weeks ago, it seemed gloomy.

But Indiana weathered the storm, going 7-4 without its best player.

Now, Oladipo is back. He started against the Bucks tonight.

I still think the Raptors, Celtics, 76ers and Bucks will comprise the Eastern Conference’s top tier by the end of the season. But the Pacers (17-10, fourth in East) have a chance to crash the party. They acquitted themselves well without Oladipo, and it should get only easier with their offensive focal point/top perimeter defender.

NBA promotes Bulls’ Mexico game with video of their bus bottoming out

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The Bulls will play the Magic in Mexico City tomorrow.

Even amid all Chicago’s problems, that’s still a marquee game for the NBA as it expands its reach globally. So, the league is showcasing Chicago’s trip.

With unintentional hilarity.

NBA:

That sound eight seconds in is Chicago’s season.