Report: Brandon Jennings won’t be traded

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As Thursday’s NBA trade deadline looms, there are certain players who can expect to hear conflicting reports as to what’s really going on with their status. Dwight Howard, based on his own actions, is certainly at the top of that list.

Brandon Jennings, however, wasn’t expecting to hear his name at all. But as several teams are at least in the talking stages of the deal-making process, Jennings’ name has indeed been a topic of conversation over the past couple of days.

A report from Sam Amick at SI.com on Monday quoted a rival executive in saying that Milwaukee has made Jennings available “for the right price.” Sounds too steep already, right? Then on Tuesday, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports said Jennings won’t be traded at all, citing a source close to the situation.

If Jennings was (or still is) on the trading block, it’s worth wondering whether his talk of “doing his homework on big-market teams” last month may have helped place them there. Reading the comments closely, they were actually innocuous. But for a team like Milwaukee that’s struggled to build anywhere close to a contender in more than a decade, maybe they have decided to play it as safe as possible, and not take any chances.

For his part, Jennings seemed a bit rattled by the initial report.

“Now that I hear my name being mentioned in possible shopping around and stuff like that, my mind is just all over the place right now,” he said. “But with a trade, there’s nothing you can possibly do about it. You won’t hear from the front office. Of course they wouldn’t tell you.

“The main thing is I’m still able to do what I love and that’s play basketball, at the end of the day. I have no negative thing about it; but my mind is just wandering now.”

Jennings will only have to worry about it for another couple of days before things are resolved one way or the other. Maybe the most recent report will put him at ease — at least until the next one surfaces.

Report: Mavericks banned fan who heckled Patrick Beverley

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Clippers guard Patrick Beverley got ejected and fined for throwing the ball at Mavericks fan Don Knobler last month. Beverley’s punishment was warranted.

But what about Knobler? He admitted to insulting Beverley’s mother, though denied Beverley’s charge of profanity.

Tim MacMahon of ESPN:

Sources told ESPN that Don Knobler, a fan known for his flamboyant wardrobe who has long sat courtside at Mavericks home games, was banned from the arena for the remainder of the season after an investigation by the organization confirmed Beverley’s account of their interaction.

According to sources, fans complained that Knobler had inappropriately heckled opposing players on other occasions as well.

Good for the Mavericks for investigating. They’ve lost the benefit of the doubt on their investigations being thorough, but hopefully this one was.

Luka Doncic fined $10k for kicking ball into stands (video)

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Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic got ejected a few days ago for kicking the ball into the crowd, his second technical foul of the game.

That outburst also got him fined.

NBA release:

Dallas Mavericks guard-forward Luka Dončić has been fined $10,000 for kicking the game ball into the spectator stands, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident, for which Dončić was assessed his second technical foul and ejected, occurred with 3:00 remaining in the third quarter of the Mavericks’ 111-99 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 19

Players usually get fined $25,000 for throwing something into the stands. But sometimes, they get just a $10,000 fine for that, seemingly if it appears they didn’t intend for the object to reach the crowd.

Did Doncic mean to kick the ball as far as he did?

Who knows? But it seems he got the benefit of the doubt here.

Mike D’Antoni: Not right NBA wouldn’t allow Rockets to trade Carmelo Anthony yesterday

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The Rockets signed Kenneth Faried, importantly to them, before their game against the 76ers yesterday. With Clint Capela injured, Houston needed another big against Joel Embiid.

But the Rockets had to open a roster spot for Faried. Their clear preference was trading Carmelo Anthony. Failing that, they’d release James Nunnally.

Houston agreed to deal Anthony to the Bulls but couldn’t complete the trade because the league office was closed, as is the norm on weekends and holidays (in this case, Martin Luther King Day). So, the Rockets dropped Nunnally, eating the remaining salary on his 10-day contract, increasing their luxury-tax bill and costing him the opportunity to play for a team that could use him.

Houston coach Mike D’Antoni, via Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

“I don’t think it’s right,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said of having to terminate Nunnally. “There’s ways (the league) could have facilitated it.”

What happened to the Rockets was fair in that the rules were clear and applied equally to each team.

But I agree with D’Antoni. Games don’t stop for weekends and holidays. The league office shouldn’t, either.

Teams should have more ability to change their rosters on the fly, because games come so quickly. Halting business for weekends and holidays is antiquated. This is a global, multi-billion-dollar operation now.

The NBA can afford to employ enough people who review trades not to overwork any of them. It’d create a better product and make the sport operate more smoothly.

Stephen Curry slips and falls on wide-open fastbreak, gets ball back, air-balls 3-pointer (video)

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See, the Warriors are fallible.

Though Stephen Curry‘s mishaps coming during a blowout win undercuts the point.