Marc J. Spears

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Marc Spears covers the NBA for Yahoo! Sports. He previously has written for the Boston Globe and Denver Post.

  • Rajon Rondo still open to re-signing with Mavericks

    OAKLAND, Calif. – Rajon Rondo said he "hasn't had a change of heart" about re-signing with the Dallas Mavericks since his argument with Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle.

    "People say I'm not trying to be here, but I don't talk to anybody but the five people that are in my circle," Rondo said. "I will vent to them about where I want to be. I'm happy. I'm in a great situation. The best thing is the weather. I miss my kids. I miss my family. That's hard, as well not having them and you come home after playing a bad game. They are always there to cheer you up. That's been difficult.

    "I haven't had a change of heart about wanting to be here. But I said that in Boston, too, and look what happened."

    Q: What do you think about the perception that you want to depart from Dallas?

    Rondo: "First of all, I'm misunderstood in general. I don't mind because I'm very quiet and I stay to myself. People are going to say what they want to say. I don't talk, so I don't know why they would say that. I don't

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  • Source: Clippers to sign Nate Robinson to 10-day contract

    Nate Robinson (5) is averaging 5.8 points per game this season. (USAT)Nate Robinson (5) is averaging 5.8 points per game this season. (USAT)The Los Angeles Clippers will sign free-agent point guard Nate Robinson to a 10-day contract on Saturday, a source told Yahoo Sports.

    The Clippers have had strong interest in Robinson since the Boston Celtics waived him on Jan. 14 shortly after he was acquired in a trade with the Denver Nuggets. The 5-foot-9 veteran averaged a career-low 5.8 points and 2.3 assists in 33 games with the Nuggets this season.

    Over the previous nine seasons, Robinson averaged 11.4 points per game. He played for Clippers coach Doc Rivers in Boston during parts of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

    Robinson was at the Clippers’ practice facility on Saturday and is expected to suit up for Sunday’s road game against the Golden State Warriors.

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  • What happened to Marshall Henderson? He's playing basketball in Iraq

    Two years after his prolific shooting and trash-talking, jersey-popping, renegade attitude made him one of college basketball's most electrifying – and polarizing – players, Marshall Henderson now leads a much more humble professional existence.

    In Baghdad, Iraq, of all places.

    Henderson plays in the Iraqi Super League. The former Ole Miss star hears gunshots from time to time in the city. He doesn't leave his Baghdad hotel too often, where working electricity can be a daily challenge. And there are rarely female spectators in the stands at his games.

    Henderson is about as far away from his NBA dream as possible, and yet he finds himself in a much better place personally while playing in Iraq.

    "It's not as bad as people make it seem back home," Henderson told Yahoo Sports in a Skype audio interview last week. "We just chill in the hotel. We don't go anywhere. We could go places and it would be safe. We wouldn't be worried about getting captured or anything. It's definitely better than

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  • Tony Parker faces biggest challenge of his career as Spurs try to find old form

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Tony Parker drove to the basket for what should have been a routine running lay-in against the Sacramento Kings. Only, nothing has been routine for Parker in recent months, including that shot, which, like many for the San Antonio Spurs point guard, failed to fall.

    Shortly after that miss, Parker spun 180 degrees with his hands on his hips and stared blankly at Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Popovich can be tough on his players, but with his veteran point guard fighting a hamstring injury, he responded with encouraging words and a clap of his hands.

    "I've been through a lot of tough challenges in my career," Parker said. "Right now, this is up there."

    Parker initially suffered a left hamstring injury on Dec. 5 against the Memphis Grizzlies and missed nine of the next 12 games. Since returning fully on Jan. 6, Parker's scoring average has dropped from 16.2 points per game to 13.8. His scoring average is his lowest since his rookie season 13 years ago. He's also playing

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  • Source: Forward JaMychal Green signs extension with Grizzlies

    JaMychal Green (41), then with the Spurs, during a game against the Bulls. (USA TODAY Sports)JaMychal Green (41), then with the Spurs, during a game against the Bulls. (USA TODAY Sports)The Memphis Grizzlies have secured the services of forward JaMychal Green for the remainder of the season, signing him to a two-year, $1.6 million contract extension on Monday, a source told Yahoo Sports.

    Green is averaging 2.0 points and 1.4 rebounds in four games in a reserve role for the Grizzlies. The 6-foot-8, 240-pounder's two-year minimum contract extension is partially guaranteed, the source added. Green also played sparingly in four games for the Spurs during a 10-day contract this season after having a strong showing for the D-League Austin Spurs.

    Undrafted from the University of Alabama in 2012, Green spent the 2013-14 season in France with Chorale Roanne.

    RealGM first reported the contract extension talks between Green and the Grizzlies.

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  • NBA Power Rankings: MVP race shaking things up

     

    Golden State 1. Golden State Warriors (Record: 46-11; last week: 1): Could the Warriors have interest in center JaVale McGee when he becomes a free agent? He could be postseason insurance for Andrew Bogut.


    Atlanta 2. Atlanta Hawks (Record: 47-12; last week: 3): Atlanta will unveil a 13½-foot statue of Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins outside of Philips Arena during a private ceremony on Thursday.


    Houston3. Houston Rockets (Record: 41-18; last week: 7): James Harden isn’t fearing discipline from the NBA for kicking the Cavs’ LeBron James in the groin on Sunday, but he should.


    Cleveland4. Cleveland Cavaliers (Record: 37-24; last week: 4): While the Cavs have made some solid roster moves recently, one need they haven’t filled is a veteran backup point guard for injured Kyrie Irving.


    Memphis5. Memphis Grizzlies (Record: 42-16; last week: 2) Injured forward Vince Carter (left foot strain) hopes to return to practice in about a week, a source said. Memphis could use his perimeter shooting.


    Portland6. Portland Trail Blazers

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  • Sources: Darren Collison's surgery expected to end his season with Kings

    Collison (AP)Collison (AP)Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison will have surgery on Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury that is expected to end his season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Collison suffered a strained hip flexor on Feb. 5 against the Dallas Mavericks and has not played since. He will meet with Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia on Monday, a day before the surgery. Collison will be re-evaluated three to six weeks after the surgery and there is no timetable for his return.

    Collison has averaged 16.1 points and 5.6 assists in 45 games this season with the Kings. The Kings are expected to continue to start young point guard Ray McCallum in Collison's absence while backing him up with veteran Andre Miller, who was acquired from the Washington Wizards at the trade deadline.

    New Kings coach George Karl, who was hired during the All-Star break, did not get a chance to coach Collision this season.

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  • NBA Power Rankings: Injuries taking toll on some playoff contenders

    Golden State 1. Golden State Warriors (Record: 43-10; last week: 1): Stephen Curry missed his first game of the season Sunday because of ankle soreness in a loss at Indiana, but it’s not deemed serious.


    Memphis 2. Memphis Grizzlies (Record: 40-14; last week: 2) So when do the Grizzlies finally play the Warriors again? There are two meetings left: March 27 in Memphis and April 13 in Oakland.


    Atlanta 3. Atlanta Hawks (Record: 44-12; last week: 3): The Hawks have dropped three of their last five and four of eight, including a 25-point home loss to Toronto on Friday.


    Cleveland 4. Cleveland Cavaliers (Record: 35-22; last week: 5): David Griffin may have further helped his candidacy for NBA Executive of the Year by signing free-agent veteran center Kendrick Perkins.


    Toronto 5. Toronto Raptors (Record: 37-18; last week: 4): Despite rumors about forward Terrence Ross being dangled and interest in Indiana’s David West, Toronto stayed pat at the trade deadline.


    Los Angeles 6. Los Angeles Clippers (Record: 37-19; last week: 11): Keep

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  • Kevin Durant has another surgical procedure on his right foot

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant underwent a surgical procedure to replace a screw in the right foot he broke earlier this season and will be sidelined at least a week, the team announced Sunday.

    Durant initially had surgery to repair a fracture in his foot on Oct. 16, forcing him to miss the first month of the season. The screw inserted in his foot in that operation was causing him discomfort, so doctors replaced it with a different type of screw this weekend, Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement.

    Durant will be re-evaluated in a week. The Thunder did not give a specific timeline for the reigning MVP's return, but expect him back during the regular season. Including Sunday's game against the Denver Nuggets, the Thunder play five games over the next eight days.

    "There was an opportunity to address irritation from the screw, and make an adjustment to a different piece of hardware within the foot to relieve the symptoms of his soreness," Presti said in the

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  • 2015 NBA trade deadline's winners and losers

    After a frenetic trade deadline, Kevin Garnett stood out as one of the day's biggest winners.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Garnett with the fifth overall pick in 1995. The 15-time All-Star became the franchise's all-time leader in scoring and many other categories while leading them to eight straight playoff appearances. The struggling T'wolves convinced Garnett to waive his no-trade clause to return in a trade that sent Thaddeus Young to the Brooklyn Nets.

    Garnett is 38 years old and is averaging 6.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in the final stretch of his career. Still, the Timberwolves are expected to give him a contract extension. Garnett is making $12 million in the final year of his deal.

    Moreover, Garnett told Yahoo Sports last November that he was interested in owning the T'wolves when he retires. A Wolves source also previously said Garnett would likely become a minority owner before eventually getting help from investors to buy the team. His return will likely ease the road

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