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Clippers Interested in Joel Przybilla

Joel Przybilla

Joel Przybilla

Consider the Clippers one of the many teams hoping to sign Joel Przybilla.

The Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks also have expressed interested in the 7-foot-1, 245-pound free-agent center.

Przybilla’s agent, Bill Duffy, confirmed Wednesday that the Clippers have interest in his client.

Przybilla played in just 38 games last season because of knee injuries.

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Golden State Warriors Sign Kyrylo Fesenko

Kyrylo Fesenko

Kyrylo Fesenko

Kyrylo Fesenko has agreed to a one-year, $1.07 million deal with Golden State.

The Warriors signed veteran big man Kwame Brown to a one-year, $7 million deal recently but are clearly concerned about their frontcourt in the oversized Western Conference.

Fesenko — a 7-foot, 280-pound center who spent his first four seasons in Utah — was reportedly being pursued by Dallas, Miami and Toronto.

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Carmelo Wants Knicks to Add Kenyon Martin

The Knicks have one roster spot still open entering tomorrow’s season opener, and Carmelo Anthony hopes it eventually goes to his former Nuggets teammate Kenyon Martin, according to an NBA source.

Kenyon Martin

Kenyon Martin

According to the source, Anthony wants Martin in New York, though he is not permitted to sign a contract until March, when his Chinese team is through with the playoffs. The rugged forward was bought out earlier this week and was expected home for the holidays.

The source said Martin considers the Knicks his top choice, partly because of his friendship with Anthony. They became tight during their nearly seven seasons together in Denver.

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New York Knicks Interested in Kenyon Martin, Wilson Chandler

Wilson Chandler

Wilson Chandler

A source familiar with the Knicks’ thinking said it is “possible” the Knicks would have interest in signing Kenyon Martin later in the season if they need a jolt up front and they will pocket their $2.5 million exception.

A source said the 33-year-old former Nets star would be amenable to joining the Knicks.

Another Chinese league player of interest also would be ex-Knick Wilson Chandler, who still is playing in Asia and also would not be eligible until March.

Multiple sources said Chandler would love a return to the Knicks, who reluctantly traded him to Denver in the Carmelo Anthony deal last February.

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Kris Humphries Most Disliked Player in NBA

LeBron James is no longer Public Enemy No. 1.

Kris Humpries

Kris Humpries

New Jersey Nets power forward Kris Humphries — better known to the general public as Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband — is the most disliked player in the NBA, according to a survey conducted by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research that appeared on Forbes.com. James finished second.

Humphries received a 50 percent dislike percentage, while James took in 48 percent.

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Grizzlies Rescind Offer to Hamed Haddadi

Hamed Haddadi

Hamed Haddadi

Hamed Haddadi is still trying to obtain a work visa, and he is also looking for an NBA contract. Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace confirmed Thursday that the team withdrew its $2 million qualifying offer from Haddadi.

The move makes Haddadi an unrestricted free agent. The Iranian 7-footer can sign with any NBA team without Memphis having a right to match offers.

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Samuel Dalembert Agrees to Deal with Rockets

The Houston Rockets have reached terms on a new contract with free-agent center Samuel Dalembert, according to sources close to the situation.

Samuel Dalembert

Samuel Dalembert

Sources told ESPN.com that Dalembert has agreed to a two-year deal worth $13.7 million — $7 million this season and $6.7 million in 2012-13. But the Rockets have a team option for the second season that would allow them to buy out of the contract for a fee of $1.5 million.

Dalembert told Fox Sports Florida on Tuesday night that he was on the verge of re-signing with the Sacramento Kings, but the Kings issued a news release Wednesday afternoon saying they had withdrawn their offer to Dalembert.

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Jeff Green Out for Season, Contract Voided

Jeff Green

Jeff Green

Jeff Green will miss the entire 2011-12 season after a heart ailment known as an aortic aneurysm was discovered on a routine physical.

The condition will require surgery but Celtics doctors say Green will be able to resume his career next season.

The surgical procedure will be performed on January 9.

ESPNBoston is reporting that Green’s one-year, $9 million contract is expected to be voided as a result of this medical problem. Boston would retain his rights.

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Cavaliers Use Amnesty Clause on Baron Davis

The Cleveland Cavaliers have decided to waive Baron Davis through the league’s amnesty clause.

Baron Davis

Baron Davis

The Cavaliers announced Wednesday night that they’re releasing Davis in advance of Friday’s amnesty deadline after exploring both trade and buyout possibilities with the former All-Star.

Rougly $27 million of the nearly $30 million left on Davis’ contract is guaranteed. The Cavs would still have to pay Davis all that money if they send him away, but the amnesty clause in the new labor agreement — unlike the 2005 version — give teams salary cap relief as well as tax relief on a player released via amnesty.

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