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Blake Griffin Dunks on Kendrick Perkins

Check out Blake Griffin as he soars for this incredible dunk and posterizes Kendrick Perkins!

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Boston Celtics Interested in Chris Kaman

According to an NBA source, the Celtics would be interested in Hornets center Chris Kaman if the impending free agent is bought out of his contract.

Chris Kaman

Chris Kaman

The Hornets have told Kaman, 29, to stay home while they try to orchestrate a trade. They acquired Kaman in the trade for Chris Paul last month but have decided to go with younger players.

Kaman has averaged 9.2 points and 6.7 rebounds in 22 minutes per game before the Hornets decided to put him on the block.

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Howard Rips Teammates for Lack of Effort

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

Magic star Dwight Howard says if his teammates should stay home or in the lockeroom if they don’t want to play hard.

Howard was frustrated and disgusted with his team’s play after a 93-67 loss to the hapless New Orleans Hornets on Friday night, the Magic’s third loss in four games. “Looked like guys didn’t want to play,” he said.

“I told them at halftime, if you don’t want to play, just stay in the lockerroom. It doesn’t make sense for a teams we should beat to just demolish us.

“You bring everything down,” Howard said, referring to a player who isn’t playing with heart and soul.

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K-Mart to Sign with NBA Team Next Week

The Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks are pursuing free-agent forward Kenyon Martin, according to league sources.

Jack Nicholson, Kenyon Martin

Jack Nicholson, Kenyon Martin

Martin has spoken with executives from each of the clubs and is hoping to make his decision next week.

Martin signed a $2.6 million deal with Xinjiang during the lockout, but left the team in late December in hopes of returning to the NBA.

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Andrea Bargnani Out Indefinitely with Strained Left Calf

Andrea Bargnani

Andrea Bargnani

Raptors forward-centre Andrea Bargnani reinjured his strained left calf in the first overtime of Wednesday’s double-overtime victory at Utah.

Tests done Thursday in Denver revealed no significant damage to the calf. Bargnani will be treated symptomatically and is expected to be sidelined for an indefinite period of time.

Bargnani originally injured his calf January 11 against Sacramento. He missed six games from January 13-22.

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Andrew Bogut ‘Not Optimistic’ Over Injury

Andrew Bogut twisted his left ankle on Wednesday against the Rockets and limped off the court with the help of Bucks trainer Marc Boff.

Andrew Bogut

Andrew Bogut

After the game, Bogut sat in front of his locker with a grimace on his face and a large black boot on his left foot.

“It wasn’t good,” Bogut said. “I knew when I came down I was in some trouble. Keeping optimistic, everything’s fine with the X-ray, but that’s to be expected. I know I didn’t break a bone.

“But tomorrow’s the day of reckoning where I go under the MRI machine and find out my fate.

“I’m not optimistic. With my history of unlucky injuries I’m hoping this one can do me a favor and (go away). Most of my injuries are unfortunate things and this goes in the same boat as that. It’s frustrating.”

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Kevin Love Can Opt-Out After Three Years

Kevin Love

Kevin Love

The Minnesota Timberwolves and star forward Kevin Love have agreed to a four-year contract extension worth between $60 million and $62 million, beating Wednesday’s midnight ET deadline.

Love had originally sought a five-year deal but backed off that request and instead insisted that the final year of a four-year deal would be at his option.

Sources close to the process told ESPN.com that the All-Star forward was determined to have the ability to opt out and become an unrestricted free agent after three seasons if he didn’t like the direction of the team.

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Dwight Howard Open to Signing with Celtics

Dwight Howard might be interested in signing with the Celtics this summer.

Paul Pierce, Dwight Howard

Paul Pierce, Dwight Howard

“Always. Always,” Howard said. “I’d always listen to a team like that.”

Howard said his primary goal is to win a championship.

“My thing is I want to win,” Howard said. “It’s not something like I’m doing this for money. I win. I want to do it my way.

“The first thing is basketball. I want to win a championship, and it takes a certain type of team to win a championship. You know, there’s a lot of teams who are great during the regular season. They play well, but it’s different once you play in those playoffs, you know? It’s gut-check time.

“Like I told the Magic, I just want to win. I don’t want a team that doesn’t know how you have to win in the playoffs. I want a team that’s going to go out every night and forget about stats, forget about who scores the most points or who is the fan favorite. Just go out and play, play for each other and play to win. That’s the only thing.”

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Nicolas Batum Disappointed with Blazers’ Final Offer

Nicolas Batum

Nicolas Batum

After weeks of negotiations, the Blazers and Nicolas Batum’s agent, Bouna Ndiaye, could not find middle ground, guaranteeing that Batum will become a free agent after this season. Ndiaye says Batum will explore every available opportunity on the market.

“They say they love him but they didn’t offer him something fair, so that’s it,” Ndiaye said.

“We tried and there’s no deal. On July 1 we’re going to look at the market first before we come back to the Blazers. That’s for sure.”

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Deron Williams’ Wish List Revealed

Deron Williams’ first choice is to stay with the Nets and to build something special in Brooklyn, but if it does not work out with his current team, his short list of desirable destinations includes the Mavericks, the Knicks and the Lakers, according to sources close to the situation.

Deron Williams

Deron Williams

While the league’s post-lockout trade buzz has been centered on Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, little attention has been paid to Williams, who like Howard can opt out of his contract and become a free agent after this season.

Williams has publicly stated his desire to re-sign with the Nets, and New Jersey, which views him as a building block for next season’s move to Brooklyn, has refused to entertain potential trades involving Williams. Yet both sides know their future together is tied to Howard.

If the Nets are able to obtain Howard, either through a trade before the March 15 deadline or in free agency this summer, Williams will re-sign. If Howard goes elsewhere, Williams is likely to leave New Jersey, according to the sources.

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