Amare Stoudemire out ‘Indefinitely’ with Bulging Disk

Amare Stoudemire

Amare Stoudemire

New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire is out “indefinitely” after an MRI revealed a bulging disk in his lower back, the team announced.

He missed Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Point guard Jeremy Lin was also out with a sore right knee.

He is officially listed as day to day.

The team said that Stoudemire will undergo non-surgical treatment for the back injury and will treat it with rehabilitation. But coach Mike Woodson did not rule out the possibility that Stoudemire could need surgery in the future.

ESPN.com

Boston Celtics Interested in Ronny Turiaf

Ronny Turiaf

Ronny Turiaf

In a way, the Celtics are searching for the next P.J. Brown, who was signed by Boston in late February 2008 and played a small but important role for the NBA champs.

Having already endured its lumps, Boston has preached patience in its search for a big man. The team is eager to see who lands on the buyout scrapheap.

The first viable option may be Ronny Turiaf, who was waived by Denver after being received as part of the three-way deal involving JaVale McGee, Nene and Nick Young between the Nuggets, Clippers and Wizards.

ESPN.com

Derek Fisher Wanted by Thunder, Bulls, Heat

Derek Fisher

Derek Fisher

The Thunder, Bulls and Heat are three teams that could end up signing Derek Fisher once he clears waivers.

Oklahoma City are looking to add point guard depth behind Russell Westbrook due to the season-ending injury to Eric Maynor. Fisher has interest in joining Chicago or Heat where he would be able to compete for a title.

The Clippers, according to sources, are not likely to pursue Fisher.

Real GM

Wilson Chandler Re-Signs with Denver Nuggets

Wilson Chandler

Wilson Chandler

Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri keeps tinkering with the roster as the playoffs draw near, trying to find just the right mix for coach George Karl.

Ujiri dealt away big man Nene at the trade deadline to free up money, presumably to help pull off this move: Agreeing to a five-year deal Sunday with versatile forward Wilson Chandler that’s worth nearly $37 million.

Chandler has been itching to hoist up jumpers again in the NBA, even showing up to a Nuggets game last month where he received a rowdy round of applause from the Pepsi Center crowd and casually chatted with teammates in the locker room after the contest.

ESPN.com

Lakers Trade Derek Fisher for Jordan Hill

Derek Fisher

Derek Fisher

The Los Angeles Lakers traded longtime point guard Derek Fisher after acquiring Ramon Sessions earlier in the day, according to sources.

Fisher, who has spent 13 of his 16 NBA seasons with the Lakers, was dealt to the Houston Rockets for Jordan Hill, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher.

The Lakers will also send a first-round pick, which was previously acquired from Dallas, in this year’s draft.

ESPN.com

Ramon Sessions Traded to Los Angeles Lakers

Ramon Sessions

Ramon Sessions

The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired point guard Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a multi-player deal that will bring the Cavs the Lakers’ 2012 first-round pick, according to league sources.

The Cavs also will send young wing player Christian Eyenga to the Lakers and veteran forward Luke Walton will be going to the Cavs.

The Lakers’ will keep their draft pick this year if they miss the playoffs. As part of the deal, the Lakers also will have the right to swap first-round draft position in 2013 with the Miami Heat’s first round pick, which the Cavs own.

ESPN.com

Source: Dwight Howard Signs Opt-In for 12-13

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard signed a waiver Thursday that keeps him under contract with the Orlando Magic through next season.

The waiver denies him the right to terminate his contract after this season. After going back and forth regarding his intentions, Howard said Wednesday that he would sign the waiver.

A source had told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher that the New Jersey Nets had been told earlier Thursday that Howard would not be available in trade.

ESPN.com