Chandler Parsons’ MRI confirmed right shoulder strain. He will be listed as day-to-day.- Jason Friedman
The Toronto Raptors have agreed to sign veteran shooting guard Mickael Pietrus, USA TODAY Sports has learned. According to two people with knowledge of the situation, veteran small forward Dominic McGuire is likely to be released by the Raptors in order to make room for Pietrus. -USA Today
The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived forward Luke Harangody and signed forward Kevin Jones to a contract, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. -Cavs
Also, Brooklyn’s Gerald Wallace was been fined $35,000 and Boston’s Kevin Garnett have been fined $25,000 for escalating the altercation. Kris Humphries, whose foul on Garnett sparked the altercation, was not penalized. -CSN New England
No Nets will be suspended, but Gerald Wallace got fined $35,000. -Rod Boone
Danny Ainge says on WEEI Radio that point guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended two games for his fight Wednesday night with Kris Humphries. -CSN New England
With the road miles piling up on his veteran team, the Spurs coach has dispatched four of his top five leading scorers home to San Antonio in advance of tonight’s nationally televised game against the Miami Heat.
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green did not travel with the team after Wednesday night’s win in Orlando, instead heading back to South Texas this morning for an extra day of rest leading up to Saturday’s sure-to-be-rugged home game against Memphis.- Jeff McDonald
Jeff Green (knee) and Chris Wilcox (illness) sat out practice, both uncertain for Friday’s game.- Chris Forsberg
Kevin Garnett on WEEI’s Mut & Merloni show this afternoon: In a bit of a lighter moment, Garnett was asked what he was going to get former teammate Ray Allen for Christmas. “Absolutely nothing,” said Garnett, after a long pause. “We have Secret Santas around here, and I want to focus on my Secret Santa.”- The Boston Globe
The Jazz will likely be without starting small forward Marvin Williams on Friday when the Jazz (9-7) play the Thunder (12-4) as Williams continued to be evaluated for concussion symptoms Thursday morning.- The Salt Lake Tribune
One possibility, the source said, is Adidas, the shoe and apparel company that signed Derrick Rose to a $250 million contract last year. Reinsdorf and other front-office personnel met with Adidas officials in Portland, Ore., on the Bulls’ recent West Coast trip. The team’s new building could be called The Adidas Center, the source said. The Bulls are also believed to be negotiating with other companies on the rights. -Chicago Tribune
Brook Lopez will miss next two games (Fri @ ORL, Sat @ MIA) because of mild sprain of his right foot, Nets announce. X-rays negative. It’s the same foot Lopez injured twice last season. – Howard Beck
The hope is that Derek Fisher can step in — probably as the eventual starter at point guard — and give Collison, who is 13 years younger than Fisher, the opportunity to learn the position from one of the game’s clutch players. When Collison had a good game Tuesday in Philadelphia coming off the bench, coach Rick Carlisle said he liked what he saw.
“I loved the way [Collison] played in Philly,” said Carlisle, who announced the Fisher news after the Mavericks’ 101-78 blowout loss to Chicago on Wednesday night. “I think that’s a great role for him right now. I think Fisher can help us as a starter. This is a great opportunity for Darren to develop into a true starting point guard in this league.- Eddie Sefko
When Marshall was selected, he was holding onto the slim chance that he might get to learn behind Steve Nash but figured he would get a great opportunity to play if Nash left. The Suns signed Goran Dragic in free agency, Sebastian Telfair held onto the backup job and Kendall Marshall is bound for the D-League after a month of the season.
With the Suns’ D-League affiliate, the Bakersfield (Calif.) Jam, Marshall will get the game time that the staff feels he needs to develop his skills, let alone stay in shape. Still, this is a mighty ego blow for a player who left North Carolina as its all-time assist average leader and next might be playing the Santa Cruz Warriors.- Paul Coro
The Oklahoma City Thunder today assigned rookie guard/forward Jeremy Lamb to the Tulsa 66ers, the Thunder’s NBA Development League affiliate. The assignment is the first for Lamb and the 20th of the 2012-13 NBA and NBA D-League seasons.- NBA
Scott Brooks: “I think it’s going to be great for him to get on the court and play….That’s the great advantage that we have in Tulsa, one, it’s right down the road…so we get to follow them and they do everything we do. And (coach) Darko (Rajakovic) does a great job. I’ve seen him in action, so (Lamb’s) going to get great work on the practice floor and game floor. But we like what he does. He has a very high skill set. He definitely needs to continue to develop his body and his game, but that’s a great position for him to be in.”
The Mavericks, who had 15 guaranteed contracts, will release forward Troy Murphy to create a roster spot for Fisher, a source said. -ESPN