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Kings Say Zach Randolph Not On Trade Block

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The Sacramento Kings are denying rumors that veteran forward Zach Randolph is available on the trading block and general manager Vlade Divac is personally shooting down rumors while adding that the team values his veteran presence.

“Any opportunity for us to improve, we’ll look at it, but we’re not focusing (on trading him),” Divac said, according to NBC Sports’ James Ham. “We’re happy that he’s around those young guys.”

Kings head coach Dave Joeger also spoke with Randolph, prior to the start of the regular season, and clarified Randolph’s role moving forward, telling the veteran that; “I need you to be supportive, I need you to be that veteran and positive and help our young guys and lead by example.”

Randolph has proceeded professionally, according to Joeger.

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Pistons’ Reggie Jackson Says Teams Takes Andre Drummond for Granted

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Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson is heaping praise on his teammate, big man Andre Drummond, who he feels that the team often times takes for granted.

“I’d be lying if I said we didn’t [take Drummond for granted],” Jackson said, according to Vince Ellis of Detroit Free Press. “I think a lot of times we rely on him heavily for rebounds. On some nights when we get outrebounded, we’re solely looking for him to do it and not necessarily always helping him.”

“When you get a guy who over the last few years get around 14, 15 (rebounds per game), unfortunately it’s hard not to take him for granted, but we definitely appreciate him being the best (rebounder).”

Drummond is having a solid season, posting 18.9 points, 16.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

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Heat guard Goran Dragic to Miss More Time

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The Miami Heat have missed point guard Goran Dragic who has been battling a recurring knee issue, but now the team may be without their starting floor general for even more time than they may have expected.

Dragic, 32, who missed 2 games earlier this month due to an injury to his right knee re-injured his knee during Friday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers and complained that the swelling of his knee has returned.

The Heat are now preparing for an extended absence from Gragic.

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Sixers’ Jimmy Butler Says It’s Not All About the Money, Says He is a Good Teammate

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Despite a tumultuous end to his tenure with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jimmy Butler is excited to show the Philadelphia 76ers what a good teammate he can be, saying this he is not chasing a big contract next offseason.

“It’s not. I already got enough money to have me and my family for the rest of my life. It’s not about the money,” Butler said during his 76ers introductory press conference,according to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “I’ve got to be able to love where I’m at and have a great chance to win a championship.”

Butler also stated that despite the drama in Minnesota, he is a good teammate.

“I don’t think I’m a bad teammate, but people get whatever they want to say out,” Butler continued. “I think I’m an incredible human being, teammate, and I will show that to the guys here.

“You really wouldn’t know who I am unless you’re around me every day,” Butler added. “And for the most part, that’s why I don’t worry too much about what everybody says. If you know me and you’re around me, you know my heart. You know how I go about what I go about.

“I love my teammates,” Butler said. “I don’t think there are too many of them that will tell you I’m a bad teammate.”

Butler’s stay in Philly will be interesting to see unfold, and it will be interesting to see if Butler ends up inking a long term contract with the Sixers next summer.

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