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DeMarcus Cousins Kicked a Chair And Took Two Zach Randolph Elbows to the Face [Video]

DeMarcus Cousins picked up his 3rd foul against the Memphis in the 2nd quarter on Wednesday night. Boogie didn’t appreciate the call and fought the urge to spike the ball and throw his mouth piece while on the court, but when he reached the sideline he expressed his anger by kicking a chair and then sulking at the end of the bench. Sacramento trailed Memphis 52-62 at the half.

DeMarcus Cousins hit in the face by 2 Zach Randolph elbowsLater in the 3rd, Cousins and Zach Randolph exchanged words which ended up in Randolph receiving a technical foul. Randolph followed that up by elbowing Cousins in the face with BOTH elbows and received another foul. Surprisingly, after losing his cool with the chair in the 2nd, DeMarcus maintained his composure here.


Derrick Rose Will Need Surgery For Torn Meniscus in Right Knee

Derrick Rose has had another setback. An MRI confirmed a tear of a meniscus in his right knee, which will require surgery. No timetable has been set for his return.

Rose was sideline for the remainder of the 2013-14 season tearing a meniscus in the same knee. He also suffered an ACL tear that caused him to miss the entire 2012-13 season in his left knee. Rose has played in just 95 games over the past four seasons.


Reggie Jackson Traded to the Detroit Pistons in 3-Way Trade; OKC Get Enes Kanter

Reggie Jackson, who figures to be one of the hottest free agent point guards this offseason, has been traded to Detroit Pistons in a 3-way trade that netted the Thunder 6-foot-11 center Enes Kanter from the Utah Jazz. Also included in the deal: The Pistons get forward Kyle Singler and the Jazz get Kendrick Perkins.

Detroit, which thrived with Brandon Jennings before his injury, is still within striking distance of a playoff berth, just two games behind Miami for the 8th spot.

Kanter, who turns 23 in May, is enjoying his best year as a pro (13.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg) but he seems to think he’s a lot better than he actually is. His defense isn’t quite there yet, and he’s going to want to get paid (has a qualifying offer of $7.8 million next year). The injury-riddled Thunder could have some depth inside in the postseason once everyone is back – Kanter, Steven Adams and Mitch McGary. They’ll need it against Memphis.


Kevin Garnett Heading Home, Traded to Minnesota for Thaddeus Young

Kevin Garnett is going to the team where his NBA career began: He’s been traded to Minnesota.

The Timberwolves traded Thaddeus Young to the Nets for Garnett, who has talked openly about becoming a part-owner of the team after his career is over. Brooklyn is in full scale fire-sale mode, and is about to trade Brook Lopez to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Garnett had to waive his no-trade clause in order for the deal will get done. KG will ostensibly coach the young core of Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Shabazz Muhammad.


Goran Dragic Traded to the Miami Heat

Goran Dragic the talented Phoenix point guard who has said all season he wants out, has been traded to the Miami Heat. It’s unclear what the Heat gave Phoenix, but it’s at least two draft picks.

Dragic had been on the trading block this week because he wasn’t happy with his role in Phoenix’s crowded backcourt and made it clear he wouldn’t re-sign with the Suns when he becomes a free agent after this season.

“I don’t trust them anymore,” Dragic said after the Suns practiced Wednesday.

He said he doesn’t like his role of “standing in the corner” and wants to go to a team where he can “be a point guard, like in the past I was my whole life.”

“To be a point guard, to run the team and have the ball in my hands and try to make plays for others,” Dragic said. “That’s who I am.”

Dragic is averaging 16.2 points and 4.1 assists while shooting 50 percent from the floor during his seventh season in the NBA. He enjoyed a nice run of form in December, averaging 20 points and 5.1 assists per contest in the month.

The 28-year-old Slovenian star has developed into a solid combo guard. He’s at his best when he’s the primary facilitator. It’s a role he should fill regularly with his new team.

The Heat, desperate to get in the playoffs and make some noise – forget about tanking to keep that draft pick! – suddenly look like a sleeper in the East: Dragic and Wade is a nice backcourt, and a frontcourt of Deng, Bosh and the emerging Hassan Whiteside, is pretty strong. There’s no depth, though. Right now, it looks like Miami will finish with the 7th seed – though a Bucks collapse isn’t out of the question – which could put them opposite LeBron and the Cavs in the 1st round.


Amar’e Stoudemire to Sign with Dallas Mavericks

Amar’e Stoudemire has committed to joining the Dallas Mavericks, according to league sources, giving him a chance to compete for a championship and adding much-needed frontcourt depth to a Western Conference contender’s bench.

Stoudemire, who negotiated a buyout with the New York Knicks over the weekend and was officially waived Monday, committed to the Mavs for the remainder of the season on Monday.

“I feel truly blessed to have been able to play for the incredible New York fans, Mr. Dolan, my coaches, teammates and the entire Knicks organization for the past five years,” Stoudemire said in a statement released by the team. “I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to contribute positively on the court and in the community.

The big man’s contract will not become official until he clears waivers on Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET, making him a free agent. His $23.4 million salary essentially makes the waivers process a formality.

A number of teams—most notably the Los Angeles Clippers, Mavericks and Phoenix Suns, per ESPN’s Marc Stein—were expected to draw interest, but Dallas was viewed as an early favorite. The Mavericks have increasingly become a hub for former stars near the end of their careers, with Rick Carlisle’s ability to highlight strengths and mitigate weaknesses serving as a draw.

One of the league’s best power forwards when he came to New York in 2010, injuries cut Stoudemire’s prime short and have left him a shell of the player he once was. He missed at least 17 games in all but his first season in New York. He is averaging 12.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in 24 minutes per game this season, appearing in 36 contests before the break.

The Mavs envision Stoudemire as a key bench player who will back up center Tyson Chandler and see spot duty at power forward behind Dirk Nowitzki. He will provide the Mavs with a quality replacement for Brandan Wright, the high-efficiency reserve big man the Mavs gave up in a December deal to acquire Rajon Rondo.

[information via Associated Press]