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Kobe Bryant to decide Monday on season-ending surgery — Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant will wait until Monday to make a decision on whether or not to have season-ending surgery on his torn right rotator cuff, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team had yet to make an announcement about his status.

2015 NBA free agency already is getting confusing — The NBA's free agency period is nearly six months away, but that doesn't mean the process of getting it right hasn't long since begun for the league's 30 teams. Especially considering the current climate. When the league in October inked a nine-year, $24 billion rights deal with ESPN/ABC and TNT that begins in the 2016-17 season, everything changed about the economic landscape that lies ahead.

Rory McIlroy nails his first professional hole in one in Abu Dhabi — The 173-yard 15th hole at the 2015 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship appears to be a place where dreams come true. Earlier today, we shared Miguel Angel Jimenez's ace at the same hole (followed by exceptionally sexy dance). World No. 1 Rory McIlroy followed suit, nailing his first professional hole in one.

Cavs, Knicks and Thunder all achieve goals in trade — The Cleveland Cavaliers needed offensive and defensive help on the perimeter. The New York Knicks wanted to dump salary and create more salary cap space for next season. The Oklahoma City Thunder wanted more depth and protection just in case they lose guard Reggie Jackson during free agency in the offseason.

Dion Waiters leads Knicks-Cavaliers-Thunder trade — The Cleveland Cavaliers will acquire guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from the New York Knicks in a three-team trade that will also send guard Dion Waiters from the Cavaliers to the Oklahoma City Thunder, two people familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports.

Josh Smith plans to sign with Rockets — Josh Smith intends to sign with the Houston Rockets once he clears waivers this afternoon, two people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the agreement could not yet be finalized.

Celtics to trade Rajon Rondo to Mavericks for 3 players — The Boston Celtics have agreed to trade Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks after more than a year of speculation on the point guard's future, according to reports from ESPN, Yahoo Sports and others.

Kings' DeMarcus Cousins has viral meningitis

NBA injury list studded with stars, even beyond Thunder — No one could blame Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti if he wanted to heave those fancy glasses of his across the room every time his team plays these days. No Kevin Durant and no Russell Westbrook? It's torture defined for this franchise that has already endured so much frustration the past few years.

Blake Griffin facing battery charge over Vegas scuffle — Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has been charged with misdemeanor battery for an alleged incident in Las Vegas on Oct. 19, according to records obtained from Clark County (NV) District Attorney's office. According to numerous reports, Griffin - who was eating with Clippers teammates inside the Tao nightclub - was allegedly involved in an incident when the plaintiff, 39-year-old Daniel Schuman, attempted to take his picture.
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Jan 25, 2015

Pistons make it official: Brandon Jennings has a ruptured left Achilles tendon. Done for the season. So rough...

Jan 24, 2015

RT @bcondotta: Press conference hasn't ended and USA Today has a story up about it:…

Jan 24, 2015

I'm worried about the @nbcsnl crew: will they have time before tonight's SNL to add Belichick's "Beautiful Mind" presser to their material?

Jan 24, 2015

RT @usatodaynba: Wow! LaMarcus Aldridge will delay his surgery and play tonight. @sam_amick with details:

Jan 24, 2015

RT @jwquick: Already prominently etched in Blazers' record books, Aldridge's decision to play through injury this season will only add to his legend

Jan 24, 2015

RT @trailblazers: BREAKING: LaMarcus Aldridge (ligament tear left thumb) puts surgery on hold; will play tonight versus Washington.

Jan 24, 2015

RT @chinoyhoopsfan: Whoa! Pretty quick breakdown by @bballbreakdown of Klay Thompson's insane third quarter

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