Rumor Roundup: Kings, Holiday, Knicks

Willie Cauley-Stein of the struggling Kings believes the players must be more accountable for their play.

The Kings are open to trading second-year big man Willie Cauley-Stein, per ESPN.

According to ESPN, Cauley-Stein wants a bigger role than the one he has under Kings coach Dave Joerger.

Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday is expected to return to the team next week, per Yahoo Sports. Holiday has been caring for his wife, who underwent surgery for a brain tumor.

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek says it was his decision to use Kurt Rambis as the team’s defensive guru, and not the decision of team president Phil Jackson, per the New York Post.

Former 76ers great Allen Iverson offered some words of encouragement to the current team, per ESPN.

Mavericks center Andrew Bogut says he’s ready for more minutes if needed, per the Dallas News.

Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng has no plans to get complacent, per Basketball Insiders.

Suns rookie Marquese Chriss has replaced Jared Dudley in the starting lineup, per the Arizona Republic.

Clippers star Blake Griffin is being recruited by friends from Oklahoma to join the Thunder next season, per ESPN.

Pistons guard Reggie Jackson has begun working out but is still weeks away from returning, per The Detroit News.

The Hawks have tweaked their approach to rebounding now that they have Dwight Howard at center, per Hawks.com.

Former Ohio U. forward Kadeem Green has agreed to a contract with Naglis Palangos of Lithuania, per Eurobasket News.

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Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith wants to remain in Cleveland for the rest of his career, according to his comments in the Akron Beacon Journal.

Per Smith in the Beacon Journal: “It makes no sense to go anywhere else. To get treated the way we get treated here from the people, from the police, from everybody. There’s nothing but love here. I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else.” (Full report.)

Former NBA forward Cory Jefferson has signed a contract with the D-League, per D-League Digest. Jefferson attended training camp and played in the preseason with the Cavaliers. His D-League rights are held by the Austin Spurs.

Wizards guard Trey Burke told a Washington D.C. radio station that his former team, the Jazz, tried to hold him back. “They couldn’t break me. That’s what they tried to do,” Burke told FOX Sports Radio 1340. “They gave me DNPs. Everybody asked me ‘What’s going on? Why are you not playing?’ There’s a reason why everybody is asking me that. I just kept my head up. I was a great team guy. Everybody can vouch for that over there. I never really complained. I worked hard every day. I waited for my opportunity.”

Free agent guard Mychel Thompson has signed a D-League contract, per D-League Digest. Thompson’s rights are held by the Santa Cruz Warriors.

The Bulls have assigned R.J. Hunter to the Windy City Bulls of the D-League, per the team.

The Knicks have assigned Ron Baker and Marshall Plumlee to the Westchest Knicks of the D-League, per ESPN.

The Pelicans intend to assign Cheick Diallo to the D-League, per FOX 8 in New Orleans.

NBA union chief Michele Roberts will meet with players to discuss the potentially new Collective Bargaining Agreement, per ESPN. As has been reported by multiple outlets, the NBA and players are said to be close to finalizing a deal.

Knicks president Phil Jackson is unhappy with the team’s offense under new coach Jeff Hornacek, per ESPN.

Per ESPN: “Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban reiterated his stance that he will keep two ESPN reporters away from his team’s home games, saying it’s his choice to credential them, not the NBA’s. ‘My call,’ he said Tuesday from Staples Center, when asked about who controls media access at his team’s games in Dallas. Asked if the league could intervene, he added: ‘They could probably try, but I don’t know why they would.'” (Full report.)

Former Syracuse swingman Paul Harris has signed with Vanoli Cremona of Italy, per Eurobasket News.

Former D-League standout guard Ron Howard has agreed to a contract with French club Pau-Lacq-Orthez, per Amico Hoops.

Former Cleveland State and Cavaliers guard Cedric Jackson has been released by Melbourne United of the Australia NBL, per Amico Hoops. Jackson, 30, averaged 10.0 points and 5.4 assists in nine games this season.