Nicki Minaj’s “The Pink Print” Debuts At No. 2

BILLBOARD 200 TOP 5

Taylor Swift – 1989– 375,000

2. Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint– 244,000

3. Pentatonix – That’s Christmas to Me – 214,000

4. J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive – 135,000

5. D’Angelo and the Vanguard – Black Messiah – 117,000

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Josh Smith to the Rockets

Wanting to play for a winning team with a chance to win the title, Josh Smith has decided to join the Houston Rockets, sources told ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard on Wednesday.

The veteran forward, let go Monday by the Detroit Pistons less than halfway into his four-year, $54 million contract, cleared waivers Wednesday.

The Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies all had been listed as potential suitors for Smith’s services.

The Rockets next take the court against the host Grizzlies at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Houston is three games behind Golden State in the Western Conference standings and just a half-game behind Memphis for the 3-seed.

As ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported late Tuesday, Houston ‎assured Smith that he would start if he joined the Rockets, which essentially clinched his decision.

The Rockets also had their biannual exception, valued at $2.1 million, to offer Smith, who is 29.

Sources said Wednesday that Smith made it known that he would only consider teams that would guarantee him a starting spot, which essentially made it a choice between Houston and Miami.

Houston center Dwight Howard also could have played a factor in Smith’s decision. Howard, one of Smith’s closest friends, played AAU basketball with Smith in Atlanta

Smith is averaging 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game this season.

Smith will be playing for coach Kevin McHale, who signed a three-year extension on Wednesday.

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Anderson Varejao has torn Achilles

Tests Wednesday morning confirmed the Cleveland Cavaliers’ fears that center Anderson Varejaohas torn his Achilles tendon, sources told ESPN.com.

Varejao landed awkwardly in the third quarter of Tuesday’s 125-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves and left the floor without being able to put weight on his left leg. He had an MRI on Wednesday morning.

The injury likely will end Varejao’s season. With this news, it is believed the Cavs will intensify their monthslong efforts to trade for a big man. The team has been seeking additional help for its front line going back to the summer, having specifically targeted Timofey Mozgov of the Denver Nuggets and Kosta Koufos of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Sources say the Cavs, in recent days, have been in contact with the Boston Celtics about working as a facilitator in three-team trade scenarios. The Celtics, blessed with frontcourt depth in the wake of their recent acquisition of Brandan Wright in the Rajon Rondodeal, have been aggressive recently in their attempts to acquire future draft picks.

The Cavs cannot trade their own 2015 first-round pick because they already sent their 2016 pick to the Celtics in a previous deal. But they do own a protected Memphis first-rounder that they could trade.

The Cavs also possess a $5.2 million trade exception to use in a potential deal, which is one of the reasons they sought Mozgov and Koufos, as both of their contracts could fit into that exception. The Cavs signed Varejao, who has missed 166 games with various injuries over the past four seasons, to a three-year, $30 million extension in October. He had been having a good offensive season as LeBron James’ favorite pick-and-roll partner, shooting 55 percent from the field and averaging 10 points and 6.6 rebounds.

Tristan Thompson likely will step into the starting role for Varejao as he recovers. The injury also could mean additional playing time for reserves Lou Amundson and Brendan Haywood.

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