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@ 01.10NBA0 Pelicans interviewed Jeff Van Gundy on Tuesday
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the New Orleans Pelicans had a formal interview with Jeff Van Gundy on Tuesday. Van Gundy, one of the NBA’s top available coaches, and New Orleans officials met in the Bay Area to discuss the opening, Wojnarowski adds.
Pelicans have already interviewed Alvin Gentry, Warriors assistant-coach. Source: Adrian Wojnarowski
@ 23.51NBA0 Patric Young expected to play the Summer League with the Suns
According to Halil Can Pelister of TrendBasket, Patric Young, former Pelicans big-man, is expected to play in the Summer League with the Phoenix Suns. Young just finished his first overseas season with the Galatasaray, where he had a very good relationship with the fans. Source: Can Pelister
@ 22.21NBA0 Bulls are seriously considering firing Tom Thibodeau
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Chicago Bulls are seriously considering firing Tom Thibodeau, absorbing the corresponding financial hit. Thibodeau has two years left on his deal with the Bulls but his relationship with the front-office is irreconcilable. Source: Marc Stein
@ 21.52NBA0 Mavericks reportedly considering a sign and trade for DeAndre Jordan
According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, the Dallas Mavericks are tossing around the idea of a sign and trade for DeAndre Jordan, who will be an unrestricted free-agent this summer. The Mavs would send Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to the Clippers in exchange of Jordan, MacMahon writes in his piece.
The Clippers are avalaible to offer a max-deal to DeAndre Jordan but the player may consider leaving the team and signing for the Mavericks. Source: Tim MacMahon
@ 21.21D-League0 Raptors to have their own D-League team next season
Tim Leiweke, Raptors outgoing CEO, announced that Toronto will have his own D-League affiliated team from the next season. The franchise will be situated in the Toronto area, maybe Mississauga, Ontario, which is adjacent to Toronto proper. Source: Josh Lewenberg
@ 15.18NBA0 Nets may trade Mason Plumlee
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, teams have indeed begun to inquire about availability of Mason Plumlee based on belief Nets willing to move young big man. The big-man may leave the team, if a good offer will arrive to the Nets. Nets' salary cap situation is not so easy, so trading away some players and creating some cap space could be a great idea. Source: Marc Stein
@ 13.19NBA0 Nuggets to work out several players today
According to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post, the Denver Nuggets will work out several prospects today. Here's the list: JJ Avila, Askia Booker, Derek Cooke, Alex Herrera, Stanton Kidd, Mitch McCarron. On Thursday Nuggets will work out other four players: Daniel Bejarano, Michael Frazier II, Cam Griffin, Brett Olson. Source: Chris Dempsey
@ 13.05NBA0 J.R. Smith Celebrates Eastern Conference Title with selfie in press conference
JR Smith celebrated the eastern conference title with a selfie in the press conference.
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Una foto pubblicata da JR Smith (@teamswish) in data: 26 Mag 2015 alle ore 21:23 PDT
@ 12.02NBA0 LeBron James will play the NBA Finals for the 5th straight season
LeBron James finished the Cavaliers' four-game sweep over the Hawks averaging 30.3 points, 11 rebounds and 9.3 assists per game. James is the first player in NBA history to average 30/10/9 in a playoff series of any length. Honorable mention to Oscar Robertson who averaged 33.4 points, 12.4 rebounds and 8.6 assists for Cincinnati against Boston in a seven-game series in 1963. LeBron James will be in elite company by playing in the NBA Finals for the 5th straight season.
LeBron James will be in elite company by playing in the NBA Finals for the 5th straight season pic.twitter.com/qhvLz1jlKj
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) 27 Maggio 2015
@ 09.41NBA0 Hawks' Kyle Korver will undergo ankle surgery
Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver will undergo ankle surgery today, as reported by David Aldridge. The shooter got injured during the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers
@ 22.27NBA0 Nazr Mohammed wants to play one more season
Nazr Mohammed said he wants to play at least one more season. Mohammed has played 17 years in the NBA and he plans to play his 18th season. Mohammed is confident he’ll sign somewhere, according to KC Johnson.
@ 20.47NBA0 Assistant GM Bobby Marks leaves the Nets after 20 years of work
Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks has left the Brooklyn Nets after 20 years of experience, as he announced on Twitter. Nets decided to not re-sign Marks to a new contract, so he'll have the possibility to find a new job. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Nets want to cut costs across the front-office. Source: Bobby Marks
@ 17.57NBA0 Nets will likely explore trade markets for Johnson and Jack
The Brooklyn Nets will likely explore the trade markets for Joe Johnson and Jarrett Jack. Per ESPN, It is widely assumed the Nets will explore the trade markets for both Joe Johnson (with his expiring $24.9 million deal) and Jarrett Jack (due $12.6 million over the next two seasons but only partially guaranteed in 2016-17) to try to get away from tax territory that way, instead of waiving and stretching Williams. Neither of those ideas is as complicated as trying to trade D-Will himself, with $21 million next season and $22.3 million in 2016-17 owed to the 30-year-old, but you wouldn't describe trading Johnson or Jack for purely financial motivations as easy, either. Source: ESPN
@ 16.43NBA0 Avery Bradley would love to have Paul Pierce back with the Celtics
In an interview with 98.5 the Sports Hub, Avery Bradley said he would love to have Paul Pierce back with the Celtics. On Monday there were rumors about Pierce opting out of his contract with the Wizards to sign in Los Angeles with the Clippers. Per Celticsblog.com, I would love that (a Pierce return). To me, Paul is always going to be a Boston Celtic. The things that he’s been able to accomplish in his time here, it was just amazing. And I’m pretty sure all the Boston fans would love that, too.
@ 15.09NBA0 Mutual interest between Mavericks and Ty Lawson
According to Steve Kyler of BasketballInsiders, there's a mutual interest between Ty Lawson and the Dallas Mavericks. Lawson is very intrigued by the possibility of playing in Dallas and the Mavs are looking to add a point-guard that could fit with Carlisle's offense.
In a recent piece Zach Lowe wrote that the Nuggets want multiple first-round picks to trade Lawson. Source: Steve Kyler
@ 14.52NBA0 Stanko Barac to work out for the Pacers
According to Shams Charania of Real GM, The Indiana Pacers will bring unsigned draft acquisition Stanko Barac to Indianapolis for mini-camp workouts in June. Barac is currently playing with Cedevita, where's averaging 9.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Barac was selected with the 37th pick in 2007 NBA draft by the Miami Heat but he was immediately traded to the Pacers. Source: Shams Charania
@ 09.46NBA0 Warriors' Stephen Curry landed on his head in a nasty spill
The Rockets had a big lead after tying a playoff record with 45 points in the first quarter before Stephen Curry landed on his head in a nasty spill midway through the second and missed about 12 minutes. Curry said he went through the concussion protocol before returning. "It was all minor stuff compared to how it looked," Curry said. "But I'll get some good rest (Monday night) and be ready to go ... since it happened to now, nothing has gotten worse." His first field goal after returning came on a 3-pointer that got Golden State within six points with less than 8 1/2 minutes remaining. But Harden, who had 17 points in the fourth quarter, scored the next seven as part of 10 straight by Houston to push the lead to 114-98.
@ 23.37NBA0 LeBron on Thompson: He should be a Cavalier his entire career
LeBron James praised his teammate Tristan Thompson who is replacing the injured Kevin Love in the NBA Playoffs. Thompson will be restricted free agent from July.
LeBron takes a stance on Tristan Thompson's impending free agency: "Tristan's a guy who should probably be a Cavalier his entire career"
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 25, 2015
@ 20.29NBA0 Paul Pierce may sign for the Clippers in the off-season
According to David Aldridge of TNT, many executives around the league believe that Paul Pierce may opt-out of his deal with Washington and signing with the Clippers during the off-season. Pierce has a player option, worth 5.5 mln, for the next season but he's still unsure about his future.
Pierce was born in Los Angeles, so he could decide to end his career in his hometown, playing for his former coach in Boston Doc Rivers. Source: David Aldridge
@ 15.46NBA0 Bojan Bogdanovic: I wasn't a big fan of the NBA, but now...
Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic told Croatia media he was not a big fan of the NBA but after a season overseas he changed his opion. Via Netsdaily, "Honestly, before arriving I was not a big fan of the NBA, that's why I had decided to stay in Europe, in Fenerbahce," he told HRT. "But when I arrived, I saw that it was really another world, a world unto itself, everything is arranged differently. I can say that I have now become a fan of the NBA." He didn't elaborate, but he said in the end, after his adjustment, he was happy with his performance. "I did not know what to expect, what my role was on the team, and I think I can be satisfied with my performance and what I showed," he said. Source: Nets Daily
@ 12.28NBA0 LeBron passes Kidd for second most triple-doubles in Playoff history As reported by ESPN Elias, LeBron James finished with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists, and scored the game's last five points over the final 40 seconds as the Cavaliers moved out to a three-games-to none series lead with a 114-111 overtime win over the Hawks. No other player has ever reached all of those totals (37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists) in an NBA playoff game. James earned the 12th triple-double of his playoff career, surpassing Jason Kidd's total of 11 and moving into second place all-time, behind Magic Johnson, who had 30. James achieved the triple-double with his tenth assist with 3:49 remaining in the third quarter. No NBA player had produced a triple-double within the first three quarters of a playoff game since Chris Paul, playing for the New Orleans Hornets against the Lakers, did that in 2011. No NBA player had earned a triple-double so early in a game since 2009, when Rajon Rondo achieved it with 6:15 to play in the third quarter, playing for the Celtics against the Bulls. Source: ESPN Elias
@ 11.06NBA0 LeBron James' Legendary Performance Seals Game 3
LeBron James led the Cavaliers with his 12th career playoff triple-double of 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists as they took a 3-0 series lead. LeBron James showed his exhaustion after the final buzzer, putting on an amazing performance in game 3.
@ 10.37NBA0 LeBron defends Dellavedova: He doesn't deserve a bad rap
LeBron James defended his teammate Matthew Dellavedova after the critics following Al Horford's ejection late in first half of Game 3 between Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers. Per USA Today, "There's chippiness out there. He's a player that plays hard. There has got to be a line at some point," said Hawks forward-center Al Horford, who was called for a flagrant foul two and ejected from Game 3 late in the first half after an incident with Dellavedova. Dellavedova was part of the play in Game 2 in which he went for the ball and landed on Kyle Korver's leg. Korver sustained a severe high right ankle sprain, which ended his season. Dellavedova was also involved in an incident with Chicago's Taj Gibson in the conference semifinals, and Gibson was also called for a flagrant foul two and ejected. Dellavedova had Gibson's leg trapped and as Gibson tried to free himself, the NBA said he used excessive contact against an opponent. "Was it on purpose or not? We don't know," Horford said. "Maybe it wasn't on purpose. But just his track record, I just felt like it was. On my part, it was very poor for doing that." Horford said he felt like Dellavedova went at him. "He's got to learn," Horford said. "He's only been in this league for a couple of years or whatever. But he's got to learn at the end of the day it's a big brotherhood here. Guys look out for each other. I don't think it was malicious, but he has to learn." Dellavedova took exception to Horford's contention that the second-year guard fromAustralia has a track record. "I would obviously disagree with that," Dellavedova said. "I was boxing him out, and you can see from the baseline view that he's pulling my left arm down." James started talking as soon as Dellavedova finished. "In Game 2, when (Pero) Antic two‑hand shoves me out of the air. The fact that I'm still playing, we don't talk about it, but he two‑hand shoves me in the air," James said. "So what are we really talking about? "Are we going to talk about us trying to win basketball games or about those guys trying to figure out a way that Matthew Dellavedova is this type of … this guy, he works his tail off every single day. He beats the odds, and he comes to play as hard as he can every single night. If they're focused on Delly, then they're focused on the wrong thing. "I'm a little bit off about it because this is my guy, this is my teammate, and this is a guy that goes out and works his tail off every single night, and people are trying to give him a bad rap. He doesn't deserve it, and I don't like it." Source: USA Today
@ 08.59NBA0 Hawks' Al Horford ejected for throwing an elbow at Dellavedova's head
Already in a bind, the Hawks were dealt another major blow when Horford was ejected in the final minute of the first half for throwing an elbow at Dellavedova's head. As the two hustled for a loose ball on the floor, Dellavedova rolled up on Horford's right leg and the Atlanta big man responded by bringing his right arm down hard and appearing to connect with the side of the scrappy Australian guard's face. The three officials took their time watching a review of the play before assessing Horford a Flagrant 2 and tossing him. At that point, Horford had been the Hawks' best player with 14 points. "I did think he went at me, but I should have handled it better," Horford said. "Shouldn't have gotten caught up in that and it's something I'll definitely learn from." A few of the Hawks accused Dellavedova of playing dirty. After all, he was the one who accidentally injured Korver in Game 2. "I would obviously disagree with that, I was boxing him out," Dellavedova said. "You can see from the baseline view that he's pulling my arm." James defended Dellavedova. "We're not trying to get people hurt," James said. "But you play to win the game and you play aggressively. This guy, he works his tails off every single day. He beats the odds and he comes to play as hard as he can every single night. If they're focusing on Delly, they're focusing on the wrong thing." Source: NBA
@ 23.50NBA0 Pacers, Scola have mutual interest in a new deal
According to Scott Agness, there's mutual interest between the Pacers and Luis Scola in a new deal. Scola will be an unrestricted free-agent this Summer but he's very open to stay with the Pacers, as he told to Agness.
"We’ll see what July brings because I really don’t know,” he shared. “Larry told me he wants me back and I told him that I want to be back. In between those two things, [there’s] this huge gap that we got to fill. We’ll see how it goes. I’m excited. I’m not thinking too much. Maybe when the date gets closer I’ll think a little bit more.” Source: Scott Agness
@ 14.12NBA0 Clippers interested in trading for a draft pick
According to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Clippers are looking to acquire a draft pick along the way but it's not sure what range they'd target. Clippers traded their first round pick to the Celtics as a compensation when they acquired Doc Rivers. Source: Eric Pincus
@ 13.44NBA0 Goran Dragic feels Heat must play faster
Heat guard Goran Dragic, an impending free agent, feels strongly that the Heat must play faster and has been assured that’s a key part of the Pat Riley/Erik Spoelstra master plan, according to an an associate. We’re told Dragic very much likes Spoelstra and Riley and nothing to this point has changed regarding the Heat’s status as front-runners to keep him. The Lakers, Knicks, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Sacramento are all expected to have interest Source: Miami Herald
@ 20.15NBA0 Barkley believes Hawks won't play another home game this season
Charles Barkley believes the Hawks are not going to play another home game this season. The Hawks lost Game 1 and 2 at home against the Cavaliers and according to the NBA analyst they will be swept by the Cavaliers.
Charles Barkley just came into the media room. "I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the last one here has to turn the lights out."
— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) 23 Maggio 2015Source: The Score
@ 19.48NBA0 Pistons to hire a shooting coach for next season
The Detroit Pistons will expand their coaching staff by hiring a shooting coach for next season, head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy said. The job will be as a full-time traveling assistant and Van Gundy said he hopes to have the specialized coach in place by early July. Van Gundy said the new shooting coach will have no other responsibilities. Source: MLive
@ 19.35NBA0 Steph Curry is only one 3-pointer away from another 3-point record As reported by Inside Bay Area, Warriors guard Stephen Curry is only one 3-pointer away from matching Reggie Miller's record of 58 for the most from long distance in a single NBA postseason. Curry can break the record in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals at Houston on Saturday in his 13th playoff game this season. Miller, who set the record playing in 22 games in 2000 for Indiana, appeared happy to pass the torch. Curry hit five 3-pointers in Thursday's Game 2 win to tie Ray Allen for the second-most 3-pointers in a single postseason. Allen made 57 for Milwaukee in 2001. Curry also became the first player to make at least five 3-pointers in four consecutive playoff games.
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Una foto pubblicata da Reggie Miller (@reggiemillertnt) in data: 22 Mag 2015 alle ore 09:13 PDT
@ 18.58NBA0 Terrence Ross underwent surgery on his left ankle
The Toronto Raptors announced Saturday forward-guard Terrence Ross underwent surgery yesterday in Van Nuys, California to remove bone spurs and loose bodies from his left ankle. The procedure was performed by Dr. Richard Ferkel at the Southern California Orthopaedic Institute. Ross will conduct his rehabilitation in Toronto. No timetable has been set for a return to basketball activities. Ross averaged 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 25.3 minutes in a career-best 82 games this past season. He owns career averages of 9.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 23.3 minutes in 236 games. He has shot .373 (371-994) from three-point range. Source: Toronto Raptors
@ 18.52NBA0 Orlando Magic intensify contacts with Scott Skiles
Scott Skiles has emerged as the strong frontrunner to become head coach of the Orlando Magic, Yahoo Sports reported.
Magic general manager Rob Hennigan has discussed the opening with several possible candidates, but Skiles has clearly separated himself in the process.
Although Orlando has thus far shown no inclination to rush into a hiring, discussions could soon advance into contract negotiations.
Skiles, 51, has been the preferred choice of Orlando ownership, which has been fond of him since his playing days with the Magic in the 1990s. Skiles fits the candidate profile that Hennigan privately outlined for the coaching search: a successful head-coaching résumé that includes strong emphasis on upgrading Orlando’s defense and accountability.
In head-coaching stops in Phoenix, Chicago and Milwaukee, Skiles developed a reputation for turning bad teams into competitive ones, and tightening porous defensive units. Nevertheless, Skiles also built a reputation for burning out teams and wearing out a path to his exit.
Skiles didn’t have a good relationship with Orlando forward Tobias Harris while they were together in Milwaukee. Harris is a restricted free agent this summer and could command a $12 million-$14 million annual salary on the market.
Orlando had interest in discussing its opening with Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, but the Magic haven’t wanted to offer draft compensation for the chance to acquire him. Chicago management has been waiting for a team to offer a draft pick to hire Thibodeau, but so far that hasn’t happened. The Bulls seem determined to hold on to Thibodeau until the league’s job vacancies fill, and a firing in Chicago would likely leave him out of coaching next season.
@ 18.24NBA0 Frank Kaminsky says goodbye to Wisconsin in heartfelt letter
Frank Kaminsky had one hell of a career at Wisconsin. From being named Player of the Year to leading his team to the National Championship his senior season, "The Tank" has a lot to be grateful for. Before venturing off to the NBA, Kaminsky wrote a very emotional letter to Badgers fans, looking back at his 4 years in Madison. In the farewell, he begins with this:
"To be honest, I have been putting off writing this blog for a while now. Writing this blog means that my time at Wisconsin has come to an end, and I am now officially reflecting on the past. Thinking about what to write here is difficult because there is so much to say, but at the same time it makes me sad. First and foremost, I have never loved being a part of something as much as I loved being a student-athlete at the greatest university in the world. Thinking about the future is scary, but I know that I am now ready for it. However this is not a blog about my future. This is a blog to say thank you and goodbye to the best thing I have ever known."
You can read the letter HERESource: Bleacherreport
@ 14.21NBA0 Denver Nuggets could confirm Melvin Hunt as head-coach ESPN.com reported that the chances of Nuggets interim coach Melvin Hunt keeping the job have improved since the end of the regular season. Sources say former Suns, Knicks and Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni -- whose NBA head-coaching debut came with Denver in the work stoppage-shortened 50-game 1998-99 season -- also remains on the Nuggets' radar.
@ 14.09NBA0 Jeff Van Gundy in the mix for Pelicans head-coaching job
Jeff Van Gundy has emerged as a candidate for the New Orleans Pelicans' head-coaching position, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com this week that the ESPN analyst has expressed interest in the opening and is under consideration for the job, which opened when the Pelicans dismissed Monty Williams earlier this month.
Van Gundy joins Golden State associate head coach Alvin Gentry and Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau as confirmed candidates for the position, according to NBA coaching sources.
Gentry is the only candidate known to have formally interviewed for the post, with sources saying the uncertainty surrounding Thibodeau's contractual situation with the Bulls has prevented the Pelicans and Orlando Magic from formally requesting to interview him. ESPN.com reported Monday that the Pelicans had been granted permission to interview Gentry before the Warriors began play in the Western Conference finals.
Van Gundy has been a popular TV figure since he coached the Houston Rockets in the 2006-07 season, and he has resisted interest from several teams in recent years, professing his desire to stay in broadcasting. But Van Gundy's return to coaching has long been seen as inevitable, and the presence of rising star Anthony Davis as the centerpiece of an underrated roster has made the New Orleans job one of the most coveted in the league, with the Pelicans finishing strong under Williams to beat Oklahoma City for the West's last playoff spot.
On an ESPN media call earlier this week, Van Gundy declined to discuss the prospect of pursuing the Pelicans' post. Source: ESPN
@ 20.00NBA0 Hawks' DeMarre Carroll is game-time decision for Game 2
Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll took part in shootaround Friday morning but is still questionable for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Coach Mike Budenholzer said Carroll's status would be a game-time decision. The practice was closed to the media, but Carroll's knee was heavily wrapped and he walked with a slight limp on his way back to the locker room. Source: NY Times
@ 19.55NBA0 Kupchak: Kobe indicated to me that 2015-16 season will be his last
Kobe Bryant will play next season and then he’ll retire. Kobe Bryant’s contract expires next June and he has no intention to continue playing. The Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak confirmed the news on SiriusXM NBA Radio. Via ESPN, Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said star guard Kobe Bryant has told the GM that the 2015-16 season will be Bryant's last with the Lakers. "He has indicated to me that this is it," Kupchak said Thursday in a radio appearance with SiriusXM NBA Radio. Source: ESPN
@ 18.30NBA0 Kyrie Irving missed shootaround due to hurt knee
The knee is a problem for Kyrie Irving and for this reason the Cleveland Cavaliers' rising star missed the shootaround this morning. He may miss Game 2 this night.
Kyrie Irving missed Cavs shootaround due to hurt knee. May miss Game 2 vs Hawks. David Blatt: It's matter of if he's healthy enough to play.
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) 22 Maggio 2015
David Blatt told that "It's matter of if he's healthy enough to play."
@ 18.17NCAA0 Stanford Cardinals to estabilish cooperation with Italian team Mantova
The Stanford Cardinals are very close to a cooperation agreement with Italian club Dinamica Mantova, according to the president of the team Adriano Negri.
Stanford and Mantova will face in a friendly match next summer and there are possibilities to see some players going to Italy for their first professional season (but this is yet to be decided).
The best player of Stanford is Chasson Randle. He ended the season with 19.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3 assists per game.
@ 15.52NBA0 Gallinari appears to be a centerpiece in the Nuggets' rebuilding effor As reported by the Denver Post, After requiring nearly two years to recover from a knee surgery that Danilo Gallinari believes was initially botched, the 26-year-old forward finally regained his form late last season and appears now to be a centerpiece in the Nuggets' rebuilding efforts, as is center Jusuf Nurkic, recently named one of the league's 10 best rookies. While Kroenke steadfastly refuses to offer specific names when talking about plans to aggressively retool the roster prior to opening night of the next NBA season, it's realistic to expect point guard Ty Lawson or forward Kenneth Faried or both to be part of trade discussions prior to the June 25 draft. Source: Denver Post
@ 12.47NBA0 Celtics, Lakers and Pistons interested in DeMarre Carroll
Celtics, Lakers and Pistons are already eyeing DeMarre Carroll. The player will be free agent from July. Per Sportingnews, There’s a long list of teams already prepared to pursue Carroll this summer, including the Celtics, Lakers and Pistons. He boosted his scoring average from 12.6 points to 16.2 before the injury, and was shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 41.6 percent from the 3-point line. The Hawks want to keep Carroll, but his price has been driven up. With his defense and versatility, one league exec estimated his next deal at more than $15 million per year. Source: Sportingnews
@ 12.27NBA0 Jordan McRae hopes to prove he can contribute to the 2015-16 Sixers
Jordan McRae ended his rookie season in Australia with Melbourne averaging 19.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. McRae will play in the NBA Summer League for the 76ers with the hope to have the chance to make their roster for the next NBA season. Per The Intelligencer, Now, with McRae’s one-year Australia contract completed, he’s hoping to prove he can contribute to the 2015-16 Sixers. “I think it’s a great opportunity here,” McRae said following a workout at the Sixers’ practice facility earlier this week. “They’re rebuilding and a lot of spots are open right now. I’m just trying to make the best of it”. The plan is for McRae to continue working out and playing pickup games with the Sixers’ players and then for him to join the team’s summer league entry at the Rocky Mountain Revue in Utah and/or NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, and see what happens from there. “I can bring energy, defense, effort and things like that,” McRae said. Source: The Intelligencer
@ 12.17NBA0 Gentry and Thibodeau leading candidates for Pelicans head coaching job
Alvin Gentry and Tom Thibodeau are the leading candidates for the New Orleans Pelicans head coaching vacancy. Gentry already had the interview with the Pelicans while Tom Thibodeau is expected to part ways with the Bulls despite two years remaining on his contract. Per ESPN, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has acknowledged that top assistant Alvin Gentry interviewed for the vacant New Orleans Pelicans job. Sources told ESPN.com that Gentry is one of the leading candidates for the position along with Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who is widely expected to part company with the Bulls this offseason. ESPN.com reported last week after the Bulls' second-round elimination against Cleveland that there is mutual interest between Thibodeau and the Pelicans in discussing the job that was vacated when Monty Williams was fired earlier this month. Source: ESPN