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Thu Jun 3016:38Nets waive PG JackJarrett JackPGRaptorsTeam Lorin
Veteran point guard Jarrett Jack was released by the Brooklyn Nets.Jack was shopped via trade before the start of free agency but the Nets decided to release him Thursday rather than pay his $6 million salary for the 2016-17 season. The Nets are responsible for $500,000 of that deal.Jack turns 33 three days before the start of the regular season. Drafted by the Denver Nuggets 22nd overall in 2005, Jack was traded to the Trail Blazers and made several stops before spending the past two seasons with the Nets, including the Pacers (2008-09), Toronto Raptors (2009-10), New Orleans Hornets (2010-2012), Golden State Warriors (2012-13), Cleveland Cavaliers (2013-14).One possible landing spot is Indianapolis, where the Pacers hired Nate McMillan as head coach. McMillan was part of the decision-making team in Portland when the Blazers acquired Jack in 2005 and quickly named him the starting point guard.
Thu Jun 3014:51Reports: Free agent Noah to meet with Knicks Joakim NoahC/PFBullsThe Sith Lords
Free agent center Joakim Noah is reportedly eyeing a deal with the New York Knicks.The longtime Chicago Bulls standout might quickly reach a contract agreement Friday with the Knicks, both The Vertical and ESPN.com reported Wednesday night.NBA free agency opens at 12:01 a.m. ET on Friday, though players can't officially sign contracts until July 7.Both websites reported that Noah will meet with Knicks president Phil Jackson shortly after the negotiating window opens. Other teams are interested in Noah, but they are viewed as unlikely to land his signature.A move to New York would reunite Noah with former NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose, who was traded from the Bulls to the Knicks last week.The Knicks are in the market for a big man after sending center Robin Lopez to Chicago in the Rose trade.Noah, 31, appeared in a career-low 29 games last season. He was out early in the season due to a left shoulder tear, then sustained a season-ending dislocation to the same shoulder in January.He averaged a career-low 4.3 points a game to go along with 8.8 rebounds (his lowest average in eight years) and 3.8 assists (his lowest figure in five years).Over nine seasons with Chicago, Noah averaged 9.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, three assists and 1.4 rebounds per game.The No. 9 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft after leading Florida to two NCAA championships, Noah was the 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time All-Star.
Thu Jun 3014:51Donovan, Thunder chasing HorfordAl HorfordCHawksBack in the Saddle
Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan is turning back to clock at 12:01 a.m. Friday when free agency opens as part of their pitch to retain superstar Kevin Durant. Donovan plans to be front and center when the Thunder host Atlanta Hawks All-Star power forward Al Horford, who could fill the starting spot created when the team traded Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic on draft night for guard Victor Oladipo. Horford played for Donovan at the University of Florida, where the Gators repeated as national champions. Donovan left the Gators last summer after 19 seasons to replace Scott Brooks as head coach of the Thunder.Horford averaged 15.2 points and 7.3 rebounds and played all 82 games for the Hawks last season. He spent his entire nine-year career with the Hawks.
Thu Jun 3014:51Durant, LeBron and 23 NBA free agents to watchKevin DurantSFThunderDoppelganger
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersBack in the Saddle
Kevin Durant is on the clock.As free agency kicks off Friday, the Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star is the most coveted basketball commodity since LeBron James made The Decision in 2010.Durant met with the Thunder, with whom he spent his first nine seasons, on Thursday in Oklahoma City before shifting a series of meetings to New York with potential suitors that will include 2015 NBA champion Golden State and perennial Western Conference contender San Antonio.James is again a free agent, continuing a recent trend of opting out of his deal every June to maximize his leverage and earnings potential now and down the road. But after carrying Cleveland to the championship, James said he isn't going anywhere.Most likely to move? That is to be determined, but we outlined best fits for the top 15 NBA free agents with 10 more to keep an eye on as the summer shopping season shifts gears.1. Kevin Durant, Thunder: The most coveted free agent since LeBron James in 2010, Durant has half the league linin... [More]
Wed Jun 2915:05Heat's Wade open to outside offersDwyane WadeSGHeatBuchanalia
Dwyane Wade is prepared to take his talents from South Beach and shop his services to other suitors when free agency begins Friday.The Miami Heat lifer has made more than $300 million in salary since the franchise drafted Wade fifth overall in 2003.ESPN.com reported initial contract discussions between Wade and the Heat have not produced a common ground, meaning the star guard could consider leaving the franchise where he has played 13 seasons and won three titles.Wade's representatives have made it known to multiple teams over the past several days that he will be on the market and Yahoo Sports said the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers could have interest in Wade.A Chicago native who attended Marquette, Wade made a visit to the Bulls in 2010 before the "Big 3" of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Wade announced they would sign contracts with the Heat.Last summer, Wade and the Heat battled back and forth before finally agreeing on a one-year, $20 million deal for this past season."I ho... [More]
Wed Jun 2915:05Duncan exercises option, still mulling retirementTim DuncanCSpursThe Sith Lords
Tim Duncan exercised his $6.4 million player option for next season but retirement remains an option.Duncan had ups and downs in 2015-16 in the regular season and playoffs but said he is still weighing whether to play one final season after helping the San Antonio Spurs win a franchise-best 67 games and tying an NBA record for going 40-1 at home this season.The Spurs were eliminated by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night in the second round of the playoffs.After a loss in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich joked that Duncan and Manu Ginobili could go another five years. Duncan wasn't in a talking mood after that defeat but the introspective veteran will be 41 next season."I'll get to that after I get out of here and figure out life. That's it," said Duncan.Popovich feigned surprise when quizzed about Duncan's immediate future."Do you know something that I don't know? I just wanted to make that clear. Tim was playing really well. So we played... [More]
Wed Jun 2915:01Durant sweepstakes start in OKCKevin DurantSFThunderDoppelganger
Kevin Durant plans to meet with the Oklahoma City Thunder before free agency begins Friday.Durant is officially a member of the Thunder until his contract runs out at 12:01 a.m. Friday when he becomes eligible to meet with other teams as an unrestricted free agent.ESPN.com reported Durant is scheduled to meet with Thunder executives along with his agent in Oklahoma City before returning to California, where he is shooting a commercial.Durant, 27, is considering meetings in Los Angeles the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors but will not meet with the Lakers, per the report.Knicks star Carmelo Anthony said Monday in a television interview that his recruitment of Durant has already begun and will not be affected "whether he meets with the Knicks or not.""I'm with KD now; he's right downstairs," Anthony told ESPN. "We've been together. We've been talking. I do consider myself part of the Knicks so that meeting has already taken place."Durant, who has spent his entire nine-year caree... [More]
Tue Jun 2818:56NBA notebook: Durant approves of Thunder's draft-night tradeKevin DurantSFThunderDoppelganger
Richard JeffersonSFSpursTeam Lorin
Frank KaminskyFree Agent
Jordan McRaeFree Agent
Andrew NicholsonFree Agent
Kevin Durant is just days away from becoming a free agent and remains tight-lipped about his future plans.For now, he's still a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and he said he really liked the draft-night trade in which the franchise acquired guard Victor Oladipo, forward Ersan Ilyasova and draft pick Domantas Sabonis from the Orlando Magic in exchange for forward Serge Ibaka."It's a good move, man," Durant said at a Team USA media availability session in New York. "I like Oladipo, he's one of my good buddies, a friend of mine. Definitely going to miss playing with Serge. He contributed so much to our organization and to the city. Just what he's done for us, he's always going to be remembered in OKC what he's done for the community and his hard work on the court. So we wish him the best."Durant wasn't so chatty when it comes to his impending free agency on July 1."We'll figure things out," Durant said. "It's three days away."--Veteran Richard Jefferson announced he would retire fol... [More]
Tue Jun 2818:51Pending free agent Durant approves of Thunder draft-night dealKevin DurantSFThunderDoppelganger
Kevin Durant is just days away from becoming a free agent and remains tight-lipped about his future plans.For now, he's still a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and he said he really liked the draft-night trade in which the franchise acquired guard Victor Oladipo, forward Ersan Ilyasova and draft pick Domantas Sabonis from the Orlando Magic in exchange for forward Serge Ibaka."It's a good move, man," Durant said at a Team USA media availability session in New York. "I like Oladipo, he's one of my good buddies, a friend of mine. Definitely going to miss playing with Serge. He contributed so much to our organization and to the city."Just what he's done for us, he's always going to be remembered in OKC what he's done for the community and his hard work on the court. So we wish him the best."Durant wasn't so chatty when it comes to his impending free agency on July 1."We'll figure things out," Durant said. "It's three days away."Durant reportedly plans to add face-to-face meetings with... [More]
Tue Jun 2814:06Report: Jefferson wants to play 2-3 more yearsRichard JeffersonSFSpursTeam Lorin
Richard Jefferson announced he would retire following the Cleveland Cavaliers' victory in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, but now wants to play multiple more seasons, according to Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports.With rumors swirling that the 36-year-old may join friend Luke Walton's coaching staff with the Los Angeles Lakers, Jefferson now appears to be leaning toward returning as a player. He averaged 5.5 points and 17.9 minutes while starting five of 74 games last season.Jefferson started two of the Cavs' 21 playoff games, averaging 5.4 points and 18.1 minutes while providing a strong defensive presence. The 14-year veteran has played in 1,082 career regular-season games, posting averages of 13.3 points and 4.2 rebounds.
Mon Jun 2717:32Durant adds meetings with Celtics, Heat, ClippersKevin DurantSFThunderDoppelganger
Kevin Durant plans to add face-to-face meetings with the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers in addition to previously reported talks with the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder at the outset of free agency.Durant is still officially a member of the Thunder until his contract runs out at 12:01 a.m. Friday when NBA free agency begins.A league source confirmed to ESPN of the six team meetings with Durant and his representatives.Durant, 27, is also considering meeting with the New York Knicks but has no plans to talk to his hometown Washington Wizards, according to ESPN.Knicks star Carmelo Anthony told ESPN on Monday that his recruitment of Durant has already begun and will not be affected "whether he meets with the Knicks or not.""I'm with KD now; he's right downstairs," Anthony told ESPN. "We've been together. We've been talking. I do consider myself part of the Knicks so that meeting has already taken place."Durant has been in New York in... [More]
Mon Jun 2712:57USA Basketball unveils 2016 Olympic rosterCarmelo AnthonySFNuggetsBuchanalia
Harrison BarnesFree Agent
Jimmy ButlerFree Agent
DeMarcus CousinsFree Agent
DeMar DeRozanSGRaptorsThe Schellackers
Kevin DurantSFThunderDoppelganger
Paul GeorgeFree Agent
Draymond GreenFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingFree Agent
DeAndre JordanCClippersTeam Lorin
Kyle LowryPGRocketsThe Sith Lords
Klay ThompsonFree Agent
USA Basketball announced its official 12-man 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team that will try to win the Americans' third straight gold medal.The USA team unveiled Monday is led Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, the only players with Olympic experience after a number of stars, including LeBron James, decided skip the Rio Olympics.Selected for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team were: Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder/Texas); Anthony (New York Knicks/Syracuse); Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors/North Carolina); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls/Marquette); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings/Kentucky); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors/USC); Paul George (Indiana Pacers/Fresno State); Draymond Green (Warriors/Michigan State); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers/Duke); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers/Texas A&M); Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors/Villanova); and Klay Thompson (Warriors/Washington State).The team was approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors and is pending final approval by the... [More]
Fri Jun 2411:12NBA trade roundup: Ibaka, Oladipo swappedSerge IbakaPFThunderThe Schellackers
Victor OladipoFree Agent
During a week meant to celebrate the future stars of the NBA, it was the veterans who stole the spotlight.Forward Serge Ibaka and guard Victor Oladipo were the biggest names moved during Thursday night's NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in New York, but they weren't alone.Established stars such as Derrick Rose, Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young, among others, also found new homes leading up to draft night.On Thursday, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Oladipo, forward Ersan Ilyasova and the rights to the No. 11 overall pick, forward Domantas Sabonis of Gonzaga.Ibaka, a three-time selection to the NBA's All-Defensive First Team who led the league in blocks for four consecutive seasons from 2010-11 to 2013-14, spent his first six years in the league with the Thunder, averaging 11.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.In 2011-12, Ibaka was the runner up for the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Award, which went to Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks. The pow... [More]
Thu Jun 2323:41NBA trade roundup: Ibaka, Oladipo swappedSerge IbakaPFThunderThe Schellackers
Victor OladipoFree Agent
During a week meant to celebrate the future stars of the NBA, it was the veterans who stole the spotlight.Forward Serge Ibaka and guard Victor Oladipo were the biggest names moved during Thursday night's NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in New York, but they weren't alone.Established stars such as Derrick Rose, Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young, among others, also found new homes leading up to draft night.On Thursday, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Oladipo, forward Ersan Ilyasova and the rights to the No. 11 overall pick, forward Domantas Sabonis of Gonzaga.Ibaka, a three-time selection to the NBA's All-Defensive First Team who led the league in blocks for four consecutive seasons from 2010-11 to 2013-14, spent his first six years in the league with the Thunder, averaging 11.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.In 2011-12, Ibaka was the runner up for the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Award, which went to Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks. The pow... [More]
Thu Jun 2314:31Pacers acquire Thaddeus Young from NetsThaddeus YoungSF76ersDoppelganger
A roster rebuild is in full swing in Indiana, where the Pacers made their second trade in as many days to land Thaddeus Young from the Brooklyn Nets for the 20th overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft. Young follows point guard Jeff Teague - acquired Wednesday in a three-team deal from the Atlanta Hawks - to Indiana, where he'll play for former NBA point guard Nate McMillan and team with forward Paul George to formulate a new nucleus for the Pacers.In addition to the 20th overall pick, the Nets receive a future second-round pick in the swap.Young, a 6-8 forward, averaged 13.9 points, 5.9 rebounds in his first nine NBA seasons.
Thu Jun 2313:53Anthony, Butler among commitments to U.S. Olympic squadCarmelo AnthonySFNuggetsBuchanalia
Jimmy ButlerFree Agent
Carmelo Anthony and Jimmy Butler are among the latest players who have committed to playing for the United States at the Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro.Anthony, the New York Knicks forward, will be on the squad for a fourth time if he makes the final 12-man roster. Butler, a guard for the Chicago Bulls, would be playing in his first Olympics.Also giving commitments to play are Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan.Cleveland forward LeBron James is expected to make his decision this weekend. USA Basketball is expected to announce the roster next week.Also, Portland point guard Damian Lillard (foot) won't be part of the team due to injury. Anthony had considered not participating due to concerns over the Zika virus, which has created major health risks in Brazil.Jordan reportedly is in the mix for a roster spot because Detroit center Andre Drummond has decided not to play.Other players who have committed to playing include Oklahoma City ... [More]
Wed Jun 2216:33Knicks acquire Rose from BullsJose CalderonPGRaptorsDoppelganger
Jerian GrantFree Agent
Justin HolidayFree Agent
Robin LopezCSunsFree Agent
Derrick RosePGBullsBuchanalia
The New York Knicks made a major move to upgrade their ailing backcourt, acquiring former NBA MVP Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls, according to multiple reports Wednesday.New York is expected to acquire Rose, fellow guard Justin Holiday and a second-round pick of the 2017 draft from Chicago for center Robin Lopez and guards Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon, the Chicago Tribune reported.ESPN reported last week that the Knicks entertained internal discussions on acquiring Rose, although that story did not detail if the Bulls were willing to part ways with the top overall pick of the 2008 draft.The oft-injured Rose tore his ACL in his left knee during the 2012 playoffs before tearing the meniscus in his right knee early in the 2013-14 campaign. The 27-year-old averaged 16.4 points and 4.7 assists for the Bulls last season.The Knicks will also add depth to their backcourt by acquiring the 27-year-old Holiday, who averaged 4.5 points and 1.7 rebounds per contest last season.The reported m... [More]
Wed Jun 2215:59Hawks trade Teague to Pacers in three-team tradeGeorge HillPGSpursIavaronis
Jeff TeaguePGHawksFree Agent
The Atlanta Hawks traded point guard Jeff Teague to the Indiana Pacers in a three-team deal, according to reports Wednesday.The deal includes Pacers point guard George Hill going to the Utah Jazz. The Jazz also will send the No. 12 pick in Thursday's NBA draft to Atlanta.Teague, 27, averaged 15.7 points and 5.9 assists 79 regular-season games in 2015-16 to lead the Hawks to a 48-34 record this past season. In 10 playoff games, Teague shot just 38 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3-point range while averaging 14.5 points and 6.1 assists.Atlanta was swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in each of the last two postseasons.Teague revealed earlier this month in an Instagram post -- he later deleted it -- that he played the entire 2015-16 season with a torn patellar tendon in his knee. Teague did not require surgery following an MRI taken after the Hawks were eliminated, a source told ESPN.Hill, 30, averaged 12.1 points and 3.4 assists in 74 regular-season games last season with the Pacers. He averaged 13.6 points and 2.1 assists in the Pacers' seven-game playoff loss to the Toronto Raptors.
Wed Jun 2214:57LeBron, Cavaliers take trophy rideLeBron JamesSFCavaliersBack in the Saddle
Hundreds of thousands of fans packed downtown Cleveland on Wednesday to celebrate alongside LeBron James and the NBA champion Cavaliers with a parade honoring the team after the city's first major professional sports title in 52 years.The parade began outside Quicken Loans Arena before ending at the downtown Mall as fans spilled into streets along the 1.3-mile route.The Cavs became the first team to rally from a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit, beating the defending champion Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 on Sunday night and ending the championship drought in Cleveland.Fans, wearing Cavaliers T-shirts and carrying signs, were screaming, cheering and crying. One poster read: "LeBron For Prez."The parade featured the players, 60 floats and the Ohio State University marching band, with James and Kyrie Irving riding in Rolls-Royce sedans.The parade began with a truck spraying confetti into the crowd and was followed by Ohio State coaches Urban Meyer and Thad Matta and the Buckeyes' marching band.James, w... [More]
Tue Jun 2116:41Afflalo, Williams opt out giving Knicks $30M in cap spaceArron AfflaloSGNuggetsFree Agent
Derrick WilliamsFree Agent
The New York Knicks should be well under the salary cap when it comes time to start spending money in free agency on July 1.On Tuesday, forwards Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams said they would opt out of their contracts and test free agency. That should give the Knicks more than $30 million in cap space, according to reports.Williams, 25, came off the bench in 71 games and started nine for the Knicks this past season. He averaged 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game this season.Williams was a top prospect coming out of Arizona in 2011. That year, Cleveland had the No. 1 pick and considered drafting Williams. Instead, the Cavaliers selected Kyrie Irving out of Duke.Afflalo signed with the Knicks last summer, but was benched midway through the season and replaced by Sasha Vujacic.Afflalo averaged 12.8 points on 44.3 percent shooting, but feuded with head coach Kurt Rambis. With Rambis gone and new coach Jeff Hornacek taking over, there had been hope that Afflalo might remain in the Big Apple.
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