|Tue Jun 18||20:26||Spurs - Heat: Same starters for Game 6||Mike Miller||SG||Heat||Free Agent|
The Spurs and Heat are expected to use the same starting lineups for Tuesday's Game 6 as they did for Game 5.
That means Manu Ginobili is in and Tiago Splitter is out for the Spurs, while Mike Miller gets the nod for the Heat. Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan will round out the starting five for the Spurs, while Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh will start for the Heat. LeBron is actually warming up on the court (instead of in the practice gym) for the big game, which is not something he normally does.
|Tue Jun 18||16:02||Chris Andersen exoected back in rotation||Chris Andersen||C||Nuggets||Free Agent|
Chris Andersen is expected to be back in the rotation for Tuesday's Game 6.
Andersen did not play at all in Games 4 or 5 as Mike Miller started and Udonis Haslem came off the bench. With the Heat back in front of their home fans and needing a big spark as they face elimination, expect Birdman to get the call for some energy off the bench. Coach Erik Spoelstra still hasn't revealed his starting five.
|Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel|
|Tue Jun 18||14:14||Heat promise to keep Green covered Tuesday||Danny Green||SG||Spurs||Free Agent|
The Heat are promising not to give Danny Green any open looks in Tuesday's Game 6.
Green has arguably been the MVP of the series so far, setting a Finals record with 25 3-pointers made on 38 attempts. "He has a knack for shooting, but he won't be open tonight," Chris Bosh said Tuesday. "We'll see how he shoots with somebody always on him." Green's streak isn't a total fluke. He was eighth in the NBA in 3-pointers made during the regular season with 177 and shot 42.9 percent from long range.
|Tue Jun 18||11:43||Heat contemplating lineup change for Game 6||Mike Miller||SG||Heat||Free Agent|
The Heat are contemplating a lineup change in advance of Tuesday's Game 6 vs. the Spurs.
Erik Spoelstra siad "we'll find out" when asked if his starting lineup would remain the same. It's possible Mike Miller will go back to the bench in favor of Udonis Haslem, but we'll have to wait until just before tipoff for official word.
|Source: Marc J. Spears on Twitter|
|Tue Jun 18||10:13||Hawks not making RFA decisions just yet||Jeff Teague||PG||Hawks||Free Agent|
The Hawks have not made decisions on restricted free agents Jeff Teague or Ivan Johnson.
GM Danny Ferry eschewed the question by saying "nothing to really say about it," and both players will have their status reevaluated after the draft. "I think we'll get through the draft and then we'll work through the decisions we have to make from there," he said. Teague will all but certainly get a qualifying offer and has a good shot to be re-signed, but Johnson's future is less certain.
|Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution|
|Mon Jun 17||08:50||Rashard Lewis refutes report he'll opt in||Rashard Lewis||SF/PF||Wizards||Free Agent|
Rashard Lewis refuted a report that he'd opt in with the Heat next season.
Lewis said "I don't plan on opting out at all" previously, so he's really just changing his mind. "I haven't agreed to anything," he said. "I have no idea. I haven't even talked to my agent." We can't imagine a better scenario for Lewis as he's nearing the end of his career, but if he wants to leave the Heat, that's his prerogative.
|Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel|
|Sun Jun 16||23:15||Danny Green sets Finals record w/ 25 made 3s||Danny Green||SG||Spurs||Free Agent|
Danny Green scored 24 points in the Spurs' Game 5 victory, shooting 6-of-10 from downtown to increase his total to a Finals-record 25 made 3-pointers.
Green passed Ray Allen, the previous record-holder, just one minute into the second half of Game 5. He also leads the Spurs in the Finals at 18.0 points per game, and his 65.8 percent shooting beyond the arc is simply one of the best shooting displays, on the biggest stage, in NBA history. It's a terrific moment for Green, the No. 46 pick of the 2009 draft who was cut by the Cavaliers before the Spurs took a chance on him.
|Sun Jun 16||17:54||Rockets may attempt sign-and-trade for Dwight||Jeremy Lin||SG||Warriors||Free Agent|
If the Rockets convince Dwight Howard to sign with them this summer, they may attempt a sign-and-trade sending Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik to L.A.
We'll dub this "informed speculation," as Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne report that "the threat of the James Harden-led Rockets signing Howard away from L.A. is very real ... which means the Lakers will eventually be getting a sign-and-trade pitch from Houston." The Rockets' end goal would be teaming Howard with Chris Paul, a pie-in-the-sky scenario which we won't delve into further.
|Sun Jun 16||17:28||Patty Mills out for Finals after foot surgery||Patty Mills||PG||Trailblazers||Free Agent|
Patty Mills will miss the rest of the Finals after surgery to remove an abscess in his right foot.
Mills has barely played in the postseason, though he made some cameos during garbage time in Games 2 & 3 vs. the Heat. With Mills out and Tony Parker playing on a slightly strained hamstring, a few more responsibilities shift to guards Gary Neal and Cory Joseph.
|Source: Paul Garcia on Twitter|
|Sat Jun 15||15:48||Jordan Hill (hip) on pace to play opening day||Jordan Hill||PF||Rockets||Free Agent|
The Lakers expect Jordan Hill (hip) to be "fully functional by the start of the season," according to head trainer Gary Vitti.
Interestingly, Vitti suggests that Hill's hip injury may have been caused by his style of play. "Just bending and twisting in every which way to get his hands on balls," said Vitti, "he went down at the wrong angle and tore the hip labrum." Hill made a surprise return from hip surgery during the playoffs and he should be ready to go for training camp.
|Sat Jun 15||09:46||Agent: Radmanovic plans to play next season||Vladimir Radmanovic||SF||Warriors||Free Agent|
Vladimir Radmanovic plans to play in the NBA next season, according to agent Alexander Raskovic.
It's great that Radmanovic wants to play next year, but it remains to be seen if any NBA team wants him to play for them. Radmanovic played in just 25 games this season and was a DNP-CD for all but one game in the postseason. Even if he returns, he has no value.
|Source: Alexander Raskovic on Twitter|
|Fri Jun 14||11:52||Brandon Rush exercises player option on deal||Brandon Rush||SG||Pacers||Free Agent|
Brandon Rush exercised his player option for the 2013/14 season.
A no-brainer for Rush as he's coming off of ACL surgery. He's going to provide a great option off the bench for the Warriors behind Harrison Barnes, and he'll be playing next season to prove that he's healthy after a lost year due to injury.
|Fri Jun 14||08:49||Report: Pacers, Sixers also like Will Bynum||Will Bynum||PG||Pistons||Free Agent|
In addition to the Lakers and Knicks, the Pacers and Sixers are also potential suitors for Will Bynum.
Bynum won't have a shortage of options as a change of pace point guard in free agency, but far too early to speculate on his final landing spot. It appears very likely that Bynum will move on from the Pistons.
|Source: Vince Ellis on Twitter|
|Thu Jun 13||20:38||Mike Miller will start in Game 4 on Thursday||Mike Miller||SG||Heat||Free Agent|
Mike Miller will start in place of Udonis Haslem on Thursday.
The Heat were destroyed on the perimeter in Game 3, allowing an NBA Finals record 16 3-pointers. Miller isn't exactly going to help the Heat in defending the triple, but the Heat are likely hoping he can hit a few to combat the difference. It's risky and Erik Spoelstra will be criticized should this move backfire.
|Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter|
|Thu Jun 13||17:36||Knicks, Lakers reportedly eyeing Will Bynum||Will Bynum||PG||Pistons||Free Agent|
The Knicks and Lakers are expressing interest in Will Bynum, according to Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.
Both clubs are in desperate need of youth and scoring in the backcourt and Bynum represents exactly that. The pending free agent averaged 9.8 points and 3.6 assists in less than 19 minutes per game this season. He's stated a desire to return to the Pistons but a hefty raise could convince him to leave Detroit. It should be noted that either team's interest in Bynum could change depending on how the draft plays out and any report before then should be taken with a large grain of salt. Bynum's also been linked to the Wizards as a backup to John Wall.
|Source: Vincent Ellis on Twitter|
|Thu Jun 13||14:13||Report: Mike Miller may start Game 4 Thursday||Mike Miller||SG||Heat||Free Agent|
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is considering starting Mike Miller in Thursday's Game 4, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst.
Windhorst reports Miller would likely replace Udonis Haslem, which would definitely help Miami spread the floor better. Miller is red hot in the Finals, hitting 10-of-11 from 3-point range. He's also shooting a ridiculous 50 percent from beyond the arc over the course of the postseason. We won't know anything official until around warmups, but we tend to believe what Windhorst writes considering his access to the team. The Heat are trying to avoid going down 3-1 in the series.
|Thu Jun 13||10:41||Pacers seeking shooting, bench in free agency||Kyle Korver||SG||Bulls||Free Agent|
The Pacers are seeking shooters in free agency with an eye on improving the bench.
Kyle Korver's name has been floated as a possibility, and he'd make a lot of sense. We expect the Pacers to upgrade a bench in need of it, and an improved bench would elevate Indiana's chances of competing in the Eastern Conference.
|Source: Scott Agness on Twitter|
|Thu Jun 13||10:39||Pacers GM: Re-signing David West top priority||David West||PF||Hornets||Free Agent|
Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard said the team's top priority in the offseason is re-signing David West.
West is an unrestricted free agent, but both sides have already expressed a desire to stay together. "He's priority number one," Pritchard said. It shouldn't be too difficult to get a deal done if the two sides can work amicably together as they've done previously.
|Source: Pacers on Twitter|
|Thu Jun 13||08:37||Update: Saunders, Pekovic didn't meet up||Nikola Pekovic||C||Timberwolves||Free Agent|
Contrary to an earlier report, Flip Saunders and Nikola Pekovic did not wind up meeting in Europe.
Don't read too far into it. "It was just one of those things that didn't work out," Saunders said. The Timberwolves have made no secret that bringing back Pekovic is a priority, but it may be a situation where the team allows another interested suitor to set the market before matching an offer sheet. Saunders has met with Pekovic's agent, but Pekovic and Saunders aren't going to meet before July 1.
|Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press|
|Wed Jun 12||17:35||Larry Sanders reached out to Monta Ellis||Larry Sanders||PF||Bucks||Free Agent|
Larry Sanders said he reached out to Monta Ellis but hasn't heard back.
Sanders and Ellis had a run-in in the locker room after Game 3 of the Bucks' opening-round loss to the Heat. Sanders said Wednesday it wasn't a big deal and was just a matter of "personalities clashing," but it's pretty telling to us that Ellis hasn't returned Sanders' call. Ellis is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent. Sanders said he would welcome Ellis back, but it's possible Ellis might choose to sign elsewhere regardless.
|Source: Gery Woelfel on Twitter|