|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||15:01||Clips killed trade due to financial concerns?||Kevin Garnett||PF/C||Celtics||Iavaronis|
Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski says the Clippers backed out of their trade with the Celtics due in part to financial considerations.
The trade was DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks for Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers. The Clippers would have had to sign Rivers to a five-year, $35 million contract and paid a $3 million trade kicker on Jordan. The 37-year-old Garnett still has two years and $22.4 million left on his contract. They also were expected to sign Paul Pierce after he reached a buyout with the Celtics. In the end, the money coupled with the Clippers' desire to give up only one first-round pick killed the deal. They're moving forward with Brian Shaw, Byron Scott and Lionel Hollins in their coaching search.
|Source: Yahoo Sports|
|Tue Jun 18||14:40||Carlos Boozer will be amnestied in 2014?||Carlos Boozer||PF||Bulls||Buchanalia|
ESPN Chicago says there's a "very good chance" Carlos Boozer will be amnestied in the summer of 2014.
The Bulls won't amnesty Boozer this summer, simply because he played so well in 2012-13. He averaged 16.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists while missing just three games and serving as the team's leader. But by the time the 2014-15 season rolls around, he'll be owed $16.8 million and will be 33 years old. Taj Gibson and his $30 million contract are the future for the Bulls at power forward.
|Source: ESPN Chicago|
|Tue Jun 18||14:37||Jimmy Butler locked in as starting two-guard||Jimmy Butler||SF||Bulls||Free Agent|
Jimmy Butler is penciled in as the Bulls' starting shooting guard in 2013-14.
Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli and Richard Hamilton are all expected to move on. That leaves the Bulls with a projected starting five of Derrick Rose, Butler, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah. Owners shouldn't be expecting Butler to reach the offensive numbers he did while playing without both Rose and Deng in the playoffs, but he'll still be firmly on the fantasy radar. Butler averaged 1.8 steals and 1.1 3-pointers in 20 regular-season starts last season.
|Source: ESPN Chicago|
|Tue Jun 18||14:23||Report: Hawks and Mavs interested in Monta||Monta Ellis||SG||Bucks||Team Lorin|
Sources tell ESPN that the Hawks and Mavericks have interest in impending free agent Monta Ellis.
Ellis has turned down a two-year extension from the Bucks and informed them he will opt out of the $11 million left in the final year of his current contract. The Hawks and Mavs will be tied to virtually every big-name free agent because they have cap space to burn, but both will attack the top tier of Chris Paul and Dwight Howard first. The Lakers also reportedly have interest, but they could only acquire Ellis via a highly unlikely sign-and-trade. They simply have no cap room.
|Tue Jun 18||14:14||Heat promise to keep Green covered Tuesday||Danny Green||SG||Spurs||Doppelganger|
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||12:12||Report: Clippers call off trade with Celtics||Kevin Garnett||PF/C||Celtics||Iavaronis|
The Clippers have called off the Kevin Garnett trade with the Celtics, sources told the LA Times.
We're not ready to call the talks dead yet. It seems to be a posturing move by the Clippers in order to expedite a decision from the Celtics, but this is the latest development and it seems like the teams are moving backward rather than forward. The report has been confirmed by multiple outlets.
|Source: Brad Turner on Twitter|
|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||The Sith Lords|
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|
|Tue Jun 18||09:25||Russell Westbrook no longer needs crutches||Russell Westbrook||PG||Thunder||Iavaronis|
Russell Westbrook (knee surgery) no longer needs crutches.
A great sign for Westbrook's recovery. He was expected to use crutches until about mid-June, so he shed them right on schedule. As things stand, there is no reason to believe Westbrook's availability will be compromised as he's on track to be ready well before the start of training camp.
|Tue Jun 18||09:21||Report: LAL unlikely to sign-and-trade Howard||Dwight Howard||C||Magic||Free Agent|
The Lakers are not expected to sign-and-trade Dwight Howard, a source told the Los Angeles Daily News.
As expected. The Lakers won't help Howard leave Los Angeles baring some sort of ridiculous proposal that clearly favors the Lakers. We can expect plenty of Howard rumors until he signs as a free agent, but don't bet on a team acquiring him via sign-and-trade.
|Source: Los Angeles Daily News|
|Tue Jun 18||08:47||Report: Celtics could look to trade Pierce||Paul Pierce||SF||Celtics||Team Erik|
The Celtics could look to trade Paul Pierce during the June 27 draft, sources told ESPN.
That seems rather obvious considering Pierce's buyout date of June 30, but it's worth noting that the team doesn't feel inclined to waive him outright without getting a return. Pierce's future will be a hot button issue until the team decides what to do with one of their biggest stars in history, and his fate will likely hinge on what happens with Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett.
|Tue Jun 18||08:23||Report: Celtics-Clippers resuming talks Tues.||Kevin Garnett||PF/C||Celtics||Iavaronis|
The Celtics and Clippers are haggling over an additional first-round draft pick in the trade that would send Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers to Los Angeles, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Celtics have given up on Eric Bledsoe's inclusion in the deal, but now the "price to complete a deal could come down" to the Clippers surrendering two first-round picks rather than just one. Meanwhile, Boston has also reportedly "shown a willingness" to do the deal without the Clippers taking back someone like Jason Terry or Courtney Lee, but we're skeptical of that. If it gets done, the Clippers are prepared to give Rivers a five-year, $35 million deal to coach. Rivers does not want to be part of the rebuild and "has requested that Boston work out a compensation package to allow him to go to the Clippers," but Rivers is still reportedly "torn" about whether he'd stay with Boston if the deal falls through. It's all still very much up in the air. As things stand now, the deal that seems to be on the table is DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks for Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers.
|Source: Yahoo! Sports|
|Tue Jun 18||01:06||Tony Parker (hamstring) ready for Game 6||Tony Parker||PG||Spurs||The Schellackers|
Tony Parker (hamstring) had no setbacks while scoring 26 points in 36 minutes on Sunday, and he dismissed concerns about his apparent limp after the game.
"Just tired," he said. "I was trying to pace myself better during the game ... and that helped. Because Manu was great. He had a good start, so I didn't have to be super aggressive in the first half." Ginobili was the Spurs' primary ball-handler for much of Sunday's game, and given the Spurs' success we'd expect the same arrangement in Game 6.
|Source: San Antonio Express-News|
|Mon Jun 17||19:53||Report: Monta Ellis interested in Memphis?||Monta Ellis||SG||Bucks||Team Lorin|
Monta Ellis has told friends that he is interested in playing for the Grizzlies according to Bucks beat writer Gery Woelfel.
Monta will opt out of his current contract according to recent reports and has been linked to the Kings, Lakers, Mavs and Hawks. Rotoworld sources say the interest in Sacramento for his services is real, though their fan base might revolt if they add another trigger-happy shooting guard type to the roster. It's hard to see Memphis' new efficiency-driven front office getting too excited here, while the Lakers can only acquire him through an unlikely sign-and-trade deal.
|Source: Gery Woelfel on Twitter|
|Mon Jun 17||18:07||Celts-Clips trade talks hit another snag||Kevin Garnett||PF/C||Celtics||Iavaronis|
Trade talks between the Celtics and Clippers have reportedly hit another snag over L.A.'s unwillingness to accept the contract of either Jason Terry or Courtney Lee.
The Celtics have conceded that they won't pry Eric Bledsoe away from the Clippers, but so far they aren't budging on the inclusion of Terry or Lee. It's possible that a third team will get involved to facilitate a trade centered around KG, Doc Rivers and DeAndre Jordan, and Caron Butler could become part of the deal, but for now the two sides continue to negotiate and mull their options. Stay tuned.
|Mon Jun 17||16:23||Shawne Williams still angling for NBA return||Shawne Williams||SF||Trailblazers||Free Agent|
Shawne Williams has scheduled workouts with six NBA teams in the coming weeks.
Williams could always sign overseas if he strikes out in the NBA this summer, but contrary to some reports he has not yet signed with a team in China.
|Source: Alex Kennedy on Twitter|
|Mon Jun 17||14:44||Update: Celts, Clips trade talks heating up||Kevin Garnett||PF/C||Celtics||Iavaronis|
A deal between the Celtics and Clippers involving Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers, is reportedly "close to being done very, very soon."
Multiple sources are echoing the same sentiment, and it seems the Celtics are no longer insisting that Eric Bledsoe be included as long as the Clippers take back the contract of either Jason Terry or Courtney Lee. In addition to shedding salary, Boston's haul would include DeAndre Jordan and a first-round pick.
|Source: Brad Turner on Twitter|
|Mon Jun 17||12:22||Report: Chris Paul would re-sign with Doc, KG||Chris Paul||PG||Clippers||Team Lorin|
Chris Paul would re-sign with the Clippers if Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett are traded to the team, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Clippers wouldn't be pursuing a deal of this magnitude without sign-off from their star, and landing both Rivers and Garnett would secure Paul's future in Los Angeles. It seems obvious, but it's worth noting after Paul was reportedly upset about how the team blamed Vinny Del Negro's firing on him.
|Source: Yahoo! Sports|