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Magic In No Rush To Pursue Trade Of Nikola Vucevic

Jul 26, 2016 2:07 PM

The Orlando Magic are in no rush to pursue a trade of Nikola Vucevic.

The Magic traded for Serge Ibaka while also signing Bismack Biyombo in free agency to create a logjam at the big positions.

Rob Hennigan, the team's GM, called Vucevic shortly after the Biyombo signing to reassure him, but also declined to promise Vucevic he would remain the starter, the two men say. 

Orlando has concerns that they may have a potential playmaking void that Vucevic could help alleviate. Vucevic is a quality post player and passer. Vucevic assisted on 16 percent of Orlando's baskets while on the floor last season.

With Vucevic, Ibaka and Biyombo combining for approximately 80 minutes per game, they would have 16 minutes for small ball with Aaron Gordon at power forward.

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Tags: Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Victor Oladipo Looking For Max Extension From Thunder

Jul 26, 2016 2:41 PM

Victor Oladipo was traded by the Orlando Magic to the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason just as he became eligible for an extension from his rookie deal.

Oladipo was the second overall pick in 2013 out of Indiana.

Oladipo is currently seeking an extension from the Thunder.

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Tags: Victor Oladipo, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Russell Westbrook 'Angry, Hurt' By Kevin Durant's Departure

Jul 26, 2016 11:44 AM

Since Kevin Durant announced he would sign with the Golden State Warriors, he hasn't spoken with Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook is reportedly "both angry and hurt not only by Durant's decision to leave but also because Durant didn't even call to tell him personally."

Westbrook thought Durant was going to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder and found out his decision online as did everyone else.

Westbrook can become a free agent in 2017.

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Durant's Agent Focused On Whether Klay Thompson Would Be Willing To Sacrifice Shots

Jul 26, 2016 11:50 AM

Kevin Durant's agent, Rich Kleiman, particularly questioned whether Klay Thompson was on board with him joining the Golden State Warriors.

“(Kleiman said) ‘You’re a potential top 10 player,’ and just (asked) how the chemistry would be with Kevin,” Thompson recalled. “I don’t remember (his) exact words, but just how the chemistry would be with Kevin coming along and if I was willing to sacrifice touches or exposure or all that. I thought my presence there just showed him. Obviously, him hearing it coming from my mouth helped a lot.

“I thought (Kleiman) was a lawyer. I was like, ‘Man, he’s the ultimate devil’s advocate right now, and you’ve got to respect it.’ It was really cool.”

Thompson hadn't seriously considered the possibility of Durant joining the Warriors until just days before the start of free agency.

“Oh yeah, (his mentality) is completely the same (as it was two years ago),” Thompson said. “If you asked (former players) who put up great numbers in this league and never even got to play in the conference finals or the NBA Finals, I’m sure they’d tell you they’d trade it all to be on a great team. I’m not worried about it.

“I think I showed how much I’m willing to make a sacrifice by just going to see Kevin and trying to pitch to him how badly we (wanted) him. That right there should speak volumes.”

Durant was in on signing with the Warriors once it was clear they were all willing to sacrifice.

“(What he’ll lose individually) doesn’t come to my mind,” Thompson insisted. “I just want to be efficient with what I do (next season), whether it’s averaging 10 points, 15 points, 20 points (per game). I just want to go out there and be effective. People have been asking me this question all the time, and I just try to point them to Manu Ginobili’s career.

“The guy, look at the sacrifices he made man. He’s been one of the best two-guards in the league for so long, and he’s got the respect of everybody in the NBA because he’s a winner. He’s obviously a multiple All-Star.”

Thompson is getting to know Durant better this summer as part of the United States' Olympic team.

“It’s growing still,” Thompson said of the relationship. “I mean we’re just getting to know each other. I’m still in awe of the guy. I’m still kind of starstruck when I’m around him, like ‘Man, that’s Kevin Durant, you know? He’s on our team. That’s crazy.’ You get to know him more. He’s such a grounded individual. He’s such a normal guy. He just loves basketball. He’s actually a well-rounded person. He likes to talk about everything, whether it’s movies, photography, travel. He’s easy to talk to, and it’s great to have a teammate like that.”

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Tags: Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA

Russell Westbrook Not Seeking Trade From Thunder

Jul 25, 2016 7:17 PM

Russell Westbrook does not want the Oklahoma City Thunder to trade him this offseason, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Westbrook wants to play this coming season with the Thunder but he is unsure about his future beyond that in 2017 when he becomes a free agent.

But Westbrook will give serious thought to signing an extension with the Thunder.

Teams have called the Thunder about Westbrook but they've consistently said he's not available.

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dion Waiters Agrees To Two-Year, $6M Deal With Heat

Jul 25, 2016 3:18 PM

Dion Waiters has agreed to sign with the Miami Heat on a two-year, $6 million deal. Waiters will hold a player option in Year 2.

The Heat can sign Waiters with their Room MLE.

Waiters could have previously signed the $6.8 million qualifying offer with the Thunder at any point until it was withdrawn on July 18th.

Several teams expressed interest in Waiters at the start of free agency but expected the Thunder to match an offer sheet.

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Tags: Dion Waiters, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kings To Name Street Leading To New Arena After David Stern

Jul 26, 2016 11:14 AM

The Sacramento Kings will name the street leading to the front door of their new arena in honor of David Stern.

Stern helped keep the Kings from relocating away from Sacramento.

“When I learned we would have the option of naming the road, it was a no-brainer for me,” Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive told The Sacramento Bee on Monday. “There were no other names on my list. David took the NBA to the global level and started the WNBA, but he is about so much more than basketball. He is one of the greatest leaders in the world, and on top of that, the team would not be in Sacramento without David Stern.”

Stern was told about the plan during a visit from Ranadive in April.

“Vivek asked if he could stop by, and I said, ‘Sure,’ ” Stern said late Monday. “He said, ‘In light of your 30 years as commissioner and everything you have done for Sacramento, we’d like to name the street on which Golden 1 Center sits in your name.’ I was deeply touched. I said, ‘Now what do I do?’ He said, ‘You have to come out for the dedication on Sept. 30 and the first home game of the season (date to be determined).’ I said, ‘Sure.’ ”

Stern convinced the league’s owners to resist the Maloofs’ proposed relocation to Anaheim in 2011. In 2013, he helped assemble the ownership group headed by Ranadive, a move that thwarted the Maloofs’ sale of the franchise to Seattle’s Steve Ballmer and Chris Hansen.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA

Tyronn Lue, Cavs Agree Upon Five-Year, $35M Extension

Jul 25, 2016 7:33 PM

Tyronn Lue and the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed upon a five-year, $35 million deal.

Lue helped lead the Cavaliers to the 2016 title just months after being elevated to head coach when the team fired David Blatt.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Tyronn Lue, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Kevin Durant Was Looking For New Home In OKC One Week Before Free Agency

Jul 25, 2016 7:31 PM

Kevin Durant was in a suburb of Oklahoma City called Nichols Hills just one week before the start of free agency reportedly "seriously looking to buy a multi-million dollar home."

The Oklahoma City Thunder were surprised by Durant's decision to leave the franchise to sign with the Golden State Warriors as every indication led them to believe he would re-sign.

Durant reportedly "assured people he was coming back."

Durant announced his decision to sign with the Warriors on July 4th.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Zach Lowe Re-Signs With ESPN On Multi-Year Deal

Jul 25, 2016 7:07 PM

Zach Lowe has re-signed with ESPN on a multi-year contract.

Lowe joined Grantland in October of 2012 from Sports Illustrated. Lowe's contract was up in the fall.

Bleacher Report reportedly made an "aggressive" offer to Lowe before he re-signed with ESPN that could have reached as much as $1 million per year, though that was speculation within the industry.

ESPN also retained Ramona Shelburne earlier this year after a pursuit from The Vertical.

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