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Bulls Expect Dwyane Wade To Exercise $23.8M Player Option

May 25, 2017 10:38 AM

Dwyane Wade has yet to formally make a decision on his $23.8 million player option with the Chicago Bulls for the 17-18 season.

Wade is unlikely to command that type of salary on the open market this offseason.

"All I can tell you is most everyone associated with the Bulls believes Wade will pick up the option and remain in Chicago for a second season," wrote K.C. Johnson. "More surprising things have happened in league history, though. So stay tuned."

Wade has an inconsistent first season with the Bulls, as did the team as a whole.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Hawks Hire Travis Schlenk As GM, Head Of Basketball Operations

May 25, 2017 11:25 AM

The Atlanta Hawks today announced the hiring of Travis Schlenk as General Manager and Head of Basketball Operations. He will start leading Hawks basketball operations on June 1.

Schlenk, a veteran of more than 16 years in the NBA, joins the Hawks after 12 seasons with the Golden State Warriors, including the last five as Assistant General Manager, where he assisted 2015 NBA Executive of the Year Bob Myers in the management of all day-to-day basketball operations activities. He was previously the Warriors’ Director of Player Personnel for two years after five seasons as an assistant coach and video scout.

During Schlenk’s time as part of Golden State’s basketball leadership, the Warriors hired 2016 NBA Coach of the Year Steve Kerr as head coach, drafted two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry, two-time All-NBA selection Klay Thompson, two-time All-Defensive First Team pick Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes; acquired 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut via trade; and signed 2014 MVP Kevin Durant and Shaun Livingston.

“After meeting with Travis, our search committee and I knew that he was the right choice to become the new general manager and head of basketball operations for the Atlanta Hawks. In addition to his significant experience with two organizations that have built championship cultures, he is ready to lead our basketball operations at a critical time for making big decisions as we prepare for the 2017-2018 season and beyond. We conducted a very thorough search process and believe Travis shares our vision for the team and the ability to implement it as we continue working hard to reach our commitment to bring a championship to Atlanta,” said Principal Owner Tony Ressler. “We appreciate the willingness of Joe Lacob and Bob Myers of Golden State for allowing Travis and his family to join the Hawks.”

“I am humbled by the opportunity to join the Hawks and thankful to Tony Ressler and his ownership team for trusting me with this responsibility,” Schlenk said. “The passion of the ownership team was evident throughout the process, and the team’s high standard aligns with organizations I’ve been part of and plan to emulate in Atlanta. I am excited to get started and look forward to collaborating with the team to build a first-class, championship-level franchise with a goal of sustained success. I would also like to thank Joe Lacob, Bob Myers, Steve Kerr, Larry Riley and Jerry West for being great mentors, strong advocates and friends during my time with Golden State, and for helping me prepare to serve in this role.”

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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73 Early Entry Candidates Pull Out Of 2017 Draft

May 25, 2017 7:40 PM

Seventy-three players have notified the NBA that they wish to be removed from the list of “early entry” players eligible for selection in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Following the NBA’s early entry withdrawal deadline of 5 p.m. ET on June 12, 2017, a comprehensive release will be distributed listing the additional players who provided the NBA with timely notice that they wish to be removed from the list of “early entry” players eligible for selection in the 2017 NBA Draft.

The following 73 players have withdrawn their names from consideration for the 2017 NBA Draft:

Player, School, Height, Status
Shaqquan Aaron USC 6-7 Sophomore
Jaylen Adams St. Bonaventure 6-2 Junior
Deng Adel Louisville 6-7 Sophomore
Jashaun Agosto LIU 5-11 Freshman
Bashir Ahmed St. John’s 6-7 Junior
Rawle Alkins Arizona 6-5 Freshman
Mark Alstork Wright State 6-5 Junior
Jaylen Barford Arkansas 6-3 Junior
Trae Bell-Haynes Vermont 6-2 Junior
Joel Berry II North Carolina 6-0 Junior
Trevon Bluiett Xavier 6-6 Junior
Bennie Boatwright USC 6-10 Sophomore
Jacobi Boykins Louisiana Tech 6-6 Junior
Rodney Bullock Providence 6-8 Junior
Jevon Carter West Virginia 6-2 Junior
Joseph Chartouny Fordham 6-3 Sophomore
Donte Clark Massachusetts 6-4 Junior
Chris Clemons Campbell 5-9 Sophomore
David Collette Utah 6-10 Junior
Angel Delgado Seton Hall 6-10 Junior
Hamidou Diallo Kentucky 6-6 Freshman
Vince Edwards Purdue 6-8 Junior
John Egbunu Florida 6-11 Junior
Jon Elmore Marshall 6-3 Junior
Obi Enechionyia Temple 6-10 Junior
Drew Eubanks Oregon State 6-10 Sophomore
Tacko Fall Central Florida 7-6 Sophomore
Brandon Goodwin FGCU 6-2 Junior
Donte Grantham Clemson 6-8 Junior
Isaac Haas Purdue 7-2 Junior
Aaron Holiday UCLA 6-1 Sophomore
Chandler Hutchison Boise State 6-7 Junior
Justin Jackson Maryland 6-7 Freshman
Alize Johnson Missouri State 6-9 Junior
B.J. Johnson La Salle 6-7 Junior
Robert Johnson Indiana 6-3 Junior
Andrew Jones Texas 6-4 Freshman
Kerem Kanter Green Bay 6-10 Junior
Braxton Key Alabama 6-8 Freshman
George King Colorado 6-6 Junior
Khadeem Lattin Oklahoma 6-9 Junior
William Lee UAB 6-9 Junior
Zach Lofton Texas Southern 6-3 Junior
Daryl Macon Arkansas 6-3 Junior
Marin Maric Northern Illinois 6-11 Junior
Yante Maten Georgia 6-8 Junior
Markis McDuffie Wichita State 6-8 Sophomore
MiKyle McIntosh Illinois State 6-7 Junior
Matthew Morgan Cornell 6-3 Sophomore
Shaquille Morris Wichita State 6-8 Junior
Svi Mykhailiuk Kansas 6-8 Junior
Divine Myles Stetson 5-11 Junior
Derick Newton Stetson 6-6 Sophomore
Randy Onwuasor Southern Utah 6-3 Junior
Theo Pinson North Carolina 6-6 Junior
Martavius Robinson Lewis & Clark CC (Illinois) 6-10 Sophomore
Corey Sanders Rutgers 6-2 Sophomore
Victor Sanders Idaho 6-5 Junior
Jaaron Simmons Ohio 6-1 Junior
Fred Sims Jr. Chicago State 6-4 Sophomore
Zach Smith Texas Tech 6-8 Junior
Kamau Stokes Kansas State 6-0 Sophomore
James Thompson IV Eastern Michigan 6-10 Sophomore
Stephen Thompson Jr. Oregon State 6-4 Sophomore
Moritz Wagner Michigan 6-11 Sophomore
Tevonn Walker Valparaiso 6-2 Junior
Thomas Welsh UCLA 7-0 Junior
Thomas Wilder Western Michigan 6-3 Junior
Cecil Williams Central Michigan 6-6 Junior
Johnathan Williams Gonzaga 6-9 Junior
Kam Williams Ohio State 6-2 Junior
Christian Wilson UTSA 6-2 Junior
Omer Yurtseven North Carolina State 7-0 Freshman

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Raptors Acquire 2018 2nd Round Pick From Magic For Jeff Weltman

May 25, 2017 2:15 PM

The Toronto Raptors will acquire a second round pick in 2018 from the Orlando Magic as compensation for Jeff Weltman.

Weltman was hired by the Magic this week as president of basketball operations.

Orlando will send the Raptors the least favorable of two second round picks they control in 2018. The Magic have their own second round pick in 2018 along with the second round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers as part of the Dwight Howard trade.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Steve Kerr Remains Physically Unable To Coach

May 25, 2017 4:10 PM

Steve Kerr remains physically unable to coach with The Finals one week from starting. Kerr hasn't coached since Game 2 of the first round with Mike Brown serving as interim head coach of the Golden State Warriors.

"Right now with Steve, he's doing everything," said Bob Myers. "You guys have seen him around in San Antonio. He's here right now. He's been in practices, he's been in coaches meetings. He's doing everything but coaching, but at this point, he's not able to coach. 

"I wish I could say that he was, I'm sure he wishes he could as well. That's where we are. If something changes and he feels better, I'll sit here, or better, he will sit here and tell you. Right now, I can't say that he's going to be coaching.

"I know there's a ton of hypotheticals. If he feels better, and we have to make those decisions, we will. Right now, we're not putting any deadlines on should he feel better, what we'll do."

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Magic Johnson Considers Brandon Ingram Untouchable For Lakers

May 25, 2017 12:24 PM

Out of the core of young players Magic Johnson is inheriting with the Los Angeles Lakers, it appears as though Brandon Ingram is the one he's most attached to.

Ingram was the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft out of Duke.

"Brandon (Ingram) is a guy we probably won't think about moving, ever," said Johnson when asked about any untouchables on the roster.

With the Lakers widely expected to draft Lonzo Ball, the future of D'Angelo Russell with the franchise remains uncertain.

ESPN Los Angeles (via Serena Winters/Lakers Nation)

Tags: Brandon Ingram, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Durant Didn't Want His Love Of The Game Stolen From Him

May 25, 2017 12:11 PM

With a full week off before the start of The Finals, Kevin Durant was reflective in an interview with The Vertical.

Durant was asked to describe what his first season with the Golden state Warriors has meant to him.

"It was definitely a different year. I mean, I never felt under a microscope this much," said Durant. "I never felt … how can I put it? I never felt this many people just waiting on me to [mess] up. Whether it’s on the court, off the court, waiting on something. But it’s fun, because it’s been cool proving a lot of people wrong, individually. I mean, obviously, we have a long way to go as a team. But I just feel like I’m still the same the person. I work extremely hard. I know a lot of people say I cheated my way … or I skipped steps, or cheated the game. I work hard, bro. I work hard. I really take my craft seriously. If I didn’t do that then I would understand. But I love the game, I love playing for my teammates. And I just enjoy playing the game. That’s one thing I didn’t want people to steal from me, from hearing all types of things about who I am, why I did this, why I did that, how I changed. I didn’t want to take joy away from what’s in between those lines. That’s what’s important. I think this year has taught me to stay focused on what’s really important, in basketball and life in general. It’s a major lesson that I learned. I didn’t think it would take for this to happen for me to realize that."

Durant was asked how the move to the Warriors has played out for his game as it seems like his points come easier now.

"Uh, yeah. Obviously, when you’ve got a better, when you’ve got a deeper team, you’ve got guys that can handle the ball, you’ve got shooters, you’ve got guys that can finish at the rim, it just opens it up for everybody. I think we just work well together. I scored a lot of points before I came here. I did a lot. This is not the first time I shot 50 percent from the field. It’s not the first year I averaged 25 points a game. And I’m not doing it because I’m here with these guys. I’ve done it before. It’s just the fact that when I get my shots – and it’s not as much as I got before – but I’m in position to be efficient. I may get in transition a lot more than I did before. I may get it in space more, so I’m allowed to catch and make a decision whether I want to shoot or drive. Simple stuff like that, that’s the difference. But I had some great years before I got here. It’s just a different way I’m getting my points now. It’s not much of a grind. But it’s still a challenge."

Durant was also what winning a ring would mean to him.

"It wouldn’t mean my life was complete. I’ve got a lot of life I want to lead and I’ve got a lot of [expletive] I want to achieve. So if I win a ring, it would be fun to experience that moment when the buzzer sounds and embracing my teammates in the locker room and all that stuff that comes with it, but after that, what’s next? That’s how I look at it. What’s next for me? But it’s that high. It’s that two-, three-week high, I can tell. You can tell when teams win a championship. I saw last year, the Cavs, they all went to Vegas, they all hung out in Vegas for a night. But that two-week high, I want to experience that, but it’s not going to complete me at all, as far as being a person or what life is all about. At the end of the day, it’s going to be another basketball milestone that I reach, if it happens. We’ll see. But if I don’t do it, I’m not going to ball up in my room and not come out. I’m going to work on my game and enjoy myself."

Michael Lee/The Vertical

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Hamidou Diallo Withdraws From 2017 NBA Draft

May 25, 2017 10:51 AM

Hamidou Diallo has decided to withdraw from the 2017 NBA Draft and return to Kentucky.

Diallo graduated from high school and enrolled at Kentucky in January. Diallo didn't play in any games and redshirted the spring semester.

Diallo participated in the combine, posting the second highest vertical lead in history.

Several teams in twenties of the first round were serious about selecting Diallo but he didn't receive a guarantee high enough to stay in the draft.

"Just isn't enough of a body of work to make a commitment on him now," said one general manager high on Diallo.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Hamidou Diallo, Kentucky Wildcats, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Withdrawals

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Danny Ainge Confirms Lonzo Ball Won't Work Out For Celtics

May 25, 2017 10:54 AM

Danny Ainge has confirmed that Lonzo Ball will not work out for the Boston Celtics despite the team owning the first overall pick.

With the Los Angeles Lakers selecting second overall, Ball hopes to be picked by his hometown team.

"We don't deal with [Ball's camp] all that much," said Ainge. "They didn't show up at the combine, which is very common -- many of the top 10 or 15 players don't show up for the [NBA's] combine. ... We just tried to get him in for a workout and they politely said no."

The Celtics are widely expected to select Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick if they keep it.

Toucher and Rich

Tags: Lonzo Ball, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Workouts

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Dunc'd On: Dennis Smith, Jr. Scouting Report, MIL Offseason Preview

May 25, 2017 12:00 AM

A scouting report on North Carolina State guard Dennis Smith, Jr., and then a look at the Milwaukee Bucks' offseason.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux).

Click to subscribe via RSS feed or iTunes. And if you like this pod, please donate to support Nate and Danny at Patreon.com/DuncanLeroux

 

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Dunc'd On: BOS/CLE Game 5, BOS Offseason Preview
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LeBron James: Golden State Has Been Best Team In NBA, Then Added An MVP
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Chris Bosh, Heat, NBPA Reach Resolution
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De'Aaron Fox: I Feel Like I'm The Best Player In This Draft
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Chris Paul, Spurs Believed To Have Mutual Interest
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Wolves Interested In Signing Derrick Rose
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Bucks To Open GM Search Beyond Justin Zanik
Rod Thorn will lead the search on behalf of the Bucks' ownership group.

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Isaiah Thomas Still Consulting Specialists Before Deciding On Hip Surgery
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Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Josh McRoberts Exercises $6M Player Option With Heat
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Keeping Frank Vogel Was Non-Negotiable For Magic
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Kyrie Irving: I Knew How Much My Team Needed Me
Kyrie Irving had a postseason career high of 42 points in the Cavaliers' comeback win in Game 4.

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Travis Schlenk, Hawks Discussing Contract To Become GM
Travis Schlenk is currently assistant GM of the Warriors.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

2019 NBA All-Star Game To Be Played In Charlotte
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Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Dunc'd On: BOS/CLE Game 4, News, Markelle Fultz Scouting Report
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Magic Hire John Hammond As GM
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Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Joe Lacob Hopes Warriors Resolve 'Unfinished Business' Against Cavs
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Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

John Hammond Could Join Weltman's Front Office With Magic
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Marc Stein/ESPN

Heat Close To Resolution With Chris Bosh For Cap Relief
The Heat, NBA and NBPA have been working together on a resolution for Chris Bosh's situation.

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Knicks Hope To Revisit Ricky Rubio Trade Talks With Wolves
Ricky Rubio had an excellent second half of the season after trade talks with the Knicks broke down.

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Mike Brown Encouraging Steve Kerr To Play More 'Mismatch Basketball'
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