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Kyle Korver Out For Playoffs, May Need Ankle Surgery

May 23, 2015 2:49 PM

Kyle Korver is out for the remainder of the playoffs with an ankle injury that may also need surgery.

Korver was injured in the third quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals Friday night when he and Matthew Dellavedova got tangled up chasing a loose ball.

Korver hobbled up the floor on an offensive possession for the Atlanta Hawks and then went straight to the locker room.

Korver was an All-Star for the first time in his career in 2015.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Constitution

Tags: Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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Insiders Expect Kevin Love To Leave Cavaliers In Free Agency

May 23, 2015 3:18 PM

Kevin Love is out for the season following shoulder surgery and is expected to become a free agent this summer.

Love had an uneven first season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"Every executive I talk to, every agent I talk to, every quasi insider, every girlfriend's cousin's sister's boyfriend all says this guy is out of there," said Brian Windhorst during a podcast with Zach Lowe.

"I hear the same thing from everybody," said Lowe. "From everyone that is two or three or four steps removed. I don't quite believe all of that."

"I agree," replied Windhorst.

"Part of what's going on there is the Lakers' boogeyman," said Lowe. "They don't just say he's out of there, they say 'He's going to the Lakers.' That has much to do with the fear people have of the Lakers as it does with Kevin Love."

"I can't get a read on Kevin," said Windhorst. "His personality is a little bit different than many players I've covered. He has at every turn even gone out of his way to make statements about how he intends to remain in Cleveland."

Windhorst has also mentioned that Love has seemed distant from the Cavaliers post-surgery, attending just one game. Love is unable to fly yet following the surgery.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN (via Zach Lowe Podcast)

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Will Discuss Future With Kobe Bryant If He Wants To Play Beyond Next Season

May 24, 2015 12:21 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers expect Kobe Bryant to retire after the upcoming season, but will discuss his future if he wants to continue playing.

"I’m sure that’s something that will be discussed a year from now," Mitch Kupchak said.

Bryant will enter his 20th NBA season in 2015-16.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bulls Waiting For Coaching Vacancies To Fill Before Firing Tom Thibodeau

May 23, 2015 3:05 PM

The Chicago Bulls have been waiting for a team to offer a draft pick to hire Tom Thibodeau, but no such offer has materialized. 

The Orlando Magic and New Orleans Pelicans are two franchises that have had interest in Thibodeau for their head coaching vacancies.

The Bulls seem determined to hold on to Thibodeau until the NBA's job vacancies are filled, which would leave him out of coaching next season. Thibodeau has been unwilling to step down to give up any of the money owed to him over the remaining two seasons of his deal with the Bulls.

According to various reports, the Bulls would like to hire Fred Hoiberg.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Scott Skiles Identified As Frontrunner For Magic Job

May 23, 2015 2:55 PM

The Orlando Magic now have a strong frontrunner for their head coaching vacancy in Scott Skiles.

Rob Hennigan has discussed the opening with several possible candidates, but Skiles has clearly separated himself in the process.

Skiles has been the preferred choice of Orlando ownership, which has been fond of him since his playing days with the Magic in the 1990s. 

Skiles has previously coached the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks. Skiles has a reputation for turning bad teams into competitive ones, though he's also occasionally burned teams out.

The Magic also had interest in Tom Thibodeau, but they haven't wanted to offer draft compensation for the chance to acquire him.

Skiles didn't have a good relationship with Tobias Harris during their time together with the Bucks. Harris is a restricted free agent this offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Goran Dragic Assured Heat Will Play Faster Moving Forward

May 24, 2015 12:30 PM

Goran Dragic feels strongly that the Miami Heat must play faster and has been assured that is a key part of the team's plan moving forward, according to a source.

Dragic still appears to consider the Heat as the frontrunner heading into free agency.

The Lakers, Knicks, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Sacramento are all expected to have interest in Dragic.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Goran Dragic, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Harrison Barnes Received First Training With Jerry West Before Season

May 23, 2015 6:02 AM

Harrison Barnes called upon Jerry West to receive training during last offseason. Barnes grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant, whom West acquired with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I had seen him at summer league my rookie year (in 2012 after he was drafted seventh overall out of North Carolina), and I would just jokingly say to him, 'Look man, when are we going to get some work in?'" Barnes said. "And he would laugh and say, 'Yeah, we'll see about that.' The first summer goes by, and I'm calling and calling (West). He's busy. That's typical. So I'm like, 'OK, that's expected.'

"Then the next year goes by, and I say, 'Jerry, we still haven't gotten out on the court. What's going on? I'm trying to get some time with the Logo.' Then it keeps going on. And then the (2013-14) season was over, and he called me and said 'Look, you should come down to LA.' I said, 'I'm there, when do you want me to come?' He's like, 'How about next week?' We got a chance to work together, and it was great.

"I knew that Kobe learned a lot from Elgin Baylor and from Jerry West. I would watch (video of) Jerry, because he used to always say that his pull-up was unbelievable. No matter where he was on the court, he could always square up and get you a shot no matter what, so I looked up his clips after I heard that. I saw that kind of stuff, and obviously when I got drafted here I saw some more of his stuff. And then getting on the court with him? That was nuts.

"We'd work out in the morning. We'd get some work in, and then he'd show up and put me through a workout. He'd show me stuff he would do, and then we'd go out to eat and talk about what the league is like today, stuff he saw back in the day. Who were the toughest players he guarded? Who were the tough players he went against? What was his mentality going into games? And then we just talked about life, about how he enjoyed LA, about my childhood, his childhood, all that type of stuff."

Barnes is averaging 11 points in the playoffs.

"I'm watching him become a more complete offensive player," West said. "An awful lot of it is his desire, and there's no reason he can't really take his game to another level. There's absolutely no reason he can't. I think he's come a long way … He wants to be great so badly. He's good now, and I think he has improved. But he can get a lot better, I think, as he continues to work on these things."

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Terrence Ross Undergoes Ankle Surgery

May 23, 2015 3:09 PM

Terrence Ross underwent surgery to remove bone spurs and loose bodies from his left ankle.

The surgery was performed in Van Nuys, California, but Ross will conduct his rehabilitation in Toronto.

No timetable has been set for Ross' return to basketball activities.

Ross averaged 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 25.3 minutes in a career-best 82 games this past season.

The Canadian Press

Tags: Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Injury

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LeBron: Shumpert Will Make All-Defensive Team Soon

May 23, 2015 6:13 AM

LeBron James said after the Cleveland Cavaliers' Game 2 win over the Atlanta Hawks that he believes Iman Shumpert will be on the NBA All-Defensive team "very soon."

Shumpert scored 16 points with four three-pointers in the Cavaliers' win on Friday.

Ethan J. Skolnick/Bleacher Report

Tags: LeBron James, Iman Shumpert, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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Conference Finals Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-2)

May 23, 2015 12:30 AM

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are each up 2-0 in their Conference Finals' matchups against the Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks.

Points Per 100 Possessions (Game 1/Game 2)

Warriors: 113.8 / 110.1

Rockets: 109.6 / 109.0

Hawks: 98.6 / 98.4

Cavaliers:  107.5 / 108.2

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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MLSE Likely To Hire John Cassaday To Succeed Tim Leiweke As President
John Cassaday, who recently retired as president and CEO of Corus Entertainment, has long been rumored the likely choice to succeed Leiweke.

Elliotte Friedman/Sportsnet

Jeff Van Gundy Interested In Pelicans' Job
The Pelicans are considering Jeff Van Gundy for the position.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Cavaliers Will Feel Pressure To Re-Sign Free Agents After Miami's Amnesty Of Miller
LeBron James wanted to go home to Cleveland, but other issues were in play such as the Heat using the amnesty on Mike Miller.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

DeMarre Carroll To Start Game 2
DeMarre Carroll will play in Game 2 and will start.

RealGM Staff Report

Royce White Receives Summer League Offer From Clippers
Royce White played three games in 13-14 with the Kings and was out of basketball this season.

Darren Wolfson/KSTP

Kyrie Irving Out For Game 2, Questionable For Game 3
Kyrie Irving was also seen on Friday by Dr. James Andrews.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Report: DeMarre Carroll Won't Play Game 2
DeMarre Carroll suffered a knee injury in Game 1 late in the fourth quarter.

Fred Kalil/CBS Atlanta

Warriors Have 4th Best Elo Rating In NBA History
Elo points depend only on the final score of each game and where it was played.

Nate Silver, Reuben Fischer-Baum/FiveThirtyEight

Lakers Expect Kobe Bryant To Retire In 2016
Kobe Bryant will be in the final season of his current deal with the Lakers and will earn $25 million.

Sirius Radio (via Jesus Gomes/SB Nation)

Nuggets Rebuilding Around Gallinari, Nurkic; Could Trade Lawson, Faried
The Nuggets are expected to make Ty Lawson and/or Kenneth Faried available in trade talks before the June 25th draft.

Mark Kiszla/Denver Post

Kyrie Irving Misses Shootaround, Questionable For Game
Symptoms related to Kyrie Irving's left knee tendinitis had not diminished and additional evaluation was recommended.

RealGM Staff Report

Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: May 22nd
In Friday's episode, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Daniel Leroux of RealGM (@DannyLeroux) review Game 2 between the Warriors and Rockets and discuss the selections for the All-NBA teams.

RealGM Staff Report

Kyrie Irving: I Just Don't Have It Right Now
With his mobility limited, Kyrie Irving may have to rely on jumpers.

Shaun Powell/NBA.com

Allen Iverson Pushed By China Promoters To Play, Delaying Tour
Allen Iverson has been pushed so hard by local promoters in Harbin, China, to play that officials held him in the city and delayed his next stop, sources told RealGM on Thursday.

Shams Charania/RealGM

LeBron Admits Playing Too Much ISO-Ball In Game 1
LeBron James' 18 isolation possessions in Game 1 were the most by any player during the 2015 playoffs.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Alvin Gentry Wants Pelicans' Head Coaching Job
Alvin Gentry interviewed with Mickey Loomis and Dell Demps and he believes the opportunity to coach Anthony Davis would be career defining.

John Reid/Times Picayune

Chandler Parsons Mum On Whether Surgery Was Microfracture
Chandler Parsons' surgery was simply announced as arthroscopic to address a cartilage issue in his right knee.

Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Lester Hudson Offered $2M Contract To Return To China
Lester Hudson played for the Clippers after the CBA season finished.

Nick Bedard/Basketball Buddha

Curry, LeBron, Davis, Harden, M. Gasol On All-NBA First Team
Stephen Curry and LeBron James headline the 14-15 All-NBA First Team as unanimous selections.

RealGM Staff Report

DeMarre Carroll's Left Knee Has No Structural Damage
DeMarre Carroll is listed as day-to-day.

Sam Amick/USA Today

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