May 20, 2013 9:34 PM EDT
The Toronto Raptors will announce on Tuesday that Bryan Colangelo's tenure as chief decision-maker of basketball operations is over, but sources say he will remain with the franchise in a corporate role.
Colangelo has always been viewed as loyal to the organization and it appears as though new MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke and ownership will honor that.
Colangelo will coincidentally represent the Raptors at the lottery on Tuesday.
MLSE has hired a search firm to narrow a list of candidates, though Ed Stefanski will likely guide the front office until a new GM is hired.
May 20, 2013 7:28 PM EDT
The Golden State Warriors have never paid the luxury tax, but their strong showing in the 2013 NBA Playoffs further confirms the new ownership's willingness to consider it.
"When you start from a place of winning, you may venture into the tax if it does help you win and it’s worth it," said Bob Myers. "But you have to be smart about it, you have to be prudent about it.
"But we’ve shown last year–I can tell you, it was a decision we made with Carl Landry, with his signing, and re-acquiring Brandon Rush. Do we want to go into the tax? And the dialogue our front office had with our ownership was, 'Are you comfortable going into the tax? And we cannot promise that we’ll be able to get out of the tax.'
"And ownership answered in the affirmative. “Go, if you think Cal Landry and Brandon Rush are going to be important to this team, go get ‘em.”
"I imagine it’ll be the same directive this summer."
The Warriors also have appeared to move beyond the desire to make a major franchise altering move. Golden State pursued a trade for Chris Paul in December of 2011.
"I think a sense desperation has passed," said Myers.
"I think that–whereas when you’re trying to do anything to get over the hump you do sometimes chase things that may be difficult to acquire. Whereas now, doesn’t mean we’re satisfied, it doesn’t mean we think our work is through, but we can be prudent and patient with opportunities as they come along."
May 19, 2013 11:10 PM EDT
Carmelo Anthony will have his injured left shoulder re-examined in order to determine how to treat it moving forward.
The New York Knicks are hopeful that Anthony will not need surgery and that it will improve with rest.
Anthony originally injured his shoulder during an April 14th win over the Indiana Pacers. Anthony reported that his left arm "popped in and out" when Kevin Garnett yanked his arm in Game 5 against the Boston Celtics.
Anthony had fluid drained from his right knee two months ago but according to the team official Anthony's knee has improved and won't need arthroscopic surgery.
May 20, 2013 10:30 AM EDT
Scott Skiles is the frontrunner to become the next head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.
Skiles was fired in the middle of last season by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Skiles previously was head coach of the Phoenix Suns and Chicago Bulls.
The Nets fired Avery Johnson in December and parted ways with interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo following their first round exit to the Bulls.
May 20, 2013 1:39 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Clippers have no interest in pursuing Dwight Howard this offseason, according to sources.
The Clippers have been reported as a possible destination, albeit a longshot, to end up with Howard.
The Clippers do not have cap space to sign Howard while also re-signing Chris Paul, which would have forced them to complete several complicated deals in order to acquire him.
May 20, 2013 11:01 AM EDT
The Sacramento Kings have been sold to Vivek Ranadive, which makes the status of Geoff Petrie as basketball president an unknown.
Petrie is preparing for the 2013 NBA Draft as though he will still be the Kings' decision-maker. Petrie is signed through the end of June.
"I haven't had the opportunity to talk to anybody yet (from Ranadive's group)," said Petrie. "But my understanding is the sale probably won't officially close for a couple more weeks. How that plays into communication, I really don't know at this point."
The Kings need a point guard and also must plan a strategy for Tyreke Evans' restricted free agency.
"You're closing in on some planning, just structural, ownership-driven involvement that will have to happen in a much more compressed time frame here," Petrie said.
May 19, 2013 1:33 PM EDT
Chris Wallace has years left on his contract as the Memphis Grizzlies' general manager, but he has no guarantees moving forward.
Still, Wallace wants to remain with the organization.
“I hope to be able to stay here,” Wallace said.
Wallace's vision has been validated this postseason, when the core of the team that he assembled has led the Grizzlies to the Western Conference finals.
“I never looked for vindication. That’s not something that motivates me,” Wallace said. “Winning takes care of all issues in this league. We felt we had to take chances.”
May 20, 2013 10:44 AM EDT
Terrence Williams was arrested on Sunday in Kent, Washington after making alleged threats to the mother of his child while also brandishing a gun, according to police.
At about 1:55 p.m., police were called to the home of the victim, who has a 10-year-old son with Williams, who was there for a scheduled visitation.
An argument broke out in the parking lot and Williams allegedly took out a gun.
Williams left before police arrived, but he was later taken into custody.
The Celtics signed Williams to a 10-day contract in February and was eventually signed for the remainder of the season and all of next season. Williams' contract becomes guaranteed if he isn't waived before Oct. 31.
May 19, 2013 1:40 PM EDT
Amar'e Stoudemire knows his contract will not allow him to leave the New York Knicks, and he plans to meet with Mike Woodson to explain how he, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler can coexist.
“We never gave it a chance,” Stoudemire said after Indiana’s 106-99 victory eliminated the Knicks from the postseason. “So I think just the opportunity of allowing them to understand exactly what my style of play is and what I bring to the table is something that I think I’m going to have to sit down with Coach Woody and express to him."
Stoudemire has two years remaining on his uninsured contract and is nearly impossible to trade. He played just six minutes on Saturday.
“It’s tough, it’s tough,” Stoudemire said. “It’s never easy to sit there and watch. But again, it’s Coach’s decision."
May 20, 2013 10:25 AM EDT
MLSE has been in negotiations with Bryan Colangelo for him to return to the Toronto Raptors in a "significant" capacity, according to sources.
But the Raptors also remain in full pursuit of Masai Ujiri to assume full control of basketball operations.
MLSE faces a Monday deadline to make a decision on their option on Colangelo's contract for next season.
Sources tell Doug Smith of the Toronto Star that Colangelo will remain with the Raptors in a "corporate", non-basketball role.
The Knicks had the third seed going against the second-seeded Pacers, but New York lost the series in six games.
Antoine Walker last played in the NBA during the 2007-08 season for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Chris Bosh averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds against the Bulls and limited Joakim Noah's rebounding impact.
George Hill sat out Thursday night's Game 5 against the Knicks.
LeBron James shot 80.8 percent from the free throw line in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Jerry Sloan resigned as coach of the Jazz in 2011.
Nerlens Noel is the favorite to go No. 1 in the June draft.
Kendrick Perkins is set to make about $18 million over the next two seasons.
Gani Lawal has already scheduled workouts – private and as part of mini-camps – with the Pacers, Raptors and Magic.
Alen Len is confident about what he will be able to accomplish at the NBA level.
Masai Ujiri's contract with the Nuggets expires this summer and he has been in discussions on an extension.
Victor Oladipo is projected to go in the top five of the upcoming NBA draft.
Vinny Del Negro's contract with the Clippers expires on June 30.
The Celtics' medical staff is confident rest will heal Kevin Garnett's ankle.
With Russell Westbrook set to return next season, the Thunder might be anticipating a sixth man role for Reggie Jackson.
There is no timetable for Charlotte to rename its team to the Hornets and Adam Silver has said such a change would take at least 18 months to implement.
Arron Afflalo struggled in his first season with the Magic.
Nikola Mirotic was drafted 23rd overall in 2011.
The Mavericks will pick in the lottery for the first time since 2004.
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