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Grizzlies To Pursue Kevin Durant In Free Agency

Feb 10, 2016 6:11 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies plan on pursuing Kevin Durant in free agency.

Mike Conley will also be a free agent and the Grizzlies will have the opportunity to pitch Durant on joining Conley and Marc Gasol to form a well-balanced core.

The Grizzlies will still try to make the playoffs even with Marc Gasol possibly out for the season with a broken foot.

Memphis has Jeff Green and Courtney Lee, amongst others, on expiring contracts.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Kevin Durant, Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Monty Williams' Wife Passes Away In Car Accident

Feb 10, 2016 7:46 PM

Ingrid Williams, wife of Monty Williams has passed away in a car crash at the age of 44.

The Williams have five children together.

On Tuesday evening, a car crossed the center lane and hit Ingrid Williams' car head on.

Susannah Donaldson, 55, driver of the car, died in the accident, which occurred around 8 p.m. Her dog was riding in her lap and also was killed.

“The Thunder organization has heavy hearts tonight with the news of Ingrid's passing," said the Thunder in a statement. "Words cannot adequately describe how deep our sorrow is for the loss of Monty’s wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with Monty and his family, and we will support him in every way possible. We know the entire community of Oklahoma City has them in their prayers.”

Monty Williams joined the Thunder in 2015 following his dismissal as head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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76ers Waiting On Joel Embiid As Trade Calls Come For Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor

Feb 10, 2016 5:28 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have received trade inquiries from rival teams on the availability of Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor.

The 76ers, however, do not want to part with either Noel or Okafor until they know if Joel Embiid is healthy enough to play.

Embiid has undergone surgery on his right foot in each of the past two summers.

If the 76ers do trade a center, it is unlikely to happen until the offseason.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Hawks Receive Interest In Jeff Teague, Dennis Schroder From 76ers

Feb 10, 2016 5:25 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have expressed interest to the Atlanta Hawks in trading for either Jeff Teague or Dennis Schroder.

The 76ers haven't made a trade offer for either player.

The 76ers aren't expected to make a serious push for one of the two players.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Dennis Schroeder, Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Offered Kobe Bryant For LeBron James In 2007

Feb 10, 2016 11:39 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers reached out to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2007 about a trade of Kobe Bryant for LeBron James.

Bryant was 28 years old and at the peak of his prime but he was frustrated with the state of the Lakers and seeking a trade. Bryant was under contract for two more seasons.

"At that time, the Lakers had to do something. I was just losing faith in what they were trying to do. It was like I was a meal ticket," Bryant told ESPN's Baxter Holmes this week. "You come out and score 40, 50 points, fill the seats, we're going to keep the payroll at a minimum, generate revenue. It's like, look, listen, I am not with that, dude. I have to win without Shaq. I've got to do it. We've got to do something."

James was just 22 and coming off a trip to The Finals and signed for three more seasons.

The Cavaliers' front office remembers it as the only trade call with an offer for James.

Cleveland attempted to make the Lakers a different offer for Bryant that excluded James.

"I never would've approved it. Never. The trade to go to Cleveland? Never," Bryant told Holmes. "That wasn't one of the teams that was on my list. It was Chicago, San Antonio (or) Phoenix."

The Lakers were unable to get a deal done with the Bulls because Bryant didn't approve of Luol Deng being included. A deal with the Detroit Pistons was also agreed upon for Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton, but Bryant didn't have the Pistons on his list.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Stephen Curry, Warriors Credit Ankle Scares For Reaching MVP Level

Feb 10, 2016 6:03 PM

Stephen Curry signed a four-year, $44 million extension with the Golden State Warriors in 2012, which was seen as a gamble on the team's part at the time due to his ankle issues and is now the best contract in the NBA by a near absurd margin.

"I wish we could've paid Steph more," Bob Myers says with a grin.

"So we decided to bet on a couple of things," Myers explains. "We bet on who he is as a human being. We bet on his ability. We bet on the fact that he was the type of player who'd do everything within his power to come back and be smart and be diligent."

Curry changed his physical approach to the game after a series of ankle issues that helped make him the MVP.

"The ankle thing made him work smarter, to counteract him ever being put in that position again," Lacob says. "If he hadn't had it, maybe he wouldn't have the same core strength."

Adds Myers, nodding, "It made Steph what he is now."

Curry's ankle injuries and his reaction to them actually helped him have an extraordinary career.

"I think so," Curry matter-of-factly replies. "It definitely drove home my work ethic. Post-surgery, it's kept me driven about taking advantage of every day. There was a time when I was just worried about playing basketball, much less playing at a high level. Now I try to have as much fun out there as possible. You don't enjoy the surgery and the rehab process. But I enjoy how I came out of it, for sure."

Pablo S. Torre/ESPN

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Knicks Told Hiring Scott Brooks Could Impact Kevin Durant's Decision

Feb 10, 2016 11:49 AM

The New York Knicks have been informed that their chances of landing Kevin Durant this summer would be influenced by hiring Scott Brooks as head coach.

Brooks remains available after his firing after last season by the Thunder.

The Knicks' chances with Durant are slim and they took a hit with their firing of Derek Fisher.

Phil Jackson has no prior experience working with Brooks, who also doesn't run the triangle.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwyane Wade Wants Quick Negotiation With Heat In Free Agency

Feb 10, 2016 11:56 AM

Dwyane Wade wants to have a speedy free agency negotiation with the Miami Heat in which he doesn't seek offers from other teams.

Wade and the Heat had a prolonged set negotiations last offseason before agreeing upon a one-year, $20 million contract.

“The whole free agency thing, I didn't want to be in it last summer; I don't want to be in it this summer,” he said. “I don't want to be on the market at all…. I’m not curious at all. I want to get to it [with the Heat]. I want to be able to sign my deal and move on and not have to deal with any rumors, any free agency, any this, any that. This is where I want to end my career. So we'll figure it out.”

 

The Heat cannot exceed the cap to sign Wade due to them almost certainly operating with cap room.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Phil Jackson Has Opt-Out In Knicks' Contract In 2016 Or 2017

Feb 10, 2016 5:19 PM

Phil Jackson has an opt-out clause in his contract with the New York Knicks after the 16-17 season.

It was previously reported by Frank Isola that Jackson could exercise an opt-out this offseason.

Jackson joined the Knicks as team president in 2014.

Jackson has been linked to a return to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Damian Lillard Added To USA Basketball Roster Pool

Feb 10, 2016 5:16 PM

Damian Lillard has been added to the roster of finalists for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team.

Named to the 2014-16 USA Basketball Men's National Team in January 2014, the 6-foot-3 guard was a finalist for the 2014 USA World Cup Team, and played in two exhibition games during the 2014 USA National Team Tour, recording seven points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 24 minutes of action in the USA's 105-62 win against Dominican Republic on Aug. 20, 2014.

Currently in his fourth NBA season, Lillard in 2015-16 is averaging career-highs of 24.2 points (6th in the NBA) and 7.3 assists per game (7th in the NBA), while adding 4.4 rebounds per game, and shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from 3-point and 86.5 percent from the foul line.

"I recently received a call from Damian, and during our conversation he expressed his desire to be considered for the U.S. Olympic Team and to remain involved with the USA National Team in the future as well," said Jerry Colangelo, who has served as the managing director of the USA Men's National Team since 2005. "Both Mike (Krzyzewski) and I feel like Damian is playing at a very high level and that he should be added to our list of Olympic finalists. Damian has been a member of the USA National Team since 2014, and he participated in National Team training camps in 2013 and 2014, so he does have equity in USA Basketball, which is always important to me."

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, National

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Heat Express Interest In Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi is owed $3 million this season and next.

Ethan Skolnick/Miami Herald (via Barry Jackson/Miami Herald)

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Suffers Dislocated Right Shoulder
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist also suffered a torn labrum and dislocation in his right shoulder in the preseason.

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Tyreke Evans Likely Out For Season With Knee Surgery
Tyreke Evans underwent arthroscopic surgery on the same knee in October and recently began experiencing pain again.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Prokhorov Opposed To Nets Trading Away Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young
Both Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young re-signed with the Nets last offseason.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Hawks Have Sky-High Asking Prices For Al Horford, Jeff Teague
Al Horford will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, while Jeff Teague will be a free agent in 2017.

Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Carmelo Anthony Shocked By Fisher Firing, Wants To Remain With Knicks
Carmelo Anthony continues to trust the vision of Phil Jackson and is committed to remaining with the Knicks.

Alan Hahn/MSG

Jimmy Butler Out 3-4 Weeks With Strained Left Knee
Jimmy Butler has begun rehabbing his injury and he will be allowed to engage in all activities.

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Marc Gasol Out Indefinitely With Broken Right Foot
Marc Gasol is out indefinitely with a broken right foot.

Ronald Tillery/Memphis Commerical Appeal

NBA Expects Players To Opt Out Of CBA If No Deal Reached By Dec. 15th
Adam Silver has expressed optimism of a deal being reached.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

Knicks Not Signing Thanasis Antetokounmpo To 2nd 10-Day Contract
The Knicks will likely not use their extra roster spot until after the trade deadline to give them more options.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Clippers Suspend Blake Griffin Four Games
The Clippers have given Blake Griffin a four-game suspension for punching a team equipment manager.

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Pau Gasol Replaces Jimmy Butler In All-Star Game
Pau Gasol has averaged 17.0 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.02 blocks per game.

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Cavs Have Interest In Kyle Korver, Tyreke Evans, Omer Asik
Cleveland has multiple Traded Player Exceptions available to them to use in a trade.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Pacers Offering George Hill To Hawks In Package For Jeff Teague
Jeff Teague is signed for just $8 million during the 16-17 season before becoming a free agent in 2017.

Kevin Arnovitz, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Kings Decide Not To Fire George Karl
Vivek Ranadive had leaned towards firing George Karl but Vlade Divac talked him out of it.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Adam Silver Trying To Focus On Basketball Side Of Job
Adam Silver just had his two-year anniversary as NBA commissioner on February 1st and talked about his revelatory moment.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

Knicks Monitoring Brandon Jennings
Brandon Jennings returned from an Achilles injury in late December and will be a free agent this offseason.

Ian Begley/ESPN

76ers Had No Interest In Brandon Knight For MCW Straight-Up
The Bucks and 76ers had a stalemate on their talks but that broke when the Suns entered the picture as they owned the Lakers' pick.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Larry Sanders Plans NBA Return As Soon As Off-Court Pursuits Stabilize
Larry Sanders receives $1.86 million per year until 2022 through his buyout with the Bucks.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Woj: Knicks Have 'Real Chance' On Russell Westbrook In 2017
The opportunity to play in the New York market and join Kristaps Porzingis has Russell Westbrook's attention.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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