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Dunc'd On: Friday's Games, Spurs/Thunder Preview and Walton to the Lakers

Apr 30, 2016 3:53 AM

Friday's games (MIA/CHA, LAC/POR, TOR/IND) plus previews of Spurs/Thunder and Blazers/Warriors and analysis of Luke Walton getting hired by the Lakers.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux of RealGM and the Sporting News (@DannyLeroux). 

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Stephen Curry Will Try to Return Ahead of 2 Week Timeline

Apr 29, 2016 11:45 PM

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will attempt to return faster than the two week absence projected when his sprained MCL was diagnosed on Monday.

Curry did not play in Wednesday's Game Five win over Houston and previously missed Games Two and Three with an ankle sprain.

Monte Poole / CSN Bay Area

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Luke Walton Agrees To Become Head Coach Of Lakers

Apr 29, 2016 11:39 PM

Luke Walton has agreed to become the team's next Head Coach.

Walton currently serves as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors and will take over the Lakers once Golden State's season is over.

Walton played for the Lakers from 2003-2012.

Howard Beck / Bleacher Report

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Deron Williams Intends to Decline 2016-17 Player Option, Become Free Agent

Apr 29, 2016 1:30 PM

Deron Williams intends to decline the second-year player option on his contract with the Dallas Mavericks and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The option was worth approximately $5.6 million.

Williams agreed to a buyout of the final two seasons of his contract with the Brooklyn Nets last July and signed with the Mavericks, averaging 14.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 rebounds per game this season. He turns 32 this offseason.

Tim McMahon / ESPN

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Miami's Tyler Johnson Will Play in Game Six

Apr 29, 2016 12:26 PM

Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson was active for Game Five but served as an emergency option and did not play. He will be active and part of the rotation according to Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra.

Johnson had surgery to repair the rotator cuff in his left shoulder on February 3 and has not played in a game since January 26.

He averaged 8.7 points, 2.2 assists and 3 rebounds in 36 games for Miami this season.

Manny Navarro / Miami Herald

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Spencer Hawes Has Sprained MCL in Right Knee, Re-Evaluated in a Week

Apr 28, 2016 6:36 PM

Spencer Hawes of the Charlotte Hornets had an MRI that revealed a sprained MCL in his right knee which will be re-evaluated in a week. 

Hawes played 15 minutes in Game 5, scoring six points and grabbing four rebounds.

Marc Spears/The Undefeated

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Stephen Curry To Begin Testing Knee Next Week

Apr 28, 2016 9:22 AM

Stephen Curry is starting to feel better a few days after injuring his MCL.

Curry is expected to begin testing his knee on the court next week.

The Golden State Warriors announced Curry would be reevaluated in two weeks after his MRI results were known.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

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Warriors Give Permission For Lakers To Interview Luke Walton

Apr 28, 2016 8:58 AM

The Golden State Warriors have granted permission to the Los Angeles Lakers to interview Luke Walton.

Steve Kerr said the Lakers will be able to meet with Walton now that the Warriors have advanced to the second round.

"We told Mitch that he's perfectly welcome to talk to Luke as soon as the series is over and we have a little break," Kerr said of Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak.

Walton is considered a prime candidate for the Lakers' vacancy.

Walton spent the vast part of his playing career with the Lakers.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Dunc'd On: Wednesday's Games + Worst Defenders

Apr 28, 2016 5:53 AM

BCharlotte guts out Game 5 in Miami, Golden State rolls into the next round, a Houston postmortem, plus Nate and Danny pick their Worst Team All-Defense rosters from the 2015-16 season.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux of RealGM and the Sporting News (@DannyLeroux). 


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Kings Choose Ken Catanella To Be New Assistant General Manager

Apr 27, 2016 8:34 PM

The Sacramento Kings have chosen Ken Catanella to be their new Assistant General Manager.

Cantanella has been the Assistant General Manager for the Pistons since August 2014 and previously served as their Director of Basketball Operations.

Before joining Detroit's front office in 2011, Cantanella worked for the NBA as their Manager of Basketball Analytics.

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Nicolas Batum 'Will Likely Play Tonight' In Game 5
Nicolas Batum has missed the last two games with a sprained left ankle.

Ethan Skolnick / Miami Herald

David Blatt Meets With Phil Jackson About Knicks' Job
David Blatt and Kurt Rambis are the two primary candidates for the Knicks' opening.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Dunc'd On: The Clippers + Tuesday's Games
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux discuss the Clippers' present and future in light of the injuries to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, and break down Pacers/Raptors, Celtics/Hawks and Monday's Heat/Hornets.

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Isaiah Thomas Leaves Game 5 With Sprained Left Ankle
Isaiah Thomas had seven points and three assists before leaving the game in the fourth quarter.

Gary Washburn / Boston Globe

David Morway, Kings No Longer Discussing Front Office Job
David Morway was previously the general manager of the Pacers and assistant general manager of the Bucks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Blake Griffin Out For Rest Of Playoffs After Aggravating Left Quad Tendon
Blake Griffin aggravated the injury during Monday's Game Four in Portland.

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Dirk Nowitzki 'Definitely Won't Retire' This Season
Dirk Nowitzki is currently sixth all-time in points scored and 15th in made three pointers.

Tim McMahon/ESPN

Jeanie Buss Did Not Know Byron Scott Would Be Let Go
Byron Scott's team option for the 2016-17 was not picked up and the Lakers have already begun the search for their next head coach.

Kristine Leahy/FS1

Steve Kerr Wins NBA Coach of the Year
The Golden State Warriors went 73-9 in the regular season, breaking the NBA record.

Marc Stein/ESPN

French Prospect Jonathan Jeanne Will Not Enter 2016 NBA Draft
The 7'2" French big man was a likely first round pick had he chosen to enter the 2016 Draft.

Jonathan Givony / DraftExpress

Cal's Ivan Rabb Will Return to School, Not Enter 2016 NBA Draft
Rabb was a likely lottery pick in 2016 and will return to Cal for his sophomore season.

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Chris Paul Undergoes Surgery on Right Hand, Re-Evaluated in 4-6 Weeks
Chris Paul's fracture was in the third metacarpal, in the center of his right hand.

Official Release From LA Clippers

Thunder Defeat Mavericks 4-1, Will Face Spurs in Round Two
Thunder advance to face the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs.

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Lakers Receive Permission to Interview Ettore Messina
Messina is currently the lead assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs.

Sam Amick / USA Today

Dunc'd On Pod: Kara Lawson On NBA Playoffs, Danny Leroux On Steph's MCL
ESPN analyst Kara Lawson joins Dunc'd On for a deep dive on the NBA playoffs, plus a few minutes with Danny Leroux on the Steph Curry injury news.

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Stephen Curry Has Grade 1 MCL Sprain, Will Be Re-Evaluated In Two Weeks
Stephen Curry will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

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Nicolas Batum Will Miss Game Four with Left Foot Strain
Batum re-injured his foot in the fourth quarter of Game Two against the Miami Heat and missed Game Three.

Justin Verrier / ESPN

USA Men's Basketball Team Announces Summer Schedule
Team USA will play exhibition games in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago and Houston

Marc Spears / ESPN

Kevin McHale A Candidate for Kings' Job
McHale, most recently the head coach of the Houston Rockets, joins the list of candidates for the Sacramento Kings.

Marc Stein / ESPN

Lakers To Consider Luke Walton, Jeff Van Gundy, Kevin Ollie, Ettore Messina
The Lakers fired Byron Scott on Sunday without a definitive candidate lined up.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical