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Thunder Remain Interested In Rudy Gay

Jun 29, 2017 10:13 AM

Rudy Gay will hold free agent meetings in Austin, Texas.

The Oklahoma City Thunder, who showed interest in trading for Gay previously, continue to see a fit for him.

Gay declined his $14.3 million player option with the Sacramento Kings despite suffering a ruptured Achilles.

Gay is believed to have made significant progress in his rehab.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Rudy Gay, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Acquire Chris Paul From Clippers In Eight-Player Trade

Jun 28, 2017 5:22 PM

The Houston Rockets have acquired Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for guard Patrick Beverley, forward Sam Dekker, forward Montrezl Harrell, guard Darrun Hilliard, guard DeAndre Liggins, guard Lou Williams, forward Kyle Wiltjer, a future first round pick, and cash considerations.

“Since winning back-to-back championships, the pursuit of a third title has remained the ultimate goal for our franchise,” said Rockets owner Leslie Alexander.  “We feel that combining two of the league’s greatest players in James Harden and Chris Paul, operating in Coach D’Antoni’s system, gives us a championship caliber team that will compete at the highest level for years to come.”

“On behalf of the Rockets organization and our fans I’d also like to thank Sam, Montrezl, Kyle, and Lou for helping make this past season a special one.  I’d also like to personally express my deepest gratitude to Pat Beverley, who, for the past five seasons, always left everything he had out on the court.”

The Rockets completed five separate trades with Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Portland before completing the Paul trade:

  • Houston acquired forward Ryan Kelly from Atlanta in exchange for cash considerations.
  • Houston acquired guard DeAndre Liggins from Dallas in exchange for cash considerations.
  • Houston acquired guard Darrun Hilliard from Detroit in exchange for cash considerations.
  • Houston acquired forward Shawn Long from Philadelphia in exchange for a future second round pick and cash considerations
  • Houston acquired guard Tim Quarterman from Portland in exchange for cash considerations.

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Tags: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Teams Were Seeking Two First Rounders From Rockets For Ryan Anderson

Jun 28, 2017 5:55 PM

The Houston Rockets would have had to trade Ryan Anderson if they would have signed Chris Paul outright in free agency instead of trading for him.

The market for Anderson, who has three years and $60 million remaining on his deal was incredibly soft.

At least two teams were demanding two first round picks from the Rockets in exchange for taking on Anderson and his contract.

While Anderson has been injury prone, he's a productive floor spacer at the power forward position.

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Tags: Ryan Anderson, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Carmelo Anthony Could Join Rockets If Buyout Reached With Knicks

Jun 28, 2017 12:44 PM

If Carmelo Anthony agrees to a buyout with the New York Knicks, he will reportedly join the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets traded for Chris Paul on Wednesday, who is one of Anthony's best friends in the NBA.

Anthony was also linked to joining the Rockets in 2014.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have also been mentioned as a potential destination for Anthony if bought out.

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Targeting Masai Ujiri For President Of Basketball Operations Job

Jun 28, 2017 9:45 AM

The New York Knicks are targeting Masai Ujiri to replace Phil Jackson as president of basketball operations. 

Ujiri joined the Toronto Raptors in 2013 from the Denver Nuggets and recently was elevated to a higher position while being given a raise.

James Dolan has known to be fond of Ujiri for several years.

Ujiri negotiated against the Knicks on the Carmelo Anthony trade while with the Nuggets and again on the Andrea Bargnani trade. The Knicks also discussed a Kyle Lowry trade but Dolan backed out due to concerns about negotiating with Ujiri again.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings Expected To Sign Bogdan Bogdanovic To Three-Year, $36M Deal

Jun 28, 2017 1:53 PM

The Sacramento Kings are expected to sign Bogdan Bogdanovic to a three-year, $36 million deal.

The Kings acquired the draft rights to Bogdanovic at the 2016 draft from the Phoenix Suns. Bogdanovic was the 27th overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Gordon Hayward Plans To Reach Free Agent Decision Quickly

Jun 28, 2017 6:11 PM

Gordon Hayward will meet with the Miami Heat on Saturday and the Utah Jazz on Monday.

Hayward will also meet with the Boston Celtics.

According to sources, Hayward wants to make a decision on his future "in short order."

Hayward is expected to receive full max offers from all three teams with the Jazz having the ability to include a fifth season.

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

Tags: Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Fire Phil Jackson As President Of Basketball Operations

Jun 28, 2017 9:35 AM

The New York Knicks have fired Phil Jackson as president of basketball operations for the New York Knicks.

Jackson has two years and $24 million remaining on his contract with the Knicks.

James Dolan is targeting Masai Ujiri to replace Jackson as president. The Toronto Raptors recently elevated Ujiri and gave him a raise.

According to Marc Stein, Tim Leiweke is poised to help the Knicks as an advisor following the sudden departure of Jackson.

Ramona Shelburne reports Steve Mills will be in charge of the Knicks' personnel moves through free agency.

"After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction," said Dolan. "Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated and successful individuals in the history of the NBA. His legacy in the game of basketball is unmatched. We wish him the best and thank him for his service to the Knicks as both a player and an executive.

"While we are currently evaluating how best to move forward regarding the leadership of the organization, I will not be involved in the operation of the team," continued Mr. Dolan. "Steve Mills, the team’s general manager, will run the day-to-day business of the organization over the short term. Tim Leiweke, who brings tremendous expertise and experience in sports franchise management from both Toronto and Los Angeles and is our partner in the Oak View Group, will advise and work with Steve on an interim basis to help develop a go-forward plan." 

“The New York Knicks will always hold a special place in my heart,” Jackson said. “This team and this town launched my NBA career. I will forever be indebted to them. I am grateful to Mr. Dolan for giving me the opportunity to return here.

"I had hoped, of course, to bring another NBA championship to the Garden. As someone who treasures winning, I am deeply disappointed that we weren’t able to do that. New York fans deserve nothing less. I wish them and the Knicks organization all the best – today and always.”

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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David Griffin Could Become Candidate For Knicks' Job

Jun 28, 2017 6:01 PM

David Griffin could be a candidate for the New York Knicks' president of basketball operations job.

Griffin and the Cleveland Cavaliers parted ways after The Finals.

Jerry West will reach out to Tim Leiweke to endorse Griffin as a candidate.

While Griffin's agent has yet to hear from the Knicks, a member of the organization has begun making calls to gather information on him.

Griffin is known to be interested in a big job like the Knicks.

Several prominent college coaches have already expressed interest as well.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Reuniting With Trevor Ariza Factored Into Chris Paul's Decision On Rockets

Jun 28, 2017 7:55 PM

The opportunity for Chris Paul to play with Trevor Ariza factored at least somewhat into his decision to join the Houston Rockets.

Paul and Ariza were teammates with New Orleans earlier their career.

The Los Angeles Clippers attempted to trade for Ariza in the past.

Ariza can play as a small ball 4 when the Rockets play Paul with James Harden and Eric Gordon.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Trevor Ariza, Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dunc'd On: 2017 Mock Offseason Part 2
The second part of the mock offseason accounts for the Chris Paul trade, and finds a home for the rest of the key free agents.

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Chris Paul Had Serious Interest In Spurs But Had Concerns On Aldridge, Parker Situations
Chris Paul was open to remaining with the Clippers but had concerns over how they would get better.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Tim Duncan Addresses Financial Planner Who Defrauded Him During Sentencing
Testimony indicates Tim Duncan lost most of the $24.1 million he invested with Charles Banks.

Guillermo Contreras/San Antonio Express-News

Report: Knicks Confident They Will Hire Masai Ujiri Away From Raptors
Sources say Masai Ujiri will be allowed to leave the Raptors if he makes that decision.

Bruce Arthur/Toronto Star

Knicks Not Interested In Hiring Isiah Thomas To Replace Phil Jackson
Isiah Thomas was president of the basketball operations of the Knicks from 2003 until 2008.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Kings Decline Qualifying Offer To Ben McLemore
Ben McLemore will be an unrestricted free agent.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

76ers Trade Shawn Long to Rockets For 2018 2nd Rounder, Cash
The 76ers have traded Shawn Long to the Rockets for a 2018 second round pick and cash.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Chris Paul Lost Faith In Doc Rivers Due To How He Favored Austin Rivers Over Team
When Doc Rivers decided not to trade for Carmelo Anthony in a trade that would have included Austin Rivers, Chris Paul's position on the matter solidified.

Michael Eaves/ESPN

Knicks Interested In Jeff Teague
The Knicks had trade talks with the Hawks on Jeff Teague two years ago.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Hawks Trade Ryan Kelly To Rockets For Cash Considerations
The Rockets have been acquiring non-guaranteed contracts as part of their trade machinations.

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Blazers Trade Tim Quarterman To Rockets For Cash Considerations
Houston is presumably attempting to create cap facilitating moves related to their trade for Chris Paul.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Paul George Willing To Commit Long-Term To Cavs If LeBron Stays
Paul George appears willing to commit to remaining with the Cavs, Spurs or Celtics if they remain title contenders.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Mavericks Trade DeAndre Liggins To Rockets For Cash Considrations
The Mavericks were going to decline their team option on DeAndre Liggins.

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Clippers Believe Blake Griffin Will Re-Sign
Blake Griffin and Chris Paul were both scheduled to be free agents and it was unclear if they would re-sign both players.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles times

Rockets Still Trying To Trade For 3rd Star Following Chris Paul Trade
The Rockets have been in pursuit of a trade for Paul George.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Chris Paul Traded By Clippers To Rockets
Chris Paul agreed to the opt-in of his contract to allow the trade to happen.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Raptors Promote Bobby Webster, Dan Tolzman, Keith Boyarsky
Bobby Webster came to the Raptors after working for the NBA league office in New York for the previous seven seasons in the NBA's CBA group.

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Carmelo Anthony Situation Accelerated Exit Talks Between Phil Jackson, James Dolan
The Knicks were determined not to accommodate Carmelo Anthony's preference for a buyout on the $54 million he has remaining on his contract in 17-18 and 18-19.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Kevin Durant Likely To Re-Sign With Warriors In Late July
Kevin Durant will allow the Warriors to do the majority of their offseason maneuvering before settling on his terms.

Marc Stein/ESPN

James Dolan Contemplating Phil Jackson's Future With Knicks
James Dolan is contemplating the future of Phil Jackson as president of the Knicks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical