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Warriors Interested In Al Horford, Joakim Noah, Hassan Whiteside

Jun 24, 2016 5:24 PM

While the Golden State Warriors will pursue Kevin Durant as their first option in free agency, they have alternate plans in place and that includes going after a big.

The Warriors believe they can't thrive without a center who attacks the rim and scores inside.

Golden State is considering pursuing Al Horford, Joakim Noah and Hassan Whiteside.

Opposing defenses began to abandon Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli, which made stopping the Warriors' primary options simpler.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Al Horford, Hassan Whiteside, Joakim Noah, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bulls, Celtics Discussed No. 3, No. 16, Jae Crowder For Jimmy Butler

Jun 24, 2016 8:30 PM

The Chicago Bulls involved Jimmy Butler in trade discussions with both the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Bulls and Wolves appeared to especially zero in on a trade with Butler for Kris Dunn as the primary pieces.

Chicago also held talks with Boston trading for No. 3 with Dunn as the pick along with Jae Crowder and the 16th overall pick for Butler.

Gar Forman downplayed the reports of Butler trade talks and said he doesn't feel the need to reassure him about his future with the Bulls.

"We appreciate Jimmy," Forman said. "We value Jimmy. It's our job to listen about any player on our roster when there's interest. And obviously we call teams and express interest in players that they have."

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Wizards Preparing Max Offer To Joakim Noah

Jun 24, 2016 1:45 PM

The Washington Wizards are prepared to make a major offer to Joakim Noah in free agency.

Washington will offer Noah a full maximum contract, according to the report.

Noah is coming off shoulder surgery that ended his season in January.

Noah is expected to leave the Chicago Bulls this offseason and they traded for Robin Lopez previously this week. A source said Noah has no intentions of re-signing with the Bulls and is ready to move on this offseason.

The New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks are also preparing major offers to Noah.

“If teams are convinced Noah is healthy, he will get a max deal, and Washington is panicking because Nene is done and they didn’t make the playoffs last season,’’ said one GM. “They’ll overpay for Noah — they always do.’’

Mitch Lawrence/Sporting News

Tags: Joakim Noah, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Serge Ibaka Had Been Sending Some Signals Of Leaving Thunder In 2017

Jun 24, 2016 2:57 PM

Serge Ibaka had been sending signals he might leave the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency in 2017 over the past year, according to sources. Ibaka also was beginning to grow tired with his lack of touches on offense.

The Thunder dealt Ibaka on draft night to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis.

Oklahoma City made the trade also knowing Kevin Durant was fine with Ibaka being traded, according to sources.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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ESPN's Ratings For NBA Draft Lowest Since 2012 While Yahoo Gets 2.8M Viewers

Jun 24, 2016 6:27 PM

ESPN drew a 2.4 overnight rating for the 2016 NBA Draft after a record-setting 3.1 in each of the past two years.

The draft was considered weak and the first two picks, Ben Simmons to the Philadelphia 76ers and Brandon Ingram to the Los Angeles Lakers, were known in advance.

It was the lowest rated draft since 2012.

Adrian Wojnarowski's The Vertical ran a competing simulcast with analysis, news and the announcement of picks before ESPN on an online stream that received positive reviews.

A Yahoo spokesperson told Awful Announcing Friday the almost-four-hour stream drew 3.7 million total video views, reached more than 2.8 million unique viewers across all devices, and averaged 34 minutes of watch time per user.

ESPN's coverage averaged 2.994 million viewers compared to Yahoo's total number of viewers.

Andrew Bucholtz/Awful Announcing

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Derrick Rose Doesn't Know Why He Was Traded, Thanks Bulls For Doing It

Jun 24, 2016 5:03 PM

Derrick Rose was introduced as a member of the New York Knicks on Friday just two days after he was traded by the Chicago Bulls.

Rose is in the final season of his current contract.

“I don’t know why I was traded,” said Rose, “but I would like to tell them thank you. For real.”

Rose said the feeling of being with the Knicks still doesn't feel real.

"It still don’t feel real. Seeing my picture on a billboard or a screen outside the building, it kind of blew me away."

Rose also said he believes he can regain his MVP form.

"I feel like I’m close. But me sitting up here and saying it isn’t going to do anything." 

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Tags: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mavs Interested In Evan Fournier, Kent Bazemore, Evan Turner, Marvin Williams

Jun 24, 2016 2:40 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have identified Evan Fournier, Kent Bazemore, Evan Turner and Marvin Williams as possible replacements for Chandler Parsons if they have cap space to spend on a wing, according to a source.

The Mavericks would like to re-sign Parsons if they have space but they are not prepared to offer him a max contract.

Dallas' top targets in free agency will be Mike Conley and Hassan Whiteside.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Evan Fournier, Kent Bazemore, Evan Turner, Marvin Williams, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Chandler Parsons Seeking Max Deal Mavs Won't Offer

Jun 24, 2016 1:59 PM

Chandler Parsons could re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks but he looks forward to being recruited by other franchises.

"He'll be all ears," one source said.

Parsons' camp remains confident of signing a max contract starting around $22 million despite a series of injuries during his tenure with the Mavericks. Sources say multiple renowned orthopedic specialists have given Parsons clearance to resume full basketball activities and expressed optimism that his knee would not prevent him from having a long, productive NBA career.

The Mavericks appear to prefer to sign Hassan Whiteside and Mike Conley with their cap space.

Dallas has made it clear to Parsons they don't intend to offer him a max contract.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Chandler Parsons, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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James Webb III, 76ers Agree Upon Two-Year Deal With Partial Guarantee

Jun 24, 2016 10:34 AM

James Webb III and the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed upon a two-year, partially guaranteed deal. Webb will have a chance to compete for a roster spot.

Webb went undrafted after leaving Boise State with one season of eligibility remaining.

Webb was named first team All-Mountain West in 2015-16 after averaging 15.8 points and nine rebounds per game for the Broncos as a redshirt junior. He started 27 games as a redshirt sophomore and averaged 11.2 points per game.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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Marshall Plumlee Agrees Upon Guaranteed Free Agent Deal With Knicks

Jun 24, 2016 4:28 PM

Marshall Plumlee has agreed upon a guaranteed undrafted free agent deal with the New York Knicks.

Plumlee went undrafted out of Duke.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Marshall Plumlee, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Summer League

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RealGM Radio: NBA Draft Recap With Sam Vecenie
Host Danny Leroux and Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports review an extremely eventful NBA Draft, including winners and losers, what confused them and their favorite selections of the night.

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Wolves Offered No. 5, Ricky Rubio To Bulls For Jimmy Butler Before Kris Dunn Slid
The Timberwolves reportedly drafted Kris Dunn at No. 5 to keep him as he wasn't expected to drop to them.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Spurs To Sign 2013 First Round Pick Livio Jean-Charles
Livio Jean-Charles averaged 5.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and one block per game in the regular season in the French league.

Antonis Stroggylakis/Eurohoops.net

Golden State Would Like To Sign Small Forward Into Core As Plan B
Nicolas Batum is likely a better fit than Harrison Barnes but his maximum salary will begin at $28 million compared to $23.5 million.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

Kyle Wiltjer Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Rockets
Kyle Wiltjer averaged 20.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 43.7 percent on three-pointers as a senior.

Andy Katz/ESPN

Team Reneged On Promise To Draft Isaia Cordinier Early In 2nd Round
Isaia Cordinier asked teams not to pick him because he was guaranteed to be brought to the NBA immediately but the team reneged on the promise at the last minute.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Dunc'd On: 2016 Draft Review
Analysis of every first round pick along with the trades of Serge Ibaka, Thaddeus Young and Marco Belinelli.

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Taurean Prince Thought He'd Go 20-25, Felt Like Atlanta Liked Him
Taurean Prince was taken 12th overall by the Hawks, who acquired the pick from the Jazz.

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Buddy Hield Ready To Space Floor For Pelicans
The Pelicans drafted Buddy Hield with the sixth overall pick on Thursday, adding perhaps the most proven scorer available.

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Ron Baker, Knicks Agree To Partially Guaranteed Deal
Ron Baker went undrafted out of Wichita State.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Gary Payton II Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Rockets
Gary Payton II went undrafted in Thursday's draft.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cavs Pay $2.4M For 54th Overall Pick, Select Kay Felder
LeBron James was reportedly a proponent of selecting Kay Felder.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Warriors Buy 38th Pick From Bucks For $2.4 Million, Select Pat McCaw
The Warriors used the selection to pick Pat McCaw out of UNLV.

Shams Charania, Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Bulls, Wolves End Jimmy Butler For Kris Dunn Trade Talks
The Bulls have reportedly sought Zach LaVine as part of the package for Jimmy Butler.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Celtics Acquire Clippers' 2019 1st Rounder From Grizzlies
The Grizzlies acquired the Clippers' first rounder as part of the Jeff Green for Lance Stephenson trade.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Jaylen Brown Didn't Expect To Be Picked By Celtics, Excited For Playoff Basketball
The Celtics held onto the selection and took Jaylen Brown, who they worked out twice.

Andrew Perna/RealGM

Wolves, Bulls Have Optimism Of Jimmy Butler For Kris Dunn Trade
The Bulls are prepared to go into a full rebuild ahead of a strong 2017 draft.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Magic Acquire Serge Ibaka From Thunder
The Thunder have traded Serge Ibaka to the Magic.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Brandon Ingram Feels 'Good Pressure' Going To Lakers
The Lakers drafted Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick, the first acquisition they’ve made since Kobe Bryant retired.

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Suns Acquire Marquese Chriss From Kings
Marquese Chriss was selected with the eighth overall pick.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Shams Charania/The Vertical