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Blazers Have Yet To Pick Up 16-17 Option On Terry Stotts

May 2, 2016 8:07 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have yet to pick up their option on the contract of Terry Stotts.

Stotts and the Blazers have yet to discuss the possibility of an extension.

There is, however, optimism that a deal will eventually get done.

Stotts led the Blazers to another playoffs berth despite losing four starters in the offseason.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Doc Rivers Won't Break Up Clippers' Big 3 In Offseason

May 2, 2016 5:17 PM

Doc Rivers insists he will not break up the Los Angeles Clippers' big three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

"I like our core and I like our bench, which was really good this year," Rivers said.

"I think they all want to come back, and we're going to make a strong effort to bring all our guys back. The good news about the free-agent guys who are opting out on their contracts - as they should because everyone knows what we can spend and what we can't spend - I can't find one who doesn't want to be here."

The Clippers were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers.

"We're close, and we know that," Rivers said. "We have a priority of trying to just keep making our team better. Obviously because of the injuries - Blake's in particular - we literally don't know what we could have done. Even during the playoffs, he still wasn't a hundred percent."

Joe Resnick/AP

Tags: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dirk Nowitzki Opting Out Of Contract, Plans To Stay With Mavs

May 2, 2016 1:31 PM

Dirk Nowitzki will opt out of his contract to become a free agent.

Nowitzki reiterates, however, he'll remain with the Dallas Mavericks.

Nowitzki has an option for the 16-17 season worth $8.69 million. Opting out will give the Mavericks for flexibility to pursue free agents this offseason.

"We had one more year on the contract, but I think this is the right thing to do," Nowitzki said on 1310 The Ticket in Dallas. "We're going to sit with Mark and Donnie obviously over the next few weeks and figure out how to improve this franchise again. Ever since after the championship, we've been basically a first-round exit. We've been a seven, eight seed. We've only won a few playoff games, and obviously the goal was to compete at the highest level in my last couple of years, so there is some moving to do, some thinking, some putting our heads together the next few weeks heading into free agency, heading into the draft. So this is just one move that hopefully starts a chain reaction for us to get better again, to compete really at a high level. We'll see how it goes."

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Frank Vogel's Contract With Pacers Set To Expire, No Discussion On Extension

May 2, 2016 12:31 PM

The contract of Frank Vogel with the Indiana Pacers expires at the end of this season and there's been no discussion of an extension.

Vogel became interim head coach of the Pacers in 2011, replacing Jim O'Brien.

Vogel led the Pacers to consecutive Eastern Conference Finals appearances in 2013 and 2014.

Vogel signed a multi-year extension with the Pacers in 2014.

There could be a number of teams interested in Vogel if he hits the open market.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings To Interview David Blatt

May 2, 2016 10:29 AM

David Blatt will interview with the Sacramento Kings for their head coaching vacancy.

The Kings have started a wide search to replace George Karl.

Blatt also interviewed last week for the New York Knicks' job.

Blatt was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers shortly before the All-Star break.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Al Jefferson Would Like To End Career With Hornets

May 2, 2016 11:54 AM

Al Jefferson is one of the many free agents of the Charlotte Hornets this offseason.

Jefferson's status with the team is uncertain but he'd like to re-sign.

"There's no place I'd rather be," said Jefferson.

Jefferson also said he'd like to end his career with the Hornets and that money won't be an issue.

Rod Boone/Charlotte Observer

Tags: Al Jefferson, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Stephen Curry Believes Chances 'Pretty Good' Of Game 3 Return

May 2, 2016 10:56 AM

Stephen Curry said the chances of him returning for Game 3 are "pretty good." Curry has a sprained MCL.

Curry has progressed to standstill shooting and plans on practicing later in the week.

"To me they're pretty good so I'll do anything I can this week to make that happen," Curry said.

Steve Kerr said earlier Sunday that the odds that the reigning MVP would be ready for Game 2 on Tuesday at Oracle Arena are "pretty slim."

Lisa Salters/ESPN

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

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LeBron James' Space Jam 2 Moves Closer To Becoming Reality

May 2, 2016 2:00 PM

Space Jam 2 is getting closer to going into production with LeBron James set to star.

The original version starred Michael Jordan and was released in 1996 and earned $230.4 million.

Justin Lin, who directed Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Beyond, is in talks to become the director.

James was in Amy Schumer's Trainwreck last summer.

Rebecca Ford/Hollywood Reporter

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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DeMarre Carroll: Series Showed Everyone Was Depended On

May 2, 2016 12:11 PM

With Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan having subpar performances in the first round, the Toronto Raptors needed a group effort to advance past the Indiana Pacers.

"Myself and Cory (Joseph) come from teams with a tradition of depending on everyone," said DeMarre Carroll, who had just three points but spent nearly all of his 37 minutes on Paul George.

"I felt like this series showed that everyone in this locker room was depended on and that's what we had to do. We had to come out as a team. DeMar DeRozan wasn't going to beat this team alone. Kyle Lowry wasn't going to beat this team on his own. It had to be a group effort."

"We just pushed ourselves and the team," Lowry said. "Everybody that played, (the) bench, every last man in that locker room, they put it on the line."

Eric Koreen/Canadian Press

Tags: Toronto Raptors, NBA

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Kristaps Porzingis Won't Play For Latvia In Olympic Qualifying

May 2, 2016 11:58 AM

Kristaps Porzingis won't participate in qualifying for the Olympics this summer with the Latvian national team.

The tournament will take place one month before the start of the Olympics.

The New York Knicks will retain more control over the training and conditioning of Porzingis this summer.

Seth Rosenthal/Posting & Toasting

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA, National, National Olympics

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Nicolas Batum Played How He Wanted For First Time In NBA With Hornets
Nicolas Batum is the most attractive free agent amongst many for the Hornets.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

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George Karl Didn't Feel Supported By Kings
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Nuggets, Bulls, Celtics Inquired About Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin's injuries have played a factor in how rival teams perceive his value.

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Mavs Have Dwight Howard Atop Offseason Wishlist
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Stephen Curry Progresses To Standstill Shooting
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