Apr 17, 2014 12:34 PM EDT
Jabari Parker will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.
"I realize how much of a privilege and an honor it is to join the ranks of the NBA," wrote Parker. "I will do everything in my power to help deliver championships to the franchise that drafts me. At the same time, I recognize the obligation to represent the league in an admirable way off the court."
Parker played one season at Duke.
"Up to this point I haven't given any thought to agents. But now that I've declared, I will turn my attention to the process of choosing someone to represent me. Money was not a factor in my decision to go pro. It won't be a factor in my choice of an agent. My number one criterion in choosing a college coach was an impeccable reputation for integrity. I'm looking for the same thing in an agent.
"This past year at Duke has been a cherished chapter in my life. I'm very fortunate to have worn the blue and white. And I will always carry with me the memories of playing in front of the Crazies at Cameron. Now it's time to write the next chapter. I can't wait to get started."
Apr 17, 2014 3:06 PM EDT
Rodney Hood will leave Duke after his sophomore season.
Hood and Duke plan to make a formal announcement within the next several days, sources said.
DraftExpress.com has Hood at No. 22 overall in its most recent mock draft.
Hood played one season at Mississippi State before transferring to Duke.
Apr 17, 2014 10:18 PM EDT
The New York Knicks will be interested in Pau Gasol in free agency, according to a source.
Gasol won two championships under Knicks president Phil Jackson and would not receive anything close to the $19.3 million per year that he made with the Los Angeles Lakers this season.
Gasol would have to accept the Knicks' taxpayer's midlevel exception of approximately $3.2 million.
Apr 17, 2014 7:12 PM EDT
Danté Exum has signed an endorsement deal with Adidas.
“I’m really excited to join the Adidas family,” Exum said in a news release. “I’ve had the opportunity to play in Adidas Nations in the past and I’ve always liked their shoes and gear. I look forward to what’s to come for me and Adidas.”
Exum is a graduate of the prestigious Australian Institute of Sport.
Exum participated in the Adidas Nations program in 2011 and 2012, leading Australia to a fourth place finish in 2012.
“Dante is a gifted player,” said Chris Grancio, Adidas head of global basketball sports marketing. “His hard work ethic and play have made him successful at every level of competition, but what makes him special is his great attitude and unselfish team approach to the game.”
Apr 18, 2014 1:38 AM EDT
Andrew Bynum will sit out the Indiana Pacers' first round series against the Atlanta Hawks, which begins on Saturday.
Frank Vogel said the longer the Pacers last in the playoffs, the more odds increase for Bynum to rejoin the team on the court. Bynum has dealt with continued knee issues.
Bynum has played two games since signing with the Pacers, averaging 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in 18 minutes.
Apr 17, 2014 10:10 PM EDT
Thaddeus Young admitted Thursday that he will look at all his options -- including being open to parting with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Young also figures he holds some leverage due to the fact that he could opt out of his contract and become a free agent after next season.
"I do have the opt-out and that's one of the cards that can be played if the situation is not right," Young said. "I can opt out next year. I can ask to be traded. Or I can say, 'I'm all for it. I want to stick around.' I just have to see how things are going to play out."
The 76ers dangled Young in trade discussions before the deadline.
"We were all being shopped," Young said. "I think it's a big thing they kept me, of course, even though it was one of those situations where you feel a little left out."
Apr 17, 2014 10:23 PM EDT
The Orlando Magic's officials likely won't make a decision on whether to pursue contract extensions for Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris until after they see how free agency impacts the salary cap.
Vucevic and Harris will be eligible for extensions this summer.
"I'd love to stay in Orlando," Vucevic said. "I like it here a lot. I like the team. I like what we have going here. I like the coaches. I like everything. So I'd love to stay here, but I guess we should talk about that when the time comes."
Apr 17, 2014 9:42 PM EDT
Joel Anthony will exercise his player option with the Boston Celtics for the 14-15 NBA season.
Anthony will earn $3.8 million and become an unrestricted free agent in 2015.
Anthony was traded to the Celtics by the Miami Heat in January.
Apr 17, 2014 9:30 PM EDT
Derrick Rose tore his meniscus early in the season and was subsequently ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Gar Forman, general manager of the Chicago Bulls, reiterated on Thursday that Rose is out for the season and has been ruled out of the postseason.
There had been reports, albeit from less than reputable sources, that Rose could return to the postseason.
Apr 17, 2014 6:58 PM EDT
Tom Izzo, Fred Hoiberg and Stan Van Gundy are on the Minnesota Timberwolves' coaching search list assuming Rick Adelman leaves, according to sources.
Izzo and Hoiberg have never coached in the NBA, though the latter was formerly in the Wolves' front office.
Van Gundy has been out of coaching since 11-12.
TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager has been diagnosed with leukemia.
Scott Perry is assistant general manager of the Magic, but was formerly with the Pistons.
Steve Clifford guided the Charlotte Bobcats to a 7-1 record in April.
James Young averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in his lone season with the Wildcats.
Jordan Adams contemplated declaring for the NBA Draft after averaging 17.4 points per game.
Apr 17, 2014 | Ian Begley/ESPN
The Knicks can offer five seasons and $129 million to Carmelo Anthony.
The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.
LeBron James has finished with the top-selling jersey in six of his 11 seasons in the NBA.
Mike Woodson said he deserves to coach the final season on his current contract.
The Cavaliers are expected to make a maximum five-year contract extension offer to Kyrie Irving this offseason.
Kobe Bryant has been cleared to resume running and shooting.
Apr 16, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Knicks will have an option on Lamar Odom's contract for the 14-15 season.
Apr 16, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Grant Hill began his NBA career with the Pistons.
James Harden was adamant that he saw himself spending his entire career with the Thunder before being traded to the Rockets in 2012.
Mike D'Antoni will discuss the future with Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss during the Lakers' exit interviews on Friday.
Dario Saric will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft, though it is uncertain if he will remain beyond the withdrawal deadline.
Shaun Livingston has had an outstanding season with the Nets, finally fulfilling upon the promise he showed before suffering a devastating injury.
Apr 16, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Herb Kohl made keeping the Bucks in Milwaukee a condition of the sale.
Channing Frye has a $6.8 million player option for next season.
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Apr 15, 2014 | Ian Begley/ESPN
J.R. Smith reiterated that "in my heart" he does not believe Carmelo Anthony will leave the Knicks in free agency.
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