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Wizards Don't Expect To Sign Kevin Durant

Jun 26, 2016 4:33 PM

The Washington Wizards believe it is unlikely they will sign Kevin Durant in free agency.

The Wizards have been setting up for a pursuit of Durant in the 2016 offseason for several years. Durant grew up in the Washington area and the hope was he would be intrigued by a homecoming.

"It's not like LeBron and Cleveland," a source told McHenry.

Washington hired Scott Brooks as head coach, who worked with Durant for several seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Wizards must contend this offseason with the restricted free agency of Bradley Beal.

Britt McHenry/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Grizzlies Claim Tony Wroten Off Waivers

Jun 26, 2016 4:41 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies have claimed Tony Wroten off waivers.

Wroten was released by the New York Knicks when they acquired Derrick Rose via trade.

Wroten signed with the Knicks towards the end of the season and did not appear in any games.

The Grizzlies drafted Wroten in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft out of Washington.

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Tags: Tony Wroten, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Joakim Noah Outlines Priorities In Weighing Free Agency Options

Jun 26, 2016 8:40 PM

Joakim Noah has a specific priority list in mind as he weighs his free agent options along with his agent Bill Duffy.

Noah wants a chance to win first and foremost.

Noah then would like a chance to both start and finish games, as well as play for a team to support his Noah's Arc Foundation.

A source said the viewpoint that Noah will chase the best offer is “naïve.’’

“They obviously don’t know Jo’s make-up,’’ the source said.

Noah has reportedly ruled out re-signing with the Bulls.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns Hire Ty Corbin As Assistant Coach

Jun 26, 2016 8:03 PM

The Phoenix Suns have hired Ty Corbin as an assistant coach on the staff of Earl Watson.

Corbin was an assistant coach of the Utah Jazz for several seasons before becoming head coach until 2014. Corbin then became an assistant coach and interim head coach with the Sacramento Kings.

Watson was hired by the Suns on a permanent basis after replacing Jeff Hornacek midseason.

Corbin was also a finalist for the Golden State Warriors' assistant coach position.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bulls Discuss Taj Gibson Trade With Multiple Teams

Jun 26, 2016 8:08 PM

The Chicago Bulls have discussed a trade involving Taj Gibson with multiple teams.

Gibson is in the final season of his contract worth $8.9 million.

If Chicago trades away Gibson, they would be left with a frontcourt rotation of Robin Lopez, Nikola Mirotic, Bobby Portis and Cristiano Felicio.

Gibson is already 31 as he was an older rookie coming into the NBA in 2009 out of USC.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

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Lakers To Aggressively Pursue Hassan Whiteside

Jun 25, 2016 2:44 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers plan to aggressively pursue Hassan Whiteside this offseason.

Whiteside will be an unrestricted free agent and the Miami Heat must use their cap space to re-sign him as they only have early Bird rights and they also cannot offer a fifth season on his deal.

The Lakers' top priority in free agency are rim protection and perimeter shooting.

The Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers will also pursue Whiteside.

Marc Stein, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Hassan Whiteside, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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DeMar DeRozan Not Planning On Meeting With Rival Teams

Jun 25, 2016 7:11 PM

DeMar DeRozan doesn't plan on scheduling meetings with rival teams at the start of free agency as he focuses on re-signing with the Toronto Raptors.

"My mindset has always been Toronto," DeRozan told reporters the day after the Raptors were eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I've always preached it. I was passionate about it when we were losing, when we were terrible. I said I was going to stick through this whole thing, and I want to be that guy who brings this organization to where it is now. I definitely don't want to switch that up after we win."

The Raptors can offer DeRozan a five-year maximum contract worth $153 million with the salary cap at a projected $94 million. Rival teams can offer him a four-year, $114 million deal.

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Tags: DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jamal Crawford, Knicks Have Mutual Interest

Jun 25, 2016 7:05 PM

The New York Knicks and Jamal Crawford have mutual interest in free agency this offseason. The Knicks are on the market for a shooting guard and he can play either position albeit usually in a reserve role.

Crawford was traded to the Knicks in 2004 from the Chicago Bulls and remained with the team until he was dealt in 2008 to the Golden State Warriors as they tried to clear cap space for the 2010 free agent class.

"I'm not talking about any one team but everyone knows how I feel about New York," Crawford told The News. "I really enjoyed my time there."

Crawford was the 6th Man of the Year at the age of 36 this past season.

The Los Angeles Clippers own Crawford's Bird Rights and have expressed a desire to re-sign him.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

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Celtics, Clippers, Heat, Warriors, Spurs, Thunder Get Meetings With Kevin Durant

Jun 25, 2016 11:13 AM

Represenatives of Kevin Durant at Roc Nation are working to solidify invitations with the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant is expected to take the meetings in New York but teams are still awaiting a decision on the final location.

The Thunder remain the frontrunners to re-sign Durant on a one-plus-one contract, according to sources.

But sources say the Warriors, more than than any other rival team, have Durant's attention.

The Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards could still capture meetings with Durant but are currently outside the process.

Durant will leave for a publicity tour in the Far East on July 9th and a decision is expected before he departs.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Sergio Rodriguez Considering NBA Return, Could Sign With Nets

Jun 25, 2016 2:56 PM

Sergio Rodriguez is considering a return to the NBA and the Brooklyn Nets are considered the favorites.

Rodriguez was the 27th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in 2006 who traded his rights to the Portland Trail Blazers. Rodriguez spent three seasons with the Blazers before then playing for the Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks.

Since 2010, Rodriguez has had a successful run with Real Madrid in the ACB.

David Pick

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Harrison Barnes Accepts USA Invite For Olympics
Harrison Barnes joins Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Draymond Green at forward.

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Pau Gasol Willing To Play In Olympics Despite Zika Concerns
Pau Gasol called on Rio officials to ensure the safety of everyone attending the Games, which begin Aug. 5.

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Kyrie Irving Completes USA's Olympic Roster
Kyrie Irving was the MVP of the 2014 Basketball World Cup.

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Warriors Believe Kevin Durant Odds 'Enhanced Significantly' Losing To Cavs In Finals
The Warriors will meet with Kevin Durant at the start of free agency.

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Dunc'd On: Mock Offseason Part 1 With Kevin Pelton, Danny Leroux, Dan Feldman
ate is the player agent while Danny, Dan, and Kevin are GMs for the NBA teams to find a home for all of the big names (and some smaller names) free agents in a simulation of the upcoming offseason.

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Thunder, Warriors, Spurs Granted Meetings With Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant will meet with at least three teams when free agency begins on July 1.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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

Bulls, Celtics Discussed No. 3, No. 16, Jae Crowder For Jimmy Butler
The Bulls held serious trade talks involving Jimmy Butler with both the Celtics and Wolves.

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

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

Andrew Bucholtz/Awful Announcing

Warriors Interested In Al Horford, Joakim Noah, Hassan Whiteside
The Warriors believe they can't thrive without a center who attacks the rim and scores inside.

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

Derrick Rose Doesn't Know Why He Was Traded, Thanks Bulls For Doing It
Derrick Rose also said he believes he can regain his MVP form.

RealGM Staff Report

Marshall Plumlee Agrees Upon Guaranteed Free Agent Deal With Knicks
Marshall Plumlee went undrafted out of Duke.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Serge Ibaka Had Been Sending Some Signals Of Leaving Thunder In 2017
Oklahoma City made the trade also knowing Kevin Durant was fine with Serge Ibaka being traded.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Mavs Interested In Evan Fournier, Kent Bazemore, Evan Turner, Marvin Williams
The Mavs have several targets at wing if they have remaining cap space.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Chandler Parsons Seeking Max Deal Mavs Won't Offer
Chandler Parsons could re-sign with the Mavericks but he looks forward to being recruited by other franchises.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Wizards Preparing Max Offer To Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah is coming off shoulder surgery that ended his season in January.

Mitch Lawrence/Sporting News

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