May 21, 2013 8:52 PM EDT
The 2013 NBA Draft Lottery was held on Tuesday in Times Square with the Cleveland Cavaliers winning for the second time in three years and third time in ten years. The Washington Wizards moved up from the eighth slot to draft third.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Orlando Magic
3. Washington Wizards
4. Charlotte Bobcats
5. Phoenix Suns
6. New Orleans Pelicans
7. Sacramento Kings
8. Detroit Pistons
9. Minnesota Timberwolves
10. Portland Trail Blazers
11. Philadelphia 76ers
12. Toronto Raptors
13. Dallas Mavericks
14. Utah Jazz
May 21, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Clippers have fired Vinny Del Negro, according to a source.
Del Negro has been with the Clippers since the 10-11 season.
The Clippers are believed to be interested in Lionel Hollins and Mike Malone.
Donald Sterling was known as a supporter of Del Negro, but a decision had been made to do everything possible to increase their chances of re-signing Chris Paul.
Sources say Paul wanted a coaching change for the Clippers.
"This was a difficult decision, but we feel this is the best decision for our franchise moving forward," said Gary Sacks in a statement.
A league source tells ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that the situation for Del Negro changed when it appeared as though Sterling may be nearing a new deal with him.
"Once it became a reality that (Sterling) might keep him everyone with a phone got to Donald," said a source.
May 21, 2013 10:41 PM EDT
Dwight Howard is currently torn between re-signing with the Los Angeles Lakers and joining the Houston Rockets in unrestricted free agency, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Howard's displeasure with Mike D'Antoni became known on Tuesday in a report from ESPN. During his exit interview with Mitch Kupchak, Howard reportedly said that he was frustrated with how D'Antoni used him and that he wasn't treated like a team leader the way he did with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash.
Near the end of the regular season, all signs had pointed toward Howard re-signing with the Lakers.
May 21, 2013 1:23 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Clippers are interested in signing David West this offseason.
The Clippers will have to entice West with the $5.15 million midlevel exception available to teams that are non-taxpayers.
West played with Chris Paul as members of the New Orleans Hornets.
The Indiana Pacers will be able to pay West more money to re-sign.
May 21, 2013 10:14 AM EDT
Dwight Howard expressed to Mitch Kupchak during his exit interview that he was frustrated by how Mike D'Antoni used him during his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to sources.
Howard also felt marginalized by D'Antoni, feeling he looked to Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash for leadership and suggestions.
D'Antoni elected not to retain Chuck Person on his coaching staff, who is a confidant of Howard. Furthermore, Steve Clifford has become a head coaching candidate for several NBA vacancies. Clifford was with Howard for five seasons with the Orlando Magic.
One source described the potential departure of Clifford, coupled with the loss of Person as "removing the buffers," between Howard and D'Antoni, "which is a bad thing."
Howard has been careful not to make public comments after what happened last season with Stan Van Gundy, but the situation with D'Antoni doesn't appear to be irreparable.
"It's not a, 'It's me or Mike,' situation for Dwight," said a source.
Howard is a free agent and can sign a five-year, $118 million contract with the Lakers, or up to a four-year, $87.6 million deal with a rival team that has cap space.
May 21, 2013 1:26 PM EDT
Masai Ujiri has been identified as the Toronto Raptors' top target to replace Bryan Colangelo as general manager.
The Raptors could offer Ujiri a salary in excess of $2 million to leave the Denver Nuggets.
Ujiri is reportedly earning approximately $500,000 in the final season of his contract with the Nuggets. The Nuggets, however, are confident that they will be able to retain Ujiri.
May 21, 2013 10:57 AM EDT
Iman Shumpert will play in the Vegas Summer League this offseason for the first time.
Shumpert missed last season due to rehab for his torn ACL, while the lockout cancelled the Summer League during his rookie season.
“They want to see me be more decisive offensively, which I already knew, but that would be big for me to work on this summer…and come in for training camp ready to do that,” Shumpert said.
May 21, 2013 10:46 AM EDT
Stan Van Gundy appeared on The David Baumann Radio Show on Tuesday morning in Orlando and confirmed he will not coach next season.
“As you get down the road more and the longer you are out, the harder it is to get back in and that was certainly a difficult part of the decision process for me because it’s certainly something that I miss and don’t want to close the door on for the rest of my life, but, it is not right now anyway, in the best interest of my family, so it won’t be next year,” said Van Gundy.
Van Gundy has not interviewed with any teams, though he has been contacted.
The Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks are two teams known to have interest in Van Gundy.
“I sort of laugh a little bit on jobs I supposedly interviewed for. I don’t know who those sources are. I certainly have had inquiries from people, but no job offers and I have not interviewed anywhere.”
Van Gundy was also asked about an ESPN report indicating Dwight Howard's frustration with Mike D'Antoni.
“When Dwight has a private meeting with Mitch Kupchak, I don’t know who the source would be… other than Mitch Kupchak," said Van Gundy. "My guess is Mitch is not the source and Dwight is not the source.
“I know through my own history and even some things written about what I was supposedly doing this Spring, that quite honestly, I think a lot of times these writers just sit down, make up a story, claim there’s a source and put it out there. I hate to say that, but there’s no other explanation.”
May 21, 2013 10:51 AM EDT
A death threat was made against Tony Parker with five minutes left in the San Antonio Spurs' win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday in Game 1.
The Bexar County Sheriff is investigating a 911 call played on Sunday in which threatened Parker.
Security was immediately increased but it was determined there was no immediate threat.
Parker was escorted to his home by deputies.
May 21, 2013 10:27 AM EDT
Damian Lillard is being accused of standing by while his entourage beat up two brothers in Portland's Old Town district on Saturday morning.
Jermaine Ulinwa said that he took a photo of Lillard with his cell phone after he spotted him walking toward a parking lot.
“So I took a picture. And so Damian Lillard was upset that I took his picture, so when he turned around he's like, "Did you just take my picture?" said Ulinwa.
“And his entourage just turned around too and they're like, ‘Did you just take a picture of Damian Lillard?’ ... and I said 'Yeah, I did.' And so I saw that he was clearly upset, they were upset and I was like, 'Can I apologize to him? I'll go up right now and apologize to him,'” the brother said.
Philip Ulinwa says he was punched and kicked repeatedly, enough to break his nose and require stitches in his lip.
"I'm getting hit from behind, I'm trying to fight the guy in front, trying to defend myself and there's guys trying to hold me down," said Ulinwa.
Lillard was recently named the 2012-13 NBA Rookie of the Year.
“Damian Lillard basically instigated it, because he actually looked like he was going to go up to my brother and start fighting him. And since he did that, the rest of the guys started getting riled up too and like they thought it was okay to just start fighting out of nowhere,” said Phil Ulinwa.
Police confirmed they are investigating the incident.
“What we do know for certain at this point is Damian Lillard is not a suspect in this incident at all," said Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. "Police did talk to him there. He remained at the scene. What we don’t know is if these people were actually associated with him or people standing in a group or hangers on. We're not really sure yet."
Kevin Durant has donated $1 million to relief efforts following tornadoes in the Oklahoma City region.
The Spurs win over the Grizzlies on Sunday ranks as the lowest rated conference final opener since 2007.
Carmelo Anthony would like the Knicks to re-sign J.R. Smith this offseason.
Dwight Howard will engage in the free agency process and is expected to hear pitches from the Lakers, Rockets, Mavericks, Cavaliers and the Hawks.
Bryan Colangelo will continue to be employed by MLSE in a corporate, non-basketball capacity.
The Warriors have never paid the luxury tax, but their strong showing in the 2013 NBA Playoffs further confirms the new ownership's willingness to consider it.
The Clippers do not have the cap space to sign Dwight Howard while also re-signing Chris Paul.
The Kings have been sold to Vivek Ranadive, which makes the status of Geoff Petrie as basketball president an unknown.
Terrence Williams is signed with the Celtics for next season.
Scott Skiles was fired in the middle of last season by the Bucks.
MLSE faces a Monday deadline to make a decision on their option on Bryan Colangelo's contract for next season.
Carmelo Anthony originally injured his shoulder on April 14.
Amar'e Stoudemire has two years remaining on his uninsured contract and is nearly impossible to trade.
Chris Wallace has years left on his contract as the Grizzlies' GM, but he has no guarantees moving forward.
The Knicks had the third seed going against the second-seeded Pacers, but New York lost the series in six games.
Antoine Walker last played in the NBA during the 2007-08 season for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Chris Bosh averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds against the Bulls and limited Joakim Noah's rebounding impact.
George Hill sat out Thursday night's Game 5 against the Knicks.
LeBron James shot 80.8 percent from the free throw line in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
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