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Brian Shaw Expects Nuggets To Keep Kenneth Faried

Brian Shaw praised Kenneth Faried's play in the second half the regular season and said he expects the forward to remain with the Denver Nuggets next season.

“I definitely want to have him back,” Shaw said. “And expect to have him back.”

Faried was the Nuggets’ best player after the All-Star break, leading the team in scoring (18.8 points per game), rebounding (10.1) and shooting percentage (54.6 percent).

“He should be here,” Randy Foye said. “He’s a blue-collar guy, the fans love him. To me, he’s the face of the franchise. The way the fans (love) him. When he brings something, they love watching that guy.”

The Nuggets can begin discussions about a contract extension for Faried on July 1.

Via Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Pelicans View Pierre Jackson As Asset, Remain Unsure On Signing Him For 14-15

Dell Demps discussed the New Orleans Pelicans' future with Pierre Jackson, a leading scorer in the NBA D-League whom New Orleans never signed to a rookie scare contract.

''He’s an interesting one," Demps said. "He played really good in the D-League. I think he was the leading scorer. We’ve followed him and been in contact with him. When we made the trade last year, we knew we were giving up our draft pick and we kind of looked at him as our draft pick for this year. So we have his draft rights and he’s going to be experienced, a little bit older.

"Can I promise Pierre Jackson is going to be on our team next year? I can’t say that right now. But he’s definitely an asset. I want to make sure I say that. He’s done everything and exceeded expectations.''

Jackson was drafted with the 42nd selection in the 2013 Draft.

Via John Reid/New Orleans Times-Picayune

George Kaiser Joins Thunder As Ownership Stakeholder

George Kaiser bought an ownership stake of the Oklahoma City Thunder and has become the newest co-owner.

“We are honored to welcome George Kaiser as a member of the ownership group of the Oklahoma City Thunder,” Clay Bennett said in a statement Friday. “George is a well-respected and important Oklahoma business leader, as well as one of the state and nation’s top philanthropists. His commitment to successful business and community leadership is in true alignment with that of the Thunder.

“I also appreciate the commitment and leadership provided by Tom Ward as a member of our ownership group from the beginning.”

Kaiser is president, CEO and primary owner of Tulsa-based GBK Corp., parent of Kaiser-Francis Oil Co., which he has managed for 40 years.

Via Adam Wilmoth/The Oklahoman

Craig Sager Diagnosed With Leukemia, Could Miss Entire Playoffs

TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager has been diagnosed with leukemia.

His son made the announcement Thursday on Twitter and he could miss most if not all of the NBA Playoffs.

Sager is best known for his colorful suits.

Via Variety

Andrew Bynum Ruled Out Of Pacers' First Round Series

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.

Via Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Magic Could Discuss Extensions For Vucevic, Harris After Initial Free Agency

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."

Via Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Pau Gasol To Receive Interest From Knicks In Free Agency

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.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Thaddeus Young Believes He Holds Leverage In Possible Trade Request

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."

"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."
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20140418_Sixers__Young_faces_uncertain_future.html#QcKFTpsfgLZb3HEQ.99
"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."
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20140418_Sixers__Young_faces_uncertain_future.html#QcKFTpsfgLZb3HEQ.99
Via Bob Ford/Philadelphia Inquirer

Joel Anthony To Exercise 14-15 Player Option With Celtics

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.

Via Chris Haynes/Comcast

Forman: Derrick Rose Won't Return For Postseason

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.

Via Nick Friedell/ESPN

Danté Exum Signs Endorsement Deal With Adidas

Dante Exum participated in the Adidas Nations program in 2011 and 2012.

Scott Perry Expected To Be GM Candidate For Pistons, Cavaliers

Scott Perry is assistant general manager of the Magic, but was formerly with the Pistons.

Izzo, Hoiberg, Stan Van Gundy On Wolves' Coaching Wish List

Tom Izzo, Fred Hoiberg and Stan Van Gundy are on the Timberwolves' coaching search list.

Steve Clifford, Dave Joerger Named NBA Coaches Of Month For April

Steve Clifford guided the Charlotte Bobcats to a 7-1 record in April.

James Young Leaves Kentucky For NBA Draft

James Young averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in his lone season with the Wildcats.

Rodney Hood To Declare For NBA Draft

Rodney Hood played one season at Mississippi State before transferring to Duke.

Jordan Adams To Stay At UCLA For Junior Season

Jordan Adams contemplated declaring for the NBA Draft after averaging 17.4 points per game.

Carmelo More Concerned About Winning Than Money

The Knicks can offer five seasons and $129 million to Carmelo Anthony.

Jabari Parker Declares For 2014 NBA Draft

Jabari Parker will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Heat, Warriors Finish In Top-5 In Efficiency Differential

The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.

LeBron, Durant, Kobe, Rose, Curry Have NBA's Best-Selling Jerseys

LeBron James has finished with the top-selling jersey in six of his 11 seasons in the NBA.

Mike Woodson: I'm The Only Guy For Knicks' Job

Mike Woodson said he deserves to coach the final season on his current contract.

Kyrie Irving Doesn't Have 'Definitive Answer' On Extension

The Cavaliers are expected to make a maximum five-year contract extension offer to Kyrie Irving this offseason.

Kobe Bryant To Intensify Workouts Next Week

Kobe Bryant has been cleared to resume running and shooting.

Knicks Sign Lamar Odom To Two-Year Deal

The Knicks will have an option on Lamar Odom's contract for the 14-15 season.

Scott Perry, Grant Hill On Pistons' List To Take Over Front Office

Grant Hill began his NBA career with the Pistons.

Harden: 'Definitely, No Question' I'd Still Be In Oklahoma City If Money Wasn't Factor

James Harden was adamant that he saw himself spending his entire career with the Thunder before being traded to the Rockets in 2012.

D'Antoni To Discuss Future With Management At Exit Interviews

Mike D'Antoni will discuss the future with Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss during the Lakers' exit interviews on Friday.

Dario Saric To Declare For NBA Draft, Could Still Withdraw

Dario Saric will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft, though it is uncertain if he will remain beyond the withdrawal deadline.

Nets Offered Vince Carter To Clippers For Shaun Livingston Before Injury

Shaun Livingston has had an outstanding season with the Nets, finally fulfilling upon the promise he showed before suffering a devastating injury.
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