Mar 06, 2014 11:54 AM EST
During All-Star Weekend, Carmelo Anthony and Joakim Noah had a conversation about Tom Thibodeau that eventually led to a recruiting pitch for the Chicago Bulls, according to a report.
Anthony asked Noah what it is like to play for Thibodeau.
Thibodeau has been rumored as an eventual candidate for the New York Knicks, while Anthony is also reportedly considering signing with the Bulls in the offseason.
Noah went on to tell Anthony that he should consider signing with the Bulls "if he wants to win a ring and secure a winning legacy."
Anthony told Noah that he "admires how hard the Bulls play and how hungry they are."
Derrick Rose would like the Bulls to sign Anthony in the offseason and is willing to help the team in their recruitment efforts.
Sources say that it would be difficult for Anthony to leave New York while also taking less money.
Mar 06, 2014 11:46 AM EST
The Oklahoma City Thunder will sign Reggie Williams to a 10-day contract.
Williams, a 6-foot-6 sharpshooter with four years of NBA experience, is being called up from the Thunder-owned Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.
Williams went undrafted in 2007 out of Virginia Military Institute.
Williams is averaging 21.1 points per game for the 66ers this season.
Mar 06, 2014 6:23 PM EST
The NBA could have a work stoppage after the 16-17 season, which could see either the owners or union exercise its opt-out on the current collective bargaining agreement that was agreed upon in 2011.
Several league executives and agents already believe the groundwork is being laid for another prolonged work stoppage.
“Ideally, whether labor or management, you begin work on the next negotiation the day after you sign the last agreement,” said Charles Grantham, who worked for the union from 1978 until 1995. “For the players, they have not been able to do that. They still need to find a director, and once they have one, they need to assemble a team and work on a strategy. They’re way behind.”
The union still does not have an executive director to replace Billy Hunter.
Mar 05, 2014 9:17 PM EST
The Sacramento Kings will sign Royce White to a 10-day contract and immediately assign him to the Reno Big Horns of the D-League.
The Kings will have four games to evaluate White and if his stint goes well, they will likely sign him to a second 10-day deal to join the NBA team.
White is expected to practice with the Big Horns on Thursday in Reno.
Mar 06, 2014 4:49 PM EST
Nate Robinson plans to exercise the player option on the second year of his contract, worth $2.1 million, to return to the Denver Nuggets next season.
Robinson tore his ACL in January and is attacking his rehabilitation in full force.
"Things happen," Robinson said. "God always has a plan for everybody. So, it's just another obstacle that I've got to hop over and keep pushing. But for me, it's going push me to continue to work hard. You can't take your game for granted. It just shows your character. It shows how hard and how bad you really want it. I'm a player that, I love this game. I'm going to come back strong and ready to play."
Robinson said he will "for sure" be healthy by training camp.
Mar 06, 2014 4:43 PM EST
The Washington Wizards are "likely" to sign Drew Gooden to a second 10-day contract on Saturday, according to a source.
Gooden's first 10-day contract will expire Friday.
Gooden scored 12 points on Wednesday.
Mar 06, 2014 12:28 PM EST
In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) discusses the 2014 Sloan Sports Analytics conference with Ian Levy of Hickory-High.com and Hardwood Paroxysm, as well as Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com.
Ian Levy (@HickoryHigh) joins the show to discuss his highlights and takeaways as well as some of the changes that have come over the years he has attended the conference. He and Daniel also discuss the season to come.
After that, Arturo Galletti (@ArturoGalletti) comes on to go over his experience, including what goes on outside of the panels and presentations as well as what the NBA could learn from Vince McMahon's success.
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Mar 05, 2014 11:53 PM EST
With the Los Angeles Lakers unlikely to use their 2014 cap space on a max contract player to save it for the 2015 edition, they are unlikely to use the stretch provision to waive Steve Nash.
Nash is due $9.7 million in the 14-15 season, which the Lakers could spread out evenly over the next three seasons.
Taking the hit in one season while allowing Nash to see if he can get healthy is the logical move given the Lakers' circumstances.
Nash was asked about the Lakers' likely decision to keep him on Tuesday.
“Yeah, it sounds like it,” said Nash.
Nash intends to retire if the Lakers decide to waive him though.
“That would be it,” he said. “I’ll either be back here or I’ll be done.”
Mar 05, 2014 8:00 PM EST
Victor Oladipo and Nick Calathes have been named NBA Rookies of the Month for February.
Oladipo averaged 14.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game with a PER of 16.9 in February.
Calathes averaged 10.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game with a PER of 15.9 in the month.
Mar 06, 2014 12:39 AM EST
Eric Bledsoe will return to the Phoenix Suns' lineup in the coming week and is expected to play no earlier than Sunday at Golden State and no later than next Wednesday against Cleveland.
Bledsoe underwent arthroscopic surgery Jan. 10 and has been rehabilitating with significant recent progress.
Bledsoe participated in full-court, five-on-five scrimmaging on Wednesday for the third time in five days.
“You don’t know how they’ll come back,” Jeff Hornacek said. “We might bring Eric in off the bench a little bit. We hope he’s there at the end of game. If you throw him right into the starting lineup, it might screw you up for a few games."
Bledsoe has averaged 18.0 points and 5.8 assists this season and the Suns have a 16-8 record with him.
Mar 05, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Nets plan to sign another player to a 10-day contract soon.
The Kings' new smartphone app was designed by Tibco, but it is unclear what else was provided by the company.
LeBron James and Blake Griffin have been named the NBA Players of the Month for February.
Wesley Johnson is averaging 9.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in his first season with the Lakers.
Sergey Karasev has appeared in 12 games for the Canton Charge.
Vince Carter is unsure about playing until he is 40.
Dwight Buycks appeared in five games from January 4-11, averaging 12.4 points, 4.0 assists and 26.4 minutes.
J.J. Redick is out with a bulging disk in his lower back.
Rajon Rondo and Ron Adams also examined every aspect of his shooting motion.
Leandro Barbosa will not require surgery.
Carmelo Anthony and his camp are not interested in entering free agency in 2015.
Gal Mekel is averaging 2.4 points, 2.1 assists and 9.6 minutes in 30 games this season.
Thaddeus Young could elevate his trade value by the end of the season.
Prior to his release, a source says that Chris Smith had already left the team due to having issue with his playing time.
Justin Hamilton is averaging 19.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 assists in 35.8 minutes.
Phil Jackson believes that the trend has been in part due to owners seeking modes of evaluation they can understand.
Phil Jackson is interested in returning to work with an NBA team, but not as a head coach.
The Celtics have one of the most interesting front offices in the NBA with a basketball lifer in Danny Ainge working side-by-side with people from more of an analytics background.
Gerald Wallace appeared in 58 games for the Celtics this season and averaged 5.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 24.4 minutes per game.
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