May 24, 2013 11:08 AM EDT
After playing a second consecutive season with a torn ligament in his left wrist, Luol Deng doesn’t plan to have any procedure to repair the wrist, a league source told RealGM.
Deng made his second straight All-Star team this season for the Chicago Bulls, averaging 16.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and three assists in 75 games. He decided to bypass surgery after last summer’s Olympics and played all season with his wrist taped.
Instead of undergoing surgery, Deng will rest his wrist. He also dealt with a fractured thumb earlier in the season.
Deng led the Bulls to a 3-1 series lead over the Brooklyn Nets in the first round, but he missed the final seven games – including the series win – of Chicago’s playoff run due to lingering symptoms from a spinal tap. He’s since recovered and felt better. The Bulls’ season ended in a Game 5 series loss to the Miami Heat on May 15.
Over the past two seasons, Deng has cemented himself as an integral, durable forward on the Bulls, establishing himself under Tom Thibodeau as one of the NBA’s elite wing defenders.
May 24, 2013 5:22 PM EDT
The Toronto Raptors met with Masai Ujiri on Friday after the general manager received permission from the Denver Nuggets to interview, according to sources.
Tim Leiweke is aggressively pursuing Ujiri to become the Raptors' general manager and plans to present an offer that will pay him nearly $3 million annually over the course of a multi-year contract.
Ujiri's contract with the Nuggets expires on June 30 and it's possible an agreement can be struck that will allow him to leave sooner.
May 24, 2013 5:34 PM EDT
The Toronto Raptors have requested permission to interview Kevin Pritchard for their general manager opening, according to sources.
The Indiana Pacers do not want to allow interviews until the season ends. They are currently down 1-0 to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
One of the possibilities that the Raptors have identified is teaming Pritchard with Oklahoma City assistant GM Troy Weaver.
May 24, 2013 12:11 AM EDT
The Boston Celtics have denied a request from the Brooklyn Nets to interview Doc Rivers for their head coaching vacancy.
Rivers has three years and $21 million remaining on his contract.
Danny Ainge declined to comment on the interest Rivers is receiving from the Nets.
"Doc has told me he's coming back," Ainge said. "I talk to him almost every day about our team and what we are going to do moving forward."
May 24, 2013 9:57 AM EDT
P.J. Carlesimo had a 35-19 record as interim head coach of the Brooklyn Nets and said that expectations from ownership are not lining up with the level of talent on the roster.
Carlesimo, however, did say that the Nets' head coach opening is one of the best in the NBA since they are a playoff team.
"Having said that, the expectations to win a championship in two years, that’s a heavy load for anybody, not just for Brooklyn. But I don’t know if that’s realistic the way the roster is right now," Carlesimo said Thursday.
"I wouldn’t say that team cannot win a championship, because we thought we could this year if things broke a little better for us. But if that’s on your plate that you need to win a championship in two years, I think that makes it a little challenging."
Mikhail Prokhorov said after buying the Nets in 2010 his goal was to win a championship within five years.
"I also think the expectations are maybe not totally realistic, but you’d rather have that from your owner, and then he’s got the wherewithal to back it up," Carlesimo said. "That’s his goal. We talked about that from day one. He doesn’t make any bones about it. He doesn’t want to have a nice team, he doesn’t want to just sell tickets in Brooklyn and make the team competitive. He wants to win an NBA championship, and as a coach you can’t ask for more that. So if what comes with that is a short leash, well, so be it."
May 24, 2013 5:25 PM EDT
Kosta Koufos will train with the Denver Nuggets' coaches and trainers this offseason rather than playing for the Greek national team.
Koufos averaged 8.0 points per game and 6.9 rebounds this season.
Greece is playing in the FIBA EuroBasket 2013 tournament in Slovenia.
May 24, 2013 12:17 PM EDT
Andris Biedrins will exercise his $9 million player option for the 2013-14 season, according to his agent, Bill Duffy.
"He will not opt out," Duffy confirmed.
The Warriors signed Biedrins to a reported six-year, $54 million contract in the summer of 2008.
May 24, 2013 9:47 AM EDT
Tim Duncan is reportedly going through divorce proceedings with his wife Amy.
Court papers filed last week include a request that legal discovery in the case be postponed until after the Spurs' last playoff game.
The Duncans met at Wake Forest when Tim was on the basketball team and Amy was a cheerleader.
Amy initiated the divorce proceedings on March 27.
Richard Orsinger represented Tony Parker in his divorce from Evan Longoria in 2010.
May 24, 2013 11:38 AM EDT
The Minnesota Timberwolves are targeting Victor Oladipo in the NBA draft, according to league sources.
The Timberwolves currently have the ninth overall pick and would have to move up to get Oladipo.
Flip Saunders is likely to engage the Charlotte Bobcats, holders of the No. 4 pick, in trade talks.
May 24, 2013 11:41 AM EDT
Ernie Grunfeld believes there's talent beyond the top two picks in the upcoming draft.
"Well, I think it’s a three-player draft," Grunfeld said, when told the draft is being described as top heavy, with the top two players being Nerlens Noel and Ben McLemore. "But I won’t tell you who that third player is."
Grunfeld seemed to suggest the Wizards already have a player in mind.
"Obviously we've been going through this process already, but the process will continue," he said. "And as I said before, we feel good about the player that’s probably going to be available to us at that spot."
Grunfeld wouldn’t rule out the possibility of trading the No. 3 pick.
"Well, I think everything is on the table," he said. "We feel good about where we are, we think we’ll get a nice player, but you never say never to anything."
Trey Burke is projected to be the first point guard taken in the upcoming draft.
Chris Grant selected Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters higher than most had projected and may do the same with Otto Porter.
The Pistons will pick in the lottery for the tenth straight season.
Pablo Prigioni spent most of his professional career in Spain.
Jabari Parker has the versatility to play multiple positions.
Trey Burke is unlikely to fall out of the top 10 in June's draft.
Tony Parker said Thursday that his calf contusion is dissipating well.
The Cavaliers won the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday and could draft Nerlens Noel.
Dwyane Wade has a bone bruise this season while last year's injury involved the cartilage, which required surgery in the offseason.
Stan Van Gundy knows his family has become comfortable living together in Orlando and has made it clear that he will not coach in the NBA next season.
LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul have been named to the All-NBA First Team.
Jarrett Jack and Jerryd Bayless have played key playoff minutes this season.
The Pacers would surely prefer to be beat on a jumper than a LeBron James' layup that could be prevented by Roy Hibbert.
Carl Landry has played for four NBA teams in six seasons.
The Grizzlies are looking at new ways to manage the salary cap.
James Jones has one option year remaining on his contract with the Heat.
Dwight Howard can't officially sign with a team until July 10.
Carmelo Anthony appeared in 12 playoff games with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
The Suns will pick fifth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, their highest selection since 1987 when they selected Armen Gilliam at No. 2.
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