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Kupchak: Lakers Don't Have Time To Slowly Build Through Draft

May 24, 2015 3:40 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers expect to keep the second overall pick, but their rebuilding project will likely involve pursuing free agents this summer and next.

"We don’t have …. the time to methodically and slowly build through the draft," said Mitch Kupchak.

The Lakers almost certainly won't have their own first round pick in 2016, though this year they have their own pick at No. 2 and the Houston Rockets' pick at No. 27.

The Lakers have missed out on the playoffs in 2014 and 2015.

Bleacher Report Radio

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Lakers Will Discuss Future With Kobe Bryant If He Wants To Play Beyond Next Season

May 24, 2015 12:21 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers expect Kobe Bryant to retire after the upcoming season, but will discuss his future if he wants to continue playing.

"I’m sure that’s something that will be discussed a year from now," Mitch Kupchak said.

Bryant will enter his 20th NBA season in 2015-16.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Stephen Curry Has Highest Conference Finals PER Since Amar'e In 2005

May 24, 2015 2:57 PM

Stephen Curry has a PER of 39.3 in the 2015 Western Conference Finals after the first three games. Curry is averaging 35.7 points on 58.1 percent shooting from three (TS% of 77.5 percent), 4.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists.

Curry's PER is the highest in this round of the playoffs since Amar'e Stoudemire had a PER of 40.5 in the 2005 Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. Stoudemire averaged 37.0 points and 9.8 rebounds per game with a TS% of 61.1 percent.

The Golden State Warriors are up 3-0 against the Houston Rockets in the series.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Jahlil Okafor: Injuries During Season Led To Loss Of Fitness

May 24, 2015 3:45 PM

Jahlil Okafor has lost 12 pounds since the end of the college season, trying to get into better shape ahead of the NBA Draft and the beginning of his professional career.

"Going into the season, I was in great shape, and then as the season progressed I kind of lost that shape. [Due to] injuries, I wasn’t able to practice as much so I wasn’t as active. Now I’ve gotten back to what I was doing before I went to school, changed my diet up a little bit, and just working hard. It’ll just make me a better athlete, taking care of my body. That just goes without saying."

Okafor had outstanding production on offense, but there are questions about his ability on the defensive end of the floor.

Deantae Prince/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Jahlil Okafor, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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NBA Considering Moving Up Finals To June 2nd If Both Series Are Sweeps

May 24, 2015 8:11 PM

The NBA is exploring the possibility of moving up the start of the NBA Finals to June 2nd if the Conference Finals both end in sweeps.

The Golden State Warriors are up 3-0 against the Houston Rockets, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are up 2-0 against the Atlanta Hawks before Game 3.

The Finals are scheduled to start on June 4th.

There are no scheduled events at either Oracle Arena or Quicken Loans Arena that would make changing the start date of the Finals problematic from a building perspective. But network TV scheduling, hotel inventory in both cities and international travel loom large as obstacles to changing the scheduled start date.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Kyrie Irving Out Again In Game 3 With Knee Tendonitis

May 24, 2015 8:08 PM

Kyrie Irving sat out again in Game 3 as he continues to struggle with knee tendonitis. 

Irving went through a workout on Sunday before the game testing the knee.

Irving also sat out in Game 2.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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Goran Dragic Assured Heat Will Play Faster Moving Forward

May 24, 2015 12:30 PM

Goran Dragic feels strongly that the Miami Heat must play faster and has been assured that is a key part of the team's plan moving forward, according to a source.

Dragic still appears to consider the Heat as the frontrunner heading into free agency.

The Lakers, Knicks, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Sacramento are all expected to have interest in Dragic.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Goran Dragic, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kyle Korver Awaiting Second Opinion On Possible Ankle Surgery

May 25, 2015 2:07 AM

A report on Sunday stated Kyle Korver will need surgery on his severe ankle sprain and miss four to six months.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tags: Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Injury

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Insiders Expect Kevin Love To Leave Cavaliers In Free Agency

May 23, 2015 3:18 PM

Kevin Love is out for the season following shoulder surgery and is expected to become a free agent this summer.

Love had an uneven first season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"Every executive I talk to, every agent I talk to, every quasi insider, every girlfriend's cousin's sister's boyfriend all says this guy is out of there," said Brian Windhorst during a podcast with Zach Lowe.

"I hear the same thing from everybody," said Lowe. "From everyone that is two or three or four steps removed. I don't quite believe all of that."

"I agree," replied Windhorst.

"Part of what's going on there is the Lakers' boogeyman," said Lowe. "They don't just say he's out of there, they say 'He's going to the Lakers.' That has much to do with the fear people have of the Lakers as it does with Kevin Love."

"I can't get a read on Kevin," said Windhorst. "His personality is a little bit different than many players I've covered. He has at every turn even gone out of his way to make statements about how he intends to remain in Cleveland."

Windhorst has also mentioned that Love has seemed distant from the Cavaliers post-surgery, attending just one game. Love is unable to fly yet following the surgery.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN (via Zach Lowe Podcast)

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Terrence Ross Undergoes Ankle Surgery

May 23, 2015 3:09 PM

Terrence Ross underwent surgery to remove bone spurs and loose bodies from his left ankle.

The surgery was performed in Van Nuys, California, but Ross will conduct his rehabilitation in Toronto.

No timetable has been set for Ross' return to basketball activities.

Ross averaged 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 25.3 minutes in a career-best 82 games this past season.

The Canadian Press

Tags: Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Bulls Waiting For Coaching Vacancies To Fill Before Firing Tom Thibodeau
The Bulls have been waiting for a team to offer a draft pick to hire Tom Thibodeau, but no such offer has materialized.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Scott Skiles Identified As Frontrunner For Magic Job
Rob Hennigan has discussed the opening with several possible candidates, but Scott Skiles has clearly separated himself in the process.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kyle Korver Out For Playoffs, May Need Ankle Surgery
Kyle Korver was injured when he and Matthew Dellavedova got tangled up chasing a loose ball.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Constitution

LeBron: Shumpert Will Make All-Defensive Team Soon
LeBron James said he believes Iman Shumpert will be on the NBA All-Defensive team "very soon."

Ethan J. Skolnick/Bleacher Report

Harrison Barnes Received First Training With Jerry West Before Season
Harrison Barnes called upon Jerry West to receive training during last offseason.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Conference Finals Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-2)
The Cavaliers have held the Hawks under 100 points per 100 possessions in both Games 1 and 2.

RealGM Staff Report

MLSE Likely To Hire John Cassaday To Succeed Tim Leiweke As President
John Cassaday, who recently retired as president and CEO of Corus Entertainment, has long been rumored the likely choice to succeed Leiweke.

Elliotte Friedman/Sportsnet

Jeff Van Gundy Interested In Pelicans' Job
The Pelicans are considering Jeff Van Gundy for the position.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Cavaliers Will Feel Pressure To Re-Sign Free Agents After Miami's Amnesty Of Miller
LeBron James wanted to go home to Cleveland, but other issues were in play such as the Heat using the amnesty on Mike Miller.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

DeMarre Carroll To Start Game 2
DeMarre Carroll will play in Game 2 and will start.

RealGM Staff Report

Royce White Receives Summer League Offer From Clippers
Royce White played three games in 13-14 with the Kings and was out of basketball this season.

Darren Wolfson/KSTP

Kyrie Irving Out For Game 2, Questionable For Game 3
Kyrie Irving was also seen on Friday by Dr. James Andrews.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Report: DeMarre Carroll Won't Play Game 2
DeMarre Carroll suffered a knee injury in Game 1 late in the fourth quarter.

Fred Kalil/CBS Atlanta

Warriors Have 4th Best Elo Rating In NBA History
Elo points depend only on the final score of each game and where it was played.

Nate Silver, Reuben Fischer-Baum/FiveThirtyEight

Lakers Expect Kobe Bryant To Retire In 2016
Kobe Bryant will be in the final season of his current deal with the Lakers and will earn $25 million.

Sirius Radio (via Jesus Gomes/SB Nation)

Nuggets Rebuilding Around Gallinari, Nurkic; Could Trade Lawson, Faried
The Nuggets are expected to make Ty Lawson and/or Kenneth Faried available in trade talks before the June 25th draft.

Mark Kiszla/Denver Post

Kyrie Irving Misses Shootaround, Questionable For Game
Symptoms related to Kyrie Irving's left knee tendinitis had not diminished and additional evaluation was recommended.

RealGM Staff Report

Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: May 22nd
In Friday's episode, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Daniel Leroux of RealGM (@DannyLeroux) review Game 2 between the Warriors and Rockets and discuss the selections for the All-NBA teams.

RealGM Staff Report

Kyrie Irving: I Just Don't Have It Right Now
With his mobility limited, Kyrie Irving may have to rely on jumpers.

Shaun Powell/NBA.com

Allen Iverson Pushed By China Promoters To Play, Delaying Tour
Allen Iverson has been pushed so hard by local promoters in Harbin, China, to play that officials held him in the city and delayed his next stop, sources told RealGM on Thursday.

Shams Charania/RealGM

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