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Lakers To Aggressively Pursue Hassan Whiteside

Jun 25, 2016 2:44 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers plan to aggressively pursue Hassan Whiteside this offseason.

Whiteside will be an unrestricted free agent and the Miami Heat must use their cap space to re-sign him as they only have early Bird rights and they also cannot offer a fifth season on his deal.

The Lakers' top priority in free agency are rim protection and perimeter shooting.

The Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers will also pursue Whiteside.

Marc Stein, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Hassan Whiteside, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics, Clippers, Heat, Warriors, Spurs, Thunder Get Meetings With Kevin Durant

Jun 25, 2016 11:13 AM

Represenatives of Kevin Durant at Roc Nation are working to solidify invitations with the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant is expected to take the meetings in New York but teams are still awaiting a decision on the final location.

The Thunder remain the frontrunners to re-sign Durant on a one-plus-one contract, according to sources.

But sources say the Warriors, more than than any other rival team, have Durant's attention.

The Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards could still capture meetings with Durant but are currently outside the process.

Durant will leave for a publicity tour in the Far East on July 9th and a decision is expected before he departs.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Sergio Rodriguez Considering NBA Return, Could Sign With Nets

Jun 25, 2016 2:56 PM

Sergio Rodriguez is considering a return to the NBA and the Brooklyn Nets are considered the favorites.

Rodriguez was the 27th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in 2006 who traded his rights to the Portland Trail Blazers. Rodriguez spent three seasons with the Blazers before then playing for the Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks.

Since 2010, Rodriguez has had a successful run with Real Madrid in the ACB.

David Pick

Tags: Sergio Rodriguez, Brooklyn Nets, Real Madrid, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

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Harrison Barnes Accepts USA Invite For Olympics

Jun 25, 2016 10:40 AM

Harrison Barnes has accepted an invitation to play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics.

Barnes will be a restricted free agent at the start of the offseason.

The Golden State Warriors will also be represented by Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, though Barnes could be on another team's roster by the second week of July.

Barnes joins Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Green at forward.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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Warriors Believe Kevin Durant Odds 'Enhanced Significantly' Losing To Cavs In Finals

Jun 24, 2016 11:45 PM

The Golden State Warriors increasingly believe their chances of signing Kevin Durant this offseason were "enhanced significantly" by their loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in The Finals, according to sources.

The Warriors would need to lose at least one significant contract such as Andrew Bogut or Andre Iguodala to create a max contract slot for Durant.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors Interested In Al Horford, Joakim Noah, Hassan Whiteside

Jun 24, 2016 5:24 PM

While the Golden State Warriors will pursue Kevin Durant as their first option in free agency, they have alternate plans in place and that includes going after a big.

The Warriors believe they can't thrive without a center who attacks the rim and scores inside.

Golden State is considering pursuing Al Horford, Joakim Noah and Hassan Whiteside.

Opposing defenses began to abandon Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli, which made stopping the Warriors' primary options simpler.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Al Horford, Hassan Whiteside, Joakim Noah, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Offered No. 5, Ricky Rubio To Bulls For Jimmy Butler Before Kris Dunn Slid

Jun 24, 2016 8:33 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly drafted Kris Dunn at No. 5 to keep him as he wasn't expected to drop to them.

The Wolves' offer of Ricky Rubio and the No. 5 pick to the Chicago Bulls was made before Dunn slipped and not after.

"Obviously, we liked him," Gar Forman said of Dunn. "He's a very good player."

Chicago reportedly sought Zach LaVine from the Wolves in exchange for Butler.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Ricky Rubio, Kris Dunn, Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Dunc'd On: Mock Offseason Part 1 with Kevin Pelton, Danny Leroux, Dan Feldman

Jun 24, 2016 11:44 PM

Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) are joined by Dan Feldman (@DanFeldmanNBA) of NBC and Kevin Pelton (@KPelton) of ESPN for the second annual mock offseason.  Nate is the player agent while Danny, Dan, and Kevin are GMs for the NBA teams to find a home for all of the big name (and some smaller name) free agents in a simulation of the upcoming offseason.

 

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Bulls, Celtics Discussed No. 3, No. 16, Jae Crowder For Jimmy Butler

Jun 24, 2016 8:30 PM

The Chicago Bulls involved Jimmy Butler in trade discussions with both the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Bulls and Wolves appeared to especially zero in on a trade with Butler for Kris Dunn as the primary pieces.

Chicago also held talks with Boston trading for No. 3 with Dunn as the pick along with Jae Crowder and the 16th overall pick for Butler.

Gar Forman downplayed the reports of Butler trade talks and said he doesn't feel the need to reassure him about his future with the Bulls.

"We appreciate Jimmy," Forman said. "We value Jimmy. It's our job to listen about any player on our roster when there's interest. And obviously we call teams and express interest in players that they have."

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Wizards Preparing Max Offer To Joakim Noah

Jun 24, 2016 1:45 PM

The Washington Wizards are prepared to make a major offer to Joakim Noah in free agency.

Washington will offer Noah a full maximum contract, according to the report.

Noah is coming off shoulder surgery that ended his season in January.

Noah is expected to leave the Chicago Bulls this offseason and they traded for Robin Lopez previously this week. A source said Noah has no intentions of re-signing with the Bulls and is ready to move on this offseason.

The New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks are also preparing major offers to Noah.

“If teams are convinced Noah is healthy, he will get a max deal, and Washington is panicking because Nene is done and they didn’t make the playoffs last season,’’ said one GM. “They’ll overpay for Noah — they always do.’’

Mitch Lawrence/Sporting News

Tags: Joakim Noah, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Serge Ibaka Had Been Sending Some Signals Of Leaving Thunder In 2017
Oklahoma City made the trade also knowing Kevin Durant was fine with Serge Ibaka being traded.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Kyrie Irving Completes USA's Olympic Roster
Kyrie Irving was the MVP of the 2014 Basketball World Cup.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Thunder, Warriors, Spurs Granted Meetings With Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant will meet with at least three teams when free agency begins on July 1.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Spurs To Sign 2013 First Round Pick Livio Jean-Charles
Livio Jean-Charles averaged 5.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and one block per game in the regular season in the French league.

Antonis Stroggylakis/Eurohoops.net

Golden State Would Like To Sign Small Forward Into Core As Plan B
Nicolas Batum is likely a better fit than Harrison Barnes but his maximum salary will begin at $28 million compared to $23.5 million.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

ESPN's Ratings For NBA Draft Lowest Since 2012 While Yahoo Gets 2.8M Viewers
ESPN drew a 2.4 overnight rating for the 2016 NBA Draft after a record-setting 3.1 in each of the past two years.

Andrew Bucholtz/Awful Announcing

Kyle Wiltjer Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Rockets
Kyle Wiltjer averaged 20.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 43.7 percent on three-pointers as a senior.

Andy Katz/ESPN

Derrick Rose Doesn't Know Why He Was Traded, Thanks Bulls For Doing It
Derrick Rose also said he believes he can regain his MVP form.

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Marshall Plumlee Agrees Upon Guaranteed Free Agent Deal With Knicks
Marshall Plumlee went undrafted out of Duke.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Mavs Interested In Evan Fournier, Kent Bazemore, Evan Turner, Marvin Williams
The Mavs have several targets at wing if they have remaining cap space.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Chandler Parsons Seeking Max Deal Mavs Won't Offer
Chandler Parsons could re-sign with the Mavericks but he looks forward to being recruited by other franchises.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Team Reneged On Promise To Draft Isaia Cordinier Early In 2nd Round
Isaia Cordinier asked teams not to pick him because he was guaranteed to be brought to the NBA immediately but the team reneged on the promise at the last minute.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

James Webb III, 76ers Agree Upon Two-Year Deal With Partial Guarantee
James Webb III was named first team All-Mountain West in 2015-16 after averaging 15.8 points and nine rebounds per game for the Broncos as a redshirt junior.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

RealGM Radio: NBA Draft Recap With Sam Vecenie
Host Danny Leroux and Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports review an extremely eventful NBA Draft, including winners and losers, what confused them and their favorite selections of the night.

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Dunc'd On: 2016 Draft Review
Analysis of every first round pick along with the trades of Serge Ibaka, Thaddeus Young and Marco Belinelli.

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Taurean Prince Thought He'd Go 20-25, Felt Like Atlanta Liked Him
Taurean Prince was taken 12th overall by the Hawks, who acquired the pick from the Jazz.

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Buddy Hield Ready To Space Floor For Pelicans
The Pelicans drafted Buddy Hield with the sixth overall pick on Thursday, adding perhaps the most proven scorer available.

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Ron Baker, Knicks Agree To Partially Guaranteed Deal
Ron Baker went undrafted out of Wichita State.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Gary Payton II Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Rockets
Gary Payton II went undrafted in Thursday's draft.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cavs Pay $2.4M For 54th Overall Pick, Select Kay Felder
LeBron James was reportedly a proponent of selecting Kay Felder.

Shams Charania/The Vertical