May 29, 2012 10:58 PM EDT
The Lakers are engaged in talks to promote Glenn Carraro to assistant general manager, according to multiple sources.
Carraro spent last season as general manager of the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
Carraro helped guide the D-Fenders to a league-record 38 wins.
May 29, 2012 10:55 PM EDT
Jonas Valanciunas opened preliminary discussions about a release from his team in Lithuania, sources said.
Valanciunas is expected to pay the $2.4-million clause that will free him from the remaining year of his contract.
The Raptors likely will agree to pay $550,000 of that -- the most allowed by international rules.
May 29, 2012 4:49 PM EDT
Vinny Del Negro will return as head coach of the Clippers for the 12-13 season.
The Clippers held an option on Del Negro's contract.
Del Negro guided the Clippers to the second round of the playoffs, but had been subject of rumors of his impending dismissal throughout the season.
May 29, 2012 4:36 PM EDT
The Portland Trail Blazers, the Idaho Stampede, and the NBA Development League announced today that the Trail Blazers and Stampede have entered into a single affiliation partnership beginning with the 2012-13 season. Portland will be Idaho’s sole NBA affiliate and will have full control over the team’s basketball operations.
This partnership, also referred to as the “hybrid affiliation,” allows for NBA teams to secure control of, and cover the expenses related to, the basketball operations of an NBA D-League team while partnering with existing local ownership, which maintains responsibility for the team’s off-the-court business operations.
May 29, 2012 4:10 PM EDT
The Warriors and Jazz were working on a trade involving the conveyance of a first round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Golden State gets to keep their pick if it is in the top-seven, but it will be dealt to the Jazz if it is No. 8 or lower.
Sources say trade talks between the two sides are all but dead.
The Warriors have a 72.66% chance of keeping the pick based on odds released by the NBA.
May 29, 2012 11:09 AM EDT
The Orlando Magic have announced that the team has waived guard Von Wafer.
Wafer (6’5”, 209, 7/21/85) appeared in 33 games (one start) with Orlando this season, averaging 5.9 ppg. and 1.4 rpg. in 14.2 minpg. He also played in one playoff game, tallying six points and one rebound.
May 29, 2012 10:35 AM EDT
Ryan Blake, NBA director of scouting, said that Anthony Davis is the best big man to come along in years.
“My father (longtime basketball scout Marty Blake) always said a center who can dominate comes along about once every 25 years; we’re talking about guys who can change the game at both ends of the floor,’’ said Blake. “You could see that in Dwight Howard; that he might take some time to develop, but he would have that effect.
“Davis might be a power forward, but he’s so long and athletic he changes the game to that extent.’’
Davis displays a higher level of maturity and teamwork than should be expected of a player his age.
“He’s bright. He’s disciplined. He’s mature. He’s able to make other players better with his presence. He’s focused on winning and he gets the job done,’’ Blake said.
May 29, 2012 10:32 AM EDT
Tyler Zeller and Meyers Leonard are among six players set to workout for the Blazers on Tuesday.
Portland officials will also meet with Garrett Sim, Casper Ware, Kent Bazemore, and Kris Joseph.
Prospects will be tested on a variety of basketball drills and they also will sit down for one-on-one chats with team personnel.
“We’ve been watching a lot of these guys for a long time,” Blazers interim general manager Chad Buchanan said. “So we’ve got strong opinions on the majority of these guys. But this is the time of year where you get to know them as people, a time when you can address any questions you have with them. We feel good about where we’re at in the (draft evaluation) process and we’re looking forward to getting some of these guys in our gym.”
The Blazers plan to host between 35 and 40 prospects between now and the draft.
May 29, 2012 10:10 AM EDT
Andre Drummond has lost 22 pounds since the end of his freshman season at Connecticut.
Drummond now weighs 268 pounds, allowing him to have excellent lateral quickness for a player his size.
May 29, 2012 10:07 AM EDT
Ray Allen's ankle injury has been bothering him throughout the past few months, but even impacted him at the foul line in Game 1.
Allen went 3-for-7 at the foul line and 1-for-7 from the floor.
“I’m just trying to find my balance,’’ said Allen, who shot 1 of 7 from the floor and had 6 points. “I feel good over it, I’m just not in a great rhythm right now. I just know I don’t have good timing right now.
“The shot feels fine. If it’s short, I know that I do have less lift on it. I just take it day by day, trying to figure out what I’m dealing with. I do have restrictions. That’s why we have a great team here, why we have each other.
“I believe you guys know what I’m dealing with. It’s nothing really to talk about. It’s like a battle within myself, I have to try to win. It’s a daily situation I have to deal with. This is the time I need to be out here to help the team win. When the season’s over with, I’ll have to deal with what I have to deal with myself personally. Right now, it’s the playoffs and you play.’’
Serge Ibaka sat on the bench for the final 16:01 of Oklahoma City's 101-98 Game 1 loss to the Spurs.
In attendance were Tony Wroten, Jeffrey Taylor, Draymond Green, Kevin Jones, Kris Joseph, Tu Holloway and Josh Owens, amongst others.
Stanford power forward Josh Owens is hoping to be ascend draft boards as a sleeper similar to former teammate Landry Fields.
Referee Ed Malloy called Doc Rivers' technical foul.
Rajon Rondo was held to 16 points and seven assists as the Heat made sure to have help defenders in the paint waiting for him.
Chris Bosh remained in Miami when the Heat eliminated the Pacers from the Eastern Conference Semifinals in Game 6.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade attacked the basket at will in the second half of Miami's 93-79 Game 1 victory over the Celtics.
Andre Drummond has yet to demonstrate that he can excel within a team system.
Doc Rivers believes the Heat may be more dangerous without Chris Bosh.
Tyler Zellerís shooting and passing abilities remind one Western Conference scouting director of Spencer Hawes.
May 28, 2012 | Toronto Star
Andrea Bargnani missed 35 games this season due to recurring issues with his left leg.
Doug Collins' contract is guaranteed for one more season.
The Bobcats plan to meet with Quin Snyder as they continue their coaching search.
Erik Spoelstra tracks Heat players with an "activity chart," which awards points for statistical categories such as fouls drawn and block outs on rebounding.
Tim Duncan will be a free agent this offseason, but has been widely expected to re-sign with the Spurs.
May 28, 2012 | TalkBasket.net
CSKA Moscow and Barcelona are rumored to have interest in signing Joel Freeland, according to a report.
Dwyane Wade gave the game ball following Miami's closeout win of the Pacers to Udonis Haslem.
Chris Bosh's workout included catching and turning with the ball, along with lateral movement across the court.
Dwyane Wade said Miami was predestined to face the Celtics in the Eastern Conference championship.
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James Harden said Oklahoma City will focus on slowing down Tony Parkerís penetration and distribution.
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