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Longtime Friend: Kevin Durant's Decision '90 Percent Made'

Jun 30, 2016 3:40 PM

Kevin Durant is widely expected to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder for at least one more season.

Durant will meet with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs.

“His decision is 90 percent made. It would take an amazing sales pitch to change it,” said one of Durant’s longtime friends.

Another Durant colleague said, “It’s going to take some sweet-talking to get him to pass up all the money he can get by staying in OKC.”

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavs, Rockets, Heat, Warriors, Spurs Interested In Timofey Mozgov

Jun 30, 2016 1:10 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs are among the teams interested in signing Mozgov.

Mozgov had an excellent 14-15 season after coming over to the Cavaliers in a trade from the Denver Nuggets, but he struggled to get all the way healthy in 15-16 after offseason knee surgery.

The Cavs primarily used Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love and Channing Frye at the center spot in the playoffs.

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Tags: Timofey Mozgov, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Spurs Won't Waive Boris Diaw

Jun 30, 2016 12:21 PM

The San Antonio Spurs will not waive Boris Diaw, guaranteeing his $7 million salary for the 16-17 season.

The Spurs can trade Diaw if they need to free up cap space to sign a free agent.

Diaw is 34 and his minutes per game dropped from 24.5 per game to 18.2 this season following the additions of LaMarcus Aldridge and David West.

Diaw had a PER of 14.0 which was similar to his mark in preivous seasons since joining the Spurs in 2012.

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Tags: Boris Diaw, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Tim Duncan Exercises Player Option With Spurs

Jun 28, 2016 9:59 PM

Tim Duncan has exercised his $5.6 million player option for the 16-17 season with the San Antonio Spurs. 

Duncan's future remains uncertain, however, as he considers retirement. Duncan remained one of the NBA's best defensive players, helping Kawhi Leonard anchor a historically great defense.

The Spurs were eliminated in the second round against the Thunder. 

The Spurs are allowing Duncan to make a decision on his own timetable, but there’s no question that this offseason is the most seriously he’s considered retirement.

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Tags: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Magic Hire Chad Forcier As Top Assistant Coach

Jun 28, 2016 11:45 AM

The Orlando Magic have hired Chad Forcier to become the top assistant coach of Frank Vogel.

Forcier was hired away from the San Antonio Spurs. Forcier had been an assistant coach with the Spurs since 2007 after four seasons with the Indiana Pacers under Rick Carlisle.

The Pacers parted ways with Vogel this offseason and he subsequently was hired by the Magic.

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Tags: Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Some Teams View Kevin Durant Meetings As Chance To Lay 2017 Groundwork

Jun 27, 2016 11:17 AM

Kevin Durant is expected to ultimately re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a one-plus-one contract and become a free agent again in 2017.

Teams meeting with Durant feel like they're laying the groundwork for his 2017 offseason as they anticipate that probable outcome.

The Thunder nearly reached The Finals in 2016 and the ability for Durant to re-sign on a short-term deal and then take a longer view when Russell Westbrook is also a free agent is appealing.

Even if Durant left the Thunder in free agency this summer, he would look for a one-plus-one contract in order to maximize his salary.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical (via Adam Kaufman/CBS Sports)

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

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

Thunder, Warriors, Spurs Granted Meetings With Kevin Durant

Jun 24, 2016 11:22 PM

The Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City are the first three teams to be granted recruiting meetings with Kevin Durant when free agency begins at midnight EST on July 1st.

The list of teams that get to meet with Durant directly will grow as free agency approaches.

Contingents from the Warriors and Spurs are planning to fly to an undisclosed location once free agency starts to meet with Durant. Agent Rich Kleiman and selected family members and friends will be included in the meetings.

Durant will be a free agent for the first time in his career.

The Thunder have been considered the favorites to re-sign Durant on a one-plus-one contract.

After missing large portions of the 14-15 season with multiple foot surgeries, Durant returned to form in 15-16 and led the Thunder to within one win from their first Finals appearance since 2012.

The Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers also hope to meet with Durant.

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Spurs To Sign 2013 First Round Pick Livio Jean-Charles

Jun 24, 2016 7:31 PM

The San Antonio Spurs will offer Livio Jean-Charles a contract this offseason.

Jean-Charles was a first round pick by the Spurs in 2013.

Jean-Charles averaged 5.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and one block per game in the regular season in the French league.

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Kawhi Leonard Withdraws From Olympics

Jun 23, 2016 1:34 PM

Kawhi Leonard has withdrawn from consideration for the United States in the 2016 Olympics.

Leonard is the reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year and finished second in MVP voting.

The United States has considerable depth at forward in Paul George, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Jimmy Butler.

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Kevin Durant To Take Free Agency Meetings In Los Angeles
Kevin Durant has decided to hear free agent proposals in Los Angeles where he owns a home in the offseason.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Manu Ginobili Opts Out Of Contract With Spurs
Manu Ginobili is leaning towards playing next season with the Spurs under a new contract.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Warriors' Top Target In Offseason Remains Kevin Durant
The most likely scenario is for Kevin Durant to sign a one-plus-one contract with the Thunder to return to free agency in 2017.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Magic Trying To Hire Chad Forcier As Frank Vogel's Top Assistant
Chad Forcier has been an assistant coach with the Spurs since 2007.

Marc Stein/ESPN

David West Declines $1.5M Option For 16-17 With Spurs
David West was always expected to decline the second season of his contract.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Kevin Durant Expected To Take Face-To-Face Meetings With Rival Teams
The Warriors and Spurs are considered the strongest threats to sign Kevin Durant away from the Thunder.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Spurs Tried To Trade Up For Klay Thompson In 2011
The Spurs ultimately traded up to pick Kawhi Leonard after the Warriors selected Klay Thompson ahead of them.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Doris Burke Unwilling To Give Gregg Popovich 'A Pass Anymore'
Doris Burke's questions as a sideline reporter are known for being more astute than of some of her peers.

Rembert Browne/New York Magazine

Tony Parker Hopes To Become NBA GM In Retirement
Tony Parker is majority owner and president of the ASVEL basketball club in France.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

James Borrego Gets 2nd Interview With Rockets
The Rockets had seemingly narrowed their search to Mike D'Antoni and Stephen Silas, but they're again widening it.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Rockets To Interview James Borrego For Head Coaching Job
The Rockets have scheduled an interview for Monday with James Borrego.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Danny Green Undergoes LASIK Eye Surgery
Danny Green shot a career-worst 37.6 percent from the field in 15-16 and 33.2 percent on three-pointers.

Nick Moyle/San Antonio Express-News

Manu Ginobili To Meet With Popovich, Duncan In Coming Weeks
Manu Ginobili will take his time in deciding his future and whether or not he will continue his NBA career.

RealGM Staff Report

Spurs To Pursue Mike Conley In Free Agency
Mike Conley is several years younger than Tony Parker, who remains signed with the team through the 17-18 season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili Not Ready To Make Decision On Future
Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have yet to make a decision about whether they will continue their careers next season or retire.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

R.C. Buford Wins NBA Executive Of The Year
R.C. Buford beat out Neil Olshey and Bob Myers for the honor.

RealGM Staff Report

Spurs Preparing Offseason Pursuit Of Kevin Durant
Just as the Spurs did last offseason with LaMarcus Aldridge and in 2003 with Jason Kidd, they plan on pursuing Kevin Durant.

Marc Stein/ESPN

NBA Lists Five Incorrect Non-Calls From Final Thunder-Spurs Play
The Thunder won the game 98-97 following one of the craziest finishes in playoff history.


Jacque Vaughn Agrees To Become Nets' Top Assistant Coach
Jacque Vaughn spent the 2015-16 season in the Spurs' front office as a pro personnel director.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kevin Durant: Having A Really Good Coach Probably Most Important Thing In NBA
Kevin Durant spoke highly of Gregg Popovich hours before the start of the Western Conference Semifinals.

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