May 23, 2013 10:49 AM EDT
Dwight Howard is considering signing with the Golden State Warriors as well as the previously reported Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks, a source close to the player said Thursday.
According to the source, Howard's main concern involves "what team he feels has the best chance to win championships, has the best team and system around him."
Howard can't officially sign with a team until July 10, when a moratorium on NBA business is lifted.
May 23, 2013 1:41 PM EDT
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.
Furthermore, Van Gundy is leaving open the possibility of never coaching in the league ever again.
"It is possible and that scares me," Van Gundy said. "Coaching is all I've ever done and all I know.
"Every year, you're out of it, it gets harder and harder to get back in."
For now, Van Gundy has decided not to pursue head coach openings and has turned down offers.
"We love where we're living and quite honestly it would be hard for us to leave Central Florida," Van Gundy said. "... As much as I would like to be back in coaching, we're all real happy here. I don't know what will happen in the future, but for right now we've decided not to pursue anything."
May 23, 2013 1:05 PM EDT
LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul have been named to the All-NBA First Team.
On the Second Team are Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin, Marc Gasol, Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook.
On the Third Team are David Lee, Paul George, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade and James Harden.
May 23, 2013 2:18 PM EDT
Tony Parker underwent a precautionary MRI on his bruised left calf Thursday, and the San Antonio Spurs' guard received a positive outcome.
Parker said Thursday that his calf contusion is dissipating well.
Parker is averaging 18 points in five games since the injury, alternating two strong shooting performances (9 for 16 and 9 for 14) around three poor ones (6 for 17, 3 for 16, 6 for 20).
The Spurs lead the Memphis Grizzlies, 2-0, in the Western Conference Finals.
May 23, 2013 1:46 PM EDT
Dwyane Wade acknowledged before Wednesday's Game 1 against the Indiana Pacers that his left knee injury is more painful than it was last season.
This season's injury is a bone bruise while last year's involved the cartilage, which required surgery in the offseason.
"It’s unfortunate I’ve had to deal with this thing for two months now," Wade said. "When I feel great, I’m going to attack. When I don’t, I know how to be a team player and give of myself for other guys.
"Even though my knee isn’t 100 percent, it ain’t gone.”
May 23, 2013 2:12 PM EDT
Kentucky coach John Calipari wants the Cleveland Cavaliers to draft Nerlens Noel with the first overall pick in this year's NBA draft.
"My hope is they take Nerlens because they do their research and say, 'We need that shot blocker behind what we have. ... We know he's going to gain 40 pounds. We know the trajectory,'" Calipari said. "They know where he was at the beginning of the year and they know how much he improved because they were here.
"They haven't made mistakes. If they pick him, in all likelihood, history tells you something: It's not a mistake, which means it's good for my kid."
The Cavaliers won the draft lottery on Tuesday.
May 22, 2013 8:53 PM EDT
Carmelo Anthony has a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Anthony may need surgery to repair the injury, which he played 12 playoff games with.
The New York Knicks are hopeful that Anthony can avoid surgery with rest over the next three to four weeks.
Anthony originally injured his shoulder on April 14th and re-injured it in Game 5 of the first round against the Boston Celtics.
Anthony would likely need three to four months of recovery if he undergoes surgery.
May 23, 2013 11:29 AM EDT
The Memphis Grizzlies are using advanced analytics to manage the salary cap.
“People talk about analytics in evaluating players, but there’s a lot of analytics around the salary cap,” said Josh Levien, the first-year CEO of the Grizzlies. “How much should we spend for a player at a certain position and what role he’s going to play? So that’s a lot of what we’ve done and are working on, is salary-cap analytics, being thoughtful about how we structure our roster and how we can get the best bang for our buck.”
The collective bargaining agreement imposes unprecedented penalties on teams exceeding the cap.
“With the rules set up the way they are, there’s minimal room for error,” Levien said. “You’ve got to be very thoughtful in your approach to how you build your team, how you build a roster, and you’ve got to keep the cap and the tax in mind.”
May 23, 2013 10:58 AM EDT
James Jones plans to pick up his player option to return to the Miami Heat.
“Unless something crazy happens, I’ll be back,’’ Jones said Wednesday.
Jones, 32, is reportedly making $1.76 million this season.
May 23, 2013 12:38 PM EDT
Frank Vogel decided to leave Roy Hibbert on the bench in two key defensive plays late in the Indiana Pacers' overtime loss to the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Hibbert is one of the NBA's best rim protectors, but struggles to defend the perimeter. Vogel was concerned that guarding Chris Bosh on the perimeter would negate Hibbert's usefulness at the basket. Nevertheless, the Pacers would surely prefer to be beat on a jumper than a LeBron James' layup.
"I've grown as a player, this is my fifth year and maybe I need to start talking up more," Hibbert told Yahoo! Sports. "They pay me [max-contract money] for a reason.
"I didn't say anything, and I wish I did. From now on, I need to speak up."
Vogel admitted after the game that he will almost certainly not make the same mistake again in the series.
"I would say we'll probably have him in next time," Vogel said.
Jarrett Jack and Jerryd Bayless have played key playoff minutes this season.
Carl Landry has played for four NBA teams in six seasons.
The Suns will pick fifth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, their highest selection since 1987 when they selected Armen Gilliam at No. 2.
Mitch Kupchak has worked to gain the trust of Dwight Howard during the 12-13 season, which he has by all accounts.
Lon Babby and Ryan McDonough are searching for a new head coach for the Suns.
D.J. Stephens was also named Conference-USA Defensive Player of the Year.
May 22, 2013 | Chad Ford/ESPN
The 13th overall pick has a cap hold of $1,655,300, cap space the Mavericks are looking to clear.
May 22, 2013 | Chad Ford/ESPN
Victor Oladipo appears to be the most popular player in the 2013 NBA Draft for general managers, even if he isn't on top of draft boards.
Phil Handy was previously a player development coach with the Lakers.
Phil Jackson felt that his system would have allowed Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard to have a similar type of success as Gasol and Andrew Bynum.
USA Basketball has announced its 2013 U19 World Championship roster, which will be held in Prague.
Mike Krzyzewski has a 62-1 record with USA Basketball.
Dwight Howard is currently torn between re-signing with the Lakers and joining the Rockets in unrestricted free agency.
The 2013 NBA Draft Lottery was held on Tuesday in Times Square with the Cavaliers winning for the second time in three years.
Kevin Durant has donated $1 million to relief efforts following tornadoes in the Oklahoma City region.
The Clippers are believed to be interested in Lionel Hollins and Mike Malone to replace Vinny Del Negro.
The Spurs win over the Grizzlies on Sunday ranks as the lowest rated conference final opener since 2007.
May 21, 2013 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Masai Ujiri is reportedly earning approximately $500,000 in the final season of his contract with the Nuggets.
May 21, 2013 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Clippers will have to entice David West with the $5.15 million midlevel exception available to teams that are non-taxpayers.
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