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Jeff Van Gundy Interested In Pelicans' Job

May 22, 2015 10:57 PM

Jeff Van Gundy has expressed interest in the New Orleans Pelicans' head coaching position.

Van Gundy hasn't coached since parting ways with the Houston Rockets in 2007.

The Pelicans are considering Van Gundy for the position.

Longtime Van Gundy confident Tom Thibodeau has been considered a candidate, but he remains under contract by the Chicago Bulls.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Expect Kobe Bryant To Retire In 2016

May 22, 2015 1:55 PM

Mitch Kupchak has said he expects the 15-16 season to be the final one for Kobe Bryant.

"He has indicated to me that this is it," Kupchak said. "There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don't think there will be." 

Bryant will be in the final season of his current deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and will earn $25 million.

"I think it is clear," he continued. "He's on the last year of his deal. There have been no discussions [about playing beyond next season]. He hasn't indicated that he wants to continue to play."

Kupchak refused to completely dismiss the possibility of Bryant returning, saying "a year from now, if there's something different to discuss, then it will be discussed then."

Bryant played in just 36 games last season as he continues to be limited by injuries.

Sirius Radio (via Jesus Gomes/SB Nation)

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

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DeMarre Carroll To Start Game 2

May 22, 2015 8:08 PM

DeMarre Carroll will play in Game 2 and will start.

The Atlanta Hawks were encouraged by how little Carroll's knee swelled.

Carroll escaped a serious knee injury that initially looked like a possible torn ACL.

Carroll will also be a free agent this offseason.

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Tags: DeMarre Carroll, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Injury

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Kyrie Irving Out For Game 2, Questionable For Game 3

May 22, 2015 7:06 PM

Kyrie Irving won't play in Game 2 due to knee tendonitis. 

Irving is also questionable for Game 3 on Sunday back in Cleveland.

Irving was also seen on Friday by Dr. James Andrews.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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

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MLSE Likely To Hire John Cassaday To Succeed Tim Leiweke As President

May 22, 2015 11:30 PM

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has picked John Cassaday to become Tim Leiweke's successor as president and CEO.

There will be final discussions to approve Cassady next week.

Larry Tanenbaum, MLSE’s chairman, said, “We’re close,” when asked if the search was nearing its end.

Cassaday, who recently retired as president and CEO of Corus Entertainment, has long been rumored the likely choice to succeed Leiweke.

Elliotte Friedman/Sportsnet

Tags: Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Conference Finals Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-2)

May 23, 2015 12:30 AM

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are each up 2-0 in their Conference Finals' matchups against the Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks.

Points Per 100 Possessions (Game 1/Game 2)

Warriors: 113.8 / 110.1

Rockets: 109.6 / 109.0

Hawks: 98.6 / 98.4

Cavaliers:  107.5 / 108.2

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Cavaliers Will Feel Pressure To Re-Sign Free Agents After Miami's Amnesty Of Miller

May 22, 2015 8:31 PM

While the Cleveland Cavaliers knew they would have a chance to sign LeBron James last offseason, they certainly were not tipped off to it beforehand as Pat Riley insinuated.

"I know for pretty sure the Cavs were in the dark," said Windhorst on Zach Lowe's podcast. "And I have an indisputable reason why: they didn't have the cap space to sign him.

"Even if you think bringing Gordon Hayward in for a visit was subterfuge, and they were trying to line up one with Chandler Parsons. The jet Dan Gilbert flew to Florida to meet with LeBron, the previous flight that jet took was to go to Indianapolis to pick up Gordon Hayward and bring him to Cleveland for a visit."

The Cavaliers had to engineer a trade to clear Jarrett Jack from their salary cap to sign James.

"If there was a conspiracy, the Cavaliers wouldn't have hired David Blatt either."

Windhorst reports James certainly didn't make up his mind before the end of the Finals and he would have certainly remained with the Miami Heat to go for a fourpeat.

James wanted to go home to Cleveland, but other issues were in play such as the Heat using the amnesty on Mike Miller.

"LeBron was really upset about Mike Miller being released," said Windhorst. "The argument was there was this sense of sacrifice through the organization. And for the Heat to cut Mike Miller to save money, and it was a lot of money, $17 million in luxury taxes. That undercut what LeBron was seeing and combined with the fact that he saw the Clippers sell for $2 billion and arguably at that moment you might have been able to get $2 billion, at least $1.5, $1.7. I think it irritated LeBron that there wasn't this equal willingness to sacrifice across the organization."

Windhorst also said there will be a lot of pressure for the Cavaliers to sign their free agents this offseason because of that fact. J.R. Smith is expected to opt out, while Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson will be free agents.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nuggets Rebuilding Around Gallinari, Nurkic; Could Trade Lawson, Faried

May 22, 2015 12:34 PM

The Denver Nuggets are expected to make Ty Lawson and/or Kenneth Faried available in trade talks before the June 25th draft.

The Nuggets believe Danilo Gallinari and Jusuf Nurkic are the two centerpieces of their rebuilding efforts.

Denver figures to have cap space in the coming seasons, but free agency hasn't been an area of success for the franchise historically.

Mark Kiszla/Denver Post

Tags: Jusuf Nurkic, Danilo Gallinari, Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Royce White Receives Summer League Offer From Clippers

May 22, 2015 7:18 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers offered a Summer League contract to Royce White.

White has dealt with anxiety issues throughout his life.

The Houston Rockets selected White in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft out of Iowa State and never appeared in a game with the franchise. White played three games in 13-14 with the Sacramento Kings and was out of basketball this season.

Darren Wolfson/KSTP

Tags: Royce White, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Summer League

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Warriors Have 4th Best Elo Rating In NBA History

May 22, 2015 5:41 PM

The Golden State Warriors have the fourth best composite Elo rating in NBA history.

Elo points depend only on the final score of each game and where it was played.

Elo ratings above 1800, which imply a team would be able to sustain at least a 67-15 record over the long term, are extremely rare. Only three teams have achieved them: the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (whose 1853 Elo rating from June 9, 1996, is the all-time record), the 1996-97 Chicago Bulls and the 1985-86 Boston Celtics. This year’s Golden State Warriors have a chance at an 1800-plus rating, depending on how the rest of the playoffs go.

Nate Silver, Reuben Fischer-Baum/FiveThirtyEight

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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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.

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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

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

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

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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

LeBron Admits Playing Too Much ISO-Ball In Game 1
LeBron James' 18 isolation possessions in Game 1 were the most by any player during the 2015 playoffs.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Alvin Gentry Wants Pelicans' Head Coaching Job
Alvin Gentry interviewed with Mickey Loomis and Dell Demps and he believes the opportunity to coach Anthony Davis would be career defining.

John Reid/Times Picayune

Chandler Parsons Mum On Whether Surgery Was Microfracture
Chandler Parsons' surgery was simply announced as arthroscopic to address a cartilage issue in his right knee.

Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Lester Hudson Offered $2M Contract To Return To China
Lester Hudson played for the Clippers after the CBA season finished.

Nick Bedard/Basketball Buddha

Curry, LeBron, Davis, Harden, M. Gasol On All-NBA First Team
Stephen Curry and LeBron James headline the 14-15 All-NBA First Team as unanimous selections.

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DeMarre Carroll's Left Knee Has No Structural Damage
DeMarre Carroll is listed as day-to-day.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: May 21st
In Thursday's episode, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Daniel Leroux of RealGM (@DannyLeroux) review Game 1 between the Hawks and Cavs and discuss the selections for the All-Defensive team.

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Lakers Likely To Pick Remaining Big With 2nd Overall Pick
The Lakers will likely pick Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns depending on who the Wolves select.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Dwight Howard Questionable For Game 2, Rockets Preparing For Him Not To Play
Dwight Howard and Kevin McHale both said that his availability will depend how he feels Thursday throughout the day and before game time.

Carl Steward/Mercury News

Wizards Committed To Max For Bradley Beal, Would Prefer To Wait Until 2016
Bradley Beal becomes eligible for a contract extension this offseason with the Wizards, but doing so would compromise their cap space for 2016.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Towns, Okafor, Russell, Mudiay Go 1-4 In First Post-Lottery Mocks
D'Angelo Russell is projected to go to the 76ers in the first post-lottery mocks.

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Wolves Willing To Consider Trading No. 1 Overall Pick
Glen Taylor admitted it is unlikely, but not something they're prepared to rule out.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Kawhi, Draymond, Tony Allen, Jordan, Paul Headline All-Defensive Team
Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green and DeAndre Jordan are all on the First Team for the first time in their career.

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Jusuf Nurkic To Undergo Surgery For Patella Tendon Tear
Jusuf Nurkic is expected to be sidelined 3 to 4 months while he recovers.

Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Stephen Curry Fined $5K By NBA For Flopping Violation In Game 1 Of WCF
Stephen Curry was fined $5,000 by the NBA for his flopping violation in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, the league announced.

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