Basketball Wiretap

Rockets Schedule Interviews With Jeff Hornacek, Stephen Silas

May 6, 2016 10:12 AM

The Houston Rockets have scheduled interviews with Jeff Hornacek and Stephen Silas.

Hornacek was fired this season by the Phoenix Suns, while Silas has been an assistant coach for the Charlotte Hornets since 2010. Silas is the son of Paul Silas.

The Rockets fired Kevin McHale in November and have chosen not to retain J.B. Bickerstaff.

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Tags: Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Spurs Preparing Offseason Pursuit Of Kevin Durant

May 6, 2016 11:37 AM

The San Antonio Spurs are planning on pursuing Kevin Durant in free agency this offseason.

With the salary cap rising, teams like the Spurs and Golden State Warriors will have more space than they would in a normal season.

The Spurs would likely need to part with Danny Green or Tony Parker to create enough space to sign Durant.

San Antonio was able to create space last offseason for LaMarcus Aldridge and their pursuit of big free agents dates back to Jason Kidd in 2003 even after Parker's breakout season.

Danny Leroux of RealGM and The Sporting News recently broke down the cap mechanics of how the Spurs can sign Durant without losing too much of their supporting cast.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Stephen Curry Out For Game 3, 'Slight Chance' Of Playing Game 4

May 6, 2016 12:29 PM

Stephen Curry has been ruled out of Game 3 on Saturday by the Golden State Warriors.

Steve Kerr said there's a "slight chance" of Curry returning for Game 4.

Curry continues to rehab from a sprained MCL.

Curry's original timetable was to be re-evaluated two weeks after the injury, which is this coming Monday. 

The Warriors own a 2-0 lead over the Portland Trail Blazers in their second round series.

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Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Quin Snyder Signs Multi-Year Extension With Jazz

May 6, 2016 12:11 PM

The Utah Jazz have agreed upon a long-term contract extension with Quin Snyder.

Snyder became head coach of the Jazz in 2014.

Snyder has yet to lead the Jazz to a playoff berth though they nearly finished with the eighth seed despite an injury filled season in 15-16.

“With this contract extension, we are declaring our confidence in Coach Snyder’s ability to continue to develop the Utah Jazz into a championship team,” said Gail Miller, owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. “The Miller family recognizes the significant progress made under his leadership and we are excited about the direction we are headed.”

“We have continued to take significant steps as a team under Quin’s direction,” said Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey. “His work ethic, basketball intelligence and ability to connect with and develop our players make him the ideal head coach of the Jazz.”

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Tags: Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Byron Scott Regrets Not Playing Vets More Due To Firing

May 6, 2016 10:26 AM

Byron Scott was surprised by the Los Angeles Lakers' decision to fire him and wishes he would have coached differently.

Scott wishes he would have played his veterans more to chase wins even though the Lakers were rebuilding during the final seasons of Kobe Bryant.

“If I knew this was coming, I would have played Lou [Williams], Brandon [Bass] and guys like that a whole lot more,” Scott said, referring to his veterans. “They gave me the best chance to win.”

D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle were in and out of the starting lineup.

“Young guys are young guys.” Scott said. “You hope sooner or later with all those guys that the light bulb comes on and you get that ‘aha moment’ where they can say, ‘I got it and understand what you’re talking about it. We had those moments very sparingly.”

Scott recalled the conversation he had with Mitch Kupchak when he was informed of the Lakers' decision.

“‘We’re not going to pick up your option,’” Scott recalled. “‘This is very tough. But you’ve been in this business long enough.’”

During the interview process, Scott was told the Lakers' patience would extend beyond two seasons.

“I wasn’t going to sell myself; that’s just not me. But I did bring up the fact that I thought I had at least another year with our discussions that this would be hard the first two or three years,” Scott said. “They asked if I was all right with it and I said, ‘Yeah I am. But are you guys?’ The answer back to me was, ‘Yeah, because we knew this would be tough and it would take a while.’”

 

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ben Simmons, Dragan Bender Skipping NBA Draft Combine

May 6, 2016 8:19 AM

Ben Simmons and Dragan Bender will be the top players not to participate in the NBA draft combine in Chicago next week.

Simmons is expected to be one of the top-2 picks, while Bender will also be drafted early.

Brandon Ingram (small forward, Duke), Jaylen Brown (small forward, California), Jamal Murray (guard, Kentucky), Buddy Hield (shooting guard, Oklahoma) and Kris Dunn (point guard, Providence) are on the list.

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Tags: Ben Simmons, Dragan Bender, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Workouts

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Dunc'd On: MIA/TOR, ATL/CLE Game 2s, Vogel Out, More News

May 6, 2016 3:43 AM

East Game 2s: MIA/TOR and ATL/CLE (35:30), Frank Vogel not retained in IND (46:30), plus more news including Chris Bosh, Wall surgeries, and more (51:00).

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux of RealGMThe Athletic and the Sporting News (@DannyLeroux). 

  

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RealGM Radio: Derek Bodner (76ers / NBA Draft)

May 6, 2016 12:39 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Derek Bodner of Philadelphia Magazine, the USA Today and DraftExpress (@DerekBodnerNBA) discuss the 76ers and the NBA Draft, from what Sixers will be around long-term (0:57), Sam Hinkie’s tenure and trusting the process (2:26), Nerlens Noel and Philadelphia’s young big men (10:43), Dario Saric (19:19), the other young guys on their roster (23:57), his Sixers’ draft board (35:32) and other players he likes in the 2016 Draft (54:43).

 

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Steve Kerr: Warriors Would 'Be Dead' Without Shaun Livingston

May 6, 2016 11:54 AM

Shaun Livingston has been an invaluable part of the Golden State Warriors' rotation since his signing in 2014, but the absence of Stephen Curry has particularly highlighted how much he's depended upon.

“We’d be dead without him,” Steve Kerr said.

Livingston is a completely different type of player than Curry with his length and lack of shooting ability.

“Honestly, if you lose the MVP, you better have somebody capable to come in,” Kerr said. “Shaun is obviously more than just capable. He’s a great player in his own right.”

Ron Kroichick/San Francisco Chronicle

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

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Stephen Curry Probably Won't Play Game 3

May 5, 2016 5:59 PM

Stephen Curry is unlikely to return to the Golden State Warriors' lineup for Game 3 on Saturday as he recovers from a sprained right MCL.

"It's tough to see him playing Saturday," Steve Kerr said of Game 3 at Portland.

Curry has yet to play 3-on-3 but he could play 2-on-2 with assistants before Saturday's game and practice Sunday.

"We need to see him in rhythm, cutting, moving and see how he responds the next day," Kerr said.

Curry has been ramping up workouts in the weight room and doing some drills on the court apart from the rest of the team.

"The good thing is that he's gotten better and better each day with his rehab, and so now he's taking things out onto the court," Kerr said. "So if that progress continues, then yeah, it's conceivable he could practice with us on Sunday and get some timing and rhythm and see how he responds.

"Everything's gone very smoothly. He hasn't had any setbacks."

Diamond Leung/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Tyronn Lue Defends Cavs' Pursuit Of Three-Point Record In Game 2
The Cavs made an NBA record 25 three-pointers.

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Harrison Barnes Not Taking Warriors' Likely Pursuit Of Kevin Durant Personally
Harrison Barnes and the Warriors were unable to agree upon an extension last offseason, which gives him some level of control.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Lon Babby Fully Ends Tenure With Suns
Lon Babby had represented Grant Hill, Tim Duncan, Ray Allen and others as an agent.

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Lakers Expected To Pursue Festus Ezeli
Festus Ezeli could command a three-year, $50 million deal.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Hack-A-Shaq Proponents Still Pushing For Middle Ground
Several players-turned-executives along with Dan Gilbert and Mark Cuban believe poor free throw shooters should pay a price for their limitations.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Longtime Heat Reporter Believes Chris Bosh Won't Play In NBA Again
Chris Bosh has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2016 NBA Playoffs and his career could be in jeopardy.

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Jeff Hornacek, Nate McMillan, Brian Shaw Considered Candidates For Pacers
Larry Bird would like to see an improvement in the Pacers' offense.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Nets Hire Natalie Jay As Cap Specialist, Shelden Williams As Scout

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76ers Hire Ned Cohen From League Office
Ned Cohen was most recently in the NBA league office as Associate Vice President of Basketball Operations.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

John Wall Undergoes Surgery On Left Patella Tendon
The surgery will help eliminate pain and assist healing in John Wall's left patella tendon.

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Kevin McHale Withdraws Candidacy From Kings' Job
Kevin McHale had engaged in exploratory talks with the Kings.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Pacers Part Ways With Frank Vogel
Frank Vogel became head coach of the Pacers in 2011.

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Associate: Being GM 'Really Different' For Phil Jackson
The Knicks remain without a head coach and Phil Jackson is in no rush to interview more candidates.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Rockets Could Interview 10-15 Head Coaching Candidates
The Rockets' list of candidates could reach 10-15.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Luke Walton Has Brian Shaw On Lakers' Assistant Coach Wish List
Brian Shaw was a longtime assistant coach with Phil Jackson and has head coaching experience with the Nuggets.

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J.B. Bickerstaff Withdraws Candidacy For Rockets' Job
J.B. Bickerstaff has received interest from rival teams about lead assistant coaching positions.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Jim Buss Believes Lakers Already Have 'Perfect Number Of Young Guys'
There is some doubt as to whether the Lakers would like to keep their top-3 pick or trade it away for a proven player.

Eric Pincus/Basketball Insiders

Chris Bosh Declared Out For Season
The NBPA urged the Heat to resolve Chris Bosh's uncertain situation as he recovers from blood clots.

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LeBron James Already Thinking About Playing Heat In ECF
The Cavaliers and Heat each have three more games in the second round to win.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Kennedy Meeks Withdraws From NBA Draft, Staying At North Carolina
Kennedy Meeks slimmed down from being close to 300 pounds when he arrived on campus to playing at around 260 pounds last season as a junior.

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