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Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili Undecided On Possible Retirement

May 3, 2015 1:52 PM

Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili said they would not be rushing into a decision regarding their respective futures.

"I'm not making any statements," Duncan said.

"It's not a topic to talk about. It's too soon," Ginobili said.

The San Antonio Spurs' season ended on Saturday in a 111-109 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Ginobili acknowledged Game 7 could be his last.

"It could happen," Ginobili said. "I still don't know. I don't want to make a decision after being a disappointment in a game like this. So I'll have a lot of time. I will sit with my family and try to evaluate what happened during the season, how I feel and if I am ready to go at it again. I guess the Spurs are going to have to make a decision, too, and see what they want to do also."

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mike Dunleavy Jr. Dodges Suspension From NBA

May 2, 2015 12:14 PM

Mike Dunleavy Jr. will not be suspended by the NBA for his hit on Michael Carter-Williams.

Dunleavy will be assessed a flagrant 1 foul.

Dunleavy's hit on Carter-Williams provoked several retaliations during Game 6 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Mike Dunleavy, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Suspension, NBA Playoffs

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Hollins: Deron Williams No Longer Franchise Player

May 2, 2015 6:12 PM

Lionel Hollins admitted he no longer considers Deron Williams to be a franchise type player.

"He's not a franchise player anymore," Hollins said on Saturday morning during break-up day. "He's a good player, he's a solid player, but I don't think he's a franchise player anymore. That's just my opinion. He's a good player. I'm proud of the way he's bounced back and played, and there's so much pressure on him to be a franchise player, and everybody talks about a franchise player, but we need to have a franchise team.

 

"That means we have everybody going out there and playing hard, playing together, sharing the ball. If a guy is open, he makes a shot. If a guy is not open, he passes to another guy and he makes the shot. To me, that's what basketball is about. It's not about a franchise player. I mean, those guys come along once in a lifetime, and everybody doesn't get a chance to coach one. When you don't have one, you can't say you can't win. There are teams that have won championships without franchise players, what everyone considers a franchise player. I'm not worried about that. That's something you guys talk about and worry about. I worry about us going out there and playing hard, playing together and trying to scratch and claw to win a game. That's what it's all about."

 

NBA general managers voted Williams the best point guard in the NBA in 2010.

Williams is owed $21 million next season and $22.3 million in 2016-17, assuming he does not opt out of the final year of his contract.

Mike Mazzeo/ESPN

Tags: Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Alan Anderson To Decline Player Option For Next Season

May 2, 2015 4:02 PM

Alan Anderson will decline his player option for next season and become a free agent.

Anderson has played for the Brooklyn Nets over the past two seasons.

Anderson averaged 7.3 points this season.

Tim Bontemps/New York Post

Tags: Alan Anderson, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mam Jaiteh Declines Invite To NBA Draft Combine For French League Play

May 2, 2015 11:02 AM

France's Mam Jaiteh has been invited to the NBA Draft combine in Chicago, but will decline due to the continuation of his French league, a source told RealGM. 
 
Jaiteh, 20, has had a standout season for one of France's best teams, JSF Nanterre, averaging 11.3 points and and 6.3 rebounds. Over his last 10 season games, Jaiteh has scored 12.7 points and grabbed 7.4 rebounds per game. 
 
A 6-foot-11 prospect, Jaiteh entered the NBA radar after his participation in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit, where he, Joel Embiid and Karl Anthony Towns helped lead the international team to a win over the Team USA.
 
If he remains in the June draft as an early entry, Jaiteh is expected to be ranked between the sixth to twelfth big man selected.
 
Jaiteh's agent, Herman Manakyan, will also represent two other French prospects, Yannis Morin and Kevin Dinal who are auto-eligible for the draft and have received interest as late second-round possibilities.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Tags: Mouhammadou Jaiteh, JSF Nanterre, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Workouts, International Teams

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Chris Paul Questionable For Game 1 With Hamstring Strain

May 3, 2015 4:23 PM

Chris Paul is listed as questionable to play in Game 1 of the Los Angeles Clippers' series against the Houston Rockets.

Paul suffered a left hamstring strain in Game 7 against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.

Paul briefly went to the locker room and returned to the game.

Brad Turner/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Damian Lillard Graduates From Weber State

May 1, 2015 11:31 PM

Damian Lillard donned a cap and gown to walk with fellow students and receive his diploma as he graduated from Weber State University on Friday.

Lillard left Weber State after his junior year to enter the 2012 NBA Draft.

Tim Brown/The Oregonian

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Arron Afflalo Plans To Opt Out, Become Free Agent

May 1, 2015 11:22 PM

Arron Afflalo plans to opt out of his contract for the 2015-16 season and become a free agent.

Afflalo was bothered by a shoulder injury late in the season with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Afflalo was traded from the Denver Nuggets to Portland.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Arron Afflalo, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jaylen Brown Commits To California

May 1, 2015 10:21 PM

Jaylen Brown has committed to California.

Brown is a consensus top-5 recruit in the incoming class of 2015 and also considered Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, Georgia and North Carolina.

If Brown leave Cal after his freshman season, he is expected to be a top-3 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Cal also has Ivan Rabb in their freshman class.

Cuonzo Martin took over as head coach of Cal in 2014.

Evan Daniels/Scout.com

Tags: Jaylen Brown, California Golden Bears, NCAA

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Mike Conley Not Expected To Play In Games 1-2

May 1, 2015 5:34 PM

Mike Conley will travel with the Memphis Grizzlies to Oakland, but he's not expected to play in Games 1 or 2 against the Golden State Warriors.

Conley suffered multiple facial fractures in Game 2 of the Grizzlies' series against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Conley underwent surgery and is still recovering.

Gary Parrish/CBS Sports

Tags: Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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Chandler Parsons Undergoes Arthroscopic Surgery On Knee
There had been speculation Chandler Parsons would undergo microfracture surgery.

Sean Lester/Dallas Morning News

Mychal Thompson: Warriors Plan To Go Hard After Kevin Durant In 2016
Warriors plan on pursuing Kevin Durant when he becomes a free agent in 2016, according to Klay Thompson's father.

Alex Torres/WarriorsWorld

LaMarcus Aldridge Believed To Have Strongest Interest In Spurs
Another possible scenario for LaMarcus Aldridge would be to replace Kevin Love with the Cavaliers should he leave in free agency.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Many College Coaches Earn More Than NBA Counterparts
Gregg Marshall earns more per season the current head coaches of playoffs teams such as the Wizards, Blazers and Raptors.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Doc Rivers Calls Clippers-Spurs His Hardest Playoff Series 'By Far'
Doc Rivers has faced the Cavaliers and Heat with LeBron James as a head coach, as well as twice meeting Kobe Bryant in the NBA Finals.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Bob Myers Wins NBA Executive Of The Year
The Warriors finished the season with an NBA-best 67 wins.

RealGM Staff Report

Antetokounmpo Remorseful For Flagrant Foul On Dunleavy
Giannis Antetokounmpo said he will apologize to Dunleavy for the incident and will accept the NBA's punishment.

Andrew Gruman/Fox Sports

Kevin Ollie's $5M UConn Buyout Was Non-Starter For Thunder
Kevin Ollie was considered a strong candidate for the job with his success as a coach at UConn and his connection as a former teammate to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: May 1st
Nate Duncan and Daniel Leroux analyze Thursday's games, Milwaukee's future and Billy Donovan officially leaving Florida to become the new coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

RealGM Staff Report

Damian Lillard To Seek Designated Five-Year Max Deal With Blazers
Damian Lillard, sources said, has no plans to consider signing an extension less than the designated max.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Andrew Wiggins On Minnesota: I Hope I'm Here Forever
Andrew Wiggins is optimistic about his future with the Wolves.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Damian Lillard Optimistic About Extension With Blazers
Damian Lillard confirmed that he wants to sign long-term with the Blazers.

Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Andrew Wiggins Wins NBA ROY; Mirotic Finishes 2nd Ahead Of Noel
Andrew Wiggins has been named NBA Rookie of the Year, beating out Nikola Mirotic and Nerlens Noel.

RealGM Staff Report

Knicks Have Towns, Okafor, Mudiay, Russell, Winslow As Top-5
Karl Anthony-Towns would currently be the Knicks' pick if they won the lottery.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Thunder Hired Two Former Donovan Staffers Within Past 12 Months
The Thunder hired Mark Saigneault as coach of the Thunder D-League team, while Oliver Winterbone was hired as a data analyst.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Kevin Love Would Get $2.283M Raise By Opting Out, Re-Signing
Kevin Love could sign a five-year deal with the Cavaliers in 2015 worth approximately $109.4 million, or wait for 2016 and sign a five-year deal worth $145.1 million.

Dan Feldman/ProBasketballTalk

LaMarcus Aldridge: I'll Cross That Free Agency Bridge Later On
LaMarcus Aldridge was optimistic about the Blazers' playoff chances until Wesley Matthews was lost for the season.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Al-Farouq Aminu To Become Free Agent
Al-Farouq Aminu will test free agency rather than take his $1.1 million player option for the 15-16 season with the Mavericks.

Michael Florek/Dallas Morning News

Rob Hennigan Agrees To Extension With Magic Through 17-18
The Magic have a 68-178 record during Rob Hennigan's three seasons as general manager.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Billy Donovan Hired By Thunder As Head Coach
Billy Donovan will sign a five-year deal with the Thunder.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Pat Forde/Yahoo! Sports

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