May 19, 2013 1:33 PM EDT
Chris Wallace has years left on his contract as the Memphis Grizzlies' general manager, but he has no guarantees moving forward.
Still, Wallace wants to remain with the organization.
“I hope to be able to stay here,” Wallace said.
Wallace's vision has been validated this postseason, when the core of the team that he assembled has led the Grizzlies to the Western Conference finals.
“I never looked for vindication. That’s not something that motivates me,” Wallace said. “Winning takes care of all issues in this league. We felt we had to take chances.”
May 19, 2013 1:40 PM EDT
Amar'e Stoudemire knows his contract will not allow him to leave the New York Knicks, and he plans to meet with Mike Woodson to explain how he, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler can coexist.
“We never gave it a chance,” Stoudemire said after Indiana’s 106-99 victory eliminated the Knicks from the postseason. “So I think just the opportunity of allowing them to understand exactly what my style of play is and what I bring to the table is something that I think I’m going to have to sit down with Coach Woody and express to him."
Stoudemire has two years remaining on his uninsured contract and is nearly impossible to trade. He played just six minutes on Saturday.
“It’s tough, it’s tough,” Stoudemire said. “It’s never easy to sit there and watch. But again, it’s Coach’s decision."
May 19, 2013 2:27 AM EDT
The New York Knicks lost to the Indiana Pacers in six games of the Eastern Conference semifinals, and Carmelo Anthony acknowledged the team failed in accomplishing its goal.
“It’s tough. We all know what the goal was,” Anthony said after the Pacers captured Game 6. “Everybody wanted to go to the championship. That’s the ultimate goal. Unfortunately, our run has to stop here."
The Knicks had the second seed going against the third-seeded Pacers.
“I really don’t know (what happened)," Anthony said. “I have to sit back and think about it."
May 19, 2013 1:44 AM EDT
After a strong performance in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Chicago Bulls, Chris Bosh got his coach, Erik Spoelstra, to reiterate a point he has been making throughout the forward's run with the Miami Heat.
“He is our most important player for a reason,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We’ve said that for three seasons. He allows everything to work on both ends of the court.”
Bosh averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds against the Bulls and limited Joakim Noah's rebounding impact.
May 18, 2013 2:15 PM EDT
After a breakout season in Europe, Gani Lawal has intrigued NBA teams and could receive consideration for a contract, league sources told RealGM.
Lawal has already scheduled workouts – private and as part of mini-camps – with the Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic, sources said. Four to five other teams have discussed bringing him in to work out, too.
Lawal, the 6-foot-9 athletic, scrappy forward, had his best professional season with Italy’s Virtus Roma, averaging 13.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. Virtus Roma has gone 20-10 this season and ranks third in the league standings.
Since leaving the Phoenix Suns organization that drafted him in the second round in 2010, Lawal, 24, has lost weight and added strength. Lawal played one game with the Suns two seasons ago and was in the San Antonio Spurs’ training camp in 2011, but he was derailed by injuries and didn’t figure into a long-term plan. He was drafted after three years at Georgia Tech.
May 18, 2013 11:05 AM EDT
The Toronto Raptors are pursuing Masai Ujiri to become the team's top basketball executive, according to sources.
Ujiri was named the 2013 NBA Executive of the Year for his work as general manager of the Nuggets.
Ujiri's contract with the Nuggets expires this summer and he has been in discussions on an extension.
Korn/Ferry International, the search firm hired by MLSE to search for a new GM for the Raptors, has identified Ujiri as its top candidate.
MLSE has until Monday to make a decision on whether to retain Bryan Colangelo, who could stay with the franchise under a new decision-maker.
Ujiri worked for three years with the Raptors under Colangelo before becoming GM of the Nuggets.
May 18, 2013 7:53 PM EDT
George Hill has been cleared to play and will start for the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 against the New York Knicks on Saturday night.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel said he doesn't expect Hill, who suffered a concussion on Tuesday night and missed Thursday's Game 5, to be limited.
The team released the following statement about 90 minutes prior to the tip:
Over the last two days under the care of the Indiana Pacers' medical staff, George Hill has participated in each step of the NBA's Return-to-Participation Exertion Protocol as part of the NBA's Concussion Policy.
During the process, George remained symptom-free after each step including his workouts earlier today. After consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, the NBA's Director of Concussion Management, the Pacers' team physicians have cleared George to play in tonight's game.
May 19, 2013 1:51 AM EDT
Antoine Walker was at the draft combine in Chicago and is looking to break into the NBA scouting field.
Walker played his first seven seasons with the Boston Celtics and appeared in three All-Star games, before winning a championship with the Miami Heat in 2006.
Walker last played in the NBA during the 2007-08 season for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Danny Ainge has not contacted Walker yet regarding a potential position.
May 18, 2013 3:37 PM EDT
Mike Krzyzewski is now giving serious consideration to remaining as head coach of USA Basketball through the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
"There's a chance," Krzyzewski said. "That's correct."
Krzyzewski had said for eight months that he's not returning to his position with USA Basketball, but a final decision has yet to be reached.
Jerry Colangelo said Saturday he and Krzyzewski have been discussing his return "in installments."
"I think it's very close to being resolved," Colangelo said. "That's all I can say for sure."
Krzyzewski has a 62-1 since 2005, a run that includes gold medal Olympic victories in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.
May 18, 2013 7:41 PM EDT
NBA general managers expressed pessimism about the 2013 draft in general and the No. 1 pick in particular.
"I'm not sure I want the No. 1 pick," said one NBA GM.
Another expressed similar pessimism at the thought of having to draft someone first this year.
"There's really no one worthy of the top pick," the talent evaluator said. "But someone has to go number one."
Kendrick Perkins is set to make about $18 million over the next two seasons.
LeBron James shot 80.8 percent from the free throw line in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Jerry Sloan resigned as coach of the Jazz in 2011.
Alen Len is confident about what he will be able to accomplish at the NBA level.
Victor Oladipo is projected to go in the top five of the upcoming NBA draft.
Vinny Del Negro's contract with the Clippers expires on June 30.
The Celtics' medical staff is confident rest will heal Kevin Garnett's ankle.
With Russell Westbrook set to return next season, the Thunder might be anticipating a sixth man role for Reggie Jackson.
There is no timetable for Charlotte to rename its team to the Hornets and Adam Silver has said such a change would take at least 18 months to implement.
Arron Afflalo struggled in his first season with the Magic.
Nikola Mirotic was drafted 23rd overall in 2011.
The Mavericks will pick in the lottery for the first time since 2004.
Due to the injury to David Lee, the Warriors were forced to be inventive and play Harrison Barnes minutes at power forward.
Kevin Pritchard and Troy Weaver are two names being mentioned as candidates to replace Bryan Colangelo, should the Raptors make a move.
Larry Drew is receiving interest from the Bucks and a second NBA team.
Otto Porter is considered the top-ranked small forward in the NBA draft.
Chris Copeland will be a restricted free agent this summer.
Vivek Ranadive and Chris Mullin have met several times, but have not discussed the possibility of working together.
Mike Malone is expected to be a leading candidate for the Kings' head coaching position.
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