Aug 17, 2014 11:40 AM EDT
The Cleveland Cavaliers are optimistic that Ray Allen will eventually sign with them before training camp.
Allen is considering retirement and remains undecided on whether he'll play during the 14-15 NBA season.
The common thought was Allen would eventually join LeBron James wherever he signed this summer.
Aug 17, 2014 11:33 AM EDT
John Calipari had an opportunity to leave Kentucky for the Cleveland Cavaliers and he says he would have likely stayed in Lexington even if he had known LeBron James would eventually join him.
"Now, obviously coaching at Kentucky is special," said Calipari. "It is unique and special. But this, for me, becomes about these kids. I have no desire, nor am I out looking for (jobs). I got the job. I got the job. What would move me to stay was these kids need me here. That's what I'm doing. At the end of the day, that was what (kept him at UK). It wasn't money."
Calipari was "not as (close) as everybody thought" to leaving for the NBA.
Calipari says James' decision wouldn't have played a factor.
"No. No. I don't think so. Because he and I have a great relationship, but it's not based on me coaching him," Calipari said. "We've got a relationship. I've known him for years and years. We've always been friends. But it was never based on that. I've said that. I've had a chance to coach Derrick Rose, John Wall and DeMarcus (Cousins), Anthony Davis and Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist). And I'm leaving names off, but I've coached some of the best players in basketball, and it is a thrill. There's nothing better than that. Especially when those guys are all good guys.
"Well, LeBron is also that kind of player and that kind of person. But again, leaving guys who made decisions based on what's right for their career was something I couldn't have gotten by anyway."
Aug 17, 2014 11:16 AM EDT
Shawn Marion has committed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Marion also received interest from the Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat.
The Cavaliers could only offer Marion a veteran's minimum deal, but the chance to play alongside LeBron James and compete for a title clinched his decision.
Marion met with Larry Bird earlier this week and could offer more money, but the Pacers would only spend as much on him using their Paul George injury exception as would be allowed while staying under the tax.
Aug 17, 2014 11:13 AM EDT
Prince Ali has committed to UCLA for the class of 2015.
Ali is considered one of the best playmakers in the class and can play both point guard and shooting guard.
"Perfect fit both offensively and defensively. They will give me the chance to cover the opposing team's best player," said Ali, the No. 44 overall player in the ESPN 100. "I am competitive and look forward to that challenge.
"I like Coach [Steve] Alford because he is an up-front guy, he tells me what I do well and what I need to do better. He didn't sugarcoat anything in the process."
Aug 17, 2014 10:54 AM EDT
The Portland Trail Blazers are one of three teams to submit a bid to host the 2017 or 2018 NBA All-Star Game.
"It's going to be the biggest event from a sports perspective hosted in Oregon's history, I think," Blazers' president Chris McGowan said.
The Charlotte Hornets have also submitted a bid, along with a third unnamed team.
Portland recently hosted a hugely succesful MLS All-Star Game.
"This isn't a money-maker for us -- hosting these events actually costs money," McGowan said. "But it's so great for the city of Portland and the region that Paul's completely supportive of it, and obviously, everybody knows how big a fan he is of the NBA. He definitely thinks the fans deserve it, but he would also love to witness a game in his arena and in the city in which he's owned a team for a long time."
Portland supposedly hasn't had enough hotel rooms in the past, but the pending convention center hotel is supposed to help.
Portland has never hosted an NBA All-Star Game.
Aug 17, 2014 10:39 AM EDT
Phil Jackson has purchased a $4.85 million apartment in Midtown Manhattan.
Jackson signed a $60 million deal to run the New York Knicks this past spring and there were questions on how often he would be in New York as has long kept residences in Manhattan Beach and Montana.
Jackson's home has three bedrooms and is 2,600-square feet.
Aug 17, 2014 10:35 AM EDT
Nerlens Noel credits Rajon Rondo for being the biggest help in recovering from a torn ACL.
Noel and Rondo each played collegiately at Kentucky.
"With all the support and love, certain guys, especially Rajon Rondo -- he was definitely the biggest helper through this whole process, he actually gave me his phone number and told me I could hit him up whenever about it. Being from Boston, watching him growing up, and he went through it and he came back as strong as possible, actually before me, so it gave me a lot of confidence, having his good faith."
Noel will begin his rookie season one year after being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Aug 17, 2014 10:32 AM EDT
Derrick Rose had seven points, four rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes during USA's 95-78 win over Brazil in an exhibition game at the United Center.
Rose was introduced last and receive a warm welcome from the crowd.
"That was huge. I was surprised I didn't get nervous out there," Rose said.
"All summer long I think he's gotten more comfortable," said Chicago Bulls head coach and U.S. assistant Tom Thibodeau. "He went through the comeback last year and learned a lot from it. I love the way he's playing. He's finding the rhythm of the game and he's playing to his strengths."
Aug 17, 2014 10:23 AM EDT
The Los Angeles Clippers have expressed interest in signing Shawn Marion.
Marion has met recently with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers, but remains unsigned.
The Miami Heat also remain interested in Marion.
Aug 17, 2014 10:19 AM EDT
Marcus Denmon has signed with Enel Brindisi of Italy.
Denmon was a second round pick for the San Antonio Spurs in 2012.
In his last two seasons, Denmon has played with Chalon (France) and Tofas Bursa (Turkey).
Leandro Barbosa has had discussions with NBA teams about a possible free agent deal.
Quincy Acy will earn $912,000 next season.
Carmelo Anthony will not receive half of his $124 million deal this year but will get it annually in salary advancements.
Dee Bost attended training camp with the Trail Blazers prior to the 2013-14 season.
Aug 15, 2014
Paul George spoke to the media on Friday afternoon for the first time since breaking his right leg in two places while playing for Team USA two weeks.
Aug 15, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
USA Basketball has canceled its all-day trip to Senegal that was scheduled for Aug. 27.
Daniel Leroux and Neema Hodjat discuss the incentives in play for expansion, possible locations beyond Seattle, potential roles for Las Vegas, and many other topics.
The Warriors have promoted Jonnie West to associate general manager of the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Derrick Rose plans to reach out to Paul George during the NBA regular season.
The Thunder have the most difficult schedule in the NBA in terms of having less rest than their opponents, according to data from Ed Kupfer.
Sim Bhullar has signed a camp deal with the Kings.
Lance Thomas has reached agreement on a training camp deal with the Thunder, league sources told RealGM.
DeMarcus Cousins is listed as day-to-day.
Isaiah Thomas today underwent a successful arthroscopy of his left wrist.
Jerrelle Benimon has reached agreement on a partially guaranteed, two-year contract with the Nuggets, league sources told RealGM.
The NBA offered to rescind a tampering fine if the Raptors cut ties with Drake, who draws no salary from the club.
Jordan Hamilton has agreed to a one-year contract with the Raptors, a league source tells RealGM.
Aug 13, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Knicks have been trying this month to convince Toure' Murry to hold off on signing elsewhere as they try to sort out their roster.
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