Apr 16, 2014 4:34 PM EDT
James Harden was adamant that he saw himself spending his entire career with the Oklahoma City Thunder before turning down a contract extension offer and subsequently being traded to the Houston Rockets in 2012.
“I thought we were going to be together forever," Harden said in a sit down interview. "Russell Westbrook. James Harden. Kevin Durant."
When asked whether he would still be in Oklahoma City if money was not a factor, Harden said: "Definitely. Definitely. No question.
"I felt like I already made a sacrifice coming off the bench and doing whatever it takes to help the team, and they weren’t willing to help me."
Apr 16, 2014 4:17 PM EDT
Mike D'Antoni will discuss the future with Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss during the Los Angeles Lakers' exit interviews on Friday.
D'Antoni has one year remaining on his contract worth $4 million, plus a team option for the following season.
"The next step will be to sit down with Jim (Buss) and all them and Mitch (Kupchak) at the end of the year and talk things out, see where things are," D'Antoni said Wednesday.
"We haven't talked. So, that will be done in the next couple days and then we'll just see."
D'Antoni deadpanned he would miss "nothing" from his season but discussed the players and some of their growth.
"You forge individual relationships that have been great," D'Antoni said. "Watching Robert (Sacre) improve, or the personality of Nick (Young) and Ryan (Kelly). There's a lot. I could go through the whole thing, I just went with a few guys, but those are the things that you remember. I think about any season, you remember your relationships ... I remember some great memories with guys and moments that we've had."
Apr 16, 2014 2:42 PM EDT
Dario Saric will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft, though it is uncertain if he will remain beyond the withdrawal deadline.
"Dario will declare for the 2014 draft in the next seven days for sure, what's a logical step after the best season in his career," said his new agent Misko Raznatovic. "He was voted the best young player in Europe by FIBA, as well as MVP of the Adriatic League."
Raznatovic was asked if he'll keep his name in the draft.
"It is very difficult to say at this moment. His target is to be in the top 10 picks of the draft this year, maybe it would be acceptable to be a lottery pick. If we have a clear situation for getting where we would like him to be drafted, then for sure he will keep his name in."
Saric is unlikely to join the NBA immediately.
"Dario's ultimate dream is to be a NBA All-Star and he absolutely does not accept anything less than that. At this moment he believes that is better to stay in Europe for a season or two, to get a taste of the Euroleague, and then to enter the NBA when he has more experience. He believes that it will be a shortcut for making his dream. But he did not make a final decision about that, and I will not absolutely exclude that option as well. He just wants to make a proper step and be in a place where he will be able to develop and play."
Apr 16, 2014 2:35 PM EDT
Shaun Livingston has had an outstanding season with the Brooklyn Nets, finally fulfilling upon the promise he showed before suffering a devastating injury.
“When you look at the entire picture, Shaun is a better player now than when he hurt his knee in ’07,” Reggie Livingston said.
The Nets liked Livingston back when Rod Thorn was general manager. The Nets liked him so much that Rod Thorn offered Vince Carter in a trade that Elgin Baylor declined.
Livingston's presence allowed the Nets to move Deron Williams to the 2, Joe Johnson to the 3 and Paul Pierce to the 4.
“I like where I’m at, let’s put it that way,” Shaun Livingston said. “This year’s been everything I could have asked for.”
Apr 16, 2014 12:38 PM EDT
Herb Kohl has reached a deal to sell the Milwaukee Bucks to Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry for $550 million.
Kohl made keeping the Bucks in Milwaukee a condition of the sale.
Edens and Lasry are hedge fund billionaires.
Apr 16, 2014 8:13 AM EDT
Channing Frye has a $6.8 million player option for next season and would like to negotiate a contract extension.
Frye averaged 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds this season on 43.3 percent shooting, including 37.1 percent on 3s.
"I want to talk to the Suns and make sure we're both on the same page about what I want," Frye said. "I'd love to stay here. It's up to them and their future and what they want to do. I love wearing this uniform. I think I take a little more pride in it than everyone else because I'm from here.
"It's looking for the future and if I could get something longer. I got kids and I want to be somewhere. I've been here for five years already so it wouldn't be bad to kind of not be worried about being traded or buying a house."
Only Goran Dragic ($7.5 million) and amnestied Josh Childress ($7.32 million) are on the Suns' books for more next season, although restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe stands to make more.
Apr 15, 2014 11:57 PM EDT
J.R. Smith reiterated that "in my heart" he does not believe Carmelo Anthony will leave the New York Knicks in free agency.
Smith has played eight seasons with Anthony, five on the Denver Nuggets and the past three on the Knicks.
Anthony has said he will consider everything that happened this season and around the Knicks in his decision.
Anthony is expected to receive interest from several teams, reportedly including the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, among others.
Apr 15, 2014 11:48 PM EDT
Branden Dawson announced on Tuesday that he has decided to remain at Michigan State University for his senior season.
Dawson averaged 11.2 points and a team-best 8.3 rebounds for the Spartans in 2013-14. He missed 10 games due to injury, including nine straight with a broken hand from Jan. 25 to Feb. 23.
"I was always pretty sure that I wanted to return for my senior season, but Coach Izzo said he would do what he does for all his players and gather some information," Dawson said in a statement. "As he started making calls, my mom came up and we met with Coach. The three of us decided that as far as my basketball career, both present and future, and the chance to finish my degree, including possibly needing to take just one class during my final semester, that my initial decision was the correct one. I'm vowing to improve my consistency and am looking forward to a great final season."
Apr 15, 2014 10:54 PM EDT
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed Chris Wright to a multi-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.
Wright had signed two 10-day contracts with the Bucks.
Wright has averaged 6 points and 2.1 rebounds in seven games with Milwaukee.
Apr 15, 2014 9:50 PM EDT
The Golden State Warriors recalled center Ognjen Kuzmic and guard Nemanja Nedovic from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League.
Both players have spent a significant part of the season with Santa Cruz.
Carmelo Anthony will be re-evaluated in one month.
Isaiah Austin is currently projected as the 38th overall pick by DraftExpress.
The Magic will run basketball ops and the ownership will handle business operations and community relations.
Glenn Robinson III averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds as a sophomore.
John Wall leads the NBA in corner three-point assists with 109, followed by LeBron James with 89 and Goran Dragic with 66.
Luol Deng has been voted the 2013-14 winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.
Amar'e Stoudemire is open to the possibility of leaving the NBA when his contract ends after next season in order to play for Hapoel Jerusalem.
Cuonzo Martin has spent the past three seasons at Tennessee.
Josh Powell's contract for next season with the Rockets will be non-guaranteed, sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.
The Lakers owe Mike D'Antoni $4 million next season.
Apr 15, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Kurt Thomas is now 41 and has not played since last season, considering himself retired.
Clarence Gaines Jr. was a longtime scout with the Bulls.
Apr 15, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Lamar Odom is expected to sign with the Knicks this week, barring any unforeseen snags.
Casper Ware said he is still trying to work out a deal for the future.
The Pacers clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference on Monday.
The Rockets re-assigned Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely due to a rib fracture.
Mitch Kupchak recently signed an extension to remain general manager of the Lakers, suggesting the working relationship with Jim Buss is strong.
Willie Cauley-Stein averaged 6.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in 23.8 minutes per game.
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