Jun 18, 2013 12:01 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Clippers have called off trade talks with the Boston Celtics on a deal involving Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett.
The Celtics were seeking DeAndre Jordan and two future first round picks in exchange for the right to hire Rivers as head coach and Garnett.
The Clippers will move forward with their coaching search with Byron Scott meeting with Donald Sterling on Tuesday and Brian Shaw on Wednesday.
The Celtics were insistent on Eric Bledsoe's inclusion earlier in the talks.
Danny Ainge has confirmed to the Boston Globe that talks with the Clippers are dead.
Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Clippers had "cold feet" on the financial aspects of the deal. The Clippers refused to give in to the Celtics' demands for a second first round pick, but Rivers' $35 million contract over five seasons and Jordan's $3 million trade kicker proved too expensive.
ESPN's Chris Broussard reported late on Tuesday that a source categorized the talks as "stalled."
"Never say anything is completely dead in NBA," said the source. "But the Clippers are not looking to revisit right now."
Jun 18, 2013 3:38 PM EDT
Jerry Sloan has been a tactful presence around the Utah Jazz's draft process, and he plans to continue providing subtle insight for the organization without – for now – a formal consultant role, a league source told RealGM.
Sloan, 71, maintains close relationships with Jazz management, making his return to the franchise this summer an easy transition even without an official position as consultant to this point.
After a successful 23-year run as head coach of the Jazz ended in February of 2011, Sloan headlined the list of available coaches, with an illustrious career that separated him as a candidate teams simply had to meet to gauge his desire to lead them. Several head coach vacancies had intrigued Sloan this offseason, but he wasn’t able to find a suitable situation.
Sloan told the Deseret News earlier this month that he and the Jazz have discussed a role within the organization. “If they want me around, fine,” Sloan said. “If they don’t, [fine]. They’d talked to me a little bit about it a little bit earlier.”
Jun 17, 2013 10:41 PM EDT
Before withdrawing from this month’s NBA draft, Mouhammadou Jaiteh received first round guarantees that failed to entice the 18-year-old enough to leave his development in France, agent Herman Manakyan told RealGM on Monday.
Teams were impressed with the sharp growth in Jaiteh, and the 6-foot-11 center worked out for six organizations throughout the draft process. Even with guarantees, Jaiteh made clear he wanted to be drafted into a flourishing situation – for both himself and the team.
“The guarantees were not in attractive situations for us,” Manakyan said.
With a focus on next year’s draft, Jaiteh will now sign with a team in France, where several clubs have been vying to sign him, Manakyan said. No frontrunners have emerged, but playing time and the opportunity to continue his rapid development are key factors.
Jun 18, 2013 4:36 PM EDT
Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge will meet on Wednesday to discuss the best way to move forward following the end of trade talks between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers.
Rivers was nearly allowed to coach the Clippers in a deal that would have involved Kevin Garnett.
Rivers is reportedly uneasy about returning to the Celtics amid a likely rebuild.
The Celtics were hoping to accelerate the rebuilding process with the Clippers' deal and Rivers is not at odds with Ainge.
Jun 18, 2013 3:18 PM EDT
Andrew Wiggins participated in his first practice at Kansas on Monday.
Wiggins arrived in Lawrence on Saturday.
"Wow!" a source close to the Jayhawks' program said. "Like watching a video game. He'd be the No. 1 pick this year."
Jun 18, 2013 2:16 PM EDT
The Cleveland Cavaliers have yet to make a decision on who to select with the first overall pick.
Nerlens Noel is the favorite and he will meet with the Cavaliers on Thursday.
Alex Len is the most likely alternative option, according to sources. Len would give the Cavaliers size, defensive ability and is less raw as a prospect than Noel.
The Cavaliers are also evaluating Anthony Bennett, Ben McLemore, Victor Oladipo and Otto Porter.
Jun 18, 2013 3:32 PM EDT
Danny Green has set the record for most three-pointers made in an NBA Finals series, but Chris Bosh was adamant the Miami Heat will limit the San Antonio Spurs guard's open looks in Game 6 on Tuesday.
"[Green] won't be open tonight," Bosh said.
Tony Parker said after Game 5 that he could not believe the Heat continued to give Green open shots.
In Green's mind, if the Heat crowd him more in Game 6, it will lead to additional driving lanes for Parker and Manu Ginobili.
"You have to give up something," Green said, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com.
Jun 18, 2013 3:34 PM EDT
Mark Jackson and the Golden State Warriors have not begun discussing a contract extension.
Jackson signed a three-year deal with a team option for the fourth with the Warriors during the 2011 offseason meaning he is without a deal past the upcoming 13-14 season.
"No. And my feelings are, that’ll take care of itself. I don’t get caught up in it. It will truly take care of itself.
"I’m thrilled to have a job and to coach this group of guys… and with great ownership, a great front office and fan base. It’ll play itself out."
Jackson was also asked if he can take credit for the Brooklyn Nets' decision to hire Jason Kidd without any previous coaching experience.
"No," said Jackson "I think at the end of the day Jason Kidd is an all-time great player who I’ve got a lot of respect for.
"I’ve talked to him often. He reached out and thanked me and we’ve had great dialogue. I just think he’s going to do very well. I’m happy for him. I think it was a great hire for the Nets.
"That being said, I think it’s now up to Jason to open the door for the next guy to prove that the naysayers are wrong.
Jun 18, 2013 10:54 AM EDT
The Toronto Raptors have parted ways with Alvin Williams, a popular former player of the team who has been serving as a scout.
Williams was based out of Philadelphia while scouting for the Raptors.
The decision was made by MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke, according to the report.
Jun 18, 2013 10:56 AM EDT
The Brooklyn Nets are interested in adding Roy Rogers to Jason Kidd's coaching staff.
Rogers was an assistant coach with the Nets under Lawrence Frank and then followed him to the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons.
Rogers was a candidate to join Jeff Hornacek's staff with the Phoenix Suns, but withdrew his name from consideration on Monday.
Vivek Ranadive put his GM candidates through an extensive interview process, involving analysis of the Kings' roster, plans for both the short and long-term, as well as examples of linear and non-linear thinking.
USA Basketball has chosen its final roster for the U19 World Championship Team in Prague.
Greg Whittington averaged 12.1 points and seven rebounds in 13 games last season before being ruled academically ineligible.
The Clippers and Celtics are at an impasse on a deal involving Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett.
With an 11.5 rating in Game 5, viewership was down 9.5 percent from last year.
Larry Lewis spent the past two seasons with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League.
Kevin McHale would presumably be a head coach of interest to the Celtics to replace Doc Rivers.
The Clippers are attempting to hold onto Eric Bledsoe in their discussions with the Celtics.
Monta Ellis had an option for $11 million next season.
Tim Connelly was previously with the Pelicans and will now report to Josh Kroenke.
Doc Rivers has not ruled out taking time off for a return to his broadcasting career and returning afterward to coaching.
Jun 17, 2013 | Chad Ford/ESPN
Dario Saric has signed his letter of withdrawal from the NBA draft.
Bringing Chris Mullin into the front office would fuel speculation about the Kings' possible pursuit of Monta Ellis.
Tyson Chandler was not surprised that Jason Kidd retired recently to become head coach of the Nets.
The Pistons are taking a hard look at international players in the NBA draft.
Sergey Karasev hasn't received a firm first round guarantee yet, a source told RealGM.
Jerome Jordan said he was close to signing with the Grizzlies last fall.
The Lakers have not broached the possibility of a sign-and-trade of Dwight Howard.
Victor Oladipo does not expect to begin his NBA career with his hometown Wizards.
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