Basketball Wiretap

Steve Kerr Unsure If He'll Coach Finals

May 23, 2017 10:03 AM

Steve Kerr remains unsure if he will be able to return to the sidelines for the 2017 NBA Finals. Kerr continues to deal with complications from his back surgery two years ago.

"Just day-by-day," Kerr told The Undefeated's Marc Spears, when asked about his status after the Golden State Warriors' series clinching win in Game 4.

Kerr was able to travel with the team to San Antonio but he's still in significant pain and discomfort.

Joe Lacob told ESPN late Monday night that he has told Kerr to take "as long as he wants" to return to the team.

"He is a fantastic coach and a fantastic human being and a great friend," Lacob said. "I told him the other day, 'I don't even want to talk about or think about anything other than winning this championship. You can contribute in any way you can, and we'll worry about the future in the future.'"

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Manu Ginobili Undecided About Retirement

May 23, 2017 10:12 AM

Manu Ginobili is unsure if he will continue his career in 17-18 or retire as he turns 40 this summer.

The San Antonio Spurs started Ginobili in a playoff game in Game 4 for the first time since 2013.

"I do feel like I can still play," Ginobili said. "But that's not what is going to make me retire or not. It's about how I feel -- if I want to go through all that again. It felt like they wanted me to retire, like they were giving me sort of a celebration night. And of course, I'm getting closer and closer. There is no secret, for sure. It's getting harder and harder. But I always said that I wanted to let it sink in for three weeks, four weeks, whatever, and then I will sit with my wife and see how it feels.

"Whatever I decide to do, I'll be a happy camper. I have to choose between two wonderful, truly wonderful options. One is to keep playing in this league at this age, enjoying every day, playing the sport I still love. The other one is to stay at home, be a dad, travel more, enjoy my family. Whatever it is, it's two unbelievable options. So there is no way I can be sad, because whatever I decide, it's going to be great."

Gregg Popovich said he won't try to persuade Ginobili to continue playing.

"If he decides to play again, that's up to him," Popovich said. "But I won't try to convince him one way or the other. I don't think he needs that."

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Tags: Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mike Brown Encouraging Steve Kerr To Play More 'Mismatch Basketball'

May 23, 2017 10:26 AM

The Golden State Warriors' pick and roll combo of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have perhaps more potential than any other duo in the NBA.

The Warriors haven't used it with much frequency unlike the Cleveland Cavaliers with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

"Steve (Kerr) isn't really into this much," Mike Brown said. "He's more about spacing and movement -- and that's fantastic. I love Steve, and wherever I might go, I'm going to incorporate a lot of stuff he does. But in the playoffs, sometimes you have to attack a mismatch. When I need a bucket, that's what I'm going to do."

Kerr says the two coaches have talked recently about playing mismatch basketball in the right doses. "Mike is right about me, but I also recognize the need to do it more as defenses get tougher," Kerr says. "It's about finding the right balance between isolating when we need to, and keeping the flow that makes us who we are."

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ, NBA Playoffs

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Knicks Hope To Revisit Ricky Rubio Trade Talks With Wolves

May 23, 2017 11:26 AM

The New York Knicks have interest in revisiting trade discussions with the Minnesota Timberwolves for Ricky Rubio.

The Knicks and Wolves discussed a Rubio trade at the deadline.

Rubio fits the mold of a two-way contributor that the Knicks are seeking.

Rubio had an excellent second half of the season after trade talks with the Knicks broke down.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Interested In P.J. Tucker, Dante Cunningham

May 23, 2017 10:15 AM

The New York Knicks have shown preliminary interest in PJ Tucker and Dante Cunningham in free agency.

As they did last season with Courtney Lee, the Knicks are targeting more two-way players in free agency.

Cunningham has spent the past three seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Tucker finished the season with the Toronto Raptors.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: P.J. Tucker, Dante Cunningham, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jeff Weltman Agrees To Become President Of Basketball Ops For Magic

May 22, 2017 6:24 PM

Jeff Weltman has agreed to become President of Basketball Operations for the Orlando Magic on a five-year contract.

Weltman will replace Rob Hennigan, who was fired at the start of the offseason. Weltman will decide who to hire as general manager below him.

Weltman has been with the Toronto Raptors since 2013. Weltman previously was with the Milwaukee Bucks from 2008.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dunc'd On: Manu Memories, GSW To Finals, SAS, POR Offseason Previews

May 23, 2017 4:22 AM

We give our favorite memories of Manu Ginobili, discuss Golden State's historic playoff run and their win in Game 4 vs. San Antonio, and then look at the Spurs and Blazers' offseasons.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux).

Click to subscribe via RSS feed or iTunes.  And if you like this pod, please donate to support Nate and Danny at Patreon.com/DuncanLeroux 

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Kevin Durant: I Made The 100 Percent Correct Decision Signing With Warriors

May 22, 2017 10:08 AM

Kevin Durant is one win away from reaching The Finals for the second time in his career and the first time since 2012.

Durant made the controversial decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors last summer and he feels great about the results of that move even if they don't win The Finals.

“I made the 100 percent correct decision, win or lose,” Durant told The Undefeated.  “I feel like this is the place I was supposed to be. I appreciate everything I’ve done before this. But I’m here now, and I feel like it’s a great spot for me to be.

“This is where I am supposed to be at this point of my life. I’m taking it on and conquering every part of it. I’m enjoying every single step.”

Durant will be a free agent again this offseason and was asked if he'll re-sign with the Warriors.

"Yeah. I love it here. I love my teammates. I love the city [of Oakland]. I love the organization. I love it here. I don’t plan on going anywhere else."

Durant was also asked what's the best thing about playing for the Warriors.

"It’s just basketball," said Durant. "You have people here who realize that the most important thing is it’s a game. You have fun. But you also should be passionate and dedicated. That is what everybody’s vision is. We know how important it is to everybody else. It’s not that serious.

"There is fine line between being passionate, taking it serious and being too serious. We kind of tiptoe that line a little bit more so on the not-so-serious side. I think that’s what makes it fun and makes you have a good time."

Marc J. Spears/The Vertical

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic Will Keep Matt Lloyd In Weltman's Front Office

May 22, 2017 7:36 PM

Matt Lloyd will remain with the Orlando Magic in a role to be determined. 

Lloyd had been serving as interim general manager of Orlando following the dismissal of Rob Hennigan.

The Magic hired Jeff Weltman as president of basketball operations on Monday.

Lloyd rose in influence within the Orlando front office after serving as a scout for several seasons with the Chicago Bulls.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Paul Millsap Opts Out Of $21.4M Contract With Hawks

May 22, 2017 12:34 PM

Paul Millsap has opted out of his $21.4 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks for the 17-18 season as expected.

As a free agent in 2015, Millsap and his agent, DeAngelo Simmons, structured a three-year, $60.2 million deal with a third-year player option.

Millsap initially joined the Hawks in 2013 from the Utah Jazz.

Millsap is expected to command a max or near max contract.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kawhi Leonard Ruled Out For Game 4
Kawhi Leonard has been out since the second half of Game 1 with an ankle injury.

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John Hammond Interviewed For Magic Job
John Hammond received a contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks in June of 2016 that will take him through 17-18.

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Emmanuel Akot Reclassifies To Join Arizona One Year Early
Emmanuel Akot will join DeAndre Ayton, Brandon Randolph, Ira Lee and Alex Barcello as top 100 prospects for Arizona.

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Chauncey Billups To Interview For Hawks' GM Job
Chauncey Billups is currently an analyst with ESPN.

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Pablo Prigioni Receiving Interest From Knicks For Assistant Coach Job
Pablo Prigioni played professionally last season in Spain.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Knicks Decide Against Renew Contract Of Josh Longstaff
Josh Longstaff had formed a strong connection with multiple current players, most notably Kristaps Porzingis.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Dunc'd On: BOS/CLE Game 3, Josh Jackson Scouting Report
How Boston came back on Cleveland in Game 3, and then a look at Kansas wing Josh Jackson's NBA prospects.

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LeBron James Wins 16-17 Citizenship Award
LeBron James is being honored for improving the educational opportunities of disadvantaged youth in his hometown of Akron and creating long-term change in his community.

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David Lee Diagnosed With Partially Torn Patellar Tendon In Left Knee
David Lee winced in pain immediately upon landing.

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Dunc'd On: Conference Finals, All-NBA Team Implications, Jonathan Isaac Scouting Report
Conference Finals and news wrap-up, All-NBA Team Reaction, and Jonathan Isaac scouting report

Celtics Lose Isaiah Thomas For Rest Of Playoffs
Isaiah Thomas aggravated a right hip injury during Friday's loss to the Cavaliers.

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Travis Schlenk Emerges As Candidate For Hawks' GM Job
Travis Schlenk has been assistant general manager of the Warriors for the past five seasons.

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Kawhi Leonard Won't Play In Game 3
Kawhi Leonard aggravated his ankle injury in the second half of Game 1.

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Adam Silver Unconcerned With Playoff Dominance Of Warriors, Cavaliers
Adam Silver's time with the NBA has largely been marked by his pursuit of competitive balance.

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Hawks Interview Tommy Sheppard For GM Job
Tommy Sheppard is a longtime executive of the Wizards working under Ernie Grunfeld.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Isaiah Thomas Misses 2nd Half Of Game 2 With Right Hip Strain
Isaiah Thomas has been dealing with a right hip strain since Game 6 of the second round.

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NBA Announces Finalists For Six Major Regular Season Awards
Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard are the three finalists for MVP with LeBron James presumably finishing fourth in voting.

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Blazers Deny Request From Hawks To Interview Neil Olshey
Neil Olshey became general manager of the Blazers in 2012.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Pelicans Close To Hiring Chris Finch As Assistant Coach
Chris Finch had a large impact on the Nuggets' improvement on offense.

Marc Stein/ESPN

RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The Draft Lottery
Host Danny Leroux and NBA Draft expert Sam Vecenie of the Sporting News break down the impact of the draft lottery.

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