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Mike Woodson: I'm The Only Guy For This Job

The New York Knicks were eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday in a down season in the Eastern Conference, leading to uncertainty in the future of Mike Woodson.

"I'm pleased and happy to have been given this opportunity. And if they bring me back, I'm gonna make damn sure that this doesn't happen again next season," Woodson said.

Woodson said he deserves to coach the final season on his current contract.

"Am I the guy for the job? I'm the only guy for this job. I've always said that. I don't mean that in a braggadocios way. But I feel good about what I do as a coach. And I know the system works."

Via Chris Herring/Wall Street Journal

Kyrie Irving Doesn't Have 'Definitive Answer' On Extension

The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to make a maximum five-year contract extension offer to Kyrie Irving this offseason.

"I've been a part of this and I want to continue to be a part of this," he said. "We're making strides in the right direction, especially in this organization. I want to be part of something special, and I want to be part of something special in Cleveland.

"I don't have a definitive answer to that right now, but it'll be something special. I can guarantee that."

Irving was the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

"It's a big deal for me and my family if they do offer that. It would be exciting, and I'll make the best decision for me and my family. That's what it's going to boil down to for myself."

Via Jodie Valade/The Plain Dealer

Kobe Bryant To Intensify Workouts Next Week

Kobe Bryant has been cleared to resume running and shooting and will begin a six-month training program next week upon his return from a family trip to Europe.

Bryant fractured his left knee on Dec. 17, just six games after returning from a torn Achillies tendon.

Bryant left for a short family trip to France ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers' season finale against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

Bryant is expected to be fully healthy by the start of next training camp in October.

Via Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Knicks Sign Lamar Odom To Two-Year Deal

The New York Knicks signed Lamar Odom just 45 minutes before the deadline on a two-year deal.

The Knicks will have an option on Odom's contract for the 14-15 season.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Scott Perry, Grant Hill On Pistons' List To Take Over Front Office

The Detroit Pistons have Scott Perry and Grant Hill on their list of potential candidates to take over as president after the resign of Joe Dumars.

Hill began his NBA career with the Detroit Pistons and has served as an NBA analyst since retiring from the league last year.

Perry is an assistant general manager with the Orlando Magic. He has held positions under Dumars with the Pistons and Sam Presti with the then-Seattle SuperSonics.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Harden: 'Definitely, No Question' I'd Still Be In Oklahoma City If Money Wasn't Factor

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."

Via Hannah Storm/ESPN

D'Antoni To Discuss Future With Management At Exit Interviews

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."

Via Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Dario Saric To Declare For NBA Draft, Could Still Withdraw

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."

Via Jonathan Givony/DraftExpress

Nets Offered Vince Carter To Clippers For Shaun Livingston Before Injury

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.” 

Via Dave D'Alessandro/Star-Ledger

Bucks Sold For $550M To Edens, Lasry

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.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Channing Frye Hopes To Discuss Extension With Suns

Channing Frye has a $6.8 million player option for next season.

Smith Reiterates Personal Belief Anthony Will Re-Sign With Knicks

J.R. Smith reiterated that "in my heart" he does not believe Carmelo Anthony will leave the Knicks in free agency.

Branden Dawson Returns To Michigan State For Senior Season

Branden Dawson averaged 11.2 points and a team-best 8.3 rebounds for MSU in 2013-14.

Bucks Sign Chris Wright To Multi-Year Contract

Chris Wright has averaged 6 points and 2.1 rebounds in seven games with Milwaukee.

Warriors Recall Ognjen Kuzmic, Nemanja Nedovic From Santa Cruz

The Warriors recalled Ognjen Kuzmic and Nemanja Nedovic from the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Carmelo Anthony To Rehab Small Tear In Shoulder

Carmelo Anthony will be re-evaluated in one month.

Isaiah Austin Declares For 2014 NBA Draft

Isaiah Austin is currently projected as the 38th overall pick by DraftExpress.

Magic To Enter Into Single-Affiliate Relationship With Bayhawks

The Magic will run basketball ops and the ownership will handle business operations and community relations.

Glenn Robinson III Declares For NBA Draft

Glenn Robinson III averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds as a sophomore.

John Wall Leads NBA In Corner-3 Assists By Wide Margin

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 Named Winner Of NBA's Citizenship Award

Luol Deng has been voted the 2013-14 winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.

Amar'e Stoudemire Open To Possibility Of Playing For Israeli Club Once NBA Deal Ends

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.

Rockets To Sign Josh Powell

Josh Powell's contract for next season with the Rockets will be non-guaranteed, sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

Lakers Have No Timetable On D'Antoni Decision

The Lakers owe Mike D'Antoni $4 million next season.

Bulls Tried To Bring Kurt Thomas Out Of Retirement

Kurt Thomas is now 41 and has not played since last season, considering himself retired.

Clarence Gaines Jr. Expected To Join Knicks' Front Office

Clarence Gaines Jr. was a longtime scout with the Bulls.

Lamar Odom, Knicks Close To Deal With Team Option For Next Season

Lamar Odom is expected to sign with the Knicks this week, barring any unforeseen snags.

Casper Ware Signs With 76ers For Remainder Of Season

Casper Ware said he is still trying to work out a deal for the future.

Pacers Clinch No. 1 Seed In Eastern Conference

The Pacers clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference on Monday.

Rockets Reassign Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington To D-League

The Rockets re-assigned Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
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