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Serge Ibaka Had Been Sending Some Signals Of Leaving Thunder In 2017

Jun 24, 2016 2:57 PM

Serge Ibaka had been sending signals he might leave the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency in 2017 over the past year, according to sources. Ibaka also was beginning to grow tired with his lack of touches on offense.

The Thunder dealt Ibaka on draft night to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis.

Oklahoma City made the trade also knowing Kevin Durant was fine with Ibaka being traded, according to sources.

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Tags: Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mavs Interested In Evan Fournier, Kent Bazemore, Evan Turner, Marvin Williams

Jun 24, 2016 2:40 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have identified Evan Fournier, Kent Bazemore, Evan Turner and Marvin Williams as possible replacements for Chandler Parsons if they have cap space to spend on a wing, according to a source.

The Mavericks would like to re-sign Parsons if they have space but they are not prepared to offer him a max contract.

Dallas' top targets in free agency will be Mike Conley and Hassan Whiteside.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Evan Fournier, Kent Bazemore, Evan Turner, Marvin Williams, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Chandler Parsons Seeking Max Deal Mavs Won't Offer

Jun 24, 2016 1:59 PM

Chandler Parsons could re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks but he looks forward to being recruited by other franchises.

"He'll be all ears," one source said.

Parsons' camp remains confident of signing a max contract starting around $22 million despite a series of injuries during his tenure with the Mavericks. Sources say multiple renowned orthopedic specialists have given Parsons clearance to resume full basketball activities and expressed optimism that his knee would not prevent him from having a long, productive NBA career.

The Mavericks appear to prefer to sign Hassan Whiteside and Mike Conley with their cap space.

Dallas has made it clear to Parsons they don't intend to offer him a max contract.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Chandler Parsons, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wizards Preparing Max Offer To Joakim Noah

Jun 24, 2016 1:45 PM

The Washington Wizards are prepared to make a major offer to Joakim Noah in free agency.

Washington will offer Noah a full maximum contract, according to the report.

Noah is coming off shoulder surgery that ended his season in January.

Noah is expected to leave the Chicago Bulls this offseason and they traded for Robin Lopez previously this week. A source said Noah has no intentions of re-signing with the Bulls and is ready to move on this offseason.

The New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks are also preparing major offers to Noah.

“If teams are convinced Noah is healthy, he will get a max deal, and Washington is panicking because Nene is done and they didn’t make the playoffs last season,’’ said one GM. “They’ll overpay for Noah — they always do.’’

Mitch Lawrence/Sporting News

Tags: Joakim Noah, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Team Reneged On Promise To Draft Isaia Cordinier Early In 2nd Round

Jun 24, 2016 11:43 AM

Isaia Cordinier had a promise to be picked by a team selecting in the late 30s or early 40s of the second round.

Cordinier asked teams not to pick him because he was guaranteed to be brought to the NBA immediately but the team reneged on the promise at the last minute.

Cordinier ended up being picked at 40th overall by the Atlanta Hawks.

Cordinier will likely sign a one-year deal in France and join the Hawks in 2017.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Tags: Isaia Cordinier, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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James Webb III, 76ers Agree Upon Two-Year Deal With Partial Guarantee

Jun 24, 2016 10:34 AM

James Webb III and the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed upon a two-year, partially guaranteed deal. Webb will have a chance to compete for a roster spot.

Webb went undrafted after leaving Boise State with one season of eligibility remaining.

Webb was named first team All-Mountain West in 2015-16 after averaging 15.8 points and nine rebounds per game for the Broncos as a redshirt junior. He started 27 games as a redshirt sophomore and averaged 11.2 points per game.

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Tags: James Webb III, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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RealGM Radio: NBA Draft Recap With Sam Vecenie

Jun 24, 2016 5:47 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports (@Sam_Vecenie) review an extremely eventful NBA Draft, including winners and losers, what confused them and their favorite selections of the night. Plus, Sam gives a quick preview of his 2017 Draft Board.

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Tags: NBA, RealGM Radio

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Dunc'd On: 2016 Draft Review

Jun 24, 2016 3:07 AM

The Serge Ibaka trade, Thaddeus Young to IND (17:30), the puzzling Marco Belinelli trade, Phoenix's trade with Sacramento for Marquese Chriss, and of course analysis of every pick in the first round (29:30). Includes the Celtics' Jaylen Brown shocker, Kris Dunn to Minnesota, Jamal Murray falling to Denver as part of their great night, and everything else. Plus our favorite second round picks. 

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux of RealGMThe Athletic and the Sporting News (@DannyLeroux). 

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Tags: NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, Dunc'd On

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Taurean Prince Thought He'd Go 20-25, Felt Like Atlanta Liked Him

Jun 24, 2016 1:06 AM

Taurean Prince was taken 12th overall by the Atlanta Hawks, who acquired the pick from the Utah Jazz in the three-team deal that shipped George Hill to Utah and Jeff Teague to the Indiana Pacers.

Prince was seen as a late-lottery pick, but was rumored to be slipping down draft boards. 

“I thought I was 20-25 range, so I mean, this is — like I said, it’s all overwhelming for me, humbling,” he said. "I’ve just got to work more to show people why I deserve this spot, and I’m going to do what I have to do in order to be somebody in the league.”

Atlanta’s slotted pick was 21st, right in the range Prince felt he’d go. The Hawks brought him in for their first workout.

“Man, those guys are great, straightforward, which I love,” he said. “No gray, it’s black and white-type of guys, and those are the type of guys you need to be behind you, that’s going to tell you when you’re wrong and let you know when you’re right. I love those guys up there, man. They brought me up for a second workout so I knew they were really interested and we were vibing the entire time, and I enjoyed every single minute in Atlanta."

Andrew Perna/RealGM

Tags: Taurean Prince, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Buddy Hield Ready To Space Floor For Pelicans

Jun 24, 2016 1:03 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans drafted Buddy Hield with the sixth overall pick on Thursday, adding perhaps the most proven scorer available. 

“I’m a scorer,” Hield said in his opening remarks to the media. “I can shoot the ball a lot. Love to shoot. I feel like when I go there I can open up the floor for Anthony Davis and other guys to be able to penetrate. And for a guy like Anthony Davis, they have a guy like me who can shoot the ball really well, can keep the floor spaced.” 

Alvin Gentry traveled to the Bahamas to watch Hield play and the two discussed playing fast together if New Orleans was in position to take the Oklahoma senior. Hield is just the third player from the Bahamas to be drafted. 

“I’m so happy, man, not only for me but for all the kids back in the Bahamas,” Hield said. “The norm is that we never make it out of there. So being one of the few that makes it out there helps me give to the kids and inspire them, like OK, there will be more that will make it out. 

“I’m just happy for the Bahamas, really. Put them back on the map, and for all my friends and family."

Andrew Perna/RealGM

Tags: Buddy Hield, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Ron Baker, Knicks Agree To Partially Guaranteed Deal
Ron Baker went undrafted out of Wichita State.

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Gary Payton II Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Rockets
Gary Payton II went undrafted in Thursday's draft.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cavs Pay $2.4M For 54th Overall Pick, Select Kay Felder
LeBron James was reportedly a proponent of selecting Kay Felder.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Warriors Buy 38th Pick From Bucks For $2.4 Million, Select Pat McCaw
The Warriors used the selection to pick Pat McCaw out of UNLV.

Shams Charania, Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Bulls, Wolves End Jimmy Butler For Kris Dunn Trade Talks
The Bulls have reportedly sought Zach LaVine as part of the package for Jimmy Butler.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Celtics Acquire Clippers' 2019 1st Rounder From Grizzlies
The Grizzlies acquired the Clippers' first rounder as part of the Jeff Green for Lance Stephenson trade.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Jaylen Brown Didn't Expect To Be Picked By Celtics, Excited For Playoff Basketball
The Celtics held onto the selection and took Jaylen Brown, who they worked out twice.

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Wolves, Bulls Have Optimism Of Jimmy Butler For Kris Dunn Trade
The Bulls are prepared to go into a full rebuild ahead of a strong 2017 draft.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Magic Acquire Serge Ibaka From Thunder
The Thunder have traded Serge Ibaka to the Magic.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Brandon Ingram Feels 'Good Pressure' Going To Lakers
The Lakers drafted Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick, the first acquisition they’ve made since Kobe Bryant retired.

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Suns Acquire Marquese Chriss From Kings
Marquese Chriss was selected with the eighth overall pick.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Shams Charania/The Vertical

Wolves Likely To Trade Ricky Rubio, Reject Significant Offers To Select Kris Dunn
Tom Thibodeau has been active in shopping Ricky Rubio throughout the week and his tenure with the franchise is likely coming to an end.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Bulls Sought Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn From Wolves For Jimmy Butler
The Bulls were seeking Zach LaVine and the No. 5 overall pick (Kris Dunn) from Minnesota for Jimmy Butler.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown Go Top-3 In 2016 NBA Draft
After the 76ers selected Ben Simmons and the Lakers picked Brandon Ingram as widely expected, Boston picked Jaylen Brown.

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76ers Offering Nerlens Noel, 24, 26, Robert Covington To Celtics For No. 3
The Celtics have been shopping the third overall pick for weeks.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Celtics, Bulls Continue To Discuss Jimmy Butler Trade
The Celtics and Bulls continue to discuss a trade centered on Jimmy Butler.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kings Trying To Trade For D'Angelo Russell From Lakers
The Kings have been active in trade talks this week and the one player they're focused on acquiring is D'Angelo Russell.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Pacers Talked Rudy Gay Deal With Kings Before Acquiring Thad Young
The Kings' asking price for Rudy Gay was too high for the Pacers and they pivoted towards Thaddeus Young.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Hornets Acquire Marco Belinelli For 22nd Overall Pick
The Hornets have acquired to acquire Marco Belinelli from the Kings for the 22nd overall pick.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kings Receiving Offers Of Multiple Future 1st Round Picks For No. 8
The Kings have future pick obligations due to previous trades with the Cavaliers in 2011 and the 76ers last offseason.

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