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RealGM Radio: Kevin Pelton

Apr 29, 2017 10:00 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Kevin Pelton of ESPN (@kpelton) preview the second round of the NBA playoffs.

The two break down Spurs/Rockets, Cavs/Raptors (25:17), Celtics/Wizards (43:45) and Sunday’s Game Seven between the Clippers and Jazz (57:08).

 

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Vince Carter Plans To Play Next Season, No Retirement In Sight

Apr 29, 2017 7:56 PM

Vince Carter plans on continuing his career next season. Carter has had remarkable longevity, evolving into one of the game's better veteran wing role players.

Carter will be a free agent this summer.

"I said to myself 'I want to play 15 years'. I don't know where I got that from. And the I got to 15 years and I kept going. I never capped it, but at the same time I've had a lot of players remind me of things I've said," said Carter about how he kept telling fellow players he would retire after two more years.

"I'm still saying 'two more years and I'm done.'

"I sit here today and I think of when I was younger, at that 25 and the season was over, I felt awful.

"I could play three more rounds of basketball right now."

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Tags: Vince Carter, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Record 88 Players Make NBA Debut During 16-17 Season

Apr 29, 2017 7:48 PM

There were 88 players who made their NBA debut this season, which is the highest total in modern league history.

During the 05-06 season, there were 85 debuts as the previous high.

With more teams utilizing the D-League, there have been a great number of opportunities given to rookies.

That number doesn't even include Ben Simmons, who missed the entire season.

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Dante Cunningham Declines $3.1M Player Option With Pelicans

Apr 29, 2017 12:05 PM

Dante Cunningham will decline his player option with the New Orleans Pelicans for the 17-18 season to become a free agent.

Cunningham's player option for 17-18 was worth $3.1 million.

Cunningham averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 25.0 minutes over 66 games this season with the Pelicans.

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Tags: Dante Cunningham, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jimmy Butler Supports Bulls Keeping Rajon Rondo

Apr 29, 2017 12:04 PM

The Chicago Bulls have until June 30th to fully guarantee the $13.4 million contract of Rajon Rondo.

The Bulls have yet to give Rondo any indication about his guarantee.

“Of course,” Jimmy Butler said when asked about if he preferred the Bulls to guarantee Rondo for next season. “He’s been huge for us this year, molding the young guys and getting in the film room. The way he plays the game, getting everyone involved, I love playing with him and D-Wade.”

While Rondo struggled early in the season, the Bulls played better down the stretch of the regular season with him and they also won two road playoff games at Boston before he was injured.

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Tags: Rajon Rondo, Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwyane Wade Will Take Time To Decide Upon 17-18 Option With Bulls

Apr 29, 2017 11:53 AM

Dwyane Wade plans on meeting face-to-face with Jimmy Butler in the coming weeks to discuss their futures with the Chicago Bulls.

Wade has a player option for the 17-18 season worth $23.8 million. Wade signed a two-year deal with the Bulls last summer.

“That’s far away,” Wade said about his option decision. “I have time.”

Wade will also meet in the coming weeks with the front office to gauge their plans for the offseason.

Chicago could conceivably trade Butler this summer, or look to retool around him and either Wade or Rajon Rondo.

"I have a great luxury where I don't have to ring-chase, but I can. Or I can be a part of passing down my knowledge. Either way," said Wade on Saturday.

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Luka Doncic Named Euroleague MVP For 2nd Straight Game

Apr 29, 2017 11:05 AM

Real Madrid secured a Final Four berth with its second road win in less than 48 hours against Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul on Friday night.

Luka Doncic was named MVP for Game 4 of the EuroLeague Playoffs. It marked the 18-year old's second consecutive MVP of the round award, after he shared the honor 48 hours earlier in Game 3.

Doncic has won the honor four times this season, second to only reigning EuroLeague MVP Nando De Colo of CSKA Moscow, who won six.

Doncic scored 11 points to go with 7 assists and 5 rebounds. He made his only two-point shot attempt, hit 1 of 4 from downtown and went 6 for 8 from the free throw line in addition to collecting 1 steal and 6 fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 21, the highest among all players in the two Game 4 contests.

Doncic is expected to be one of the top two picks in the 2018 NBA Draft.

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Dunc'd On: All Five Game 6s

Apr 29, 2017 4:42 AM

All five Game 6s, in order: LAC/UTA, WAS/ATL, BOS/CHI, TOR/MIL, SAS/MEM.

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

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Magic To Offer President Job To David Griffin

Apr 29, 2017 1:58 AM

The Orlando Magic will offer their president of basketball operations to David Griffin.

Orlando will be allowed to engage Griffin in contract talks once the Cleveland Cavaliers' season is over.

Griffin is without a contract for next season with the Cavaliers and the two sides have been unable to hold meaningful talks on an extension. Griffin could still ultimately remain with the Cavaliers.

LeBron James has endorsed Griffin receiving an extension from Cleveland.

Orlando fired Rob Hennigan at the start of the offseason.

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Paul Millsap 'Looking To Expand This, See Where Hawks Can Go'

Apr 28, 2017 10:55 PM

Paul Millsap will be a free agent this offseason and his future with the Atlanta Hawks remains very much in doubt.

The Hawks considered trading Millsap this season before eventually deciding to keep him.

"It's been great, said Millsap after the Hawks were eliminated from the playoffs. "I'm looking to expand this and see where the franchise can go. These last four years has been great. I couldn't ask for anything more.

"I'm going to take some time, relax, and see what happens," said Millsap.

Atlanta can offer Millsap an extra guaranteed season on his contract.

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Erik Spoelstra Has Interest In Running Heat Front Office Someday
Erik Spoelstra already has a seat in all organizational meetings with Pat Riley and Andy Elisburg.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical (via Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Magic Considering Kevin McHale For President Job
Kevin McHale served as Wolves vice president of basketball operations from 1995 to 2008.

Sam Amick/USA Today

ESPN Lays Off Marc Stein, Henry Abbott, Chad Ford
Marc Stein had been with ESPN since 2000 and was a central part of their NBA coverage as a reporter, writer and on television.

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Larry Bird Stepping Down As President Of Pacers
Larry Bird will step down as president of the Indiana Pacers with Kevin Pritchard taking over basketball operations.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Nike, Adidas, Under Armour Decline Deal With Lonzo Ball
LaVar Ball was representing Lonzo during the process and he insisted that the company license his Big Baller Brand.

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Blake Griffin Considered More Likely To Leave Clippers Than Chris Paul
Blake Griffin's personality could lend him to consider the decision privately instead of taking a series of public meetings.

Kevin Arnovitz/ESPN

Chris Paul Could Take Multiple Meetings But Clippers Expect Him To Re-Sign
Chris Paul could still take a number of meetings in a public process before ultimately re-signing with the Clippers.

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Veteran Teammate: Clippers 'Most Complicated Team' I've Ever Been On
The relationships between the Clippers have improved but remain complicated.

Kevin Arnovitz/ESPN

Gregg Popovich: Kawhi Leonard Is Best Player In NBA Right Now
Kawhi Leonard has led the NBA in PER during the playoffs.

Michael Lee/The Vertical

Jamal Murray Undergoes Core Muscle Surgery
Jamal Murray averaged 9.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists while being the only Nuggets player to appear in all 82 games.

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Clippers Remain Committed To Re-Signing Blake Griffin
Adrian Wojnarowski said "it's hard to imagine a split with (Blake) Griffin."

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

NBA Creates Six New Award Categories Determined By Fan Voting
Dunk of the Year, Best Style, Block of the Year, Assist of the Year, Game Winner of the Year and Top Performance of the Year will be awarded this year.

AJ Neuharth-Keusch/USA Today

Rajon Rondo Remains Doubtful For Game 6
Rajon Rondo suffered a broken thumb in Game 2 and has missed Games 3-5.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Recruiting From Harden, Ariza Helped Rockets Sign Eric Gordon
James Harden and Trevor Ariza played significant roles in convincing Eric Gordon to sign with the Rockets.

Reid Laymance/Houston Chronicle

Warriors Expect Steve Kerr To Return To Bench
Steve Kerr continues to suffer complications from two back surgeries.

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Stephen Curry's Current Under Armour Shoe Not Selling At Expectations
Several retailers have been discounting the Curry 3 shoe.

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Dunc'd On: BOS/CHI & WAS/ATL Game 5s, Plus The Free Agent Point Guards
Wrapping up Wednesday's Game 5s, plus a look at the free agent point guards.

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Thunder Intend To Keep Andre Roberson
While Andre Roberson is a liability on offense, he has developed into a very good defensive player.

Royce Young/ESPN

Les Alexander Fined $100,000 By NBA For Confronting Referee
Les Alexander has fined $100,000 by the NBA for confronting a referee during live game action.

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LeBron James Left McDonald's Endorsement Deal For Upside Of Blaze Ownership
LeBron James owns 17 Blaze franchises and more than 10 percent of the company.

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