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Griffin: Relationship With Chris Paul Has Evolved Every Year

Blake Griffin had the best season of his career in 13-14 and his ability to coexist with Chris Paul has also improved in their third season together.

"Every year (the relationship with Paul) has evolved," Griffin said Tuesday. "You can't expect two guys who have never played together before to just come in and just right away be the best of teammates and understand everything that they're doing. It takes time.

"You figure out ways to make things work every year…I think last summer was big, because we spent a lot of time together — not just (in Los Angeles) but also in China, doing tours (for their shared Jordan brand) over there. We went to (Las) Vegas — we worked out in Vegas a little bit. Little things like that helps build the relationship."

Griffin's production also jumped during Paul's absence due to injury.

"Blake was always like the little brother (to Paul)," Jamal Crawford said. "And when the big brother is down, the little brother has to step up. And me and Blake looked at each other, because he was like, 'Now we've got to be more aggressive. We've got to go.' He led with his voice. He led by example. He led us every single night when Chris went out.

"This guy just wants to be great. He really does. I've said it before — (Kevin) Durant (of the Oklahoma City Thunder) will probably win MVP this year, but with those guys being the same age I could see them going back and forth for years to come. ... Blake's one of the special talents in the world."

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Damien Inglis Declares For NBA Draft

Damien Inglis will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Inglis recently participated in the Nike Hoop Summit with the World Team.

Several NBA scouts have told Yahoo Sports they are most attracted by Inglis' defensive ability.

Inglis said he has no NBA buyout with Chorale de Roanne Basket. DraftExpress.com projects him as the 32nd overall pick in this year's draft. Inglis said if he isn't comfortable with his potential draft position he might take his name out by the June 16 deadline.

"I want to develop my game with a good team who is very interested and focused on me," Inglis told Yahoo Sports. "I want to play in the league next year but it depends. I don't really want [to] take my name out."

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Isaiah Austin Leaves Baylor For NBA Draft

Isaiah Austin has announced his decision to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Austin returned to Baylor for his sophomore season after a shoulder injury.

Austin is a 7-foot center currently projected to go early in the second round by Draft Express.

Via Josh Friemel/Dallas Morning News

Durant Shooting 36 Percent Against Tony Allen

During the first two games of their first round series, Kevin Durant is 9-for-25 (36 percent) while being guarded by Tony Allen and 10-for-18 (55.5 percent) against everyone else on the Memphis Grizzlies.

Allen missed 27 games this season while recovering from a knee issue and appears to be healthier and faster.

Allen is especially adept at avoiding screens to stick with Durant.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Julius Randle Officially Declares For NBA Draft

Julius Randle officially announced he will declare for the NBA Draft in June.

Randle will forgo his sophomore season.

As a freshman, Randle averaged 14.8 points and 10.4 rebounds in 40 games.

Via RealGM Staff Report

David Griffin Wants To Remain GM Of Cavs But Won't Campaign For Job

David Griffin is one of the NBA's most well-regarded front office executives and he's been serving as interim general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers since the dismissal of Chris Grant.

“I feel no great sense of wonder,” Griffin said about his future with the club. “I feel very confident ownership and myself will be moving in the same direction. But I also don’t need to hear from them to know that I need to get better.

“I’m not going to campaign. I’m not running for mayor. Our results are totally unacceptable. I understand what we need to do to get better. And if Dan and his ownership group are of that mindset, we’re going to get better together.”

Via Scott Sargent/Waiting For Next Year

Jazz Considering Ettore Messina For Head Coaching Job

Ettore Messina has emerged as a strong candidate to become the next head coach of the Utah Jazz.

Messina is currently head coach at CSKA and spent one season as an assistant for Mike Brown with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Jazz announced on Monday that they would not renew the contract of Ty Corbin.

Jim Boylen is also a candidate, but his rough stint at the University of Utah could make selling his hire on the local fans difficult.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Woodson Assistant: Knicks' Way Of Doing Things Will Never Work

Steve Kerr is considering becoming the head coach of the New York Knicks, though he has reservations about how he would operate under Madison Square Garden's stifling culture.

Mike Woodson was fired by the Knicks on Monday.

“This place is crazy,” one of Woodson’s former assistants said on the final day of the regular season. “Their way of doing things around here will never work.”

Via Frank Isola/New York Daily News

K.J. McDaniels To Declare For NBA Draft

K.J. McDaniels will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

McDaniels is a small forward out of Clemson.

McDaniels averaged 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.7 blocks in 33.7 minutes per game last season.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Popovich Named NBA Coach Of The Year

Gregg Popovich has been named NBA Coach of the Year for the 13-14 season. Popovich received 59 first place votes out of 124.

Jeff Hornacek placed second and Tom Thibodeau finished third.

Steve Clifford, Dwane Casey, Terry Stotts, Doc Rivers, Scott Brooks, Mark Jackson and Jason Kidd rounded out the top-10.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Mouhammadou Jaiteh Decides Not To Enter NBA Draft

Mouhammadou Jaiteh will likely re-sign in France’s ProA league to continue his development.

Kobe Bryant Begins Intense Six-Month Training Program

As he returns from a broken bone in his left lateral tibial plateau, Kobe Bryant has been cleared for running and shooting.

Masai Ujiri Fined $25,000 By NBA For Saying 'F*** Brooklyn'

Masai Ujiri said "F*** Brooklyn" during a pregame rally for the Raptors.

Elfrid Payton Leaves Louisiana-Lafayette For NBA Draft

Elfrid Payton is leaving Louisiana-Lafayette for the 2014 NBA Draft after his junior season.

NBA Can Buy Back Bucks If No Arena Deal In Place By Nov. 2017

If a deal to build a new arena is not in place by November 2017, the NBA has the right to buy back the Bucks from incoming owners Wesley Edens and Mark Lasry.

Steve Kerr Anticipates Talking Knicks' Job With Jackson

Steve Kerr finally acknowledged that he will be in discussions to become the next head coach of the Knicks.

NBA Admits Referees Should Have Awarded Howard Two Free Throws On Late Boxout With Freeland

The NBA acknowledged the officials missed a late call in the Blazers' 122-120 overtime win over the Rockets in Game 1.

Report: Warriors To Buy New Site In San Francisco, Abandon Waterfront Plans

The Warriors and Salesforce.com have agreed on terms to sell the team a future arena site on a sprawling patch of Mission Bay land off Third Street.

Jazz Part With Ty Corbin

Ty Corbin compiled a 112-146 (.434) record with the Jazz in four seasons.

Damion James Won't Play For Spurs In Playoffs

Damion James will be kept by the Spurs for development over the summer.

Source: Kerr Hasn't Spoken To TNT About Altering Schedule For Coaching Job

A source denied that Steve Kerr has spoken to TNT about altering his broadcast schedule if he accepts a job as head coach.

Joakim Noah Named Defensive Player Of The Year

Joakim Noah's strong play on defense allowed the Bulls to remain a playoff team despite the season-ending injury to Derrick Rose and trade of Luol Deng.

Knicks Fire Mike Woodson, Will Search For New Coach Immediately

The Knicks fired Mike Woodson and his coaching staff on Monday.

Rick Adelman Retires As Head Coach

Rick Adelman will remain with the Timberwolves in a consultant role.

Patrick Beverley To Undergo MRI On Reinjured Right Knee

Patrick Beverley missed time this season due to a torn right meniscus.

Iguodala: We're Trying To Save Our Coach

Andre Iguodala said after the Game 1 win that he heard an ESPN report that Mark Jackson "is going to be gone."

Bulls Excited To Own Two 'Invaluable' First Round Picks

The Bulls will draft 16th and 19th in June.

Harrisons Waiting For Feedback From NBA Before Making Decision

Andrew and Aaron Harrison are continuing to weigh their options about returning to Kentucky for their sophomore season or leaving for the NBA.

76ers' Harris: No Shortcuts To Become Elite Team For Long Period

The 76ers won just 19 games this season while stripping its roster in the process.

Kupchak Favored Keeping Gasol At Deadline

The Lakers decided not to trade away the expiring $19.3 million contract of Pau Gasol for such a small return.
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