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Leonsis Happy To Be At No. 3, Ready To Escape Lottery Cycle

Ted Leonsis shared his thoughts on the results of the draft lottery.

“I was pretty happy, because you always want to get one of the top two or three guys and we’re going to get a really good player with the No. 3 pick,” Leonsis said.

Washington has picked in the lottery in two out of the last three seasons.

“I don’t want to be in the lottery anymore. It’s not a lot of fun,” Leonsis said, before adding, “Without pain, there is no gain.”

To that end, the Wizards have designed an offseason training program for John Wall.

“We’ve laid out with John Wall’s people, every single day,” Leonsis said. “Nutrition. Strength and conditioning. Shooting. Who he is going to be playing with. What he is doing on the business side. It just feels good that you can be in control of the outcome and these young kids are really ready to work.”

Via Washington Post

Davis' Family Disappointed Over Lottery Results

Anthony Davis’ family wanted him to land with Michael Jordan's Bobcats.

"A lot of disappointment inside my family," said Anthony. "My mom wanted me to go to to Charlotte. I have a lot of good friends in Charlotte. At the same time, it wasn't my call. A lot of guys are disappointed but they have to move on and make the best out of New Orleans."

Davis, who was raised in Chicago, grew up rooting for Jordan and the Bulls.

Via CSNChicago.com

Sam Vincent Presented Front Office Plan To Magic Involving Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson is no longer interested in joining the front office of the Magic.

Sam Vincent reportedly presented Magic CEO Alex Martins a scenario involving Jackson on Wednesday.

"It drew some interest from Phil," Vincent said. "But in the end, Phil decided to go with another opportunity."

Vincent said Jackson gave him the impression that he doesn't want to coach anymore. 

Via Brian Schmitz/Orlando Sentinel

Lakers Promote Glenn Carraro To Assistant GM

The Los Angeles Lakers have promoted Glenn Carraro to Assistant General Manager.

Carraro, who spent last season serving in a dual role as both the Director of Basketball Administration for the Lakers and as the General Manager of the Los Angeles D-Fenders, will retain his title of General Manager of the D-Fenders.

Carraro, who has 17 years of NBA experience, has been a member of the Lakers front office staff since 2000. Originally joining the team as the Assistant to the General Manager/Director of Camps, Carraro was promoted to Director of Basketball Administration in 2006. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

Simon Discourages Bird From Pursuing Restricted Free Agents

Larry Bird revealed that Pacers owner Herb Simon doesn’t like pursing other team’s restricted free agents.

“Me, I’d go after them,” Bird said. “My owner won’t let me. I’d go after anybody. I understand his point of view. If you go after them you’re going to overpay. When we talked about that four years ago, I agreed with him. In a small market, you don’t want to get in a bidding war for players. I would like to. If that’s a rule he’s got, we live by it.”

Bird doesn’t anticipate changing Simon’s mind.

“Absolutely not,” he said.

Via Indianapolis Star

Bobcats Will Work Out At Least Six Players For Number Two Pick

Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said the team plans to work out at least six players for the No. 2 pick in the upcoming draft.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Thomas Robinson, and Bradley Beal are among the players expected to vie for the No. 2 pick.

Higgins also said he anticipates trade interest from other teams.

“Some other teams are going to call us about No. 2,’’ Higgins said. “We’re going to get some interest there until the pick is called’’ on draft night.

Via Charlotte Observer

Nets Have No Regrets About Trading Lottery Selection

The Nets have no regrets about trading this year's first-round pick to Portland in exchange for Gerald Wallace.

“Yes,” Nets general manager Billy King said when asked whether he still defends the move, “because I think what Gerald Wallace brings to the table is a lot better than some of the younger guys (available in the draft). They may take two or three years and as I’ve said before, we’re trying to win right away.

“Deron’s getting older, we don’t want to be in a rebuilding process. So we’re going to add some veterans to this roster.”

The Nets’ pick was only protected through the first three spots.

“Obviously, if you have one of those top picks, it’s adding an asset, but I think we have, once again, cap space,” King said.

Via Star-Ledger

Raptors Will Consider Trading Draft Pick

Bryan Colangelo may be interested in trading Toronto’s lottery pick in next month’s draft in order to bring some proven talent to his roster.

“Obviously if there’s a transaction that warrants moving the pick, we’ll consider that but we’re not actively shopping it,” Colangelo said after league’s draft lottery.

“It’s all going to be a matter of what’s on the board and as you know, the $12 million of flexibility that we have … gives us some options to take on contract,” he said. “It may be committing some or all of the cap space moving forward. We would consider doing that and if it was the right player, a player of a significant caliber, then we would obviously consider upping the ante by including the pick if necessary.”

The Raptors are slotted to pick eighth in the draft.

“Clearly at eight, it expands it (the draft pool) exponentially but that’s what we do,” Colengelo said. “We’ve had a good pulse of this draft. With the lockout-shortened season we had the opportunity to get out and see a lot of games and we’ll take advantage of that now.”

“We actually like this selection at eight,” he said. “Just through some of the preliminary work that we’ve done here over the last four weeks, we’ve walked out of a lot of gyms excited about what we’ve seen.”

Via Toronto Star

LeBron: Rondo's Game 2 'Will Go Down In The Record Books'

Rajon Rondo had a brilliant 44 points to go with 10 assists, eight rebounds and three steals in Boston's 115-111 Game 2 loss at Miami.

"Absolutely amazing," said LeBron James of Rondo's night. "The performance he put on will go down in the record books. He's a unique player, an unbelievable player."

"He almost singlehandedly beat us," Miami's Shane Battier marveled. "That's one of the best games I've ever seen in person."

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Dumars: Pistons Will Prioritize Need Over Best Available Player

Joe Dumars was asked whether he anticipates drafting to fill or need or to acquire the best player available.

"You go in with a priority of addressing your needs,” Dumars said. “If that player doesn't meet the needs you have in terms of the type of player he is or fitting in to your team, we absolutely take the best player. We still have needs but as you saw with us last year, if we don't feel that player is there, we're going to take the best player available."

The Pistons will pick ninth in next month's draft.

"All of the work that we've been doing for months and months has been geared toward us having the ninth pick," Dumars said. "When your chances are 1.7 percent of moving up to the No. 1 pick, you don't put a lot of stock in that.

"You put all your work into what the ninth pick will be. Without getting into any names right now, it's the names you've probably been seeing in that range for quite some time.”

Via MLive.com

Hornets Win 2012 NBA Lottery

The New Orleans Hornets have won the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery just a few months after trading away Chris Paul and are expected to select Anthony Davis.

Williams Denies He Will Leave Nets If Howard Isn't Acquired

Deron Williams denied a report from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski that had sources claiming he would leave the Nets if they were unable to acquire Dwight Howard.

Bird Could Be Leaning Towards Remaining With Pacers

Many have speculated that Larry Bird would retire following the 11-12 season, but the chances of that appear to be decreasing.

Warriors Could Still Owe $70M To Oakland For Arena

Despite their impending move to San Francisco, the Warriors could still be forced to pay $70 million to Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Ray Allen Won't Sit Out Game 2 To Rest Ankle

Ray Allen has ruled out the suggestion from Doc Rivers that he sit out Game 2 to rest his injured ankle.

Bobcats Eliminate Patrick Ewing From Coaching Search

Michael Jordan reached out to Patrick Ewing to inform of the decision.

Sources: Dwight Regrets Opt-In Decision, Seeks Trade

Several GM candidates have been creating trade scenarios involving Dwight Howard and proposing them to CEO Alex Marins during the interview process.

Nets Must Acquire Howard To Keep Williams

Deron Williams doesn't want to wait for Anthony Davis to develop and won't re-sign with the team unless they become an instant contender.

Hammond Optimistic About Improving Through Draft

Bucks general manager John Hammond hopes to add an instant contributor in the upcoming draft.

Van Gundy Accuses Bobcats Of Tanking Last Season

The Bobcats will have the most ping pong balls after one of the worst seasons in NBA history.

Gentry Confident Of Retaining Nash, Wants Suns To Add Closer

Alvin Gentry is confident that the Sunsí two-time MVP isn't getting away.

Monty Willliams Favors Current Lottery System, Won't Tank For High Pick

Monty Williams believes that the current lottery system is the best method to determine the draft order.

Heat Playing Less 'Hero Ball' During Streak

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have increased their interplay without Chris Bosh also on the court.

Anthony Davis Continues To Wait On Hiring Agent

A handful of agents have only been in informal talks with Anthony Davis.

Davis Increasing Strength Ahead Of Olympic Training Camp

Anthony Davis is the only collegian in the roster pool, but he has a chance to make the squad due to Dwight Howard's injury.

Davis Family Anxiously Awaiting Lottery Results

Anthony Davis says he mirrors his game after Kevin Garnett on offense and Serge Ibaka on defense.

Sixers Decline Option On Craig Brackins

The Sixers have elected to not pick up their option on the third-year contract of Craig Brackins.

Wizards Prefer To Trade Lewis, Blatche

The Wizards can save $10 million by buying out Rashard Lewis will preserving their amnesty clause for Andray Blatche.

Beal Works To Improve Handle In Preparation For Draft

Bradley Beal is working to polish his ball-handling skills in preparation for the NBA draft.

Blazers Near Decision On GM Position

Trail Blazers president Larry Miller said Tuesday that the team is close to hiring a general manager.
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