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Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: May 7th

May 7, 2015 4:51 AM

In Thursday's episode, host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Daniel Leroux of RealGM (@DannyLeroux) discuss Wednesday's games and answer listener questions.

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Jrue Holiday, Quincy Pondexter Undergo Surgeries

May 7, 2015 12:21 AM

Jrue Holiday underwent successful surgery to remove a screw from a previously placed rod in his lower right leg, the New Orleans Pelicans announced Wednesday. 

Quincy Pondexter also underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Wednesday.

A timetable for both players' return to basketball activities will be determined at a later date.

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Tags: Jrue Holiday, Quincy Pondexter, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Injury

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Ujiri Considering Letting Raptors Take Step Back

May 6, 2015 9:59 PM

Masai Ujiri has yet to make a decision on Dwane Casey's tenure as head coach of the Toronto Raptors.

"I'm still studying it, we're still gathering all the information," Ujiri told Sportsnet 590 The FAN in regards to whether a decision has been made on Casey's future.

Approximately 20 minutes later, Ujiri told competing station TSN 1050 the same thing.

"We're still going to go through the process of looking at the things we did well and the things we didn't do so well," he said. "When that happens, we will make a decision and move forward."

Casey has two years and $8 million remaining on his contract.

Ujiri said taking a step backwards may be necessary for the Raptors.

"That's an option," Ujiri told TSN. "Everything we are going to do is going to be what's good for this organization and competing for a championship in the future."

John Chick/The Score

Tags: Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Pelicans Deny Discussing Job Opportunity With Joe Dumars

May 6, 2015 8:37 PM

Joe Dumars has been linked to a job within the New Orleans Pelicans front office for several weeks.

A report from the Times-Picayune indicated that Dumars had met with Mickey Loomis during New Orleans Saints' road games in 2014 to gauge his opinion on the Pelicans.

"No job offer or position has been discussed w/ Joe [Dumars] regarding Pels," said spokesman Greg Bensel.

Dell Demps is signed through 15-16 and the Pelicans hold a team option for 16-17.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Jimmy Butler Wins NBA's Most Improved Player Award

May 6, 2015 7:31 PM

Jimmy Butler has won the NBA's Most Improved Player Award. The announcement will come later this week.

Butler rejected an extension offer from the Chicago Bulls and betting on himself will likely lead to a max contract in the offseason as a restricted free agent.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Cavs Cancel Giveaway Of 20,000 Kevin Love Arm Slings

May 6, 2015 7:13 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers canceled a plan to give away 20,000 arm slings to fans to show support for Kevin Love.

Love is out for the remainder of the playoffs.

It's not known what the team plans to do with the unused slings

Tom Withers/Associated Press

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Exec Predicts Khris Middleton To Get $15M Per Season

May 6, 2015 4:04 PM

Khris Middleton will be one of the NBA's most highly coveted restricted free agent.

Middleton put up a great season and is well-liked by advanced analytics.

One executive predicts Middleton to receive an offer of $15 million per season.

“That’s what Chandler Parsons got, but this guy plays much better defense,” the executive said.

Middleton is a good perimeter shooter and he can defend multiple positions at a high level.


Sean Deveney/Sporting News

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Isiah Thomas Denies Discussing Potential Knicks' Job With Dolan

May 6, 2015 1:04 PM

Isiah Thomas insists he has had no conversations with James Dolan about taking over the New York Knicks or helping Phil Jackson in the present.

“There’s been no discussions about that – zero," said Thomas.

Thomas was named president of the WNBA's New York Liberty.

Thomas denied that running the Knicks again as his "end game."

“I don’t have an end game, there’s no agenda,’’ Thomas said to Dan Patrick. “My thing is basketball. I don’t think anyone of us will now where we’ll be 5, 10 years from now. I don’t have an end game. I hope the end game is we’re all involved in sports and make a living off the game.

“We never get to write the ending. We can only live our life. I just know where I’m at now with the Liberty.’’

Phil Jackson's first season with the Knicks resulted in a 17-65 record.

“My relationship with Phil has always been great and respectful,’’ Thomas told WFAN. “I have great respect for Phil Jackson as well as everyone else here. He’s accomplished, he knows what he’s doing and he’s a great basketball mind. I think everyone should be happy that he’s there.”

Marc Berman/New York Post

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Woj: James Dolan Obsessed With Isiah Thomas, Redeeming Him

May 6, 2015 12:49 PM

Isiah Thomas was hired on Tuesday by the New York Liberty of the WNBA as president.

Thomas was previously president of the New York Knicks and has remained close to James Dolan.

"James Dolan is obsessed with Isiah," said Wojnarowski on The Dan Patrick Show. "He's obsessed with redeeming him. He's obsessed with having him by his side. He's put him back in the building now."

Wojnarowski also said he has never expected the Phil Jackson partnership with Dolan to last for the length of his five-year contract.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs Have 'Legitimate Fear' Of Kevin Love Leaving This Offseason

May 6, 2015 12:43 PM

Kevin Love is out for the season following shoulder surgery and he could have already played his final game with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers had been hoping that Love would have an opportunity to make his mark with the franchise during the playoffs.

"Love hasn't been super willing to play that (Chris Bosh) part," said Wojnarowski on the Dan Patrick Show.

"He's going to look at free agency. I think he's going to look at other teams."

Love also could opt-in for another season and become a free agent in 2016 when the cap increases.

"There's a legitimate fear with the Cavs that he will just walk."

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Manu Ginobili Will Be Patient In Making Decision On 15-16
Manu Ginobili will wait at least a month to make his decision on whether to continue his playing career.

Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

Chris Paul Out For Game 2
The Clippers won Game 1 on Monday without Chris Paul.

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Ettore Messina Interested In NBA Head Coaching Opportunities
Ettore Messina is currently an assistant coach for the Spurs after a lengthy career as a head coach in Europe.


Nets Prioritizing Re-Signing Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young In Offseason
Billy King says the Brooklyn Nets will "explore all options" this offseason while not ruling out a trade.

Tim Bontemps/New York Post

76ers Passed On Paul Pierce In 1998 Due To Larry Hughes' Promise
Paul Pierce and Allen Iverson could have formed a remarkable scoring tandem for the 76ers.

Jay King/MassLive

Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: May 6th
Nate Duncan and Daniel Leroux break down Tuesday's games and answer some listener questions.

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Russell Westbrook To Represent Thunder At Lottery
The Thunder haven't been in the lottery since they won the third overall pick in 2009 and drafted James Harden.

Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

Cavaliers To Insert Tristan Thompson In Starting Lineup For Game 2
Tristan Thompson will make his first postseason start at the power forward position.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Rivers: Dwight Howard Hasn't Played This Athletic Since Magic Days
Doc Rivers praised the play of Dwight Howard in Game 1 of the Clippers-Rockets series.

Jenny Dial Creech/Houston Chronicle

Derrick Rose Pain-Free After Suffering Stinger In Shoulder
Derrick Rose said he has no pain after suffering a stinger in his right shoulder late in the Bulls' Game 1 win over the Cavaliers.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

John Wall Out For Game 2 With Wrist Injury
John Wall injured his wrist in Game 1.

Chris Miller/Comcast

LeBron: Kyrie, Myself Need To Change Mindset With Love Out
David Blatt said the entire Cavaliers team must step up.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Chris Paul Given 50-50 Odds Of Playing In Game 2
The Clippers plan on playing Chris Paul in Game 2 if he's healthy enough to go.

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Mike Conley Upgraded To Questionable For Game 2
The odds appear good that Mike Conley will at least dress and try to play with the Grizzlies trailing 0-1.

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Billy King Could Be Close To Extension With Nets
Billy King became general manager of the Nets in 2010.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Isiah Thomas Hired As President Of WNBA's New York Liberty
Isiah Thomas will also have an ownership stake in the team.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Blazers To Have Substantial Cap Space If LaMarcus Aldridge Leaves
The Blazers purposely timed the summer of 2015 to have several of their own players become free agents alongside LaMarcus Aldridge to remain flexible in their next steps.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Magic Waiting On Tom Thibodeau Situation With Bulls To Be Resolved
Tom Thibodeau has two years remaining on his contract with the Bulls.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Fred Hoiberg Believed To Be Bulls' Preferred Replacement For Thibodeau
Fred Hoiberg played for the Bulls from 1999 until 2003.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: May 5th
Nate Duncan and Daniel Leroux break down the four Game Ones in the second round of the NBA playoffs.

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