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Kevin Durant: Focus On Basketball, Haven't Thought About Free Agency

Feb 6, 2016 9:00 PM

Kevin Durant was asked about his free agency ahead of Saturday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

An Adrian Wojnarowski report this week linked Durant to the Warriors should he decide to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty that’s going on, because I haven’t really thought that far,” Durant said. “I’m just trying to focus on playing basketball. I’m locked in on trying to be better every single day and trying to come in and help my teammates every single day. I think that’s what my thought process is always focused on.

“Once that time comes, I’ll make that decision. I’ll sit down and talk to my closest friends and family and figure it out, but right now, I’m just trying to be the best basketball player I can be every single day. I have to be at a high level to lead every day at practices, shootarounds and games, and that’s a tough task. I can’t focus on anything else, other than that.”

Steve Kerr was also asked about the Durant report.

“I don’t know why anybody would talk about anything but the fact that we’re 45-4 and have a hell of a team,” said Kerr. “Why would anybody talk about some different team, future stuff and other players?

“Focus on our team. We’re pretty good.”

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Erick Green Signs 2nd 10-Day Deal With Jazz

Feb 5, 2016 4:58 PM

The Utah Jazz have signed guard Erick Green from the Reno Bighorns to a second 10-day contract.

Green signed his first 10-day with the Jazz on Jan. 26 and has appeared in two games, averaging 2.0 points in 3.0 minutes.

Green (6-3, 178, Virginia Tech) appeared in 23 games (22 starts) for the Bighorns this season, averaging 26.7 points on 53.3 percent shooting, 4.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 39.0 minutes of action. He scored in double figures in 22 games, including 20-plus points on 19 occasions. He scored 30-or-more points in nine contests and a career-high 40 points in two games. Green was named the NBA D-League Player of the Month for January, and was also selected as an NBA D-League All-Star.

The 24-year-old appeared in 46 games (one start) over two seasons for Denver (2014-2015) and averaged 3.2 points in 9.1 minutes. He was waived by the Nuggets on Nov. 5 after appearing briefly in three games this season. Green also spent one season (2013-14) with Sana 1871 Siena.

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Tags: Erick Green, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mike Conley Jr.: Everything Will Be On Table In Free Agency

Feb 5, 2016 12:15 PM

Mike Conley Jr. will be one of the most highly sought after free agents this offseason, but he's widely been expected to re-sign with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Conley didn't close the door on signing with the New York Knicks when asked on Friday.

"Everything will be on the table when the time comes. I haven't committed to anything."

 

Shortly before Conley's comments, Zach Randolph preemptively talked about Conley.

"Mike Conley's not coming here, man," said Randolph.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Vince Carter Has No Plans To Retire

Feb 5, 2016 11:26 AM

Vince Carter plans on playing next season and beyond.

Carter is currently in his 18th NBA season at the age of 39.

"For sure," Carter said. "Did I say I was retiring? I'm very thankful for (the recognition on the road). Don't get me wrong. But I plan on coming back. I just go year to year at this point. I don't put a timetable on it. I don't want to say two years and then everybody says 'Well this is it, right?' But 20 years would be cool."

Carter has been used more sparingly this season.

"There are times when you see more lively legs and it's awesome," Dave Joerger said. "The last two games guys have been like 'Yeah, Vince!' It's fantastic. He's very versatile and you have to play him. He can make a 3 on you in two seconds. His experience and playing with Jeff (Green) and Matt (Barnes) is a unique look for us. They're kind of all the same, but they have different skills. They cover for each other really well. It's something I'm really comfortable with. They're all high-IQ guys and they make the game easier for each other."

Ronald Tillery/Memphis Commercial Appeal

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

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Orlando Johnson To Sign 10-Day Deal With Suns

Feb 5, 2016 11:17 AM

The Phoenix Suns will sign Orlando Johnson to a 10-day contract.

Johnson was most recently with the Austin Spurs of the D-League.

Shams Charania/The Vertical on Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Orlando Johnson, Phoenix Suns, Austin Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Chandler Parsons Looking Forward To Recruiting Dwight Howard

Feb 3, 2016 7:29 PM

Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard have recently rekindled their friendship.

Parsons played a big role in recruiting Howard to the Houston Rockets in 2013 before he signed with the Dallas Mavericks in 2014.

Parsons plans on helping the Mavericks with their recruiting efforts for Howard.

“For sure,” Parsons said. “I’m talking to him (routinely), obviously, and we share the same agent with Dan Fegan … Obviously I have a really close relationship with Dwight and one year wasn’t enough playing with him in Houston. I was a big reason why he went there, so I’ll have to revisit that when the time is appropriate. The relationship I had with him, and making him feel comfortable, that was big (in Houston).

“We still talk all the time … We’re friends, on and off the court. And I don’t just do it because he’s a free agent. It’s just a relationship we’ve built over the years. He still has a lot left in the tank. You look at the playoffs last year, and he was dominant … When he’s healthy he can go, and he’s one of the most dominant players in the league, so I’m a big fan of his game.”

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: Dwight Howard, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Still Planning All-Out Pursuit Of Kevin Durant

Feb 3, 2016 6:23 PM

The Houston Rockets continue to plan an all-out pursuit in free agency of Kevin Durant.

The Rockets have long believed they're in as good of a position as any team to sign Durant away from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant and James Harden remain close friends. Harden was traded by the Thunder to the Rockets in 2012.

The Rockets can sign Durant to a max contract while also re-signing Dwight Howard.

Calvin Watkins, Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Durant: Free Agency Reports Don't Distract Thunder

Feb 3, 2016 2:28 PM

Kevin Durant said rumors about his free agency are not a distraction for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"Nah, nobody talks about it here," Durant told reporters following shootaround Wednesday. "We don't even talk about basketball outside the court, much less free agency chatter. We don't talk about that stuff. As soon as we walk off this court it's friendships and brotherhood. It makes it easier when you have a group of guys where's that's not always turned on talking about basketball."

A report on Tuesday indicated the Golden State Warriors are "significant frontrunners" to sign Durant should he leave the Thunder.

"It's out of my control," Durant said. "Guys are going to write stories, write what they want to write about, but I just try to stay locked in where I am and try to be the best teammate and help my team win a championship."

Durant was again linked to the Los Angeles Lakers this past weekend by Stephen A. Smith with Russell Westbrook mentioned as possibly joining him.

"I blame it on you, man," Durant joked to Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman about the recent increase, who last week wrote a piece on the surprising lack of conversation about his free agency. "Before you had a little story out, nothing was happening and it was cool. But now, I guess you could say it's ramped up.

"But that's just a part of it, that's a part of this process. I understand that. Everybody has to do their jobs," Durant continued. "Of course the fans want to know what's going on but I can't control any of that. I just try to come out and work hard every single day and focus on what's in front of me and not worry about what's going to happen down the line. All that stuff I can't control. Like I said, when that time comes we'll talk about it, but for right now I'm 100 percent locked in and committed to being the best teammate and player I can be and helping my team get a championship."

Royce Young/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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David Lee To Be Traded Or Bought Out By Celtics

Feb 3, 2016 11:55 AM

The Boston Celtics will buy out David Lee if they are unable to move him by the deadline.

Lee is in the final season of his current contract.

Lee is out of the Celtics' rotation and would like to have a role somewhere else.

During his final season with the Golden State Warriors, Lee was out of the rotation but he ended up playing critical minutes in the playoffs.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Tags: David Lee, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Willing To Deal Blake Griffin For Durant In Sign-And-Trade

Feb 2, 2016 1:51 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers are determined to play out the season with Blake Griffin despite receiving trade calls on his availability.

The Clippers are expected to pursue Kevin Durant in free agency and wouldn't hesitate to trade away Griffin for him.

The Thunder would resist a sign-and-trade deal involving Durant until they're sure he would leave anyway.

Griffin is an Oklahoma native and he would give the Thunder the opportunity to acquire another perennial All-Star.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors Considered Favorites For Kevin Durant If He Leaves Thunder
Kevin Durant is expected to explore his options in free agency barring a title by the Thunder.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Hawks Willing To Engage With Teams On Al Horford Trade
Al Horford has enjoyed playing for the Hawks but he's expected to explore free agency.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Bryce Dejean-Jones Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With Pelicans
Bryce Dejean-Jones has appeared in five games (two starts) for the Pelicans, averaging 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game.

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Stephen A. Smith: Lakers Led To Believe Durant, Westbrook Could Join Team
Russell Westbrook grew up in Los Angeles and will become a free agent in 2017, one season after Durant.

Ryan Ward/Los Angeles Examiner

Magic Sign Keith Appling To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Keith Appling has appeared in two games for the Magic averaging 3.0 points per game in 7.5 minutes per game.

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Knicks Sign Thanasis Antetokounmpo To 10-Day Contract
Thanasis Antetokounmpo was a second round pick by the Knicks in 2014.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Suns To Sign Jordan McRae To 10-Day Contract
Jordan McRae recently scored a D-League record 61 points.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Kevin Durant: I Haven't Sat Down And Thought About Free Agency
Kevin Durant was asked about his 2016 free agency on Tuesday and what's important to him in that process.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Media Not Asking Kevin Durant About 2016 Free Agency
There have been no sourced stories about Kevin Durant's free agency plans since a controversial Stephen A. Smith report about the Lakers.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Jazz To Sign Erick Green To 10-Day Contract
Erick Green has been playing for the Reno Bighorns of the D-League.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Ray Allen Has Standing Offer To Return To Heat
Ray Allen hasn't played in the NBA in 19 months and was reportedly considering a return last season.

Ethan J. Skolnick/Miami Herald

Avery Bradley Unhappy With Contract
Avery Bradley has changed agents from Mitchell Butler to Rob Pelinka.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Sean Kilpatrick Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With Nuggets
Sean Kilpatrick initially signed with the Nuggets on January 12 and has averaged 2.3 ppg in four games with Denver.

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Clippers To Sign Jeff Ayres To 10-Day Contract
Jeff Ayres spent two seasons with the Spurs and has most recently been with the Stampede of the D-League.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Pelicans Sign Bryce Dejean-Jones From Stampede To 10-Day
Bryce Dejean-Jones will help the Pelicans replace Eric Gordon.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Suns To Re-Sign Cory Jefferson On 10-Day Contract
Cory Jefferson started the season with the Suns.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Grizzlies To Re-Sign Ryan Hollins, Let Elliot Williams Free After 10-Day
Ryan Hollins was waived by the Grizzlies on January 7th.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Suns Sign Lorenzo Brown To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Lorenzo Brown has appeared in three games with Phoenix, totaling 13 points and six assists in 34 minutes.

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Hassan Whiteside Realized What He Lost In Leaving NBA
Hassan Whiteside rejected a guaranteed multi-year deal in China to sign a non-guaranteed two-year deal with the Heat.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Magic Sign Keith Appling To 10-Day Contract
Keith Appling was averaging 16.8 points, 5.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 31.3 minutes per game for the Erie Bayhawks of the D-League.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

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