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Lakers Plan To Use Max Money In Upcoming Free Agency

Apr 17, 2015 10:28 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers will spend money available to them this summer and hope to land a superstar talent such as Kevin Love.

"Two years from now, it looks like almost every team in the league is going to have cap room," Mitch Kupchak said Thursday. "We do have a lot of cap room this summer. You can look at that as a strategic advantage, yeah."

The Lakers could have consecutive summers of spending maximum salary money.

"We have the ability to recruit and sign at least one max player this summer," Kupchak said.

Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

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NBA Projects Salary Cap To Reach $108M For 17-18 Season

Apr 17, 2015 5:13 PM

The NBA has sent a new set of salary cap projections to all 30 teams.

For the 2015-16 season, the cap is projected at $67.1 million with the tax at $81.6 million.

For the 2016-17 season, the cap is projected at $89 million with the tax at $108 million.

For the 2017-18 season, the cap is projected to reach $108 million with the tax at $127 million.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Tags: NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA CBA

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Pacers Unlikely To Re-Sign C.J. Watson

Apr 17, 2015 12:58 PM

Larry Bird does not believe the Indiana Pacers will look to re-sign C.J. Watson.

Watson will become an unrestricted free agent in July.

Watson averaged 10 points in 57 games this season.

Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Tags: C.J. Watson, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Goran Dragic To Review Every Offer In Free Agency

Apr 17, 2015 12:54 PM

Goran Dragic confirmed Friday that he will opt out of his contract and become a free agent in July.

Dragic has said he hopes to stay with the Miami Heat, but he will review offers in free agency.

"Every offer, we're going to go through," Dragic said. "I like this organization, this basketball style."

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Tags: Goran Dragic, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pacers To Play Smaller Next Season With Hibbert Having Diminished Role

Apr 17, 2015 12:06 PM

The Indiana Pacers plan on playing faster on offense next season to contend with smaller and versatile lineups of opponents.

Roy Hibbert is the player that will most likely be impacted by the change in scheme.

"Possibly," said Vogel when asked if Hibbert will be benched. "Roy's role will be diminished."

Hibbert can opt out to become a free agent.

"Whatever he does, he does," said Larry Bird. "We'll assume he's going to come back."

Paul George will play some small-ball 4 for the Pacers.

Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Tags: Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Thabo Sefolosha Undergoes Surgery On Leg, Expected To Return For Next Season Opener

Apr 17, 2015 10:57 AM

Thabo Sefolosha underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair fractures in his leg and is expected to return healthy for the Atlanta Hawks’ regular season opener in 2015-16, league sources told RealGM.

Sefolosha suffered injuries to his right leg in a physical altercation with the New York Police Department early last Wednesday, and videos emerged later online that appeared to show officers charging Sefolosha while on the ground and standing. After his legal matters last week, Sefolosha underwent a series of MRIs that revealed damages in his right leg.

Sefolosha brought versatility to the Hawks, a lengthy, 6-foot-7 forward capable of defending the NBA’s top players. He played in only 52 games this season, sustaining a calf injury in late January, but returned on March 25 and had increased his conditioning for the postseason.

In nine seasons with Chicago, Oklahoma City and Atlanta, Sefolosha has averaged 5.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game. The 30-year-old signed a three-year, $12 million deal with the Hawks last summer.

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Tags: Thabo Sefolosha, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

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Demps Refutes Pelicans' Front Office, Coaching Staff Received Playoff Mandate

Apr 16, 2015 7:05 PM

Dell Demps refuted a report that the New Orleans Pelicans received a "playoffs or else" mandate from the team's ownership.

"'I am hoping to keep the focus on the Pelicans and our playoff run,'' Demps said Thursday.''To answer the question, I did not receive a mandate to make the playoffs from ownership or anyone else. That conversation did not happen. Our ownership group has been very supportive, patient and given us all the resources to be successful."

'There is no truth to that story, there is no mandate issued,'' Greg Bensel said in an email exchange on Thursday.

The Pelicans reached the playoffs as the eighth seed in the Western Conference at 45-37.

John Reid/The Times Picayune

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Pistons Envison Andre Drummond As Maximum Salary Player

Apr 16, 2015 6:54 PM

The Detroit Pistons could extend Andre Drummond on a maximum salary contract in the offseason and already view the center as worthy of that deal.

"Andre's a maximum guy," Tom Gores said. "He's a maximum guy. He's not only a great player, he's a great person."

Drummond could sign an extension through 2020 or 2021.

"I'm just here to play basketball. I'll let all of that deal with itself," Drummond said.

Dave Mayo/MLive.com

Tags: Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Al Jefferson Plans To Exercise $13.5M Option For Next Season

Apr 16, 2015 6:44 PM

Al Jefferson said he does not plan to opt out of his $13.5 million option for the 2015-16 season.

"I’ve got unfinished business here. That’s not even an option for me," Jefferson said. "Unless something dramatic changed, I can’t see myself opting out, and leaving that bad taste in my mouth. And in the Charlotte Hornets’ mouth. I can’t walk away from that."

Jefferson finished the season averaging 16.6 points and 8.4 rebounds and shooting 48 percent from the field.

"I wasn’t the player I need to be to get this team to the next level," said Jefferson, 30. "I’m still a young man with a lot of great basketball in me. Like coach (Steve Clifford) always says – the responsibility (to lead) is with him and the best players. I’m disappointed in myself. I’ve got to redeem myself."

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Tags: Al Jefferson, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Goran Dragic's Time With Heat Makes Free Agent Decision Easier

Apr 16, 2015 1:04 PM

Goran Dragic will be a free agent this summer after having the opportunity to see how he fits with the Miami Heat.

"The last two months, one month and a half, that I was here was beautiful for me," he said. "And I know we didn't make the playoffs, but that doesn't affect my decision. The teammates, they were great. I still think that the team has a bright future, the coaching staff, the organization."

Dragic said experiencing the Heat culture was beneficial in weighting his options.

"Of course it helps a little bit, because every team is different," he said. "The only team that I know how they're working is Phoenix, and that one year that when I was in Houston.

"And of course it's a great experience to see how the other teams are working, and, of course, in that case, with Miami Heat, I was here for two months, so of course that makes my decision easier."

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks were also on Dragic's list of preferred teams at the deadline.

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Tags: Goran Dragic, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwyane Wade Won't Get Involved In Heat Free Agency
The Heat face free agent decisions this offseason with Goran Dragic and Luol Deng.

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Carmelo Wants Knicks To Keep Lottery Pick
Carmelo Anthony explained that the Knicks have enough cap space to sign veterans in free agency.

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Thunder Will Consider Firing Scott Brooks
Billy Donovan and Kevin Ollie could become serious candidates for the job if the Thunder don't bring back Scott Brooks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Greg Monroe Expects Sit Down With Knicks At Appropriate Time
Greg Monroe is expected to receive interest from the Knicks in free agency.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Pierce: Garnett Wasn't Appreciated In Brooklyn
Paul Pierce wanted to remain with the Nets in order to stay with Kevin Garnett.

Jackie MacMullan/ESPN

Paul Pierce Believes Deron Williams Didn't Want MVP Pressure, Nets' Vets Lacked Drive
Paul Pierce believes the Nets' veterans lacked the drive to elevate the team with he and Kevin Garnett as older players.

Jackie MacMullan/ESPN

Luol Deng 'Loves' Heat Organization, Unsure About 15-16 Player Option
Luol Deng has a $10.2 million player option with the Heat next season.

Jason Lieser/Palm Beach Post

Lakers Sign Vander Blue For Remainder Of Season
Vander Blue finished second in the D-League in scoring at 23.3 points per game on 47.3% shooting.

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Lakers Clinch 4th Worst Record, 82.8 Percent Chance Of Retaining Pick
The Lakers will also have a 37.9 percent chance of vaulting into the top three this year.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Rod Thorn To Retire From NBA
Rod Thorn is in his second run as the NBA's president of basketball operations.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Clippers Sign Lester Hudson To Multi-Year Deal
Lester Hudson came to the Clippers from the Chinese Basketball Association where he is a two-time MVP.

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Suns Sign Jerel McNeal Through 15-16 Season
The Suns had previously signed Jerel McNeal to a 10-day contract on April 1.

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Kings To Sign David Stockton To Multi-Year Deal
David Stockton previously was on a 10-day contract with the Kings in February.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Nuggets To Sign Jamaal Franklin For Remainder Of Season
Jamaal Franklin had been playing in the D-League.

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Cavaliers Interested In Salah Mejri
Salah Mejri hasn't received much playing time this season with Real Madrid.

Jorge Sierra/HoopsHype

Batum Glad Blazers Matched Three Years After Signing Offer Sheet With Wolves
Nicolas Batum admitted he occasionally plays the what-if game in regards to the four-year, $45 million offer sheet he signed with the Wolves.

Jason Quick/Oregonian

Kidd Declines To Explain Decision To Bench Antetokounmpo
Jason Kidd invoked the phrase "coach's decision" six times during his postgame press conference.

Matt Velazquez/Journal Sentinel

Shavlik Randolph Claimed By Nuggets Off Waivers
The Nuggets have claimed Shavlik Randolph off waivers, a league source tells RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Vlade Divac Has Become Lead Decision-Maker Of Kings' Front Office
Pete D'Alessandro's role in the front office of the Kings is unclear with the emergence of Vlade Divac.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Ricky Ledo Signs With Knicks For Remainder Of Season
Ricky Ledo was previously on a 10-day contract with the Knicks.

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