Basketball Wiretap

Union Working To Influence Heat On Letting Chris Bosh Return

May 3, 2016 5:43 PM

Chris Bosh is attempting to return to game action as he recovers from blood clots that recurred in February.

The Miami Heat are in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Toronto Raptors and are not letting Bosh play due to health concerns. Bosh hasn't practiced with the team since the diagnosis at the All-Star break.

Bosh sought the influence of the National Basketball Players Association to put pressure on the Heat to let him play.

The NBPA released the following statement (via Deadspin's Kevin Draper):

"Our top priority is Chris' health and well-being. We have spoken with Chris and his agent, and have reached out to the Miami Heat. We are hopeful that all parties involved can meet as soon as possible to resolve the situation."

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

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Carmelo Anthony Wants Next Knicks' Coach To Hold Players Accountable

May 3, 2016 5:37 PM

Carmelo Anthony revealed the type of head coach he hopes the New York Knicks hire this offseason.

“I think being able to hold guys accountable, but also having a relationship with the player,” Anthony said. “Kind of seeing things from a players’ perspective as well as a coach’s perspective. I think if you can build that camaraderie between a coach and a player, I think you’re onto something. 

“You have to be willing to do that [seeing it from a players’ view], you have to be willing to accept that as a coach. It can be hard being a coach and accepting the fact that sometimes I have to see things from an athlete’s perspective, that can be hard. That’s like an ego play.”

If the Knicks don't retain Kurt Rambis, Anthony will be playing for his fifth head coach since joining the Knicks in 2011.

Anthony would like to be consulted on who the Knicks hire.

“I just want to see the proper procedure gone through, the proper process, we give everybody a shot to come in and say what they have to say and see if you like that person or not,’’ Anthony told Complex. “So it’s hard for me to say I want this person or I want that person.’’

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings To Interview Henry Bibby

May 3, 2016 12:53 PM

Henry Bibby will interview with the Sacramento Kings for their head coaching position.

Bibby's son, Mike Bibby, is one of the greatest Kings' players of all-time.

Bibby was head coach of USC for several seasons and he's since bounced around as an assistant coach, most recently with the Detroit Pistons in 2014.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mark Jackson, Corliss Williamson, Jeff Hornacek Added To Kings' Interviews

May 3, 2016 11:56 AM

Mark Jackson, Corliss Williamson and Jeff Hornacek will interview with the Sacramento Kings for their head coaching vacancy later this week.

The Kings have had one of the most extensive searches in recent memory as they work to replace George Karl.

Hornacek was fired by Phoenix in January, with the Suns mired at 14-35 en route to a 23-59 finish. 

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Blazers Have Yet To Pick Up 16-17 Option On Terry Stotts

May 2, 2016 8:07 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have yet to pick up their option on the contract of Terry Stotts.

Stotts and the Blazers have yet to discuss the possibility of an extension.

There is, however, optimism that a deal will eventually get done.

Stotts led the Blazers to another playoffs berth despite losing four starters in the offseason.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Doc Rivers Won't Break Up Clippers' Big 3 In Offseason

May 2, 2016 5:17 PM

Doc Rivers insists he will not break up the Los Angeles Clippers' big three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

"I like our core and I like our bench, which was really good this year," Rivers said.

"I think they all want to come back, and we're going to make a strong effort to bring all our guys back. The good news about the free-agent guys who are opting out on their contracts - as they should because everyone knows what we can spend and what we can't spend - I can't find one who doesn't want to be here."

The Clippers were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers.

"We're close, and we know that," Rivers said. "We have a priority of trying to just keep making our team better. Obviously because of the injuries - Blake's in particular - we literally don't know what we could have done. Even during the playoffs, he still wasn't a hundred percent."

Joe Resnick/AP

Tags: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nicolas Batum Played How He Wanted For First Time In NBA With Hornets

May 2, 2016 1:39 PM

Nicolas Batum is the most attractive free agent amongst many for the Charlotte Hornets.

"We should be playing tomorrow (in the Eastern Conference semifinals) and we’re pretty mad about that," Batum said of Sunday’s Game 7 loss to the Miami Heat.

"So this is unfinished business."

Batum was acquired by the Hornets last June from the Portland Trail Blazers.

"When I came here they let me know they wanted me to be one of the (top) two options with Kemba (Walker)," Batum said. "I liked that. I like that they trusted me.

"It was a pretty cool year. First time I got to play like I want to in eight years in the NBA."

Batum was asked what's appealing about his situation with the Hornets.

"I think it’s a little bit of everything – the coaching staff, the organization, the city and the players, too," Batum said.

"We understand what we have to do to be successful and win games. We need to stay together no matter what. On some teams, guys just don’t get along together, particularly when a lot of guys are in their contract year. That can be difficult with guys worrying about their numbers.

"I don’t think we were like that and we had five or six (upcoming free agents). We were great in not thinking like that."

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Tags: Nicolas Batum, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dirk Nowitzki Opting Out Of Contract, Plans To Stay With Mavs

May 2, 2016 1:31 PM

Dirk Nowitzki will opt out of his contract to become a free agent.

Nowitzki reiterates, however, he'll remain with the Dallas Mavericks.

Nowitzki has an option for the 16-17 season worth $8.69 million. Opting out will give the Mavericks for flexibility to pursue free agents this offseason.

"We had one more year on the contract, but I think this is the right thing to do," Nowitzki said on 1310 The Ticket in Dallas. "We're going to sit with Mark and Donnie obviously over the next few weeks and figure out how to improve this franchise again. Ever since after the championship, we've been basically a first-round exit. We've been a seven, eight seed. We've only won a few playoff games, and obviously the goal was to compete at the highest level in my last couple of years, so there is some moving to do, some thinking, some putting our heads together the next few weeks heading into free agency, heading into the draft. So this is just one move that hopefully starts a chain reaction for us to get better again, to compete really at a high level. We'll see how it goes."

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Frank Vogel's Contract With Pacers Set To Expire, No Discussion On Extension

May 2, 2016 12:31 PM

The contract of Frank Vogel with the Indiana Pacers expires at the end of this season and there's been no discussion of an extension.

Vogel became interim head coach of the Pacers in 2011, replacing Jim O'Brien.

Vogel led the Pacers to consecutive Eastern Conference Finals appearances in 2013 and 2014.

Vogel signed a multi-year extension with the Pacers in 2014.

There could be a number of teams interested in Vogel if he hits the open market.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Al Jefferson Would Like To End Career With Hornets

May 2, 2016 11:54 AM

Al Jefferson is one of the many free agents of the Charlotte Hornets this offseason.

Jefferson's status with the team is uncertain but he'd like to re-sign.

"There's no place I'd rather be," said Jefferson.

Jefferson also said he'd like to end his career with the Hornets and that money won't be an issue.

Rod Boone/Charlotte Observer

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

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Kings To Interview David Blatt
David Blatt also interviewed last week for the Knicks' job.

Marc Stein/ESPN

George Karl Didn't Feel Supported By Kings
George Karl spent less than two seasons with the Kings.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Nuggets, Bulls, Celtics Inquired About Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin's injuries have played a factor in how rival teams perceive his value.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Mavs Have Dwight Howard Atop Offseason Wishlist
Dwight Howard is expected to opt out of his contract with the Rockets.

Dwain Price/Star Telegram

Vivek Ranadive Most Intrigued By Kevin McHale In Kings' Coaching Search
Kevin McHale has been cautious in his approach to the job as the Kings have gone through several coaches during the ownership tenure of Vivek Ranadive.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Patrick Ewing To Interview For Kings' Head Coaching Job
The Kings are intrigued by the possibility of having Patrick Ewing coach DeMarcus Cousins.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Jacque Vaughn Agrees To Become Nets' Top Assistant Coach
Jacque Vaughn spent the 2015-16 season in the Spurs' front office as a pro personnel director.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Warriors To Replace Luke Walton From Outside Organization
Luke Walton has become the second member of the Warriors' coaching staff to get a head coaching job following Alvin Gentry with the Pelicans.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Luke Walton's Deal With Lakers Worth $25M Over Five Seasons
Luke Walton emerged as one of the NBA's most coveted head coaches with how he led the Warriors on an interim basis when Steve Kerr was out.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Rockets Dispute Notion Chemistry Isn't Properly Considered
The Rockets never were able to come together as Daryl Morey expected this season.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Daryl Morey Accuses Rival Teams Of Shaping Negative Stories About Rockets
Daryl Morey defended the Rockets' season from criticism and also accused other teams of planting or influencing stories about the team.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Lakers Canceled Interview With Ettore Messina After Meeting With Walton
The Lakers had plans to interview Ettore Messina at some point next week but they were canceled after meeting with Luke Walton.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Paul Pierce '50-50' On Retiring
Paul Pierce's PER dropped from 15.1 with the Wizards to 8.2 with the Clippers and his minutes fell to under 20 per game.

Arash Markazi/ESPN

Tyronn Lue Hasn't Signed New Contract As Cavs' Coach
The Cavs and Tyronn Lue's representatives came to a verbal agreement on a new deal that would pay him $3 million prorated for 2015-16 and $3 million next season, with a team option for a third year.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Warriors Give Permission For Lakers To Interview Luke Walton
Luke Walton spent the vast part of his playing career with the Lakers.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Kings Choose Ken Catanella To Be New Assistant General Manager
Ken Cantanella has been the Assistant General Manager for the Pistons since August 2014.

Marc Stein/ESPN

David Blatt Meets With Phil Jackson About Knicks' Job
David Blatt and Kurt Rambis are the two primary candidates for the Knicks' opening.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

David Morway, Kings No Longer Discussing Front Office Job
David Morway was previously the general manager of the Pacers and assistant general manager of the Bucks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Dirk Nowitzki 'Definitely Won't Retire' This Season
Dirk Nowitzki is currently sixth all-time in points scored and 15th in made three pointers.

Tim McMahon/ESPN

Jeanie Buss Did Not Know Byron Scott Would Be Let Go
Byron Scott's team option for the 2016-17 was not picked up and the Lakers have already begun the search for their next head coach.

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