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Jazz Deny Reported Firing Of Ty Corbin

The Utah Jazz denied a New York Daily News report Friday that Ty Corbin has been fired as head coach.

"Not accurate," Jazz president Randy Rigby said.

Corbin's agent, Steve Kauffman, also said he has not heard of any decision as of yet.

The Jazz went 25-57 this season.

Via Jody Genessy/Deseret News

Kupchak: Trading Lottery Pick 'Possibility' For Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers may have their highest pick in over 30 years this year, but they appear interested in trading it away.

"I think there’s a possibility," said Kupchak when asked about a trade of the pick.

The Lakers may look to accelerate their rebuilding efforts around Kobe Bryant and their cap space.

Via Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Kendall Marshall To Play For Lakers In Summer League

Kendall Marshall plans to play for the Los Angeles Lakers' team in Summer League in July.

The Lakers have planned to pick up the non-guaranteed season on Marshall's contract for 2014-15.

Marshall averaged 8 points and 8.8 assists for the Lakers this season.

Via Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Brian Shaw Expects Nuggets To Keep Kenneth Faried

Brian Shaw praised Kenneth Faried's play in the second half the regular season and said he expects the forward to remain with the Denver Nuggets next season.

“I definitely want to have him back,” Shaw said. “And expect to have him back.”

Faried was the Nuggets’ best player after the All-Star break, leading the team in scoring (18.8 points per game), rebounding (10.1) and shooting percentage (54.6 percent).

“He should be here,” Randy Foye said. “He’s a blue-collar guy, the fans love him. To me, he’s the face of the franchise. The way the fans (love) him. When he brings something, they love watching that guy.”

The Nuggets can begin discussions about a contract extension for Faried on July 1.

Via Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Pelicans View Pierre Jackson As Asset, Remain Unsure On Signing Him For 14-15

Dell Demps discussed the New Orleans Pelicans' future with Pierre Jackson, a leading scorer in the NBA D-League whom New Orleans never signed to a rookie scare contract.

''He’s an interesting one," Demps said. "He played really good in the D-League. I think he was the leading scorer. We’ve followed him and been in contact with him. When we made the trade last year, we knew we were giving up our draft pick and we kind of looked at him as our draft pick for this year. So we have his draft rights and he’s going to be experienced, a little bit older.

"Can I promise Pierre Jackson is going to be on our team next year? I can’t say that right now. But he’s definitely an asset. I want to make sure I say that. He’s done everything and exceeded expectations.''

Jackson was drafted with the 42nd selection in the 2013 Draft.

Via John Reid/New Orleans Times-Picayune

Magic Could Discuss Extensions For Vucevic, Harris After Initial Free Agency

The Orlando Magic's officials likely won't make a decision on whether to pursue contract extensions for Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris until after they see how free agency impacts the salary cap.

Vucevic and Harris will be eligible for extensions this summer.

"I'd love to stay in Orlando," Vucevic said. "I like it here a lot. I like the team. I like what we have going here. I like the coaches. I like everything. So I'd love to stay here, but I guess we should talk about that when the time comes."

Via Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Pau Gasol To Receive Interest From Knicks In Free Agency

The New York Knicks will be interested in Pau Gasol in free agency, according to a source.

Gasol won two championships under Knicks president Phil Jackson and would not receive anything close to the $19.3 million per year that he made with the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

Gasol would have to accept the Knicks' taxpayer's midlevel exception of approximately $3.2 million.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Thaddeus Young Believes He Holds Leverage In Possible Trade Request

Thaddeus Young admitted Thursday that he will look at all his options -- including being open to parting with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Young also figures he holds some leverage due to the fact that he could opt out of his contract and become a free agent after next season.

"I do have the opt-out and that's one of the cards that can be played if the situation is not right," Young said. "I can opt out next year. I can ask to be traded. Or I can say, 'I'm all for it. I want to stick around.' I just have to see how things are going to play out."

The 76ers dangled Young in trade discussions before the deadline.

"We were all being shopped," Young said. "I think it's a big thing they kept me, of course, even though it was one of those situations where you feel a little left out."

"We were all being shopped," Young said. "I think it's a big thing they kept me, of course, even though it was one of those situations where you feel a little left out."
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20140418_Sixers__Young_faces_uncertain_future.html#QcKFTpsfgLZb3HEQ.99
"I do have the opt-out and that's one of the cards that can be played if the situation is not right," Young said. "I can opt out next year. I can ask to be traded. Or I can say, 'I'm all for it. I want to stick around.' I just have to see how things are going to play out."
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20140418_Sixers__Young_faces_uncertain_future.html#QcKFTpsfgLZb3HEQ.99
Via Bob Ford/Philadelphia Inquirer

Joel Anthony To Exercise 14-15 Player Option With Celtics

Joel Anthony will exercise his player option with the Boston Celtics for the 14-15 NBA season.

Anthony will earn $3.8 million and become an unrestricted free agent in 2015.

Anthony was traded to the Celtics by the Miami Heat in January.

Via Chris Haynes/Comcast

Scott Perry Expected To Be GM Candidate For Pistons, Cavaliers

Scott Perry is expected to be a general manager candidate for the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a source.

Perry is assistant general manager of the Orlando Magic, but was formerly with the Detroit Pistons.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Izzo, Hoiberg, Stan Van Gundy On Wolves' Coaching Wish List

Tom Izzo, Fred Hoiberg and Stan Van Gundy are on the Timberwolves' coaching search list.

Carmelo More Concerned About Winning Than Money

The Knicks can offer five seasons and $129 million to Carmelo Anthony.

Mike Woodson: I'm The Only Guy For Knicks' Job

Mike Woodson said he deserves to coach the final season on his current contract.

Kyrie Irving Doesn't Have 'Definitive Answer' On Extension

The Cavaliers are expected to make a maximum five-year contract extension offer to Kyrie Irving this offseason.

Knicks Sign Lamar Odom To Two-Year Deal

The Knicks will have an option on Lamar Odom's contract for the 14-15 season.

Scott Perry, Grant Hill On Pistons' List To Take Over Front Office

Grant Hill began his NBA career with the Pistons.

Harden: 'Definitely, No Question' I'd Still Be In Oklahoma City If Money Wasn't Factor

James Harden was adamant that he saw himself spending his entire career with the Thunder before being traded to the Rockets in 2012.

D'Antoni To Discuss Future With Management At Exit Interviews

Mike D'Antoni will discuss the future with Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss during the Lakers' exit interviews on Friday.

Dario Saric To Declare For NBA Draft, Could Still Withdraw

Dario Saric will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft, though it is uncertain if he will remain beyond the withdrawal deadline.

Nets Offered Vince Carter To Clippers For Shaun Livingston Before Injury

Shaun Livingston has had an outstanding season with the Nets, finally fulfilling upon the promise he showed before suffering a devastating injury.

Channing Frye Hopes To Discuss Extension With Suns

Channing Frye has a $6.8 million player option for next season.

Smith Reiterates Personal Belief Anthony Will Re-Sign With Knicks

J.R. Smith reiterated that "in my heart" he does not believe Carmelo Anthony will leave the Knicks in free agency.

Amar'e Stoudemire Open To Possibility Of Playing For Israeli Club Once NBA Deal Ends

Amar'e Stoudemire is open to the possibility of leaving the NBA when his contract ends after next season in order to play for Hapoel Jerusalem.

Rockets To Sign Josh Powell

Josh Powell's contract for next season with the Rockets will be non-guaranteed, sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

Lakers Have No Timetable On D'Antoni Decision

The Lakers owe Mike D'Antoni $4 million next season.

Bulls Tried To Bring Kurt Thomas Out Of Retirement

Kurt Thomas is now 41 and has not played since last season, considering himself retired.

Clarence Gaines Jr. Expected To Join Knicks' Front Office

Clarence Gaines Jr. was a longtime scout with the Bulls.

Lamar Odom, Knicks Close To Deal With Team Option For Next Season

Lamar Odom is expected to sign with the Knicks this week, barring any unforeseen snags.

Kupchak: Lakers' Front Office All On The Same Page

Mitch Kupchak recently signed an extension to remain general manager of the Lakers, suggesting the working relationship with Jim Buss is strong.

Bulls Sign Greg Smith Through Next Season, Waive Tornike Shengelia

The Bulls signed Greg Smith to a contract for the remainder of the season and fully guaranteed for next season, a source told RealGM.
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