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Byron Scott Believes He Still Has Support Of Lakers' Front Office

Nov 27, 2015 11:52 AM

Byron Scott believes he's still receiving the support from the Los Angeles Lakers' front office.

The Lakers are 2-12 to start the season.

Scott is in the second-year of a four-year contract worth $17 million, with a team option for the final season.

“We still understand that this is a process,” Scott said. “We have a lot of young guys on this team that we feel will be very good players. But it’s not going to happen in a month. It’s going to take some time. It might take a year or two.”

Scott revealed he and Mitch Kupchak have addressed “what we can do to get these young guys better and make the procedure for them a lot easier.”

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns To Sign Bryce Cotton From D-League

Nov 25, 2015 3:52 PM

The Phoenix Suns are in the process of calling up Bryce Cotton from the Austin Spurs of the D-League.

Cotton was with the Utah Jazz in the preseason but didn't make their regular season roster.

Cotton is averaging 22.3 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in the D-League this season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Bryce Cotton, Phoenix Suns, Austin Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Steve Clifford, Hornets Agree Upon Three-Year Extension

Nov 25, 2015 11:02 AM

Steve Clifford and the Charlotte Hornets have agreed upon a three-year contract extension.

The deal includes a three-year guarantee that would keep Clifford in his current role through the 2018-19 season. The Hornets have an option on the 2019-20 season, a source said.

Clifford is in his third season as Hornets coach.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings Could Make Another Run At John Calipari

Nov 20, 2015 1:44 PM

Vivek Ranadive remains interested in hiring John Calipari as head coach for the Sacramento Kings.

Without a dramatic turnaround in on-floor results and locker room chemistry, George Karl is unlikely to remain head coach beyond current season.

"Ranadivé’s biggest dream is to have Kentucky coach John Calipari come out and coach this roster full of Kentucky players.

"The belief is that Ranadive will take another run after Calipari plans to make an offer that Calipari simply cannot refuse."

Ric Bucher/Bleacher Report (via ProBasketballTalk)

Tags: Sacramento Kings, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Report: Ranadive Has Interest In Nancy Lieberman As Interim If George Karl Fired

Nov 20, 2015 1:08 PM

The Sacramento Kings continue to have a situation of turmoil and instability with George Karl battling DeMarcus Cousins.

"The belief still is it’s a matter of when, not if, Karl will be removed as the head coach.

"If that should happen during this season, the short-term answers are, according to owner Vivek Ranadivé – or sources say – he would like to move Nancy Lieberman into the head-coaching position, making a big splash by having the first female head coach in NBA history. Vlade Divac, the GM is more inclined to fill with Corliss Williamson for the remainder of the season.

"But Ranadivé’s biggest dream is to have Kentucky coach John Calipari come out and coach this roster full of Kentucky players.

"The belief is that Ranadive will take another run after Calipari plans to make an offer that Calipari simply cannot refuse.

Ric Bucher/Bleacher Report (via ProBasketballTalk)

Tags: Sacramento Kings, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kobe Bryant Has No Plans To Play Abroad

Nov 20, 2015 11:59 AM

In the past, there has often been the notion that Kobe Bryant could spend a season playing in Italy after his NBA career concludes.

But Bryant told ESPN that he has no plans of playing abroad at this point.

Bryant has struggled to stay healthy in each of the past three seasons.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International

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Jimmer Fredette Waived By Pelicans

Nov 19, 2015 3:40 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived Jimmer Fredette.

Fredette, 6-2, 195, who was re-signed by New Orleans on November 10 after the team received a hardship exception from the NBA, appeared in 13 minutes over four games. Originally signed by New Orleans on July 24, 2014, the BYU product appeared in 50 games for the Pelicans in the 2014-15 season, averaging 3.6 points and 1.2 assists in 10.2 minutes per game.

New Orleans’ roster now stands at 15.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Jimmer Fredette, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Celtics, Mavs Interested In Hiring Kevin McHale As Consultant

Nov 19, 2015 11:28 AM

Danny Ainge immediately reached out to Kevin McHale following his dismissal from the Houston Rockets about a role with the Boston Celtics.

"I've always tried to get Kevin to come work with me and work with my big guys," Ainge told the Boston Herald. "I told Kevin that today. ... We've got a spot for him. I know we could figure something out for him in some capacity, but I think he's just in a wait-and-see mode.

"He appreciated me reaching out to him, but I think he's just going to lay low. He's probably got bigger and better things to do -- or more relaxing things to do."

The Dallas Mavericks also have interest in hiring McHale, who had him on payroll as a consultant in training camp in 2009.

"Maybe when the dust settles, I can get him out to teach the 'slippery eel' to Kelly [Olynyk] and Sully [Jared Sullinger] and Amir [Johnson]," Ainge told the Herald.


Tags: Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Josh Howard Joining D-League In Hopes Of NBA Return

Nov 19, 2015 10:59 AM

Josh Howard plans on joining the D-League in hopes of making a return to the NBA at the age of 35.

Howard last played in the NBA in 2012 with the Minnesota Timberwolves before he tore his ACL.

Howard signed with the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 preseason but was quickly waived.

During the 2014 Summer League, Howard played for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Josh Howard, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League

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Jeff Van Gundy, Tom Thibodeau Could Be Longer Term Candidates For Rockets

Nov 18, 2015 11:21 AM

The Houston Rockets have fired Kevin McHale and have given the job to J.B. Bickerstaff on an interim basis.

While Bickerstaff will be given an opportunity to prove himself in the job and stabilize the Rockets, there are several elite coaches that could become future candidates.

Both Jeff Van Gundy and Tom Thibodeau have ties to the Rockets and are available coaches. Steve Clifford could also be a free agent this summer and has ties to Houston as well.

Van Gundy has been an analyst for ESPN since he was fired by the Rockets in 2007.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Fire Kevin McHale, Promote J.B. Bickerstaff To Interim Head Coach
The Rockets have fired Kevin McHale after a 4-7 start.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Wolves Nearly Picked Giannis Antetokounmpo Over Shabazz Muhammad
Giannis Antetokounmpo went 15th overall to the Bucks.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Dion Waiters Would Like To Play For Hometown 76ers
Philadelphia will have ample cap space to sign Dion Waiters to an offer sheet.

Keith Pompey/ Philadelphia Inquirer

Celtics Still See 'Huge Role' For Tyler Zeller Despite Limited Minutes
Tyler Zeller will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

Jay King/Boston Herald

Heat Will Pursue Kevin Durant In Free Agency
The Heat intend to pursue Kevin Durant in free agency but they have a complicated cap situation due to the need to use cap space to re-sign Hassan Whiteside.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Andre Drummond Loves Detroit, Plans On Re-Signing
The Pistons will have nearly $13 million in additional cap space with Andre Drummond's decision to not sign an extension.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

DeMarcus Cousins Doesn't Want George Karl Fired
Both sides believe the relationship between DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl is "salvageable."

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Hedo Turkoglu Announces NBA Retirement
Hedo Turkoglu appeared in 997 regular season games during his NBA career.

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Dirk Nowitzki 'Definitely' Will Play Out Current Contract
Dirk Nowitzki is nearing the end of his career but he plans to play next season.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Pat Riley Asked LaMarcus Aldridge To Re-Sign With Blazers, Sign With Heat In 2016
Pat Riley's words to LaMarcus Aldridge actually went a long way toward validating the Spurs' case instead of the Suns.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

George Karl Has No Interested In Stepping Down As Kings' Coach
Patience is something George Karl says he needs to remember to exercise.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

DeMarcus Cousins Went On Profane Tirade Against George Karl
Vlade Divac said George Karl did not have authority to suspend DeMarcus Cousins nor would he grant permission.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Kings' Other Owners Reach All-Time Level Of Frustration With Ranadive
Vivek Ranadive has a track record of making significant decisions without truly consulting with the Kings' other owners first.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Goran Dragic Didn't Consider Leaving Heat For Lakers
The Lakers initially viewed Goran Dragic as a free agent target but changed their mind when they fell in love with D'Angelo Russell.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Nets Making 'Exploratory Calls' On Possible Trades
The Nets are projected of having $40 million in cap space and don't want to make a short-sighted move.

Tim Bontemps/New York Post

Heat Trade Mario Chalmers To Grizzlies
The Heat and Grizzlies are finalizing a trade of Mario Chalmers and James Ennis for Beno Udrih and Jarnell Stokes.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kevin Durant: I'll Worry About Free Agency When I Get There
Kevin Durant will be a free agent in the offseason for the first time of his career.

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Miami Has No Plans To Release Gerald Green
Gerald Green was hospitalized for several days for unknown reasons and one source said the situation is "delicate."

Ethan Skolnick/Miami Herald

Kevin Durant: Free Agency Shouldn't Be That Big
Kevin Durant described his free agency as "always an elephant in the room."

Michael Lee/Yahoo! Sports

Jimmer Fredette Signs With Pelicans
Jimmer Fredette spent last season with the Pelicans and was cut in the preseason by the Spurs.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

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