Dec 21, 2014 11:12 AM EST
Goran Dragic called signing with the New York Knicks a “possibility” in July when he plans to opt out of his contract and test free agency.
The presence of Phil Jackson makes the Knicks more attractive to Dragic.
“Oh yeah, definitely,” said Dragic, who earned All-NBA third-team honors last season. “You know Phil, he was a great coach. He won so many titles and he was coaching so many great players that of course it’s interesting and I would love working with him. Because probably he’s making all the moves — I’m not sure — but he knows what the team needs and what direction the team needs to go. In the past probably, he makes some decisions, who the Lakers bring in and the Chicago Bulls and (he) did an amazing job.”
Dragic said he intends to keep his options open for free agency and isn’t focusing on any single team, though he did repeat the Knicks were an option.
“I think so it’s a possibility, but not just New York,” Dragic said. “I’m a free agent. I want to explore my options but so far I’m really happy in Phoenix. They give me a lot. I like the city. I like the fans and I like the organization, so it’s going to be a tough decision to make, but I’m going to start thinking of that at the end of the season.”
Dec 21, 2014 11:07 AM EST
Lance Stephenson has clashed with teammates during his early time with the Charlotte Hornets.
Steve Clifford has placed responsibility for Stephenson's adjustment on the Hornets' veterans.
The Hornets have sought out trades for Stephenson, but haven't found an opportunity to their liking. The Hornets want value still in return for Stephenson and aren't merely trying to dump his contract.
Dec 20, 2014 6:48 PM EST
The Sacramento Kings and Brooklyn Nets are discussing a deal centered on Deron Williams.
Talks have centered upon Darren Collison, Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson for Williams.
Sacramento has significant interest with Williams, but a hurdle to a possible deal is the Kings’ desire to have center Mason Plumlee included into the package, league sources said.
The Nets' partnership with Williams has become increasingly fractured over the past two years, and the idea of a breakup has appeal for both sides, sources tell Yahoo.
Williams has two full years and $43 million-plus left on his contract through the end of the 2017 season.
Dec 20, 2014 5:00 PM EST
The Boston Celtics and guard Jameer Nelson have had preliminary discussions on his future role and "what if" possibilities before the February trade deadline, but buyout negotiations have not taken place yet, league sources told RealGM.
Nelson signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks last offseason, persuaded by the organization’s culture and an opportunity to start and compete for a Western Conference contender. Still, Dallas had scoured the market for an upgrade at point guard this season and acquired Rajon Rondo, ending Nelson’s brief tenure and sending him to a likely draft lottery team.
At 32, Nelson has cherished a role on a competing NBA team, but has now embraced his position with the Celtics. Over 11 seasons, Nelson is well-regarded as a professional and locker room voice.
Nelson spent his first 10 pro seasons with the Orlando Magic and started in his 23 games for Dallas. He’s averaged 12.4 points and 5.3 assists in his NBA career.
Dec 20, 2014 2:10 PM EST
The Dallas Mavericks have an undeniable edge to sign Jermaine O'Neal after the acquisition of Rajon Rondo, according to sources.
O'Neal is "highly intrigued" about the idea of joining the Mavericks.
O'Neal maintains his offseason home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and has long been interested in joining the Mavericks to reunite with Rick Carlisle
Dec 20, 2014 2:00 PM EST
The Philadelphia 76ers will release Ronny Turiaf.
Turiaf was acquired by the 76ers in a three-team trade on Friday.
Dec 20, 2014 1:56 PM EST
The Cleveland Cavaliers seem to oscillate between lukewarm and irritated with David Blatt, according to a report.
Some Cavaliers players have connected better with lead assistant coach Tyronn Lue due to his status as an ex-player and past relationships with them.
Blatt has mostly abandoned the facets of the Princeton offense he ran throughout training camp and the preseason and has been constantly tinkering with his lineups and rotations.
Dec 20, 2014 1:51 PM EST
The New Orleans Pelicans waived Gal Mekel but remain interested in potentially re-signing him later in the season.
"We just felt like it was a move that we wanted to take a look at him," Monty Williams said. "We thought he did a good job, (but) there are some particulars financially that I am not going to discuss, that's for Dell and his staff (to discuss). They do a good job of keeping the organization in a good place. We like (Mekel) a lot. That doesn't mean we won't bring him back. But at this point we felt like we were going to go in a different direction."
Mekel appeared in four games with New Orleans, averaging 1.5 points and 3.3 assists.
"I thought he brought some really good stuff to our team and it kind of stirred the pot a little bit even though we didn't do that on purpose," Williams said. "I thought our guys had a great understanding that we are going to continually tweak the roster to make our team better. For the time that he was here, he helped us."
Dec 20, 2014 1:40 PM EST
Rajon Rondo and Mark Cuban both expressed a desire not to rent the new situation together with the Dallas Mavericks, who acquried Rondo in a trade from the Boston Celtics.
“Obviously, we wouldn’t give up picks if we didn’t think it was long term,” Cuban said. “We’re past the days of rent-a-player.
“If he’s not the definition of a cornerstone, I don’t know what is. But let me qualify that. With him side by side with Monta (Ellis) and (Tyson) Chandler, there’s no one guy who will be the cornerstone of the team. So having a good young nucleus — for us the young nucleus used to be 35 — to get that number down to 28 or 29 is something we want to keep together.”
Rondo could sign a five-year, $107 million max contract with the Mavericks next summer.
“I’m definitely excited and optimistic about the situation here,” said Rondo, who’ll make $12.9 million this season. “And like Mark was saying, being alongside a guy like Monta and they just re-signed Chandler, the future seems bright and I’m just looking forward to winning a championship as fast as possible and hopefully we can keep this team together.”
Dec 19, 2014 6:30 PM EST
The Houston Rockets will release Francisco Garcia.
Garcia will make way with the Rockets acquiring Corey Brewer and Alexey Shved.
The Heat and Nets are among seven clubs that showed interest in Lance Stephenson.
Kobe Bryant has been widely expected to retire when his current contract expires in 2016, but he was asked if the Lakers adding Kevin Durant or any other superstar player may cause him to reconsider.
Dec 18, 2014 | Chad Ford/ESPN
The Mavericks' pick goes to the Celtics this season if it falls between No. 4 and No. 14.
Dec 18, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Mavericks would send Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, one future first round pick and a future second round pick to the Celtics for Rajon Rondo.
The Lakers offered the Celtics multiple draft picks and Steve Nash for Rajon Rondo, according to sources.
Given Rajon Rondo's looming unrestricted free agency, any deal would have to come with assurances that he'd be willing to re-sign with his new team.
Rajon Rondo is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason.
The Cavaliers, Rockets and Clippers are the teams most interested in trading for Corey Brewer.
The Celtics have left strong impressions with rival organizations that they’re prepared to make a deal that includes Rajon Rondo, sources said.
Brook Lopez has reportedly been shopped in trades by the Nets.
Isaiah Thomas recently fired agent Andy Miller and said the move was unrelated to his future with the Suns.
Alexey Shved will strongly consider returning to Europe where he has received outlines for multi-million dollar offers, league sources told RealGM.
The Blazers have dismissed all overtures for Wesley Matthews and hope to re-sign him as a free agent in the offseason.
Josh McRoberts is expected to be out for the remainder of season with a torn meniscus in his right knee.
With Chris Mullin not interested in coaching at this point, the Kings will give Ty Corbin "a shot" for the rest of the season.
Several deciding factors would determine the Pacers' interest in Lance Stephenson.
Arnett Moultrie was the 27th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and spent two seasons with the 76ers before being traded to the Knicks in October.
The Pelicans have been very happy with the play of Tyreke Evans this season.
Miroslav Raduljica has received interest from several NBA teams for a midseason acquisition, sources said.
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