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Channing Frye Hopes To Discuss Extension With Suns

Channing Frye has a $6.8 million player option for next season and would like to negotiate a contract extension.

Frye averaged 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds this season on 43.3 percent shooting, including 37.1 percent on 3s.

"I want to talk to the Suns and make sure we're both on the same page about what I want," Frye said. "I'd love to stay here. It's up to them and their future and what they want to do. I love wearing this uniform. I think I take a little more pride in it than everyone else because I'm from here.

"It's looking for the future and if I could get something longer. I got kids and I want to be somewhere. I've been here for five years already so it wouldn't be bad to kind of not be worried about being traded or buying a house."

Only Goran Dragic ($7.5 million) and amnestied Josh Childress ($7.32 million) are on the Suns' books for more next season, although restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe stands to make more.

Via Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

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 New York Knicks in free agency.

Smith has played eight seasons with Anthony, five on the Denver Nuggets and the past three on the Knicks.

Anthony has said he will consider everything that happened this season and around the Knicks in his decision.

Anthony is expected to receive interest from several teams, reportedly including the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, among others.

Via Ian Begley/ESPN

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

Amar'e Stoudemire says he is open to the possibility of leaving the NBA when his contract ends after next season in order to play for Hapoel Jerusalem, the Israeli club he partially owns.

“We’ll see,’’ Stoudemire said. “You can’t rule anything out. The future is unknown and so if I have an opportunity to [play in Israel] and am still in great health, it would be great. I have one more year left on my deal and we’ll go from there.’’

Ori Allon, head of Hapoel's ownership group, has discussed the chance with Stoudemire before.

“We’ve discussed it in the past,’’ Allon said. “It would be tremendous and unbelievable but it’s still early. I think it’s a real possibility, but he played very well this season so it’s up to him.’’

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

Rockets To Sign Josh Powell

The Houston Rockets will sign Josh Powell to a multi-year contract, league sources told RealGM.

Powell's contract for next season will be non-guaranteed, which sets up the possibility of a trade. The six-year veteran will be eligible for the postseason.

A two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, Powell had spent the season playing overseas. He averaged 15 points and 9.9 rebounds in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Powell went to training camp with the New York Knicks in October.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Lakers Have No Timetable On D'Antoni Decision

Mitch Kupchak was non-committal on the future of Mike D'Antoni with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I'm not going to discuss Mike other than to say there is no timetable for any type of decision. So there's really nothing to share," Kupchak told The Times.

D'Antoni doesn't appear to have many supporters for his case to be retained.

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

Via Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Bulls Tried To Bring Kurt Thomas Out Of Retirement

The Chicago Bulls attempted to sign Kurt Thomas earlier this month before signing Lou Amundson and Greg Smith.

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

Thomas played for nine teams in his 18 seasons as a pro after leading the nation in scoring and rebounding at TCU in 1994-95.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Clarence Gaines Jr. Expected To Join Knicks' Front Office

Clarence Gaines Jr. is expected to join the front office of the New York Knicks.

Gaines was a longtime scout with the Chicago Bulls.

Gaines was in attendance at Saturday's game between the Knicks and Bulls..

Via Frank Isola/New York Daily News

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

Lamar Odom and the New York Knicks are nearing a deal that includes a team option for next season, according to sources.

Odom is expected to sign this week, barring any unforeseen snags.

By signing Odom to a non-guaranteed contract for next season, the Knicks would want to use the extra time to see if they can get the veteran forward to the point where he could be worthy of a roster spot.

Odom has dealt with off-court issues since his departure from the Los Angeles Clippers last season.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Kupchak: Lakers' Front Office All On The Same Page

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

Buss offers his analytical input while Kupchak runs the front office.

"It's unfortunate the way the organization, since Dr. (Jerry) Buss has passed, at times has been portrayed, because that's not the case at all," Kupchak said. "Everybody in there is working hard, responsible, showing up on time, staying late. We're all on the same page. Really, nothing's changed except the perception—which I understand.

"We lost an icon of an owner, and it's going to take some time for everybody to have that trust now that he's gone. But we'll earn it. I'm not worried about it."

The Lakers are in the lottery this season.

"You're basically judged on production, which is fair," Kupchak said. "Wins and losses. It's fair. Nobody really cares how well you work together, how organized the office is. When you're not winning, and an icon like Dr. Buss passes away, then they're going to say things must be amiss—which couldn't be further from the truth."

Via Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

Bulls Sign Greg Smith Through Next Season, Waive Tornike Shengelia

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

For the Bulls, the signing represents a wise and proactive investment in Smith, a 6-foot-10 center capable of serving as a contributing reserve on a championship caliber team. Despite his season-ending knee injury, Smith was expected to be a valued player in free agency, and only became available when the Houston Rockets released him and he cleared waivers.

Smith, 23, has averaged 5.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 89 career games over three NBA seasons.

To create room on the roster, the Bulls released Tornike Shengelia.

Shengelia (6-9, 220), was acquired from Brooklyn in exchange for guard Marquis Teague on January 21.  He appeared in nine games for the Bulls and averaged 0.4 ppg and 0.2 rpg in 1.9 mpg. In his NBA career, Shengelia has appeared in 45 games and averaged 1.3 ppg, 0.9 rpg and 0.4 apg in 5.5 mpg, while shooting .451 from the field.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Pelicans Sign Melvin Ely, Waive Greg Stiemsma

The Pelicans have waived center Greg Stiemsma and signed center Melvin Ely for the remainder of the season.

Hawks To Hire Steve Koonin Of Turner As CEO

The Hawks have been trying to improve their image, as they currently rank 28th in the NBA in attendance.

Joe Dumars To Remain With Pistons In Advisory Role

Joe Dumars became president of basketball operations before the 00-01 season.

Heat Turned Down Evan Turner For Haslem Offer From 76ers

The Heat didn't make the trade, at least in part because they didn't like how it would look to deal one of the club's longest tenured players.

Anthony Praises Thibodeau's Coaching, Compares System To Popovich

The Bulls and Lakers are expected to be potential suitors for Carmelo Anthony.

Greg Smith Clears Waivers

Greg Smith averaged 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 9.1 minutes in 11 appearances with the Rockets.

Timberwolves Plan To Be Active On Offseason Trade Market

Glen Taylor said the Timberwolves won't make a "big" trade.

Knicks Considering Signing Lamar Odom

The Knicks are weighing whether to sign Lamar Odom before the end of the regular season.

Jabari Parker Expects Draft Decision After Meeting Coach K

Jabari Parker said he expects to make a decision by next Tuesday or Wednesday on whether he will enter the June NBA Draft.

Rajon Rondo Hopes To Be Made Aware Of Celtics' Offseason Plans

Rajon Rondo hopes to be aware about the direction of the Celtics.

Rockets Sign Dexter Pittman, Release Greg Smith

Dexter Pittman has averaged 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds with the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League.

James Southerland To Sign With Pelicans

James Southerlandís deal for the remainder of the season wonít carry into 2014-15.

Bulls To Sign Lou Amundson For Remainder Of Season

The Bulls will sign Lou Amundson to a contract on Thursday for the remainder of the season, sources tell RealGM.

Carlos Boozer Tunes Out Possibility Of Being Amnestied By Bulls

Carlos Boozer reiterated that he has tuned out discussion of the Bulls likely using the amnesty clause on him in the offseason.

Mike James To Sign With Bulls For Remainder Of Season

Mike James' 10-day contract with the Bulls expired in January.

Celtics Have Held Preliminary Discussions On Potentially Re-Signing Kris Humphries

Kris Humphries believes in the Celtics' future, citing the roster and Brad Stevens.

Lakers Could Wait Until Free Agency For Decision On D'Antoni

The Lakers also will not solicit the opinion of Kobe Bryant when evaluating whether or not to retain Mike D'Antoni.

Mitch Kupchak Agrees To Multi-Year Extension To Remain Lakers' GM

Mitch Kupchak has been GM of the Lakers since he succeeded Jerry West in 2000.

Nuggets Discussed Faried In Trades For '14 First Or Quality Wing Player On Rookie Deal

The Nuggets reportedly fear that Kenneth Faried will demand an eight-figure salary in free agency.

Hawes Thinks He's 'Good Fit' For Cavaliers

Spencer Hawes is averaging a career-best 14.0 points, and shooting a career-high .440 from 3-point range.
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