Mar 09, 2014 4:32 AM EDT
As he prepared to join an NBA team midseason, Drew Gooden maintained his training in Washington and had long made clear to Wizards management that he was interested in a possible signing. Once the Wizards cleared a roster spot during the trade deadline, they elevated interest in Gooden and signed him to a 10-day contract when injury issues struck the frontcourt.
“I live in the Washington area, and I’m tired of moving,” Gooden told RealGM. “The Wizards already knew I was interested in them, and we got a deal done. Ernie [Grunfield] and Tommy Sheppard did a great job of getting this deal done. It’s a great move for them getting into the playoffs.”
Gooden had gone unsigned after being released in the summer by the Milwaukee Bucks through the amnesty provision.
“I was watching the game from afar and critiquing the NBA, observing games and what type of player I would be when I come back,” he said. “The time off was a reset for me in my career.”
Gooden went scoreless in his first two appearances this season, but he’s produced 25 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in the last two games – further cementing the Wizards’ plan to sign the 12-year pro for the remainder of the season as long as he remains healthy into the expiration of his second 10-day contract.
“I’m just happy to have the opportunity,” Gooden said. “Everything else is out of my hands.”
Mar 08, 2014 8:06 PM EST
Phil Jackson is leaning toward accepting a front office job with the New York Knicks, according to a source.
Jackson's role would be president of basketball operations, in complete control of all basketball-related matters, according to the source.
Jackson could also become head coach next season, though that aspect of the deal is not yet settled.
Jackson is expected to make a decision with the next week.
Mar 08, 2014 3:16 PM EST
The Miami Heat have signed DeAndre Liggins to a second 10-day contract.
Liggins, who was signed to a 10-day contract by the Heat on February 25, appeared in one game with Miami totaling two points and one rebound in 1:24 minutes while shooting 1-of-1 from the field in a, 124-107, win against Charlotte on March 3.
Liggins, a 2014 NBA Development League All-Star, appeared in 35 games (34 starts) with the Heat's NBA D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, earlier this season and averaged 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.54 steals and 40.3 minutes while shooting 39.8 percent from the field.
Mar 08, 2014 3:09 PM EST
The Washington Wizards have signed forward Drew Gooden to a second 10-day contract.
Gooden, who was originally signed by the Wizards on February 26, has averaged 4.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 11.0 minutes over three games.
Mar 08, 2014 3:06 PM EST
The Sacramento Kings have signed Orlando Johnson to a second 10-day contract.
Johnson was released by the Indiana Pacers on Feb. 20 and subsequently signed with the Kings.
Johnson has averaged 9.0 in five appearances with the Kings.
Mar 08, 2014 2:59 PM EST
The Los Angeles Clippers are interested in signing Bobby Brown.
Brown cannot sign an NBA deal until his team in China is eliminated from the playoffs.
Brown is averaging 30.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game for Dongguan.
Mar 08, 2014 12:21 PM EST
Carmelo Anthony denied a report that he discussed joining the Chicago Bulls with Joakim Noah during All-Star Weekend.
“No, not at all,” Anthony replied when asked if there was any truth to the report. “I can’t have that conversation.”
Anthony reportedly asked Noah what it is like to play for Tom Thibodeau.
Noah declined comment when asked on Friday.
“You want me to address that?” Noah said. “I don’t feel like addressing it. I really have nothing to say about it.”
Mar 08, 2014 12:07 PM EST
While Phil Jackson has been limited in his travel over the past few years, he would be open to coaching for a short period of time if it was necessary in a transition period for a franchise with championship hopes, according to a source.
Jackson is "ready to go back to work" after being out of the game since the 10-11 NBA season.
Jackson prefers a front office role similar to Pat Riley's with the Miami Heat.
Stephen A. Smith reported this week that Jackson met with Steve Mills, general manager of the New York Knicks, about joining the franchise as its next head coach.
A source confirmed to Ian Begley that the Knicks had offered Jackson a role in the front office. Jackson is expected to make a decision within the next week.
Mar 07, 2014 6:52 PM EST
Mike D'Antoni met separately with Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss regarding the state of the team after a 48-point loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.
The Lakers plan to continue to assess the situation and are not inclined to make an in-season coaching change, according to sources.
Kupchak has maintained a strong working relationship with D'Antoni and has been pleased by the way the coach is keeping the team together as the losses mount.
The Lakers have planned to evaluate the coaching staff after the season.
Mar 07, 2014 2:00 PM EST
Carmelo Anthony may benefit from delaying his free agency until 2015, both in terms of choosing his destination and financially.
The New York Knicks are scheduled to have cap space in 2015 to sign another max contract player, but re-signing this offseason would leave Anthony unsure of who may ultimately join him.
Anthony would earn an additional $4.27 million through 17-18 and be able to lock in an additional season if he were to opt-in for 14-15 and sign a new max deal in 2015.
"It really comes down to what the player truly wants because that is what matters, you will execute his decision," said one of the NBA's top agents, who does not represent Anthony. "But I would advise my star clients that 2015 is a better year to be a free agent if getting on to a championship contender is the top priority."
A source close to Anthony said that opting in with the Knicks for the 14-15 season is not an option he is considering now.
In delaying free agency, Anthony could join a free agency class that includes Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Love.
Ty Corbin is in the final season of his contract.
Phil Jackson has expressed interest in the media in running a front office.
Dewayne Dedmon and Adonis Thomas both originally signed 10-day contracts on Feb. 25.
Kobe Bryant believes Pau Gasol remains in the Lakers' plans.
Nate Robinson said he will "for sure" be healthy by training camp.
Drew Gooden's first 10-day contract will expire Friday.
Sources say that it would be difficult for Carmelo Anthony to leave New York while also taking less money.
Reggie Williams is averaging 21.1 points per game for the 66ers this season.
With the Lakers likely to sit out 2014 for max contract players, Steve Nash is unlikely to fall victim to the stretch provision.
Mar 05, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Nets plan to sign another player to a 10-day contract soon.
The Kings will sign Royce White to a second 10-day deal for NBA games if the D-League stint goes well.
Wesley Johnson is averaging 9.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in his first season with the Lakers.
Vince Carter is unsure about playing until he is 40.
Carmelo Anthony and his camp are not interested in entering free agency in 2015.
Thaddeus Young could elevate his trade value by the end of the season.
Justin Hamilton is averaging 19.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 assists in 35.8 minutes.
The Cavaliers will sign Arinze Onuaku to a second 10-day contract, a league source tells RealGM.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the first overall pick in the 1969 NBA Draft by the Bucks and he led the team to the 1971 championship.
Tony Mitchell is averaging 19.4 points in the D-League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
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