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Bryan Colangelo, Arturas Karnisovas, Sean Marks Believed To Be Nets' Top GM Candidates

Feb 11, 2016 7:44 PM

Bryan Colangelo, Arturas Karnisovas and Sean Marks are believed to be the top candidates for the Brooklyn Nets' general manager vacancy.

The Nets hope to narrow their candidates to two or three by the end of All-Star weekend.

Billy King was fired by the Nets in January.

Danny Ferry and Gersson Rosas are also known candidates for the job.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Engaging With Teams On Dwight Howard Trade

Feb 11, 2016 2:23 PM

The Houston Rockets have begun contacting teams about a trade involving Dwight Howard.

Howard plans on becoming a free agent this offseason and both sides have uncertainty on his place with the franchise.

The Rockets are working with Howard’s agent, Dan Fegan, on possible destinations.

"I'm not privy to what the Rockets are doing or not doing with respect to Dwight Howard. What I can say, with 100 percent certainty, is that Dwight has not and has never asked the Rockets for a trade. And neither have I," ‎said Fegan in a statement.

Howard was reached by ESPN and he confirmed Fegan's statement.

"Dan's statement is true," said Howard. "I have not asked the Rockets to trade me. Nor have I talked about right trades. I want to win. I want this situation to work. I chose this team. And I'm not running because we have been faced with some adversity."

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Raptors Have Held Talks On Kenneth Faried, Thaddeus Young

Feb 11, 2016 1:38 PM

The Toronto Raptors have emerged as the best threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference and have been active in searching for an upgrade at power forward.

The Raptors, sources say, have had exploratory discussions to gauge the possibility of acquiring Denver's Kenneth Faried, Brooklyn's Thaddeus Young and the Phoenix duo of Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker.

Young re-signed with the Nets in the 2015 offseason.

The Raptors own the New York Knicks' first round pick in addition to their own, which can be used in a trade.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Kenneth Faried, Thaddeus Young, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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DeMar DeRozan Feels At Home With Raptors

Feb 11, 2016 1:34 PM

DeMar DeRozan will be a free agent for the first time in his career but he says it will be "pretty tough" for a team to sign him away from the Toronto Raptors.

"My whole mindset has always been this is home for me," DeRozan said. "I never think otherwise unless it's brought up to me, or you see things, or people ask you about certain things.

"This has always been home to me. I took pride in putting on this Toronto Raptors jersey since I've been drafted here. And my whole goal was to get this team to the point where it is now. And I feel I've been a major key to that."

The Los Angeles Lakers are planning to offer DeRozan a max contract.

Kyle Lowry is confident the Raptors will be able to re-sign DeRozan.

"He will be a free agent," Lowry told ESPN Radio. "That's the best thing for him to do. And for me as a friend -- as a friend -- and what he did for me during my free agency, I'll do the same thing. I will just listen and sit back. I won't give him no advice, and I won't push him anywhere. Because, as a friend, friendship comes before basketball, and that's my guy.

"Wherever he makes a decision to go -- and I'm hoping it's back here, which I think it's gonna be -- I won't push him or persuade him or anything. I'll just say: 'Hey, listen, bro. I'm here to listen to you.'"

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Morey, Harden, Howard Have Extended Meeting Following Loss

Feb 11, 2016 12:52 PM

Daryl Morey, James Harden and Dwight Howard had an extended meeting following the Houston Rockets' loss at the Portland Trail Blazers ahead of the All-Star break.

The Rockets could be aggressive ahead of the deadline, though it isn't clear if they'll be buyers or sellers.

"We know they want to swing big deals," said Windhorst.

J.B. Bickerstaff called the Rockets "a broken team" following the loss.

Howard can be a free agent this offseason.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Dwight Howard, James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings' Minority Owners Fought Ranadive On Firing George Karl

Feb 11, 2016 12:46 PM

The Sacramento Kings decided to hold off on firing George Karl this week, but it could have been for financial issues.

"The reason they didn't fire George Karl was over monetary concerns. Vivek Ranadive does not own a majority of the team. He's the controlling owner. They're paying so many coaches not to coach that his partners really fought him on swallowing another contract. That was part of the decision in not firing George Karl."

The Kings remain in contention for the playoffs.

The Kings are also paying Michael Malone and Tyrone Corbin.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Phil Jackson Giving Kurt Rambis 'Chance To Win' Knicks' Job

Feb 11, 2016 12:42 PM

Kurt Rambis is serving as interim head coach of the New York Knicks after Derek Fisher was fired.

Rambis has another shot after failing as a head coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"I do think Phil Jackson wants Kurt Rambis to be successful. I think he wants the Knicks to have a good second half so he can give Rambis the job," said Windhorst.

"(Rambis is) going to have to accomplish more than we saw (in Minnesota).

"Kurt Rambis is going to have a chance to win that job."

Tom Thibodeau, Brian Shaw and Luke Walton have been mentioned as possible candidates for the Knicks.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Have Already Reached Out To Tom Thibodeau

Feb 11, 2016 12:33 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have one of the best futures in the NBA building around Karl-Anthony Towns.

Sam Mitchell is currently the interim head coach but he's not widely expected to remain there in the long-term. 

Tom Thibodeau could be a candidate for the job as he remains a coaching free agent.

"I think the people in the Wolves' organization are already looking at Tom Thibodeau," said Windhorst. In fact, sources are telling me there's already been some cursory contact between the Wolves and Thibodeau.

"The Timberwolves job is a great job. It will be low expectations. They have two guys who look like bonafide future annual All-Stars in Wiggins and Towns."

Windhorst also believes Thibodeau would prefer the Wolves' job over the New York Knicks.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Markieff Morris, Archie Goodwin Have Shoving Match On Bench

Feb 11, 2016 10:54 AM

Markieff Morris and Archie Goodwin got into a physical altercation on the Phoenix Suns' bench during a timeout.

An argument escalated into a shoving match in which teammates intervened.

"That was nothing. That was part of being a leader and big brother," Morris said after the team's 112-104 loss. "Of course it looks bad. Everything I do looks bad."

Both players returned to the game.

Morris has sought a trade from the Suns all season following the trade of his brother, Marcus Morris, to the Detroit Pistons.

ESPN

Tags: Markieff Morris, Archie Goodwin, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Grizzlies To Pursue Kevin Durant In Free Agency

Feb 10, 2016 6:11 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies plan on pursuing Kevin Durant in free agency.

Mike Conley will also be a free agent and the Grizzlies will have the opportunity to pitch Durant on joining Conley and Marc Gasol to form a well-balanced core.

The Grizzlies will still try to make the playoffs even with Marc Gasol possibly out for the season with a broken foot.

Memphis has Jeff Green and Courtney Lee, amongst others, on expiring contracts.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Kevin Durant, Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Waiting On Joel Embiid As Trade Calls Come For Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor
The 76ers do not want to part with either Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor until they know if Joel Embiid is healthy enough to play.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Hawks Receive Interest In Jeff Teague, Dennis Schroder From 76ers
The 76ers aren't expected to make a serious push for one of the two players.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Phil Jackson Has Opt-Out In Knicks' Contract In 2016 Or 2017
Phil Jackson joined the Knicks as team president in 2014.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Heat Express Interest In Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi is owed $3 million this season and next.

Ethan Skolnick/Miami Herald (via Barry Jackson/Miami Herald)

Dwyane Wade Wants Quick Negotiation With Heat In Free Agency
Dwyane Wade and the Heat had a prolonged set negotiations last offseason before agreeing upon a one-year, $20 million contract.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Knicks Told Hiring Scott Brooks Could Impact Kevin Durant's Decision
The Knicks' chances with Kevin Durant are slim and they took a hit with their firing of Derek Fisher.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Lakers Offered Kobe Bryant For LeBron James In 2007
The Cavaliers' front office remembers it as the only trade call with an offer for LeBron James.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Prokhorov Opposed To Nets Trading Away Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young
Both Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young re-signed with the Nets last offseason.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Hawks Have Sky-High Asking Prices For Al Horford, Jeff Teague
Al Horford will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, while Jeff Teague will be a free agent in 2017.

Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Carmelo Anthony Shocked By Fisher Firing, Wants To Remain With Knicks
Carmelo Anthony continues to trust the vision of Phil Jackson and is committed to remaining with the Knicks.

Alan Hahn/MSG

Knicks Not Signing Thanasis Antetokounmpo To 2nd 10-Day Contract
The Knicks will likely not use their extra roster spot until after the trade deadline to give them more options.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Cavs Have Interest In Kyle Korver, Tyreke Evans, Omer Asik
Cleveland has multiple Traded Player Exceptions available to them to use in a trade.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Pacers Offering George Hill To Hawks In Package For Jeff Teague
Jeff Teague is signed for just $8 million during the 16-17 season before becoming a free agent in 2017.

Kevin Arnovitz, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Kings Decide Not To Fire George Karl
Vivek Ranadive had leaned towards firing George Karl but Vlade Divac talked him out of it.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Knicks Monitoring Brandon Jennings
Brandon Jennings returned from an Achilles injury in late December and will be a free agent this offseason.

Ian Begley/ESPN

76ers Had No Interest In Brandon Knight For MCW Straight-Up
The Bucks and 76ers had a stalemate on their talks but that broke when the Suns entered the picture as they owned the Lakers' pick.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Larry Sanders Plans NBA Return As Soon As Off-Court Pursuits Stabilize
Larry Sanders receives $1.86 million per year until 2022 through his buyout with the Bucks.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Woj: Knicks Have 'Real Chance' On Russell Westbrook In 2017
The opportunity to play in the New York market and join Kristaps Porzingis has Russell Westbrook's attention.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kings Intend To Fire George Karl Before All-Star Break
The decision on George Karl belongs solely to Vlade divac.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis Considered Untouchable Ahead Of Deadline
Carmelo Anthony has a full no-trade clause in his contract while the Knicks are building around Kristaps Porzingis.

Justin Tasch/New York Daily News

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