May 24, 2013 11:08 PM EDT
Masai Ujiri is in serious negotiations with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment to become the next general manager of the Toronto Raptors.
Ujiri will take the next couple days to fully consider the move, but signs are currently pointing to him taking the position with the Raptors.
The Denver Nuggets do not intend to make an aggressive counter to the Raptors' multi-million dollar offer.
Denver ownership "seems to be moving on," one league source familiar with the talks told Y! Sports.
The Raptors are believed to be offering double or even triple the best deal Ujiri has received from the Nuggets.
May 24, 2013 8:48 PM EDT
The Boston Celtics will host six point guards and four centers for draft workouts this weekend.
Point guards Shane Larkin of Miami, Phil Pressey of Missouri, Pierre Jackson of Baylor, Peyton Siva of Louisville, Erick Green of Virginia Tech, and Myck Kabongo of Texas are scheduled to attend.
The centers expected to participate are Jeff Withey of Kansas, Steven Adams of Pittsburgh, Colton Iverson of Colorado State, and Greg Echenique of Creighton.
The Celtics have the No. 16 pick in the June 27 draft.
May 24, 2013 8:31 PM EDT
Alvin Gentry wants to be considered for the Los Angeles Clippers’ coaching vacancy.
"If you look at that job, it's probably the best one out there," Gentry said. "When you take into consideration the talent level that they have and what they did this year."
Gentry has spent time examining how Vinny Del Negro handled the team.
"They need someone who can manage egos, that's huge with that team,” Gentry said. “You need someone who can manage the bench. That bench has been great for them and pretty much won probably 10-12 games outright for them.
"And you need someone who can come up with plays at the end of the game, a little more ball movement maybe.”
May 24, 2013 5:34 PM EDT
The Toronto Raptors have requested permission to interview Kevin Pritchard for their general manager opening, according to sources.
The Indiana Pacers do not want to allow interviews until the season ends. They are currently down 1-0 to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
One of the possibilities that the Raptors have identified is teaming Pritchard with Oklahoma City assistant GM Troy Weaver.
May 24, 2013 5:25 PM EDT
Kosta Koufos will train with the Denver Nuggets' coaches and trainers this offseason rather than playing for the Greek national team.
Koufos averaged 8.0 points per game and 6.9 rebounds this season.
Greece is playing in the FIBA EuroBasket 2013 tournament in Slovenia.
May 24, 2013 5:22 PM EDT
The Toronto Raptors met with Masai Ujiri on Friday after the general manager received permission from the Denver Nuggets to interview, according to sources.
Tim Leiweke is aggressively pursuing Ujiri to become the Raptors' general manager and plans to present an offer that will pay him nearly $3 million annually over the course of a multi-year contract.
Ujiri's contract with the Nuggets expires on June 30 and it's possible an agreement can be struck that will allow him to leave sooner.
May 24, 2013 12:17 PM EDT
Andris Biedrins will exercise his $9 million player option for the 2013-14 season, according to his agent, Bill Duffy.
"He will not opt out," Duffy confirmed.
The Warriors signed Biedrins to a reported six-year, $54 million contract in the summer of 2008.
May 24, 2013 11:41 AM EDT
Ernie Grunfeld believes there's talent beyond the top two picks in the upcoming draft.
"Well, I think it’s a three-player draft," Grunfeld said, when told the draft is being described as top heavy, with the top two players being Nerlens Noel and Ben McLemore. "But I won’t tell you who that third player is."
Grunfeld seemed to suggest the Wizards already have a player in mind.
"Obviously we've been going through this process already, but the process will continue," he said. "And as I said before, we feel good about the player that’s probably going to be available to us at that spot."
Grunfeld wouldn’t rule out the possibility of trading the No. 3 pick.
"Well, I think everything is on the table," he said. "We feel good about where we are, we think we’ll get a nice player, but you never say never to anything."
May 24, 2013 11:38 AM EDT
The Minnesota Timberwolves are targeting Victor Oladipo in the NBA draft, according to league sources.
The Timberwolves currently have the ninth overall pick and would have to move up to get Oladipo.
Flip Saunders is likely to engage the Charlotte Bobcats, holders of the No. 4 pick, in trade talks.
May 24, 2013 11:35 AM EDT
Trey Burke is scheduled to work out for the Orlando Magic before the June 27 draft.
Burke has scheduled just one workout thus far.
"I may do three or four (workouts with teams), two or three, I don't know (yet),” Burke said. "Everything's not (totally) scheduled yet still."
Burke doesn’t have a preference for where he could end up.
"Wherever I go, it doesn't matter," he says. "Wherever I go, I'm going to be ready to play right away.
"Try and contribute at a high level."
Instead of undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left wrist, Luol Deng will rest the wrist.
Doc Rivers has three years and $21 million remaining on his contract with the Celtics.
Chris Grant selected Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters higher than most had projected and may do the same with Otto Porter.
The Pistons will pick in the lottery for the tenth straight season.
Pablo Prigioni spent most of his professional career in Spain.
The Cavaliers won the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday and could draft Nerlens Noel.
Stan Van Gundy knows his family has become comfortable living together in Orlando and has made it clear that he will not coach in the NBA next season.
Jarrett Jack and Jerryd Bayless have played key playoff minutes this season.
Carl Landry has played for four NBA teams in six seasons.
The Grizzlies are looking at new ways to manage the salary cap.
James Jones has one option year remaining on his contract with the Heat.
Dwight Howard can't officially sign with a team until July 10.
The Suns will pick fifth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, their highest selection since 1987 when they selected Armen Gilliam at No. 2.
Mitch Kupchak has worked to gain the trust of Dwight Howard during the 12-13 season, which he has by all accounts.
Lon Babby and Ryan McDonough are searching for a new head coach for the Suns.
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The 13th overall pick has a cap hold of $1,655,300, cap space the Mavericks are looking to clear.
Phil Handy was previously a player development coach with the Lakers.
Phil Jackson felt that his system would have allowed Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard to have a similar type of success as Gasol and Andrew Bynum.
Dwight Howard is currently torn between re-signing with the Lakers and joining the Rockets in unrestricted free agency.
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