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Magic Met With Fred Hoiberg, Mark Jackson Before Hiring Scott Skiles

May 29, 2015 10:00 PM

The Orlando Magic met with Fred Hoiberg and Mark Jackson before hiring Scott Skiles on Friday.

“We found the right guy,” Rob Hennigan said.

The contract that Skiles signed runs for three seasons and includes a team option for the 2018-19 season.

The Magic also met with Mike Woodson.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Tags: Orlando Magic, Iowa State Cyclones, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Allen Iverson Rejects $1M Deal To Play On Chinese Tour, Planning Lawsuit Against Promoters

May 29, 2015 5:03 PM

Allen Iverson has rejected a $1 million deal to make his playing return to professional basketball on a tour in China, and has plans to file a lawsuit against Chinese promoters breaching a current coaching contract, sources told RealGM.

RealGM reported on May 21 that Iverson had been pushed so hard by promoters in Harbin, China, that officials and fans created difficulties in allowing him to leave to continue his tour. Last month, Iverson reached agreement on a coaching deal for a Chinese tour, under no obligation to perform on the court, as stated in his contract.

After an attempted breach of the first contract, which was paid in full to Iverson, the future basketball Hall of Famer had more turbulence this week: Promoters claimed to Chinese officials that they paid the $1.1 million owed to Iverson in his second round of the deal, but sources close to Iverson insist the entire sum has gone unpaid and falsely wired.

Iverson released a statement to RealGM on Friday afternoon through his representative on the tour, NBA agent and lawyer Muhammad Abdur-Rahim:

"I have visited The Peoples Republic of China on multiple occasions. Each time I visit, I am taken aback by the love, appreciation, and respect that the people in China show me. Normally, I visit larger cities like Beijing and Shanghai.  However, on this trip I had the honor and privilege to visit other parts of China for the first time.  I was personally blown away by the love that the fans had for me in Harbin, Xi’An, Jingjiang, and Hefei. In addition, having the opportunity to meet with local business owners and witness the amazing infrastructure throughout China will leave an everlasting impression on me.

"I am highly disappointed by the unethical and dishonest actions of Tianjin Qi Di Culture Co., Ltd (“QIDI”), Beijing Landmark Advertisement Co., Ltd, Mr. Li Dong and Mr. David Lee, regarding my participation in this tour. Tianjin Qi Di Culture Co., Ltd (“QIDI”), Beijing Landmark Advertisement Co., Ltd, Li Dong and David Lee have continuously lied, misled my fans and breached the contracts between their companies and myself. Despite their negative actions, I will still continue the tour for my fans. What’s more important to me than any contract or sum of money is the love that my fans have for me."

Iverson is expected to return to the States after this weekend, and Abdur-Rahim will forge a group of attorneys in Atlanta for a lawsuit against two promoters, Li Dong and David Lee.

An 11-time NBA All-Star and the 2001 Most Valuable Player, Iverson last played professionally in 2011 with a Turkish team.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Tags: Allen Iverson, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Signing Rumor, International Misc Rumor

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Scott Skiles Named Head Coach Of Magic

May 29, 2015 4:38 PM

The Orlando Magic have named Scott Skiles head coach.

During his 13 seasons as a head coach, his teams have reached the NBA Playoffs six times. 

“Scott (Skiles) clearly distinguished himself as a tremendous fit,” said  RobHennigan. “Our young roster will benefit greatly from Scott’s extensive head coaching experience and commitment to teaching smart, physical, unselfish basketball. We believe in Scott’s ability to establish a culture of winning habits and accountability that will help guide our team in a positive direction.”

“As we began our search, our internal discussions centered on finding a head coach with a solid resume of NBA head coaching experience, great  leadership qualities, a motivating communication style,  and someone with a strong strategic acumen,” said Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins. “We feel Scott (Skiles) brings a balanced approach in all those qualities and we look forward, with great confidence, to him leading our young men in helping us reach our collective goal of sustainable success.”

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Skiles has signed a four-year deal.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Hawks Offered Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll Longer Deals In 2013

May 29, 2015 3:07 PM

The Atlanta Hawks signed Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll on cheap two-year contracts in 2013, but the length of those deals are problematic as they are now free agents after outperforming those deals.

The Hawks offered longer contracts at the time to both players, according to sources.

Teams can go over the cap to re-sign their own players, but teams have a reduced version of that right for players coming off one and two-year deals.

Millsap’s maximum salary will be about $18.9 million, meaning that if Millsap wants his max — or thinks he can get it from another team — the Hawks will have to dip into their cap room to pay him.


The Hawks can sign Millsap to a deal starting at only $16.6 million per season if they go over the cap. If they use $19 million in cap space on Millsap, they would not have enough room left to re-sign Carroll.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Tags: DeMarre Carroll, Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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James Harden Would Like Rockets To Add Backcourt Piece

May 29, 2015 12:36 PM

With Patrick Beverley out for the playoffs, the lack of depth on the Houston Rockets' roster at point guard and shooting guard became clear.

James Harden was responsible for a considerable amount of the Rockets' ballhandling duties. and Jason Terry played a ton of minutes.

"Yeah definitely, that’s one of the conversations that me and Daryl (Morey) are going to have," said Harden on the Rockets acquiring more backcourt depth.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

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

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Bulls Have Understanding Fred Hoiberg Will Accept Job

May 29, 2015 11:39 AM

The Chicago Bulls moved forward with firing Tom Thibodeau this week as it became clear that the front office had an understanding with Fred Hoiberg that he would accept the job.

Hoiberg played for the Bulls during his playing career and has prior front office experience with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Hoiberg has had a successful run as head coach of Iowa State.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Iowa State Cyclones, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic Moving Closer To Deal With Scott Skiles

May 29, 2015 11:28 AM

The Orlando Magic have entered into contract talks with Scott Skiles and expect to soon complete his hiring as head coach.

Skiles also interviewed this week with the New Orleans Pelicans.

One source said the Magic hope to have a deal struck with Skiles as soon as Friday.

Skiles' candidacy has always had the strong backing of Magic ownership and team CEO Alex Martins‎, from the moment Jacque Vaughn was dismissed in February.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Doc Rivers: Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin Understand They Need Each Other To Win

May 29, 2015 1:51 AM

Doc Rivers denied a reported rift between Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan and believes they, along with Blake Griffin, understand their individual importance toward winning.

"I can put this to rest: They get along great," Rivers said on The Beast 980. "Clearly, like everybody, they don't get along all the time, and they don't get along with me all the time, either, by the way. I don't see that as an issue. I think all three, and I'm including Blake in this as well, understand how important the other guy is to them. Meaning, they all three need each other to win, and I think all three get that and all three know that and all three want to do it together. To me, that's the most important thing."

Rivers has already said the Clippers will offer Jordan a max contract of five years for $108.7 million.

Arash Markazi/ESPN

Tags: Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jeff Hornacek On Iowa State: I'm Coach Of The Suns As Far As I Know

May 29, 2015 12:13 AM

Fred Hoiberg is widely expected to leave Iowa State this offseason to become head coach of the Chicago Bulls.

There have been reports that Jeff Hornacek could be a candidate for the Iowa State job should Hoiberg leave. Hornacek played collegiately at Iowa State like Hoiberg.

Hoiberg was asked about the Iowa State job during a radio appearance on Thursday.

“I can’t comment on that,” Hornacek said. “I’m the coach of the Suns. It’s an interesting coaching carousel that goes on in the league and even down to the college level.

“If those things ever come about, and the timing was right, stuff like that, yes, but as far as I know I’m the coach of the Suns.”

Hornacek’s contract with the Suns is reportedly for less than $2 million a year, a bit less than the $2.2 Hoiberg made last season and the average compensation of $2.6 million per year over the life of his contract.

“It’s sometimes surprising to see how much the college coaches are making, even the assistant level,” Hornacek said. “I’ve seen some of those assistant coaches’ salaries and I’m like, ‘Holy crap, I think that’s more than probably some of our assistants make.’

“If you look at what happened to the NBA coaching salaries, I don’t know if there was a directive or whatever but I saw the average salary for an NBA coach now is still less than what it was six years ago. So how does the salary for coaches go down? It’s starting to get back up there where it was previously but it’s still not even at the level it was six years ago.

“That will probably end up changing here soon, too. I think you’ve already seen a good portion of it with some of these new coaches that are getting jobs in the last year or so. It’s becoming a different level.”

Travis Hines/Ames Tribune

Tags: Phoenix Suns, Iowa State Cyclones, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pelicans Discuss Head Coaching Job With Vinny Del Negro

May 28, 2015 8:55 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have discussed their head coaching vacancy with Vinny Del Negro.

Del Negro emerged as a candidate after the Pelicans considered his prior experience with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers.

Del Negro reached the playoffs four times in five seasons.

Del Negro was credited with playing a part in the development of several talented young players in both jobs. He worked in the Phoenix Suns' front office, where he ascended from player personnel director to assistant general manager.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwyane Wade, Heat Have 'Sizable Gap' On Contract Plans
There is a sentiment in Dwyane Wade's camp that he could opt out this summer with the hope the Heat would give him a three-year deal.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Bulls Fire Tom Thibodeau
Tom Thibodeau was hired as head coach in 2010.

RealGM Staff Report

Some Bulls' Players Didn't Endorse Retaining Tom Thibodeau
The Bulls are expected to resolve the future of Tom Thibodeau by Friday with his dismissal likely unless Jerry Reinsdorf unexpectedly intervenes at the last minute.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Marc Gasol: Spurs Are An Example Franchise
Marc Gasol admitted his free agency decision will be complicated.

Abraham Romero/ (h/t Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News)

Scott Skiles Interviews With Pelicans
Scott Skiles remains the frontrunner for the Magic job, but he has also been interviewed by the New Orleans Pelicans.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Bulls, Pelicans Emerge With Interest In Royce White
Royce White has worked out in Minneapolis this season, and recently had a workout with the Clippers, a source told RealGM's Shams Charania.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Jeff Van Gundy Formally Interviews With Pelicans
Jeff Van Gundy and Pelicans' officials met in the Bay Area to discuss the opening.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Bulls Seriously Considering Firing Tom Thibodeau
The Bulls are giving serious consideration to firing Tom Thibodeau and absorbing the financial hit, according to sources.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Source: Bulls Tried To Have Tom Thibodeau Hire Doug Collins As Assistant Coach
The Bulls' front office reportedly attempted to have Tom Thibodeau hire an offensive-minded assistant coach.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Knicks Considering Willie Cauley-Stein At No. 4
The Knicks realize they need to improve defensively, which is why Willie Cauley-Stein and Justise Winslow could be options.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Lakers Would Need To See 'Heck Of An Opportunity' To Trade No. 2 Pick
The last time a team traded a top-two pick for a veteran was in 2001 when the Clippers traded the rights to Tyson Chandler to the Bulls for Elton Brand.

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

DeMarre Carroll Won't Need Surgery Ahead Of Free Agency
The high appraisal for DeMarre Carroll is four years and $50 million in free agency.

Jeff Schultz/Atlanta Journal Consitution

Wizards Hope To Have New Practice Facility Location By End Of Offseason
A new facility could potentially host the Wizards' D-League team in the future.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Tom Thibodeau's Contract With Bulls Contains Offset Language
Jerry Reinsdorf was reportedly extremely upset with Tom Thibodeau after Jeff Van Gundy criticized the organization during a January broadcast on ESPN.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Assistant GM Bobby Marks, Nets Part Ways
Bobby Marks was most recently assistant general manager and is especially well-versed on cap matters.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Rival Execs Expect Nets To Explore Market For Mason Plumlee
Some rival executives believe the Nets could go explore the marketplace for Mason Plumlee anyway.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Nick Calathes Denies Wanting To Return To Europe
Nick Calathes will be a restricted free agent this summer after two seasons with the Grizzlies.

Jorge Sierra/HoopsHype

LeBron James Believes Cavs Should Keep Tristan Thompson For His Entire Career
Tristan Thompson has averaged 8.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in the playoffs.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Jason Terry To Play Another Season, Rockets Expected To Pursue New Deal
Jason Terry said he will not retire and plans to play his 17th NBA season in 2015-16.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Pacers To Work Out Unsigned Acquisition Stanko Barac
The Pacers will use the mini-camp to decide their future with Stanko Barac and whether to sign him.

Shams Charania/RealGM

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