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.
Mar 07, 2014 12:35 PM EST
Ty Corbin said Friday that he has not discussed a new contract with the Utah Jazz.
Corbin is in the final season of his contract.
"I'll put it off until the end (of season)," Corbin said. ""I’ve been doing this for so long. ... It is what it is. It will be what it will be when it gets there. I’m fine."
The Jazz have the second-worst record in the Western Conference at 21-40.
Mar 07, 2014 11:34 AM EST
The New York Knicks met with Phil Jackson two weeks ago about the possibility of him becoming the next head coach.
Jackson met with Steve Mills and said he was not interested in the position at this time.
Jackson is 68 years old and his physical ailments would make the rigors of an 82-game schedule difficult.
Jackson has expressed interest in the media in running a front office.
Mar 07, 2014 11:04 AM EST
The Orlando Magic have signed center Dewayne Dedmon and guard-forward Adonis Thomas each to a second 10-day contract.
Dedmon and Thomas both originally signed 10-day contracts on Feb. 25.
Dedmon has appeared in two games with Orlando, averaging 2.5 ppg. and 1.5 rpg. in 2.2 minpg. He has played in 17 combined games this season with Golden State, Philadelphia and Orlando, averaging 2.5 ppg. and 3.1 rpg. in 9.4 minpg. He also appeared in 15 games with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, averaging 15.2 ppg., 13.1 rpg., 1.3 apg., 2.33 blkpg. and 1.53 stlpg. in 33.7 minpg.
Thomas has appeared in three games with Orlando, averaging 2.3 ppg. and 1.0 rpg. in 7.6 minpg. He played in 26 games (21 starts) with the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League, averaging 16.2 ppg., 4.2 rpg. and 1.3 apg. in 35.1 minpg., while shooting .469 (38-81) from three-point range.
Mar 07, 2014 10:26 AM EST
Kobe Bryant brought up the name of Pau Gasol during an interview on Thursday with Ric Bucher, indicating he believes he will re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason.
On a scale of one to ten, Bryant puts the probability of Gasol re-signing at eight.
The Lakers attempted to trade the expiring contract of Gasol this season and his tenure with the team has seemed to becoming to an end.
Mar 06, 2014 4:49 PM EST
Nate Robinson plans to exercise the player option on the second year of his contract, worth $2.1 million, to return to the Denver Nuggets next season.
Robinson tore his ACL in January and is attacking his rehabilitation in full force.
"Things happen," Robinson said. "God always has a plan for everybody. So, it's just another obstacle that I've got to hop over and keep pushing. But for me, it's going push me to continue to work hard. You can't take your game for granted. It just shows your character. It shows how hard and how bad you really want it. I'm a player that, I love this game. I'm going to come back strong and ready to play."
Robinson said he will "for sure" be healthy by training camp.
Mar 06, 2014 4:43 PM EST
The Washington Wizards are "likely" to sign Drew Gooden to a second 10-day contract on Saturday, according to a source.
Gooden's first 10-day contract will expire Friday.
Gooden scored 12 points on Wednesday.
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.
Jason Collins' first 10-day contract expires on Tuesday.
The Cavaliers reportedly were looking to move Luol Deng for a first round pick.
The Pistons are in danger of missing the playoffs for the fifth straight season.
After his release by the Hawks, Antawn Jamison is working out in Charlotte in hopes of being signed by a team.
Dewayne Dedmon is expected to be offered a second 10-day contract by the Magic.
Jimmer Fredette played college ball at BYU, but the Utah Jazz never seriously considered pursuing him.
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