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Magic Could Discuss Extensions For Vucevic, Harris After Initial Free Agency

The Orlando Magic's officials likely won't make a decision on whether to pursue contract extensions for Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris until after they see how free agency impacts the salary cap.

Vucevic and Harris will be eligible for extensions this summer.

"I'd love to stay in Orlando," Vucevic said. "I like it here a lot. I like the team. I like what we have going here. I like the coaches. I like everything. So I'd love to stay here, but I guess we should talk about that when the time comes."

Via Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Pau Gasol To Receive Interest From Knicks In Free Agency

The New York Knicks will be interested in Pau Gasol in free agency, according to a source.

Gasol won two championships under Knicks president Phil Jackson and would not receive anything close to the $19.3 million per year that he made with the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

Gasol would have to accept the Knicks' taxpayer's midlevel exception of approximately $3.2 million.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Thaddeus Young Believes He Holds Leverage In Possible Trade Request

Thaddeus Young admitted Thursday that he will look at all his options -- including being open to parting with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Young also figures he holds some leverage due to the fact that he could opt out of his contract and become a free agent after next season.

"I do have the opt-out and that's one of the cards that can be played if the situation is not right," Young said. "I can opt out next year. I can ask to be traded. Or I can say, 'I'm all for it. I want to stick around.' I just have to see how things are going to play out."

The 76ers dangled Young in trade discussions before the deadline.

"We were all being shopped," Young said. "I think it's a big thing they kept me, of course, even though it was one of those situations where you feel a little left out."

"We were all being shopped," Young said. "I think it's a big thing they kept me, of course, even though it was one of those situations where you feel a little left out."
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20140418_Sixers__Young_faces_uncertain_future.html#QcKFTpsfgLZb3HEQ.99
"I do have the opt-out and that's one of the cards that can be played if the situation is not right," Young said. "I can opt out next year. I can ask to be traded. Or I can say, 'I'm all for it. I want to stick around.' I just have to see how things are going to play out."
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20140418_Sixers__Young_faces_uncertain_future.html#QcKFTpsfgLZb3HEQ.99
Via Bob Ford/Philadelphia Inquirer

Joel Anthony To Exercise 14-15 Player Option With Celtics

Joel Anthony will exercise his player option with the Boston Celtics for the 14-15 NBA season.

Anthony will earn $3.8 million and become an unrestricted free agent in 2015.

Anthony was traded to the Celtics by the Miami Heat in January.

Via Chris Haynes/Comcast

Scott Perry Expected To Be GM Candidate For Pistons, Cavaliers

Scott Perry is expected to be a general manager candidate for the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a source.

Perry is assistant general manager of the Orlando Magic, but was formerly with the Detroit Pistons.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Izzo, Hoiberg, Stan Van Gundy On Wolves' Coaching Wish List

Tom Izzo, Fred Hoiberg and Stan Van Gundy are on the Minnesota Timberwolves' coaching search list assuming Rick Adelman leaves, according to sources.

Izzo and Hoiberg have never coached in the NBA, though the latter was formerly in the Wolves' front office.

Van Gundy has been out of coaching since 11-12.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Carmelo More Concerned About Winning Than Money

Carmelo Anthony will enter free agency after not reaching the playoffs for the first time in his NBA career. Anthony has been with the New York Knicks since February of 2011.

"I want to come back. I want to come back. But I also want to win," said Anthony.

"At this point in my career, I'm not concerned about the money," said Anthony.

The Knicks can offer five seasons and $129 million to Anthony.

"I'm not at the point in my career where I want to rebuild."

Via Ian Begley/ESPN

Mike Woodson: I'm The Only Guy For Knicks' Job

The New York Knicks were eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday in a down season in the Eastern Conference, leading to uncertainty in the future of Mike Woodson.

"I'm pleased and happy to have been given this opportunity. And if they bring me back, I'm gonna make damn sure that this doesn't happen again next season," Woodson said.

Woodson said he deserves to coach the final season on his current contract.

"Am I the guy for the job? I'm the only guy for this job. I've always said that. I don't mean that in a braggadocios way. But I feel good about what I do as a coach. And I know the system works."

Via Chris Herring/Wall Street Journal

Kyrie Irving Doesn't Have 'Definitive Answer' On Extension

The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to make a maximum five-year contract extension offer to Kyrie Irving this offseason.

"I've been a part of this and I want to continue to be a part of this," he said. "We're making strides in the right direction, especially in this organization. I want to be part of something special, and I want to be part of something special in Cleveland.

"I don't have a definitive answer to that right now, but it'll be something special. I can guarantee that."

Irving was the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

"It's a big deal for me and my family if they do offer that. It would be exciting, and I'll make the best decision for me and my family. That's what it's going to boil down to for myself."

Via Jodie Valade/The Plain Dealer

Knicks Sign Lamar Odom To Two-Year Deal

The New York Knicks signed Lamar Odom just 45 minutes before the deadline on a two-year deal.

The Knicks will have an option on Odom's contract for the 14-15 season.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Scott Perry, Grant Hill On Pistons' List To Take Over Front Office

Grant Hill began his NBA career with the Pistons.

Harden: 'Definitely, No Question' I'd Still Be In Oklahoma City If Money Wasn't Factor

James Harden was adamant that he saw himself spending his entire career with the Thunder before being traded to the Rockets in 2012.

D'Antoni To Discuss Future With Management At Exit Interviews

Mike D'Antoni will discuss the future with Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss during the Lakers' exit interviews on Friday.

Dario Saric To Declare For NBA Draft, Could Still Withdraw

Dario Saric will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft, though it is uncertain if he will remain beyond the withdrawal deadline.

Nets Offered Vince Carter To Clippers For Shaun Livingston Before Injury

Shaun Livingston has had an outstanding season with the Nets, finally fulfilling upon the promise he showed before suffering a devastating injury.

Channing Frye Hopes To Discuss Extension With Suns

Channing Frye has a $6.8 million player option for next season.

Smith Reiterates Personal Belief Anthony Will Re-Sign With Knicks

J.R. Smith reiterated that "in my heart" he does not believe Carmelo Anthony will leave the Knicks in free agency.

Amar'e Stoudemire Open To Possibility Of Playing For Israeli Club Once NBA Deal Ends

Amar'e Stoudemire is open to the possibility of leaving the NBA when his contract ends after next season in order to play for Hapoel Jerusalem.

Rockets To Sign Josh Powell

Josh Powell's contract for next season with the Rockets will be non-guaranteed, sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

Lakers Have No Timetable On D'Antoni Decision

The Lakers owe Mike D'Antoni $4 million next season.

Bulls Tried To Bring Kurt Thomas Out Of Retirement

Kurt Thomas is now 41 and has not played since last season, considering himself retired.

Clarence Gaines Jr. Expected To Join Knicks' Front Office

Clarence Gaines Jr. was a longtime scout with the Bulls.

Lamar Odom, Knicks Close To Deal With Team Option For Next Season

Lamar Odom is expected to sign with the Knicks this week, barring any unforeseen snags.

Kupchak: Lakers' Front Office All On The Same Page

Mitch Kupchak recently signed an extension to remain general manager of the Lakers, suggesting the working relationship with Jim Buss is strong.

Bulls Sign Greg Smith Through Next Season, Waive Tornike Shengelia

The Bulls signed Greg Smith to a contract for the remainder of the season and fully guaranteed for next season, a source told RealGM.

Pelicans Sign Melvin Ely, Waive Greg Stiemsma

The Pelicans have waived center Greg Stiemsma and signed center Melvin Ely for the remainder of the season.

Hawks To Hire Steve Koonin Of Turner As CEO

The Hawks have been trying to improve their image, as they currently rank 28th in the NBA in attendance.

Joe Dumars To Remain With Pistons In Advisory Role

Joe Dumars became president of basketball operations before the 00-01 season.

Heat Turned Down Evan Turner For Haslem Offer From 76ers

The Heat didn't make the trade, at least in part because they didn't like how it would look to deal one of the club's longest tenured players.

Anthony Praises Thibodeau's Coaching, Compares System To Popovich

The Bulls and Lakers are expected to be potential suitors for Carmelo Anthony.
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