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Wizards Deny Report Of Grunfeld Extension Offer

The Wizards have denied a report from Peter Vecsey of the New York Post that Ernie Grunfeld rejected a three-year, $4.5 million proposal to remain as general manager.

Sources say no extension offer has been made.

Many have speculated that Grunfeld wouldn't return as GM.

Via Michael Lee/Washington Post

Del Negro Refutes Report He Has Lost Team

Vinny Del Negro refuted an ESPN report before the game that he had lost his team.

 “When you are losing games everyone jumps on you,’’ Del Negro said. “If you can’t take the heat, you shouldn’t do the job.

“You have to win games and that’s what you are measured on. Players are frustrated and I’m frustrated. You are going to get knocked down sometimes, but you have to keep getting up.’’

Via John Reid/Times-Picayune

Azubuike Signs Two-Year Deal With Mavericks

Kelenna Azubuike will sign with the Mavericks, according to sources.

The deal will be for two years as the veteran minimum, with the second season being a team option.

Azubuike hasn't played since the beginning of the 09-10 season because of a knee injury.

Azubuike will begin his comeback with the Texas Legends of the D-League.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Fesenko To Sign With Pacers

Kyrylo Fesenko will sign with the Pacers for the remainder of the season, according to sources.

Fesenko and the Warriors mutually cancelled an agreement they reached in December on a one-year deal because he was still rehabbing from an offseason knee surgery.

Fesenko also received strong interest from the Mavericks and Celtics.

Via Deseret News

Celtics To Sign Ryan Hollins

The Celtics will sign Ryan Hollins.

Hollins was waived this week by the Cavaliers.

To create a roster spot for Hollins, the Celtics will waive Chris Wilcox who is out for the remainder of the season.

Danny Ainge said Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce urged him this summer to sign Hollins.

"They really liked his game and the way he could play with them," Ainge said. "I think he would fit in well with what we do."

Via A. Sherrod Blakely/Comcast

Mavericks Waive Sean Williams

The Mavericks have waived Sean Williams.

The move can be a precursor to signing a veteran that was waived following the deadline.

Via Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Warriors Sign Mickell Gladness To 10-Day Contract

The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent center Mickell Gladness to a 10-day contract.

Gladness made his NBA debut this season as a member of the Miami Heat, appearing in eight games over two different stints with the club. The 6’11” center made the Heat’s opening night roster and appeared in three games before being waived on February 7. He subsequently signed the first of two 10-day contracts with the Heat on February 12 and signed the second 10-day contract on February 28.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Blazes Waive Okur

The Blazers waived Mehmet Okur on Wednesday.

Okur, who was acquired at the deadline in a trade involving Gerald Wallace, was let go by Portland to create a roster spot for J.J. Hickson.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Spurs Will Be Favorites To Sign Diaw

The Spurs are the frontrunners to sign Boris Diaw if he clears waivers, according to sources.

Diaw agreed to a buyout with the Bobcats on Wednesday.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Warriors To Sign Gladness To 10-Day Contract

The Warriors will sign Mickell Gladness to a 10-day contract on Thursday, according to a source.

Golden State had expected to sign J.J. Hickson until he was claimed off waivers by the Blazers.

Gladness has played eight games for the Heat this season.

Via Scott Schroeder/Ridiculous Upside

Derek Fisher Officially Signs With Thunder

Derek Fisher will be in uniform with the Thunder on Wednesday.

Heat Officially Signs Ronny Turiaf

The Miami Heat have signed free agent center Ronny Turiaf.

Blazers Claim Hickson Off Waivers

J.J. Hickson was already in New Orleans with the Warriors, who had an agreement with Golden State dependent on clearing waivers.

Turiaf Chooses To Sign With Heat

Ronny Turiaf has decided to sign with the Heat and the sides are in the process of finalizing an agreement.

Warriors To Sign J.J. Hickson If He Clears Waivers

The Warriors will sign J.J. Hickson after he clears waivers.

Fisher In Oklahoma City Finalizing Contract

Derek Fisher is in Oklahoma City finalizing a contract with the Thunder for the remainder of the season.

Colangelo Expects D'Antoni To Get Another Coaching Job Soon

Bryan Colangelo believes Mike D'Antoni will be hired for another NBA job "very soon."

Jason Thompson Continues To Emerge For Kings

Jason Thompson has played his way into becoming someone the Kings are hoping to keep.

Diaw Agrees To Buyout With Bobcats

Boris Diaw and the Bobcats have agreed to a buyout of his contract for the remainder of the 11-12 season.

Kings To Sign Terrence Williams To 10-Day Contract

Terrence Williams reportedly prefers playing time as opposed to picking up with a playoff contender.

Fisher Close To Agreement With Thunder

Derek Fisher is likely to sign with Oklahoma City once he clears waivers on Wednesday evening.

Sixers Waive Andres Nocioni

Andres Nocioni has been waived by the Sixers.

Grizzlies Officially Sign Gilbert Arenas

Memphis will pay Arenas a prorated salary worth about $300,000.

Warriors Working With Jazz To Re-Acquire Own First Round Pick

If the Warriors have one of the top-7 picks, then no trade with the Jazz is necessary.

Brad Miller To Retire At End Of Season

Brad Miller plans to retire following the current season.

Lakers To Exercise 12-13 Option On Bynum

The Lakers have until June 30th to formally exercise Andrew Bynum's $16.1 million contract.

Report Outlines Nets' Deadline Offer To Magic For Howard

According to a report from Peter Vecsey of the New York Post, the Nets offered Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks, Mehmet Okur's expiring contract and between two and three No. 1 picks in exchange for Dwight Howard.

Bulls, Celtics Not Interested In Fisher

Derek Fisher is expected to hold conversations with the Heat, Thunder and Spurs to discuss "ideas and concepts."

Cavaliers Waive Ryan Hollins

Ryan Hollins has averages of 3.7 points on .500 shooting and 2.3 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game in 24 games.

Hornets Claim Chris Johnson Off Waivers

Chris Johnson was waived by the Portland Trail Blazers on Mar. 15.
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