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Wizards Announce New Contract For Grunfeld

The Washington Wizards have agreed to a new contract with President Ernie Grunfeld.  

“Ernie has led the charge to rebuild and change the direction of the Wizards and I’m pleased that we will continue to work together to improve upon what we’ve accomplished,” said Monumental Sports & Entertainment Majority Owner, Chairman and CEO Ted Leonsis. “In the process of almost completely turning over the team’s roster in the last two years, we have accumulated and developed young players and added veteran players while maintaining cap flexibility, all of which will help us build a competitive team going forward.”

“I’m excited to continue the process of rebuilding this team and excited about the direction that we’re headed,” said Grunfeld. “We’ve seen significant progress from our young players and positive contributions from our veterans that have us very optimistic about our future and very eager to take the next steps to continue to improve.”

Via RealGM Staff Report

Warriors Likely To Pick Between Robinson, Jenkins

With Stephen Curry presumably beginning the 12-13 season and starting at point guard, the Warriors will have a difficult decision to make between Nate Robinson and Charles Jenkins.

"We will seek input from our coaches and evaluate our team at the end of the season," Warriors assistant general manager Bob Myers said.

Robinson has proven he is still a capable individual scorer during his tenure with the Warriors. Robinson also has been a bargain financially and his contract amount will likely increase next season.

"This would be a great place for me. But you never know what happens," Robinson said of staying with the Warriors. "So you've got to play it by ear. Can't be like, 'This is going to happen.' ... It never happens that way. So that's why you take it one day at a time and count your blessings."

According to a source, however, Jenkins has proven himself capable of playing a starting role in the absence of Curry.

Via Marcus Thompson II/San Jose Mercury News

Grunfeld To Remain With Wizards

Ernie Grunfeld will remain president of the Wizards, according to two sources.

Grunfeld and Ted Leonsis are working on a deal that would keep him with Washington until at least the 13-14 season.

Leonsis has refused to correspond with the agents of prospective general manager candidates.

Via Michael Lee/Washington Post

Kahn To Return As GM In 12-13

David Kahn will return for the 12-13 season as Minnesota's general manager.

Glen Taylor said that the Wolves will pick up their team option on Kahn's contract.

Kahn signed a three-year deal in 2009 that included two additional seasons as team options.

Via Kent Youngblood/Minneapolis Star Tribune

Kings Will Listen To Trade Offers For Tyreke Evans

The Kings will evaluate trade proposals for Tyreke Evans this summer, according to a report.

Evans has spent heavy minutes at small forward and has struggled to adjust to playing off the ball.

"I don't think it's any big secret," Princeton legend and longtime Kings consultant Pete Carril said. "Tyreke's got to learn to play without the ball. It's all there. I see some games, and he looks very good. Other games … he just has to work harder. I'd love to see him develop a mid-range game."

Evans, who is shooting 44.2 percent from the floor, recently voiced his concerns over the way the Kings have handled his this season.

Via Sacramento Bee

Thunder Intend To Re-Sign Both Harden, Ibaka

Sam Presti said the Thunder are expecting to sign both James Harden and Serge Ibaka.

"We're looking forward to having those conversations," Presti said. "Those guys are guys we drafted and have developed internally. We see them as guys who are important to sustaining our team."

There is speculation around the league that the Thunder eventually will have to pick between Harden and Ibaka, both of whom will become restricted free agents at the end of next season.

Harden is set to earn $5.8 million and one assistant general manager believes the third-year player could command as much as $10 million per year in free agency.

Via Yahoo! Sports

Source: Lou Williams To Opt Out, Become Free Agent

Lou Williams intends to opt out and become a free agent at the end of the season, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Said the source: "He's indicated that he's not going to pick up his option. All indications are that he's going to opt out."

Williams has not informed the Sixers of his plans.

"He has not said what he will do, but we will react to that when the time comes," general manager Rod Thorn said.

Via Philadelphia Inquirer

Cavaliers Sign D.J. Kennedy For Remainder Of Season

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard/forward D.J. Kennedy from the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League for the remainder of the 2011-12 season.

In 44 regular season games (all starts) with the BayHawks, Kennedy averaged 15.7 points on .447 shooting, 7.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 37.4 minutes per game. He shot .378 (51-135) from three-point range and .816 from the free throw line (168-206). The 6-foot-6, 215-pounder also played in all three of Erie’s postseason games, averaging 14.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 42.0 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Camby Prefers To Re-Sign With Houston

Marcus Camby hopes to re-sign with the Rockets this offseason.

"With me being a free agent [in the summer] and the Rockets looking for a big man in the middle, I hope we can get something done in the summer," said Camby.

"I want to stay. I actually built a house from scratch in Houston like five years ago with the intentions of finishing my career down there. So it's crazy how things play out.

"From the coaches and from management and my meetings I've had with them, I think they enjoy what I've been doing with my play and my leadership. I know from talking to my representative that there's going to be a lot of suitors at the end of the season, but this is where I want to be. It's something we'll definitely address at the end of the season."

Camby believes he can play up to four more seasons.

"I want to play 20 [seasons]," said Camby. "That's the goal. That's the magic number. I'm at 16 now, so we'll see.

"Now I'm more able to think the ballgame through and see different spots out there on the court where I can make plays for my teammates. [Smarts] definitely helps balance what you lose physically. It definitely does. 

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Hudson Sought More Guaranteed Money From Cleveland's Contract Offer

Lester Hudson left the Cavaliers and signed with the Grizzlies this week following the expiration of his second 10-day contract.

Sources say Hudson didn't want to sign Cleveland's offer of a contract with a team option for 12-13 without more guaranteed money.

Teams are increasingly seeking two-year deals where the second-year is not fully guaranteed because it also becomes a trade chip.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Bulls, Celtics Had Been Pursuing Okur

Mehmet Okur is unable to play due to a bad back, but he intends to seek an NBA deal in the offseason.

Landry Interested In Re-Signing With Hornets

Carl Landry would like to return to the Hornets, but said he wasn't sure if the team would be interested.

Knicks To Sign Gadzuric, Waive Walker

The Knicks are expected to sign Dan Gadzuric.

Nets Sign Armon Johnson For Remainder Of Season

Armon Johnson has played in five games, averaging 4.4 points in nine minutes per game.

Terrence Williams Becoming Invaluable To Kings

The presence of Terrence Williams has made the need for a traditional point guard to lessen for the Kings.

Jazz To Sign Ahearn For Remainder Of Season

Blake Ahearn has appeared in three games with the Jazz while filling in for the injured Earl Watson.

Curry Unsure Of Future With Heat

Eddy Curry has appeared in just 13 games this season.

Hudson To Sign With Grizzlies

Lester Hudson will be eligible for the playoffs because he wasn't waived by the Cavaliers.

Celtics To Sign Sean Williams, Waive O'Neal

Sean Williams was waived by the Mavericks on March 22nd and is therefore eligible for the postseason.

Blazers Seek Interview With Kupchak

Mitch Kupchak took over the head job with the Lakers in 2000, but Jim Buss is now the head decision-maker.

Allen Now Less Likely To Re-Sign With Celtics

Ray Allen has privately felt slighted by the Celtics over the past few weeks.

Curry Interested In Talking Extension With Warriors

Stephen Curry will be eligible for an extension this summer.

Hornets Sign Darryl Watkins

Darryl Watkins appeared in nine games for the Sacramento Kings during the 2007-08 season, averaging 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game.

Silas Shoved Tyrus Thomas

Paul Silas shoved Tyrus Thomas following a postgame screaming match on Sunday.

Warriors Sign Mikki Moore

Mikki Moore has appeared in 33 games this season and averaged 11.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.06 blocks in 28.1 minutes per contest.

Wizards Sign Morris Almond, Waive Roger Mason

Morris Almond has spent the past four seasons in the NBA D-League, where he has averaged 24.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and shot .495 from the field in 119 career games.

Rockets Set To Sign Boykins For Remainder Of Season

The Rockets are prepared to offer Earl Boykins a contract for the rest of this season.

Terry Distracted By Uncertain Future With Mavs

Jason Terry doesn’t deny the future has weighed on his mind at points throughout the season.

Millsap Open To Re-Signing With Jazz

Paul Millsap, who has spent his entire six-year career with the Jazz, can imagine re-signing as a free agent.

Kings Unlikely To Offer Evans Maximum Extension

The Kings are unlikely to offer Tyreke Evans a maximum extension this summer.
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