Dec 03, 2013 11:42 AM EST
James Dolan is beginning to lose confidence in Mike Woodson as head coach of the New York Knicks, according to sources.
The Knicks have lost nine straight games.
Jeff Van Gundy would be considered as a possible replacement for Woodson. It is unlikely that Van Gundy would take over any job during the middle of the season.
Van Gundy and Dolan were not on speaking terms for several years following his sudden resignation during the 01-02 season, but the two have been cordial when crossing paths last season.
Steve Mills worked with Gundy for two seasons.
Van Gundy would want input on personnel decisions in his next job, according to a source.
Van Gundy is believed to have interest in returning to the Knicks.
“It’s something I regret to this day,’’ Van Gundy said of his resignation. “I live with it every day and I regret it. And I let my emotions come into it. And I was just emotionally spent. I made a bad decision and I quit….I had a great job with the Knicks.’’
Dec 02, 2013 6:24 PM EST
Derrick Rose will stay around the Chicago Bulls and travel on the road with the team for most of his rehabilitation from a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Rose did not travel with the Bulls early in his recovery from a torn ACL last season and rarely sat on the bench until the postseason.
Rose underwent season-ending knee surgery last Monday.
Dec 02, 2013 6:11 PM EST
Dwyane Wade gave a diplomatic answer when he was posed the question about whether his new contract in free agency will be a Kobe Bryant-type contract or a discounted deal like Tim Duncan's and Kevin Garnett's in the past.
“When I get into that position, it’s something I’ll think about,” Wade said. “You have to sit down at the time and see what is best for you and for your team.”
“D-Wade is getting that Kobe deal,” LeBron James said from the next locker.
Wade was glad to see the two-year, $48-plus million extension that Bryant signed with the Los Angeles Lakers last week.
“As a player, I loved it. Everyone who gets what they get deserve, it’s great,” Wade said. “There’s a reason the Lakers felt that Kobe should get that money. There’s no right or wrong.”
The Heat likely would like to work out with Wade a similar situation to when Shaquille O'Neal signed a flexible deal in 2005. Wade has stated he intends to re-sign with Miami in the offseason.
“I remember when Shaq did that,” Wade said. “Not everyone is going to do that.”
Dec 01, 2013 8:09 PM EST
Malcolm Thomas will be called up to the San Antonio Spurs.
Thomas has played with the NBA D-League's Los Angeles D-Fenders this season and was off to a strong start.
Thomas was pulled from the D-Fenders' game on Sunday.
Thomas spent parts of last season with the Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors.
Dec 01, 2013 4:55 PM EST
Free agent shooting guard Damien Wilkins has reached agreement on a contract with Beijing of the Chinese Basketball Association, a source told RealGM.
Wilkins had been searching to latch onto an NBA team, but he decided to secure a deal with the Beijing Ducks, where he will play a shortened season and continue training.
Wilkins went to training camp with the Atlanta Hawks in October.
Wilkins, 33, has played nine NBA seasons with Seattle, Oklahoma City, Minnesota, his hometown Hawks, Detroit and Philadlephia. He had a resurgent season a year ago with the 76ers, averaging 6.4 points on 45.9 percent shooting.
Dec 01, 2013 1:35 PM EST
Nate Robinson picked up his second technical foul in as many games on Friday and smirked when asked about the situation, saying he believes the referees dislike him.
“They hate me, they hate me,” Robinson said. “I don’t know why, but it is what it is. I already know I’ve got the target on my back, but I’ll play through it; I don’t care. I really don’t. It doesn’t bother me none. If I get a call, I get a call. If I don’t, I don’t. If I get a tech, hopefully it’s not in the fourth quarter. Hopefully I don’t get any more. But I know I will. It’s nothing new for me.”
Brian Shaw said he will sit down with Robinson to discuss how to better control his emotions.
“He’s always wound up,” Shaw said, with a grin that quickly faded away. “That’s what you get with Nate Robinson. So we just have to continue to keep working on him on that. I told him, let me deal with the referees, you just play the game. But that’s easier said than done.”
Dec 01, 2013 1:24 PM EST
Lionel Hollins is ready to return to coaching in the NBA.
The Memphis Grizzlies decided not to retain Hollins with his contract up this past offseason despite winning 56 games. The Grizzlies and Hollins had apparent philosophical differences.
"I believe I've established myself as a head coach and I'd like another opportunity to show that [my success] wasn't a fluke," Hollins said. "I feel like I've proven I can take a young team and develop it, then sustain what I've done by what I did in the last five years in Memphis."
Hollins had an opportunity to join Maurice Cheeks' staff as an assistant coach but declined.
"I had done it [serve as an assistant coach] for a long time before I was given the opportunity to be a head coach," Hollins said. "But my thought process was, 'I've established myself as a head coach. I'd like to stay in that state at the moment.' But if it didn't work out, yeah, I'd go back and be an assistant coach. I'd go to college and be a head coach there, if I had the opportunity. But my thought process is to be a professional head coach."
Dec 01, 2013 1:53 AM EST
Wesley Johnson revealed he declined more lucrative contract offers from the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks during the offseason.
Johnson said he chose signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in large part because of the team's system.
Johnson is averaging 8.5 points and 3.8 rebounds this season -- including a 27-point effort on nine of 11 shooting in the Lakers' last game.
Nov 29, 2013 6:08 PM EST
George Karl believes Andre Iguodala was Mark Jackson's "mole" during last season's playoff series between the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors.
"No question," said Karl when asked.
Jackson accused the Nuggets of playing dirty and intentionally attempting to cause an injury to Stephen Curry.
“I got inside information that some people don’t like that brand of basketball and they clearly didn’t co-sign it,” said Jackson to the media at the time.
"I thought Mark had a lot of tricks in that series that were bush- ..." said Karl. "I don’t know. I don’t know what they were. Almost high-schoolish. They were beneath the NBA level. And they might have worked. They might have motivated his young team in a good way. You know, he’d announce a starting lineup and start another guy. C’mon, man. You think we’re not ready for that?"
Nov 29, 2013 5:08 PM EST
The Los Angeles Lakers have waived forward Elias Harris.
Harris appeared in two games for the Lakers this season, tallying a rebound, an assist and a steal in 11 minutes. The two-time All-West Coast Conference Team selection out of Gonzaga University started all five games for the Lakers’ 2013 Summer League team in Las Vegas, averaging 10.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 27.0 minutes.
The Knicks opted to go in another direction with the end of their bench depth, signing Cole Aldrich and Chris Smith.
The Rockets have struggled in finding a package that merits Omer Asik on-court value due to his $15 million salary for next season.
Rodney Stuckey will be a free agent in July.
The Vipers are the D-League affiliate of the Rockets.
Tony Parker's current deal with the Spurs expires in 2015 and won't turn 32 until May.
Mark Cuban does not expect to have difficult contract negotiations with Dirk Nowitzki in the offseason.
Kendall Marshall was the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Dion Waiters is open to being traded from the Cavaliers.
Chris Bosh is a Dallas native and reportedly received interest from the Mavericks in the summer of 2010 as well.
The Grizzlies won 56 games last season as Lionel Hollins resisted changes from the front office, leading to the promotion of Dave Joerger.
Gar Forman believes Derrick Rose suffered a "freak injury" and he remains confident in building around the former MVP.
Pau Gasol said he did not know how Bryant's new deal impacts his contract status.
Lamar Odom still wants to play with the Clippers and has returned to Los Angeles.
Anderson Varejao admitted he did not like the way LeBron James left the Cavaliers in July 2010.
Derrick Rose's lucrative endorsement deal with adidas cannot be undone.
Nov 26, 2013 | Zach Lowe/ESPN
The Pacers also reluctantly gave Paul George an opt-out after Year 4.
The Timberwolves and Kings have exchanged Derrick Williams for Luc Mbah a Moute.
The Lakers are betting Kobe Bryant can continue to drive ticket sales and TV ratings while making them relevant again.
Derrick Williams was the second overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft.
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