May 12, 2013 4:19 PM EDT
At the outset of the second round of the Chicago Bulls' series against the Miami Heat, Derrick Rose strongly considered returning from his torn ACL but ultimately decided not to, according to a source.
Rose will not return in this series, though, and Tom Thibodeau is aware of that.
Rose reached the one-year anniversary of ACL surgery on Sunday.
May 12, 2013 4:03 PM EDT
David West will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason but has not given free agency much thought. Even so, the Indiana Pacers want to keep West and believe they can afford him.
“I’ll address that at the end of the season and focus on finishing this year as best as possible,” West said Saturday after contributing 11 points and 12 rebounds to the Pacers’ 82-71 victory over New York at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “But I love it here, love this group of guys, this environment, love the core group that we have. This group only has room to get better.”
West has established himself as the Pacers' veteran leader and integral starting power forward. The Pacers have $49 million committed in player salaries for next season.
“This group, the mix of young guys that we have," West said, "and obviously the character of these guys, what these guys are, it fits me, so …"
May 11, 2013 9:29 PM EDT
Phil Jackson wants to see if the Sacramento Kings are sold to the Seattle consortium before deciding where to work next season.
Jackson has expressed an interest in a front office role similar to Pat Riley’s situation with the Miami Heat.
Jackson has "hit it off" with Chris Hansen, who leads the Seattle group attempting to buy the Kings.
May 11, 2013 8:02 PM EDT
Otto Porter has signed with NBA player agent David Falk.
Porter, a 6-foot-8 forward, averaged 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds, while shooting 47.9 percent from the floor, in 35.4 minutes per game last season for Georgetown.
Falk represents several players who have attended Georgetown, including Roy Hibbert, Greg Monroe and Jeff Green.
Porter is projected as a lottery pick in the upcoming draft.
May 11, 2013 7:57 PM EDT
The Utah Jazz worked out point guards Myck Kabongo and Nate Wolters on Saturday in preparation for the NBA draft.
None of the Utah’s point guards from last season — Mo Williams, Jamaal Tinsley or Earl Watson — is under contract for next year.
"Utah does need a point guard, and everybody is aware of that," Kabongo said. "[So] I’m excited to come out here. Obviously the history with John Stockton is here. And a lot of [other] great guards have come through. So it’s a pleasure to be here."
Said Wolters: "My agent and I thought this would be a good fit. ... We’re going to a lot of workouts [but] to get one before the combine is nice — just to have one under my belt."
May 11, 2013 11:48 AM EDT
Lionel Hollins is confident he’ll return as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies next season.
"The only conversations we've had is they said they wanted me back," Hollins said. "After we lost the first two games to the Clippers, we had a friendly conversation about the series and how they just wanted me personally to know that regardless of what's being said out there, this is how they felt.
"That was great."
Hollins hopes to return in his current capacity for the 2013-14 season.
"There's no question," Hollins said. "When you build something, you want to see it through to the fruition of it all.”
May 10, 2013 8:29 PM EDT
The Atlanta Hawks are pursuing Stan Van Gundy for their head coach vacancy.
Danny Ferry and Van Gundy have been in contact, but have yet to meet in person about the opportunity.
The Hawks also plan on pursuing Dwight Howard and there is a growing belief that a reunion would be of interest.
Sources say Van Gundy holds Ferry in high regard.
The Hawks have not made a final decision on Larry Drew, but it is assumed he won't be back unless they are unable to secure a deal with any of their top targets.
May 10, 2013 8:07 PM EDT
Pablo Prigioni is interested in returning to the New York Knicks for a second season.
Prigioni will become an unrestricted free agent in July.
"Pablo really enjoyed himself here, and he has interest in playing again next year," Bass said. "He's fallen in love with New York, there's no doubt. The Knicks are just a first-class organization, so it's been good all the way around."
Prigioni will likely test the free agent market.
"I do believe there will be other teams that will have interest in him, but you never know how much interest," Bass said. "If somebody came along and offered him more money, then that's a whole different story."
May 10, 2013 8:05 PM EDT
The Cleveland Cavaliers have received permission to interview Los Angeles Lakers player development coach Phil Handy.
Handy was hired by the Lakers after the NBA lockout in 2011.
Mike Brown has two spots to fill on his coaching staff.
May 10, 2013 8:03 PM EDT
The Brooklyn Nets expect to sign Bojan Bogdanovic this summer, multiple sources confirmed.
Bogdanovic, a 24-year old swingman from Croatia, was acquired by the Nets in a draft-day trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2011.
Bogdanovic is averaging 14.4 points and shooting 38.6 percent from the three-point line this season for Fenerbahce Ulker.
Sam Hinkie brought an analytics background to his position with the Rockets and will report to Josh Harris with the 76ers.
Ryan McDonough has a plan to improve the Suns.
Danny Ainge is hopeful that Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett will be back with the Celtics.
The Nuggets have been adamant about their desire to re-sign Andre Iguodala.
Trey Burke led Michigan to the NCAA Championship game this season.
The Kings could turn to Monta Ellis depending on how the Tyreke Evans situation is resolved.
Larry Sanders asked his teammates to "stop worrying about next year" after the Bucks' Game 3 loss to the Heat.
Kevin McHale stressed the Rocketsí need for improved post play.
George Karl is confident the Nuggets will make the necessary adjustments for next season.
Michael Curry has been associate head coach of the 76ers for three seasons.
Matt Barnes has discussed this offseason's free agency with Chris Paul.
If he doesn't have influence over a franchise, a source says Phil Jackson might stay retired for now.
Kevin Love will assumedly have a better relationship with the Wolves due to the departure of David Kahn, but Ricky Rubio's situation is more complicated.
Donnie Walsh would return to the Pacers next season if Bird does not and owner Herb Simon wants him back.
Phil Jackson is seeking a broad management role with an NBA team.
May 07, 2013 | Marc Stein/ESPN
One source said that there are "too many positives" for Chris Paul to re-sign with the Clippers.
Mike Budenholzer and Quin Snyder are considered the leading candidates to replace Larry Drew as head coach of the Hawks.
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