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Knicks Don't Like Chances Of Signing Marc Gasol In Free Agency

The New York Knicks don't believe they have a very good chance of signing Marc Gasol in free agency, according to a source.

The Knicks will prioritize finding a center in the offseason with the team not expected to keep any of its current options apart from possibly Cole Aldrich.

Gasol is having a career season with the Memphis Grizzlies, who can pay him an extra season on his new contract.

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

Lakers, Celtics Briefly Discussed Rajon Rondo Trade In Offseason

The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers briefly held trade talks concerning Rajon Rondo during the offseason.

The Celtics would prefer to re-sign Rondo this offseason and their willingness to engage in talks regarding him is merely informational at this point, sources said.

The Celtics would likely ask for at least one first round pick from the Lakers in exchange for Rondo. 

The Lakers owe their own first-round pick to the Phoenix Suns unless it falls within the top five picks.

They also own Houston's first-round pick. The Lakers could include Steve Nash, who has been ruled out for the season with a back injury. Nash is making $9.7 million this season, the final year of a three-year contract with the Lakers.

After working to get a pick from the Rockets, the Lakers are unlikely to unload one.

Via Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Cavs Expected To Use Trade Exception Between Dec. 15-Jan. 10

The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to make a trade between Dec. 15 and Jan. 10 with their trade exception, according to Brian Windhorst.

One target for the Cavaliers is Tayshaun Prince of the Memphis Grizzlies.

"I've heard there's been interest from the Cavs in Tayshaun Prince, who's fallen out of the rotation in Memphis," said Windhorst.

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Ivan Johnson Signs In NBA D-League

Two-year NBA veteran Ivan Johnson has signed in the NBA Development League, joining the waiver player pool, sources told RealGM.

Johnson had discussed deals overseas since becoming a final roster cut out of training camp with the Dallas Mavericks in October, but he had always leaned toward joining the D-League in hopes of an NBA call up.

Johnson, a 6-foot-8 forward, averaged 5.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in four preseason games for the Mavericks.

In two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Johnson was a contributing reserve on playoff teams while averaging 6.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 125 total games from 2011-13. He played in the Chinese Basketball Association with Zhejiang a season ago.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Pelicans Sign Dante Cunningham

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed Dante Cunningham.

Cunningham was most recently with the Minnesota Timberwolves and has had previous stops with the Portland Trail Blazers, Charlotte Bobcats and Memphis Grizzlies.

Cunningham was arrested in April on domestic abuse charges, but those were dropped in August due to evidence that accusations had been fabricated.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Mike Miller Hoped To Play 3-4 More Seasons, Finish Career With Grizzlies

Mike Miller hoped to re-sign with the Memphis Grizzlies after the season after averaging 7.1 points in 82 games for the team last season.

“I thought I was going to finish my career there,” Miller said. “I really did. I was happy there. I wanted to play another three, four years, [and I] thought I could get that done in Memphis.”

Instead, the Grizzlies pursued and signed Vince Carter in free agency, which essentially took away Miller’s roster spot.

Miller then joined LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Via Jonathan Abrams/Grantland

Carmelo: Bulls Were Perfect Fit For Me

Carmelo Anthony privately made a decision to sign with the Chicago Bulls in the offseason before changing his mind to stay with the New York Knicks.

The Bulls could offer Anthony a four-year, $74 million contract unless they executed a sign-and-trade, while the Knicks signed him to a five-year, $124 million deal.

"It was one part of time where I was just like, 'Yo, I'm going,'" Anthony said in a documentary detailing his free agency that aired Tuesday night on MSG Network.

In the documentary, titled "Carmelo: Made in New York," Anthony talks in detail about how strongly he considered signing with the Bulls.

"It came down to Chicago and New York. Chicago was the one that, from day one, was something that I was very impressed with. They was looking for a person like me to come in and just take them to the next level," Anthony said. "So it was perfect. It was a perfect setup, perfect fit for me in Chicago. But then also I had to think about just living in Chicago. Do I want to live in Chicago? Do I want to take everything that I created in New York and move all of that? It came down to that."

Anthony took several days before reaching his decision.

"He goes to bed one night saying he wants to go to Chicago. He wakes up the next day saying New York. And then he's stuck again," said Bay Frazier, his longtime manager. "That's how he feels. He's so loyal to New York, he wants to stay and become a champion there, which would blow everyone away."

Via Ian Begley/ESPN

Mavericks' Front Office Wanted Giannis Antetokounmpo At No. 13 Before Cuban Decided To Trade Pick

Donnie Nelson wanted the Dallas Mavericks to select Giannis Antetokounmpo with the No. 13 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Mark Cuban elected to go with a plan that the Mavericks had set in place and passed on Antetokounmpo with the 13th pick, which they eventually traded down to the 18th pick and, where they got Shane Larkin.

“He’s making us look bad for sticking to our plan,” Cuban said Tuesday. “That was Donnie. That (taking Antetokounmpo) is what Donnie wanted to do and I said we should stick to the plan. The whole point was that I wanted to stick to the plan and Donnie was like, this guy’s going to be good. I’ll risk everything that he’s going to be good. I said, I believe you Donnie.

“But still, what if all of the sudden we find out that so-and-so (free agent) is dying to come to the Mavs and now you don’t have the cap room. That’s why we put together a plan and our consolation wasn’t too bad.”

Antetokounmpo is averaging 11.9 points and 5.9 rebounds this season. Larkin was eventually traded for the Mavericks to bring back Tyson Chandler last offseason.

“You play the game, you take your chances,” Cuban said. “It’s always in hindsight that you look good or bad. Let’s put it this way, everybody was saying our Jason Kidd trade was horrible until 2011. So you just don’t know."

Via Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Kobe Bryant Won't Rule Out Signing New Deal With Lakers In 2016

Kobe Bryant doesn't rule out signing a new deal with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2016 depending on what happens with the team in free agency.

"I've been very lucky," Bryant told Yahoo. "There's not too many organizations that come around like the Lakers. There aren't owners that come around like Jerry Buss. Now, Jim and Jeanie. They're really committed to this. They're really hungry for this.

"I could've easily been stuck with an organization somewhere that doesn't have great management, doesn't have a great owner – that only cares about the bottom line. Who knows the situation that I'd be in?

"That's luck."

Bryant insists he's not chasing records and that he wants to put the Lakers back in a championship position.

"The process of how I got here moves me," Bryant told Yahoo. "Never the accolades. It's the years that I've put in, the work. That's the thing now for me: the work. Every year I play, it's about winning championships. That's what I'm supposed to do. What else am I supposed to do? Not about this guy has that, that guy has that. …This is my job."

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Paul George 'Mortified' By Report He Didn't Want To Play With Kobe

Paul George was mortified by a ESPN report that stated he didn't want to play with Kobe Bryant on his hometown Los Angeles Lakers.

George had a $100 million max extension to remain with the contending Indiana Pacers and never considered the possibility of leaving that situation in 2013.

George won't forget how Bryant texted him on his way to leg surgery during the summer.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Some Around NBA Warn Brett Brown He Could Be Eventually Cast Aside By 76ers

Gregg Popovich suggested to Brett Brown in 2013 not to accept anything less than a four-year deal

Kevin Love Plans On Staying With Cavs 'For A Long Time'

Kevin Love said he plans to remain with the Cavaliers for the foreseeable future.

Zach Randolph Senses Teams 'Loading Up' To Sign Marc Gasol

The Grizzlies are optimistic about re-signing Marc Gasol.

Hornets Aggressive In Trade Talks

The Hornets are searching for upgrades on the wing and at power forward.

Pelicans Consider Signing Dante Cunningham

Dante Cunningham worked out for the Pelicans over the weekend.

Cavaliers Claim A.J. Price Off Waivers

The Cavaliers have claimed A.J. Price off waivers.

Isaiah Thomas' First Call In Free Agency Was From Ainge

Isaiah Thomas immediately received interest in free agency from the Celtics.

Joakim Noah's Offseason Knee Surgery More Serious Than Expected

Joakim Noah is still regaining 100 percent form physically and is confident he will reach that point this season.

Jeff Adrien Signing With Timberwolves Under Hardship Exception

Jeff Adrien agreed on a contract with the Timberwolves under the NBAs injury hardship exception, league sources told RealGM on Saturday.

Family Matter Likely To Delay Resolution To Andrei Kirilenko Situation With Nets

Andrei Kirilenko's desire to tend to a family matter in New York appears to make a trade from the Nets impractical for the foreseeable future.

Cuban Gave Recommendation To Raptors To Hire Casey

Mark Cuban recommended that the Raptors hire Dwane Casey shortly after the 2011 NBA Finals run.

Gregg Popovich Likely To Return To Spurs Sunday From Minor Procedure

Gregg Popovich is likely to return to the Spurs' sideline for Sunday's road game against the Celtics.

Kevin Durant Taking It Day By Day With Thunder

Kevin Durant said nine weeks ago that he does not pretend to have a crystal ball about his future -- in regard to his 2016 free agency or otherwise.

Rockets Won't Sign Al Harrington

Al Harrington was released by his Chinese team recently.

Anthony Davis 'Loves' Situation With Pelicans

Anthony Davis believes that the Pelicans are on the "right path."

Thunder To Release Sebastian Telfair, Keep Ish Smith

The Thunder need to get down to the 15-player maximum roster size.

Jordan Hamilton Signs With Iowa In D-League

Jordan Hamilton was a first round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and has played for the Nuggets, Rockets and Jazz.

Earl Clark, Lakers Discuss Possible Reunion

The Lakers have had a level of dialogue with Earl Clark on a potential reunion, league sources told RealGM.

Lakers Awarded $4.85M Disabled Player Exception

Steve Nash is out for the rest of the season due to back issues.

Carmelo Had 'Great Dialogue' With Dwight About Joining Rockets

Carmelo Anthony isn't playing the what-if game with the Rockets and Mavericks playing well.
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