Dec 05, 2014 2:55 PM EST
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.
Dec 05, 2014 12:25 PM EST
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.
Dec 05, 2014 11:04 AM EST
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.
Dec 04, 2014 2:46 PM EST
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.
Dec 04, 2014 1:19 PM EST
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.
Dec 04, 2014 1:16 PM EST
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.
Dec 03, 2014 9:44 PM EST
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."
Dec 03, 2014 6:20 PM EST
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."
Dec 03, 2014 11:38 AM EST
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?
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."
Dec 03, 2014 11:34 AM EST
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.
Gregg Popovich suggested to Brett Brown in 2013 not to accept anything less than a four-year deal
Kevin Love said he plans to remain with the Cavaliers for the foreseeable future.
The Grizzlies are optimistic about re-signing Marc Gasol.
The Hornets are searching for upgrades on the wing and at power forward.
Dante Cunningham worked out for the Pelicans over the weekend.
The Cavaliers have claimed A.J. Price off waivers.
Isaiah Thomas immediately received interest in free agency from the Celtics.
Joakim Noah is still regaining 100 percent form physically and is confident he will reach that point this season.
Jeff Adrien agreed on a contract with the Timberwolves under the NBA’s injury hardship exception, league sources told RealGM on Saturday.
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.
Mark Cuban recommended that the Raptors hire Dwane Casey shortly after the 2011 NBA Finals run.
Gregg Popovich is likely to return to the Spurs' sideline for Sunday's road game against the Celtics.
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.
Al Harrington was released by his Chinese team recently.
Anthony Davis believes that the Pelicans are on the "right path."
The Thunder need to get down to the 15-player maximum roster size.
Jordan Hamilton was a first round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and has played for the Nuggets, Rockets and Jazz.
The Lakers have had a level of dialogue with Earl Clark on a potential reunion, league sources told RealGM.
Steve Nash is out for the rest of the season due to back issues.
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