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Kevin Johnson To Lead Search Committee For New NBPA Executive Director

Kevin Johnson has been hired to lead the search committee for the NBPA's new executive director.

Johnson is currently the mayor of Sacramento and is a former NBA All-Star.

Johnson was once thought to be a candidate for the job replacing Billy Hunter.

Hunter was fired approximately 20 months ago.

Via Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Jazz To Make Decision On Tyrone Corbin By End Of April

The Utah Jazz are expected to make a decision about the future of Tyrone Corbin and his coaching staff by the end of April.

Corbin and his assistants all have contracts that expire on June 30.

Corbin took over for Jerry Sloan in February of 2011.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Thunder Decide Not To Re-Sign Reggie Williams

The Oklahoma City Thunder will not sign Reggie Williams following the expiration of his second 10-day contract, sources tell RealGM.

Williams appeared in three games with the Thunder, averaging 3.7 points in 5.6 minutes per appearance.

Williams has been with the Tulsa 66ers of the D-League this season.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Bulls Sign Ronnie Brewer For Remainder Of Season

The Chicago Bulls have signed free agent guard/forward Ronnie Brewer for the remainder of the season.  

Brewer (6-7, 235) is currently in his eighth year in the NBA. In addition to the Utah Jazz, Brewer has also played for the Memphis Grizzlies, the Chicago Bulls, the New York Knicks, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets. Earlier this season, he appeared in 23 games (three starts) with the Rockets, and averaged 0.3 ppg and 0.6 rpg in 6.9 mpg.  

In seven-plus seasons in the NBA, he has played in 501 regular season games (304 starts) and averaged 7.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, and 1.24 spg in 23.0 mpg.  The 29-year old Brewer has also made six trips (47 games; 17 starts) to the NBA playoffs, where he has averaged 5.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 1.2 apg in 18.2 mpg. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

Joel Anthony Unsure On $3.8M Player Option With Celtics For 14-15

Joel Anthony has a $3.8 million player option on his contract with the Boston Celtics that he's expected to exercise even if he said publicly he is unsure of his decision.

“When the season’s over, I’ll talk with my agent and look to see what we’re going to do,” he said. 

Anthony has played sparingly since being traded to the Boston Celtics.

“The team, obviously we haven’t had the success that we wanted on the court but off the court it’s been a great situation,” Anthony said. “You don’t always have that when teams are in this type of situation. That’s made it a lot easier being in a good locker room with a good group of guys.”

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Mark Jackson 'Absolutely Convince Future Is Just Fine'

Mark Jackson addressed his future with the Golden State Warriors on Sunday after another assistant coach was let go on Saturday.

Darren Erman was fired by the Warriors for a violation of company policy and sources have insisted that it is unrelated to the reassignment of Brian Scalabrine.

"I'm absolutely convinced my future is just fine," said Jackson.

Jackson said he has a good relationship with the front office of the Warriors and that he had a good conversation with Joe Lacob toward the end of their last road trip.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

DeVos Family Doesn't Plan To Sell Magic

The DeVos family do not have plans to sell the Orlando Magic, denying recent reports that the franchise could soon be up for sale.

"As a family, the topic of selling the team has not come up," Dan DeVos wrote in an e-mail message. "In fact, we are enjoying the team more than ever. Especially my father. We are very excited about our focus on winning a NBA championship. The family is fully engaged and active with the team. All four generations.

"The Magic are not for sale."

Via Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

James Nunnally Not Returning To 76ers After Second 10-Day Deal Expires

With the expiration of his second successive 10-day contract, the Philadelphia 76ers won’t sign wing shooter James Nunnally for the remainder of the season, league sources told RealGM.

The 76ers have used the end of their roster for auditioning, and Nunnally averaged three points and shot 33.3 percent from three-point range in nine games. He scored eight points in 21 minutes in his second appearance on March 19.

Nunnally had also earned two 10-day deals with the Atlanta Hawks in January.

Nunnally had enjoyed his time with the 76ers, and now his agent, Bill Neff, will try to find with a more structured offensive system to better utilize Nunnally. Brett Brown has done a remarkable job to stabilize a culture around the 76ers, whose ball movement has increasingly dissipated as the season’s progressed.

Undrafted in 2012, Nunnally excelled in Summer League a season ago and has used the NBA Development League to earn two call-ups. He has averaged 18.1 points and 4.5 rebounds in 35 games this season with the Texas Legends and Bakersfield Jam.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Jazz Claim Erik Murphy Off Waivers, Release Andris Biedrins

The Utah Jazz have claimed rookie forward Erik Murphy off waivers from Chicago. In a related move, the Jazz requested waivers on center Andris Biedrins. 

Following the moves, the Jazz roster remains at 15 players.

The 23-year-old Murphy (6-10, 230, Florida) was waived by Chicago on April 3 after appearing in 24 games for the Bulls, averaging 2.6 minutes per contest.  He was selected by Chicago in the second round (49th overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Warriors Fire Darren Erman As Assistant Coach For Violation Of Company Policy

The Golden State Warriors have fired Darren Erman due to a violation of company policy.

Erman coached the Warriors' Summer League team last July.

Bob Myers declined to specify what occurred except indicating that it was a serious violation.

“Something like this needed to be discussed with general counsel, (human resources), as we would with any other employee. It took a couple days to go through the proper channels,” Myers said.

“We were unaware, and when made aware, forced to act."

“He made a mistake,” Mark Jackson said of Erman. “He owns it. He’s done a lot for me, he’s done a lot for this organization, and I’m pulling for him to make a comeback. I’m pulling for him to move on and become a great coach, and I believe that that can happen.

“It’s just tough. I’m pulling for him. The right decision was made, and we move forward, but certainly I’m pulling for him to bounce back and get back on the road that he was on.”

Mark Jackson and David Aldridge have reported that the firing is in no way related to the reassignment of Brian Scalabrine.

Via Diamond Leung/Bay Area News Group

Irving Strongly Denies Report He Wants Out Of Cleveland

Kyrie Irving is eligible for an extension this offseason and a full max offer is almost certain to be made to him by the Cavaliers.

Bucks To Sign Chris Wright To 10-Day Contract

Chris Wright has averaged 19.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 blocks in 41 games this season in the D-League with the Red Claws.

Bucks Won't Sign D.J. Stephens To 2nd 10-Day Contract

D.J. Stephens appeared in three games with the Bucks, averaging 2.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 4.9 minutes.

Report: Bulls, Warriors Discussed Jimmy Butler For Harrison Barnes Deal Before Deadline

It is reportedly unclear which team said no to the reported Jimmy Butler-for-Harrison Barnes swap.

Pau Gasol Will Factor Winning Over Money; Bulls, Cavs, Bobcats, Grizzlies Expected To Pursue

The Bulls, Cavaliers, Bobcats and Grizzlies are expected to be potential options for Pau Gasol, according to a poll of NBA executives.

Casper Ware Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With 76ers

Casper Ware averaged 3.6 points, 1.2 assists, 1.2 rebounds and 14 minutes in five games with the 76ers.

Phil Jackson Acknowledges Carmelo Carrying Heavy Burden

Phil Jackson has already made it clear that he would like Carmelo Anthony to re-sign in the offseason.

Bulls Waive Erik Murphy; Discuss Signing Ronnie Brewer, Mike James

The Bulls have held discussions about signing Ronnie Brewer and Mike James, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Rockets Interested In Malcolm Delaney

The Rockets are interested in signing Malcolm Delaney of Bayern Munich.

McAdoo Leaves UNC For NBA Draft

James Michael McAdoo earned second-team All-ACC honors as a sophomore and junior.

Wolves Waive A.J. Price

A.J. Price appeared in 28 games with the Timberwolves and averaged 1.6 points, 0.5 assists and 0.4 rebounds in 3.5 minutes per game.

Kirk Hinrich Reiterates Desire To Re-Sign With Bulls

Kirk Hinrich will base his free agency decision as much -- if not more so -- on fit as much as financial reasons.

Spurs To Sign Damion James To 10-Day Contract

Damion James has played in the D-League this season with the Jam and Legends.

Derek Fisher: Coaching Knicks, Even Coaching In General Not On Radar

Derek Fisher has consistently stated he will retire after this season.

Jonas Jerebko Unsure If He'll Exercise Player Option On Final Season Of Deal

Jonas Jerebko is due to make $4.5 million next season but said he will not factor that into a decision.

Lakers Leaning Toward Retaining Mike D'Antoni For 14-15

Mike D'Antoni has one more guaranteed season on his contract with the Lakers.

Nerlens Noel Ramps Up Workouts But Likely Won't Play Until Summer League

Nerlens Noel has been ramping up the visibility of his work over the past few days, but he probably won't play a competitive game until the Summer League.

Wade: Big 3 To Meet Before Making Opt Out Decisions

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh met before they made their free agent decision in 2010.

Mavericks To Keep Samuel Dalembert Through Partially Guaranteed Second Season Of Contract

Donnie Nelson said the Mavericks will "absolutely" keep Samuel Dalembert next season.

Scalabrine Had Issue With Jackson's Lack Of Attention For Detail

Brian Scalabrine played for Tom Thibodeau during his playing career and viewed his style as a better way of coaching than Mark Jackson's looser style.
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