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Kurt Rambis Named Associate Head Coach Of Knicks

Kurt Rambis has been named associate head coach of the New York Knicks.

Rambis will be reunited with both Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Blazers Name Joe Cronin Director Of Player Personnel

Joe Cronin has been named Director of Player Personnel of the Portland Trail Blazers.

“Joe possesses a unique skill set that is critical to the success of our organization,” said Olshey in a release from the team.  “His expertise and contributions in multiple areas make him an invaluable member of our front office staff.”

Cronin will now manage “all aspects of the NBA Salary Cap.” Cronin will also be involved in NBA draft preparation and scouting in free agency and trades, according to the Blazers.

Via Erik Gundersen/The Columbian

Pistons Decline Team Option On Chauncey Billups

The Detroit Pistons have declined their team option on Chauncey Billups, who signed a two-year contract last season.

"Chauncey Billups embodies what it means to be a member of the Detroit Pistons," Tom Gores said in a statement. "His leadership, dedication and excellence both on and off the court provide a great example for aspiring young athletes."

“Chauncey Billups will always be a valued member of the Detroit Pistons’ family," Stan Van Gundy said. "Decisions like these are always difficult to make and we certainly wish Chauncey and his family the best in the future.”

Via RealGM Staff Report

Raptors Extend Qualifying Offers To Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, Nando De Colo

The Toronto Raptors have extended qualifying offers to Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and Nando De Colo.

All three players came to the Raptors via trades last season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Nick Young Declines Player Option With Lakers

Nick Young has informed the Los Angeles Lakers that he will not exercise his player option for the 2014-15 season.

Young averaged 17.9 points last season.

Young had made it clear that he would not pick up his $1.2 million option.

Via Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Darrell Arthur, Nate Robinson Exercise Player Options For 14-15

Darrell Arthur and Nate Robinson have exercised their contract options for the 2014-15 season with the Denver Nuggets.

Arthur, acquired in a draft-night trade on June 27, 2013, averaged 5.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 68 games with Denver last season. He also made a career-high 24 3-pointers – 19 more than his previous four seasons combined.

In 315 career games with Denver and Memphis, Arthur is averaging 6.5 points and 3.7 rebounds.
Robinson, signed as a free agent last July 26, averaged 10.4 points and 2.5 assists in 44 games with Denver before suffering a season-ending knee injury on Jan. 29.

Preparing to enter his 10th NBA season, Robinson has averaged 11.4 points, 3.0 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 574 games with Denver, Chicago, Golden State, Oklahoma City, Boston and New York.

Via RealGM Staff Report
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