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Jimmy Butler: We're Going To Win The Next One Too

May 28, 2022 9:03 AM

Jimmy Butler was overflowing with confidence following his 47-point game in the Miami Heat's Game 7 win. So much so that Butler said his team is going to the NBA Finals.

In the on-court postgame interview with ESPN, Butler said, "We knew we were going to win this one. And we're going to win the next one too."

Butler, along with several teammates, mentioned that they felt disrespected going into Game 6. The Heat players felt like many gave them no chance to win and force a Game 7 back in Miami.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Heat Fined $25K For Violating Bench Decorum Rules

May 28, 2022 4:18 PM

The NBA fined the Miami Heat $25,000 for violating bench decorum rules. The violations took place during Miami's Game 6 victory over the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The league fined the Heat because "on multiple occasions, several players stood for an extended period in Miami's team bench area, stood away from the team bench, and were on, encroaching upon or entering the playing court during live action".

The Dallas Mavericks were fined multiple times this postseason for similar behavior. The league hit Dallas with escalating fines for each occasion they violated bench decorum rules.

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Tags: Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Fines

Lakers Hire Darvin Ham As Head Coach

May 27, 2022 8:35 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Darvin Ham as head coach on a four-year deal.

Ham was most recently an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks. Ham previously was an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks and the Lakers.

The Lakers were also considering Kenny Atkinson and Terry Stotts.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Mavericks Could Pursue Zach LaVine Via Sign And Trade

May 28, 2022 9:29 AM

The Dallas Mavericks went further than anyone expected this season, but they aren't satisfied. In fact, Dallas could be set up to be a player in the free agent market by chasing Zach LaVine.

The Mavs do not have the cap space to sign LaVine outright, but could acquire LaVine via a sign and trade. LaVine was widely expected to re-sign with the Chicago Bulls, but he recently made it clear that he intends to explore his options as a free agent. There have also been reports that LaVine isn't thrilled with his role in Chicago.

The Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs have all been mentioned as LaVine suitors as well. Like the Mavericks, the Hawks would have to create a sign and trade, while the Blazers and Spurs could create the cap space to chase LaVine directly.

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Tags: Zach LaVine, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor

Nuggets To Promote Calvin Booth To Lead Front Office Executive

May 28, 2022 7:51 AM

The Denver Nuggets will promote Calvin Booth to their lead front office executive following the departure of Tim Connelly to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Booth and assistant general manager Tommy Balcetis met with Nikola Jokic's camp in recent days to discuss the future of the franchise. Booth and Michael Malone also spoke with Jokic over the phone.

Booth played in the NBA from 1999 until 2009 and was a scout with the New Orleans Pelicans before spending four seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Booth became Connelly's right-hand man after Arturas Karnisovas was hired to run the Chicago Bulls.

Shams Charania, Sam Amick/The Athletic

Tags: Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Thunder Could Trade Vasilije Micic Draft Rights

May 28, 2022 9:20 AM

Vasilije Micic is leaning towards joining the NBA next season. The catch is that Micic would prefer to play for someone other than Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Thunder acquired Micic's draft rights from the Philadelphia 76ers in a deal ahead of the 2020-21 season. Oklahoma City will continue to hold Micic's rights for as long they tender him the minimum required contract. That tender only needs to be a one-year, fully non-guaranteed deal.

Because of the number of guards on the Thunder roster, Micic would prefer to go to a team where he could play a role. Because of that, his agent is working with Oklahoma City to find a team to trade for Micic's draft rights.

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Tags: Vasilje Micic, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Udonis Haslem Says Draymond Green Broke 'Code' By Predicting Warriors Would Play Celtics

May 28, 2022 1:43 AM

Udonis Haslem accused Draymond Green of breaking the "code" after Green predicted the Golden State Warriors would face the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals.

The Heat beat the Celtics 111-103 in Game 6 to force a Game 7.

“Draymond broke the code,” Haslem told Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports. “You ain’t supposed to say some s--- like that. That’s disrespectful. He know better than that.”

Green made his initial remarks on "Inside the NBA" after the Warriors defeated the Mavs in Game 5 on Thursday to win the series. Shaquille O’Neal asked Green who he wanted to face in the NBA Finals.

“I’m going to tell you who I think we’re going to play. We’re going to play Boston,” said Green. “That’s who we’re going to play.”

Other Heat players chimed in on Green's comments.

“I don’t know what part of the game is that,” said P.J. Tucker. “A player picking a team before they’re out. That’s crazy, bro.”

Game 7 between the Celtics and Heat takes place on Sunday.

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Udonis Haslem, Draymond Green, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Playoffs

Dunc'd On: BOS/MIA Game 6

May 28, 2022 12:09 PM

Jimmy Butler delivers an all-timer to will the Heat to a 3-3 tie in the series. We discuss how he did it, what the strategic fulcrums of the game were, how Boston failed in the final minutes, and the outlook for Game 7. Plus where Butler’s game ranks in recent history.

Plus, some analysis on the Lakers’ hiring of Darvin Ham as head coach.

With Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux).

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Hollinger & Duncan: Nuggets Big Loss; Grizz Offseason; Conference Finals Takeaways

May 28, 2022 12:07 PM

John shares his reporting on some of the details of Tim Connelly moving to the Wolves and we discuss what to make of this from the Minnesota and Denver sides.

We catch up on the conference finals, and pick the All-Playoffs first team, surprise players, and coaching moves we’ve liked in the playoffs.

And finally, what happens with Kyrie this offseason?

With @JohnHollinger and @NateDuncanNBA.

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Dunc'd On: DAL/GSW Game 5; DAL Offseason; Free Agency Rumors

May 28, 2022 12:06 PM

An appreciation of what it took for Golden State to get back to the Finals, and where Dallas fell short.  Then, a look at the Mavs’ offseason, including where they most need to upgrade, the Jalen Brunson question and the tax issues it causes, and more.

Finally, worrying news regarding the Nets, Zach LaVine may not be a lock to return to the Bulls, Tim Connelly moving to the Wolves, the effect of the All-NBA teams, Russell Westbrook potentially remaining a Laker next year, and congratulations to one of our favorite colleagues.

With Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux).

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Dunc'd On: PHX, PHI, and MIL Offseasons

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Knicks Expect Mitchell Robinson To Get Interest From Multiple Playoff Teams

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Mavericks Unlikely To Go For 'All-Out Pursuit' Of Rudy Gobert

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Gary Payton II Expected To Return From Fractured Elbow For Finals

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Nikola Jokic Still Plans To Sign Supermax Extension With Nuggets

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Luka Doncic Says Mavs 'On A Great Path', Says He Needs To Improve

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Jason Kidd: Are We Going To Train This Summer To Play Into May And June?

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Mark Cuban: We Can Pay Jalen Brunson More Than Anybody, I Think He Wants To Stay

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Knicks Hire DeSagana Diop As G League Head Coach

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Steph Curry Wins Inaugural Western Conference Finals MVP

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Zion Williamson Cleared To Play Without Any Restrictions

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Blazers Hire ESPN's Mike Schmitz As Assistant General Manager

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