April 2012 Basketball Wiretap

Otis Smith To Meet With Howard In Los Angeles

Apr 30, 2012 10:41 PM

Otis Smith will travel to Los Angeles on Tuesday to meet with Dwight Howard.

Howard has been in Los Angeles while recovering from his surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back.

"The intent is to check in, see how he's doing, both from his rehab as well as his spirits, to see him in-person," Magic CEO Alex Martins.

Smith will spend approximately 24 hours in Los Angeles before returning to Orlando for Game 3.

"They're all my kids," Smith said of his players. "I've got one of them that's not with the team, that you want to have with the team that's injured, that's down. So you've got to go see him. You've got to pep him up a little bit and tell him he's doing the right thing by his body.

"He can't travel and he can't do much," Smith added. "His doctor's orders and pretty much our orders are to get his back right. He can't do anything for anybody at this point in time, so he has to get right."

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Tags: Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

Stoudemire Receives Stitches For Cut Hand After Punching Glass

Apr 30, 2012 10:32 PM

Amar'e Stoudemire cut his hand after punching the glass enclosing a fire extinguisher following the Knicks' Game 2 loss to the Heat.

Stoudemire needed stitches on the hand to close the cut and there was a great deal of blood on the scene.

New York trails Miami 0-2 in the first round series.

"I am so mad at myself right now," wrote Stoudemire on Tuesday evening on his Twitter feed. "I want to apologize to the fans and my team. Not proud of my actions, headed home for a new start."

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

Bobcats Fire Paul Silas

Apr 30, 2012 4:06 PM

Paul Silas has been fired as head coach of the Bobcats.

Charlotte will immediately begin their search for a new head coach.

Silas posted a 32-88 record with the Bobcats during his two seasons.

"I would like to personally thank Paul for everything he has done for this team under some pretty unique circumstances," Rod Higgins said. "His basketball experience as a coach and a player speak for themselves. We have been fortunate to have someone of his character associated with this franchise and we hope he will continue to be a valuable resource to us in the future."

Press Release

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Olshey Never Considered Firing Del Negro

Apr 30, 2012 9:32 AM

Several sources say Clippers' GM Neil Olshey never considered firing Vinny Del Negro, who was the subject of multiple rumors about his imminent departure.

“I’ve watched too many times where a front office brings in its own players, and the coaches aren’t on board and you end up with a separation of church and state,” Olshey said. “This was always our team.”

Olshey also went out of his way to consult with Del Negro in choosing the roster as he constructed this team around Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Timberwolves Desire To Add Veteran Presence To Young Core

Apr 29, 2012 3:29 PM

Rick Adelman stressed the importance of adding veteran talent to the Timberwolves’ young core.

Adelman believes the lure of playing with Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love could be enough to attract top-level free agents to Minnesota.

"There's not a player I've talked to or any person around the league who was not impressed with Ricky," Adelman said. "It's the vibe he puts out. Players love to get the ball when they're supposed to, and he does that. And who would believe Kevin scores and rebounds the way he does? Because of those two guys, it makes us attractive. I don't see any reason anybody would not want to play with them."

The Wolves will be at least $11 million under the salary cap this summer.

"There are a couple of (player) contracts that have some flexibility built into them," general manager David Kahn said. "We have options. If we want to have cap room, we can have room. No question about it."

Darko Milicic, due $10.8 million over the final two years of his contract, is a likely amnesty candidate.

Pioneer Press

Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Demps Touts Hornets' Draft Picks, Cap Flexibility

Apr 29, 2012 12:21 PM

Hornets general manager Dell Demps is optimistic about his team’s future, citing salary cap flexibility and draft picks as cornerstones of the team’s future success.

“I think we have a lot of flexibility,” Demps said. “That’s the great thing about us right now. And it’ll be interesting to see how we use that flexibility. We don’t have all the answers right now. We have a plan, but that plan has a number of options. We’re going to just keep moving forward.

“You look at our roster. We have a lot of young guys. We have draft picks. We have cap room. We have a lot of things we can do. We’re not stuck. We have ways to improve our roster, and I think we’re going to look at every one of those opportunities moving forward.”

The Hornets, who have just $36.8 million committed for next season, will have two lottery picks in the upcoming draft.


Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Prince Wants Pistons To Add Veteran Guard

Apr 29, 2012 11:39 AM

Tayshaun Prince believes the Pistons would benefit from a adding veteran guard who can tutor the team’s younger players.

"Brandon Knight is our starting point guard and will continue to be, but hopefully we can get a veteran point guard to kind of mentor him a little bit," Prince said. "There can be times that me and Ben Wallace can mentor and help him out and whatnot, but I think if you have a point guard that's been through the wars, he can help him out a little bit better than we can."

The Pistons are expected to be over the salary cap and will have only the mid-level exception at their disposal this summer to sign free agents.

Detroit Free Press

Tags: Tayshaun Prince, Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Bucks Hope To Add Size During Offseason

Apr 29, 2012 11:37 AM

Bucks general manager John Hammond said adding size will be a priority during the offseason.

"You talk about the Brandon-Monta combination; it's an extremely young backcourt," Hammond said. "I think they're both willing passers, and they both also have the ability to score.

"Is the size a factor for us? Of course it is. It makes it difficult for Monta. If you're going to go with the old theory, one of the best ways to keep a great scorer occupied is to keep him occupied on the defensive end of the floor, wear him down defensively.

"He (Ellis) is a 20-point scorer at the 2 guard spot, but a lot of times he's guarding similar-type players and they're bigger than him. So if you look at the needs of our team, if there's an opportunity to get more size in the backcourt, that possibly could help us."

Scott Skiles also pointed to the Bucks’ small lineup.

"We need size everywhere," Skiles said. "Most games, right at the jump ball, when you look at the two teams, the other team is noticeably bigger than us at almost every position on the floor.

"It's just something that has to be addressed. The guys know it, too. They know we need to get bigger."

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Jamal Crawford To Opt-Out Of 12-13 Contract

Apr 28, 2012 11:38 AM

Jamal Crawford will be an unrestricted free agent for the second consecutive offseason.

A source confirms that Crawford will opt-out of his contract for 12-13 that would pay him $5.25 million.

Crawford signed with the Blazers last December after receiving offers from the Knicks, Wolves and Magic, among others.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Tags: Jamal Crawford, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Skiles To Meet With Kohl; Receives Endorsement From Jennings, Dunleavy

Apr 28, 2012 11:33 AM

Scott Skiles has a meeting scheduled with owner Herb Kohl to discuss his future as head coach of the Bucks.

Brandon Jennings and Mike Dunleavy Jr. both spoke highly of Skiles on Friday.

Skiles signed a four-year, $16 million deal in 2008 and had the deal extended through the 12-13 season in October of 2010.

"Obviously he's a great coach," said Dunleavy. "I loved playing for him. He's a major reason I came here. I'd certainly be disappointed if he wasn't back, for whatever reason.

"You've got to move forward and expect us to have a great season next year."

Jennings said he was concerned about the possibility Skiles would not be back next season.

"Personally, for me, yes," Jennings said. "Just the fact that he's been my coach for the first three years and I'm used to a system. That's a guy who I've played for.

"Just his mentality, his will and approach to the game. The fact he expects you to play hard every night. He expects you to do the little things to be a better player. That's kind of grown on me since I've been here, so that's basically all I know."

The Bucks have posted a 146-166 record in four seasons under Skiles.

Charles F. Gardner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Golden State To Retain Mark Jackson
Mark Jackson was described as a players' coach in his first season on the bench.

Marcus Thompson II/San Jose Mercury News

Jazz See Correlation Between Bigs, Titles
The Jazz have great depth in the frontcourt with Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter.

Jody Genessy/Deseret News

Terrence Williams Hopes To Re-Sign With Kings
Terrence Williams is hoping for a quick resolution to his impending free agency.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Kings Likely To Re-Sign Jason Thompson
The Kings will extend the qualifying offer to Jason Thompson to make him a restricted free agent.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Williams' Top Priority Will Be To Put Himself In Winning Situation
Deron Williams expressed his confidence in the Nets during his exit interview.

Colin Stephenson/Star-Ledger

Lopez Prefers To Remain With Nets
Brook Lopez's preference is to remain with the Nets as he enters restricted free agency.

Roderick Boone/Newsday

Gerald Wallace Likely To Opt Out
Gerald Wallace will likely be seeking a long-term contract this offseason.

Roderick Boone/Newsday

Williams To Make Decisions Before Olympics
Deron Williams plans to make his free agent decision before the end of July.

Roderick Boone/Newsday

Wolves Plan To Be Aggressive In Offseason
Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio are the two franchise 'cornerstones', but the remainder of the roster doesn't appear to be untouchable.

Jerry Zgoda/Minneapolis Star Tribune

Villanueva, Gordon Enter Offseason As Amnesty Candidates
Both Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva were signed in the 2009 offseason.


Bayless Prefers To Remain With Raptors
Jerryd Bayless will be a restricted free agent this summer.

Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

Bird Denies Rumor Of Impending Departure
Larry Bird again denied reports that he will leave the Pacers at the end of the season.

Mike Wells/Indianapolis Star

Camby Would Prefer Return To Rockets
Marcus Camby will have no shortage of suitors as an unrestricted free agent.

Houston Chronicle

Source: Raptors Won't Pursue Vujacic
The Raptors are not interested in pursuing Sasha Vujacic in free agency this offseason.

Marc Stein/ESPN (via Twitter)

Jamison Won't Re-Sign With Cleveland
Antawn Jamison will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon-Journal

Suns' Fans Close Out Season With 'We Want Steve' Chant
Steve Nash will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason and intends to play three more seasons.

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Spurs Sign Derrick Byars
The San Antonio Spurs have signed Bakersfield Jam guard/forward Derrick Byars.

RealGM Staff Report

Larry Riley Unhappy With Timing Of Front Office Shake Up
At the time of the hiring 12 months earlier, Joe Lacob said Bob Myers was in line for the job after Larry Riley retired “in a few years.”

Marcus Thompson/Contra Costa Times

Sixers Sign Xavier Silas For Remainder Of Season
Xavier Silas averaged 9.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 23.6 minutes per game while shooting 40.1% from the floor for the Red Claws.

RealGM Staff Report

Knicks Name Grunwald General Manager
Glen Grunwald has served as New York’s interim general manager since Jul. 1, 2011.

RealGM Staff Report