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June 17, 2014

Clips promote Doc Rivers, restructure

ESPN Los Angeles "The Los Angeles Clippers' ownership situation is still in flux but that didn't stop Doc Rivers from getting a promotion Monday and restructuring the basketball operations department. Rivers, who held the title of senior vice president of basketball operations and head coach last season, will..." June 17

  • Spurs point guard Patty Mills on Knicks’ radar

    New York Post "July isn’t only about re-signing Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks will look to use their mini mid-level exception to obtain a free-agent starting point guard and one may have emerged out of the Finals massacre of Miami in Spurs backup Patty Mills. According to a source, Mills, unique because of his..." June 17

  • It comes down to what dollars make sense for LeBron James and Heat

    New York Daily News "After suffering a humiliating Finals defeat that knocked him off the NBA throne, LeBron James would do well to remember where the Miami Heat’s two-year reign ended. San Antonio is the home of the NBA’s model franchise and for many years that has meant that Tim Duncan has willingly taken less..." June 17

  • Parker: Expect Tim Duncan to return

    ESPN.com "Five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan eventually will retire, but San Antonio Spurs teammate Tony Parker doesn't expect it to happen just yet. "It will come to an end, but I don't think next year," Parker told reporters after the Spurs beat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals for their fifth..." June 17

  • Report: Derrick Rose would be 'fine' to play if season started today

    CBSSports.com "The Chicago Tribune reports in a mailbag with Bulls reporter K.C. Johnson that Derrick Rose has had no setbacks, is set to join Team USA for mini-camp before the World Cup, and that if the season started today, he would play. Don't get me wrong: I'm thankful for the lack of daily updates on..." June 17

  • LeBron James' words won't reveal LeBron James' future

    USA Today "Now the NBA's off-court games begin. Let's start with one right now. Did LeBron James say it at the end of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 2009-10 season or the Miami Heat's 2013-14 season? A) "I didn't play this season wondering about what I was going to do in the offseason." B)..." June 17

  • Rockets Trying To Hire Lionel Hollins As Assistant Coach

    Real GM Basketball "The Houston Rockets are attempting to hire Lionel Hollins as an assistant coach. Hollins has been out of coaching since his departure from the Memphis Grizzlies after the 12-13 season and he's been searching for a head coaching job. Hollins would be an assistant coach for Kevin McHale should..." June 17

  • Future still uncertain for Suns restricted free agent P.J. Tucker

    Arizona Republic "P.J. Tucker spent Thursday afternoon 2 miles away from US Airways Center, donating $9,000 and putting on a youth basketball clinic at the I.G. Homes branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. When he left, Tucker did not say goodbye. He mentioned popping by there again. As a Sun or..." June 17

  • Doc Rivers restructures Clippers' basketball operations

    Los Angeles Times "Amid the continued chaos revolving around Clippers owners Donald and Shelly Sterling, the team announced Monday that Coach Doc Rivers has restructured the basketball side of the organization’s operation. Rivers has a new title — president of basketball operations. He had been senior vice..." June 17

  • Eric Gordon two months removed from surgery: ‘The knee is doing well’

    Vigilant Sports "Eric Gordon has spent his offseason rehabbing after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on April 16 – exactly two months ago today. Although he’s not yet back out on the floor, he’s comfortable where he’s at with rehab and strengthening the knee. “The knee is doing well,” Gordon told..." June 17

  • Wiggins' visit to Sixers is cloaked in secrecy

    Philly.com "One thing is certain: The 76ers are entertaining the player they're targeting in the NBA draft for a couple of days. But no one outside of the parties involved really knows how Andrew Wiggins' visit to Philadelphia is coming along. The 6-foot-8 swingman, who left Kansas after his freshman..." June 17

  • Heat open as favorites to win 2015 NBA championship

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Miami Heat might lose LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Or they might keep their big three, sign Carmelo Anthony and, heck, why not Tim Duncan? Maybe trade for Chris Paul, too. With only one player – Norris Cole – on an option-less guaranteed contract for next season, Miami has a..." June 17

  • Syracuse's Tyler Ennis could be the 2014 NBA Draft's best true point guard

    Orlando Sentinel "On Feb. 12, Pittsburgh Panthers fans inside their home arena yelled and jumped up and down with 4.4 seconds remaining against the Syracuse Orange. Pitt fans had reason to feel confident. The Panthers led the Orange 56-55, and the Orange were about to inbound the ball from their own..." June 17

  • Austin Ainge is sold on Shabazz Napier as an NBA point guard: ‘He’s going to make it’

    WEEI Boston "The Celtics may or may not get a chance to take Shabazz Napier in the June 26 NBA draft. But team personnel executive Austin Ainge made one thing clear his opinion Monday after Napier’s workout for the team: Napier will be playing somewhere in the NBA eventually. “Shabazz is so clever and..." June 17

  • Dinwiddie draws Clippers' draft attention

    ESPN.com "Among the NBA draft prospects the Los Angeles Clippers are inviting to their facility this week is former Colorado point guard Spencer Dinwiddie. The former Taft (Woodland Hills, California) star won’t be able to work out or do much beyond an interview or a physical -- he’s just five months..." June 17

  • NBA Finals average 9.3 Nielsen rating

    Covers.com "ABC's broadcast of the 2014 NBA Finals on ABC averaged 15,524,000 viewers and a 9.3 U.S. household rating, according to Nielsen. The San Antonio Spurs' series victory over the Miami Heat in five games drew more viewers than the 15,120,000 who watched the Heat defeat the Spurs in the NBA Finals..." June 17

  • Who Gets Carmelo Anthony?

    Basketball Insiders "Carmelo Has Options: As the 2014 NBA Finals draws to a close and the San Antonio Spurs hoist their fifth championship in the Tim Duncan era, all eyes in the NBA will now shift to the 2014 NBA Draft next week in Brooklyn and to free agency the following week in July. No bigger name tops the..." June 17

  • Suns will try to reach deal with Eric Bledsoe early in July, not just wait to match offers

    Pro Basketball Talk "How much would you pay restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe this summer? Max money? Close to it? He’s just 24 and played at a near All-Star level in Phoenix last season — 17.7 points with a .578 true shooting percentage, plus 5.3 assits a game with a PER of 19.6 PER — in the 43 games he played...." June 17

  • Carmelo? LeBron? Bulls want to improve at almost any cost

    Chicago Sun-Times "The lesson of getting Carlos Boozer as a consolation prize back in the summer of “The Decision’’ in 2010 has some staying power with the Bulls’ front office. The team isn’t looking to repeat history. According to several NBA sources Sunday, the Bulls have been actively looking to improve the..." June 17

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