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June 22, 2014

Clippers trio to opt out

ESPN.com "Clippers guard Darren Collison and forwards Glen Davis and Danny Granger will opt out of the final years of their respective contracts and become free agents this summer, according to sources. Their decisions had been expected by team officials since the end of the season considering the terms..." June 22

  • Carmelo Anthony to opt out of deal

    ESPN.com "Carmelo Anthony has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract with the New York Knicks and become an unrestricted free agent, according to multiple sources. Anthony has until Monday to officially inform the team of his plans. Knicks president Phil Jackson said recently that he..." June 22

  • Rudy Gay to exercise $19.3 million contract option

    Yahoo! Sports "Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay will exercise his $19.3 million contract option for the 2014-15 season, but has tabled extension talks until later this summer, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The re-signing of Gay is a top priority for the Kings. Team management and Gay's agent, Alex..." June 22

  • CBSSports.com "The Racine Journal-Times reports that Milwaukee is ready to deal... well, just about everyone on draft night. The biggest target? Forward Ersan Ilyasova. Yet, behind the scenes, the Bucks' brass has been busy. They've been discussing several trade possibilities and, if you believe some NBA..." June 22

  • Isaiah Austin has Marfan syndrome

    ESPN.com "Former Baylor star Isaiah Austin has been diagnosed with a serious medial condition and will not be able to pursue a career in the NBA, it was announced Sunday. Austin, who had been projected as a late first-round pick, underwent a standard physical at the NBA combine where his EKG test..." June 22

  • Suns interested in Pau Gasol, Luol Deng

    Arizona Republic "The Suns' constituency of fans went through the wringer on the way down from the franchise's winningest era. The leadership's approval rating plummeted right along with the team's winning percentage after missteps that came with a stiff-arm to history. It prompted the restructuring of the..." June 22

  • Bulls’ Derrick Rose prefers Kevin Love to Carmelo Anthony

    Pro Basketball Talk "It seems more and more likely that the Bulls will be heavily in the mix to add a superstar talent via trade or free agency this summer. Carmelo Anthony may be highest on their list, given that Chicago can sign him outright once he opts out of the final year of his Knicks contract to become an..." June 22

  • LeBron James’ Best Free Agency Options

    Basketball Insiders "Now that the 2014 NBA champions have been crowned, the countdown is officially on for the NBA draft. The festivities in San Antonio are just starting to wind down, and while fans in South Texas are still buzzing about the stunning performance of their Spurs in postseason play, fans in South Beach..." June 22

  • LeBron James ‘was not pleased’ with Michael Beasley’s focus

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Heat gambled on two players no one would touch last season in Greg Oden and Michael Beasley, and neither one paid off in terms of being able to crack a rotation that desperately could have used some assistance. Oden, of course, had a long history of knee injuries, but a back issue was what..." June 22

  • Rondo hints Celtics interested in Carmelo

    ESPN.com "It seems like a long shot, but don't rule out the Boston Celtics as a potential home for Carmelo Anthony. So says Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. The Celtics aren't on the short list of Anthony suitors, though. For one, Anthony, who is expected to opt out of his contract Monday, has said..." June 22

  • Joakim Noah keeps calling but Carmelo Anthony's not answering

    New York Daily News "Carmelo Anthony has been getting quite a few recruiting calls from Joakim Noah over the past week, but according to people close to the Knicks star, he hasn’t returned one of them. We’re guessing Anthony might call Noah back after he officially opts out of his contract with the Knicks, no..." June 22

  • Thibodeau making push to bring Carmelo into fold

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Bulls’ push to acquire New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is heating up heading into NBA draft week, and perhaps no one wants his services more than coach Tom Thibodeau. According to one of Anthony’s former coaches, Thibodeau has reached out to him and to several other coaches who have..." June 22

  • Derrick Rose playing 5-on-5 again

    CBSSports.com "Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, who missed nearly the entirty of the season for the second straight year, has no practice restrictions and looks "like the old Derrick Rose." The Bulls are emboldened by their options and flexibility heading into the..." June 22

  • Trading Arron Afflalo could have significant benefits for the Magic

    Orlando Sentinel "The clock could be ticking on Arron Afflalo’s tenure with the Orlando Magic. Magic executives like what Afflalo brings to the team, and a league source told the Orlando Sentinel that Afflalo and his agent have not asked for a trade, but it may make sense for the Magic to trade Afflalo sooner..." June 22

  • Using Josh Smith off bench might be perfect fix to Pistons' front-court quandary

    Detroit News "Barring unforeseen circumstances, the first draft of the Stan Van Gundy regime likely will be uneventful. But the rest of the summer shouldn’t follow suit. The 38th pick could bear some fruit in a deep draft. The high expectations that came with having high picks in the last few years won’t..." June 22

  • Pro Basketball Talk "The Cavaliers have plenty of options after winning the Draft Lottery for the second consecutive year, although many believe that the injury suffered by Joel Embiid and the subsequent surgery it required have thrown things into a state of chaos. Embiid would have been a safe choice after..." June 22

  • Warriors could be interested in Chandler

    ESPN New York "Do the Golden State Warriors have interest in Tyson Chandler? The Warriors struggled to deal with the void left by injured big man Andrew Bogut in this year's playoffs. In light of those struggles, Golden State recognizes a need to acquire a big man this summer, according to ESPN’s Stephen A...." June 22

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