• Pelicans Have Discussed Offering Cousins Short-Term Deal

    Real GM Basketball "The New Orleans Pelicans have internally discussed offering DeMarcus Cousins a shorter team deal for less than the full max, according to sources. The Pelicans could offer a two- or three-year deal as Cousins recovers from a torn Achilles. There will only be a small handful of teams with max..." April 24

  • Draymond Green is texting Joel Embiid advice during playoffs

    Pro Basketball Talk "In Game 1 of their series, the Philadelphia 76ers — without Joel Embiid — blew the doors off the Miami Heat, winning by 27. It’s the kind of game that can lead a young team to overconfidence. That’s when Draymond Green texted Joel Embiid some words of advice, reports Jessica Camerato of NBC..." April 24

  • Marcus Smart questionable for Game 5 vs. Bucks on Tuesday

    WEEI Boston "Marcus Smart might be back sooner than we think. The Celtics guard, who had hoped to return for Thursday's Game 6 vs. the Bucks, was instead upgraded to questionable for Tuesday's Game 5 after receiving a clean bill of health from his surgeon on Monday, according to the Boston Herald. Smart..." April 24

  • Warriors reporter pulled from coverage after allegedly stealing jacket from team

    Larry Brown Sports "A longtime Bay Area sports anchor been removed from covering the Warriors during their playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs after he allegedly stole a jacket from a team staffer. Steve Berman of The Athletic reports that a video appeared to show ABC7/KGO-TV sports anchor Mike Shumann..." April 24

  • Why the Bulls should draft Deandre Ayton if they win the Lottery

    NBC Sports Chicago "Something special occurred on the campus of Oregon University in late February. The Arizona Wildcats were in town, 24 hours removed from an ESPN report that claimed head coach Sean Miller had discussed paying $100,000 to land blue-chip prospect Deandre Ayton. The report shook the college..." April 24

  • Mike Budenholzer’s connections around the NBA could make him right fit for Knicks

    New York Daily News "Kawhi Leonard, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Malik Rose could all factor into Mike Budenholzer becoming the next head coach of the Knicks. Budenholzer was in New York on Sunday meeting with Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry. He becomes the first active NBA coach to interview..." April 24

  • Four potential Julius Randle landing spots in free agency

    Hoops Hype "In what many believe will be a relatively tame market, all eyes will nonetheless point West once free agency opens up on July 1st. That’s because the Los Angeles Lakers – one of the league’s most historic and proud franchises – will be one of the few teams lush with spending money. And what..." April 24

  • DeMarcus Cousins: On his injury rehab, Pelicans sweep: 'I couldn't be happier for this team'

    The Advocate "For the first time since his injury three months ago, New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins spoke about his season-ending injury, his recovery and the Pelicans' historic sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers in the opening round of the playoffs. Cousins' season ended Jan. 26 when he..." April 24

  • Windhorst: Early Cavs' Exit Would Give LeBron Extended Period To Plot Next Move

    Real GM Basketball "LeBron James could become a free agent this offseason but he could also control his destiny in another way by orchestrating an opt-in-and-trade similar to Chris Paul last offseason. On The Lowe Podcast, Brian Windhorst talked about a scenario in which James could have an extended period of time..." April 24

  • Where do Blazers, Neil Olshey, Terry Stotts go from here?

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Portland Trail Blazers were a frustrating team to watch to start the season. They floundered early as players like Moe Harkless and Evan Turner failed to take the next step forward to help the team. The emergence of Zach Collins playing in tandem with a healthy Ed Davis was a good story, but..." April 23

  • Joel Embiid: I Think Our Time Is Now, We Don't Need Anybody Else

    Real GM Basketball "While the Philadelphia 76ers have set themselves up to be good for a long time, Joel Embiid believes they are ready to compete now. "I think our time is now," Embiid said on Monday. ".... We have a special team, a lot of great guys. I don't think we need anybody else. We've just got to work..." April 23

  • John Wall shares Drake’s bad prediction about Wizards/Raptors series

    Larry Brown Sports "The Washington Wizards have only evened their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Toronto Raptors, but in a sense, John Wall has already gotten something of the last laugh. Wall said Monday that he’s excited to return to Toronto for Game 5 so he can see Drake, who he claims made a..." April 23

  • Pelicans reportedly pick up coach Alvin Gentry's 2018-19 contract option

    Sporting News "Fresh off a sweep of the Trail Blazers, the Pelicans have decided to pick up the option on head coach Alvin Gentry's contract for 2018-19, according to ESPN.com. The report also stated that New Orleans' assistant coaching staff, including associate head coach Darren Erman, Chris Finch and Fred..." April 23

  • Phoenix Suns, talking to Jason Kidd and Vinny Del Negro, close to whittling down list of coaching candidates

    Arizona Central "The Suns will soon move on to the second phase of their coaching search. Phoenix reportedly has talked to 10 candidates, the latest names revealed Monday when a league source told azcentral sports Phoenix had spoken to former Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd as well as..." April 23

  • Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores, Stan Van Gundy likely meeting Monday

    Detroit Free Press "The first of what will be a series of meetings between Detroit Pistons president Stan Van Gundy and owner Tom Gores to decide the next step for the franchise will likely take place later Monday night, the Free Press has learned. A person with firsthand knowledge of the situation cautioned..." April 23

  • Steph Curry Closes Multi-Year Production Deal With Sony

    Variety "Sony Pictures has closed a multi-year development and production deal with NBA superstar Stephen Curry across its film, television, and worldwide partnerships operations in the biggest media deal of any athlete to date. Curry’s newly formed production company, Unanimous Media, founded by Curry..." April 23

  • Wesley Matthews Plans To Exercise Option

    Hoops Rumors "Wesley Matthews intends to pick up the player option on the final year of his contract, writes Dwain Price of Mavs.com. Doing so would keep Matthews under Mavericks control for one more season, putting him on track to reach unrestricted free agency in 2019. According to comments relayed by..." April 23

  • TV anchor Mike Shumann allegedly stole Warriors staffer's jacket

    ESPN "A Bay Area reporter who covers the Golden State Warriors has been caught on tape taking a security staffer's jacket after a team practice last week in San Antonio, The Athletic reported Monday. Mike Shumann, a sports anchor of KGO-TV in San Francisco, is visible on the tape, which ESPN has..." April 23

  • Steven Adams: ‘I’m Really F—ing Weird. Socially Awkward, At Best.’

    SLAM Online "Steven Adams fully admits it. The 24-year-old big man is…just weird. In an interview with ESPN‘s Royce Young, Adams was asked to describe his relationship with superstar point guard Russell Westbrook. His response: “I don’t look into it too much, it’s just who I am,” Adams says of his..." April 23

  • John Wall has regained point god form, and it’s just what the Wizards need

    Washington Post "Before he reclaimed his throne, John Wall announced his intentions. He warned all who needed to be warned: the Toronto Raptors, the Capital One Arena crowd, the detractors who felt safe roaming the streets during his flaw-exposing, injury-plagued regular season. The point god was back. Not just..." April 23

  • Ginobili, Parker set record for most NBA playoff wins by duo

    247 Sports "Long-time San Antonio Spurs teammates Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker made some major NBA history with Sunday's victory over the the Golden State Warriors. The victory gave Ginobili and Parker 132 postseason wins together as a duo; the most in the history of the league. "Of course, the..." April 23

  • NBA Rumors: Spurs Maintain This Caveat For Potential Kawhi Leonard Trade

    NESN "If the San Antonio Spurs do indeed send Kawhi Leonard packing, it sounds like it will be far from the Lone Star State. Leonard’s future with the Spurs has remained uncertain as the star forward continues to be out of action due to a lingering quad injury. The ailment reportedly has caused..." April 23

  • Damian Lillard Sees Blazers As Capable Of Replicating Warriors' Trajectory

    Real GM Basketball "The Portland Trail Blazers finished the regular season with the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference but were swept in the first round by New Orleans Pelicans. Lillard believes the Pelicans did an excellent job of taking him out of the offense. "The reality of it is, their game plan was to..." April 23

  • Jusuf Nurkic on future with Portland Trail Blazers: 'I want to be here, it's no secret'

    CBS Sports "When the Trail Blazers traded for Jusuf Nurkic during the 2016-17 season, he made an immediate impact in his new home. He helped lead Portland on a post-All-Star break run into the playoffs. It felt like he was the perfect fit next to Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. A big man down low that could..." April 23

  • Gortat on Wall: ‘If He Plays The Right Way, He Is The Best Point Guard In NBA’

    SLAM Online "John Wall took over Game 4 against the Raptors, scoring or assisting on 18 of Washington’s final 23 points, according to ESPN Stats & Info. The All-Star point guard finished with 27 points, 14 assists, and 6 rebounds in a 106-98 victory that evened the series at 2-2. Afterwards, center..." April 23

  • Ettore Messina To Remain Spurs’ Coach For Game 5

    Hoops Rumors "Top Spurs assistant Ettore Messina will continue to serve as the club’s interim head coach for Game 5 of its series against the Warriors on Tuesday, the team announced today. It will be Messina’s third game as head coach this series. Messina is filling in for Gregg Popovich, who is away from..." April 23

  • Jared Dudley: Giannis Antetokounmpo practiced mean mugging in locker room

    Pro Basketball Talk "Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s Game 3 dunk over Aron Baynes was great. Antetokounmpo’s Game 4 dunk over Al Horford (seen above) is even better, because of the fantastic mean mug that followed. The rise of Antetokounmpo is no accident. He worked hard to develop his on-court skills. And that includes..." April 23

  • Marcus Morris has had it with referees: 'It's laughable at this point'

    WEEI Boston "Celtics forward Marcus Morris is convinced NBA officials have it out for him. Less than 24 hours after the NBA announced Morris' $15,000 fine for criticizing the officials following Game 3's loss against the Bucks Friday night, Morris again expressed his frustration moments after Sunday's..." April 23

  • Klay Thompson is the Warriors’ master of efficiency

    San Francisco Gate "Late Thursday night, when he saw more than a dozen reporters packed into a small interview room in the AT&T Center, Warriors guard Klay Thompson shook his head and muttered to himself. “Let’s make this quick,” Thompson said, his voice barely audible. It was quintessential Klay: A master of..." April 23

  • Game-winning shot but no tacos? Giannis Antetokounmpo left waiting at restaurant

    USA Today "After his game-winning tip-in helped the Milwaukee Bucks even their playoff series with the Boston Celtics at 2-2 on Sunday afternoon, superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo naturally wanted to grab a bite to eat. What does a 6-11 superstar have to do to get a table around these parts? A tweet that..." April 23

  • LeBron James and Jeff Green diss Lance Stephenson after Game 4

    247 Sports "LeBron James and Jeff Green believe Lance Stephenson is not worth their time. Following the Cleveland Cavaliers' nail-biting 104-100 win over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night, a game which involved several dust-ups between Stephenson and James and Green, the two Cavaliers veterans echoed the..." April 23

  • A healthy Reggie Jackson would lift Pistons’ fortunes

    Detroit News "Last season, it was just before the regular season started that the Pistons found out about Reggie Jackson’s tendinitis in his knee and thumb. This season, the news of his severe ankle sprain was a belated lump of coal on the day after Christmas. The Pistons’ promising 19-14 start cratered into..." April 23

  • David Blatt wants redemption after LeBron fiasco

    New York Post "The unseemly details of former Cavaliers coach David Blatt’s sour relationship with LeBron James in Cleveland were spelled out in a recent book, “Return of The King.’’ In an interview published Saturday in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, and translated from Hebrew, Blatt declined to talk about..." April 23

  • LeBron James becomes second player with 100+ 30-point games in playoffs

    Cavs Nation "Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James just added another milestone to his playoff resume. In the Cavs’ Game 4 win against the Indiana Pacers, James scored 32 points. This made him just the second player in NBA history with 100+ 30-point games in the playoffs. As reported by CBS Sports, the..." April 23

  • Stop Pretending Anthony Davis Has Any Chance Of Being Traded This Summer

    Uproxx "Anthony Davis just got done leading the New Orleans Pelicans to a four-game sweep of the 3-seed Portland Trail Blazers in which he averaged 33 points, 12 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, and 1.8 steals per game with a 57/30/81.6 shooting split. Those numbers could usually be justified as part of a small..." April 23

  • Mike Budenholzer wants Knicks job because he’s sick of losing

    New York Post "Mike Budenholzer is genuinely interested in the Knicks’ job, according to an NBA source who has spoken to the Hawks coach. “New York’s his top choice,’’ the NBA source said. “If they offered him the job, he’d say yes. He wants to live in New York.’’ Moreover, Budenholzer appears so..." April 23

  • Rockets’ Eric Gordon struggling early in playoffs

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets' 3-point shot is off. Eric Gordon's entire offensive attack is. Through three playoff games, one of the best pure shooters in the NBA is hitting just 28.2 percent (11-of-39) of his field-goal attempts and only 23.1 percent (6-of-26) of his 3-pointers. The Rockets aren't shooting..." April 23

  • Mike D'Antoni, James Harden: Rockets not in good rhythm

    ABC 13 "Coach Mike D'Antoni's concern about the possibility of theHouston Rockets losing their rhythm after clinching the NBA's top overall seed with a couple of weeks remaining in the regular season has become a reality. The Rockets cruised to the league's best overall record with a historically elite..." April 22

  • Blazers GM Neil Olshey says team won’t overreact to quick playoff exit

    Larry Brown Sports "The Portland Trail Blazers were swept by the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, leading many to wonder if there were big changes in store for the organization. While obviously still assessing the damage, Blazers general manager Neil Olshey seemed to indicate that there..." April 22

  • Kerr: Curry ‘is not going to play anytime soon’

    San Jose Mercury News "The Warriors were correct in saying that Stephen Curry would not play in the first round of the playoffs. But will he play in the second round of the NBA playoffs? “Steph is not going to play anytime soon,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “But he’s come along well and has looked good in..." April 22

  • Warriors' Kevin Durant to Giannis Antetokounmpo: Don't stay with Bucks if you're not having fun

    ESPN "Giannis Antetokounmpo has a vision. He looks into his future and sees his jersey being raised to the rafters, ideally next to a new championship banner or two, after an entire career spent playing for the Milwaukee Bucks. "Definitely. That's one of my goals," Antetokounmpo told ESPN..." April 22

  • Pelicans have to trade DeMarcus Cousins

    Yardbarker "The New Orleans Pelicans were built around a very simple principal. Two superstars, no matter how theoretically redundant, are always better than one. That principal is essentially historical fact. Solo acts don’t win championships. LeBron James never did it. Kobe Bryant never did it. Michael..." April 22

  • LeBron James' Cavs again searching for answers after nightmare second half against Pacers in Game 3

    CBS Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers had it in the bag. At halftime in Game 3 of their first-round series, they led the Indiana Pacers 57-40. Unlike the previous game, a three-point victory, they were not relying on LeBron James carrying them; Kevin Love led the team in scoring with 16 points on 6-for-11..." April 22

  • Marcus Smart Could Return from Injury for Game 6 vs. Bucks

    Bleacher Report "Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart told reporters he will meet with a doctor in New York City in hopes of being cleared ahead of a potential Game 6 matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. Smart spoke to reporters ahead of the Celtics' Game 4 clash in Milwaukee, where they will attempt to take a 3-1..." April 22

  • Ime Udoka To Interview With Hornets

    Hoops Rumors "The Hornets will interview Ime Udoka for their head coaching vacancy this week, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. An assistant in San Antonio, Udoka joins fellow Spurs assistant Ettore Messina and former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale on Charlotte’s interview list. Udoka has been an assistant..." April 22

  • Brett Brown ‘shocked’ Sixers defeated Heat, believes team ‘didn’t deserve it’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Saturday, the Philadelphia 76ers took a commanding 3-1 series lead versus the Miami Heat with a 106-102 victory in South Beach. Despite the win, the Sixers looked very sloppy for a large portion of the game. Joel Embiid, who made his postseason debut in Game 3, did not have the strongest outing..." April 22