The Spurs were two wins away from an NBA Finals appearance this year, and while some fans may be alarmed that the team fell short of a Finals berth after going 50-16, R.C. Buford explained why there's little need to panic (Jeff McDonald of SpursNation reports). Along with the re-signing of Tim Duncan, Danny Green, Boris Diaw, the team announced the additon of point guard prospect Nando De Colo and appear to be excited at the continued development of Kawhi Leonard. Here's the rest of what we've heard tonight out of the Association..
- According to Darnell Mayberry of NewsOK , Thunder center Kendrick Perkins underwent successful surgery to repair a hip injury that had bothered him throughout this year's playoffs. The team announced that Perkins will require four to six weeks of recovery.
- Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports that the Knicks are currently mulling alternatives to Landry Fields with the deadline to match his offer sheet looming this Saturday.
- Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star tweets that he wouldn't be surprised if the Pacers were done dealing for this offseason, being that they accomplished their main goal of retaining their starters. He also implies that the bench could still be upgraded, if anything.
- James Jones clarified his "retirement" comment with Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, saying that he wants to finish the remaining two seasons of his contract with the Heat. However, he did say that he'd reassess those plans if Miami attempted to trade him.
- Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston talks about the Celtics' expectations of second round pick Kris Joseph.
- A Spurs press release announced that Don Newman has been hired by the Wizards as an assistant coach on Randy Wittman's staff. Newman had spent the last seven seasons working with Gregg Popovich as an assistant in San Antonio.