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Week In Review 5/17/15-5/23/15

The All-NBA Teams were announced and LeBron James and Stephen Curry finished atop the voting, with James Harden, Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol joining them on the first team. Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Paul, Pau Gasol and DeMarcus Cousins comprised the second team. Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Tim Duncan, Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving made up the third team.

Here’s the rest of the happenings from the week that was…

2015 NBA Draft News

  • The 2015 NBA Draft Lottery was held and this year’s big winner was the Timberwolves. You can view the full NBA Draft order here.
  • South Korean prospect Jong-Hyun Lee will remain in the 2015 NBA draft.
  • Overseas draft entrant Guillermo Hernangomez, also known as Willy Hernangomez, is likely to play for Real Madrid in his native Spain next season.
  • You can keep up with all of the scheduled and completed player workouts and interviews here.

Coaching News/Rumors

  • Recently fired Pelicans coach Monty Williams is reportedly among Billy Donovan’s targets for assistants with the Thunder.
  • A shakeup of Dwane Casey’s staff is underway as the Raptors parted with assistants Bill Bayno and Tom Sterner. One of the factors reportedly involved was the slow growth curve of former No. 5 overall pick Jonas Valanciunas.
  • New Orleans interviewed Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry for its vacant head coaching position. The Pelicans have also made calls on Jeff Van Gundy and have an interest in Scott Brooks. But Brooks reportedly plans to decline opportunities to interview with the Pelicans and Nuggets and seems to be leaning toward taking next season off.
  • Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is non-committal regarding whether or not Flip Saunders would coach the team next season.
  • The odds that the Nuggets will formally fill their head coaching vacancy with interim coach Melvin Hunt are reportedly getting better, though Mike D’Antoni still remains in the mix.


  •  Wizards big man Kevin Seraphin, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, reportedly wants to play for a team that would allow him to compete for a starting job. This likely means that the center won’t re-sign with Washington.
  • Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, Tony Allen, Jordan and Paul comprise this year’s All-Defensive First Team. Davis, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Bogut, John Wall and Duncan are on the second team.
  • Doc Rivers, the Clippers‘ coach and president of basketball operations, said that re-signing DeAndre Jordan is the franchise’s top offseason priority. The team would also like to re-sign Austin Rivers.
  • The Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins was a unanimous All-Rookie First-Team selection, the league announced as it revealed the media voting results for the honors. Nikola Mirotic was the second-leading vote-getter, followed by Nerlens Noel, Elfrid Payton and Jordan Clarkson, all of whom comprise the first team. Marcus Smart, Zach LaVine, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jusuf Nurkic and Langston Galloway comprised the second team.
  • The Spurs are widely expected to focus their attention on LaMarcus Aldridge first before turning their attention to fellow free agent target Marc Gasol.
  • The Mavs, Knicks and Lakers are also reportedly putting together proposals to make to Gasol when free agency opens July 1st.
  • The Wizards have made it clear that they’re committed to paying Bradley Beal the maximum salary either via an extension or when he hits free agency after next season.
  • The Clippers have reportedly expressed interest in signing unrestricted free agent Wesley Johnson this offseason.
  • Mavericks guard Raymond Felton will file paperwork to exercise his $3.9MM player option for next season.
  • Kobe Bryant has signaled to Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak that the 2015/16 season will be his last as an NBA player.
  • The Lakers, Pistons, and Celtics all reportedly have an interest in signing soon-to-be free agent DeMarre Carroll.
  • The Hawks are optimistic about their chances to sign Paul Millsap when he hits free agency this summer.
  • Garrett Temple said that he’s pretty sure he’ll pick up his player option, worth his minimum salary of nearly $1.101MM, to return to the Wizards next season.
  • Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks‘ contract option for 2015/16 wasn’t picked up by the team, and Brooklyn has now reportedly given Marks permission to explore other opportunities.
  • The NBA’s Board of Governors are expected to complete the approval process for Tony Ressler’s deal to buy the Hawks within the next four to six weeks.
  • Center Sasha Kaun, whose draft rights are held by the Cavaliers, will likely leave CSKA Moscow at the end of the Russian League’s season.
  • Kiki Vandeweghe, the league’s senior vice-president of basketball operations, said that the NBA is unlikely to pass any sort of draft lottery reform to prevent tanking this offseason.
  • Tim Salier, the Spurs‘ Sports and Entertainment Vice President of Franchise Business Operations, was named the 2015 NBA D-League Team Executive of the Year.
  • David Harrison, a former Pacers first-rounder, is looking to make a comeback to the NBA, and he has hired Zachary Charles of 3pt Sports Management for representation.
  • The possibility of JaVale McGee joining the Celtics for next season remains in play.

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