Week in Review Rumors
June 16 at 1:54pm CST By Zach Links
The Lakers obviously hope that they can re-sign Dwight Howard this summer, but what will they do in the event that he finds greener pastures elsewhere? Howard's next club might prefer a sign-and-trade to help the numbers work, but the Lakers may or may not entertain such an idea, depending on who you ask. Here's more from the week that was..
- Coach Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce reportedly want to stay together, even if that means taking the show out west to Clipperland. The talks were underway with Boston GM Danny Ainge pushing for DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe at one point, but talks have stalled for the time being.
- Raise your hand if you said that Jason Kidd would be the Nets' next head coach after P.J. Carlesimo was fired. The guard, who is just weeks removed from his NBA playing career, is now looking to assemble an experienced staff to help ease the learning curve.
- The Pistons hired Maurice Cheeks as their head coach. The veteran coach was said to be the frontrunner for the job for several weeks.
- Andre Iguodala will opt out of his deal with the Nuggets.
- The Kings will hire Pete D'Alessandro as their next GM. Larry Bird was a target but things didn't work out on that front.
- The Pacers are leaning towards keeping Danny Granger for the final year of his deal.
- The Rockets will decline their options on Carlos Delfino and Aaron Brooks.
- Nets GM Billy King threw some cold water on the idea that his club is still in the mix for Howard.
- The field of suitors for DH could be growing.
- Kobe Bryant wants two more cracks at a ring.
- C.J. Watson will decline his player option.
- The No. 1 pick is still fairly open as we approach the draft. Victor Oladipo is reportedly in the conversation for the Cavs, along with Alex Len, Otto Porter, and Nerlens Noel.
- The Grizzlies will talk to George Karl tomorrow and current assistant Dave Joerger on Tuesday. Alvin Gentry is reportedly coming off of a very strong showing. This comes after Memphis formally parted ways with Lionel Hollins.
- Marvin Williams declined his ETO.
- Brandon Rush triggered his player option.
- Nerlens Noel signed up with Andy Miller and Frank Catapano.
- Rashard Lewis doesn't plan to opt out.
- The Cavs could have something big in the works.
- The Rockets, Hawks, and Kings all got fined for tampering.
- Tony DiLeo is a serious candidate for the Denver GM gig.
- Team USA announced its mini-camp roster.
June 9 at 3:28pm CST By Zach Links
George Karl was the 2012/13 Coach of the Year, but it wasn't enough to keep his job in Denver. The Nuggets canned the high-profile coach and will now have two major spots to fill, along with the vacant GM job. Here's more from the week that was..
June 2 at 3:45pm CST By Zach Links
The Raptors' fondness for Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri has been the worst kept secret in basketball over the last month and this week, the club officially got the top executive on their wishlist. Ujiri reportedly has a five-year deal with the club that will pay him $15MM in total. While he liked the opportunity in Toronto, he gave Denver a chance to match before accepting the contract. More from this week on Hoops Rumors..
May 26 at 2:16pm CST By Zach Links
Are you ready for another Dwightmare summer? Dwight Howard is a free agent and he reportedly finds himself torn between the Lakers and Rockets. Meanwhile, D12 is also said to like the Mavericks and the Hawks are planning to make a run at him. It's not all about Dwight, however. Here's the rest of the big stories from this past week..
- The Cavs won the draft lottery and will have a tough choice on their hands between Nerlens Noel and Otto Porter. The Magic, who figure to go for a guard, pick No. 2 and the Wizards sit at No. 3. Washington fans are estatic about the outcome as they were slated to pick eighth.
- The Clippers decided to part ways with coach Vinny Del Negro. Michael Malone, Alvin Gentry, and Byron Scott have been mentioned as potential replacements.
- There are mixed reports on Dwight Howard's interest in the Warriors, with some saying that his camp has never given Golden State any indication that he has interest.
- The Raptors officially moved GM Bryan Colangelo to a non-basketball role, kickstarting a search for their next decision maker. Team officials flew out to Colorado on Friday to meet with Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri, who is believed to be their No. 1 target. Ujiri might stay in Denver if the Nuggets can match the Raps' offer.
- Alvin Gentry has a standing invitation to join the Lakers staff, but he is more interested in the Clippers head coaching job.
- Jeff Hornacek has an offer to become the next head coach of the Suns.
- The Nets have yet to approach a coaching candidate outside of Phil Jackson, but they did inquire on Doc Rivers. The C's quickly denied them. One report has Scott Skiles as the frontrunner for the gig.
- Rivers is likely to return to Boston.
- Pablo Prigioni wants to stay in the NBA, but his wife might want to return to Spain.
- Andris Biedrins will opt in for 2013/14.
- The Cavaliers and Pistons may be among the teams with some interest in trading for Luol Deng.
- Stan Van Gundy will not coach in 2013/14.
- Phil Jackson was all in on Chris Hansen's bid to bring the Kings to Seattle.
- Coach K will coach in the 2016 Olympics but Mike D'Antoni and Nate McMillan won't.
- The All-NBA teams were announced.
- Kostas Papanikolaou's agent expects a trade.
- The Bucks interviewed Michael Curry.
- James Jones intends to return to the Heat.
- Rumors are swirling that the Clippers will go after David West.
- The Bobcats are changing their name to the Hornets. Charlotte residents are looking forward to watching their team lose in purple and teal.
May 19 at 1:14pm CST By Chuck Myron
It appears the question of where the Kings will be playing next season and beyond has finally been resolved. Vivek Ranadive and his group of Sacramento-based investors this week reached a deal to buy the majority stake in the team from the Maloof family, months after a Chris Hansen-led Seattle group had done the same. The deal with Seattle fell apart as the California capital mounted a furious charge to keep its team in town. Despite pushbacks from Hansen and deep-pocketed partner Steve Ballmer, the NBA's relocation committee made a final recommendation this week that the team's request to move to Seattle be denied. In turn, the Board of Governors voted against the Seattle move, setting up Ranadive's agreement with the Maloofs.
We're still waiting for the Board of Governors to approve the sale of the team to the Ranadive group, but that appears to be a formality at this point. While the Kings saga made plenty of headlines, it wasn't the only significant happening this week:
- The Hawks reportedly interviewed Stan Van Gundy, but then we heard the former Magic coach is unlikely to return to the bench this season. The Hawks may break barriers and go with CSKA Moscow coach Ettore Messina instead.
- Atlanta also interviewed Nate McMillan, while Larry Drew, still technically employed as coach of the Hawks, will meet with the Bucks on Monday.
- Jerry Sloan also met with Milwaukee about the team's coaching vacancy, but the Hall-of-Famer doesn't want the job.
- The Clippers haven't ruled out retaining coach Vinny Del Negro, who'll sit down with owner Donald Sterling this weekend to determine the fate of his job.
- The Pacers and assistant coach Brian Shaw will be in the playoffs for a while longer, but once they're done, he'll interview with the Pistons for their head coaching job.
- Celtics coach Doc Rivers isn't going anywhere, according to Danny Ainge.
- We'll know by Monday whether Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo is in or out. If Colangelo isn't back, Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri may be the man to replace him.
- The Sixers made it official, introducing Sam Hinkie as their new GM.
- There were rumors that Sixers CEO Adam Aron could be stripped of his responsibilities in the team's basketball department, but it's unclear whether that will happen.
- Thunder GM Sam Presti doesn't plan to use the amnesty clause to get rid of Kendrick Perkins.
- The Bobcats are in the process of changing their name to the Hornets, now that the team in New Orleans is known as the Pelicans.
- The Lakers and Hawks might be trying to trade their way into the lottery.
- The Blazers are already in line for a lottery pick, but they're thinking about trying to move up to take Victor Oladipo.
- One of the players Portland could trade away is former second-round pick Kostas Papanikolaou, who is drawing interest from the Spurs, Mavericks, and Knicks, among others.
- No surprises here, but Charlie Villanueva exercised his lucrative option to remain with the Pistons, as did Aaron Gray and Linas Kleiza of the Raptors.
- The Bulls get to call the shots on Richard Hamilton's return to Chicago for next season, and it's likely they'll part ways.
- The same appears to be the case for Francisco Garcia, as the Rockets are expected to turn down his option.
- Chris Copeland will be seeking a raise after his impressive rookie season with the Knicks.
- Gani Lawal has appeared in just one NBA game, but that number might be going up soon, with the Pacers, Raptors and Magic scheduled to work him out.
- Cuttino Mobley has a much longer NBA resume, and he wants back in the league, too.
- We'll probably be hearing plenty about Andrew Wiggins this time next year, and in the meantime, the projected 2014 No. 1 pick will head to Kansas to play college ball.
- Following his dismissal earlier this year as executive director, Billy Hunter is filing suit against the union and its president, Derek Fisher.
- The NBA announced its All-Rookie and All-Defensive teams.
May 12 at 4:59pm CST By Zach Links
This week the league awards for 2012/13 were announced and there weren't any real surprises. The biggest controversy came when one of the 121 possible first place votes in the MVP race went to Carmelo Anthony rather than LeBron James. The Twitterverse went on a witchhunt to find the culprit and ultimately we learned that the intrepid voter was Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, who penned a column to explain his rationale. Here's a look back at the rest of this week's news on Hoops Rumors..
May 5 at 3:49pm CST By Zach Links
Boy, that was fast. Hours after being eliminated in Game 7 by the Bulls, the Nets decided to remove P.J. Carlesimo as coach. We'll be keeping a close eye on Brooklyn as they figure to start weeding through candidates immediately. Here's more from the week that was..
- The Timberwolves made it official and brought former coach Flip Saunders aboard to run the show. Saunders takes over for the much maligned David Kahn and hopes to find more success than his predecessor.
- The Bucks got rid of coach Jim Boylan after Milwaukee was bounced in the first round by the Heat.
- Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett said they weren't thinking retirement last week, but there's still speculation that they both won't be back next season.
- The Pistons hired Phil Jackson to consult in their coaching search. Meanwhile, the Zen Master says he's still open to other NBA opportunities. The Raptors are ramping things up.
- Jarrett Jack said no to in-season extension talks.
- The Pistons will talk with Nate McMillan.
- Despite all the talk to the contrary, the Lakers might be keen on keeping Pau Gasol.
- The Clippers will decide on Vinny Del Negro soon. But don't expect Jackson to be in the mix.
- Here's the official early entrant list for the 2013 draft.
- The Pistons like Kelvin Sampson but they've got a new candidate in the frey as well.
- Rockets GM Daryl Morey officially inked his four-year extension.
- No surprise here, Damian Lillard is the Rookie of the Year.
- The Cavs like Tony Allen.
- Danny Ferry is mulling his options when it comes to Larry Drew.
April 28 at 4:44pm CST By Zach Links
Will one of the greatest coaches of all-time return to the NBA in a front office capacity? We'll look at that and more in our weekly recap..
April 21 at 6:04pm CST By Zach Links
Earlier this week, Rasheed Wallace decided to call it a career for the second time. Wallace played in 1109 games for six teams over the course of his NBA career, averaging 14.4 PPG and 6.7 RPG. The 38-year-old big man won't be hurting for money after walking away from the game as he earned roughly $157MM over the course of his NBA career. Here's more from around the league as we enjoy more playoff action..
- The Pistons told Lawrence Frank that he's out as coach.
- Another former Nets coach, Byron Scott, is also out of a job after being let go by the Cavs.
- It's now official - Doug Collins won't be returning to the 76ers as coach. Collins, who walked away despite the club wanting him back for another year, will serve as an adviser to the team.
- Mike D'Antoni will stay on as Lakers coach.
- Phil Jackson is interested in returning to the NBA. The Cavs are planning to make a run at him and a source close to the former coach says that he'll absolutely consider them.
- Meanwhile, it looks like there's mutual interest in a reunion between the Cavs and Mike Brown.
- Things can always change, but right now it looks like Dwight Howard is staying with the Lakers.
- Pat Riley believes that he can keep the Miami core together.
- The Blazers waived Jared Jeffries.
- The Nuggets will tender a qualifying offer to Timofey Mozgov.
- The Spurs signed Tracy McGrady for the remainder of the season. The 33-year-old spent most of the 2012/13 season with China's Qingdao Double Star Eagles, averaging 25.0 PPG and 7.2 RPG in 29 games in the CBA.
- The Knicks also hit the way back machine and inked Quentin Richardson to a contract.
- The Raptors still hope to trade Andrea Bargnani.
- The earliest the league will decide on the Kings will be in the first week of May.
- Maryland center Alex Len is going into the draft.
- Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary are going to return to Michigan. Tim Hardaway Jr., meanwhile, is entering the draft.
- No surprise here, but Shabazz Muhammad is entering the draft.
- After Rasheed retired, the Knicks quickly turned around and signed Earl Barron.
- O.J. Mayo is going to opt out of his deal and test the open market.
- Gary Harris will return to Michigan State.
- Marcus Smart will stay in school.
- Grant Jerrett is entering the draft.
- Georgetown's Otto Porter is going pro rather than helping the Hoyas get some redemption next season.
- It's official: Nerlens Noel is entering the draft. He could go first overall, despite his season-ending ACL tear.
- North Carolina junior Reggie Bullock is going pro, even though he's a borderline first-round pick.
- Marquette's Vander Blue is entering the 2013 draft.
- The Grizzlies signed Donte Greene as well as Willie Reed.
- The Warriors re-signed Scott Machado.
- The Warriors signed Dwayne Jones for the rest of the year.
- Gonzaga junior Kelly Olynyk is jumping in the draft.
- The Hornets are officially the Pelicans.
- Brazilian center Lucas Nogueira says he's entering the draft.
- Georgia's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is leaving school.
April 14 at 8:23pm CST By Zach Links
This week, the Basketball Hall of Fame inducted twelve new members in a star-studded 2013 class. Sonics guard Gary Payton dished and smack-talked his way into the Hall along with former Nets and Knicks great Bernard King. The induction of Rick Pitino capped an unbelievable week for the coach, who captured the National Championship and saw his son, Richard, named as the head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. As if that wasn't enough, Pitino's horse Goldencents is headed to the Kentucky Derby in May after winning the Santa Anita Derby. Here's more from the week that was in hoops..