April 14, 2018, 12:14 amEnes Kanter - C - New York Knicks
Enes Kanter told reporters earlier today that he is leaning toward opting out of his $18.6 million player option with the goal of signing a long-term deal with the Knicks.
It didn't take long for Kanter's new agent to step in and say that it's too soon to say what Kanter will do this summer. "There's a ton of due diligence that has to be done. The season just ended. We're not leaning one way or the other right now," Mark Bartelstein told Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv. If Kanter did make that decision, one really couldn't blame him. He had a strong season with the Knicks where he averaged 19.7 points and 15.3 rebounds per 36 minutes. While there aren't many teams out there with cap space this summer, the Knicks own Kanter's bird rights and could give him a long-term deal without worrying about cap room or wasting their mid-level exception.
Source: ESPN's Ian Begley on Twitter
April 23, 2019, 12:23 pmDonovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz
On the way home from practice prior to Game 4, Donovan Mitchell stopped to help as he witnessed a two-car crash in downtown Salt Lake City.
Mitchell saw the accident and stopped driving to run over and assist a woman who's airbags went off and was falling out of the car. Mitchell called 911 and waited until the police and ambulances arrived. Maybe this good karma is what the Jazz needed for Mitchell to have his best game of the series and get their first win.
Source: Yahoo Sports
April 23, 2019, 12:03 pmTyronn Lue - Team - Cleveland Cavaliers
The Lakers have scheduled a second meeting with Tyronn Lue for Wednesday.
The Lakers are closing in on their search for a new head coach, and it seems that the two likeliest choices are Lue and Monty Williams. With the Suns also expressing interest in Williams for their head coach vacancy, the Lakers have some incentive to move quickly with their decision.
Source: LA Times
April 23, 2019, 11:46 amAndrew Bogut - C - Golden State Warriors
Andrew Bogut plans on returning to the Sydney Kings of the NBL for the 2019-20 season, regardless of what happens the rest of the way during the NBA playoffs.
Bogut agreed to a two-year pact with the Kings last April and he intends to honor that agreement and return to his native Australia, even though other NBA teams may be interested in his services. “The be all and end all is that I gave my word to the Kings,” Bogut said, via the NBL. “Someone outside of the Warriors could offer me a deal that would be pretty lucrative and a decent one-year deal. But I’m sold and locked in on coming to the Sydney Kings again to try and better what we did last season.” Bogut’s time in Australia has made wonders as he lost the extra weight and looks to be in tremendous shape for his age while averaging 4.7 points, 8.0 boards, 2.7 dimes and 1.0 blocked shots in 14.7 minutes against the Clippers. The Warriors will continue to rely on him and Kevon Looney with DeMarcus Cousins expected to remain sidelined throughout the playoffs.
April 23, 2019, 11:16 amJuwan Howard - Team - Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs have scheduled meetings this week with Mavs assistant coach Jamahl Mosley and the Heat’s Juwan Howard, a person familiar with the team’s plans told the Associated Press on Monday.
Mosley has some connections with the Cavs, spending four seasons as an assistant with the club before joining the Mavs in 2014. He just completed his fifth season with Dallas, who promoted him to the position of defensive coordinator before last season. Mosley has risen through the coaching ranks and has extensive background in player development, an essential for the Cavs, who have a young roster. After a 19-year NBA playing career, Howard joined Erik Spoelstra’s Heat staff in 2013. He has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Lakers’ vacancy while he interviewed for the Pistons’ opening last year. General manager Koby Altman has not put any timeline on a search that he promised would be expansive. The Cavs intend to speak with many assistants currently in the postseason, with the Nuggets’ Jordi Fernandez, the Jazz’s Alex Jensen and the Blazers’ David Vanterpool among the coaches expected to be contacted by Cleveland in the next few weeks.
Source: Akron-Beacon Journal
April 23, 2019, 11:00 amChauncey Billups - Team - Minnesota Timberwolves
The Wolves are set to begin the next process in their search for a new President of Basketball Operations this week, as interviews will begin with four candidates.
The Wolves will be speaking with Chauncey Billups, Nuggets assistant General Manager Calvin Booth, Rockets Vice President Gersson Rosas and Nets assistant General Manager Trajan Langdon. Owner Glen Taylor will be involved in the process and will have the final say over who is hired. The Wolves did identify a fifth candidate in the process, Clippers GM Michael Winger, but he will be staying in Los Angeles.
Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
April 23, 2019, 10:47 amLloyd Pierce - Team - Atlanta Hawks
Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce was named to the USA Basketball Men’s National Team coaching staff on Monday.
In his first season as an NBA head coach, Pierce led the Hawks to a five-win improvement over 2017-18, working closely with rookies Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and Omari Spellman. He joins Gregg Popovich’s staff that also includes Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Villanova head coach Jay Wright as assistants. The staff will lead the USA National Team in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China this summer.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 23, 2019, 10:32 amKevon Looney - F - Golden State Warriors
Kevon Looney hopes that he will be able to play for the Warriors next season when they enter into Chase Center, their brand new area.
Looney set career highs in games played (80), minutes (18.5 per game), points (6.3 points per game) and rebounds (5.2 per game), among other categories, during the 2018-19 regular season. He has averaged 11.7 points in the Warriors' three playoff games thus far and Steve Kerr made it clear on Friday that he was glad Looney did not leave upon becoming a free agent last summer. The valuable backup becomes an unrestricted free agent in July, the second consecutive summer he will hit the market. This time however, the Warriors have Bird rights on Looney, giving them considerable financial flexibility to pursue a new contract.
Source: NBC Sports
April 23, 2019, 10:06 amDevin Booker - G - Phoenix Suns
Shams Charania of the Athletic is reporting that the first two coaches the Suns will request permission to interview for their head coach opening are Monty Williams and David Vanterpool.
The Suns seem to have their eyes set to Williams as both Suns GM James Jones and VP of basketball operations Jeff Bower have worked with him in the past. Vanterpool is a former NBA journeyman who has been an assistant coach with the Blazers since 2012.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
April 23, 2019, 9:57 amClint Capela - C - Houston Rockets
Clint Capela, who had his worst performance of the season in the Rockets' Game 4 loss to the Jazz on Monday, told ESPN that he has been battling two respiratory illnesses during the series.
Capela, who missed a practice due to the illness days before the series started, said that he was diagnosed with adenovirus and a klebsiella infection during a Sunday visit to a Salt Lake City doctor. The big man was prescribed medication and eye drops while he was also told it would be another four or five days before he would be fully recovered. Capela had a season-worst scoring total on Monday while the Rockets were outscored by 20 points with him on the floor. The series moves to Houston now with Game 5 set to take place on Wednesday and with a quick turnaround it will be interesting to see whether Capela can return to his usual form.
April 23, 2019, 9:41 amJrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans
Sean Deveney of the Sporting News is reporting that the Suns are considered the favorite to go after Jrue Holiday, should he become available by the Pelicans.
The Magic and the Bulls could also have interest but everything will depend on what new Pelicans vice president of basketball operations David Griffin decides to do in the next few weeks. If Griffin is intent on keeping Holiday, it is a signal that he will look to bring a quick turnaround for the Pelicans rather than enter a long, slogging rebuild. And if he entertains offers for him, it is certain that plenty of teams will try and trade for the 28-year-old guard, especially after a sensational year where he finished in the top-25 in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues.
Source: Sporting News