HoopsHype rumors

August 30, 2012 | 05:53 PM ET Update

Darren Wolfson: Nothing concrete, but Kahn has spoken with Mickaël Piétrus' camp. Suppose if Kahn moves a guard, he could become an option. #twolves Twitter

David 'Dubi' Pick: Sources close to the player confirmed chatter about Luther Head unexpectedly opting out of agreement with Hapoel Holon. Twitter

David 'Dubi' Pick: Miami Heat G Terrell Harris was offered to Hapoel Jerusalem, though JR Bremer or Pooh Jeter will be signed. #TeamSportando Twitter

Chris Littman: Didn't fit in my Kemba Walker story but here he is on Biyombo: "Me and Biz work out together a lot. That's chemistry that has to happen." Twitter

What about Westbrook? Royal Ivey: He’s the self proclaimed best dresser in the NBA [laughs]. I love Russ because, you know, he’s himself on and off the court. On the court he plays with a lot of fire and he’s intense and competitive, and that’s what people see. But off the court, he’s happy-go-lucky. He also thinks that he’s a great dancer. Him, Durant, all those guys. I have love for all of them and they have a special place in my heart. SLAM

On being a players’ coach and allowing his players more freedom than most coaches: Don Nelson: ”It’s just the importance of every game is so much greater now than when I first broke in. So much pressure to win, win, win. Coaches want more control over the game, stay in game. Once in a while it doesn’t work out, you get blown out. I always tried to train my players to do that on the floor – train them in practice so I didn’t have to do that in the games. “I’ve over-coached in my career as well, though, especially when I didn’t have a good point guard. Then you have to do more of it if you don’t have the leadership on your team. My style would be more like the international rules – where the coach doesn’t have as much control. You can’t call timeout every two mistakes. It’s harder to do that stuff. I think those are good things for the game. It’s bit different game now. There are only a couple of guys who play like I like to play that are left in the game.” CSNBayArea.com

Arizona State coach Herb Sendek could be on the verge of a coaching coup. He lost two assistants this month when Scott Pera left for Penn and Lamont Smith departed for rival Washington. Multiple sources said that Sendek has had serious conversations with L.A. D- Fenders head coach Eric Musselman. The Sun Devils, who finished 6-12 in the Pac-12 and 10-21 overall, get high-profile Jahii Carson back after he sat out last season. Musselman was a head coach with Golden State and Sacramento and an assistant with Minnesota, Orlando and Atlanta and also the head coach of the Venezuelan National Team. The Sun Devils need all the help they can get to climb in the Pac-12 and adding a teacher like Musselman will only help speed up the process. ESPN.com

Just as he's about to end a week-long trip to the African nation of Chad as a UNICEF ambassador, Lakers forward Pau Gasol plans on getting involved this year with another civic project. "I'm finalizing the details so I can have my own foundation," Gasol told The Times on Thursday in a phone interview. "I'll continue to have the relationships I have with UNICEF and other organizations. But I will also have my own foundation that I will be very involved with because I want to continue to have a big impact and make a big difference in different fields, particularly with children." Los Angeles Times

Gasol said he hasn't set anything in stone on the staffing or the launch date. But within the next year, Gasol plans to start his foundation based in the United States and will have a branch in his native Spain. He said he already knows what areas the foundation will focus on addressing. "It's going to be centered on reducing obesityin developed countries and promoting physical activity so that people are in good shape and good health," Gasol said. "In undeveloped countries, it's about fighting malnutrition and at the same time, promoting and encouraging kids once they're in good health to encourage them to get involved with playing sports. We believe it's a great and powerful tool for their education, growth, relationship and values." Los Angeles Times

You went back to Texas last summer and got your degree (in applied learning and development) and, like you say, education is clearly something that is important to you. Do you find that you’re different than other players in the League in terms of how much you value education? Royal Ivey: Yeah, because of my parents. You know, education was always big in my family. Books before basketball, books before basketball. It didn’t matter the circumstances, it was just always books before basketball. That was engrained in my head, and, when I didn’t get my degree after four years of college, we were all disappointed, but I told my parents that I was going to [eventually] go back to school and get my degree. And I did. I’m a man of my word. SLAM

August 30, 2012 | 10:55 AM ET Update

The Bobcats’ interest in Howard at this point is still exploratory, as they consider ways to fill out their roster. The Bobcats would like to have another power forward, and have previously considered Antawn Jamison, Kris Humphries and Carl Landry, who all signed elsewhere. Howard, 6-7, has played both power and small forward. Charlotte Observer

Seeking to fill the lone remaining hole on their roster — a backup center behind Brook Lopez — the Nets could give Eddy Curry a second-chance in New York. Curry, along with Hilton Armstrong, worked out for the Nets Wednesday, according to Yahoo! Sports. Curry, the much maligned former Knick, spent last season with the Heat, playing 14 games and averaging 2.1 points while riding the coattails of LeBron James to his first NBA title. New York Post

The team also is shopping for a backup small foward, after the guy they were bringing to camp, 6-foot-11 Donte Greene, suffered a foot injury that likely includes a fractured ankle. Greene’s agent, Chris Luchey, maintains he is hopeful and confident Greene will be a Net this season, although his official signing with Brooklyn is on hold. “I expect him to be a Net,” said Luchey, who indicated Greene, 24, a four-season veteran with Sacramento, was headed for an MRI last night. “I just don’t know when. We don’t know how long the rehab will be after his surgery.” New York Post

Earlier in the week in this space we talked about some of the guys who’s contracts make them expendable, but there are a few other guys that shouldn’t get too comfortable in their current situations as they are likely on the move before the February 21st, NBA trade deadline. Here are some of the guys to watch: Tyrus Thomas – Charlotte Bobcats The Charlotte Bobcats would love to get out of the Tyrus Thomas business. To say it has gone bad in Charlotte between the team and the player is an understatement. Sources close to the process say the team hopes new head Coach Mike Dunlap can reach Tyrus in a way that Paul Silas couldn’t, but the truth of the matter is that Tyrus is not in the long-term plan. If the Bobcats can find anyone who’d take him, they’d trade Tyrus tomorrow. HoopsWorld

The Cavs deny that they are “shopping” Daniel Gibson, but more than a few team sources say their club has had some level of contact regarding Gibson throughout the summer. With draft pick Dion Waiters expected to join super sophomore Kyrie Irving in the Cavs backcourt there may not be much of a role for Gibson and several teams have tried to engage Cleveland on a deal. As things settle in and the rookies in Cleveland find their way Gibson and his ending contract are likely on the move. HoopsWorld

The Houston Rockets have tried to repair the relationship with Kevin Martin, but after trying to trade him over the last two offseasons, it’s clear Kevin’s time in Houston is short. With one season worth $12.43 million left on his deal, Kevin is the salary chip the Rockets will have to cash before the trade deadline. The Rockets say Kevin is their guy, but when you look at the direction of the roster Kevin isn’t exactly a good fit. HoopsWorld

The Kings are desperate for help at the small forward spot and used Tyreke Evans in that role last year. If ‘Sisco can get and stay healthy maybe there is a role for him, but if the Kings could offload the deal sources say they’d do it. ‘Sisco has two years left on his contract; however the final year is a team option, so in essence he is an ending deal and at the trade deadline he might have trade value regardless of his health. HoopsWorld

Hilon Armstrong: Good Morning everyone. Just wanted to share some good news. I will be plays for Panathinaikos, a Great team in Greece! Twitter

Rajon Rondo recently said that he's the NBA’s top point guard. What are your thoughts on that, and where do you think you rank among all the point guards in the NBA? Chalmers: "He's not the best, but he's in the top five. There are a lot of great point guards in the league, Deron Williams, Chris Paul and Steve Nash. There are a lot of great guards in the NBA so for him to say he's the best is a pretty bold statement. I'd say that I am in the front end of the top 10." Chicago Tribune

In an exclusive interview with Israel Sports Radio, legendary Jewish basketball coach Larry Brown (71) said he is not planning on retiring any time soon Brown told Israel Sports Radio that he had been considering coaching for the US Maccabiah basketball team (as his brother Herb did) but was then approached by SMU officials and decided to take that position. Brown also hinted that he is not planning on retiring any time soon. Ball In Europe

A few other Nelson offerings of note: He despises the isolation game he once so effectively exploited; considers the European system of cutting, movement and passing as more appealing that the modern NBA diet of dribble-heavy, one-on-one play; regards his close friend, Gregg Popovich, as the league's premier coach; and admits that he desperately wanted the Minnesota Timberwolves job that went to Rick Adelman – "I would love to have coached Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love" – but insists his career victory total will stay at 1,335. Sacramento Bee

The man hoping to bring an NBA team back to Seattle has bought another parcel of land in the area where he plans to build a new arena. KING reports (http://is.gd/Uq0wJf) Chris Hansen's company closed Tuesday on the $8 million purchase of a half-acre property where the Showbox SODO music venue now sits. king5.com

New York's State Liquor Authority on Wednesday approved a liquor license for Barclays Center, permitting the arena to sell alcohol everywhere from an upper bowl hot dog stand to champagne bar within the venue's most exclusive confines, "the Vault." During games, alcohol will be cut off in the arena after the third quarter but inside the exclusive clubs, it can be served for an hour after events finish, with a final cutoff of 1 a.m. The center, which features two Jay-Z' clubs, the 40/40 and the Armand de Brignac Champagne Bar, had been seeking permission to serve alcohol until as late as 2 a.m. NetsDaily

To celebrate the arrival of the Lakers’ latest franchise center, adidas wasted no time rolling out several new Dwight Howard t-shirts for fans to wear. The NBA Spotlight is an LA essential, featuring a screenprinted graphic of Dwight running through Hollywood. Howard’s famous NBA “Geek Chic” style is captured with the Geek Up T-Shirt, while the Game Time T-Shirt is pretty much a direct pull from the jersey. Eastbay

Indiana State is moving ahead with plans for a 15-foot bronze statue honoring Larry Bird for his playing days with the Sycamores. A statue has been discussed for several years, but officials now expect to dedicate it in the fall of 2013 at the school’s Hulman Center arena, the Tribune-Star of Terre Haute reported Tuesday. Boston Globe

Sculptor Bill Wolfe said he wants to make sure Bird’s statue is taller than those of Magic Johnson, whose Michigan State team beat Bird’s Indiana State team in the 1979 NCAA championship game. ‘‘I don’t have anything against Magic,’’ Wolfe said. ‘‘Larry is just better,’’ Wolfe then said in unison with Jack Fox, director of development for the Indiana State University Foundation. Boston Globe

NBA legend and TNT commentator Charles Barkley took the karaoke stage this week in North Carolina, where he was helping raise money for the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic, according to the Triangle Business Journal. While Barkley is a man of many talents -- including scoring against larger defenders and talking his way into and out of trouble -- singing isn't exactly his forte. As the video above shows, the Round Mound of Rebound was just butchering Boyz II Men's love ballad, "End of the Road." "We belong together, and you know that I am right," Barkley croons. "Why do you play with my heart? Why do you play with my mind?" CBSSports.com

Kris Humphries is herpes-free, his rep told E! News after a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles alleges the Nets hoopster gave a woman the STD in 2010. The plaintiff, Kayla Goldberg, claims she became “intimate partners” with Humphries, 27, after randomly meeting him at The Newsroom cafe in Los Angeles that August — about two months before he began dating Kim Kardashian. New York Daily News

A former star Georgia Tech point guard and NBA All-Star was sued in Richmond Circuit Court last week for defaulting on a loan on investment properties that included a commercial building in Petersburg. U.S. Bank, which is servicing a bundle of loans originally owned by Wachovia, sued Stephon Marbury and several of his investment entities — one of which is called Starbury GSA — for $3 million. Marbury’s nickname as a high school phenomenon was “Starbury.” Richmond BizSense

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