HoopsHype rumors

June 21, 2013 | 10:09 PM ET Update

Vinny Del Negro will interview for the Denver Nuggets' head coaching job this weekend, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Del Negro will be the third candidate to meet with Nuggets management for the vacancy. Yahoo! Sports

"I'm just seeking an opportunity," Dominique Jones said, preparing for a three-day free-agent minicamp hosted by the Milwaukee Bucks. "An opportunity to go out there and be myself. I've played with so much weight on my shoulders, so much pressure. To just have fun, to get back to what I used to be when it comes to playing basketball. It's been a while since I had a good time, just playing and smiling. That's what I'm getting back to." St. Petersburg Times

"After the draft, after Summer League, we'll see how things weigh out," Jones said. "I doubt I'll be in the D-League, ever. It's about financial things. I'll go overseas before I do that again. I want to play at a higher level because I deserve to be. Whatever it comes to, I'm just going to keep working." St. Petersburg Times

COMMERCIALS: ALL DURANT, ALL THE TIME

Kevin Durant has come second in the draft and MVP votings, but nobody in the NBA can touch him nowadays when it comes to pitching products - whether it's shoes, video games or soft drinks. He leads our Commercials Rankings and No. 2 (Kobe Bryant) is not even close.

   
June 21, 2013 | 07:51 PM ET Update

LeBron dominated these Finals. His all-around game on as full a display as ever, he led the series in points (177), assists (49) and steals (16). Nobody has done that since Magic Johnson in 1987, when he led the Lakers and Celtics in those stats. The last player to lead the Finals in any three of the five major stats – points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks – was Tim Duncan, who led the 2003 Finals in points, rebounds and blocks. NBCSports.com

Vincent Goodwill: Trey Burke visited with the Pistons this week, the team announced. They didn't interview him in Chicago. Larkin, Zeller, Boynton visited too Twitter @vgoodwill

Vincent Goodwill: Michigan State's Derrick Nix also visited #Pistons too. Dexter Strickland, Jared Bergrren, Karron Johnson, Augustus Cesar Lima Twitter @vgoodwill

"I definitely can compare myself to Ray Allen, especially with the shooting ability," McLemore said. "I don't know about the athleticism anymore. But I definitely can say I compare myself with him a lot as far as getting myself open, coming off screens and little things like that." Orlando Sentinel

The Heat's Game 7 win over the San Antonio Spurs drew the second-most viewers for the NBA Finals on ABC since the network took over the series in 2003. Miami's 95-88 victory Thursday night was watched by an average of 26.3 million people. Game 7 between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics in 2010 had an audience of 28.2 million. ESPN.com

June 21, 2013 | 06:28 PM ET Update

Sources continue to insist that if the draft were held today and Cleveland makes this pick that Len would edge out Ben McLemore, Anthony Bennett and Nerlens Noel. The Cavs apparently feel that Len’s ability on both ends of the court better mix with budding star Kyrie Irving and would give the team the dynamic combo it needs to push for the playoffs. SheridanHoops

The Kings have also hired former NBA player George McCloud as a scout. He played 12 seasons in the NBA with Indiana, Dallas, the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets. Sacramento Bee

June 21, 2013 | 05:32 PM ET Update

Rivers will make a choice between returning to the Celtics for his 10th season as coach or leaving for television, sources told Yahoo! Sports. "The deal is completely dead," a source directly involved in the talks said Friday. Yahoo! Sports

Nemanja Nedovic got his first taste of the NBA on Friday, and it came on the Milwaukee Bucks' practice floor at the Cousins Center. The 6-foot-4 Serbian guard was part of a draft workout that also included former Marquette guard Vander Blue and four others, including Serbian center Dejan Musli. Nedovic is an athletic guard who is projected to be selected somewhere in the second round of Thursday's NBA draft. "Since it was my first workout, my first time in the States, it was very exciting," Nedovic said. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

The Miami Heat will have their championship parade Monday, and city officials say fans will not be allowed to carry backpacks. An estimated 400,000 fans packed the same route last season after the Heat won the 2012 title. The parade will be followed by an event at the team's home arena for season-ticket holders. ESPN.com

"Dan Gilbert can be mad at me if he wants to be, but I wish Dan Gilbert would have spent some of his money and gone out and bought a couple of all-stars and then said to LeBron, 'Hey, I'm giving you a team that you can win a championship here.' Instead, everybody waited, held their cards close to the vest and said, 'OK, LeBron please sign.'" NewsNet5.com

June 21, 2013 | 04:38 PM ET Update

The Docudrama has taken a new, and possibly fatal, turn. A league source just told the Herald that negotiations between the Celtics and Clippers over the release of Doc Rivers from his contract have ended. Though there is a slim chance that talks could resume for a third time, both sides appeared to acknowledge today that nothing can be gained. Boston Herald

The press conference was cancelled not because of negotiations, but because Rivers needed additional time to ponder his future, which now appears to consist either of a return to the Celtics next season or a decision to walk away for a year or two. Boston Herald

Interest is building league-wide in lottery picks, particularly in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first overall pick -- and even more so in the second and third overall selections, owned by the Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards, respectively, sources said. After attempting to work on something big, the Cavs’ recent discussions have been described by one inside source as “exploratory (and) touching base, but nothing serious.” The source indicated that some of those conversations have taken place with the Minnesota Timberwolves. FOXSports Ohio

While everyone expects the Washington Wizards to draft D.C. product and Georgetown small forward Otto Porter if he’s available, he’s no shoe-in. The Wizards are actually debating between Porter and UNLV forward Anthony Bennett, according to one source. FOXSports Ohio

Aco Petrovic, coach of the Bosnian national team (and Drazen's brother, told reporters this week that even though Mirza Teletovic didn't get many minutes for the Nets, he has no excuses in the FIBA Eurobasket championships this September. "Neither I, nor Mirza, are looking for excuses because he did not play enough last season in the NBA," said Petrovic. "Mirza will have 35 days of preparation, the maximum allowed by the NBA." Between "friendly" or exhibition games and tournament games, teams can play as many as 19 games between late July and late September, finishing up days before NBA teams begin their training camps. NetsDaily

The Indiana Pacers will hold their fifth workouts open to the media with prospects for the 2013 NBA Draft on Tuesday, June 18 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Prospects will work out in front of team officials and conduct interviews with the media beginning at 12:30 PM. Players scheduled to workout for the Pacers on Saturday are Matt Dellavedova (St. Mary's), Angel Sharpless (Elizabeth City State), Jamaal Franklin (San Diego State), Zeke Marshall (Akron), and Jeff Withey (Kansas). The list of players is subject to change. NBA.com

The Brooklyn Nets will host pre-draft workouts on Monday, June 24 at the PNY Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The workouts will be closed to the media, however General Manager Billy King and prospects will be available following the session. Below is a list of participating players: Erick Green, Tim Hardaway Jr, Dennis Tinnon, Demetrius Conger, Giovan Oniangue, Dwayne Davis NBA.com

The Denver Nuggets have named Ben Tenzer as director of team operations, team president Josh Kroenke announced today. Tenzer, a University of Colorado graduate, will work closely with Kroenke and general manager/executive vice president of basketball operations Tim Connelly on day-to-day operations, with a focus on salary cap management and the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. NBA.com

While his fellow musicians Drake and Timbaland were throwing down until dawn with LeBron James and the other members of the Miami Heat at the team's victory bash Thursday night in South Beach, E! News has learned exclusively that the teen heartthrob was left out in the cold. A source tells E! News that the 19-year-old Bieber had requested to join the celebration at Club Story, but because he's underage both club management and the Heat flat-out told him no way. E! Online

June 21, 2013 | 02:55 PM ET Update

Greg Oden’s agent, Mike Conley, told FOX Sports Florida by phone Friday that the free-agent center remains very interested in signing with the Heat this summer and the feeling is mutual. Conley expects to talk with Heat president Pat Riley when free agency begins July 1 about the 7-foot Oden, the 2007 NBA No. 1 draft pick who hasn’t played in the NBA since December 2009 due to knee problems. FOXSports Florida

Other teams in the mix for Oden include Cleveland, San Antonio, Charlotte and Boston. Along with the Heat, Oden, who played at Ohio State, has most been linked with the Cavaliers. "He still likes Cleveland, but we’ll have to see what they do in the draft," Conley said of the Cavaliers, who have the No. 1 pick in next Thursday’s draft and could take Maryland center Alex Len or Kentucky center Nerlens Noel. FOXSports Florida

Clipper officials were locked down all day but Wedneday night, a source close to the team told SportsCity, “This will happen, let it play out.” If that suggested the Clippers would boost their offer, or make one, it meant nothing until the Celtics suddenly called off Friday morning’s press conference, without explanation. The NBA source confirmed the Clippers are offering one pick in 2015, instead of the hot 2014 draft the Celtics are focused on. The 2015 pick would be protected, which could mean top 5, top 10, or lottery-protected. Sports City

Four potential first-round draft picks attended the Clippers’ pre-Draft workout Friday morning. Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan), whose father is former Heat and Warriors star Tim Hardaway Sr., Tony Snell (New Mexico), Reggie Bullock (North Carolina) and Ricky Ledo (Providence) are all projected to fall somewhere in the final half of round one. NBA.com

It’s difficult to see what lies ahead for Sampson. He’d like to continue working in the NBA. He has started writing a motivational book and plans an autobiography. And while his future may seem uncertain, perhaps that’s better than 30 years ago, when everyone was so sure they knew how wonderfully it would turn out. Washington Post

June 21, 2013 | 01:01 PM ET Update

Warriors forward Carl Landry is leaning toward opting out of the final year of his contract with Golden State and pursuing free agency, according to his agent. "He's worth a lot more than the contract he has and the direction (we're moving) toward is him opting out," said his agent, Mark Bartelstein. "Things can change, but that's where it's leaning." CSNBayArea.com

Landry signed a two-year, $8 million contract last summer with the second year as a player option. He has until Wednesday, the day before the NBA Draft, to decide whether to opt in to the remaining $4 million or choose to become a free agent. He is not expected to inform the Warriors until close to the deadline. "(The Warriors) knew it was essentially a one-year deal when he signed," Bartelstein said. "They got him at below market value." CSNBayArea.com

Paul Coro: Today's #Suns draft workout has D-League 6-6 SG Glen Rice Jr., a potential No. 30 pick. He played three seasons at Georgia Tech. Twitter @paulcoro

The Heat's Game 7 win over the San Antonio Spurs drew the second-highest preliminary television rating for the NBA Finals on ABC since the network took over the series in 2003. Miami's 95-88 victory Thursday night earned a 17.7 overnight rating. Game 7 between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics in 2010 had an 18.2 overnight. ESPN.com

June 21, 2013 | 11:13 AM ET Update

Cuban is adamant, however, that the rumors about the Mavs being willing to part with the pick for minimal return if a team takes Shawn Marion’s $9.32 million salary off their hands are inaccurate. Cuban insists that the Mavs have not had any talks with teams about trading Marion. “Not a single discussion,” Cuban said via email to ESPNDallas.com. ESPN.com

Wade was the fifth overall draft pick with All-Star expectations, while Haslem was undrafted and unwanted until he got in shape while toiling in France for a year after a sterling college career with the University of Florida. "I've probably aged 50 years and those guys look the same,'' cracked the boyish-looking Spoelstra after shootaround Thursday. "We've been through everything in those 10 years, even in different roles. "It was one of my most memorable years as coaching. Dwyane and U.D. were rookies. We've been through the championship years and we've been through the bust years. That helps you build character and you get to know each other for real when you win 15 games and also when you climb that mountaintop.'' South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Then the players break away to drink and hand LeBron his two trophies. It’s hard to drink while holding two heavy trophies so LeBron tells the media to get the fuck out of his face. It was great. It feels great. I don’t want to talk to ya’ll no more. Leave me alone. Get the fuck out of my face. I’ll see ya’ll at the podium. The Big Lead

Vander Blue brings his workout trek to the Cousins Center on Friday as the former Marquette University guard gets a chance to impress Bucks officials. Blue will be part of a six-player session that also includes Arizona forward Grant Jerrett, Butler center Andrew Smith, Washington State forward Brock Motum and Serbian players Nemanja Nedovic and Dejan Musli. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

The estate of former Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson is challenging the government in U.S. Tax Court over billions of dollars claimed by the IRS. The Detroit Free Press says the Internal Revenue Service objects to how Davidson's accountants valued stock in his company, Guardian Industries, which makes glass and parts for the auto industry. ESPN.com

SNEAKERS: WHAT THE NBA PLAYERS WEAR

Nike clearly leads the pack in terms of NBA endorsers, but Chinese brands like Li Ning and Peak are emerging powers. Check the Sneakers pages to see which specific shoe model each NBA player wore this season.

   
June 21, 2013 | 10:22 AM ET Update

If anyone had any doubt that Mario Elie wouldn't be back on the Nets bench next season, he seemed to erase them Thursday night when he made a televised pitch to Dwight Howard on behalf of the Rockets. "Hopefully, Dwight Howard, you've got to come down to Texas, man," Elie said. "No state taxes, ain't no pressure down here. You don't have to worry about LA, Hollywood, or Brooklyn. Texas is great. The fans are terrific down here. We support. We're not like the Miami fans leaving when the game's not even over. We stay until the end here in Houston. Come on down to Texas, Dwight." NetsDaily

But the Clippers’ stance raises questions about why they would include an asset in an earlier form of a proposed deal — one that turned out to be against league rules — and not include it in a deal that could work. “The Clippers want to make an effort without really having any chance of getting it done,” a league source said. “Chris Paul’s camp wanted Doc and KG, and [owner] Donald Sterling and the Clippers did not. But they can’t come out and tell [Paul’s camp] that they don’t want to win, so they’re trying to dance around it and play both sides.” Boston Globe

League sources said, though, that if it was the Clippers’ intent to only give the impression — in other words, bluff — that they were trying to make a deal for Rivers, it’s unlikely Paul would re-sign. “I don’t see how that could possibly work and would not bite them in the [butt] with public relations and Chris Paul,” a league source said. Boston Globe

That person further insisted the coach did not initiate the process that may yet send him to the Clippers for compensation, though that possibility seemed to be growing more distant last night. The Celtics have stated consistently that they want Rivers to remain with them and that he has been discussing with president of basketball operations Danny Ainge how best to transition the team with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in their latter years. Boston Herald

The club had also tried to work out a trade of players with the Clippers at the February deadline and were clearly interested in pursuing that again. “At that point, this became a situation where both Doc and the Celtics were seeing if they could both get something they wanted out of this,” the source said. Boston Herald

"Hopefully with two titles, he'll get more benefit of the doubt," said teammate Shane Battier of James, who's been a polarizing figure in the league ever since his televised, cringe-inducing "Decision" in 2010 to leave Cleveland and sign with the Heat. Wall Street Journal

He averted his eyes from the camera lights, rubbed his forehead with his palm and struggled through the answers. The point-blank, running hook shot with Shane Battier guarding him with 48 seconds left and the Heat leading 90-88 hit the back of the rim and bounced right back to him. Duncan's putback attempt hit nothing -- just floated away into history. "For me," Duncan said, "Game 7 is going to haunt me." CBSSports.com

"I just talked to Kawhi and told him he was absolutely amazing," Popovich said after Game 7. "Nobody expected him at this young age to play the way he has through the whole playoffs. He really is a star in the making. He's just beginning to feel what he has. He's like a little baby learning how to walk, as far as NBA basketball is concerned. He (could be) a senior in college this year, and he's come so far, and a lot of that credit goes to [Spurs assistant coaches] Chip Engelland and Chad Forcier what they've done in developing him." USA Today Sports

"It's very tough, knowing you left it all out on the floor," Leonard said after the Game 7 loss. "All I can do is learn from it moving forward, try to get better this summer and try to get the team back here next year." USA Today Sports

Louisville center Gorgui Dieng appears to be working out for the Hawks today. Deng tweeted late Thursday afternoon, from his account@GorguiDieng, that he was "Going to Atlanta." Two hours later, he tweeted that he "Had a safe flight to Atlanta." He appears to have worked out for the Mavericks after tweeting "Nice weather in Dallas" prior to his posts about going to Atlanta. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Who replaces them? Well, I keep hearing Popeye Jones and Nick Nurse, who coached Dallas’s D League team but here’s one that I couldn’t confirm anywhere but one that might make an awful lot of sense according to a couple of guys I know. Rex Kalamian, one of Dwane’s best friends who’s now on the Oklahoma City staff of Scott Brooks, whether he’d come or not on a one-year deal is the great unknown which is why I’m not nearly as confident about that possibility as I am about Popeye and Nurse. Toronto Star

TWITTER MEDIA: FOR NEWS UPDATED TO THE MINUTE

If the Rumors page is not enough to get your NBA fix, check the Twitter Media page for constant updates on the latest goings on in the league.

   
June 21, 2013 | 08:57 AM ET Update

About free agency, Dwight said: "This is my chance to choose my own destiny instead of letting ... someone else choose it. So I'm going to really sit down and think about what is best for me as far as basketball and what is going to make me happy. "I will sit down with these teams and hear what they have to say, see if their plans and my plans fit and go with the best option that will help my game expand, and get to where I want to get to. ... "There's nothing one team can say to sway me away from another team. It's just going to be what's best for me basketball-wise. That's how I'm going to approach it." Sulia

According to a second league source, it was Ainge, not the Clippers, who reconnected after negotiations broke down earlier in the week. The Celtics president’s call was reportedly spurred by realization that Rivers remained uncomfortable with a return to the Celtics next season, despite the $21 million and three years remaining on his contract. Boston Herald

Battier then rediscovered his stroke at a most opportune time. After going 3 of 15 from behind the arc through the Finals’ first five games, he nailed 3 of 4 in Miami’s 103-100 Game 6 triumph in overtime. “The basketball gods — I believe in basketball gods — I felt they owed me big time,” Battier said. “I had a bunch of shots in San Antonio that went in and out.” FOXSports Florida

He was asked after Thursday's Game 7 if he ever thought about taking any games off. "No, I never considered it," he said. "I'm about gutting it out. I talked to my knees today. We had a conversations. I told them, listen, both you guys, if you can give me one great game, I'll give you a great summer." Does that include surgery? "Hopefully, no surgery," he said, knocking on the table. "Treatments, I hope. A lot of rest." USA Today Sports

NBA Draft projections place him anywhere from the late first to the early second round. Count the Nets among those who see Isaiah Canaan, the 6-foot senior point guard from Murray State, as a first-round talent. So the Nets could take a closer look, especially because reserve point C.J. Watson is expected to opt out of his contract. “Not just because of C.J., we would look at anybody that’s obviously a first-round guy, [those] we’re going to be prepared for. Count him in that group,” said Nets Director of Player Personnel Gregg Polinsky, who has been among the officials observing predraft workouts at the Nets’ East Rutherford practice facility. New York Post

The Miami Heat won their second straight NBA championship. LeBron James won his second straight NBA Finals MVP. And Nike released a spectacular commercial to commemorate it. The one-minute spot features an answering machine belonging to LeBron (although the idea of LeBron having a landline, let alone a physical answering machine, is laughable in 2013), with Drake, Dr. Dre, Warren Buffett, Bill Russell and others leaving him congratulatory messages. For The Win

June 21, 2013 | 01:18 AM ET Update
June 21, 2013 | 12:57 AM ET Update

Doc Rivers never planned to be a part of the Celtics’ rebuilding process, and the club was basically aware of that fact when he signed his latest contract, a source told the Herald yesterday. That person further insisted the coach did not initiate the process that may yet send him to the Clippers for compensation, though that possibility seemed to be growing more distant last night. Boston Herald

The Clippers have turned their focus to Doc Rivers, setting aside a deal for Kevin Garnett, a league source said. However, the Clippers have refused to offer any compensation at all in exchange for Rivers, who is under contract with the Celtics for the next three years. Such compensation would, under terms the teams previously discussed, be a first-round draft pick, but the Clippers have made no effort to offer that, the league source said. That has talks at a complete standstill -- and to be crystal clear, there is no "deal" at this point because neither team has agreed to any terms. The Celtics have an asking price, and the Clippers are refusing to meet it. Boston Globe

Given how the current deal with the Clippers is unfolding, and the growing likelihood that completing any kind of deal is all but impossible, a league source expects Rivers to actually be coaching the Celtics next season. It's well-known that Rivers has no interest in coaching a rebuilding team, but sources close to him maintain that Rivers still wants to coach. If that is so, his only options on the table at the moment are with the Celtics or with the Clippers, and the latter option is fading fast. Boston Globe

The Suns makeover is not being kept to the roster and front office. The look of the franchise is changing with new uniforms, including black road jerseys and sleeved orange alternate jerseys, for the coming season. New logos already have shown up on official nbastore.com merchandise. The new Suns uniforms will not be unveiled formally until late September, but the team’s logos already have been changed with an understated roll-out of merchandise and a new logo under the brim of Thursday’s draft hat. Arizona Republic

The Suns’ alternate jersey with sleeves will be part of a new venture to create a jersey that is more wearable in every-day life than a traditional tank-top jersey. ESPN.com reported that as many as five teams will be wearing alternate jerseys with sleeves next season. Suns point guard Kendall Marshall retweeted a SLAM magazine online report about teams introducing sleeved jerseys and added his own comment: “pleeease NOT us.” Arizona Republic

COMMERCIALS: ALL DURANT, ALL THE TIME

Kevin Durant has come second in the draft and MVP votings, but nobody in the NBA can touch him nowadays when it comes to pitching products - whether it's shoes, video games or soft drinks. He leads our Commercials Rankings and No. 2 (Kobe Bryant) is not even close.

   
June 21, 2013 | 12:40 AM ET Update

TWITTER MEDIA: FOR NEWS UPDATED TO THE MINUTE

If the Rumors page is not enough to get your NBA fix, check the Twitter Media page for constant updates on the latest goings on in the league.

   
June 21, 2013 | 12:29 AM ET Update

Chris Tomasson: Tony Parker: "I have no excuse. I'm not going to put it on my hammy. My shot wasn't falling. I couldn't get in rhythm tonight.'' Twitter @christomasson

SNEAKERS: WHAT THE NBA PLAYERS WEAR

Nike clearly leads the pack in terms of NBA endorsers, but Chinese brands like Li Ning and Peak are emerging powers. Check the Sneakers pages to see which specific shoe model each NBA player wore this season.

   
June 21, 2013 | 12:13 AM ET Update

Tas Melas: Gregg Popovich to Dwyane Wade: "I love you too." This is why we need formal handshakes after playoff series. Twitter @TasMelas

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.