League sources said Saturday night that Kirilenko — if he and his $3.3 million contract clear waivers as expected — is eyeing a potential return to European basketball as opposed to resuming his NBA career. There are a handful of teams stateside still interested in pursuing him, sources say, but Kirilenko has not yet made it clear whether he’s prepared to consider fresh NBA offers.
July 4, 2015 | 11:09 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Kosta Koufos is headed to Sacramento on a four-year deal worth $33 million: 5 more rumors
Tom Ziller: I don’t think Casspi is coming back. He wants more than what the Kings are willing to give. Boogie and Karl want him, though.
Brad Turner: Clippers have had conversations about bringing center Ryan Hollins back, sources. Hollins played for Doc Rivers in Boston and in LA during 2013-14 season. Hollins viewed as a backup center.
July 4, 2015 | 9:22 pm EDT Update
David West turned down $12 million from the Indiana Pacers to play for a contender. The Cavs might just be that team. The Cavaliers are interested in the free agent forward, a league source confirmed. The interest appears mutual, although USA Today reported the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors are also high on West’s list. The Spurs are still in pursuit of West even after landing LaMarcus Aldridge on Saturday. West, who turns 35 next month, averaged 11.7 points and 6.8 rebounds last season for the Pacers. He declined a player option worth $12.2 million for next season because he wants to win.
Marc J. Spears: Wizards free agent F Kevin Seraphin getting interest from Wizards, Lakers, Suns & possibly Spurs (if they lose out on D. West), source said.: 1 more rumor
Jeff McDonald: Spurs also awaiting word from Manu Ginobili about his plans for next season. So there are still some variables in play.
July 4, 2015 | 8:13 pm EDT Update
For years, the rumblings that Aldridge wasn’t happy with his place in the Portland spotlight were always there. First it was Brandon Roy stealing his thunder, then Greg Oden before his ill-fated fall, and then this young and dynamic talent named Damian Lillard whose star rose far too quickly for Aldridge’s liking. All along the way, the complaints that would rarely, if ever, come directly from Aldridge himself were consistent: one way or another, intentional or not, he felt underappreciated – if not disrespected. He wanted top billing.
But the challenging part for the Blazers folks who tried so hard through the years to understand him is that Aldridge’s understated ways made it nearly impossible to satisfy this request. He routinely turned down interviews, or didn’t maximize off-court opportunities of which Lillard would take full advantage. He is known as the private type, the kind of player and person who prefers to play his game and let someone else handle the lion’s share of the leadership duties. Except, of course, until someone does just that, reaps the benefits of it and kickstarts the cycle of jealousy that had everything to do with his departure.
Lillard, upon return from a promotional trip in Paris, was hoping to pull off some fourth-quarter heroics on Thursday night. He started planning a trip via charter plane to Los Angeles, a sit-down to meet with Aldridge and try to work it all out. But the trip never happened because, well, it was already too late. Lillard had wanted to coordinate the timing of a meeting before leaving town, but Aldridge, understandably, was slow to respond. He had a second meeting with the Lakers to focus on that night, then a meeting with the Miami Heat and team president Pat Riley. There were extensive text messages shared between Aldridge and Lillard in what constituted a modern-day conversation, and the message was made quite clear by the time Friday night rolled around: whether the Spurs or the Phoenix Suns, Lillard was convinced Aldridge was gone.
Scott Agness: Hibbert has been out in LA for most of the summer, in a new environment and planning for his post-playing days — gaming, acting, etc.
July 4, 2015 | 7:04 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Yahoo Sources: Pacers finalizing terms on a trade to send center Roy Hibbert to the Lakers. Hibbert’s been informed he’s headed to Lakers. Lakers take Hibbert’s $15.5M salary into space, likely send combo of 2nd round pick(s) and overseas players rights. @Jeff Zillgitt first.: 11 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Final issue still being worked out in trade — fiitting Hibbert’s 15 percent trade kicker into Lakers room. Sides working that out. Trade kicker is $2.3M bonus Pacers pay Hibbert — but impacts Lakers salary cap. No deal can be completed until July 9. Time to complete it. Lakers angling to preserve as much salary cap space as possible — and bring on Hibbert in the deal. Sides believe it’ll get worked out.
Bobby Marks: Hibbert will get his bonus because his option year was exercised. Also 15% of 15.5m falls below the projected max salary. Cant exceed it. Players can waive a portion of their trade bonus to make a deal work. Don’t see that happening here with LAL taking him with room
Ian Begley: Sources say #Knicks will pay Kyle O’Quinn $16 million over four years. He’ll have an opt out in the fourth season.
July 4, 2015 | 6:27 pm EDT Update
Jeff Zillgitt: As Pacers-Lakers figure out details of Roy Hibbert trade, it looks like Pacers will get cash and future pick in return. Sorting it out now. Short-term solution for both Pacers & Lakers. Hibbert wasn’t part of Pacers’ future & Lakers need a big after striking out in free agency.: 11 more rumors
Chef Andy: Anymore players Rockets going after? Jonathan Feigen: The plan now (per sources) is to match on KJ McDaniels and look at trade options, opportunities. They’ll be patient.
Jabari Young: With all the #Sixers big men…maybe Kim Hughes can land on his feet in my hometown Philly. Kim was cool. Bad mistake, paid a price #Blazers
July 4, 2015 | 6:03 pm EDT Update
Jared Zwerling: Hearing the Lakers-Pacers deal is done involving Roy Hibbert. Just a matter of the assets involved now.: 11 more rumors