Marc Stein: ESPN sources say former Sacramento Kings coach Mike Malone has secured a second interview with the Denver Nuggets for their coaching vacancy
July 6, 2015 | 6:10 pm EDT Update
Marc J. Spears: Kings free agent center Ryan Hollins garnering interest from the Kings and Pelicans, a source said.
July 6, 2015 | 5:47 pm EDT Update
Ken Berger: Was told J.J. Barea back to Mavs (2 years, $5.6m) was 98 pct done. Now, 100 pct, as Barea tells El Nuevo Dia he’ll be back in Dallas.: 10 more rumors
Bobby Marks: Having been around the NBA for 20 years there aren’t many players who did what David West just did. Amazing sacrifice for a chance to win. Remember West turns 35 in August. He is not doing this for a big bite out of the rising cap in 2016-17.
The National Basketball Players Association is proposing to use millions of dollars of its share of the NBA’s impending television revenue windfall to cover health-care insurance costs for its former players, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The plan is estimated to cost between $10 million-$15 million a year and a vote on passage of the union’s initiative is set for the NBPA’s July 20 membership meeting in Las Vegas. The union’s 30 team player representatives are expected to pass the plan with ease and start the process of covering the retired players quickly, league sources said. The NBPA has been researching the names and addresses of the approximate 1,500 ex-living players and hoping to offer three separate health-care options to them, sources said.
July 6, 2015 | 5:04 pm EDT Update
“I’m hoping to be back with the Spurs. I’ve been there nine years. I love playing for that organization, my teammates, the coaches and staff, the fans and everybody there,” Bonner said during lunch break at the basketball camp he and his brother, Luke, have been running for 13 years. “I prefer not to uproot my family and my life. But if someone came along and offered me a giant contract, maybe I’d consider it, but who knows if that’s going to happen. And if for some reason (the Spurs) wouldn’t take me back, then I’d have to go to Plan B and find another team to play for.”: 1 more rumor
Most basketball fans in the state would be thrilled if that Plan B included the Celtics. Asked if some part of him would enjoy coming back to New England to play for the hometown team, Bonner replied with a quick, “Absolutely,” before elaborating. “I grew up a Celtics fan and every kid who grows up in these pahhts (perfectly executed New Hampshire accent) dreams of playing for the C’s, so if that’s how it went down, that would be awesome, but you can’t control these things, really,” Bonner said. “Your agent handles things, it’s a business, there’s roster spots to consider, this, that and the other thing, so I’m just going to see how it pans out.”: 1 more rumor
July 6, 2015 | 4:44 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: So many talk about taking less money to win, but few go the distance like David West did. Walks away from $12M with Pacers to take $1.4M.: 22 more rumors
For what it’s worth, I’ve heard that LeBron James likes Johnson’s game. If the Cavs don’t bring back Smith, they need someone like Smith or Johnson. When Smith walked away from his $6.4 million player option for 2015-16, he pretty much signed his exit papers from the Cavs. The team doesn’t think it’s wise to commit long-term to the volatile Smith, and they are right about that. Smith wants a multi-year deal.: 9 more rumors
It’s very possible that General Manager David Griffin has better options for the $10.5 million Haywood contract. I’ve heard rumors about the Cavs and Jamal Crawford of the Clippers. Griffin would probably love to find a way to turn Haywood’s deal into a point guard and a wing player. So I’m not claiming the Johnson trade is extremely close.: 4 more rumors
Emiliano Carchia: JJ Barea tells El Nuevo Dia that he has agreed to terms to return to the Mavericks: 10 more rumors
July 6, 2015 | 4:25 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Marc Gasol has agreed to a five-year, $100M-plus deal to return to the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.: 12 more rumors
David Aldridge: Free agent forward David West has agreed to terms with the Spurs, per league sources.: 22 more rumors
Kevin Love: At the end of the day, I want to play until I’m 40. And I would like it to be my choice. I 100 percent think that my best basketball is ahead of me.
For the Houston Rockets who tried very hard to get him this summer he explained: “I thank the Rockets for the interest they have shown in me. We have put in the balance the pros and cons and think it’s the right decision for me and my closest people. I will be very happy here and try to fight for every title again. “