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May 28, 2015 | 09:55 PM ET Update

The Pelicans' opening is the most sought-after in the NBA, largely because of superstar Anthony Davis. Former Houston Rockets and New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy and Golden State assistant Alvin Gentry are the frontrunners for the job, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Barry Jackson: Still hard to envision Wade leaving. But never underestimate a proud, accomplished athlete's desire to feel appreciated. Wade/Heat money gap is significant.Wade has every right to expect to be paid like other stars.But Heat's 2016 cap challenges complicate this Twitter @flasportsbuzz

May 28, 2015 | 07:55 PM ET Update


Sauce Castillo beats them all, but there's many other amazing NBA player aliases.

May 28, 2015 | 07:15 PM ET Update

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers believes Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan have a good relationship and that both players, along with Blake Griffin, understand they need each other to ultimately win a championship and want to win one together. "I can put this to rest: They get along great," Rivers told Fred Roggin of The Beast 980 on Thursday. "Clearly, like everybody, they don't get along all the time, and they don't get along with me all the time, either, by the way. I don't see that as an issue. I think all three, and I'm including Blake in this as well, understand how important the other guy is to them. Meaning, they all three need each other to win, and I think all three get that and all three know that and all three want to do it together. To me, that's the most important thing." ESPN.com

Rivers noted that both Griffin and Jordan are 26 and entering the prime of their careers and that Michael Jordan and LeBron James didn't win their first titles until they were 27. "We're right on schedule," Rivers said. "We're on schedule. We would have liked to have been ahead a little bit, obviously. We thought we would have at least been in the West finals the way we were playing." ESPN.com

NBA superstar John Wall was kicked off an American Airlines flight in Las Vegas this week ... after someone in his crew allegedly threatened another passenger ... TMZ Sports has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us ... the Washington Wizards star had boarded a flight headed to D.C. on May 26th -- but before the plane took off, his crew got into a verbal argument with someone else on the plane and a threat was allegedly made from someone in Wall's group. TMZ.com

We're told someone from the flight crew called the Las Vegas Metro Police Department for help -- and cops boarded the plane to deal with the situation. The alleged victim told cops he did not want to press charges -- but the pilot of the plane decided he did NOT want Wall and his crew to remain on the flight ... so they were escorted off. We're told Wall and his party left without further incident. Calls to Wall's rep have not been returned. John had posted a photo of his crew on the way to Vegas on May 22nd ... though it's unclear if the same guys were involved in the incident on the flight home. TMZ.com


Guess the age at which they played their first NBA regular-season game.

May 28, 2015 | 06:59 PM ET Update

But Wade has not decided anything, including whether he will opt out, the person said on Thursday. "He's trying to figure out how things should transpire and if he can reach another agreement with the Heat," the person said. USA Today Sports

More talks between Wade and the Heat are scheduled. He doesn't have to make a decision on opting out until the end of June, although it's clear the Heat want to go into the free-agent process without knowing what will happen with their longtime cornerstone. USA Today Sports


Dozens of players have donned the Sixers uniform during Sam Hinkie's reign. Some of them were fringe NBA players. Can you name them?

May 28, 2015 | 06:21 PM ET Update

The Heat and Dwyane Wade have been discussing potential resolutions of his contract situation and there’s a significant difference in what both parties believe he should be paid for the next three seasons, according to multiple sources. Though Wade prefers to stay with the Heat, where he has spent his entire 12-year career, he is now open to considering other teams this summer if the Heat does not raise its offer, according to three sources with direct knowledge. Wade must decide by late June whether to opt out of a contract that would pay him $16.1 million next season. Miami Herald

The Heat wants to keep him but believes that paying him what he’s seeking would dramatically reduce its flexibility to add additional players during the summers of 2016 and 2017. Last summer, in order to give the Heat flexibility to augment its roster, Wade opted out of the final two years of a contract that would have paid him $41.6 million. He instead accepted a two-year, $31 million deal, which included a player option for next season at $16.1 million. Miami Herald

Mark Medina: Wayne Ellington said his shoulder has healed. He seemed in good spirits, spending some time w/ family after a tough year losing his dad Twitter @MarkG_Medina


You don't have to be an NBA star to have your own sneaker model these days.

May 28, 2015 | 05:07 PM ET Update


Check how the most coveted ring in basketball has looked in the last four decades.

May 28, 2015 | 03:44 PM ET Update


Who will be the top free agents in the summer of 2015?

May 28, 2015 | 03:10 PM ET Update

Klay Thompson is "doing much better after a good night's sleep," said the Warriors guard's father Mychal Thompson Thursday morning during his regular guest spot on ESPN Radio in Los Angeles. The younger Thompson took a knee to the side of the head from Houston's Trevor Ariza in the fourth quarter of the Warriors' 104-90 victory over the Rockets that put Golden State in the NBA Finals. He did not return to the game. "He was still a little woozy after the game but he was composed, and caught up in the adrenalin, caught up in the moment," said Thompson's father. "But he was very cognizant of what was going on around him. He's OK." Contra Costa Times

Mike Trudell: Prospect Justin Anderson on his workout: "You feel (the Lakers vibe). There's a certain expectation when you step into that (environment)." Anderson said his on-ball defense is his biggest strength, adding that he has a 7-foot wingspan to go with his athleticism. Twitter @LakersReporter


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May 28, 2015 | 01:32 PM ET Update

That time likely is now. Sources close to Hoiberg and the Bulls believe he will accept when offered. The Bulls want a players' coach who knows a thing or two about offense, and that's Hoiberg. He played in the league 10 seasons, including four with the Bulls. He is a former Minnesota Timberwolves vice president, so he knows that side of the desk, too. Des Moines Register

While Russell and Mudiay are clearly the cream of the point guard crop, many NBA officials contend Payne has now surpassed both Grant and Jones. Not only that, there is a distinct possibility Payne could become a Lottery selection. He recently worked out for Indiana, which has the 11th pick, and impressed Larry Bird and Co. “From the feedback I received, he did really well at the Indiana workout,’’ said Travis King, Payne’s agent. “I think he’s in the mix there.’’ Racine Journal-Times

While Payne has been a Lakers’ fan, he doesn’t have any preference as to which NBA team selects him. He wouldn’t have any problem playing for the Bucks. “Milwaukee has a lot of great pieces,’’ Payne said. “The Greek Freak (Giannis Antetokounmpo) really took a big step up this season. And I played against Jabari Parker in AAU when I was a junior. He’s cold. He can do it all. “I think the Bucks have the potential to have a big-time season with a couple more pieces.’’ Racine Journal-Times

Walt Perrin, Jazz vice president of player personnel, praised Hugh Greenwood's leadership and court intelligence after the workout Wednesday. "Hugh had a pretty good day," Perrin said. "He's a very smart player — good basketball IQ for a point guard. He was helping the other players in our workouts, so it was good to bring him in." Deseret News

A pink ribbon tattoo he proudly wears on the side of his right hand is a sign of that. The tattoo has great meaning, too. About this time last year, his mom, Andree, was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. It’s terminal, and Greenwood knows what is ahead. “Unfortunately, it’s incurable so it’s something that has shortened her lifespan,” Greenwood said. “In the meantime, she battles. That’s what she does. That’s what we do. We’re family. We stick together.” Deseret News


Yes, that's supposedly Steve Nash. If you think that's bad, check the rest here.

May 28, 2015 | 01:00 PM ET Update

Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman announced today that Tom Thibodeau will not be retained as the team’s head coach. Chicago Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said, “The Chicago Bulls have a history of achieving great success on and off the court. These accomplishments have been possible because of an organizational culture where input from all parts of the organization has been welcomed and valued, there has been a willingness to participate in a free flow of information, and there have been clear and consistent goals. While the head of each department of the organization must be free to make final decisions regarding his department, there must be free and open interdepartmental discussion and consideration of everyone's ideas and opinions. These internal discussions must not be considered an invasion of turf, and must remain private. Teams that consistently perform at the highest levels are able to come together and be unified across the organization-staff, players, coaches, management and ownership. NBA.com

When everyone is on the same page, trust develops and teams can grow and succeed together. Unfortunately, there has been a departure from this culture. To ensure that the Chicago Bulls can continue to grow and succeed, we have decided that a change in the head coaching position is required. Days like today are difficult, but necessary for us to achieve our goals and fulfill our commitments to our fans. I appreciate the contributions that Tom Thibodeau made to the Bulls organization. I have always respected his love of the game and wish him well in the future.” NBA.com

When pressed about how many championships Jordan won, Laimbeer didn’t back down. “Yeah, but look at what LeBron has in the Finals right now,” Laimbeer said. “Could anybody else in the world have led this team of role players to the finals right now? I don’t think so. Jordan could not have led this team to the finals. “LeBron came into the league knowing how to play basketball and involve his teammates. Jordan had to learn that, and they had to assemble some great teammates around him in order for him to win.” For The Win

So, a little more than a year after being forced out, Jackson watched on national television as his team made it to their first NBA Finals in decades. So how did he feel? “Proud,” he said, from his new perch on ESPN. “At the end of the day, proud.” For The Win

The 76ers announced Thursday that they will play a preseason game vs. the Nets on October 10 in Albany, NY, at the Times Union Center. The full preseason schedule won't be announced until the end of July. The preseason usually begins a week after camp opens, meaning the Philly game would be likely be the second game of a six or eight game schedule. Tickets as low as $22 are available this Saturday, May 30th at the Times Union Center box office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, select Walmart music centers or online at timesunion.com. For more information, please visit timesunioncenter-albany.com. NetsDaily


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May 28, 2015 | 11:41 AM ET Update

Marc Gasol: "I'm a free agent, but I still haven't thought about it. During the next weeks I'll start talking with some franchises. My brother has given me some advice about the different options I have, but he supports me anyway on my decision, which will be difficult to make." As

After the Golden State Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals, All-Star guard Klay Thompson began to develop concussion-like symptoms that will force him to pass the NBA's concussion protocol test before he can be cleared to play. Thompson was kneed in the head by Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza with 9:30 left in the fourth quarter of the Warriors' 104-90 deciding victory in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. After falling to the floor in pain, Thompson was eventually replaced by Stephen Curry and went to the locker room. The Warriors stated that Thompson went through a concussion medical evaluation immediately after suffering the injury and showed no symptoms at that time. Yahoo! Sports

If there’s a knock on Portis, it’s that he doesn’t do any one thing exceptionally well. But he has versatility and that edge. “He’s tough, very physical, and for a young kid has a great feel for the game,” Celts director of player development Austin Ainge said. “He can shoot, dribble, pretty good at everything. “He’s absolutely (versatile). He can play the 4 and the 5. He’s smart, strong, and he can shoot.” Boston Herald

Portis, who went through his initial pre-draft workout, enjoyed his first stop. “They are a winning franchise,” he said of the Celtics. “I just feel like they have a winning culture and a winning attitude. I would bring that. I’d be myself from Game 1. I’d bring that sense of urgency and passion, and my mid-range jumper. “Every draft team has a need. If the Celtics need a rim protector, I can bring that. Teams need different things every year. They never said something about (rebounding), but that’s something I can surely bring, eight or nine boards every night. More than that, I can score the ball. I can do a lot of things and expand my game.” Boston Herald


There's no shortage of great players who don't have their jerseys hanging in the rafters at the arenas of the teams they starred for.

May 28, 2015 | 07:00 AM ET Update

Scott Skiles has unexpectedly emerged as a candidate for the ‎New Orleans Pelicans' vacant coaching position, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Skiles -- widely reported to be the front-runner for the Orlando Magic's coaching vacancy -- has joined Golden State Warriors associate head coach Alvin Gentry and ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy on the list of coaches who have been interviewed by the Pelicans for the position.‎ ESPN.com

Scott Skiles is continuing discussions with the Orlando Magic, inching closer to a partnership to become the franchise's head coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Magic officials are convinced that Skiles is the best choice to deliver a young roster into playoff contention and have moved to the cusp of contract negotiations, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

For all the attributes and the successful head-coaching pedigree that made Woodson an intriguing candidate to Orlando management, it appears that it became too difficult for him to overcome the relationships, history and head start that Skiles had all the way to the highest reaches of Orlando's organization. Yahoo! Sports

All signs point to these being Tom Thibodeau's last days as Bulls coach with a resolution planned for no later than Friday, sources told the Tribune. Since no team has asked for permission to interview Thibodeau, the Bulls appear poised to dismiss the 2011 coach of the year with two years and roughly $9 million remaining on his deal unless Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf unexpectedly intervenes at the last minute. Iowa State coach and former Bulls guard Fred Hoiberg is widely considered the front-runner to replace Thibodeau. Chicago Tribune

What once stood merely as minor disagreements and distrust between Thibodeau and management has evolved into questions over his offensive schemes, handling of the roster and minute distribution. Furthermore, according to multiple sources, some players didn't endorse Thibodeau's return in exit meetings with management. Chicago Tribune

Former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks, meanwhile, has passed on the opportunity to interview for any of the league's three vacancies, amid a strong belief in coaching circles that Brooks is prepared to sit out a year to focus on family and try his hand at TV work. ESPN.com

A number of players and agents who spoke to Basketball Insiders on condition of anonymity admitted as much. “Players will consider going to the East, for sure,” one Western Conference player told Basketball Insiders. “The East is down right now and the West is a dogfight. The seventh- or eighth-seeded team in the West could possibly make the Eastern Conference Finals with how things are now.” “It wouldn’t be a bad idea [to join an East team],” added another NBA player. “I’m pretty sure Kevin Durant is going to start it off and go home to [the Washington Wizards in] D.C.” Basketball Insiders

In the biggest game of the season, the game that needed to be won to keep hope alive, James Harden failed his team. He shot 2-for-11 from the floor, finishing with 14 points and committed an NBA playoff-record 13 turnovers as the Houston Rockets' season ended with a 104-90 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday night. ESPN.com

The only history Harden made was an all-time playoff record 13 turnovers. "Unacceptable," Harden said. NBA.com

Daryl Morey: Congratulations Warriors. Great great team. Thank you to Rockets fans, you carried us all year. Back at it #pursuit2016 Twitter @dmorey

"He's been here plenty of times before, five straight finals appearances, I think, so we've got to bring our A game if we're going to beat a great team and a great player like that four times," Curry said. "We're excited about the challenge. He had to win his first one at some point, and nobody on our team has experienced that, so we're going to be fighting like crazy every night." USA Today Sports

As always, Cartwright was thoughtful and insightful. "The big thing about LeBron," he began, "is he's one of rare guys where there's no position for him. He similar to maybe Magic [Johnson]. That's the best comparison because he can play one through five. What can't he do? "Michael was basically a two-[guard]. What's LeBron? A one? A two? A three? You can't say. That's what makes him an anomaly; there's no match-up for him. "Michael was as hard as anyone to guard. This guy [LeBron] is really unguardable. Who do you match him with? He's too darn big and too darn strong. Put a big guy on him and he goes around them. Put a small guy on him and he beats him up. He's a nightmare of a match-up." Birmingham News

Later on Wednesday, Dudley appeared on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "Hahn & Humpty Show" and apologized for calling Anthony the most overrated player in the league. "I shouldn’t have said that that was my fault for saying that because it’s not the truth," Dudley told hosts Alan Hahn and Rick DiPietro. "... I apologize for saying that about Carmelo. "You get kind of frustrated at times seeing because of him having to make his other guys better and defensively certain things, but for me to say he's the most overrated that was wrong for me to say. He’s arguably a top 3 or 4 scorer, between him (Kevin Durant) and (Russell Westbrook). But if you see, that’s not enough in this league. If your a No. 1 guy and you’re a max guy, this is a superstar league, you have to be able to do certain things." ESPN.com

The Golden State Warriors may need this break before the NBA Finals even more than they knew. Long after their Game 5 win over the Houston Rockets was complete and they had celebrated their franchise's first trip to the Finals in 40 years, the team announced that shooting guard Klay Thompson had developed concussion-like symptoms. If it is ruled that he had a concussion, he would be required to follow the NBA's concussion protocol. USA Today Sports

Yet, the interest surrounding Mudiay also coincided with unanswered questions that provide uncertainty whether the Lakers would select him with their second overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft on June 25. “Mudiay is more of a high-risk, high-reward guy,” said Ryan Blake, who has served as an NBA scouting consultant for over 30 years. “It’s hard to really gauge how good of a player he is.” Los Angeles Daily News

Although Blake also pointed out that Mudiay shot only 37.4 percent from 3-point range and 57.4 percent from the foul line, Blake concentrated more on Mudiay’s success running pick-and-rolls, his rebounding and defensive closeouts. “I like his maturity,” Blake said of Mudiay. “I think he’s going to be a good player. Our guys from China really, really like him.” Los Angeles Daily News

The 76ers will work out former La Salle and Dobbins High standout Jerrell Wright on Thursday. The 6-foot-9, 245-pound post player averaged 12.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists as a senior this past season for the Explorers. The second-team all-Big-Five selection shot 60.3 percent from the field. Philadelphia Inquirer

"No, no, I did not see this coming," Warriors general manager Bob Myers confessed to ESPN.com, when asked if he expected this level of success so quickly. "It's not that I didn't think it was possible, but I didn't see this expedited path to where we are. I am surprised." ESPN.com

Which makes it the perfect time to trot this zany bit of NBA trivia: Curry and James were born in the same hospital in Akron, Ohio. The momentous events happened 39 months apart, as James was born in December 1984, while Curry was born in March 1988, but still: Washington Post


Dozens of players have donned the Sixers uniform during Sam Hinkie's reign. Some of them were fringe NBA players. Can you name them?


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