NBA rumors: Iman Shumpert and Andre Roberson plan to re-sign with Nets on Friday

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Michael Scotto: Andre Roberson’s deal with the Brooklyn Nets is a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, a league source told @hoopshype . He played six seasons with the OKC Thunder, was a teammate of Kevin Durant, and made an NBA All-Defensive Team.
Before signing Iman Shumpert, the Brooklyn Nets considered a deal with veteran forward Andre Roberson, sources said. The Nets looked into Roberson as a wing signing who can provide defense and experience. Roberson showed to the Nets that he is healthy and moving well. In seven NBA seasons, Roberson has averaged. 4.5 points and four rebounds per game, making the All-Defensive second team in 2017.
Brandon Rahbar: Presti on Andre Roberson returning to the Thunder: He says the roster is pretty full right now, but he still has to more work to do. (I don't think Dre is coming back. Here's hoping he lands somewhere and continues his comeback.)
Erik Horne: The Thunder has made the Andre Roberson signing official. Quote from Sam Presti:
David Aldridge: OKC considered options, but chose to be loyal to Roberson (@Adrian Wojnarowski first), who’ll return to his elite defensive role w/@Paul George in town.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Roberson preferred the three year deal over four, sources said. He's developed into an excellent role player with Thunder.
Royce Young: One ripple effect from the George acquisition I'm gathering: The Thunder are much more likely to retain Andre Roberson now.
Fred Katz: Possible this makes re-signing Roberson even more likely. OKC opened up money & Thunder always preferred his fit as a SG next to a big SF
Andre Roberson last week expressed his interest in returning to Oklahoma City, and on Monday, Thunder general manager Sam Presti said he's “excited about the fact that (Roberson) is a part of the team.”
“Every indication we've had from Dre and from his people, his agent, is that he loves playing here,” Presti said. “And I've always said this to everybody before: When the player shows an interest in being here, it really exponentially helps your opportunity to get a contract done, if you would like to.”
The Thunder have only one clear unknown about the existing roster: Roberson, a restricted free agent this summer. After the team inked extensions with Adams and Oladipo last October, Roberson and the Thunder couldn't find common ground. Roberson has his limitations, but he is one of the elite defenders in the league, and with some development and better understanding of his role as the season went along -- the Thunder preached less shooting, more cutting and driving -- the Thunder are intent on keeping him.
KC Johnson: Bulls pushed hard for Andre Roberson, source said. But Thunder wants to re-sign him.
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Darvin Ham the coach LeBron James wants?

The Lakers may be willing to take that leap of faith because Ham spent two years with the organization. His personality isn’t easily forgotten. Ham brings a lot of energy to a gym. He’s arguably the best fit for the locker room, with veterans like LeBron James, Anthony Davis and possibly Russell Westbrook in need of a coach they can relate to and respect. “He’s the guy LeBron wants,” a competing source said. It will be up to Ham to spell out his basketball vision, in general and in context to the Lakers’ roster makeup. He could be the hire if he can sell that side to the team’s front office.
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He also has a reputation for being a bit headstrong or rigid in personality. He’s going to demand respect, but he’s going to need to clarify precisely why he and the Nets divorced in-season. Is he the right coach for star players with strong personalities like James? Atkinson may have the most outside-the-box style of the three finalists. Per a competing source, he’s similar to Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse, willing to experiment with unconventional strategies to win by whatever means necessary.

Warriors overcome 19-point deficit, take Game 2 vs. Mavs

The Warriors came back from a 19-point deficit to beat the Dallas Mavericks 126-117 in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. The Warriors now have a 2-0 advantage in the series. The first two quarters of the game were owned by the Mavericks. They hit 15 3-pointers in the first half, setting a new franchise record for 3s made in a playoff half. Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson became the second pair of starting guards to each score 20 points in the first half of a playoff game in the past 25 seasons. “I told them that if we developed some poise in the second half, the game would come to us,” Kerr said. “But I thought we were so scattered in the first half. Maybe emotionally more so than anything. Dallas came out and just punched us. We felt confident that if we [got poised], they wouldn’t make 15 3s in the second half.”
On defense, Looney held the Mavericks to 1-of-11 shooting from the field as the primary defender, including holding Doncic to 0-of-3. He also grabbed 12 rebounds. Looney is accustomed to being switched onto guards like Doncic. During the Warriors’ dynastic runs, he was switched onto James Harden when Golden State faced Houston multiple times during the postseason. “I take kind of the same approach,” Looney said. “I’m just a little bit more battle-tested. That was my first time playing on a big stage like this. I don’t know if even my teammates had the most faith in me, but they put me out there and I handled it pretty well.