Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Clippers have signed Doc Rivers to a contract extension through the 18-19 season. Rivers signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Clippers in June of 2013 after the club agreed to a compensation deal with the Boston Celtics." August 28
Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers' extension will be worth more than $50 million over five years, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
SI.com "In a development that makes Donald Sterling reacquiring the Los Angeles Clippers virtually impossible, court records indicate that Sterling failed to petition the California Supreme Court for review by Monday’s deadline. The failure means that Sterling has run out of legal options in California to..." August 27
Washington Post "James Harden was going up for a layup. Paul George was going up to contest the shot. When they came down, George had broken his leg and Harden had to look on, petrified and perplexed by what transpired. “That was tough,” said Harden, who struggled to watch as George agonized near the basket..." August 27
Philly.com "Dion Waiters was en route to Los Angeles last month for a weeklong workout session with pro basketball trainer Rob McClanaghan, an annual West Coast trip that had become as much a part of Waiters' offseason routine as the trade rumors that always seem to include his name, when his cellphone..." August 27
ESPN.com "New Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has a message for Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor: Quit worrying about me and focus on your team instead. Love, appearing on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" on Wednesday morning, responded to comments made by Taylor, who said Tuesday that the..." August 27
CBSSports.com "Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie denied the rumors that the team had tried to acquire 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett in a conference call on Tuesday. "I can tell you unequivocally we didn't have any conversations about [Bennett]," Hinkie said, via The Intelligencer's Tom..." August 27
CBSSports.com "Kobe Bryant is looking to follow an old rival's example. Preparing to make his comeback from a knee injury, the Los Angeles Lakers star has been studying how Paul Pierce adjusted his game as his athleticism faded away. From Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard: In preparing for this..." August 27
Shannon Brown's contract with the Miami Heat is for one year at $1.3 million, I'm told.
If Clippers clear roster space by waiving Delfino (and maybe Raduljica), the team could look at bringing Hedo Turkoglu back.
CBSSports.com "Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters is excited about the possibilities with LeBron James and Kevin Love on his team next year, and he's prepared for the season differently this summer, via Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer: What he has a chance to be now, with James and Love, is..." August 27
Yahoo! Sports "Russian shooting guard Dmitry Kulagin is receiving interest from the Sacramento Kings and is seriously considering coming to the NBA, a source told Yahoo Sports. Kulagin, 22, averaged 7.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists for Russia BC Triumph Lyubertsy last season. The 6-foot-6,..." August 27
SB Nation "On Tuesday, Timberwolves franchisee* Glen Taylor held court at the Minnesota State Fair as the newest hopes of the team were introduced. As he is wont to do, he openly discussed his feelings with the media. Kudos to him for that. Without franchisees, players, coaches and GMs spouting off,..." August 27
CBSSports.com "USA Today reports that after the Los Angeles Clippers traded Jared Dudley to the Milwaukee Bucks for Carlos Delfino Tuesday, LA plans to waive Delfino immediately using the "stretch" provision allowed in the last CBA: Yet according to a person with knowledge of the Clippers' situation, it's..." August 27
Bucks will send Carlos Delfino and Radiluca to the Clippers for Dudley and a future first-round pick, source tells Yahoo.
TheScore.com "The Philadelphia 76ers will accept just about any and all reclamation projects, except former No. 2 overall pick Hasheem Thabeet. For Philadelphia, the move nets them nothing more than a bit of cash. According to salary information from Shamsports, only $500,000 of Thabeet's deal is guaranteed...." August 26
SB Nation "There will be more space around the basket stanchion next season because the NBA is trying to improve player safety. The NBA is attempting to improve player safety by cutting down the amount of photographers around the basket stanchion, according to a memo from Rod Thorn, the league's president..." August 26
USA Today "The 11 players currently on the Philadelphia 76ers are owed $24.25 million combined next season, or in clearer terms, about $1 million less than Amar’e Stoudemire will get from the New York Knicks. The team, which traded its most established player (Thaddeus Young) this weekend, is terrible,..." August 26
Real GM Basketball "Zydrunas Ilgauskas has been retired for three seasons and the Cleveland Cavaliers retired his No. 11 last season, but he could be considering a comeback. ESPN Cleveland radio host Tony Rizzo first talked about an Ilgauskas return on Sunday and reiterated the possiblity on Monday." August 26
CBSSports.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers have been trying to work out a trade for Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov for the past six to eight weeks, ESPN's Brian Windhorst said on ESPN Cleveland radio. Mozgov played for Cavaliers head coach David Blatt on the Russian national team. Blatt told Russian outlet..." August 26
Sporting News "Kobe Bryant is supremely confident. This is a secret to no one. And because of that confidence, there is no doubt in his mind that he is the best player in the world, even at age 36. In one of a series of untold Bryant stories, Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report provides details that explain who..." August 26
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Larry Drew said he was "blindsided" by the way he lost his job as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. Commenting at length for the first time since he was fired by the Bucks' new ownership June 30, Drew said his firing was "definitely mystifying." The veteran coach lasted just one season in..." August 26
Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant is under contract with the Lakers for two more seasons and $48.5 million, a deal which he and the team were both widely criticized for agreeing to under the circumstances. The thinking was that Bryant should have taken a far more substantial discount in the twilight of his career,..." August 26
CBSSports.com "The Minnesota Timberwolves want to cut ties with point guard J.J. Barea and failed to trade him to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Zgoda added that he thinks Barea will be waived if Minnesota can't move him. The writing was on the wall for this..." August 26
CBSSports.com "Turner Broadcasting CEO Josh Martin is preparing to fire 550 people in advance of the new NBA rights deal, which is expected to cost the company much more money this time around, according to the New York Post's Claire Atkinson: The CEO of Time Warner's cable-network division, which..." August 26
ESPN New York "With training camp less than two months away, we’re examining the burning questions facing the New York Knicks. Today’s question: How will Carmelo Anthony fit into the triangle offense? Last week, we posed the question above to a longtime scout for an Atlantic Division team. His first..." August 26
Pro Basketball Talk "On his way out the door in Sacramento guard Isaiah Thomas said what a number of scouts had said before about DeMarcus Cousins. “I think if he ran the floor a little more, he would make the game a lot easier for him.” That was one of the things holding him back from getting a roster spot on..." August 26
Nets Daily "It certainly wasn't a defense and not even an explanation, but in an interview with a North Carolina newspaper, Mike Krzyzewski talks about why he chose his former center for Team USA ... and how USA Basketball only decided at the last minute to choose a select team to practice against the senior..." August 26
Washington Post "Stephen Curry is no longer the overlooked overachiever who routinely silenced those with modest to low expectations for his game or his career. Curry is now a star with playmaking skills to accompany that pure shooting stroke and has stepped into a world where outside perceptions of his talent..." August 26
Minneapolis Star Tribune "While most of the local media attention in the Timberwolves’ trade of Kevin Love to the Cavaliers has focused on the arrival of No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, Flip Saunders believes that Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young will play crucial roles with the team, as well. Bennett was the No. 1..." August 26
Cleveland Plain Dealer "For the first time in his basketball career, Kevin Love will be holding up a No. 0 jersey when he's officially introduced as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers at a press conference Tuesday. The number along with a line of merchandise bearing his name were revealed on the team's website over..." August 26
SB Nation "The Cleveland Cavaliers will have what looks to be their best team ever when they begin their season on Oct. 30. On paper, it's hard to argue against the 2014-15 edition of the Wine and Gold Express. You have LeBron at the sustained peak of his powers to go with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in..." August 25
The Houston Rockets are trying to acquire free agent Ramon Sessions in a sign-and-trade with the Milwaukee Bucks, per league sources.
Boston Globe "Avery Bradley talks glowingly of Avery Bradley III, mentioning that his son is totally attached to his father, crying for long stretches when Dad hits the gym for one of his three daily workouts. Bradley’s mind is free entering his fifth NBA season. He just agreed to a four-year, $32 million..." August 25
ESPN.com "Kyrie Irving will start opposite Goran Dragic at point guard Tuesday night when Team USA plays Slovenia in its final tuneup game leading into the FIBA World Cup. But Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, in tabbing Irving as his starter against the Dragic-led Slovenians, told ESPN.com that one..." August 25
ESPN.com "Even after losing an entire season to injury, Emeka Okafor is a man in demand. Roughly half of the league, I'm told, has registered interest this summer in Okafor, despite the fact that the 31-year-old free agent lost the entire 2013-14 season while recovering from a serious neck..." August 25
CBSSports.com "Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group transcribed a radio interview with Klay Thompson's father, who said that owner Joe Lacob and GM Bob Myer wanted to trade Thompson for then-Minnesota-Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, but front office advisor Jerry West and coach Steve Kerr "took (Thompson)..." August 25
NBA.com "That’s the message delivered by the last two men who coached the No. 1 Draft pick. When the Cleveland Cavaliers finally shipped Wiggins — shunned by LeBron James since the day the King announced his return to Cleveland six weeks ago — to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love on Saturday, he..." August 25
Pro Basketball Talk "Michael Beasley, the former No. 2 overall pick, is just 25. These should be his prime money-earning years. Instead, it’s been a rough summer for the free agent. Despite early reports of several teams holding interest, Beasley hasn’t drawn much outside of a workout with the Lakers. He remains..." August 25
Ex-Gopher Joel Przybilla from Monticello retires after making nearly $45 million over 15 seasons in NBA, residing near Milwaukee.
CBSSports.com "The Miami Herald reports that the Heat are aggressively looking for another two-guard or a center to add to their rotation, and free agent Leandro Barbosa and Emeka Okafor are among the players they're interested in: The Heat is serious about adding another shooting guard and a big man if..." August 24
San Jose Mercury News "Klay Thompson isn’t much of a talker, especially not to the media. He’s a nice guy who will give an interview if you ask him in person. But he’s not volunteering to be anybody’s spokesperson. Which is why when I texted him to ask for an interview, and he immediately responded in the..." August 24
Yahoo! Sports "Chris Ballard of Sports Illustrated wrote a cover story on Kobe Bryant this week, and it's full of fantastic Kobe stories. In one of the best anecdotes, the director of Kobe's upcoming Showtime documentary, Gotham Chopra, asked a bunch of teammates to describe Kobe in three words. Steve..." August 24
Pro Basketball Talk "We’ve known this was coming, now the waiting is over. It didn’t take long on the first day Andrew Wiggins could be traded for the deal to go down — he is headed to Minnesota as part of a three-team trade that forms a super team in Cleveland with Kevin Love joining LeBron James and Kyrie..." August 24
Minnesota's Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and Miami's 2015 first-round pick remains the package to Philadelphia for Thaddeus Young.
KB believes players like him & LeBron are underpaid (put LBJ free market at ~ $75 mil). Believes important to set an example in contracts...
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#Twolves Flip Saunders called addition of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young with Zach LaVine a "point guard's delight."
ESPN.com "USA Basketball has decided to drop Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver and Gordon Hayward from its roster for the FIBA World Cup in Spain. With the moves not expected to be revealed until later Saturday, USAB instead announced its final 12-man squad for Spain in a 1 a.m. ET news..." August 23