May 24, 2013 11:08 PM EDT
Masai Ujiri is in serious negotiations with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment to become the next general manager of the Toronto Raptors.
Ujiri will take the next couple days to fully consider the move, but signs are currently pointing to him taking the position with the Raptors.
The Denver Nuggets do not intend to make an aggressive counter to the Raptors' multi-million dollar offer.
Denver ownership "seems to be moving on," one league source familiar with the talks told Y! Sports.
The Raptors are believed to be offering double or even triple the best deal Ujiri has received from the Nuggets.
May 24, 2013 11:08 AM EDT
After playing a second consecutive season with a torn ligament in his left wrist, Luol Deng doesn’t plan to have any procedure to repair the wrist, a league source told RealGM.
Deng made his second straight All-Star team this season for the Chicago Bulls, averaging 16.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and three assists in 75 games. He decided to bypass surgery after last summer’s Olympics and played all season with his wrist taped.
Instead of undergoing surgery, Deng will rest his wrist. He also dealt with a fractured thumb earlier in the season.
Deng led the Bulls to a 3-1 series lead over the Brooklyn Nets in the first round, but he missed the final seven games – including the series win – of Chicago’s playoff run due to lingering symptoms from a spinal tap. He’s since recovered and felt better. The Bulls’ season ended in a Game 5 series loss to the Miami Heat on May 15.
Over the past two seasons, Deng has cemented himself as an integral, durable forward on the Bulls, establishing himself under Tom Thibodeau as one of the NBA’s elite wing defenders.
May 24, 2013 5:34 PM EDT
The Toronto Raptors have requested permission to interview Kevin Pritchard for their general manager opening, according to sources.
The Indiana Pacers do not want to allow interviews until the season ends. They are currently down 1-0 to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
One of the possibilities that the Raptors have identified is teaming Pritchard with Oklahoma City assistant GM Troy Weaver.
May 24, 2013 8:48 PM EDT
The Boston Celtics will host six point guards and four centers for draft workouts this weekend.
Point guards Shane Larkin of Miami, Phil Pressey of Missouri, Pierre Jackson of Baylor, Peyton Siva of Louisville, Erick Green of Virginia Tech, and Myck Kabongo of Texas are scheduled to attend.
The centers expected to participate are Jeff Withey of Kansas, Steven Adams of Pittsburgh, Colton Iverson of Colorado State, and Greg Echenique of Creighton.
The Celtics have the No. 16 pick in the June 27 draft.
May 24, 2013 8:45 PM EDT
Anthony Bennett proved to be a versatile player in his lone season at UNLV.
Bennett possesses a 7-foot-1 wingspan and shot 38 percent from beyond the arc in 35 games for the Runnin’ Rebels.
"I just feel like I’m a basketball player. I don’t really have a position. I can play inside. I can play out," the 6-foot-8 Bennett said. "So whatever a team needs, I think I got it."
Bennett has spent time doing background work on teams that might select him.
"I can go anywhere in the top 5. I feel I can play in any of those systems," Bennett said. "I don’t even have to change my game."
May 24, 2013 8:31 PM EDT
Alvin Gentry wants to be considered for the Los Angeles Clippers’ coaching vacancy.
"If you look at that job, it's probably the best one out there," Gentry said. "When you take into consideration the talent level that they have and what they did this year."
Gentry has spent time examining how Vinny Del Negro handled the team.
"They need someone who can manage egos, that's huge with that team,” Gentry said. “You need someone who can manage the bench. That bench has been great for them and pretty much won probably 10-12 games outright for them.
"And you need someone who can come up with plays at the end of the game, a little more ball movement maybe.”
May 24, 2013 9:57 AM EDT
P.J. Carlesimo had a 35-19 record as interim head coach of the Brooklyn Nets and said that expectations from ownership are not lining up with the level of talent on the roster.
Carlesimo, however, did say that the Nets' head coach opening is one of the best in the NBA since they are a playoff team.
"Having said that, the expectations to win a championship in two years, that’s a heavy load for anybody, not just for Brooklyn. But I don’t know if that’s realistic the way the roster is right now," Carlesimo said Thursday.
"I wouldn’t say that team cannot win a championship, because we thought we could this year if things broke a little better for us. But if that’s on your plate that you need to win a championship in two years, I think that makes it a little challenging."
Mikhail Prokhorov said after buying the Nets in 2010 his goal was to win a championship within five years.
"I also think the expectations are maybe not totally realistic, but you’d rather have that from your owner, and then he’s got the wherewithal to back it up," Carlesimo said. "That’s his goal. We talked about that from day one. He doesn’t make any bones about it. He doesn’t want to have a nice team, he doesn’t want to just sell tickets in Brooklyn and make the team competitive. He wants to win an NBA championship, and as a coach you can’t ask for more that. So if what comes with that is a short leash, well, so be it."
May 24, 2013 9:47 AM EDT
Tim Duncan is reportedly going through divorce proceedings with his wife Amy.
Court papers filed last week include a request that legal discovery in the case be postponed until after the Spurs' last playoff game.
The Duncans met at Wake Forest when Tim was on the basketball team and Amy was a cheerleader.
Amy initiated the divorce proceedings on March 27.
Richard Orsinger represented Tony Parker in his divorce from Evan Longoria in 2010.
May 24, 2013 11:38 AM EDT
The Minnesota Timberwolves are targeting Victor Oladipo in the NBA draft, according to league sources.
The Timberwolves currently have the ninth overall pick and would have to move up to get Oladipo.
Flip Saunders is likely to engage the Charlotte Bobcats, holders of the No. 4 pick, in trade talks.
May 24, 2013 5:25 PM EDT
Kosta Koufos will train with the Denver Nuggets' coaches and trainers this offseason rather than playing for the Greek national team.
Koufos averaged 8.0 points per game and 6.9 rebounds this season.
Greece is playing in the FIBA EuroBasket 2013 tournament in Slovenia.
Tim Leiweke plans to present Masai Ujiri an offer that will pay him nearly $3 million annually over the course of a multi-year contract.
Andris Biedrins has one option year remaining on his contract with the Warriors.
The Wizards could use their draft pick as a trade chip to acquire an established player.
Trey Burke is projected to be the first point guard taken in the upcoming draft.
Doc Rivers has three years and $21 million remaining on his contract with the Celtics.
Chris Grant selected Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters higher than most had projected and may do the same with Otto Porter.
The Pistons will pick in the lottery for the tenth straight season.
Pablo Prigioni spent most of his professional career in Spain.
Jabari Parker has the versatility to play multiple positions.
Trey Burke is unlikely to fall out of the top 10 in June's draft.
Tony Parker said Thursday that his calf contusion is dissipating well.
The Cavaliers won the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday and could draft Nerlens Noel.
Dwyane Wade has a bone bruise this season while last year's injury involved the cartilage, which required surgery in the offseason.
Stan Van Gundy knows his family has become comfortable living together in Orlando and has made it clear that he will not coach in the NBA next season.
LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul have been named to the All-NBA First Team.
Jarrett Jack and Jerryd Bayless have played key playoff minutes this season.
The Pacers would surely prefer to be beat on a jumper than a LeBron James' layup that could be prevented by Roy Hibbert.
Carl Landry has played for four NBA teams in six seasons.
The Grizzlies are looking at new ways to manage the salary cap.
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