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Basketball Rumors for Monday, May 22, 2017
Updated 9:00 a.m. ET

nba rumors As their relationship with Kristaps Porzingis sits on rocky terrain, the Knicks made a curious decision to not renew the contract of popular assistant Josh Longstaff, the Daily News has learned. NY Daily News

Longstaff was one of the few remaining holdovers of Derek Fisher's original staff, but more importantly he developed a connection with multiple current players -- most notably Porzingis -- and went overseas last year to help train the Latvian forward. Porzingis had even requested that Longstaff serve as an assistant on his Latvian national team this summer for the European championships, as the News previously reported. NY Daily News

According to a report out of Spain, the Knicks are interested in bringing back former point guard Pablo Prigioni as an assistant coach. NY Daily News

nba rumors In Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, after threading the ball between his legs, Curry stepped to his left and, on a crossover, sent Utah center Rudy Gobert — a Defensive Player of the Year candidate — into a 360-degree spin. In Game 2 of the West finals, Curry caused Spurs center Dewayne Dedmon to slip and fall on his backside with only a hesitation — no major ball-handling display. Early in the third quarter of Saturday’s Game 3 win, not long after engineering that big first-half run with three fouls, Curry shed the 6-foot-11 LaMarcus Aldridge in the corner with back-to-back crossovers before knifing down the baseline and lofting a high-arching floater over Danny Green. “Whoa, beautiful ball-handling from Curry!” ESPN analyst Mike Breen exclaimed on the ESPN telecast. San Francisco Chronicle

Pachulia has not fully participated in a practice since sustaining a right heel contusion last Tuesday in Game 2. JaVale McGee started at center in Game 3 and posted 16 points, leading the offensive charge in a first half during which the Warriors were by turns sluggish and sloppy. CSN Bay Area

The Sixers should make Redick, an unrestricted free agent, one of their top targets this offseason. They have a glaring void on offense and Redick can fill those needs. The Sixers ranked 25th in scoring (102.4 points), 27th in field goal percentage (44.2) and tied with the Bulls for 24th in three-point percentage (34.0). The young team needs a boost in the backcourt. The Sixers' top three offensive pieces are in the frontcourt (Joel Embiid, 20.2 points per game; Dario Saric, 12.8 points per game) or on the perimeter (Robert Covington, 12.9 points per game). Nik Stauskas was the highest-scoring guard last season at 9.5 points per game. CSN Philly

Romania's foreign minister says his country had no choice in detaining Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter in the capital's airport. Teodor Melescanu said Romania could not "proceed otherwise" in comments made to He declined to comment further. Kanter was detained at Henri Coanda Airport on Saturday before departing to the United States via London. Norman Transcript/AP

Cue the question again: Will Bogdan Bogdanovic join the Kings next season? If the Serbian shooting guard is coming to the NBA, he’s leaving his European team as a champion. Bogdanovic tied teammate Nikola Kalinic with a game-high 17 points as Fenerbahce Istanbul became the first Turkish club to win the EuroLeague title, defeating Olympiacos Piraeus 80-64 in the league’s Final Four championship game Sunday in Istanbul. Bogdanovic also had five rebounds, one assist and one steal. Sacramento Bee

Arizona's Rawle Alkins has announced that he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to the Wildcats for his sophomore season. "Still have some unfinished business to take care of," Alkins posted Sunday on Twitter. "Declaring for the NBA Draft has taught me more than I could have imagined and has been an incredible experience. I can't wait to help the Wildcats win a national championship next year with a great team, great coach, and the most amazing fans in the world behind us," he posted.


Basketball Rumors for Sunday, May 21, 2017
Updated 9:00 a.m. ET

nba rumors After the Boston Celtics announced that Isaiah Thomas would miss the remainder of the postseason after aggravating a right hip injury, team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge took to Twitter and dubbed Thomas’ 2016-17 campaign a “legendary season.” ESPN Boston

In the two years since the Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers last met in the playoffs, Thomas has morphed from a sixth man set free by two lottery teams into a two-time All-Star who earned his first All-NBA honors last week, in large part because of his otherworldly offensive efforts this season. ESPN Boston

nba rumors Unlike in Game 2, the Spurs battled, even led for a healthy portion of the first half. But ultimately, without Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard (ankle), the Warriors' firepower proved too overwhelming. Golden State defeated the Spurs, 120-108, at the AT&T Center to take a 3-0 series lead. Coach Gregg Popovich made a strategic change entering the game, inserting Kyle Anderson as a starter over Gasol. San Antonio Express News

The gambit paid off early as the Spurs dropped 33 points in the first quarter, carrying a four-point lead into the second frame. Unfortunately, David Lee added to the Spurs' recent run of misfortune when he injured his knee late in the period after tying the game with a layup. He was unable to return and exited on a wheelchair. San Antonio Express News

Largely muted during the first half, LaMarcus Aldridge (18 points, five rebounds) went on an individual 7-0 run cut the Warriors' lead to four. Then Durant seized control. He scored 19 points in the third quarter, finishing almost effortlessly over an array of defenders. Durant finished with a game-high 33 points and added 10 rebounds and four assists. San Antonio Express News

nba rumors JaVale McGee’s efficiency in the first half was off the charts. The Warriors’ first seven points belonged to him. At halftime, the center led Golden State in scoring with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting after adding a rebound and a block. “He was a game-changer,” Klay Thompson said. “He’s been so efficient in these playoffs and gives us a new dimension out there because he’s so long and athletic.” San Jose Mercury News

In 10 postseason appearances, McGee is averaging 6.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in just over 10 minutes per game. Golden State’s game plan has relied on using the center in spurts, not long stretches all at once. McGee’s 11:10 minutes in the first half saw him blow past the Spurs for several transition lay-ups along with a couple of his signature lob dunks. “They’re definitely not coming out in the game planning to shut JaVale down,” Draymond Green said. “I’m sure they were shocked and even once they realized it, the game plan is still stop who it is to stop, so they didn’t really adjust to it well once it was happening.” San Jose Mercury News

nba rumors Oklahoma City center Enes Kanter could not get into Bucharest, Romania today after landing there on a flight from Singapore. The Turkish government had canceled his passport. Kanter, who is from Turkey, quickly took to Twitter to explain the situation. "We are in Romania, and they said they canceled my passport by Turkish embassy," Kanter said in a Twitter video he posted today at 8:20 a.m. CT. "They've been holding us here for hours by these two police. The reason behind it is, of course, my political views, and the guy who did it is Recep Tayyip, the president of Turkey." Norman Transcript

Kanter was able to get onto a plane to London later this afternoon. A spokesperson for the Romanian border police told the New York Times that Kanter had not been "detained or locked up" while in Romania. “Today at around 1 p.m. local time an individual arrived from Frankfurt,” Fabian Badila told the Times. “My colleagues established that his travel documents weren’t valid, that they had been canceled by his home country, so he wasn’t allowed to enter the country. Norman Transcript


Basketball Rumors for Friday, May 19, 2017
Updated 9:00 a.m. ET

nba rumors The Boston Celtics today announced that Isaiah Thomas will miss the remainder of this year’s postseason following re-aggravation of a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland. Inside Hoops

Thomas initially injured the hip during the third quarter of the Celtics’ March 15 game against Minnesota, forcing him to miss the next two regular season contests. The injury was further aggravated during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Washington on May 12. Inside Hoops

Thomas did not travel with the team to Cleveland for Game 3 on Sunday. The Cavaliers could finish off the sweep with victories in Cleveland. "He was pretty despondent not to be able to play," Boston coach Brad Stevens said Friday night. "He's a tough guy, and for him to have to sit is really hard." A 5-foot-8 guard who was the last selection in the 2011 NBA draft, Thomas emerged as a star this season, averaging nearly 29 points and leading the league in fourth-quarter scoring. Star Tribune/AP

nba rumors Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard will not face the Warriors in Game 3 of Western Conference Finals on Saturday night at AT&T Center. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich made the announcement prior San Antonio’s Saturday morning shootaround. CSN Bay Area

Leonard came into the series with a sprained left ankle, sustained against the Houston Rockets in the conference semifinals. The injury was aggravated in the third quarter of Game 1 at Oracle Arena and he did not play in Game 2 on Tuesday. CSN Bay Area

nba rumors Paul George did not make the All-NBA teams announced Thursday, which means the Indiana Pacers will likely be unable to sign the All-Star to a contract extension this summer. The vote also had an impact on Utah Jazz All-Star Gordon Hayward, who did not make the All-NBA teams. He has the option to be a free agent this summer, but he only has seven years of experience -- making him ineligible for the $200 million deal unless he picked up his $16.7 million option for next season.

Had George made one of the three teams, he would have qualified for the new Designated Player Extension that is part of the new collective bargaining agreement that starts July 1. That designation would've allowed the Pacers to offer George the richest contract in NBA history -- and add up to five years and approximately $210 million to his contract.

That is about $75 million more than another team could guarantee George were he to sign elsewhere if he opted for free agency in 2018. This new provision was built into the system following Kevin Durant's departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency last summer.

Players qualify for the Designated Player Extension if they make the All-NBA team the year before the extension or are named Most Valuable Player or Defensive Player of the Year. It only applies to players going into their eighth or ninth seasons when the contract takes effect.

nba rumors Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter is returning to the United States after being detained in a Romanian airport. Romanian Border Police spokesman Fabian Badila confirmed to The Associated Press that the player left Romania for the United States via London. Deseret News

Kanter, who is from Turkey, said in a video Saturday morning on his Twitter account that the Turkish embassy canceled his passport and he'd been detained for several hours at a Romanian airport. Deseret News


Basketball Rumors for Friday, May 19, 2017
Updated 9:00 a.m. ET

nba rumors For Cleveland's LeBron James, there was history. For Houston's James Harden, there was affirmation. And for Indiana's Paul George and Utah's Gordon Hayward, a chance at signing contracts exceeding $200 million this summer is gone. James and Harden headlined the All-NBA first team that was unveiled by the league on Thursday. James made the first team for a record-tying 11th time, matching the mark set by Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone. And Harden was the only player to be unanimously selected by a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters as a first-teamer this year, returning to that group for the third time in the last four seasons. CSN Philly/AP

Three Warriors were named to the All-NBA team Thursday, and some members of the team believe there should have been four. Though no Warriors were named to the first team, guard Stephen Curry and forward Kevin Durant were named to second team, with forward Draymond Green on the third team. CSN Bay Area

That guard Klay Thompson, the team’s fourth All-Star, was left off all three five-man teams didn’t sit particularly well with Curry and Green -- especially Green. “I think it’s bulls---,” he said. “When you look around teams . . . what did we win, 67 games or something like that? And we probably handed teams three or four. You’re talking a possible 70-win season. I think Klay is one of our top three guys, and to not be on an All-NBA team is pretty crazy." CSN Bay Area

nba rumors Both Paul George and Jimmy Butler have been tied to trade rumors with the Boston Celtics for quite some time, but don’t expect those rumors to come to fruition this summer. According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics’ ownership of the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft would make a trade for either superstar unlikely. NESN

Wojnarowski also noted that the Celtics reportedly are focusing their offseason efforts on Gordon Hayward, who can opt out of his contract with the Utah Jazz and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Utah’s hopes of retaining Hayward became more difficult Thursday, as Hayward’s absence from the All-NBA teams means the forward can’t sign a super-max contract with the Jazz. NESN

nba rumors Expect big changes. That was the message Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was spreading on the parquet floor of the Garden yesterday as he prepared his team for tonight’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Celtics. The Cavaliers fully expect Celts coach Brad Stevens to make significant alterations to his game plan after Wednesday night’s one-dimensional, 117-104 loss in the series opener. The Cavs’ 13-point margin of victory did not adequately measure their domination. Boston Herald

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson exchanged heated words with Celtics guards Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart during some chippy segments in the second half. Thompson was particularly agitated by an aggressive offensive foul Smart laid on him early in the fourth quarter. Smart picked up his sixth personal foul on the play so he had nothing to lose in talking smack to Thompson. Boston Herald

Asked how Andre Iguodala looked during practice Thursday, Warriors teammate Kevin Durant issued a one-word reply: “Good.” Though Iguodala, who missed the second half of Game 1 and all of Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs with soreness in his left knee, is listed as questionable for Game 3 on Saturday in San Antonio, there exists a likelihood the veteran forward will be able to play. CSN Bay Area

Phil Jackson was playing the role of the quiet observer in his meeting with former Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox at the NBA’s pre-draft combine last week. Fox was in midtown Manhattan Thursday afternoon for an appearance at the Vanderbilt YMCA on 47th Street, and recounted his sitdown with Knicks officials as Clarence Gaines Jr., the team’s vice president of personnel, probed Fox for answers. NY Daily News

Nerlens Noel found himself in a funny place as the only player on Dallas' season-ending roster who is neither under contract next season, nor entering a contract option year that the Mavericks control. The Mavericks acquired the 23-year-old power forward from Philadelphia on Feb. 23 and are eager to re-sign him for 2017-18. So it's no surprise that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is happy to see Noel spending time around the team this offseason. Cuban talked about Noel hanging around the Mavericks facility this week on 105.3 The Fan's Ben & Skin Show. Dallas Morning News


Basketball Rumors for Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Updated 9:00 a.m. ET

nba rumors With the exception of a cryptic social media response, Carmelo Anthony has remained silent since Phil Jackson publicly outlined what we've known for a while: the team president has no use for his star player, and the Knicks will try to trade him ASAP. Of course, this won't be a run-of-the-mill trade negotiation because Anthony holds more power than the vast majority of his colleagues. And one of his good friends believes Anthony should hold on to that no-trade clause, no matter how much pressure Jackson applies. NY Daily News

Dolan, it should be noted, is not going to fire Jackson, not after just opting into two more years of a contract paying the 71-year-old roughly $12 million per. But the more realistic options that Martin is suggesting - and these are terrible for the Knicks - are agreeing to buyout with Anthony or trading him for pennies on the dollar because he's digging in his heels with the no-trade clause. NY Daily News

nba rumors A number of people around the Timberwolves organization have asked owner Glen Taylor why he isn’t making the trip to New York for Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery. Taylor represented the Wolves at the lottery two years ago, when Minnesota nabbed the No. 1 pick in the draft, which turned into franchise cornerstone Karl-Anthony Towns. “It was emotional,” Taylor said of standing on the stage on national television that night as the Wolves’ card was revealed as the lottery winner. “And as it ended up, all of our hopes and our plans came out as we wanted them to. Karl has been just a terrific addition to our team.” St Paul Pioneer Press

The Wolves had the best odds for the top pick in 2011, but fell to No. 2 in the draft. Cleveland took Kyrie Irving No. 1 overall that year, and Minnesota selected Derrick Williams. Minnesota was slotted to pick second in 2010, but fell to fourth in the lottery, where it selected Wes Johnson. St Paul Pioneer Press

It gets even worse when you look farther back. Minnesota dropped from No. 3 to No. 4 in 1994. The top three picks that year were Glenn Robinson, Jason Kidd and Grant Hill. At No. 4, Minnesota selected Donyell Marshall. The Wolves slid from No. 2 to No. 5 in 1993. Chris Webber, Shawn Bradley, Penny Hardaway and Jamal Mashburn were all selected before Minnesota took Isaiah Rider. St Paul Pioneer Press


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