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The next stop for Paul Millsap is free agency. The two-time All-Star, both in his seasons the Hawks, is an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Hawks would like to re-sign the power forward – along with several other teams. Atlanta Journal Constitution
“I think looking at different options, looking at this team, looking at what we’ve built thus far, in weight my options I can’t make a decision right now,” Millsap said. “It’s been a long series, a long year, for me and the team. Let things die down, cool off, relax and think about it a little bit. We are a family. This team is close. It will play a lot into the decision.” Atlanta Journal Constitution
The championship LeBron James craves more than any other, the one he came back home to get, is within reach. The Cavaliers are in the NBA Finals. James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving added 16, providing a boost after missing two games, and Cleveland reserved a spot in the Finals with a 118-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night to win the Eastern Conference title. By sweeping the top-seeded Hawks, the Cavs earned their second trip to the Finals, where they will face either Golden State or Houston starting June 4. AP
Jeff Teague scored 17 and Paul Millsap 16 for Atlanta, which won a team-record 60 games during the regular season and made the conference finals for the first time since 1970. But the Hawks were no match for the Cavaliers and had no answer for James, who nearly averaged a triple-double in the four games. AP
Rockets center Dwight Howard was one of several hundred stranded at the Toyota Center after Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night due to flash flooding in Houston. But instead of lamenting his fate, he went back onto the arena floor and mingled with the fans. Philadelphia Daily News
Howard, signed autographs and posed for pictures while waiting out the harsh weather. His mom and young son - who played catch with fans - were also there. "I can't go nowhere, so I'm with the fans," Howard told KPRC News. Philadelphia Daily News
Money used to be no object to Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. That was then. This is now. In a sign that the Nets are in a new mode of trying to save where they can, Nets assistant GM Bobby Marks was laid off Tuesday – his contract not renewed. Marks had been with the organization for 20 years and was assistant GM since 2010, in charge mostly of the salary cap. NY Post
Speaking of the cap, Prokhorov finished a second straight season with the largest payroll that was beyond the luxury-tax threshold. Their payroll plus luxury tax payments are expected to soar over $105 million, which is at least better than 2013-14 when they paid an NBA record $190 million. NY Post
[Stephen] Curry was not diagnosed with a concussion after his injury, which occurred when he leaped in the air to try to block a shot during the second quarter of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. Instead, Curry flipped over Houston’s Trevor Ariza, twisted awkwardly and slammed to the floor, landing on the back of his shoulder and neck. San Francisco Chronicle
Pat Riley, Micky Arison and many Heat insiders might have boiling discontent over how LeBron James left the Heat. And maybe they're right. But it's telling and speaks well of him that Dwyane Wade doesn't. Wade sent out this tweet in light of Cleveland's ridiculously easy sweep over Atlanta Tuesday night in the Eastern Conference Finals: "Congrats to my brother @KingJames on 5 straight finals appearances... alot of people have no idea how tough that is" South Florida Sun Sentinel
Miami Heat: In 61 minutes over eight games, that team put up an offensive rating of 116 and a defensive rating of 102.5 for a net of 13.5. It shot 52.5 percent over the first two months of the season and was never heard from again after December. Williams was packaged in the trade for Dragic and wound up in Detroit. Palm Beach Post Blog
Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez has always had a cartoonish quality to him, so the broadcasting gig he and his twin brother landed on a Disney network seems perfectly natural. Robin and Brook Lopez will host "NBA Slam Dunk!" a series of three 15-minute specials on Disney XD that will highlight funny stuff from the NBA. The episodes will air at 7 p.m. on consecutive nights starting Monday. Oregonian
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