NBA Rumors for Saturday, May 30
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Police say NBA star John Wall was kicked off a flight in Las Vegas on Tuesday after a disturbance was reported. Las Vegas police said Friday that the Washington Wizards' All-Star point guard was with a group of people on an American Airlines flight around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. AP
Former NBA All-Star Chris Gatling ran a massive online fraud scheme using credit cards of people from across the nation, Scottsdale police said Saturday. Gatling was released from jail after being booked on fraud schemes, aggravated identity theft and forgery, police spokesman Kevin Watts said. His arrest Thursday was first reported by TMZ.com. AP
Gatling, 47, met a Scottsdale fitness studio owner on a dating website earlier this year, according to police. He told the victim that he operated several Internet businesses that created websites and fixed credit. He persuaded her to charge credit card numbers for him through her business, authorities said. Gatlin allegedly told her she could have 10 percent of the dollar amounts charged, but he would get 90 percent. He also convinced her to give him his share upfront in cash, investigators said. AP
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According to a source, Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg already has a deal in place to become the Bulls’ next head coach. The parameters of the deal were discussed while Thibodeau was still employed by the Bulls. Hoiberg’s deal is believed to be in the $25 million range over five years. Hoiberg, who recently needed a second heart surgery, is merely waiting to be cleared by doctors before officially accepting the job. NY Daily News
Hoiberg has a history with Bulls GM Gar Foreman and his agent, Arn Tellem, is friendly with Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf. On Thursday, Foreman managed to keep a straight face when he suggested the Bulls would start a coaching search. Other than that, you should believe everything else he was saying. NY Daily News
Even with Karl Anthony-Towns expected to be the first overall pick in next month’s NBA Draft, the Knicks may stick with the philosophy of taking the best Kentucky big man available. While Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein have garnered the most attention, the Knicks for months have been enamored with Trey Lyles, according to a team source. Lyles is a 6-foot-10 forward out of Indianapolis who Phil Jackson sees as a good fit for the triangle offense. NY Daily News
Would the Knicks select Lyles with the fourth overall pick? Crazier things have happened and if Jackson truly believes Lyles, the 2014 Indiana Mr. Basketball who was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and has played internationally for the U.S. and Canada, is worth it, perhaps he’ll make the move. A more plausible scenario would be for the Knicks to trade down, since most draft experts don’t see him as a top 10 pick. NY Daily News
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The timing may be different, but the conclusions from conversations with people familiar with the Bulls' pursuit of former Timberwolves executive Fred Hoiberg are the same. Hoiberg will accept and be introduced as Bulls coach next week before the NBA Finals begin Thursday to allow Iowa State to begin its replacement search formally and break its recruiting stalemate. St. Paul Pioneer Press
Hoiberg will accept the Bulls job next week but not be introduced for a few weeks for family schooling considerations. Whatever the case, sources continue to indicate that Hoiberg, barring an unexpected negotiation snag or change of heart, will replace Tom Thibodeau as the 19th coach in franchise history. Some have even speculated the Bulls and their former guard have an oral agreement in place, with only the contract details and introduction to be finalized. St. Paul Pioneer Press
NBA coaching success comes in a variety of textures. Bulldogs can win, and so can Zen masters. Jeff Hornacek can, too, with the right front-office support. The Suns coach is entering the final season of a three-year contract, which screams "lame duck" in the coaching universe. If management wants to first distance itself from a disappointing season, that's understandable, but an extension, or at least picking up Hornacek's fourth-year option, should be on the team's offseason agenda. Arizona Republic
Speculation that Iowa State will pursue [Hornacek] if the Chicago Bulls hire Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg makes sense. They love Hornacek, a four-year player in Ames, and know that just a year ago he was runner-up for NBA Coach of the Year. Arizona Republic
The Orlando Magic have named Scott Skiles head coach, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Skiles becomes the 12th head coach in franchise history. Skiles, 51, has an overall NBA regular season record of 443-433 (.506) as head coach with Phoenix, Chicago and Milwaukee. During his 13 seasons as a head coach, his teams have reached the NBA Playoffs six times. InsideHoops
“Scott (Skiles) clearly distinguished himself as a tremendous fit,” said Hennigan. “Our young roster will benefit greatly from Scott’s extensive head coaching experience and commitment to teaching smart, physical, unselfish basketball. We believe in Scott’s ability to establish a culture of winning habits and accountability that will help guide our team in a positive direction.” InsideHoops
Hennigan: “As we began our search, our internal discussions centered on finding a head coach with a solid resume of NBA head coaching experience, great leadership qualities, a motivating communication style, and someone with a strong strategic acumen,” said Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins. “We feel Scott (Skiles) brings a balanced approach in all those qualities and we look forward, with great confidence, to him leading our young men in helping us reach our collective goal of sustainable success.” InsideHoops
Following extensive examinations over the last two days – including neurological tests earlier this morning – Warriors guard Klay Thompson has been diagnosed with a concussion. He will not return to the court until he is symptom-free and cleared under the NBA’s concussion protocol guidelines. He will be evaluated daily and there is no timetable for his return. InsideHoops
After receiving final approval from the City of El Segundo, the Los Angeles Lakers have completed the purchase of a five acre property located at the northwest corner of Mariposa Avenue and Douglas Street from CDC/Mar Ventures, it was announced today by team President and co-owner Jeanie Buss. The Lakers will build their new corporate headquarters, including a practice facility, a 750-seat exhibition court and offices on the property, which is part of the Elevon at Campus El Segundo development. InsideHoops
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