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NBA Rumors Stories for Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Updated 5:00 a.m. ET

Jimmy Butler rejected the Wolves’ offer of a four-year, $110 million extension in July, a move that was not so much a repudiation of the Wolves but a business move since Butler could net up to $80 million more if he signs a new contract after this coming season (Butler has a player option on his current deal and can opt out of his contract after this upcoming season). Star Tribune

Karl-Anthony Towns has yet to sign his maximum contract extension and has until Oct. 15 to do so. If Butler is unhappy and indicates to the Wolves he will not sign with them next offseason, the most prudent option for the Wolves might be to trade Butler before the deadline in February and get something in return for him instead of letting him walk for nothing. Star Tribune

The Wolves remain optimistic that Towns will sign his extension, which likely will be worth up to $188 million over five years. The Wolves can offer more money than any other team and Towns would lose leverage if he doesn’t sign by Oct. 15. Star Tribune

Kristaps Porzingis is back in New York, arriving from Latvia on Sunday, and ready to undergo further testing this week to give Knicks management a clearer picture on when he might make his season debut. Porzingis left for Europe in mid-April to continue his rehab from knee surgery, and president Steve Mills had said the franchise would know more about his timetable in September — at the seventh-month mark. NY Post

Porzingis rehabbed much of the summer with Real Madrid instead of staying in New York to work at the Hospital of Special Surgery. He is not expected to get his rookie contract extended as the Knicks look to preserve cap space for 2019, when they can re-sign him and go over the cap per NBA rules. NY Post

Mills has enjoyed one of the longest executive honeymoons in Knicks history, considering this is his second stint and he has been around for so many failed plans and so much losing. Mills was hired as Garden president in 2001, stepped down in 2009 but made a stunning return as Knicks president in 2013, replacing general manager Glen Grunwald, who had just built a 54-win team. NY Post

As for 2017 lottery pick, 20-year-old Frank Ntilikina, Perry said he’s put on 15 pounds and grown 1 ½ inches and is now close to 6-foot-6. “He’s walking around the facility with his shirt off,’’ Perry said. “He didn’t do that last year.’’ NY Post

New York Knicks team president Steve Mills believes the perception of the club among NBA players has changed recently. "In our circles that we travel and the people that we talk to, we know that there is a change in how people perceive us," Mills said at an event for fans on Monday night. "... We know that the players are talking about New York as a place that, 'Things are different there now.' If we do all the things that we're supposed to do over the course of the year, we'll be in a good place [to attract free agents]." ESPN.com

The Knicks plan to have enough cap space to attract at least one max free agent in the summer of 2019. Players expected to test free agency next summer include Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard and Kemba Walker. The Knicks have won just one playoff series in the past 18 years and garnered negative attention for several off-court issues in recent seasons, including ex-Knick Charles Oakley's physical removal from Madison Square Garden and the public unraveling of the relationship between ex-team president Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony. ESPN.com

With no guarantee of his services beyond the 2018-19 season, any team that trades for Jimmy Butler would be making a huge gamble. Butler would be an ideal fit with a team like Portland, who are still searching for another star to pair alongside Damian Lillard. But if the Trail Blazers wanted to get involved it could likely mean packaging nearly all of their young talent like Zach Collins and Anfernee Simons, future draft picks and possibly one of Lillard or CJ McCollum. Oregonian

Monty Williams has spent nearly his entire life in basketball, as a player or a coach, but tragedy struck a little over two years ago and it wasn't clear when he would return to the game. "It's a great time for me to get back to full-time coaching. It was Brett [Brown], it was the team. I've played here before so I kind of know the culture of the city," Williams said Monday night at Brown's annual coaching clinic. "Most importantly, my family was ready for me to get back into coaching." In February 2016, when Williams was an associate head coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder, less than a year removed from his head coaching position with the New Orleans Pelicans, his wife, Ingrid, died from injuries she suffered in a car accident. She was 44. Philly.com

Brent Barry, who played four of his 14 NBA seasons and won a pair of championships with the Spurs, is returning to the club as vice president of basketball operations. The team announced Barry’s hiring among a slew of front-office additions and promotions Monday. Barry, 46, was a member of Spurs title teams in 2005 and 2007, and he has kept his home in San Antonio since his 2009 retirement. He had been working as a television analyst. Express News

Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated’s lead NBA writer for the past eight years, has agreed to join the Clippers’ front office, according to the team, which confirmed the hiring in a news release Monday night. Jenkins will serve as the franchise’s executive director of research and identity; he’ll work with President Lawrence Frank and General Manager Michael Winger. In the new position – the first of its kind for any NBA team, according to the Clippers – Jenkins will use his extensive reporting background and unique interviewing style to contribute to the franchise’s amateur and professional scouting infrastructure and to “enhance the Clipper experience.” OC Register

In an emotional note posted to Twitter Monday evening, Celtics guard Marcus Smart announced his mother, Camellia, died on Sunday. “Words can’t express nor is there enough time in the world to tell u how much I love and miss u,” Smart wrote. “So until we meet again, I say R.I.P. to the strongest woman I know, Camellia Smart, my mom.” Boston.com

Warriors forward Kevin Durant has his eyes on a team in Los Angeles. No, not the Lakers or the Clippers. Take a deep breath Warriors fans. Exhale. Late Sunday night, Durant revealed in an Instagram Story that he wants to play for the Los Angeles Rams. "Aaron Donald is one of the most impressive athletes in all of sports. I would join the rams right now lol," Durant wrote. NBC Sports Bay Area

A number of sources have stated to the Herald that actions leading to Jabari Bird’s arrest on domestic-violence charges seem very much “out of character.” But those close to the situation say the Celtics guard had begun dealing with emotional issues in the weeks prior to the Sept. 7 incident. Bird is charged with kidnapping and assault and battery on his girlfriend, with the police report alleging he choked her at least 12 times, kicked her and threw her against a wall while holding her against her will over a span of some four hours. Boston Herald



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NBA Rumors Stories for Monday, September 17, 2018
Updated 6:00 a.m. ET

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Dwyane Wade is back. The future Hall of Famer announced in a video posted to his Twitter account Sunday night that he will return to the Heat for “one last dance,” his 16th and final season in the NBA before retiring. Miami Herald

That situation is one Wade and the Heat will have to figure out together this season because it’s different than the one he jumped into after being traded to Miami in February. The biggest difference is a healthy Dion Waiters. While it’s still unknown whether Waiters will be ready for the Sept. 25 start of training camp, he’s expected to return and play as Miami’s starting shooting guard this year after undergoing season-ending ankle surgery in January before Wade returned to the Heat. Miami Herald

That shouldn’t matter much because Wade played in a bench role last season, and he’ll likely be a reserve again this year. But a healthy Waiters is another player coach Erik Spoelstra must consider when he’s figuring out how to divide the game’s 48 minutes at shooting guard. Miami Herald

"I've always did things my way," said Wade, who is expected to sign a $2.4 million, one-year deal later this week. "Whether they've good or whether they've been bad, I got here because I've done things the way that I feel is right for me and right for my family. And what I feel is right ... I feel it's right to ask you guys to join me for one last dance, for one last season. "This is it. I've given this game everything that I have, and I'm happy about that, and I'm going to give it for one last season, everything else I have left." ESPN.com

Jeff Bzdelik, the Rockets’ associate head coach who oversaw the dramatic improvement in the team’s defense, will announce his retirement on Monday. “Great to work with. We’ll miss him,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He had an unbelievable career in the NBA. Wish him the best in his next phase.” Houston Chronicle

Bzdelik had been a head coach with the Denver Nuggets, Air Force, Wake Forest and Colorado, and had been on the staff in various roles with Washington, New York, Miami and Memphis in the NBA. Houston Chronicle

In Sunday's game vs. the Czech Republic, Nurkic posted 19 points and 15 rebounds and logged nearly 30 minutes of playing time but it wasn't enough for Bosnia and Herzegovina who fell 85-80. NBC Sports Northwest

But these weren't fans waiting to watch a game or a concert. These were basketball players, young and old by the sport's standards, all waiting for their chance to try out for the Wizards' new G-League affiliate, the Capital City Go-Go. G-League teams are permitted to hold local tryouts and this was the first one in the history of the inaugural franchise. The Wizards hosted over 100 players total across two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. They ran them through shooting drills, taught them two plays and then let them go in 5-on-5 scrimmages spread out between three courts; one in the main arena and the other two in the back of the building. NBC Sports Washington



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NBA Rumors Stories for Sunday, September 16, 2018
Updated 6:00 a.m. ET

"I've had several people say the whole 'Laker mystique' doesn't hold any appeal for Kawhi," Shelburne said Friday on ESPN LA 710. "That's not why he wanted to be with the Lakers. He wanted to be with the Lakers because they were closer to winning. Then they went out and got LeBron [James], and several people [close to Kawhi] said, 'He's not gonna like that. He's not gonna wanna play in his shadow.' But the people I actually trust in terms of [mattering] in his decision-making, they said, 'No, he still wants to be with the Lakers because they're closer to winning.'" NBC Sports Bay Area

Timberwolves all-star guard Jimmy Butler and coach Tom Thibodeau will meet early this week to discuss the upcoming season and thoughts on the team, a source confirmed Saturday. The Athletic was the first to report the meeting. But there’s no reason to believe this is some type of make-or-break moment that will determine Butler’s future in Minnesota. While nothing can ever be ruled out, this meeting isn’t expected to deliver anything of major consequence. St Paul Pioneer Press

On Jimmy Butler: The All-NBA wing turned down a relatively modest 4-year, $110 million contract extension offer from the team this summer. Butler is set to become a free agent next summer. St Paul Pioneer Press

There have also been questions about Butler’s relationship with younger teammates Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. St Paul Pioneer Press

After two surgeries on his left foot cost him two summer-league and one training camp experiences, Timberwolves center Justin Patton now has broken his right foot in pre-camp workouts. Patton will undergo surgery to repair that right foot in the coming days, a source with knowledge of the injury said. Training camp begins Sept. 25, and Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau had been hopeful that Patton would be cleared for contact practice by then. Star Tribune

On Friday, Iowa Wolves coach Scott Roth, who coached Patton there last season, said before Patton’s broken right foot was publicly known, “He just has a lot of mental toughness things he’ll have to conquer over these next few months. Star Tribune

On the Mavs this upcoming season: Just making the playoffs would be a pretty big surprise. The West is even deeper with LeBron [James] coming over. The Lakers will now be in the playoff discussion. IN fact, the Lakers automatically have a better shot at the playoffs than the Mavs, just based on LeBron's presence. I would be very surprised if the Mavs sniffed the playoffs this season. That doesn't mean the team can't make some progress. But even a team like the Nuggets didn't make the playoffs. I don't think the Mavs are anywhere near as talented as Denver. Dallas Morning News

The Mavericks were challenged in the rebounding department, so having DeAndre Jordan should immediately help that shortcoming. He also will help their offensive efficiency as he's led the league in effective field-goal percentage five times in the last six seasons. It'll come down to how well Jordan and Dennis Smith Jr. mesh in the pick and roll, which figures to be an even bigger part of the Mavericks' system this year. Luka Doncic working with Jordan is intriguing, too. And you might even see the high-low post of Dirk Nowitzki and Jordan. The bottom line is that having Jordan opens up a whole new array of options for coach Rick Carlisle. Dallas Morning News



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NBA Rumors Stories for Saturday, September 15, 2018
Updated 6:15 a.m. ET

The short, rocky marriage between Joakim Noah and the Knicks may be coming to an end sooner rather than later. The team is likely to cut ties with the oft-injured center before training camp begins later this month, according to a report by The Athletic. That report further confirms what sources told The Post in August, suggesting Noah would be gone before training camp. NY Post

With two spots left as training camp approaches, the Nets signed Alan Williams to a two-way deal Friday. After being battered all too often on the backboards last season, Brooklyn has spent much of this offseason collecting size and adding rebounders. The 25-year-old Williams is a low-risk flier who brings both. He’s a rare fourth-year pro on a two-way deal and one who has averaged 15 rebounds per 36 minutes over his career. NY Post

The Toronto Raptors signed forward Deng Adel and Kyle Collinsworth on Friday. The six-foot-seven, 200-pound Adel played three seasons at Louisville (2015-18). He averaged 11.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 89 career games (71 starts). Canadian Press

It’s way too soon to start drawing conclusions about Blake Griffin. He played 25 games with the Pistons last season and had some decent numbers, including shooting 35 percent on 3-pointers. There’s not enough of a sample size to make a fair determination on his value. There have been flashes of his versatility, but not the explosiveness that became a hallmark of his early career. That said, I don’t get the indication that Pistons owner Tom Gores is going to part with Griffin easily. I just don’t see it being in the cards. If anyone is traded, it likely wouldn’t be Griffin first — mainly because of the size of his contract. Even if another team were willing to take on that deal, they might not be so quick to give up a middling player and a first-round pick. Detroit News

Against all odds, the Timberwolves and other NBA teams look for prospects otherwise undiscovered during open tryouts for their G-League teams. NBA players Jonathan Simmons, David Nwaba and Alfonzo McKinnie were all were discovered that way. “Everybody’s just looking for the diamond in the rough,” Iowa Wolves coach and former Timberwolves player Scott Roth said. “Everybody wants the next Jonathan Simmons to walk into their building. Basically, you’re trying to find someone who fell through the cracks or has been off the grid a little bit and they’re just trying to get back into basketball. And you hope they walk into your gym.” Star Tribune

Ujiri said the Raptors will be “genuine” with Leonard and will try to sell him on the city, the diversity, the fans and the “unique) atmosphere here in attempts to convince him to stay long-term with the franchise. Leonard becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1st and has been connected to his hometown Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers. Toronto Sun

Ujiri also praised new head coach Nick Nurse, saying he “stood out” from the quality competition also vying for the job and added that knowing at the time of the hiring that Leonard would be heading to Toronto “wouldn’t have changed anything” in terms of picking Nurse. Toronto Sun

It's going to be very interesting to see how Harrison Barnes evolves as more talent surrounds him. Dennis Smith Jr. figures to be more of a feature offensively. Jordan will get his share of buckets off of lobs and the pick-and-roll. And nobody's quite sure how Luka Doncic will fit in, but there is no question he will be expected to take on a large role offensively as the season goes on. He was the No. 3 overall pick, after all. Even with all that, it's hard to envision Barnes slipping much on the offensive end. He's carved out his niche and with defenses having to worry about other Mavericks this season, shots and points should come easier for Barnes. Dallas Morning News

Drake and John Wall are good friends, so when the rap superstar came to Washington, D.C. for a concert with Migos on Thursday night, he paid tribute to the Wizards' five-time All-Star. Drake, who played two shows with Migos, wore Wall's high school basketball jersey for the first set of his second show. NBC Sports Washington


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