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NBA Rumors Stories for Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Updated 6:30 a.m. ET

Paul Allen, longtime owner of the Portland Trail Blazers and one of the world's richest men, died Monday in Seattle from complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was 65. Allen, born in Seattle in 1953, was a fixture in the Northwest for most of his life. He co-founded Microsoft with childhood friend Bill Gates and built the startup computer company into one of the world's most successful corporations, turning Allen into a billionaire. Oregonian

Forbes values his fortune at $20.3 billion, making him the world's 21st richest person. The magazine tallies his total philanthropic contributions at $2 billion. Allen used his considerable wealth in a variety of ways over the years, investing in a host of companies, donating to countless charities and accumulating pricey toys, and the last three decades of life were defined by his passions: sports, the arts and science. After a life-threatening bout with Hodgkin's disease, Allen resigned from Microsoft in 1983. And although he retained a significant chunk of the company's stock, Allen shifted his priorities to his passions. Oregonian

The most pressing issue for the Indiana Pacers going to the 2018-19 season has been put to bed as they finalized a four-year deal that could be worth as much as $80 million with center Myles Turner, league sources confirmed to IndyStar on Monday. The team confirmed deal but not the details. League sources told IndyStar that $72 million is guaranteed with the rest in incentives. The deal beat the 6 p.m. deadline just one day before the regular season begins, otherwise the sides would've had to table discussions until after the season when Turner would've become a restricted free agent. Indianapolis Star

As expected, the Knicks announced they exercised their third-year option on guard Frank Ntilikina, while the team will pass on extending Kristaps Porzingis’ rookie contract before Monday’s 6 p.m. deadline. Porzingis will now become a restricted free agent after this season. The Knicks can match any offer made to their franchise forward, and waiting to extend him until the summer will allow the Knicks to save $10 million, increasing their odds of adding another max contract. NY Post

Ntilikina, who will make $4.9 million next season, remains in consideration to be the Knicks’ starting point guard in Wednesday’s opener against the Hawks. David Fizdale declined to talk about Porzingis’ contract status, but lauded the injured star’s influence on the team, and believes the 23-year-old has bought into the Knicks’ long-term plans. NY Post

The New Orleans Pelicans added wing depth on Monday afternoon with the trade for Los Angeles Clippers small forward Wesley Johnson, sources confirmed to | The Times-Picayune. The Pelicans traded for Johnson by shipping out center Alexis Ajinca, who hasn't played since the 2016-17 season because of injuries. Times-Picayune

Tony Parker said the day before training camp he didn’t sign here to be a “player-coach,” as in just to mentor in a warmup suit. His job is to play (in limited minutes) and bring some organization and poise to a second unit that has contributed greatly to the Hornets’ disappointments of late. Borrego, who spent 10 seasons as a Spurs assistant, is direct in describing the crucial role Parker must play to fix the Hornets bench. “It starts with Tony Parker: He stabilizes the group. He’s the father figure of the group,” Borrego said. Charlotte Observer

Fellow Frenchman Batum says Parker was screaming out instructions to his new teammates two minutes into his first pickup game with the Hornets. He’s not viewed as an interloper or a know-it-all, but the guy with four championship rings and a wealth of knowledge. Walker said his only concern about Parker is that “TP” will eventually grow tired of all the questions Walker asks. More to the point of his role, Parker has become the second unit’s “father figure” already. Charlotte Observer

Tyson Chandler has very high ones for 7-footer Deandre Ayton. “I want him to dominate on both ends,” the 17-year veteran said. “Not just one end. I want him to dominant on both ends because that’s when you take things to another level and I think he has the capability of doing so.” So does Ayton. The No. 1 overall pick grew up being asked to lead a team and isn’t shying away from that responsibility now even though he hasn’t played in an NBA regular season game. Arizona Republic

NBA Rumors Stories for Monday, October 15, 2018
Updated 7:00 a.m. ET

A source confirmed that the Bulls claimed one-time local product Tyler Ulis off waivers, and will likely decide by Monday if his contract will turn into a two-way deal, which means the guard would split time between playing on the big boy roster and the G-League Windy City Bulls. If Ulis, a graduate of Marian Catholic, does indeed stick with the NBA team, it could mean that Arcidiacono becomes a victim of a numbers game. Unfortunately, a game that doesn’t end in his favor, after he spent last season playing with a two-way deal that had him shuffling out to Hoffman Estates and downtown Chicago throughout the year. Chicago Sun-Times

DeMarcus Cousins is expected to be back sometime in the middle of the 2018-19 season, and will join Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green in the Warrriors' star-studded starting lineup. SF Chronicle

Willie Cauley-Stein enters a pivotal year in his career knowing his fate and his future with the Kings will hinge on four little syllables. Con-sis-ten-cy. The 7-foot center has a tantalizing combination of size, skills and athleticism, but Kings general manager Vlade Divac wants to see consistency before he will consider offering him a contract extension, and the clock is ticking. Cauley-Stein can become a restricted free agent next summer. Sac Bee

Carter, who is now with the Atlanta Hawks, told Cauley-Stein to perfect his craft and work on the mental aspect of the game while continuing to get stronger and healthier. Cauley-Stein took that advice to heart. He hired a mental coach and a personal chef. He also took his training to the next level. “I’ve worked on my body this summer, my balance and everything,” said Cauley-Stein, who is entering his fourth NBA season. “Last year, when I was driving, it looked like I was off-balance. Well, that’s not happening now. I went and corrected that body part, and now it’s like all my chakras are aligned. Body, mind, spirit, everything is good.” Sac Bee

If the end of Sunday’s Nets practice was any indication, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is ready and raring to go. The Nets forward has been sidelined for most of the preseason after suffering a strained adductor muscle while playing in Jeremy Lin’s charity game in China on Aug. 4. But he went through a full scrimmage for the first time Thursday and is “trending in the right direction” ahead of Wednesday’s regular-season opener against the Pistons, according to coach Kenny Atkinson. NY Post

Courtney Lee is an awkward fit in the rebuilding phase. He is 33 and two seasons removed from his most recent playoff appearance. He knows he likely won’t be with the Knicks when — or if — they reach where they envision, but the 33-year-old still hopes to contribute toward the franchise’s long-awaited step forward. “I’ve been in this league 11 years now,” Lee said. “When I first came in, I had guys like Mickael Pietrus, Keith Bogans, J.J. Redick, they did what I’m doing right now, they helped me a lot, they passed the torch to me, and it’s only right for me to do the same thing." NY Post


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