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Nicolas Batum battled through a sore wrist on Saturday, scoring seven points on 2-of-9 shooting with one 3-pointer, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and four turnovers.

Batum hurt his wrist when he fell after a dunk attempt during Friday's practice. X-rays were negative but he played with the wrist wrapped and said "it hurts more the more [he shoots]." Hopefully a day of rest will get him closer to 100 percent, as Portland returns to action vs. the suddenly competitive Wizards on Monday.
Sun, Jan 20, 2013 01:43:00 AM

The Knicks are expected to get an opportunity to sit down with Kevin Durant.

The Lakers and Wizards have reportedly been crossed off Durant's list, but the Knicks' chances of signing him are still slim to none. The Thunder are still said to be the favorites to re-sign him, with the Warriors and Spurs next in line. In addition to those teams, the Clippers, Celtics and Heat are also expected to meet with Durant.
Jun 26 - 11:11 AM

According to the New York Post, Joakim Noah is the Knicks' top target in free agency.

We already know that Derrick Rose is going to recruit him, and New York obviously needs a starting center after trading away Robin Lopez to the Bulls. Noah has also been linked to the Wolves, but the Knicks have plenty of cap space and it sounds like they are going to aggressively pursue him on July 1.
Jun 26 - 10:57 AM

Donatas Motiejunas said he likely won't play for Lithuania in the Olympics because his back still isn't 100 percent.

"The specialists told me that it is necessary to strengthen it and I have to make specific exercises," Motiejunas said. "I still hope to play for Lithuania but I am aware that I may not play for the National Team." His back has been a major red flag for a while now and it's not a great sign that it's still bothering him two months after the Rockets' season ended. If anything, the durability issues should keep his price down as he enters restricted free agency.
Source: Sportando
Jun 26 - 10:01 AM

DeMar DeRozan does not plan to schedule meetings with other teams at the start of free agency, according to Tim McMahon of ESPN.com.

He is going to focus on agreeing to terms with the Raptors. DeRozan has said his mindset has always been Toronto for basically the entire season, including after he was knocked out of the postseason. The Raptors can offer DeRozan a five-year, $153 million deal. General manager Masai Ujiri said his No. 1 goal is to bring the 2015-16 All-Star back, so the Raptors are heavy favorites.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 25 - 4:52 PM

Kyrie Irving has accepted his invitation from USA Basketball to play in the 2016 Olympics.

He didn't play much basketball last summer with his knee injury, but this year he'll be playing a ton. Irving will be arguably the best point guard on the Team USA roster and should run the offense while he's out there. The 24-year-old guard accepting his invite also suggests his foot injury during the playoffs is feeling better.
Jun 25 - 4:26 PM

The Lakers plan to "aggressively pursue" Hassan Whiteside in free agency, according to ESPN's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne.

In other words, it sounds like they might offer him a max contract. The Lakers have a gaping hole at center with Julius Randle logging the overwhelming majority of his minutes at power forward, so they will be investing most of their cap space on a center. The Heat have made him their top priority and are likely the frontrunner to have him next year.
Jun 25 - 2:22 PM

The Jazz are not looking to trade Gordon Hayward according to Deseret News.

A report from hoopscritic.com indicated that Hayward is unhappy in Utah, but that has since been discredited. Hayward has been working out at Zions Bank Basketball Center every morning and a team source made it clear that there is nothing to the rumor. The Jazz still believe that Hayward is a major cornerstone and it doesn't sound like he's going anywhere despite rumored interest from the Celtics and the Suns.
Jun 25 - 10:47 AM

Earl Watson said that the Suns are not shopping Eric Bledsoe.

There was a report that the Suns were looking to deal either Brandon Knight or Bledsoe, but take Watson's comments with a grain of salt because admitting to this would hurt the Suns' leverage in trade talks. Bledsoe (knee) has resumed basketball activities and has a goal to be 100 percent for training camp, but trading him while his value is low wouldn't make much sense for the Suns. Expect him to open the season as the starting PG in Phoenix next season.
Jun 25 - 10:32 AM

Harrison Barnes has made the Team USA roster for the Rio Olympics.

He had a disappointing 2015-16 season, but this should be a great learning experience for the 24-year-old forward. The Warriors have been heavily linked with Kevin Durant and Nicolas Batum this summer, so Barnes' future with the franchise is still up in the air. Don't be surprised if a team offers him a max contract this summer with the salary cap rising to $94 million.
Jun 25 - 9:56 AM

Pau Gasol announced that he will play for Spain in the Olympics this summer, but Serge Ibaka said that he will not participate.

Gasol was considering skipping the Olympics due to concerns over the Zika virus, so this is great news for Spain. "My commitment to the national team is greater than my fears over what might happen," Gasol said in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca. "My feelings of passion and responsibility toward my national team, my sport and my teammates are huge." This will be Gasol's fourth time competing in the Olympics, and Spain is expected to announce their final roster on Monday.
Source: AP
Jun 25 - 9:46 AM

The Warriors, Spurs and Thunder are the first three known teams to have recruiting meetings with Kevin Durant, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

It's going to be very interesting to see how Durant reacts to the Serge Ibaka trade. If he stays with OKC, he'll certainly be playing a lot more power forward. The Warriors and Spurs both can clear out some money to bring on Durant, especially with the salary cap rising to $94 million next year. Get ready for a lot of rumors.
Jun 24 - 11:24 PM




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