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Tony Parker (sore calf) expects to feel "more like himself" during Game 5 on Tuesday.

Parker admitted that the injury "limited him a little bit" in Game 4, when he scored 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting. "I just didn't have my normal lift for my jump shots and penetrate," he said. The good news is that the Spurs have had two days to rest, and there is no doubt that Parker will be in the starting lineup for Game 5.
Mon, May 13, 2013 03:45:00 PM

Utah has reportedly made Trey Burke available via trade.

With George Hill, Dante Exum, Raul Neto and Shelvin Mack all on the roster, the Jazz are absolutely loaded at the point guard position, so it's not at all surprising to see this report. Utah could use an upgrade with regards to their backup small forward, so that's likely something they'll be looking to address should they unload some of their point guards. If the Pistons don't go after a big-name backup point guard, Burke could be an option for them.
Jun 29 - 9:54 AM

The Hawks and Celtics will reportedly be the first two teams to have a face-to-face meeting with unrestricted free agent Dwight Howard.

Howard will reportedly meet with as many as five teams during free agency, but it's extremely unlikely he returns to Houston with Mike D'Antoni now running the show there. The Heat could also be in the mix to sign D-12 if they're unable to retain Hassan Whiteside. Aside from horrific free throw shooting, Howard should be able to put up quality statistics wherever he lands.
Source: ESPN
Jun 29 - 9:44 AM

The Nets have reportedly emerged as the front runners to land Rajon Rondo during free agency.

The Nets are reportedly willing to offer Rondo a max-deal, although sources close to Rondo say that he's not overly interested in being Brooklyn's only major signing this offseason, so the Nets may need to bring in another star to get Rondo to sign his name on the dotted line. Brooklyn is said to also have interest in Jamal Crawford, Jeremy Lin, Brandon Jennings and Kent Bazemore, so perhaps if they can sign one of those guys, Rondo will be more inclined to sign. Rondo would have nice value as the Nets starting PG.
Jun 29 - 9:21 AM

The Spurs interest in unrestricted free agent Mike Conley has reportedly been overstated.

Conley will still receive plenty of interest during free agency, but apparently the Spurs won't be one of those teams. The Mavs, Rockets and Nets will all be making a bid for Conley's services, while the Grizzlies will do everything they can to retain him. Conley will reportedly give Memphis the last word, but he wants to see the team upgrade the roster before committing to a long-term deal with the franchise that brought him into the league.
Jun 29 - 9:14 AM

LeBron James will decline his player option for the 2016-17 season.

It's an easy decision for James considering the salary cap will jump up to $94 million next season. James recently said that he isn't planning on leaving Cleveland, but signing another two-year deal with an opt-out clause in 2017 would make the most sense since the cap will expand again.
Jun 28 - 11:39 PM

The Heat are close to reaching a deal on an extension for head coach Erik Spoelstra.

His current contract ends after the 2016-17 season, so it makes sense for the Heat to lock him up now. Heat owner Micky Arison and president Pat Riley are big fans of Spoelstra and he's currently the second-longest active tenured coach in the NBA behind Gregg Popovich. The Heat had a 48-34 record last season and made it to the Eastern Conference Semifinals despite losing Chris Bosh (blood clots) for the season.
Jun 28 - 9:45 PM

Tim Duncan has officially exercised his $5.6 million player option for the 2016-17 season, but his future is still unclear.

Duncan is 40 years old and is seriously considering retirement, but this is still a good sign for the Spurs. The Spurs aren't going to give Duncan a timetable to make a decision, so it may be a while before we get a firm answer. If he does return for his 20th season in the NBA, he won't be a hot commodity in fantasy leagues after averaging just 8.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 blocks last season.
Jun 28 - 9:29 PM

According to ESPN, contract talks have stalled between Dwyane Wade and the Heat.

The report adds that Wade will consider outside offers, so it doesn't like it's a lock that the three-time champion will return to Miami. The Heat have nine free agents and $40 million to spend, but it's not clear if Wade is willing to take a discount so that Miami can pursue targets such as Kevin Durant and Hassan Whiteside. Things are going to be very interesting on July 1.
Source: ESPN
Jun 28 - 9:23 PM

The Spurs have extended a qualifying offer to Boban Marjanovic.

This will make the big man a restricted free agent, giving the Spurs the ability to match any opposing offers in free agency. Boban showed some really nice upside in spurts last season, so this was a no-brainer for San Antonio. If Tim Duncan decides to retire, Boban could be looking at a larger role next season.
Jun 28 - 8:03 PM

Brooklyn head coach Kenny Atkinson said that the Nets aren't going to trade Brook Lopez.

"No. Absolutely not," Atkinson said. "Have not talked about it." Take this quote with a grain of salt because Atkinson called Thaddeus Young a building block two weeks ago and now he's an Indiana Pacer. Atkinson did say that he wants Lopez to be a leader for his team, but the reality is that Lopez is arguably the best trade chip Brooklyn has and it's clear that they aren't close to competing for a playoff spot.
Jun 28 - 7:55 PM

The Nets are reportedly shopping Jarrett Jack.

The Nets have until June 30 to decide if they will pick up Jack's team option for the 2016-17 season, but Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is reporting that they will waive him if they're unable to find a trade partner. Jack is 32 years old and played really well last season, but he's a bit of a gamble since he's coming off a torn right ACL and meniscus. That being said, he is reportedly on pace to be ready for training camp and should generate interest around the league if he's waived. If Jack leaves Brooklyn, Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead could see a lot of action in their rookie seasons.
Jun 28 - 7:41 PM




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