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Fred Hoiberg did have a face-to-face interview with the Magic.

While this is somewhat moot because the Magic hired Scott Skiles, it's worth noting Hoiberg is very likely to be headed to the NBA. The Bulls are the heavy favorite to land The Mayor.
May 29 - 10:21 PM

Thabo Sefolosha said the incident with police in April damaged his reputation.

It also cost the Hawks some of their depth in the playoffs. "I was injured in the hands of the police, and it took away a lot from my everyday life," Sefolosha said. "From being able to help put the kids in bed, going up and down the stairs." For more on this story, click the link below.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 10:15 PM

Alvin Gentry had a second interview with the Pelicans and is "emerging" as the frontrunner, according to NOLA.com's John Reid.

The Pelicans are believed to be after Gentry, Tom Thibodeau and Jeff Van Gundy. While Gentry has been somewhat successful with the Suns as a head coach and very successful as an assistant with the Clippers and Warriors, he wouldn't be as big of a splash as Thibs or JVG. It sounds like the Pelicans want to get a coach before the NBA Finals start.
May 29 - 9:39 PM

Kristaps Porzingis will have a workout for NBA teams in Las Vegas in two weeks.

The Wolves will be there for that workout, but he is extremely unlikely to go at that spot. There is some talk he could go two, though. He's a seven footer, can stretch the floor, and his style is en vogue for NBA teams right now. Zinger will be going off the board in the top 10.
May 29 - 7:23 PM

In an appearance on ESPN's Olbermann, ESPN writer Chad Ford said he still thinks the Wolves will take Jahlil Okafor No. 1 in the draft.

Ford said that before the season he expected 29 out of 30 teams to take Karl-Anthony Towns first, but the Wolves were the one exception. He added that he still thinks KAT is a better player in the draft. Ford also said that Okafor is more of a straight five and isn't a playmaking four, which has become the trendiest term in the NBA right now. Earlier this month, the Wolves said they want a two-way player, so that would suggest Towns goes one. We'll have plenty of rumors in the next month.
May 29 - 7:03 PM

Coach Scott Skiles said his classification of his relationship with Tobias Harris is "great."

Back when Tobias was 19 and had a very eye-catching offseason, Harris fell out of favor in Skiles' Bucks rotation. Skiles said today that Luc Mbah a Moute was better on defense while Mike Dunleavy was better on offense. Now that Tobias is entering his prime, maybe he'll play him more consistently. Of course, they'll have to be able to sign him this summer.
Source: NBA.com
May 29 - 6:44 PM

Coach Scott Skiles said his goals are to be a top-five defensive team and to have a record above 0.500.

Skiles said he likes the team he has and mentioned rebuilding through the draft can be difficult. He said he's expecting his team to play with more energy due to the team's youth. He's also expecting Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton to be a top-five defensive backcourt. Tobias Harris has also kept in touch with Skiles since their Milwaukee days and that the coach was "instrumental" in drafting him. We'll have more on Skiles throughout the summer. Most importantly, Skiles had a "playoffs?!" homage to Jim Mora in his press conference.
Source: NBA.com
May 29 - 6:37 PM

The Magic and Scott Skiles have agreed to a four-year deal.

The Magic were expected to make a run at Tom Thibodeau, but they're all set with their former point guard who holds the NBA record for most assists in a game. Skiles hasn't run the tightest rotation and former player Stephen Jackson said he's "more of a college coach." Regardless, the Magic could use a former player to give them some guidance. Victor Oladipo and Nikola Vucevic are safe to draft, but we're slightly less bullish on the others due to the volatile rotation.
May 29 - 4:41 PM

Damien Inglis will play in summer league in July.

He had a very rough start to his career and didn't get any playing time in his rookie season. Inglis had a very bad aggravation to his foot surgery, so expect the Bucks to handle him with kid gloves. Like his teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo, Inglis has some nice length and could play both forward spots. Of course, we're not saying he has the ceiling of the Greek Freak.
May 29 - 4:38 PM

Dante Exum said last year was "a good step" for him.

"I think I had a big learning curve, but I did learn a lot and now I think I know what I have to do to improve," Exum said. We all knew the teenage Aussie wouldn't hit the ground running, but his rookie season was a mild letdown. We did see some flashes and his off-ball game was a little ahead of expected. He's said his favorite play is pick-and-roll, but he'll need some more time to figure out how to run it against bigger guys. We'd love to see him get some extended summer-league run.
May 29 - 4:35 PM

Mario Chalmers had arthroscopic surgery on Friday to repair an inflamed plica in his right knee.

It was just a 20-minute procedure and Chalmers is going to begin rehabbing immediately. Obviously, he'll be ready to go for training camp in the fall. Chalmers had an up-and-down year, averaging 10.2 points, 2.6 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.9 treys. He'll be a late-round flier in fantasy leagues next season.
May 29 - 4:10 PM

Donatas Motiejunas (back) is still in the beginning stages of his recovery.

He is expected to be out for most of the summer. Motiejunas had back surgery on Apr. 10 and he said there's "no question" he'll be ready for camp. His improvement could make it a little tougher for the Rockets to bring back Josh Smith.
May 29 - 3:09 PM

Klay Thompson was diagnosed with a concussion on Friday.

His agent said he didn't have a concussion yesterday, but his agent isn't a neurologist. The Warriors said Klay had "extensive examinations" over the past two days, including neurological tests Friday morning. Under the NBA's concussion protocol, Klay will not be allowed to have court activity until he is not showing any symptoms. With six days off before Game 1, Thompson should be ready.
May 29 - 2:52 PM

When LeBron James was asked how the Cavs will slow down Stephen Curry in the Finals he responded: "The same way you slow me down... you can't."

There's equal respect going between current-MVP and former-MVP heading into the Finals, and watching these two go toe-to-toe should be nothing short of spectacular. Just like the Warriors will use a committee approach in attempting to slow down The Chosen One, the Cavs are going to throw a variety of defenders at Curry, starting with Kyrie Irving. Curry and James should continue to post ridiculous stat lines as the season comes to a close, but the efficiency of those lines will likely be a telling factor in the end results.
May 29 - 2:17 PM

Anderson Varejao (Achilles) will not return at any point in the NBA Finals.

There was an earlier report that AV could be back, but there's really no point with how well Tristan Thompson is playing. Plus, Varejao has become one of the more injury prone players in the NBA. Expect Thompson and Timofey Mozgov to hold down the paint.
May 29 - 2:09 PM



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