Chauncey Billups stated during a recent interview that he's beginning to lean more towards coaching and less towards a front office gig.
"When I've talked about my future, most of the time it's been front office," said Billups, "but as I start to take a deeper dive into my future I've opened up my mind to the opportunity to coach. I'd like to have a day to day impact on guys similar to how I was as a player when I led a lot of my teams." Billups was reportedly aggressively pursued by Orlando to join Frank Vogel's staff, but he ultimately declined the opportunity. Perhaps he’s looking for a head coaching gig rather than an assistant job.
Dennis Schroder will not play for Team Germany this summer.
Schroder will enter the 2016-17 season as Atlanta's starting point guard, so it sounds like he'll use the time he has during the offseason to make sure he's fresh and fully prepared for taking on a much larger role in Atlanta. Through six starts last season, Schroder posted averages of 13.7 points, 3.8 boards, 5.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.5 triples on 38.8 percent shooting. He'll be a high-upside guy to take towards the later rounds on draft day.
Harrison Barnes said that the decision for him to leave the Warriors was "more so made for [him]."
"The decision was more so made for me," Barnes said. "I was not necessarily walking away from the situation. I wasn’t saying, ‘I don’t want to be here. I want to go there.’ But at the same time, I’m very excited about Dallas. It gives me an opportunity to grow." Barnes also expressed his love for Oakland and said that he sent individual texts to each of his teammates once news came out that Kevin Durant had chosen Golden State. Barnes will have more opportunity in Dallas, but we feel he'll be a mid-round talent, at best.
Paul George suffered a left calf strain during Team USA's win over China on Tuesday.
The game was a blowout, so George obviously didn't return. The report adds that Team USA sat him down for precautionary reasons, so he should be considered day-to-day moving forward. George finished with six points (two 3-pointers), two assists, one board and one block in 10 minutes. Carmelo Anthony led USA with 20 points and five boards, DeMarcus Cousins double-doubled with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Kevin Durant chipped in with 13 points in 19 minutes.
According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Paul Pierce still intends to play next season.
Turner did mention that a different source informed him that Pierce still hasn't decided, but we should have a final answer in a few weeks. The Truth still has two years left on his deal, but his salary for the 2017-18 season isn't guaranteed. The 38-year-old will have a limited role if he returns for his 19th NBA season and he won't be worth drafting in standard leagues.
Kent Bazemore said that he expects to have the ball in his hands more often next season, operating as a playmaker for the Hawks.
"I’m working on setting up players, setting up plays, making sure I’m in the right position on defense and those kind of small details." Bazemore also mentioned that getting stronger will be a priority for him this summer, and he also made a small tweak to his jumper so he expects to shoot at a higher percentage next season. Bazemore is a do-it-all kind of player, and he'll be worthy of a mid-round selection on draft day.
Solomon Hill said that he wants to expand his game on the offensive end as a member of the Pelicans.
''I want to expand my offensive game, but I'm clearly here to play and be our No. 1 defender,'' Hill said. ''I wanted to go somewhere that provided a place that I feel comfortable, a place that I can get better and allow me to grow." Hill will have the opportunity to start in New Orleans, and his averages of 12.1 points, 6.4 boards, 1.7 steals and 1.9 triples in 29.1 minutes through seven games in April are certainly intriguing. He's on the radar as a potential late-round flier in deep leagues.
According to Eurohoops.net, there is nothing to the recent rumor that Kevin Seraphin is closing in on a one-year deal with Barcelona of Spain.
Eurohoops states that Seraphin has not even participated in any negotiations with the Spanish club, and given that Seraphin could probably make more money (although play less) at the NBA level, it would be a bit surprising to see him land overseas. Seraphin is currently an unrestricted free agent, but there aren't many situations out there that will grant the shot-blocking Frenchman a real shot at fantasy value.