The Raptors are pursuing Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard to "head up" their basketball operations, sources told CBS Sports.
Rumored to have an eye on Phil Jackson originally, the Raptors then reportedly set their sights on Denver GM Masai Ujiri, and now have moved on again, this time to Pritchard. According to Berger, OKC assistant GM Troy Weaver is also on Toronto's radar.
Mario Chalmers (shoulder) went through shootaround on Friday and is expected to play in Game 2 vs. Indiana.
Chalmers said Thursday that he expected to play, so this is merely confirmation that he should be in his usual place in the starting lineup.
Gordon Hayward will be invited to Team USA's mini-camp in the offseason.
It's the second straight invitation for Hayward, who has quickly played himself into consideration for the Olympic squad down the road.
Greivis Vasquez will have surgery on both ankles on Friday to "remove loose particles from both ankles," a league source told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Initial reports from Venezuela stated Vasquez would have a procedure done on both ankles and now it's been confirmed. Vasquez dealt with ankle issues during the regular season, so the procedure is designed to alleviate that issue. It is "similar" to what Eric Gordon had done earlier in the month to remove bone spurs from his left ankle.
Tyreke Evans admitted that he benefitted from playing both shooting guard and small forward for Keith Smart last season.
"Hopefully, if he does stay, we can get this thing on the road and get a playoff run," Evans said. "If not, he was a good coach to me while he was here. We'll see what happens." It's a lukewarm endorsement, but the admission that one of Smart's move actually benefited Evans is noteworthy.
Isaiah Thomas and Keith Smart are talking at least once per week discussing basketball.
This is noteworthy because IT2 wasn't shy about ripping Smart at times during the regular season. "He's a great guy, a motivator, a guy that's going to do whatever it takes to win," Thomas said. "Just like us players, we've got to improve each and every year, and he knows he's got to improve. … I'm going to tell them he's a great coach, a great guy that really motivates you to become the best person you can be." That's a pretty strong endorsement from Thomas, but it might not be enough to save Smart.
Vivek Ranadive said he intends to resolve the front office and coaching situations "very quickly" after the sale officially closes.
Ranadive wants to meet with current coach Keith Smart, but it's been reported that Smart is expected to be shown the door. GM Geoff Petrie's contract expires at the end of June, and that is not expected to be renewed. The Kings could have a totally different look entering next season.
According to Ric Bucher, Dwight Howard is not interested in signing with the Warriors or Hawks.
We told you to buckle up for this wild ride, and it's already rumor-monger season in regards to Dwight Howard. Bucher writes that Howard never had legitimate interest in joining the Warriors, and he's wary of playing in Atlanta because it's his hometown. Bucher adds that Howard has "softened" his stance on joining the Rockets, but his original list of teams he was interested in included Brooklyn, Los Angeles (Lakers) and Dallas. Right now, it appears the Lakers, Mavs and Rockets are the three legitimate options.