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Pau Gasol - F/C - Lakers

Pau Gasol admitted his time with the Lakers could be over during his exit interview on Thursday.

"I'll be in charge of my future and my destiny," Gasol said. "This could be my last day [with the Lakers], maybe." To be clear, this isn't really a big story or anything. There will be endless rumors about the Lakers considering their popularity and how they had the worst season of their history. Gasol will be an unrestricted free agent this summer after turning in a solid 2013-14 season based on statistical output.
Source: LA Times
Apr 17 - 8:48 PM

Danilo Gallinari (knee) has been dunking in practice and says he'll be ready for training camp to start the 2014-15 season.

He was in uniform last weekend, but he's still nowhere near close to playing. Gallinari missed the entire season due to ACL reconstruction and he'll have a tough rehab ahead of him this summer. He'll be on the radar in fantasy leagues as long as he doesn't have a setback.
Apr 17 - 7:26 PM

The Jazz will have a decision on coach Ty Corbin's future "in short order," according to general manager Dennis Lindsey.

"When we spoke to Ty and his representation during the year, we laid out [that] we wanted to take the full season," Lindsey said. "We want to take a small period now for all of us — Ty included — to decompress so we’re not making a decision based on the last possession of the last game." The Jazz finished with the worst record in the Western Conference and Corbin has been on thin ice since September.
Apr 17 - 6:08 PM

Thaddeus Young could play small forward next season, according to coach Brett Brown.

It would make a lot of sense. The Sixers were torched on interior defense and they certainly need more size in the paint. Young has plenty of experience at small forward and would have a seamless transition back to his old role. His 2.11 steals per game ranked third in the NBA and he is the first forward to average over 2.0 per game in a season since 2007-08.
Apr 17 - 5:58 PM

Coach Mark Jackson said he's still debating whether to start Jermaine O'Neal or Draymond Green for Game 1 vs. the Clippers on Saturday.

Both players are likely going to see a ton of minutes next to David Lee, but Jackson just needs to figure out how he's going to get production out of his second unit. Green has really picked up his skills on offense, so he might be better suited off the bench and turn in a higher usage rate there.
Apr 17 - 5:49 PM

Danny Granger (hamstring) will practice on Thursday and is expected to play on Saturday.

He's been out since Mar. 27 with his hamstring strain and he's likely to be limited in his return. Granger's numbers are a little better with the Clippers compared to what he was putting up with the Pacers earlier this season, but he's not going be asked to do much as the Clippers make a playoff run.
Apr 17 - 5:16 PM

Andrew Bynum (knee) will not play against the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs.

This isn't a surprise and he hasn't seen game action since Mar. 15. Bynum played in just two games since the Pacers brought him on board and they've obviously swung and missed here. The team hasn't been getting much out of their center spot, so Ian Mahinmi could be an X-factor for their success in the postseason.
Apr 17 - 4:48 PM

Kemba Walker led the NBA this season in touches per game at 100.3.

He ranked fourth in total time of possession and has quickly become a facilitator with a career-high 6.1 assists per game. Walker also brought his turnovers down to 2.3 per game this season, but his shooting percentage did drop down to 39.3 percent due to struggling a bit around the rim. He and the Bobcats will have their hands full with the Heat in the first round.
Apr 17 - 4:36 PM

Andre Drummond led the NBA this season with his 5.4 offensive rebounds per game, 19.6 rebounds per 48 minutes and 6.1 contested rebounds per game.

Only DeAndre Jordan had more total rebounds per game than Drummond and it's obvious the 20-year-old big man has some ridiculous potential as a rebounder. He was also 10th in the NBA in blocks per game and was second among centers in steals per game. On the other hand, he did finish dead last among qualifiers for free throw shooting, but that's really the only knock on his game as a stat-stuffing player.
Apr 17 - 4:14 PM

Steve Nash (leg, back) said he's 3-4 weeks from being healthy.

In his exit interview, he said this season was a "nightmare" and added the Lakers shouldn't be relying on him for next season because he doesn't know what he can bring. Nash did say he'll be back for next season, so the team will have to pay him whether he's healthy or not. He'll be one of the more talked about players in the offseason.
Apr 17 - 3:21 PM

Carmelo Anthony said on Thursday that he wants to return to the Knicks, but added that he also wants to win next year.

"I want to come back. I also want to win," he said. Whether Melo stays with the Knicks will be a hot topic from now until a decision is made, and while the addition of Phil Jackson gives them some hope, he's also excited to become a free agent. He will likely opt out in July and then start testing the market. Yes, the 'Summer of Melo' is approaching quickly. Melo said on Thursday he doesn't care about the money and just wants to win, while the Knicks can offer him more than any other team - five years, $129 million.
Apr 17 - 1:34 PM

Chris Kaman's future with the Lakers is unclear, as the team is still developing a game plan on how to attack next season.

Kaman didn't fit into Mike D'Antoni's scheme and he eventually told Mike D to play him, or develop Robert Sacre instead. Kaman didn't play down the stretch and it's probably safe to say that if D'Antoni is coach next season, Kaman probably won't return to the Lakers.
Apr 17 - 1:30 PM

Ersan Ilyasova says he'll make a decision about playing for Turkey in the World Cup some time in the next month.

He was shut down early this year with an ankle injury and simply never got healthy over the course of the season. He says he's leaning toward skipping the event and if he wants to revive his NBA career, it's probably a good choice, as he simply has to find a way to get healthy and stay on the court.
Apr 17 - 1:10 PM

Duke F Jabari Parker has declared for the NBA Draft.

He did it in impressive fashion, too, posting a column and video through Sports Illustrated with the news. He's got the potential to be the No. 1 pick in the draft and is one of just a few college players these days who is already a household name. And all that talk about him returning to school next year? Much ado about nothing.
Source: SI.com
Apr 17 - 12:58 PM

Rick Adelman will not be coaching the Timberwolves next season, as he and the team are said to be preparing a mutual agreement to depart ways.

Adelman's wife has had some health issues and he has other priorities right now. It sounds like Flip Saunders could possibly return to the bench, but more than likely, he'll hire someone else to coach the team. We here that former Wolves legend Sam Mitchell is still available.
Apr 17 - 12:35 PM


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