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Frank Ntilikina's team advanced to the French league semifinals, meaning he will not begin working out for NBA teams until next week at the earliest.

Ntilikina's Strasbourg squad beat Pau-Lacq-Orthez to move onto the next round. After struggling mightily (a combined five points and four assists) in the first two games of the series, Ntilikina played far better in the deciding contest, finishing with seven points (on 3-of-6 shooting), two assists, five rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes. Ntilikina is projected to be a top-10 pick in the 2017 draft. Lottery teams looking forward to getting a close look at him in private workouts will have to wait a bit longer.
May 27 - 10:26 AM

Wade Baldwin has an opportunity to prove he can handle more minutes next season by playing well in summer league action.

When the Grizz selected Baldwin with the 17th pick in last year's draft, they assumed he would settle in as Mike Conley's backup. However, Baldwin was beaten out by Andrew Harrison for the primary backup point guard gig. Baldwin has the talent to be a significant contributor but needs to improve his focus and consistency. He shot just 31.6 percent from the floor and 13.6 percent from 3-point range as a rookie. Baldwin obviously needs to work on his jumper this offseason.
Source: NBA.com
May 27 - 10:08 AM

Speaking with reporters on Friday, Isaiah Thomas reiterated his desire to stay in Boston.

"Boston's changed my career, changed my life. I would love to win championships here," said Thomas. GM Danny Ainge and the Celtics have some tough decisions to make over the next year. Thomas has just one season left on his contract before becoming a free agent in the summer of 2018. Would Boston be willing to pay Thomas upwards of $175 million to sign him to a long-term extension before he hits free agency? Might they consider trading him, especially now that Boston has the No. 1 pick in the draft and is expected to take PG Markelle Fultz? Stay tuned.
May 27 - 9:23 AM

Matt Barnes said that he does not plan on retiring at the end of the season.

This is Barnes' 14th season in the league. He has played for nine teams. "I think I’ve still got a little bit left in the tank," Barnes said. "Obviously, I’d like to come back here and finish up here, but I feel like I’ve got another year or two left in the tank." He has likely played well enough this season to earn a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum next season.
May 27 - 9:07 AM

The Spurs are "exploring the feasibility" of making a free-agent run at Chris Paul, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

It's not going to be easy for the Spurs to keep Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge as two of their big three. If they do make a run at CP3, it likely means they'll have a really tough time bringing back Jonathon Simmons and some of their other veterans. The Clippers are still considered as the heavy favorite to bring CP3 back, but this will be a story to watch.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 10:28 PM

The Clippers are "widely regarded as strong favorites" to retain Blake Griffin (toe), according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Spurs are expected to pursue Chris Paul, which may also affect Griffin's decision to stay with the Clippers. The Clips will be able to offer Griffin more money when free agency starts on July 1. Griffin's durability has fallen off with only 35 games played in 2015-16 and 61 games in 2016-17 before a plantar plate injury ended his playoff run.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 10:24 PM

The Celtics are "focused on landing an All-Star caliber talent in the frontcourt," according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.

According to the report, the Celtics may try to go after Blake Griffin, Gordon Hayward or another target. The Celtics have some cap space along with a litany of draft picks, including the top pick in June. After getting thumped against the Cavs and coach Brad Stevens still trying to figure out who to play next to Al Horford, Boston could make a move.
Source: CSNNE
May 26 - 9:50 PM

De'Aaron Fox plans to work out for the Lakers and 76ers in mid-June.

There are some rumors of the 76ers liking Fox as a possible option at No. 3, but the Lakers are the heavy favorites to take Lonzo Ball at No. 2. Fox is one of the more athletic guards in the draft, but he's still going to have to work on his jumper. He'll be going in the top 10.
May 26 - 8:27 PM

Kevin Durant said he's still dealing with some "nicks and bruises" from the physical play in the postseason.

He added he feels good despite this minor injury concern. The Warriors have over a week off, so KD should be getting close to 100 percent for Game 1 on Thursday. Durant has been ridiculously efficient in the playoffs, posting a 67.3 true shooting percentage. According to Las Vegas gambling sites, he's the favorite to land the Finals MVP with Stephen Curry right behind him.
May 26 - 7:59 PM

Marcus Smart said he's looking forward to playing with Jaylen Brown next season.

"He’s an athletic guy and he plays hard," Smart said about Brown. "We’re going to work even better together as we go along." Coach Brad Stevens is all about the right combinations, so figuring out if Brown and Smart go together will be an interesting story in October. That duo only had a -3.9 net rating in the regular season, but it increased to +4.2 in the postseason. Smart's poor shooting will be a thorn in the side of fantasy owners.
May 26 - 6:19 PM
David Lee - F/C - Spurs

David Lee (left knee) doesn't need surgery on his partially torn patellar tendon.

This is great news for Lee and he's expected to miss six weeks to recover from the injury. Lee has a player option coming his way and this news could make him more likely to enter free agency. Assuming he doesn't have a setback, Lee should be close to 100 percent for training camp.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 6:02 PM

President Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills were on hand to watch Malik Monk play Friday at his agency's pro workout day, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.com.

The report adds the Knicks are enamored with Monk, but it's possible he won't make it to No. 8 in the draft. Monk is an undersized shooting guard at just 6'3", which has brought some questions of him possibly sliding over to the one. The Knicks are liking to add a perimeter player with their pick.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 5:41 PM

LeBron James said he didn't want to think about the Warriors on Thursday night because "it's too stressful."

To put some context on this, LeBron was asked about the Warriors just after the Cavs won the Eastern Conference, so he was talking about wanting to enjoy the win instead of talking about his upcoming opponent. James is playing some of his best ball of his career and has now scored more points in the postseason than any other player.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 4:42 PM

Draymond Green said the Warriors are more relaxed this year.

"Last year we were chasing 73 wins," Green said. He's been vocal about wanting this rematch against the Cavs and said earlier this year he wants to "annihilate" them. Green is likely going to have to guard LeBron James a lot in this series, but he will be the last line of defense against a red-hot Cleveland offense.
May 26 - 4:34 PM

Turkey has issued a warrant for the arrest of Enes Kanter, according to a report from a Turkish pro-government publication.

According to the Daily Sabah in Turkey, Kanter is sought for being a member of a "terror group." A Turkish prosecutor opened an investigation into Kanter’s "alleged membership of an armed terrorist organization," according to the report. Kanter was detained last week in Romania, but was able to travel to London and eventually America.
Source: Oklahoman
May 26 - 3:10 PM


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