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Karl-Anthony Towns will only interview with the TimberWolves and the Lakers, but he won't workout for any teams.

Towns doesn't really have anything to gain from working out considering he is pretty much a lock to go first or second, so this isn't a surprise. Wolves president Flip Saunders recently said that his team stresses a need for two-way players, so Minnesota taking Towns with the No. 1 pick makes a lot of sense. Jahlil Okafor will be in the mix until the very end, so we will continue to follow this story closely.
Source: SNY.tv
May 30 - 11:23 AM

Shayne Whittington said Larry Bird's message to him during their exit interview was that his playing time next season will depend on how hard he works this summer.

"He was telling me it’s all on me," Whittington said. "It depends on how much I work this summer whether or not I play or whether or not I sit the bench again. He wants me to play but he wants me to work for it. So that’s what this summer is all about -- me working and getting better." Whittington has already started training and has improved his diet, but he will have his work cut out for him if he wants to be a consistent part of Indiana's rotation next season.
May 30 - 11:06 AM

Marcus Smart offered fellow rookie James Young some advice saying that he needs to work harder than he ever has before.

"My advice would be to tell [Young], ‘You’ve got to work harder than you’ve ever worked. This isn’t college anymore. Guys are better than you or just as good as you and they’re always gonna bring someone to replace you if you’re not gonna do what you’re supposed to do, so you’ve got to keep that in mind, that I could be gone at any given time because every year there’s another batch of players coming in.’" Young only made 31 appearances this season and averaged just 3.4 points in 10.7 minutes per game, and it's clear that he is still very raw. Young is still just 19 years old, so he has plenty of time to develop into a solid player. We will track his progress closely at summer league.
May 30 - 10:49 AM

Marcus Smart, who was named to the All-Rookie Second Team, believes that he was snubbed.

"I think I got snubbed, especially being one of the only rookies that really got major playing time and made the playoffs," Smart said. "I don’t think people took that into consideration." Smart had a decent rookie season and posted averages of 8.6 points, 4.0 boards, 2.9 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 3-pointers when he moved into the starting lineup, but he shot just 35.9 percent from the field during that span. He is already a high-level defender, but he will need to improve on the offensive end this summer. Smart will likely be the starter to open the 2015-16 season, but the presence of Isaiah Thomas could limit his appeal.
May 30 - 10:40 AM

Stephen Curry practiced without the protective sleeve on his right elbow on Friday.

Curry ditched the sleeve during the third quarter of Game 5 vs. the Rockets, and it didn't look his elbow was an issue. He still has five days to recover before facing off against the Cavaliers in Game 1 on Thursday, so the Warriors have to be thrilled that the MVP is ready to roll. For what it's worth, Curry has averaged 29.2 points, 6.4 assists, 4.9 boards, 4.9 3-pointers and 1.9 steals in the playoffs so far.
May 30 - 9:54 AM

Andrew Bogut took a parting shot at Dwight Howard on Friday, saying that the Memphis series was more physical.

"There was some physicality there (with Houston), like any playoff series, but the Memphis series was more physical," Bogut said. "This was more about ducking and weaving and getting out of the way of aired fists and elbows." Howard had some controversial moments against the Warriors, and he has already been suspended for the first game of the 2015-16 season. Bogut has been playing well in the postseason so far and he is probably relieved that Marc Gasol and Howard are in the rear-view mirror, but he will still have a tough matchup in the next round with Timofey Mozgov holding down the paint for Cleveland.
May 30 - 9:46 AM

According to police, John Wall was kicked off a Las Vegas flight on Tuesday after one of his friends got into a verbal fight with another passenger.

The airline didn't go into many details, but it doesn't sound like Wall will be in any kind of trouble. There were no charges or arrests, and neither the Wizards nor Wall plan on commenting. We will let you know if any new details emerge. Wall is still expected to see a hand specialist soon, so we should have a medical update on the All-Star point guard shortly.
Source: USA Today
May 30 - 9:26 AM

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


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