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The Memphis Grizzlies may have interest in Greg Oden, and they could bring him to a free-agent camp in June.

Since pleading guilty to felony battery charges in December, Oden has been training with Ohio State's coaching staff and he has reportedly lost a lot of weight (down to 280 pounds in March). Oden was teammates with Mike Conley at Ohio State and the two are still close friends, so there could be some mutual interest between the two sides. The former No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft is as injury prone as they come, and he likely wouldn't be able to handle more than a limited role regardless of where he lands. We will track this story closely, but Oden isn't on the fantasy radar.
Source: Real GM
May 30 - 12:56 PM

Terrence Jones said that he wants to become an "all-around player" for the Rockets next season.

"I want to get better all-around, in the post, shooting, just come back a better all-around player for my team." Jones is loaded with upside, but his 2014-15 campaign was devastated by injuries. He made just 33 appearances in the regular season, and he never really seemed to be 100 percent. He averaged 13.5 points, 7.6 boards, 1.1 assists and 1.8 blocks in 24 starts this season, but his fantasy value will hinge on whether or not Josh Smith returns to Houston. The presence of Donatas Motiejunas (back) could cause some problems as well, but Jones will likely be the favorite to start next season.
May 30 - 12:37 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou is hopeful that he will be able to play in the NBA next season.

Houston holds a $4.8 million player option on him for next season, but it doesn't seem likely that they would retain him for that price. Papanikolaou made just four appearances after the All-Star break due to a nagging ankle injury and wasn't able to get back into the rotation after Josh Smith arrived, so it looks like his time in Houston could be nearing an end. Papanikolaou will listen to all offers if Houston declines his option, but returning to Europe isn't on his mind just yet.
Source: EuroHoops
May 30 - 12:21 PM

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls are still expected to hire Fred Hoiberg, and the two sides could have a deal done prior to the NBA Finals on Thursday.

There have been reports that Hoiberg and the Chicago's front office already have a "gentleman's agreement" in place for him to become the next head coach of the Bulls, so it seems like a deal is imminent. However, if Hoiberg takes the job the Bulls may delay the announcement for "family schooling considerations." On a side note, we also learned on Friday that Hoiberg also interviewed with the Magic, so it seems like his eyes are set on the NBA.
May 30 - 11:54 AM

Contrary to a previous report, Tom Thibodeau is still interested in coaching the Pelicans and there is mutual interest between the two sides.

Thibodeau was reportedly worried that Anthony Davis would leave the Pelicans, but it's unclear how much truth there is to that statement. Alvin Gentry is still in the mix and NOLA.com's John Reid called him the frontrunner on Friday, and Jeff Van Gundy's name continues to be tossed around. This story is far from over, so we should have plenty of updates in the coming days.
May 30 - 11:38 AM

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. Towns averaged 10.3 points, 6.7 boards, 1.1 assists and 2.3 blocks in just 21.1 minutes per game at Kentucky, and the fact that he shot 81.3 % from the free throw line makes him an intriguing prospect in fantasy leagues.
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


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