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Zaza Pachulia (heel) said he'll be fine to play when the NBA Finals begin.

Pachulia sat out Games 3 and 4 of the Dubs' Western Conference Finals matchup with the Spurs, so he'll have at least a full nine days to rest up before the Finals begin. It sounds like he'll be back in the starting five for Game 1 of the Finals, which will result in Patrick McCaw moving back to the second unit.
Source: ESPN
May 23 - 3:46 PM

The Pacers will be bringing in John Collins for a workout on Tuesday.

Collins is a 6'10" power forward with a nice post-up game, but he'll need to work on expanding his range and improving his court vision to be successful at the NBA level. He put in averages of 19.2 points, 9.8 boards and 1.6 blocks per game during his sophomore season with Wake Forest, and he could be an option for Indiana when they come on the board with the No. 18 overall pick in 2017 draft.
May 23 - 3:28 PM

John Hammond has agreed to a five-year deal to become Orlando's new GM.

Hammond has served as Milwaukee's GM since 2008, and some of his more impressive accomplishments include drafting Giannis Antetokounmpo with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft and also orchestrating a sign-and-trade deal that sent Brandon Jennings to Detroit in exchange for Brandon Knight and Khris Middleton. With Hammond leaving the Bucks, assistant GM Justin Zanik is expected to be promoted to GM.
May 23 - 3:06 PM

ESPN is reporting that the Knicks are interested in pending free agent Dante Cunningham.

Cunningham will be looking for a raise after earning just $2.9 million last season. Known as a versatile defender, Cunningham showed he was also a capable 3-point shooter last season. He averaged 1.1 treys per game while shooting a team-high 39.2 percent from the floor in 2016-17
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 1:50 PM

The Spurs may consider bringing over European standout Adam Hanga next season if Manu Ginobili retires this summer.

Hanga, who was originally drafted by the Spurs with the 59th overall pick in the 2011 draft, won the 2016-17 Defensive Player of the Year award in the Euroleague. He turned 28 last month.
May 23 - 1:43 PM

The Wizards "top priority" this offseason will be signing John Wall to an extension, according to CSN Washington.

Wall is coming off the best season of his career. In 2016-17, Wall became just the third player in NBA history to average at least 23 points, 10 assists and two steals per game. Becuase he was named to an All-NBA team, he is eligible to sign a Designated Player Veteran Extension this summer. The extension would be worth $168 million over four years, beginning in 2019-20. However, according to the report, Wall "wants to see a bigger picture plan on where the franchise is headed before committing."
May 23 - 1:36 PM

Marreese Speights has officially opted out of his contract with the Clippers.

This was expected. It was an easy decision for Speights, as he was set to make just $1.4 million next season. He averaged 8.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 treys in 15.7 minutes per game in 2016-17. As an unrestricted free agent this summer, he will likely be able to land a deal for around $5 million annually.
May 23 - 12:06 PM

Amir Johnson (shoulder) said he is feeling better but will be a game-time decision for Game 4 vs. Cleveland on Tuesday.

Johnson initially injured the shoulder early in Game 3. He was able to return but was clearly limited. Speaking with reporters on Tuesday morning, Johnson stated that he has increased mobility in the shoulder area and that he will participate in shootaround and pre-game warmups before a decision on his availability is made. If Johnson is unable to play, Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko would see an uptick in minutes. It's also possible that coach Brad Stevens slides Gerald Green into the starting lineup.
May 23 - 11:37 AM

The Magic formally announced Tuesday that they have hired Jeff Weltman as their new president of basketball operations.

Weltman had previously worked for the Bucks, Pistons and Clippers earlier in his career. He spent the past four seasons in Toronto, working alongside Raptors president Masai Ujiri. "Jeff brings tremendous experience and a team-first approach to our president of basketball operations position," Magic CEO Alex Martins said in a statement.
May 23 - 11:14 AM

Deron Williams (illness) missed shootaround on Tuesday morning but is expected to play in Game 4 vs. Boston Tuesday night.

Williams' performance has been mostly disappointing this postseason. Over the Cavs last seven games, he is averaging 3.4 points, 3.6 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 14.8 minutes, while shooting 37.0 percent from the floor and 22.2 percent from downtown. In the first three games of the ECF, Williams is just 2-of-11 from the field. The Cavs have been able to cruise through the East with little help from their bench but will need D-Will and company to step up if they hope to take home another title.
May 23 - 10:58 AM

Steve Kerr is still in pain and unlikely to return to full-time coaching duties during the NBA Finals.

Unfortunately, the procedure Kerr underwent at the Duke Spine Center back on May 5th did not deliver the relief he had been hoping for. Kerr has been able to assist acting head coach Mike Brown by watching the games remotely and breaking down film, but obviously would prefer to be on the floor with his team. "I wish I could be out there with them," said Kerr. "And maybe I will. I don’t know. We’ll see."
May 23 - 10:47 AM

Draft prospect Josh Jackson has been ordered to attend anger management classes and refrain from alcohol as part of a diversion agreement he signed back in April.

According to the report, Jackson was originally charged with one misdemeanor count of criminal property damage after prosecutors alleged he kicked the driver’s door and rear taillight of a car driven by KU women’s basketball player McKenzie Calvert during the early morning hours of Dec. 9. As part of the diversion, Jackson also agreed to write a letter of apology to the victim and complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service. Jackson is expected to be a top-5 pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
May 23 - 9:48 AM

ESPN is reporting that the Knicks would like to re-engage the Minnesota Timberwolves in trade talks involving Ricky Rubio this offseason.

The Knicks and Wolves were purportedly close to swapping Derrick Rose for Rubio at the trade deadline back in February, before that deal dissolved. Over the second half of last season, Rubio played some of the best basketball of his career. In 24 games after the All-Star break, Rubio averaged 16.0 points, 10.5 assists and 4.6 rebounds. Rose ended up tearing his meniscus. Also, Rose is now a free agent, so it is unknown what the Knicks could offer that would entice the Wolves to part with Rubio.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 9:30 AM

The Knicks have shown preliminary interest in free agent P.J. Tucker, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

The Knicks were terrible defensively last season, allowing 108.7 points per 100 possessions and ranking 25th in the league in defensive efficiency. Thus, it makes sense they would target a defensive stalwart such as Tucker. The problem for New York is that they will likely have to overpay Tucker to get him to sign in NYC. Tucker will have plenty of interested suitors and, at age 32, it's probably safe to assume he'd prefer to play for a contender at this stage of his career.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 9:22 AM

Patrick McCaw tweaked his right ankle in Monday's Game 4 win over the Spurs, but he later returned and finished with six points (2-of-4 shooting), four rebounds, two assists, one block and two triples in 17 minutes.

He had his ankle re-taped and seemed fine after returning, but he gets nine days off to recover anyways. The Spurs went super small tonight with Jonathon Simmons at the four, so McCaw replaced JaVale McGee in the first unit with Zaza Pachulia (heel) out again. Andre Iguodala should be much healthier for the NBA Finals and will take on a larger role, so McCaw's minutes may trend down in the NBA Finals.
May 23 - 12:31 AM



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