• Report: Rockets Hiring D’Antoni as Head Coach

    The Houston Rockets are finalizing a four-year, $16 million-plus deal to hire Mike D'Antoni as head coach, league sources told The Vertical.

    The Rockets will hold a team option on the fourth year of the deal, sources said.

    D'Antoni, the associate head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, was the strong preference of Houston ownership, and brings with him his vaunted "Seven Seconds or Less" offense that he'll build around All-Star guard James Harden.

    via Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical

  • Grizzlies Hire David Fizdale as Head Coach

    Miami Heat assistant David Fizdale agreed to a four-year deal to become head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told The Vertical.

    The contract includes a team option for the fourth year, league sources said.

    Fizdale and Spurs assistant James Borrego were the finalists for the Grizzlies' coaching position.

    via Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical

  • Sources: Noah Continues to Talk to Bulls About Contract

    Veteran Bulls center Joakim Noah, his representatives and the Chicago front office continue to have a "positive dialogue" about a new contract amid a report that Noah has been telling teammates he's ready to leave the franchise, a league source told ESPN.com on Wednesday. Those close to Noah, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, are still hopeful that he will be able to work out an agreement to stay in Chicago long term.

    The Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday that Noah has been telling teammates he is ready to leave the Bulls. According to an unnamed player quoted in the report, Noah "has no trust in the front office getting this in the right direction."

    Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN
  • Raptors Fall Big in Game 5 at Cleveland

    The Toronto Raptors have accomplished so much this season. But they just can’t seem to hang with the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road in the Eastern Conference finals. After holding serve at home to even the series 2-2, the Raptors were trounced yet again in Cleveland, as they fell 116-78 on Wednesday in Game 5.

    “They kicked our butts,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “That’s the bottom line. You get outrebounded by 21 [48-27] and commit 19 turnovers [for 30 Cleveland points]. Their physicality, we didn’t meet that standard tonight. And for whatever reason, we haven’t met it here in this building. That’s the bottom line. That’s the ballgame. That’s been all three games.”

    Source: Mike Mazzeo of ESPN
  • Kerr Dismisses Reports Saying Steph Not 100 Percent

    Curry's poor play over the past two games (7-of-17 shooting in Game 3, 6-of-20 with six turnovers in Game 4, a combined 5-for-21 on 3s) is so unexpected that it spawned speculation that he is seriously diminished by the sprained MCL he suffered in Game 4 of the opening-round series against the Houston Rockets. The Warriors have lost two games in a row for the first time all season and face a 3-1 deficit to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals.

    Kerr dismissed a Yahoo! Sports report that quoted a non-Warriors source as saying Curry is playing at 70 percent. "Is that 'sources with knowledge of the team's thinking?' " Kerr asked Wednesday afternoon. "Nobody has said anything about Steph being 70 percent to me. Training staff, relatives, friends, sources with knowledge of the team's thinking -- nobody has told me he's 70 percent. Evidently they told the media but not me."

    Source: Tim Keown of ESPN
  • Adonis Thomas a Former Sixer to Attend Several Mini-Camps

    Former Sixer Adonis Thomas will attend mini-camps with Rockets, Spurs and Jazz, agent Travis King tells HoopsHype.

    Source: HoopsHype on Twitter
  • Silver on NBA Officiating: ‘Human Error is Part of Game’

    Silver, speaking in an in an interview with ESPN's Cassidy Hubbarth on NBA Tonight, said with the focus of much of this season's playoffs on the officiating and how it has affected the outcome of games, that the refs still get it right a "vast majority of the time."

    "Roughly 90 percent -- they get it right," Silver said. "Now, of course, I'd like 90 percent to be 100 percent. And so would they. But what these reports also show, what fans already know is, human error is part of this game, and the best athletes in the world make mistakes. And coaches occasionally make mistakes. Officials do, too."

    Source: ESPN
  • Will Barton Signs With Agent Travis King

    Agent Travis King of Relativity Sports tells HoopsHype Nuggets guard Will Barton has signed with him.

  • Grizzlies’ Interest Rising in David Fizdale as Coach?

    Away from this riveting series: Sources say that the candidacy of Miami's David Fizdale for the Grizzlies' job is gaining serious momentum.

  • Stephen Curry: ‘This isn’t how we’re going to go out’

    "The series isn't over," (Stephen) Curry said after the Thunder rolled to a 118-94 rout at Chesapeake Energy Arena. "We've got to believe in ourselves. There's obviously frustration. It's a terrible feeling once again not stepping up and being ourselves and playing our game.

    "But I think we're a special team. This isn't how we're going to go out."

    Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN
  • Draymond Green Admits Energy Lacking: ‘I’ve been awful’

    And Draymond Green for sure has been shockingly lost and listless for the last two games–before and after the outrage after his kick into Steven Adams’ groin in Game 3.

    He speaks for the team, and after Game 4, Green pointed all blame at his own chest, though he admitted he had no answer or easy fix.

    “I’ve been the energy for this team and I have not been that,” Green said. “I think our energy goes as my energy goes, and I’ve been awful….

    "At the end of the day I know I’ve got to be better in Game 5. It’s all or nothing. We’ve put too much work in to go out like this. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself all summer going out like this.”

    Source: Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News
  • Thunder’s Adams Gives Props to Donovan, Coaching Staff

    (Steven) Adams on how much credit Billy Donovan deserves: "The vast majority of it, mate. It's him and the coaching staff."

  • Agent Says Isaiah Whitehead Staying in Draft

    Seton Hall sophomore guard Isaiah Whitehead will remain in the NBA draft, his agent, Andy Miller, told The Vertical.Whitehead, who has an opportunity to work himself into first-round draft contention, is expected to make a formal announcement Wednesday.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports
  • James Borrego to Meet With Rockets Owner?

    NBA coaching sources say James Borrego, after Monday's interview in Houston, has progressed to a meeting this week with owner Les Alexander.

  • Source: Stephen Curry Playing at 70 Percent

    (Stephen) Curry has been a shell of himself – missing shots, throwing away passes, losing his dribble, and completely unable to prove that there's Curry-esque agility in that knee. "He's playing at 70 percent, at best," a source close to Curry told The Vertical. Curry refuses to make excuses, but privately the Thunder see something – no explosion, no ability to make the bigs switching onto him pay a price. Twenty points on 19 shots Tuesday night bore no resemblance to the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports