• Blake Griffin: We’ll Bust Through Clipper Curse

    (Los Angeles Clippers) Blake Griffin managed to answer thoughtfully after the Clippers lost in the Western Conference Semifinals, providing perspective on how far they’ve come in just a few years.

    “The Clipper curse when I first got here was No. 1 picks getting hurt, not working out; their draft picks not working out, not making the playoffs, not having winning seasons,” Griffin said. “No one talked about not getting past the second round. Not a single soul talked about that, but now, that’s what everybody talks about. Just like the last one, we’re going to bust through this one.”

    via Rowan Kavner of NBA.com/Clippers
  • Brooklyn Nets Will Look to Shop Mason Plumlee?

    It's unavoidably tantalizing to think about what the (Brooklyn) Nets might have gotten for Plumlee, had they actively shopped him before he fell out of favor -- bearing in mind the two future first-round picks Denver extracted from Cleveland for Timofey Mozgov.

    Some rival executives think the Nets might go ahead and explore the Plumlee marketplace anyway, in hopes teams remember his dogged play for Team USA the past summer more than his struggles to get on the floor under first-year Nets coach Lionel Hollins. Now, though, would not appear to be the ideal time to see what shopping him might fetch.

    via Marc Stein of ESPN
  • Lakers to Workout Russell, Towns, Okafor

    The Los Angeles Lakers plan to bring in (D'Angelo) Russell along with centers Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor for workouts.  The Lakers haven’t ruled out using the second pick on Russell, a point guard out of Ohio State.

    via Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Hawks’ Paul Millsap May Need Shoulder Surgery

    (Atlanta Hawsk Jeff) Teague, Paul Millsap and Al Horford have all struggled with less publicized injuries throughout the playoffs.

    The most serious of those is Millsap's sprained right shoulder, which caused him to miss five games in early April and has never fully healed. There are whispers that it might require surgery after the season.

    via Howard Beck of Bleacher Report
  • Kupchak: 4-8 Players Under Consideration for No. 2 Pick


    (Lakers GM Mitch) Kupchak said anywhere from four to eight players could be in consideration for the No. 2 pick. Keeping options open and broad right now.

    via Mike Trudell of ESPN Los Angeles on Twitter
  • Brooklyn Nets Part Ways With Assistant GM Marks

    It's believed Brooklyn (Nets) ownership is now determined to cut costs across board and staff cuts are underway. Marks is well-respected in league.

    After 20 years with Nets, assistant GM Bobby Marks has tweeted that he's parted ways with organization.

    via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports on Twitter

  • Suns’ Draftee Bogdanovic to Remain in Europe


    Bogdan Bogdanovic - a star stash of the Phoenix Suns - not making NBA jump next season. He is committed to Fenerbahce.

    via David Pick of Basketball Insiders on Twitter

  • Hawks’ Kyle Korver to Undergo Ankle Surgery 

    Kyle Korver tells me he will have surgery tomorrow on his ankle.

    via David Aldridge of TNT on Twitter
  • Myers: Curry Passed Concussion Tests Twice

    (Golden State Warriors Stephen) Curry looked, sounded and tested fine on Monday night and there were no indications about any further problems, (Warriors GM Bob) Myers said on Tuesday, before the Warriors departed their hotel to fly back to the Bay Area.

    “At the very, very end, when he passed the tests, then it became ‘there’s no reason he couldn’t play,’” Myers said. “So then it was, he passed the tests, passed them once, passed them twice…“At that moment, he looked at me, said, ‘Yeah, I’m ready to go.’”

    via Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News
  • Dwight Howard Won’t Be Suspended for Game 5

    Houston Rockets Dwight Howard will not be suspended for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, the NBA said on Tuesday.

    Had the NBA upgraded Howard's flagrant foul one in Monday's Game 4 to a flagrant foul two, he would have missed Wednesday's game. Howard has three flagrant foul points in the playoffs and four flagrant foul results in an automatic suspension during the postseason.

    "The feeling was that, although it was a very close call, I want to emphasize that because it was a blow to the face, it was not with an elbow," NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said. "It was with the back of the hand, and open hand, and Howard was trying to extricate himself.

    "Bogut had his arm over Howard's arm, trying to extricate himself. As he did, he flailed his arm backwards and hit Bogut in the face. My feeling was it unnecessary which comes under the guise of flagrant one but it was not unnecessary and excessive."

    Thorn also explained the difference between Howard's action and the action that earned Hawks F-C Al Horford a flagrant foul two in Game 3 against the Cavaliers.

    "Howard's contact was in part to extricate himself. It was unnecessary but not excessive. With Horford, the contact was in retaliation as Horford himself said. He was upset because he felt (Matthew) Dellavedova dived into his legs. That fits the criteria for unnecessary and excessive."

    via Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports
  • LeBron Wants Tristan Thompson to Remain in Cleveland

    LeBron James opened up public negotiations for teammate Tristan Thompson's impending restricted free agency Monday, telling reporters that he wants the big man to stick around Cleveland for a long time.

    "Tristan should probably be a Cavalier for his whole career," James said a day after Thompson had a game-saving block in regulation followed by a game-clinching offensive rebound and kickout to James for 3 in Cleveland's 114-111 overtime win against Atlanta in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. "There's no reason why he shouldn't."

    via Dave McMenamin of ESPN
  • Rockets’ Jason Terry, 37, Intends to Play Next Year

    Facing the prospect of elimination from the playoffs Monday night, Rockets guard Jason Terry was adamant that Game 4 of these Western Conference finals would by no means be his last.

    At 37 and soon to be a free agent, Terry told ESPN.com that he fully intends to return for a 17th NBA season in 2015-16.

    "One hundred percent," Terry said before Monday's tipoff.

    via Marc Stein of ESPN
  • Warriors’ Curry Suffered Head Contusion in Hard Fall

    The Warriors' greatest nightmare Monday night at the Toyota Center was not the 23-point deficit they faced against the Houston Rockets after just one quarter.

    The big scare came with 5:52 left in the second quarter when MVP Stephen Curry flipped over the back of Houston's Trevor Ariza and took a hard spill on the floor.

    Curry returned to the game in the middle of the third quarter in Golden State's 128-115 loss in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals after it was determined he had suffered no more than a contusion to his head.

    "I feel pretty good," he said after the game. "It could have been a lot worse."

    via Jeff Faraudo of the Contra Costa Times
  • Howard Faces Suspension if League Upgrades Foul

    Dwight Howard had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and received a flagrant 1 foul early in the third quarter after throwing an elbow at Andrew Bogut's head. He would be suspended by accumulation of flagrant foul points if the NBA upgrades it to a flagrant 2 after review.

    "I hope not," Howard said when asked about that possibility.

    "But there's nothing I can do about it at this point. It's never my intention to hurt anybody on the floor. My reaction was to try to get him off me, but I can't react that way."

    via The Associated Press
  • Source: Stanko Barac, 7’2, to Work Out for Pacers

    The Indiana Pacers will bring unsigned draft acquisition Stanko Barac to Indianapolis for mini-camp workouts in June, league sources told RealGM.

    Barac, a 7-foot-2 center out of Croatia, turned his attention this year toward making the leap into the NBA. He signed a deal with Cedevita in the Euroleague midway through the season, gradually improving his play.

    via Shams Charania of Real GM