• Rockets Looking to Create Cap Space?

    Free Agency Scuttle: Houston is making Ryan Anderson/Lou Williams/Patrick Beverley available via trade to create summer spending flexibility.

    Source: Marc Stein of ESPN
  • Sources: Jimmy Butler Hopes to Stay in Chicago

    The Cleveland Cavaliers remain seriously interested in trading for Chicago's Jimmy Butler or Indiana's Paul George but have encountered significant obstacles on both fronts, according to league sources.

    Sources said Tuesday that the Cavaliers have been notified that Butler hopes to stay with the Bulls and would be reluctant to commit his long-term future to Cleveland. Butler, sources said, remains intent on trying to lead the Bulls back to Eastern Conference prominence.

    Source: Marc Stein of ESPN
  • Rockets ‘plan’ to Extend James Harden this Summer

    With an eye on potential roster moves this summer and well beyond, the Rockets "plan" to take a step that will allow them to tell potential free agents that star guard James Harden will not be going anywhere.

    For the second-consecutive season, the Rockets intend to offer Harden a contract extension long before he could hit free agency, a person with knowledge of the team's plans said on Tuesday. The individual spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team's intentions have not been made public.

    The Rockets "plan to extend James Harden at the first opportunity," the individual said. "That is the plan."

    Source: Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle
  • Sources: Bulls Interested in Milos Teodosic

    Τhe best player outside the NBA according to the annual NBA GMs survey has received some very strong interest by the Chicago Bulls, according to Eurohoops sources. Chicago is ready to offer him a multiyear contract with a salary large enough to lure him away from Europe and CSKA Moscow’s 12 million euros offer.

    The Chicago Bulls, that are practically rebuilding their roster and according to reports are even thinking about trading Jimmy Butler to the Cavs, want to invest on [Milos] Teodosic. The franchise has a history with ex-Yugoslavian players starting from Toni Kukoc and continuing with Nikola Mirotic (of Montenegrin origin). Teodosic can even be a household name for them, considering the thriving Serbian community in Chicago.

    Source: Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops

  • Timberwolves Waive Nikola Pekovic

    The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the team has waived center Nikola Pekovic.

    Pekovic appeared in 271 games for the Wolves, averaging 12.6 points, on 51.8 percent shooting, and 6.7 rebounds. He was drafted by Minnesota in the second round (31st overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft.

    Source: Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Source: Rockets Shopping Patrick Beverley

    The Rockets have been actively shopping point guard Patrick Beverley, a source with knowledge of the situation told Sporting News on Tuesday.

    Beverley, who averaged 9.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists last season, has been open to a trade away from Houston leading into this offseason, the source said, and has consulted with the team about the possible move. The Rockets could get a deal done before Thursday’s NBA Draft.

    Beverley was originally brought to the NBA by the Rockets in 2012, while he was playing for St. Petersburg in Russia. He had been the Eurocup MVP for Spartak the previous season. He became the Rockets’ starting point guard the following year, and has held that spot since.

    Source: Sean Deveney of Sporting News
  • Masai Ujiri: Kyle Lowry ‘says he wants to come back’

    Responding to a media report that Kyle Lowry has "zero interest" in returning to Toronto, Raptors president Masai Ujiri said Tuesday the All-Star point guard has told him just the opposite.

    "He's been a part of our organization, and he says he wants to come back," Ujiri told reporters. "I know, speculation ... with the article. We all have ups and downs. There are times when he's been down, and there are times when we are down. It happens to every team, every player. People go through it."

    Ujiri was asked about Lowry after the Toronto Star reported that other teams have been told that Lowry didn't want to remain with the Raptors.

    Source: ESPN
  • Amar’e Stoudemire Considering NBA Comeback?

    Amar’e Stoudemire is back from the Holy Land with a championship in tow, and he has not ruled out a return to the NBA — and the Knicks.

    Stoudemire arrived back in Miami on Sunday after his Hapoel Jerusalem club, despite being the fourth seed in playoffs, captured the Israeli Premier League championship on Thursday with an 83-76 victory over Maccabi Haifa.

    “To play and win a championship my first year there, I could just call it quits and leave as a champion,’’ said Stoudemire, who never made it to the NBA Finals. “That could be an option. Another option is maybe to play with a team that needs quality veteran leadership here in the NBA. That could be an option. Or I could go back and defend the title for a back-to-back. I have time to think about it. Those are my three options.”

    Source: Marc Berman of the New York Post
  • Richard Jefferson: Cavaliers ‘shocked’ by David Griffin Exit

    Richard Jefferson says the Cavaliers players were "shocked" to hear Cleveland was parting ways with general manager David Griffin late Monday night.

    Griffin shepherded the Cavs to three straight NBA Finals appearances and the first championship in franchise history last year.

    Jefferson also referred to multiple reports that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert did not consult with LeBron James before speaking with Griffin for the final time, telling ESPN that "if Bron doesn't know, nobody knows."

    Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
  • Sources: Langston Galloway Will Decline Option

    Kings guard Langston Galloway will decline his player option and become a restricted free agent, league sources told Basketball Insiders.

    Source: Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders
  • Sources: Clippers Discussed Trade of DeAndre Jordan

    The LA Clippers have gauged the market on potentially trading their All-Star defensive stalwart center DeAndre Jordan, league sources told ESPN.

    Sources say the Clippers, in an exploratory fashion, have spoken to a few teams regarding the nine-year veteran.

    Source: ESPN
  • Hawks, Hornets Agree to Dwight Howard Trade

    The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to trade center Dwight Howard to the Charlotte Bobcats, source tell ESPN's The Undefeated.

    Source: Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated
  • Sources: Dwyane Wade to Pick Up Player Option

    Bulls were informed by Dwyane Wade that he's picking up his option for next season. Story to come

    Source: Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago
  • Sources: Lakers Trading Russell, Mozgov for Lopez, Pick

    The Los Angeles Lakers are trading Timofey Mozgov and D'Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez and 27th pick Thursday, sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski via Twitter
  • Sources: Bulls, Knicks Have Interest in Josh Jackson

    The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks, who are fielding trade offers for their high-profile players, both have shown interest in draft prospect Josh Jackson, sources tell ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

    The Bulls have the 16th overall pick and the Knicks are slotted at No. 8, so either team likely would have to trade to a higher spot in the first round in order to select Jackson, who widely is projected as a top-five pick.

    Source: ESPN