• No Meeting Currently Scheduled Between Bucks, Rose

    While there's mutual interest between the Bucks and Derrick Rose, no meeting is scheduled for now, I'm told.

    Source: Jeff Zillgitt on Twitter
  • Kendrick Perkins Looking to Return to NBA?

    Kendrick Perkins wants back in the NBA. He is not retired. He is not done.

    The former Celtics big man has been working feverishly on his conditioning over the past several months and is looking for a training camp invite at age 32.

    Perkins appeared in good shape when he stopped by the Las Vegas Summer League last week. He played in just 37 games for the Pelicans in 2015-16 before sitting out all of last season after teams showed little interest in his services. Perkins wasn’t pushing as hard for a return last summer, but that doesn’t mean he considers himself retired.

    “The body feels good, man, I’m just sitting here waiting on an opportunity,” he said. “Hopefully I can get a training camp invite soon. I want to earn my way. I don’t want nobody to give me nothing. So I’ve been working hard, going two or three times a day, working and grinding. I’m just trying to stay with it.”

    Source: Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe
  • Sources: Trail Blazers interested in Carmelo Anthony

    One team that New York and Houston had hoped would facilitate a multiteam trade for Anthony, the Portland Trail Blazers, plans to participate in a deal for Anthony only if he decides to expand his no-trade clause to include them, league sources told ESPN.

    Portland believes the addition of a player such as Anthony would furnish it with talent and depth comparable to those of the top Western Conference contenders, except for the Golden State Warriors, league sources said. Because of that, the Blazers have little, if any, inclination to facilitate an Anthony deal that would land him with a Western Conference rival such as Houston, league sources said.

    Perhaps to get Anthony used to the idea of appearing in Trail Blazers' colors, guard CJ McCollum posted a photo of Anthony in a Portland jersey on Instagram as a seemingly passive recruiting pitch to the Knicks star.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
  • Sources: Rockets, Mbah a Moute Agree to Deal

    Free agent Luc Mbah a Moute has reached an agreement with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell ESPN.

    Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN
  • Sources: Carmelo Still Expects Trade to Rockets

    As New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry pursue a meeting with Carmelo Anthony in the coming days, league sources told ESPN the 10-time All-Star is counting on the franchise to carry out its previously agreed upon mandate to trade him to the Houston Rockets.

    Whatever stance a post-Phil Jackson front office is taking now, Anthony expects the Knicks to resume trade talks soon and honor the franchise's long-standing goal to rebuild without Anthony, league sources said.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
  • Jazz GM: We’ll Focus Team on Center Rudy Gobert

    Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said the team will not go into rebuilding mode after losing Gordon Hayward in free agency, instead focusing on showcasing center Rudy Gobert.

    After Hayward bolted for the Boston Celtics, Lindsey said the Jazz will focus on having a defensive-minded team to counter the high-octane offensive teams in the West. "We feel like we can build defensively around Rudy Gobert," Lindsey told The Salt Lake Tribune. "We look at him, and he's a top-10 player and unique defender. So we [want] to build a team around his talents."

    Source: ESPN
  • James Harden on Houston: I’ll be Here ‘Forever’

    A big smile peeked out from behind James Harden's famously bushy beard as the Rockets superstar was asked how it felt to have signed the richest contract in NBA history. "Sounds good," Harden said during a Saturday news conference to announce the four-year maximum contract extension that means he will make $228 million over the next six seasons. "But honestly, the only thing at this point of my career is winning, to get a championship.

    Harden said the contract symbolizes a lifetime commitment to the Rockets, the franchise that traded for him in 2012 and has built around him since then. "I know where home is," said Harden, an All-Star all five of his seasons in Houston. "I know where I want to be. I know where I want to retire ultimately and where I want to win a championship. Everything is going to happen here in Houston, and that's the reason I'm here forever."

    Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN
  • Rondo, Pelicans Agree to One-Year Deal

    The New Orleans Pelicans have reached a one-year deal with free-agent point guard Rajon Rondo, a source confirmed to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears on Saturday.

    Sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe on Thursday that Pelicans officials -- which included general manager Dell Demps and coach Alvin Gentry -- met with Rondo and that it went "excellent."

    Source: ESPN
  • LaVar Ball Open to Shoe Deal if ‘Price is Right’

    LaVar Ball acknowledged his son's wearing of different shoes serves as both a temptation and an invitation to the brands that passed on him.

    "It's making a statement to the brands of what they could have had with an open mind," the patriarch said via text message. "The players are the brand ambassadors. The brand is nothing without the players." Asked whether there's still a chance for a big shoe brand to sign his son Lonzo, LaVar responded: "If the price is right. Quite frankly we are officially in the shoe game, and are a billion dollar brand either way."

    Source: Darren Rovell of ESPN
  • Reports: Sergio Rodriguez to Return to EuroLeague

    Sergio Rodriguez reportedly will again play in the EuroLeague after a one-year return to the NBA last season.

    The point guard, who played last season for the Philadelphia 76ers, agreed to a three-year contract with CSKA Moscow, according to multiple reports. Freelance journalist David Pick first reported the news.

    Source: ESPN
  • CP3 on Harden: ‘We’re Going to Help Each Other’

    Chris Paul, having heard the questions about how he will fit with James Harden in a backcourt pairing of elite, ball-dominant players, addressed the subject with humor Friday afternoon during his introductory news conference with the Houston Rockets. Asked what he heard from Harden that helped persuade him to opt to join the Rockets, Paul quipped: "It was a basketball in the room, and we were fighting over it."

    "Seriously, we talked about the ultimate goal, and that's winning [a title]," Paul, a nine-time All-Star, said after the laughter died down. "It's not about me coming here just to help him. He's going to help me. We're going to help each other. We're going to help this team hopefully get to where we want to be."

    Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN
  • Hayward: Had ‘Special Feeling’ About Boston

    Ten days after Gordon Hayward announced his decision to join the Boston Celtics, the team completed the necessary series of transactions that allowed Hayward to ink his four-year, $128 million maximum-salary contract on Friday.
     "The last couple weeks have been pretty crazy for me," Hayward said. "There was just something different about Boston and different about being a Celtic. It was just a special feeling when talking about being a Boston Celtic. And that ultimately won me over."

  • Bucks’ Greg Monroe on the Trading Block?

    While Greg Monroe was in an upbeat mood on Friday and seemed genuinely pleased to be back with the Bucks, he knows he is still the subject of considerable trade conjecture.

    Some NBA officials said Milwaukee is still clearly receptive to moving Monroe. “I’d like to stay but that’s up to them,’’ said Monroe, referring to the Bucks’ front office.

    Source: Gery Woelfel of Woelfel's Press Box
  • Sources: Jazz Interested in Signing Eric Griffin

    SL over, the Jazz are hoping to sign Eric Griffin to a two-way contract, sources tell The Tribune. Griffin has other NBA interest as well.

    Source: Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune on Twitter
  • Sources: Jason Terry Drawing Interest?

    Jason Terry also made an appearance at the Summer League and, while it is generally assumed he’ll return to the Bucks for another season, it’s far from a slam dunk. According to league sources, the 39-year-old Terry, who gave the Bucks some quality leadership and 3-point shooting last season, has drawn interest from some other teams.

    An official with a Western Conference playoff-caliber team, who requested anonymity, confirmed his team is contemplating extending Terry a contract offer.

    Source: Gery Woelfel of Woelfel's Press Box