According to sources, the Rockets’ primary free-agent target is still Chris Bosh. Houston could potentially arrange a sign-and-trade deal with Toronto.
The Raptors are reportedly intrigued by Jordan Hill, whom the Rockets acquired from New York on trade deadline day in February.
The Knicks made the deal to clear their second maximum-salary contract slot, which could be offered to Bosh.
Brandon Jennings may not have won Rookie of the Year, but he is keeping his eyes on a bigger prize.
“To win a playoff series is real motivation, because they said we couldn’t do it as a team,” Jennings said.
“If we get the game Friday, I’m sure everybody out there will be ‘Fearing the Deer,’ as they say.”
He has elevated his play against the Hawks and is averaging a team-leading 20.8 points in the first five games of the playoffs.
Larry Brown has made it clear that he only wants to coach the Bobcats, so the 76ers have turned their attention to former Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson instead.
According to sources, Officials from Philadelphia will supposedly meet up with Johnson after the weekend.
Other suitors for the coaching gig include Mavs assistant Dwane Casey, Boston Celtics associate coach Tom Thibodeau, San Antonio Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer, former Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell, and NBA television analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Fratello.
Following Dallas’ playoff loss, Dirk Nowitzki was in no mood to talk about his future, and maybe that is a bad thing for Mavs fans.
Nowitzki stopped well short of declaring himself a Maverick for life, ready to forge into an uncertain future with possibly another revamped Dallas roster.
“I wanted to obviously have a long playoff run here and go for my dream again,” Nowitzki said.
“And now I’m just obviously too shocked and too disappointed. I haven’t really thought anything about my future yet. I guess I’ve got some time now to think about some stuff, think about my options.”
If Denver continues to rally in the series, they will have to do so without Nene. The Nuggets’ starting center was injured in the second quarter and did not return.
He likely won’t return for the remainder of the series with what Nuggets trainers called an injured left knee. A source familiar with the situation said the team is fearful Nene tore the ACL in his left knee.
Nene is scheduled for an MRI today, which will determine the severity of the injury. Given some of the preliminary tests done Wednesday night, it is not expected to provide good news.
Dwyane Wade has said that his heart is in Miami, but nothing is assured as free agency and millions of dollars lurk this summer.
Less than 24 hours after the Heat were eliminated from the playoffs by the Celtics, a few of Wade’s teammates said they believe the superstar will return to the only NBA team he has ever played with.
“I see Dwyane in Miami,” forward Udonis Haslem, Wade’s closest friend on the team.
“My gut would tell me he’s going to be a Miami Heat next year,” fellow Chicagoan Quentin Richardson said. “If I was in his shoes, I would be back.”
“He loves it here. He loves it here,” Jermaine O’Neal added. “I believe he will sign with them.”
LeBron James underwent further evaluation at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health last evening by Cavaliers Head Team Physician Dr. Richard Parker and Dr. Mark Schickendantz. He was re-examined, with x-rays and MRI reviewed.
LeBron has a strain of his right elbow and a bone bruise of his olecranon.
He will undergo daily treatments and revaluation and a repeat MRI will be performed next week. It is not anticipated that he would miss any playing time. His status will be updated as appropriate.
At some point in the next few days, the Chicago Bulls figure to reveal coach Vinny Del Negro’s job status. They just were not making any announcements on Wednesday.
After back-to-back 41-win seasons and first-round playoff exits, Del Negro at least got some public support from his players after the Bulls were eliminated by Cleveland 4-1.
Joakim Noah, who enjoyed a breakout season, said Del Negro “did a lot for me as a player.”
Kirk Hinrich said the Bulls “had a loose group” and Del Negro “fit the bill for us.”
Forward Taj Gibson praised Del Negro, saying, “Any other coach, I don’t know if they could have weathered that storm.”
Sounds as if, with Miami’s season coming to a close, Udonis Haslem is looking elsewhere.
Haslem, who had to adjust to a full-time reserve role for the first time since his rookie season, finished ninth in voting for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award.
“My priority is to take advantage of the best opportunity I have,” Haslem said.
“I would love to be here, but I have a lot of things to think about.”
Haslem, who had a $7.1 million salary this season, said those things included family and friends.
The Detroit Pistons announced today that guard Ben Gordon underwent a successful surgical procedure performed by Dr. Art Manoli to remove bone spurs and loose bodies from his left ankle.
Gordon’s left ankle will be placed in a cast for three weeks and rehabilitation will begin immediately following removal of the cast.
He is expected to make a full recovery prior to the start of training camp in October.