Matt Barnes to Test Free-Agent Market

Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes

Forward Matt Barnes says he will opt out of the final year of his contract with the Orlando Magic to become a free agent.

Barnes had said for months he would likely make the move, hoping to get a long-term deal to return to Orlando. He made his intentions official Monday after the team’s end-of-season meeting.

The 30-year-old forward has played for seven teams in seven seasons in the NBA. He prefers to remain with the Magic.

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Inside Sources Pushing Bulls to Hire Brian Shaw

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Bynum, Brian Shaw

There were rumors recently that William “Worldwide Wes” Wesley was pushing for John Calipari to get an NBA coaching job.

Now, rumors indicate that Wesley is pushing Lakers assistant Brian Shaw on the Bulls under the idea that free-agent-to-be LeBron James is interested in the triangle offense.

Shaw is in his fifth season under Lakers coach Phil Jackson.

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Hedo Turkoglu Wants Out of Toronto

Hedo Turkoglu

Hedo Turkoglu

In a recent interview on Turkish television, Raptors forward Hedo Turkoglu explained that he is actively seeking a release from the Toronto organization.

KK: Your relationship with fans in Sacramento, San Antonio and Orlando is well documented. There has never been an issue with you. You have always been a fan favorite.

Hedo: When the circumstances turned against me, I lost my enthusiasm for this city. My lawyers have talked to the front office recently. Honestly, I do not want to go back to Toronto. My lawyers talked to Mr. Colangelo and I hope that they will come up with a solution soon.

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Nate Robinson Takes Over Game 6

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Brandon Bass Unsure of Future with Magic

Brandon Bass

Brandon Bass

Brandon Bass did not have as big an impact in Orlando this season as was expected, but he is hoping his role might change next year.

Bass saw a little bit of playing time late in the Eastern Conference Finals against Boston.

“It’s hard to say. It’s for Stan [Van Gundy], Otis [Smith] and the guys in the front office to decide if I’m someone they need … or if they want play four perimeter guys and one big, then I guess if they want to do that, it’s not for me,” Bass said Friday morning.

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Hawks to Interview Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson

According to sources, the Atlanta Hawks will interview ESPN/ABC analyst Mark Jackson for their head coaching job on Saturday in Atlanta.

Jackson is expected to be the last candidate for the position, according to another source with knowledge of the Hawks’ process.

Former Minnesota coach Dwane Casey and former Dallas coach and ESPN analyst Avery Johnson have been part of two Hawks interviews.

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Alvin Gentry Pukes into Trash Can

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When told that cameras had actually captured him throwing up into the trash can along the sideline, Gentry was surprised.

“They did?” he asked. “Oh, well, just tell everyone that it was Kobe Bryant making me sick.”

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