Content provided by Player News - Saturday, May 25th, 2013
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|Vasquez says he'll be back in 12-16 weeks||05-25-2013|
|Greivis Vasquez G NO|
Greivis Vasquez (right ankle surgery) said on his Twitter account that he'll be back in 12-16 weeks.
Greivis Vasquez on Twitter
|That would make him ready to go in the middle of August or mid-September at the latest. Vasquez had surgery to remove bone spurs out of his right ankle, so the lengthy timetable suggests he'll be taking it easy. He should be close to 100 percent for training camp next season.|
|Report: No more candidates for Pistons job||05-25-2013|
|Joe Dumars G Det|
The Pistons are not expected to bring in any more head coach candidates after interviewing Maurice Cheeks, a source tells the Detroit News.
|Cheeks interviewed with the Pistons on Wednesday. Detroit reportedly met with at least Lindsey Hunter, Nate McMillian, J.B. Bickerstaff and Mike Budenholzer. However, according to the News they never interviewed Pacers assistant Brian Shaw or Heat assistant David Fizdale, whose teams are both still in the playoffs. There's no clear frontrunner at this point and Joe Dumars has said he has no timetable for picking the team's next head coach.|
|Kosta Koufos won't play for Greece this year||05-25-2013|
|Kosta Koufos F DEN|
Kosta Koufos will not play for the Greek national team this summer.
|Koufos will instead spend the summer working with Nuggets coaches trying to improve on his career year. Although he struggled in the postseason, Koufos started all 81 games he played in as part of a platoon with JaVale McGee. It's unclear who will start next season between McGee and Koufos, but it's likely going to be a battle that lasts well into training camp. The 24-year-old Koufos averaged 8.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 22.4 minutes per game.|
|Report: Malone also a candidate for Clips job||05-25-2013|
|Chris Paul G LAC|
Warriors assistant Mike Malone is one of the primary candidates for the Clippers' head coach job, ESPN Los Angeles reports.
ESPN Los Angeles
|Malone has also been linked to the Warriors and 76ers jobs. Chris Paul knows Malone from New Orleans, where Malone was the lead assistant on Monty Williams' staff. Although Paul is very fond of Williams, it remains to be seen what Paul thinks of Malone. The Clippers are desperate to re-sign CP3, who is scheduled for free agency this summer, and he'll likely have a very big say in the coaching search if he wants to return to the L.A.|
|Report: Malone atop Ranadive's list for Kings||05-25-2013|
|Casey Jacobsen F MEM|
Vivek Ranadive has Warriors assistant Mike Malone atop his list of candidates to coach the Kings, a source tells Ric Bucher.
Ric Bucher on Sulia
|This isn't all that surprising considering Ranadive was a minority owner with the Warriors prior to becoming the primary owner of the Kings. Malone is a very hot coaching candidate this summer and has been mentioned in connection with most of the open jobs. Technically, Keith Smart is still the coach but he reportedly is expected to be fired.|
|Shane Battier has no response to Hibbert||05-25-2013|
|Shane Battier F MIA|
Shane Battier said he had no response to Roy Hibbert's accusation of intentionally kneeing him in the groin.
Chris Tomasson on Twitter
|"I have no response. You'll read about it in my book one day," Battier said. He was quiet in Game 2 and failed to score in 14 minutes, so Hibbert certainly has the last word at this point.|
|Paul George lights up Miami for 22 points||05-25-2013|
|Paul George G IND|
|Paul George put on a show again in Friday's win over the Heat, scoring 22 points with two boards, six assists and one 3-pointer on 9-of-16 shooting.||He's having a terrific series and is on his way to becoming a household name. George isn't usually very effective on the road, shooting 39.1 percent compared to 44.6 percent in home games, so it should be interesting to see how well he plays on Sunday. He has a little bit of everything to his game and he'll likely be going off the board in the first six picks of fantasy drafts next year.|