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Bucks retain Gustavo Ayon for $1.5 million 06-23-2013
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The Bucks have exercised their $1.5 million option to retain Gustavo Ayon for the 2013-14 season.

Televisa Deportes
The 28-year-old big man averaged 4.3 points and 4.9 rebounds with the Bucks and he publicly lamented his limited role off the bench. He's an affordable big man who can rebound, set screens and has shot 54.2 percent from the field in his NBA career, so it's unsurprising that Milwaukee decided to keep him.
Brandon Roy: 'My basketball days are done' 06-23-2013
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Brandon Roy conceded this weekend that his "basketball days are done."

Kevin Pelton on Twitter
Roy made the comments at a University of Washington alumni game. This statement has been expected since he was released by the Wolves after a disappointing 2012-2013 season, and even Roy noted that his impending retirement is "no surprise." Although he hasn't officially announced his retirement, it is only a matter of time.
NBA might not allow Garnett to Clippers 06-23-2013
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The NBA does not intend to budge from David Stern's stance on including players involved in the Doc Rivers deal and would see a subsequent Kevin Garnett deal as connected.

Marc Stein on Twitter
If the NBA does think a KG-to-Clippers deal is part one deal broken up in two parts, it would be a violation. Now that the Rivers side of things seems to be done, there should be a slew of reports about where Garnett winds up next year. He would likely lose plenty of fantasy value with the Clippers.
Clippers and Celtics agree to deal on Rivers 06-23-2013
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The Clippers have an agreement in principle for Doc Rivers that includes an unprotected 2015 first-round pick going to the Celtics, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Brad Turner on Twitter
Rivers has agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with the Clippers. The league will still has approve the deal, but it shouldn't be an issue as long as no players are involved. Boston losing Rivers means they'll join the Sixers, Nuggets and Grizzlies as the teams still looking for a coach. Lionel Hollins, Brian Shaw and Byron Scott are three high-profile candidates still on the market. As for the Clippers, getting Rivers should make Chris Paul a lock to remain in LA. Boston and the Clippers ranked 20th and 19th in pace last year, respectively, so there shouldn't be too much fantasy fallout from the coaching change.
Report: Nuggets back in on Doc Rivers trade 06-23-2013
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Denver Nuggets reached out to Boston again over the weekend about Doc Rivers, per Sport Illustrated's Chris Mannix.

Chris Mannix on Twitter
Mannix adds that Rivers has little interest in coaching Nuggets, which makes sense. The terms of a contract between the Nuggets and Rivers would likely need to be agreed upon for this deal to work out, so this offer might not matter. This story has more twists and turns than a roller coaster and hopefully it will come to an end in the next couple days.
NBA will be skeptical of Doc Rivers deal? 06-23-2013
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The NBA league office will take a "skeptical view" of any Doc Rivers transaction, CBS sports reports.

Ken Berger on Twitter
Since Rivers is still under contract and the league will need to approve the Rivers deal, the Clippers and Celtics coming to terms doesn't necessarily mean it will be allowed. The deal is not allowed to be attached to players, which becomes a road block, as well. Danny Ainge and Rivers are expected to have an answer on Monday and Rivers could be released from his contract instead of being dealt for a fairly irrelevant draft pick.
Clippers and Celtics close to Doc Rivers deal 06-23-2013
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The Clippers have offered the Celtics a future first-round pick for rights to coach Doc Rivers and the sides are near an agreement, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
The Clippers have held firm in resisting from dealing their 2013 first-round pick while Boston isn't willing to take a second-round pick. Danny Ainge and Rivers were also expected to have an answer by Monday. Additionally, the word on the street is Chris Paul is "unhappy" with the Clippers not able to get Doc yet. There have been tons of rumors about this potential trade for almost two weeks, so hopefully this deal is made soon.
Darko Milicic won't attempt NBA return 06-23-2013
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Darko Milicic confirmed that he won't attempt to sign with an NBA team this summer.
"No more chances. This is a done deal," said Milicic, according to a rough translation. It's extremely unlikely that we'll see him in the NBA again.
Clippers backing off pursuit of Kevin Garnett 06-23-2013
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The Clippers have "backed off trying to acquire [Kevin Garnett] for now," according to the Boston Globe.

Boston Globe
A possible trade sending Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers to L.A. isn't dead, but it's on life support. Rivers is expected to announce his plans for next season early in the week, and if he leaves for broadcasting it would scrap the deal. Wherever he's playing, KG will earn $12.4 million next season.
Kawhi Leonard (quad) iffy for Team USA 06-23-2013
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Kawhi Leonard's quad tendinitis may prevent him from participating in Team USA's training camp in July.

San Antonio Express-News
"I need to talk to Kawhi and the doctors about that before we make a decision," Gregg Popovich said. "Kawhi is thrilled by the selection, but we need to talk to the doctors to make sure he's able to do it." Leonard missed 24 games during the regular season because of the ailment, and the Spurs wisely want to ensure that he's 100 percent healthy.
Doc Rivers could announce his plans by Monday 06-23-2013
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Doc Rivers could announce his plans for the 2013-14 season as soon as Monday, and there is "still a chance" that he'll wind up with the Clippers.

Boston Globe
The on-again, off-again trade drama should conclude within the next few days, mercifully. The Boston Globe reports that the "most plausible options" are still Rivers either coaching the Celtics or returning to a broadcasting career.
Rumor: Cavs targeting Paul Pierce via trade 06-23-2013
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The Cavaliers are rumored to have offered the Celtics two second-round picks for Paul Pierce's expiring $15.3 million contract.

The root of these rumors seems to the the Cavs' eagerness to replace Alonzo Gee at SF, which isn't surprising given Gee's uninspiring play last season (the Cavs have also been linked to Shawn Marion's expiring deal). The Pierce rumors should be viewed skeptically, however, and the Boston Globe reports that there is "better-than-average" interest in Pierce on the trade market.
Knicks may draft pure PG or defensive SG/SF 06-23-2013
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The Knicks are likely targeting a swingman or a pure point guard with the No. 24 pick in the draft, according to the NY Post.

New York Post
One source said the Knicks "feel they can get a big man in free agency," but they're reportedly eager to find a swingman who can defend and has 3-point range. Among the prospects mentioned as possibilities for New York are Tim Hardaway Jr., Allen Crabbe, Reggie Bullock and Tony Snell.
Raymond Felton hopes Knicks will play faster 06-23-2013
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Raymond Felton said that there is "no question" the Knicks should play faster next season.

ESPN New York
Felton said that at the end of games the Knicks should continue to lean on Carmelo Anthony's one-on-one brilliance. For the bulk of the game, however, "If you've got opportunities, you definitely want to push the ball." Tyson Chandler was openly critical of the offense after the season, saying that he wanted a more "free-flowing offense," and it will be interesting to see if and how Mike Woodson tweaks the Knicks' attack.
Cavs rumored to have interest in Shawn Marion 06-23-2013
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The Cavaliers reportedly have had "serious discussions" about trading their No. 19 pick to the Mavericks for Shawn Marion and the No. 13 pick.
Marion has an expiring $9.3 million option which the Mavs would presumably love to be rid of, clearing extra salary cap space for their pursuit of top-tier free agents. The Cavaliers, according to Joe Kotoch of, feel that Marion would be an upgrade over Alonzo Gee at small forward, and they could be targeting Sergey Karasev if they acquire the No. 13 pick.