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Report: Bledsoe for Afflalo picking up steam 06-25-2013
Eric Bledsoe G PHO
ESPN is reporting that the Clippers and Magic are still in discussions on a trade that would potentially send Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler to the Magic for Arron Afflalo and possibly Andrew Nicholson. The Clippers could also get a future first-round pick in the deal.

ESPN.com
If this deal were to happen prior to the draft, it would clear the Magic to draft SG Victor Oladipo or Ben McLemore without having to worry about finding minutes for a rookie SG. It would also give them a dynamic point guard and create a likely timeshare with Jameer Nelson, whose career is winding down. The Clippers could use Afflalo's outside shooting and would get something in return for Bledsoe before he becomes a free agent next summer. Doc Rivers has made it clear that he's a Bledsoe fan, but that may only enhance the Clippers' leverage in trying to deal him.
Report: Nets inquire about Kevin Garnett 06-25-2013
Kevin Garnett F BKN
The Brooklyn Nets have reportedly inquired about Kevin Garnett's interest in leaving the Celtics to play for the Nets.

New York Daily News
KG has a no-trade clause in his contract, but with Doc Rivers gone and a ton of question marks in Boston, it wouldn't be surprising to see Garnett looking for a new home. The Nets could sure use him after Gerald Wallace's disastrous season, Kris Humphries' disappearing act, and the fact Reggie Evans is another year older. Stay tuned.
James Jones to stay with Heat 06-25-2013
James Jones G MIA
James Jones exercised his player option on Tuesday and will stay with the Heat next season.

Shandel Richardson on Twitter
Jones doesn't have much of a role with the champs, which is why he's locking into the money while he can.
Source: Bobcats not trading Kidd-Gilchrist 06-25-2013
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist F CHA
A Bobcats source adamantly denied an earlier report that the team is trying to move Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, according to a report from Rick Bonnell.

Charlotte Observer
This makes more sense, especially since there doesn't appear to be much of a chance of SF Otto Porter falling into the laps of the Bobcats at No. 4. MKG was the No. 2 pick in the draft last year, and while his rookie season didn't exactly knock anyone's socks off, it's hard to imagine them giving up on him so quickly. The reality is that most of the trade rumors floating around right now will never come close to happening.
Thunder tried to move up into the top five 06-25-2013
Kendrick Perkins C OKC
Oklahoma City was interested in packaging its two first-round picks and Kendrick Perkins for a top-five pick, per ESPN.com.

ESPN.com
Even though it's a weak draft class, NBA teams would be foolish to even consider trading for Kendrick Perkins. Perk was a liability in the lineup and financially for the Thunder this past season, so don't expect OKC to be able to offer much more outside of their 12th and 29th picks to try and move up.
Report: Cavs tried to trade for Kevin Love 06-25-2013
Kevin Love F MIN
The Cavs offered the top pick in the draft, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters for Kevin Love, according to ESPN.com.

ESPN.com
It's an interesting package, but it's not going to be enough to pry one of the league's best power forwards. The Cavs aren't really tied to any specific player with the first overall pick, so it makes a lot of sense that they would try and deal it. Even though Love is coming off a disastrous year, shooting 35.2 percent from the field in only 18 games, he still has top-five fantasy upside.
Report: Bobcats shopping Kidd-Gilchrist 06-25-2013
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist F CHA
Sources tell Sheridanhoops.com that the Bobcats are shopping Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Sheridanhoops.com
If this report is to be believed, the Bobcats are giving up on Kidd-Gilchrist just one year after making him the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. Although his rookie year was extremely disappointing -- especially from a jump-shooting perspective -- he's still just 19 years old. He can still develop into a quality rotation player. Sheridanhoops says that the Wizards want to take UNLV F Anthony Bennett at No. 3 overall, leaving Georgetown F Otto Porter for Charlotte at No. 4. In theory, Porter has a similar game to MKG.
Kings make qualifying offer to Tyreke Evans 06-25-2013
Tyreke Evans G NO
Kings extended a qualifying offer to Tyreke Evans, making him a restricted free agent. It's just a procedural move. By extending the qualifying offer, the Kings have the ability to match any offer Evans might receive. He's been on a steady decline since his impressive rookie season, but is still just 23 years old and can handle the ball well at 6'6/220. Evans is a sneaky candidate to get an offer sheet this summer.
Rashard Lewis will exercise his player option 06-25-2013
Rashard Lewis F DAL
Rashard Lewis will exercise his $1.399 million player option for the 2013-14 season.

Chris Haynes on Twitter
If the cap-strapped Heat buy out Mike Miller, Lewis could actually have a bit role as a sharpshooter off the bench next season. He played in just 11 of the Heat's 21 playoff games, averaging 4.2 minutes a night.
LeBron not thinking about summer of 2014 yet 06-25-2013
LeBron James F CLE
LeBron James said he's not thinking about the possibility of becoming a free agent in the summer of 2014 yet.

ESPN.com
The six-year, $109.8 million deal James signed before the 2010-11 season was actually a four-year contract with two seasons of player options tacked on to the end. He can opt out and become an unrestricted free agent, just like Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. James won't comment on something that far down the road yet, but he did say that the opportunity to compete for several more titles with the Heat is "the ultimate." Miami has been to three straight Finals and won back-to-back championships since LeBron arrived.
Celts, Clips can't trade players this season 06-25-2013
Kevin Garnett F BKN
Per CBS Sports, the Doc Rivers' compensation agreement states that the Celtics and Clippers can't exchange players until the end of the 2013-14 season.

Ken Berger on Twitter
Clippers to send Bledsoe to Magic? 06-25-2013
Eric Bledsoe G PHO
According to the Sporting News, the "most likely" Eric Bledsoe trade will be to Orlando for Arron Afflalo and Caron Butler.

Sporting News
Now that the Doc Rivers deal is done and Chris Paul is almost a sure thing to re-sign with the Clippers, they can move their attention to Bledsoe. He'll be a free agent after this season, meaning the time is now if they want to get assets for him. A solid 3-point shooter and rugged wing defender like Afflalo would fit the bill. The Magic could replace him with Ben McLemore or Victor Oladipo at No. 2 overall on Thursday night.
Celtics interested in Josh Smith? 06-25-2013
Josh Smith F DET
A source tells the Sporting News that the Celtics would like to swing a sign-and-trade for impending free agent Josh Smith.

Sporting News
The only way the Celtics could pull this off is if they get a trade exception after unloading Paul Pierce's $15.3 million contract. They'd then start a rebuild process around Rajon Rondo, Smith and Jeff Green. It's not exactly a championship-caliber "Big 3." We doubt GM Danny Ainge would actually pull the trigger on this when push comes to shove.
Earl Clark has a fan in Mike Brown 06-25-2013
Earl Clark F NY
The Cavs are reportedly considering a run at impending free agent Earl Clark.

FOX Sports Ohio
Clark impressed as a starter for the Lakers last season, averaging 9.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 3-pointers and 0.8 blocks in that role. He's a 6-foot-10 forward that can defend wings well thanks to his length. New Cavs coach Mike Brown -- who worked with Clark in L.A. -- is a fan.
Kings offering Fredette for a draft pick? 06-25-2013
Jimmer Fredette G NO
The Kings are reportedly offering Jimmer Fredette in exchange for a mid-to-late first round pick.

ESPN.com
Fredette was a reach as the No. 10 overall pick in 2011. His lack of playmaking skills and size has been exposed, leading to just 7.4 points and 1.5 assists in 16.2 minutes through two NBA seasons. The Kings would be stealing if they got a first-round pick for Jimmer, even in this weak draft.
Report: Blazers interested in Tiago, Pekovic 06-25-2013
Tiago Splitter C SA
A source tells the Oregonian that the Blazers have interest in restricted free agent centers Tiago Splitter and Nikola Pekovic.

Oregonian
The Blazers were woefully thin last season, as their top-four players all recorded at least 34.8 minutes per night. They need depth and a center, but Splitter and Pekovic will both come with hefty price tags. Their current teams will also be able to match any offers. A cheaper alternative for the Blazers would be to add cheaper size and let Meyers Leonard spread his wings in his second NBA season.
Doc Rivers signs his contract 06-25-2013
Doc Rivers F SA
Doc Rivers has formally signed his contract with the Clippers.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Stephen Curry resumes workouts 06-25-2013
Stephen Curry G GS
Stephen Curry began offseason workouts this week with "no limits."

Associated Press
Heat make Ray Allen their initial priority 06-25-2013
Ray Allen G MIA
The Heat have made retaining Ray Allen their initial offseason priority.

ESPN.com
Allen has a $3.229 million player option for the 2013-14 season. He has until Sunday to decide whether he'll pick it up. "We think the ultimate recruiting pitch is what we just did," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "But we won't take that for granted. There will certainly be communication between us and Ray. He was such an important piece of what we did."
Heat hold $4 million option on Chalmers 06-25-2013
Mario Chalmers G MIA
The Heat hold a $4 million player option on Mario Chalmers for the 2013-14 season.

ESPN.com
It's a very fair price for an underrated 3-point shooter and the World Champions' starting point guard. The problem is that the Heat are already way over the 2013-14 salary cap, with $80 million in commitments. Ownership is going to have to open up its wallets in a big way to pay all the luxury tax that's coming. They shouldn't pinch pennies on Chalmers.
Report: J.R. Smith is Knicks' No. 1 priority 06-25-2013
J.R. Smith G NY
A source tells ESPN New York that retaining impending free agent J.R. Smith is the Knicks' top offseason priority.

ESPN New York
Smith will formally opt out of his $2.9 million contract by Tuesday's deadline, thus becoming an unrestricted free agent. The Knicks can offer him a four-year contract that starts at $5 million per season and includes standard yearly raises. It's unclear if that will be enough to keep Smith, the NBA's reigning Sixth Man of the Year. He's from the New York area and likes coach Mike Woodson, but has expressed a desire to start.
Shaw won't be running the triangle 06-25-2013
Ty Lawson G DEN
New Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said he will not be running the triangle offense.

ESPN.com
Shaw played in the triangle under Phil Jackson for the final four years of his career and coached the system as an assistant for the Lakers. But he's not married to the system after working with Frank Vogel's scheme for the last two seasons. Expect Shaw to run an up-tempo, motion offense that highlights the athletic abilities of Ty Lawson, JaVale McGee, Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried.
David Lee is recovering well from surgery 06-25-2013
David Lee F GS
GM Bob Myers said David Lee's rehab from hip surgery is going well.

Contra Costa Times
Lee went under the knife at the end of May. Myers confirmed that he's fully expected to be ready for training camp. Lee has missed just 24 games over the last six seasons, but did turn 30 in April. His mobility will be worth monitoring come October.
No deal between Sixers, Bynum before July 1 06-25-2013
Andrew Bynum C IND
The Sixers are not expected to talk contract with impending free agent Andrew Bynum before July 1.

Associated Press
Report: Ayon's contract not picked up yet 06-25-2013
Gustavo Ayon F ATL
Updating a previous item, the Bucks have not yet picked up Gustavo Ayon's $1.5 million option for 2013-14.

Andrew Gruman on Twitter
The original report from Televisa Deportes appears to have jumped the gun. The Bucks have until Saturday to make a decision.
Joe Johnson's foot now 100 percent healthy 06-25-2013
Joe Johnson G BKN
Joe Johnson (foot) said that he's fully healthy.

ESPN New York
"I've basically nursed my foot since we got eliminated and my foot is 100 percent," Johnson said. "I'm just working out now, getting in shape and trying to prepare for next season." Johnson should have no limitations entering next year.
Doc Rivers to be introduced by Clippers Weds. 06-25-2013
Doc Rivers F SA
Doc Rivers will be introduced as Clippers head coach on Wednesday, a source told the Boston Herald.

Boston Herald
Finally. Rivers will get a three-year deal worth $21 million and has finally hammered out the language in his deal. He'll take over a Clippers team where he's expected to coach Chris Paul and look for a way to get Los Angeles over the playoff hump. Rivers will get personnel say similar to what Gregg Popovich has in San Antonio.
Report: Bulls talking extension w/ Luol Deng 06-25-2013
Luol Deng F MIA
The Bulls and Luol Deng have begun talks on a contract extension, source told Yahoo! Sports.

Yahoo! Sports
It hasn't even been 24 hours since a trade sending Deng to the Wizards was debunked, and now the Bulls apparently want to extend him. Deng has one year left on his deal, and Tom Thibodeau reportedly has described him as an "indispensable" piece of his roster.
Chris Copeland gets qualifying offer from NY 06-25-2013
Chris Copeland F IND
The Knicks have extended a qualifying contract offer to Chris Copeland.

Al Iannazzone on Twitter
The move officially makes him a restricted free agent, but does little else. The Knicks will face stiff competition in retaining the big man this summer after a breakout rookie season in New York.
Report: Rockets close to dealing Robinson 06-25-2013
Thomas Robinson F POR
The Rockets are in "advanced talks" in a trade of Thomas Robinson, sources told the Houston Chronicle.

Houston Chronicle
It makes sense. The team has been shopping him forever, and the Cavs and Spurs have each shown interest in Robinson prior. The Spurs would be an intriguing destination for the young man, who will likely be on his third team in less than two full years if and when he's dealt. The Bulls have been involved in talks as well, but it appears Chicago isn't really an option at this point.
Update: Metta World Peace staying w/ Lakers 06-25-2013
Ron Artest F NY
Updating a previous item, Metta World peace will not opt out of his contract with the Lakers.

USA Today
Just as we expected. The Lakers could potentially use the amnesty clause on World Peace's contract, but it makes little sense to do so considering how far over the salary cap the team is and there is no replacement for World Peace's defense on the roster. On a team with Mike D'Antoni as head coach and as the roster is constructed currently, an overpaid World Peace is a necessity.
Report: Metta World Peace expected to opt in 06-25-2013
Ron Artest F NY
A source close to Metta World Peace said it would be a shock if World Peace opted out of his contract.

Mark Medina on Twitter
World Peace hasn't made his decision final yet, but he's not going to get what he's currently making with the Lakers as a free agent. A final decision is expected very shortly with the deadline looming.
Report: Celtics want first-rounder for Pierce 06-25-2013
Paul Pierce F WAS
The Celtics want a first-round pick in exchange for Paul Pierce, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein.

ESPN Boston
Good luck with that. The Cavs and Bucks, as we've known, have sniffed around Pierce, but neither team is a serious player at this point. ESPN reports Pierce is "most likely headed to neither one of those teams if he leaves the Celtics," so it would appear this is much ado about nothing. If no deal materializes prior to the June 30 date where the team has to make a decision on his deal, the club will likely pick up his option and reassess his future at a later date.
Jose Calderon to consider everything in FA 06-25-2013
Jose Calderon G NY
Jose Calderon will consider "every aspect" of free agency before making a decision.

Keith Langlois on Twitter
Money won't be the only thing in play for Calderon. It's unclear if he'll return to the Pistons at this point, but there will be plenty of interest in the veteran point guard as free agency gets underway.
Source: Celtics waiting on hiring new coach 06-25-2013
Rajon Rondo G BOS
The Celtics are prepared to wait on hiring a new head coach.

Steve Bulpett on Twitter
A source tells the Boston Herald that the team may not hire a new coach until after summer league, which ends July 12 for the Celtics. Boston will cast a wide net with their search, and with Brian Shaw off the market, it will certainly be interesting to see what kind of hire they make with a rebuild on the horizon.
Channing Frye (heart) hopeful to return soon 06-25-2013
Channing Frye F ORL
Channing Frye (heart) is hopeful to return to the Suns next season.

Arizona Republic
"We're both trying to be safe," he said. Frye is awaiting final word from elite cardiologists to determine his future. "I'm extremely hopeful and optimistic that everything gets worked out and I get to play next year for the Suns," he added.
Andrew Bynum to start workouts next week 06-25-2013
Andrew Bynum C IND
Andrew Bynum (knees) has completed his rehab from season-ending surgery and will resume basketball workouts next week.

Associated Press
There is "not a concern in the world" about Bynum's availability for training camp according to his agent, but that's the same thing we heard last year before the big man missed the entire season. Bynum has had no conversations with the Sixers, and a reunion between the two sides seems extremely unlikely.
Knicks working out Shawne Williams, Douby 06-25-2013
Shawne Williams F LAL
The Knicks worked out Shawne Williams on Monday and will work out Quincy Douby on Tuesday.

Frank Isola on Twitter
The team is trying to get younger and cheaper on the bench, so the club will look to dip into the clearance aisle in their search for free agents. Williams has a history with the team and could be brought back after previous success.
Report: Pelicans may try for Chris Copeland 06-25-2013
Chris Copeland F IND
The Pelicans are planning to make a "strong bid" for Chris Copeland, a source told the New York Post.

New York Post
The Knicks can match any offer on Copeland since he's a restricted free agent, but they only can do so up to $3.1 million. The Pelicans, as a team under the cap, can pay Copeland more, but it's hard to imagine he'll land much more than that if he does exceed that annual rate. Copeland will have more than just one other interested suitor, so the Knicks will face a challenge in keeping him.
Jason Terry won't commit to Celtics future 06-25-2013
Jason Terry G SAC
Jason Terry would not commit to his future with the Celtics after the departure of Doc Rivers.

Boston Herald
"The reason I came to Boston was the opportunity to win another championship and to play for Doc Rivers. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo were there. I wanted to be part of Celtics lore and tradition," he said. "Does that change things? I have to find out." Terry does not intend to ask for a way out of his deal, and he will help the team's summer league squad in July.
Ray Allen has to decide on option by June 30 06-25-2013
Ray Allen G MIA
Ray Allen has to decide on his player option for next season by June 30.

Fox Sports Florida
Allen's teammates expect him to return, but he hasn't stated his intentions publicly one way or another. He seemed very pleased with his decision to go to Miami after the Heat won the title, so it would be a fairly large surprise if he opted out.
Birdman wants to re-sign with Miami Heat 06-25-2013
Chris Andersen F MIA
Chris "Birdman" Andersen wants to re-sign with the Heat.

Fox Sports Florida
This is what we already knew, but it's worth noting again. "He put it clearly," Andersen's agent said. "He absolutely wants to come back." Andersen's return largely depends on what Miami offers him in free agency as he's certain to get other offers after how he helped Miami this year.
Report: Knicks making play on Papanikolaou 06-25-2013
Kostas Papanikolaou F POR
The Knicks have offered a future second-round pick and "future considerations" to the Blazers for the draft rights to Kostas Papanikolaou.

New York Post
Like with all trade rumors, don't take it as fact. The Knicks drafted the small forward last June in the second round and traded him to Portland, but now apparently they're interested in bringing him back. The report cites sources as saying Papanikolaou is being shopped, but his agent already said that his client expected a trade.
Doc Rivers to Clippers not a done deal yet 06-25-2013
Doc Rivers F SA
Doc Rivers' deal with the Clippers is being held up because his representatives are negotiating the language in his contract with Los Angeles, sources told ESPN.

ESPN
ESPN had previously reported that the deal was done, but that's not the case. As soon as Rivers' contract language is finalized, the deal will be approved by the league. The NBA is not holding up the deal despite reports to the contrary.
Report: Hawks hoping to move up in draft 06-25-2013
Al Horford F ATL
The Hawks are shopping the 17th and 18th picks in Thursday's draft in order to move up, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Yahoo! Sports
The Hawks have had at least one conversation with a team in the top five, but nothing has come of it thus far. The team is reportedly "intrigued" by Shabazz Muhammad, but it sounds more like chatter than anything else at this point.
Iguodala likes Shaw, won't commit to Nuggets 06-25-2013
Andre Iguodala G GS
Andre Iguodala has heard "nothing but good things" about Brian Shaw, but he plans to "keep his options open."

David Aldridge on Twitter
Iguodala will test free agency and will certainly land a multi-year deal, and the ball is in his court after the Nuggets have made it clear that bringing him back is "priority No. 1." In order to retain Iguodala, Denver will have to pay him handsomely. There will be no shortage of interest in his services.
MarShon Brooks to Timberwolves not cooking 06-25-2013
Marshon Brooks G LAL
Updating a previous item, there is no trade close between the Timberwolves and Nets for MarShon Brooks.

Darren Wolfson on Twitter
The Nets are "calling everyone" about Brooks, an indication of how low his trade value is around the league. Brooklyn shopped him with Kris Humphries prior to the trade deadline and got no takers, and it appears they'll try again in the offseason to move Brooks. Any interested team won't have to pay very much.
Report: Wolves dangle D-Will, target Oladipo 06-25-2013
Derrick Williams F SAC
The Timberwolves are reportedly offering Derrick Williams and picks Nos. 9 and 26 for a higher lottery pick with the goal of drafting Victor Oladipo.

ESPN.com
Wolves owner Glen Taylor said this weekend that the Wolves were unlikely to trade D-Will, while team president Flip Saunders said they were unlikely to move up in the draft because it lacked "impact players." The Wolves' machinations haven't amounted to anything yet, though, as they "haven't found a taker" for their offer.
Rockets eager to unload Delfino and/or Brooks 06-25-2013
Carlos Delfino G MIL
The Rockets are doing "anything and everything" they can to trade Aaron Brooks or Carlos Delfino in conjuction with Thursday's draft, according to ESPN.com.

ESPN.com
If Houston can't turn Brooks and/or Delfino into assets via trades, they are expected to lose them to free agency. Brooks would earn $2.5 million next season while Delfino would earn $3 million option, but both salaries are fully unguaranteed and the Rockets are eager to clear salary cap space for their pursuit of Dwight Howard.
Report: Pacers package No. 2 pick w/ G. Green 06-25-2013
Gerald Green G PHO
The Pacers have reportedly made the No. 23 pick "available," as long as another team also accepts Gerald Green's remaining two years and $7 million. This can be classified as a "rumor" but it's entirely plausible. Green's three-year, $10.5 million deal last summer was a bit baffling and he was a disappointment in 2012-13, shooting just 36.6 percent from the field before eventually falling out of the rotation.
Report: Blazers deny Cavs' No. 1 for Aldridge 06-25-2013
LaMarcus Aldridge F POR
The Blazers "quickly rebuffed" the Cavaliers' offer of draft picks Nos. 1 and 19 for LaMarcus Aldridge, according to ESPN.com.

ESPN.com
Portland hopes to pair Aldridge, whose contract is guaranteed through 2014-15, with a quality starting center acquired via free agency or trade. Marcin Gortat has been mentioned as a possible trade target, while the shallow pool of FA centers includes Al Jefferson, Chris Kaman, Samuel Dalembert and Timofey Mozgov, as well as restricted FAs Nikola Pekovic and Tiago Splitter.