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Ray Allen still feels great about playing 06-11-2014
Ray Allen G MIA
Ray Allen said on Wednesday that he loves how his body feels right now.

Ethan Skolnick on Twitter
He threw down a dunk in transition in Game 1 and looks to be as in great of shape as he was back when he was drafted in 1996. Allen is one of the greatest and will have a chance to break Robert Horry's record for most career 3-pointers in the NBA Finals this week. It sounds like he's going to be ready to go for next season.
Rudy Fernandez not drawing interest 06-11-2014
Rudy Fernandez G DEN
The Thunder are not interested in signing Rudy Fernandez, according to the Oklahoman.

Oklahoman
There were some rumors popping up, but the report calls them "a bunch of smoke." Fernandez was back in his home country of Spain and it sounds like he'll continue his professional career over there.
Knicks expect to be contenders for Durant 06-11-2014
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The Knicks expect to be a contender for Kevin Durant when he is projected to become a free agent in July 2016, according to ESPN.com.

ESPN.com
Of course they do. While adding Derek Fisher could help the Knicks, they are still one of the worst teams on paper and seem to be losing ground on keeping Carmelo Anthony around. Durant probably won't wind up on a team as talented as the one he's on, so his best chance for a ring may be in the next two seasons.
Love: Cleveland rumors are not outlandish 06-11-2014
Kevin Love F CLE
Kevin Love said on Wednesday that the Cavaliers trade rumors are "not outlandish at all."

USA Today
He added the Cavs "have a great young foundation" during his interview. There were reports last week that he wasn't interested in being dealt to Cleveland, so who really knows what Love wants these days? One thing that's clear is he wants out of Minnesota and the Wolves almost have to deal him due to him being so open about wanting to be traded.
Report: MIA looking to target Carmelo Anthony 06-11-2014
Carmelo Anthony F NY
Heat officials and the team's leading players have "already started to explore their options" for creating financial flexibility to attempt to sign Carmelo Anthony, according to ESPN.com.

ESPN.com
Oh boy. The current trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would have to opt out and restructure their deals to make this work to give Miami a Big Four. Plus, the salary cap is expected to go up next season, which will help Miami in a big way. LeBron is also "likely to try to recoup potential salary sacrificed through fresh off-court business opportunities," according to the report. Melo has a June 23 deadline to let the Knicks know if he'll opt out of the final year of his deal. You can expect an update on him every day until then.
Brandon Knight travels to Rome 06-11-2014
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Brandon Knight traveled to Rome this month for the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program.

NBA.com
He's also been in the news for trade rumors with the Kings possibly willing to part with their eighth pick in the draft. Knight was by far the Bucks' most consistent player, but the team is likely the best bet for the worst record next season and it makes some sense to dissemble their current roster. His fantasy value would probably hold up better with the Bucks due to a higher usage rate.
Rockets 'outgunned' on Kevin Love sweepstakes 06-11-2014
Kevin Love F CLE
The Rockets believe they're "outgunned" in terms of having enough assets to trade for Kevin Love, according to USA Today.

Sam Amick on Twitter
The Rockets do have a lot of secondary players to offer, but not having a star or a high draft pick seems to be making it tougher than they thought. In other Love news, he was on ESPN's SportsNation on Wednesday and praised the Knicks. "I think anytime you have Phil Jackson involved in any organization, you're going to definitely look at it and it's definitely intriguing, "Love said. "The Knicks are definitely a place where anybody would like to go." Before Knicks fans get too excited, they have less assets than the Rockets.
Gordon expected to resume activity in June 06-11-2014
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Eric Gordon (knee surgery) is expected to resume basketball activity this month.

NBA.com
"Over the previous two to three years, I've been forced to mostly focus on rehabbing and my body recovering, instead of working out like I want to, as far as lifting and building muscle," Gordon said. "I'm going to change various things this year, so that I can make sure every time I get on the court, I'm the best athlete on the floor, like I was a few years ago, before I came to New Orleans." He had arthroscopic surgery back on Apr. 16 and has missed more games than he's played while in New Orleans. Fantasy owners probably can let someone else deal with him in drafts next year.
Greg Oden wants to play next season 06-11-2014
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Greg Oden said on Wednesday that he's "sure" he'll be playing next season.

CSNNW.com
"Yeah, I'm sure I'm playing again next year but honestly I haven't even gave it much thought," Oden said. "I'm trying to concentrate on this and getting this ring first and after that, that's part of the thought process. My body feels good. I can still play. I'll be alright." He will be an unrestricted free agent after this season and teams aren't going to beat his door down for a multiple-year deal.
Andray Blatche gets Filipino citizenship 06-11-2014
Andray Blatche F BKN
Andray Blatche was granted Filipino citizenship on Wednesday and can play for the national team at the FIBA World Cup this year.

Newsday
He is not of Filipino descent and was born in America. Blatche said that playing for the country "wasn't a tough decision to make" and he will also play at the Asian Games in South Korea in September. Blatche has always been an eccentric one and was even his own agent earlier in his career. He'll opt out of his contract with the Nets and become a free agent this summer.
Carmelo Anthony has 6/23 deadline to opt in 06-11-2014
Carmelo Anthony F NY
Carmelo Anthony has until June 23 to notify the Knicks if he plans to opt in of the final year of his current contract, according to ESPN.com.

ESPN.com
That date is one week before free agency starts and Melo would be a free agent if he doesn't exercise his $23.3 million player option. New coach Derek Fisher didn't seem overly confident about Anthony staying with the team long term, but did say he wants the All-Star back and considers him "one of the greats." If Melo doesn't opt in, he could sign a long-term deal with the Knicks, Mavs, Rockets or Bulls.
Rajon Rondo anxious for next season 06-11-2014
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Coach Brad Stevens said Rajon Rondo is "anxious" to play next season.

Boston.com
"He only played 30 or so games this year," Stevens said. "I don't he ever felt like he was good as he could be game-to-game and that was in large part due to coming back [from the injury]." The coach added that Rondo has looked great in workouts and has worked with some of the younger players. The Celtics went 6-24 with Rondo in the lineup, so he obviously wants to get the sour taste out of his mouth.
Dennis Schroder back in Atlanta for workouts 06-11-2014
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Dennis Schroder traveled back to Atlanta for workouts this month.

Dennis Schroder on Twitter
In other news, Chad Ford of ESPN.com believes the Kings have some interest in acquiring Schroder. The German had a career-high seven dimes vs. the Kings on Nov. 5 while also turning in an impressive 15-point, five-dime game against the Kings in 2013 summer league. He is expected to head to Las Vegas for summer league again in July.
Hawks dangled Al Horford at deadline? 06-11-2014
Al Horford F ATL
The Hawks "dangled" Al Horford (pectoral) during last season's trade deadline, according to Zach Lowe of Grantland.com.

Grantland.com
The Hawks obviously had a high asking price since they value Horford as an elite player for their franchise. They were 16-13 at the time of the Horford injury on Dec. 26, but then fell to 22-31 the rest of the way. More recently, Horford is not taking contact just yet and is still feeling soreness from his shoulder rehab, but he is fully expected to be ready for training camp.
Mario Chalmers has film study at 5 am 06-11-2014
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Mario Chalmers had his own film session at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Ethan Skolnick on Twitter
"This is one of the toughest challenges I've ever been through," Chalmers said of his struggles in the NBA Finals. Coach Erik Spoelstra added the team has to trust Chalmers while his teams have been sending him text messages. Despite his struggles, Chalmers will almost certainly get another start in Game 4 on Thursday.
The Kings interested in Larry Sanders? 06-11-2014
Larry Sanders F MIL
The Kings have some interest in acquiring Larry Sanders or Brandon Knight for their eighth pick in the 2014 draft, according to Chad Ford of ESPN.com.

ESPN.com
Obviously this is just a rumor, but it would be wise for the Bucks to take a page out of the Sixers' book from last year and deal a starter. Jrue Holiday, a better player than Knight or Sanders, was dealt for the sixth pick in the 2013 draft and the 10th pick this year. The Kings do need a guy to protect the rim to take some pressure off DeMarcus Cousins' fouling issue and Sanders' value is awfully low after a horrific 2013-14. Additionally, news came out this week that Larry Sanders punched Mike Dunleavy back in 2012-13, according to the Journal Times.
Al Jefferson recruiting free agents to CHA 06-11-2014
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Hornets coach Steve Clifford believes that Al Jefferson's presence will help the team lure free agents to Charlotte this summer.

Charlotte Observer
"He's dramatically changed where we're at as a franchise from one year to the next," Clifford said about his All-NBA center. "He's made this a more attractive place for people to come and play. No question about that." Jefferson said that he's already recruiting free agents and owner Michael Jordan may be ready to splurge for key acquisitions to help his team improve upon their 43-39 record from the 2013-14 season, which ended with a first-round loss to the Heat.
Shane Battier a 'sideline coach' for Heat 06-11-2014
Shane Battier F MIA
Shane Battier frequently calls out opposing team's plays for the Heat, but he finds it harder to do against Spurs' coach Gregg Popovich because "he has about 500 plays."

Miami Herald
Battier effectively forecast many of the Pacers' offensive sets in the Eastern Conference finals, leading to a cat-and-mouse game with coach Frank Vogel, but he's been less effective while watching his team fall into a 1-2 hole in the Finals. The veteran forward hasn't done much on the court, either, going scoreless in a combined 16 minutes of action with a DNP-CD in Game 2.
Rockets aim for more aggressive defense 06-11-2014
James Harden G HOU
Rockets coach Kevin McHale said his team needs to be "more aggressive defensively" to advance deeper into the playoffs next season.

Houston Chronicle
"We're going to have to put more pressure on the ball," McHale said. "We're going to have to probably trap and attack more defensively. We were all year long in the top five, six, seven in defensive field-goal percentage against. Our defensive rebounding has to pick up." The Rockets' core players remain under contract for 2014-15 but GM Daryl Morey isn't likely to stand pat. He'll need to fend off suitors for restricted FA Chandler Parsons, and may look to trade away Jeremy Lin and/or Omer Asik in the pursuit of another max-contract free agent.
Derek Fisher lobbies to keep Carmelo Anthony 06-11-2014
Carmelo Anthony F NY
Knicks coach Derek Fisher said he "firmly believes" that Carmelo Anthony can lead New York to a championship.

NY Post
Carmelo can opt for free agency on July 1, with the Bulls, Lakers, Rockets and Mavericks looming as potential competitors for his services, and Fisher is already lobbying for him to stick around the Big Apple. "We'll do everything we can possibly do to give him confidence that we can get the job done and put a team together he can feel is a championship team," said Fisher. Anthony will meet with the Knicks "in the near future," according to team president Phil Jackson, who reportedly wants Fisher to wear his five NBA championship rings during his first face-to-face meeting with Melo.
Jeff Taylor (Achilles) dunking during workout 06-11-2014
Jeffery Taylor F CHA
Jeff Taylor (ruptured Achilles) threw down a tomahawk dunk during a workout with Hornets teammates on Wednesday.

Rick Bonnell on Twitter
This is as good a sign as any that Taylor's Achilles has healed after his surgery back in December, and he seems likely to participate without limitations in training camp. Taylor also appeared to have built his upper body strength during his rehabilitation, and he's poised to battle Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for the starting SF job next season. Al Jefferson, Kemba Walker, Gary Neal and Kidd-Gilchrist were also present for Wednesday's workout, an impressive turnout for a voluntary session in June.
Rudy Gay meets w/ Kings before free agency 06-11-2014
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Rudy Gay met with Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and members of the team's management on Tuesday, as they pitched the potential free agent on a future in Sacramento.

News 10
Gay was greeted by dozens of fans when his flight arrived at the Sacramento airport, and he also spent time with California governor Jerry Brown during what amounted to a recruitment trip. Whether or not the 28-year-old declines his $19.3 million player option this summer, the Kings are making it clear that they intend to retain him.
Report: Nate McMillan contacted by two teams 06-11-2014
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Pacers assistant Nate McMillan has reportedly been contacted by the Lakers and Cavaliers about their vacant head coaching positions.

CSNNW.com
The report by CSNNW.com states that "two NBA teams with head coach openings" reached out to McMillan, and the only teams without a head coach are the Lakers and Cavs. The 49-year-old McMillan has head coaching experience with the Supersonics and Trail Blazers, and it wouldn't be shocking to see him take the reins of a franchise in the near future, but in spite of teams' apparent interest he doesn't have any interviews scheduled.
Heat stick to typical PG rotation vs. Spurs 06-11-2014
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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is committed to his typical PG rotation with starter Mario Chalmers backed up by Norris Cole, despite their struggles vs. the Spurs in the Finals.

ESPN.com
Chalmers said that he's "still at the drawing board" after his third straight sub-par performance on Tuesday, in which he scored two points on 0-of-5 shooting with four assists and three turnovers in 22 minutes. "As far as point guard play, we'll stick with those guys, and clearly, they're important to us," said Spoelstra. Miami's point guards have been thoroughly outplayed but the team doesn't have many alternatives -- LeBron James and Dwyane Wade already handle the ball on a significant number of possessions, and Toney Douglas is the only other PG-ready player on their roster.
Dirk Nowitzki confident he'll stay with Mavs 06-11-2014
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Dirk Nowitzki is confident that he'll quickly reach a contract agreement with the Mavericks once free agency opens on July 1.

Dallas Morning News
"Four years ago, I met with Mark [Cuban] on July 2nd," Dirk said. "I don't like the period of not knowing what's going on. I don't like the unknown." When asked about the odds that he'd leave the Mavericks to sign elsewhere this summer, Dirk replied, "Pretty slim to none. We all know I kind of grew up here in the Mavericks' [organization]." Dirk's willingness to accept less than market value with the Mavs should be a huge boost for the franchise as they look to recapture their championship form from 2011.
Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers quiet in Game 3 06-11-2014
Chris Bosh F MIA
Chris Bosh made all of his field goal attempts on Tuesday, but he only attempted four shots to finish Miami's Game 3 defeat with nine points, three rebounds and no other stats to his credit. The Spurs started Boris Diaw over Tiago Splitter, which minimized Bosh's opportunities for wide open perimeter jumpers and sparked a historic Spurs' offensive attack in the first half. Bosh wasn't alone in his struggles, however, as Mario Chalmers scored two points while missing all five of his field goal attempts, Chris Andersen chipped in three points and five rebounds in 20 minutes, and Norris Cole added eight points on 3-of-9 shooting. Former Sonics teammates Rashard Lewis (14 points) and Ray Allen (11 points) both played well, but the Heat will need more balanced contributions to even the series at 2-2 on Thursday.
Heat defense sputters as Spurs take 2-1 lead 06-11-2014
LeBron James F CLE
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each scored 22 points in Game 3, but LeBron also had seven turnovers while scoring only eight points after the first quarter in a 92-111 home loss. The Heat turned it over 20 times, committed 26 personal fouls, and squandered an otherwise solid offensive performance in which they shot 51.6 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from downtown. Kawhi Leonard's offensive eruption forced LeBron to expend energy on defense, which may have been part of the reason LBJ attempted a mere five shots in the second half. He added five rebounds, seven assists and five steals, while D-Wade hit 8-of-12 FGs with four rebounds and two steals, and the Heat will look to shore up their defense for Thursday's Game 4.
Diaw starts as Spurs put on Game 3 clinic 06-11-2014
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Boris Diaw replaced Tiago Splitter in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 3 and had nine points, five rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer as the Spurs beat the Heat 111-92 to take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals. Diaw did a little bit of everything tonight and given the results, as well as the fact the Spurs shot a ridiculous 75.8 percent in the first half (an NBA Finals record), you can expect to see Diaw starting again in Thursday's Game 4. The winner of Game 3 in the Finals goes on to win 83 percent of the time, but the Spurs failed to beat the Heat after winning Game 3 in a blowout at home a year ago. If Diaw, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, and the Spurs regulars have anything to say about it, the result will be different this time around.
Danny Green plays well in Game 3 win 06-11-2014
Danny Green G SA
Danny Green hit 7-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for 15 points, one rebound, three assists, a career-high five steals and a block in Tuesday's big Game 3 win over the Heat. Green has now scored 13, 9 and 15 points in each of the three Finals games, which is a vast improvement over what he did for much of the regular season. Much like last year's Finals, Green is waking up at the right time, and his steals and great shooting were a big reason the Spurs were able to build, and hold onto, a huge lead in tonight's game. Tim Duncan added 14 points and six rebounds, and Tony Parker added 15 points, four assists and two steals as the Spurs built a 25-point lead and were never in real danger of losing to the Heat in Game 3.