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Donald Trump to speak with Adam Silver, other sports commissioners

Donald Trump will speak with Adam Silver and other sports commissioners.
The NBA has been suspended since weeks and there is no date for resuming the season due to the coronavirus outbreak in USA.

NBA likely to keep original dates for Draft, Free Agency if season canceled by early June

The timing of both the draft and free agency are almost certainly dependent on whether the NBA expects to resume its season in June, as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

If the NBA anticipates being able to complete the season, then it will likely be postponed until late August or September. But if the NBA gives up hope on completing its season by early June, then they’ll likely move forward with the draft and free agency as scheduled. That decision would allow the NBA’s historical season rollover date to remain unchanged.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski.

Chicago Bulls looking for a new top executive with full authority on basketball operations

The Chicago Bulls have started a formal search process to hire a new top executive with full authority on basketball decisions, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Ownership has already discussed the plan with Executive VP of Basketball Operations John Paxson and GM Gar Forman, sources said. Paxson is likely to continue in an advisory role with franchise; there are expected to be more conversations with Forman about his future too.

Among the Bulls initial plans will be to seek permission to interview Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas and Toronto GM Bobby Webster, among other candidates.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski.

NBA only seriously considering Las Vegas as host for entire Playoffs

The NBA is exploring the feasibility of holding its entire playoffs in Las Vegas, according to sources who spoke with Sports Illustrated. The league has held its Summer League in Las Vegas since 2004, which has led the NBA to have relationships with hotels and arenas in the city.

With quarantining the players and staff in one location being the only current viable solution for playing games, Las Vegas is the only city the NBA is currently seriously considering. “We all want to play. But we all know we can’t play until things are dramatically different,” said one high ranking executive from a playoff team.

Source: Sports Illustrated.

DeMar DeRozan reportedly unhappy in San Antonio

DeMar DeRozan is not happy with the San Antonio Spurs, according to Yabari Young on CNBC.

Per RealGM, “Listen, I don’t have to sugarcoat anything. DeMar DeRozan is not happy in San Antonio, OK? The offense is not running as smoothly as one should think with a guy like him in the lineup, and there are problems are there, right?
“And so you have to decide if you’re going to take that money of if you’re going to come back to a situation that’s just not suitable,” said Young during an ESPN appearance.
DeRozan has a player option for next season worth $27.7 million.

Kaleb Wesson enters 2020 NBA Draft

Kaleb Wesson has decided to enter the 2020 NBA Draft.

“He’ll definitely test the waters, but he’s going to maintain his eligibility based upon information because it’s just so unknown,”his father told The Columbus Dispatch, referring to a pre-draft process that will be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.“There may not be any opportunities to increase your value from the standpoint of workouts and combines and really solidify your position.”

Wesson averaged 14.0 points and 9.3 rebounds in 31 games (29.5 minutes).

Source: Hoopsrumors.

Tom Thibodeau likely to be candidate for both Knicks and Nets

Tom Thibodeau is expected to be a candidate for both the head coaching vacancies of the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

“Thibodeau, I believe, is going to be a candidate for the Knicks’ job as well,” said Windhorst on his podcast. “He’s got a really good working relationship with Leon Rose and Wes Wesley. I know Wes hasn’t been named anything official with the Knicks, but trust me, he will be involved. That connection will matter.”

Source: Brian Windhorst.

NBA has discussed best-of-3 as possible Playoff format, single-elimination only as last

NBA executives still hope they can arrange a one-site 16-team playoff with a five-to-seven-game regular season as a warmup, all conducted without fans in attendance, according to New York Post’s Marc Berman.

“They’re very determined to have a champion,” one industry source said. The playoffs could be reduced to best-of-three series for the duration of the playoffs, while a single-elimination format has been all but ruled out and would only be considered as a last resort.

Las Vegas, Orlando, Atlantic City, Hawaii and Louisville have been mentioned as possible place to host the playoffs. The NBA hasn’t ruled out the possibility of canceling the season altogether.

Source: Marc Berman.

Mac McClung declares for NBA Draft

Georgetown sophomore guard Mac McClung announced he’s entering the 2020 NBA draft.

McClung told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony that he has signed with an NBA/NCAA certified agent which gives him an opportunity to go through the pre-draft process while also maintaining his college eligibility.

Source: ESPN.

Knicks will try to keep Moe Harkless?

The New York Knicks will try to retain Moe Harkless during the free agency.
The forward, who is making $11 million this season, has averaged 6.8 points in 12 games after being traded to the Knicks on February 6.

Per NY Post, The Knicks’ interest in retaining Maurice Harkless for next season grew after they obtained him in the Marcus Morris deal with the Clippers on Feb. 6, according to NBA sources.

Originally, Harkless was just a big expiring contract to make the trade-deadline deal work.

Source: NY Post.

NBA draft to be pushed to August-September?

The 2020 NBA draft could be pushed to August or September in the event the season resumes in the summer, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

“Any scenario where the draft happens, it’s very likely going to be still be at the back end of the playoffs, and you would still have a time when you would have the draft and free agency,” Wojnarowski said. “So potentially if the season is resumed at some point and the league is playing in July and August and maybe even into September, it’s possible you don’t have a draft and free agency until those finals are over.”

Source: Forbes.

Knicks president Leon Rose reportedly impressed with interim coach Mike Miller

New York Knicks president Leon Rose is reportedly impressed with how Mike Miller has handled the team since taking over as head coach, league sources told Ian Begley of SNY.

SNY adds that several members in the organization want to keep Miller around the team next season, regardless of who they hire as head coach. Tom Thibodeau has been widely linked as the next Knicks head coach due to his prior relationship with Rose.

Source: Ian Begley.

NBA considering teams play games in centralized locations

The NBA could look at resuming games at venues in a centralized location, perhaps in non-NBA cities, as reported by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Teams could sleep, train, eat and play in the same location to minimize the possibility of COVID-19 infection.

Hypothesis have floated around a sprawling casino property in Las Vegas where everything could be held under one roof; playing in the Bahamas where a ballroom could be converted into a playing court specifically for broadcast; taking over a college campus in the Midwest where reported cases of COVID-19 are lower.

Source: Brian Windhorst.

Jazz’s Mitchell and Gobert cleared from Covid-19

The Utah Jazz announced that Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell have been cleared from Covid-19.
The two players and all Jazz players and personnel tested negative and have been cleared by the Utah Department of Health, per team.

Obi Toppin opts to enter NBA Draft

Dayton star Obi Toppin announced in a video that he’s signing with an agent and declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft.

 
The sophomore forward led the Flyers to a 29-2 record with 20 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 assist, shooting 63% from the field, 39% from long range and 70% from the foul line.

Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball parts ways with CAA

New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball has decided to part ways with CAA, a source told Sportando.

Ball has been with Creative Arts Agency where he was represented by Steven Heumann and Aaron Mintz .

CAA was Ball’s second agency in the NBA after being represented by Harrison Gaines of SPLASH Sports & Entertainment at the beginning of his pro career.

Sports Illustrated’s Melissa Rohlin first reported that Ball was set to leave CAA.

Kenyon Martin jr declares for 2020 NBA Draft

Kenyon Martin jr has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft.
Martin spent the season with IMG instead of going to Vanderbilt and averaged 20 points per game.

Per ESPN, Kenyon Martin Sr. was the No. 1 overall pick to the Nets in 2000 out of Cincinnati . He played 15 seasons with five teams in the NBA, reaching the NBA Finals twice with the Nets and making an All-Star Game in 2004.

 

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First, I would like to thank god for blessing me with the ability to play the game that I love. I would like to thank my family for being here every step of the way. I would also like to thank the coaching staff, the weight trainers, my teammates, and everyone at IMG who helped me through that chapter of my life. I appreciate everyone who has supported me and my decisions is up to this point. There was a lot of hate and doubt about my journey but I feel I’ve done what was best for me and now is the time to take the next step which is to Declare for the 2020 NBA Draft. It has been a lifelong dream of mine and I will continue to work day by day to prove to myself and everyone that this is where I belong. THE NEXT CHAPTER STARTS NOW LETS GET IT‼️

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Source: ESPN.

Stan Van Gundy not interested in becoming New York Knicks coach

In an interview with the New York Post, Stan Van Gundy has stated his disinterest in becoming head coach of the New York Knicks, suggesting his brother Jeff Van Gundy would be a better candidate for that specific job.

“I’m not interested in the New York Knicks. No,” Van Gundy said. “First of all, there’s a family history there. If anyone would be interested in that, and I’m not sure he is either, it would be my brother.”

Van Gundy, however, would be interested in the Brooklyn Nets’ job: “Of the two the Nets are the better job. There’s no question about that right now,” he said. “The organization has been more stable. They’ve won more games. They have more talent.”

Source: New York Post.

Donovan Mitchell ‘likely’ to sign max contract extension with Jazz

Donovan Mitchell is likely sign a contract extension with the Utah Jazz this offseason, as reported by The Athletic’s Tony Jones.

“I can say with confidence that Mitchell loves Utah, has embraced the community and genuinely loves playing for the Jazz,” Jones writes. “I can also say that the Jazz have Mitchell under team control for the next (two) years. He will sign a max contract extension at some point before next season, an extension that will kick in for him in year five, and he will be here for the length of his second contract”.

Source: Tony Jones.

Devin Vassell enters 2020 NBA Draft

Devin Vassell has announced on his Instagram account that he will enter the 2020 NBA Draft.

“It is with a heart full of gratitude that I am entering my name in the 2020 NBA draft. I’ll never forget the amazing ride of these last two years, and I’m excited to see what the future holds.” the Florida State player said.

Vassell as a sophomore, averaged 12.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.4 SPG, and 1.0 BPG with a .490/.415/.738 shooting line in 30 games (28.8 MPG) and he should be selected with in the first round of the draft.

 

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Source: Hoopsrumors.

Anthony Edwards declares for 2020 NBA Draft

Anthony Edwards is declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft, and has signed with agent Omar Wilkes of Octagon, Evan Daniels of 247Sports has reported.

Edwards is a candidate to go first overall; he has averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in his freshman season at Georgia. “I think I should go number one, no doubt,” Edwards told 247Sports. “That’s the only place I think I should go.”

Source: Evan Daniels.

Satoransky: Not pleasant to stay in USA, I’d love to depart to the Czech Republic

Tomas Satoransky would love to return to Czech Republic due to the coronavirus outbreak in USA and would love the NBA to be cancelled.

The Czech guard of the Chicago Bulls spoke with Nova Sports (interview translated by Daily Herald).

“It is not pleasant at all to stay here and watch how the owners of the teams try to finish off the season in order to not lose so much money,” Satoransky said, according to a translation. “It’s not very pleasant also because we — me with my wife and daughter — would like to depart to the Czech Republic.

“The way I see it is that the season will get canceled, but it’s not up to me.”

“We have some workouts that we can do at home,” Satoransky said. “Of course, I’m trying to do something to keep my body fit. Not because the season should be over, but also because I’m not comfortable doing nothing. I’m trying to follow a plan.”

New York Knicks targets Christian Wood for the next summer

New York Knicks targets Christian Wood for the next summer.

As reported by sny.tv «some in the Knicks’ front office are enamored with Detroit’s Christian Wood».

The Pistons big man moved to the starting lineup after the Andre Drummond trade and averaged 23 points, 10 rebounds, and shot 40 percent from beyond the arc as a starter.

Wood will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. 

NBA ‘probably’ won’t have fans in arena if 19-20 season resumes

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski suggested that if the NBA is able to resume the 19-20 season at all, it will likely do so without fans in attendance: “The league, more than gate receipts ultimately, it’s getting the games on television,” said Wojnarowski. “Whether it’s the regional networks and then the national deals that Turner, ESPN… Getting games in the postseason on TV and to that end, knowing that it is ‘likely’, ‘possible’, ‘certain’, wherever you want to fall on it, that if the games resume, they will probably do so without fans in the arena, at least initially. The league is open to not having these games in arenas, whether it’s a Staples Center or Barclays in Brooklyn or Oklahoma City. Wherever traditional arenas their teams play in. They’re looking at the practice facilities or the G League facilities where you wouldn’t have the backdrop of a cavernous empty arena on television. And it would be an environment where the TV sight-lines might be better. They can do some creative things in that way.”.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski.