NBA rumors

Lakers hire Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham as next head coach

Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham has agreed to a four-year deal to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, sources told ESPN on Friday.

Ham separated himself in the process in recent days, interviewing with Lakers officials Thursday and inspiring an offer Friday afternoon, sources said. The Lakers were sold on Ham’s stature and toughness, his history of coaching star players and championship pedigree as an assistant and player, sources said. Ham’s history with the Lakers franchise for two seasons – as an assistant in 2011-2013 – played a part in his hiring, too. He spent nine season with Mike Budenholzer between Atlanta and Milwaukee, including winning the 2021 NBA title

Fonte: ESPN.

Ricky Rubio, Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly have mutual interest for reunion

According to Chris Fedor (via Hoopshype), there’s mutual interest in a reunion between Ricky Rubio and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

The Spanish point guard, who is recovering from a second ACL tear, last year averaged 13.1 points, 6.6 assists and 1.4 steals in 34 games with the Cavs.

Last February, after the season-ending injury, Rubio was traded to the Indiana Pacers for Caris LeVert.

Tim Connelly to become the Minnesota Timberwolves President

Tim Connelly will sign a contract to become the Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operation.

Connelly leaves Nuggets to sign 5-year, $40M deal in Minneapolis.

Connelly will enter also in ownership group that includes Glen Taylor, Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez.

Bucks assistant Darvin Ham reportedly made “strongest impression” in Lakers coaching search

According to Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic, Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham is the candidate that has made the “strongest impression” so far in the Los Angeles Lakers search for a new head coach. Ham is said to be one of the three finalists for the job alongside Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson and former Blazers coach Terry Stotts.

Ham, who served as an assistant in Los Angeles between 2011 and 2013, would make his NBA head coaching debut if appointed to replace Frank Vogel

Ham, Atkinson and Stotts are the finalist for the Los Angeles Lakers head coaching job

Bucks assistant Darvin Ham, Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson and former Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts are the finalist for the Los Angeles Lakers head coaching job.

ESPN: NBA owners have more than $10 billion invested in China

NBA’s 40 principal owners have more than a combined $10 billion tied up in China, according to a ESPN report published today. Between the personal investments and NBA China having grown into a $5 billion business, “the China value of each of the league’s 30 teams (is) an estimated $150 million,” as indicated in the report.

Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai, a co-founder of Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, has the most money tied up in China, 53.3 percent of his net worth, per ESPN. Second is Sacramento Kings co-owner Paul Jacobs at 30 percent, per the report.

Minnesota Timberwolves in advanced talks with Tim Connelly

The Minnesota Timberwolves are in advanced talks with Tim Connelly about President of Basketball Operations role

Connelly started his NBA experience with Wizards in 1996 and worked as assistant GM with Hornets.

Connelly is now Denver Nuggets President of Basketball Operations.

Derrick Favors stays with OKC

Derrick Favors stays with OKC.

Favors has opted into his $10.2 million player option for the 2022-23 season. He signed a three-year deal with Utah in 2020.

Former Georgia Tech averaged this season 5.3 points with 4.7 rebounds.

Toko Shengelia reportedly seeking NBA return

Toko Shengelia is seeking an NBA return according to Basketnews.
The Georgian has a contract with Virtus Bologna for the remainder of the season and the Italian team, which recently won EuroCup and qualified for next EuroLeague, will make its best to keep him.
Barcelona too is interested in Shengelia.

But his top priority is the NBA where he has played in the past (In 45 games with the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls from 2012 to 2014, Shengelia averaged 1.3 points and 0.9 rebounds in 5.5 minutes).

Fonte: Basketnews.

Joel Embiid: I still don’t know how we let Jimmy Butler go

Joel Embiid still doesn’t know how the Philadelphia 76ers let Jimmy Butler leave a few seasons ago.

Embiid talked to media after elimination from playoffs against the Miami Heat in six games.

Per CBS Sports, In his press conference after the 99-90 loss in Game 6, Embiid made it clear that the feeling is mutual.

“Obviously that’s my guy, that’s my brother,” Embiid said. “I mean, it’s tough. But I’m so proud of him. He’s playing at an unreal level right now. He’s something else right now. And I’m proud of him for being at this level and carrying them and what he’s been able to do.”

Embiid gave credit to the Heat, their coaching staff and their front office, then continued about Butler: “I’m happy for him. I won’t sit here and say I didn’t wish he was my teammate. I still don’t know how we let him go. But I wish I could have gone to battle with him still. But it is what it is. Just gotta keep building and keep trying to reach that goal.”

Donovan Mitchell on his future: My mindset is to win. Right now, I’m not really looking at that

Donovan Mitchell Talked with The Salt Lake Tribune reporter Eric Walden after the defeat in the NBA Playoffs.

About his future: «My mindset is to win. Right now, I’m not really looking at that. … I’ll think about it in a week. Right now I’m not thinking about that».

 

Kings to interview Mike D’Antoni, Mark Jackson for head coaching job

The Sacramento Kings will interview Mike D‘Antoni and Mark Jackson for their head coaching job, among over a handful of total candidates, sources tell The Athletic’s Sam Amick and Shams Charania

The Kings have also secured permission to interview several assistants for their head coaching job, including Golden State’s Mike Brown, Brooklyn consultant Steve Clifford, Milwaukee’s Darvin Ham and Charles Lee, and Boston’s Will Hardy, as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski

Hornets fire coach James Borrego

The Charlotte Hornets have fired coach James Borrego.

Per ESPN, Borrego, 44, was 138-163 in four seasons as Hornets coach. Charlotte finished 10th in the Eastern Conference each of the past two seasons but was eliminated in the first play-in game each year.

The move also comes after the Hornets improved their win total by 10 games each of the past two seasons, finishing 43-39 in 2021-22.

The Hornets had reached a multiyear extension with Borrego in August.

Hawks’ Capela suffers hyperextended right knee in play-in win over Cleveland

Atlanta Hawks big man Clint Capela left the team’s elimination play-in game against the host Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night with a hyperextended right knee. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that there’s initial optimism that the Hawks’ center hasn’t suffered significant right knee damage, but an MRI on Saturday will determine the extent of possible injury

Lakers: Kendrick Nunn to exercise $5.2 million player option

Kendrick Nunn will remain on the Los Angeles Lakers’ payroll next year.

The guard recently revealed that he plans to exercise the $5.2 million player option present in his contract with the Lakers.

Nunn missed the entire season due to a bone bruise in his knee.

The Oakland product scored 14.6 points per game for the Miami Heat in the 2020/21 season.

Thybulle says he’s not fully vaccinated, he will be unable to play in games in Toronto

Matisse Thybulle said that he is not fully vaccinate against covid and will not be able to play in Canada against the Raptors in the NBA playoffs.

Per ESPN, Matisse Thybulle confirmed he will be unable to play in games at the Toronto Raptors in their first round series because he is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Thybulle received one dose of the Pfizer vaccine last year, but elected not to receive the second one.

“I felt like I had a solid foundation of medical resources that could serve me beyond what this vaccine could do for me,” said Thybulle.

“It was not the outcome that I wanted,” he said. “It’s always hard to not be available.”

Thybulle said he accepted that his decision could hurt the 76ers as well as his reputation and future earnings.

“I made this choice and thought I could keep it to myself, I could keep it quiet,” Thybulle said.

Lakers reportedly interested in Nick Nurse for head-coaching job

Shams Charania talks about the Los Angeles Lakers, who ended a disastrous season yesterday.

The reporter confirms the team’s intention to part ways with coach Vogel, and points to Nick Nurse as the main target for the bench.

Nurse has two years left on his contract with the Toronto Raptors, the franchise he has worked with since 2013 and led to the NBA title in 2019.

The Lakers will have to get permission from the Canadian team to negotiate with Nurse.

 

Fonte: The Athletic.

Timberwolves Sign Head Coach Chris Finch to Multi-Year Contract Extension

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed Head Coach Chris Finch to a multi-year contract extension, while also announcing contract extensions for the team’s coaching staff. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

“I am thankful to Glen, Becky and the entire ownership group for their ongoing support and commitment,” said Finch. “It’s been a season that all of us, including our fans can be proud of and I’m grateful that my staff will continue to lead us forward.”

“I am excited that Chris will be leading our team for years to come,” said Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Sachin Gupta. “His leadership both on and off the court is unmatched and was evident by this year’s team success that featured great improvement on both ends of the court. We look forward to the start of the postseason tomorrow night and building towards more success in the future.”

“Chris has done a tremendous job creating stability and consistency for this franchise and building a winning mentality,” said the Minnesota Timberwolves ownership group. “We look forward to supporting him throughout the years while he continues achieving the goals he and his staff have set out for the team.”

Finch wrapped up his second season as the Timberwolves head coach after being hired in February of 2021. His 62 total wins over the last two seasons rank fourth in team history and his .504 winning percentage ranks second behind Flip Saunders’ mark of .521.

This season, Finch and the coaching staff led the Timberwolves to a 46-36 record, the seventh-best record in club history, including a 26-15 record at Target Center and a 32-20 record against the Western Conference, the second time since 2004-05 with 30+ wins against the West. With the 136-130 victory over the Denver Nuggets on April 1, the Wolves finished the season 12-4 against Northwest Division foes, the most division wins by the team since the division was formed in 2004 and just the third time since 2004 winning 10+ division games. Additionally, Minnesota finished the season winning 10 straight games against Northwest division opponents, the most since 2004. The team finished the 2021-22 campaign with 20 road wins for the first time since the 2004-05 season and just the fifth time winning 20+ road games.

Under the staff’s tutelage, this season the Timberwolves led the NBA in points per game (115.9 ppg), the first time in franchise history that the team has led the league in scoring, surpassing the club record of 113.3 ppg in 2019-20. Minnesota additionally led the league in three-pointers made (1,211), ranked seventh in assists (25.6 apg) and tied for sixth in offensive rating (a franchise-high 113.8). On the defensive end, Minnesota led the league in opponent turnovers per game (16.3). Those turnovers led to 19.8 points off turnovers per game, leading the NBA in the category. The Timberwolves forced 1,339 turnovers this season, first in the NBA in the category. The team finished the season tied for third in blocks (5.6 bpg) and tied for third in steals (8.8 spg).

Fonte: Minnesota Timberwolves.

Juwan Morgan reportedly signing multi-year contract with Celtics

The Boston Celtics will sign Juwan Morgan to a multi-year contract, Shams Charania reports.

The Indiana product averaged 12 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game with the Celtics’ affiliated G League team.

Nets sign Kessler Edwards to standard NBA deal

The  Brooklyn Nets have signed two-way forward Kessler Edwards to a standard NBA contract.

The rookie forward is averaging 5.8 points and 3.6 rebounds in 20 minutes per game.

According to Michael Scotto, Edwards signed a two-year deal with a team option for next season.