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Rivers denies rumors on Lakers: I’m going to be here until Ballmer says get out

Doc Rivers denied rumors that he may leave the Los Angeles Clippers to join the Los Angeles Lakers after this season.

Per ESPN,  LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers ended any speculation about him coaching elsewhere after the season, revealing Tuesday that he and the Clippers verbally agreed to a longer-term contract extension earlier this season.
Responding to a question about his potential candidacy for the Los Angeles Lakers’ job if they were to make a change from Luke Walton following a disappointing season, Rivers shut down any idea of him moving to L.A.’s other NBA team.

“Well, I have a job and the Lakers have a coach, No. 1, and I am going nowhere,” Rivers said before the Clippers’ 115-109 win against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night. “I can tell you that. Straight and up front, I’m going to be here until [Clippers owner] Steve [Ballmer] says get out. I plan on being here a long time.”

Rivers said he and Ballmer agreed to a contract extension last summer that included an option for Rivers to get out of the contract this summer if he chose to. But Rivers said he and Ballmer already have verbally agreed to forgo the option and work out a longer extension, which is pending the completion of paperwork.

Source: ESPN.

Grizzlies’ CJ Miles done for season

Memphis Grizzlies announced that CJ Miles will miss the remainder of the season with a stress reaction in his left foot.

 

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Deyonta Davis to sign a 10-day contract with Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks plan to sign Deyonta Davis to a 10-day contract.

Davis is averaging 9.8 points and 7.4 rebounds for the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Daniel Gafford declaring for NBA draft, will hire an agent

Arkansas power forward Daniel Gafford will declare for the 2019 NBA draft, coach Mike Anderson said.

Gafford, who averaged 16.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore, plans to hire an agent and forgo his remaining college eligibility.

Gafford is a projected early-second round pick, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.

Source: Jonathan Givony.

Bucks plan to sign Tim Frazier, waive Christian Wood

The Milwaukee Bucks plan to sign Tim Frazier and waive Christian Wood .
The Bucks made the move on the market after Malcolm Brogdon’s injury that will sideline the guard for 6-8 weeks.

Blazers’ CJ McCollum out at least one week with popliteus strain in his left knee

An MRI confirms Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum with a popliteus strain in his left knee, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

McCollum will be re-examined in a week.

McCollum sustained the injury at the 7:09 mark of the third quarter of the Trail Blazers game at San Antonio on March 16.

For the season, McCollum has averaged 21.3 points (46.3% FG, 38.0% 3-PT, 83.1% FT), 4.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.79 steals and 34.1 minutes in 68 games (all starts).

 

NBA INJURIES

Source: Portland Trail Blazers.

Blazers’ CJ McCollum leaves game with knee injury, set for MRI

Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum left the game against the San Antonio Spurs with a left leg injury.

McCollum will have an MRI on his knee once the team will return to Portland.

Per ESPN,  McCollum said X-rays taken at the AT&T Center came back negative. He will undergo an MRI on his left knee on Sunday after traveling back to Portland with the team.

“I don’t have a lot of information besides it’s painful,” McCollum said. “I didn’t hear anything pop. It was just an immediate discomfort and pain. It was an uncomfortable feeling. You never want to leave the court like that, but it happens.”

Source: ESPN.

Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon expected to miss 6-8 weeks of action with plantar fascia tear in right foot

The Milwaukee Bucks will be without Malcolm B Brogdon for the next 6-8 weeks .

Per ESPN, Brogdon is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a minor plantar fascia tear in his right foot, league sources told ESPN.

There is optimism that Brogdon could return closer to the six-week mark, sources said, but that still would leave the Bucks without their starter until the postseason.

Source: ESPN.

Luke Walton reportedly seen as likely candidate for Phoenix Suns head coaching job

Luke Walton’s future with the Los Angeles Lakers is in jeopardy as the team failed to make the playoffs this year.

If the Lakers were to fire Walton at the end of the season, he then could become a candidate for the Phoenix Suns, where he is seen as a potential replacement in case the Suns part ways with Igor Kokoskov, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.

Source: Sporting News.

“No way” Pelicans will never trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers

The New Orleans Pelicans will trade Anthony Davis next summer after their All-Star requested to leave.
But according to Marc J. Spears of ESPN, the Pelicans will not trade AD to the Lakers.
Los Angeles made several offers to the Pelicans at the trade deadline but Nola rejected all the proposals.

Per NBC Sports, Marc J. Spears on ESPN, filming in Los Angeles:

“I have been told that there’s no way Anthony Davis is coming here, through the Pelicans.

“They’re just not going to do it”.

Rockets won’t re-sign Terrence Jones

Terrence Jones’ second 10-day contract with the Houston Rockets has expired and the team will not sign him for remainder of the season.
Jones appeared in two games for Houston, scoring a single basket and grabbing four rebounds in five minutes of action.

Quincy Acy agreed to terms with Shenzhen Leopards

Quincy Acy has signed in China with Shenzhen Leopards, a source told Sportando.
Acy has played 10 games for the Phoenix Suns this season averaging 1.7 points and 2.5 rebounds.
The forward comes from Texas Legends where he signed 21.7 points with 7.7 rebounds in 3 contests.
Acy is already in Hong Kong to get his document and debut in CBA.

Mario Chalmers signs in Big3

Mario Chalmers has signed to play in Big3.
Chalmers, a two-time NBA champion, recently signed a deal for the remainder of the season with Virtus Segafredo Bologna an Italian team that competes also in Basketball Champions League.

His contract will expire at the end of June.

 

The big 3 season will start on June 22.

Rockets sign GM Daryl Morey to a five-year contract extension

The Houston Rockets have signed GM Daryl Morey to a five-year contract extension.

“”I’ve enjoyed working with Daryl the last 2years.We look forward to working together for many years to come.We work well together.Our goal is to continue to make the Rockets 1 of the best teams in the NBA” owner Tilman Fertitta told Mark Berman. “We wanted to make sure that Daryl stays locked up.I think he wanted to make sure he was welcome here in Houston.We have a good working relationship. You want to keep good people under contract”.

Amar’e Stoudemire gets Israeli passport

Former NBA big man Amar’e Stoudemire got the Israeli passport.
Stoudemire is playing for Hapoel Jerusalem where he returned this season after playing in the Holy Land in 2016-2017 winning also the domestic league.