Adrian Wojnarowski

  • Sources: Bulls' Mike Dunleavy avoids suspension, will play in Game 1 vs. Cavs

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy has escaped a suspension for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Dunleavy hadn't been called for two-handed contact to the back of the neck of Milwaukee's Michael Carter-Williams in Chicago’s Game 6 victory on Thursday.

    After an NBA review, the league upgraded that play to a flagrant 1 foul call, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Dunleavy will be in the starting lineup on Monday for Chicago's Game 1 meeting with Cleveland in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Dunleavy averaged 10.5 points, including 55 percent on three-point shooting, in the six-game series against the Bucks.

  • Why Billy Donovan decided to finally jump to the NBA

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    Billy Donovan listened to every pitch a year ago – the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Detroit Pistons – and forever found a reason to turn jobs down. From rosters to geography to ownership styles, Donovan passed with an understanding that Oklahoma City loomed in the distance.

    Donovan never yearned to run an organization, learning the lessons of his coaching mentor, Rick Pitino, that sometimes less is more. He wanted to win, and wanted a general manager he could trust with personnel decisions and deal-making. For years, Billy Donovan and Sam Presti were magnets pulling closer and closer, until reaching a deal that sources said is worth $30 million over five years.

    "I think his relationship with Sam had a lot to do with it," says an NBA coach with close ties to Donovan. "And, obviously, a chance to have immediate success."

    Around Scott Brooks, there's a belief that he never had a chance this year, that Presti was always planning to replace him with one of two college coaches that he studied closest.

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  • Sources: Chase Budinger picks up contract option, passes on free agency

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago

    Minnesota Timberwolves forward Chase Budinger has exercised the $5 million player option on his contract for the 2015-16 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Budinger filed the necessary paper work on Wednesday, passing on the chance to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, sources said.

    Budinger, 26, finished this season strong, averaging nine points and shooting better than 50 percent over the final 2½ months of the season. At 6-foot-7 and with an ability to spread the floor with his shooting, Budinger has remained an intriguing trade piece for contending teams.

    For the season, Budinger averaged 6.8 points, three rebounds and one assist in 19.2 minutes a game. Budinger played three seasons with the Houston Rockets before a trade to Minnesota in 2012.

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  • Sources: Chad Iske to become Kings' associate head coach

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago

    The Sacramento Kings are finalizing an agreement with Philadelphia 76ers assistant Chad Iske to become associate head coach under George Karl, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Iske has a significant history and relationship with Karl, spending five seasons on the head coach's staff with the Denver Nuggets. For Iske, the move allows him to elevate into a top assistant coaching job. He has been well regarded under Sixers coach Brett Brown.

    Iske had spent 14 years with the Nuggets before joining the 76ers in 2013, when Brown hired him for his strong reputation in player development.

    Beginning the process of reshaping the Kings staff he inherited in February, Karl is also targeting another ex-Nuggets assistant, Brooklyn Nets assistant John Welch, league sources said.

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  • Brazilian point guard Marcelo Huertas planning move to NBA

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 7 days ago

    After years of playing significant roles in the Euroleague and on the Brazilian national team, point guard Marcelo Huertas is planning a move to the NBA next season, Yahoo Sports has learned.

    Huertas, 31, a savvy, athletic 6-foot-3 playmaker and a deft shooter, is expected to be aggressively pursued as a backup guard in July free agency.

    Huertas has been anchored to the Spanish ACB League the past six years with long-term deals that contained significant NBA buyouts, but finally is free of those hurdles. He hasn’t ruled out returning to FC Barcelona next year if the right NBA offer doesn’t emerge, but Huertas is determined to take a serious look at joining the NBA.

    “This is the right time,” Huertas told Yahoo Sports.

    Huertas has played six seasons for FC Barcelona of the Spanish ACB, leading Barca to three consecutive Euroleague Final Four appearances. He’s averaging 7.4 points and 4.9 assists for Barcelona this season. Huertas is a career 87 percent free-throw shooter.

    Huertas has been Brazil’s point guard in numerous Olympic Games, World Championships and FIBA America tournaments. He averaged 11 points and five assists for Brazil in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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  • Sources: Grizzlies need 48 hours to assess Mike Conley’s status after surgery

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 7 days ago

    After surgery to repair a facial fracture on guard Mike Conley, the Memphis Grizzlies need to wait 48 hours for the swelling to subside before gaining a clearer understanding of a timeline for a possible playoff return, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    There are scenarios in which Conley could return in a possible Western Conference semifinal series against the Golden State Warriors, league sources said, but that’s uncertain until the healing process begins, the pain lessens and Conley can be fitted for a mask.

    Conley underwent surgery Monday in Memphis after sustaining a facial fracture under his left eye in the Grizzlies’ Game 3 victory over Portland on Saturday night.

    Memphis leads 3-0 in its best-of-seven Western Conference series against the Blazers. Game 4 is set for Monday night in Portland.

    Conley is a major part of the Grizzlies’ success, averaging 15.8 points and 5.4 assists in the regular season.

    Without Conley, the Grizzlies will rely on Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes to shoulder a bigger burden.

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  • Austin Rivers helps save Clippers' season, brings tears to his father's eyes

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 7 days ago

    SAN ANTONIO – When Doc Rivers walked into the locker room, the scene stopped him. Chris Paul called on the Clippers to congratulate the young guard responsible for saving the season and present him the game ball. Everyone clapped. Everyone let out a long, loud cheer for Austin Rivers.

    "For a moment, for a half second maybe, I became a dad in there," Doc Rivers told Yahoo Sports later on Sunday at the AT&T Center. The tears welled in his eyes, but he quickly wiped them away and stiffened in the concrete corridor.

    To trade for his son, Rivers had to make a case on the move's merits to a dubious basketball community. He's had to live with the criticism. They've had to live with it together. They had Sunday together, too.

    Austin Rivers had his finest moment in the NBA on Sunday, scoring 16 points, delivering defense, deflections and a 114-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs to bring this best-of-seven series back to Staples Center at 2-2. He made deft drives to the basket and fearless finishes to stun the Spurs.

  • Did 'bush league' play complicate Love, Celtics' mutual free-agent intrigue?

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 8 days ago

    For as much as Kevin Love has publicly resisted the discussion of free agency this season, it has been on his mind. He has never been completely comfortable in Cleveland, with his role, nor his connection to those around him. Throughout the year, league sources say, one destination grew in possibility as his exit strategy: The Boston Celtics.

    Boston has been no sure thing to lure Love, but it had a better shot than most had believed. If Love left the Cavaliers, the Celtics had closed the gap on the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The Celtics were waiting for July, and the chance to let coach Brad Stevens lay out Love's expanded role in his system. General manager Danny Ainge wanted a chance to sell Love on a vision for surrounding him with complementary talent, on maximizing his popularity as New England's next star.

    And so, suddenly, maybe everything changed on Sunday. Kelly Olynyk and Love tangled, Love's left shoulder apparently separated and clearly he's beyond furious. He called the play "bush league," and insisted that Olynyk "did it on purpose."

  • Why Kawhi Leonard will be the NBA's most intriguing free-agent recruiter this summer

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 9 days ago

    SAN ANTONIO – Amid a gulf of salary-cap space in Los Angeles and New York, the promise of glitzy pitches and powerful personas, the summer's most impactful recruiter promises to come with a muffled grunt, a shrug of his shoulders and hands so massive that they could snare the biggest free-agent star of them all.

    San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard can sell Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge on something that Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony are unable: the chance to play with basketball's best burgeoning two-way player, to secure his standing within a Spurs monolith rumbling beyond the genius of Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili and into the second act of this generation's greatest basketball dynasty.

    In a perfect scenario, the Spurs have a full understanding of the futures of Duncan, Ginobili and Danny Green when they walk into a 12:01 a.m. ET meeting on July 1 with Leonard and his agent, Brian Elfus, in Los Angeles. The Spurs will offer Leonard a full maximum contract extension, get a commitment and turn themselves toward prying Aldridge back to his Texas roots.

    "Can anybody tell? I don't know."

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  • Antony Ressler finalizes deal to buy Hawks

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 12 days ago

    Private equity billionaire Antony Ressler is leading a group that has finalized an agreement to purchase the Atlanta Hawks.

    Ressler’s group will purchase the team from majority owner Bruce Levenson for a figure somewhere between $800 million-plus and $900 million, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Former NBA All-Star Grant Hill and Atlanta entrepreneur Jesse Itzler will be investors in the group, sources said.

    The new ownership group, which will need to be approved by the NBA’s Board of Governors, is planning to retain Hawks CEO Steve Koonin and keep him in charge of the organization’s day-to-day business.

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