Adrian Wojnarowski

  • Sources: Raptors' staff close to adding former OKC assistant Rex Kalamian

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 13 hrs ago

    The Toronto Raptors are finalizing an agreement to hire ex-Oklahoma City assistant Rex Kalamian as part of head coach Dwane Casey's staff, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The Raptors have been searching for a high-level assistant coach to join the staff and have been focused on Kalamian for a few weeks, sources said.

    Kalamian spent the past six seasons on Scott Brooks' staff with the Thunder. He was let go when Billy Donovan replaced Brooks as head coach. Kalamian's had stops with the Clippers, Sixers, Nuggets and Timberwolves.

  • Sources: Knicks emerging as frontrunners to sign Arron Afflalo

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 13 hrs ago

    The New York Knicks are emerging as the frontrunners to sign free-agent guard Arron Afflalo, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    For months, the Knicks and rival executives have believed that New York is the likely destination for Detroit fre- agent forward Greg Monroe, and now it appears that Afflalo is the most likey target to potentially join him with Carmelo Anthony in New York, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    With Monroe expecting to command a maximum contract on the market, Afflalo could earn a deal in the neighborhood of three years, $36 million-$38 million, league sources said.

    The Knicks have the salary-cap space to sign both, pairing them with All-Star Carmelo Anthony in the starting lineup.

    Afflalo finished the past season in Portland, where he had been traded at the February deadline from Denver. Afflalo averaged 13.3 points on the season. Across his seven seasons, including stops in Detroit, Denver, Orlando and Portland, he has averaged 11 points a game.

  • Sources: Orlando Magic declining option on Ben Gordon's contract

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    The Orlando Magic are declining the $4.5 million team option for 2015-'16 on guard Ben Gordon’s contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Gordon will become an unrestricted free agent.

    Passing on Gordon’s option will give the Magic $14.5 million in salary cap space for free agency. Gordon, 32, averaged 6.2 points a game for the Magic last season.

    He signed a two-year, $9 million free agent deal with Orlando last July. In 11 NBA seasons with Chicago, Detroit, Charlotte and Orlando, Gordon has averaged nearly 15 points per game.

  • Sources: Rockets agree to deal with undrafted UNLV PF Christian Wood

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    UNLV forward Christian Wood – one of the highest-rated talents to go unselected in the NBA draft on Thursday – has agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Wood will sign a partially guaranteed contract, sources said.

    Wood, a 6-foot-11 forward, performed below standards in pre-draft workouts and dropped completely out of the second round on Thursday night. Wood averaged 15.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks for UNLV in his sophomore season before declaring for the draft.

  • Sources: Nets frontrunners to re-sign Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    After the Brooklyn Nets' Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young opted out of contracts to become unrestricted free agents, the Nets remain strong frontrunners to re-sign the frontcourt players, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    General manager Billy King is determined to keep Lopez and Young, and both players opted out of contracts with strong intentions of reaching agreement on new deals with Brooklyn, league sources said.

    The Nets traded center Mason Plumlee to Portland on Thursday night, further solidifying the franchise’s confidence that Lopez will return on a new deal.

    Lopez is likely seeking a three-year, $60 million maximum contract extension, league sources said. The Nets are planning to pay the 7-footer that full market value, although an agreement could include some financial protections for the Nets should a recurrence of Lopez’s past foot issues sideline him again, sources said.

    Lopez, 27, could do a deal that includes a player option for the third year, which would allow him to re-enter free agency after the maximum contract salaries elevate with the flow of new television money.

  • Sources: Blazers acquire Mason Plumlee from Nets

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    The Portland Trail Blazers reached agreement on a trade to send the draft rights of No. 23 pick Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and guard Steve Blake to the Brooklyn Nets for forward Mason Plumlee and the rights to No. 41 selection Pat Connaughton, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The Blazers are faced with a serious possibility that All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge could leave in free agency, and general manager Neil Olshey has begun to remake the roster. The Blazers haven't conceded that Aldridge is gone, but he'd undoubtedly return to a different roster.

    Portland traded forward Nicolas Batum to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday for forward Noah Vonleh and guard Gerald Henderson.

    Plumlee, 25, averaged 8.7 points and 6.2 rebounds in 82 games for the Nets last season.

    The Nets also traded for the draft rights to No. 39 pick Juan Vaulet from the Hornets for two future second-round picks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

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  • Sources: Hawks acquire Tim Hardaway Jr. from Knicks

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    The Atlanta Hawks have acquired Tim Hardaway Jr. from the New York Knicks in exchange for the draft rights to Notre Dame point guard Jerian Grant, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The Hawks selected Grant for the Knicks with the 19th pick. Atlanta had previously traded down in the first round, sending the Washington Wizards the No. 15 selection for No. 19 and two future second-round picks, sources said.

    The Wizards used the 15th pick on Kelly Oubre.

    Hardaway, 23, averaged 11.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 70 games for the Knicks last season.

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  • Sources: Thunder trade Jeremy Lamb to Hornets

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded guard Jeremy Lamb to the Charlotte Hornets for Luke Ridnour and a 2016 second-round pick, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The Thunder will waive Ridnour if they do not use him in another deal before before July 10 when his contract becomes guaranteed. Ridnour was traded by the Orlando Magic to the Memphis Grizzlies for the rights to 2013 second-round pick Janis Timma on Wednesdaythen was sent to the Hornets in a deal earlier Thursday that delivered Matt Barnes to Memphis.

    Oklahoma City is trying to clear salary-cap space to pay restricted free agents Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler.

    Lamb, 23, averaged 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 47 games for the Thunder last season. He spent his first three seasons in Oklahoma City, which acquired him in the James Harden trade with the Houston Rockets.

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  • Sources: Grizzlies acquire Matt Barnes in trade with Hornets

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    The Memphis Grizzlies acquired forward Matt Barnes in a trade with the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The Grizzlies will embrace Barnes’ tough-guy persona, which will fit perfectly into Memphis’ fierce group. Barnes, 35, has been an 11-year journeyman who brings some volatility to the wing position.

    Charlotte had acquired Barnes earlier this month in a trade that sent Lance Stephenson to the Los Angeles Clippers. Barnes averaged 10.1 points and four rebounds while making 36.2 percent of his 3-pointers last season with the Clippers.

    The Grizzlies sent the non-guaranteed deal of Luke Ridnour to Charlotte. It is likely the Hornets will waive Ridnour before his contract is guaranteed for the 2015-16 season, sources said.

    The Los Angeles Clippers traded Barnes to Charlotte as part of a package for Lance Stephenson this month. The $1.2 million owed Barnes for the upcoming season is guaranteed.

  • Sources: Avery Johnson offers Malik Rose job on his staff at Alabama

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago

    University of Alabama coach Avery Johnson has offered former San Antonio Spurs teammate Malik Rose a special assistant to the head coach position, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Rose is considering the offer to join Johnson's staff, and is expected to make a decision over the weekend, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Johnson was hired the Crimson Tide's coach in March and recently offered the job to Rose. Since retiring from the NBA in 2009, Rose has risen to prominence as a TV analyst for NBA TV and Philadelphia 76ers broadcasts. He also co-hosts a Sirius XM radio show with Frank Isola.

    Rose won two NBA titles as a member of the Spurs, where he played eight seasons.