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  • Sources: Murray State guard Cameron Payne leaning toward entering draft

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    Murray State sophomore guard Cameron Payne is leaning toward entering the 2015 NBA draft, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Although Payne has yet to formalize his decision, indications are strong that he’s played his final game in college, sources said.

    Payne, 20, and his family are hosting presentations from several major NBA agents in their hometown of Memphis, Tenn., this week, sources said.

    Payne has been working cooperatively with Murray State coach Steve Prohm throughout the process, sources said.

    Payne had a tremendous sophomore season, and several NBA executives told Yahoo Sports that he has a chance to make a major move up draft boards. Some believe he could ultimately rise as high as the mid-first round of the June draft.

    For now, Draftexpress.com has Payne as the 30th overall selection in its most recent mock draft.

    Payne, the Ohio Valley Conference player of the year, averaged 20.2 points and 5.7 assists for Murray State. He shot 50 percent on two-pointers and 37.7 percent from three-point range.

     

  • Sources: Patrick Beverley to require 4 months of recovery after surgery

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    After surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist on Tuesday morning, Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will require four months of recovery, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Beverley’s ligament had to be reattached, a procedure that crushed a fleeting hope before the surgery that a two-month recovery period could’ve had Beverley back for the Western Conference Finals – if the Rockets advanced that far.

    Beverley, 26, is expected to be in a cast for 10 weeks and expected to be near full recovery when he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1. Houston remains determined to re-sign Beverley to a long-term deal, but there will be plenty of interest from other teams to pry him away.

    Beverley was an important part of the Rockets’ push for a Western Conference championship. He averaged 10.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 56 games for Houston this season.

    Houston is 50-24, a half-game behind Memphis for second place in the conference standings.

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  • Sources: Blazers to sign Tim Frazier for remainder of season

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    The Portland Trail Blazers plan to sign guard Tim Frazier for the rest of the season, a league source told Yahoo Sports.

    Frazier was selected Monday as the NBA Development League Player of the Week for the Maine Red Claws after averaging 20 points, 7.7 assists and 7.7 rebounds.

    Frazier, 24, had consecutive 10-day contracts with the Philadelphia 76ers this season, averaging 7.2 assists in six games. Philadelphia didn't re-sign Frazier to make room for the claiming of Thomas Robinson off waivers.

    A rookie, Frazier was undrafted out of Penn State in 2014, where he had been an All-Big Ten player.

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  • Sources: Georgia State's R.J. Hunter to enter NBA draft

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    Georgia State junior guard R.J. Hunter will enter the 2015 NBA draft, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Hunter finalized a decision with his family, including his father, Georgia State coach Ron Hunter, over the weekend, sources said.

    Hunter elevated his national status with a spectacular performance in the final minutes of 14th-seeded Georgia State's upset victory over Baylor in the round-of-64 in the NCAA tournament.

    Hunter, 21, is considered a late first-round draft pick. DraftExpress.com has Hunter 25th in its latest mock draft.

    Hunter averaged 19.7 points for Georgia State this season.

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  • Sources: Denver Nuggets claim guard Ian Clark off waivers

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    The Denver Nuggets claimed guard Ian Clark off waivers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The Utah Jazz waived Clark on Thursday.

    Clark played in 23 games for the Jazz, averaging 1.9 points in seven minutes a game. He averaged 14 points in seven games for the Jazz’s NBA Development League affiliate in Boise.

    Clark, 23, was an undrafted free agent out of Belmont College in 2013.

  • Sources: UNLV’s Rashad Vaughn plans to enter NBA draft

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports Commentary 4 days ago

    University of Nevada-Las Vegas freshman guard Rashad Vaughn has plans to enter the 2015 NBA draft, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    A formal announcement is expected in the near future, sources said.

    The 6-foot-6 Vaughn has a chance to ascend into a first-round draft choice with a good pre-draft process, but most teams see him currently as a second-round pick.

    Draftexpress.com has Vaughn 48th overall in its 2015 pre-draft rankings.

    UNLV sophomore forward Christian Wood is seriously considering entering the draft, too, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Vaughn missed 10 games this season because of a knee injury and averaged 17.8 points on 44 percent shooting for the Runnin’ Rebels.

    A native of Minneapolis, Vaughn was selected as a McDonald’s All-American out of Findlay Prep in Las Vegas.

     

  • Sources: Houston's Patrick Beverley has torn ligament in wrist, will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 6 days ago

    Houston Rockets starting guard Patrick Beverley suffered a torn ligament in his left wrist, and further evaluation in seven to 10 days will determine if season-ending surgery could be necessary, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Beverley met with doctors on Wednesday in Houston, where it was determined that more time was needed to evaluate the extent of the injury and the potential for further damage if he continues to play with it this season.

    Beverley, who was injured in Monday night's win against Indiana, is an important part of the Rockets’ push for a Western Conference championship. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and is expected to command a significant deal – either in Houston or elsewhere.

    Beverley, in his third year with the Rockets, is averging 10.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 56 games this season.

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  • Sources: Eric Musselman reaches agreement to coach Nevada-Reno

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 6 days ago

    Eric Musselman – an LSU assistant and a two-time NBA head coach – has reached an agreement in principle to become head basketball coach at the University of Nevada-Reno, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The university's Board of Regents will meet Thursday to finalize Musselman's candidacy, sources said.

    Musselman, 50, interviewed for the Nevada-Reno job on Monday.

    Musselman was the head coach of the Golden State Warriors (2002-04) and the Sacramento Kings (2006-07) and complied a 108-138 record. He has since had successful head coaching stops in the NBA Development League before assistant coaching jobs at Arizona State and LSU.

    David Carter was fired by the university March 11 after a 9-22 season.

     

  • Sources: Jay Larranaga passes on chance to interview for George Mason's head-coaching job

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 11 days ago

    Boston Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga has declined to be a part of George Mason University's search for a head coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    George Mason had targeted Larranaga as one of its top candidates to replace the deposed Paul Hewitt, but Larranaga will pass on the chance to meet with university officials, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Larranaga has history, family ties and an affinity to the Atlantic 10 program, but is committed to Celtics coach Brad Stevens and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge – and a future as potential head-coaching candidate in the NBA.

    Larranaga, Boston's top assistant coach, is the son of University of Miami coach Jim Larranaga, who elevated George Mason to national prominence with 13 consecutive winning seasons and an improbable run to the Final Four in 2006.

    Jay Larranaga, 39, has stamped himself as one of the bright young assistant coaches in the NBA and a potential future head coach.

    Larranaga has also been an assistant coach under Mike Fratello on the Ukraine National team in recent summers.

  • Sources: George Mason plans to look at Jay Larranaga for head coaching vacancy

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 16 days ago

    George Mason University has plans to make Boston Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga one of its focuses in its search for a new head coach, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    George Mason officials on Monday fired coach Paul Hewitt, who went 20-42 in his final two seasons for the Atlantic 10 program.

    Jay Larranaga, Boston’s top assistant coach, is the son of University of Miami coach Jim Larranaga, who elevated George Mason to national prominence with 13 consecutive winning seasons and an improbable run to the Final Four in 2006.

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    Jay Larranaga, 39, has stamped himself as one of the bright young assistant coaches in the NBA and is considered a potential future head coach. It is immediately unclear what – if any – interest he would have in leaving the NBA for college basketball, but he does have strong ties to the university.

    Larranaga has also been an assistant coach under Mike Fratello on the Ukraine National team in recent summers.

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