Adrian Wojnarowski

  • Sources: Portland checks on Ray Allen, who's intent on sitting out season

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 6 hrs ago

    Perhaps the Portland Trail Blazers could’ve been an ideal scenario for Ray Allen to return to the NBA: A championship contender in a tradition-rich market losing one of the league’s best three-point shooters to a devastating injury.

    In the wake of Wesley Matthews tearing his Achilles tendon on Thursday night, Blazers general manager Neil Olshey made a call to agent Jim Tanner on Friday morning on the chance that Allen might reconsider his decision to sit out the 2014-15 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Nevertheless, Tanner informed the Blazers that Allen, 39, remains intent on sitting out the season and wouldn’t consider the possibility of joining Portland – or any other team, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Allen is the most prolific three-point shooter in league history, but it’s possible that he’ll never play again.

    For now, Portland appears far less inclined to pursue the rest of the barren free-agent guard market than it is simply to rely on Arron Afflalo, C.J. McColllum, Allen Crabbe, Alonzo Gee and Dorrel Wright to shoulder the shooting void left by Matthews.

    The Blazers are 41-19, third in the Western Conference, and riding a five-game winning streak.

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  • Sources: Bucks to sign D-League forward Chris Johnson

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 9 hrs ago

    The Milwaukee Bucks are signing Rio Grande Valley forward Chris Johnson to a 10-day contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Johnson, who spent time with the Utah Jazz and the Philadelphia 76ers this season, is traveling to Milwaukee to sign a deal on Friday.

    Johnson is averaging 20.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists for Rio Grande Valley of the NBA’s Development League. He’s had NBA stops with Memphis, Boston, the 76ers and the Jazz.

    Johnson, 24, played at the University of Dayton.

     

  • Wesley Matthews to miss rest of season with torn Achilles tendon

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 19 hrs ago

    Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews suffered a left torn Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season, a league source told Yahoo Sports.

    The loss of Matthews is a devastating blow for the Blazers' hopes of challenging for a Western Conference title, as well as a significant personal hurdle for Matthews. He's set to become a free agent this summer and expected to command a significant deal.

    Torn Achilles tendons typically require eight to nine months of rehabilitation.

    Matthews was injured in the third quarter of Thursday night's victory over Dallas in the Moda Center. Matthews crumpled to the floor upon making a move to the basket. He had a streak of 250 consecutive games played end on Dec. 10, 2012, only to start a second streak of 142 games that will end now.

    In the best season of his career, Matthews was averaging 16 points and making nearly 40 percent of his 3-pointers. He is one of the NBA's best 3-point shooters.

    The Blazers' trade deadline deal for Arron Afflalo will give them an experienced shooting guard to move into the starting lineup. C.J. McCollum will likely play a more significant role off Portland's bench.

  • Sources: Celtics’ talks with JaVale McGee fall through because of contract option

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    Talks on a deal between the Boston Celtics and free-agent center JaVale McGee fell apart when the sides couldn’t agree on control of the player’s contract option for the 2015-16 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    McGee visited the Celtics this week and had been inclined to sign there, only to have his agent, B.J. Armstrong, and Celtics general manager Danny Ainge become unable to move past that deal point on Thursday afternoon.

    For McGee, the plan is to sign a deal that provides him with a player option on the 2015-16 season – something teams, including Boston, would prefer to be a team option. That way, if McGee plays well, teams won’t be so vulnerable to lose him this summer.

    McGee had courted interest from multiple playoff contenders, including the Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri signed McGee to a $48 million extension in Denver, and remains interested in offering him an opportunity to join the Raptors for a playoff run, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

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  • Sources: Knicks fined for Phil Jackson's comment on D'Angelo Russell

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    The NBA has fined the New York Knicks for president Phil Jackson publicly commenting on Ohio State freshman guard D'Angelo Russell, a league source told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday night.

    It is immediately unclear how much money the Knicks were fined.

    Upon leaving Ohio State's game on Thursday night in Columbus, Jackson told Cleveland.com that Russell was a "great looking kid, [a] great prospect."

    The NBA forbids league officials from making public comments on college underclassmen. The rule is partly in place to protect the NBA from the perception that it's pushing players to leave school early for the draft.

    Around the NBA, front-office executives were surprised Jackson would violate the rule, given that it is a well-known rule that his peers understand has to be observed. Most saw it as a window into Jackson's inexperience as a front-office executive.

    After winning 11 NBA championships as a coach, this is Jackson's first full season as an NBA executive. The Knicks will have one of the highest picks in the 2015 draft, and Russell is considered the No. 1 point guard prospect in college basketball.

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  • Sources: Nuggets fire coach Brian Shaw

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    The Denver Nuggets fired coach Brian Shaw on Tuesday morning, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The Nuggets have free-fallen to a 20-39 record in Shaw's second season as coach and have been rife with locker-room issues.

    Assistant coach Melvin Hunt will become interim head coach for the remainder of the season and then the team will search for a full-time replacement, league sources told Yahoo.

    Nuggets president Josh Kroenke told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday afternoon that he'll work with general manager Tim Connelly over the next few weeks on formulating a plan for the coaching search.

    The Nuggets play the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night. Denver has lost 19 of its past 21 games, including a franchise-record 10 straight at home.

    Shaw is the third NBA coach to be fired this season. The Sacramento Kings dismissed Michael Malone in December and the Orlando Magic fired Jacque Vaughn last month.

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  • Sources: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook likely to return Wednesday

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    After missing one game because of a facial surgery, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will likely return Wednesday night against Philadelphia – wearing a protective mask, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    There is still a final determination to be made, but Westbrook is expected to play barring an unforeseen setback, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Westbrook is scheduled to go through parts of the Thunder's practice on Tuesday, a league source said.

    Westbrook suffered a fracture of the cheekbone on Friday night in Portland and underwent surgery in Los Angeles on Saturday.

    Westbrook has been on a historic run, delivering three straight triple-doubles and averaging 31.2 points, 10.3 assists and 9.1 rebounds in the month of February. Westbrook has pushed himself into the MVP discussion and the Thunder (33-27) into the eighth seed of the Western Conference playoff race.

    Thunder star Kevin Durant has been sidelined six consecutive games with a foot injury.

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  • Sources: Bulls guard Jimmy Butler likely to miss 3-4 weeks with elbow injury

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler will likely miss 3-4 weeks because of a left elbow sprain, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Butler underwent an MRI on Monday, which revealed that surgery will not be necessary, league sources said.

    Possibly missing Butler for a month is a significant blow to the Bulls, who are without Derrick Rose after he underwent surgery Friday to repair a meniscus injury in his right knee. Rose is expected to return in 4-6 weeks.

    Butler, averaging 20.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists in a league-high 38.9 minutes per game, was injured during Sunday’s 96-86 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

    An All-Star in his fourth season with the Bulls, Butler, 25, is considered one of the top restricted free agents available next summer.

     

  • Referee union had no involvement in NBA's new plan to publicize evaluation of calls

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 7 days ago

    The National Basketball Referee's Association had no involvement in the NBA's decision to make public the league's evaluation of officiating calls in the final two minutes of close games, a union official told Yahoo Sports on Friday.

    "We did not participate in the elaboration of this process and we cannot evaluate its effect until after it has been implemented," NBRA general counsel Lee Seham told Yahoo Sports in an email on Friday.

    Beginning next week, the NBA will make public play-by-play reports involving all referee calls in the final two minutes and overtimes of regular-season and playoff games, the NBA announced on Friday. The NBA says each play will be reviewed by a senior referee manager of basketball operations manager and include a video link to the play.

    The process will include correct and incorrect calls made by NBA officials. The NBA is calling it part of its "transparency initiative" connected to its officiating program.

  • Sources: Phil Jackson likely to be fined for commenting on draft-ineligible player

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 7 days ago

    New York Knicks president Phil Jackson will likely face an NBA fine for publicly commenting on Ohio State freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Upon leaving Ohio State’s game on Thursday night in Columbus, Jackson told Cleveland.com that Russell was a “great looking kid. Great prospect.”

    The NBA forbids league officials from making public comments on draft-ineligible players, and sources told Yahoo Sports that the league office was beginning to look into the matter Friday morning.

    After winning 11 NBA championships as a coach, this is Jackson’s first year as an NBA executive. The Knicks will have one of the highest picks in the 2015 NBA draft, and Russell is considered the No. 1 point guard prospect in college basketball.

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