Adrian Wojnarowski

  • Sources: Celtics deal Rajon Rondo to Mavs

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 11 hrs ago

    The Boston Celtics traded former All-Star guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Dallas wants to make a run at a championship with the aging Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler still playing at high levels. The Mavericks will pair Rondo with explosive guard Monta Ellis in the backcourt.

    Dallas will send forward Brandan Wright, guards Jameer Nelson and Jae Crowder, a 2015 first-round pick and a 2016 second-round pick to Boston for Rondo and rookie forward Dwight Powell. There are lottery protections on the 2015 first-round pick headed to Boston, sources said.

    Rondo, 28, will be a free agent in July and his agent, Bill Duffy, gave the Mavericks a strong indication that Rondo would be inclined to sign a contract extension to stay with Dallas this summer, sources said.

    The Maverics and Celtics had a trade call scheduled with the league office on Thursday night to complete the deal, which includes Boston getting a $13 million trade exception that it has one year to use.

    The Celtics will release center Vitor Faverani in order to open a roster spot for the deal, sources said,

  • Sources: Kings owner seriously considering Chris Mullin for coaching vacancy

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    Owner Vivek Ranadive is giving serious consideration to hiring Chris Mullin to coach the Sacramento Kings, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    In the wake of Michael Malone’s firing on Sunday night, Ranadive has been soliciting counsel on Mullin’s candidacy and has grown increasingly intrigued with the kind of acumen and star power Mullin, an ownership adviser for the Kings, could bring to the franchise, sources said.

    “All [Mullin] has to decide is that's what he wants and the job is his,” an NBA general manager told Yahoo Sports on Monday.

    The Kings will keep Tyrone Corbin as the interim coach for the near future, but haven’t ruled out the hiring of a full-time coach sometime this season. George Karl has a strong history with general manager Pete D’Alessandro and began campaigning for the job on Monday within hours of Malone’s firing. For now, Karl’s a secondary candidate until Ranadive considers the possibility of Mullin.

    Mullin hasn’t come close to committing to the coaching idea, but there’s support in ownership and in the front office for him to give it significant thought, sources said.

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  • Sources: Robin Lopez expected to miss month with broken hand

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez is expected to miss four weeks with a fractured right hand, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Lopez will meet with a hand specialist on Tuesday in Portland.

    Lopez suffered the injury pursuing a rebound in the Blazers victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night at the Moda Center.

    For the Trail Blazers, the loss of Lopez will necessitate more prominent roles for Chris Kaman and Joel Freeland. Lopez has been a pillar for the Blazers in his two seasons, failing to miss a game. His rim protection and physicality in the post has made him an invaluable complement to All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge.

    For the season, Lopez is averaging 9.6 points and 7.2 rebounds.

    The Blazers are 19-6 and holding onto fourth place in the Western Conference.

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  • The doomed partnership of the Sacramento Kings and coach Michael Malone

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    Michael Malone had been pining for a backup point guard, but Sacramento Kings management had a different idea for their coach a year ago: Royce White. Here was the beginning of the end for this doomed partnership, a disagreement that widened the gulf between them.

    White was out of shape, had no interest in playing basketball – which had been clear when the Houston Rockets released him. He had been awful in the Development League, a malingerer, and done nothing to deserve a call-up to the Kings.

    "Pretty soon, they're telling [Malone]: Why aren't you putting him in the games?" one organizational source told Yahoo Sports. "That's when it really started to get bad between him and the guys upstairs."

    General manager Pete D'Alessandro had to be the messenger to Malone on several unpopular directives, but there was long a sense he was often carrying out the will of his owner, Vivek Ranadive. Management goes beyond the owner and GM too, including influential consultant Chris Mullin. Too many voices, too little common ground.

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  • Sources: Kings fire coach Michael Malone after differences in style

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    After a season-plus of an uneasy partnership, the Sacramento Kings fired coach Michael Malone, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Malone was informed of the decision on Sunday night, in the wake of losing seven of nine games without ill star center DeMarcus Cousins.

    Tyrone Corbin will take over as the interim coach, likely for the term of the regular season. Around the NBA, there's a strong belief that general manager Pete D'Alessandro will pursue ex-Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, but a high-ranking Kings source insisted Sunday night that it is unlikely a full-time replacement will be hired during the regular season.

    There has been significant tension between management and Malone on several fronts over the past year, and the firing ultimately turned out to be another cautionary tale in what happens when ownership doesn't put together management and coaching staffs that have similar philosophies and a shared partnership.

    While Kings management wants to play faster, Corbin's style of play as head coach of the Jazz doesn't suggest he's the ideal candidate. Nevertheless, those are Corbin's marching orders now.

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  • Sources: Hornets targeting Nets, Pacers to unload Lance Stephenson

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    The Charlotte Hornets are targeting the Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets as destinations to unload guard Lance Stephenson, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Stephenson becomes eligible to be traded on Monday, and Charlotte has rapidly lost hope that its brief partnership with Stephenson can stand the test of time.

    Indiana hasn't ruled out the possibility of bringing back Stephenson, but appears unwilling to seriously engage the Hornets without the inclusion of a first-round pick in a potential deal, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    So far, Charlotte has shown no inclination to package a future draft pick to move Stephenson, league executives told Yahoo Sports.

    Charlotte signed Stephenson to a three-year, $27 million deal this summer, but holds a team option on the final season of the contract. After reaching the playoffs with 43 victories a season ago, the Hornets have stumbled to a 6-17 start this season.

    When the Hornets first proposed a deal to reunite Stephenson with Indiana, the Pacers suggested the discussion start with two future first-round picks, league sources said. Make no mistake: The Pacers understand they can negotiate from a position of strength.

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  • Sources: Nets reach agreement to send Andrei Kirilenko to 76ers

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 8 days ago

    The Brooklyn Nets have reached agreement on a deal to unload forward Andrei Kirilenko onto the Philadelphia 76ers, sparing the franchise nearly $11 million in salary and luxury tax, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The 76ers will send forward Brandon Davies to the Nets and acquire a 2020 second-round pick in the deal, as well as the right to swap second-round picks with Brooklyn in the 2018 draft. The Nets will likely include guard Jorge Gutierrez in the deal, a league source told Yahoo.

    The trade is expected to be finalized on Thursday.

    Kirilenko is in the final year of a $3.3 million contract, and will be waived in Philadelphia once the deal is completed, sources said. Kirilenko would become a free agent, but it could still be several weeks – even months – before he's ready to sign a deal to play elsewhere this season, sources said.

    Kirilenko, who fell out of favor with Nets coach Lionel Hollins, is attending to a family matter in the New York area that could limit his willingness to travel until sometime in February or March, sources said.

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  • Sources: Rockets aggressively pursuing deals to use trade exception

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 8 days ago

    The Houston Rockets are aggressively pursuing deals to use their $8.4 million trade exception before Dec. 19, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Rival executives say that Houston’s front office has been active in searching out deals in recent days and wants an acquisition completed within the 60-day reaggregation window before the Feb. 19 NBA trade deadline. This way, the Rockets could still have an option of moving the player again this season.

    In a deal, the Rockets can use any dollar amount up to the $8.4 million to balance out the incoming salary of a player.

    Two teams believed that they had deals taking shape with the Rockets, but sense that Houston general manager Daryl Morey is working to find better deals. The Rockets have been pursuing a best-available-player mantra in talks, league sources said, but there appears to be a focus on wings and frontcourt players.

    The Rockets acquired the trade exception from the Los Angeles Lakers as part of the Jeremy Lin trade in July. Houston has until early July to use the exception, but has told teams that it’s treating Dec. 19 as its own deadline to get a deal done.

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  • Sources: Nets trying to finalize deal to send Andrei Kirilenko to 76ers

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 9 days ago

    The Brooklyn Nets are working to finalize a deal to unload Andrei Kirilenko onto the Philadelphia 76ers, sparing the franchise nearly $12 million in salary and luxury tax, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Kirilenko, 33, is in the final year of a $3.3 million contract and would be waived in Philadelphia should the deal be completed, sources said. Kirilenko would become a free agent, but it could still be several weeks – even months – before he's ready to sign a deal to play elsewhere this season, sources said.

    The Nets would include a second-round pick to the 76ers in the deal, sources said. Team officials are still discussing who the Nets would take back in a trade – a player likely to be on a non-guaranteed contract.

    Kirilenko, who fell out of favor with Nets coach Lionel Hollins, is attending to a family matter in the New York area that could limit his willingness to travel until sometime in early 2015, sources said.

    Kirilenko struggled to stay healthy with the Nets a year ago, but did hold a significant role under ex-coach Jason Kidd when he was available. Under Hollins, Kirilenko has played only 36 minutes – without a basket.

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  • Silver to Yahoo: Yes on players' social commentary, no on uniforms

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 10 days ago

    As NBA superstars Derrick Rose and LeBron James appear to be starting a movement of “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts as part of pregame warmups, league commissioner Adam Silver responded with a message that social commentary shouldn’t include league uniforms.

    "I respect Derrick Rose and all of our players for voicing their personal views on important issues, but my preference would be for players to abide by our on-court attire rules," Silver told Yahoo Sports in an email on Monday night.

    Silver was courtside at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and witnessed Cleveland Cavaliers stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving wearing the T-shirts in response to a New York grand jury failing to bring charges against a police officer in the death of Eric Garner. The arrest of Garner, an African-American man, was caught on tape as the officer placed him in a chokehold despite repeated pleas of "I can't breathe," heard on tape.

    Rose wore the "I Can't Breathe," shirt in warmups of the Bulls game on Sunday in Chicago.