- Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports2 hrs ago
Retired seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady worked out with Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant late this summer in a Southern California gymnasium, testing the preparedness of his body for a possible NBA comeback attempt.
"Yes, I was working out with K.B. to get in shape and see how my body feels," McGrady told Yahoo Sports in an email Tuesday night.
Bryant and McGrady, 35, worked out three days a week for a period of time in August, several sources, including McGrady, told Yahoo.
At least two NBA teams were contacted over the summer about their potential interest in McGrady, but none registered a desire to further explore the possibility, league executives told Yahoo Sports.
McGrady is contractually obligated to a lucrative basketball tour of China in October, which would make it impossible for him to try and make an NBA team in training camp. McGrady is still an immensely popular figure in China, dating back to his partnership with Yao Ming on the Houston Rockets.
"The comeback will not happen, unless I have the drive whenever I get back," McGrady told Yahoo in the email.
- Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports13 hrs ago
Former Golden State and Sacramento coach Keith Smart has emerged as a strong candidate to join the Miami Heat's revamped assistant coaching staff, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
In the wake of a shakeup that resulted in the reassignments of Bob McAdoo and Ron Rothstein, Smart, 49, and Miami are discussing a role on head coach Erik Spoelstra's bench, sources said.
David Fizdale will continue as Spoelstra's top assistant, and ex-Heat player Juwan Howard will move up to an assistant coaching job after a season working in player development, sources said.
Spoelstra has advanced to four straight NBA Finals as Miami’s coach, winning two titles. The Heat lost LeBron James to Cleveland in free agency this summer.
Rothstein and McAdoo had been on Miami's staff since president Pat Riley's tenure as coach.
Rothstein, 71, had been nearing the end of a long coaching career and will likely move into a basketball operations job with the Heat, sources said.
After a summer of dramatic roster change, the Miami Heat are reassigning two prominent assistant coaches, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Ron Rothstein and Bob McAdoo will no longer play significant roles on head coach Erik Spoelstra's staff – and are completely off the bench, according to league sources.
Those changes will clear the way for Juwan Howard to be promoted from his role in player development, league sources said.
It is immediately unclear what role Rothstein and McAdoo will have in the organization, but both are expected to continue to have jobs with the Heat, league sources said. Heat president Pat Riley and Spoelstra have long professional and personal ties with both men.
Heat assistant coach David Fizdale has ascended to the top assistant role under Spoelstra in recent years and will continue working closely with the head coach. Fizdale is considered a future head coach in the NBA.
Rothstein, 71 was the franchise's first head coach, serving three years beginning in 1988 and returned to the franchise in 2000 to coach Miami's WNBA entry. For the past decade, he's worked as an assistant coach under head coaches Stan Van Gundy, Riley and Spoelstra.
Free-agent forward Hedo Turkoglu is nearing agreement on a one-year, $1.4 million deal to return to the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
After working out a contract buyout with the Orlando Magic and signing with the Clippers in January, Turkoglu, 35, averaged three points in 38 games.
Once a tremendously versatile and productive offensive player, Turkoglu's talent has declined significantly but he remains a serviceable veteran in limited minutes.
This will be Turkoglu's 15th season in the NBA. He's averaged 11.5 points and four rebounds across stops in Sacramento, San Antonio, Orlando, Toronto and Phoenix.
The Clippers also have brought back veteran forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis for its bench.
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The Houston Rockets have reached an agreement in principle to acquire Sacramento Kings guard Jason Terry, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Terry had been a longtime rival of the Rockets with the Dallas Mavericks, and a move to Houston promises to escalate what has become an increasingly fierce rivalry between the teams this summer.
Terry, 36, spent eight years with the Mavericks before signing a 2012 free-agent deal with the Boston Celtics and moving onto Brooklyn and Sacramento in trades in 2013 and '14, respectively. Terry was the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in 2009 and 2011.
The Rockets will send a package centered on non-guaranteed contracts, including Alonzo Gee, that the Kings can ultimately waive and gain salary savings and roster space, league sources said. Sacramento will send Houston two second-round picks in the deal, including one via the Knicks, league sources told Yahoo. The trade could take some time to officially complete, based on restrictions of contracts in the deal, league sources said.
Sacramento had been trying to unload Terry and his $5.4 million expiring deal, and Houston had been searching for a playoff-sturdy guard to join its bench.
- Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports6 days ago
Doc Rivers' new five-year contract to be president and coach of the Los Angeles Clippers is worth more than $50 million, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
New Clippers owner Steve Ballmer announced Rivers' extension on Wednesday. The team replaced the remaining two years on his original three-year, $21 million deal with a new contract that runs through the 2018-19 season.
Ballmer and Rivers had been eager to forge a long-term partnership since Ballmer purchased the Clippers from the Sterling family for $2 billion.
Through the release of the Donald Sterling audio tapes that led to his banishment by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Rivers became a pivotal figure in holding together the franchise's value and keeping the team moving forward through the crisis.
After a 57-victory regular season, the Clippers reached the Western Conference semifinals, and return a roster expected to compete for a chance to reach the NBA Finals next season. Rivers won the 2008 NBA championship as coach of the Boston Celtics, and reached the NBA Finals again in 2010.
- Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports7 days ago
The Los Angeles Clippers have traded swingman Jared Dudley and a 2017 protected first-round pick to the Milwaukee Bucks for swingman Carlos Delfino, center Miroslav Raduljica and a second-round pick, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Dudley, who averaged 6.9 points in 23.4 minutes per game last season, had fallen out of the Clippers’ plans and is owed $4.25 million each of the next two seasons, but has a player option for 2015-16. Dudley, 31, was a double-digit scorer from 2010-13 with the Phoenix Suns.
Delfino, 31, is owed $6.5 million for the next two seasons — with a team option for 2015-16 — but missed the 2013-14 season because of a right foot injury. He is expected to miss part of the 2014-15 season as he recovers from the injury, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
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- Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports10 days ago
Kevin Love has officially joined LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers after the Cavs, Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers completed their trade call with NBA officials Saturday afternoon, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
In the finalized deal, the Cavaliers receive Love while sending Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall picks of the past two NBA drafts, to the Timberwolves. The Timberwolves will also receive forward Thaddeus Young in exchange for Alexey Shved, Luc Mbah a Moute and Miami's 2015 first-round pick, which the Cavs had owned.
The Cavaliers and Timberwolves reached an agreement in principle weeks ago on the basic foundation of the deal, sources said, but Wiggins could not be officially traded until 30 days after the signing of his rookie contract, which ended Saturday.
Prior to reaching an agreement with Minnesota, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert had a lengthy meeting in Las Vegas with Love after receiving permission from Timberwolves and NBA officials.
- Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports12 days ago
The Minnesota Timberwolves will acquire Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young for a 2015 first-round draft pick and two role players, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Timberwolves will send Philadelphia the Miami Heat's 2015 first-round pick Minnesota will acquire as part of the Kevin Love deal with Cleveland, sources said. The T-Wolves will send forward Luc Mbah a Moute and guard Alexey Shved to the Sixers.
The draft pick is lottery protected to No. 10 in the 2015 and 2016 drafts, and unprotected in 2017.
Mbah a Moute has a long-standing relationship with Sixers rookie Joel Embiid, and Philadelphia considers him an important part of the mentoring process for the third pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
The deal will be finalized on Saturday, concurrently with the closure of the deal that will send Cleveland's Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 overall pick in the '14 draft, and Anthony Bennett to Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love.
The Minnesota Star-Tribune first reported the final structure of the Young deal.
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- Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports26 days ago
Free-agent forward Reggie Williams has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Miami Heat, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Williams is expected to play a bench scoring role for the Heat, who are searching for younger, athletic players to bolster their roster.
Williams, 27, has played with three teams in parts of five NBA seasons. He played three games for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2013-'14 season. He averaged 8.5 points in his stops in Golden State, Charlotte and OKC.
Williams played his college basketball at Virginia Military Institute.