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  • Sources: Heat close to extension with coach Erik Spoelstra

    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports 5 hrs ago

    The Miami Heat are progressing on completion of a multiyear contract extension for two-time championship coach Erik Spoelstra, league sources told The Vertical.

    Owner Micky Arison and president Pat Riley have been eager to secure Spoelstra beyond the final year of his contract in 2016-17, assuring that one of the league’s elite coaches never reaches the free-agent market.

    Spoelstra, 45, is the second-longest active tenured coach with one team, behind San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich.

    Spoelstra completed his eighth season as Heat head coach, reaching the Eastern Conference semifinals before losing in a Game 7 to the Toronto Raptors. Spoelstra has won two titles, reached four Eastern Conference finals and has a 399-241 (.623) regular-season and 70-43 (.619) playoff record.

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  • Sources: Nets will trade or waive Jarrett Jack

    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports 6 hrs ago

    Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack has played his final game for the organization, league sources told The Vertical.

    If the Nets are unable to find a trade for Jack before his contract guarantee date on Thursday, the franchise is planning to waive him, sources said.

    Jack will be owed $500,000 of the $6.3 million on his 2016-17 contract if waived by Thursday. The move will deliver the Nets $44 million in salary-cap space for the free agency period starting on Friday.

    Jack, 32, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in January, but has been rehabilitating the injury and doctors expect that he'll be fully recovered for the start of NBA training camps in the fall, sources said. Jack is a well-regarded backup and spot starter in the NBA, who had played well with the Golden State Warriors and the Nets in recent years.

    A motivation for teams to trade for Jack would be the chance to shed an unwanted contract and then waive Jack – salary-cap relief. For a deal to make sense for the Nets – instead of simply absorbing the savings on the partial guarantee of Jack's deal – another team would have to send a player that Brooklyn would find useful.

  • Vertical Pod with Woj: Ryan McDonough

    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports 15 hrs ago

    Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough joins The Vertical Podcast with Woj.  

    McDonough discusses the behind-the-scenes aspects of the draft-day trade that brought Marquese Chriss to the Suns, how he can sell the Suns as a free-agent destination with their burgeoning young core and the frustration of dealing with inaccurate trade reports.

    For the first time, McDonough discusses his pursuit of Brad Stevens to coach the Suns before the Celtics hired him. He goes into great detail on growing up as the son of legendary journalist Will McDonough, how his father’s relationship with Bill Parcells has yielded him sage front-office advice and how a young generation of NBA general managers keeps a particularly close relationship.

    1:00: When did McDonough decide to try to get both Bender and Chriss in the draft?

    4:45: How McDonough filters information before and during the draft.

    11:17: The youth and talent on the roster in Phoenix.

    15:22: Being a young general manager and learning on the job.

    19:46: Nearly signing LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency last year.

    25:39: Trying to hire Brad Stevens before he left Butler for the Celtics.

    42:25: What McDonough learned from Danny Ainge in Boston.

  • Sources: Warriors offer Mike Brown top assistant job

    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has offered his top assistant coaching job to Mike Brown, league sources told The Vertical.

    Terms of the deal still need to be worked out, sources said.

    Brown has been an NBA head coach three times – twice with the Cleveland Cavaliers and once with the Los Angeles Lakers – and will replace new Lakers coach Luke Walton on the Warriors’ bench.

    Brown was the NBA Coach of the Year with the Cavs in 2009, winning 66 games and reaching the Eastern Conference finals with LeBron James. Brown’s career coaching record stands at 347-216, and he reached the NBA Finals with James in 2007.

    Brown has remained close to his NBA mentor, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, and spent a considerable amount of time around the Spurs’ organization during the 2015-16 season.

    Brown was an assistant with the Spurs and Indiana Pacers before his first hiring in Cleveland in 2005.

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  • Sources: Harrison Barnes on Team USA

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    Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes has been selected as a member of the final 12-man Team USA roster for the Rio Olympic Games this summer, league sources told The Vertical.

    Barnes, 24, a restricted free agent,will join Warriors teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the Team USA roster.

    Barnes had a poor NBA Finals, shooting 25 of 71 (35.2 percent) in the seven-game series loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Nevertheless, the withdrawal of several forwards created the opportunity for him to join Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Green at that position.

    Barnes averaged 11.7 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Warriors last season, but shot only 38 percent in the NBA playoffs.

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  • Sources: KD to host free-agent meetings starting July 1

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    Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant is planning to host free-agency meetings at a singular location starting July 1, league sources told The Vertical.

    Durant’s representatives at Roc Nation are working to solidify invitations with the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Thunder, league sources said.

    The meetings are expected to take place in New York, but teams are still awaiting word on a location.

    The Thunder remain the frontrunners to re-sign Durant, likely on a one-plus-one-year deal that will allow Durant to return to free agency in the summer of 2017, league sources said. But more than any other rival suitor, the Warriors have Durant's attention, league sources said.

    Durant’s public and private criteria for the free-agent selection process have pertained to a singular focus: the chance to win titles immediately.

    Several teams that have interest in Durant – the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards – could still find audiences with him, but appear to be outsiders in the process now.

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  • Sources: Thunder trade Serge Ibaka to Magic

    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have reached agreement on a trade to send forward Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the draft rights to Domantas Sabonis, league sources told The Vertical.

    With his range and shot-blocking, Ibaka became a key member of the Thunder's core alongside Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. He helped Oklahoma City reach the NBA Finals in 2012 and make the Western Conference finals three other years.

    Ibaka will be a free agent at the end of next season, and Thunder officials decided within the past week to assess his value on the trade market, league sources said. Oklahoma City also had talks with the Toronto Raptors on a potential Ibaka trade before accepting Orlando's offer, league sources told The Vertical said. Ibaka did not ask the Thunder for a trade, league sources said.

    Ibaka, 26, was the 24th pick of the 2008 NBA draft. He averaged 12.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks this season.

    Sabonis, the son of famed former Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis, was taken with the No. 11 pick.

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  • Sources: Suns acquire rights to Marquese Chriss

    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago

    The Suns sent the No. 13 overall selection, the No. 28 overall pick and the rights to guard Bogdan Bogdanovic to the Kings in the deal.

    The Suns selected power forward Dragan Bender with the fourth pick in Thursday's draft and now have some intriguing young talent to blend with guards Devin Booker and Brandon Knight and center Alex Len.

    Phoenix went 23-59 this past season and is committed to rebuilding with coach Earl Watson, who agreed to a three-year contract in April after taking over as the interim coach in February.

     

  • Sources: Kings acquire pick No. 22

    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago

    The Sacramento Kings acquired the No. 22 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft from the Charlotte Hornets for guard Marco Belinelli, league sources told The Vertical.

    The Hornets selected Syracuse shooting guard Malachi Richardson at No. 22 for the Kings because the deal can't go through until after July 1, sources said.

    Belinelli, 30, averaged 10.2 points in 68 games for the Kings this past season. He has two years and $12.6 million left on his deal.

    Belinelli has played nine seasons, including stints with Golden State, Toronto, New Orleans, Chicago and San Antonio.

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  • Agent: Spanish center plans to join Knicks

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    Spanish center Willy Hernangomez plans to join the New York Knicks on a multiyear contract this summer, his agent, Andy Miller, told The Vertical.

    “It is my intent to reach an agreement with the Knicks and have Willy come to New York for next season and beyond,” Miller told The Vertical.

    The Knicks hold the rights to Hernangomez, who was the 35th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.

    Hernangomez, 22, has developed into one of Europe’s best young big men, a prospect whose rights the Knicks pushed to acquire in a draft-night deal a year ago.

    Hernangomez was a teammate of Knicks star Kristaps Porzinigis – who shares the same agent – in Sevilla, Spain, in the 2014-15 season

    Hernangomez played for Spanish ACB League power Real Madrid in 2015-16. He averaged 6.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in Europe’s top league and shot 65 percent from the field.

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