Adrian Wojnarowski

  • Sources: Hornets, Nets resume trade talks, this time focusing on Joe Johnson, Lance Stephenson

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 4 hrs ago

    The Charlotte Hornets and Brooklyn Nets have restarted trade discussions, this time focused on guard Joe Johnson, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The Hornets and Nets are discussing a larger package that would likely include guards Lance Stephenson and Gerald Henderson and forward Marvin Williams, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The Nets have dropped eight of 10 games, and fallen a half-game behind the Hornets for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

    Charlotte owner Michael Jordan has been intrigued with the possibility of Johnson, who has struggled recently with tendinitis. Johnson, 33, has one of the three major contracts that the Nets would ideally like to unload, what with the $23.1 million on his 2014-15 deal, and $24.9 million in the final season of his 2015-16 contract.

    Brooklyn has been unable to muster a market for guard Deron Williams, who has missed nine straight games with a rib injury. The Nets are still intent on moving Brook Lopez, with the Denver Nuggets remaining an interested trade partner, league sources said.

    Johnson is averaging 15 points on the season, below his career 17 points per game average.

  • Sources: Kobe, Lakers to make final decision on injury Monday, but outlook is grim

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    The Los Angeles Lakers and All-Star guard Kobe Bryant will wait until Monday to make a final determination on a response to his torn rotator cuff, but there’s little hope within the franchise that Bryant can avoid season-ending surgery, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Bryant, 36, met with Lakers physicians Friday to further examine the extent of the tear, and Bryant told associates that it was “premature” to say that a decision had been made to end his season.

    Bryant will meet with Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Monday.

    Bryant wants to exhaust every possibility before ending his third straight season early because of a significant injury, sources said. Still, there isn’t believed to be a sensible plan that exists for Bryant to continue playing with such a serious injury in his shooting shoulder, sources said.

    So far, sources say, the doctors' opinions offered to Bryant have been consistent: He needs season-ending surgery.

    The Lakers and Bryant will make the final decision on surgery after consulting with Dr. ElAttrache on Monday.

  • Sources: Antetokounmpo, Oladipo, Plumlee in NBA dunk contest

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    The Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo and Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo have committed to participating in the All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk contest, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee also will be a part of the competition, sources told Yahoo Sports. Another strong possibility for the competition is Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine, sources said.

    The dunk contest is set as the final event of All-Star Saturday night on Feb. 14 at the Barclays Center in New York.

    The All-Star game is Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden.

    Antetokounmpo and Oladipo have emerged as the two most dynamic players from the 2013 draft class and separated themselves with their ability to play above the rim.

    Antetokounmpo, known as the "Greek Freak," is 6-foot-11 with long arms and massive hands, and has built a cult following for the Elastic Man quality to his dunks. Oladipo has been fast developing as a star for the Magic, and LaVine, 19, has a 44-inch vertical leap.

    Plumlee high-jumped 6-8 in high school and was the runner-up in the McDonald's High School All-American game dunk contest.

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  • Sources: Larry Sanders determined to end marijuana use, resume NBA career

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 7 days ago

    Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders plans to use his 10-game suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug program to deal with his core personal issues and learn to live without marijuana use, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Sanders wants to continue his basketball career and has been coming to the realization league rules won't permit that unless he stops testing positive as part of the league's drug program, sources said.

    Whether Sanders will play again in Milwaukee remains unclear. A new ownership group and new coach have found a measure of success without needing to depend on Sanders. The revitalized Bucks could seek to pursue a contract buyout with Sanders, but that's a discussion that's yet to take place with Sanders' representatives.

    At his best, Sanders has proven to be a dominant defensive player and an emerging offensive threat. Sanders has been marginally productive since signing a four-year, $44 million contract extension in 2013. Nevertheless, suspensions and injuries have derailed his career over the past two seasons with the Bucks.

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  • How David Blatt plans to survive – and ultimately thrive – in NBA's toughest job

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 9 days ago

    LOS ANGELES – Basketball's most besieged coach retreated to a quiet corridor of the Staples Center and moved to reject the caricature of himself as the victim of some sort of coup, a floundering spirit in a murky cesspool. David Blatt is a believer, forever betting on himself and there's something about this struggle that's emboldening the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Everyone's coming for him now, including the most powerful player on the planet. So it goes for the European coach thrust into the biggest coaching burden the NBA's witnessed in a long, long time. Everyone else awaits the validation of a Blatt basketball vision so far unseen, so far unrealized on a .500 team.

    "They haven't witnessed it yet, and I readily recognize it," Blatt told Yahoo Sports. "But they will. The ways of the NBA are very ingrained in guys here. Before we take them out of their comfort zone, we better find a team comfort zone winning basketball games.

    "It's tough to make the kind of changes that I think we can and will in the future before we gain credibility as a team, and the belief of everybody of what we're doing."

  • Sources: Nets back away from Brook Lopez trade talk with Thunder

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 9 days ago

    After progressing in serious talks on a deal to send center Brook Lopez to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Brooklyn Nets backed away from discussions Friday afternoon, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    "Standing pat at this time," one Nets source told Yahoo Sports. "There was nothing we liked."

    The Nets backed away from the idea of simply moving Lopez on a salary dump, without the ability to bring back value on his talent, league sources said.

    Nevertheless, discussions could begin again with a simple alteration of an offer, and the Nets' desire to move Lopez soon remains unchanged.

    The Houston Rockets were also probing the Nets on Lopez too, league sources said. The Miami Heat have also remained connected to discussions on Lopez, sources said.

    The Thunder and Nets were discussing a larger package for the one-time All-Star center that included guard Jeremy Lamb and center Kendrick Perkins from the Thunder, league sources said.

    The Nets had been working to find a third team to take Perkins and his expiring contract, sources said, until discussions with the Thunder cooled.

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  • Sources: Nets turn focus to working on Lopez deal with Thunder

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 9 days ago

    The Brooklyn Nets have intensified trade discussions for center Brook Lopez and want to move him soon, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The Nets, Oklahoma City Thunder and Charlotte Hornets began to gather traction on a three-way trade late Thursday afternoon, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    But because of reservations about bringing back combustible Charlotte guard Lance Stephenson to his hometown, Brooklyn cooled on the idea of a three-way deal Friday morning, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Nets turned their focus toward trying to make a deal with Oklahoma City without a third team faciliator.

    Oklahoma City has been the most aggressive in its pursuit of Lopez, league sources told Yahoo Sports, and the Nets have delivered indications they would like to settle on a trade by the weekend, league sources said.

    There have been discussions on Lopez with Charlotte, Denver and the Los Angeles Lakers, but those haven't gained traction, league sources said.

    Brooklyn officials had re-canvassed the league for intel on Stephenson, only to come away with the same conclusions as earlier trade talks this season: For them, he was too big of a risk.

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  • Cavs need LeBron James to show leadership he promised

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 11 days ago

    PHOENIX – Before LeBron James disappeared on his two-week vacation to South Beach and JerryWorld, his message to these Cleveland Cavaliers had been unmistakable: Never mind what you see, just listen to what I tell you.

    For all the leveraging of the Ohio homecoming into marketing and commercials, few surrounding these Cavaliers sensed James had intimately invested himself into the process of constructing a championship culture. When the Cavaliers needed his old MVP self – hard-playing, smart and relentless – they found him taking off plays and jogging back on defense and undermining his coach in ways big and small. James hadn't offered the leadership he promised to reconstruct the franchise, only his presence.

    In this warped Cavaliers culture, it almost felt like progress in the limited star-coach partnership. At least, James acknowledged that Blatt was there, that he was Cavaliers coach. That's been rare.

  • Sources: Clippers to sign Dahntay Jones

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports 11 days ago

    The Los Angeles Clippers plan to sign free-agent guard Dahntay Jones to a 10-day contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The Clippers had planned to sign Darius Miller to a 10-day deal earlier on Tuesday, but changed course several hours later to bring Jones back to the NBA out of the NBA Development League.

    Jones, 34, had been playing for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, averaging 13.8 points on 50 percent shooting. Jones has played 10 years in the NBA, including six different stops. The Utah Jazz released him in training camp.

    After scoring 30 points in a victory over Reno on Tuesday night, Jones will travel to Portland to join the Clippers against the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

    The Clippers are determined to improve their bench and Jones will get an opportunity to make an impact. The Clippers are still working on completing a trade with the Boston Celtics to bring guard Austin Rivers, the son of Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers, to Los Angeles.