The Chicago Bulls were already feeling increasingly optimistic of their chances of acquiring Carmelo Anthony this offseason, according to sources, and the projected increase in salary cap for 14-15 improves their odds.
The Bulls would have to use their amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer, as well as moving other veteran salary to make Anthony a competitive offer.
The Houston Rockets...
Houston Rockets rookie Robert Covington has been the named the 2014 NBA Development League Rookie of the Year, as voted on by the league’s 17 head coaches. The award recognizes the first-year professional who most significantly contributed to his team’s success during the course of the season.
Covington (6-9, 215, Tennessee State) played in 42 of the Vipers 50 regular season...
Joakim Noah returned to Chicago Bulls practice on Saturday and will play in Sunday's Game 1 against the Washington Wizards.
Noah missed practice on Friday due to a bereavement leave to tend to the passing of childhood mentor Tyrone Green.
"I will do my best to respect his life and his family in this time of grief and ask that everyone please do the same. I will miss him...
Erik Spoelstra said Saturday that Dwyane Wade will not have a minutes restriction entering the NBA playoffs.
The Heat open their first round series against the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday.
"I'm going to read his body language," Spoelstra said of Wade.
Phil Jackson and Jim Dolan addressed the New York Knicks' locker room after the team's season finale, and Jackson made it clear that there will be changes in the offseason.
“Phil was honest; he said it was a disappointing season,” one Knicks player said. “He told us that there will be changes in the locker room and that not all of us will be back."
The NBA 2014-15 salary cap is now projected to be $63.2 million and the tax level is projected to be $77.0 million. The numbers for 2015-16 are now projected to be $66.5 million and $81.0 million, respectively.
The official numbers won't come out until July when the NBA conducts its audit.
The salary cap and luxury tax values for the current season are $58.679 million and $71...
The Utah Jazz denied a New York Daily News report Friday that Ty Corbin has been fired as head coach.
"Not accurate," Jazz president Randy Rigby said.
Corbin's agent, Steve Kauffman, also said he has not heard of any decision as of yet.
The Jazz went 25-57 this season.
Marcus Lee announced Friday that he will return to the University of Kentucky for his sophomore season.
"I've really enjoyed my college experience and I'm looking forward to continuing to develop as an all-around player," Lee said. "Playing in the Final Four was such an amazing feeling, but I want to come back and help win that final game this year."...
Nick Calathes will be suspended 20 games for a violation of the NBA's Anti-Drug policy.
The suspension will begin immediately.
A source says Calathes tested positive for Tamoxifen, which was part of an over-the-counter athletic supplement he had used.
The NBA's lab results showed no traces of testosterone or PED in the supplement.
"There was no intent here," said...
The NBA broke five ties for teams with identical records to help determine the selection order for the 2014 NBA Draft.
The Utah Jazz won a tiebreaker over the Boston Celtics.
The Brooklyn Nets won a tiebreaker the Washington Wizards. The Celtics will receive the pick from the Nets, while the Phoenix Suns receive the Wizards' pick.
The Chicago Bulls on a tiebreaker over the Toronto...
The Los Angeles Lakers may have their highest pick in over 30 years this year, but they appear interested in trading it away.
"I think there’s a possibility," said Kupchak when asked about a trade of the pick.
The Lakers may look to accelerate their rebuilding efforts around Kobe Bryant and their cap space.
In this episode of RealGM Radio, host Daniel Leroux previews the NBA Playoffs with four different guests.
Beckley Mason (@BeckleyMason) of the New York Times and ESPN joins the show to work through the bracket and provide his take from the first round to the finals.
After that, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) of Basketball Insiders comes on to provide his insight on the various matchups...
Kendall Marshall plans to play for the Los Angeles Lakers' team in Summer League in July.
The Lakers have planned to pick up the non-guaranteed season on Marshall's contract for 2014-15.
Marshall averaged 8 points and 8.8 assists for the Lakers this season.
Brian Shaw praised Kenneth Faried's play in the second half the regular season and said he expects the forward to remain with the Denver Nuggets next season.
“I definitely want to have him back,” Shaw said. “And expect to have him back.”
Faried was the Nuggets’ best player after the All-Star break, leading the team in scoring (18.8 points per game), rebounding (10...
Dell Demps discussed the New Orleans Pelicans' future with Pierre Jackson, a leading scorer in the NBA D-League whom New Orleans never signed to a rookie scare contract.
''He’s an interesting one," Demps said. "He played really good in the D-League. I think he was the leading scorer. We’ve followed him and been in contact with him. When we made the trade...
George Kaiser bought an ownership stake of the Oklahoma City Thunder and has become the newest co-owner.
“We are honored to welcome George Kaiser as a member of the ownership group of the Oklahoma City Thunder,” Clay Bennett said in a statement Friday. “George is a well-respected and important Oklahoma business leader, as well as one of the state and nation’s top philanthropists...
TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager has been diagnosed with leukemia.
His son made the announcement Thursday on Twitter and he could miss most if not all of the NBA Playoffs.
Sager is best known for his colorful suits.
Jordan Adams decided not to declare for the NBA Draft and will return for his junior season at UCLA.
Adams earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2013-14, leading the Bruins in scoring with 17.4 points per game. He finished his sophomore campaign as the team’s second-leading rebounder (5.3 rebounds) and set the school’s single-season steals record, compiling 95 steals in 36...
Andrew Bynum will sit out the Indiana Pacers' first round series against the Atlanta Hawks, which begins on Saturday.
Frank Vogel said the longer the Pacers last in the playoffs, the more odds increase for Bynum to rejoin the team on the court. Bynum has dealt with continued knee issues.
Bynum has played two games since signing with the Pacers, averaging 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds...
The Orlando Magic's officials likely won't make a decision on whether to pursue contract extensions for Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris until after they see how free agency impacts the salary cap.
Vucevic and Harris will be eligible for extensions this summer.
"I'd love to stay in Orlando," Vucevic said. "I like it here a lot. I like the team. I like...
The New York Knicks will be interested in Pau Gasol in free agency, according to a source.
Gasol won two championships under Knicks president Phil Jackson and would not receive anything close to the $19.3 million per year that he made with the Los Angeles Lakers this season.
Gasol would have to accept the Knicks' taxpayer's midlevel exception of approximately $3.2 million.
Thaddeus Young admitted Thursday that he will look at all his options -- including being open to parting with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Young also figures he holds some leverage due to the fact that he could opt out of his contract and become a free agent after next season.
"I do have the opt-out and that's one of the cards that can be played if the situation is not right...
Joel Anthony will exercise his player option with the Boston Celtics for the 14-15 NBA season.
Anthony will earn $3.8 million and become an unrestricted free agent in 2015.
Anthony was traded to the Celtics by the Miami Heat in January.
Derrick Rose tore his meniscus early in the season and was subsequently ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Gar Forman, general manager of the Chicago Bulls, reiterated on Thursday that Rose is out for the season and has been ruled out of the postseason.
There had been reports, albeit from less than reputable sources, that Rose could return to the postseason.
Danté Exum has signed an endorsement deal with Adidas.
“I’m really excited to join the Adidas family,” Exum said in a news release. “I’ve had the opportunity to play in Adidas Nations in the past and I’ve always liked their shoes and gear. I look forward to what’s to come for me and Adidas.”
Exum is a graduate of the prestigious Australian Institute of Sport.