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Danny Granger (hamstring) will practice on Thursday and is expected to play on Saturday.

He's been out since Mar. 27 with his hamstring strain and he's likely to be limited in his return. Granger's numbers are a little better with the Clippers compared to what he was putting up with the Pacers earlier this season, but he's not going be asked to do much as the Clippers make a playoff run.
Apr 17 - 5:16 PM

Andrew Bynum (knee) will not play against the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs.

This isn't a surprise and he hasn't seen game action since Mar. 15. Bynum played in just two games since the Pacers brought him on board and they've obviously swung and missed here. The team hasn't been getting much out of their center spot, so Ian Mahinmi could be an X-factor for their success in the postseason.
Apr 17 - 4:48 PM

Kemba Walker led the NBA this season in touches per game at 100.3.

He ranked fourth in total time of possession and has quickly become a facilitator with a career-high 6.1 assists per game. Walker also brought his turnovers down to 2.3 per game this season, but his shooting percentage did drop down to 39.3 percent due to struggling a bit around the rim. He and the Bobcats will have their hands full with the Heat in the first round.
Apr 17 - 4:36 PM

Andre Drummond led the NBA this season with his 5.4 offensive rebounds per game, 19.6 rebounds per 48 minutes and 6.1 contested rebounds per game.

Only DeAndre Jordan had more total rebounds per game than Drummond and it's obvious the 20-year-old big man has some ridiculous potential as a rebounder. He was also 10th in the NBA in blocks per game and was second among centers in steals per game. On the other hand, he did finish dead last among qualifiers for free throw shooting, but that's really the only knock on his game as a stat-stuffing player.
Apr 17 - 4:14 PM

Steve Nash (leg, back) said he's 3-4 weeks from being healthy.

In his exit interview, he said this season was a "nightmare" and added the Lakers shouldn't be relying on him for next season because he doesn't know what he can bring. Nash did say he'll be back for next season, so the team will have to pay him whether he's healthy or not. He'll be one of the more talked about players in the offseason.
Apr 17 - 3:21 PM

Carmelo Anthony said on Thursday that he wants to return to the Knicks, but added that he also wants to win next year.

"I want to come back. I also want to win," he said. Whether Melo stays with the Knicks will be a hot topic from now until a decision is made, and while the addition of Phil Jackson gives them some hope, he's also excited to become a free agent. He will likely opt out in July and then start testing the market. Yes, the 'Summer of Melo' is approaching quickly. Melo said on Thursday he doesn't care about the money and just wants to win, while the Knicks can offer him more than any other team - five years, $129 million.
Apr 17 - 1:34 PM

Chris Kaman's future with the Lakers is unclear, as the team is still developing a game plan on how to attack next season.

Kaman didn't fit into Mike D'Antoni's scheme and he eventually told Mike D to play him, or develop Robert Sacre instead. Kaman didn't play down the stretch and it's probably safe to say that if D'Antoni is coach next season, Kaman probably won't return to the Lakers.
Apr 17 - 1:30 PM

Ersan Ilyasova says he'll make a decision about playing for Turkey in the World Cup some time in the next month.

He was shut down early this year with an ankle injury and simply never got healthy over the course of the season. He says he's leaning toward skipping the event and if he wants to revive his NBA career, it's probably a good choice, as he simply has to find a way to get healthy and stay on the court.
Apr 17 - 1:10 PM

Duke F Jabari Parker has declared for the NBA Draft.

He did it in impressive fashion, too, posting a column and video through Sports Illustrated with the news. He's got the potential to be the No. 1 pick in the draft and is one of just a few college players these days who is already a household name. And all that talk about him returning to school next year? Much ado about nothing.
Source: SI.com
Apr 17 - 12:58 PM

Rick Adelman will not be coaching the Timberwolves next season, as he and the team are said to be preparing a mutual agreement to depart ways.

Adelman's wife has had some health issues and he has other priorities right now. It sounds like Flip Saunders could possibly return to the bench, but more than likely, he'll hire someone else to coach the team. We here that former Wolves legend Sam Mitchell is still available.
Apr 17 - 12:35 PM

While rumors about Grant Hill possibly becoming the next GM of the Pistons swirl, he has told people close to him that he has no interest in a front office job this close to his retirement.

It makes sense, as Hill has young children and hasn't been out of the league that long. He seems like he has serious GM potential, but it sounds like he'll wait until after his kids are grown before heading in that direction.
Apr 17 - 12:13 PM

The strong play of Tyreke Evans and another round of knee surgery for Eric Gordon could mean that Gordon comes off the bench next season, if he's not traded by the Pelicans.

Tyreke Evans spent much of this season at small forward, which is not ideal for him due to the fact he has to worry about guarding the other team's best player on most nights. Once Evans got comfortable at shooting guard late in the season he basically took over. And given Gordon's struggles with injuries and questions about desire over the years, starting Evans and bringing Gordon off the bench actually makes a lot of sense.
Apr 17 - 12:09 PM

The Magic will be able to extend Nikola Vucevic's contract between July and November first, and he has said he'd like to stay in Orlando.

If an extension isn't reached, Vucevic would be a restricted free agent next summer, giving the Magic the right to match any offer he may receive. Vucevic had a nice season that ended early due to an Achilles injury.
Apr 17 - 12:06 PM

Victor Oladipo is expected to play for the Magic in Summer League this year, but may not play in in all the games.

The Magic are also trying to figure out if he's going to be a combo guard, a point guard or a shooting guard, which they could sort out at that time. He had a nice rookie season, but got inconsistent playing time and an odd role from the Magic, as they couldn't seem to decide what position he is meant to play. With Jameer Nelson's future cloudy in Orlando, we're guessing Oladipo will be their full-time starting point guard next season.
Apr 17 - 11:17 AM

Kyrie Irving said Wednesday that he's "excited" about the possibility of getting a max-exception from the Cavaliers, and that he'll make the best decision for him and his family if and when it happens.

"Obviously, I’m aware I can be extended this summer," he said. "It’s a big deal for me if they do offer me that. It will be exciting. I’ll make the best decision for me and my family. That’s what it will boil down to." While it's good that he's "excited," he clearly is leaving his options open. And after having his maturity constantly questioned in Cleveland this season, as well as media reports that he has wanted out for years, and of infighting behind close doors, it still seems a bit of a longshot to think Irving will sign a long-term deal with the Cavs, although anything is possible.
Apr 17 - 11:02 AM



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