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NBA Rumors for Thursday, April 30

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nba rumors A coaching search that started with Thunder general manager Sam Presti saying he wouldn’t limit the scope of candidates he would consider ended Thursday with Oklahoma City getting the one man it seemed to be after from the start. Billy Donovan will become the third coach in Thunder history after agreeing to a multi-year deal with the team just one week after Oklahoma City fired Scott Brooks. Oklahoman

Complete terms of the deal are unknown at this time. Yahoo Sports reports the deal is for five years. Donovan, 49, is a two-time national championship coach at Florida, the program he’s leaving after 19 seasons. Oklahoman

nba rumors Kevin Love has repeatedly said he is committed to the Cavaliers “long-term” but many around the league have greeted his comments with shrugs because he never quite seemed happy — or genuine. Washington Post

Plus, Love told the Northeast Ohio Media Group last January that he had no plans of opting out of the final year of his contract, which seemed foolish considering he could give himself a nearly $2.3 million raise by opting out and signing a one-year contract – or perhaps a two-year deal with an option after the first. Love would then be able to take advantage of the insane rise in the salary cap in 2016. Washington Post

The Cavaliers wouldn’t have sacrificed Andrew Wiggins, the reported 2015 rookie of the year, without having some assurance from Love that he wasn’t going to be some one-year rental. Circumvention rules prohibited the two sides from reaching any under-the-table deals, so the Cavaliers never had any protections from Love deciding to go elsewhere. Washington Post

In an endorsement of the team's current rebuilding plan, the Orlando Magic have finalized a contract extension for general manager Rob Hennigan that will run through the 2017-18 season. The Magic have compiled a 68-178 record during Hennigan’s three seasons as general manager, including a disappointing 25-57 record during the recently concluded 2014-15 season. Orlando Sentinel


nba rumors CJ McCollum, fresh off his stunning 33-point performance in Wednesday's Game 5, looks like a star in the making. But what does that mean for how the Blazers view free agent Wesley Matthews? And how does McCollum's emergence affect the thinking of Arron Afflalo, who can either opt to stay in Portland for roughly $8 million next season, or test the free agent market? Oregonian

Meyers Leonard, fresh off his stirring series against Memphis in which he at times single-handedly kept the Blazers relevant, looks like he is ready for a larger role next season. Does that change the Blazers' urgency to re-sign LaMarcus Aldridge? Oregonian

Robin Lopez, fresh off a frustrating no-show in this playoff series, has long been considered an essential part of the Blazers' fabric. But after he faded at the end of the season, then disappeared in the playoffs, there is reason for pause when considering his free agency this summer. Oregonian

And Nicolas Batum, fresh off a deflating season, looks more overpaid than ever, and more like a trade piece than ever. Oregonian

nba rumors Marc Gasol had 26 points and 14 rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 99-93 on Wednesday night. The Grizzlies reached the West semifinals for the third time in five years. They will play Game 1 on Sunday at Golden State. CSN Bay Area

Memphis closed out Portland in five games despite not having point guard Mike Conley for a second straight game as he recovers from surgery to repair broken bones near his left eye. Coach Dave Joerger said the Grizzlies take a great deal of pride in winning this series. CSN Bay Area

Al Horford and Jeff Teague scored 20 points apiece, helping the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks hold off the Brooklyn Nets, 107-97, Wednesday night for a three-games-to- two series lead. AP

The Hawks will play a game at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Philips Arena. It remains to be seen whether it will be a Game 7 in their quarterfinal series against the Nets or a Game 1 in their semifinal series against the Wizards. Atlanta Journal Constitution

Clippers coach Doc Rivers has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating following his team’s 111-107 loss to the Spurs on Tuesday, the NBA announced Wednesday. Rivers was particularly miffed by an incorrect call to negate a tip-in by Matt Barnes, as well as a questionable travel call on Blake Griffin that erased an additional basket. San Antonio Express-News Blog


nba rumors Chandler Parsons is willing work for getting those good players around him. He plans to spend the summer recruiting free agents to play for the Mavericks. "I'm officially shifting into GM mode," he said. "I have great relationships with a lot of guys that are out there. I have a great relationship with a lot of guys that are currently on our team, so as a guy that will be here for a while and as one of the key guys going forward I will definitely be talking to management. Anything I can do to help I'll obviously do." Dallas Morning News

Parsons said he hasn't talked to management about who to target yet - the season ended yesterday - but that it was a "known thing" that he'd like be in on the recruiting pitches this offseason. He'll be taking over for Dirk Nowitzki as the lead player recruiter. For his part, Nowitzki is fine with it. Dallas Morning News

nba rumors During their exit interview with the media Wednesday, the Dallas Mavericks players made all of the politically correct comments when asked about wayward point guard Rajon Rondo. But when it came time for the 14 players to vote on whether or not to give Rondo a share of the pool of money they earned for qualifying for the playoffs, the Mavs players voted not to give him a share, according to multiple sources. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

For participating in the first round of the playoffs, the Mavs earned a total of $208,940. Shared equally among the other 14 players, that’s an estimated $14,924 per player. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Not voting a player a playoff share is not new territory for the Mavs. Back in 2012, the players on that Mavs’ squad voted not to give forward Lamar Odom a playoff share after he was waived on Apr. 8, 2012. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

nba rumors Coach Rick Carlisle looked surprised when told by reporters that Nowitzki had discussed the possibility of coming off the bench _ surprised by the idea, that is, not the fact that Nowitzki would be selfless enough to contemplate it. "With a guy of Dirk's character and level of loyalty and level of love for this franchise and this city, he's demonstrated pretty thoroughly that he's willing to make any sacrifice possible," Carlisle said. "He's made great financial sacrifices to get the team better around him, so it doesn't surprise me that he said that. Dallas Morning News

Amar'e Stoudemire: At his end-of-season media session Wednesday he said he expected to test free agency, but didn’t rule out a return to Dallas. “I’ll make my rounds and see what teams are saying,” Stoudemire said, “but I think Dallas is a place where I feel comfortable here. I have a chance to have great success here with this franchise. We’ll see.” Dallas Morning News

nba rumors Prospective Hawks owners Tony Ressler, Jesse Itzler and Sara Blakely attended Game 5 of the Hawks-Nets playoff series Wednesday at Philips Arena. Ressler’s wife Jami Gertz was also in attendance. The three politely declined comment per NBA rules as the sales process has not been completed. Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Hawks announced last week that the group led by Ressler had reached a definitive agreement to purchase the franchise and Philips Arena. In addition to Ressler, Itzler and Blakely, the prospective ownership group also includes Grant Hill, and Rick Schnall. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has previously reported that current co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. will retain a small ownership percentage. Atlanta Journal Constitution

The sales process will take approximately 60 days to complete and the prospective ownership requires NBA Board of Governors approval. Atlanta Journal Constitution

Yep, Florida coach Billy Donovan might have lots going for him — he apparently has enough that multiple reports have the Thunder in serious contract negotiations with him — but he definitely isn’t a late-game master. Over the past five years, his Gators were 20-21 (.488) in games decided by five points or less. By comparison, the Thunder was 70-65 (.519) over the same time period. Oklahoman

A day after the Rockets Twitter account posted, removed and then apologized for a tweet to celebrate the end of the first-round series with the Mavericks, the team dismissed Chad Shanks as its digital communications manager. A tweet was posted on Tuesday with an emoticon of a pistol pointed at a horse’s head, a reference to the Mavericks’ mascot, along with the message “Shhhhh. Just close your eyes. It will all be over soon.” On Wednesday, Shanks said on his personal Twitter account that he was no longer with the organization. Houston Chronicle


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