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NBA Rumors for Thursday, May 5

InsideHoops NBA rumors updated 11:30 a.m. ET. We update this page several times a day. Most of our updates throughout the day appear on our basketball blog. Click a bball story to read more, then click "BACK" to return here.

nba rumors Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird announced Thursday that Frank Vogel will not return as head coach of the Pacers. “I want to thank Frank for his time in Indiana,” said Bird. “We know he’ll be successful down the road and end up getting a job, but for us, I just feel it’s time to move in a different direction.” InsideHoops

On Jan. 30, 2011, Vogel got his biggest break when his mentor, O’Brien, was fired. Vogel had coached under O’Brien for 14 years, meeting him at Kentucky and following the coach through stops in Boston, Philadelphia and finally in 2007 to Indiana. However, as the Pacers were underperforming in O’Brien’s fourth season, Bird wanted a change. Vogel, the top assistant, initially hesitated when Bird contacted him on an off day but then heard O’Brien’s voice – he was in Bird’s office, too – and accepted the interim position with his mentor’s blessing. At 37, Vogel became the youngest coach in the NBA. Indianapolis Star

The next season, Vogel guided the Pacers to 56 wins and the top seed in the conference. However as the team stumbled to the regular-season finish line, Bird expressed to the IndyStar his disappointment with some of Vogel’s coaching traits. Indianapolis Star

nba rumors The Washington Wizards announced that guard John Wall underwent a successful procedure today to excise calcific deposits in his left patella tendon in order to eliminate pain and assist healing. He will begin the rehabilitation process immediately and is expected to be available for the start of the 2016-17 season. InsideHoops

Wall also underwent an arthroscopic lavage on his right knee in order to remove loose bodies. InsideHoops

“I am determined to lead this team back to the playoffs and getting healthy is the best way for me to accomplish that,” said Wall. “I can promise the fans, my teammates and the organization that I will be focused on that goal throughout the summer and it will drive me to do everything I can to be ready for next season.” InsideHoops


nba rumors Cleveland's barrage was good enough for the most 3s in a game, any game, in NBA history. As were the Cavs' 18 3s in the first half. Smith, who had seven of those bombs, broke the team's record for 3s in a half with six in the game's first 24 minutes. His personal high for a playoff game is eight, against the Hawks in the East finals last year, so really this was just another night in the association for him.

"J.R., he's the only one on the team that has the ultra-green light. It's like fluorescent," said [LeBron] James, who was asked if he ever wanted to play a game the way Smith plays it. "Coach says, 'Hey, J.R., shoot! Shoot, shoot it, shoot it, shoot it.' ... "It would be cool to take 14, 15, 17, 20. You've taken 20 before in a game haven't you?" James asked, turning toward Smith, who was seated next to him at the podium.

nba rumors A few of the Atlanta Hawks players spoke to after Wednesday's 123-98 rout by the Cleveland Cavaliers and voiced their objection with the way the Cavaliers went about breaking the three-point record. "It's a certain way of being a professional," Paul Millsap said to "I'm not mad about it, but just being professionals man. If that's how you want to approach it, that's how you approach it. I think our team and our organization has class and I don't think we would have continued to do that, but other organizations do other things so what can you do about it?"

Al Horford echoed his frontcourt mate's sentiments. "We probably wouldn't do anything like that [if we were in that position]," he told "...It's hard to say, but I would say no."

Although surpassing 23 was forthcoming with a full quarter left to play, players in Atlanta's locker room felt like Cleveland went out of its way to accomplish the feat. The opposition's belief is that the reigning Eastern Conference champions passed up making routine basketball plays and avoided the driving lanes to jack up threes.

nba rumors Celtics: Armed with eight picks in June's draft, including the Brooklyn Nets' lottery selection headlining three first-round picks, some intriguing young low-cost talent and salary-cap flexibility, Ainge knows there's potential for the Celtics to bring in the impact talent necessary to leap to true title contender. ESPN Boston

The Celtics enter the offseason armed with tradable assets -- including $18 million in nonguaranteed salary -- that could help it start adding pieces on draft night, regardless of how the pingpong balls bounce on May 17. Adding talent in late June could help further persuade those who are intrigued by Boston's situation when free agency opens on July 1. ESPN Boston

nba rumors Chris Bosh officially will be out for the remainder of the playoffs, Bosh and the Miami Heat announced in a joint statement Wednesday. "The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh announce that Chris will not be playing in the remainder of the 2016 NBA Playoffs," the statement read. "The Heat, Chris, the doctors and medical team have been working together throughout this process and will continue to do so to return Chris to playing basketball as soon as possible."

The announcement eases a degree of tension that was building between Bosh and the team over his status. Bosh and the Heat avoided acrimony and he remained active with the team and traveled to road games on owner Micky Arison's plane, but he appeared to be pushing for a resolution in recent days.

It is also relevant the statement indicated the intention for Bosh to return to the playing floor eventually. Players with blood clots have been forced to retire from professional sports in the past. Bosh made it clear with his statement two months ago he did not believe that would be the case. Until now, the Heat had not clearly stated their position on his future.

nba rumors For the last couple years, the biggest weakness for the Utah Jazz has been at the point guard position. It’s not surprising, considering that in the majority of the games, the starting point guard was a rookie — Dante Exum for 41 games in 2014-15 and Raul Neto for 53 games last season. Trey Burke and Shelvin Mack have gotten the rest of the starts and succeeded at varying levels. Deseret News

All four point guards are under contract for next season, but there’s little chance all four will return. The odd man out would seem to be Burke, the former lottery pick, who was relegated to the end of the bench over the final quarter of the season after Mack was acquired in a trade from Atlanta. Burke, a starter for a season-and-a-half, didn’t even get into 15 of the last 24 games. Deseret News

Exum said he won’t participate in the Jazz Summer League in July and isn’t sure if he’ll compete for Australia in the Olympic Games in August. Deseret News

nba rumors Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird will hold a news conference Thursday morning. Though it is Bird’s annual custom to meet with reporters at the end of the season, this setting comes in the midst of speculation about coach Frank Vogel's future. Indianapolis Star

Following the team’s Game 7 loss to the Toronto Raptors, Bird created national headlines in expressing indecision over retaining Vogel. “I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Bird told IndyStar, and could not offer a timeline on when a decision will be made. “What I don’t want to do is leave Frank hanging – there’s other jobs out there he could get.” Indianapolis Star

nba rumors “I don’t ever have to say anything to Andre,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said of Iguodala’s trip into the phone booth. “He’s one of the smartest basketball players I’ve ever been around. Whatever needs to be done, he figures it out. … “He does everything for us.” On Tuesday, “everything” started with scoring. San Francisco Chronicle

The Warriors outscored Portland 34-12 in the fourth quarter, allowing a franchise playoff-low-tying point total for any quarter in the Shot Clock Era (since 1954-55). Their 22-point advantage in the fourth was the team’s biggest margin in a playoff quarter since May 10, 1987, when Sleepy Floyd scored an NBA-record 29 fourth-quarter points against the Lakers. San Francisco Chronicle

Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Wednesday he doesn’t have any regrets about Cameron Payne’s minutes in the regular season. Payne averaged a season-high 17.3 minutes in 15 games January, taking over for D.J. Augustin as the No. 2 point guard, but saw his minutes drop to below 12 per game over 20 combined games in February and March. Oklahoman

nba rumors Nowitzki opted out of the final year of his contract with the Mavericks this week, but plans to return. He will turn 38 years old on June 19. Fort Worth Star Telegram

Dirk Nowitzki is at it again. The Dallas Mavericks superstar will host his Dirk Nowitzki’s 2016 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game on Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m. at the Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco. Nowitzki led the Mavericks in scoring last season as the team reached the playoffs for the 15th time in the past 16 seasons. They were eliminated 4-1 in a gritty battle with Oklahoma City in the first round of the playoffs. Fort Worth Star Telegram


nba rumors For 42 minutes on Tuesday, the Trail Blazers were doing the unthinkable: Beating the Golden State Warriors in Oracle, in a playoff game. But then the final six minutes arrived. After trailing by as many as 17 points in the first half and by 11 entering the fourth quarter, Golden State closed the final 5:21 of the game on a 16-4 run to stun the Blazers with a 110-99 victory that gave them a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal best-of-seven series. CSNNW

Klay Thompson scored 10 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and the Warriors defense stymied Portland to 5-of-19 shooting in the fourth quarter, which included a stretch when Portland went scoreless from 5:21 to 1:38. CSNNW

LeBron James attempted just one foul shot — completing a 3-point play with 2:09 left — in Cleveland's Game 1 win over the Atlanta Hawks, who overcame an 18-point deficit before fading in the final four minutes and losing by 11. Over the course of his 13-year career, James has played in 183 playoff games, and this was just the first time he attempted only one free throw. Twice he took zero. Lue wasn't about to risk a fine from the NBA for complaining about the officials heading into Game 2 on Wednesday, but he thought James deserved more whistles than were heard. Star Tribune/AP

nba rumors There may be a new free-agent coach on the market with eyes on the Knicks job. Pacers coach Frank Vogel, who grew up in South Jersey an admirer of Phil Jackson, is on shaky ground after losing Game 7 on Sunday night in Toronto to seal a first-round playoff exit. NY Post

Pacers president Larry Bird told the Indianapolis Star on Monday he’s unsure of his coach’s future. Vogel’s contract, according to a report by The Vertical, expires after this season, which never had been confirmed. While Phil Jackson’s search has been extremely narrow, with Kurt Rambis still regarded the front-runner, Vogel has Zen Master ties and could be a terrific fit if available, especially if Rambis agrees to slide over as the offensive coordinator of the triangle. NY Post

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