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nba rumors By signing just a two-year deal last year, [Paul] Millsap is destined for free agency according to the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. He can still re-sign with the Hawks but there will definitely be competition. “We want to keep him,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He is someone who is really important to us. He fits us very well. We’ve communicated that with him on a regular basis.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Millsap signed a two-year, $19 million deal with the Hawks after seven seasons with the Jazz. He stepped up following the loss of Al Horford to a season-ending injury in December. He was named an All-Star in February as the Hawks were third in the Eastern Conference. He finished the season with averages of 17.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks in 33.5 minutes over 74 games. His point, assist and block totals were single-season career highs. Millsap scored in double-figures 68 times, including 29 20-point and two 30-point games. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Millsap will likely get a significant pay raise next season. Al Jefferson, Millsap’s former teammate with the Jazz, signed a three-year, $40.5 million contract that paid the center $13.5 million last season. Jefferson signed the deal after average 19.2 points and 9.6 rebounds, comparable numbers to Millsap. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

nba rumors [Chris Andersen] still plans to play with high energy in his 13th season, but will do it at a smarter pace. "I was told a long time ago, even though I'm called Birdman, you can't jump forever," Andersen said Wednesday. "Like [Shaquille O'Neal] says, you have a certain amount of jumps in your career." South Florida Sun Sentinel

Step one in the transformation process is becoming a well-rounded player, especially on offense. Andersen, 36, explained why he's been shooting jumpers after practices during training camp, mostly from the elbow and baseline. Translation: he wants more scoring opportunities with less wear on the body. South Florida Sun Sentinel

"I've been blessed to be able to jump at 36 so I want to be able to use that a couple more times but I want to be able to shoot it, too," Andersen said. "That'll prolong my career three years, maybe." South Florida Sun Sentinel

Forward Josh McRoberts did not play in Wednesday's scrimmage at AmericanAirlines Arena because of a toe injury. McRoberts, who recently underwent offseason surgery, said he's dealt with the issue for several years. He's been limited in practice throughout camp. South Florida Sun Sentinel

nba rumors Willis Reed never thought he'd see his old friend and teammate Phil Jackson back with the Knicks, but he's thrilled that he is and believes he will turn around the franchise. "The one thing I believe is that if anybody can change the fate of the New York Knicks I think Phil will do it," Reed said while the Knicks practiced at the U.S. Military Academy Wednesday. "He's had a remarkable career as a basketball coach and what he's been able to do and what he did in Chicago and L.A." NY Newsday

The legendary Knick, forever known as "The Captain," also had nothing but praise for Carmelo Anthony. Reed said he would have been "upset" and "surprised" if Anthony left the Knicks in free agency over the summer. "I think he has been a great Knick," Reed said. "He's a great offensive player. I love watching him play, score, I know that he can do a lot more and I think he will do more. I think this is going to be his team, it is his team and he wanted to do the thing he set out to do here and that's win a championship." NY Newsday

nba rumors Following Wednesday’s practice, after Ibaka told the gathered media he’d like to take even more threes this season, a local TV reporter asked if he was becoming a stretch four, leading to this exchange. Ibaka: “I’m already a stretch four. I don't just shoot three on the top, I’m already a stretch four.” Oklahoman

Reporter: “So you’re already there, huh?” Ibaka: “Yes, I’m already there. You watch us play, right? What do you think? You tell me.” Reporter: “I consider 3-point range not necessarily just 17-18 foot range.” Ibaka: “Yeah, but that’s stretch. I’m not rolling every time. I’m rolling when the team need me to roll. When I go five and Kevin (Durant) go four. But normally when I play four, I’m always pop. So that’s stretch, or no? You tell me. Maybe I’m wrong.” Oklahoman

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nba rumors The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Stephen Holt, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Holt, a 6-4 guard, played four seasons at Saint Mary's and averaged 10.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 31.2 minutes over 127 games (95 starts). The Portland, Oregon native fell just one steal shy of the school record for a career with 173 to finish second, while also ranking fourth in made free throws (401), tied for fifth in games played (127), tenth in free throw percentage (.808), tenth in assists (305) and tenth in scoring (1,370 points). As a senior in 2013-14, he started all 34 games and was a first team all-WCC selection after averaging 15.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 37.5 minutes per game. Inside Hoops

Houston Rockets Head Coach Kevin McHale announced today that he has hired former Houston assistant T.R. Dunn to his staff. Dunn joins the Rockets after spending three seasons as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Prior to his stint in Minnesota, Dunn was an assistant on former Rockets head coach Rick Adelman’s staff in Houston for four seasons from 2007 to 2011 and helped produce two top five defenses in the league by team defensive rating (2007-08 and 2008-09). Dunn has also been an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings (2004-07), Denver Nuggets (1997-98, 2002-04) and Charlotte Hornets (1991-97). Inside Hoops

nba rumors Jim Morris, president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, will move into the role of vice chairman and Rick Fuson will succeed Morris as president in addition to continuing his role as chief operating officer, PS&E chairman and CEO Herb Simon announced Tuesday. Both moves are effective immediately. “This is not about change but continuity,” Simon said. “Jim Morris will maintain his important leadership role in fostering and sustaining relationships in the community and throughout the state of Indiana. Rick Fuson over many years has shown himself to be a brilliant manager and trusted steward of PS&E and all its assets and will continue to do so.” Inside Hoops

Houston Rockets Head Coach Kevin McHale announced today that he has hired former Houston assistant T.R. Dunn to his staff. Dunn joins the Rockets after spending three seasons as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Prior to his stint in Minnesota, Dunn was an assistant on former Rockets head coach Rick Adelman’s staff in Houston for four seasons from 2007 to 2011 and helped produce two top five defenses in the league by team defensive rating (2007-08 and 2008-09). Dunn has also been an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings (2004-07), Denver Nuggets (1997-98, 2002-04) and Charlotte Hornets (1991-97). Inside Hoops

TBS has given the greenlight to a reality TV show called "The Smiths," a new unscripted series centering on NBA legend Kenny Smith and his wife, Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith, along with their five kids. Set to shoot in Los Angeles and Atlanta, The Smiths is being produced by Good Clean Fun, with Jason Carbone (The Bachelor, Tia and Tamera, Run's House), Nick Lee (The Bachelor, High School Reunion, Run's House), Jeff Altrock (The T.O. Show, Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family) and Kenny Smith serving as executive producers. TBS has ordered six episodes of The Smiths, with plans to launch the series in spring 2015. Inside Hoops

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