Basketball Trade Rumors and Notes for June 15th

1. Dwyane Wade doesn’t expect Pat Riley to return to bench

2. All quiet on the Izzo front: MSU coach stays mum on Cavaliers offer

3. After amazing run, Doc Rivers good as gone

4. Pacers are interested in Nuggets Lawson and Hornets Collison

5. Top Pistons prospects visit for workouts; team considering moving up in draft

6. Draft prospects spurning Memphis1. Dwyane Wade doesn’t expect Pat Riley to return to bench

The Miami Herald is reporting If Heat president Pat Riley is contemplating a plan to return to the bench next season, guard Dwyane Wade isn’t aware of the blueprint.

Speaking to reporters in Boston after attending the Celtics’ victory against Los Angeles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, Wade said he doesn’t expect Riley to return to coaching — at least not next season in Miami.

With the Heat expected to be one of the league’s most active teams when free agency opens July 1, Riley wouldn’t rule out coaching again after the Celtics eliminated Miami in the first round of the playoffs last month.

Riley stepped away from the bench two years ago, was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2008 and promoted longtime assistant Erik Spoelstra.

Spoelstra, 39, has gone 90-74 and has guided the Heat to the playoffs each of the past two seasons. But Miami has not advanced past the first round since it won the title in 2006 — the last time Riley left the front office to take over on the bench.

With Wade set to enter free agency in three weeks, the Heat has gone out of its way to show appreciation through billboards, a specialized website for Wade and a stated goal to surround him with marquee talent."

To read more..

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/06/14/1680224/miami-heats-dwyane-wade-doesnt.html

2. All quiet on the Izzo front: MSU coach stays mum on Cavaliers offer

The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting "Something seems to be keeping Tom Izzo from announcing a decision about his future. Monday passed without a statement as he continued to leave Michigan State and the Cavaliers in limbo.

If Izzo is waiting to hear from LeBron James before putting the suspense that has built around him to rest, that doesn’t appear likely to happen. On Monday, a source said that while James respects Izzo, he will continue with his plan not to get involved in the Cavs’ coaching search.

All along, James has not planned to speak to coaching candidates or lobby for certain coaches to replace Mike Brown. James, according to the source, has not spoken with Izzo about the job or his future and currently has no plans to do so.

James intends to become a free agent on July 1 and does not plan on committing to anything until after he explores his free-agent options. He is not expected to make any sort of promise or guarantee that he’ll re-sign with the Cavs, no matter who the team ends up hiring.

On Monday, Izzo kicked off his annual camp at Michigan State for about 500 9- to 17-year-olds without commenting on the Cavs’ job. He chose not to speak to members of the media who attended the camp’s opening session. "

To read more..

http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2010/06/all_quiet_on_the_izzo_front_ms.html

3. After amazing run, Doc Rivers good as gone

The Boston Herald is reporting "He’s either a better actor than Jack, or he’s walking away from the Celtics by the end of the week. Doc Rivers either has been putting us on for six years now, or he really is a devoted family man who can’t wait to take that two- or three-year break and be a part of his kids’ lives before it’s too late.

My guess: He’s gone.

Win or lose, when the NBA Finals end so is Doc Rivers’ terrific run as coach of the Celtics. Say goodbye to the good guy. Or better yet, if you are wearing a C’s road uniform tonight, win one for Rivers because you never may play for a better leader, a better communicator, a better example, a better coach.

Rivers has been saying for a while now that he’ll make up his mind about his future at the end of the season. He’s kind of busy coaching rings around the Lakers’ Phil Jackson right now, and he insists he just doesn’t have time to think about it.

But Doc never has denied that he would like to take a break sometime, and this much is certain: There never will be a better time to take a sabbatical, professionally, personally or any other way.

Next year, three of his four kids will be seniors — two in college and one in high school. All three are athletes: His son Jeremiah is a basketball player at Indiana; his daughter Callie is a volleyball player at Florida; and his son Austin is one of the top high school hoop players in the country."

To read more..

http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/basketball/celtics/view/20100615say_bye-bye_to_a_great_guy_after_amazing_run_doc_rivers_good_as_gone/

4. Pacers are interested in Nuggets Lawson and Hornets Collison

The Indianapolis Star is reporting "Here’s an interesting item Chad Ford wrote in his blog Monday.

"A number of NBA sources are telling me that the Denver Nuggets are in the hunt for a Top 10 pick. Nuggets GM Mark Warkentein has been calling around trying to gauge interest in teams selling the pick. According to sources Warkentein is offering Ty Lawson for the pick."

The Pacers are interested in Lawson, according to a source.

The Pacers are willing to give up their pick – No. 10 – in next week’s draft to get player that will help them immediately."

To read more..

http://blogs.indystar.com/pacersinsider/archives/2010/06/_the_burbs_here.html

5. Top Pistons prospects visit for workouts; team considering moving up in draft

The Detroit Free Press is reporting "The focus on the No. 7 pick now begins in earnest.

The Pistons will host a workout for prospects today, with several more workouts planned before the June 24 NBA draft.

Previous workouts have primarily been second-round prospects or potential free agents for the team’s summer-league team.

The Pistons also have workouts scheduled for Thursday and Friday with an emphasis on narrowing the list of big men they will consider for the seventh pick of the first round.

The list of big men the Pistons could target includes Georgetown power forward Greg Monroe, Baylor power forward Ekpe Udoh, Wake Forest forward Al-Farouq Aminu or North Carolina power forward Ed Davis. Udoh’s agent, Chris Grier Luchey, has said his client will work out for the Pistons."

To read more..

http://www.freep.com/article/20100615/SPORTS03/6150348/1051/Workout-to-showcase-top-Pistons-prospects

6. Draft prospects spurning Memphis

The Memphis commercial appeal is reporting The Grizzlies will hold their fifth pre-draft workout today with the caveat that has accompanied the previous sessions.

The lineup is subject to change.

An ankle injury will prevent Texas’ Avery Bradley from participating as scheduled in a FedExForum workout designed to look at guards the Griz will consider with first-round selections at 25 and 28.

But there is a bigger problem with the Grizzlies’ evaluation for candidat
es projected to be on the board at their 12th pick.

To read more..

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/jun/15/players-snubbing-grizzlies/?partner=RSS

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