Basketball Trade Rumors and Notes for June 16th

1. Steve Kerr steps down as Suns GM

2. Jarrett Jack denies seeking trade, wants to stay with Raptors

3. Lakers’ Jackson making $2 million with Finals win?

4. Celtics’ Perkins "done"

5. Evan Turner ignoring Wizards’ interest1. Steve Kerr steps down as Suns GM

The AZ republic is reporting "Steve Kerr will not return as president of basketball operations and general manager of the Phoenix Suns.

Kerr’s contract expires June 30 but he had been expecting and hoping to return until negotiations for his contract and an opportunity to return to television as a NBA commentator prompted him to leave the organization after three years as its GM, Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver said.

Sources differ on whether Kerr was asked to take a pay cut.

"After much thought and deliberation, I have decided this is the right time for me to move on both professionally and personally," Kerr said. "The past three years have been exceptional for me. The work and dedication of everyone with the organization is tremendous and I appreciate the passion and commitment that Robert Sarver has for the Phoenix Suns and creating a perennial winner. I feel the team is well poised for the future, with strong leadership both on the roster and in the front office, and a good mix of veterans and young talent that will continue to grow together and succeed at the highest level."

The move will shock many in the NBA after Kerr’s team went 54-28 this season and reached the Western Conference finals."

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2. Jarrett Jack denies seeking trade, wants to stay with Raptors

The toronto star is reporting "Jarrett Jack is frustrated because the Raptors seem to be lurching toward another summer of significant change but he wants the team to know he’s not looking for the quickest way out of town.

Admitting the issues involving Chris Bosh, Hedo Turkoglu and, to some extent, his own future in Toronto are gnawing at him, Jack says he’s not looking to be traded and that he’d rather try to find a way to make things work.

"Obviously there’s a level of frustration with it, being that you want to put some core pieces around you and know that you have those pieces in place and try to build around that," said Jack, who is in town along with DeMar DeRozan, Sonny Weems, Amir Johnson and Joey Dorsey for a couple of days of workouts under the auspices of the team’s coaching staff. "And when one of those pieces kind of goes awry after that, it’s tough, especially after just one year. But I have confidence in Coach and the front office that they’ll put out the best product possible.""

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3. Lakers’ Jackson making $2 million with Finals win?

ESPN is reporting Phil Jackson may only be coach of the Los Angeles Lakers for one more game, but if he can pull yet another win out of his Zen playbook, he’ll not only win his record 11th NBA championship but, according to ESPN, he’ll also be taking home an extra $2 million.

Jackson’s salary is $12 million this season, but, according to the site’s "NBA coaching sources," Jackson’s contract holds a performance bonus of $2 million if his team wins the NBA Finals.

Jackson’s contract runs out at the end of this season and he has said he will take a few weeks to see his doctor and decide whether he is returning to the Lakers next season for a likely lower salary or retiring.

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4. Celtics’ Perkins "done"

ESPN is reporting When the Boston Celtics’ locker room opened to the media Tuesday night following an 89-67 thrashing at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kendrick Perkins’ locker stall was empty, but most of his teammates hadn’t even dressed.

In one corner of the room, Paul Pierce, Tony Allen and Glen Davis sat in uniform with heads bowed, still stung from both the Game 6 loss that evened the NBA Finals and the loss of Perkins, who sprained his right knee and is questionable for Thursday’s Game 7.

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5. Evan Turner ignoring Wizards’ interest

The Washington post is reporting The Washington Wizards have the first overall pick in the upcoming draft and the team has tried several times to get Ohio State’s Evan Turner to come in for a workout, but, according to the Washington Post, he has thus far spurned the team’s offers.

The team has asked Turner’s agent, David Falk, several times, "but Falk was not receptive, convinced that the Wizards would take (John) Wall," the paper reports. Falk is focused on building Turner’s relationship with the Philadelphia 76ers, which picks second. He told the Post that he thinks "the 76ers (are) a better fit for Turner."

Turner, a 6-7 point guard from Chicago, averaged 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, and six assists last season.

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