Basketball Trade Rumors and Notes for June 20th

1. After great show, Rivers may bow out

2. Devin Harris unlikely to be trade bait in NBA Draft,

3. Nets likely to select big man with No. 3 pick

4. Manute Bol, NBA player-humanitarian, dies at 47

5. Iverson plans NBA return

6. Knicks wait to see if Lebron plan works

7. Wolves unlikely to trade fourth overall pick

8. Clippers may reap benefits of long-term investment1. After great show, Rivers may bow out

The Boston Globe is reporting "He’s not going to tell us today. Probably not tomorrow, either. But there’s certainly a chance that Doc Rivers has coached his final game after six years on the Celtics bench.

"I don’t know,” Rivers said late Thursday night after walking out of a teary Celtic locker room in the wake of an 83-79 loss to the Lakers in Game 7 of the Finals. "I’m going to wait. I’m going to go and watch my kids play AAU basketball, and I’m going to wait a little bit.”

Today is Father’s Day, and Doc wants to just be a dad for a while. Maybe for a few years. His son Jeremiah, a basketball player, will be a senior at Indiana this year. His daughter Callie, a volleyball player, will be a senior at the University of Florida. His son Austin is one of the top 10 high school basketball players in the country and is going into his senior season at Winter Park High near Orlando."

To read more..

http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/articles/2010/06/20/after_great_show_rivers_may_bow_out/

2. Devin Harris unlikely to be trade bait in NBA Draft,

The Ny Daily is reporting Early last week, Devin Harris went from Turks & Caicos to East Rutherford to attend the press conference introducing Avery Johnson as the new coach of the Nets.

Since the end of the regular season, Harris has taken an even longer journey.

Just over two months ago, when the Nets wrapped up a 12-70 season in Miami, Harris had no idea where he was headed. With the Nets locking up the best chance to secure the No. 1 pick, which would mean drafting Kentucky point guard John Wall, odds were Harris had just played his final game as a Net.

But going into Thursday’s draft, it now seems unlikely that Harris will be used the same way that Richard Jefferson and Vince Carter were in the previous two offseasons – as trade bait. While Jefferson and Carter were both sent packing on the afternoon of the previous two drafts, all indications are that Harris will make it through the day and begin next season as the Nets’ starting point guard.

Read more:

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/2010/06/20/2010-06-20_harris__nets_back_on_point.html#ixzz0rOdzxeli

3. Nets likely to select big man with No. 3 pick

The NY Post is reporting Twice before in their Yinka Dare-Ed O’Bannon-Pearl Washington tortured draft history, the Nets have held the No. 3 overall pick.

In 1981, they drafted Buck Williams, the greatest power forward in team history at No. 3. In 1987, they drafted Dennis Hopson, the biggest draft bust in the franchise’s past — especially at No. 3 and especially considering Scottie Pippen and another two guard named Reggie Miller were available.

"Well, one-for-two is not bad," Nets president Rod Thorn said.

But Thursday night, the Nets, who also pick 27th and 31st, can’t draft a Hopson at No. 3. Three names — though some in the organization insist there are more — form the talent pool that should supply the Nets’ initial first round pick of the Mikhail Prokhorov-Avery Johnson era.

Assuming Kentucky’s John Wall and Ohio State’s Evan Turner go 1-2 as expected, there are three big names the Nets are looking at. They are interested in 6-foot-10 Georgia Tech power forward Derrick Favors, the most raw candidate. The Nets also have an eye on 6-11 Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins, a huge talent who comes with red flags, including 16.4 body fat that’s fine for Sumo wrestlers bu questionable for NBA players. They also have 6-7 Syracuse small forward Wesley Johnson, a superb shooter and all-around player, on their radar. The super dark horse is 6-11 Georgetown power forward Greg Monroe, the best passing big in the field."

To read more..

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/nets/third_element_iNmPUdedNuAo91c6R5MFQL

4. Manute Bol, NBA player-humanitarian, dies at 47

Yahoo sports is reporting Manute Bol, a lithe 7-foot-7 shot-blocker from Sudan who spent 10 seasons in the NBA and was dedicated to humanitarian work in Africa, died Saturday. He was 47.

Bol died at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, where he was being treated for severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition, Tom Prichard, executive director of the group Sudan Sunrise, said in an e-mail.

“Sudan and the world have lost a hero and an example for all of us,” Prichard said. “Manute, we’ll miss you. Our prayers and best wishes go out to all his family, and all who mourn his loss.”

Bol played in the NBA with Washington, Golden State, Philadelphia and Miami, averaging 2.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocks for his career. He led the league in blocks in 1985-86 with Washington (5.0 per game) and in 1988-89 with Golden State (4.3 a game)

To read more..

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ap-obit-bol

5. Iverson plans NBA return

Fox sports is reporting Gary Moore, Iverson’s personal manager, says Iverson is working out and "absolutely” will try and play next season. Iverson returned to the Philadelphia 76ers in December and took a leave of absence in March because of family issues.

Moore says Iverson’s ill daughter is now "doing very well.”

Iverson also is filming a do*****entary on his life called "Deconstructing Allen Iverson.”

Iverson was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 draft and spent his first 10 seasons in Philadelphia. He won the MVP in 2001 when he led the Sixers to the finals.

To read more..

http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/allen-iverson-expects-to-return-to-NBA-next-season-061810

6. Knicks wait to see if Lebron plan works

The Akron Beacon Journal is reporting The New York Knicks are just days away from seeing if their master plan will work. After two years of massive cuts to the payroll, the ultimate goal, the free agent signing of Lebron James could be less than two weeks away. The Knicks biggest draw has always been the opportunity to play in New York and the mystique of Madison Square Garden. But without any salary cap space, that mystique can’t bring in any stars. New York has spent two seasons clearing the space needed to sign James. Lebron knows this, the Knicks know this, and the entire NBA knows this. Now, it’s time to find out if the plan will work.

To read more..

http://http//www.ohio.com/sports/cavs/96745119.htmlwww.ohio.com


7. Wolves unlikely to trade fourth overall pick

The Pioneer Press is reporting The Minnesota Timberwolves still hold something valuable from last year’s NBA Draft, the rights to European guard Ricky Rubio. This year, Minnesota’s valuable commodity is the fourth pick overall
in the draft. But don’t expect the Timberwolves to package those together to make a big trade on Draft Day. According to team president David Kahn, such a move is highly unlikely.

To read more..

http://www.twincities.com/ci_15326081?source=most_viewed&nclick_check=1

8. Clippers may reap benefits of long-term investment

Clipper blog is reporting The Los Angeles Clippers may finally get a look at their second-round pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. In what amounts to the longest of long-term investments in the NBA, the Clippers’ pick, Sofoklis Schortsanitis will finally make the trip to Los Angeles to potentially sign with the Clippers. Los Angeles has held Schortsanitis’s rights since he was drafted in 2003, but he has been playing for Olympiakos in Greece most recently. Schortsanitis is just 24 years old still, so the Clippers have not necessarily missed out on his most productive years, in fact, they may have gotten a prospect without the price of development.

TO read more..

http://clipperblog.com/2010/06/19/sofo-to-meet-with-clippers/

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