Sunday Night News and Rumors

Sunday Night Rumors Roundup. Tonight’s list of rumors includes:

Birdman doesn’t want to fly away

Stephen Curry’s hot on going to Knicks

LeBron James says he feels great about situation with Cavaliers despite conference finals loss

Thunder Fixated on CurreyBirdman doesn’t want to fly away

The Denver Post is reporting that “On Saturday, Nuggets center Chris Andersen was asked the same forward-looking question all players whose season just ended must endure: What’s the next step for the team?
The Birdman’s answer, however, was anything but routine.
"Re-signing me," he said.

Andersen is the Nuggets’ most urgent priority in a summer that will test the organization’s ability to continue to be frugal, yet field a championship-caliber team. He is one of possibly seven free agents.
Andersen wants to return.

"What better place to play than at home?" Andersen said. "I love this city, I love this state. I appreciate everybody in the whole town for backing us and helping us prove others wrong."
But getting Andersen back into the fold won’t be easy — or cheap. Andersen played last season on a one-year, $998,398 contract. He’ll command a multiyear deal that could be in the neighborhood of the mid-level exception, which was $5.585 million last season. “

http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_12486939

Stephen Curry’s hot on going to Knicks

The Daily News is reporting that “It hasn’t taken Davidson All-American point guard Stephen Curry long to get excited about playing for the Knicks.

Curry, who averaged 28.6 points for the Wildcats as a junior last season, was considered the face of of college basketball even though his Southern Conference team couldn’t repeat its cinderella run to the Final Eight in 2008. The 6-3 Curry has been linked to the Knicks – who have the eighth pick in next month’s NBA draft – for close to two months. He got a chance to visit with Knicks president Donnie Walsh and coach Mike D’Antoni last night after the first day of the pre-draft combine.

"There’s been a lot of talk about New York and that situation being the most ideal now,"’ Curry said yesterday. "I like the system and the fact they need a point guard who can shoot. D’Antoni likes to get up and down. That’s how I played all my life. I can make an open shot. But you got to keep your options open if things don’t work out that way."

Read more:

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/2009/05/29/2009-05-29_currys_hot_on_going_to_knicks.html#ixzz0H8fykyS5&B

LeBron James says he feels great about situation with Cavaliers despite conference finals loss

Cleveland.com is reporting that “James did not give an indication what he will do when the Cavs offer him a contract extension this summer, which they can do as early as July 18. He has the option of extending his contract up to four years, playing out his current deal that ends after next season or picking up a player option for the 2010-11 season.

"I don’t know, I haven’t thought about it just yet," James said. "I’m just going to take time off from basketball and not think about contracts or the game, period, and relax with my family. We’ll figure out once [the offer] comes from them."

As for his actions Saturday night, James was frank about his feelings even if they may not be popular. After the Magic wrapped up their 103-90 victory and the 4-2 series win, James stormed off the floor and did not take part in the traditional post-series handshakes. Teammate Mo Williams did the same, in fact he was off the floor before James was. “

http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2009/05/lebron_james_says_he_feels_gre.html

Thunder Fixated on Currey

Oklahoma City has a Stephen Curry fixation. The Thunder attended all of Curry’s home games at Davidson this past season and is looking at him as a potential shooting guard. But they’ll almost certainly move down from the No. 3 pick if they decide to take him. Scouts are not only high on Curry’s shooting, but also think he can make players better around him. "When you look at that Davidson team, they barely had any other Division I players," said one scout.

Read more:
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/2009/05/30/2009-05-30_these_lakers_ready_for_knockout.html?page=0#ixzz0H8gzi2Ph&B

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