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Chris Wallace Hoping To Stay As Grizzlies GM
Chris Wallace has years left on his contract as the Memphis Grizzlies' general manager, but he has no guarantees moving forward.
Still, Wallace wants to remain with the organization.
﻿“I hope to be able to stay here,” Wallace said.
Wallace's vision has been validated this postseason, when the core of the team that he assembled has led the Grizzlies to the Western Conference finals.
“I never looked for vindication. That’s not something that motivates me,” Wallace said. “Winning takes care of all issues in this league. We felt we had to take chances.”
Carmelo Anthony Admits Knicks Failed To Accomplish Goal
The New York Knicks lost to the Indiana Pacers in six games of the Eastern Conference semifinals, and Carmelo Anthony acknowledged the team failed in accomplishing its goal.
“It’s tough. We all know what the goal was,” Anthony said after the Pacers captured Game 6. “Everybody wanted to go to the championship. That’s the ultimate goal. Unfortunately, our run has to stop here."
The Knicks had the third seed going against the second-seeded Pacers.
“I really don’t know (what happened)," Anthony said. “I have to sit back and think about it."
Antoine Walker was at the draft combine in Chicago and is looking to break into the NBA scouting field.
Walker played his first seven seasons with the Boston Celtics and appeared in three All-Star games, before winning a championship with the Miami Heat in 2006.
Walker last played in the NBA during the 2007-08 season for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Danny Ainge has not contacted Walker yet regarding a potential position.
George Hill has been cleared to play and will start for the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 against the New York Knicks on Saturday night.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel said he doesn't expect Hill, who suffered a concussion on Tuesday night and missed Thursday's Game 5, to be limited.
The team released the following statement about 90 minutes prior to the tip:
Over the last two days under the care of the Indiana Pacers' medical staff, George Hill has participated in each step of the NBA's Return-to-Participation Exertion Protocol as part of the NBA's Concussion Policy.
During the process, George remained symptom-free after each step including his workouts earlier today. After consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, the NBA's Director of Concussion Management, the Pacers' team physicians have cleared George to play in tonight's game.
NBA general managers expressed pessimism about the 2013 draft in general and the No. 1 pick in particular.
"I'm not sure I want the No. 1 pick," said one NBA GM.
Another expressed similar pessimism at the thought of having to draft someone first this year.
"There's really no one worthy of the top pick," the talent evaluator said. "But someone has to go number one."
Thunder Aren't Considering Amnesty Clause On Perkins
The Oklahoma City Thunder are not considering using the amnesty clause on Kendrick Perkins.
"We just haven't considered using the provision. ... We think Perk has a lot of value to our team," Sam Presti said Saturday.
Perkins is set to make about $18 million over the next two seasons.
Gani Lawal Intrigues NBA Teams After Breakout Season In Italy
After a breakout season in Europe, Gani Lawal has intrigued NBA teams and could receive consideration for a contract, league sources told RealGM.
Lawal has already scheduled workouts – private and as part of mini-camps – with the Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic, sources said. Four to five other teams have discussed bringing him in to work out, too.
Lawal, the 6-foot-9 athletic, scrappy forward, had his best professional season with Italy’s Virtus Roma, averaging 13.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. Virtus Roma has gone 20-10 this season and ranks third in the league standings.
Since leaving the Phoenix Suns organization that drafted him in the second round in 2010, Lawal, 24, has lost weight and added strength. Lawal played one game with the Suns two seasons ago and was in the San Antonio Spurs’ training camp in 2011, but he was derailed by injuries and didn’t figure into a long-term plan. He was drafted after three years at Georgia Tech.
Alex Len Believes He Will Become Best Player In Draft
Alen Len is confident about what he will be able to accomplish at the NBA level.
“I think maybe 10 years from now, I’ll be the best player out of this draft,” Len said.
Len was limited by a stress fracture in his ankle over the final two weeks of the NCAA season. But in his first game of the year, Len scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against projected No. 1 overall pick Nerlens Noel.
“I think I did pretty well that game,” Len said of his performance against Noel. “I think I was able to show NBA scouts what I could be in the future. I kind of showed my potential. After this season, I got more confident and talked to my coaches. In NBA, you have individual coaches with you. I decided to come out early, because I want to progress quicker. The developmental process will be faster.”
The Toronto Raptors are pursuing Masai Ujiri to become the team's top basketball executive, according to sources.
Ujiri was named the 2013 NBA Executive of the Year for his work as general manager of the Nuggets.
Ujiri's contract with the Nuggets expires this summer and he has been in discussions on an extension.
Korn/Ferry International, the search firm hired by MLSE to search for a new GM for the Raptors, has identified Ujiri as its top candidate.
MLSE has until Monday to make a decision on whether to retain Bryan Colangelo, who could stay with the franchise under a new decision-maker.
Ujiri worked for three years with the Raptors under Colangelo before becoming GM of the Nuggets.