Ray Allen drawing free agent interest from Warriors

Ray Allen is in no hurry to sign a contract, but at least one NBA team has already pondered adding the most prolific 3-point shooter of all time.
 
The Golden State Warriors have contacted Allen’s representatives about signing the free agent guard, Warriors general manager Bob Myers confirmed to 95.7 The Game in San Francisco. No contract was offered and Allen gave no indication of his plans, according to Myers.
“Here’s the problem,” Myers said, via CSN Bay Area. “We don’t have enough minutes as it is, so it’s just a question of chemistry.”
Allen has been without a team since the two-year deal he inked with the Miami Heat in 2012 expired last July. He is believed to be waiting for a legitimate championship contender to call, possibly sometime around February, to add him for the stretch run.
The Warriors (19-2) currently boast the best record in the NBA and have won 14 consecutive games, the longest streak in the league this season.
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Reports: Jeff Green, Brandon Bass Drawing Trade Interest For Celtics

BOSTON — Trade talk concerning the Celtics isn’t a new development this season. For a change, however, it doesn’t center on point guard Rajon Rondo.
While Rondo continues to be the Celtics’ most intriguing trade piece — largely because he’s simply their best player — he’s not the only guy attracting attention. Opposing teams have begun inquiring about power forward Brandon Bass, the Boston Herald reports, while the trade market for small forward Jeff Green is as strong, “if not stronger,” than demand for Rondo, according to CSNNE.
“They’re two totally different players and their roles with a team are different, too,” the unnamed league executive told CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely, referring to Green and Rondo. “But Green can do a lot of things to help just about any team, as long as you’re not making him the guy you build around. Green’s the guy you add to the guy you’re trying to build around.”
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Kevin Love denies he has any interest in Lakers

Kevin Love says there are a lot of lies about him floating around right now, and he addressed two of them at the same time on Friday. As you have probably seen, Love and Kyrie Irving were recently criticized for having a handshake that appeared to include a smoking gesture. The Cavs later explained that…Read More

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Kevin Garnett Discusses Interest in Purchasing Minnesota Timberwolves

Kevin Garnett has interest in one day being part of a group that owns the Minnesota Timberwolves. Per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, the 38-year-old, 15-time All-Star said this after his current team, the Brooklyn Nets fell 107-99 to the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night:

“I want to buy the Timberwolves. Put a group together and perhaps some day try to buy the team. That’s what I want.”

Garnett spent the first 12 seasons of his career with the organization, and he won league MVP while with the Timberwolves in 2004. Per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said he was interested in adding a minority owner.

Per Spears, at least one person supports Garnett’s desire: Nets general manager Billy King. 

Nets general manager Billy King said he wouldn’t be surprised if Garnett were to buy the Timberwolves.

“He would be one of the best owners in the NBA because he understands what the players need and he understands what it takes to be successful in the NBA,” King told Yahoo Sports.

It’s feasible Garnett could potentially be a candidate for that if he’s interested. Over his future Hall-of-Fame career, Garnett has raked in $315 million dollars in salaries, per Spotrac, he’ll make $12 million this season, and he has made even more in endorsement deals. 

Per Spears, Garnett cited history, his ties to the organization, current head coach and part-owner Flip Saunders as personal draws back to the Timberwolves. Garnett is currently averaging eight points and eight rebounds in as many games this season.

He is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

 

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Latest Updates on Mikhail Prokhorov’s Reported Interest in Selling Brooklyn Nets

Updates from Saturday, Oct. 4

Bob Nightengale and Jeff Ziglitt of USA Today Dodgers controlling owner (and head of the Guggenheim group) Mark Walter’s thoughts on the reports:

Los Angeles Dodgers controlling owner Mark Walter confirmed his Guggenheim group is interested in acquiring a piece of the Brooklyn Nets.

“We’re going ahead hopefully. I haven’t seen any numbers on it. I think it’s a great franchise,” Walter said. “I haven’t heard that it is signed.”

Mitch Abramson of the New York Daily News reports that Prokhorov may not be trying to sell the team, after all: 

A source close to Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov screamed “Nyet!” on whether the Russian billionaire would surrender majority control of the team in Brooklyn.

“He’s not a seller,” the source familiar with Prokhorov’s thinking told the Daily News on Friday. “He wants the Nets and he loves the Nets and he wants to be controlling owner. This is something that he really enjoys.”

So, if he’s not selling, why is he meeting with the Guggenheim group? Abramson explains:

The source said Prokhorov held the meeting to look into ways to expand his sports and entertainment portfolio, which, along with the Nets, includes Barclays Center, Nassau Coliseum and the sales and marketing operations of the Islanders.

The source said that any deal that is made with another group would be a “merger and not a sale” and that nothing is imminent.

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Just a few years into his tenure as owner of the Brooklyn Nets, Russian businessman Mikhail Prokhorov may be ready to move on.

According to Ohm Youngmisuk and Darren Rovell of ESPN.com, Prokhorov has been in discussions with Guggenheim Partners to potentially sell the franchise.

Per Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, Prokhorov would be interested in a complete sale of the team rather than simply giving up a majority stake:

After purchasing the New Jersey Nets in 2010, Prokhorov moved them to Brooklyn and helped the organization develop into a valuable enterprise. According to Mannix, the Russian billionaire is in line to make a big profit:

With that said, it remains to be seen what type of price tag Prokhorov will attach to the team. Per Rovell, it could be difficult for him to receive full value:

Few are privy to all the facts and inner workings of the potential negotiations right now, and that includes the players. According to Roderick Boone of Newsday, Nets star point guard Deron Williams is simply focused on succeeding on the court, regardless of what happens with ownership.

“It’s been great,” Williams said. “You don’t see Mr. Prokhorov much, but when we do, it’s been great. He’s been great for this organization. I don’t know what’s going on as far as that’s concerned, but my job as a player is to come out and play.”

The Nets have qualified for the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, and they are looking to make some noise this year in what could be a wide-open Eastern Conference aside from the Cleveland Cavaliers, who seem to be a lock for a top seed with their notable offseason additions.

It is difficult to say if ownership uncertainty could be a distraction, but the Nets have enough talent to be contenders in their conference regardless.

Even if Prokhorov’s tenure as owner of the franchise is cut short, there is no question that his contributions will be remembered, as he has managed to make the Nets a popular and modern brand.

 

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Hawks’ owner Levenson to sell interest in team (Yahoo Sports)

Atlanta Hawks ownership managing partner Bruce Levenson cheers from the stands in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Atlanta. The Pacers won 91-88 to even the series at two games apiece. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson said Sunday he is selling his controlling interest in the team, in part due to an inflammatory email he said he wrote in an attempt ”to bridge Atlanta’s racial sports divide.” Levenson said he regrets the email sent to the team’s co-owners and general manager Danny Ferry two years ago as ”inappropriate and offensive.” In a statement released by the team, Levenson said he sent the email due to his concerns about low attendance and a need to attract suburban whites. He voluntarily reported the email to the NBA. ”I have said repeatedly that the NBA should have zero tolerance for racism, and I strongly believe that to be true,” Levenson said in the statement. ”That is why I voluntarily reported my inappropriate e-mail to the NBA.


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Miami Heat News: Barbosa, Heat Have Mutual Interest

As the Miami Heat look to fill out the rest of their training camp roster — Miami currently has 16 players heading into training camp, with a league maximum of 20 — it looks as if former Phoenix Suns guard Leandro Barbosa has indicated interest in playing for the Heat.
There’s mutual interest between Leandro Barbosa and the Miami Heat, according to league sources. Don’t be surprised if he signs with them.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) August 19, 2014

Although Barbosa is nearing the tail end of his prime, he could really add to the Heat’s second unit with his speed and scoring ability. Barbosa averaged 7.5 points in 18.4 minutes of action on the Suns last season and is currently playing for Brazil in the FIBA World Cup.
Say what you want about Barbosa, but he would fortify the spot behind Dwyane Wade that currently has rookies Tyler Johnson and James Ennis serving as backups.
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Report: Heat, Kyle Lowry have mutual interest

Soon-to-be free agent Kyle Lowry, who had a breakout campaign with the Toronto Raptors this past season, is reportedly interested in joining the defending four-time Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat.  The point guard racked up 17.9 points and 7.4 assists for a surprising Raptors team in 2013-2014. He’s viewed as one of the top-10 available free agents when the courting process starts early next month. According to this ESPN report, the interest between Lowry and Miami is mutual.  It goes without saying that Pat Riley and Co. are going to be in the market for an upgrade at the point guard position. Mario Chalmers was downright horrendous in the playoffs and shouldn’t figure into their future plans, especially as a starter. Meanwhile, Norris Cole isn’t viewed as much more than a backup himself. A lot of what Miami can do in terms of bringing in exterior free agents will depend on what the Big Three decide to do. If LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh decide to opt out of the…

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Kyle Lowry, Miami Heat have mutual interest

The Miami Heat are heading into an offseason of uncertainty with the Big Three’s return in question. But they did receive some good news immediately following their NBA Finals loss to the San Antonio Spurs with the news that free agent point guard Kyle Lowry has interest in playing for them next season. Lowry was one of the best point guards in the NBA this past season, and led the Toronto Raptors to a playoff appearance and helped force their first round series against the Brooklyn Nets to seven games. According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Heat and Lowry have mutual interest in bringing the point guard to Miami. That task will be much easier said than done with Lowry’s value through the roof this offseason, There will be plenty of teams trying to sign him this offseason, but he is highly expected to return to the Raptors. Miami certainly could use a new point guard if they can find a way to afford Lowry. Mario Chalmers was the definition of inconsistency for the Heat during his tenure as the starting

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