NBA Rumor Round Up For Monday, May 25:
Miami Heat: The team is the favorite to retain point guard Goran Dragic and they have assured him the offense will be run at a quicker pace moving forward, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald. Dragic should get a max or near max deal from the Heat come July. Other teams who might come calling include Sacramento, New York and the LA Lakers.
Kyle Korver: The Atlanta Hawks don't have a timeline for their starting shooting guard to recover from his sprained right ankle as he is yet to to determine the course of action. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Korver is planning to meet with a foot and ankle specialist to get a second opinion regarding the injury and the best way to treat it. At this time, there is no information when Krover will meet with the specialist.
DeJuan Blair: The Washington Wizards signed Blair last July to provide depth at power forward and center. Blair did not play that much in 2014-15 and is not a good fit with the Wizards new up-tempo offense, which should be in place to start 2015-16. With that in mind, J. Michael of CSN Washington believes Blair will likely be shopped in the offseason. Blair is owed $4 million -- $2 million per season -- over the next two years, however only 2015-16 is currently fully guaranteed.
Flip Saunders: There has been talk that at some point Saunders will relinquish his duties as the head coach to just concentrate on running the team as president of basketball operations. Well, Saunders has said he plans to coach next season and owner Glen Taylor believes that is the plan. "I think so. I think he worked so hard last year with all those problems that he wants an opportunity to see if we are healthy, if we really have the team he thought he had," Taylor told the Pioneer Press.
Tristan Thompson: He has been the starting power forward in the playoffs with Kevin Love unavailable and his outstanding play is only increasing the amount of his pending new contract. The Cavs could have a tough decision as Bob Finnan of The News-Herald writes: "One of them will be whether they want to match a lucrative offer Thompson will undoubtedly get in free agency. He will be a restricted free agent and he’s going to get a deal that could start in the $15 million range. The dilemma is the Cavaliers’ other frontline power forward, Kevin Love, could also opt out of his deal and become an unrestricted free agent. Despite having shoulder surgery, he could also ask for a max deal. Can the Cavs afford two max players at the '4' spot? In their case, they need to. Letting either player walk could cause major repercussions."