NBA Rumor Round Up For Thursday, May 28:
Scott Skiles: He is the favorite to become the next head coach of the Orlando Magic, however that doesn't mean Skiles won't consider other options. ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports Skiles has unexpectedly emerged as a candidate for the New Orleans Pelicans job, too.
Tom Thibodeau: The Chicago Bulls and Thibodeau are close to parting ways. No team has offered any compensation to the Bulls, reports ESPN.com's Marc Stein, and as a result, Thibodeau could be fired soon.
Anthony Davis: The New Orleans Pelicans are going through the process of identifying and interviewing candidates for their head coach job. Some top players, like Davis, would prefer to have input on the hire, but that is not the case with him. “Anthony is leaving all coaching decisions to the Pelicans' management," Davis' agent, That Foucher tells The Advocate.
Marc Gasol: Nobody thinks the starting center will leave the Memphis Grizzlies as a free agent in July and he essentially backed up that feeling from around the NBA. "I have not thought about changing teams. Everybody knows about the relationship between Memphis and all my family. It's special and it has left a mark on us. You have to put everything in the balance. The decision will be good because I will make it good," Gasol told Gigantes del Basket via translation from HoopsHype.com.
Andrew Wiggins: The Canadian was in Toronto on Wednesday as the logo's for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game were revealed. When speaking to the media, Wiggins was asked if he's going to play on the national team during the July Pan Am Games or later on at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Mexico. Wiggins would not give a definitive answer, reports the Toronto Sun. Wiggins was also not ready to commit to the 2016 Slam Dunk contest during All-Star Weekend.
New York Knicks: They own the No. 4 selection in the 2015 NBA draft and while most experts are predicting them to take Emmanuel Mudiay, there is a chance a big man goes in this spot. ESPN.com's Chad Ford writes: "Two different sources today told me the Knicks are also looking strongly at Willie Cauley-Stein. They want a strong defender in New York which explains the Justise Winslow and Cauley-Stein interest. Of course, I also think there's a good chance they just trade this pick if the right veteran comes around."
Oklahoma City Thunder: Prior to the 2014 NBA draft, many teams heard a rumor that Michigan's Mitch McGary had received a promise from a team. Well, with the 21st pick the Thunder selected the forward. Could there be another promise in 2015? ESPN.com's Chad Ford writes: "... since late last week there's been a lot of buzz among rival GMs that the Thunder promised Cameron Payne they'd take him at 14. I don't know how much of that is smoke, but he is a great fit at 14 and talent wise he may be the best pure point guard in the draft."
Brandon Bass: While re-signing with the Boston Celtics is a possibility, the free agent forward will probably move on and he has some criteria for where he's going to play next. “I want to go to a team that wants me versus me chasing any type of situation,” Bass tells A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. “During the season I like to make the best of my current situation, whatever situations I’m in. I’m not necessarily going to chase situations. I just want the best possible situation for me so that I can help the team.”
Shabazz Muhammad: The Minnesota Timberwolves forward has changed agents. Muhammad signed with Landmark Sports' Rob Pelinka after parting ways with BDA's Bill Duffy, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Royce White: According to Shams Charania of RealGM.com, White is hoping to make a comeback and has drawn interest from Chicago, New Orleans and the LA Clippers regarding a spot on their summer league teams.