NBA Rumor Round Up For Wednesday, May 27:
Orlando Magic: Since the Magic fired Jacque Vaughn back in early February, there has been a lot of talk that Scott Skiles might be the top candidate to be named the new head coach. Skiles has a good history with the Magic as their former point guard and reports have his hire getting close. First, NBA writer Peter Vecsey reported on Monday that it is a done deal. And Wednesday, Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel speculates Skiles might be named the head coach on Thursday or Friday.
Phoenix Suns: They own the No. 13 selection in the first round of the NBA draft on June 25 and the plan is to take the best player available, reports Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic. Coro also speculates that GM Ryan McDonough may trade the pick since the Suns already have a lot of young players on the team.
Chicago Bulls: According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Tom Thibodeau's contract contains "offset" language, which would reduce the amount they owe their head coach should they fire him and he goes to a new team. The Bulls will be on the hook for all of the estimated $9 million remaining on the contract should they terminate Thibodeau and he not become a head coach with another NBA team in the next two years. The "offset" language is standard in most coach contracts in the NBA.
D’Angelo Russell: The guard out of Ohio State will go in the Top-3 of the 2015 NBA draft. He appears to be a lock to go No. 3 to the Philadelphia 76ers, however the Los Angeles Lakers may take him at No. 2, reports Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Jae Crowder: The Boston Celtics small forward suffered a sprained left knee during the first round of the playoffs against Cleveland and a month into his recovery it's going well. "He has been working out," president of basketball operations Danny Ainge tells CSNNE.com. Crowder will be extended a qualifying offer by June 30 to make him a restricted free agent come July 1.