NBA Rumor Round Up For Friday, May 29:
Jeff Hornacek: With rumors claiming Fred Hoiberg is the top target of the Chicago Bulls management to become the next head coach, could the Phoenix Suns be affected if "The Mayor" leaves Iowa State? There has been some speculation that Iowa State may go after Hornacek if Hoiberg leaves. Hornacek doesn't sound like he wants to coach at his alma mater at this time. Here is Hornacek's response when asked by Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM if he's planning to stay in Phoenix long-term: "I hope so. When Ryan (McDonough) and I came in here we wanted to get this team from 25 wins and a lot of stuff that was going on to back to the level that the Suns are used to. We had a good start the first year, had some things not go as well last year, but even with that we're still about what we were the year before that."
New Orleans Pelicans: The team has now formally interviewed four candidates for their head coach vacancy. The Times-Picayune has confirmed another report that Vinny Del Negro has met with management. He joins Alvin Gentry, Jeff Van Gundy and Scott Skiles. Tom Thibodeau will probably be the fifth after the Bulls fired him on Thursday.
Julius Randle: The Los Angeles Lakers forward is doing well in his rehab from surgery early in his rookie season to repair his broken right leg. If all goes well over the next few weeks, Randle might be cleared for Summer League action in July, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.
Dwyane Wade: The Miami Heat shooting guard took major pay cuts over his last two contracts to help the team sign free agents and with his career coming to an end, Wade wants to get paid. The fact that all this came out on Thursday with a month to go until free agency begins on July 1 surprised ESPN.com's Michael Wallace.
Elton Brand: The Atlanta Hawks forward has now completed 16 years in the NBA and he is planning to take a few weeks before deciding if he wants to play for a 17th season. “I’ll see if I another year of trying to get prepared and what it takes to be on an NBA roster. There is a lot of work you have to put in. ... After two or three weeks, I’ll know. See if I have that itch," Brand told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Houston Rockets: With their season over, attention quickly turns to the Rockets who will be free agents come July 1. If it's up to Corey Brewer, Josh Smith and Jason Terry, each will re-sign with the Rockets, reports the Houston Chronicle. Brewer and Smith seem like locks to return, while Terry might be asked back for a low-dollar deal.
Kevin Love: The Cleveland Cavaliers forward is expected to decline his player option for next season so he can check out the 2015 free agent market in July. Most speculation has Love ending up in Boston, Los Angeles or Houston should he decide to leave Cleveland. A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com wonders if it comes down to a West-East competition for Love: "I think the Celtics will have a legitimate shot at landing him because they're going to have a lot of money. But I think this is ultimately one of those east coast-west coast battles between the Celtics and the Lakers. (The Celtics) have the money, they have the young, up-and-coming coach. They've got a lot of things going in their favor to land Kevin Love. And he's a guy that's proven he loves being in Boston."