NBA Rumor Round Up For Tuesday, May 26:
Paul Pierce: Last your there was a lot of speculation that Pierce could reunite with head coach Doc Rivers by signing a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. Pierce can become a free agent again in 2015 should he decline his $5.5 million player option with the Washington Wizards and those rumors have stated again, per David Aldridge of NBA.com/TNT.
Jason Terry: His contract, paying $5.85 million this season, is set to expire at the end of June and after 16 years in the NBA, the guard is not ready to retire, reports ESPN.com's Marc Stein: "(Terry) has taken on a role in Houston's backcourt since the late March wrist injury that has knocked starter Patrick Beverley out of the postseason. The Rockets are thus expected to try to bring Terry back via free agency come July."
Tom Thibodeau: There is a chance Thibodeau could be away from the bench next season. ESPN.com's Marc Stein writes: "More and more you hear Thibs admirers around NBA say they fear Bulls determined to let all three open jobs get filled and then let Thibs go." Currently the vacancies are in Denver, Orlando and New Orleans.
Tristan Thompson: The forward will become a restricted free agent in July and he is expected to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. That's the way LeBron James wants it and Monday he expressed his desire for Thompson to play in Cleveland for his entire NBA career, reports ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin. "Tristan should probably be a Cavalier for his whole career," James said. "There's no reason why he shouldn't." Should Thompson sign a long-term deal, Kevin Love may look at other options via free agency.
Indiana Pacers: The team owns the rights to Croatian center Stanko Bara and they are planning to check him out June 13-18 during a mini-camp, reports Shams Charania of RealGM.com. Bara was the No. 39 selection in the 2007 NBA draft. The Pacers will determine during the workouts if they want to sign him or trade his rights to another team, according to Charania.