NBA Rumor Round Up For Monday, June 1:
Kevin Love: The Cleveland Cavaliers power forward met with the media on Sunday for the first time since his season ended after suffering a shoulder injury. There has been speculation that Love may leave Cleveland for Boston, Houston or the LA Lakers in July via free agency. Well, Love quashed all the rumors as he said he expected to be in the Cavs starting lineup when the 2015-16 season tips off, according to ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin.
Patrick Beverley: The point guard is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1 and he says a former teammate, Chandler Parsons, has been heavily recruiting him. “I hear from Chandler every day,” Beverley told the Houston Chronicle. “It’s hard, but I try not to think about it. I can’t talk about contracts. It’s going to be a fun summer. I have put myself in a position to be set for life and that’s something that I never thought was possible growing up.” The Rockets declined to match an offer sheet last July tendered to Parsons by the Dallas Mavericks. The Rockets are expected to match a Beverley offer sheet this coming July.
Donatas Motiejunas: The Rockets forward had his 2014-15 season end early due to low back surgery. Motiejunas' rehab is going well and he expects to be cleared for all basketball-related activities before the start of next season. “I will just keep working to get better and be better,” Motiejunas told the Houston Chronicle. "No question about it. I will be ready for training camp."
Pau Gasol: Tom Thibodeau was fired last week and the Chicago Bulls will name Fred Hoiberg as his replacement this week. Gasol wrote the following message on his website: "Coach Thibodeau want to thank your trust and support this season. I am sure that his departure was a very difficult decision for the organization of the Bulls, but I am convinced that they have a solid plan for the success of the franchise. We all have high expectations for the coming season and will do anything to bring the ring to Chicago. Go Bulls!"
Detroit Pistons: The team owns the No. 8 pick in the 2015 NBA draft and one position they won't look at with the selection is center, according to the Detroit Free Press. "Obviously, our immediate need is not for a center," Stan Van Gundy said. "There's no question about that. We're locked in with Andre Drummond, we like his development, we like the way he has been working. It's best for us — more than likely — to take someone at another position. If you do take somebody at eight that's a center you'd have to look at that person as a backup for the foreseeable future, and I don't know if that's where you want to use a lottery pick." In his last Mock Draft, ESPN.com's Chad Ford has the Pistons taking Croatian forward Mario Hezonja.
New York Knicks: The Knicks own the No. 4 pick in the draft and there is a chance Phil Jackson may trade down. If that occurs, Kentucky's Trey Lyles could be the target. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News writes: "While Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein have garnered the most attention, the Knicks for months have been enamored with Trey Lyles, according to a team source. ... Phil Jackson sees (Lyles) as a good fit for the triangle offense."
Brooklyn Nets: There have been a lot of rumors that Joe Johnson and Deron Williams have been shopped, but no deals could be had this past season. The Nets will continue to look at options and as they look to the future, both players, if possible, won't be on the roster. According to the New York Post, the Nets sent out a letter to season-ticket holders and neither Johnson or Williams were mentioned. Johnson's contract expires in 2016 and Williams' in 2017. Johnson makes $24.89 million in 2015-16, while Williams is owed $43.37 million over the last two years of his deal.