NBA Rumor Round Up For Wednesday, June 3:
Jeff Hornacek: There has been speculation recently that Hornacek might lose his job as the Phoenix Suns head coach, however that is not happening. John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM writes: "I did some checking on this and found out that 'NO,' Hornacek is not getting fired. And 'replacing our coach has never been discussed.'"
Dwyane Wade: The Miami Heat are hoping Wade will take a major pay cut should he decline his $16.12 option for 2015-16. Well, that's not what he wants to do after taking less money over the last five years. According to The Miami Herald, Wade would be okay with a three-year deal averaging $20 million.
Paul Pierce: There has been speculation recently that Pierce may go back home and sign with the Los Angeles Clippers to reunite with head coach Doc Rivers. According to a report from the Los Angeles Daily News, the Clippers "remain interested" in adding Pierce to the roster. Pierce played with the Washington Wizards this past season and owns a player option worth $5.5 million for next season that he will likely decline.
Carl Landry: The Sacramento Kings announced Tuesday that Landry had successful surgery to fix a torn ligament in his right wrist. According to the Kings, Landry's recovery will take 4-5 months, which means he may not be able to play until the start of the regular season. Landry is signed through 2016-17 and will make $6.5 million each season. In 2014-15, Landry averaged 7.2 points and 3.8 rebounds.
Kostas Papanikolaou: According to Aris Barkas of Eurohoops.net, the Houston Rockets forward spoke about his future with the team during a TV interview. “As you know there’s a team option. They said to me that they want me to stay, that I am a part of the team. However the future in the NBA is always changing. You never know how things may get. You can be out of the team in no time. There’s a deadline for the option until the 29th of June. Talks are going to be made, the draft will take place. I have to have patience," said Papanikolaou. He will make $5 million next season if the Rockets pick up the option and keep him on the team through January 10.
Boston Celtics: The Celtics have a lot of assets, which gives them flexibility to increase the talent on the team via the draft, trades and free agency. Head coach Brad Stevens spoke to the Boston Herald about what the team may add via the draft: "I just think we need to continue to focus on the ability to be a little bit more versatile, which I thought helped us as we got later on in the season with a couple of the changes that we made. And then I think shooting’s a big deal. Obviously everybody’s going to talk about rim protectors and those type of things. There’s only so many of those guys, so I think those other two areas are really important."
Ricky Rubio: According to ESPN.com's Chad Ford, Minnesota president of basketball operations/head coach Flip Saunders "might be willing to move Rubio for the right deal." Rubio is owed $55 million over the next four years after signing his extension on Oct. 31.
Denver Nuggets: There have been reports that Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried can be had for the right price and according to ESPN.com's Chad Ford the team continues to "showcase" both players. Lawson is the likeliest to be moved of the two players.