Grizzlies have declined their option on Lance Stephenson.
Stephenson was brought in last year due to an abundance of injuries and although they didn't pick up his option, he played extremely well for them. Stephenson is just 25-years old, coming off a second half with the Grizzlies in which he averaged 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He'll find a home, although it's not likely his role is as prominent as it was in Memphis.
Kevin Durant said he is intrigued at the new look Knicks.
We're not exactly sure how to take the fact he thinks the Knicks team looks very different. They lost their starting center who was on a fantastic contract and added an injury prone point-guard who's only on contract for one more year. The Knicks will be slightly improved but there are other team's Durant should focus his attention on. Don't look for the Knicks to be the team he selects when the decision part two finally occurs.
Pau Gasol has opted out of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent.
This doesn't come as a shock at all as Gasol took a discount to play with the Bulls in the first place when he originally signed with the team two seasons ago. Over his time with Chicago, Gasol averaged 17.6 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. He isn't going to come cheap and he's absolutely looking for a team that has championship potential. Gasol is going to be a hot commodity come July 1st.
Knicks have a very high interest in signing center Joakim Noah.
The Knicks already have a center who can protect the rim and shoot threes in Kristaps Porzingis and signing a center who will force Porzingis to play power forward and Carmelo Anthony to play small forward is a huge blunder considering the Knicks have no shooting guard and zero depth. Noah would be a good fit in the offense and in the locker room, but both he and the Knicks would probably be better off if he signs someplace else.
Bulls are testing the trade market for Taj Gibson.
Gibson is a great first player off the bench but all the injuries to the Bulls front court last year saw him start 55 of the 73 games in which he appeared. Despite starting the second most games of his career, Gibson averaged a three year low of 8.6 points per game. Any team looking to trade for Gibson would likely be looking to bolster their bench than their starting five.
Joakim Noah told reporters that he isn't interested in re-signing with the Bulls.
Behind Hassan Whiteside and Dwight Howard, Noah is another top center on the market this summer and it would be a huge shock if he returns to the Bulls. With one of his favorite teammates in Derrick Rose onto New York and with Robin Lopez coming in, Noah would be sharing playing time with Lopez and Pau Gasol. Already with a bit of a diminished role last season, Noah -- the heart and soul of the Bulls -- will almost certainly be moving onto a better destination himself. There is a very good chance he ends up with the Knicks if New York's pursuit of Howard comes up dry.
Jeremy Lin said he is open to re-joining the Knicks this offseason.
Lin became an overnight sensation four years ago with the Knicks which started the short-lived "Linsanity." While a reunion would be a nice story, it would be a big stretch considering the Knicks' recent trade for Derrick Rose and Lin's hopes to be a starter. However, Lin is much better suited to be a backup and would be a solid option in New York, especially behind the oft-injured Rose. "It's not looking likely because they just traded for Derrick Rose," Lin said, via ESPN. "But I will say that ever since I left, I've always been open to going back and I still am. Never say never, that's the one thing in the NBA, never say never. So I've always been open but right now, I'm not sure if it's the best timing. But if it happens, it happens."
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