SH Blog: Jazz CEO thinks Sloan might never have left if Deron Williams didn’t provoke him

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Remember when we all speculated a few seasons ago that the reason for Jerry Sloan’s sudden urge to quit as the long-time head coach of the Utah Jazz was tied to the behavior of Deron Williams? Williams will deny to this day that he was the reason Sloan decided to abruptly hang it up back in the 2010-2011 season. There were never official reports or claims explaining why blame would fall on the shoulders of the former Jazz point guard. Jazz

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Larry Bird Returns to Pacers as Team President

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday that Larry Bird will return to the team as President of Basketball Operations. Bird agreed to a multi-year deal. Donnie Walsh, who held that position the last year, will be a consultant to the franchise and Kevin Pritchard remains as the Pacers’ General Manager. “We are all very happy to have Larry back,” said Pacers’ owner Herb Simon. “When he left last July, Donnie and I both told him the door would be open for him

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Mock Draft 7.0: Noel rises to No. 2; Porter at No. 4; Oladipo drops to No. 7

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As the NBA Draft approaches, the Cavs are still actively trying to trade the 1st overall pick, Washington seems determined to take Anthony Bennett of UNLV at No. 3  — which has led Charlotte to shop Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to make room for Otto Porter. Also, Kevin Love is once again being discussed as a trade candidate — to Cleveland, just as we reported in Mock 3.0.1 on May 29. [Read more…]

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Sources: Bobcats Shopping Kidd-Gilchrist to Draft Otto Porter

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The Charlotte Bobcats are shopping Michael Kidd-Gilchrist around the league, confident they will be able to replace him with Otto Porter of Georgetown with the No. 4 pick in Thursday’s draft. The reason the Bobcats braintrust of Rich Cho and owner Michael Jordan believe Porter will be available is because, SheridanHoops has learned from league sources, the Washington Wizards are determined to draft Anthony Bennett of UNLV with the No. 3 pick. A second league source said the Bobcats have been working the phones,

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SH Blog: League may block future deal involving KG and Clippers; Deng, Granger, Aldridge candidates to be traded

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The 2012-2013 season is officially over, but Monday proved that the league never sleeps in the summer. The day kicked off with updated details on the Doc Rivers situation with the Los Angeles Clippers. While an agreement has been reached for Rivers to coach the team, they are still touching up on the formalities of a contract. More importantly, the Clippers can forget about acquiring Kevin Garnett any time soon, from ESPN.com: “The official completion of the deal that will send Doc Rivers

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