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A successful meeting with Kevin Durant and his closest confidantes Thursday has put the incumbent Oklahoma City Thunder in a strong position as Durant moves into meetings with five other free-agent suitors, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN that Thursday's five-hour meeting with Thunder officials at Chesapeake Energy Arena "went well" before Durant, his agent and business manager Rich Kleiman and longtime friend and manager Charlie Bell boarded a flight to New York to start huddling with other teams on Friday.
A firm decision on where the four-time scoring champion will play next season, sources said, is expected "sooner rather than later," after they finish hosting the five teams that have secured invitations to the Hamptons for weekend sit-downs with Team Durant.
When Dwight Howard starts having his free-agent meetings Friday, he'll seek a contract starting at $24 million a season, according to a source.
Howard is expected to conduct his meetings in his hometown of Atlanta, with the Hawks and Celtics having secured the first discussions with the center.
The Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Hornets also have expressed interest in Howard, who declined a player option with the Houston Rockets at $23.2 million.
CLEVELAND -- The NBA champion Cavaliers have made a qualifying offer to popular backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova, which makes him a restricted free agent.
Dellavedova is expected to draw interest from other teams once free agency begins, and depending how much he's offered, the Cavs could face a tough decision on whether to re-sign him.
A 6-foot-4 guard, Dellavedova, 25, had a solid third season with Cleveland. He averaged 7.5 points and 4.4 assists in 24.6 minutes per game. However, his playing time dwindled during the NBA Finals, when coach Tyronn Lue gave more minutes to Mo Williams.
Forward Chandler Parsons and the Dallas Mavericks will definitely part ways after two seasons together, a source told ESPN.
"No chance," the source said when asked if there were any possibility that Parsons re-signs with the Mavs.
The divorce comes after the Mavs made it clear they had no intention to offer a maximum contract to Parsons, whose two seasons in Dallas both ended prematurely due to surgeries on his right knee. Parsons expects to sign a max deal and said as much during a recent question-and-answer session with fans on Twitter. A max contract for Parsons with the Mavs, who own his early Bird rights, would have been worth $98.8 million over four years. Other teams can offer him $94.8 million over four years.
MANILA, Philippines – Colegio de San Juan de Letran won the NCAA Season 91 men's basketball title sans the help of imports, instead relying on suffocating defense and freewheeling offense to overwhelm opponents.
Though undersized, the Knights were able to overcome teams with dominant imports – including Ola Adeogun of San Beda College in the Finals – thanks to the combined efforts of Kevin Racal, Jom Sollano, and Felix Apreku.
Racal is now in the PBA, the Knights have a new coach and a new system, but Apreku is still there, doing his best to limit the production of the opposing team's import.
BOSTON -- Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas has been not-so-subtly recruiting Kevin Durant since the Oklahoma City Thunder’s season ended. Now he wants to be part of Boston's sales pitch to Durant on Saturday in the Hamptons.
Thomas, back in Boston for some community appearances this week, said Thursday afternoon that he was set to meet with Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge in hopes of joining Boston's recruitment team.
After Tweeting Durant's No. 35 and a shamrock after the Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs and making reference to Durant's shoes in a tweet last weekend, Thomas said he's ready to put the full-court press on Durant.
Before plunging into the real war, the Philippine national men’s basketball team test its wares one last time against Turkey in a FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament tuneup game on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.
Gilas Pilipinas and the 12 Giant Men tussle at 7 p.m. with live coverage on TV5.
This is the second meeting of the two squads both aiming for that prestigious ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A week ago after waking up in Paris to flurry of congratulatory text messages, Serge Ibaka wasn't quite sure how to feel about the NBA draft-night trade that landed him in Orlando.
But one text message in particular helped him feel better about his transition from the Oklahoma City Thunder -- a team contending for an NBA championship -- to a young team trying to figure out how to make the postseason.
"One of things that made me feel good at that moment was Dad texted me," Ibaka said Thursday at a news conference. "Before I could get excited and happy, my dad was happy. He congratulated me and said he was real happy for me. That's what changed everything at the moment.
France head coach Vincent Collet knows the stakes are at its highest in the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
A missed swing could lead to imminent exit as only one team in the six-country tournament can enter the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“We have great hopes, we want to get to Rio,” said Collet Friday at Ninoy Aquino International Airport after the team’s arrival in Manila. “We are very determined, our preparation has been short but the guys are concentrated.”
The Brooklyn Nets have waived point guard Jarrett Jack, the team announced Thursday.
The Nets tried to trade Jack but were unable to do so.
They had a Thursday deadline on Jack's $6.3 million team option, of which just $500,000 was guaranteed.