Kevin Garnett is considering retirement, but there has been no decision made on his playing future.
Garnett, who turns 37 on Sunday, previously said that his decision to continue to play would be made on a year-to-year basis. It's likely that his playing future is tied to Doc Rivers and Paul Pierce, but we already know that Rivers is returning. Pierce's future is much less certain, and it's not clear if Garnett would return if Pierce moves on. "I don't think I have the answers that Kevin will want," Danny Ainge said. "I'm not ready to answer everything that he will want to know."
A source told the Boston Globe that Paul Pierce "is already beginning to prepare for relocation from Boston."
This is the second report this week that Pierce does not expect to return to the Celtics. The team can buy him out for $5 million prior to June 30, or the club can pick up a $15.3 million option for the final year of his deal. The Celtics could also attempt to trade him, but GM Danny Ainge has voiced support for Pierce since the Celtics were eliminated from the postseason. "I thought Paul had a terrific year," Ainge said. It's too early to tell what Pierce's future holds, and the decision is entirely out of Pierce's control. It would be strange to see him in a different uniform.
The Hawks have interviewed both Stan Van Gundy and Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer for their head coaching position.
Although Larry Drew's contract doesn't expire until June 30, there is no indication that the Hawks plan to retain him and both sides have started pursuing other options. It would be a major shock to see Drew back in Atlanta despite the job he did with the Hawks this season because GM Danny Ferry wants to install his own regime after taking over last season. Nate McMillan is the other known candidate to have interviewed already, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that there are "others" who have yet to be officially interviewed. Yahoo! Sports previously reported the Hawks will pursue Van Gundy with an eye on landing Dwight Howard.
Tim Duncan scored a team-high 19 points with six boards, two assists and three blocks to close out the Warriors in Game 6's 94-82 win on Thursday.
All five Spurs starters were in double figures, but defense was the story for the Spurs. They held the Warriors to just 38.8 percent shooting, including 4-of-16 from downtown. Duncan didn't play too much down the stretch tonight, but Gregg Popovich said after the game that it was his decision to keep TD on the bench. Duncan will be ready to go for Sunday and he'll have his hands full against the formidable Memphis big men.
The Maloofs have reached an agreement to sell the Kings to a group led by Vivek Ranadive that will keep the team in Sacramento for a valuation of $535 million.
It seems like an end to a never-ending saga that lasted for most of the season. While the vilified Maloofs get their money in this deal, the NBA is better for having one of the league's worst ownership groups no longer in the mix. Kevin Johnson has been spearheading the movement to keep the Kings and obviously won't be voted out of his position any time soon. The Kings finished at 28-54 last season, but their fans couldn't be happier to have their team remaining in Sacramento.
Harrison Barnes is dealing with headaches and will not return to Thursday's game.
Uh oh. Barnes headed to the locker room after an extremely hard fall and landed on his head, then came out to start the second half. The Warriors training staff is immediately going to be put under the microscope for this and they'll have some explaining to do in the post-game. Barnes finished with nine points, four boards and one assist in 31 minutes.
Harrison Barnes received six stitches above his left eye and started the second half on Thursday.
There was a chance he suffered a concussion with the severity in which his head hit the floor in the second quarter, but that's obviously not the case. The Warriors are going to need Barnes to play well and he's been terrific with 25.5 points per game in his previous two contests. He didn't really do much throughout the course of the regular season, but his big-time playoff production is putting him on the fantasy map for next year even though David Lee isn't healthy.