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|6/18/2013||Monta Ellis, G||Ellis will be an unrestricted free agent July 1 after informing the Milwaukee Bucks he is opting out of the final year of his contract. Ellis had an $11 million option for the upcoming season. But he told the Bucks on Monday that he would not be exercising it.
Analysis: Ellis was Milwaukee's leading scorer with 19.2 points per game last season, his only full season with the Bucks. He also led the team in minutes (37.5 per game), and was the only Milwaukee player to appear in all 82 games. Ellis has averaged 19.4 points and 4.7 assists in his eight-year career, the first six-plus seasons of which was spent with Golden State.
|6/17/2013||Monta Ellis, G||Ellis reportedly will opt out of the final year and $11 million of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent.
Analysis: Milwaukee reportedly offered a two-year, $24 million extension that was contingent upon Ellis not opting out of his original contract.
|6/16/2013||Manu Ginobili, G-F||Ginobili is making his first start of the season in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.
Analysis: Ginobili replaces forward Tiago Splitter as the Spurs try starting with a smaller lineup against the Miami Heat. The series was tied 2-all heading into San Antonio's final home game. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich made the switch despite Ginobili struggling through the worst playoffs of his career. He is averaging 7.5 points and shooting just 34 percent against Miami.
|6/16/2013||Danny Green, G-F||San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green set an NBA Finals record for 3-pointers Sunday with his 23rd of this series against the Miami Heat.
Analysis: Green broke Ray Allen's 2008 mark with his fourth 3-pointer of the night early in the second half of Game 5. It was the fourth time that the once-unheralded swingman has hit at least four from long range this series. Green was shooting 68 percent from 3-point range this series after breaking the record. Allen, who now plays for the Heat, set the previous mark as a member of the Boston Celtics.
|6/14/2013||Chris Bosh, F-C||Miami Heat star Chris Bosh has been fined $5,000 for flopping during Game 4 of the NBA Finals. The NBA announced the fine on Friday. The play happened midway through the second quarter with the Heat leading 41-32.
Analysis: Bosh was trailing Spurs forward Tim Duncan as the two headed back down the court when Duncan established post position in the paint. As Spurs guard Gary Neal approached with the dribble, Duncan posted up a late-arriving Bosh to try to seal him away from the play. Bosh flailed his arms and fell to the ground.
|6/13/2013||Tony Parker, PG||Parker will play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals after his availability was in doubt because of a mild right hamstring strain.
Analysis: Parker wouldn't address his injury at practice Thursday other than saying he was ``ready to go.'' The All-Star was hurt early in the second half of Game 3, which the Spurs won to take a 2-1 lead over the Miami Heat in the best-of-seven series.
|6/13/2013||Festus Ezeli, C||Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli has undergone right knee surgery to reinforce two ligaments. The team says the procedure, performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Wednesday, was necessary to reinforce the medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments.
Analysis: Ezeli sprained the knee during the regular-season finale at Portland on April 17. Golden State expects him to soon begin rehabilitation and make a complete recovery, likely in a minimum of six to nine months. Ezeli averaged 2.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.95 blocked shots - fourth among NBA rookies - in 78 regular-season games and 41 starts as a rookie. He was the 30th overall pick by the Warriors in the 2012 draft.
|6/12/2013||Jason Kidd, G||The Brooklyn Nets have hired Kidd as their coach, bringing the former star back to the franchise.
Analysis: The Nets will introduce Kidd as their coach during a Thursday news conference in Brooklyn. Kidd's contract is expected to be guaranteed for three seasons with a possible fourth-year team option, league sources said. Kidd, 40, makes the leap out of a Hall Fame playing career and onto the bench next season. It's a daring move for the Nets that promises to energize their fan base.
|6/11/2013||Tony Parker, PG||Parker is scheduled to have an MRI on a tight hamstring on Wednesday, leaving his availability for Game 4 of the NBA Finals very much up in the air.
Analysis: Parker was injured early in the second half of Game 3 against Miami on Tuesday night. He tried to play through it, but left the game early in the fourth quarter with the Spurs pulling away to an eventual 113-77 victory.
|6/10/2013||Kobe Bryant, SG||Bryant settled a legal dispute with a New Jersey auction house over whether his mother was authorized to sell memorabilia, allowing six items from his high school days and early NBA career to be offered for sale beginning next week.
Analysis: Kenneth Goldin, founder of southern New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions, said Monday that his company and Bryant recently reached the settlement. Citing a confidentiality agreement, Goldin wouldn't discuss details of the settlement beyond which items will be auctioned, including two uniforms worn by Bryant at Lower Merion High School outside Philadelphia and two 2000 NBA championship rings Bryant gave to his parents.
|6/9/2013||Jason Kidd, G||A person familiar with the situation says Kidd is interested in the Brooklyn Nets coaching position and plans to talk to the team this this week.
Analysis: Kidd led the Nets to consecutive NBA Finals as a player and is now interested in replacing P.J. Carlesimo, the person tells The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not discussing its search.
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