First Cup: Thursday

  • Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune: There is no chance — zero — of Rick Adelman returning as Timberwolves head coach next season, according to one of the team’s decision-makers. Look for an announcement to that effect soon. Two college coaches mentioned as candidates to replace Adelman, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg, aren’t likely to take the job because of their popularity and security at their respective schools. The Wolves could be a playoff contender next season with the personnel additions they made this year, but Izzo or Hoiberg probably won’t move unless offered a fantastic contract with big money. ... I still think Flip Saunders, Wolves president of basketball operations, wants to coach. Even though Taylor says he prefers to have the team president and coach be two different people, I think Saunders could talk Taylor into letting him coach.

  • Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times: Nick Young has been coy the whole season about the meaning of his "Swaggy P" nickname, specifically the "P" part. Everybody will have to wait awhile longer, apparently. "I've got a book coming out in July," he said. "I'll let you all know." The book title? "The Mystery of the 'P,'" Young said, adding quickly, "Made that up just now."

  • Bob Finnan of The News-Herald: The Cavaliers’ franchise faces several major decisions this summer. None is bigger than the five-year, $80 million maximum extension the Cavs are expected to offer two-time All-Star Kyrie Irving. "Obviously, I’m aware I can be extended this summer,” he said after the Cavs’ 114-85 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on April 16 before 19,842 at Quicken Loans Arena. “It’s a big deal for me if they do offer me that. It will be exciting. I’ll make the best decision for me and my family. That’s what it will boil down to.” Irving doesn’t sound like someone who wants out. “I’ve been part of this, and I want to continue to be part of this,” he said. “We’ve made some strides in the right direction, especially as an organization. I want to be part of something special. I don’t have a definitive answer to that right now.” The offer is expected to come on July 1.

  • Michael Hunt of The Journal Times: Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry gave every indication that they are committed to keeping the Bucks in Milwaukee. The joyful reception they received in the BMO Harris Bradley Center atrium to announce the ownership transfer stood in stark contrast to the funereal atmosphere that enveloped the sale in 2006 of the Seattle SuperSonics to an Oklahoma City investment group. Contrary to what the new owners said that day, everyone in the room knew the Sonics were on their way out of Seattle. No one trusted the carpetbaggers who eventually rustled the team away. There was no such sensation after out-of-towners Edens and Lasry said they'd ante $100 million toward a place for the Bucks to play at least 41 times a year and concerts and shows to occupy another 200 nights in the building. There is no reason to doubt their sincerity at the moment.

  • Dave Dulberg of ArizonaSports.com: While the Phoenix Suns have made it very clear that re-signing Eric Bledsoe and P.J. Tucker are at the top of their wish list this offseason, retaining the services of veteran forward Channing Frye is also a stated priority. After missing all of 2012-13 due to an enlarge heart, Frye became the only Sun to not only play but start all 82 games this season, averaging in 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in the process. ... Frye signed a five-year, $30 million contract back in July 2010, however the 30-year-old holds a player option for the fifth year worth $6.8 million. So the question is, will he pick it up this summer? "I don't know, you'd have to ask Channing," Suns general manager Ryan McDonough told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM's Burns & Gambo Wednesday. "We'd like to have him back either way. If he picks up the option, that's great. It's remarkable. He's going to be the one guy who is going to start every game for us this year."

  • John Reid of The Times-Picayune: Dell Demps declined to say specifically what areas he intends to address to improve the roster. But Demps did say he plans to be creative to add more talent around forward Anthony Davis, who emerged as an All-Star in just his second season. The Pelicans struggled to get a consistent effort at both the center and small forward spots. ... Demps said they won't pursue a maximum-money free agent like they did last summer with Evans, who agreed to a four-year, $44 million offer before the Pelicans acquired him in a sign-and-trade deal from the Sacramento Kings. ... Demps didn't rule out the possibility they could pursue trying to acquire a pick in the upcoming June NBA draft, which is expected to be one of the strongest in several years.

  • Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee: The season is over. Now on to to the top priorities for the offseason. That begins with Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas. Gay can become an unrestricted free agent by opting out of his contract that is due to pay him $19.3 million next season. Even if Gay does opt out, the Kings will try to keep him. ... Thomas will be a restricted free agent after the Kings make him a qualifying offer. Thomas can then sign an offer sheet with another team, which the Kings could match, or agree to a new deal with the Kings.

  • Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post: So you want to label the Nuggets 2013-14, ending with their first missed playoffs in 10 years, as a "terrible" season? Nuggets coach Brian Shaw won't go that route with you. "People can talk about the fact that we didn't make the playoffs. They can say we've had a terrible year," Shaw said. "I don't think we had a terrible year. We had an unfortunate year. We had to endure a lot of injuries. At the same time, there was a lot of positive that came from this year." Indeed, the Nuggets, who finished the season Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center with a 116-112 loss to the Golden State Warriors, won't actually go down as having one of the worst records in franchise history. The 36-46 mark was just kind of blah after the team won 57 games a year ago. The two overarching reasons for a below-average season are simple ones: injuries and effort.

  • Jody Genessy of the Deseret News: Utah's double-overtime victory at Minnesota was an exciting way to finish a rough 2013-14 season, but it might come back to haunt the Jazz a bit at the NBA draft. By virtue of Utah's win and Boston's season-ending loss to Washington, the Jazz and Celtics finished tied for the fourth-worst record in the league at 25-57. This means Utah and Boston will split their lottery chances, resulting in each team having a 10.35 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick and a 33.5 percent chance of finishing in the top three.

  • Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News: Greg Monroe admitted the chemistry wasn’t right with the players all season along, marked by the additions of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, along with the integration of Andre Drummond to a full-time starter in his second season. Monroe but when pressed about what exactly was the issue, wouldn’t elaborate. “I would answer your question but I don’t want to go further than that.” Chauncey Billups has the ear of virtually everyone because of his status in the NBA and in a young locker room, while Smith has never been afraid to speak his mind. Whether Monroe truly wanted to say something when things began to go sour or not remains in his thoughts. “Negative comments always get more attention, or anything that’s slightly controversial,” Monroe said.

  • Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News: The weeks and months ahead will be as important to the organization's future as the 82 games that were played. There is the June draft, in which the Sixers now have two first round picks and five second-rounders. There will be free agency, trade talks and competition in two summer leagues in which the new rookies and injured Nerlens Noel will give a sample of what next season may hold. "It is so complicated," Brown said of getting ready for the offseason. "I will be led by Sam [Hinkie, the general manager]. I've gone through a very system-oriented process for the past 12 years with an organization [San Antonio] that has proven that they've made way more good decisions than bad decisions. That is Sam's strength. I've got faith in Sam. It is a very large reason why I'm here.

  • A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com: Danny Ainge on trading Rondo who is set to be a free agent in 2015. DA: “Listen there’s no one person that’s more important than the whole organization. We need to be good because we all want to be good. I want my coach to stay, I want Jeff Green to want to be here, I want free agents that are out there looking at us play to want to play here. I want fans to want to come to the game, ya know everybody wants to win, but not just for one player, not just for one person. We all want to win and that’s what we are trying to accomplish."

  • Marc Berman of the New York Post: Mike Woodson said he still hopes to talk to Phil Jackson about remaining as head coach next season, but wouldn’t say if he will help the Knicks team president conduct exit meetings Thursday and Friday with the players. Woodson said he’d like to find out his status “soon” and he likely will in the next 48 hours. Woodson is not expected to be retained to finish the final year of his contract and almost assuredly coached his final game Wednesday in a 95-92 win over Toronto, going out on a four-game winning streak. That Woodson said he “won’t comment’’ on whether he’ll join Jackson for the exit meetings spoke volumes about his tenuous status. ... Woodson has one year left on his pact at about $3.3 million.