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Love's deal clouds T-Wolves' hiring

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07:33 AM ET 04.23 | Flip Saunders, a former coach himself, knows how coveted an NBA post can be, and he's now into the process of trying to fill the opening left by Rick Adelman's retirement. Hanging over the process is Kevin Love's uncertain future in Minnesota. Love can opt out of his contract after next season. The possibility of losing the face of the franchise, one of the best power forwards in the game and a relentless worker who has improved every summer could give some coaches pause when considering Minnesota. ... [Saunders] also coached in Detroit and Washington, and many believe he would like to return to the bench with the Wolves. "I'm not going to answer that," Saunders said when asked if he could do both jobs. "You never know."

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'Melo wants to be wooed (like, Howard wooed)

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07:32 AM ET 04.23 | Perhaps, if speculation holds, Phil Jackson will want to fill the Knicks job with Steve Kerr. But, a source with knowledge of the situation said, the team's decision on replacing [Mike Woodson] -- with Kerr or anyone else -- will have little impact on how Anthony, who missed the postseason for the first time in his 11-year career, approaches his free agency. ... "Coaching is only a part of the equation." ... Free agency opens on July 1, and, the source said, Anthony would like, "the Dwight Howard treatment." That means he wants to go through the same sort of process that Howard went through last summer, when Howard set up shop in Los Angeles and set up meetings with five teams -- Houston, the Lakers, Dallas, Golden State and Atlanta -- each of whom came in and made formal presentations.

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Pacers teammates engaged in a fistfight

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07:32 AM ET 04.23 | It appears they are not just battling opponents. On the eve of this Eastern Conference series, the wobbling No. 1 seed punctuated its final playoff preparations in a most self-destructive way: Two Indiana Pacers dragged a cursing, cut Evan Turner out of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse court, untangling him from a practice-floor fistfight with teammate Lance Stephenson. Turner hadn't been the first Pacer to lose his temper with Stephenson these tumultuous several weeks, and Stephenson's relentlessly irritable nature suggests Turner won't be the last. These scrapes aren't uncommon in the NBA, but this confrontation had been weeks in the making and that reflected in the ferocity of the encounter, sources told Yahoo Sports. "This stuff happens, but the timing wasn't ideal," one witness told Yahoo Sports.

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Cavs maxing Irving and clearing millions?

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07:31 AM ET 04.23 | File just about everything in Cleveland these days as "under review." The perception is that [acting GM David Griffin] will be retained, even though Cavs majority owner Dan Gilbert has made no public announcement. ... "I feel very confident that ownership and myself will be moving in the same direction," Griffin said. "But I also don't need to hear anything from them to know that tomorrow I need to get better." ... If he is retained, Griffin will have his hands full this summer: -- The Cavs are expected to make a maximum contract extension offer to guard Kyrie Irving. "Those discussions are set to take place post-July 1, that's when they're going to take place," Griffin said. -- The Cavs could clear as much as $26 million in salary-cap space if they clear the decks of all potential free agents.

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Jazz eyeing Italian legend

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07:31 AM ET 04.23 | At least one coaching search may very well span the globe. NBA coaching sources say that the Jazz will take a legit look at Italian legend Ettore Messina now that they're on the hunt for a replacement for Ty Corbin. ... The Spurs are the team with the longest-known fondness for Messina. [Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey], of course, was imported from San Antonio to succeed Kevin O'Connor in Utah. NBA coaching sources, furthermore, say Messina has another big fan in Salt Lake City in former player agent Justin Zanik, who's in his first season as a member of Lindsey's front-office cabinet with the Jazz. So rest assured that Messina -- widely regarded abroad as the coach most likely to be the NBA's first internationally born and raised head man -- figures into Utah's thoughts.

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