Griffin said the phone started ringing immediately after the Cavaliers won the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night. He said will be keep an open mind leading into the June 26 draft.
The Cavs have won the No. 1 pick in the draft for the second straight year and third time in the past four. On Tuesday night, they moved up from the ninth spot despite just a 1.7 per cent chance of winning the top selection.
The top picks in this year's draft are expected to include two Kansas teammates: center Joel Embiid and forward Andrew Wiggins. Other highly touted prospects include Kentucky forward Julius Randle and Duke forward Jabari Parker. Sources told ESPN.com that the 7-foot Embiid is the early front-runner for the top pick as long as his back is OK.
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Indiana Pacers forward Paul George suffered a concussion after taking a knee to the back of the head during the loss to the Miami Heat in Game Two of the Eastern Conference finals.
George must now satisfy all the protocols set forth in the NBA's concussion policy before he can play Game Three of the series in Miami on Saturday. The series is tied 1-1.
George took a knee to the back of the head from Dwyane Wade with 6:49 left in the Heat's 87-83 victory on Tuesday night.
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The Los Angeles Lakers have interviewed Mike Dunleavy for their vacant head coaching job.
The job has been open for a month since it was decided that Mike D'Antoni would not return for the 2014-15 season. Reports indicate that the New York Knicks also are interested in Dunleavy as a possible candidate for their open coaching position.
The 60-year-old Dunleavy last coached in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2010. In 17 seasons as a head coach, he compiled a 613-716 record and led teams to seven play-off appearances.
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Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger has received permission to interview with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are searching for a replacement for retired Rick Adelman.
Joerger, a Minnesota native whose professional ties to Wolves president Flip Saunders go back several years, led the Grizzlies to a 50-32 record and the seventh seed in the Western Conference play-offs. Memphis lost in the deciding game of a best-of-seven series to Oklahoma City.
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Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson has been fined $5,000 for violating the anti-flopping rules during Game Two of the Eastern Conference finals, the league announced Wednesday.
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