Adrian Wojnarowski

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Adrian Wojnarowski is the NBA columnist for Yahoo! Sports. His book "The Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty"; was a New York Times best-seller. He is a 1991 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, where he considers Butler Gymnasium's rims to be the most giving in the game.

  • Jazz claim Erik Murphy off waivers

    The Utah Jazz claimed forward Erik Murphy on waivers Saturday, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The Chicago Bulls released Murphy on Thursday, choosing to use his roster spot for a perimeter player to bolster the Bulls for a playoff run.

    To make room on the 15-man roster for Murphy, the Jazz waived center Andris Biedrins.

    Murphy, a 6-foot-10 rookie out of the University of Florida, was the 49th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft.

    Biedrins, a 7-footer, played in six games for the Jazz this season. He came to Utah a year ago as part of a salary dump for draft picks from the Golden State Warriors.

  • Sources: University of Houston reaches deal to hire Kelvin Sampson as head coach

    The University of Houston has reached agreement to hire Kelvin Sampson as its head basketball coach, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Sampson, 58, will leave his job with the Houston Rockets, where he serves as the top assistant coach, and take over the Cougars program once the agreement is finalized, sources said.

    Sampson met with university officials twice in the past several days – including Saturday, sources said.

    [Also: The Philadelphia 76ers end record-tying 26-game losing streak ]

    Houston officials are willing to withstand the criticism that'll come with Sampson's appointment that stem from past violations of NCAA rules, which clouded his history at Indiana and Oklahoma.

    Sampson brought Oklahoma to the 2002 Final Four and orchestrated 18 consecutive winning seasons as coach at Washington State, Oklahoma and Indiana. Sampson has reached the NCAA tournament 13 times. He's built winning teams around tough defense and aggressive, physical mindsets.

    Nevertheless, Sampson earned the

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  • Sources: Patrick Beverley to return to Rockets this season

    After suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee, Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will not undergo surgery and is expected to return this season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Beverley will be considered "week to week" on his return to the Rockets' lineup, a source said on Monday afternoon. Beverly met with Dr. James Andrews on Monday. Based on Andrews' recommendations, Beverley's possible return will largely be based on the success of his rehabilitation process.

    For Houston, the return of Beverley could be telltale for the team's chances to advance in the Western Conference playoffs. The Rockets are 49-23 and holding onto the fourth seed in the West.

    Beverley hurt the knee in Houston's 120-98 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday night.

    The loss of Beverley would've been difficult for the Rockets to overcome, especially because of their need for him to defend the top point guards in the West playoffs. For now, Jeremy Lin is stepping into the starting lineup and providing

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  • Sources: Marquette targeting Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski in coaching search

    Duke assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski has emerged as a target for Marquette University in its search for a basketball coach, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Marquette made an initial push for VCU's Shaka Smart, but Wojciechowski has joined Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin as one of the preferred choices to take over the Big East conference program, sources said.

    Marquette has been pursuing a replacement for Buzz Williams, who recently accepted the coaching job at Virginia Tech. ESPN.com had reported that Martin was one of the search's top targets.

    Wojciechowski has been an assistant coach on Duke's coaching staff for 15 seasons, including part of two national championships.

    Marquette has been impressed with the impact former Duke assistant coach Chris Collins had in his first season at Northwestern. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay coach Brian Wardle remains an intriguing candidate to Marquette officials too, sources said. Wardle is an ex-Marquette standout and assistant coach.

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  • Sources: Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley could be lost for the season

    Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley could be lost for the rest of the season with a torn meniscus in his right knee, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Patrick Beverley will get a second opinion on the injury soon, sources said. (USA TODAY Sports)Beverley, 25, will get a second opinion on the injury soon, sources said, and then it'll be determined whether there's possibly a rehabilitation process that could expedite his return before the end of the NBA playoffs, sources said.

    Beverley, averaging 9.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists this season, hurt the knee in Houston's 120-98 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday night.

    The loss of Beverley will be difficult for the Rockets to overcome, especially because of their need for him to defend the top points guard in the Western Conference playoffs. Jeremy Lin can step into the starting lineup and provide offense for the Rockets, but he brings nowhere near Beverley's level of toughness and defense.

    The Rockets are 49-22 and holding onto the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoff race.

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  • Sources: Kansas center Joel Embiid to enter NBA draft

    Kansas star Joel Embiid – a possible No. 1 overall choice – has decided to enter the June NBA draft, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Embiid, a 20-year-old, 7-foot freshman, rapidly emerged as one of college basketball's major talents and moved into competition with Jayhawks teammate Andrew Wiggins and Duke's Jabari Parker to be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft.

    Wiggins has been consistent in saying he’ll only play one year of college basketball, and Parker says he still is deciding whether he'll enter the draft.

    A formal announcement on Embiid's decision is expected soon. In the past week, Embiid has progressed in settling on agent representation, but no final decision has been made, sources said.

    Embiid's season ended prematurely with a stress fracture in his back, costing him the final two games of the regular season, the Big 12 tournament and Kansas' two games in the NCAA tournament. Until the injury, Kansas was considered a serious national championship contender.

    There's a strong

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  • Warriors coach Mark Jackson forces reassignment of assistant Brian Scalabrine

    In what's become an increasingly dysfunctional atmosphere, Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson has forced a reassignment of assistant coach Brian Scalabrine, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Ownership and management have been strong advocates of Scalabrine and his performance on the job, sources told Yahoo Sports. Nevertheless, Warriors officials decided that as long as Jackson is the head coach, he'll have control of his coaching staff.

    Ownership and management have been strong advocates of Brian Scalabrine and his performance. (USA TODAY Sports)It is immediately unclear what kind of a role to which the Warriors will transition Scalabrine, but management has no intention of letting him leave the organization, sources said.

    Over the past two years, Jackson's difficulty with managing his coaching staff and creating a functional work environment has developed into one of the issues that threatens his future on the job, league sources said.

    Scalabrine, who joined the staff in July, was Jackson's choice as an assistant coach. For two straight years, Jackson has had issues with assistant

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  • North Carolina State's T.J. Warren to enter NBA draft

    North Carolina State sophomore T.J. Warren has decided to enter the June NBA draft, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Warren reached the decision with his family on Sunday and had been expected to inform the N.C. State coaching staff of his decision early this week, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    A formal announcement is expected to come soon.

    Warren, a 6-foot-8 forward, had 25 points in N.C. State's NCAA tournament victory over Xavier and 28 in their loss to Saint Louis last week. He's considered one of the best pure scorers in the draft class, averaging 24.9 points and shooting 52 percent from the floor.

    Meetings with agents to represent Warren in the NBA draft are underway.

    DraftExpress.com has Warren slated to be chosen 18th in its most recent mock draft.

  • Steve Nash planning to return to Lakers on Friday

    After five weeks on the sidelines, Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash is planning a return to the lineup on Friday night, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The Lakers, left with only one healthy point guard, are planning to use Nash as a backup to Kendall Marshall against the Washington Wizards at Staples Center.

    Nash, a two-time NBA MVP, participated in a full practice session with the Lakers on Thursday.

    After recently ruling out Nash's return, Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni changed course on Wednesday and suggested Nash could return over the final 15 games of the regular season.

    D'Antoni informed reporters that guard Nick Young and forward Jordan Hill would return from injuries on Friday, too. The Lakers lost point guard Jordan Farmar to an injury this week.

    Nash, 40, has suffered from nerve damage in his back and hamstring injuries this season. Nash, who hasn't played a game since Feb. 11, has averaged 7.6 points and 4.7 assists in 10 games.

    Nash has one year left on his three-year

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  • Celtics signing Chris Babb for remainder of season

    The Boston Celtics will sign guard Chris Babb for the rest of the season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The deal includes future team options that give the Celtics an ability to keep Babb beyond this season, sources said.

    Babb completed his second consecutive 10-day contract with Boston on Thursday.

    Babb's agent, Greg Lawrence of Wasserman Media Group, confirmed to Yahoo Sports that an agreement had been reached.

    Since Avery Bradley returned from injury for the Celtics, Babb has gone four straight games without playing. After finishing his career at Iowa State, Babb averaged 12 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League.

    The Celtics have been most pleased with Babb's tenacity on the defensive end.

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