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Cavaliers Hosting Larry Sanders For Workout

Feb 22, 2017 10:51 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are hosting Larry Sanders for a solo workout on Wednesday.

The Cavs are testing and evaluating Sanders physically as he's been away from the game for two seasons.

Sanders agreed upon a buyout with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2015 when he decided to step away from basketball.

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Tags: Larry Sanders, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jae Crowder Believed To Be Sticking Point In Boston's Talks With Bulls For Jimmy Butler

Feb 22, 2017 11:51 AM

The Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls continue to discuss a Jimmy Butler trade.

"I think the Jimmy Butler stuff is real," said Aldridge. "They have been trying to get Jimmy Butler. He doesn't want to give up Jae Crowder. That's the main sticking point there and he doesn't want to give up Jae Crowder in a deal and that's the guy the Bulls are insisting on right now in any package for Butler.

"The picks will work themselves out. Boston has about 600 first round picks in the next five years, so they'll make it work. That part I'm not worried about. I think it really comes down to Crowder. In terms of real tangible players, I think Danny would like to go into the playoffs with Smart, Bradley, Crowder defensively along with Butler, Horford, Thomas offensively. I think he feels like that's the only way they'll be able to complete with a team like Cleveland.

"Chicago, I think rightly, is saying, 'If you want our best player, we're not going to just do it for picks. We're not going to take guys you aren't going to keep on your roster. We want a guy that is going to be able to grow with us, along with one of those high picks.' They want a top half of the lottery type pick for Jimmy Butler, along with a starting established player under contract. I understand that from Chicago's point of view."

David Aldridge/NBA.com (via Brian Robb/CelticsHub)

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Interested In Trading For Iman Shumpert

Feb 22, 2017 12:31 PM

The Houston Rockets have expressed interest specifically in Iman Shumpert of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports the Rockets are seeking a trade for a player in the $10 million to $12 million salary range.

The Rockets are offering expiring contracts and cash savings for trade partners.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Iman Shumpert, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings Left Some Teams Wishing They Had Chance To Bid For DeMarcus Cousins

Feb 22, 2017 11:40 AM

The Sacramento Kings perhaps prematurely found a deal for DeMarcus Cousins with the New Orleans Pelicans before they could allow his market to materialize. 

"They had a set number of teams that they sort of reconnected with in the last 72 hours of the deal," said Wojnarowski. "They sort of went back to the list of any team that had ever reached out to them. Teams that who had reached out to them in the past, they reconnected with to see 'will you raise the most recent offer to us, or is there more you want to do, are you interested?'

"Now there were other teams they had talked to in passing, who (said) 'I wish I knew this was going on.'

"They didn't know until we reported it Sunday night that they were this close to a deal. There were a couple of teams who did try to reach out and some who felt at this point the deal was done and didn't reach out, but thought 'okay, Sac already has their deal.'"

Wojnarowski also reported Vlade Divac has been difficult for teams to reach on the phone and that it has been assistant GM Ken Cantenella who has become the Kings' point man for rival teams to contact. During All-Star weekend, Divac was able to meet face-to-face with Dell Demps at the Pelicans' practice facility and Wojnarowski believes that convenience played a role in trade getting done.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavaliers To Sign Derrick Williams To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Feb 22, 2017 12:39 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will sign Derrick Williams to a second 10-day contract.

Williams has averaged 9.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 22.9 minutes over four games with the Cavaliers.

Williams signed an initial 10-day contract with the Cavaliers after he was waived by the Miami Heat.

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Tags: Derrick Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic Johnson Will Empower Rob Pelinka Yet Retain Final Say

Feb 22, 2017 1:45 AM

Magic Johnson is entering his role with the Los Angeles Lakers committed and sober about the challenges the franchise faces in rebuilding.

"I understand what I'm up against, but I'm here, and I'm here for the long haul, and eventually we will turn it around."

Johnson said he wants to empower his general manager, Rob Pelinka, to make decisions, but also noted, "Anything to do with trades, [the] draft, is, of course, going to end with me."

He added later, "You don't know that I'm a control freak. You don't get to where I am without being one. I'm going to make sure that I set the strategy, that I set the tone and that this organization is going to be about excellence on and off the court. That's what we're going to be about. And then everybody will have a clear role, and, of course, I'm a point guard, so I like to work with everybody."

Johnson also emphasized that he needs to learn the nuances of the NBA's latest collective bargaining agreement, the salary cap, analytics and more -- key elements of today's game that weren't as important when he starred in the 1980s.

"Those days are over with," Johnson said, adding that he'll accept NBA commissioner Adam Silver's offer to visit New York City soon to learn more about the CBA. "The salary cap and the new CBA has changed the game of basketball."

Johnson believes the Lakers don't have the same advantages as they had in his era on team building.

"It was easier then," Johnson said, "because free-agent movement or even making trades were easier back then, but now it's a little bit more difficult with the new CBA. And then with the new CBA, everybody is really trying to keep their young talent. So player movement is not going to be as easy as it used to be.

"Players today, whether they're coming to us or any other team, have got to buy into that vision and have got to say, 'Look, I can see it. This organization is about winning.' We've always been about winning. And you've got the right coach, you've got the right management team, you've got the right ownership, and so we're looking forward to going out and pitching to free agents."

Johnson plans on giving the Lakers his full attention despite his myriad of businesses and frequent speaking engagements.

"Everything is going smooth in my businesses," he said. "I can step away now. If it had been five years ago, 10 years ago, I couldn't do it, but the timing was right."

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pacers Not Considering Any Trade Offers For Paul George

Feb 21, 2017 7:51 PM

The Indiana Pacers will not consider any trade discussions involving Paul George, according to multiple sources.

The Pacers also don't plan on moving Jeff Teague or Myles Turner as they want to see how this core builds chemistry. Larry Bird would like the Pacers to re-sign Teague in the offseason.

Indiana's best asset is their own first round pick.

Although George said Friday on ESPN radio that he wants to lead the Pacers to their first NBA championship, he also has made it clear he wants to see the supporting players that Bird surrounds him with before making a decision.

“As I told Larry, I always want to play on a winning team,” George said on the program. He later added: “Man, I want a chance to play for a chance to win a championship.”

Nate Taylor/Indianapolis Star

Tags: Paul George, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jazz Reach Out To Mavs On Trading For Deron Williams

Feb 21, 2017 8:27 PM

The Utah Jazz have expressed interest to the Dallas Mavericks in trading for Deron Williams.

Williams was traded by the Jazz in 2011 to the Nets.

Williams signed with the Mavericks in the 2015 offseason after agreeing upon a buyout with the Nets. Williams will be a free agent at the end of the current season.

During the 16-17 season, Williams is averaging 13.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists in 29.3 minutes per game.

The Jazz also have George Hill and Dante Exum on their depth chart at point guard.

Tim MacMahon, Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Deron Williams, Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Hire Rob Pelinka As GM

Feb 21, 2017 6:40 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers and Rob Pelinka have agreed upon a multi-year deal for him to become general manager.

Pelinka will join the Lakers' front office now run by Magic Johnson following the dismissal of Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss.

Pelinka was one of the NBA's most powerful agents, representing Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Andre Iguodala and Eric Gordon, amongst others. Pelinka will have to divest his interest in his agency to become GM of the Lakers.

The Lakers initially targeted Bob Myers but he recently signed an extension with the Golden State Warriors.

“I want a [general manager] who understands the CBA, but also understands our team and wants to be here,” Johnson said during his introductory interview with Spectrum SportsNet. “And that also knows players, knows agents, because we're going to need all of that on his resume when he comes to work here.”

Pelinka will be the day-to-day executive running the organization, engineering trades, and coordinating scouting and the draft. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Acquire Lou Williams From Lakers For 1st Rounder, Corey Brewer

Feb 21, 2017 7:42 PM

The Houston Rockets are finalizing a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers for Lou Williams.

The Rockets will send Corey Brewer and a first round pick to the Lakers for Williams.

The deal is the first for the Lakers since they fired Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss to elevate Magic Johnson to President of Basketball Operations.

Williams signed with the Lakers in 2015 on a three-year, $21 million contract.

The Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards also pursued a trade for Williams.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Lou Williams, Corey Brewer, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wizards Interested In Trading For Shabazz Muhammad
Shabazz Muhammad will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

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Dunc'd On: Magic Takes Over, Lou Williams Trade, Retro Game 6 1988 Finals
Dan Feldman joins to discuss Magic's takeover in LA, Lou Williams trade, and then a long, crazy detailed retro look at Game 6 of the 1988 NBA Finals, Isiah Thomas' 43 points on a sprained ankle.

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Tom Thibodeau Pushing For Derrick Rose Trade
The Timberwolves continue to strongly pursue a trade for Derrick Rose.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Bob Myers Was Lakers' Original Top Choice To Become GM
The Lakers are pivoting to Rob Pelinka as their top candidate with Bob Myers unavailable.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Lakers' Pursuit Of Cousins Was Kupchak/Buss 'Last-Ditch Attempt To Save Job'
Jim Buss badly wanted the Lakers to trade for Cousins, but it was Mitch Kupchak who handled the talks.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Pistons Listening To Trade Offers For Andre Drummond
Andre Drummond and the Pistons signed a five-year, $125 million extension during the 2016 offseason.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Kings Included Dave Joerger, Entire Basketball Ops On DeMarcus Cousins' Decision
The Kings told DeMarcus Cousins he wouldn't be traded on Feb. 2nd, but he then picked up a series of technical fouls.

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DeMarcus Cousins To Sacramento: Thanks For Dealing With This Knucklehead
DeMarcus Cousins never wanted to leave the Kings and figures to receive a warm welcome when he returns to Sacramento.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Rob Pelinka, Arn Tellem Considered Candidates For Lakers' GM Job
Rob Pelinka is the longtime agent of Kobe Bryant, who also represents James Harden, Andre Iguodala and Avery Bradley.

Ramona Shelburne, Marc Stein/ESPN

Lakers Name Magic Johnson President Of Basketball Operations
The Lakers have fired Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss will no longer have a role on the basketball side of the team.

RealGM Staff Report

Nets Drop Asking Price For Brook Lopez
The Nets have been seeking two first round picks in exchange for Brook Lopez, but they now are willing to accept a first round pick and a second round pick.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Pacers Interested In Trading For Jahlil Okafor
The Pacers have been motivated to upgrade their roster around Paul George and appear willing to trade their first round pick this season.

Ramona Shelburne, Chris Haynes/ESPN

Pelicans Removed Extra First In Offer For DeMarcus Cousins, Fearful Of Him Leaving
Dell Demps only needed to trade one first round pick to acquire DeMarcus Cousins.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Pelicans To Work Out Mario Chalmers, Quinn Cook, Others
The Pelicans are short on guards following their trade for DeMarcus Cousins in which Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield and Langston Galloway were dealt

Marc Stein/ESPN

Mavs Willing To Take On Salary In Exchange For Draft Picks
With the Mavericks finally taking a longer term view, they are willing to take on contracts before Thursday's deadline if draft compensation is attached.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Wolves Reach Out To Knicks On Ricky Rubio For Derrick Rose Trade
Derrick Rose has an expiring contract and previously played for Tom Thibodeau with the Bulls.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Wolves Interested In Trading For Tony Snell
Tony Snell previously played for Tom Thibodeau.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Teams Can Now Place Protections On Traded Picks
The Celtics can now place pick protection on the draft picks they're owed from the Nets, which is a new rule for the NBA.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Jazz Testing Trade Market For Derrick Favors
Utah's level of seriousness on dealing Derrick Favors is unclear.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Nuggets Seeking First Rounder, Swap Rights On Additional Pick For Gallinari, Chandler
Danilo Gallinari will be a free agent this offseason.

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