When considering in the benefits of a substantial up-front payment from the expansion fees (including factoring in the time value of money) and the threat of bubble in relation to team values, it would behoove the owners to reincarnate the Sonics and a second franchise. Read More. Written by Neema Hodjat on Jul 23, 2014
The Boston Celtics are ready to all but move on from their pursuit of Kevin Love with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls engaged in talks.
Danny Ainge has targeted a trade for Love over the past few months.
"The more teams step up and show interest in Love, the further Boston falls in the pack," a source said on Wednesday. "Danny's a smart guy. He knows when to keep pushing for something and when to move on."
The Celtics have a huge stockpile of draft assets, but teams seem to be preferring somewhat proven young talent.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics have agreed upon a three-team trade.
The trade allows the Cavaliers to create approximately $24 million in cap space, with LeBron James' max contract being worth $20.7 million. The Cavaliers also acquire the draft rights to three Nets' prospects (Ilkan Karaman, Christian Drejer and Edin Bavcic).
The Nets will acquire Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev.
The Celtics acquire Tyler Zeller, Marcus Thornton and the Cavaliers' 2016 first round pick. Boston will have $33 million in contracts coming off the books in Thornton, Rajon Rondo, Brandon Bass and Joel Anthony.
The Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers have expressed interest in signing Lance Stephenson as talks with the Indiana Pacers continue to stall. The Boston Celtics are also interested in Stephenson.
The Pacers have offered a five-year, $44 million contract to Stephenson.
Stephenson felt the offer was low and began exploring other options.
The Mavericks previously were believed to not be interested in Stephenson, but that stance has changed in recent days with their other targets unlikely to sign.
Some league sources don't expect the Pacers to change their offer to Stephenson. The Pacers have already reached agreement on deals with C.J. Miles, Damjan Rudez and Lavoy Allen.
Kent Bazemore received a personal phone call from Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens after the start of free agency at midnight, a league source told RealGM.
Bazemore and Stevens have a history and mutual respect: Stevens’ Butler program eliminated Bazemore’s Old Dominion team in the NCAA tournament in 2011.
Bazemore also received free-agent interest from the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks.
Bazemore had been a developmental focus of the Golden State Warriors, but the franchise traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers last season. Bazemore, 24, averaged 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists over 23 games and 15 starts for the Lakers.