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Knicks Resist Carmelo Anthony's Approach On Buyout Talks

Jun 27, 2017 2:33 PM

Carmelo Anthony's camp has tried to engage the New York Knicks on buyout talks.

While Anthony has preferred to remain with the Knicks, he's open to a buyout that could lead him to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Knicks have so far resisted the idea of a buyout with Anthony.

Phil Jackson has publicly appealed to Anthony to waive his no-trade clause.

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dan Gilbert Hasn't Met With Other Candidates As Chauncey Billups Remains Undecided

Jun 26, 2017 8:39 PM

Chauncey Billups remains undecided about the Cleveland Cavaliers' offer of becoming President of Basketball Operations. 

Billups is believed to be the only candidate to meet with Dan Gilbert.

Billups has reservations about uprooting his family from Denver to Cleveland, along with concerns about working with his close friend Tyronn Lue.

The Cavaliers are currently being led by assistant general manager Koby Altman.

Tom Withers/Associated Press

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavs Considered Leading Contenders To Sign Carmelo Anthony If Bought Out

Jun 25, 2017 9:08 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be leading contenders to sign Carmelo Anthony if he agrees to an offseason buyout with the New York Knicks, sources tell ESPN.

Anthony is owed $26.2 million in 17-18 and $27.9 million in 18-19.

The Knicks would like to trade Anthony but he owns a full no-trade clause. Anthony reportedly doesn't want to move too far away from New York. Phil Jackson has publicly requested Anthony accept a trade from the Knicks. In the past, Anthony has been open to a trade to the Cavaliers or the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Cavaliers could also sign Dwyane Wade if he agrees upon a buyout with the Chicago Bulls.

Marc Stein, Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Lakers, Cavs, Rockets, Celtics, Spurs Pursued Paul George Heading To Draft

Jun 25, 2017 8:12 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs were among the teams that pursued a trade for Paul George aggressively leading up to the draft.

The Rockets and Lakers remain determined to keep pushing for a George trade, while the Cavaliers also are attempting to construct three-way scenarios involving Kevin Love.

The Celtics are expected to revisit discussions for Paul if they're able to sign Gordon Hayward in free agency. 

The Cavaliers believe trading for George could convince him to abandon his plan to join the Lakers in 2018.

Chris Haynes, Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Paul George, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Chauncey Billups Remains Undecided On Cavs' Job

Jun 25, 2017 8:03 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to discuss their President of Basketball Operations job with Chauncey Billups.

A decision is not expected to be made immediately.

According to Brian Windhorst, Billups appears conflicted on whether to take the job as he currently works for an analyst at ESPN, commuting between Denver and Los Angeles. Billups would like to run an NBA franchise but it would require a sacrifice in his personal life.

The Cavaliers parted ways with David Griffin last Monday.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavs, Nuggets, Pacers Discuss Three-Way Deal Involving Paul George, Kevin Love

Jun 25, 2017 7:47 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers have discussed a three-team trade involving Paul George and Kevin Love.

In the discussed trade scenario, George would end up with the Cavaliers while Love would go to the Nuggets. 

While George would like to end up playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cavaliers could risk trading for George due to the unique nature of competing for a title playing with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

The Cavaliers would like to improve their team this offseason and be better suited to play against the Warriors, which George would do instead of Love.

One version of the three-team would trade would have Kenneth Faried going to the Cavaliers. The Nuggets have made upgrading the power forward position one of their priorities this offseason.

Denver made Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray off limits in trade talks.

Marc Stein, Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Love, Paul George, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavs, Spurs Discuss Danny Green Trade

Jun 22, 2017 5:09 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs have held trade talks on Danny Green.

The Spurs have interest in moving him this offseason.

San Antonio's asking price, according to the report, has been high.

Green began his career with the Cavaliers.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Danny Green, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavs' Pursuit Of George, Butler Ends As Kevin Love Not Generating Enough Interest

Jun 22, 2017 11:52 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have pursued trade scenarios for both Paul George and Jimmy Butler, but those efforts appear to have led to a dead end.

Cleveland was attempting to recruit a third team to take on Kevin Love to send the type of rebuilding assets the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls seek.

"Nope. Not happening," said Brian Windhorst. "The Cavs were not generating enough trade interest in Kevin Love."

The Cavaliers acquired Love in 2014 in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. Cleveland then re-signed Love on a five-year, $110 million contract in 2015. Love has been the least valuable part of the Cavaliers' Big 3 and there are long-term concerns about his deficiencies on defense and his injury history.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Love, Jimmy Butler, Paul George, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Chauncey Billups Offered Five-Year Deal To Run Cavs' Front Office

Jun 21, 2017 11:33 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have offered Chauncey Billups a five-year deal to run the team's front office. Billups has yet to accept the offer after a second day of meetings with Dan Gilbert.

Billups most recently served as an ESPN analyst and has no prior front office experience.

Billups is close friends with Tyronn Lue and also has long been friendly with Gilbert.

The Cavaliers parted way with David Griffin on Monday.

Jason Lloyd/The Athletic

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Jimmy Butler Warned Off Cavaliers As Kyrie Irving Could Push For Trade

Jun 21, 2017 12:23 PM

Jimmy Butler was ready to push the Chicago Bulls to trade him to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he has been warned by several of their players who had been recruiting him to stay away.

The Cavaliers did not retain David Griffin as general manager and the franchise suddenly is in a volatile situation.

Kyrie Irving has been contacting some of his former Team USA teammates letting them know he might be willing to push for a trade from the Cavaliers. Irving has let it be known that he would have interest in being traded to the Bulls.

The Bulls don't have enough assets to acquire Irving without involving a third team.

“Jimmy wants to win, period,’’ a source said. “Whatever it takes to get that done.’’

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jimmy Butler Remains Committed To Bulls
The Cavaliers have interest in trading for Jimmy Butler, but they were informed he would be reluctant to commit to them in the long-term.

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Pacers Tried To Engage Warriors, Cavaliers In Bidding War For Paul George
Kevin Pritchard reportedly suggested to both the Warriors and Cavaliers that the other was interested in trading for Paul George.

Ric Bucher/Bleacher Report

Jimmy Butler Could Push Bulls For Trade To Cavaliers
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have reached out to Jimmy Butler directly and through back channels over the past five days to gauge his interest in joining them with the Cavaliers.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Cavs Found Lottery Pick In Exchange For Kevin Love, Possibly From Suns
The Suns may have been the team ready to trade for Kevin Love.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

David Griffin Was One Of NBA's Lowest Paid GMs At Under $2M
Brian Windhorst had never heard the response from LeBron James and his camp in any situation as how he reacted to David Griffin's departure.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Justin Zanik Emerges As Candidate For Cavaliers GM Job Under Billups
Justin Zanik was expected to become general manager of the Bucks but Wesley Edens reportedly did not sign off on the hire.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Chauncey Billups To Interview With Cavs
If the Cavaliers hire Chauncey Billups, he would also hire a general manager with day-to-day front office experience.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Clippers Paying Jerry West $4M-$5M Per Season, Hope He Helps Land LeBron In 2018
LeBron James and Jerry West have built a connection over the years.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Cavs, David Griffin Part Ways
The Cavaliers and David Griffin will part ways as they were unable to agree upon a new contract.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Cavaliers Attempting To Trade For Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler is signed through 18-19.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Report: LeBron James' Wife Wants To Live In Los Angeles Full Time
The Lakers have interest in signing both LeBron James and Paul George when they can be free agents in 2018.

Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

David Griffin Still Running Cavs' GM Duties Despite Soon To Expire Contract
The lack of resolution on who will be running the Cavaliers at the start of free agency has created unrest within the ranks team.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Pacers Discuss Paul George Trade With Multiple Teams Including Cavs
With Paul George preferring to sign with the Lakers, teams are viewing him as a "one-year rental."

Adrian Wojnarowski/the Vertical

Draymond To LeBron: You Started The Superteam, Bro!
During the Warriors' title parade, Draymond Green responded to comments by LeBron James about how he had never played on a superteam.

RealGM Staff Report

LeBron James In Play To Leave Cleveland Again In 2018
LeBron James signed a two-plus-one deal in 2016.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Game 5 Draws Highest Rating Since 1998
ABC's coverage of Game 5 drew a 16.0 metered market rating, which is the highest since Game 5 of 1998 and up 13 percent from 2016 and 2015.

Ben Cafardo/ESPN

LeBron James: Warriors Assembled A Great Team
LeBron James said he will "need to sit down and figure this thing out" against the Warriors.

RealGM Staff Report

Warriors Win 2017 NBA Finals With 129-120 Game 5 Victory
Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry continued to lead the Warriors, scoring 39 points and 34 points respectively.

RealGM Staff Report

Steve Kerr Wants Warriors To Play With 'Appropriate Fear' In Game 5
Steve Kerr wants the Warriors to be on edge in Game 5.

RealGM Staff Report

LeBron James Continues To Have Rocky Relationship With Dan Gilbert
If LeBron James ultimately decides to leave the Cavaliers, a factor could his "still-rocky relationship with Dan Gilbert," according to a source.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer