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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.

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

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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.

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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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.

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

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Mavericks Decline $25M Team Option For 17-18 On Dirk Nowitzki

Jun 25, 2017 1:26 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have declined their $25 million option for the 17-18 season on Dirk Nowitzki.

Nowitzki could sign a new two-year deal with the Mavericks.

The decision by the Mavericks on Nowitzki will give the team flexibility in free agency.

This is the third time Nowitzki has been a free agent since 2014.

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Tags: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Have 'Serious Chance' Of Signing Chris Paul

Jun 25, 2017 12:23 PM

The Houston Rockets are "aggressively" pursuing Chris Paul in free agency.

The Rockets are attempting to clear the necessary cap space to offer Paul a maximum contact of 35 percent of the salary cap. The Rockets are considering trading away Patrick Beverley and Ryan Anderson.

The Rockets have a "serious chance of luring Chris Paul away from the Los Angeles Clippers," said Chris Haynes.

Paul would have signed with the Rockets in 2013 had the Clippers not brought in Doc Rivers as head coach.

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Tags: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mavs' Top Offseason Priority Will Be Re-Signing Nerlens Noel

Jun 24, 2017 1:51 PM

The Dallas Mavericks' top priority in the offseason will be to re-sign Nerlens Noel in restricted free agency.

Noel was acquired by the Mavericks at the deadline from the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Mavericks have also been linked to signing Jrue Holiday, but it may be difficult for them to have sufficient cap space.

Dallas is focused on developing their young core of Noel, Harrison Barnes, Dennis Smith Jr. and Seth Curry.

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Tags: Nerlens Noel, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Durant Wears Hat With Ring On Top Of Cupcake (Photo)

Jun 24, 2017 7:09 PM

Kevin Durant was spotted at JaVale McGee's charity softball game wearing a hat featuring a cupcake with a ring on top of it. When Durant signed with the Warriors on July 4th, 2016, Russell Westbrook posted a photo of cupcakes on Instagram, which was an inside joke he and Durant had with former teammate Kendrick Perkins.

Durant first wore the hat while taping the Bill Simmons Podcast on the day after the Warriors won the 2017 NBA championship.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Johnathan Motley Signs Two-Way Deal With Mavericks

Jun 24, 2017 7:03 PM

Johnathan Motley has agreed upon a two-way NBA contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

Motley went undrafted out of Baylor.

Motley averaged 17.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists as a redshirt Junior.

Under these contracts, which are similar to those used in Minor League Baseball, a player will be able to make an NBA salary on a pro-rata basis while with the parent club, while also being able to earn his G League salary when with the affiliate team.

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Mavericks Pick Up $1.31M Option On Yogi Ferrell

Jun 24, 2017 7:56 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have exercised their team option on the contract of Yogi Ferrell.

Ferrell is signed for just $1.31 million for the 17-18 season.

Ferrell was one of the NBA's best success stories after joining the Mavericks from the D-League.

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Tags: Yogi Ferrell, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Chris Paul Re-Elected NBPA President, Garrett Temple Elected VP

Jun 24, 2017 7:20 PM

Chris Paul has been re-elected as president of the National Basketball Players Association and his new four-year term begins immediately. 

Paul says he's "humbled that my fellow players have voted to have me continue."

Garrett Temple has been elected vice president, replacing Kyle Korver.

Paul helped the players avoid a lockout by renegotiating the NBA's collective bargaining agreement with the owners.

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Tags: Chris Paul, Garrett Temple, Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA CBA

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Mavericks To Decline Team Option On DeAndre Liggins
Dallas could have kept DeAndre Liggins on a $1.6 million deal.

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Magic Johnson On D'Angelo Russell: I Needed Somebody Players Want To Play With
Magic Johnson was critical of D'Angelo Russell in his comments after the Lakers traded him to the Nets.

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RealGM Radio: 2017 NBA Draft Breakdown With Sam Vecenie
Host Danny Leroux and draft expert Sam Vecenie of the Sporting News break down the 2017 NBA Draft.

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Wolves Wouldn't Have Traded For Jimmy Butler Without Pick Swap
The Wolves didn't give up a draft pick in their trade for Jimmy Butler, merely swapping No. 7 with the Bulls for No. 16, while also sending out Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn.

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Clippers Deny Offering DeAndre Jordan In Trade Talks
DeAndre Jordan has two seasons and $46 million remaining on his contract but he's expected to become a free agent in 2018.

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Paul George's R&E Would Be $94M Over Three Years, Expires When Eligible For 35 Percent Max
Paul George would add $74 million over just two seasons and he would be instantly eligible for a 10-year veteran max at 35 percent in 2020.

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Rajon Rondo To Receive Interest From Pelicans, Pacers, Bulls If He Becomes Free Agent
Rajon Rondo will receive interest from the Pelicans and Pacers if he becomes a free agent.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Chris Paul To Exercise ETO To Enter Free Agency
Chris Paul can sign a five-year, $201 million contract with the Clippers, or a four-year, $149 million deal with a rival team.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Dwyane Wade Could Consider Return To Heat If Bought Out By Bulls
Dwyane Wade is expected to pursue a buyout with the Bulls.

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NBA Execs Split On Michael Porter Jr., Luka Doncic As Top Prospect Of 2018
Michael Porter Jr. and Luka Doncic are expected to be the top two picks of the 2018 NBA Draft.

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Blake Griffin Opts For Free Agency
Blake Griffin can sign a five-year max contract with the Clippers worth approximately $172 million or a four-year, $128 million max with a rival team.

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Lakers Sign P.J. Dozier To Undrafted Free Agent Deal
P.J. Dozier averaged 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game as a sophomore with a PER of 17.1

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Kings Release Arron Afflalo Before Guarantee Date
Arron Afflalo had a guarantee date of June 23rd with only $1.5 guaranteed.

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Lakers Were Sold On Lonzo Ball After Private Workout, Meeting In Chino Hills
Lakers requested a second workout with Lonzo Ball at their practice facility, but agent Harrison Gaines insisted the team instead see a day in hins life.

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Nuggets Were Unwilling To Include Jamal Murray In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks
Denver also had concerns about the possibility of Jimmy Butler leaving in 2019 when he can become a free agent.

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Wolves Suggest Ricky Rubio Won't Be Traded
Minnesota was encouraged by how Ricky Rubio played in the second half of the season where he had a PER of 20.4 after the break compared to 15.1.

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Lakers Offered Unprotected Future First To Teams Willing To Take Deng Or Mozgov
The Lakers signed Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng during the final offseason of the regime of Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss.

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Spurs Extend Qualifying Offer To Jonathon Simmons
At least 12 teams will be interested in Jonathon Simmons in free agency.

Jabari Young/San Antonio Express-News

Celtics Could Trade For Paul George If Agreement Reached With Gordon Hayward
Paul George has long preferred to sign with the Lakers in 2018, but it is possible the Celtics could make a trade for him with a commitment in the long-term.

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Jimmy Butler Loses Potential $29M On Next Contract With DPE Now Unavailable
While Jimmy Butler will receive a trade bonus of $1.8 million as part of his move from the Bulls to the Wolves, the inability to sign a DPE will be massive.

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