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Windhorst: Tristan Thompson Holdout Likely To 'Go Well Into Regular Season'

Oct 7, 2015 11:15 AM

Tristan Thompson remains a hold out as he and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in a stalemate with his restricted free agency.

Thompson decided not to sign the Cavaliers' qualifying offer and he's been unable to agree upon terms on a multi-year deal.

"I think it will take a third party event to bridge the gap here," said Windhorst on Zach Lowe's podcast.

"I actually believe it will probably go months," said Windhorst. "This will go well into the regular season."

Windhorst believes there's a lot of parallels between Thompson's situation and the on the Cavaliers underwent in 2007 with Anderson Varejao.

Varejao signed an offer sheet with the Charlotte Bobcats before the stalemate broke.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Raptors Giving Anthony Bennett 'Opportunity To Grow, Be A Player'

Oct 7, 2015 12:17 PM

Anthony Bennett is hoping his third NBA season is when his career is revived now that he's joined his hometown Toronto Raptors.

"Lots of ups and downs," Bennett told Yahoo Sports prior to the Raptors preseason game against the Golden State Warriors. "There a couple [things] you got to avoid. There are also a lot of people you have to have in your circle, like family and friends, who tell you to keep your head up. That's pretty much what I've been going through."

Bennett's selection as the first overall pick came as a surprise to many.

"It was surprising," Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri told Yahoo Sports. "We didn't know if there was a clear-cut guy. It was a random draft a little bit."


Bennett was asked if he wishes he wasn't selected first overall due to the extra pressure and attention.

"I'm cool with it," he said. "Going No. 1 made history for Canada. For myself, it was a big accomplishment, but it's a lot of work."


"We look at giving Anthony an opportunity to actually grow and be a player," Ujiri said. "It's not a one-year thing here. It's going to take time. All that No. 1 pick and all that stuff, we had a conversation with him. Let's move on from that. Now it's about how you become a very good NBA player, which we all know he can be."

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Anthony Bennett, Toronto Raptors, NBA

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Skal Labissiere Hasn't Been Cleared To Play For Kentucky

Oct 7, 2015 12:04 PM

Skal Labissiere has not been cleared to play by the NCAA to play for Kentucky, his guardian said on Wednesday.

Labissiere is expected to be one of the first three picks of the 2016 NBA Draft. 

"Not yet," Labissiere's guardian, Gerald Hamilton, told ESPN. "We're just trying to get everything squared away. They are asking a few questions.

"They haven't cleared him, but we're sticking with our faith," he added. "There's no real concern about anything from the Kentucky compliance people."

When asked about the specific reason Labissiere has yet to be cleared, Hamilton told ESPN he did not wish to comment.

Multiple sources told ESPN that the NCAA was looking into Hamilton and his relationship with Labissiere, but Hamilton declined to comment on whether that was the holdup.

Jeff Goodman, Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Skal Labissiere, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Pistons Interested In Trading For Markieff Morris

Oct 6, 2015 6:16 PM

The Detroit Pistons are monitoring the Markieff Morris situation with the Phoenix Suns and have interested in trading for him.

The Pistons acquired his brother, Marcus Morris, in the offseason.

Markieff Morris previously requested a trade, but he's reported to camp saying he wants to remain with the Suns.

Vincent Ellis/Detroit Free Press

Tags: Markieff Morris, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Trevor Booker Takes Open-Handed Swing At Hibbert

Oct 7, 2015 1:21 PM

Trevor Booker was ejected from Tuesday's preseason game after swinging at Roy Hibbert.

Hibbert approached Booker during a stop in play at the 7:14 mark of the third quarter, and the players got in each other's faces before Booker took an open-handed swing at Hibbert.

Hibbert was held back his teammates to avoid a further escalation.

"That's what normally happens, but I'm happy to have teammates that will have my back," Hibbert said.


Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Tags: Roy Hibbert, Trevor Booker, Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Suspension

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LeBron James Ready To 'Lead' Not 'Carry' Cavaliers

Oct 7, 2015 1:24 PM

LeBron James believes the Cleveland Cavaliers have ample talent where he won't have to carry the team.

"I will lead this team but I don't have to carry it," James said before shootaround as the Cavs prepared to play the Atlanta Hawks in their preseason opener at Xavier University on Wednesday night. "We have enough guys until all our guys get here.

"Until Kyrie (Irving) and Tristan (Thompson) and Shump (Iman Shumpert) is ready, we have enough guys that will all help. It's not about me carrying the team and that nature. We're all grown men, we're all professionals and they're here to do their job."

Cleveland's schedule to start the season is relatively easy with only three of the first 10 games against playoff teams from last season.

"I mean, every game is important," James said. "The East has gotten better. And I understand not to put too much into the beginning of the season, but I'm a guy who is all about chemistry and camaraderie on the floor. But you need your guys to be healthy. So I'm not quite sure if Kev (will be ready). Obviously we know Kyrie won't be available. Shump won't be available. So, it's unfortunate but we want to get these guys healthy and get them to 100 percent as close as possible."

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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DeMarcus Cousins: MVP Is Mine To Grab

Oct 7, 2015 1:01 PM

DeMarcus Cousins was asked if winning MVP is a reachable goal for him this season.

“Reachable, man?” Cousins responded. “It’s mine to grab.”

Cousins has become one of the NBA's best bigs and is the best player in the league to have never appeared in a playoff game.

Jason Wise/

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, NBA

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AmeriLeague Signs Deals With Terrence Williams, Antoine Wright

Oct 7, 2015 11:22 AM

The AmeriLeague have acquired forwards Terrence Williams and Antoine Wright. Both have agreed to the terms of a contract that will allow the former 11th (Williams) and 15th (Wright) overall NBA draft picks to compete in the 2015-16 AmeriLeague season.

Selected 11th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Nets, Terrence Williams has career averages of 7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists. Williams appeared in 153 NBA games, also suiting up for the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and the Boston Celtics.

Wright was selected 15th overall by the New Jersey Nets in the 2005 NBA draft. He played three seasons with the Nets, two with the Dallas Mavericks and also spent time on the Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings rosters. Wright posted career averages of 5.4 points on 41 percent shooting from the field.

Wright also appeared in 28 NBA playoff games with the Nets and Mavericks.

The AmeriLeague inaugural season will tip-off November 9th at Cashman Center in Las Vegas.

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Tags: Terrence Williams, Antoine Wright, NBA

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Monty Williams Building Strong Connection With Kevin Durant

Oct 6, 2015 2:34 PM

Monty Williams has already made a strong connection with Kevin Durant in his first season as an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Williams has reportedly "penetrated Durant's circumspect venner."

"When he talks to Monty," the person said, "he's like a little kid talking to his father. He stares at him, listens to every word he says."

Durant has also appeared to be engaged by Oklahoma City's new offense.

"New system, new coach," Durant said this week. "Feels like a new era of basketball."


Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Other GMs Called Danny Ferry's Hawks' Contract 'Golden Ticket'

Oct 6, 2015 11:14 AM

The Atlanta Hawks hired Danny Ferry in 2012 with a six-year deal paying him $2 million annually.

The Hawks also gave Ferry guarantees they would invest into a D-League team and a new practice facility, plus he only had to report to Bruce Levenson.

Ferry's contract was one of the best ever secured by an NBA general manager with a six-year deal being almost unheard of outside of someone like Pat Riley or Gregg Popovich.

Other general managers started referring to Ferry's arrangement as the "Golden Ticket."


After Ferry was on leave following the release of insensitive remarks made from a scouting report on Luol Deng, he tried to be reinstated by the Hawks with the success the team was having on the court.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Michele Roberts Drew $1.2M Salary In First Year With NBPA
Michele Roberts was hired to replace Billy Hunter.

Liz Mullen/Sports Business Journal

Rockets Hope To Bring Alessandro Gentile To NBA In 2016
Alessandro Gentile has played for Milano since 2011 and was Serie A Finals MVP in 2014.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Bradley Beal Determined To Reduce Long Two-Point Shots
Bradley Beal worked this offseason on finishing around the basket and creating his own shot beyond the three-point line, including a step-back.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Clippers Plan On Using Lance Stephenson As Primary Wing Defender
The Clippers plan on using Lance Stephenson to defend bigger wings like Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

LeBron James Wearing No. 6 In Practice, Keeping No. 23 For Games
LeBron James wore No. 6 during his four seasons with the Heat and in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Dunc'd On Pod: Cleveland Cavaliers Preview With Chris Haynes
Chris Haynes joins Nate Duncan to provide some insight on the Tristan Thompson saga and preview the Cavaliers' season.

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Rambis: Kristaps Porzingis Has Elements Of Nowitzki, Pau Gasol
Kurt Rambis said the coaching staff still hasn't decided whether to start Kristaps Porzingis or bring him off the bench.

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Out Six Months With Shoulder Surgery
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist injured his shoulder in the Hornets' first preseason game.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Alexis Ajinca Out 4-6 Weeks With Hamstring Strain
Alexis Ajinca suffered the injury in the Pelicans' first preseason game.

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Carmelo Anthony Says 'Hell No' On Ever Requesting Trade From Knicks
Carmelo Anthony owns a no-trade clause in his new deal.

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Donovan Preferring Adams, Roberson In Starting Lineup Over Kanter, Waiters
The Thunder matched a four-year, $70 million offer sheet in the offseason signed by Enes Kanter.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Kevin Durant Appears Fully Healthy In Public Scrimmage
Kevin Durant had 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

George Karl Apologized To DeMarcus Cousins In Offseason
George Karl had suggested every player on the Kings was tradeable.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Dwight Howard: First Step In Becoming Champion Is Really Believing
Dwight Howard played in the 2009 NBA Finals with the Magic.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Celtics Discussing Extensions With Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller
Danny Ainge has been in contact with representatives for both Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller ahead of the Oct. 31st extension deadline.

Jay King/Boston Globe

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Dislocates Shoulder, X-Rays Negative
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was curling off a screen late in the second quarter when he tumbled to the ground after absorbing a foul.


LeBron Believes Tristan Thompson's Contract Stalemate Becoming 'Distraction'
LeBron James said he decided to post his message via social media after spending "the majority of the day" with Tristan Thompson.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Dunc'd On Pod: Brooklyn Nets Preview With Tim Bontemps
Tim Bontemps joins Nate Duncan to preview the Nets season and assess the performance of management and ownership since the move to Brooklyn, plus the Tristan Thompson situation.

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Stanley Johnson Practicing At Point Guard Due To Pistons' Injuries
Stan Van Gundy said he'll use Stanley Johnson in pick-and-roll situations and envisions him becoming a guy who can consistently run offense.

Vince Ellis/Detroit Free Press

Dunc'd On Pod: Chicago Bulls Preview With Doug Thonus
Doug Thonus joins Nate Duncan to discuss their hometown Bulls.

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