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Tristan Thompson, Cavs Stall On Extension Discussions

Tristan Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers have stalled in their extension talks ahead of Friday's deadline.

Thompson is represented by Klutch Sports and LeBron James' agent and business partner Rich Paul.

James holds extreme power within the Cavs organization, and he played a key role in advising on the trade that brought Kevin Love to the team for a package that included No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins over the summer.

Recently, James inserted himself into the talks with Paul client Eric Bledsoe when he encouraged the Phoenix Suns to increase their contract offer via social media.

Both league executives and agents are closely watching how the Thompson talks play out as a gauge for how involved James is making himself in the team's front-office moves.

Thompson also has a positive relationship with Dan Gilbert, who advocated for selecting him over Jonas Valanciunas.

The sides both remain hopeful they will get a long-term deal with Thompson worked out this week, sources said. 

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Knicks Expected To Pursue Marc Gasol In Free Agency

The New York Knicks are widely expected to pursue Marc Gasol with cap space in the 2015 offseason.

 

Phil Jackson coached Pau Gasol with the Los Angeles Lakers and he believes Marc Gasol is the "quintessential center to play in the triangle offense."

Gasol will almost certainly receive max contract offers in the offseason.

Via Ronald Tillery/Memphis Commercial Appeal

Ainge: Everybody Wants To Build Around Three Max Players

The Boston Celtics have a fairly even roster as they look to rebuild out of their Big 3 era.

“If everybody were designing an NBA roster, I think they would probably suggest that you have three max [salary] players that are All-Star players like we’ve had in the past,” Danny Ainge said. “Like Miami had, like Cleveland has now. That would be ideal because it’s pretty clear-cut who’s going to play and then you build players around them. We don’t have that right now.

“Not being able to have the 10 or 15 franchise players that exist in a 30-team league and with one team having maybe three of them and another having two, there’s not that many of them to go around. That probably is a good thing that some nights your bench will be better than your starters.”

The Celtics have amassed a considerable number of first round picks over the past two years.

“We don’t really look at it as rebuilding or changing direction, we’re trying to build a championship,” said Ainge matter-of-factly. “We have some really nice players and I know Brad is really understanding the NBA game and all the things that come from making the transition to coaching in college. I couldn’t be happier with Brad and his staff. I think he’s done a great job of communicating to all the players.”

The Celtics were interested in Kevin Love this offseason and hope to eventually attract a franchise-caliber player.

“Players will want to come to Boston, but not all players will and we understand that,” Ainge said. “Right now my focus is on Opening Night. I’m excited how this team comes together on the court. We don’t even know who’s going to be free agents. We don’t know who’s going to sign contract extensions. We don’t know who is going to decide who is going to stay with their own teams. We’ll be ready for that when the time comes.”

 

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Wade: Maintenance Program Was 'Close To Almost Genius'

Dwyane Wade played in just 54 regular season games as part of a designed maintenance program by the Miami Heat. 

Wade will need to play more games this season in order for the Heat to remain a playoff team.

Wade started out the playoffs well, but ultimately faded against the San Antonio Spurs in The Finals.

"We tried something different last year," Wade said. "At one point it was close to almost genius. And then I didn't have a great Finals performance, and our team didn't have a great Finals performance, and it was the worst thing to ever happen. But this is a different year. Every year is different. My approach and my responsibility is a little different. I understand that, and he understands that as well ... my goal is to be available as much as possible."

Said Erik Spoelstra: "We don't have a specific plan, because we're going day to day. The plan is to be available. I'm not going through the calendar. We'll get to them when we feel we need them."

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Bosh: Only Volume Of Touches This Season Similar To Time With Raptors

Chris Bosh is prepared to again play a bigger role, similar to his initial seasons in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors.

But Bosh sees the situation with the Miami Heat being considering different.

"The volume of touches, that's the only similarities" to Toronto, he said. "Everything else is totally different. It's getting to be a little while ago. I always get the question: 'You going to be like you were in Toronto?' No, I'm not. I consider myself a much better player than I was then. I'm a better leader. I'm taking the experiences I've had over the past years and trying to bring all that over to my new role."

Bosh accepted a more complementary role during his first four seasons with the Heat due to the presence of LeBron James.

"I knew what it was as soon as I agreed," Bosh said. "I've been in this league 10-plus years now, and I consider myself a decently smart person. Yeah, I know what it means. And as far as like my role with this team, and what they're going to demand of me is a lot more. I understand that. I understood that back in July. It's a work in progress for me."

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

76ers Sign Malcolm Thomas

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed free agent forward Malcolm Thomas.

Thomas is entering his fourth NBA season, having been named an NBA Development League All-Star last season, while averaging 18.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.33 blocks in 12 combined games for Los Angeles and Austin. In 2011-12, Thomas earned All-NBA D-League First Team and All-Defensive First Team honors.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Rajon Rondo Likely To Return From Broken Hand For Celtics' Opener

Rajon Rondo will practice on Monday and will check for the doctors' final clearance on whether he can return for the Boston Celtics' season opener on Wednesday.

Rondo said he has a "79 percent" chance to play Wednesday. The guard will receive one more X-ray. If cleared, he will play.

"I'm still optimistic," Rondo said. "I don't know. I don't think (it's) realistic but a lot of rest and more treatment you never know."

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Cavs, Anderson Varejao Seriously Discussing Extension

The Cleveland Cavaliers are engaged in serious talks with center Anderson Varejao on a contract extension, according to sources

Talks have progressed in recent weeks, but there's no agreement imminet.

Varejao played 65 games for Cleveland a season ago, averaging 8.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in 27 minutes a game

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Rockets Waive Jeff Adrien, Ish Smith, Earl Clark

The Houston Rockets have waived Jeff Adrien, Ish Smith and Earl Clark, the team announced Monday.

Adrien and Smith signed guaranteed deals with the Rockets in free agency.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Warriors Strongly Weighing Sixth Man Role For Iguodala

Although Steve Kerr appears to be leaning toward bringing Andre Iguodala off the Golden State Warriors' bench as the sixth man, the coach admits he has a dilemma.

 
 

"I could make an argument he's been our best player, especially over the last two weeks," Kerr said. "Right now in the scrimmages, he's the most impactful player that we have. The last couple of weeks, he has sort of determined who's winning (the scrimmage) depending on what side he's on.

"So from that standpoint, you could call me an idiot. If he's my best player and I'm not starting him, maybe I'm the one who's wrong. ... The argument is absolutely there."

Iguodala, 31, battled knee tendinitis last season, but Kerr expects to use the team's depth.

"He's an incredibly smart player," Kerr said of Iguodala. "He recognizes everything that's happening on the floor in front of him on both ends. And he's a leader, so he can run a team and get guys organized. He is an absolute joy to watch out there. I can't wait to get him in the game to see him, but we're trying to put the right combinations out there to help everybody and make the team its best.

"At the end of the day, we're always going to do what's best for the team and what's going to make us the best possible team, and we'll stick to that."


Via Diamond Leung/Bay Area News Group

Leonard, Spurs Not Progressing On Extension As He Pursues Max Deal

Multiple league executives believe Kawhi Leonard will command a max offer sheet on the market next summer.

Aaron Gray Waived By Pistons

Aaron Gray had reportedly signed a two-year contract with the Pistons during free agency.

J.J. Barea Finalizing Buyout From Wolves, Hopes To Re-Sign With Mavs

J.J. Barea is finalizing a contract buyout with the Timberwolves on Sunday, according to sources.

Knicks Consider Cutting Travis Outlaw To Keep Travis Wear

Travis Outlaw is owed $3 million this season.

Warriors' Lack Of Max Extension Offer Frustrates Thompson's Camp

Joe Lacob has yet to become comfortable offering Klay Thompson a maximum deal, sources said.

Malcolm Thomas Agrees To Deal With 76ers

Malcolm Thomas will be a part of the 76ers' 15-man roster on opening night.

Lakers Waive Jabari Brown, Roscoe Smith

Roscoe Smith averaged 3.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in seven preseason games while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Cavaliers Exercise Fourth-Year Option On Dion Waiters

Dion Waiters owns career averages of 15.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 29.2 minutes per game.

Kings Release Trey Johnson

The Kings roster now stands at 14 players.

Mavericks Waive Bernard James, Ivan Johnson, Doron Lamb

The Mavericks' roster stands at 15, with Charlie Villanueva making the regular season roster out of training camp.

Earl Barron Waived By Suns

In six preseason appearances, Earl Barron averaged 3.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 13.7 minutes.

Wolves Waive Brady Heslip

The Wolves roster now stands at 16 players.

Knicks Waive Langston Galloway, Jordan Vandenberg

The Knicks have waived guard Langston Galloway and center Jordan Vandenberg.

Cavs Waive Shane Edwards

Shane Edwards appeared in six preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 1.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 7.4 minutes per game.

Spurs Waive JaMychal Green, Edwin, Vaden

The Spurs' roster now stands at 15 heading into the regular season.

Justin Holiday Earns Warriors' Final Roster Spot

Justin Holiday was a standout for the Warriors' Summer League team this offseason.

Blazers Waive Diante Garrett, Darius Morris

The Blazers have waived Diante Garrett and Darius Morris.

Nets Waive Casper Ware

Casper Ware was acquired in this week's trade with the 76ers and was on a non-guaranteed contract.

Raptors Waive Will Cherry, Jordan Hamilton

The Raptors have waived Will Cherry and Jordan Hamilton.

Warriors Waive Craft, Kapono, Kilpatrick, McAdoo, Watt

The Warriors roster now stands at 15 players.
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