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LeBron Believes Finals Return With Cavs Is Unfinished Business

May 27, 2015 12:41 AM

LeBron James will return to the NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers, taking on either the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets.

James discussed his return to the Cavaliers and the Finals.

"I'm a guy who believes in unfinished business," James said.

This will mark James' fifth consecutive Finals appearance.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Tom Thibodeau's Contract With Bulls Contains Offset Language

May 26, 2015 9:44 PM

Jerry Reinsdorf remains the wild card in the contentious battle between the Chicago Bulls' front office and Tom Thibodeau.

Both the front office and Thibodeau would like to part ways, but the Bulls don't want to fire him to have him coach another team next year without compensation.

Thibodeau's contract contain offset language, meaning the Bulls' financial commitment would be "offset" by the amount he would make if hired by another team.

Reinsdorf, according to several sources, was extremely upset with Thibodeau after Jeff Van Gundy criticized the organization during a January broadcast on ESPN for historically undermining coaches.

Reinsdorf, who has served as an occasional oasis for Thibodeau during his rocky relationship with management, discussed the incident with Thibodeau.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kyrie Irving To Start Game 4 With 25-Minute Time Limit

May 26, 2015 8:07 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will play Kyrie Irving in Game 4 with a 25-minute time limit.

Irving has missed the past two games with knee tendonitis.

Irving visited Dr. James Andrew before Game 2.

Irving will also start in the game.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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NBA Decides Against Upgrading Dwight Howard's Flagrant Foul On Bogut

May 26, 2015 7:19 PM

The NBA has decided to not upgrade the flagrant foul one committed by Dwight Howard in Game 4.

Howard elbowed Andrew Bogut and some said it could be upgraded to a flagrant foul two, which would have resulted in a suspension for Howard.

"Howard was trying to extricate himself from Bogut and recklessly hit him the face with an open hand. The contact was unnecessary but not deemed excessive by the officials working the game with the aid of the replace center. And we don't see a reason to modify that," said Rod Thorn.

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Tags: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Suspension, NBA Playoffs

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The NBA Draft

May 26, 2015 6:32 PM

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) talks about the upcoming NBA Draft with Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports and the Amateur Hour podcast (@Sam_Vecenie).

The two discuss the top four prospects (Karl Towns, Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay and D'Angelo Russell) and their potential fits with the recent lottery results, the depth of this draft class and some of their favorite prospects outside of the lottery.

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You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

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Tags: NBA, RealGM Radio

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Kyrie Irving Could Return For Game 4

May 26, 2015 4:27 PM

Kyrie Irving has missed Games 2 and 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but there is a growing optimism that he'll play in Game 4.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are ahead 3-0 in the series against Atlanta Hawks.

Irving is dealing with knee tendonitis. 

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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Kevin Love Able To Travel With Cavaliers For Remainder Of Playoffs

May 26, 2015 1:53 PM

Kevin Love is able to travel with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the remainder of the playoffs.

Love had his left shoulder reexamined in New York while the Cavaliers played Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Atlanta.

Love is out for the season and can opt out of his contract to enter free agency in July.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Assistant GM Bobby Marks, Nets Part Ways

May 26, 2015 1:35 PM

Bobby Marks has parted ways with the Brooklyn Nets after 20 years with the franchise.

Marks was most recently assistant general manager and is especially well-versed on cap matters.

It is believed that Nets' ownership is determined to cut costs across the board.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rival Execs Expect Nets To Explore Market For Mason Plumlee

May 26, 2015 1:17 PM

The Brooklyn Nets were not believed to have shopped Mason Plumlee hard during the season.

However, some rival executives believe the Nets could go explore the marketplace for Plumlee anyway.

Plumlee averaged 8.7 points and 6.2 rebounds in 82 games this season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Mason Plumlee, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron Admits Receiving IV After Game 3, Declines To Elaborate On Ailments

May 26, 2015 1:06 PM

LeBron James received IV treatments following Game 3 when he cramped up during the overtime period.

James briefly motioned towards the Cleveland Cavaliers' bench for a sub before he changed his mind and remained in the game. James also cramped up in Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals in San Antonio.

James admitted to receiving the IV, but declined to elaborate on his ailments.

James said he’s getting so much treatment, he’s getting tired of seeing athletic trainer Mike Mancias. 

“(Mancias has) almost moved in with me,” James said. “We have a very tight bond at this point.”

Bob Finnan/The Morning Journal

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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Nick Calathes Denies Wanting To Return To Europe
Nick Calathes will be a restricted free agent this summer after two seasons with the Grizzlies.

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Some Executives Now Looking For 'Playmaking 4' Instead Of 'Stretch 4'
A "playmaking 4" can shoot the ball, but also drive into the lane and make some sort of play when an opponent successfully contests a jumpshot opportunity.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Post-Up Possessions Down Dramatically In NBA
Only eight teams this season finished even 10 percent of their possessions with a post-up, according to Synergy Sports.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: May 26th
In Tuesday's episode, Nate Duncan and Daniel Leroux of RealGM break down Games 3 and 4 of Rockets vs. Warriors and discuss some NBA news.

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LeBron James Believes Cavs Should Keep Tristan Thompson For His Entire Career
Tristan Thompson has averaged 8.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in the playoffs.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Jason Terry To Play Another Season, Rockets Expected To Pursue New Deal
Jason Terry said he will not retire and plans to play his 17th NBA season in 2015-16.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Curry Has Head Contusion Following Hard Fall, Returns To Game
Stephen Curry tumbled over Trevor Ariza and appeared to land on his shoulder and then his head banged hard against the floor.

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Pacers To Work Out Unsigned Acquisition Stanko Barac
The Pacers will use the mini-camp to decide their future with Stanko Barac and whether to sign him.

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NBA Decides Against Moving Up Start Of Finals
The Finals will begin on June 4th as scheduled.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Al Horford Faces No Additional Discipline From Game 3 Incident
Al Horford elbowed Matthew Dellavedova shortly before halftime and was ejected.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Constitution

Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: May 25th
In Monday's episode, Nate Duncan and Daniel Leroux of RealGM break down Sunday's exciting Game 3 of Cavs vs. Hawks, recap Game 2 of the same series and discuss the weekend's NBA news.

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Curry Could Become First Player To Defeat Other Four All-NBA First Teamers In Playoffs
Stephen Curry will likely face the other four First Team All-NBA members in Anthony Davis, James Harden, Marc Gasol and LeBron James.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Paul Pierce Could Opt Out Of Wizards' Deal, Sign With Clippers
Paul Pierce would have the opportunity to reunite with Doc Rivers while also playing in his hometown.

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LeBron: Dellavedova Doesn't Deserve People Giving Him Rep As Dirty Player
Matthew Dellavedova has been involved in perceived plays with Taj Gibson, Kyle Korver and Al Horford in the playoffs.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Celtics Ask Isaiah Thomas To Help With Free Agents
Danny Ainge told Isaiah Thomas to let him know if there are any free agents he thinks the Celtics should target.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Kyle Korver Awaiting Second Opinion On Possible Ankle Surgery
Kyle Korver has yet to visit a foot and ankle specialist for a second opinion on the injury.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

NBA Considering Moving Up Finals To June 2nd If Both Series Are Sweeps
There are no scheduled events at either Oracle Arena or Quicken Loans Arena that would make changing the start date of the Finals problematic from a building perspective.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Kyrie Irving Out Again In Game 3 With Knee Tendonitis
Kyrie Irving went through a workout on Sunday before the game testing the knee.

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Jahlil Okafor: Injuries During Season Led To Loss Of Fitness
Jahlil Okafor has lost 12 pounds since the end of the college season.

Deantae Prince/Sports Illustrated

Kupchak: Lakers Don't Have Time To Slowly Build Through Draft
The Lakers expect to keep the second overall pick, but their rebuilding project will likely involve pursuing free agents this summer and next.

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