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Nets Making 'Exploratory Calls' On Possible Trades

Nov 10, 2015 6:11 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have interest in making a trade though Billy King doesn't expect it to be drastic.

The Nets are projected of having $40 million in cap space and don't want to make a short-sighted move.

“We can trade now and eat all that space up, get to 30-something wins and make the playoffs in the eighth spot,” King said at the team’s New Jersey practice facility Monday afternoon. “[But] then, where’s the future now? So it’s about adding the right pieces and being patient.

“We didn’t get here overnight, and we are not going to get out of it overnight. That’s reality. There is not something where it’s, ‘OK, this is the magic wand and we are going to do this and it’s going to change overnight. We knew that going in, we knew that when we made those decisions and it didn’t work, and so now we’ve got to gradually, systematically dig yourself out of it.”

King said he’s made some “exploratory calls” about trades.

The Nets are currently 0-7.

Tim Bontemps/New York Post

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

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Heat Trade Mario Chalmers To Grizzlies

Nov 10, 2015 1:25 PM

The Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies have agreed upon a trade of Mario Chalmers and James Ennis for Beno Udrih and Jarnell Stokes.

Chalmers has been subject of trade rumors since the offseason in order to help the Heat save on the luxury tax.

Chalmers has been with the Heat since 2008.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Mario Chalmers, James Ennis, Beno Udrih, Jarnell Stokes, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Grizzlies Talking Mario Chalmers Trade With Heat

Nov 3, 2015 3:49 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies are holding trade talks with the Miami Heat centered on Mario Chalmers.

Chalmers has been known to be available in a trade throughout the offseason.

The Grizzlies have struggled to start the season, suffering a 30-point loss to the Cavaliers and a 50-point loss to the Warriors.

Chalmers is in the final year of a two-year deal he signed in the summer of 2014 and is making $4.3 million this season. 

The Grizzlies could include Beno Udrih in a trade.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Mario Chalmers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs Undecided On Using $10.5M Trade Exception This Season

Oct 31, 2015 11:11 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers committed to spending $175.6 million on payroll with $65 million of that in luxury taxes.

"We're committed; we're all-in ... When you invest in something like a sports franchise and you're in for so much ... if you at the margins start pulling back, I think that may be foolish on a lot of fronts," Dan Gilbert said. "We're investing for the future as well as the current."

The Cavaliers have their entire core locked up for the next four seasons with the exception of LeBron James.

Gilbert said that was a driving force behind all the spending in the offseason.

"These guys who are under these large contracts, that's a core for four or five years," Gilbert said. "That's an eternity in this league. As we've seen with NBA franchises, that formula can work."

The Cavs still have a $10.5 million trade exception they could use if needed, but that would take their payroll to more than $200 million. Gilbert didn't say if he was willing to use the exception this season and also didn't say how long he was willing to spend at this level.

"We look at this year by year. There's so many factors, so many things can change," Gilbert said. "We always like to have options. It's not so much the amount of payroll. The question is if you can maneuver. If the team goes a certain way, are all the contracts valuable? Can your general manager still play chess? We never try to say this is [the budget]. It really is how it operates."

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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