Jul 26, 2014 10:22 PM EDT
Flip Saunders is becoming increasingly interested in the Cleveland Cavaliers' offer of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and future first round picks for Kevin Love.
Saunders was long believed to prefer a trade with the Golden State Warriors to acquire Klay Thompson for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he was never reportedly offered.
Saunders is president of the Wolves and also the head coach, so he was unlikely to want an extended rebuild.
‘‘It gives [Saunders] a chance to mold the team how he wants it,’’ the source said.
Jul 26, 2014 1:32 AM EDT
Carlos Boozer was introduced by the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.
The Lakers were not optimistic about landing Boozer during the waiver claim process but did so with a $3.25 million bid.
Boozer heard the news from his agent.
"I was ecstatic and I was jumping up and down," Boozer said. "I went back out there and got two more hours in."
Boozer is penciled in as the Lakers' starting small forward, although he has played power forward throughout his 12-year NBA career.
Boozer said he believes he could play up to seven more seasons.
Jul 25, 2014 1:10 PM EDT
Carmelo Anthony ultimately decided between the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls. Anthony added that he believes the Knicks aren't too far away from becoming a contender.
"I want to win. I don't care about the money," Anthony told ESPN.com. "I believe Phil (Jackson) will do what he has to do to take care of that."
"I don't think we're that far away," he added. "People use 'rebuilding' too loosely."
Anthony signed a five-year, $124 million deal to remain with the Knicks.
"It was overwhelming," Anthony said. "It was stressful in the final days, one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make."
Anthony said, though, it ultimately came down to New York and Chicago.
"I was flip-flopping," he admitted. "It was hard. It was Chicago, but then after I met with L.A., it was L.A. But it came back to Chicago -- and was pretty much always Chicago or New York. That's a situation where I could have walked in now to an opportunity to compete for the next however many years."
Jul 24, 2014 11:51 PM EDT
Chandler Parsons may have been motivated to leave the Houston Rockets for a bigger role.
James Harden believes the Rockets won't take a step back despite losing Parsons to the Dallas Mavericks in the offseason.
"Dwight and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets," Harden said while appearing at a charity event in the Philippines, according to The Philippine Star. "The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We've lost some pieces and added some pieces.
"I think we'll be fine next season."
Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season.
"That's a pretty ridiculous statement if he meant that," Parsons said. "That's part of the reason I wanted to go to Dallas, because I'm ready for that next step. I'm ready for a bigger role, and I'm ready for more leadership.
"If anybody should understand that, it's James, because he was in the same situation in Oklahoma City and then he got his chance to come to Houston and shine. I'm not real sure what that means."
Jul 20, 2014 1:59 AM EDT
Dwight Howard believes that Chandler Parsons' departure from the Houston Rockets will not have a major impact on the team next season.
"It won't affect us at all," Howard said. "We have myself and James. We have the best center and the best two guard in the game on the same team. It's on us."
Parsons spent three years as the Rockets' starter at small forward. He signed a three-year, $46 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
Howard praised the Rockets' addition of Trevor Ariza.
"He'll go through a wall for you," Howard said of Ariza, who was his teammate on the Orlando Magic. "Just to have soldiers on your team like that is great. We have that one-two punch with me and James. We're filling out our roster with guys who are willing to go through that wall and doing whatever it takes to win."
Jul 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT
While Phil Jackson attempted to trade Andrea Bargnani this offseason, he believes he can have value on the floor this season for the New York Knicks.
"He's overlooked. We think he's going to really do well in the system we have," Jackson said of Bargnani. "We have a couple of guards he likes to play with, Jose (Calderon) and Pablo (Prigioni), and I think he's going to be a surprise and a pleasant one for our fans."
The Knicks traded for Bargnani from the Toronto Raptors last offseason.
Jul 14, 2014 1:55 PM EDT
Jeff Goodman polled 12 NBA executives about whether the Cleveland Cavaliers should offer Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love. The results were 7-5 in favor of the Cavaliers keeping Wiggins.
"Love is so overrated. He's never won," one NBA executive said. "I'd wait if I was Cleveland. I wouldn't involve Wiggins in a trade for Love."
"Wiggins is going to be really good in time," added an NBA general manager. "Right now he can shoot and defend. Playing off LeBron and Kyrie [Irving] will take a lot of the pressure off him in the present. He could become a go-to scorer in a few years."
"Star potential on rookie scale deal for four years," another GM added.
The personnel in favor of the Cavaliers trading for Love expressed how they could become instant title contenders with Love instead of Wiggins.
"Why wait on Wiggins when Love makes them better now," one assistant GM said. "And if you don't get Love now, he's going to be a Laker next summer."
"I know what Love can do. He's a proven commodity, plus his game meshes with LeBron's," one NBA scout said.
Jun 28, 2014 8:18 PM EDT
Stephen Curry sees the Golden State Warriors' involvement in discussions for Kevin Love and as a possibility for LeBron James as a symbol of how the franchise has come over the past few years.
“For me, I think it’s just the testament to just where our organization is,” Curry said Saturday at his basketball camp at Stevenson School. “We’re an enticing place to play, and I think free agents understand that and people around the league understand that we are about winning.
“We have a great fan base, the best fan base in the world. Oracle Arena is a great place to play, and we’re on the rise as an organization. So for us to be in the conversations with a Kevin Love or a LeBron or whoever, I mean that’s something we probably were shoved to the side on those kind of conversations. That’s a good feeling knowing that we’ve done a lot and have a lot more to do.”
Curry said he would let the situation play out rather than make a recruiting call to James.
“I don’t think four years ago if LeBron was a free agent anybody would ask him, ‘What about the Warriors?’” Curry said. “So it’s kind of funny.”
Jun 28, 2014 1:35 PM EDT
The Philadelphia 76ers would have likely drafted Andrew Wiggins had Joel Embiid not suffered a foot injury that will require surgery.
"I sniffed opportunity the moment it happened, the moment it happened," Sam Hinkie said on Friday. "The moment he got hurt, we thought we might get him, and we might be the organization with just the set of owners, and we might be the one to do it."
Embiid could miss his entire rookie season, just as Nerlens Noel did for the 76ers last year.
"I've seen reported by some 4 to 6 months [for Embiid to be sidelined]," Hinkie said. "I don't know where they came from. That's not the number that I heard from the surgeon himself; it's 5 to 8 months. Guess what our approach will be? We will focus on the health of the player. We've had this discussion before. I don't want that to sound glib, because it's not. It is all that matters, the long-term health of the player. Will we be smart about that? Of course. Will we be thoughtful about that? I hope so. Will we be patient? Yes, yes. We will focus on giving him a chance to be as healthy as he can be, to have the kind of career that he can have. If he can be healthy - and we think there is a very, very good chance - if he can be healthy he can have a very productive NBA career."
Hinkie will continue to take the longview in building the 76ers.
"I've been here 13 months and I think we've been pretty consistent on what we've been focused on during that time," Hinkie said. "We want to add more and more talent and bring in more and more players and help us move forward with a goal of really trying to build something that can be championship-caliber. That doesn't happen overnight. We've been really open about that. We couldn't have predicted very well at 7:40 [Thursday] night what might have happened at the third pick and exactly who might be there and who might not, and we couldn't have predicted very well at all who was going to be there at the 10th pick at that moment, because there's so many factors in the marketplace that you have to figure out what they'd do to leave you with the set of options that you're left with. We focus on trying to make all the best decisions that we can, and we'll see where that takes us.
"We took a couple of 20-year-olds [Thursday] night. It's very clear that we're going to be growing with them. We talked about that with Michael [Carter-Williams] a year ago when we said that we felt like this is a player that we can grow with, and we still feel that way. We feel that he's a player that we can grow with."
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