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Rival Execs Give Rockets Legitimate Chance Of Signing LeBron James

Dec 10, 2017 10:44 AM

Rival executives believe the Houston Rockets have a legitimate chance of signing LeBron James in free agency.

The presence of Chris Paul and James Harden makes the Rockets an attractive spot for James. Paul and James are close friends, while Harden played with James during the 2012 Olympics.

Houston is projected of being over the cap in the offseason, which would force Daryl Morey to get extraordinarily creative to fit James' salary. Paul forced his way to the Rockets with an opt-in-and-trade that James could also conceivably utilize.

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Derrick Rose Denies Adidas Contract Was Factor In Decision To Keep Playing

Dec 8, 2017 12:40 PM

Derrick Rose denied speculation that he's continuing his playing career due to money he's owed on his Adidas contract.

Rose reportedly would lose $80 million on his Adidas contract if he were to walk away.

"Man, I don't care about -- not to be rude -- I don't care about no f---ing money," Rose said. "It's not about that. I've saved up enough money. It's not about that. If I wanted to leave, I would have left. Like I said, coming back here, starting with rehab that's my first step. Keeping it simple and just giving my team support and then I'll see what I see off the court."

Rose was asked if he requested a trade during his absence from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"No, no, no, no, no, no. Trade? No," Rose said. "Come on, man. I'm on one of the best teams in the league? Why would I ask to get traded? They gave me every opportunity and still are going to give me every opportunity that I would want from any other team too and that's just to hoop. I just want to hoop."

Rose confirmed that he apologized to his teammates for his absence.

"I was just figuring things out," Rose said. "Thinking about this and that. But I'm here for my team. I'm here to win. And that's one of the reasons why I came back."

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Tags: Derrick Rose, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Derrick Rose Has Bone Spur In Left Ankle

Dec 8, 2017 11:21 AM

Derrick Rose has a bone spur in his left ankle that may need surgery.

Rose is attempting to rehab the injury.

Rose was away from the team for approximately two weeks while he debated whether to continue his playing career.

Rose signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the offseason.

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Tags: Derrick Rose, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury

LeBron James Pays $23M For 2nd Home In Los Angeles

Dec 7, 2017 6:13 PM

LeBron James has bought a second home in the Los Angeles area for $23 million.

James bought another house in the Brentwood area two years ago for approximately $21 million.

The house has city-to-ocean views, the 15,846-square-foot home is furnished with an elevator, a home theater and a custom kitchen. The house has eight bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms.

James' children were visiting high schools in the Los Angeles area several months ago.

James can become an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

Neal J. Leitereg/Los Angeles Times

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

LeBron James, James Harden Named Players Of The Week

Dec 4, 2017 3:06 PM

LeBron James and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 7.

James averaged 27.3 points, nine assists and 8.3 rebounds per game for the week as the Cavaliers went 4-0.

Harden averaged 34 points, nine assists and 7.3 rebounds per game for the week. The Rockets went 3-0 for the week.

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Award

Derrick Rose Reports Back To Cavaliers

Dec 4, 2017 10:02 AM

Derrick Rose plans to report back to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.

Rose has been in a self-imposed exile since before Thanksgiving as he considers whether to continue his playing career.

Rose will meet with front office officials and begin the process of returning to the team.

Rose has been dealing with an ankle injury.

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Tags: Derrick Rose, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

Derrick Rose Likely Nearing Return To Cavaliers

Dec 2, 2017 7:23 PM

Derrick Rose could be nearing a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Rose and the Cavaliers have been engaged in "positive" communication.

Rose left the Cavaliers on the day before Thanksgiving to consider his future playing career. Rose has been out since Nov. 9th due to complications from a sprained left ankle.

B.J. Armstrong, Rose's agent, has not returned numerous messages seeking comment or clarification.

Isaiah Thomas is nearing a return to the court from a hip injury, and when he comes back he will start. Dwyane Wade is excelling as the Cavs' backup point guard.

LeBron James has not been in contact with Rose.

"Whenever he's ready to tell us or whatever, we're ready for that," James said. "You don't ever fast-track someone's process of what they may be going through. When they're ready to talk about it or ready to bring it to the forefront, as his teammates we'll be ready for it.

"I don't know what the organization's stand on that is, that's different. From us as players, we don't need an answer from him, we want him to be as great as he can be, off the floor first before he even thinks about being on the floor."

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Derrick Rose, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

LeBron James, James Harden Named NBA Players Of The Month

Dec 1, 2017 4:09 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in October and November.

James ranked third in the NBA in scoring (28.0 ppg) and fourth in assists (8.5 apg) for the Cavaliers (15-7), who finished November on a 10-game winning streak.  The 13-time All-Star shot 58.4 percent from the field, the second-highest mark of his career through 22 games of a season.  James also shot 42.5 percent from three-point range, his third-best percentage through 22 games.  The 6-8 forward, who also averaged 8.1 rebounds, was the only player in the league to average at least 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists.  In a 130-122 victory at the Washington Wizards on Nov. 3, the four-time Kia NBA MVP became the seventh player in NBA history to reach the 29,000-point mark, as well as the youngest at 32 years and 308 days.

Harden paced the NBA in scoring (31.5 ppg), assists (9.8 apg), three-pointers made (94) and free throws made (168) for the Western Conference-leading Rockets (17-4), who produced the third-best start in franchise history.  The 2016-17 Kia NBA MVP runner-up shot 45.1 percent from the field, 40.3 percent from three-point range and 86.6 percent from the free throw line.  Harden scored at least 20 points in all 21 games, the longest season-opening streak since James in 2012-13 (first 33 games).  On Nov. 5, the 28-year-old guard scored a career-high 56 points in a 137-110 win over the Utah Jazz.

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Iman Shumpert Out Two Months With Meniscus Surgery

Dec 1, 2017 3:19 PM

Iman Shumpert will be out for two months following surgery for a small tear in his left meniscus. 

Shumpert's knee was initially diagnosed as an effusion. Shumpert tried to play in Monday's game against the 76ers.

Shumpert is averaging 4.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 13 games this season.

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Tags: Iman Shumpert, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury

Dwyane Wade Comfortable With Transition From Star To Role Player

Nov 30, 2017 12:01 PM

Over the past few seasons, Dwyane Wade has reinvented himself from a high usage star to more of a complementary scorer.

LeBron James has been impressed with how Wade has handled his transition from star to role player. 

“When you’re a star, a real big star and you’ve been a franchise player, guys have a hard time being real with themselves,” James said. “It’s crazy to me that one of my best friends is just real with the whole situation.”

Wade is averaging 10.8 points per game this season, down from 16.2 last season with the Bulls.

“I’m not in my 15th year like LeBron is in his 15th year,” Wade said. “Even though you can arguably say we’re both in the Hall of Fame when our careers are over, I’m not in the same place he’s at, so I’m not going to walk in here like I want to play 40 minutes a night, I want the ball 90 times a game. I don’t want that. My body can’t take that. I’ve been through a lot body-wise. But I know what I can do. I know what I can give you and that’s what I try to focus on. And I’m man enough to say that and be OK with that.”

Wade's arrival bothered some members of the Cavaliers and eventually led to the release of Richard Jefferson.

“I still know what he’s capable of doing. Why wouldn’t you want another guy in the locker room that brings a championship mentality and a guy who can still play?” James said. “So, of course, it bothered me, but (expletive) it. It is what it is.”

“They had a style here. I don’t fit the style from what they played over the last couple years,” Wade said. “But this is a different team.”

Jason Lloyd/The Athletic

Tags: Dwyane Wade, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

Dwyane Wade Unsure If Cavs Were Unanimous In Signing Him
Dwyane Wade was recruited by LeBron James to join him with the Cavaliers, but he's not sure if it was a move unanimously desired by the franchise.

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76ers Expected To Pursue LeBron James In Free Agency
The 76ers could fairly easily create enough salary cap space to sign LeBron James to a max contract starting at $34 million.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

LeBron James Ejected For First Time In NBA Career
LeBron James was playing in his 1,082nd career game.

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Cavs Hopeful Of Isaiah Thomas Returning In December
Isaiah Thomas was previously expected to return in January or February.

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Derrick Rose Remains In Contact With Cavs During Exile
Cleveland put Derrick Rose in a walking boot last week in hopes of alleviating pressure on his left foot.

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Derrick Rose Would Lose $70M On Adidas Deal If He Retires
Derrick Rose signed a 13-year, $185 million deal with Adidas in 2012.

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Derrick Rose Away From Cavs Considering NBA Future
Derrick Rose is considering whether he wants to continue his playing career.

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LeBron James: Black Uniforms Will Always Be Part Of Cavs' History
The Cavaliers are revealing their new black uniforms for Friday's game against the Hornets.

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Isaiah Thomas Practices With Cavs For First Time
There has yet to be an update for when Isaiah Thomas might return with Jan. 1st being the previous target.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

LeBron James: My Minutes Aren't A Huge Issue
LeBron James has played 40 or more minutes in seven of 17 games so far this season.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Derrick Rose Out 2-3 Weeks With Sprained Left Ankle
Derrick Rose's ankle will be immobilized in a boot for the next week and he will also undergo an extended treatment process over the next 2-3 weeks.

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Kevin Durant Felt LeBron 'Passing The Torch' With His Game 3 Shot
Kevin Durant's shot in Game 3 over LeBron James stands out as a defining moment of his career.

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Denver Was Unwilling To Include Jamal Murray For Kyrie Irving
Jamal Murray, Wilson Chandler and a top-3 protected first round pick for Kyrie Irving could have started a conversation.

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Cavs See Benefits Of New Travel Schedule
The Cavs are trying to remain in the city they play in overnight and fly out the next day.

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LeBron: I Haven't Played With Scorer Who Can Also Get Guys Involved For A While
LeBron James has played more point guard than ever while waiting for Isaiah Thomas.

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LeBron James: Knicks 'Very Effective' Without 'Old Fella' Dictating Offense
LeBron James praised the way the Knicks are playing this season now that Jeff Hornacek isn't being forced to run the triangle by Phil Jackson.

Jason Lloyd/The Athletic

Cavs Rejected Pacers' Offer Of Paul George For Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving requested a trade approximately eight days after Paul George was traded to the Thunder.

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LeBron James: 'No Shade' Intended Towards Frank Ntilikina
LeBron James clarified his comments about how the New York Knicks made a mistake in drafting Frank Ntilikina instead of Dennis Smith Jr.

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LeBron James: Knicks Made Mistake Passing On Dennis Smith Jr.
The Knicks selected Frank Ntilikina eighth overall in front of the Mavericks at No. 9.

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Isaiah Thomas Expects To Adjust To LeBron 'Quicker Than Somebody Else Could'
Isaiah Thomas anticipates being able to adjust to playing beside LeBron James more easily than Kyrie Irving did.

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