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Sources Deny Report LeBron James Has Decided To Leave Cleveland In 2018

Aug 16, 2017 5:14 PM

Three sources close to LeBron James denied a report from Chris Sheridan indicating he has already made up his mind about leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2018.

James can become a free agent in 2018 but he remains undecided on his future.

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

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RealGM Radio: Central Division With Nate Duncan, Dan Feldman

Aug 16, 2017 12:09 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Nate Duncan of the Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast (@NateDuncanNBA) and Dan Feldman of NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk (@DanFeldmanNBA) go in-depth on the NBA’s Central Division.

They discuss how the Cavs, Bulls, Bucks, Pistons and Pacers fared in the off-season and predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.

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Tags: Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, RealGM Radio

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Kristaps Porzingis Emerges As Cavaliers' Primary Trade Target

Aug 15, 2017 10:08 AM

Kristaps Porzingis has emerged as the Cleveland Cavaliers' primary target in Kyrie Irving trade discussions.

Porzingis would give the Cavaliers a young star who could also help them immediately as he enters his third NBA season.

The Cavaliers would need to take on the three seasons and $55 million remaining on the contract of Joakim Noah in order to begin a conversation with the New York Knicks.

During Phil Jackson's final days as president of the Knicks, he explored the trade market of Porzingis. 

Multiple NBA teams are questioning how emphatic the Knicks will continue to be on their "no" in trading Porzingis for Irving. Porzingis remains distant from the organization.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Kristaps Porzingis, Joakim Noah, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kyrie Irving, Spurs Have Mutual Interest

Aug 15, 2017 10:04 AM

The San Antonio Spurs would be a viable trade partner for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Kyrie Irving if LeBron James was committed to the franchise long-term.

The Spurs have interest in Irving while he would be willing to commit to signing with the franchise long-term.

San Antonio could put together a package for Irving with some combination of LaMarcus Aldridge, Tony Parker and Danny Green that gives the Cavaliers a win-now roster.

The Cavaliers, however, are focused on acquiring a young star as part of their trade package for Irving.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavaliers Fixated On Acquiring Young Star For Kyrie Irving

Aug 15, 2017 9:50 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers want LeBron James to commit to the franchise before building around him while he wants to see the team execute a plan before committing to them.

While Cleveland wants James to re-sign, they are fearful of making a Kyrie Irving trade that doesn't allow them to rebuild for the long-term.

The Cavaliers have become more fixated on acquiring a young star such as Kristaps Porzingis, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson or Jamal Murray in their trade inquiries involving Irving.

Cleveland is determined to get an elite young player back in return for Irving. If James was committed long-term, they could trade Irving for veterans.

Cleveland has been deliberate with the trade process and conversations could become more aggressive in September close to the start of camp.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Kristaps Porzingis, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Jamal Murray, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James Developing Scripted Show For HBO On Sneaker Culture

Aug 10, 2017 7:50 PM

LeBron James and Maverick Carter are developing a scripted show for HBO centered on the sneaker culture.

James and Carter run Spring Hill Entertainment, a joint television and film venture with Warner Brothers.

The show, still untitled, will focus on "two best friends and their wild employees at an up-and-coming sneaker shop outside L.A.." 

James owns a high-end sports fashion boutique called UNKWN. 

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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David Griffin: Kyrie Irving's Trade Request Showed Courage

Aug 7, 2017 7:20 PM

David Griffin said the decision made by Kyrie Irving to ask for a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers showed courage.

"He handled the situation exactly like he was supposed to," Griffin said Monday on ESPN's The Jump. "He went to [Cavs owner] Dan Gilbert privately, told him that he thought he would be happier somewhere else.

"The absolute worst thing this guy could have done was pretend to be all-in and sink the ship from within. Most guys don't have the courage to do what he did."

Griffin believes Irving will eventually be traded by the Cavaliers.

"This is a guy whose list included really good coaching situations -- Brad Stevens and [Gregg] Popovich. This is a guy who recruited LeBron [James], [Gordon] Hayward and a host of other free agents, and all of a sudden LeBron came back, so he was sold a totally different situation than he's actually in, and he worked very well in, he won a championship in.

"I see this as him looking for a fit for himself, to take the next step in his career. I think this is a guy who wants to know how good he can be. LeBron casts a very large shadow over an organization. And most of it is really, really positive. You know you are expected to win a championship by way of example. But what that doesn't always allow is for a player like Kyrie to test his boundaries and see how good he can really be, and can I really be the frontman of a team like that."

Griffin admitted Irving's inability to coexist with James is something one can criticize. 

"I don't think he's figured out how to carry the mantle of a team and win games in that environment," he said. "None of the players on that team had learned how to do it before LeBron got there. That didn't grow organically. They didn't learn how to win together.

"Not that [Irving] couldn't have carried the load, but he probably didn't have enough expectation of himself to do it, because everybody just assumed, 'Well if we lose this one, it's OK.' And that's really my fault. We had to do a better job of calibrating everybody toward when LeBron is out of a game, that's opportunity to you."

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

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Kyrie Irving Unwilling To Commit Long-Term To Any Team Trading For Him

Aug 2, 2017 10:36 AM

Kyrie Irving is not prepared to commit to any team beyond his likely free agency in 2019.

The Phoenix Suns are a team that would be interested in trading for Irving but would like to know if he'd be willing to sign an extension. The Suns would be willing to trade Eric Bledsoe for Irving even without a commitment.

Irving is due $18.87 million in 17-18, $20.10 in 18-19 and $21.33 million in 19-20 (player option).

Irving has requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers but wants to keep his options open long-term.

Terry Pluto/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Carmelo Anthony Not Interested In Trade To Cavaliers

Aug 1, 2017 11:19 AM

Carmelo Anthony has zeroed in on the Houston Rockets as the only team he has interest in being traded to.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause and he won't waive it for the Cleveland Cavaliers. With Kyrie Irving requesting a trade and LeBron James one season away from free agency, the Cavaliers are no longer attractive to Anthony.

The Knicks are waiting for the Rockets to improve their offer for Anthony. Houston is offering a package centered on Ryan Anderson.

Phil Jackson began a public campaign last season to compel Anthony to waive his no-trade clause.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs Would Trade Kyrie Irving To Suns For Eric Bledsoe, Josh Jackson, Miami's 2018 FRP

Jul 31, 2017 5:50 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns have interest in executing a Kyrie Irving trade.

Eric Bledsoe has been a consistent player included in discussions.

The Suns also own Miami's first-round pick, which is partially protected in 2018. The Cavaliers are also seeking the inclusion of Josh Jackson in a trade. Phoenix has ruled out the possibility of trading Devin Booker.

"If that deal (Bledsoe, Miami first rounder and Jackson) for Irving was there, it'd be done by now," a league source with knowledge of the Cavs' thinking said.

Jackson cannot be traded until after August 4th.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Eric Bledsoe, Kyrie Irving, Josh Jackson, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Never Even Offered Minimum Deal To Derrick Rose
The Knicks drafted Frank Ntilikina in June as their point guard of the future.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Kyrie Irving 'Tired Of Hearing About What LeBron Needs'
When Kyrie Irving signed his extension in 2014, he reportedly "didn't particularly care for (LeBron) James to return to Cleveland."

Stephen A. Smith/ESPN

Heat Deny Offering Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow To Cavs For Kyrie Irving
The Heat have rarely denied trade reports in the media.

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Cavs' Paul George Trade Fell Apart On Pick Protections
The Pacers were willing to trade Paul George for Kyrie Irving straight-up, but the Cavaliers declined the offer several times.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Teams Receiving Positive Reports On Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving has had a history of late nights and partying but he hasn't missed practices or shown up for shootarounds nursing an apparent hangover.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Spurs, Clippers, Suns, Wolves, Knicks, Heat Make Offers For Kyrie Irving
The Cavaliers are seeking a package similar to what the Nuggets received for Carmelo Anthony in 2011.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

LeBron James Not Inquiring About Potential Trade Targets For Cavs
LeBron James has been in touch with the Cavaliers but he hasn't been inquiring about any potential trade targets.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Dan Gilbert Believes Pacers Could Have Made Better Paul George Trade
The Cavaliers thought they had a deal in place to acquire George in a trade that would have sent Kevin Love to the Nuggets, and Gary Harris as the centerpiece to the Pacers.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Cavaliers Describe Kyrie Irving Situation As 'Fluid'
Dan Gilbert made it sound as though Irving could remain with the Cavaliers into the 17-18 season.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Derrick Rose To Work Out With LeBron James, Eric Bledsoe In Las Vegas
LeBron James has spent the past few days vacationing and working out in Las Vegas.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony Continues To Prioritize Trade To Rockets
The Cavaliers presumably have a clearer path to trading for Carmelo Anthony due to the Kyrie Irving request, but he prefers the Rockets.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Cavaliers Engaging Teams On Kyrie Irving Trade
With the Cavaliers signing Derrick Rose this week, he could end up as their starting point guard depending on who they get back for Kyrie Irving.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

LeBron James Denies Being 'Eager' For Cavaliers To Trade Kyrie Irving
LeBron James responded to a report from Stephen A. Smith that the camp of Kyrie Irving believes James helped orchestrate news of Irving's trade request.

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Chauncey Billups Knew During Cavs' Interview Of Kyrie Irving's Unhappiness
Chauncey Billups admitted he's surprised Irving would want to be traded.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Derrick Rose Agrees To Sign With Cavaliers
Derrick Rose underwent a physical with the Cavaliers on Monday.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Koby Altman Hired By Cavaliers As General Manager
Koby Altman has also led the Cavaliers' front office over the last five weeks.

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Cavaliers Seeking Blue Chip Young Player As Centerpiece In Kyrie Irving Trade
Following Kyrie Irving's trade request of the Cavaliers, there is little chance of salvaging the relationship.

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Cavaliers Have Yet To Gain Traction On Kyrie Irving Trade
Kyrie Irving requested a trade on July 7th after meeting with Dan Gilbert and news broke on July 21st.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Derrick Rose Meeting With Cavaliers To Discuss One-Year, $2.1M Deal
Derrick Rose's deal would be for one-year at the veteran's minimum of $2.1 million.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Cavs Thought They Had Paul George Trade Agreed Upon On June 30th
Paul George was going to be traded by the Pacers to the Cavaliers with Kevin Love going to the Nuggets and Gary Harris moving to Indiana in a package involving other pieces.

Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin, Brian Windhorst/ESPN