Basketball Wiretap

Carmelo Anthony Continues To Prioritize Trade To Rockets

Jul 26, 2017 9:58 AM

Carmelo Anthony continues to place the Houston Rockets as his top priority trade destination despite Kyrie Irving's request for a trade.

The Cleveland Cavaliers presumably have a clearer path to trading for Anthony due to the Irving request, but Anthony prefers the Rockets.

Some in the Knicks organization would trade Anthony and multiple first-round picks for Irving.

With the Rockets trading for Chris Paul and James Harden already signing an extension, their situation is more stable and attractive for Anthony than the Cavaliers.

Ian Begley/ESPN

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

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Cavaliers Engaging Teams On Kyrie Irving Trade

Jul 26, 2017 9:53 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are beginning to engage rival teams on a trade involving Kyrie Irving.

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

Irving requested a trade away from the Cavaliers on July 7th and news of that request broke on July 21st.

"A one-year deal on a bad team to try and put up numbers -- we did not want to entertain that way of thinking," agent Rose's agent B.J. Armstrong. "Getting up every day to go to the gym to just try and put up numbers -- that's not who he is. He didn't want to chase anything this summer other than, 'Hey, let's get around a group of guys who are like-minded, who are pursuing winning and be a part of that.' "

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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

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Blazers Trade Allen Crabbe To Nets For Andrew Nicholson

Jul 25, 2017 2:34 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have traded Allen Crabbe to the Brooklyn Nets for Andrew Nicholson.

The Blazers will waive and stretch Nicholson. According to Bobby Marks, the Blazers will have their luxury tax bill for 17-18 drop from $48.3 million to $4.4 million due to the trade.

Brooklyn signed Crabbe to a four-year, $75 million offer sheet during the 2016 offseason that the Blazers matched. Crabbe has a player option in the 2019 offseason.

Crabbe averaged 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists with a PER of 11.6 in 28.5 minutes per game last season. Crabbe hit 44 percent of his three-point attempts. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Allen Crabbe, Andrew Nicholson, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavaliers Seeking Blue Chip Young Player As Centerpiece In Kyrie Irving Trade

Jul 24, 2017 12:54 PM

Following Kyrie Irving's trade request of the Cleveland Cavaliers, there is little chance of salvaging the relationship, according to sources.

Irving no longer wants to play with LeBron James and wants to carve out the next stage of his career despite being two seasons away from free agency.

Cleveland's highest priority is trading for Irving for a blue-chip young player. The Cavaliers want to remain title contenders next season while protecting themselves if James leaves in 2018.

The Cavaliers have taken note of how the Phoenix Suns traded Goran Dragic to the Miami Heat for two future first round picks instead of the relatively paltry compensation Paul George, Jimmy Butler and DeMarcus Cousins fetched.

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

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Carmelo Anthony, Thunder Have Mutual Interest

Jul 24, 2017 12:27 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder could be a trade candidate for Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause with the New York Knicks and has preferred a trade to the Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers.

Troy Weaver helped recruit Anthony when he was an assistant coach at Syracuse. Weaver has been assistant general manager of the Thunder since the 10-11 season.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports that one source doubts Anthony would play for the Thunder but he would possibly be willing to discuss it. A second source simply said "Houston" when asked about the Thunder report.

Bill Simmons/The Ringer

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Eric Bledsoe Loves Phoenix But 'Wants To Win'

Jul 24, 2017 11:49 AM

Eric Bledsoe doesn't fit in with the Phoenix Suns' current timeline of contention as they pivot towards a rebuild around Devin Booker and Josh Jackson.

“I love everything about it,” said Bledsoe of Phoenix. “At the same time I want to win.”

Bledsoe said he “definitely feels” like an old man among his teammates.

Bledsoe was asked for what he thought about the Suns' offseason.

“We got Josh Jackson. James Jones (in the front office). But for the most part, I don’t care,” he said. “Whatever team we have at training I’m going to play my heart out for. I just control what I can control. Getting better every time I step onto the floor.”

Bledsoe said the player movement in the offseason has been “more fun than the Finals.”

Bledsoe expects it to continue.

“It’s not over.”

Scott Bordow/Arizona Republic

Tags: Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavaliers Have Yet To Gain Traction On Kyrie Irving Trade

Jul 24, 2017 11:10 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been unable to gain any traction on a possible trade of Kyrie Irving.

Irving requested a trade on July 7th after meeting with Dan Gilbert and news broke on July 21st.

Irving can't become a free agent until 2019.

Cleveland is in contract talks with Derrick Rose on a one-year deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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

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Cavs Thought They Had Paul George Trade Agreed Upon On June 30th

Jul 23, 2017 6:58 PM

On June 30th, the Indiana Pacers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets thought they had a Paul George deal in place.

Everyone tentatively agreed on a conference call between the teams.

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.

A call was to be arranged between George and Dan Gilbert, which was an important step before finalizing the trade. Cleveland's front office began making other plans for the offseason.

Kevin Pritchard then sent message that the Pacers were backing out and then quickly agreed to a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Paul George, Kevin Love, Gary Harris, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kyrie Irving's Frustration With LeBron James Stems From Game Play

Jul 23, 2017 6:41 PM

Before Kyrie Irving approached Dan Gilbert on July 7th about a trade, the Cleveland Cavaliers had become worried about his mindset.

David Griffin had several conversations with Irving throughout the year and worked to improve the situation. 

Irving's frustration with LeBron James is largely rooted in game play. The ball has been out of Irving's hands, and in James', more than he preferred.

Irving also was frustrated with how Randy Mims, a close friend of James, has a position on the Cavaliers' staff and travels on the team plane.

Several times during the Cavs' playoff run, Irving had long, intense conversations with James as they tried to get the team into a groove following a choppy and inconsistent regular season, sources said.

The Cavaliers were unable to hold exit meetings with their players as they were focused on Griffin's future.

Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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

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LeBron James Won't Waive No-Trade Clause With Cavaliers

Jul 23, 2017 6:36 PM

LeBron James will not waive his no-trade clause with the Cleveland Cavaliers at any point during the 17-18 season for any team.

James' future with the Cavaliers beyond the 17-18 season is unclear. James holds a $35.6 million player option for the 2018-19 campaign

Kyrie Irving, who can't become a free agent until 2019, recently requested a trade from the Cavaliers.

Dirk Nowitzki and Carmelo Anthony are the only other players in the NBA with a no-trade clause.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

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

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Kyrie Irving Had Reservations About Cavs' Roster If LeBron James Leaves In 2018
Kyrie Irving had wanted to discuss his future with the Cavaliers following The Finals, but the meeting was difficult since David Griffin's own future was uncertain.

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Cavaliers Believe They Could Have Turned Irving, Love Into Chris Paul, Paul George
The Cavaliers believe they could have acquired both Chris Paul and Paul George had they known Kyrie Irving wanted out.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Knicks Interested In Trading Carmelo Anthony, Future First Picks To Cavs For Kyrie Irving
Carmelo Anthony has a no-trade clause and has recently preferred a trade to the Rockets.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Cavaliers Had Kyrie Irving Trade On Table Before Draft
The Cavaliers didn't know at that time that Kyrie Irving would like to be traded this offseason.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

LeBron James Will Let Cavaliers Dictate Direction On Kyrie Irving Situation
LeBron James and the Cavaliers were surprised by Irving's pronouncement and were unaware of his feelings.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Kyrie Irving Requests Trade From Cavaliers
The request from Kyrie Irving came last week and was made to Dan Gilbert

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony Won't Waive No-Trade For Blazers
Carmelo Anthony has been recruited by C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Blazers Interested In Trading For Carmelo Anthony
Portland has little desire to help Carmelo Anthony be traded to the Rockets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony Hopes Knicks Fulfill Plan To Trade Him To Rockets
Steve Mills and Scott Perry are pursuing a meeting with Carmelo Anthony.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony, Rival Teams Dismayed By Knicks Pulling Him From Trade Talks
Carmelo Anthony had expected to be traded to the Rockets for the past two weeks.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

John Henson, Bucks Have Mutual Interest In Trade
John Henson has three years and $32 million remaining on his contract.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Knicks Break Off Carmelo Anthony Trade Talks
It is unlikely Carmelo Anthony is going to respond with eagerness about remaining with the Knicks.

Ramona Shelburne, Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Warriors Rejected Pacers' Offer Of Paul George For Klay Thompson
The Warriors weren't interested in trading away Klay Thompson, who has two seasons remaining on his current contract.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Paul George Was Surprised By Trade To Thunder
Sam Presti said the Thunder were risking more if they didn't trade for Paul George.

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Jazz Attempting To Trade Boris Diaw Before Guarantee Date
Boris Diaw's deal is worth $7.5 million next season.

Tony Jones, Kyle Goon/Salt Lake Tribune

Rockets, Knicks Discussing Four-Team Carmelo Anthony Trade Scenarios
While both sides are motivated to agree upon a trade centered on Carmelo Anthony, no agreement is imminent.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Pelicans, Pistons Discuss Reggie Jackson Trade
The Pistons and Pelicans have discussed a trade of Reggie Jackson for E'Twaun Moore and Alexis Ajinca.

Michael Scotto/Basketball Insiders

DeMarre Carroll: Raptors Have A Lot Of Guys Who Don't Trust Each Other
DeMarre Carroll was surprised he wasn't traded last season.

Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

Heat Included $5.1M In Josh McRoberts Trade With Mavericks
Miami took back the contract of A.J. Hammons from the Mavericks, who is guaranteed $1.3 million this season and $1.5 million next season.

Albert Nahmad/Heat Hoops

Carmelo Anthony Confident He'll End Up With Rockets
With the Knicks not wanting to take back the contract of Ryan Anderson, the Knicks and Rockets will likely need to involve a third team.

Ian Begley/ESPN