With the Cavaliers mired in a two-game losing streak, dropping their record to just 6-6 since February’s trade deadline, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue decided to shake up his team again by bringing JR Smith off the bench against the Suns on Tuesday and starting Kyle Korver in his place.
Korver will be replaced in the starting lineup by Rodney Hood whenever Hood’s sore lower back feels well enough to play. Hood went through shootaround Tuesday but was ruled out of the game. “I just felt like it,” Lue said when asked about the timing of his decision to bench Smith.
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
Report: Shane Larkin Unlikely to Return in Eastern Conference Finals
Shane Larkin (shoulder) is with the
#Celtics here in Cleveland and is improving. But Brad Stevens said he will not play in Games 3 and 4, with a return unlikely in this series.
Shane Larkin (shoulder) is with the #Celtics here in Cleveland and is improving. But Brad Stevens said he will not play in Games 3 and 4, with a return unlikely in this series.
— A. Sherrod Blakely (@ASherrodblakely) May 19, 2018
Source: A. Sherrod Blakely on Twitter
Report: Suns ‘certainly open’ to Moving No. 1 Overall Pick
Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough says he is open to relinquishing his prized place in the NBA draft’s catbird seat — for the right return.
McDonough, in an interview on ESPN2’s NBA Draft Combine special on Friday, said the Suns haven’t ruled out the option of dealing away the No. 1 pick in June’s draft for a lower pick or even a worthy veteran.
“We’re certainly open to that. We’ll consider it,” McDonough said. “Obviously, we’ll have more information closer to the draft than we do today, after we go through the workout process and the interview process and we get the medical physicals. So we’re open to that.
“I think if you look around the NBA, as far as the veteran players, there are probably a few players we’d consider trading the pick for, not … just pick for player No. 1. So it’ll be a busy month for us.”
Sources: Lakers Telling Teams No Players Untouchable in Trades
As the Lakers head into a potentially franchise-changing offseason, their front office is keeping its options fully open.
While they like their young core and would prefer to keep those players growing together, they have told teams no player is untouchable in trades, according to multiple sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of trade and free-agent negotiations.
To be clear, the Lakers are not actively shopping any of their players. They are willing to listen to offers and could move one of them — even a member of the talented young cadre of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram or Josh Hart — if an offer blows them away.
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