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Isaiah Thomas on Shouldering Blame for Cavaliers’ Struggles: ‘Not fair’

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Speaking to reporters for the first time in a week — which spanned an explosive team meeting, a lopsided loss to the San Antonio Spurs, an underwhelming win over the Indiana Pacers that included a questionable exchange with Kevin Love and an 8-for-22 personal shooting total — Isaiah Thomas explained himself: He says he is shouldering an undue amount of blame for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ struggles.

“We’ve been a lowest five [rated] defensive team in the NBA the whole time [this season],” Thomas said after practice Saturday. “So when I come back, it’s my fault now. Which, life isn’t fair, but that’s not fair, bro. At all. I just laugh at those things because I know in this circle and this team, everybody believes in each other, and everybody’s in here for it to work and for us to be playing in June. That’s the ultimate goal.”

Thomas said the various reports detailing Monday’s team meeting as having been instigated in part by him criticizing Love for missing most of Cleveland’s 148-124 blowout loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder with an illness, and then exiting the arena early and missing practice the following day, were inaccurate.

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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Sources: Victor Oladipo ‘looking to move on’ from Pacers

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Then there are the other members of the Best Five. [Gordon] Hayward won’t be opting out of his contract unless he has a long-term extension in place, which will be hard for a 30-year-old with a concerning injury history. Indiana is still home for the Haywards, and with Victor Oladipo looking to move on this offseason, according to sources, and Myles Turner possibly in the same boat, there could be an opportunity for Ainge to move Hayward and the abundance of draft picks in his war chest in a mutually agreeable way. Boston won’t have cap space again with three stars locked up long-term, so moving Hayward or Marcus Smart presents one of the few opportunities to get back a player making starter-caliber money.

Source: Jared Weiss of The Athletic

What’s said in here by @JaredWeissNBA about Oladipo and Turner is accurate. The 2 players most likely to be moved before next season based on my convos. 👇🏽

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Sources: Pelicans, 76ers Interested in Doc Rivers

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New Orleans Pelicans and Philadelphia 76ers have already reached out to former Clippers head coach Doc Rivers in regards to their head coach openings, sources told @TheUndefeated.

Source: Marc J. Spears on Twitter

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Sources: Clippers Fire Doc Rivers, Interested in Tyronn Lue, Jeff Van Gundy

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Coach Doc Rivers is out with the Clippers, sources tell ESPN.

Sources: Names that will come up to replace fired Doc Rivers; Clippers assistant coach Ty Lue, who supposed to interview for Philadelphia 76ers job this week, and Jeff Van Gundy.

Source: Brad Turner and Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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