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  • Sources: No Traction Yet on Possible Kyrie Irving Trade

    [Derrick] Rose's visit comes amid Kyrie Irving's trade request, which the organization has been aware since starting discussions with Rose recently. The Cavaliers have been fielding multiple trade calls and offers for Irving in recent days but do not yet have traction on a possible deal, league sources said.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
  • Gordon Hayward: ‘Probably smarter’ to Leave West for East

    In an extended interview about his free-agency process, All-Star forward and new Celtic Gordon Hayward visted with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski to discuss the courtships of Boston, Utah and Miami in a wide-ranging visit on The Woj Pod, released on Monday afternoon.

    On leaving the Western Conference for the East:

    "When we're going through this process and you keep seeing some of the big-name guys and it's like, the West is loading up more and more and more, it's not something where, like, I'm going to go East just so I don't have to play them, 'cause you don't want to run from competition at all. That's not how I am. But there is a sense that it's probably a smarter thing as far as you're not going to have to battle it out with all these teams just to make it to the second round, make it to the third round, giving yourself a better chance against a Golden State. So it definitely crosses your mind, 100 percent.

    Source: ESPN via Adrian Wojnarowski's WojPod
  • Richard Jefferson on Kyrie: ‘anybody would want stability’

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson said that Kyrie Irving's search for a more stable situation by requesting a trade is understandable considering the state of the franchise.

    "I think Kyrie is a hyper-intelligent kid," Jefferson said on the latest episode of his "Road Trippin'" podcast, released Monday. "Really, really smart. Doesn't get enough credit for how smart he is, and I think seeing that the franchise is in flux, I think seeing [David Griffin] leave and the amount of coaches ... I think Kyrie has had a much tougher time in this stretch of the organization than anyone ever wants to ever really fully [recognize].

    "He's the No. 1 pick right after LeBron [left for Miami in 2010], then he has three different coaches, then LeBron comes back, now there's trade rumors, now it's 'LeBron's leaving.' It's like at some point in time, anybody would want some sort of stability."

    Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
  • Hornets to Work Out Norris Cole

    The @hornets will work out veteran Norris Cole as a possible third point guard. Story coming.



    Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
  • Sources: Celtics Made ‘obligatory’ Call on Kyrie Irving

    Most teams, including the asset-rich Celtics, have placed the obligatory call letting Cleveland know they would like to be kept in the loop, sources say. Boston could offer Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and one of their golden picks -- Brooklyn's pick next season, or the Lakers/Kings pick they got from Philly in the Markelle Fultz deal. It's unclear if they would dangle all of that, but those picks could represent the young stud Cleveland needs. Regardless, a deal between the East's two best teams seems unlikely.

    Source: Zach Lowe of ESPN
  • Cavaliers Acting as if Kyrie Irving Trade is ‘inevitable’

    The Cavaliers are projecting confidence they can snare a king's ransom for Kyrie Irving, and more than that, they are acting -- for now -- as if a trade is almost inevitable, and that there is little chance of salvaging their relationship with him, according to several sources familiar with the situation.

    Things can always change, particularly if Irving initiates a meeting with James to hash things out, but that is the mood around these tense talks now.

    Source: Zach Lowe of ESPN
  • Carmelo Anthony, Thunder Have Mutual Interest?

    Have a scoop - OKC and Carmelo are officially circling each other. OKC's Troy Weaver recruited Melo to Cuse + has known him since DMV days.



    Source: Bill Simmons on Twitter
  • Orlando Magic and Wesley Iwundu Agree to Deal

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    The Orlando Magic and second-round draft pick Wesley Iwundu have agreed to a fully guaranteed three-year, $4.1 million deal, agent Austin Walton of NEXT Sports told Basketball Insiders.

    The deal includes more guaranteed money than Davon Reed, the No. 32 overall pick in the draft, according to colleague Eric Pincus’ Phoenix Suns salary sheet.

    Orlando selected Iwundu No. 33 overall out of Kansas State University. He’s the first Kansas State player to be drafted since Michael Beasley and Henry “Bill” Walker in 2008. Iwundu averaged 13.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game as a senior at Kansas State. Iwundu also shot 48 percent from the field overall and 38 percent from beyond the arc.

    Iwundu scored 24 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds in Kansas State’s victory over Wake Forest in the South Region’s First Four portion of the NCAA Tournament.

    The 22-year-old is considered a versatile swingman defender.

    For more information on the Orlando Magic’s current salary cap situation, click here.

  • Sources: Derrick Rose Passes Physical, To Sign With Cavs

    Derrick Rose has committed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers and completed his physical exam today, league sources tell Shams Charania of The Vertical. The deal will be for one year, $2.1 million, per ESPN's Chris Haynes.



    Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical
  • Sources: LeBron Will Not Waive No-Trade Clause

    No matter the reconstruction of the Cleveland Cavaliers' roster, no matter the potential for heightened inner turmoil, no matter the win-loss record, and with or without Kyrie Irving, LeBron James will not waive his no-trade clause for any teams at any point during the 2017-18 season, league sources tell ESPN.

    James, Dirk Nowitzki and Carmelo Anthony are the only players equipped with no-trade clauses. James holds a $35.6 million player option for the 2018-19 campaign, which means he could elect to test unrestricted free agency next summer.

    Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN
  • Sources: Speights, Magic Agree to Deal


    Marreese Speights headed to the Magic on a one-year, veteran's minimum deal ($2.1M), I'm told.




    Source: Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today on Twitter



  • Sources: Hornets to Workout Free Agent Donald Sloan


    Source: The Charlotte Hornets are bringing in NBA free-agent guard Donald Sloan for a workout. He lit up the China association.




  • Sources: Fredette Re-Signs with Shanghai Sharks

    Former BYU standout Jimmer Fredette has agreed to a new deal to remain with the Shanghai Sharks, a source told ESPN.

    The 28-year-old New York native was drafted 10th overall in the 2011 NBA draft and has played for the Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks. He last played in the NBA in the 2015-16 season, appearing in two games for the Knicks.

    Source: ESPN
  • Hall of Fame Lakers Coach John Kundla Passes Away

    Before Phil Jackson and Pat Riley, before Gregg Popovich and Larry Brown, even before Red Auerbach, there was John Kundla.

    Kundla, the Hall of Fame coach who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA championships, died Sunday. He was 101. Son Tom Kundla said his father died at an assisted living facility in Northeast Minneapolis that he called home for years.

    Source: ESPN
  • Sources: Kyrie ‘uneasy’ about Cavs’ Future Without LeBron

    In registering his preference for a trade, league sources said, [Kyrie] Irving divulged to Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert that he's become increasingly uneasy about a future that includes a roster constructed to complement LeBron James -- a roster that could be devoid of James come free agency in 2018.

    With James refusing to commit to Cleveland beyond the coming season, and with the growing verdict that James is intrigued with pursuing a Los Angeles Lakers exit plan, Irving has become proactive in controlling his own career arc. The Cavaliers are constructed to play a slow, half-court game around James, personnel ill-suited to transition into an up-tempo style with Irving as the centerpiece. The Cavs are paying Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith, James' Klutch Sports clients, for significant deals, and those contracts won't easily leave the Cavaliers' books.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN