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  • Source: Cavs Had Kyrie Deal on the Table Before the Draft

    A source said a deal was on the table for Irving before the draft, but was not executed in part because it was not yet known that Irving wanted out. The deal was crafted before David Griffin left as general manager.

    Source: Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com
  • Agent: Noel ‘waiting on a legitimate offer’ from Dallas

    Nerlens Noel is limited by his restricted free agent status as he is engaged in a stare-down with the Dallas Mavericks. “We are waiting on a legitimate offer from the Mavs,” said Noel’s agent, Happy Walters. “Until that time, Nerlens is training in L.A. until camp opens.” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban doesn’t appear to be budging and is expected to match any offer sheet that Noel could sign.

    Source: Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated
  • Sources: Cavs Promote Koby Altman to General Manager

    The Cleveland Cavaliers are finalizing a deal to promote Koby Altman to general manager, league sources told ESPN.

    A formal announcement of Altman's promotion from assistant general manager to GM is expected soon, league sources said.

    Altman gives the Cavaliers instant credibility around the NBA on an operations and deal-making front, but his undertaking is massive: Handle Kyrie Irving's trade request and LeBron James' pending free agency in 2018.

    Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert has been closing on the Altman promotion for weeks now, turning his focus to him in the wake of Chauncey Billups declining an offer to become president of basketball operations, league sources told ESPN.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
  • Source: John Wall Agrees to Designated Vet Extension

    John Wall has agreed to the designated player veteran exception in Washington that will pay him a total of $207 million through 2023, a source tells NBA.com's David Aldridge.





    Source: David Aldridge of NBA.com
  • Report: Pau Gasol, Spurs Agree on 3-Year Contract

    Free agent center Pau Gasol has agreed on a three-year deal to return to the San Antonio Spurs, league sources told ESPN. The deal includes a partial guarantee in the third year of the contract, league sources said.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
  • Sources: Kyrie Irving Requested Trade From Cavaliers

     

    Kyrie Irving is ready to end his run with the Cleveland Cavaliers, as league sources told ESPN that the guard has asked the team to trade him.

    The request came last week and was made to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Irving has expressed that he wants to go play in a situation where he can be a more focal point and no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James, sources said.

    Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN
  • Wiggins, Timberwolves Working on Five-Year Extension

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are keen to lock up guard Andrew Wiggins to ensure he is a cornerstone for their future.

    Wiggins and the Timberwolves are engaged in contract negotiations on a five-year extension that would be worth nearly $148 million, according to Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau.

    "We're working on it right now," Thibodeau said Wednesday during a news conference to introduce Jamal Crawford.

    The extension would take effect in 2018-19, with a starting salary of $25.5 million that season. The sides could agree to terms where, if Wiggins made an All-NBA team or was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2017-18, that figure would jump to $30.6 million.

    Source: ESPN
  • Sources: Derrick Rose, Lakers ‘felt good’ about Meeting

    ESPN Sources: Derrick Rose completed approximate 3-hour meeting with Los Angeles Lakers. Both sides felt good about it. Deliberation time.



    Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN
  • Source: Lakers Interested In, Met with Ian Clark Thursday

    The Lakers continued their deliberative approach to free agency by pursuing point guards on one-year deals.

    The Lakers met with free-agent guard Ian Clark for 45 minutes on Thursday afternoon, according to a league source familiar with the situation.The Lakers have expressed interest in Clark in recent weeks for various reasons, but no offer was made.

    The Lakers envision him helping the team’s outside shooting after averaging a career-high 6.8 points while shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from 3-point range last season with Golden State. The Lakers view the 26-year-old Clark as a good mentor for rookie point guard Lonzo Ball after helping the Warriors win the 2017 NBA championship. After only playing four years in the NBA, Clark still could further cement his career with the Lakers should he have a productive season.

    In addition to speaking with the Lakers’ front office, Clark also talked with Lakers coach Luke Walton. The two previously knew each other at Golden State. While Walton was an assistant under coach Steve Kerr (2014-16), Clark joined the Warriors as a free agent in 2015.

    Source: Mark Medina of The Orange County Register
  • Dwane Casey: DeRozan to Play More Point Guard Next Year

    Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said Tuesday that he has plans to give DeMar DeRozan more time at point guard during the 2017-18 season.

    “DeMar DeRozan, have him handle the ball a bit more as a point guard, a facilitator, a passer. Kyle Lowry moving the ball a bit more, spacing up. We don’t want to give our whole ‘what we’re going to try to do next year’ away, but again it comes down to passing the basketball and better spacing more so, than we know, one-on-one play.”

    DeRozan proved himself as a capable and willing facilitator when Lowry was out for a 20-game stretch during the 2016-17 season. The three-time all-star shooting guard averaged 4.4 assists over that stretch, which would set a career-high if compared to his regular season statistics.

    Casey also said that he’s not going to shy away from allowing DeRozan to create in the mid-range in iso situations, knowing it helps him draw fouls. But the focus is clear: the Raptors are looking to create more ball movement.

    Source: The Andrew Walker Show via Bryan Meler of Sportsnet
  • Sources: Udonis Haslem, HEAT Agree to One-Year Deal

    Udonis Haslem has signed a one-year, veteran’s minimum contract to play his 15th season with the Miami Heat, league sources told The Vertical.


    Haslem’s deal will be fully guaranteed, league sources said.


    Haslem, 37, has been a foundational member of the Heat and played a critical role on NBA championship teams in 2006, 2012 and 2013. He played 16 games last season, transitioning into a leadership role to complement the team’s core of Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, James Johnson, Dion Waiters, Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson.


    Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical

  • Source: Celtics Sign Shane Larkin

    The Boston Celtics will continue a feverish offseason roster overhaul by signing free-agent point guard Shane Larkin, according to a league source.

    Larkin, the No. 18 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, played 72 games with Saski Baskonia in Spain last season and averaged 13.8 points and 5.4 assists. He elected to pass up a $6.3 million option to compete for a spot on a Boston roster that will now feature 16 guaranteed contracts.

    Larkin, 24, last played in the NBA with the Brooklyn Nets during the 2015-16 season. His signing was first reported by David Pick.

    Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN
  • Mavericks, HEAT, Pacers Interested in Brandon Rush?

    Back on MN soil. Was curious if ex-#Twolves wing Brandon Rush has a market. Told the Mavs, Heat, + Pacers are among a few teams to check in.



    Source: Darren Wolfson on Twitter
  • Source: Bulls Interested in Rose, Will Pick Team by Weekend

    Derrick Rose likely to pick team this weekend, I'm told. Cavs, Lakers, reported, but talks w/ his agent, BJ Armstrong, & Bulls too.

    Source: Sam Amick of USA Today Sports on Twitter
  • Sources: Rose Talks Deal with Cavs, Will Meet with Lakers

    Free-agent point guard Derrick Rose is in serious talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the defending Eastern Conference champions on a one-year contract, sources told ESPN on Thursday.

    While those talks continue, Rose is also meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, sources told ESPN's Chris Haynes and Ramona Shelburne. The former No. 1 draft pick has met with several teams over the past three weeks, including the Milwaukee Bucks and LA Clippers, but he has gained momentum on a deal with the Cavs in the past several days, sources said.

    Source: Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN