Five games into the young NBA season, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is committing to his fourth different starting lineup.
The Cavs will start Derrick Rose, JR Smith, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson on Saturday when they play the New Orleans Pelicans, Lue said.
Cleveland opened the season with Rose, Dwyane Wade, James, Jae Crowder and Love as its starters. It switched to Jose Calderon, Wade, James, Crowder and Love; then to Smith, James, Crowder, Love and Thompson. And now this.
The latest lineup swap sends Crowder, the only player Cleveland received from the Kyrie Irving trade currently in Lue’s rotation, to the bench.
“Just another class act by Jae, he was great,” Lue said of the latest potentially difficult conversation he had to have with one of his players — mirroring the chats he already had with Smith, Thompson, Dwyane Wade and Channing Frye– about his role changing. “(He) said ‘Nah, do whatever you want. You don’t have to explain anything to me. I just want to win. That’s the most important thing.'”
“I’ve been open to change because we haven’t found our groove yet,” Crowder said. “We’re still searching for answers to see how we can get games rolling in our favor. So I’m open to whatever the team wants me to do because at the end of the day we’re trying to reach a goal.”
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
76ers to Workout Kevin Knox, Zhaire Smith for Second Time
Philadelphia 76ers Pre-Draft Workouts – Media Availability
11:00 A.M. Group Workout:
G-F B.J. Johnson (La Salle)
G De’Anthony Melton (USC)
G Tyler Nelson (Fairfield)
G Malik Newman (Kansas)
G Landry Shamet (Wichita State)
G Zhaire Smith (Texas Tech)
1:00 P.M. Workout:
F Kevin Knox (Kentucky)
Source: Philadelphia 76ers
Sources: Jamal Crawford Declines Player Option with Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford has declined his $4.5 million player option for next season and will become a free agent, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Crawford, a three-time Sixth Man of the Year, will become one of the top reserve scorers on the open market after facing Monday’s deadline to decide on his option.
In his 18th NBA season, Crawford averaged 10.3 points and 20.7 minutes in 80 contests, marking his 16th consecutive year that he scored in double figures per game. He joined the Timberwolves on a two-year contract last offseason and served as a veteran leader for the franchise’s first playoff season since 2004.
Source: Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports
Sources: Raptors Want Top-10 Pick, Interested in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
According to one league source, no one on Toronto’s roster is off limits as the Raptors pursue a top-10 pick
According to one league source, no one on Toronto’s roster is off limits as the Raptors pursue a top-10 pick https://t.co/AZzCv8fPXD
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 18, 2018
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter