Miami forward Chris Bosh addressed reports regarding the possible addition of Carmelo Anthony to the Heat next season with a simple statement.
“It’s very, very unlikely,” Bosh said Thursday before Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Miami against the San Antonio Spurs.
On Wednesday, ESPN reported that the Heat were looking into creating a scenario in which they could retain potential free agents-to-be LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Bosh and add o Anthony this summer. But Bosh told the Miami Herald that he has never discussed the possibility with James.
To make that happen, James, Wade and Bosh would have to agree to new contracts likely at a reduced salary rate to clear the way for the Heat to make a run at Anthony, the New York Knicks forward who could become a free agent later this month.
—Former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson is expected to interview with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who shifted their focus away from college coaches after swing-and-miss runs at Florida’s Billy Donovan and Kentucky’s John Calipari.
Mike Brown was fired by the team for a second time and general manager David Griffin was reportedly focused on Chicago Bulls assistant coach Adrian Griffin. But the Cavaliers’ pool of candidates became deeper than expected, including Alvin Gentry, Tyronn Lue, Lionel Hollins, Vinny Del Negro, Adrian Griffin and former Cavs guard Mark Price. Gentry is considered the favorite and was scheduled to meet with the front office a second time this week.
Jackson spent three years with the Warriors, winning 98 games the past two seasons including 51 in 2013-14.
—Kentucky forward Julius Randle will likely require post-draft surgery to repair his right foot and miss summer league in July.
Randle had a fractured right foot as a high school senior at Prestonwood Christian Academy. A screw was inserted into the foot and needs to be removed, according to Yahoo Sports, which would require he miss at least six weeks.
There is a chance the procedure could cause skepticism in draft rooms, but the 6-foot-9 power forward did not experience any issues with the foot or miss time at Kentucky in 2013-14 for anything more serious than muscle cramps in 40 games as a third-team All-American.
—Cleveland might have a trade partner if the Cavaliers opt to deal the No. 1 overall pick, and the Philadelphia 76ers are fighting to get to the front of the line.
According to ESPN, the 76ers are working to move up to draft Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins with the first overall pick in the 2014 draft.
Philadelphia has the Nos. 3 and 10 overall picks and could be willing to part with young veterans, including 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams or forward Thaddeus Young, to sweeten the pot without parting with both picks.
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