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Sources: Bucks Interested in JR Smith, Buyout Unlikely

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The Milwaukee Bucks have interest in JR Smith, sources said, though Smith and the Cavs are not close on a buyout. There is very little incentive for Cleveland to buy him out, and at this stage in his life, NBA money is important to Smith.

Smith is guaranteed $3.9 million for next season and $15.7 million if he’s on Cleveland’s roster July 1. What this means for the Cavs is — there is great reason to hold on to him for the rest of the season, and then try to trade him before July 1. If they fail, then they either waive him by June 30, paying him the $3.9 million to walk, they take on his full contract with the hope of being able to trade it by the February deadline next season, or they keep him past July 1 in an effort to trade him by a late August deadline to “waive and stretch” his contract. In essence, this would be risking $12 million for an extra two months to trade him.

Source: Joe Vardon of The Athletic

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2019 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Celtics Emerging as ‘stealth suitor’ for Kemba Walker

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The Celtics, I’m told, are emerging as a stealth suitor for Charlotte Hornets free agent Kemba Walker

Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

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Sources: Clippers to Meet with Kawhi Leonard

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Kawhi and the Clippers meeting tentatively scheduled for July 2nd is what I’m hearing. LA has a home court advantage but Toronto can get him another title next year.

Source: Frank Isola on Twitter

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Chris Paul: ‘I never asked for a trade’

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Rumors and speculation could not touch Chris Paul — if they ever could — not here, not on a day like this.

He had briefly addressed his place with the Rockets and future between portions of the clinics held Sunday at Crete Academy. But there was one more point to make.

“I never asked for a trade,” Paul said. “I never demanded a trade.”

Source: Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle

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