• Report: Wolves targeting free agent Lowry, Holiday, and other guards

    Larry Brown Sports "After triggering an earthquake with Thursday’s blockbuster trade for Jimmy Butler, the Minnesota Timberwolves may be coming back for an aftershock. Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News reports on Friday that the Wolves think they can upgrade at the point guard position in free agency and are..." June 23

  • Magic Johnson says he 'expects' Lakers to retire a Ball jersey one day

    USA Today "Lonzo Ball was officially introduced as a Los Angeles Laker on Friday after being drafted No. 2 the night before. The team president, Magic Johnson, had high praise for the 19-year-old at the start of the press conference. Magic called Lonzo “the new face of the Lakers,” and he even said that..." June 23

  • Blake Reportedly Opts out of Clippers Contract, Will Enter Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin has reportedly decided to decline the $21.4 million player option in his contract for the 2017-18 NBA season and will now become an unrestricted free agent, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. Griffin is one of the league's top power..." June 23

  • Report: Clippers' Chris Paul declines player option, will become unrestricted free agent

    CBS Sports "Early Friday evening, the news broke that Blake Griffin had decided to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers in order to become an unrestricted free agent. Now, less than an hour later, we have news that Chris Paul has decided to do the same. " June 23

  • Nuggets Were Unwilling To Include Jamal Murray In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks

    Real GM Basketball "The Denver Nuggets discussed a Jimmy Butler trade with the Chicago Bulls, but were unwilling to include Jamal Murray in any deal. Murray was one of the league's better rookies last season and is part of Denver's core around Nikola Jokic." June 23

  • Ratings for 2017 NBA Draft on ESPN are up from 2016

    Awful Announcing "This year’s NBA Draft which had plenty of buzz going into the event certainly scored for ESPN. The Draft averaged a 2.7 overnight rating which is up 13% from last year’s event. It peaked at a 4.0 rating in the 8:15-8:30 p.m. ET quarter-hour. ESPN is really ecstatic about its streaming numbers...." June 23

  • Report: Butler’s attitude toward Fred Hoiberg made players ‘uncomfortable’

    Larry Brown Sports "There has been a lot of talk about the Chicago Bulls not getting enough in return from the Minnesota Timberwolves with the Jimmy Butler trade, but that may have something to do with teams knowing Butler’s relationship with his coach had soured. In a lengthy feature about how the Butler trade..." June 23

  • Pistons' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope suspended for pleading guilty to DUI

    USA Today "Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been suspended for two games without pay for pleading guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, the league announced Friday. His suspension will begin at the start of the 2017-18 NBA season, assuming he is eligible and physically..." June 23

  • Report: Celtics believe they can sign Paul George to extension

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Celtics were reportedly in serious discussions with the Indiana Pacers about a Paul George trade on Thursday, and those talks are not necessarily dead just because the 2017 NBA Draft has come and gone. The Celtics are still loaded with future first-round picks, and the Pacers may be..." June 23

  • The Celtics Are Still Trying To Convince Everyone It Would Cost Them Too Much To Trade For Jimmy Butler

    Uproxx "The Boston Celtics didn’t trade for Jimmy Butler because it reportedly would have cost them a top pick in the NBA Draft. So Butler went to Minnesota in a draft night swap that surprised many in the NBA world. But the actual deal Chicago got in trading Butler away wasn’t all that pricey compared..." June 23

  • NBA trade rumors: Multiple teams remain in pursuit of Paul George

    SI "The NBA draft is over, and the rumor mill continues to buzz as usual—with the futures of several stars still in question. Paul George, Kristaps Porzingis and other big names could be on the move, though the passing of the draft likely makes it more difficult to trade. Chris Paul, Gordon..." June 23

  • Lakers Offered Unprotected Future First To Teams Willing To Take Deng Or Mozgov

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Lakers offered an unprotected future first round pick to every team in the NBA with cap room in order to unload the contract of either Timofey Mozgov or Luol Deng. Without any teams taking on one of those deals, the Lakers instead traded D'Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets..." June 23

  • Paul George-Gordon Hayward-Celtics rumor doesn’t add up

    Pro Basketball Talk "Paul George reportedly wants to play with Gordon Hayward. George is also reportedly willing to join his desired team (universally accepted to be the Lakers) by means that don’t guarantee the highest salary. Could the Celtics – who are pursuing Hayward in free agency – leverage those conditions..." June 23

  • Rajon Rondo, Ricky Rubio have unclear futures after Jimmy Butler trade

    Hoops Hype "After the Chicago Bulls traded Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Rajon Rondo and Ricky Rubio became immediately impacted as well. USA TODAY’s Jeff Zillgitt reported the Timberwolves are still trying to trade Rubio after the recent move to land Butler. Dallas was once linked to Rubio..." June 23

  • Lakers' Luke Walton: LaVar's claims will initially put pressure on Lonzo Ball

    ESPN "Moments after the Los Angeles Lakers selected UCLA guard Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft, Ball's outspoken father, LaVar, made a bold proclamation on national television. "Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year," LaVar told..." June 23

  • Lonzo Ball not the Lakers savior, but he's a good start

    USA Today "It was tough enough when the Lakers had to play catch-up with the rest of the NBA. But now there’s a turf war in Los Angeles again, what with all these rumblings that LeBron James might be headed for Tinsel Town in the summer of 2018 and the Lakers and Clippers doing all they can to get their..." June 23

  • Lawrence Frank: DeAndre Jordan was 'never, ever dangled out there'

    ESPN "Lawrence Frank, the LA Clippers' executive vice president of basketball operations, was adamant Thursday night that All-Star center DeAndre Jordan is not on the trading block. "DeAndre was never, ever dangled out there," Frank said. League sources previously told ESPN's Chris Haynes that the..." June 23

  • Danny Ainge: Josh Jackson canceled Celtics workout while Brad Stevens and I flew there

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Celtics were the first playoff team to win the lottery, which brought a complication: Some draft prospects and their agents wanted to avoid Boston, which has a deep roster and fewer avenues to immediate playing time. Lonzo Ball wouldn’t work out for the Celtics, and neither would Josh..." June 23

  • Wade still exercising option with Bulls despite Butler trade

    Real GM Basketball "Despite the Chicago Bulls' trade of Jimmy Butler on draft night, Dwyane Wade will stand by his decision to exercise his player option worth $23.8 million, sources tell Vincent Goodwill. Wade signed a two-year deal with the Bulls last offseason in a surprising decision to part ways with the..." June 23

  • Horry believes Lakers will distance themselves from LaVar Ball

    Yardbarker "LaVar Ball said all along that his son Lonzo was going to be drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, and he was proven right on Thursday night. Does that mean the Lakers are going all-in on the Big Baller Brand? Robert Horry highly doubts it. Horry, who played seven seasons in L.A. and won three..." June 23

  • Rob Pelinka: Lakers' trade with Nets was 'the perfect storm for us'

    ESPN "Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka on Thursday explained the team's logic for pulling off its draft-week trade with the Brooklyn Nets, which included shipping out promising point guard D'Angelo Russell in what amounted to a salary dump. The trade was made official Thursday. Russell,..." June 23

  • Raptors’ Ujiri: ‘Player development is the route we are going’

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors drafted 19-year-old OG Anunoby on Thursday night, and even though he’s injured, the forward fits into the team’s plan for patience with its youth, says president Masai Ujiri. Anunoby, selected with the No. 23 pick, tore his ACL in January and it could be some time before he..." June 23

  • Pacers GM: Paul George informing us he's leaving 'was a total gut punch'

    Indianapolis Star "Kevin Pritchard hasn’t talked to Paul George since last week at Victory Field for the annual celebrity softball game that was hosted by George. Two days later, Pritchard received a phone call from Aaron Mintz, George’s agent. The message Mintz’s delivered to Pritchard — that George intends to..." June 23

  • Pat Riley expects most high-profile free agents to stay put

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "As the NBA draft became history and the July 1 start of free agency moved into focus, Miami Heat President Pat Riley cautioned early Friday morning against expectations of a big upcoming move. "Just because there's a lot of money in the system or there may be a lot of money in the system, the..." June 23

  • Butler's trainer calls Bulls GM Forman a 'liar' after trade

    CBSChicago.com "The first inkling of how Jimmy Butler and his camp may have felt about him being traded from the Bulls to the Timberwolves in a blockbuster deal Thursday night during the NBA Draft came from his trainer, Travelle Gaines. Butler is on vacation in Paris currently. With a location stamp of Paris,..." June 23

  • Raptors looked into dealing Valanciunas with 23rd pick

    Bleacher Report "The Toronto Raptors are reportedly shopping big man Jonas Valanciunas leading up to Thursday's draft. Michael Grange of Rogers Sportsnet reported the news, also noting Toronto is looking to move its No. 23 overall pick. Both represent future assets considering Valanciunas is just 25 years old..." June 23

  • Brett Brown says he thanked Hinkie by text after Sixers drafted Fultz

    CSN Philly "Longtime followers of The Process are well aware that Thursday night was a tag team effort. Sam Hinkie put the Sixers in the position -- via a plethora of assets acquired during his tenure -- to allow Bryan Colangelo to deal with the Celtics for the No. 1 overall pick that turned into Markelle..." June 23

  • Jazz send Lyles, 24th pick to Nuggets for 13th pick Donovan Mitchell

    SI "The Jazz have reportedly agreed to trade Trey Lyles and the No. 24 pick in the NBA draft (Tyler Lydon) to the Nuggets in exchange for the No. 13 pick (Donovan Mitchell). Who won the trade? We break down both sides of the deal. Let's dive in. Utah Jazz: B Most NBA deals concern far more than..." June 23

  • Paul George trade talks to Celtics have stalled

    CBS Sports "The Pacers may have found their rental option for Paul George. According to The Vertical, the Celtics were in serious discussions with Indiana to acquire George. Indiana has to trade George or it will end up losing him for nothing in free agency in 2018. It was reported at the start of the week..." June 23

  • LaVar Ball says 'Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year'

    SI "LaVar Ball says that his son Lonzo Ball will "take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year." The outspoken father made the declaration just a minute after the Los Angeles Lakers selected the UCLA star with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft." June 23

  • Jimmy Butler learned about Wolves trade in middle of the night in Paris

    CBS Sports "Jimmy Butler hears the rumors -- he knew there was a chance he would be traded on the day of the NBA Draft, just like the rest of us. But that didn't stop him from heading to Paris with some other NBA players. Butler, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Dwyane Wade appeared to be having a..." June 23

  • Josh Jackson says of teams who passed on him in NBA Draft: 'One day they'll be sorry'

    Kansas City Star "Josh Jackson smiled as his mother, Apples Jones, planted a kiss on his cheek, the former Kansas guard and his family members noticeably pleased Thursday night upon hearing from commissioner Adam Silver he’d been selected by the Phoenix Suns as the No. 4 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. “I’m pretty..." June 23

  • Celtics GM Danny Ainge on Jayson Tatum: 'We would have picked him with first pick'

    Mass Live "Forever, Jayson Tatum will be judged against Markelle Fultz. That's not necessarily fair to either player, but it's the reality of the situation after the Boston Celtics traded the No. 1 overall pick -- and the right to select Fultz -- for the third pick where they landed Tatum on Thursday..." June 23

  • Warriors sign Chris Boucher to two-way contract

    247 Sports "Chris Boucher went undrafted Thursday evening, but he found a landing spot with the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. According to DraftExpress.com's Shams Charania, Boucher and the Warriors have aggreed to a two-year two-way contract. A two-way NBA contract is a G-League..." June 23

  • Newest Hornet Malik Monk says he can beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1

    Bleacher Report "Malik Monk already has his eyes on the Charlotte Hornets owner after the team selected him with the No. 11 pick in Thursday's NBA draft. Granted, Charlotte's owner is Michael Jordan—who is only widely considered the greatest player in NBA history—but Monk said "I'm going to beat him" when asked..." June 23

  • Warriors reportedly pay $3.5M for second-round pick Jordan Bell

    CBS Sports "The champion Warriors didn't have a pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but that didn't stop them from swooping in to take a player that they apparently really liked. According to Marcus Thompson of The Mercury News, the Warriors paid $3.5 million to the Chicago Bulls for the rights to second-rounder..." June 23

  • Report: Celtics refused to part with high draft picks in Jimmy Butler trade talks

    Larry Brown Sports "Many Boston Celtics fans were left wondering why the team wasn’t more involved in the process that ultimately saw the Chicago Bulls trade Jimmy Butler, and the answer is pretty simple: Danny Ainge loves his draft picks. According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, trade talks between the..." June 22

  • NBA Rumors: Celtics, Pacers ‘Engaged In Serious’ Paul George Trade Talks

    NESN "The Boston Celtics didn’t trade for Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler at Thursday night’s 2017 NBA Draft, but they could land the other major superstar on the market in Indiana Pacers forward Paul George. Acquiring George would be a risk for Boston because he reportedly prefers to sign with..." June 22

  • Report: Spurs, Cavs trade talks now include LaMarcus Aldridge

    Sportsnaut "The San Antonio Spurs, already reportedly in trade talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers, are reportedly including LaMarcus Aldridge in addition to Danny Green. Interestingly enough, Aldridge may have tipped the trade via his Twitter account based his activity (more on that here). Early on..." June 22

  • Bulls Agree To Trade Jimmy Butler To Timberwolves

    Hoops Rumors "The Timberwolves have acquired Bulls forward Jimmy Butler, with K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune tweeting that the two sides have reached an agreement in principle on a Butler deal. According to Johnson (via Twitter), the Bulls will receive Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the No. 7 overall pick...." June 22

  • The Suns Proposed Offer For Porzingis Is Out, And It Features A Ton Of Young Assets

    Uproxx "The ongoing saga of Kristaps Porzingis in New York has been so fascinating to watch. While the New York Knicks don’t seem like they’re in any rush to trade their 21-year-old star, Phil Jackson has openly expressed that Porzingis is on the market if the price is right because he missed an exit..." June 22

  • Report: Knicks ‘Absolute Last Resort’ for NBA Free Agents

    SLAM Online "Once a proud franchise, the New York Knicks are now considered a “last resort” for NBA players in free agency. It comes down to Knicks president Phil Jackson. Through his insistence on running the triangle offense, his continued public alienation of stars Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps..." June 22

  • Suns select Josh Jackson with fourth pick in NBA Draft

    Arizona Sports "Josh Jackson was there after all. After the Kansas swingman’s stock soared to the point where he was reportedly in the mix to be selected by the Lakers at No. 2, he ended up falling into the lap of the Phoenix Suns. With the pick, the Suns grabbed the best two-way lottery talent in the..." June 22

  • Celtics pick Jayson Tatum with No. 3 choice in NBA Draft

    Boston Globe "The Celtics picked Duke forward Jayson Tatum with the third pick in the NBA Draft Thursday. With a loaded backcourt that features All-Star Isaiah Thomas, defensive star Avery Bradley, and Marcus Smart, the choice fills a need in the frontcourt for the Celtics, who reached the Eastern Conference..." June 22

  • Lakers Draft Lonzo Ball with Second Overall Pick

    NBA.com "Lonzo Ball is a Laker. Sometimes, things just work out. L.A. happened to buck the lottery odds to end up with the No. 2 pick in a year in which a local kid was sitting there for the taking. Just like in 2003, when LeBron James went to his hometown Cavs, or 2008, when Chicago had the No. 1..." June 22

  • Sixers Select Markelle Fultz With Number One Overall Pick In NBA Draft

    NBC Philadelphia "Markelle Fultz is a Sixer. What seemed highly unlikely up until last week became a reality Thursday night when the Sixers selected Fultz first overall with the pick they acquired from the Celtics. The Sixers traded the third pick and a future first-round pick to move up for the 6-foot-4,..." June 22

  • NBA Rumors: Rockets ‘In Trade Pursuit’ Of Pacers Star Paul George

    NESN "The Houston Rockets have an NBA MVP candidate in point guard James Harden, but they don’t have a second major star for their pursuit of a championship. Could Indiana Pacers superstar forward Paul George be that next piece for Houston. George has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers as a..." June 22

  • Bledsoe shopped to Denver for Mudiay, No. 13

    ESPN "The Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns have held discussions on a trade that would send point guard Emmanuel Mudiay and the No. 13 pick in Thursday's NBA draft for point guard Eric Bledsoe, league sources told ESPN. However, sources described the dialogue as "fluid." Denver, for some time, has..." June 22

  • Paul George has ‘serious interest’ in trade to Spurs

    Larry Brown Sports "The San Antonio Spurs may be making a run at Paul George, and they would reportedly be willing to trade for him even without a commitment beyond next season. Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reported on Thursday that the Spurs have a “real shot” at landing George, and the Indiana Pacers star..." June 22

  • Nuggets inquiring about Jimmy Butler; Jokic off the table

    CBS Sports "The trade inquiries about Bulls forward Jimmy Butler just keep on coming, and the latest potential suitor is reportedly the Denver Nuggets. From ESPN's Jeff Goodman: Denver has spoken to the Bulls about Jimmy Butler, source told ESPN. Would include multiple young players, not Nikola Jokic,..." June 22