• 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

  • LaMarcus Aldridge's frustration has Spurs exploring trade options

    USA Today "In this six-degrees-of-Golden-State world in which every other team is now forced to operate, there is immense pressure to bridge the competitive gap that exists between the league’s new champions and the rest of the pack. Yet that space is smaller for the San Antonio Spurs than any other..." June 22

  • Cavaliers Rumors: Danny Green Trade Reportedly Being Discussed with Spurs

    Bleacher Report "With the Cleveland Cavaliers in search of ways to upgrade their roster, Danny Green of the San Antonio Spurs is reportedly on their radar. ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported Thursday the Cavs and Spurs have had discussions involving Green, but the Spurs currently have a high asking price. " June 22

  • Celtics Not Currently Engaged In Jimmy Butler Talks

    Hoops Rumors "Trade discussions involving Jimmy Butler continue to take place, but those talks don’t include the Celtics, and haven’t “for a while,” according to Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald (Twitter link). Bulpett’s report doesn’t necessarily mean that the Celtics are out of the Butler sweepstakes..." June 22

  • Utah Jazz talking about Patrick Beverley trade, active in trying to move up in draft

    Pro Basketball Talk "The buzz around the league has been for a while that momentum has Gordon Hayward leaving Utah this summer as a free agent. That’s not set in stone, however, and the Jazz are not going quietly into that good night. They are being very active in the run-up to Thursday night, and a team known for..." June 22

  • LaVar Ball: I'm the toughest coach Lonzo is ever going to have

    USA Today "LaVar Ball said he has no doubt his son Lonzo is ready for the NBA, especially for the league’s coaches. “I’m the toughest coach he's ever going to have,’’ LaVar Ball told USA TODAY Sports this year. “I used to tell Lonzo when he’s not doing good, 'Mother------, are (you) going to play or..." June 22

  • Kings reportedly showing major interest in Andre Drummond

    Larry Brown Sports "Is Andre Drummond the Sacramento Kings’ post-DeMarcus Cousins savior? Detroit sportscaster Matt Dery reports on Thursday that the Kings have “big interest” in the Detroit Pistons center and talks are centered around Arron Afflalo and the No. 10 overall pick." June 22

  • Knicks asking price for Porzingis currently too high for the Celtics, but Boston still open if deal is tweaked

    New York Daily News "Phil Jackson is apparently willing to trade Kristaps Porzingis to a division rival but the Boston Celtics, as of now, are unwilling to meet his asking price, which would include two draft picks the Daily News has learned. According to a Knicks source, Jackson is asking for the third overall..." June 22

  • Sixers looking to trade for a 2nd 1st-round pick

    CSN Philly "It appears the Sixers may not be done wheeling and dealing just yet. The Sixers are dangling two of their second-round picks — Nos. 36 and 39 — to trade for a second first-round pick, according to TNT's David Aldridge. Per Aldridge, the Sixers are looking to move into the 20s. After..." June 22

  • Raptors Exploring Trading Jonas Valanciunas

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors are looking into the possibility of moving Jonas Valanciunas and the No. 23 pick in this year’s draft, two league sources tells Michael Grange of Sportsnet (Twitter link). It’s not clear what sort of return Toronto would be seeking, but the team likely won’t want to take back much..." June 22

  • Phil Jackson Allegedly Fell Asleep During A Knicks Pre-Draft Workout

    The Big Lead "Phil Jackson is 71-years old so it’s not surprising that he takes a nap from time to time. What is surprising is that it might have happened while the New York Knicks were working out a potential draft pick. ESPN’s Jay Williams said a “top-15” pick told him that Phil was falling in and out of..." June 22

  • O.G. Anunoby invited to NBA draft, Harry Giles declines

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA’s invitations to the draft are a good indicator of when players will get drafted. The league samples executives, who are more likely to be honest here than in leaks to the media, about how they rank players. So, the list is worth monitoring. The players who will attend tonight’s draft..." June 22

  • Jazz receiving heavy interest in Derrick Favors

    Larry Brown Sports "Could one of the longest-tenured members of the Utah Jazz be on the move? Jody Genessy of the Deseret News reports on Thursday that the Jazz are receiving “a lot of interest” in big man Derrick Favors. Favors, 25, has one year and $12 million left on his contract. He had a down year in..." June 22

  • Knicks owner Dolan playing gig with his band on draft night

    Bleacher Report "New York Knicks fans will spend Thursday night covering their ears in fear of hearing a Kristaps Porzingis trade announcement during the NBA draft. Owner James Dolan, meanwhile, is scheduled to play a local gig with his band. As NBA Injury Report noted on Twitter, JD & The Straight Shot is..." June 22

  • Cavs no longer pursuing Paul George or Jimmy Butler

    Cavs Nation "As most basketball fans know, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been engaged in trade talks with Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler and Indiana Pacers forward Paul George over the last few days. However, a bit of new information has emerged with regards to the matter. According to ESPN’s Brian..." June 22

  • Rival execs believe Timberwolves are offering No. 7 pick for Jimmy Butler

    CBS Sports "The Timberwolves have long had interest in reuniting Jimmy Butler with his former coach, Tom Thibodeau. Last year rumors flew that the Wolves and Bulls were discussing a Butler swap. On Thursday, the Wolves once again were linked to Butler. According to Ian Begley of ESPN, Minnesota is considering..." June 22

  • Vince Carter is open to take less to sign with the Warriors

    Sportsnaut "And so it begins. Last year saw the likes of Zaza Pachulia and David West take considerably less to chase a ring with the Golden State Warriors. Following their second title in three years, it now looks like other veterans might come flocking to the Warriors. Appearing on ESPN’s The Jump,..." June 22

  • Blazers reportedly open to reunion with LaMarcus Aldridge via trade

    Larry Brown Sports "Perhaps it’s time for LaMarcus Aldridge to start drafting his “I’m Coming Home” essay. Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News reports on Thursday that the Portland Trail Blazers “haven’t closed the door completely” on an Aldridge return and are open to reuniting with him via trade...." June 22

  • Spurs Have 'Strong Interest' In Chris Paul, Derrick Rose

    Real GM Basketball "The San Antonio Spurs have "strong interest" in both Chris Paul and Derrick Rose. The Spurs have been maneuvering their cap situation in order to clear space to pursue free agents. San Antonio is even considering trading away LaMarcus Aldridge. Rose will come at a significantly lower cost..." June 22

  • Daughter of Bucks owner tries to recruit Knicks' Porzingis on Twitter

    New York Post "The Kristaps Porzingis trade talk has not escaped Mallory Edens. Following Knicks president Phil Jackson’s shocking admission Wednesday, confirming the team is listening to offers ahead of Thursday night’s NBA Draft, the daughter of Bucks owner Wes Edens took to Twitter to make her plea for..." June 22

  • Several teams interested in trading up to draft Josh Jackson

    Bleacher Report "Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Thursday that teams are hoping to acquire a top-four overall selection in the 2017 NBA draft in an effort to pick Kansas swingman Josh Jackson. The draft will take place Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and the Philadelphia..." June 22

  • Petition started to remove Dennis Rodman from Hall of Fame

    Sportsnaut "Dennis Rodman is one of the most interesting characters in the history of the sports world. Known for his on-court antics, body markings and amazing haircuts, Rodman starred for five teams during his 14-year Hall of Fame career. Following his playing days, Rodman has remained an enigmatic..." June 22

  • Clippers consider buying way into NBA draft

    Los Angeles Times "The Clippers are not in a position to participate in Thursday night’s NBA draft because they don’t have a selection in the first or second rounds. But before the day is over, the Clippers could partake in the festivities if they make good on their plan to buy a second-round draft pick from..." June 22

  • Kerr reiterates Warriors should consider White House visit

    ESPN "Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday that although the NBA champions have not received an invitation to visit the White House, he would urge his players to consider going as a gesture of goodwill. "I would want to make sure the players gave this really a lot of thought," Kerr..." June 22

  • De’Aaron Fox’s speed raced him up draft boards, made him confident wherever he lands

    Pro Basketball Talk "De’Aaron Fox even talks fast. Speed is what separates the point guard out of Kentucky from a deep crop at the position in this draft. Fox has got impressive playmaking skills, his defense can overwhelm, he has a maturity and confidence about him not seen in most 19-year-olds — there are..." June 22

  • Lonzo Ball makes sales pitch for LeBron James to join him with Lakers

    CBS Sports "With D'Angelo Russell being shipped out to Brooklyn, the path is seemingly paved for the Lakers to take UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft. In an interview with ESPN on Wednesday in which he was asked to assume he will in fact become a Laker this..." June 22

  • Joel Embiid can’t resist torching Knicks over Porzingis drama

    New York Post "Joel Embiid apparently heard Phil Jackson and the Knicks are listening to offers for Kristaps Porzingis, so he made his own personal pitch Wednesday night for the 7-foot-3 big man to join the 76ers. The 7-foot 76ers center, the embodiment of “The Process,” took a dig at Phil Jackson in the..." June 22

  • NBA salary cap down from projection, expected to be set at $99 million

    CBS Sports "With less than 24 hours until the NBA Draft (and nine days until free agency begins), the salary cap for the 2017-18 season has been set -- and it's not nearly as high as what was previously expected. According to a report from ESPN's Brian Windhorst, NBA teams have been informed the cap will..." June 22

  • Boston Reportedly Interested in Dennis Smith Jr., May Trade Back

    Bleacher Report "The Boston Celtics have the No. 3 pick of the 2017 NBA draft on Thursday, and what they will do with it remains anyone's guess. Sources have told Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald that the Celtics are interested in North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr., while..." June 22

  • Dwight Howard’s sister puts Hawks, Atlanta on blast after he’s traded out of hometown

    Charlotte Observer "It took new Charlotte Hornet Dwight Howard 13 NBA seasons before he played for his hometown Atlanta Hawks, and one season to be sent packing. The interaction between Atlanta and eight-time All-Star Howard didn’t sit well with Howard’s sister, Tashanda, who went on Atlanta sports-talk station..." June 22

  • Carmelo Anthony wants to stay on Knicks, even though Phil Jackson hasn’t given up on trading him

    New York Daily News "Wielding the power of a no-trade clause and faced with pressure to accept a relocation, Carmelo Anthony informed the Knicks he'd rather stay in New York, according to Phil Jackson. The team president revealed that significant nugget Wednesday, while simultaneously acknowledging he's listening..." June 22

  • Suns Attempting To Trade Away Eric Bledsoe

    Real GM Basketball "The Phoenix Suns are attempting to trade Eric Bledsoe in any package they discuss with rival teams leading up to the draft. Bledsoe has two seasons and $29 million remaining on his contract." June 22

  • Unlike with the NFL Draft, ESPN will allow reporters to tweet NBA Draft picks before they’re announced

    Awful Announcing "Before the NFL Draft in April, ESPN announced that its reporters would not be allowed to tweet first-round picks until after they’d aired on TV. On Wednesday, a day before the NBA Draft, the network announced that it will, as usual, allow Marc Stein, Chad Ford and company to tip picks to their..." June 22

  • Phil Jackson: Knicks are listening to offers for Kristaps Porzingis

    Larry Brown Sports "Phil Jackson made some eye-raising comments during an interview with MSG’s Al Trautwig on Wednesday. Jackson has been squarely in the crosshairs of many Knicks fans for various reasons since taking over as team president. Most recently, Jackson has been the subject of criticism for his..." June 22

  • NBA Rumors: Spurs Open To Trading LaMarcus Aldridge For Top-10 Pick

    NESN "The San Antonio Spurs haven’t picked in the top 10 in the NBA Draft in 20 years, but it appears the organization is hoping to change that Thursday. According to Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio, the Spurs have made LaMarcus Aldridge available for trade in hopes of moving up in the draft. It..." June 22

  • NBA Draft Prospect Josh Jackson Has Signed A Shoe Deal With Under Armour

    Dime Magazine "Josh Jackson will find out where he will begin his NBA career on Thursday night in New York at the draft, but the projected Top 5 pick has already inked his first shoe deal with Under Armour, as announced on Wednesday night. Jackson becomes the first major draft prospect to sign on with Under..." June 22

  • Insider: Trade involving Paul George before Thursday’s draft no longer imminent

    Indianapolis Star "An Indiana Pacers’ trade involving Paul George being completed before Thursday’s NBA draft doesn’t appear imminent. The Pacers, according to multiple league sources, are considering several trade offers for George, but the team doesn’t feel pressure to get a deal done by Thursday. New team..." June 22