• Sixers 'focused on' Joel Embiid contract extension

    Bucks County Courier Times "Signing Joel Embiid to a contract extension is one of the 76ers' offseason priorities, according to managing owner Josh Harris. Following Friday's news conference to introduce the Sixers' four picks in Thursday night's NBA Draft, Harris said the organization is "focused on it." "Look, I'd..." June 24

  • The driving forces behind ‘Don’t Trade Porzingis’ billboard

    New York Post "Knicks president Phil Jackson had until Friday at midnight to get the yellow neon message ingrained into his head this summer as he attempts to mend fences — or not — with disgruntled Kristaps Porzingis. The digital billboard on the corner of 33rd Street and 7th Avenue Thursday pleaded with the..." June 24

  • How Mark Cuban Ensured That The Mavs’ NBA Draft Pick Wouldn’t Get Leaked

    Uproxx "2017’s NBA Draft night wasn’t what everyone anticipated, but it sure kept people tuned in. A blockbuster Jimmy Butler trade, some lateral moves by other teams, and a lot of misdirection made for a fun-filled night of rumors and more. As per usual for the past few seasons, The Vertical’s Adrian..." June 24

  • Re-signing Nerlens Noel Mavericks’ top off-season priority

    Pro Basketball Talk "This is a Mark Cuban owned team, you don’t think the Mavericks are going to make a serious run at a free agent come July 1? Pelicans’ point guard Jrue Holiday has long been known to be a target, but there will be others. But keeping their new core together, including restricted free agent..." June 24

  • Knicks tried to dump Noah's salary in potential Porzingis trades

    ESPN "The only person who really knows how close the New York Knicks came to trading Kristaps Porzingis before Thursday’s draft is Phil Jackson. Everyone involved will say publicly (and, probably, anonymously to reporters) that the trade wasn't close. (Jackson didn't want to comment on the Knicks' trade..." June 24

  • Mavericks exercise Yogi Ferrell's team option for 2017-18

    Bleacher Report "Following an impressive rookie season, the Dallas Mavericks reportedly exercised their 2017-18 contract option on point guard Yogi Ferrell on Saturday. Tim MacMahon of ESPN reported the news, with Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com confirming the report and noting Ferrell will make $1.3..." June 24

  • Knicks afraid of Porzingis rebelling, hurting their image

    Yardbarker "Phil Jackson’s willingness to trade Kristaps Porzingis seemingly has little to do with the former first-round pick’s game and everything to do with his attitude toward the team. Porzingis skipped his exit meeting with the New York Knicks after the season, and his brother and agent Janis..." June 24

  • Draymond Green sent Warriors GM expletive-laden texts after Jordan Bell pick

    CBS Sports "The reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors initially didn't own a pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but thanks to the most successful three-year run in franchise history, an overflow of cash helped them land the 38th overall selection by sending a boatload of dough to Chicago, netting them Oregon..." June 24

  • Jimmy Butler Pens Letter to Chicago After Being Traded: ‘I Love You’

    Complex "It’s been nearly 24 hours, but it’s still hard to believe—Jimmy Butler has joined the Minnesota Timberwolves, reuniting with former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. The trade went down during the early picks of Thursday night’s NBA Draft. Many said the Bulls didn’t get enough in return for Butler,..." June 24

  • Cavs would be interested in Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony if bought out

    Larry Brown Sports "After losing to the Warriors in five games in the NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers have shown a keen interest in upgrading their roster before next season. That won’t be easy given Cleveland’s cap situation and lack of easy-to-move assets. The Cavs likely will need to focus on inexpensive..." June 24

  • Charles Oakley takes Knicks’ side, thinks Kristaps Porzingis was wrong to skip exit meeting

    New York Daily News "Knicks legend Charles Oakley was always one to speak his mind, however uncomfortable his words made people at the Garden. Running counter to that type of forthcomingness is Kristaps Porzingis’ decision to skip his exit meeting, which Oakley told the Daily News was the wrong move. It especially..." June 24

  • Michael Jordan fan has crying LeBron James tattooed to leg

    ESPN "Kalen Gilleese has a body full of tattoos that he has had inked for the past 12 years, but none of them have earned national attention. That was until this week when he got a crying LeBron James face on this right calf. "I've heard from a lot of people that have seen it," Gilleese said. "No..." June 24

  • Magic Johnson takes veiled shot at Russell: 'What I needed was a leader'

    Bleacher Report "Magic Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations, thanked D'Angelo Russell for his services on Friday and said the team decided to move in a different direction because what the team needed was a "leader." "D'Angelo is an excellent player," Johnson said, per ESPN.com's..." June 24

  • Lamar Odom calls out Stephen A. Smith for inappropriate addiction joke

    New York Daily News "Lamar Odom was highly offended by ESPN loudmouth Stephen A. Smith's comments about the former NBA’s stars addiction problems. Odom’s lawyer released a statement on Friday, asking the sports network to denounce the “vulgar” and “grotesque” words that came out of Smith’s mouth on “First..." June 24

  • Bulls fans start GoFundMe for #FireGarPax billboard

    SI "Yes, we know the 90s happened, but Bulls fans are a grumpy bunch a lot of the time. After Jimmy Butler was traded on Thursday, it sparked major discontent and ennui within Chicago’s fan base. So much, in fact, that some brave souls started a GoFundMe to buy a billboard to call for the heads of..." June 24

  • Chris Paul re-elected NBPA president

    Bleacher Report "Chris Paul was re-elected to a new term as the president of the National Basketball Players Association on Friday, according to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears. The 32-year-old was initially elected to the post in August 2013 when he took over for Derek Fisher. Paul—who reportedly declined..." June 24

  • 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