• Dan Gilbert won’t do ‘what it takes to keep’ LeBron James

    Sportress of Blogitude "LeBron James is by no means a lock to remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers following this season. In fact, it would appear Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is prepared to effectively run James out of Cleveland. At least that’s the suspicion forwarded by sources quoted in a recent column from Bleacher..." February 23

  • Kevin Durant against one-and-done rule; would have entered NBA out of high school

    CBS Sports "Several current NBA players have been implicated for possibly accepting inappropriate payments in the latest information from the FBI's probe into NCAA basketball. Among those named are NBA rookies Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith Jr., Kyle Kuzma and Bam Adebayo. Warriors forward Kevin Durant did..." February 23

  • Bucks, Raptors interested in Ersan Ilyasova

    Pro Basketball Talk "This is about as big a surprise as my wife crying during “This Is Us,” but it sounds like it’s about to go down. The Hawks and Ersan Ilyasova are close to a buyout, reports Michael Cunningham at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Hawks and forward Ersan Ilyasova tentatively agreed to..." February 23

  • Raptors ‘actively looking’ to make buyout splash

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors are in good shape as they enter the regular season’s stretch run following a lengthy all-star break. The team holds a two-game cushion on first place in the East, is on pace to set a new franchise record for wins in a regular season, have a realistic shot at reaching the..." February 23

  • Lonzo Ball won't play back-to-backs

    247 Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers have missed having their starting point guard for several weeks. Lonzo Ball will make his return to the lineup on Friday when the Lakers host the Dallas Mavericks. On Friday, head coach Luke Walton announced that Ball won't playing in back-to-back games, which means he is..." February 23

  • Michele Roberts: Cap smoothing was ‘disgraceful request’ by NBA

    Pro Basketball Talk "In 2016, new national TV contracts pushed the NBA’s salary cap from $70 million to $94.143 million – a larger jump than over the entire previous decade. Free agents cashed in majorly that summer. But now, the cap is leveling off. It went up to just $99.093 million last year and is projected to..." February 23

  • Lonzo Ball Returning Friday For Lakers

    Hoops Rumors "Lakers guard Lonzo Ball is set to return to the court for the Lakers on Friday night, head coach Luke Walton confirmed today (Twitter link). Ball, who has been recovering from a knee injury, last played on January 15. According to the Lakers (Twitter link), Ball won’t play in back-to-back games..." February 23

  • NBA Rumors: Is LeBron James to Sixers 'growing buzz'?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Until the moment LeBron James announces his next destination this off-season, be it via a live ESPN special, in Sports Illustrated or on the Players' Tribune, the speculation and rumor mill will run rampant trying to figure out what one of the best NBA players of all-time will decide. Everyone..." February 23

  • Report | Hawks to buy out Ersan Ilyasova

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Hawks are nearing a buyout agreement with veteran power forward Ersan Ilyasova, according to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports. Ilyasova is one of seven players on the Hawks roster scoring in double figures this season, as he’s averaging 10.9 per game to go along with 5.5 rebounds and..." February 23

  • Paul George ‘Absolutely’ Wants to Win Defensive Player of the Year

    Norman Transcript "It’s closing in on awards season. Paul George is aware of it. With only a quarter of the season to go, the Thunder forward is coming up in many conversations about Defensive Player of the Year. He’s never won before, despite making it onto three All-Defensive teams. And he said at Thursday’s..." February 23

  • Lonzo Ball endorses paying college athletes

    Larry Brown Sports "Recent events in college basketball have raised the question of whether college athletes should be paid, and Lonzo Ball is on board with that idea. The Los Angeles Lakers guard and former UCLA star knows it’s an open secret that college athletes are taking money, and it just makes sense to..." February 23

  • Warriors, Wolves, Thunder Eyeing Joakim Noah?

    Hoops Rumors "Several playoff-bound teams are keeping an eye on Joakim Noah‘s situation in New York and would consider signing him if he reaches free agency, sources tell Frank Isola of The New York Daily News. According to Isola, the Warriors, Timberwolves, and Thunder are among the teams monitoring the Knicks..." February 23

  • Report: Raptors ‘actively looking’ to make buyout splash

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors are in good shape as they enter the regular season’s stretch run following a lengthy all-star break. The team holds a two-game cushion on first place in the East, is on pace to set a new franchise record for wins in a regular season, have a realistic shot at reaching the..." February 23

  • Lakers’ Lonzo Ball on playing with Isaiah Thomas: ‘Opposites attract’

    Orange County Register "It was late on a Saturday night when Isaiah Thomas, fresh off his 22-point Lakers debut in Dallas earlier this month, landed in Los Angeles for the first time after being traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers. With three days between games, the next practice was not scheduled until Monday..." February 23

  • DeAndre Jordan is selling his house in L.A.

    Clutch Points "Fans of the L.A. Clippers breathed a small sigh of relief when the team’s prized interior defender, DeAndre Jordan, survived the trade deadline, as it hinted that the center might be valued high by the front office after all and could be kept even past this season. Now just two weeks after,..." February 23

  • The reinvention of Carmelo Anthony

    ESPN "Behold the man in his element: back to the basket at the right elbow, ball held high, roughly 17 feet away. It's a sight embedded deep in the culture, as instantly recognizable as a logo for a national brand. To see him there, in person, is like visiting a famous landmark, a place to pay respect..." February 23

  • Legal expert: 'Real chance the NBA could come down hard' on Mavericks

    Sportress of Blogitude "A legal expert believes there’s a “real chance” the NBA will throw the book at the Dallas Mavericks over the organization’s workplace misconduct scandal. Allegations of troubling workplace misconduct with the Mavericks organization were brought to light in a Sports Illustrated exposé published..." February 23

  • The Bulls pulled off an all-time tanking loss Thursday against the Sixers

    CBS Sports "The Chicago Bulls are tanking. They aren't going to come out and say as much, especially after Mark Cuban was fined $600,000 for doing so, but they're definitely tanking. For their game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, they simply sat Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday despite nothing..." February 23

  • Cavs To Monitor Buyout Market

    Real GM Basketball "The Cleveland Cavaliers were required to sign a player by Thursday to meet a roster minimum and added Marcus Thornton on a 10-day contract. Cleveland will also monitor the buyout market. "He's been a great player in the (G) League for us, played every game," Tyronn Lue said of Thornton..." February 23

  • Paul George says he wants to sign with team for long haul

    Pro Basketball Talk "Paul George is enjoying his time with the Thunder. He also likes the idea of playing near his hometown in Los Angeles. How will George pick between the two in free agency? One idea: Sign a short-term contract with Oklahoma City. He’ll be eligible for a higher max-salary tier in two years..." February 23

  • Anthony Davis Doesn't Plan on Leaving Pelicans in Next Couple Years

    Bleacher Report "New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis reassured the team's fans he doesn't plan on trying to engineer his exit from New Orleans before his contract expires after the 2020-21 season, but he didn't rule out the possibility of leaving in free agency. "I’m here until 2021, and then I'll make a..." February 23

  • Robin Lopez taking demotion in stride, wants to return to Chicago

    NBC Sports Chicago "Only an errant punch that missed the face of Serge Ibaka prevented Robin Lopez from suiting up for the Bulls since arriving in the summer of 2016, but his availability streak will come to an abrupt end as the Bulls are sitting Lopez and Justin Holiday for the foreseeable future. Lopez didn’t..." February 23

  • Cavs Could Screw Themselves With Latest Report on Potential LeBron Contract

    12 Up "​The Cleveland Cavaliers ​reshaped their entire roster at the trade deadline to get themselves in a better position to compete for a championship in 2018. While the team has improved its chances this season, the Cavs need LeBron James to continue competing in the future. James is expected to..." February 23

  • The Pelicans Dunked On Skip Bayless For Calling Anthony Davis The NBA’s Most Overrated Player

    Dime Magazine "Just a few short seasons ago, the basketball world was unanimously hailing Anthony Davis as the NBA’s newest superstar in the making. His length and his athleticism, combined with a hyper-versatile skill-set, made him the prototype of what we now consider the modern unicorn, and his eye-popping..." February 23

  • Drake Might Leave Jordan Brand for Adidas, According to Multiple Reports

    SLAM Online "Drake signed a deal with Jordan Brand at the end of 2013. He’s had exclusive and limited Air Jordan colorways release in the years since, as well as apparel that’s featured his signature OVO branding. Though the Air Jordan XII, Air Jordan X and Air Jordan VIII have been given the Drake..." February 23

  • Clippers aren't sure when Avery Bradley will be able to play

    Los Angeles Times "Clippers guard Avery Bradley remained in Los Angeles on Thursday getting treatment on a sports hernia injury that has bothered him for most of the season. Bradley is not expected to join the Clippers for Friday night's game at the Phoenix Suns. The Clippers are unsure when Bradley will..." February 23

  • Knicks still have yet to decide how they’ll proceed with exiled Joakim Noah, who has interest around the league

    New York Daily News "Joakim Noah may never suit up again for the Knicks, but the exiled center will have plenty of desirable options should he negotiate a buyout with the club. According to league sources, several playoff-bound teams are closely monitoring Noah’s situation in New York and would push to sign him if..." February 23

  • No-Trade Clause Could Be Sticking Point Between LeBron James, Cavs

    Real GM Basketball "If LeBron James becomes a free agent this offseason and holds talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a new contract, there are some who believe his no-trade clause will be a sticking point. James has been on a no-trade clause since returning to the Cavaliers, which has limited the team's..." February 23

  • Did Nikola Mirotic troll Bobby Portis after Bulls’ loss?

    Larry Brown Sports "Nikola Mirotic dropped an interesting, well-timed tweet on Thursday night that has many wondering whether he was trolling his former team and teammate. Mirotic is now with the New Orleans Pelicans after being traded there by the Chicago Bulls earlier this month. His team was off on Thursday,..." February 23

  • George Hill: 'It's a blessing' to play for Cleveland Cavaliers, have chance at championship again

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Following a brief film session with assistant coach Phil Handy -- something that will become a necessity to get up to speed -- George Hill strolled over to the media section on the opposite side of the luxurious practice court. He was stunned by the setup, with reporters placing their recording..." February 23

  • Grizzlies promise to ‘keep fighting’ for rest of the season

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "Veteran Marc Gasol is as healthy as he’s been at this point in an NBA season. The center insists he’ll continue to push himself through a campaign that won’t include a playoff berth. The Grizzlies are seeing their younger players develop. Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff is showing passion,..." February 23

  • NBA to set up confidential hotline to report sexual harassment, other issues

    USA Today "The NBA is launching a hotline to report sexual harassment and other forms of misconduct confidentially, according to a letter sent to all 30 teams by commissioner Adam Silver. Silver sent the letter Thursday, two days after a scathing Sports Illustrated report detailed years of alleged..." February 22

  • LeBron questioned GM Altman's absence earlier this season

    ESPN "Tristan Thompson bounced offstage following a panel discussion about "The Carter Effect" -- the Uninterrupted-produced documentary about how Vince Carter helped instill a love for hoops in Thompson and a whole generation of Canadian basketball players -- and spoke about his love for the moves the..." February 22

  • Joel Embiid already recruiting Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Sportsnaut "Giannis Antetokounmpo won’t be a free agent until the summer of 2021, but Joel Embiid is already laying the groundwork for bringing the Milwaukee Bucks star to the Philadelphia 76ers. According to Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Antetokounmpo said he spoke with Embiid during..." February 22

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo: I could never see myself playing for Los Angeles

    Pro Basketball Talk "All-Star Weekend was (at least) an implicit recruiting tool for the Lakers and Clippers. The host teams could show off Los Angeles – the beautiful weather in middle of winter, the nightlife, the glitz and glamour. LeBron James‘ praise drew the most attention: I think L.A. is a perfect..." February 22

  • Tim Donaghy Off The Hook In Agg. Assault Case

    TMZ "Tim Donaghy ain't goin' back to prison ... 'cause officials in Florida are NOT filing charges against the ex-NBA ref after allegedly threatening a man with a hammer ... TMZ Sports has learned. We broke the story ... Donaghy was arrested on December 19, 2017 and booked for aggravated assault --..." February 22

  • Nuggets coach Mike Malone offering $10 to every fan who attends game vs Clippers

    Larry Brown Sports "Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone is taking marketing into his own hands. In an appearance Thursday on “The Vic Lombardi Show,” Malone revealed an added perk for fans who attend a Feb. 27 home game against the LA Clippers. “Any fan that comes to the Pepsi Center that night, we’re going to..." February 22

  • Lonzo Ball to Make Return from Knee Injury vs. Mavericks

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball will make his return to action from a sprained left MCL on Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks, according to the Big Baller Brand's Twitter account." February 22

  • NBA Rumors: Kawhi Leonard's Friction With Spurs Could Relate to 2019 Free Agency

    12 Up "​The San Antonio Spurs are one of the most respected franchises in sports. Not only have they won five NBA championships in the last 19 seasons, but for 18 straight years going into this one, they've had 50-plus wins per season. The Spurs' franchise is a model of greatness and consistency that..." February 22

  • Adam Silver could terminate Mark Cuban’s ownership of team as ‘nuclear option’

    Clutch Points "Mark Cuban’s last couple of days have been showered in shame and disgrace after a Sports Illustrated investigative report unmasked the corrosive culture in the organization with a closetful of sexual harassment claims through a near two-decade period. While the outstanding culprit was former..." February 22

  • Dwyane Wade’s Miami Heat ‘Vice’ Jersey Will Restock Just In Time For Free Agency

    Dime Magazine "Fans of the Miami Heat are thrilled that the best player in franchise history, Dwyane Wade, is back where it all began. In fact, fans around the NBA are generally pleased with the future Hall of Fame shooting guard returning to Miami and there has been a great deal of interest surrounding the..." February 22

  • Tension between Kevin Love, teammates reportedly began last season

    Larry Brown Sports "Kevin Love was the target of some criticism from teammates — mostly former ones — in January after he left a game with an illness and missed a practice, but apparently there have been some issues between him and other Cleveland Cavaliers players since last season. ESPN’s Dave McMenamin provided..." February 22

  • Report | Wizards to sign Ramon Sessions to 10-day deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Washington Wizards will sign veteran point guard Ramon Sessions to a 10-day contract, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. This will mark Sessions’ second stint with the Wizards. He originally was acquired by Washington in a trade with the Sacramento Kings during the 2014-15 campaign..." February 22

  • Popovich: Kawhi Leonard will not return in playoffs

    247 Sports "If Kawhi Leonard isn't coming back during the regular season, he sure isn't returning in the postseason. According to San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, if Leonard doesn't return during the course of the regular season, then he won't be pressed into action during the postseason: It..." February 22

  • The NBA is having real discussions about a playoffs play-in tournament

    ESPN "Recent comments from NBA commissioner Adam Silver about tweaking the league's playoff format drew intense media coverage, but sources say there is also some behind-the-scenes momentum for the idea of a play-in tournament determining the last two seeds in each conference -- to the point that two..." February 22

  • It looks like Knicks decided who gets first shot at point guard

    New York Post "The formal part of Knicks practice was over Wednesday. Some players hoisted shots, some did interviews on camera. Off to the side, coach Jeff Hornacek huddled with Emmanuel Mudiay, who at the end of the talk put in additional running. On Tuesday night, Mudiay worked often with the first unit, a..." February 22

  • Report: Kyrie Irving found out Cavs discussed trading him in ‘sloppy’ meeting

    Larry Brown Sports "When Kyrie Irving went to the Cleveland Cavaliers and demanded a trade last summer, it was widely reported that he no longer wanted to play with LeBron James. While that may have been true, it appears there were other important factors that have not received as much attention. ESPN’s Dave..." February 22

  • Magic's Aaron Gordon could dictate market for flawed class of restricted free agents

    Sporting News "The reality of the much-hyped NBA free agent class of 2018, which received ample attention over All-Star weekend, is that beyond the first handful of guys, things get dicey quickly. There’s one guy not going anywhere — Warriors forward Kevin Durant — and three guys who are marginal candidates..." February 22

  • Will Sixers receive Lakers' 1st-round pick? Checking in on the trade

    Newark Star-Ledger "The NBA All-Star break is over, so for much of the league, the race for the playoffs begins in earnest. For the teams out of playoff contention, it's tanking season, time to position themselves for a better chance at winning the lottery and the opportunity to draft a potential superstar like..." February 22

  • Eddie House says LeBron James "quit" during 2011 NBA Finals

    247 Sports "For years, the conversation surrounding LeBron James dealt with comparing his talent to that of Michael Jordan. According to most, James has firmly entrenched himself as the second best NBA player of all-time behind Jordan. However, former guard Eddie House joined "Undisputed on Wednesday and..." February 22