• Report: Kawhi Would ‘Significantly Increase’ Lakers’ Chances of Landing LeBron

    SLAM Online "Kawhi Leonard has made it clear to the Spurs that he wants out of San Antonio, angling for a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers. Should the Purple and Gold nab Leonard, it would reportedly “significantly increase” their odds of landing the ultimate free agent this..." June 21

  • Report: Grizzlies' No. 4 pick may have Chandler Parsons attached

    Sportsnaut "The Memphis Grizzlies are open to trading the No. 4 pick in the 2018 draft, but they’re looking to package Chandler Parsons in any deal. According to Jonathan Givony of ESPN, Memphis would be “likely” to include Parsons and his hefty contract should a trade..." June 21

  • Towns has not asked for trade, could start extension talks next month

    Clutch Points "Rumors of Karl-Anthony Towns being upset with head coach Tom Thibodeau have dissipated after the end of their postseason, now presenting a different situation. According to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, the Minnesota Timberwolvescenter has not asked for a trade and could start..." June 21

  • Whoever drafts Michael Porter Jr. reportedly could have him sit out part or all of rookie season

    CBS Sports "Michael Porter Jr. is perhaps the most divisive prospect in the 2018 NBA Draft. This time last year, he was one of the top prospects in the nation, and many expected he could have been the No. 1 overall pick this year. But he suffered a back injury just as his freshman season at Missouri was..." June 21

  • Mavs Optimistic About Signing DeMarcus Cousins

    Hoops Rumors "The Mavericks believe they have a strong chance of signing DeMarcus Cousins in free agency, according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic. Cousins, coming off a season-ending Achilles tendon injury, will be an unrestricted free agent next month. While the Mavericks’ interest in Cousins..." June 21

  • NBA Rumors: Celtics Interested In Trading Up In Draft To Get Top-Four Pick

    NESN "The Boston Celtics owned high draft picks in each of the last two seasons, and it sounds like they’re trying to make it three years in a row. The Celtics are interested in trading up into the top four picks ahead of Thursday night’s draft, according to multiple..." June 21

  • Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. hopes NBA teams see potential, not health woes

    USA Today "Michael Porter Jr. is the kind of player who could cost an NBA general manager his job. Don’t select Porter in Thursday’s draft, and if he turns into a star, the GM who passed possibly made a bad decision. Draft Porter, and if he doesn’t turn into a star..." June 21

  • Kobe Bryant Denied By Oscar Academy, You Don't Have a Body Of Work!

    TMZ "Kobe Bryant just got rejected at the rim by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- which just denied membership to the Mamba ... claiming he doesn't have a good enough body of work.  You know what he does have? AN OSCAR!!!! Kobe won the Academy..." June 21

  • A Number Of Teams Are Reportedly Trying To Trade With The Hawks For The Third Pick

    Dime Magazine "After the Suns at No. 1, who are a near mortal lock to take Deandre Ayton, the consensus about the rest of the top 5 is that no one has any idea what will happen. The Kings are torn between Marvin Bagley III and Luka Doncic (and maybe Michael Porter Jr., but also maybe not). The Hawks..." June 21

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Held Workouts In L.A.

    Hoops Rumors "Kentucky point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander held workouts in Los Angeles for teams interested in him, Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reports. According to Deveney’s sources, the one-and-done Wildcats guard has spent the predraft process in California and his agent, Thad..." June 21

  • Report: Kyle O’Quinn wants to sign with Warriors

    Larry Brown Sports "The Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship this past season despite having a glut of largely unplayable big men on their roster. Now a potential solution may be waiting in the wings for them. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on Wednesday that New York Knicks big man Kyle..." June 21

  • Suns Could Add Another Lottery Pick

    Hoops Rumors "The Suns could move some of their assets to gain another lottery pick, Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic tweets. Phoenix is expected to select Arizona center Deandre Ayton with the top pick. They also own the No. 16 pick, courtesy of the Goran..." June 21

  • Suns Focused On Deandre Ayton, Haven't Had Any Substantive Trade Talks

    Real GM Basketball "The Phoenix Suns are expected to keep the No. 1 overall pick and haven't had any meaningful trade talks. "The only real scenario he considered trading out of No. 1 was if he could get an established young star in the NBA," said Adrian Wojnarowski on ESPN's pre-draft..." June 21

  • Grizzlies expect interest in No. 4 pick to intensify, sources say

    ESPN "The Memphis Grizzlies are in discussions with a number of teams to trade the No. 4 pick in Thursday's NBA draft, league sources told ESPN. Any such trade would likely include forward Chandler Parsons, whose contract is considered an albatross because of his knee..." June 21

  • Hawks unlikely to find taker for Dennis Schroder

    Clutch Points "The Atlanta Hawks could be looking to rid themselves of two unwanted cap-space-hogging assets in point guard Dennis Schroder and small forward Kent Bazemore. Schroder is owed $46.5 million until 2021 and Bazemore upward of $37 million through 2020, which could prove rather difficult..." June 21

  • Seven Teams Discussing No. 4 Pick With Grizzlies

    Hoops Rumors "The Grizzlies remain in discussions with a number of clubs about the possibility of a trade involving the No. 4 overall pick in the draft, reports Jonathan Givony of ESPN.com. Givony identifies the Mavericks, Magic, Bulls, Knicks, Nuggets, Celtics, and Clippers as teams that have shown..." June 21

  • Kings leaning toward Marvin Bagley at No. 2; Doncic, Porter still in the mix

    CBS Sports "Nik Stauskas. Ben McLemore. Thomas Robinson. Jimmer Fredette. For the Sacramento Kings, NBA Draft night has been nothing short of a disaster for the better part of the past decade. Given their past faux pas, there is added pressure on the Kings' front office to hit a home run with..." June 21

  • Timberwolves Seeking Another Draft Pick

    Hoops Rumors "The Timberwolves have talked to at least two teams about acquiring another pick, Darren Wolfson of KSTP tweets. Those inquiries regarded another first-round selection, though a high second-rounder could also appeal to the team, Wolfson adds. The Timberwolves own the No. 20 and No. 48..." June 21

  • Report: 76ers interested in Zhaire Smith with No. 10 pick

    Larry Brown Sports "Zhaire Smith’s draft stock is rising, to the point that he’s now being talked about as a potential top-10 pick. ESPN’s Marc J. Spears reported on Wednesday night that the Philadelphia 76ers are “very interested” in Smith with their No. 10 overall..." June 21

  • Hawks’ Dewayne Dedmon Exercises Player Option

    NBA.com "Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon has picked up his $7.2 million player option for the 2018-19 season, according to Yahoo's Shams Charania. Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon has exercised his $7.2 million player option for next season, league sources told Yahoo..." June 21

  • Stephen A Smith Says Kawhi Looked Popovich in the Face and Reiterated He Wants Out

    12 Up "This continues to be a very odd situation in San Antonio. Kawhi Leonard, one of the league's premier talents, has insisted multiple times now that he wants to be traded. ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said on First Take this morning that Kawhi "looked him (Popovich) dead in his face..." June 20

  • Mavs, Magic, Nuggets Trying To Move Up To No. 3 To Select Luka Doncic

    Real GM Basketball "The Atlanta Hawks very well could control the direction of the draft at No. 3 as they zero in on either selecting Luka Doncic, or trading the slot to a team looking to move up to select him. "Teams know this right now, they have to get to No. 3 to get Luka Doncic," said..." June 20

  • The Spurs Are Reportedly Not Actively Shopping Kawhi Leonard Despite His Trade Request

    Dime Magazine "The ball is in the San Antonio Spurs’ court when it comes to the future of Kawhi Leonard. He’s let the team know he wants out, has given them places he wants to go, and perhaps even already has his eyes set on ending up with the Los Angeles Lakers at..." June 20

  • Report: Knicks Met with Texas’ Mo Bamba, Exploring Trading Up in the Draft

    SLAM Online "Members of the Knicks organization held an in-person meeting with top prospect Mo Bamba on Wednesday, according to ESPN‘s Ian Begley: June 20

  • Lakers hold staff meeting to avoid tampering prior to free agency

    Clutch Points "  The Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka regime with the Los Angeles Lakers has already been penalized twice for tampering, and ahead of the upcoming free agency period, they are focused on ensuring that it doesn’t happen again. According to ESPN’s..." June 20

  • Sources: Markelle Fultz's Shooting Issues Were Mental

    Philly.com "Brett Brown took a break from his predraft preparation on Monday to visit Markelle Fultz in Los Angeles. The 76ers coach and interim general manager checked-in on the combination guard, who is training with Drew Hanlen. This isn’t out of the ordinary for the Sixers. Brown or..." June 20

  • Kevin Love Isn't Being Shopped Ahead of 2018 NBA Draft

    Bleacher Report "The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly not looking to move Kevin Love as Thursday's NBA draft approaches.  According to ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin, the Cavaliers "are not actively shopping" Love and "have interest" in..." June 20

  • Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn Declines Player Option

    Hoops Rumors "Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn has declined his player option for the 2018/19 season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. O’Quinn will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Quinn, 28, enjoyed a career year with the Knicks during the 2017/18 season,..." June 20

  • Spurs haven't given up hope of reconciling with Leonard

    The Score "Despite multiple reports that Kawhi Leonard wants out with an eye on his hometown of Los Angeles, the San Antonio Spurs haven't given up hope of a reconciliation, league sources told ESPN's Zach Lowe. Leonard and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich reportedly met Tuesday...." June 20

  • Deandre Ayton: Getting to 2nd contract would define NBA success

    ESPN "Deandre Ayton was asked Wednesday to define what success in the NBA looks like to him. "Definitely getting to my second contract; that's my success," Ayton said at media availability for top lottery picks. Ayton, a 7-foot-1 big man from Arizona, is widely..." June 20

  • Brendan Haywood: Hornets' locker room 'hated' Howard

    Uproxx "The Charlotte Hornets decided to end the Dwight Howard era after one season on Wednesday morning, flipping the well-traveled big man to Brooklyn in exchange for Timofey Mozgov, a pair of second round draft picks, and some cash. Because this is Dwight Howard we’re talking about here, it..." June 20

  • Adam Silver of some fans’ distaste for Warriors: “I get it” but adds team drafted well

    Pro Basketball Talk "As the Warriors were sweeping past the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals, the lack of competitiveness of that series became a talking point. LeBron James, for all his greatness (especially before punching that whiteboard, which was asking for it) could not get this team a win. Superteams like..." June 20

  • Marcus Smart focusing on ailing mother, not impending free agency

    Sportress of Blogitude "Marcus Smart spent a large part of the season worrying from afar about his 63-year-old mother, Camellia, who had been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of bone marrow cancer. And now, with the offseason upon him, Smart is now focusing solely on his ailing mother as opposed to his..." June 20

  • Chris Paul passionately chimes in on immigration issue

    Sportsnaut "As most Americans are likely aware, the policy of this current administration right now is to separate children from parents who are seeking asylum in the United States by illegally crossing our borders. It’s an issue that has sparked emotional responses from people who view it..." June 20

  • Jerry West offering both Clippers’ 1st round picks in pursuit of Kawhi Leonard

    Clutch Points "The L.A. Clippers are willing to put their future assets on the line to compete with the Los Angeles Lakers in the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes. In turn, the San Antonio Spurs will have a big decision to make. According to Kelly Iko of USA TODAY Sports, team advisor..." June 20

  • Report: Clippers, Celtics aggressively trying to move into top 10 of NBA Draft

    Sportsnaut "The lead up to the NBA Draft is always ripe with rumors about what teams want to do, and who they’re trying to target. One of those rumors circulating right now is that the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics are both aggressively trying to move up into the top 10, per..." June 20

  • Report: Steph Curry's mouthpiece to hit auction, could be worth $25,000

    ESPN "Another Stephen Curry game-used mouthguard is going up for sale. This particular one was used by Curry in Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals as the Golden State Warriors completed their sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers. It will hit the auction block in..." June 20

  • Marcus Smart sees himself re-signing with Celtics

    247 Sports "A restricted free agent this summer, Marcus Smart is hoping that he can return to Boston and continue with the Celtics. In fact, Smart believes that everything will work out in free agency and that he will re-sign with Boston. Smart though, hasn't focused too much on his free..." June 20

  • Report: Sixers still eyeing trade up, but reluctant to include Robert Covington or Dario Saric

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "We’re counting down the hours now until the 2018 NBA draft, which means all of the chatter surrounding teams is heading into overdrive. That includes the Sixers, who are reportedly still attempting to move up the draft board. Per a report Tuesday by Sports..." June 20

  • Adam Silver Again Brings Up Soft Cap Issue When Asked About Parity

    Real GM Basketball "A few weeks after repeatedly mentioning how the NBA has a soft cap instead of a hard cap when asked about parity, Adam Silver brought up the topic again on the eve of the draft. "There's always a next collective bargaining agreement and over the years we've talked about a..." June 20

  • LeBron James' free agency decision has already reached the silly season

    USA Today "LeBron James’ 2017-18 season wasn’t even over a week, and the nonsense about his impending free agency reached a frenzy. Gary Payton, the former NBA star and Basketball Hall of Famer, said LeBron James Jr. committed to Sierra Canyon High (Chatsworth, Calif.) – a sure..." June 20

  • NBA Rumors: Bulls may trade up for Mo Bamba

    Chicago Tribune "There are some signs the Bulls could be prioritizing landing Mo Bamba in Thursday’s NBA draft. Whether or not the Bulls will sacrifice a future asset for the potential trade-up needed to land the Texas big man or roll the dice he falls to them is the..." June 20

  • Nick Young on Canada Legalizing Marijuana: 'Everybody Needs to Do Cocaine'

    Bleacher Report "Still celebrating the Golden State Warriors' title win from earlier this month, Nick Young proposed a radical idea.  Asked by TMZ Sports about Canada making marijuana legal, Swaggy P said he wants to see a more potent drug become..." June 20

  • Brooklyn Trades for Dwight Howard, Sets Sights on Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler in 2019

    The Big Lead "Smart teams in the NBA are forward-thinking. They know when stars are going to hit the free agent market, so they plan ahead. The Lakers have done that, and now can add two superstars who want to join forces this summer. The Brooklyn Nets just did that for the Summer of 2019. By..." June 20

  • Celtics have best odds to acquire Kawhi Leonard

    247 Sports "Are the Boston Celtics really going to make a blockbuster move for the second consecutive year? According to BetDSI Sportsbook, the Celtics have the best odds of acquiring Kawhi Leonard, with the Philadelphia 76ers following right after with the second-best..." June 20

  • Mavs reportedly interested in pursuing Marcus Smart

    NBC Sports Boston "The Dallas Mavericks "can be expected to explore pursuing" Marcus Smart, depending on his asking price, according to DallasBasketball.com. The Kings, Nuggets and Pacers are also among those teams interested in the Celtics restricted free agent guard, according to..." June 20

  • Nets, Hornets Finalizing Swap Of Mozgov, Howard

    Hoops Rumors "The Nets and Hornets are finalizing a deal that would send Timofey Mozgov to Charlotte and Dwight Howard to Brooklyn, league sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). The Hornets will also acquire a pair of second-round picks and cash..." June 20

  • Can Lakers form LeBron-Kawhi-George superteam?

    Pro Basketball Talk "Two weeks ago the cry from some corners of the Internet and a lot of talk radio hosts was that superteams were ruining the NBA… Until they got the chance to talk about a new one being formed. Last Friday, when Kawhi Leonard’s people leaked that he..." June 20

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