• Billy Preston, former 5-star recruit, to join Cavs in summer league

    ESPN "The Cleveland Cavaliers will add power forward Billy Preston to their summer league roster, sources told ESPN. Preston, who is 6-foot-10, was a five-star recruit and McDonald's All-American in 2017. Known for his athleticism and scoring talent, he committed to Kansas and was once..." June 24

  • Rockets Confident Chris Paul Will Remain in Houston

    Bleacher Report "Anything can happen when it comes to free agency, but the Houston Rockets reportedly like their chances of retaining All-Star point guard Chris Paul. According to USA Today's Sam Amick, while the Rockets don't believe LeBron James will sign with them, there is "a strong..." June 23

  • LeBron James' free agency: Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul or Paul George could sway decision

    USA Today "LeBron James needs help. From Cleveland to Los Angeles and every potential landing spot in between, everyone agrees on that much. Yet as free agency nears on July 1, and with the Thursday draft revealing nothing about where the Cavaliers star might go next, the question of who will..." June 23

  • Spurs Prefer to Send Kawhi Leonard to Eastern Conference

    Bleacher Report "If the San Antonio Spurs are going to trade Kawhi Leonard, they would prefer to send him to a team they only have to play twice during the regular season.  USA Today's Sam Amick reported Saturday that if the Spurs can't repair their relationship with the..." June 23

  • LeBron James camp ‘pessimistic’ about teaming up with star free agent

    Larry Brown Sports "We’ve been hearing about potential Paul George-LeBron James alliances for quite a while now, but with free agency only weeks away, that possibility is looking less likely than ever. According to Sam Amick of USA Today, James’ camp is becoming increasingly pessimistic about..." June 23

  • Nets were considering trading up before drafting Dzanan Musa

    Yardbarker "The Nets selected Dzanan Musa with the No. 29 overall pick in Thursday’s draft and while GM Sean Marks said he was excited about the prospect, he admitted that the team was “very close” to trading up. “You’re trying to figure out is..." June 23

  • Lakers want to team LeBron up with Chris Paul

    Yardbarker "There might be a new banana boat crew coming to Southern California, but that could very well not include Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball. According to this report from Darren Heitner of Forbes, the Lakers are focused on teaming pending free agent LeBron James up with best..." June 23

  • Mavs drafted Kostas Antetokounmpo with an eye on Giannis?

    Larry Brown Sports "The Dallas Mavericks selected Giannis Antetokounmpo’s younger brother Kostas with the No. 60 overall pick in this year’s draft, and one prominent NBA figure believes that the choice was hardly a coincidence. During NBA TV’s coverage of the draft this week, former..." June 23

  • Kawhi Leonard doesn’t care about money, wants to play for the Lakers

    Sportsnaut "The ongoing saga around San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard’s future continues. The 26-year-old wants out of San Antonio and is willing to sacrifice money to make it happen. According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Leonard has made it clear to the organization that he..." June 23

  • Kristaps Porzingis tells Kevin Knox the draft-night boos are 'fuel to the fire'

    ESPN "New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis reached out to rookie Kevin Knox shortly after New York drafted him with the ninth overall pick on Thursday night. One of the topics covered during their conversation? Getting booed by Knicks fans on draft night. Knox, like Porzingis,..." June 23

  • Dwyane Wade has lofty ownership ambition after playing career ends

    Bloomberg "Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade discusses his hopes for his sons, his legacy, his business ventures, and why he wants to own part of the Seattle SuperSonics. He talked to Bloomberg Businessweek Editor Joel Weber. They spoke on June 19 at Bloomberg headquarters in New..." June 23

  • After full season in Europe, Luka Doncic not expected to play in Summer League

    Pro Basketball Talk "Deandre Ayton played 35 games for Arizona last season. Marvin Bagley III played 33 games last season for Duke. Jarnen Jackson Jr. played 35 for Michigan State. None of them played past March. Luka Doncic played 61 games for Real Madrid — at a higher level than NCAA basketball..." June 23

  • Trade for Mikal Bridges creates 'logjam' at forward for Phoenix

    Yardbarker "The addition of Mikal Bridges gives the Suns a logjam at the forward spots and they still need to address their point guard situation, Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic writes. With the draft-night trade with the Sixers to acquire Bridges’ rights, the Suns now have..." June 23

  • Carmelo Anthony Tells Thunder He Won’t Opt Out

    Hoops Rumors "Carmelo Anthony has told the Thunder that he won’t exercise his Early Termination Option, sources tell Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). He will be under contract for approximately $27.9 MM this upcoming season. The move was widely expected, as the market for..." June 23

  • Hornets' Kupchak: Kemba 'the focal point of this franchise'

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak said Friday he would like to see point guard Kemba Walker end his career here. Don’t construe that as Kupchak ruling out a trade of Walker, who has one season left on his contract before becoming an unrestricted free agent in the..." June 23

  • 76ers going all in for LeBron

    Bleacher Report "In the summer of LeBron James, the Philadelphia 76ers want a seat at the table. According to Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com, "the Sixers are doing everything they can to clear enough cap space to sign him outright to a max contract." Getting to max money for James..." June 23

  • Rodman says Jordan turned down invitation to meet Kim Jong Un

    TMZ "Before Kim Jong-un met Dennis Rodman in North Korea -- he reached out to Michael Jordan, but got shot down by His Airness ... this according to Rodman himself.  The Worm appeared on "TMZ Live" and said the first time he met Kim Jong-un was in 2013 on a basketball..." June 23

  • Hornets To Sign J.P. Macura To Two-Way Deal

    Hoops Rumors "Former Xavier wing J.P. Macura will sign a two-way contract with the Hornets for the 2018/19 season, reports Jonathan Givony of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Macura, whose deal can’t be finalized until the new NBA league year begins, went undrafted on Thursday night. As a senior with..." June 23

  • Cavaliers draftee Collin Sexton: No pressure to fill Kyrie Irving's shoes

    ESPN "Collin Sexton was handed a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform with his last name and the No. 2 stitched onto the back of it when the point guard out of Alabama arrived at his introductory news conference Friday. Yet despite his shared position and jersey number, Sexton doesn't feel any..." June 23

  • LeBron jerseys being sold at half price ahead of free agency

    The Score "Does Dick's Sporting Goods know something we don't? A search of LeBron James' name on the retail store's website shows lots of products on sale at a substantial discount, including his jersey. If you act now, you can purchase a Cleveland Cavaliers No. 23..." June 23

  • Kornet, Hicks Receive Qualifying Offers From Knicks

    Hoops Rumors "The Knicks have extended qualifying offers to both Luke Kornet and Isaiah Hicks, according to RealGM’s Transactions log. Those moves make them restricted free agents next month. That duo signed one-year, two-way contracts last season. According to the latest CBA,..." June 23

  • Bulls' support for LaVine wavering as he becomes RFA

    Bleacher Report "The Chicago Bulls reportedly plan to take a wait-and-see approach to Zach LaVine's restricted free agency.  According to ESPN.com's Nick Friedell, the "the near-universal support LaVine once had internally isn't there anymore," and the front office will not..." June 23

  • Two top picks will be hustling for court time with Pistons

    Yardbarker "The Pistons were looking to add depth at the wing spots and got two players who will compete for minutes next season, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com writes. Detroit didn’t have a first-round pick but traded away two future second-rounders to the Sixers to nab Creighton’s Khyri Thomas..." June 23

  • Jared Terrell Agrees To Two-Way Deal With T-Wolves

    Hoops Rumors "Rhode Island guard Jared Terrell has agreed to a two-way deal with the Timberwolves, the school’s men’s basketball team tweets. Despite getting passed over on Thursday night, Terrell had attracted Minnesota’s attention during the pre-draft process. Terrell..." June 23

  • Michael Porter Jr.: ‘I don’t feel entitled to this’

    The Undefeated "Michael Porter Sr. looked at the pin on his suit that read “Faith” and it brought him to tears as he thought about his stressed-out son before the 2018 NBA draft. No one wants to see his child in mental and physical pain. But that’s been the case as Michael Porter..." June 23

  • Kawhi Leonard is giving 'nothing but excuses,' getting 'bad advice,' former Spurs star says

    KSAT.com "Former Spurs star Bruce Bowen didn't hold back on his thoughts on the Kawhi Leonard-Spurs saga in an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio Thursday. Bowen said he feels the franchise's small forward is giving "nothing but excuses," and that he's..." June 22

  • Carmelo Anthony Is Not Planning to Opt Out of His Thunder Contract

    New York Times "Carmelo Anthony does not intend to opt out of his current contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to a person familiar with Anthony’s decision. Anthony has until Saturday at midnight (Eastern) to exercise the option that would make him a free agent July 1 —..." June 22

  • Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic Top Rookie of the Year Odds After 2018 NBA Draft

    Bleacher Report "Now that the 2018 NBA draft is in the books, oddsmakers are already looking ahead at which rookies will have the most impact on the court next season. Per OddsShark, No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns and reigning Euroleague MVP Luka Doncic of the Dallas..." June 22

  • The Lakers Are Heavy Betting Favorites To Acquire LeBron James After The NBA Draft

    Dime Magazine "With less than a week until the start of NBA free agency, the league’s attention can fully turn away from the draft and focus on the task at hand. LeBron James is, by far, the biggest domino to fall and, in some circles, there is a belief that many players could simply be forced to sit..." June 22

  • Michael Porter Jr. poised for redshirt year with Nuggets?

    Larry Brown Sports "Michael Porter Jr. may take a “redshirt year” with the Denver Nuggets as he continues to work on his health. NBA writer Matt Moore believes based on the words of Nuggets president Tim Connelly that Porter, who missed virtually all of last season with a back injury, will..." June 22

  • Kristaps Porzingis tells Kevin Knox the draft-night boos are 'fuel to the fire'

    ESPN "New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis reached out to rookie Kevin Knox shortly after New York drafted him with the ninth overall pick on Thursday night. One of the topics covered during their conversation? Getting booed by Knicks fans on draft..." June 22

  • Thunder to help Carmelo Anthony explore early termination

    Clutch Points "The Oklahoma City Thunder have kickstarted talks with forward Carmelo Anthony’s representatives, giving him a rundown of his potential options with an early termination, according to Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman. OKC general manager Sam Presti noted during exit..." June 22

  • Report: Chris Paul, Rockets Have Tension On Contract Situation

    Real GM Basketball "Chris Paul orchestrated an opt-in-and-trade to the Houston Rockets last offseason to delay his free agency by one season. Paul had an excellent season but injury issues plagued him. Since then, the Rockets were also sold to Tilman Fertitta, which could complicate contract discussions..." June 22

  • It Sure Looks Like LaVar Cost LiAngelo a Shot at Lakers Summer League Spot

    12 Up "The chances of LiAngelo Ball being selected in last night's NBA draft were slim to none. That didn't mean he wouldn't get an invite to join a team's Summer League for a chance to prove doubters wrong.  As far as the Los Angeles Lakers are concerned, they have..." June 22

  • Celtics linked to Dwight Howard

    WEEI Boston "The Celtics could sign an eight-time All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year this summer for the veteran minimum –– or something close to it. Sounds great, right? The answer to that question depends on your opinion of Dwight Howard. The Hornets..." June 22

  • Isaiah Thomas Extends Fitting Offer To Last Pick In 2018 NBA Draft

    NESN "Isaiah Thomas just wants to pay it forward. The Los Angeles Lakers point guard has carved out quite the successful NBA career, considering he was taken dead last (No. 60 overall) in the 2011 NBA Draft. Thomas has carried that chip on his shoulder ever since, and whenever the draft..." June 22

  • Report: Cavs continuing to pursue possible trade for Kemba Walker

    The Score "Despite selecting Alabama sensation Collin Sexton with the eighth overall pick in Thursday's draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers may not be done looking to acquire high-level talent at the point guard position. General manager Koby Altman and the Cavs are..." June 22

  • LiAngelo Ball Won't Be on Summer League Team, 'LaVar Effect' Real

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Lakers told LiAngelo Ball they won't sign him to their summer league team after he went undrafted Thursday night in the 2018 NBA draft, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported. Shelburne spoke to a source who said the decision has..." June 22

  • NBA Rumors: Justise Winslow Available for a Trade?

    Hoops Provider "Guess who is buying Justise Winslow stock? Me. Jake Fischer of SI, who was been a busy bee around the rumor hive lately, reported this today:

    June 22

  • Report: Cavs’ draft will have no influence on LeBron James’ decision

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers made one pick in the NBA Draft Thursday night, and the player they took happens to be one that LeBron James and his camp are reportedly enamored with. Does that give the Cavs a better chance at re-signing LeBron in the coming weeks? Apparently..." June 22

  • Despite pick tipping, NBA Draft draws fifth best overnight rating on record

    Awful Announcing "Thursday night’s NBA Draft was not the spoiler-free affair the league hoped for, but that doesn’t seem to have held back ratings much. Austin Karp of Sports Business Daily reports Friday that ESPN and ESPN2’s draft coverage combined for..." June 22

  • Knicks’ David Fizdale sees Kevin Knox starting right away

    Newsday "David Fizdale doesn’t plan to bring Kevin Knox along slowly. Fizdale said he would have no problem starting the Knicks’ first-round pick if he earns his spot. This is a definite change in philosophy from last year when the Knicks brought in veterans to mentor..." June 22

  • Report: Rival teams expect Paul George to consider 1+1 contract with Thunder

    Pro Basketball Talk "Paul George has openly stated the appeal of playing for his hometown Lakers. He has also openly stated the appeal of staying with the Thunder. That has created significant confusion about his upcoming free agency. Could George find a compromise..." June 22

  • Terry Rozier FaceTimed Danny Ainge While Celtics Were Drafting Robert Williams

    CBS Boston "Many thought that Danny Ainge would be calling Terry Rozier Thursday night to inform him of a trade. Instead, the Boston point guard FaceTimed Ainge as the Celtics were getting ready to make their pick. Not knowing he was live on Bleacher Report’s online draft show, Ainge..." June 22

  • Klay Thompson Chartered A Private Plane Full Of IG Models To Cabo And We Got All The Footage

    Terez Owens "  Klay Thompson took a couple of his close friends to Cabo San Lucas, he chatrered a jet and rented a fat house…We obtained all the footage and pictures of the Intagram models he brought with him.  " June 22

  • Pat Riley: Miami Not Shopping Hassan Whiteside

    SLAM Online "Heat president of basketball operations Pat Riley told reporters Thursday night that Miami isn’t shopping center Hassan Whiteside. Despite rumors to the contrary, and the big man’s frustration with his diminished role, Riley says Whiteside..." June 22

  • Pat Riley hopeful to bring Dwyane Wade back next season

    Clutch Points "Dwyane Wade made an unforeseen return to the Miami Heat last season, getting traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers at the trade deadline, finding a window back into his eventually preferred destination after the Cavs chose to go a different direction. Yet the..." June 22

  • Lakers Expected To Sign Joel Berry, Jeffrey Carroll

    Hoops Rumors "The Lakers are expected to add a pair of undrafted rookies to their roster sometime after the new NBA league year begins, reports Michael Scotto of The Athletic (Twitter links). According to Scotto, the Lakers have reached agreements on free agent deals with UNC guard Joel..." June 22

  • LaVar Ball Says Lakers Trading Lonzo Would Be 'Worst Move They Ever Made'

    TMZ "LaVar Ball has heard the trade rumors involving Lonzo Ball going to the Spurs ... and has a message for the Lakers:  "If they wanna trade him, trade him. It'll be the worst move they ever made." LaVar went off at his JBA season..." June 22

  • JR Smith Jersey from Game 1 of 2018 NBA Finals Sells for over $23,000

    Bleacher Report "Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals was a night Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith would love to forget, but one person will keep the memory alive after buying the jersey Smith wore during that contest. According to TMZ Sports, the winning bidder nabbed Smith's jersey..." June 22