NBA trade rumors: Rockets angling to add another star. Among the most recent notable deals are the Los Angeles Lakers dealing D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Brook Lopez and the No. 27 pick of the 2017 NBA draft. The Atlanta Hawks packaged Dwight Howard to the Charlotte Hornets for Marco Belinelli, Miles Plumlee and the No. 41 pick in the 2017 draft. Houston is looking for another star to pair with James Harden and could pursue Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Paul Millsap and Kyle Lowry. (Marc Stein, ESPN) • The Los Angeles Clippers have explored options for a DeAndre Jordan trade but the Los Angeles Times has shot down any rumor of talk regarding the All-Star Center. (Chris Haynes, ESPN.com) • Dwyane Wade has told the Bulls that he will be picking up his $23.8 million player option for next season. (Vincent Goodwill, CSN Chicago) • Jimmy Butler has informed the Cavaliers that he would like to remain with the Bulls than get traded to Cleveland. (Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle) • The Hawks are pursuing sign-and-trade options for Paul Millsap.
x This video is not available. This video may have expired or is otherwise not available. Ads keep our content free for all to enjoy so please turn off any ad blockers to keep watching. This video is not available on your platform. From Paul George to Dwight Howard, the NBA world was reeling from one minute to the next. The Lakers had indicated they wouldn't deal younger players in a deal for George. But they moved D'Angelo Russell in a separate deal Tuesday to clear cap space for 2018, which seems to indicate a push for stars like George. The trade for Russell was a no-brainer. Charlotte Hornets: They gave up nothing in a deal for Dwight Howard, and while D-12 is on the downside, he still had some great moments on defense last season for Atlanta. But if they miss, there's potential for disaster, and those fans who wanted to see the young Lakers grow together may be faced with more rebuilding.
NBA trade rumors: Knicks' reputation keeps taking hits: 'They’re alienating all players'. NEW YORK — Let’s start by pointing out that the Knicks, to begin with, were not carrying the greatest reputation among players and agents. You don’t go to New York as an NBA player these days if wins are what you want. NBA TRADES: Tracking rumors, deals before the draft and free agency But that’s changed. Back in December, there was the criticism that team president Phil Jackson leveled at star Carmelo Anthony, when he complained in an interview that Anthony holds the ball too long. In April, during the Knicks’ postseason media gaggle, Jackson told reporters, “We have not been able to win with (Anthony) on the court,” and called on Anthony — who has the right to refuse a trade — to be willing to let the Knicks deal him. The Knicks had already laid a foundation of distrust among players — its own and others around the league — heading into the offseason, but when word came this week that the team was shopping Porzingis, their blossoming 21-year-old star big man, that distrust grew. “But of course you’d have to be worried about sending a guy to New York with this front office, especially an upper-level guy. You have to be concerned about that.” That agent pointed out that when the Knicks signed Anthony to a new contract in the summer of 2014, Jackson had publicly urged Anthony to sign for less than the max in order to help the team maintain some cap flexibility. Anthony first mentioned being willing to do so that February, but Jackson brought it up ahead of negotiations with Anthony, saying in April 2014 he hoped Anthony stayed “true to his word.” Anthony did so, but the agent said, Jackson should not have gone public with the pressure.
Breaking Down D'Angelo Russell Trade, Lakers' Path to Paul George, LeBron James. LOS ANGELES — It didn't take long for the Los Angeles Lakers' new front office to implement significant changes to the team's roster. 27 pick in Thursday's NBA draft. Why the Lakers? If he's patient, and the Lakers hold on to $12 million in cap space heading into the season, George could restructure his deal after a six-month waiting period to $175.7 million over five seasons (including 2017-18). Should the Lakers let Randle go or shed Clarkson's $12.5 million salary, they'd be at $48 million. James can opt out of the last year of his deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, whose future is in an interesting state, given the team just let go of general manager David Griffin. 27 and 28 picks to the Pacers—and restructure his contract for the full five years, they would not have enough cap space (about $17.7 million) to sign James without making another move. That figure could increase to almost $36 million if Los Angeles found a way to divest of Deng; otherwise, it may need to both renounce the rights to Randle and stretch out the final two seasons of Deng's contract with a $7.4 million cap hit for each of five straight years. What is clear, however, is that the Lakers have a path to both George and James should the duo choose to team up in Los Angeles.
GM whose team trolled Tim Tebow sorry if anyone was offended. After some time for reflection — well, more like after a stream of negative reactions — a minor league general manager is sorry people were offended by his team's trolling of Tim Tebow last week. Dave Echols, who runs the Single-A Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs, didn't apologize directly to Tebow, a devout Christian, for the visual and verbal antics that took place when Tebow's Columbia Fireflies came to town Friday for the start of a weekend series. MORE: Tebow loses grip, bat flies into stands “While we believe that our promotions were poking fun at Mr. Tebow's celebrity status rather than his religion or baseball career, our intent was not to offend anyone, and for the fact that we did offend, we are sorry,” Echols told The Post and Courier of Charleston on Tuesday. He also said he received positive feedback for what his staff did. Even the Fireflies' parent organization, the Mets, took notice. General manager Sandy Alderson told reporters Tuesday (per Newsday.com) that the whole shtick was pretty "minor league." “I was a little surprised that halfway through the season that somebody decided to be cute and pursue that. But he’s bigger than that.” Tebow's first trip to Charleston attracted big crowds to Riley Park, so Echols won twice; he raked in the cash and he brought national attention to his team. All at the low, low cost of a weak apology.
2017 NBA Mock Draft: Rumors And All 60 Picks. This could be Josh Jackson (who may have greater value in a deal), but the better fit for Boston would be Tatum, thanks to his potential to space the floor, play some power forward and become a go-to scorer down the line. Jackson could also be a strong fit here. He remains one of the highest-upside defensive players in the draft. Whatever happens, the Bulls need to get more athletic and add perimeter shooting. Lydon’s ability to stretch the floor and rebound makes sense with the other young bigs the Kings have assembled. You can never have enough versatile wing players these days. His shooting ability would allow him to play on or off the ball. He could make sense for the Nets as a project. The Spurs could be a fit given his defensive versatility and potential to chip in right away.
Should the Texas Rangers Trade Jonathan Lucroy?. The soon to be free agent should be a hot commodity for playoff contending teams down the stretch of the season. Trade catcher Jonathan Lucroy or sign him to a long-term deal? The Rangers have plenty of pending veteran free agents, and need to make sure they don’t put all their money in one place. This season Lucroy is hitting .267 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 52 games. He has yet to commit an error behind home plate. Not exactly “superstar” numbers from Lucroy, but his track record speaks for itself. According to MLB.com, catcher Jose Trevino is the Rangers No. Trading Lucroy could be the best move in the long-run for the Rangers. They would likely get a top 50 prospect in return, and possibly one or two low-a ball players.
CHICAGO — Anthony Rizzo received a call from Major League Baseball about his collision Monday with San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges at home plate, but the Chicago Cubs slugger will not be punished. MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre spoke with Rizzo on Tuesday to inform him he had violated Rule 7.13, which protects catchers from collisions. The rule was introduced in 2014. Rizzo slammed into Hedges in the sixth inning of Chicago’s 3-2 win. “The league looked at it, and it’s over with now.” “It was a bad slide,” Hedges said Tuesday. I thought I gave him enough plate to go ahead and slide.” Hedges was out of the lineup Tuesday. If plate umpire Jeff Nelson would have called Rizzo in violation of the rule, nothing would have changed. Padres manager Andy Green called the play a “fairly egregious violation of the rule” on Monday. “I think it was one of those plays, he makes a decision in a split-second, he violated a rule. A rule that was designed to protect the health of my catcher and every catcher in the game of baseball.” Cubs manager Joe Maddon didn’t dispute Torre’s interpretation, but stated his objection to the rule, which mandates runners stay on a direct path and catchers cannot block the plate without the ball.