Friday June 17th, 2016

By Tom Downey, Chat Sports

In yet another blowout, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 115–101 to force a Game 7. While the Cavs and Warriors prep for their final game on Sunday, the rest of the NBA is focused on free agency and the NBA draft, which is less than a week away. 

Check out the latest NBA news and rumors below. 

• Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Warriors head coach Steve Kerr were both fined $25,000 for incidents in Game 6. Curry was fined for throwing his mouthpiece, while Kerr was fined for criticizing officials after the game. 

• The Philadelphia 76ers held their first face-to-face meeting with Ben Simmons on Thursday, reports ESPN. The 76ers are the only team to get a meeting with Simmons so far.

• The Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons have completed a rare pre-draft trade. The Pistons are sending guard Spencer Dinwiddie and the Bulls are giving up forward Cameron Bairstow. 

• Chat Sports: The seven NBA free agents most likely to change teams

• The San Antonio Spurs are considering bringing Latvian forward Davis Bertans to the NBA on a two-year deal worth $4 million, reports David Pick of Bleacher Report. Bertans was part of the 2011 Kawhi Leonard–George Hill trade, bringing Bertans over from the Latvian professional basketball league. 

• Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Bass will opt-out of his player option, reports the Los Angeles Times. Bass will become a free agent and was set to make $3.1 million. 

• Providence guard Kris Dunn told the Boston Globe that the reports he doesn’t want to be drafted by the Boston Celtics, or any team with an established young point guard, are not true. Dunn said “my dream is just to get drafted.”

• Thon Maker could be a draft riser, reports Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times. One Western Conference scouting director said he thinks Maker will go between the No. 12 and No. 18 picks

• DeMarcus Cousins is optimistic about the future of the Sacramento Kings with new head coach Dave Joerger, reports Sean Cunningham of ABC10 in Sacramento. Cousins is looking forward to having less drama.

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• The Indiana Pacers are working out several players Friday, reports the Indianapolis Star. Among the notable names are Indiana guard Yogi Farrell and North Carolina forward Brice Johnson. 

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