Rumor Roundup: Cavs, Bogut, Jennings
The defending champion Cavaliers just signed Deron Williams and another move could be on the way.
Let's take a look at all the latest news, views, rumors and moves from around pro hoops:
Per ESPN: "At the end of the day, I just felt like this was the best fit for me," said Williams, speaking to reporters in the hallway outside the Cavs' locker room shortly before Cleveland hosted the Milwaukee Bucks. "It was a team that showed interest in the offseason in signing me and one -- I think my name was thrown around all season and so I know a lot of the guys on the team, you know playing with LeBron [James] in the Olympics."
Per ESPN: ""It was kind of an easy decision for me, I think," said Williams, who averaged 13.1 points, 6.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds for the Mavs this season. "I definitely looked at a couple other teams. But once Dallas informed me they kind of wanted to go in a different direction, the Cavs were the first team that jumped out at me. A lot of times you overthink things. I kind of went with my first thought."
Per ESPN: "If the Cavs were to acquire Bogut, they would need to waive a player to create an open roster spot, with guard Jordan McRae being a likely candidate."
Per Cleveland.com: "Williams also pointed to former teammate Kyle Korver, his good friend and golfing buddy. The two have been texting back and forth in recent days."
Per Cleveland.com: "He will be playing a new role coming off the bench and has turned to a new number as well, going back to his high school days with No. 31."
Per Yahoo Sports: "Bogut has narrowed his next destination to Cleveland, Houston, San Antonio or Boston, and will have conversations over the next 24 hours with general managers and coaches from those teams, league sources said." Per Dribbles: Cavs cruisin’, and here comes Deron
">Amico Hoops: "As for Bogut, don’t ask, because I have no idea if he’ll sign with the Cavs. I don’t even know if he knows. But I’d think of all the teams he’s reportedly considering (Cleveland, San Antonio, Houston and Boston), the Cavs offer him the best shot at another title." (Dribbles: Cavs cruisin’, and here comes Deron
Per the Boston Globe: "The source told the Globe that reports stating Bogut has decided to sign with the Cavaliers after he clears waivers on Wednesday are inaccurate, and that the Celtics are very much in contention."
Per the Boston Globe: "Bogut and Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge had a 'good talk' on Monday night, the source said. The source said Bogut is also planning to speak to Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, as well as Celtics coach Brad Stevens."
Per the Houston Chronicle: "The Rockets are a longshot to sign Bogut, according to two individuals familiar with his decision-making though they can offer the largest salary from among the Cavaliers, Spurs and Celtics."
Per the Houston Chronicle: "The Rockets already have a full contingent of centers, limiting Bogut's potential role and there is uncertainty about how much time he would need to be up to speed for the post-season."
Per Cleveland.com: "The Cavs wrapped up the month with a 102-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks and secured a 9-2 record. No team did better than that."
Per Cleveland.com: "Cleveland's 117.4 points per game set a franchise record for scoring average in a month. The Cavs averaged 117.2 ppg in October, 1979 (the NBA played more of its games in October back then -- Cleveland, for instance, played 11)."
Per ESPN: "It’s all coming together for a true test before the playoffs begin: a 17-game March, with 12 of those contests on the road, including four back-to-backs and trips to Boston, Atlanta, Houston, the LA Clippers and San Antonio."
Per Cleveland.com: "That seemed like a run-of-the-mill play. But not for Kyrie Irving. That assist, his first of the night, gave him 2,000 in his career, becoming the eighth player in franchise history to reach that mark."
Irving on the assist mark to reporters: "It's good from a guy who doesn't pass. It's good. It's nice."
Per The Boston Globe: "Free agent Terrence Jones’ camp initiated preliminary discussions with the Celtics recently, but it is unlikely that the veteran forward will reach an agreement with Boston, league sources said."
Per The Boston Globe: "Jones immediately became one of the more attractive options in the buyout market, but a source said that Jones is focused on going somewhere he would have a chance to play extensively."
Per The Detroit News: "Among the transactions Monday was former Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings, who was waived by the Knicks, as his one-year deal for $5 million is expiring."
Per The Detroit News: "The Pistons seem to be set on their backcourt situation with starter Reggie Jackson and backup Ish Smith."
Per The Detroit News: "“With Ish here, I don’t think it would be a fit. From Brandon’s standpoint, my guess is he wants to go somewhere he can play,” Stan Van Gundy said. “In a contract year, especially, he needs to get playing time and get seen. I hope it works for him. I really like him and he’s able to land something good this summer.”
Per ESPN: "One team, league sources tell ESPN, with interest in newly released backup point guard Brandon Jennings: Washington."
Per Hoops Rumors: "The Jazz could use a point guard off the bench. The team wants to make a postseason run and adding Jennings could provide insurance of sorts in case George Hill can’t stay on the court. Utah has roughly 13.6MM in cap space, so the team could claim Jennings and not have to worry about convincing him to sign."
Per Hoops Rumors: "The Pelicans are thin in the backcourt after the DeMarcus Cousins trade. Jennings could provide the team with depth as it looks to win the Western Conference eighth seed race."
Per Yahoo Sports: "The Lakers have waived guard Jose Calderon, clearing way for Calderon to sign with Golden State."
Per NBA.com: "Another name to keep in mind amid familiar names as free agents: Caron Butler. Living in L.A. and interested in joining a playoff team."
Per the Washington Post: "When LeBron James returned home to Cleveland in free agency during the summer of 2014, the decision kindled in Washington fans — and perhaps even Wizards officials — the 'KD2DC' movement, and with it the fantasy of Kevin Durant making a similar move."
Per the Washington Post: "But those thoughts quickly dissipated. Six teams met with Durant in the first few days of July to pitch him on the prospects of joining them in free agency. The Wizards weren’t among them."
Per the Washington Post: “I don’t want to open up anything in the past, but I really just didn’t want to play at home,” Durant said. “It was nothing about the fans. Being at home, I was so happy with that part of my life — playing at home, being in front of friends, hanging with friends and family every day. That was a part of my life that has come and gone."
Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry will undergo surgery Tuesday morning to remove loose bodies from the right wrist, per the team. Lowry is aiming to return in time for the playoffs.
Per the Knicks: "Joakim Noah had a left knee arthroscopy this afternoon to remove a loose body. He will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks."
Per CSN Philly: "Joel Embiid has swelling/soreness in knee. Now listed as out indefinitely. He'll have an MRI this afternoon."
Per the Salt Lake Tribune: "With the deadline looming, the Jazz and Derrick Favors are unlikely to reach an agreement on an R and E, Favors' agent tells The Tribune."
The Rockets have signed guard Isaiah Taylor to a three-year, non-guaranteed contract, per ESPN.
The Nets have waived big man Luis Scola, per the team.
Former NBA center/power forward Tyler Hansbrough has signed a contract with the D-League, per The Step Back.
The Lakers intend to sign guard David Nwaba of the L.A. D-Fenders to a 10-day contract, per Yahoo Sports.
The Cavs recalled rookie point guard Kay Felder from the Canton Charge, per the team.
The Thunder assigned Josh Huestis to the Oklahoma City Blue, per the team.
The Raptors assigned Bruno Caboclo to Raptors 905, per the team.
The Knicks have recalled Ron Baker, Marshall Plumlee, and Maurice Ndour from the Westchester Knicks, per the team.
Per Cleveland.com: “Even the casual fan knows that free agents haven’t always wanted to come here. As late as last season, Joe Johnson chose the Miami Heat over the Cavs. It was his loss. He’s ringless.”
Per Cleveland.com: “Terrence Jones cleared waivers and Larry Sanders is still out there. The Cavs may be waiting for other big men to be released.”
Per Amico Hoops: “Kay Felder is learning about life on I-77 and it’s been going pretty well so far. That’s especially the case when Cavaliers rookie point guard heads south to play for the Canton Charge.” (Full report.)
The New York Knicks are waiving guard Brandon Jennings, per Yahoo Sports. Jennings is a former lottery pick who spent time with the Bucks, Pistons and Magic.
The Knicks are waiving Jennings to make room for guard Chasson Randle, per Yahoo Sports. Randle will sign a partial guarantee through 2017-18 season, the website reported.
Per Michigan Live: “At the end of the day, after all the rumors and trade reports, there never was a deal the Detroit Pistons got close on.”
Per Michigan Live: “Look, we’re not real happy with how we’ve played up to this point overall, but we still do have a young group,” Stan Van Gundy said. “And as much as you would like the progress to be steadily up hill, it’s not always. That doesn’t mean that you lose faith in your guys. So, we went into this whole thing and certainly Jeff (Bower) talked to a lot of people.”
Per Michigan Live: “Despite the reports and TV pundits believing the Pistons were ready to sell off their assets, Van Gundy said they never got seriously close to executing a trade.”
Per ESPN: “Rajon Rondo’s presence on the Chicago Bulls’ roster is the embodiment of the front-office indecision that continues to hover over this team.”
Per ESPN: “Since signing with the Bulls over the summer, Rondo has been praised repeatedly for his attitude and work ethic. He gets along with his teammates and has served as a mentor for several younger players on the roster.
Per ESPN: “He stood up for that group of players last month in an Instagram post that ripped veterans Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler for calling out the young group. The major issue Rondo had was when he was suspended for a game in December after getting into a verbal altercation with assistant coach Jim Boylen and flipping a towel in his face.”
Per the Minneapolis Star Tribune: “Ultimately, the only thing to happen was despite all the rumors, Ricky Rubio stayed put. Just like last year. ‘Nothing happened, right?’ he asked. ‘Life goes on.'”
Per The Denver Post: “Denver will be an NBA destination city sooner rather than later. Nikola Jokic will make it so. Jamal Murray will help recruit a marquee free agent who naysayers have long insisted won’t ever come to Colorado.”
Per The Denver Post: “The No. 1 target for the Nuggets in free agency should be Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward. Cut the traditional statistics or the advanced analytics any way you want. Hayward (22.2 points and 3.11 real plus/minus) compares favorably to Paul George (22.3 points and 1.45 real plus/minus) on both the offensive and defensive end of the floor.”
Per the Orange County Register: “Whatever Magic Johnson lacks, he’s night and day as face of the franchise compared to the lowest-key Mitch Kupchak, even joining Friday’s telecast in Oklahoma City to ask for patience, heap praise on the young guys, note that first and foremost he wants competitors and extoll the effect of practice the day before as the team kept it close in the first half.”
Per the Orange County Register: “The real question is Magic’s learning curve … and what his cachet will mean in free agency in which if it wasn’t for bad signings, they would barely have had any signings at all.”
Per the Orange County Register: “Tyler Ennis had prepared to be traded for most of the past week. His name had circulated in trade rumors, along with other teammates, including Corey Brewer, a veteran forward who came to the Lakers in a separate deal for Lou Williams.”
Per the Orange County Register: “Asked what kind of role he expected the reserve point guard to have, Coach Luke Walton said, ‘It’s too early right now,’ before adding, ‘we definitely want to get him out there and give him some opportunities and some chances.'”
Per ESPN: “Coach Rick Carlisle needed only two words to sum up his first impression of Nerlens Noel: ‘Good trade.'”
Per ESPN: “Noel never got the opportunity to fully tap into his potential during a frustrating nearly four years in Philadelphia. He struggled with injuries and got stuck in a big man logjam with the 76ers, which is why he described himself as ‘ecstatic’ to learn that he was being dealt with Dallas, which pounced on the chance to trade for a 22-year-old lottery pick at a bargain price.”
Per ESPN: “How exactly Noel fits in the Mavs’ rotation for the rest of the season remains to be determined. That’s a somewhat complicated situation, considering that the Mavs have had the most success this season with their 38-year-old legend starting at center.”
Per FanRag Sports: “Carmelo Anthony is still a terrific shooter/scorer, but as noted in many sources his penchant for holding the ball before making a decision often has negative effects. Making by-standers of his teammates. Interrupting any semblance of a flow. Enabling the defense to make adjustments. Hindering the development of the team’s young players. Plus, Melo hardly plays any defense.”
Per FanRag Sports: “All in all, there’s sufficient talent for the Knicks to be better than they are. One of the problems is that they have a losing attitude. No matter how big a fourth quarter lead they have, they’re expecting the worst. How are they going to blow this game this time?”
The Hornets have agreed to a 10-day contract with guard Briante Weber, per ESPN. Weber was not re-signed by the Warriors following the expiration of a second 10-day deal.
The Hawks have waived swingman Lamar Patterson, per the team.
The Raptors have recalled forward Bruno Caboclo from Raptors 905, per the team.
The Knicks have assigned Ron Baker, Maurice Ndour and Marshall Plumlee to the Westchester Knicks, per the team.
The Nuggets have recalled Malik Beasley from the Sioux Falls Skyforce, per the team.
The Thunder have recalled Josh Huestis from the Oklahoma City Blue, per the team.