Rumor Roundup: Cavs, Carmelo, Nuggets
The Cavaliers are struggling and Carmelo Anthony may soon be on the move. Or so they say. Here's the latest from around the NBA:
Per the Associated Press: "With six losses in eight games, the Cavs are in a slump they never expected. They’re also dealing with a self-inflicted controversy after LeBron James expressed his unhappiness with the construction of the team’s roster and questioned Cleveland management’s commitment to win a second championship." (Full report.)
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue to the media: "We gotta focus on basketball, getting back to winning. We’re the third-best team in the NBA right now. We’re a great team. We’re the champs, so we just got to get back to playing championship basketball. That’s it." (Full report.)
Per the Associated Press: "James did not speak to reporters following practice, staying on the far side of the training facility as his teammates got in extra work. His interview session following Wednesday’s loss was unusually short. He was dressed and ready to leave when the locker room was opened to the media." (Full report.)
Per ESPN: "When James was considering a return to the Cavs in 2014, he pressed Dan Gilbert on whether he'd be willing to spend unconditionally on talent, regardless of the luxury-tax cost, sources said. Over the course of several meetings with James and his representatives, Gilbert agreed, and James subsequently signed with the team." (Full report.)
Per ESPN: "The comments angered Gilbert, sources said, because James appeared to imply it was an organizational choice whether to improve or not. This was seen by some as a reference to further spending." (Full report.)
Per Amico Hoops: "When LeBron tells reporters that the Cavs need help, it sends this message to opposing GMs — the Cavs will make a move, any move, because their star player says they need one. So when David Griffin reaches out to try to strike a deal, opposing GMs think he’s ripe to get ripped off." (Full report.)
Per Amico Hoops: "LeBron and Griffin actually like each other. Griffin does get LeBron’s input about potential moves, and Griffin has said LeBron is a great recruiter to have in your corner. Was there a hiccup in their communication recently? Sounds like it. But let’s not make it out to be more than that." (Full report.)
Per Cleveland.com: "I agree with James when he said, 'We're not better than last year from a personnel standpoint.' But that's no excuse for the embarrassing basketball being played right now. They remain an extremely talented team." (Full report.)
Per ESPN: "As Kevin Love was soaking his feet in a bucket of ice water afterward, he could only manage a self-deprecating laugh when a couple of reporters mentioned the déjà vu feeling of the Cavs struggling and his name being linked to trade rumors -- as if his integral contributions to last season's championship never happened." (Full report.)
Per ESPN: "Now that it's official, for the first time in LeBron James' career he'll be the oldest player on either All-Star roster at 32."
Per the Los Angeles Times: "The Clippers and New York Knicks have engaged in trade talks recently involving forward Carmelo Anthony, but the Clippers told the Knicks that the big three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan would not be a part of any deal, The Times has confirmed." (Full report.)
Per the Los Angeles Times: "Clippers reserve guard Austin Rivers, who makes $11 million this season, was a part of the conversations about a trade for Anthony, said an NBA executive who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter." (Full report.)
Per USA Today: "With the Knicks known to think very favorably of 24-year-old Clippers guard Austin Rivers (career-high 11.9 points per game this season), and with various combinations of trade scenarios known to include other players like veteran shooting guard J.J. Redick (who will be a free agent this summer) and super sixth man Jamal Crawford (who signed a three-year, $42 million deal last summer), it seems clear that the Knicks’ interest level in parting ways with Anthony is growing by the day." (Full report.)
Per the Boston Globe: "First of all, Anthony has a no-trade clause, and had mostly made it clear that he did not want to go anywhere. He softened that stance a bit recently, but the Celtics are not the Cavaliers, and Anthony would not instantly make them title contenders." (Full report.)
Former Cavs guard Mo Williams has cleared waivers, per ESPN. The Nuggets will now save more than $1 million.
The Nuggets are trying to trade center Jusuf Nurkic and could add forward Kenneth Faried as part of deal, per the Sporting News.
The Nuggets have signed forward Johnny O'Bryant to a 10-day contract, per the team.
Thunder center Enes Kanter could miss 6-8 weeks with a fractured forearm, suffered while hitting a chair in frustration, per Yahoo Sports.
Per Hoops Rumors: "Bulls guard Rajon Rondo ripped teammates Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler in an Instagram post for their leadership qualities after they criticized younger teammates following a home loss to the Hawks on Wednesday. The Instagram post was retweeted by numerous media members, including Bulls beat writer Nick Friedell of ESPN.com." (Full report.)
Per ESPN: "One general manager says he wakes up every day hoping one of his rivals trades for DeMarcus Cousins. Another says 'No f---ing way' when asked whether he'd ever consider dealing for him." (Full report.)
Free agent NBA forward Hollis Thompson has landed with the Austin Spurs of the D-League, per D-League Digest.
Former Stanford guard Anthony Goods has agreed to a contract with Energa Czarni of Poland, per Amico Hoops.
Former Oregon forward Dwayne Benjamin has agreed to a deal with the Geraldton Buccaneers of Australia, per Amico Hoops.