Rumor Roundup: McRae, Felder, Sixers
The Cavaliers may be showcasing shooting guard Jordan McRae for potential suitors, per Cleveland.com.
Per the newspaper/website: "McRae's numbers don't exactly jump off the page -- he's averaging 2.8 points and shooting 21.6 percent -- but they're using him some as a backup point guard and, let's face it, they're trying to showcase him for a possible trade." (Full report.)
Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook recorded his 44th triple-double Saturday, tying LeBron James for sixth all-time. (Full report.)
Per the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "James admitted he changed some of the plays called early in the Portland game by Tyronn Lue. Kevin Love was blazing his way to 34 first-quarter points. Lue had some plays for James to shoot, and James changed them for Love." (Full column.)
Also per the Plain Dealer: "If the Cavs continue to average 110 points, it will be a franchise record. The previous best was 108.8 in 1988-89. That was the team coached by Lenny Wilkens and led by Brad Daugherty, Mark Price, Ron Harper, John "Hot Rod" Williams, Larry Nance and Craig Ehlo." (Full column.)
The Cavs are likely to assign rookie point guard Kay Felder to the Canton Charge of the D-League within the next several weeks, per Amico Hoops.
Free agent point guard Mario Chalmers is interested in signing with the Cavs, Warriors, Spurs or Grizzlies, per Amico Hoops.
Per FOX Sports: "The 76ers put up a surprisingly good fight when they hosted the Cavaliers earlier this month. The Sixers can only hope to do the same when the defending NBA champions return to town Sunday afternoon." (Full report.)
Sixers center Joel Embiid will play 24 minutes vs. the Cavs, then sit out Monday's game at the Raptors, per the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Per Cavs.com: "The Cavs have hit at least 10 three-pointers in all 14 games, extending their NBA record for consecutive games with 10 or more made threes to start a season. They also lead the NBA in threes made per game this season (13.9)." (Full report.)
Per ESPN: "Nerlens Noel has yet to appear in a game this season after electing to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery last month, but word is he’d still prefer to be shipped to a new address with so many big men to battle for playing time in Philly. Count on the Sixers to accommodate him eventually." (Full report.)
Per ESPN: "Suns general manager Ryan McDonough recently went on the Burns & Gambo radio show in Phoenix and proclaimed (A) that he isn’t actively trying to trade Brandon Knight and (B) that he’d prefer to take at least two months to evaluate his team before seriously considering trades. None of that, however, has stopped interested rivals from believing that the struggling Knight — who started two games this week with TJ Warren out but mostly comes off the bench for the Suns — will be made available." (Full report.)
Per ESPN: "The Bucks have explored the possibility of trading Greg Monroe since last season’s deadline in February, which illustrates how hard it can be, but the limited role he has in Brewtown these days is akin to screaming that the 26-year-old is available." (Full report.)
Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "Kris Humphries left behind some debris at Hawks practice. The Hawks reserve forward/center broke a backboard with a dunk during a workout session at Santa Monica High School Saturday afternoon." (Full report.)
Per the Arizona Republic: "Suns center Alex Len did not need to see Minnesota’s Zach LaVine dunking on him Friday night from multiple angles and with multiple freeze frames. 'I didn’t watch SportsCenter because of that,' Len said, laughing. 'On my Instagram, I got like 50 comments – ‘RIP, rest in peace on the good career, retire,’ stuff like that. It definitely was funny. You can’t take stuff like that serious. Everybody gets dunked on.'" (Full report.)
Celtics swingman Gerald Green remains in the team's plans despite not getting off the bench in six games, per ESPN.
Former NBA and D-League forward Vince Hunter (UTEP) has agreed to a contract with Russian club Avtodor, per Amico Hoops.
Former NBA and D-League power forward Ivan Johnson has signed with Atletico of Uruguay, per Amico Hoops.
Former D-League guard Lasan Kromah (Connecticut) has agreed to a contract with Greek club Promitheas, per Amico Hoops.
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: "Kevin Love was watching film recently with assistant coach Phil Handy when he noticed a flaw. Love was hesitating too long before shooting 3s, and sometimes not shooting them at all."
The Beacon Journal added: "As a result, Love has spent the last two games focusing on catching and shooting with no hesitation. It has made a huge difference. Love shot 32 percent from 3-point range through the first 12 games (18 of 57). He’s 15 of 21 (71 percent) in the last two. All 21 of his attempts have been off catch and shoots." (Full column.)
Per a separate piece from the Beacon Journal: "Tyronn Lue warned for weeks that the Cavs weren’t playing up to their potential, that despite the gaudy record there was still room to improve. They were missing too many open looks that would eventually start to fall. And when that happened, duck and cover because the fire they could bring could burn down the rest of the league." (Full report.)
Per Amico Hoops: "LeBron James has played 1,000 regular-season games and the Cavs (12-2) are the first team in league history to make 20 3-pointers in back-to-back games, per Elias. Ain’t life grand?" (Full column.)
Per a separate piece from Cleveland.com: "Over the last three games, the Cavs are 52-of-104 (50 percent) from beyond the arc. 'That's what we're capable of, and we've been doing it on both ends the last couple games,' James said." (Full report.)
Per Cavs.com: "The Cavaliers have now extended their NBA record-setting streak of hitting at least 10 triples to start a season to 14 games and, dating back to last year, have hit at least seven bombs in a league-record 54 consecutive contests." (Full report.)
Per the Medina Gazette: "The Mavs began the night as the worst scoring team in the league (91.6), and they had to heat up late in the second quarter to trail just 72-38 at halftime. "When we shoot the ball like this, we’re hard to beat,” Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said." (Full report.)
The NBA trading season is beginning to warm up and names to watch include Bucks center Greg Monroe and Suns guard Brandon Knight, per ESPN.
Free agent shooting guard Kevin Martin (Zanesville, Ohio) has announced his retirement. Full story.
Pacers swingman Paul George (ankle) and forward Kevin Seraphin (knee) will each miss the next two games, per the team.
Hawks center Tiago Splitter will miss a minimum of six weeks after an MRI exam revealed a Grade 2 right calf strain, per the team.
Bulls guard Michael Carter-Williams has a bone chip in his right wrist and will be in a cast for 4-to-6 weeks, per the team.
Per the Palm Beach Post: "It is unclear whether the Miami Heat have the assets to swing a deal for one of Minnesota’s three young studs, and it’s surprising that the Timberwolves are reportedly willing to move any of them so early in the season." (Full report.)
Warriors star Kevin Durant said the Lakers remind him of his early teams with the Thunder, per the Orange County Register.
The Pelicans have been much-improved since the return of Jrue Holiday, but Anthony Davis still deserves a ton of the credit, per ESPN.
The Trail Blazers and Mavericks are "flirting with the luxury tax line," per Hoops Rumors.
French point guard Carl Ona-Emb has signed with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League, per Amico Hoops.
Undrafted West Virginia guard Jaysean Paige has agreed to a deal with Karpos Sokoli of Macedonia, per Amico Hoops.
Former Bradley guard Tony Bennett has agreed to a contract with Mexican club Indios de Juarez, per Amico Hoops.