Rumor Roundup: Cavs, Cook, Pelicans, Mavs
The weekend following the NBA trade deadline is typically when take a breather. But breath not. There is still plenty going on in and around the world of pro basketball.
Let's take a look.
Per ESPN: "Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is confident that recent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee will not affect his ability to prepare for a repeat title run in the playoffs."
Love to reporters, via ESPN: "There's definitely enough time to where I can get into a good rhythm. I don't know what the [plan is] as far as other guys resting or me resting going forward, but I imagine between J.R. [Smith] and myself, we'll get out there and get our wind and be ready to go for whenever [the playoffs start] in April."
Per ESPN: "Tuesday will mark the two-week point in his recovery, when he will progress to doing lateral activity on the court once again. Love said he has been limited to 'linear' running and 'real easy shooting' when he has practiced."
Per Bleacher Report: "The Celtics' pursuit of Bulls forward Jimmy Butler or Pacers forward Paul George reportedly had the reigning champion Cavaliers on 'pins and needles' leading up to Thursday's NBA trade deadline."
Per Bleacher Report: "RealGM passed along comments ESPN NBA writer Brian Windhorst made on the Lowe Post podcast about the Cavs' view of the situation as one of the top contenders for their Eastern Conference crown made a bid to land a potentially game-changing asset".
Per Bleacher Report: "The Cavs were on pins and needles yesterday about the Celtics getting Paul George or Jimmy Butler," Windhorst said. "Pins and needles. That's why I'm saying...Let's put it this way: If on day one next year it's Gordon Hayward, Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas, the Cavs will be like, 'OK, that's going to be a challenge.' If it's Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford and Jimmy Butler, the Cavs might be out there saying, 'We may have to trade Kevin Love.'"
Per the Canton Repository: "Charge general manager Mike Gansey said Quinn Cook is 'likely' to get called up by the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, but he would not elaborate further since nothing is official as of yet."
Per the Canton Repository: "The Mavs have two open roster spots after buying out Deron Williams and trading Andrew Bogut and Justin Anderson for Nerlens Noel this week."
Per the Canton Repository: "With Cavs assistant coach Phil Handy sitting courtside, the 5-9 Kay Felder zoomed around the Civic Center for 32 points and six assists. He shot 13-for-25 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from the arc."
Other free agents considered by the Mavericks were Pierre Jackson and "D-League scoring machine Manny Harris," per ESPN.
Per Cleveland.com: "Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, always a 'Laker at heart,' believes Los Angeles made the right decision naming Magic Johnson president of basketball operations."
Lue to reporters, per Cleveland.com: "When you get a Hall of Famer and an all-time great and get a chance to step in and run an organization -- I feel bad for Mitch (Kupchak) and Jim (Buss), and you know, that that had to happen, but I like seeing Magic back involved with the Lakers."
Per Cleveland.com: "The NBA has moved Cleveland's March 3 game in Atlanta up one hour to a 7 p.m. start time, and announced that ESPN will carry the game as part of it's Friday national television doubleheader."
The Pelicans are waiving forward Omri Casspi and signing shooting guard Reggie Williams, per Yahoo Sports. Casspi broke his thumb in his first game with the team after coming over in a trade with the Kings. He is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks.
Per Amico Hoops: "The Pelicans and Jarrett Jack have agreed to a 10-day deal, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports."
Per Amico Hoops: "While the Cavaliers are expected to sign Deron Williams, it’s worth noting that Jack and Mario Chalmers were both on the team’s radar in late-January/early-February, but Chalmers was reportedly opposed to signing a 10-day contract at the time."
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry on the addition of Jack, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune: "I think, number one, he's just a natural leader. He plays with toughness, he always has in the league. He finds a way to get things done. We just felt like that he'd be a good addition to the team."
The Pelicans have officially signed swignman Hollis Thompson to a 10-day contract.
Free agent forward Terrence Jones, waived by the Pelicans, may have interest in the Celtics, per Basketball Insiders.
Per the Indianapolis Star: "The alarm is sounding on Paul George’s time here in Indianapolis, and this is how Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird has decided to deal with it: Hit the snooze button and go back to sleep."
Per the Indianapolis Star: "It’s possible Bird didn’t do anything because he believes George will stay in Indianapolis, no matter what. It’s possible he believes George is gone, no matter what. It’s possible the battery on Bird’s cellphone died Thursday at 2:30 p.m."
Per the New York Daily News: "Considering the record and unrest inside the locker room you really have to start wondering if Phil Jackson, the Knicks president, has the chops to turn this around."
Per the New York Daily News: "Jackson's losing tenure as Knicks president has now covered three trade deadlines and the only player he's acquired is Alexey Shved. Clearly, Jackson simply isn't doing enough to upgrade the roster and/or acquire assets."
Per the New York Post: "Barring a miracle final 25 games, the Knicks will have a lottery pick and Jackson needs to sit on the dais and own it. There’s a slew of point guards — maybe six of lottery caliber — who could take Derrick Rose’s spot."
Per the New York Post: "UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, Washington’s Markelle Fultz, N.C. State’s Dennis Smith, Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk and France’s Frank Ntilikina. You’ll be hearing a lot of these names over and over if the Knicks season collapses further as Jackson hopefully makes the rounds of the postseason college tournaments."
Per Yahoo Sports: "Source: Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis will be out several days with ankle injury, but no ligament damage. For now, only swelling."
Per the Dallas News: "When talking about his latest acquisition, fourth-year center Nerlens Noel, Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson made one repeated comparison: Tyson Chandler."
Per the Dallas News: "Nelson hopes that Noel fits next to Dirk Nowitzki and small forward Harrison Barnes the same way that Chandler did, offsetting Nowitzki's limitations with a combination of athleticism and defensive skills."
Per Amico Hoops: "Sixers rookie Ben Simmons received some bad news on his latest CT Scan, which showed there is not full healing in the fractured bone in his right foot."
Per Amico Hoops: Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo told reporters Friday that Simmons will be out for the remainder of the season."
Per Amico Hoops: "Colangelo told reporters his team 'will talk about' Simmons playing in the NBA summer league, but even that looks like a question mark at this point."
Per the Los Angeles Times: "Representatives of Steve Ballmer and Stan Kroenke, two of the richest owners in professional sports, have had multiple discussions about the Clippers joining the Rams and Chargers in the sports and entertainment district Kroenke is building in Inglewood."
Per the Los Angeles Times: "Five people with knowledge of the conversations told The Times the arena could either be on the 298-acre site or an adjacent parcel. Either way, an arena would drive traffic to the planned mixed-use development and share parking with the $2.6-billion football stadium scheduled to open in 2019."
Per the Los Angeles Times: "One person with knowledge of the discussions said the Forum, which was built by Jack Kent Cooke in 1967 as the home of the Lakers and the Kings, would be “protected” as part of an agreement if a competing venue were to be built. The person wouldn’t elaborate on what that would entail."
Per Hoops Rumors: "Now that the dust has settled from the trade deadline, Ricky Rubio has high aspirations for the Timberwolves. 'I believe this team can make the playoffs and we can make a push,' Rubio told Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune."
The Suns have officially waived forwards Jared Sullinger and Mike Scott, obtained in separate trades Thursday.
The Mavericks and power forward Ben Bentil have agreed to a 10-day contract , per ESPN.
The Raptors recalled Bruno Caboclo, Pascal Siakam, and Fred VanVleet from Raptors 905, per the team)
The Warriors assigned Damian Jones to the Santa Cruz Warriors, per the team.
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Forget about the trade deadline, now the real negotiating season is about to begin. The Cavs’ trade assets were always limited, particularly after they dealt their 2019 pick to Atlanta for Kyle Korver.”
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “The Jazz were rumored to be interested in Deron Williams and they’re still $4 million below the salary floor. They can easily fit his $8 million into their cap and Williams, who began his career in Utah, still has a home there. Provided Williams gets through waivers, he’s likely Cleveland-bound. But that’s not a sure thing at this point.”
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “The Cavs have long had their eye on Andrew Bogut, but they’ll have competition for him – primarily from the Houston Rockets.”
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “The Cavs had Larry Sanders in this week to talk to him, but his checkered past apparently is even more checkered than known. A Cavs official confirmed to me tonight they were aware Sanders was arrested last year on a felony charge in Los Angeles, but did not provide any details about the arrest.”
Per Cleveland.com: “I always liked D-Will, he’s a good player,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Any time you have a guy who is an All-Star, he’s a great talent. So, he can make the plays, he’s a great pick-and-roll player, he can shoot the basketball, he has size so you can switch 1 through 4 with him defensively. He can post smaller guards so I’ve always been a big fan of D-Will.”
Per Cleveland.com: “Bogut is a 7-footer and known commodity, whereas Sanders is 6-11 and hasn’t played in the NBA in two seasons. Cavs GM David Griffin said Sanders was ‘something we’re looking at pretty closely.'”
Cavaliers star LeBron James on Kyle Korver and Derrick Williams, via ESPN: “Just fit in perfect. Vets. No ego. Just want to do whatever it takes to help us win. And D-Will adds something that we were looking for in an athletic wing — he can play both sides of the floor, he can defend, he can rebound. Make shots. And Kyle gave us another knockdown shooter, so it’s just perfect for our team.”
Per Amico Hoops: “It’s some type of world we are living in where the best team in the league last season can add two guys (Williams and whoever) that everyone else would love to have — and without even needing to make a trade to do it first.”
Per ESPN: “As for Andrew Bogut: The NBA confirms he can re-sign with the Warriors but Golden State, until tonight, has focused on backcourt targets.”
Per ESPN: “The likelihood remains Golden State will target guards in the buyout market OR ride with Briante Weber as his second 10-day nears completion.”
Per Cleveland.com: “For the second straight game, Cleveland Cavaliers swingman J.R. Smith was working out on the court prior to tipoff, testing his surgically repaired thumb.”
Cavaliers GM David Griffin on Smith, per Cleveland.com: “He seems to be doing very well. I’d say he’s on schedule, maybe slightly ahead of schedule.”
Per the New York Post: “With Knicks president Phil Jackson standing pat, Carmelo Anthony candidly admitted he’s unsure of the team’s direction.”
Per the New York Post: “Following a dispiriting 119-104 loss to the Cavaliers, Anthony was asked by The Post if he understood Jackson’s vision.”
Per the New York Post: “No, to be honest with you, no,’’ Anthony said. “I think they [were] planning on the trade deadline and they were trying to make moves. That was one plan. Now they got to get back to the drawing board for another plan for the future of the team.”
Per the New York Post: “Anthony admitted in the past couple of days he had been told he was safe and no deals had been brought to him.”
Per the Indianapolis Star: “Many within the Pacers’ organization — players and executives — felt a sense of relief when the NBA’s trade deadline passed Thursday and Paul George remained on the roster.”
Per the Indianapolis Star: “Team president Larry Bird spent much of the day weighing the option of trading George to the Boston Celtics, a team that possesses several rotational players and valuable draft picks, including the lowly Brooklyn Nets’ first-round picks in the next two drafts.”
Per the Indianapolis Star: “I was kind of on the ropes just like you guys were on what was about to happen,” George said of his emotions before the deadline. “It was kind of a dark moment of uncertainty and that was the frustrating part. You want me to be your guy here, I thought I would have been in the loop a little more on that.”
Per ESPN: “The Nuggets today made a ‘monster’ offer to Indiana for George, but the talks gained no traction.”
No. 1 overall draft pick Ben Simmons of the 76ers had a CT scan on his injured foot Thursday and “his season is very much in doubt,” per Sports Radio WIP.
Per Sixers.com: “The 76ers have acquired a protected first-round pick, guard-forward Justin Anderson, and center Andrew Bogut and in exchange for forward-center Nerlens Noel, President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo announced today.”
Per Basketball Insiders: “The Sixers apparently tried pretty hard to find a Jahlil Okafor deal, ultimately what they thought was value was hard to find at the 11th hour.”
The Sixers waived guard Chasson Randle, per the team.
Per the Oklahoman: “Sam Presti turned Chicago’s bewildering attraction of Cameron Payne into rock-solid power forward Taj Gibson and sharpshooter Doug McDermott, giving up Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow.”
Per the Oklahoman: “It wasn’t the Presti pilfering of Orlando in the Serge Ibaka trade, but when you can get Gibson and McDermott without giving up one of your eight best players, you can sleep soundly, knowing that Russell Westbrook has to be impressed with the exchange.”
Per the Chicago Tribune: “Bulls GM Gar Forman confirms there are no plans to buyout Rajon Rondo, whose contract is attractive as trade chip into June.”
Per Hoops Rumors: “The Celtics were willing to include one of the Nets’ first-rounders in trade talks for Jimmy Butler, but sources tell Johnson that Boston wanted to place protections on it (Twitter link). The scope of those protections was not released.”
The Lakers acquired guard Tyler Ennis and the draft rights to swingman Brad Newley from the Rockets for guard Marcelo Huertas, per the team. The Rockets are waiving Huertas, per reports.
The Rockets acquired guard Lou Williams from the Lakers for swingman Corey Brewer and a first-round draft pick in 2017, per the team.
Per Basketball Insiders: “The Nets have officially acquired K.J. McDaniels from the Rockets in exchange for cash considerations.”
Per ESPN: “The Rockets intend to pursue Andrew Bogut — but not Deron Williams — in the upcoming buyout market, league sources tell ESPN.”
Per The Associated Press: “Nets GM Sean Marks says little on no Brook Lopez deal. ‘Brook’s here and we’re happy he’s here. He’s been the face of this franchise for a long time.'”
The Raptors acquired P.J. Tucker from the Suns in exchange for Jared Sullinger, second round draft picks in 2017 and 2018, and cash considerations, per the team.
Per AZ Central: “The Suns plan to waive Sullinger and Mike Scott, both acquired in trades Thursday. They’ll sign guard Ronnie Price for rest of the season.”
Per Hoops Rumors: “The Timberwolves walked away from trade negotiations involving Ricky Rubio and Derrick Rose, Marc Stein of ESPN reports.”
Per ESPN: “The Hawks made aggressive draft pick-centric trade offers for Paul George and Jimmy Butler today, league sources tell ESPN.”
Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “The Hawks will sign both Lamar Patterson and Ryan Kelly to end-of-season contracts, according to a person familiar with the situation.”
Small forward Omri Casspi broke his thumb in his first game with the Pelicans and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, per ESPN.
The Pelicans have waived forward Terrence Jones, per the team.
The Pelicans have signed swingman Hollis Thompson to a 10-day contract, per the team.
The Nuggets acquired center Roy Hibbert from the Bucks in exchange for a protected 2019 second-round draft pick, per the team.
The Grizzlies have signed Toney Douglas for the rest of the season with a team option for 2017-18, per the team.
The Bucks are signing Axel Toupane of Raptors 905 to a 10-day contract, per The Step Back.
The Knicks have recalled Maurice Ndour and Marshall Plumlee from the Westchester Knicks, per the team.
The Pistons have recalled Henry Ellenson and Michael Gbinije from the Grand Rapids Drive, per The Detroit News.
The Suns have recalled Derrick Jones Jr. from the Northern Arizona Suns, per the team.
Former NBA guard Daniel Ewing has agreed to a deal with Neptunas of Lithuania, per Amico Hoops.
Former NBA swingman Gary Forbes has signed with the Boca Juniors of Argentina, per Amico Hoops.
Former D-League guard Jermaine Beal has agreed to a contract with Ironi Nes-Ziona of Israel, per Amico Hoops.