NBA trade rumors: Carmelo Anthony for Kyrie Irving trade is a no-go

The one way the Knicks can get Kyrie Irving is by trading Carmelo Anthony. The problem is Anthony doesn’t want to go to Cleveland if Kyrie Irving isn’t there as well.

It has been reported mutliple times that the Knicks have reached out to the Cavaliers in hopes of trading Anthony to them for Irving. The issue, though, is that Anthony still wants to play for Houston according to ESPN’s Ian Begley.

Gilbert didn’t learn enough from three straight NBA Finals trips and a championship that bathed him, the city and the organization in glory. He was just another rich guy who was lucky to have a local hero fall into his lap — twice. He didn’t figure out that all he had to do to bask forever in this glow was to leave well enough alone, with the smart executive and the transformational player.

Now they all run the risk of capsizing. Griffin has gone overboard, days before the draft and weeks before free agency, heading into a pivotal offseason for a team fighting to keep pace with the Warriors team that just took their crown.

There’s a big problem with Barkley’s argument, though. He’s contradicting himself. Remember what Barkley had to say about Kevin Durant when he decided to sign with the Warriors?

Kevin is a terrific player, he’s a good kid. But just disappointed with the fact that he weakened another team and he’s gonna kind of gravy train on a terrific Warriors team, Barkley said last summer on ESPN’s Mike and Mike. Just disappointed from a competitive standpoint. Because just like it meant more to LeBron to win one in Cleveland, it would mean more to Kevin to win one in Oklahoma than it would be in Golden State.

Kevin Durant is trying to cheat his way into a championship.

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LeBron James reportedly left LaMelo Ball vs. Zion Williamson showdown over security concerns

Security concerns reportedly stopped LeBron James from attending the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships game between LaMelo Ball’s Big Baller Brand and Zion Williamson’s SC Supreme in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

According to ESPN, James planned to watch the game courtside, but changed his mind after seeing how many people were attending the event:

LeBron James had planned to watch the Ball-Williamson showdown courtside, but he did not get out of his vehicle after he arrived, instead deciding to avoid the frenzy after a conversation with people associated with the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships, a source told ESPN.com.

James arrived with several people before choosing to skip an event that already had been dealing with overcrowding and local police threatening to shut it down, per the source.

I don’t understand the Kyrie situation, Barkley said. This generation of players — you want to be on a good team. You want to play with other great players. This notion where you want to be the man, I just think it’s so stupid. If I got a chance to play with another great player, I want to do that. The objective is to win.

When he was on a bad team and he was the man, I guarantee you that wasn’t a lot of fun for him. And now you want to leave the best player in the world. And listen, I hear all of this stuff about how LeBron casts a big shadow. He should cast a big shadow… If you get a chance to play with great players, that’s half the battle.

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Timberwolves working to sign Andrew Wiggins to $148M extension, report says

Acquiring guard Andrew Wiggins in 2014 was the first step the Timberwolves took to relevancy, jumping them to the top of the NBA’s up-and-coming teams.

By adding Karl Anthony-Towns the next year in the draft and Jimmy Butler via trade a month ago, the Timberwolves are now a force to be reckoned with. And they apparently want to remain that way for years to come by signing their talented young players for the foreseeable future.

Wiggins is the first up for an extension, and the Timberwolves have plans to get that done soon, according to ESPN.

Wiggins averaged a career-high 23.6 points in 2016-17 and added 2.3 assists per game.

While Beasley is often viewed as a draft bust considering he was taken No. 2 overall behind Rose and ahead of 2016-17 MVP Russell Westbrook and four-time All-Star Kevin Love, the former Kansas State one-and-doner has stretched out a productive career and serves as a low-risk, (somewhat) high-reward signing. Beasley averaged 9.4 points per game for the Bucks last season on 53.2 percent shooting (41.9 percent from 3-point range), finishing with the second-highest player efficiency rating (17.8) of his nine-year NBA career.

At 28 years old on a veteran’s minimum contract ($2.1 million), Beasley provides a scoring punch as a reserve for a team that finished 25th in the league in bench scoring (31.9 points per game). And that’s assuming he comes off the bench — if Carmelo Anthony does eventually get traded, Beasley might need to step into the starting lineup. As one scout told The New York Post’s Marc Berman, He can flat out score — isos along the right baseline. He could be a perfect replacement for Melo, if he’s traded.

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LeBron James joins chorus decrying President Trump for Charlottesville response

LeBron James took to Twitter to voice his condemnation of the white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., that turned violent and the manner in which President Donald Trump responded to the situation.

As white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klansmen clashed with counter-protesters, a car drove into a crowd of people, killing one and injuring 19 others. A few hours later, two Virginia state police officers died when their helicopter crashed in an accident linked to the rally.

We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!, Trump tweeted.

But what comes after that for James? We checked in with executives around the league for insights on what to expect for James next summer.

Stay home As goofy as things have gotten with the Cavs, all is not lost with James and his team. He has left Cleveland once, of course, and the sting of the backlash he got after that still lingers. But there is a sense that James accomplished what he went back to Cleveland to accomplish win a championship and that his next move will center on giving him one more run at a title, combined with his personal comfort.

Head to LA James has a home in Los Angeles, and it is an open secret around the league that the Lakers are planning a major push, with new honcho Magic Johnson as the salesman, to woo James next summer.

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NBA referees condemn LaVar Ball for his sexist rant towards a female official

The NBA Referees Association is not happy with LaVar Ball’s sexist rant about a female referee after an AAU game on Friday in Las Vegas.

She’s a woman who’s trying to act get that she’s trying to break into the referee thing, Ball said. But just giving techs and calling fouls, that’s no way to do it. I know what she trying to say: I gave LaVar, I gave him a tech, I’m strong.’ That ain’t got nothing to do with it. Just call the game.

If you’re going to be qualified, you better be in shape, and you better know the game. And she’s bad on both of them. She’s not in shape, she’s not calling the game right, and she don’t understand, so now she’s trying to make a name for herself. So she’s walking around like, I’m the only woman in here.’ Yeah, we get it, I don’t care if you a woman or a man or whatever, just be good at what you do.

The NBA Referees Association posted a series of tweets on Sunday, sharing their disappointment in Ball’s behavior and how Adidas, who had the female replaced, handled the situation.

This appalling story about the female referee removed during an AAU game warrants serious discussion, read a tweet from the NBA Referees Association Twitter account. First, the misogynistic comments and intimidation by the coach have no place in basketball – or anywhere. The actions by Adidas show what happens when an organization does not support those tasked with protecting the integrity of the game. We support the referee community. This offensive behavior cannot stand, & hurts all those involved in basketball.

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Warriors bringing PSLs to NBA at new $1B arena, report says

The champion Warriors confirmed to ESPN.com Wednesday that they will be the first team in the NBA to require personal seat licenses for fans wanting to buy season tickets at their new $1 billion arena.

Many NFL teams charge fees for the right to buy season tickets, but the revenue-driver has never been used in the NBA.

According to the report, the Suns and Cavs have agreed to include Eric Bledsoe and a first-round pick in 2018 in the deal, but the Suns are unwilling to include Jackson and already have told Devin Booker he wouldn’t be traded.

If that [Bledsoe, a first-round pick and Jackson] deal for Irving was there, it’d be done by now, an unidentified league source with knowledge of the Cavs’ thinking told Cleveland.com.

CBSSports.com puts a finer point on the potential trade’s context: Phoenix isn’t on Irving’s list of preferred destinations, and since he holds a player option for the 2019-20 season, the Suns don’t want to face dealing Jackson, a key piece in their rebuild, only to see Irving gone after two seasons.

Stay tuned. Under league rules, Jackson can’t be traded for 30 days after signing his rookie contract, which he did July 3. That means the Suns couldn’t deal him until later this week.

So what is this accident Kanter speaks of? No one knows, but apparently he has already punished himself for buzzing off his trademark facial hair.

There is always the caveat, after more than two weeks of Summer League basketball in the NBA, that what you just witnessed does not count for much. The stars of Summer League so often are swept into the league’s dustbin — one of the great all-time Summer-Leaguers, after all, was Anthony Randolph, who is sometimes known by his nickname, Anthony Who?

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Cavs’ Richard Jefferson is sympathetic to Kyrie Irving’s trade mindset

When news broke Friday that Kyrie Irving wanted to be traded away from the Cavaliers so he wouldn’t be under LeBron James’s shadow, it took the sports world by storm.

Now that some of the hot fuzz has died down, fellow Cavalier Richard Jefferson said he understands why Irving wants to move on, and that it’s not an insult to James nor the Cavaliers.

I think Kyrie is a hyper-intelligent kid, Jefferson said on his Road Trippin’ podcast on Monday. Really, really smart. Doesn’t get enough credit for how smart he is, and I think seeing that the franchise is in flux. I think seeing [David Griffin] leave and the amount of coaches … I think Kyrie has had a much tougher time in this stretch of the organization than anyone ever wants to ever really fully [recognize].

He’s the No. 1 pick right after LeBron [left for the Heat in 2010], then he has three different coaches, then LeBron comes back, now there’s trade rumors, now it’s ‘LeBron’s leaving.’ It’s like at some point in time, anybody would want some sort of stability.

Tyronn Lue is actually the fourth coach who Irving has been under since 2010. Before Lue, Byron Scott, Mike Brown and David Blatt all coached the team in relative short succession.

In just the past month, the Cavaliers lost the NBA title and Griffin parted ways with the team. Now Cleveland has promoted Koby Altman, who was an assistant under Griffin, to general manager.

I think Kyrie knows how important he is to our team, Jefferson said. LeBron knows how important he is. He has been on this podcast. They have been on this podcast together multiple times together where ‘Bron was like, ‘Dude, this is my guy, I need him. He is so important to me, my kids love him.’

And again, just like any family there are ups and downs, there are moments that you hate them, moments that you love them, and then you just kind of keep it moving.

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As Dan Gilbert goes back to being Dan Gilbert, LeBron James learns consequences of forgiveness

LeBron James forgave Dan Gilbert. The last three years of Cleveland history not just Cavaliers history, and not just Cleveland sports history don’t happen if LeBron doesn’t forgive Gilbert. That includes Cleveland forgiving LeBron.

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After the Cavs signed Derrick Rose to a one-year deal Monday, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reported Rose was looking at a spot in the starting lineup in light of Irving’s trade request, and James was eager to see (Irving) off. James responded Tuesday morning on Twitter using the hashtag #NotFacts.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith also reported if Irving happened to be standing in front of James the four-time NBA MVP would be tempted to beat (Irving’s) ass. James is apparently too busy enjoying his vacation to think about fighting a teammate.

It’s interesting to see James respond to these specific aspects of what has become an ugly situation. He denied these reports in the strongest terms with the #NotFacts hashtag, but he also didn’t come out and say he wants Irving to stay in Cleveland. Good luck to all you psychology majors out there trying to figure out what LeBron is thinking.

Things are always complicated when it comes to the Cavs. Always.

Would I rank LeBron over Kobe? In terms of best of all time? No, Jordan said at his Flight School camp in Santa Barbara, Calif. There’s something about five that beats three… Kobe won five championships. LeBron won three. Although he’s been to seven [consecutive] Finals.

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LeBron James, Kevin Love don’t seem concerned about Kyrie Irving trade rumors

The NBA world was hit with a Windbomb late Friday when ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Cavs star guard Kyrie Irving asked Cleveland’s front office to trade him. It was a move that blindsided LeBron James but the four-time MVP doesn’t seem too worried now that the news is out in the open.

Less than two hours after Windhorst’s initial report made basketball fans sprint toward the NBA Trade Machine, James hopped on Twitter to give a shoutout to former Heat teammate Ray Allen. He referred to Allen as his He Got Game character, Jesus Shuttlesworth.

LeBron and I have always been about finding companies that we truly believe in and putting real money into them, James’ business partner Maverick Carter said, via ESPN. We’re not talking putting in $15,000 or $20,000. It’s real money plus the expertise, understanding and knowledge that we bring, as well as bringing LeBron’s name and likeness to the product.

James and Carter turned another investment into nearly $30 million when Beats by Dre sold to Apple for $3 billion in 2014. Surprisingly, James might be able to double his Beats by Dre profit as Blaze Pizza has a goal of opening 1,000 stores and $1 billion in sales by 2022.

We don’t typically advocate for our clients to invest in food businesses, James’ financial adviser Paul Wachter said. The risk-reward equation is not generally that great, and there’s a lot of grinding and blocking and tackling and it takes a while for a concept to go global.

With just over 200 stores created in four years, Blaze Pizza was recently valued at $250 million.

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