Kyle Lowry Rumors: Free-Agent PG Has ‘Zero Interest’ in Re-Signing with Raptors

Kyle Lowry reportedly has “zero interest” in returning to the Toronto Raptors.

On Monday, Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star cited multiple league sources who said the free agent “has been grumbling about dissatisfaction with the Raptors for months.” Arthur noted other teams were told the zero interest tidbit in May even if Toronto offered him a maximum five-year deal.

             

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game.

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2rK8t1f
via IFTTT

Advertisements

Cavaliers Trade Rumors: Possible Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love Deals Being Discussed

Cleveland Cavaliers superstars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love could potentially be on the move this offseason.

Sam Amico of Amico Hoops reported Monday former general manager David Griffin “had been exploring several trades” involving Love. Although the Cavs announced Griffin will not return as general manager, Amico clarified the talks are still ongoing.

Amico also reported several teams reached out to Cleveland regarding Irving, whom “Griffin was unwilling to move.” However, Amico said it is unclear whether owner Dan Gilbert is as adamant about keeping the point guard.

Irving and Love were critical members of Cleveland’s three straight runs to the NBA Finals, and Irving will forever be a Cavaliers legend because of his Game 7 winning shot in the 2016 NBA Finals. However, the team’s championship window is limited considering LeBron James will turn 33 years old during the 2017-18 campaign and has a player option for 2018-19.

The difference between the Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors was readily apparent when Golden State steamrolled its way to a five-game win in the 2017 Finals. What’s more, it scored 121.6 points per game in the series, consistently exposing a lackluster Cleveland defense.

While Love and Irving are All-Star-caliber players, moving one or both could improve the team’s defense.

Opponents shot 4.3 percent better than their normal averages within six feet when Love guarded them in 2016-17, and they shot 5.2 percent better overall and 5.9 percent better from three-point range when Irving defended them, per NBA.com.

Perhaps with defense in mind, Marc Stein of ESPN reported Cleveland was working on multi-team trades involving Jimmy Butler. Amico previously reported the Cavaliers were talking to the Indiana Pacers about Paul George.

Butler and George are each three-time members of an NBA All-Defensive team and would help Cleveland make up ground on the Warriors on that end of the floor.

The Cavaliers figure to be one of the busiest teams this offseason as they strive to catch Golden State before a potential fourth straight Finals showdown, and it is now at least possible Love or Irving could be involved in a move.

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2tH8zmv
via IFTTT

Kings President Chris Granger Announces Resignation

Chris Granger announced Monday he has stepped down as president of the Sacramento Kings.

The Sacramento Bee‘s Ailene Voisin shared a statement from Granger explaining his decision:

“I just feel it’s time. I’m not leaving for another job. There is nothing imminent. But I want to do something else, to be challenged in a position working with multiple sports, maybe the Olympics, something with a bigger platform. With the arena, this job will be about selling corporate sponsorships, and I just think there’s one more big move in me. Plus, my girls are entering middle school, so this seems like the right time.”

    

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

   

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game.

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2rxClJN
via IFTTT

Paul George Rumors: Wizards Looking to Make Trade for Pacers Star

The Washington Wizards reportedly have their eyes on Indiana Pacers star Paul George.

On Monday, David Aldridge of NBA.com reported “the Wizards are looking for a way to make a George deal happen,” although he noted they will not trade Bradley Beal because part of the appeal of Washington for George would be playing alongside him and John Wall.

Aldridge noted Otto Porter could be a trade chip in a potential deal but explained the small forward would “lose tens of millions of dollars” in a sign-and-trade under the new CBA.

This comes after Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Sunday that George told the Pacers he plans on leaving in the summer of 2018 and prefers to play for his hometown Los Angeles Lakers. The desire to play in Los Angeles makes trading for George all the more risky from Washington’s perspective because he could simply leave after a season.

However, a trio of George, Wall and Beal would put the Wizards firmly on the short list of NBA title contenders next season. They just reached the second round of the NBA playoffs without George and battled the Eastern Conference No. 1-seeded Boston Celtics in a seven-game thriller.

George would provide Washington another go-to option when opposing defenses focus on the Wall and Beal backcourt, and he could also guard some of the league’s best players—such as LeBron James—in a playoff series as a three-time member of an All-Defensive team.

Even if George ultimately opted out of his contract and left, his presence would help the Wizards close the gap with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East for the 2017-18 campaign.

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2sQFBEf
via IFTTT

LeBron James’ Camp Reportedly Unaware David Griffin Was Leaving Cavaliers

While many fans joked every decision the team made went through him for approval, LeBron James was apparently kept in the dark about the impending departure of Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin.

ESPN’s Ryen Russillo reported James’ camp was “surprised” to see the Cavs let Griffin go while colleague Brian Windhorst said Gilbert didn’t consult with James at all before making the decision.

Team owner Dan Gilbert confirmed the Cavaliers aren’t offering an extension to Griffin’s contract, which expires June 30.

  

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

 

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game.

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2sJA2qm
via IFTTT

Chauncey Billups Reportedly a Candidate for Cavaliers to Replace David Griffin

Chauncey Billups may be moving from the ESPN studios to an NBA front office.

As ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst reported Monday, the Cleveland Cavaliers plan to move on from general manager David Griffin, whose contract expires at the end of the month. Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan shared a statement from team owner Dan Gilbert confirming the move:

According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs may target Billups to help fill the void after Griffin’s departure. Wojnarowski reported Billups would assume a team president role and assist in the hiring of a new general manager. 

 

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

 

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game.

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2sQuI5l
via IFTTT

David Griffin Reportedly Won’t Return as Cavaliers GM

The man who helped orchestrate the city of Cleveland’s first championship in 52 years is reportedly not returning.

On Monday, Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com cited sources noting general manager David Griffin will not return to his position as general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical also reported the news and listed former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups as a potential candidate. 

Wojnarowski cited a source who said Cleveland and Griffin “just couldn’t agree on [the] future,” while Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com said “Griffin removed himself from consideration when it became clear his vision for CLE didn’t match [owner Dan] Gilbert’s.”

David Aldridge of NBA.com shared the Cavaliers’ statement:

The Cleveland Cavaliers and its General Manager, David Griffin, have mutually decided not to extend David’s current contract, which ends June 30, 2017.

On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Griff for his leadership and many contributions during his time here, including most recently, his role in the franchise’s first NBA Championship. 

We have no announcement at this time related to new leadership of the Cavaliers basketball operations group, but we are confident our current front office will continue to aggressively explore and pursue opportunities to improve our team in the weeks ahead.

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today reported vice president of basketball operations Trent Redden also won’t be back when his contract expires at the end of June.

This come after McMenamin wrote in April the team and Griffin failed to come to an agreement before the 2016-17 season.

However, this also comes after Sam Amico of Amico Hoops reported in May that Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was preparing to offer Griffin “a substantial contract and title to remain with the team.”

There was some apparent confusion among the players, as McMenamin shared:

While he will no longer serve as the general manager, Griffin’s tenure can only be classified as a success, and Wojnarowski added there will be “multiple teams pursuing him for significant money in next round of GM openings.”

He became Cleveland’s acting GM in 2014 when Chris Grant was dismissed and was eventually given the full-time position. He was there when LeBron James returned after his stint with the Miami Heat and also traded for Kevin Love and made a number of other moves that helped the Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals and reach the Finals again this year.

He earned the endorsement of James in the process, per McMenamin:

It makes no sense why he shouldn’t get an extension. He’s pulled every move—he’s tried to make every move happen—to better this team to be able to compete for a championship. So we wouldn’t be in this position, obviously, without him and without the guys that are here—from the coaching staff to the players to Griff. He’s been a big piece of it.

Griffin was working with the highest payroll in the league in 2016-17 and re-signed or dished out contract extensions to James, Love, JR Smith, Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert and Richard Jefferson, per McMenamin.

He built a championship core around one of the best players in NBA history but was not rewarded for his efforts this offseason.

Fortunately for Cleveland fans, the team still looks primed to compete in the immediate future with James, Kyrie Irving, Love and a formidable surrounding cast, but the general manager who put them all together won’t be there for the next chapter.

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2sQ9rZu
via IFTTT