Chris Paul, Doc Rivers Reportedly Clashed over Austin Rivers, Carmelo Anthony

Chris Paul‘s tenure with the Los Angeles Clippers ended Wednesday when the team shipped him to the Houston Rockets, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, and the trade signaled the conclusion of what was reportedly a contentious relationship with head coach Doc Rivers.

According to SportsCenter‘s Michael Eaves, Paul had begun to resent Rivers because he, along with other Clippers players, thought the head coach was coddling his son, guard Austin Rivers.

It led to resentment within the locker room, which often played out during games,” Eaves wrote. “One of Paul’s biggest contentions with Doc was that Paul, and other players, felt Doc treated Austin more favorably than other players. He would yell at guys for certain things during games and practices but not get on Austin in the same manner for similar transgressions.”

Along those same lines, Paul reportedly became fed up with Rivers—who is also the team’s president of basketball operations—when he nixed a trade last season that could have landed the Clippers Carmelo Anthony.

New York offered Carmelo and Sasha Vujacic to the Clippers in exchange for Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce and Austin Rivers, a deal to which Rivers ultimately said no. That event led Paul to feel that keeping his son on the roster was more important to Doc than improving the team.”

Citing a league executive, Eaves reported Paul now “despises” Rivers because of how those situations were handled.

Rivers’ daughter, Callie, disputed the report shortly after it was published: 

With Wednesday’s split, both Paul and the Clippers will embark on new eras.

For Paul, that means linking up with James Harden and possibly one other star, according to ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman, to challenge the Golden State Warriors for Western Conference superiority.

Citing a source, ESPN.com’s Tim MacMahon reported Wednesday the Rockets “think they are getting Carmelo Anthony or Paul George.”

On the flip side, the Clippers netted a solid return with Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Sam Dekker and a 2018 first-round pick all reportedly bound for Hollywood.

Paul’s departure also opened the door for the Clippers to focus on re-signing Blake Griffin when free agency starts July 1, according to ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne.

Making do without Paul won’t be easy considering he was the maestro who ran Rivers’ offense the last four seasons, but L.A. will have the pieces to remain competitive in the short term if Griffin can be convinced to stay tethered to the Clippers for the foreseeable future.

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Chris Paul Thanks Clippers, Los Angeles After Being Traded to Rockets

Point guard Chris Paul said farewell to Los Angeles Clippers fans on Twitter after reports Wednesday that the Clippers traded him to the Houston Rockets.

As seen in the following tweet, CP3 discussed his emotional departure from the team he spent the past six seasons with:

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported that Paul opted in to his contract and was traded to the Rockets in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, the non-guaranteed deals of DeAndre Liggins, Tim Quarterman and Ryan Kelly, and a 2018 first-round pick that is top-three protected.

    

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Jeff Teague, Knicks Rumors Emerge After Phil Jackson’s Departure

With the New York Knicks starting a new era, free agent Jeff Teague has reportedly shown an interest in joining the team.

According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, with the team moving on from the triangle offense following a parting of ways with president Phil Jackson, there is “mutual” interest between the Knicks and Teague. 

The Knicks announced Wednesday a mutual agreement to part with Jackson after three seasons in which the team went 80-166 and never made the playoffs under his watch.

Begley also noted Knicks general manager Steve Mills previously tried to trade for Teague two years ago when he played for the Atlanta Hawks

Teague would be an interesting fit for the Knicks because they just selected 18-year-old point guard Frank Ntilikina with the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. 

After losing at least 50 games in each of the last two seasons, the Knicks need to worry about adding talent and letting everything else fall into place. 

Teague is coming off his best season with 8.1 win shares, per Basketball Reference, and a career-high 7.8 assists in 82 games with the Indiana Pacers

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Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kings Reportedly Agree on 3-Year, $36 Million Contract

Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday that the Sacramento Kings are expected to sign Serbian guard Bogdan Bogdanovic to a three-year, $36 million contract on July 6. 

Voisin added that Bogdanovic is expected to appear at the Las Vegas Summer League for an introduction before playing for Serbia in the European Championships.

The 24-year-old Bogdanovic was selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns, but his rights were traded to the Kings last year in a deal that involved the movement of multiple 2016 NBA draft choices.

Bogdanovic won a silver medal as part of Team Serbia at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and he has played for Turkish club Fenerbahce since 2014.

In 22 EuroLeague games last season, Bogdanovic averaged 14.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per contest.

He also shot 43 percent from three-point range, and will add another shooting threat to a Kings team that already boasts Buddy Hield.

Sacramento is in the midst of a rebuild, so while it may not win many games in 2017-18, Bogdanovic will have plenty of opportunities to play and grow at the NBA level.

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Cavs Rumors: Latest on Potential Paul George Trade and More

After a disappointing end to the season, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been exploring ways to close the gap between them and the Golden State Warriors. Despite having limited roster flexibility and tradeable pieces, the Cavs are attempting to get creative and have already been linked to multiple trade reports this offseason. 

So far, the only notable move the Cavaliers have made is to part ways with general manager David Griffin—a position they have yet to fill. But their lack of a general manager hasn’t held back the remaining members of the Cavs front office from actively pursuing a trade. 

Here’s a quick roundup of some of the latest rumors involving the Cavs, including their relentless pursuit of Indiana Pacers forward Paul George

      

Cavs Still Pursuing Paul George

George has made it clear that he isn’t interested in re-signing with the Pacers after the final year of his contract in 2018, which has resulted in him being the hottest name on the trade market this offseason. 

The Cavs are among the teams in pursuit and reportedly discussed a three-team trade that also involved the Denver Nuggets. According to ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes and Marc Stein, this proposed trade—which fell through on draft night—also involved Kevin Love being shipped to Denver. 

Despite the failure of this deal, Haynes and Stein reported that the Cavs are still actively pursuing a trade and believe that if George wins a championship in Cleveland next season, they would be able to convince him to re-sign. 

While pursuing George on a one-year deal may scare off most teams, the Cavs can afford to make that gamble. Not only do they have the potential to convince George to stay, but even if he leaves, Cleveland would remain an attractive option for any of the other elite players on the free-agent market in the summer of 2018. 

The Pacers are in no rush to ship George out the door, so this is a saga that could continue throughout the summer. 

     

Carmelo Anthony Forcing His Way to Cleveland?

Carmelo Anthony has been the constant topic of hypothetical trade talks among Cavs fans in recent years, but no concrete rumors have ever materialized. 

According to ESPN.com’s Ian Begley, former New York Knicks president Phil Jackson was hoping to trade Anthony this offseason, but Anthony’s no-trade clause makes that goal nearly impossible to attain. 

As an alternative to a trade, Anthony is now reportedly pursuing a buyout from the Knicks, according to Stein, and the Cavs may factor into his plans:

This is clearly a complicated scenario—and potentially a drama the Cavs don’t even have any interest in joining. But it is a fascinating possibility, especially if Anthony successfully negotiates a buyout and makes himself available to the Cavs on a team-friendly contract in an effort to chase a ring in Cleveland. 

      

Still No GM in Cleveland

Despite being involved in multiple trade conversations, the Cavs are still operating without a general manager. And, despite ongoing talks between the Cavs and Chauncey Billups, the team may be without a GM for a while still, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical:

The Cavs obviously still have a functioning front office in place, so it’s possible owner Dan Gibert and others simply aren’t rushing to get a deal done because they don’t feel any immediate pressure to do so. 

There have been no serious reports linking the Cavaliers to anyone other than Billups, so it still appears to be just a matter of time before he accepts the job and officially takes over for the recently departed Griffin.

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Montrezl Harrell Reportedly Traded to Clippers in Chris Paul Deal with Rockets

The Los Angeles Clippers will reportedly receive Montrezl Harrell as a part of the trade that will send Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Rockets are also sending Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams Sam Dekker and a 2018 first-round pick to the Clippers to acquire Paul, who opted into his $24.2 million player option for the 2017-18 season to facilitate the deal. 

          

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Rockets Reportedly Think Carmelo Anthony or Paul George Will Join Chris Paul

The Houston Rockets are reportedly confident in their chances to land either Carmelo Anthony or Paul George after trading for Chris Paul on Wednesday. 

Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com noted the Rockets think they are getting one of those superstar small forwards during the offseason to join Paul and James Harden. The update comes after Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported the team acquired the longtime Clippers point guard.

 

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