NBA rumors

Los Angeles Lakers, Donovan Mitchell is the big market target

The Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated by the Denver Nuggets in the NBA playoffs and are now preparing to plan for next season. According to a report by Jovan Buha, the Los Angeles franchise has reportedly placed Donovan Mitchell at the top of its list of market targets and therefore plans to approach the deal aggressively should he not sign a long-term contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

For their part, the Lakers could offer up to three first-round picks in the NBA Draft (2024, 2029, 2031) in exchange for Donovan Mitchell in any proposed trade.

Cleveland Cavaliers could trade Jarrett Allen in off-season

The Cleveland Cavaliers could trade Jarrett Allen in off-season, according to a report by NBA insider Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Allen has two years left on his contract for a total of $40 million. In the season just ended, Allen played 77 games averaging 16.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.1 steals, shooting 63.4 percent from the field and 74.2 percent on free throws.

Toronto Raptors, sign-and-trade in sight for Bruce Brown?

The Toronto Raptors appear to have decided to trade Bruce Brown within the next month, according to Smith Raps, a journalist close to the Canadian franchise. The feeling is that the Raptors may exercise the $23 million option in the player’s contract and then trade him rather quickly.

Bruce Brown, according to rumors gathered by the journalist, would still be considered a good rotation player in the NBA, so there should be no shortage of franchises interested in the former Nuggets player.

Cleveland Cavaliers’ JB Bickerstaff future is in doubt

The Cleveland Cavaliers ended their season with a 4-1 defeat in the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Celtics.

According to ESPN sources, after this elimination, the Cavs’ management will take some time to evaluate the future of coach JB Bickerstaff.

The market offers few alternatives of proven candidates.

Los Angeles Lakers target Donovan Mitchell for next season

The Los Angeles Lakers would be in the front row to acquire Donovan Mitchell this summer. According to Jason Lloyd, an insider in Cleveland for The Athletic, if Mitchell does not sign an extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers, they will explore trade options.

Given Mitchell’s current calf condition, it cannot be ruled out that his on-court adventure with the Cavs has come to an end.

James Borrego, JJ Redick prominent candidates for Los Angeles Lakers bench

The Los Angeles Lakers intensify the process of choosing their next coach this week, taking advantage of being in Chicago for the NBA Draft Combine.

The Californian team plans to request permission to interview some assistant coaches, as well as decide which other candidates to consider for the role. Among the leading candidates are James Borrego and JJ Redick, according to ESPN.

Milwaukee Bucks refused request from Pistons to interview Jon Hor

The Milwaukee Bucks have refused to grant the Detroit Pistons permission to interview Jon Horst for the president of basketball operations position.

Horst, a Michigan native with a professional background that started with the Pistons, has been at the helm of the Bucks’ executive office since 2017.

During his tenure, he has made several impressive market moves, including the signings of Jrue Holiday in 2020 and Damian Lillard in 2023.

Currently, the only other known candidate for the Pistons position is Dennis Lindsey. This information was reported by Marc Stein of The Stein Line.

NBA or Euroleague in Jean Montero’s future?

Jean Montero’s future is a hotly debated topic in Spain after the 20-year-old Dominican point guard’s excellent year with the MoraBanc Andorra jersey.

According to Chema De Lucas, Montero is expected to decide the next step of his career between NBA and Euroleague.

Fenerbahce is among the main Euroleague teams interested.

Montero in ACB is producing averages of 15 points, 5.1 assists and 2 steals in 26 minutes per game.

Despite his young age, the player is no longer eligible for the NBA Draft, having already decided to declare in 2022. Therefore, Montero could enter the NBA market as a free agent, free to sign with any team.

 

 

Mavs’ Doncic questionable for Game 3

Mavericks star Luka Doncic is listed as questionable for Saturday afternoon’s Game 3 against the Oklahoma City Thunder because of a right knee sprain and left ankle soreness.

Doncic, who has been playing on the sprained knee since suffering that injury in Game 3 of Dallas’ first-round series against the LA Clippers, hobbled and grabbed his left ankle after getting his feet tangled up with Thunder reserve guard Cason Wallace while pushing the ball up the floor early in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s Game 2.

Phoenix Suns, Mike Budenholzer agree to 5-year deal

Mike Budenholzer has agreed on a five-year contract to become the next coach of the Phoenix Suns, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday. A formal announcement will be made Saturday, sources said.

Budenholzer is expected to accompany the team to the NBA draft combine in Chicago, which begins this weekend, and work on a coaching staff already has begun, sources said. Budenholzer will become the franchise’s third head coach in three seasons.

Fonte: ESPN.

Donovan Mitchell considers to leave Cavaliers in off-season

Donovan Mitchell could leave the Cleveland Cavaliers if the team fails to win the NBA title this year.

Mitchell, who was decisive in game 2 of the playoff series with Boston, considers not exercising his player option for the 2025-26 season, thus making himself free to sign with another team.

The Cavaliers are therefore at a crossroads: try to convince Mitchell to sign a long-term extension or trade him to recoup some of the significant assets spent on his acquisition from the Utah Jazz.

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Miami Heat Insider: I expect Jimmy Butler to get traded this summer

Jimmy Butler on his way out of the Miami Heat? The topic has been debated since the end of the Florida franchise’s season, but here is a new rumour.

According to Wes Goldberg, Heat insider for The Ringer and RealGM, there is no doubt: “I expect Jimmy Butler to get traded this summer”.

Phoenix Suns in advanced talks with Mike Budenholzer

Mike Budenholzer is the leading candidate for the Phoenix Suns’ head coach, according to ESPN. After the firing of Frank Vogel on Thursday afternoon at the end of a single season, the Suns are accelerating negotiations to secure Budenholzer, who is already working on the formation of his coaching staff.

With a roster built around Devin Booker and Kevin Durant, expectations for the new coach are high, aiming for important achievements in a high-pressure environment. Budenholzer, already NBA champion in 2021 with the Milwaukee Bucks and two-time coach of the year, is seen as the most qualified candidate available on the market.

Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young changes agencies

Trae Young changes agencies. The Atlanta Hawks star is leaving Klutch Sports and moving to CAA Sports.

CAA stars include Devin Booker, Jalen Brunson, Paul Geroge, Tyrese Haliburton, Donovan Mitchell, Chris Paul, Karl-Anthony Towns and Zion Williamson.

Detroit Pistons considering Markkanen and Ingram

The Detroit Pistons are considering several trade proposals to strengthen the team and attempt to revive their rebuilding project.

Among the players being considered are Lauri Markkanen of the Utah Jazz and Brandon Ingram of the New Orleans Pelicans. This information was reported by James L. Edwards III.

To acquire Ingram, the Pistons may have to offer Jalen Duren and a top five pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.

As for Markkanen, the journalist proposes a package that would include Jaden Ivey, Jalen Duren and a first-round pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.

The Dallas Mavericks announce a new multi-year deal with Jason Kidd

The Dallas Mavericks announce a new multi-year deal with Jason Kidd.

Class of 1973, chosen by the Mavs as a player in 1994, Kidd has been at the helm of the team since 2021 after experiences with the Nets and Bucks, and an assistant title with the Lakers.

Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler future update

Jimmy Butler desires a contract extension with the Miami Heat during this offseason. Currently, the winger has two years left on his existing contract, with a player option for the 2025-26 season.

Should the Heat hesitate about Butler’s renewal, it is believed that rivals Philadelphia 76ers could attempt to arrange a trade for the experienced player.

Will Brandon Ingram and the New Orleans Pelicans part ways?

The New Orleans Pelicans will see the contract that binds them to Brandon Ingram, one of the most important players on their roster, expire during the upcoming offseason. Despite this, the franchise apparently has no plans to offer the former Los Angeles Lakers player a contract extension, according to a report by Evan Sidery. Ingram would be eligible to sign a four-year, $208 million deal, but the Pelicans are reportedly leaning in another direction.

The NBA Insider journalist also adds that the franchise would be inclined to target Trey Murphy III at the wing position, a player who could sign a $20-$25 million annual contract with the Pelicans (he is also expiring). The New Orleans Pelicans, with the money saved from Ingram’s contract, would seem to be intent on adding another superstar to Zion Williamson.

Los Angeles Clippers plan to extend Ty Lue’s contract

The Los Angeles Clippers are considering offering a contract extension to coach Tyronn Lue to prevent him from entering the final year of his current contract in the 2025-26 season. ESPN reports.

Lue is considered a possible candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach position and other potential destinations.

Despite the Clippers’ defeat in Game 6 against the Mavericks, which ended their season, the club’s management expresses a strong desire to keep Lue as coach for the long term.

This year, the Clippers finished the regular season with a 51-31 record, finishing fourth in the Western.

76ers and Magic among teams reportedly interested in Paul George

Espn’s Ramona Shelbourne in a recent podcast talked about the future of Paul George, who, unlike Kawhi Leonard, has not agreed to a contract extension with the Los Angeles Clippers and therefore will become a free agent at the end of the season.

“There’s two teams that are paying very close attention to Paul George: the Orlando Magic and the Philadelphia 76ers, because both of them have the money to throw at him and have a need for a wing just like him, a veteran guy.”

The 9-time All Star, who tonight in Game 6 will try to close the series between the Clippers and Mavs, finished the regular season with 22.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

LeBron James: I’m not going to answer that

“I’m not going to answer that.” Thus LeBron James after the Los Angeles Lakers’ elimination from the race in the 2024 NBA Playoffs.

The question, of course, is whether Game 5 with the Denver Nuggets was his last outing in the yellow and purple jersey.

Stephen A Smith on Devin Booker: He wanna be in New York

According to Stephen A. Smith Devin Booker would like to move to the New York Knicks.

“[Devin Booker] might deny it, I haven’t spoken to him. I’m just telling you the scuttlebutt in the NBA circles is that brother wanna be in New York.”

Kevin Durant eligible to extend with Phoenix Suns beginning July 8th

Kevin Durant has the option to extend his contract with the Phoenix Suns during this offseason starting July 8th.

Durant could tack on an additional season worth just under $60 million for the 2026-27 season, by which time he will be 38 years old. He will turn 36 at the start of September’s training camp.

Together, Durant, Devin Booker, and Bradley Beal will earn approximately $150 million in total for the 2024-25 season.

Phoenix Suns to evaluate coaching situation

After being eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs, the Phoenix Suns are considering a change in technical leadership, both in terms of replacing coach Frank Vogel and possibly making changes to his staff.

Less than a year after Vogel was hired to replace Monty Williams at the helm, expectations were high, especially with the arrival of Kevin Durant and stars Devin Booker and Bradley Beal.

However, the team struggled with injuries and compactness, finishing the regular season with a record of 49-33.

According to Shams Charania and Doug Haller of The Athletic, discussions are ongoing about the future of the coach and his staff.

Paul George Expected to Re-Sign with Clippers Amid NBA Free Agency Speculations

Multiple NBA sources anticipate that Paul George will re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, despite having the option to become a free agent this offseason. According to a report by Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, while the Philadelphia 76ers are expected to have significant cap space in July, earmarked potentially for George, the consensus among sources is that he will stay with the Clippers. This comes in a context where the free-agent market is perceived as weak, positioning Andrew Wiggins as possibly the best available wing for Philadelphia.

George, alongside teammates Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook, forms a formidable core for the Clippers, who are currently engaged in a playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, with the series tied 1-1. Now in his fifth season with the Clippers, George averaged 22.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game in the regular season, shooting 47.1% from the field and 41.3% from three-point range.

The Clippers have never reached the NBA Finals in their franchise history, but with their current lineup, they have a solid chance this season. Their immediate challenge is to handle the Mavericks in Dallas in the upcoming games. George, a nine-time NBA All-Star and six-time All-NBA selection, continues to chase his first NBA championship ring, with indications pointing towards his continued commitment to the Clippers as he pursues this goal.

JJ Redick in the mix for the Charlotte Hornets’ bench

JJ Redick in the mix for the Charlotte Hornets’ bench. Shams Charania reports.

15 years in the NBA behind him, a Duke product, Redick has become a popular TV commentator in recent years. Now talks with the Hornets for the big jump.

Detroit Pistons targets Tobias Harris for off-season

Tobias Harris’ journey with the Philadelphia 76ers seems to have come to an end, as many fans hope.

Several NBA executives believe it is likely that Harris could end up with the Detroit Pistons in free agency, even if he has other offers.

Harris, a 13-year veteran with career averages of 16.3 points and 6.2 rebounds, has not made the impact he hoped for in Philadelphia, and could be blamed for an early exit from the playoffs this year.

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Klay Thompson’ negotiations update with Golden State Warriors

Despite desires from teammates and staff for Klay Thompson to stay, there appears to be no significant progress in contract negotiations with the Golden State Warriors.

Following the 2023-24 NBA season, which ended for the Warriors with a play-in loss to the Sacramento Kings, Thompson is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer after the last year of his five-year, $190 million contract signed in summer 2019.

According to ESPN’s Zack Lowe, there have been no “substantive” talks for months between Thompson’s camp and the team, despite interest from other teams in free agency.

The negotiations have reportedly been a burden for Thompson, as noted by ESPN’s Kendra Andrews last November, which might explain the absence of in-depth discussions.

How might a new contract for Thompson be structured? Lowe suggests that Jrue Holiday’s four-year, $135 million extension with the Boston Celtics could serve as a framework for a deal between Thompson and the Warriors.

While it seems unlikely that Thompson will play elsewhere next season, there is still a possibility that both sides may not come to an agreement. With NBA free agency beginning on July 1, Thompson and the Warriors have about two and a half months to work something out.

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Troy Weaver to stay with Detroit Pistons as GM

A shake-up at the Detroit Pistons. The franchise is searching for a new President of Basketball Operations, but will keep Troy Weaver in the executive ranks as GM.

Weaver was hired by the Pistons in 2020 after a long stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder.