Rumor Roundup: Cavaliers, Bogut, Ball

Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers face off with the Pacers once again.

What’s next for Andrew Bogut? What’s next for the Cavaliers? Both questions remained unanswered as of early Wednesday.

Still, there’s plenty of news, moves and views making the rounds in the world of pro hoops.

Let’s get right to it:

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Tristan Thompson had never helped an injured teammate off the court before.”

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “As demoralizing as the task was as Andrew Bogut put his arm around James Jones and then Thompson as he hopped to the locker room Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena, it also seemed appropriate.”

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “For fans, there could be a sense of ‘It’s just Andrew Bogut,’ with the presumption that the 7-footer might have been no factor if the Cavs reach the Finals again. But signing Bogut was more about Thompson than it was about Bogut.”

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Even before Bogut arrived, Thompson had been watching film of Bogut to learn how to become a better rim protector. Bogut had seen improvement.”

Per ESPN: “Bogut’s body wasn’t ready to celebrate, however. Just 58 seconds of playing time into only his second appearance since Jan. 29, the 32-year-old sprung out from the paint to the perimeter to try to close out on Heat forward Okaro White and his left shin crashed into White’s left knee.”

Per ESPN: The result? A fractured tibia. The recovery period? Even conservative estimates based on other NBA players who have suffered that injury are counted in months, rather than weeks.”

Per ESPN: “Bogut was an insurance policy. And now, likely, the Cavs will have to purchase an insurance policy for the insurance policy by waiving Bogut, eating the near $1 million cost his luxury tax-laden salary creates and finding another big man to invest $1 million into, just in case.”

Per Amico Hoops: “After seeing Bogut helped off the court with a broken leg, Kyrie Irving felt a shock wave go through the whole team. ‘It kind of took the wind out of our sails a little bit,’ he said.” (Full report.)

Per Amico Hoops: “However, when a reporter asked if it affected Cleveland’s championship chances, he balked. ‘We’re definitely still confident and always will be,’ Irving said.” (Full report.)

NBA insider Brian Windhorst explains why Bogut isn’t necessarily a big loss for the Cavaliers in this podcast from ESPN Cleveland.

Per “Much has been written (including in this space) about the rebuilding of the bottom of the Cavs’ roster, about their massive amount of depth, and the pending returns of Kevin Love and J.R. Smith.”

Per “As soon as Tyronn Lue gets himself healthy, he needs to figure out how to incorporate all those players into a logical rotation. Bogut was supposed to be another piece to that puzzle. Unless his recovery time is somehow shorter than expected, the Cavs will likely clear a roster spot to bring in yet another new player.”

Per “They want to continue to find rest for LeBron James and Kyrie Irving ahead of the playoffs, but as you already know, they’ve been unable to win a game when James doesn’t play dating back to last season.”

Per Waiting For Next Year: “The Cavaliers are quietly 2-4 over the last six games. Coincidentally, they’ve also been held under 100 points in four of those six games (0-4). This is fairly concerning. The Cavs look like great front-runners right now, but don’t know how to react when their shots aren’t falling.”

Per Amico Hoops: “There are still some playoff-eligible free agents who can help teams either make a push for the postseason, or assist contenders who are already guaranteed a spot.” (Complete list.)

Per the Dallas News: “Quinn Cook and Ben Bentil’s 10-day contracts were set to expire after Tuesday’s game. J.J. Barea’s impending return from a left calf strain would seem to make Cook’s status more tenuous.”

Per the Dallas News: “Rick Carlisle said before Tuesday’s game that no decisions had been made about Cook and Bentil and that it wasn’t appropriate to comment.”

Cook scored an NBA career-high 10 points Tuesday vs. the Lakers.

Per Sporting News: “It may be stupidity, but for NBA executives, especially those who would be eager to draft Ball, there is lingering consternation around dealing with Lavar Ball when you draft Lonzo Ball. Just how much drama comes with the Ball package? Does taking a guy averaging 15.0 points, 7.6 assists and 6.3 rebounds, a guy one scout called the first, ‘talented pure passer I’ve seen since Jason Kidd,’ come with risk of excessive interference from Pops?”

Per Sporting News: “It doesn’t help, all this stuff with his father,” one general manager told Sporting News. “I don’t know what is gained for the kid by putting that much pressure on him. Nobody from the league has been meeting with (Lonzo Ball) or anything, but that is going to be another thing to look at when it comes to due diligence before the draft. How does he handle his dad, is it just something he laughs about, or is it real pressure on him?”

Per ESPN: “The Pelicans are lining up guard Wayne Selden for a 10-day callup from the D-League.”

The Pelicans signed shooting guard Jordan Crawford to a 10-day contract Monday and he scored 19 points in his first game with the team.

Per Hoops Rumors: “After sending Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, and Langston Galloway to the Kings in their deal for DeMarcus Cousins, the Pelicans have experimented with a number of new guards on 10-day contracts. Hollis Thompson, Jarrett Jack, and Reggie Williams were the team’s original signees, and of the three, only Thompson earned a second 10-day deal. Jack suffered a meniscus tear, while Williams, whose 10-day contract expired overnight, apparently won’t be re-signed.”

Per the Sacramento Bee: “The word ‘tanking’ might as well be a profanity in the Kings’ locker room.”

Per the Sacramento Bee: “While losing helps the Kings keep their pick, the players don’t want to fail. So the players say, keep that tanking talk to yourself.”

Per the Sacramento Bee: “I think you’ve got to get in your mind, whatever you hear out there about the T-word, players don’t like that, you know what I mean?” coach Dave Joerger said. “Veteran guys that are here, they want to win every night.”

Per the New York Post: “Phil Jackson normally avoids the media like they are infected by a virus. Instead of inviting Steve Kerr to his office alongside the Knicks locker room, Jackson didn’t mind a public viewing.”

Per the New York Post: “This was one meeting, however, he should have kept private. With the three-year anniversary of Jackson’s return to the Knicks approaching in less than two weeks, it evoked another reminder of what could have been.”

Per the New York Post: “From the start of his presidency, Jackson couldn’t get it done. When Chasson Randle played last week in Orlando, it marked the 46th player to take the court for the Knicks during Jackson’s tenure. That doesn’t include Lamar Odom, Jackson’s very first signing on the last day of the 2013-14 season.”

Per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Terrence Jones had first practice with Bucks on Tuesday but most of regulars did not participate. Bucks play Knicks at home on Wednesday night.”

Per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Bucks coach Jason Kidd said F Michael Beasley will be out at least two more weeks and be re-evaluated at that time.”

Per Hoops Rumors: “Mark Cuban and the Mavericks have always been different. When everyone zigs, Cuban wants to zag—a practice that has contributed to his success in the business would.”

Per Hoops Rumors: “Dallas has employed that strategy with mixed results since he’s taken team control. However, the Shark Tank star is quick to tell people that the Mavs had a streak of 11 straight campaigns with at least 50 wins during his tenure as the owner of the franchise.”

The Lakers have officially hired former player agent Rob Pelinka as general manager, per the team.

Per the Los Angeles Daily News: “Once the Lakers announced the hiring on Tuesday, Luke Walton acknowledged feeling ‘excited’ and ‘coming in open minded’ about Pelinka working with Magic Johnson, the Lakers’ new president of basketball operations.”

Per the Los Angeles Daily News: “Johnson will have final say on decisions, while Pelinka will handle day-to-day negotiations and talent evaluation.”

The Cavaliers have assigned rookie point guard Kay Felder to the Canton Charge, per the team.

The Clippers have assigned rookie forward Brice Johnson to the Salt Lake City Stars, per the team. It is Johnson’s first D-League assignment of the season, notes the Los Angeles Times.

Per ZagsBlog: “NC State freshman Dennis Smith will declare for the NBA Draft. ‘There’s no question,’ source tells FanRag Sports.”

Per “Cleveland State men’s basketball coach Gary Waters has retired as head coach of the Vikings.”

Per “I want people to know the program is in good shape for the next head coach to come,” Waters said when contacted by The Plain Dealer Tuesday evening. “I’m proud to have taken the Vikings to the NCAA Tournament and getting a victory there.”

Per ESPN: “Youngstown State coach Jerry Slocum is stepping down, a source told ESPN.”

Former D-League power forward Jarrid Famous has agreed to a deal with Humacao of Puerto Rico, per Amico Hoops.

The Reno Bighorns have acquired forward Luis David Montero and a 2017 first-round draft selection from the Sioux Falls Skyforce in exchange for forward Kadeem Jack and the returning player rights to forward Vince Hunter.

Bogut leg injury likely to alter Cavs’ approach

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