The Cavaliers cruised past the Pistons and Larry Sanders even got to play.
I’ll have more on all that later as Amico Hoops sort of reinvents itself in preparation for the postseason.
In the meantime, here’s a look at the latest news, views and moves from around pro hoops:
Per Amico Hoops sources: Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver (sore foot) was itching to play vs. the Pistons — and would have suited up if it had been a playoff game. But the Cavs held him out mostly as a precautionary measure to give the foot another day to heal.
Korver could return for Thursday’s home game vs. the Jazz, sources said.
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Larry Sanders wasn’t supposed to play against the Pistons. But after the Cavs built a 74-48 halftime lead and pushed it to 104-70 after three quarters, Tyronn Lue sat his starters for all of the fourth.”
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “That’s when Lue decided he wanted to put Sanders in. But he said he had to get permission from general manager David Griffin. So Lue sent a ball boy to talk to Griffin at his seat in the risers behind the basket by the Cavs’ bench. Griffin’s response, ‘Two minutes,’ Lue said.”
LeBron on Sanders, to reporters: “We’re here to protect him, we’re here to be part of his comeback, to be a part of something he’s been wanting to do for quite a while now. We’re happy he chose us and it’s up to us to make sure this is everything he wanted and more.”
Per Cleveland.com: “Sanders’ comeback after a two-year hiatus from pro basketball is going to start in the D-League.”
Griffin on Sanders, to reporters: “We’re not in a situation where we need him to save us, so we get to get what we can from Larry. This is really about a long-term play, it’s about having somebody that potentially has great upside and somebody we’re excited about. Not somebody that we need to count on today, so it’s good.”
Per Cleveland.com: “Griffin said Sanders would play for the Canton Charge in the D-League Saturday and remain with them while Cleveland goes on a four-game road trip that starts Friday.”
Per ESPN Stats & Information: “LeBron notched his 10th triple-double this season as the Cavaliers handed the Pistons a 32-point loss (tied for Detroit’s 2nd-largest loss this season).”
Per ESPN Stats & Information: “James’ triple-double came in only 28 minutes and 24 seconds of playing time tonight — the fewest minutes he’s ever played in which he’s recorded a triple-double.”
These Warriors are not the same.
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) March 15, 2017
Per Bleacher Report: “When the Bulls hit the All-Star break as barely a playoff team with veteran leaders mouthing off in unsettling ways, Jimmy Butler’s name became one of the most prominently mentioned in trade talks around the NBA.”
Per Bleacher Report: “However, a league source familiar with Chicago’s strategy said the team was not initiating trade discussions about Butler but merely fielding calls. There was “absolutely nothing” the team even came close to considering, the person said.”
Per Bleacher Report: “A scout with a rival team told Bleacher Report he’s witnessed persistent episodes when Butler, Rondo and Wade have ignored plays Hoiberg has called.”
Per NetsDaily: “Brian Windhorst, speaking Tuesday, laid out three possibilities who the Nets might pursue: Kantavious Caldwell-Pope of Detroit, Otto Porter of Washington, both restricted free agents … and George Hill of Utah, who’s unrestricted. It’s the third time Windhorst has mentioned the 30-year-old point guard as a possible Brooklyn target.”
Windhorst on the podcast, via NetsDaily: “So, let me tell you what the executives are talking about. George Hill recently changed agencies and I’m not getting into the intricacies of this. Last year, a player, Allen Crabbe, changed agencies right before free agency and the next thing you know, he had a gigantic offer sheet from the Brooklyn Nets. The same agency represents Tyler Johnson in Miami. He got a huge offer sheet from the Brooklyn Nets.”
Per NetsDaily: “Windhorst emphasized the Nets interest in Hill is assumed by NBA GM’s and he has not spoken to the Nets.”
Per the Philadelphia Inquirer: “The Sixers gave the Warriors all they could handle.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr to reporters, via the Philadelphia Inquirer: “I love the way the Sixers play. I think they play a lot like we do, actually, with the ball movement, cutting and spacing. They’ve had all the injuries over the last couple of years and Brett [Brown] has kept them together and kept them playing hard and competing every night. It’s really impressive.”
Per Hoops Rumors: “Analytics in the NBA has come a long way. There was a time when basketball-lifers and number-guys were gridlocked in a duel for the future. Now, both sides have softened their stance and acknowledge that the process needs to be a combination of stats, scouting, and common sense.” (Full report.)
The Cavaliers have assigned rookie guard Kay Felder to the Canton Charge, per the team.
The Hawks have assigned DeAndre’ Bembry to the Salt Lake City Stars, per the team.
The Clippers announced they have recalled rookie forward Brice Johnson from the Salt Lake City Stars, per the team.
Former University of Akron point guard and LeBron high school teammate Dru Joyce has agreed to sign with FC Bayern Munich, per Amico Hoops. We will have more on this story, with comments from Joyce, later in the day.
Former NBA forward Josh Powell has agreed to a contract with Venezuelan club Trotamundos, per Amico Hoops.
Former West Virginia University center D’Or Fischer has agreed to a deal with Valmiera of Latvia, per Amico Hoops.
Former NBA and D-League guard Gerald Fitch has agreed to a contract with Quebradillas of Puerto Rico, per Amico Hoops.