A look at the latest news, moves and views from around pro hoops:
Per Cleveland.com: “After the Cavs lost their ninth game in 15 tries Monday against the Spurs, 14-year vet James Jones spoke in the locker room, asking rhetorically what the players really wanted out of this season, a source told cleveland.com.”
Per Cleveland.com: “Neither LeBron James nor Kyrie Irving barked at teammates in the locker room, the source said, though the source confirmed what Irving said Monday — that the losing and the travel have frayed nerves.” (Full report.)
Per Cleveland.com: “Cavs’ LeBron James still dealing with his eye issue. Kept watering during media availability and couldn’t look up because of camera lights.”
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “LeBron had head down during shootaround interview because TV lights bothering him. Still issue from scratched cornea last week.”
#Cavs Kyrie Irving already here at United Center, putting in on-court work with Phil Handy, before team shootaround.
— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) March 30, 2017
Per Amico Hoops: “The Cavaliers enter Thursday’s game at Chicago (8 p.m., TNT) not having done those things too well lately. Hence, they enter Thursday at Chicago with three losses in four tries.” (Full report.)
Per Amico Hoops: “As LeBron James indicated, that is not ‘Cavaliers basketball.’ As Kyrie Irving insisted, that is not how the Cavs won the championship last season — and it’s certainly not the way to go if they want to win it again.” (Full report.)
Sam Amico discusses the Cavs’ latest struggles in this interview with 92.3 The Fan.
Per Amico Hoops: “So far, Larry Sanders has been more valuable to the Canton Charge. Both the Cavs and Sanders really want that to change by the time the playoffs arrive in a few weeks. Sanders proved as much on his Twitter account Wednesday.” (Full report.)
The Pelicans have signed guard Quinn Cook to a second 10-day contract, per the team. Cook had been with the Canton Charge and is the reigning D-League Rookie of the Year.
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) March 30, 2017
Per the Chicago Sun-Times: “Dwyane Wade could put away his sneakers and call it a season. He could shake hands with his teammates, thank his fans one more time and ride off toward the summer.”
Per the Chicago Sun-Times: “Instead, the 35-year-old future Hall of Famer is determined to return in the playoffs, provided the Bulls make it that far.”
Per the Chicago Sun-Times: ‘‘He’s been shooting,’’ Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said of Wade. ‘‘He’s just got a little bit of soreness and stiffness after, but they want him out there testing it. It’s a work in progress.’’ (Full report.)
Per the Chicago Sun-Times: “The Bulls will try to extend one of the most bizarre streaks in sports when they host the Cavaliers. Since Feb. 28, 2013, the Bulls have won 19 consecutive regular-season home games broadcast by TNT. Their last home loss on a TNT broadcast was Feb. 21, 2013, against the Miami Heat.” (Full report.)
Per ESPN: “While Kevin Durant empathizes with fans over the controversy about NBA teams resting star players, he doesn’t see why commissioner Adam Silver is seeking to get team owners involved.”
Per ESPN: “The truth about it is, it’s only for a couple of players in the league,” Durant told ESPN. “They don’t care if the 13th man on the bench rests. It’s only for like LeBron [James], Steph [Curry], [James] Harden, Russell [Westbrook]. It’s only for like five players. So you want a rule just for those five players?” (Full report.)
Per ESPN: “NBA’s independent doctor concluded Joakim Noah’s physically able to play. 20-game suspension started Wednesday. He’ll miss the first 12 games in 17-18.”
Per ESPN: “Indiana Pacers, Lance Stephenson agree to 3-year, $12 million deal, league sources tell ESPN. First two guaranteed. Team option on third.”
The Suns have signed swingman Jarell Eddie to a second 10-day contract, per the team.
The Bulls have recalled guard Cameron Payne from the Windy City Bulls, per the team.
Payne was instrumental in last night’s win, scoring a team-high 20 points to go along with nine assists, five rebounds, and five steals.
The Rockets have assigned Troy Williams and Isaiah Taylor to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, per vthe Houston Chronicle.
The Raptors have recalled Bruno Caboclo and Pascal Siakam from Raptors 905, per the team.
The Mavericks have signed rookie forward Jared Uthoff to a multi-year contract, per the team.
Per Yahoo Sports: “Oregon State University sophomore Drew Eubanks is declaring for the 2017 NBA draft. Eubanks, a 6-foot-10 center/forward, won’t hire an agent for now but will test the draft.”
Per InsideMDSports: “Melo Trimble is leaving Maryland. The Terps’ junior point guard has decided to forego his final year of college eligibility and declare for the NBA Draft, multiple sources confirmed to InsideMDSports.” (Full report.)
Ohio junior guard Jaaron Simmons has declared for the draft but will not hire an agent, per the school.
Per ESPN: “Providence forward Rodney Bullock will declare for the NBA Draft, but will not sign with agent, source told ESPN. Testing waters.”
Xavier junior guard Edmond Sumner has declared for the draft.
LIU Brooklyn freshman guard Jashaun Agosto has also declared for the draft.
Per ESPN: “When asked Tuesday morning, James Harden said the voters should consider the ability of MVP candidates to play an entire season. Harden and Russell Westbrook are the only two legitimate MVP candidates who have played every game.”
Per ESPN: “If the Rockets sit Harden on Thursday night at Portland, it won’t be because he needs the rest. His wrist is bothering him, and giving him a day off when the Rockets’ No. 3 seed in the Western Conference seems secure could be the best move. Yet Harden said he is against it.” (Full report.)
Per Cleveland.com: “University of Akron athletic director Larry Williams was already deep into his search Wednesday morning for the Zips next men’s basketball coach. Even as he was jumping from airplane to airplane returning from Georgia to Rhodes Arena, his attention was focused on Keith Dambrot’s replacement.”
Per Cleveland.com: “Eric Reveno is now a possibility on Williams’ growing lists of candidates, along with former Zips player and assistant coach Cornel Mann, plus current assistant and former Akron player Ricky McFadden.” (Full report.)
Per Cleveland.com: “Dambrot was 3-6 in MAC Final games. It’s stunning he made nine trips to the MAC Finals in his 13 seasons as the head coach of the Zips.”
Per Cleveland.com: “Holding the 3-6 record against him misses the point of how hard it is to reach the MAC Finals. He didn’t use these exact words, but I sensed Dambrot was wondering what else he could do at Akron.” (Full column.)
Per Cleveland.com: “Jeff Boals just finished his first season as head coach at Stony Brook. Lamont Parris is the associate head coach at Wisconsin in the Big Ten. A phone call to one or both would be expected.”
Per Cleveland.com: “After that, the options for Williams could be many. Former Wright State coach Billy Donlon, now at Michigan, is a possibility, along with another former head coach, Dane Fife, now an assistant at Michigan State.” (Full report.)
UCLA assistant Ed Schilling is among those under consideration to fill the coaching void at Miami of Ohio, per Amico Hoops. Schilling played at Miami next to former NBA guard Ron Harper in the 1980s.
Former NBA guard Marcus Williams has agreed to a contract with Cholet Basket of France, per Amico Hoops.
Former D-League swingman Mario Little has agreed to a deal with Maccabi Ashdod of Israel, per Amico Hoops.