Rumor Roundup: Cavs, Bogut, Blazers

Kay Felder and Jordan McRae are trying to do their part in the Cavaliers backcourt. AP)

LeBron James told reporters the Cavaliers need a veteran backup at point guard and the team, it seems, is likely to land one soon enough.

Per ESPN: “Veteran guards Jarrett Jack and Mario Chalmers and seasoned forward Carl Landry are among the NBA free agents who will be looking to make a comeback to the league early in 2017, according to league sources.”

Also per ESPN: “Jack, 33, and Chalmers, 30, figure to attract interest from teams looking for proven depth in the backcourt. The Cleveland Cavaliers, just to name one such club, lack an experienced backup to All-Star guard Kyrie Irving.”

ESPN added that former Cleveland State guard and current free agent Norris Cole is “another veteran guard who would be ready by next week. Cole is recovering from a hamstring injury.”

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “For as well as the Cavs are constructed – and this roster is a proven juggernaut when whole – it remains one-dimensional. It’s primarily a roster of shooters who do little else.”

Also per the Beacon Journal: “Maybe it was the cold medicine or the general aches and pains. Maybe it was the frustration of pulling within a point only to see it slip away. Maybe it was losing to good buddy Dwyane Wade again. Regardless, James seemed frustrated by the lack of bodies along with the lack of ball handlers.”

James also told reporters he isn’t sure if the Cavaliers’ longest road trip so far this season is coming at a good time.

James to the media, via Cleveland.com: “I don’t know if it’s going to be a good time or not until we know who’s active and who’s playing.”

Also per Cleveland.com: “Kyrie Irving has missed three games with what the team is calling tightness in his right hamstring. Kevin Love didn’t play Wednesday because he’s even weaker than he was Monday from food poisoning. J.R. Smith is out until maybe the end of March with the right thumb he fractured Dec. 20.”

Per NBA.com: “After returning from overseas, DeAndre Liggins went back to Sioux Falls last season. He earned a second Defensive Player of the Year award for the Skyforce, which won the D-League championship last season, and got on David Griffin’s radar. The Cavaliers almost signed him last year, but opted to go with veteran Dahntay Jones instead down the stretch and into the playoffs.” (Full report.)

It appears that even Andrew Bogut thinks Bogut will not be with the Mavericks for long. Per Hoops Rumors, the Mavs center told an Australian radio station: “Thankfully I’m a free agent here so I only have a couple of months more here and then will most likely move on. I don’t see myself hanging around with everything that’s gone on.”

Heat swingman Justise Winslow needs shoulder surgery and is likely out for the season, per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Per ESPN: “Coach Terry Stotts’ job is not in jeopardy, league sources told ESPN. Damian Lillard, the unquestioned leader of the team, has stressed player accountability. The organization isn’t panicking, believing that, when healthy, the Blazers will work their way back into the playoff picture.”

Also per ESPN: “A trade for Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins or disgruntled Philadelphia 76ers big man Nerlens Noel could help the team, but sources say they are not on Portland’s radar.”

Pelicans forward Quincy Pondexter will undergo knee surgery and miss the rest of the season, per the team.

In a Q&A with ESPN, Warriors forward Kevin Durant said he likes “to remain somewhat of a mystery.”

Here are the latest D-League assignments and recalls, per Hoops Rumors.

Benched Bulls guard Rajon Rondo said there was no “clear-cut message” following a meeting with team executives, per ESPN.

Teams can begin signing players to 10-day contracts Thursday. Hoops Rumors examines.

The 76ers have waived forward Hollis Thompson, per the team.

Former Ohio State forward LaQuinton Ross has agreed to a deal with French club Dijon Bourgogne, per Amico Hoops.

Ex-Kansas guard Elijah Johnson has agreed to a contract with Wuerzburg of Germany, per Amico Hoops.

Former NBA forward Hakim Warrick (Syracuse) has signed with Leones de Ponce of Puerto Rico, per Amico Hoops.

Former South Florida center Will McDonald has agreed to a contract with the Jiangsu Dragons of China, per Amico Hoops.

Former Robert Morris swingman Lucky Jones has signed with Greek club Promitheas, per Amico Hoops.

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The Knicks may be looking to acquire Suns forward P.J. Tucker, per ESPN.

Per the website: “The club is in need of tough defenders, and Tucker has earned a reputation as a strong defender over his five-year career. This season, he ranks 22nd among 80 qualified small forwards in ESPN’s defensive RPM. That might not seem like an elite measurement, but Tucker would certainly seem to be an upgrade for a Knicks club in need of one.” (Full report.)

The 76ers want to see how centers Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel fare together before making any sort of trade, per CSN Philly.

Sixers coach Brett Brown told reporters: “We want to see Nerlens and Joel a little bit. I think the Jahlil Okafor-Joel pairing we’ve seen. … I think it’s fair to say, mostly, there’s nothing 100 percent certain with all of this.” (Full report.)

The Sixers may be showcasing Noel for a trade with increased playing time, per NBC Sports.

The Sixers also have big plans for No. 1 overall draft pick Ben Simmons, per the Philadelphia Daily News.

Despite recent trade rumors, forward Paul Millsap says he would like to remain with the Hawks, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Hornets have waived guard Aaron Harrison, per the team.

The Pelicans have officially signed forward Donatas Motiejunas, per the team.

Here are the latest D-League assignments and recalls, per Hoops Rumors.

Hoops Rumors also examines traded draft picks for 2017. View it here.

Former NBA guard Gary Neal has been traded in the D-League and is now with the Texas Legends, per The Step Back.

The Heat’s priority this offseason will be to clear some salary-cap space, per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Per the newspaper: “While the Heat have attempted numerous times to unload Josh McRoberts’ contract, and while Dion Waiters’ opt-out is viewed as a mere formality based on the riches of the NBA’s new CBA, Willie Reed could wind up invoking his option, making him arguably more a part of the Heat’s future than the other two with player options.” (Full report.)

1 Comment on "Rumor Roundup: Cavs, Bogut, Blazers"

  1. Cavs are also in need of a Big. When you have the Champ playing Center as he did for a few minutes at a time, you know you need at least one, maybe two more bigs.

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