Rumor Roundup: Cavs, Sanders, Williams

Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert has been drawing interest from other teams.

The Mavericks would make a trade of guard Deron Williams to the Cavaliers for guard Iman Shumpert, but only if the Cavs included a draft pick, a league source told Amico Hoops.

Several reports have said the Cavs have an interest in Williams as a potential reserve point guard/playmaker.

Here’s much more from around the world of pro basketball:

Per ESPN: “The New York Knicks continue to pursue Kevin Love in advance of the Feb. 23 trade deadline despite the Cleveland Cavaliers’ unwillingness to part with the All-Star forward in a deal for Carmelo Anthony, according to league sources.” (Full report.)

Per ESPN: “Sources said the Cavaliers, meanwhile, do maintain an interest in Anthony — which would pair him with Cleveland star and close friend LeBron James — but only if a deal can be struck without the league’s reigning champions surrendering Love.” (Full report.)

Per Amico Hoops: “Without Love, the Knicks would likely want a package centered on center Tristan Thompson. But then they’ll realize there’s nothing the Cavs could pair with Thompson to make it worth dealing Anthony … so the talk will always turn back to Love. That’s usually when the Cavs hang up.” (Full report.)

Per Amico Hoops: “But some have suggested Anthony would be a better fit next to James and Kyrie Irving.” (Full report.)

Per Amico Hoops: “Whoever helps the Cavs defend their crown is who James wants the most. ‘That’s all that matters to me,’ he told reporters at shootaround prior to Wednesday’s game vs. Minnesota. ‘I got no personal problems with nobody.'” (Full report.)

Per ESPN: “The Knicks and Clippers realistically have no choice but to find a third team if they hope to make a deal happen, which would put longtime friends Anthony and Chris Paul on the same team.” (Full report.)

#Cavs will also be bringing in at least one free agent BIG for workout, although it’s not been determined who at this point.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue to reporters, via Amico Hoops: “It’s a step in the process. We’re looking at trying to get better. Not sure if it’s a point guard, not sure if it’s a playmaker, not sure if it’s a big.” (Full report.)

Per ESPN: “As for that workout between Mario Chalmers, Lance Stephenson, Jordan Farmar and Kirk Hinrich, a team source told ESPN it was ‘likely’ the team would sign one of the four.” (Full report.)

Per ESPN: “However, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue opened the door to the possibility of Cleveland also working out free-agent big men to fill its 15th and final roster spot.” (Full report.)

Per Cleveland.com: “Of course,” James Jones told cleveland.com when asked about whether Chalmers would be a good fit. “I played with him and I won with him. I won championships with him and usually under pressure is where you can learn the most about a person and see how they deal with adversity so of course (he’s a fit).” (Full report.)

Per Cleveland.com: “Chalmers has ties with players in the locker room, brings feistiness on the defensive end that has been missing in the absence of Matthew Dellavedova and has already proven he can run a championship team.” (Full report.)

Per ESPN: “The Wolves game, Cleveland’s third win in its past four, showed that that message from David Griffin wasn’t just pie-in-the-sky talk. It is possible that the guys already on the Cavs roster will do much more toward getting this team on track than any addition.” (Full report.)

Per Amico Hoops: “Entering the night, Andrew Wiggins was 0-4 against the team that drafted him No. 1 overall back in 2014, losing by an average of 17.5 points. Well, make it 0-5, as Wiggins and the Wolves tumbled by 28.” (Full report.)

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “LeBron James’ trophy shelf is about to get a bit more crowded. The Akron native is the recipient of the NAACP’s Jackie Robinson Sports Award.” (Full report.)

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Lue will have his No. 10 jersey retired Thursday at Nebraska, where he played collegiately for three years. Lue starred for the Huskers from 1995-98, leading them to the 1996 National Invitation Tournament championship and the ’98 NCAA Tournament. He still ranks on the school’s top 10 list for points, assists and steals.” (Full report.)

Per Yahoo Sports: “Nearly one year after telling The Vertical that he would pursue a return to basketball eventually, former Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders has ramped up his efforts to return to the NBA by hiring representation and starting team visits.” (Full report.)

Per Yahoo Sports: “Sanders has hired agent Joel Bell and has started meeting with NBA teams, including, league sources said, a visit with the Boston Celtics last week. He has three additional team visits scheduled, league sources said. For NBA teams searching for frontcourt depth and rim protection, Sanders could become an option.” (Full report.)

Per the Sporting News: “The assets being overlooked in discussing potential Celtics deals, though, are the draft-and-stash players the Celtics selected last year when they had three first-rounders and three second-rounders. As much as the Celtics’ trove of picks in the next two years, NBA sources said, it is those players who are attracting pre-deadline attention.” (Full report.)

Per the Sporting News: “The prize of the group so far has been 20-year-old center Ante Zizic, who began the season playing for Cibona Zagreb in Croatia, where he starred, but moved on to play for Darussafaka in Turkey, a step up in competition level.” (Full report.)

Per the Sporting News: “It was assumed that Zizic would play a limited role for his new team — headed by former Cavs coach David Blatt — but he has already made an impact, and has gotten minutes as a starter.” (Full report.)

Per the Miami Herald: “An NBA official in touch with Miami’s front office said the Heat has explored trading Derrick Williams to create a roster spot for Okaro White, the 6-9 forward who has regularly been receiving late-game minutes since joining the Heat on Jan. 17.” (Full report.)

Per the Miami Herald: “Washington is among the teams believed to have interest if Williams is released, according to a Williams associate. It’s also possible that he could be claimed or acquired via trade by a team that hasn’t reached the league-required cap floor: Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Denver, Utah, Phoenix or Minnesota.” (Full report.)

Per Basketball Insiders: “The Detroit Pistons are exploring the trade market on centers Aron Baynes and Boban Marjanovic, league sources told Basketball Insiders.” (Full report.)

Per Yahoo Sports: “The heavy lifting in Portland will likely occur in the summer and not at the trade deadline.” (Full report.)

Per Yahoo Sports: “Faced with the prospect of having the top payroll in the NBA next season, Portland will have the opportunity to shed contracts this summer when their own players have less money and years remaining on their deals.” (Full report.)

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

Per The Undefeated: “Kings guard Garrett Temple suffered a partial tear of the left biceps femoris muscle (hamstring) and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.”

Former NBA guard John Jenkins has joined the Westchester Knicks of the D-League, per D-League Digest. Jenkins was picked up by Westchester off waivers.

Former Cavaliers and D-League guard Stephen Holt is nearing a deal with CEZ Nymburk of the Czech Republic, per Amico Hoops.

Former NBA swingman Sonny Weems has been released by Maccabi Tel-Aviv of Israel, per Amico Hoops.

Former D-League guard Rashad Anderson (UConn) has agreed to a deal with Israeli club Hapoel Haifa, per Amico Hoops.

Former Kansas guard Elijah Johnson has agreed to a contract with Istanbulspor of Turkey, per Amico Hoops.

Cavs handle Wiggins, Wolves yet again

Wednesday’s News

According to USA Today, Mavericks point guard Deron Williams is among those on the Cavs’ radar.

Per USA Today: “The Cavs could take the trade route too, of course, and they are known to have inquired about the Mavericks’ Deron Williams. The 32-year-old, three-time All-Star is in the final year of his deal ($9 million), and it’s worth noting that Dallas has shown interest in the Cavs’ Iman Shumpert previously when he was a free agent (he’s owed a combined $31 million for this season and the next two, with a player option for 2018-19).” (Full report.)

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “LeBron James has history with both Chalmers and Stephenson. He was teammates with Chalmers in Miami — Chalmers was often the target of James’ lashings. Now he’s trying to return to the NBA after about a year away to rehab from a torn Achilles.” (Full report.)

Per USA Today: “The question going forward is whether any of these candidates fit what Cleveland is looking for. Going into the workout, it should be noted, there are some close to the process who don’t believe it’s a lock that any of these particular players will be signed.” (Full report.)

Per USA Today: “In terms of the discerning crowd on hand, Coach Tyronn Lue is expected to be front and center when it comes to the workout and the decision.” (Full report.)

Per Cleveland.com: “A source told cleveland.com that ‘everything was on the table’ as the Cavs try to bolster their forces.” (Full report.)

Per Amico Hoops: “The Cavaliers also have an interest in free agent forward Josh Smith and perhaps big man J.J.Hickson, league sources informed Amico Hoops.” (Full report.)

Free agent guard Norris Cole has drawn interest from the Nuggets, Nets, Jazz and Cavs, per Amico Hoops.

Per the Associated Press: “A day after LeBron James called him a ‘hater’ and dug up some of his personal history, TNT analyst Charles Barkley says he stands by his criticism of the Cavaliers’ star player.” (Full report.)

Per the Associated Press: “I stick by what I said, I’m not going to make this personal … he was all whiny last week,” Barkley said on the Waddle & Silvy show on ESPN Radio on Tuesday. “… I’m good and I’m straightforward, I’m never going to get personal on an NBA player.” (Full report.)

Per ESPN: “Dwyane Wade, when asked about LeBron’s comments about Barkley: ‘Thank God [James] finally said something. LeBron, a lot of guys take a lot of shots at him, for whatever reason. He’s always been [a focal point like], all of the great players in the game. He just has kept his mouth closed, continued to focus on what he need to. But it’s about time he said something. Guys ride him, especially ex-players.'”

Per Arizona Sports: “The Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings have had discussions about a trade involving All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins according to Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro.” (Full report.)

Per Arizona Sports: “Gambadoro reports the discussions have centered around involving small forward T.J. Warren, center Alex Len, Phoenix’s first-round pick this year and possibly more.” (Full report.)

Per CSN Mid-Atlantic: “While a defensive center such as Larry Sanders is on the open market, he’s on the Wizards’ radar but only if Ian Mahinmi isn’t able to return from platelet-rich therapy in both knees, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com on Tuesday.” (Full report.)

Per CSN Mid-Atlantic: “Sanders, who attended Virginia Commonwealth, has family in the D.C. area and reached out to Wizards point guard John Wall recently, but isn’t scheduled for any workouts.” (Full report.)

Per the Boston Herald: “With less than three weeks remaining before the Feb. 23 trade deadline, the Celtics are very much players in the transaction game. In addition to holding assets that other clubs covet, their stockpile of picks and high-quality complementary players also makes them valuable third-party participants to facilitate the deals of others.” (Full report.)

Per the Boston Herald: “We’ve been told that, while Doc Rivers said everything is on the table as he tries to improve the club, he wants to maintain his four-man core of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick.” (Full report.)

The Knicks should trade Carmelo Anthony and buy out the contract of Derrick Rose, per an opinion piece in The Washington Post.

Per Bleacher Report: “The Bulls may have enough time to get their house in order with Jimmy Butler locked in. But if they’re looking to make a change — and if Butler decides he won’t find happiness in Chicago over the next three years — would the Lakers be willing to give up a piece or two of their youthful core to get a deal done?” (Full report.)

Per the Boston Herald: “If the Bulls do seriously entertain offers, they’re going to want a package that gives them players to keep them afloat in the playoff picture now while setting them up for a quicker rebuild — read: Nets pick. (And wouldn’t it be fascinating if one of the facets by which the Celts can land Butler involves taking back Rajon Rondo’s contract.)” (Full report.)

Per Bleacher Report: “The Lakers should at least inquire to see if players like Stanley Johnson, Nerlens Noel, Troy Daniels, James Ennis, John Henson, Jeremy Lamb, Cameron Payne and Ben McLemore are available.” (Full report.)

Per Basketball Insiders: “Last week, while the Magic were in Boston, there were reports of trade interest involving Magic big man Nikola Vucevic. Sources close to the situation from both sides indicated that there were some conversations between the two teams, but nothing ever materialized, and the talks were more exploratory in nature, dismissing the idea that anything involving Vucevic heading to the Celtics was actively under consideration.” (Full report.)

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

Per Hoops Rumors: “The National Basketball Players Association has published the league’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement on its website, making the entire 598-page document available for public consumption. You can find it right here, alongside the previous CBA.” (Full report.)

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1 Comment on "Rumor Roundup: Cavs, Sanders, Williams"

  1. IMHO Williams for Shump would go down as one of the worst trades in Cavalier’s history. AND there’s been a lot of dumb moves since the 1970s. Shump is THE guy on D. Maybe in the PO LeBron takes it up like 10 notches and is at least as good as what Shump is for the this Cavs team, but right now, the leader on D is Shump. Take that away and the Cavs look like the bottom end of the East’s top 8.

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