Rumor Roundup: Love, Knicks, Pelicans

Kevin Love could return to the Cavaliers as soon as this weekend.

We’re less than a month away from the start of the NBA playoffs. I know, hard to believe, isn’t it?

But let’s focus on today, with a look at the latest news, views and moves from around pro hoops:

Per ESPN: “As Kevin Love nears a comeback from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, the Cavaliers’ All-Star forward says he is mindful of the ripple effects his return could cause after a month out.”

Love to reporters, via ESPN: “I think it will be pretty easy for me to come back in, and I just don’t want to mess up any of the rhythm these guys have.”

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Barring something unforeseen, the Cavs’ roster will soon be whole.”

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Love and Kyle Korver both participated in Wednesday’s 20-minute practice at the Cleveland Clinic Courts, and Love put himself through a sweat-drenching 30-minute workout with the coaching staff afterward.”

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Neither Love nor Korver has been cleared to play, but both seem likely to return soon.”

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Tyronn Lue said unlike J.R. Smith, a starter who has been with the second unit since his March 9 return from December surgery on his fractured right thumb, Love will move into the lineup immediately.”

Lue to reporters: “When we get our whole team back, then that’s when I’ll probably start J.R. and Kevin together and get our whole rotation back, get our whole team back.”

Per Amico Hoops: “As expected, the Cavaliers have assigned Larry Sanders to the Canton Charge of the D-League.” (Full report.)

Per Amico Hoops: “The Cavs and Sanders want Sanders to spend time with the Charge to help him get into game shape and work on his timing. After all, when you’re a 6-foot-11 shotblocking machine, timing is everything.” (Full report.)

Per the New York Post: “Iman Shumpert didn’t know he was in basketball hell until he stepped into heaven.”

Per the New York Post: ““I was hurt when I got traded,” Shumpert told HoopsHype, which interviewed numerous players on how it feels to be traded at mid-season. “It was a deflating feeling, especially with that season that we were having. I felt like I didn’t get a chance to help get us out of the hole.”

Per the New York Post: “But his moment of remorse was short-lived — once he realized he was joining LeBron James and a championship-caliber Cavaliers team.”

Per ESPN: “Jeff Hornacek doesn’t believe anyone will lose their job in the wake of the Knicks’ disappointing season: ‘No, we’re all going through this. Every single guy, every single coach, every part of management, everybody’s to blame. We’re all in it together. I don’t think there’s been any other talk of anything so we try to do the best we can.'”

Per the New York Post: “Pacers point guard Jeff Teague, among the array of marquee free-agent playmakers available in July, admits he once hoped to get traded to the Knicks from Atlanta when GM Steve Mills inquired back near the trade deadline in early 2014.”

Per the New York Post: “However, Teague indicated the triangle offense isn’t well-suited for a penetrating point guard like himself and Knicks incumbent Derrick Rose.”

Per the New York Post: “Teague has never been an unrestricted free agent and may consider doing a tour, though he’s a native son of Indiana.”

Per The Associated Press: “A year after being fired, Derek Fisher is back in NBA arenas at the TV table. What he really wants is to be back in the coaching box.”

Fisher on coaching, via The Associated Press: “There’s no question I’ll be back at it at some point.”

Per the Sporting News: “Alvin Gentry has declared this a crucial week for the Pelicans, and that might be an understatement.”

Per the Sporting News: “A league source told Sporting News that though no definite decision has been made on the future of the tandem of Gentry and general manager Dell Demps with the Pelicans, failure to secure that playoff spot (which has been all but lost) or at least to show ‘significant progress with this roster as it stands’ likely will move the Pelicans to oust Gentry. Demps is more likely to stay, but that’s not a certainty, either.”

Per the New Orleans Advocate: “Hollis Thompson, whose second 10-day deal is expiring, will not be picked up by the  for remainder of season, league sources say.”

Per the Chicago Tribune: “The Bulls at least resembled a playoff team in one regard Wednesday night: Coach Fred Hoiberg finally shortened the rotation.”

Per the Chicago Tribune: “As for the playoff push, well, that hit another speed bump as the Grizzlies posted a 98-91 victory, the Bulls’ sixth loss in seven games. And the Bulls can only hope they have Dwyane Wade healthy moving forward.”

Per the Chicago Tribune: “Wade exited with 8 minutes, 35 seconds remaining after getting tangled up with Zach Randolph on a rebound and spraining his right elbow. He wore a sling afterward and will undergo an MRI exam Thursday morning.”

Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said he is still evaluating the backup point guard position behind starter Dennis Schroder.”

Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “The Hawks acquired Jose Calderon earlier this month, and the veteran has been the backup the past four games. Malcolm Delaney served as the backup all season, but did not play in those four games.”

Per The Undefeated: “With John Wall and the Wizards 13-5 since Jan. 1 and 2½ games behind the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference race, D.C.’s team could be a real title contender.”

Per The Undefeated: “Wall sat down with The Undefeated to talk about his Wizards, his improved relationship with fellow star teammate Bradley Beal, his old Kentucky teammate DeMarcus Cousins, being a dog breeder after basketball and much more.” (Full report.)

Per Nets.com: “Archie Goodwin isn’t wasting any time on his 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, as Goodwin was practicing at HSS Training Center with the team on Wednesday afternoon.”

Nets coach Kenny Atkinson on Goodwin, via Nets.com: “He’s the profile we’re looking for: Young, talent, hasn’t found his footing in the league yet.”

Per CSNNE: “Guerschon Yabusele, selected by the Celtics with the 16th overall pick in last June’s NBA draft, will watch tonight’s game after arriving in the States earlier this week following the completion of his season in the Chinese Basketball Association.”

Per CSNNE: “Austin Ainge, Boston’s director of player personnel, said Yabusele will be evaluated by the team’s medical staff this week. If that goes well, Yabusele will play with the Celtics’ Gatorade League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.”

The Grizzlies have assigned center Deyonta Davis to the Iowa Energy, per the team.

Per The Step Back: “The Austin Spurs have waived forward Cory Jefferson. Hearing he could be signing in the Philippines.”

Per the D-League: “The NBA Development League today announced that Rio Grande Valley Vipers guard P.J. Hairston has been suspended for five games without pay for violating the terms of the league’s Anti-Drug Program.”

Per Big3.com: “Fresh off the announcement that the BIG3 will get underway at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on June 25, the professional 3-on-3 league has announced another big name acquisition with the signing of the legendary Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving as a coach.”

Per Big3.com: “Erving will round out the league’s eight team coaches, joining the ranks of Allen Iverson, Charles Oakley, Gary Payton, George Gervin, Clyde Drexler, Rick Barry, and Rick Mahorn.”

Per ESPN: “Ohio State 7-footer Trevor Thompson told ESPN he will forgo his final season in college.”

Per The Associated Press: “Marcus Keene, the nation’s leading scorer, is entering the NBA draft, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday.”

Per The Associated Press: “North Carolina State big man Omer Yurtseven is declaring for this summer’s NBA draft.”

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