The Orlando Magic are giving strong consideration to a big change in their front office, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN that Magic general manager Rob Hennigan’s job is under threat at season’s end in the wake of a fifth straight non-playoff season since he was hired.
May 28, 2017 | 9:56 pm EDT Update
LeBron James was asked Sunday to compare the threat the Warriors present to all the other challenges he’s faced in his career. “It’s probably up there,” James said after Cavaliers’ practice. “I mean, it’s up there. Obviously, I’ve played against four Hall of Famers as well too with Manu (Ginobili), Kawhi (Leonard), Tony (Parker) and Timmy D (Tim Duncan) on the same team. And if you add Pop (Gregg Popovich) in there, that’s five Hall of Famers.”
LeBron James: “So, it’s going to be very challenging. Those guys are going to challenge me. They’re going to challenge our ballclub. This is a high-powered team and I’ve played against some other (stiff competition). I’ve played against Ray (Allen), KG (Kevin Garnett), Paul (Pierce), (Rajon) Rondo and Doc (Rivers). So, it’s going to be very challenging not only on me mentally, but on our ballclub and on our franchise.”
“I only play blackjack in Vegas anyway, so it doesn’t matter,” James said of the Las Vegas sportsbooks doubting the Cavs’ chances. For the record, James feels quite confident about evening his career Finals record to 4-4 with a win over Golden State. “I feel good about our chances,” James said. “Very good.”
McDermott, who has one year left on his rookie contract and will be a free agent next summer – said he’d “love to be” in Oklahoma City for the long haul. But he doesn’t want to just play for the Thunder. He wants to make plays for the Thunder. And that’s part of the reason why he’s spending so much time in his new city this summer.
McDermott’s chief regret, he said, is that the trade didn’t happen earlier in the season. “I’ve always really loved the Thunder,” said McDermott, who grew up in the Midwestern college towns where his father, Greg, coached basketball, and rooted for the team from the time it relocated from Seattle to OKC. “I always wanted to play here.”
May 28, 2017 | 5:23 pm EDT Update
The Spurs are reportedly exploring the feasibility of a massive acquisition of Paul, but the odds of the stars aligning for San Antonio reportedly aren’t realistic according to Adrian Wojnarowski, who appeared on CBS Sports Radio on Sunday with Gary Parrish to discuss where Paul might land.