HoopsHype Trade rumors

November 16, 2014 Updates

If Brewer winds up in Cleveland, he'd be reunited with Love, with whom he has a close relationship after their well-chronicled success on the fast break as teammates in Minnesota. Brewer ranked as one of the league's foremost scorers in transition last season on the end of Love's outlet passes. It's an open secret, furthermore, that the Cavaliers are looking to get stronger at shooting guard as well reduce LeBron James' minutes load, so Brewer would likely play multiple positions should the Cavs seal a deal for him. ESPN.com

“The two offers were (Lakers center) Andrew Bynum, and I was afraid of his knees, and Big Al — and then some draft choices and other throw-ins and stuff like that,” McHale said. “I liked Andrew Bynum as a player. I liked Al, because he was a better scorer, but when you looked at Bynum, I was just so afraid of his knees and all the stuff that goes with that. “I know what people say about me and Danny, but if you look at what the Celtics (offered), Al and the picks, it was the best of the offers that were out there. I was actually surprised in one way, because there weren’t many teams we could deal with.” That factor came into play last year when the Celts traded Paul Pierce and Garnett to Brooklyn in what ended up being a limited market. But in ’07, it caught McHale a bit off-guard. Boston Herald

“When I knew we were going to trade Kevin, of course, you call everybody, but so many teams were in different spots,” McHale said. “Well over 20 of the teams just said, ‘He’s not going to re-sign here. We won’t be able to keep him.’ Some teams didn’t have the assets, and some teams were just in a different spot, like, ‘We’re too young to take the guy.’ “So you only had four or five teams that actually fit the parameters of, ‘OK, we’re good enough, so we’re going to try to make a deal for the guy.’ Danny had gotten Ray Allen, and he needed another piece. The Lakers had Kobe (Bryant) and that whole group, so they had pieces. But it was pretty amazing how everything dried up, and all of a sudden you’re down to just a few teams. “I looked at our owner and said, ‘Wow, it’s amazing, because the guy’s a fantastic player.’ But when you start taking in $20-something-million dollars, and then you look to see where your team is at, it gets a lot harder. The market gets a lot smaller.” Boston Herald

Mark Cuban On turning around the Mavericks: “When I took over the team it was January of 2000. We were 9-23 and the general manager and coach at the time, Don Nelson — who came from the Knicks actually —said, ‘We can lose and try to get a good draft pick and da da da da da.’ As it turns out it was one of the worst drafts ever. I’m like, ‘No. At some point this team has to learn how to win.’ So we focused on winning and as it turned out, we had a nucleus of a great team. People just didn’t expect us to win, so the players didn’t expect us to win. So I walked in and said, ‘I expect you guys to win. We’re not going to mess around anymore. If you don’t lay it out, if you don’t put it all on the line, I’m going to trade your ass. And guess what? This is going to be a premier destination in the NBA. You can laugh because that’s what everybody did, but I’m going to kick everybody’s ass. They just don’t know it yet.’ ” Dallas Morning News

November 15, 2014 Updates

The Lakers have applied for a disabled player exception because of Nash’s absence, which would be worth about $4.9 million. Assuming the NBA approves it, it is unlikely the Lakers will use it to sign a player through free agency or trade. But the Lakers could seek to trade his expiring contract. “He’s probably going through a tough time to adjust as far as life without basketball at this particular point,” Scott said. “It didn’t upset me one bit. Hopefully I’ll reach out to him again and we can talk or I can get a return call.” Los Angeles Daily News

November 14, 2014 Updates
November 13, 2014 Updates

The Buss Family’s love affair with Bryant is well-known in NBA circles. “I don’t see them trading Kobe, not at all,’’ said one rival NBA team president. “The Lakers almost have to keep him, as much for business reasons as anything else, and I believe that’s what they’re going to do.’’ Forbes.com

The Lakers still made off with $122 million from their TV deal, the largest haul from a local TV rights holder in any U.S. pro sports league. And while their agreement with Time Warner provides them with three percent annual increases, how much more they make above that hinges on ratings. “Kobe brings eyes to the TV,’’ said the NBA team executive. “No, he’s not the same player he once was, but people are always going to watch Kobe Bryant.’’ Forbes.com

November 11, 2014 Updates

Phil Jackson can’t talk about Kobe Bryant because of tampering rules. But the Knicks President was asked about his former star guard amid rumors that Bryant could somehow land in New York given the Lakers’ disastrous start to this NBA season: “We just have to measure, always, what’s this team’s potential?” Jackson said Monday night about his thoughts on the Bryant rumors. “What is this group’s potential? What do we have in front of us as an organization? I always used to say, ‘General managers are thinking three to five years ahead, coaches are thinking one to three games ahead, that’s about as far as they can see.’ The Knicks Blog

“”If there is not a real opportunity for [Bryant] to win a championship there, the thought of him leaving may shock Lakers fans,” Fox said. “But I wouldn’t put it past him going in search of one or two more championships. Personally, I think it’s going to get done in New York. I really do. I just believe in Phil. I’ve been around him. I know Kobe has had his greatest success with Phil in a leadership capacity. So the reuniting of the two is not an unrealistic thought.” Los Angeles Daily News

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