According to a Cleveland source close to the situation, several of the Cavaliers who had been prodding Butler to push for a trade from the Bulls the last five days were now warning him to stay away from a suddenly volatile situation. With the ouster of Cavaliers general manager David Griffin on Monday, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love could be headed for an unforeseen early breakup.
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Through back channels, Irving let it be known that he’d be interested in coming to Chicago. Clearly the asking price for Irving would be too rich for the Bulls, so a third team would have to be brought into the mix. “Jimmy wants to win, period,’’ a source said. “Whatever it takes to get that done.’’
Jeff Zillgitt: The Jimmy Butler to Cavs deal is unlikely at this point, I’m told.
Sources told ESPN on Tuesday that the Cavaliers have been notified that Butler hopes to stay with the Bulls and would be reluctant to commit his long-term future to Cleveland. Butler, sources said, remains intent on trying to lead the Bulls back to Eastern Conference prominence.
David Aldridge: Per source, Jimmy Butler has informed Cavs that he wants to stay in Chicago rather than be traded to Cleveland.
Former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin left for his successors potential trades to bring either Chicago’s Jimmy Butler or Indiana’s Paul George to the team, sources told cleveland.com, and one or more deals Griffin constructed could happen without him. In either case, a third team would be involved and would take All-Star forward Kevin Love in exchange for the mix of picks and role players the Bulls and Pacers seek to rebuild in the event they choose to deal their franchise player.
Former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin left for his successors potential trades to bring either Chicago’s Jimmy Butler or Indiana’s Paul George to the team, sources told cleveland.com, and one or more deals Griffin constructed could happen without him.
In either case, a third team would be involved and would take All-Star forward Kevin Love in exchange for the mix of picks and role players the Bulls and Pacers seek to rebuild in the event they choose to deal their franchise player.
Among the options Griffin presented to owner Dan Gilbert and front office personnel still in Cleveland involved Phoenix, which owns the No. 4 pick in Thursday’s draft.
According to multiple sources out of Cleveland, not only have Cavaliers players – including LeBron James and Kyrie Irving – been reaching out to Butler directly and through back channels over the last five days to gauge his interest, but liked what they heard back from the Bulls three-time All-Star. One of the sources indicated that Butler would even push his front office to get the deal done, which is a huge change of direction for Butler, who has told both general manager Gar Forman and VP of basketball operations John Paxson numerous times over the last year that he didn’t want to be traded.
Marc Stein: League sources say the Cavs, until this wild turn, spent much of the day trying to assemble a Jimmy Butler trade. Unclear what happens now.
It’s believed that the Cavaliers, by offering All-Star forward Kevin Love, could recruit a third team that would supply the sort of young players and/or draft picks sure to be more appealing to Chicago than the limited trade assets on Cleveland’s roster.
Marc Stein: The Cavaliers, per league sources, have been working today on assembling multi-team trade scenarios to try to acquire Chicago’s Jimmy Butler. K.C. Johnson: Suns would be possibility for 3rd team.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Chicago’s price for Jimmy Butler remains elevated, but Minnesota has assets and interest. Sides made preliminary contact this week.
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October 22, 2017 | 5:00 pm EDT Update
It’s clear Russell Westbrook is adjusting and adapting to George and Anthony. Westbrook has repeated through the years that he just “reads and reacts” and that “the game will tell you what to do. It’s the same thing [as last season],” Westbrook said. “Basketball’s been the same for years. It’s still the same game. Obviously different players, but the game still tells you what to do. If you need to score, you score, if not, you don’t. It’s very simple. I just play my game, man. And like I said, the game will tell you what to do regardless of who shoots. Doesn’t really matter to me.”
“He’s trying to figure out how he can best work in the entire group,” coach Billy Donovan said. “He’s really, really an unselfish person and an unselfish player. Because what he’s doing right now is saying, ‘OK, how do I help the group? How do I make the group better? What do I need to do?’ And I think he’s just working through trying to figure that out. “I think with this group he’s trying to figure out what the best way he can help the team reach its potential, and that’s a process he’s going through,” Donovan said. “He’ll come out of this game, he’ll learn, he’ll figure out something new, and he’ll be able to apply it to the next game, the next practice.”
October 22, 2017 | 3:36 pm EDT Update
Kristaps Porzingis started off like ‘the Unicorn’ in his first two seasons. Then he faded into mortality in the final months, largely because of fatigue or physical ailments. “I was like a rabbit,” he said. “I was doing all kinds of stuff. Running all day. They were killing me, putting things on (my chest), taking blood.”