For the teams looking to add Irving, locking him in before camp opens gives the acquiring team the best chance to fill in their roster around a ramped-up plan that includes Irving. League sources continue to label the Suns as the team with the right assets to obtain Irving, but they remain reluctant to include rookie Josh Jackson or third-year stud Devin Booker in any conversation. Jackson became trade eligible last week and recently joked at the Panini rookie photo shoot that he’d heard the rumors, but if it were going to happen, it would have happened by now.
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There were reports this week which pegged the Clippers as Irving’s latest team of choice, however, a league source said recently that without the inclusion of a third team, there didn’t seem to be a combination of assets the Clippers had that could compete with anything currently being linked to Irving. While Irving may have preferences where he ultimately lands, he does not have much leverage in where the Cavs ultimately trade him.
Vecsey said around the around one-hour-and-13-minute mark of the podcast that he has been told the Cavaliers point guard would like to play for the Los Angeles Clippers. Reporters have previously mentioned the Clippers “made an effort” for Irving. Vescey, who recently returned to NBA reporting and mentioned this in his recent Patreon column as well, indicates that Los Angeles is his preference. “He loves L.A. and he’s been working out there a lot this summer. Do they have the assets they get him? I don’t see how. But they also have Jerry West and he’s been able to figure out before … the Lakers didn’t have the assets to get Shaq and he wheeled and dealed and figured out and they got him … he was able to get Kobe for Divac in the draft.”
Brad Turner: Clippers did due diligence and talked to Cleveland about trying to acquire Kyrie Irving, but LA doesn’t have assets to get deal done, source
Brad Turner: Clippers found out Cavs want veteran starter, young player on rookie contract and draft picks, per source. Clippers don’t have that.
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Evan Fournier on trade rumors: I don’t care. I was already traded once from Denver to Orlando and it happened overnight, when there were no rumors. There are teams that are interested in me, it’s not that I’m going to leave, it’s a chess game, and as a player you do not control anything, so I ignore everything.
“It sounds kind of weird,” says Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, describing what it’s like to coach Ginobili in his twilight, “but it’s sort of a melancholy joy, and thinking that maybe every arena he steps into may be the last time I’ll see him in that arena.”
“I always make sure I touch him before every game,” says Popovich, “and remember what he’s meant to us over the years and how significant a factor he’s been in our success. I think I’m probably enjoying it more than ever, because I feel I’m about to lose him.”
Without the band, Nogueira hoped to revisit the bass class this season. He lamented that it didn’t make sense given how often the team has been on the road. “I live music 24 hours,” Nogueira said. “I try to live like a musician, but I don’t make money from it. Every day I’m studying different songs. Like, I like to pay attention to instruments. Like, this is what I’m looking for. I love it so much, music. I wish, one day, if I retire from basketball, to start, like, a career in music. This is my goal that I have.”
“It’s a Drake city,” Nogueira said. “Everywhere you go, it’s Drake, Drake, Drake. And I like some Drake songs and Drake is a very nice guy and he’s very talented. But you know, he’s Canadian, he’s so famous, so everywhere you go, they’re playing Drake. Actually, I don’t know any bar that’s like, oh, that bar plays rock.”
“One of the bands that I love so much and Canadians, people hate: Nickelback,” he said. “I don’t understand why people — because Canadian people, when you’re famous, they support you so much. They love to support famous Canadians. And I don’t understand because I grew up thinking Chad Kroeger is amazing, I love him. And when I came to Canada, people are like, ‘You like Nickelback?’ And everybody starts laughing in my face.”