The Cavs are paying James’ Klutch Sports clients Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith for significant deals, and those contracts won’t easily leave the Cavaliers’ books. The Cavaliers have a singular tradeable asset, and it’s Kyrie Irving. Which he knows because Cleveland had included him in trade talks around the NBA draft, league sources told ESPN. Long before Irving voiced his desire to be moved, Cleveland had considered the possibility, too — and perhaps did so with a nod from James.
A couple of agents I spoke to at NBA Summer League last week said they would not encourage their clients to sign two-way contracts this coming summer. Their pleas, in some cases, will fall on deaf ears, while other agents don’t have the same negative feelings about it. Still, even some team employees will admit that the contracts may not be as player-friendly as they seem.
“If I were an agent, I’d be trying to convince players not to sign those,” one Western Conference team executive told me. Of course, that didn’t stop his team from already signing one player to such a deal.
However, agent Happy Walters said the Mavericks have yet to come up with a realistic contract offer. “We’re very disappointed with where things stand,” Walters said. “Nerlens loves Dallas and spent June there working out, but we’re still waiting on a serious offer.”