Rich Paul Rumors
Andy Larsen: Some color on the Trey Lyles contract: Lyles’ agent is Rich Paul, LeBron’s agent. Jazz/Lyles mostly agree on amount: 120% of rookie scale. But Jazz have written in some extras with past rookie contracts, like summer league assurances, etc. They want to do that with Lyles too. I’m told that negotiations between Lyles and Jazz are indeed occurring, they’re not at a standstill. But both parties want minutiae right.
Matthew R Tynan: My guess: It’s Splitter and CoJo. Rich Paul (CoJo’s agent) can get a deal done with the Spurs, then they’ll work out a sign-and-trade. Jeff McDonald: We’re told Cleveland is shopping for a scoring point guard, which Cory is not. LBJ/agent angle an interesting one.
The Cavaliers coaches, front office and players love Tristan Thompson because he’s one of those guys who’s energetic, hustles, rebounds, plays defense and doesn’t need plays called for him. Those guys are valuable. How valuable? Thompson turned down an extension just before this season began. Don’t forget, Thompson’s agent, Rich Paul, is also LeBron James’ agent, and if James wants Thompson on the team, the Cavs will cough up the necessary dollars.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN on SiriusXM NBA Radio: I think he’d still be there. LeBron definitely wanted to play with Kevin Love, but remember, Wiggins was not mentioned in the LeBron letter. And on July 7th, the Cavs felt like, if they signed LeBron, they would just keep Wiggins, that they wouldn’t trade him for Love. If Love really wanted to play in Cleveland, he could’ve come there as a free agent next summer. By July 10th or 11th, once LeBron had gotten there, all of a sudden, Wiggins was in the deal. So, you can draw your own map from there. People can deny it from now until those guys retire, but I know exactly what happened. I saw the roadmap. If Wiggins had signed with LeBron’s agency, then Wiggins would have been in the letter. If Wiggins would have been having a relationship with LeBron in the weeks leading up to the draft, then it would have been a no-brainer.