The Miami HEAT announced today that they have acquired guard Brian Roberts from the Charlotte Hornets in a three-team trade involving Chris Andersen. In exchange for Roberts, Miami will send Andersen and two conditional future second round picks to Memphis and the Grizzlies will send Courtney Lee to the Hornets in exchange for PJ Hairston and two future second round picks.
Mario Chalmers: I hate to see my homie c Lee go. But welcome my homie my championship patna the one and only BIRDMAN. The package deal is back together again. Watch out
Sam Amick: Charlotte's 2nd-rounders that go to Griz in Mem-Miami 3-way, I'm told, are theirs from 2018 & Brooklyn 2019 2nd. @Adrian Wojnarowski had deal.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Miami will send Chris Andersen to Memphis in deal too, sources tell @The Vertical
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Miami will send two future second-round picks to Memphis as part of 3-team deal, although one is heavily protected.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Memphis is trading Courtney Lee to Charlotte, sources tell @The Vertical
Rick Bonnell: Source confirms @Charlotte Hornets are acquiring Courtney Lee from Grizzlies. First reported by @Adrian Wojnarowski
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: As part of Lee deal, Charlotte sending Brian Roberts, PJ Hairston and two 2nds to Memphis.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Charlotte's Brian Roberts will move to Miami as part of three-team deal with Charlotte and Memphis, sources tell @The Vertical
We hear Miami simultaneously has been aggressively trying to trade salary at the end of its bench, primarily Chris Andersen and Jarnell Stokes, because it wants to lessen its luxury tax burden. Miami knows it has a better chance to dump Stokes (earning less than $1 million) than Andersen ($5 million). Dealing Stokes without taking a player (or money back) would also open a roster spot.
Andersen has played the fewest minutes of the three --- just 33 --- but hasn’t complained. Everyone, including the Andersen camp, is aware that Miami would love to move his $5 million salary to substantially lessen its luxury tax payment. But the Heat hasn’t found a taker.
May 18, 2022 | 11:07 am EDT Update
While Doncic is fighting to push the Dallas Mavericks to the next level in the playoffs after triumphing over the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference semifinals, Real Madrid is back in Belgrade to compete for the “Undecima.” And Blancos coach Pablo Laso broke down what makes his former wunderkind so special.
“Luka has been a great player since he arrived at Real Madrid when he was 13 years old,” Laso said in the opening presser for the EuroLeague Final Four. “But he’s also been a great person since that day. That made him so big. When people talked about the NBA and how he’s going to play there, I didn’t have any doubts. No doubts that he’s going to play good. Because probably the best thing he has a person, and for sure as a player, is that he’s able to adjust in any situation. And that’s something that you have to have as a person. And Luka has it.”
A Mark Cuban and Lil Wayne feud is one of the main storylines of the NBA playoffs? That seems to be the case as the Mavs owner and famous rapper have exchanged NSFW blows with one another on social media. Cuban’s dog in the fight is that he is obviously the owner of the Dallas Mavericks. However, Lil Wayne was cheering for the Suns and is a friend of Chris Paul. Lil Wayne had previously called out Mavs star Luka Doncic during the Suns and Mavs series.
Cuban responded by referencing a lyric from one of Wayne’s albums after Dallas embarrassed Phoenix in Game 7. “It’s a sh*t show, put you front row.” Lil Wayne responded to Mark Cuban with a now deleted Tweet. However, the message read as follows: “Mark Cuban don’t make me get u smacked boy U playing w me?? I will piss in ya fkn mouth ho.”
May 18, 2022 | 10:54 am EDT Update
But even some of Spoelstra’s closest friends had never seen him like that, not just the emotional outburst in the huddle but the dark brooding he did for the rest of that quarter, almost stopping coaching as he managed the fury. For Butler, three seasons’ worth of give-and-take with Spoelstra finally led to finding the line. It wasn’t just that moment with Butler verbally shoving back at his coach; it was a long buildup. “Spo was exasperated,” one team source said.
Even Butler, who sometimes seems to actually enjoy creating conflict on his team, wondered whether this was a breaking point, sources said. Two days later, after Spoelstra missed a game because of an unrelated personal matter, he returned, reset and ready. Butler was relieved, so was the rest of the team, and everyone started over, because at the end of the day and the end of the season, Butler is worth it. What he brings, especially in a playoff setting, buys him more leeway. It’s the NBA way — always has been, and always will be. It’s a little tougher at times for the Heat, an organization that thrives on holding players to high standards and not being afraid to attack problems, but it’s true just the same.