NBA rumors: Isaiah Hartenstein would like to re-sign with Cavs

Hartenstein has always been a basketball nomad — and he’s still living in a hotel. He has U.S. and German passports. Perhaps the March 25 deal will give him a home. “So far everything has been good,” Hartenstein told cleveland.com in a phone interview a few days before suffering a concussion during a 119-110 loss to the Washington Wizards on April 25, sidelining him for seven of the last nine games. “Can’t really say what’s going to happen in the future, but I hope we can renegotiate something this summer and I can grow with the young guys. I think that would be a good experience.

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“In the NBA, you never know. Even if you sign for a longer term, you can get traded any day. I thought Denver was going to be a longer home. I think it kind of worked out for us both. In the long term, being here would be good, but it just has to make sense to do it. I hope we can get something done this summer.”
Teams were interested in adding him before the “Bubble,” league sources said. Hartenstein wasn’t eligible. But when free agency came around, the Nuggets were among many suitors. Portland, Cleveland, New Orleans and Washington were all interested in acquiring the mobile 22-year-old 7-footer, according to league sources. He’d shown flashes but hadn’t had a sustained opportunity.
Michael Singer: Source: Nuggets have ongoing interest in C Isaiah Hartenstein. The 7-footer was with the Rockets for the last two seasons.
Orazio Cauchi: A couple of Euroleague clubs are monitoring the situation of German big man Isaiah Hartenstein, I've been told. The player was recently waived by the Rockets after averaging 4.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game this season.
Alykhan Bijani: Isaiah Hartenstein on IG #Rockets pic.twitter.com/206KjqNd3e

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Mark Berman: According to NBA sources the Rockets will sign 7-foot center Isaiah Hartenstein today. Played for Vipers in G League last season.
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Conley would certainly command less than the approximately $34 million he made this season but could still be in line for a big pay day despite his age given that he was named an All-Star this season for the first time in his career. “Obviously I can’t speak, look into the future what exactly will happen,” he said. “It’s actually like my first time being a real free agent, so it’ll be interesting, but I did love it here and we’ll see what happens.”
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Celtics player told Blake Griffin not to come to Boston?

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Walker maintained his professionalism throughout the season but his health issues, the team’s poor performance and boos from TD Garden fans — something that particularly “pissed him off,” according to multiple sources — made him sour on his situation in Boston and had spoken privately about being willing to move to a new team. It had become clear he was not going to be in the team’s long-term plans.