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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May 23, 2018 | 10:22 pm EDT Update
Melissa Rohlin: Kevin Durant on not being in the running for the MVP award: “It’s all good. I wasn’t expecting it.”
Melissa Rohlin: Steph on Dray being named to 2nd Defensive team: “I don’t know advanced analytics but, to the eye test, he’s still as dominating a force on that end as he was last year or the year before. A lot of that is mostly he wasn’t talking about it as much this year as he was last year.”
May 23, 2018 | 9:14 pm EDT Update
Six-time All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire said on Wednesday that he’s considering a return to the NBA. Stoudemire, 35, retired from the NBA in the 2016 offseason and last played professionally in Israel in 2017.
In an interview with The Michael Kay Show on ESPN 98.7 FM, Stoudemire said on Wednesday that he’s in great shape and training as if he were returning to the NBA. When asked if it were accurate to say that he is contemplating an NBA comeback, Stoudemire said, “That would be reality.”