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There was also the game in Toronto around New Year’s when Love pounded the bench and momentarily pulled himself from the game. According to sources close to Love, that was a breaking point, letting his trade desire be known to those around him. That moment also led to Love being fined and lashing out at Beilein and the organization for the improper way the fine was delivered.

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The Bulls’ motivation, sources say, was split. After two days of meetings, they thought they were in competitive position with Bosh and Wade. They were not as sure about James, even as some rivals feared that Chicago was in pole position to steal him from Cleveland. Nonetheless, with owner Jerry Reinsdorf’s blessing, the Bulls got to work on finding a path to land all three. They tried to move Deng to the LA Clippers, sources say, but were turned down. They talked to Toronto about a sign-and-trade for Bosh — the Raptors began discussing Deng’s fit and possible parameters of a deal, sources say — to leave room to sign Wade and James.
Obviously, the regime could try to swing a trade. But given what Karnisovas has said publicly and his leaguewide reputation as an observer who likes to form substantive relationships to demand accountability, it certainly sounds like he and Eversley plan to try to put the young talent on this roster in a better position to succeed this season before making any potential substantial changes. Both executives have stated that the Bulls underperformed last season and that they like the young core of talent. So that appears to be the master plan for now — see how the young players perform next season with an increased emphasis internally on player development and perhaps either a new offensive system, new coaches or both.
Chris Bosh: If we didn’t win, we would have been the laughing stock of the sports world. We would have been one of the most under-achieving teams in the history of the NBA. Some of us might even have been traded. I still remember standing in the huddle at the end of the game. Everyone was quiet. Thousand-yard stares. The trophy was being wheeled out. They started putting up ropes around the court. Even some of our fans headed for the exits, because The Spurs were up by five with 28 seconds left. D’s knee was hurt. We were a few missed shots away from losing it all. I remember thinking, “Holy shit. Oh no.”
Chris Bosh: If we didn’t win, we would have been the laughing stock of the sports world. We would have been one of the most under-achieving teams in the history of the NBA. Some of us might even have been traded. I still remember standing in the huddle at the end of the game. Everyone was quiet. Thousand-yard stares. The trophy was being wheeled out. They started putting up ropes around the court. Even some of our fans headed for the exits, because The Spurs were up by five with 28 seconds left. D’s knee was hurt. We were a few missed shots away from losing it all. I remember thinking, “Holy shit. Oh no.”
Paul George explained why he left the Indiana Pacers in a Knuckleheads podcast with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles. George suggests the best power forward in the NBA in 2017 wanted to join the Pacers to play with George. “I ain’t gon’ say the names, because I’m going to keep their business private, I’ma just say it like this,” said George. “I had at the time, the best power forward saying he wanted to come to Indy and team up with me. “They’re like, ‘we’re a mid-major, we’re a small market, like, we can’t do it, we’re a small market, we can’t afford that.’ I’m like the best power forward wants to come play here, like, y’all can’t make that work? They didn’t want to do it.”
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George was disappointed that the Pacers didn’t want to make the move that he thought would improve their team. “So I’m like, now I’m pissed, because it’s like, what am I doing here? You know what I mean? They don’t want to win. I’ve got the best power forward that wants to come play here. Not everybody chooses Indy to come play here.”
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Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose part of Pistons' future?

A fresh chapter in Detroit Pistons franchise history is set to be written next season, but new general manager Troy Weaver still sees veteran stars Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose as part of the “plans going forward.” Griffin, 31, is coming off left knee surgery after playing in just 18 games this season. “I’m excited about having the chance to work with Blake,” Weaver, a longtime Oklahoma City Thunder executive, said Monday at his introductory news conference. “Obviously, being in Oklahoma City for the last 12 years, I remember Blake quite well, playing at OU and his family being around there, being from Oklahoma City. So, I’m very familiar with Blake.
Let’s be clear — that is all on the Raptors, from Larry Tanenbaum to Peddie to former general manager Glen Grunwald. Still, Carter did have legitimate power. Even if he could not swing ownership and management in the directions he wanted, such as the hiring of his childhood idol, Julius Erving as GM instead of Rob Babcock, he still had a voice. And, most of all, his game. “(Babcock) thinks (Carter’s) not part of going forward with Bosh. (Carter) is injured. He’s not engaged,” said Peddie, who has repeatedly taken the blame for the hiring of the late Babcock. “The general manager thinks he can do better, puts together that trade. I honestly believe, and I don’t know this with certainty, that Vince wanted out as well.”
He sidestepped Thompson’s question about whether he asked for a trade, but it was an indirect “yes.” Claiming he was an innocent bystander in the trade ignores the whole reality of the NBA, even 16 years ago, that star players have ample leverage within organizations. That went for Carter in Toronto, too. The Raptors catered to extensively to him as his stardom rose. “You start kind of giving into ideas,” said Richard Peddie, the former Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment chief executive officer and Raptors president. “You give his mom a parking spot. (No players on the Maple Leafs or Raptors) had spouses who had parking spots. You give him his own security guard. … I used to joke he was in the fan-prevention department, because (Vince) wasn’t good in public. And then you let him go to his graduation, which I wasn’t a fan of. You’re giving into this guy, and it’s not good for Vince, either. It really isn’t. You don’t do that stuff.”
Nothing has changed on the Love front. Even though he was peeved at various points this season — openly pouting, venting and verbalizing his misery — that was during a time when Beilein was still around and the team looked like a dumpster fire. Love has a phenomenal relationship with Bickerstaff that goes back to their days in Minnesota. Bickerstaff will have a better understanding of how to keep Love engaged and happy.
Would Love still prefer to play for a contender? Of course. It’s incredibly challenging to go from four years of chasing titles to two straight of chasing lottery ping-pong balls. The Cavs being more competitive, just as they were in the 11 games under Bickerstaff before the league shutdown, helped. How the Cavs start 2020-21 — if Love is still on the roster — will be key. But enough has changed since his desire to be traded that it won’t be harmful to keep Love around and the veteran won’t force his way out.
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Those are the kinds of numbers the Cavs continue to focus on. They see plenty of value in keeping Love, whose bloated contract, injury history and age play into being the centerpiece of trade chatter. If the Cavs get what they deem a fair offer, they will pursue some combination of draft picks and young players — as unrealistic as some NBA officials consider that demand. That’s the rub. The Cavs’ view of Love doesn’t align with the rest of the league. Until that gap narrows, Love is likely to stay in Cleveland.

Leon Rose not sold on Kevin Knox's game?

Rookie president Leon Rose, who has not spoken to the media since his hiring, is not sold on Knox and desperately wanted to see him in the now-scrapped final 16 games, sources told The Post. “He’s had people question his desire, question his toughness, question his defense, question his shooting,’’ Payne said. “In my opinion, great players, good players in the NBA, it’s not can he shoot, defend, rebound. It’s about if he’s secure and comfortable doing it, getting him more comfortable. Getting him in a more aggressive mindset to do it is more important.’’
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That puts Griffin, who has another guaranteed year left on his contract and a player option worth nearly $39 million in 2021-22, in an awkward position. He’s the franchise player, but is also 31, coming off of season-ending surgery and likely exiting his prime years. How does he fit into Detroit’s plans? “That’s up to the front office,” Griffin said in a video conference call Thursday. “Depends on what they want to do and how they want to go about it. At a certain time, at the right time, I’ll have those conversations.”
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He appears to be at peace with the possibility of remaining in Detroit for the long haul. Griffin said as long as he’s here, he’ll do whatever the franchise asks. “If I’m on the Detroit Pistons, I’m doing everything I can to prepare to play for them and win games,” Griffin said. “That’s just how you’re wired to play as far as what we do in the offseason, what we’re going to do next year, that’s going to be up to them. Whenever the time is right, we’ll have that conversation.”

Damian Lillard thought he would be traded to Knicks

When the season shut down, the Trail Blazers were in ninth place; if you move up to eighth, you could play the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. You want that? Damian Lillard: Of course. I think we could beat them. As a Knicks fan, I wish you would come here. Madison Square Garden is so great. Damian Lillard: I thought I was headed there a few years ago; I was hearing trade rumors. The Garden is my favorite place to play.
Shams Charania on Jrue Holiday: There was a lot of talk around the league that he did not want to be in New Orleans and as the trade deadline near he let New Orleans know that, ‘I do not want to be moved, I’d rather stay here see and this thing through’ and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that they really started to play well and then Zion Williamson’s return was right around the corner. That’s why I think this finish for New Orleans is going to be so important. Can they get in the playoffs? What damage can they do?
Shams Charania on Jrue Holiday: There was a lot of talk around the league that he did not want to be in New Orleans and as the trade deadline near he let New Orleans know that, ‘I do not want to be moved, I’d rather stay here see and this thing through’ and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that they really started to play well and then Zion Williamson’s return was right around the corner. That’s why I think this finish for New Orleans is going to be so important. Can they get in the playoffs? What damage can they do?
One league source told The Chronicle that many on the team were far more upset about Robinson being traded than with D’Angelo Russell getting dealt to Minnesota the next day. In addition to being a steadying locker-room presence, Robinson was an above-average defender who could knock down the open 3-pointer and find open driving lanes.

Knicks open to trading Julius Randle

Are the Knicks looking to trade (Julius) Randle this offseason? Doesn’t seem like he fits with RJ or LaMelo [Ball] (fingers crossed!). — Allan Guce Undoubtedly the Knicks are open to it. His contract for next season ($18.9 million) is manageable but the downside is he will count $4 million on the 2021 cap if they don’t exercise his team option after next season. The 2021 free-agent class is golden. Randle had his moments as a double-double force and is still early in his prime. But Randle’s defense is below average and it’s been reported here his knack of over-dribbling frustrated some teammates, including RJ Barrett. And a bigger disappointment was Randle lost his magic from the 3-point line (27.7 percent). As David Fizdale noted recently, the Knicks could use a 3-point shooting stretch 4. Someone like, say Kristaps Porzingis.
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But the dynamics surrounding that situation were very challenging for all involved, with Gobert’s and Mitchell’s relationship extremely strained as a result and executives all around the league wondering if it might lead to a break-up of some sort down the line. (Gobert, for the record, is owed $26.5 million on the final season of his deal in 2020-21.) What happens next will certainly play a part here when it comes to these uncertainties about the Jazz’s future.
Mark Medina: If Chris Paul gets traded, that’s when you start to kind of pull some of the planks off the wall and start to sell off your spare parts. I think it’s much more likely that Chris Paul plays next season in Oklahoma City. I would guess that Chris Paul plays next year in OKC. And again, the caveat there is that somebody comes in and offers a first round pick for but like, I don’t know if that’s gonna happen.
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