We all heard the preferred destinations for Kyrie: the Timberwolves, Spurs, Knicks, and Heat. If it was up to Kyrie, the Knicks are the front. He strongly prefers to be in New York, close to where he grew up and went to high school in New Jersey as sources said: “I got a phone call, and the voice on the other end of that phone call is a trustworthy person. And he was saying to me that Kyrie Irving very badly wants to be a New York Knick. Kyrie Irving wants to come home.” The Cavs are interested in trading for Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, but usually those hypothetical trades are not without Kevin Love. A straight-up Irving-for-Anthony trade would work financially, but would leave the Cavs with a lack of guard depth. The Knicks are reportedly willing to trade Anthony for Irving, but wouldn’t consider dealing big man Kristaps Porzingis. Meanwhile, Anthony is clear in his desire to join the Houston Rockets, and play with Chris Paul and James Harden. And in the end everything depends on Anthony’s willingness to waive his no-trade clause.
Russell Westbrook had a monster season and on the wings of the MVP campaign he feels he can climb on the top of the world. The Thunder want to reward his effort and commitment. The man who set the NBA record for triple-doubles in a season, has been offered a five-year extension by The Thunder that would likely pay him more than $200 million on top of the $28.5 million he’s owed for next season.
Fred Katz of The Norman Transcript on this subject said: “The extension would kick in for the 2018-19 season and would be the largest possible maximum contract a team could offer Westbrook, starting at 35 percent of the salary cap with eight percent raises in each of the four seasons beyond that. The most recent 2018-19 salary cap projection was $102 million — though that number can come down. The cap is $99.3 million this year. Either way, the proposed extension would likely earn Westbrook more than $200 million over five years on top of the $28.5 million he’s already owed in 2017-18. Yet, the reigning MVP has made the Thunder wait almost a month, already. And it could end up being longer — maybe forever, though the organization remains cautiously optimistic about the prospects of Westbrook signing for the long term before the start of the season.” The date that the Thunder are expecting is October 16th and no other team can offer Westbrook as much money or as many years if he chooses to become a free agent at the end of the season. If Westbrook doesn’t sign the extension, the Thunder will have to play next season with the possibile risk of George and Westbrook leaving next summer.
Don’t get confused by the headline, “Warriors sign Cleveland!”. Golden State agreed to sign former Southeast Missouri wing Antonius Cleveland to a training camp contract. He played with the Blazers in summer league and has a chance to make the Warriors. The Warriors and Cavaliers have battled each other in the last three NBA Finals, so the irony of the Warriors signing a player named Cleveland wasn’t lost on social media: “When Antonius Cleveland becomes an NBA champion next year it will be the closest the Cavs will get to winning another title…”; “Cleveland. This is for you. *hands championship ring in 2019 season opener*…”.
In addition, the Warriors have gathered the band back together. JaVale McGee is the latest member of the Golden State Warriors to choose a return to the Bay and will join Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Zaza Pachulia and David West as players the Warriors were able to persuade to stay with the franchise. He averaged 6.1 points and 3.2 rebounds for the title-winning Warriors. With him, the Warriors complete their 15-man roster.