Cavs reportedly looking to sign Derrick Rose

Jeff Green, Jose Calderon, Kyle Korver and Cedi Osman. None of those are big names or big-money acquisitions, but they are all new additions to the Cavaliers roster.

They are reportedly on the brink of another acquisition, only this time, that acquisition is a legitimately big name.

According to ESPN, the Cavaliers are pursuing free agent guard Derrick Rose on a short deal.

Rose averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds as a member of the New York Knicks last season in 64 games, the second most he has played since the 2011 season.

The former MVP has also been in discussions with the Bucks, Clippers and Mavericks this offseason.

That won’t be the case in Houston, and the fact that Anthony is seeking out a situation in which he can team with two top-10 talents can only be taken as an indication that he is ready to reconfigure his game around D’Antoni’s style of play, which has more in common with Team USA’s offense than the offenses Anthony has been in for most of his career.

While Anthony’s problems with D’Antoni’s offense were well-documented, it should be noted that in 2011-12 (D’Antoni was let go with 22 games remaining), Anthony’s assist rate was 21.0 percent, second-highest of his career. He also attempted the most 3s he’d taken to that point in his career, a big step in his transformation as an outside shooter. No matter the D’Antoni-Anthony friction, the numbers show Anthony did make some adjustments to his coach’s style.

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Kyrie Irving’s trade request didn’t surprise Chauncey Billups

Chauncey Billups likely sensed Kyrie Irving’s unhappiness in Cleveland, but the reason for turning down an executive position with the Cavs was more complicated for the former Pistons star.

To an extent, Billups turned down the team president job in Cleveland for the same reason Irving wants to be traded.

Um, it was a unique experience. I went with no expectation, no view on what it’s supposed to be like. I usually go to places where I at least have a view in my head. India, I’m thinking I’m going to be around palaces and royalty and gold ā€” basically thought I was going to Dubai. Then when I landed there, I saw the culture and how they live and it was rough. It’s a country that’s 20 years behind in terms of knowledge and experience. You see cows in the street, monkeys running around everywhere, hundreds of people on the side of the road, a million cars and no traffic violations. Just a bunch of underprivileged people there and they want to learn how to play basketball. That sā€” was really, really dope to me.

His comments made headlines in The Indian Express, and the Financial Express, which claimed the NBA All-Star said nasty things about India. These articles, among others, spread across social media and sparked a bit of an outrage towards the NBA Finals MVP.

Less than a full day after his comments were made public, Durant released an apology. He felt people didn’t really understand the message he was trying to get across. Essentially they focused on certain parts of the quote while ignoring other parts.

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What happens when LeBron James hits free agency? NBA execs weigh in

Pop lovefest In January, James had this to say about coach Gregg Popovich: I think he’s the greatest coach of all time. And Pop had this to say about James: He is truly the king. Does that mean James is bound to play for Popovich’s Spurs? Of course not.

But San Antonio will have the ability to sign James next summer, and the Spurs have always been a stealthy team when it comes to free-agent moves. A tandem of James and Kawhi Leonard would give the Spurs a good base for challenging the Warriors.

Go with the darkhorse The Heat tied up their payroll this offseason, and can be pretty much eliminated from the possibility of luring James back to South Beach. But the Bulls, who made a pitch to James in 2010, are expected to at least inquire about James’ interest, even if there’s little chance he goes to Chicago. The same can be said for the Mavericks, who also made a push for James in 2010. It’s a longshot, but Dallas has consistently gotten involved with major free agents in recent years, even if the team has struggled to finish those deals.

I don’t want to put a precise timeline on it, but it’s inevitable at some point that we’ll start looking at the growth of franchises. That’s always been the case in this league, and Seattle will no doubt be on a short list of cities we’ll look at, the NBA commissioner said.

Silver went on to say expansion is more a matter of when than if at this moment.

The NBA has not expanded since 1995 when the league added the Grizzlies and the Raptors (though the Pelicans are considered an expansion team now).

I think it’s just a question of when the right time is to seriously start thinking about expansion, Silver said.

Until that happens, Supersonics’ alums will continue to try to get a team back to their city just like Allen doing right now.

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