Pro Basketball Rumors
Los Angeles Lakers: Shabazz Muhammad considering joining the Los Angeles Lakers | September 4th, 2017
Free agent shooting guard Shabazz Muhammad is considering joining the Los Angeles Lakers according to Eric Pincus.
Shabazz Muhammad has spent his entire career with the Minnesota Timberwolves but his inability to be productive on defense and healthy concerns did him in with the team this offseason. Spending most of the offseason weighing in all offers this is the first time in a while that Shabazz’s name is surfacing. Shabazz Muhammad has connections in Los Angeles as his former agent Rob Pelinka is now the general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers. This is all taking into consideration and nothing is a done deal, Lakers have yet to confirm or deny interest in him.
Miami Heat: Miami Heat willing to trade Justice Winslow and Goran Dragic in order to acquire Kyrie Irving
Now both Winslow and Dragic will be the key pieces in the trade but more could go Cavaliers way if a deal does work out between the two. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, he says that due to the bad history between Cleveland and Miami a deal for Kyrie Irving could potentially not happen.
It was reported yesterday that the Cavaliers have made calls in order to contact Kyrie Irving but all have failed. It is sounding like Kyrie is distancing himself from the team so that a potential trade will happen. Teams like the T-Wolves, Suns and Knicks have all expressed interest in acquiring Kyrie from Cleveland. The Miami Heat are the latest team to be reported on who they could give up to acquire Kyrie.
We will continue to provide more updates on the Kyrie Irving sweepstakes so keep on checking back!
Denver Nuggets: Nuggets is not Danilo Gallinari’s first choice once free agency opens
Following an event appearance in Barcelona, impending free agent Danilo Gallinari spoke to the media and said that “Nuggets are not my first choice” once free agency opens up. Danilo Gallinari would go on to say “but they (Nuggets) are exactly at the same level of the other teams. Denver’s advantage is that they can offer me a five-year contract while other franchises can offer me a four-year deal. Nuggets are at the same level of the others.” It is sounding like Gallinari will be looking for a contract with the most money and Denver does have the cash to bring back Gallinari on a long-term deal. The Nuggets could be looking into bringing in a big name this offseason as they are prepared to speak with impending free agent Chris Paul once free agency opens up. (Source: Sportando.com | June 19th, 2017)
Golden State Warriors: Warriors forward Matt Barnes plans to continue playing next season
In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Matt Barnes says that he intends to play next season. In the interview, Matt Barnes says “I think I’ve still got a little bit left in the tank, Obviously, I’d like to come back here and finish up here, but I feel like I’ve got another year or two left in the tank.” Matt Barnes, 37, has been bouncing around the league over the past couple of seasons having played for the Grizzlies, Kings and now the Warriors. This season Barnes has had a decent season posting 7.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG and .391 FGP. Going forward he will likely be playing on a year-to-year contract on a veteran max deal. (Source: San Francisco Chronicle | May 27th, 2017)
New Orleans Pelicans: Knicks interested in Dante Cunningham?
It is sounding like the New York Knicks will be in the market for versatile players that can shoot but can also play defense. Dante Cunningham fits the build for what the Knicks will be looking for. In the past couple of seasons with the Pelicans, Cunningham improved as three point shooter going 71-181 this past year and 55-174 the season prior. The Knicks are also rumored to have interest in impending Toronto Raptors P.J. Tucker.
Boston Celtics: Celtics to be all-in on Gordon Hayward?
For quite some time the Boston Celtics have been linked to potential trades involving Bulls Jimmy Butler and Indiana’s Paul George, but it doesn’t sound likely they will be targeting either one of them. The Veritcal’s, Adrian Wojnarowski said that the Boston Celtics could shift their focus on Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, who can opt out of his contract with the Jazz this offseason. Wojnarowski would continue to say that with Hayward not being apart of the All-NBA team’s he will not be getting a max contract. With that being said, Hayward is still in play for getting a nice payday if he does leave Utah but depending the length of the contract we can guarantee that he is worth $100 million+ this offseason.
Dallas Mavericks (Western Conference): Mavericks interested in Jrue Holiday?
With NBA free agency just weeks away the Dallas Mavericks are already thinking free agency are rumored to have interest in impending free agent Jrue Holiday. Once free agency opens up Jrue Holiday’s phone is sounding like it will be ringing off the hook as not only are the Mavs interested but also is the New York Knicks and also the Pelicans. Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said that re-signing Jrue Holiday will be the team’s main priority entering free agency. Jrue Holiday will be looking at a nice payday this offseason. (Source: Ian Begly, May 19th, 2017)