Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and new GM Koby Altman called Kyrie Irving’s reported trade request a “fluid” situation and would not say if they plan to deal the four-time All-Star. Gilbert and Altman would not even confirm that the trade request occurred.
LeBron James said he’s not happy with how he has been portrayed in the reporting of teammate Kyrie Irving’s trade request. Friday, sources reported Irving requested the trade and that James was blindsided by the news. Saturday, sources said James orchestrated the release of news Irving wanted to be dealt. LeBron tweeted “Not facts people! Boooo! Get another source.”
Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving asked the team to trade him. The request came last week and was made to Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert. Irving said he wants to play in a situation where he can be more of a focal point and that he longer wants to play alongside LeBron James. James said, no matter what the situation in Cleveland, he will not waive his no-trade clause for any teams at any point during the 2017-18 season.
Free-agent point guard Derrick Rose is in serious talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the defending Eastern Conference champions on a one-year contract. Rose also met with the Lakers yesterday and the former No. 1 draft pick has met with the Bucks and Clippers. The Cavs are believed to be offering Rose $2.1 million for the upcoming season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to terms with 2015 second-round pick Cedi Osman on a three-year, $8 million deal. The Cavs picked 22-year-old Osman with the 31st pick after a trade with Minnesota. He’s a 6’8 forward know for his defense and he shot 34 percent from 3 for his Turkish club last season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers offered former NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups what is viewed in NBA circles as a below-market salary of $2 million annually for the role of serving as president of basketball operations. League sources say $4 million is typically the starting point of what an individual in that role should earn. Cleveland is known for its unwillingness to pay top dollar for front-office leadership.
With the first pick in the NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Washington guard Markelle Fultz. The Lakers used the second pick on UCLA guard Lonzo Ball. Duke forward Jayson Tatum went to Boston with the third pick. Phoenix took Kansas forward Josh Jackson fourth and Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox went to Sacramento with the fifth pick.