Scotto: Rich Paul and Tristan Thompson: Another “Going Home” Story?

Tristan Thompson

There are rumblings that agent Rich Paul could deliver another client to his hometown team in the near future. Several league executives believe Canadian Tristan Thompson may head north to Toronto in the summer of 2016 if he signs his one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “I always thought he was going to end up (in Toronto) this year,” one Eastern Conference general manager told SheridanHoops. “There’s going to be so much money next year so I think he

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Tweet of the Night: LeBron James reacts to the re-signing of J.R. Smith by the Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have mostly taken care of business this summer in terms of bringing back core pieces that helped bring the team to the NBA Finals last season. They remain in a standoff situation with Tristan Thompson, who reportedly turned down a good deal of money hoping for more. They did, however, come to an agreement with J.R. Smith, who has agreed to sign with the team for another two years. [Read more…]

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Scotto: Top 10 Free Agents of 2016

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Tristan Thompson remains the biggest fish in this summer’s free agent sea, as noted in our updated rankings. In fact, LeBron James has called Thompson a “key piece” to Cleveland’s hopes of winning a title this season. So why the elongated stalemate between the two sides? It comes down to leverage. Cleveland has it for the upcoming season, but Thompson has it afterward. Confused? Let me explain. [Read more…]

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Tweet of the Day: US leaders laud LeBron James for funding Akron college program

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Count US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as among those impressed by LeBron James’ willingness to pay for thousands of local kids to go to college. Through a partnership between the University of Akron and the LeBron James Family Foundation, the 1,100 children currently in his “I Promise” program will receive a fully-sponsored scholarship covering tuition and the university’s general service fee — currently $9,500 per year. In addition to the 1,100 students currently in the program, an estimated 1,200 are expected

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Bernucca: Time for the Angriest Man in Basketball to Grow Up

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Does Markieff Morris want out of Phoenix? According to a tweet Thursday from The Burns and Gambo Show, who hold the Valley’s sports radio drive time slot, Morris wants nothing to do with the Suns and hasn’t talked to any team member – player or staff – since the season ended. The tweet doesn’t cite a source, either within the Suns or close to Morris. At the same time, Morris’ offseason silence would allow Suns staffers to easily draw some conclusion about

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Tweet of the Night: LeBron James lists most difficult teams to defend, names favorite teammates, says Thompson will re-sign and more in Q & A session

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It had been a long summer  so far for LeBron James, who came so close but failed to capitalize on winning a championship for the second consecutive year after making it to the NBA Finals for the fifth straight time. Making it to the Finals that many times in a row is impressive enough, given that the last player to do so was a legend named Bill Russell. Still, it was obvious that James was hurting badly after losing to the

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Three-Man Weave: East’s Best Moves for the Money

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There was plenty of money spent on free agents by NBA teams this offseason. But how many of them spent their money smartly? How many spent their money like drunken sailors? And how many spent their money in a way that left you scratching your head? In this edition of the Three-Man Weave, members of the Sheridan Hoops staff take a look at the Eastern Conference and determine which teams made the best and worst signings of the offseason. 1. Which move was

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Three-Man Weave: Who Won the East’s Offseason?

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There has been a lot of activity during the offseason. Since July 1, there have been free agent signings totaling nearly $2 billion. In addition, there have been a dozen trades involving 22 players and 12 draft picks. But which teams have really improved themselves? And which teams have taken a step backward? In this edition of the Three-Man Weave, we take a lot at who won – and lost – the offseason in the Eastern Conference. 1. Which Eastern Conference team has had

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