A year can make an enormous difference in the perception of an NBA team. Last summer, the Washington Wizards had the same backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal but they were faced with immense pressure of having to make the playoffs to save the jobs of head coach Randy Wittman and general manager Ernie Grunfeld. Before the season began, Grunfeld made what many perceived as a panicky move and sent its first round pick to Phoenix for Marcin Gortat, who was
Kevin Durant and the small-market Oklahoma City Thunder are the darlings of ABC, according to the NBA national TV schedule. Durant and the Thunder will appear on ABC six times this season, more than any other team. The games are against six different opponents, with three at home and three on the road. Among the NBA’s multiple TV partners, ABC is the only network available in every American home with a TV. It is the home of the NBA Finals but not the
Los Angeles Clippers president of basketball operations and head coach Doc Rivers will not be waiting patiently in regards to discussing a contract extension with the organization. It is believed that negotiations between him and the Clippers are set to begin soon now that it’s pretty much business as usual for the Los Angeles franchise. This report comes after the league announced that Steve Ballmer has officially gained ownership of the Clippers franchise. Rivers served as the voice of the Clippers team during the playoffs when
The record $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers was completed Tuesday, with new owner Steve Ballmer saying he will be “hardcore.” The NBA announced the completion of the sale following disgraced former owner Donald Sterling’s failed attempt in a California court to block the the authority of his estranged wife Shelly Sterling to sell the team on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust. Sterling still has legal recourse, and given his history will probably use it. However, he cannot reclaim the
Donald Sterling cannot block the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, who will go to new owner Steve Ballmer for the staggering record price of $2 billion. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled against Sterling on Monday, ending his attempt at blocking the sale of the team he had owned since 1981. He was forced to give up ownership by NBA commissioner Adam Silver after making recorded racist remarks against blacks. Sterling sued in an attempt to block the sale of
The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially signed the number one overall pick of this years draft, Andrew Wiggins. The team announced the signing Thursday afternoon. Besides getting the top pick in the draft secured to a deal, the signing is significant because it impacts the recent trade rumors circling around Kevin Love. Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported that due to NBA rules, any trades with Wiggins would have to be postponed. Wiggins has been involved in trade discussions between the Cavs and
The Chicago Bulls, along with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets are now reportedly all in the mix for Kevin Love. Cleveland still appears to be the front-runner, but Chicago, if willing, can also put an enticing package together, especially if the Cavaliers insist on keeping number one overall pick Andrew Wiggins.
The Kevin Love trade rumors continue to heat up, as progress seems to slowly be building. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, LeBron James has personally reached out to the Minnesota Timberwolves forward about the possibility of playing together in Cleveland.