There is a famous old adage that states: good things come to those who wait. Everything came full-circle for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday afternoon, as a year and a half long process had finally been complete: the pursuit of Minnesota’s All-Star forward Kevin Love. Love was officially introduced as a member of the Cavaliers, and will team up with fellow All-Stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to form, potentially, the most devastating trio in the NBA.
We now know that the deal sending Kevin Love to Cleveland will go down Saturday. Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Miami’s 2015 first-round draft pick will go to Minnesota, and in a side deal Thaddeus Young will be sent from the Sixers to the Wolves for Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved. Minnesota comes out with the last two overall No. 1 picks, Philadelphia comes out with an even worse team than before, and Cleveland comes out with …. In
Hey! No grown-ups! The kids are in charge! Ice cream for dinner! We don’t have to brush our teeth! We get to fall asleep on the couch with the TV on! Go Bucks! What’s happening in Milwaukee these days is a movie script too bizarre to get greenlighted, even by Disney. After years of being stuck in the NBA’s no-man’s land of barely making or just missing the playoffs, the Bucks basically tanked by accident last season. Now, with a new owner with deep
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
In an interview in April 2013, Kevin Durant told Sports Illustrated he was tired of finishing second. Durant was the second player taken in the 2007 draft. He lost in the NBA Finals in 2012. He finished second in MVP voting four times. This past season, Durant took a huge step forward when he won his first MVP award, finally emerging from the shadow cast by LeBron James. But if he doesn’t win an NBA championship in the next two years with
PHILADELPHIA – Let’s begin with a question. In the three-plus decades since David Stern took the reins as NBA commissioner from Larry O’Brien and handed them to Adam Silver, what do these franchises – the Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers – have in common? Answer: None has gone to the NBA Finals. Furthermore, among that group only Denver, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Sacramento and
This isn’t your child’s game of King of the Hill. No sir. No m’am. This is grown man, elite athlete, basketball “King of the Hill.” A game of one-on-one involving three players. It starts with Player 1 trying to score on Player 2. If he succeeds, Player 2 exits the floor and Player 3 takes over on defense. If Player 2 manages to prevent Player 1 from scoring, Player 1 exits and Player 2 moves to offense to try to score on Player
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 2014-15 Offseason Additions: G Anthony Morrow 2014 Draft Picks: F Mitch McGary, F Josh Huestis, G Semaj Christon Draft Picks Coming: 2015 second round (Philadelphia, protected 31-55); 2017 second round (Memphis, 31-35) Draft Picks Going: None Trade Exceptions: Ryan Gomes ($880,000, expires Jan. 6, 2015); Thabo Sefolosha ($4,150,000, expires July 15, 2015); Hasheem Thabeet ($1,250,000, expires Aug. 26, 2015) Over/Under: Over the cap, under the tax Amnesty Provision: Available (Kevin Durant)PLAYER 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19Kevin Durant $19,000,000 $20,160,000Russell Westbrook $15,720,000 $16,740,000 $17,770,000Serge Ibaka $12,350,000 $12,350,000 $12,350,000Kendrick Perkins $9,650,000Anthony Morrow $3,320,000 $3,340,000 $3,390,000Nick Collison $2,240,000Reggie Jackson $2,200,000 $3,400,000Jeremy Lamb $2,200,000 $3,030,000 $4,180,000Steven Adams $2,180,000 $2,280,000 $3,140,000 $4,320,000Mitch McGary $1,400,000 $1,460,000 $1,530,000 $2,430,000 $3,500,000Sebastian Telfair $1,320,000Andre Roberson $1,160,000 $1,210,000 $2,180,000 $3,210,000Perry Jones $1,130,000 $2,040,000 $3,040,000Grant Jerrett $820,000 $950,000 $1.020,000 $1,090,000Josh HuestisTOTAL SALARY $74,690,000 $66,960,000 $48,600,000 $11,050,000 $3,500,000Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer BACK TO TEAM