Timofey Mozgov: Latest News, Rumors and Speculation on Free-Agent Center

June 28th, 2016 by Tim Daniels No comments »
Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov is already starting to generate interest as he prepares to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent.   Ian Begley of ESPN.com reported Tuesday that the New York Knicks are considering Mozgov as a potential alternative to the more widely coveted Joakim Noah. More to follow.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Kent Bazemore: Latest News, Rumors and Speculation on Free-Agent SF

June 28th, 2016 by Adam Wells No comments »
Coming off consecutive winning seasons, the Atlanta Hawks are hoping to keep the core of their team intact, which includes re-signing free agent Kent Bazemore.   Continue for updates.  Hawks Prioritizing Bazemore, Horford Tuesday, June 28 Per ESPN's Marc Stein, Bazemore and Al Horford are the Hawks' "free-agent priorities" this summer.  Most of the report actually revolves around Kevin Durant, with Stein noting the Hawks are hoping to convince the former NBA MVP and his representatives to have a "face-to-face recruiting meeting" at some point after July 1, when teams can begin negotiating with free agents. Durant is the ultimate prize that everyone wants this summer, assuming LeBron James either opts in to the second year of his deal or will only negotiate with the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Bazemore, however, has found an excellent role with the Hawks and knows head coach Mike Budenholzer's system. He averaged a career-high 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 75 ...

NHL Free Agents 2016: Latest Rumors, Predictions Surrounding Top Targets

June 28th, 2016 by Steve Silverman No comments »
Players like Steven Stamkos don't come along in the NHL very often. They head to the market as free agents even less frequently. Stamkos is undoubtedly the biggest free agent of the 2016 crop, and when healthy, he can be a spectacular offensive player. Stamkos has scored 312 goals in his first eight NHL seasons, all with the Tampa Bay Lightning, averaging 39 goals per season. He has twice been over the 50-goal mark, peaking with 60 goals in 2011-12. A broken leg forced him out of the lineup in 2013-14, when he appeared in just 37 games, and a blood clot and subsequent surgery forced him to miss all but one game in this year's postseason. The 26-year-old is a powerful force who can improve the talent level of any team's offense. His ability to release brilliant one-timers from the left side of the ice with his right-handed shot is a sight to ...

2016 Offseason Priorities for the Golden State Warriors

June 28th, 2016 by Vytis Lasaitis No comments »
The Golden State Warriors fell short in their quest to capture back-to-back NBA championships, but the offseason shouldn't see major reform. Most title contenders are forced to take a hard look in the mirror upon postseason elimination, but the Warriors are still in a position of superiority. They won a record-breaking 73 regular-season games, overcame a 3-1 deficit against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals and were five points away from lifting the Larry O'Brien trophy once again. That's a successful season by most standards and won't lead to a panic-inducing conclusion. Golden State should march into the 2016-17 campaign as one of the title favorites, regardless of what happens this summer. However, team general manager Bob Myers still has some riddles to solve. Certain members of the core are entering free agency, and keeping the entire crew together will be a challenge.   Bring Back Shaun Livingston The last year of Shaun Livingston's $5.8 ...

Lakers Rumors: Latest on Hassan Whiteside, Chandler Parsons and More

June 28th, 2016 by Chris Roling No comments »
It wouldn't be too wild to suggest the Los Angeles Lakers want in on every notable free-agent name this summer. Such a notion speaks to the disastrous past trips to the market that left the roster drained, and to the weight the organization is set to throw behind a full rebuild after three years of smart draft picks. While speaking with the media about the team's plan this summer, new head coach Luke Walton had a straightforward approach, per Joey Ramirez of Lakers.com. "A lot of that comes from veteran leadership. I think that we will be searching out some guys like that. Obviously with the cap space we have, we’ll be searching out some All-Star-caliber players as well. You kind of try to make a nice mixture of all that," Walton said. With that theme in mind, let's take a look at the latest rumors, which offer a brief look back before turning ...

The Los Angeles Lakers Should Stay Away from Hassan Whiteside at All Costs

June 28th, 2016 by Michael Pina No comments »
Heading into free agency with more cap space than any other NBA team—and a clear desire to distance themselves from last year’s Kobe-centric sideshow—the Los Angeles Lakers reportedly plan to make a steep offer to Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside this summer, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne: The Los Angeles Lakers plan to aggressively pursue Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside when NBA free agency starts, according to league sources. With rim protection and perimeter shooting ranking as the Lakers' foremost areas of concern heading into the open market, sources told ESPN that Whiteside has emerged as a priority target. On paper and in a vacuum, Whiteside makes sense in a Lakers jersey. But instead of splurging on a big-name free agent who may stunt his young core’s development, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak needs to show restraint. Yes, Whiteside's in his prime at 27 years old and one of the best rim protectors in basketball. Last ...

What’s Next for Boston Celtics’ Offseason After Questionable Draft Night?

June 28th, 2016 by Brian Robb No comments »
BOSTON — The Boston Celtics surprised the NBA world this past Thursday by electing to keep their No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. They did it again by using it on California forward Jaylen Brown. What likely seemed disappointing to Boston fans at first is actually still part of the plan.   The Rookie is Flexible Brown was Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, averaging 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in his only collegiate season. But he struggled mightily with both his perimeter shooting (29.4 percent from three-point range) and turnovers (team-high 3.1 per game). President of basketball operations Danny Ainge and the rest of Boston's brass believe those issues are correctable at Brown's age (19), and they're intrigued by the wing's defensive upside and physical frame. At 6'7'' and 223 pounds, he has the athleticism to hold his own defending multiple positions—immediately. "In this league right now, one of the deciding factors in being ...

Don’t Think NBA Title Has Solved Cavs’ Kevin Love Conundrum

June 28th, 2016 by Dan Favale No comments »
Even after upsetting the Golden State Warriors and unexpectedly winning an NBA title, the Cleveland Cavaliers are not yet free of their Kevin Love dilemma. Yup, it's still there. Love didn't look nearly as vulnerable during the regular season or throughout the rest of the playoffs as he did in the NBA Finals (our perhaps unfairly enduring memory). But the fit in Cleveland moving forward is far from perfect, if only because he may prevent the Cavaliers from unlocking the best version of themselves.   Run It Back, For Now Hoisting championship hardware buys the Cavaliers certain luxuries, one of which is the right to stand pat over the offseason. With the exception of possible retirements, wholesale changes are considered taboo. It's no accident Golden State had the highest roster continuity rate between 2014-15 and 2015-16. Trying to fix what ain't broken is a fool's errand. Cleveland's general manager, David Griffin, shares this belief, per ESPN.com's Marc Stein: Head ...

NBA Free Agency 2016: Latest Rumors and Predictions for Top Open-Market Players

June 28th, 2016 by Matt Fitzgerald No comments »
The 2016 NBA draft helped teams especially near the top of the order fill some key holes on their rosters, but the biggest splash moves may be still yet to come when free agency begins. Numerous rumors are bouncing around regarding the biggest names slated to hit the open market. Certain teams are linked to the top standouts, which leaves at least some room to make predictions as to where the marquee stars will land. Below is a breakdown of the latest buzz, along with projections as to where the players involved are going to end up based on the chatter.   Rumors, Predictions for Top Players Magic, Pistons and Lakers Covet Al Horford ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported Orlando, Detroit and Los Angeles were among the teams intending to "make a run" at the longtime Atlanta Hawks big man. Horford is a four-time All-Star who has the flexibility to play the 4 or the 5, which only ...

New York Knicks Are Rolling the Dice on Derrick Rose, but Not Betting Big

June 28th, 2016 by Jared Dubin No comments »
Last week, the New York Knicks swung a trade for Derrick Rose in a stunning pre-draft move. In exchange for the former All-Star point guard, Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick, New York sent Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon to the Chicago Bulls.  Media and fans alike have seemingly separated themselves into two camps since then: it was either a windfall for the Knicks or a disaster. There are very few occupying the vast middle ground, even though that's where the truth most likely lies.   Trade Value and Cap Space Aren't What They Seem As has been the case with many trades involving the Knicks, they acquired the biggest name in this deal. Rose is a three-time All-Star and, in 2011, became the youngest player in NBA history to be named the league's MVP. His name still carries a good deal of cache around the league.  Lopez is an unassuming center with ...