The NBA schedule is in a lull between free agency and the start of training camp, but the uncertain futures of Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony are keeping the league in the headlines. However, we have updates on the futures of three other players. Here are all the latest NBA rumors you need to know.
Josh Jackson not expected to be traded to Cavs for Kyrie Irving
The Phoenix Suns were the early frontrunner to land Irving in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but talks between two sides broke down when the Cavs insisted that rookie Josh Jackson was included in the deal.
While the Cavs are still trying to get the Suns to part with Jackson, he told SiriusXM Radio that he doesn't expect to be traded.
“I think if that was going to happen, it would’ve happened by now,” Jackson said. “A little talking to my agent, not really checking social media, because that’t not the way to go. People just say whatever. I handled it the same way I tried to handle Draft Night. Coming in, I didn’t know what was going to happen, I still don’t know what is going to happen. I’m going to make the most of whatever situation I’m presented with. If I’m traded to China, whatever, I’m gonna come out, I’m gonna be happy, just try to make the best of it.
“I was kind of in the dark a little bit. But I got a feeling that the trade wasn’t going to happen.”
Phoenix's offer for Irving centers around Eric Bledsoe, but Cleveland is also seeking a promising young player and a first-round pick from them.
Jackson, the No. 4 overall pick in the draft, averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game as a freshman for Kansas last season.
Warriors may shop Kevon Looney this season
The Golden State Warriors went looking to add big man depth this offseason and re-signed both Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee while drafting shot-blocking specialist Jordan Bell in the second round. As such, 2015 first-round pick Kevon Looney may find himself on the trade block this season, according to The Athletic's Anthony Slater.
Injuries and ineffectiveness have defined his first two NBA seasons. If his contract wasn't guaranteed next year, it's possible the Warriors would've let him go this summer. If there's a willing buyer, it's possible they ship him elsewhere. But if they don't and if Looney sticks around through camp, the Warriors have to decide whether they want to pick up his fourth-year player option before the season. If they don't, that'll be a clear hint that they no longer view him as a future piece.
Looney appeared in 53 games last season, averaging 2.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 8.4 minutes per game last season.
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Pistons willing to go into luxury tax to pay Avery Bradley
The Boston Celtics traded Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons earlier this offseason to clear cap space to sign Gordon Hayward, but also because they knew they were not going to be able to afford to re-sign him as a free agent next summer.
Detroit is aware of the price tag Bradley comes with in 2018, and they will keep him even if it means going over the luxury tax, head coach Stan Van Gundy said.
“In the right situation for the right people, Tom’s more than willing to pay the tax,” Van Gundy said of owner Tom Gores. “I think about half the league’s going to be paying the tax this year. Tom’s not opposed to that.
“We’ve got other strategies. The finances will not inhibit our ability to re-sign Avery at whatever it takes. If we’re in a situation where we want Avery back and Avery wants to be here, we’ll be able to bring him back.”
Bradley, one of the league's best perimeter defenders, has been a vital starter for Boston over the past few seasons. He averaged 16.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last year.Back to the NBA Newsfeed