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Ohio Supreme Court rules Cleveland must accept referendum petitions on upgrades at The Q

Ohio Supreme Court rules Cleveland must accept referendum petitions on upgrades at The Q

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Supreme Court ordered Cleveland City Council Clerk Pat Britt to accept referendum petitions submitted by a coalition that opposes Cleveland's use of tax dollars on upgrades a ... Continue Reading
Report: Clips send G Rivers to Wizards for C Gortat

Report: Clips send G Rivers to Wizards for C Gortat

The Los Angeles Clippers are trading point guard Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards in exchange for center Marcin Gortat, according to a report from ESPN on Tuesday.Rivers, the son of Clippers coach Doc Rivers, is coming off a career year after taking over as the team's primary point guard following the trade of Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets. The 25-year-old averaged 15.1 points and 4.0 assists in 61 games (59 starts), missing the entire month of January with a right Achilles tendon injury.Austin Rivers will make $12.65 million next season if he exercises his player option as expected.Gortat will make roughly $13.5 million next season on the final year of his current deal. The 34-year-old big man averaged 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds in 82 games last season.Gortat started at least 80 games in four of his five seasons with the Wizards.
Warriors' McCaw, Mavs' Ferrell receive qualifying offers

Warriors' McCaw, Mavs' Ferrell receive qualifying offers

The Golden State Warriors extended a qualifying offer to guard Patrick McCaw, according to multiple reports Tuesday, making him a restricted free agent.McCaw's offer is worth about $1.75 million, but the 22-year-old will be able to negotiate an offer sheet with another team once free agency opens on Sunday. While the Warriors will have the chance to match any offer he receives, their loaded salary cap could allow another team to sign McCaw away."We love Pat and we really hope he's back," assistant GM Kirk Lacob said on KNBR 680 radio Monday. "We'll see how this process plays out."Like any player, we would tell him, 'This is about you and your life. It's not about us. We really hope you come back and we're going to offer you a contract, but go find out what's best for you. Figure out what out there really makes you tick and what you want.'"McCaw averaged 4.0 points and 1.4 assists per game in 57 games (10 starts) last season, missing nearly two months after suffering a spinal injury on a scary fall in late March. He returned to play minimally in six playoff games.--The Dallas Mavericks extended a qualifying offer to Yogi Ferrell, Doug McDermott and Salah Mejri, according to ESPN, making them restricted free agents.Ferrell's offer is worth $2.9 million, while McDermott's is for $4.3 million and Mejri's is for about $1.8 million.Ferrell, 25, averaged 10.5 points, 2.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game in 82 games (21 starts) last season, his first full campaign with the Mavericks. Those numbers were down slightly from the 11.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds he averaged in 36 games (29 starts) with Dallas in 2016-17. The Mavs picked him up after he was waived by the Brooklyn Nets.
Warriors' McCaw, Mavs' Ferrell receive qualifying offers

Warriors' McCaw, Mavs' Ferrell receive qualifying offers

The Golden State Warriors extended a qualifying offer to guard Patrick McCaw, according to multiple reports Tuesday, making him a restricted free agent.McCaw's offer is worth about $1.75 million, but the 22-year-old will be able to negotiate an offer sheet with another team once free agency opens on Sunday. While the Warriors will have the chance to match any offer he receives, their loaded salary cap could allow another team to sign McCaw away."We love Pat and we really hope he's back," assistant GM Kirk Lacob said on KNBR 680 radio Monday. "We'll see how this process plays out."Like any player, we would tell him, 'This is about you and your life. It's not about us. We really hope you come back and we're going to offer you a contract, but go find out what's best for you. Figure out what out there really makes you tick and what you want.'"McCaw averaged 4.0 points and 1.4 assists per game in 57 games (10 starts) last season, missing nearly two months after suffering a spinal injury on a scary fall in late March. He returned to play minimally in six playoff games.--The Dallas Mavericks extended a qualifying offer to Yogi Ferrell, Doug McDermott and Salah Mejri, according to ESPN, making them restricted free agents.Ferrell's offer is worth $2.9 million, while McDermott's is for $4.3 million and Mejri's is for about $1.8 million.Ferrell, 25, averaged 10.5 points, 2.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game in 82 games (21 starts) last season, his first full campaign with the Mavericks. Those numbers were down slightly from the 11.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds he averaged in 36 games (29 starts) with Dallas in 2016-17. The Mavs picked him up after he was waived by the Brooklyn Nets.
NBA notebook: Durant opts out, to stay with Warriors

NBA notebook: Durant opts out, to stay with Warriors

Kevin Durant is opting out of the two-year, $51 million deal he signed with Golden State last summer but has no intention of leaving the Warriors. ESPN reported Tuesday that Durant informed the Warriors of his decision.By opting out, Durant could sign a four-year max contract for about $158 million.Ownership has already committed to making a pact Durant approves of for next season and beyond, and in the euphoria of claiming another NBA title, Warriors general manager Bob Myers made inference to a blank check offer from the Warriors."Sometimes you don't negotiate," Myers said. "I'd love to have him for 10 years. Kevin Durant, look what he did for us last year, he did us a great service (taking less than a max offer). He's earned the right to sign whatever deal he wants."--Magic Johnson is confident he and the Los Angeles Lakers will lure big-name free agents to join the team, but he also isn't putting all of his eggs in this summer's basket.When asked by reporters if it will be a failure if the Lakers don't sign a star like LeBron James or Paul George next month, Johnson responded, "No, because I told you this is [about] two summers."
Magic: I'll 'step down' if Lakers miss on FAs in 2018 and '19

Magic: I'll 'step down' if Lakers miss on FAs in 2018 and '19

Magic Johnson is confident he and the Los Angeles Lakers will lure big-name free agents to join the team, but he also isn't putting all of his eggs in this summer's basket.When asked by reporters Tuesday if it will be a failure if the Lakers don't sign a star like LeBron James or Paul George next month, Johnson responded, "No, because I told you this is [about] two summers.""We don't know what people are going to decide," he continued. "And we can't control that so if guys decide not to come here, it's not a failure, we turn to next summer."Next summer if nobody comes and I'm still sitting here like this, then it's a failure. But if you judge us on one summer that's ridiculous. Then a lot of dudes shouldn't be in their roles. Because if we're banking on one summer for the Lakers, we're in trouble."Johnson, who was named president of basketball operations in March of 2017, then went a step further and seemingly placed a ticking clock on himself."You have to give us time," he said. "This class, like I told you before I took the job and when I took the job, it's going to be a two-summer thing for the Lakers. This summer and next summer. That's it.
Cleveland Cavaliers, developing players, LeBron's decision: Crowquill

Cleveland Cavaliers, developing players, LeBron's decision: Crowquill

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- With the free agency of LeBron James looming, the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Collin Sexton, a 19-year-old point guard from Alabama and announced they were getting back to the busin ... Continue Reading
Celtics F Hayward says he plans on being ready for opener after second surgery

Celtics F Hayward says he plans on being ready for opener after second surgery

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward revealed more details Tuesday about the second surgery he underwent in March on the leg and ankle he broke in the season opener, saying he plans on "being back to my usual self for the start of next season."In a posting on his blog, gordonhayward20.life, Hayward said that while his initial rehab was going well, he was also having pain in his left ankle that would not go away. After a series of tests with doctors, it was determined the pain was not related to any injury, but rather irritation caused by what Hayward called the hardware -- the screws, plate and tightrope used to help the ankle mend.Doctors removed the hardware in the second surgery."So now," Hayward wrote, "I basically have a normal ankle -- just there are some holes in the bone where they had to put the screws in, and those are going to heal up"Hayward says he now anticipates that in July he "will be right back to the point where I was before I got the surgery, except for I won't have that same pain."If things go according to Hayward's new plan, he will be playing five-on-five basketball by the end of July. If Hayward is indeed back in the starting lineup in time for the season opener, he will join a team that, without its two star players in the postseason, still took the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals before losing at home in the deciding game.
How much can the Mavs spend in free agency? Here's who is on the books for next season

How much can the Mavs spend in free agency? Here's who is on the books for next season

NBA free agency is here!Well, technically players can't officially sign until July 1 (that's this coming Sunday). But the rumor mill is turning... quickly.And while the Mavericks have garnered prais ... Continue Reading
NBA awards: Harden takes home MVP

NBA awards: Harden takes home MVP

Houston Rockets point guard James Harden claimed the first Most Valuable Player Award of his career at Monday night's NBA Awards show in Santa Monica, Calif.Harden beat out four-time MVP LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis for the honor, which he had finished a runner-up for last season to the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook and in 2015 to the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry.Harden is the third player in Rockets history to be named MVP, joining Moses Malone, who won it twice (1979, '82), and Hakeem Olajuwon (1994).Harden was accompanied by his mother, Monja Willis, in accepting the award from NBA commissioner Adam Silver."I'm not getting emotional, I'm not doing all that, but she's my backbone," Harden said. "Good times, bad times. ... We only get one life and I'm happy she's my mom. I wouldn't have it any other way, for real."Harden, 28, led the league in scoring last season when he averaged 30.4 points per game. He added 8.8 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game in leading the Rockets to the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs, where they fell to the eventual champion Warriors in Game 7 of the conference finals."Sixth Man of the Year to MVP," said Harden, who claimed the former honor in 2012 as a member of the Thunder. "Shout out to all the youngins' man that got a dream and the vision out there to go take it. Go chase that dream. I'll see you all next year."--Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year after the former No. 1 overall pick helped the team break its five-year playoff drought.Simmons beat out Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum."I'd like to thank my family, to start off with," Simmons said. "My family, friends, you know I wouldn't be here without them, and my teammates of course and my great coach (Brett Brown), and the city of Philadelphia for really embracing me."Simmons was taken with the top pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, but a broken foot sidelined him for the 2016-17 season.The 6-foot-10 guard averaged 15.8 points, 8.2 assists, 8.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals over 81 games last season.Simmons, who turns 22 next month, helped the 76ers advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals, where they lost to the Celtics in a five-game series. He averaged 16.3 points, 9.4 boards, 7.7 assists and 1.7 steals in the playoffs.--Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is the NBA's Most Improved Player after a stellar first season in Indiana that ended in a playoff showdown with LeBron James and the Cavaliers.Oladipo beat out fellow finalists Clint Capela of the Rockets and Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets."Shout out to the Pacers organization for believing in me," said Oladipo, who was dealt to Indiana last offseason in the deal that sent Paul George to the Thunder. "It's only the beginning for us."Oladipo, 26, averaged a career-high 23.1 points with 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals to earn his first career All-Star selection, as well as a spot on the All-NBA third team and the All-Defensive first team.In the playoffs, Oladipo averaged 22.7 points, 8.3 boards, 6.0 assists and 2.4 steals, but it wasn't enough to send the Pacers onto the conference semifinals, as they lost to the Cavaliers in seven games.--Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award, beating out Anthony Davis of the Pelicans and Joel Embiid of the 76ers.Gobert, who turns 26 on Tuesday, missed 26 games during the regular season with multiple injuries, but still anchored a Jazz defense that posted the second-best defensive rating (101.6) in the NBA last season.The Frenchman averaged 13.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 56 games to earn his second straight NBA All-Defensive first-team selection. Gobert led the league in blocks in 2016-17 with 2.6 per game.
Report: Spurs G Green opts in for 2018-19

Report: Spurs G Green opts in for 2018-19

One championship-winning swingman has decided to return to the Spurs, but it isn't Kawhi Leonard.Danny Green will return to San Antonio for a ninth season after exercising his $10 million contract option for 2018-19, ESPN reported Monday night.Green, 31, has played in 540 games with the Spurs, winning a title with them in 2014 -- the same year Leonard was named MVP of the NBA Finals. He has averaged 8.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in his nine-year career.Last season, Green averaged 8.6 points and 3.6 boards over 70 games.
NBA notebook: LeBron might not take FA visits

NBA notebook: LeBron might not take FA visits

LeBron James is unlikely to visit other teams or take an audience with suitors as he did in past free agent circuits, according to an ESPN report on Monday.Per the report, James might not even speak with top team officials before making a decision on his destination for next season.In 2014, he returned to the Cavaliers after an in-person meeting with team owner Dan Gilbert. Their relationship was never a great one, but has splintered in recent years. In 2010, James bolted Cleveland for the Miami Heat in a nationally televised announcement "The Decision," after meetings with the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers.--The Denver Nuggets plan to decline the contract option for restricted free agent Nikola Jokic to instead sign him to a five-year, $146.5 million contract, according to a Yahoo Sports report.Denver would owe Jokic just $1.6 million in 2018-19 by exercising the option, but that would allow him to hit unrestricted free agency next summer.On draft night last week, Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said the Nuggets were making a long-term commitment to Jokic, saying, "Nikola's going to be here for a long, long time. I think whatever we do, we're going to ensure he's here as long as possible."--Danny Green will return to the San Antonio Spurs for a ninth season after exercising his $10 million contract option for 2018-19, ESPN reported.Green, 31, has played in 540 games with the Spurs, winning a title with them in 2014. He has averaged 8.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in his nine-year career.Last season, Green averaged 8.6 points and 3.6 boards over 70 games.--The Indiana Pacers declined guard Lance Stephenson's team option for the 2018-19 season, making him an unrestricted free agent when the negotiation period begins Sunday."This was a very difficult decision, but as free agency begins on July 1, we want to have flexibility so that we can prepare for all of our available options," Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said in a statement.The Pacers have not ruled out re-signing Stephenson at a later date, but they are expected to pursue Tyreke Evans and Will Barton once the free-agent market opens. Stephenson, 27, was scheduled to make $4.3 million this season if the option had been picked up.--The NBA Board of Governors unanimously voted to increase the debt limit of owners to $325 million, according to a report from ESPN.
Report: NBA owners' debt limit raised to $325M

Report: NBA owners' debt limit raised to $325M

The NBA Board of Governors unanimously voted to increase the debt limit of owners to $325 million, according to a report from ESPN.The vote, which reportedly took place Friday, raises the debt limit $75 million.The decision comes ahead of higher team payrolls and luxury taxes expected throughout the league next season. NBA franchises are being valued higher than ever before, and players are being paid greater salaries.
NBA awards: 76ers' Simmons named Rookie of the Year

NBA awards: 76ers' Simmons named Rookie of the Year

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons has been named the NBA's Rookie of the Year after the former No. 1 overall pick helped the team break its five-year playoff drought.Simmons beat out Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum. The award was presented at Monday night's NBA Awards show in Santa Monica, Calif."I'd like to thank my family, to start off with," Simmons said. "My family, friends, you know I wouldn't be here without them, and my teammates of course and my great coach (Brett Brown), and the city of Philadelphia for really embracing me."Simmons was taken with the top pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, but a broken foot sidelined him for the 2016-17 season.
Pacers decline option on G Stephenson

Pacers decline option on G Stephenson

The Indiana Pacers declined guard Lance Stephenson's team option for the 2018-19 season, making him an unrestricted free agent when the negotiation period begins Sunday."This was a very difficult decision, but as free agency begins on July 1, we want to have flexibility so that we can prepare for all of our available options," Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said in a statement.The Pacers have not ruled out re-signing Stephenson at a later date, but they are expected to pursue Tyreke Evans and Will Barton once the free-agent market opens. The team could have anywhere from $10 million to $30 million in cap space, depending on the status of forwards Thaddeus Young, who has a player option of $13.9 million, and Al Jefferson, whose $10 million salary is only partially guaranteed.
Reports: Wanamaker finalizing deal to join Celtics

Reports: Wanamaker finalizing deal to join Celtics

EuroLeague standout guard Brad Wanamaker is finalizing a deal to join the Boston Celtics for the 2018-19 season, according to multiple reports Monday.Wanamaker, 28, helped Turkish team Fenerbahce reach the EuroLeague Final Four this season, earning second-team all-EuroLeague honors.He has discussed possible deals with NBA teams on multiple occasions in recent years. Wanamaker has spent the last seven seasons playing in Europe after going undrafted out of Pittsburgh in 2011.
Report: Durant informs Warriors he's opting out

Report: Durant informs Warriors he's opting out

Kevin Durant is opting out of his contract with the Golden State Warriors.Durant signed a two-year, $51 million deal last summer. The deal includes an opt-out clause for the 2018-19 season, which he reportedly intends to exercise in order to negotiate a new deal with the Warriors. ESPN reported Tuesday that Durant informed the Warriors of his decision.However, Durant has said he plans to return to Golden State, and ownership has already committed to making a pact Durant approves of for next season and beyond.In the euphoria of claiming another NBA title, Warriors general manager Bob Myers made inference to a blank check offer from the Warriors."Sometimes you don't negotiate," Myers said. "I'd love to have him for 10 years. Kevin Durant, look what he did for us last year, he did us a great service (taking less than a max offer). He's earned the right to sign whatever deal he wants."I just want him to sign a deal. But want him to be happy and want him to know that we want him as long as he wants to be here. He's earned that, to kind of lay out the terms. He can do whatever he wants. That shouldn't be a long negotiation. Our goal, to be honest, is to try to keep the whole thing together, so that's the pieces of the puzzle we've got to try to figure out."
LeBron James beat out by James Harden for 2018 NBA MVP

LeBron James beat out by James Harden for 2018 NBA MVP

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- LeBron James will have to wait at least one more year for his fifth NBA MVP.James finished runner-up behind Houston Rockets star James Harden for this year's honor, which was annou ... Continue Reading
LeBron James wins Play of the Year at 2018 NBA Awards

LeBron James wins Play of the Year at 2018 NBA Awards

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- With two cracks at taking home the award, LeBron James' game-winning shot against the Minnesota Timberwolves in February was named Play of the Year during the 2018 NBA Awards on Mon ... Continue Reading
LeBron James & Contract Options: What you need to know -- Terry Pluto

LeBron James & Contract Options: What you need to know -- Terry Pluto

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Talking to myself about the contract situation of LeBron James as he ponders free agency:QUESTION: Will James pick up his play option for $36.5 million by the June 29 deadline?ANS ... Continue Reading