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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: Lakers acquire 39th pick from 76ers

Report: Lakers acquire 39th pick from 76ers

The Los Angeles Lakers acquired the 39th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft from the Philadelphia 76ers for a 2019 second-round pick and cash.ESPN first reported the deal, which arms Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka with picks No. 25, 39 and 47 on Thursday.Since acquiring the 25th overall pick at the trade deadline in the swap with Cleveland for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. that brought back Channing Frye and Isaiah Thomas, the Lakers have been looking to acquire additional picks.
Report: Lakers acquire 39th pick from 76ers

Report: Lakers acquire 39th pick from 76ers

The Los Angeles Lakers acquired the 39th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft from the Philadelphia 76ers for a 2019 second-round pick and cash.ESPN first reported the deal, which arms Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka with picks No. 25, 39 and 47 on Thursday.Since acquiring the 25th overall pick at the trade deadline in the swap with Cleveland for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. that brought back Channing Frye and Isaiah Thomas, the Lakers have been looking to acquire additional picks.
Report: Porter Jr. latest to sign with Puma

Report: Porter Jr. latest to sign with Puma

Former Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. became the latest top NBA prospect to sign an endorsement deal with Puma, according to an ESPN report on Wednesday.As part of a sudden foray back into the sport of basketball, Puma has already signed Arizona's Deandre Ayton, Duke's Marvin Bagley III and Texas Tech's Zhaire Smith. The company also announced rapper and business mogul Jay-Z as its new president of the basketball division earlier this week.Ayton is expected to go first overall in Thursday's draft to the Phoenix Suns, while Bagley is considered a top-five prospect and Smith could land in the lottery.After missing most of his lone college season due to injury, Porter went from being a possible No. 1 overall pick to a likely top-10 selection, although projections have varied significantly on where he will go. Porter canceled his second pro day workout due to hip soreness, prompting reports that teams are worried about his long-term health, but he said earlier this week he is fine and would accept invitations for private workouts in the days before the draft.
Reports: Grizzlies shopping Parsons, No. 4 pick

Reports: Grizzlies shopping Parsons, No. 4 pick

The Memphis Grizzlies are reportedly shopping the No. 4 overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft, though any interested teams might need to be prepared to take on Chandler Parsons' contract to facilitate a deal.The Grizzlies are in discussions with multiple teams regarding the pick, according to a report from ESPN. An earlier report Wednesday from 247Sports.com keyed in on the Dallas Mavericks as a suitor that was discussing a trade for the pick and Parsons.Other teams interested in the pick include Orlando, Chicago, New York, Denver, Boston and the Los Angeles Clippers, according to ESPN, which adds the Grizzlies don't expect suitors to become serious until they are on the clock Thursday night. The Grizzlies reportedly prefer to move back only a few spots instead of leaving the lottery altogether.Parsons, 29, has been limited by lingering knee soreness to just 70 games total over the first two seasons of the four-year, $94 million max deal he signed with the Grizzlies in July 2016. He's owed roughly $49.2 million over the next two years.
NBA Draft Central: What Mavs fans need to know about tonight

NBA Draft Central: What Mavs fans need to know about tonight

The 2018 NBA Draft is finally here.Tonight, the Mavericks, along with the other 29 NBA teams will look to add fresh, young roster pieces to improve their respective franchises.There are plenty of tr ... Continue Reading
Report: Hawks' Dedmon exercises $7.2M player option

Report: Hawks' Dedmon exercises $7.2M player option

Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon has exercised his $7.2 million player option for 2018-19, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports late Wednesday night.Dedmon, who turns 29 in August, averaged career highs of 10.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 62 games (46 starts) last season.Dedmon, who joined the league undrafted out of the University of Southern California, has played for five teams in his five NBA seasons. He appeared in a career-high 76 games with the San Antonio Spurs in 2016-17.
Silver understands Warriors backlash but credits team's drafting

Silver understands Warriors backlash but credits team's drafting

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he understands why some fans are upset about the Golden State Warriors' assembly of a superteam with Kevin Durant, but he also gave the team praise for earning the success it has achieved.Speaking on ESPN's Golic and Wingo on Wednesday, Silver was asked about the state of the league and the assertion by many that it lacks parity, as reflected by the Warriors' dominance and the same NBA Finals matchup happening four years in a row."I get it in terms of Kevin Durant [joining the Warriors in 2016]," he said. "It was a bit of an aberration in our system; we had a spike in our [salary] cap, it enabled them to have additional cap room."The Warriors will tell you they would have figured out a way to get it done anyway."Before signing Durant, Golden State had secured the 2014-15 NBA championship in six games over the Cleveland Cavaliers and then blown a 3-1 lead to the Cavs in the 2015-16 Finals to narrowly miss out on back-to-back titles. They have since won consecutive titles over Cleveland while going a combined 32-6 in the playoffs, including 8-1 in the Finals.Silver praised the team for putting together the other necessary pieces to engineer such a dominant stretch."I've said repeatedly, let's also celebrate excellence," he said. "Ownership, the job Bob Myers has done as a GM, Steve Kerr, of course, one of the great coaches in our league. Steph Curry, drafted. Klay Thompson, drafted. Draymond Green drafted 35th by Golden State Warriors."
Take 5: Five things about top five NBA draft prospects

Take 5: Five things about top five NBA draft prospects

Bigs with wheels are the prized attractions, from Arizona's DeAndre Ayton and Duke product Marvin Bagley III, to Texas' one-man swat team Mo Bamba and Michigan State's 6-foot-11 Jaren Jackson Jr. All have star potential for vastly different reasons, with backgrounds as close to opposite as one could imagine.Less familiar to most NBA observers is slick Slovenian point guard Luka Doncic. With the jump shot to play the 2 and the mind and handle to be a point forward, Doncic can find a spot to fit in the NBA -- no matter a team's roster needs.Here are five things to know about FLM's top five NBA draft prospects:G Luka Doncic, International1. Doncic is 19 but has several years of pro experience, including most recently as the starting point guard with Real Madrid, to whom he was first loaned by Slovenia at the age of 13. He signed a five-year deal and moved to Madrid and debuted as a pro in 2015 (at age 16).2. Doncic is the son of a basketball coach (Sasa Doncic) and hurdler (Mirjam Poterbin).3. He was named the EuroLeague rising star each of the past two seasons and became the youngest EuroLeague MVP in 2018.4. Scouts have compared Doncic to NBA players James Harden, Manu Ginobili and Gordon Hayward.5. Doncic said prior to the draft that he wants to see which teams make a mistake on draft night by passing on him. His nickname in Slovenia is "Wonder Boy."C DeAndre Ayton, Arizona1. Ayton is 7-1 and 250 pounds, and played one season at Arizona, averaging 20.1 points on 61.2-percent shooting to go with 11.6 rebounds.2. Ayton hails from Nassau, Bahamas, and never touched a basketball before age 12, when he was introduced to the sport in an island church league.3. Projected as a top-three pick, Ayton worked out for only one team before the draft -- the Phoenix Suns, holders of the No. 1 overall pick. After that workout (and still two weeks before the draft), he said "I know I'm going No. 1."4. Ayton moved to the United States -- first San Diego, then Phoenix -- with basketball in mind. Ayton said he made enough money working for his stepfather's plumbing business to attend a basketball camp, where he fell in love with the game.5. Ayton refuted an ESPN report that surfaced before the NCAA Tournament linking his family to a payment of $100,000 from Arizona.C Mo Bamba, Texas1. Bamba weighs just 223 pounds, or about five pounds fewer than guard Doncic.2. Bamba's 94-inch wingspan is the longest ever recorded in the history of the NBA draft combine. The average doorway measures 34 inches wide. A standard multi-passenger SUV stands 74 inches, road to rooftop. Houston Rockets legend Yao Ming was 7-5. You get the picture.3. He was the No. 2 recruit in the nation in the Class of 2017 and was widely believed to be on his way to Duke or Kentucky until head coach Shaka Smart snuck in to convince Bamba to give Texas a listen.4. Bamba averaged 3.7 blocks per game at Texas. His standing reach of 9 feet, 6 inches means he can touch the base of the breakaway rim in most college gyms.
New Pistons coach Casey bullish on team's outlook

New Pistons coach Casey bullish on team's outlook

New Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey made his expectations for the upcoming season clear while being introduced by the team Wednesday."I'm telling the guys now: We're not developing, we're not two or three years away," Casey told reporters. "We want to win right now."Casey, the reigning NBA Coach of the Year, was hired by the Pistons to replace Stan Van Gundy last week. Casey inherits a roster that has high-profile names in Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson, though the team is without a first-round pick in Thursday's NBA draft as a result of the Griffin trade.With Jackson only playing 45 games due to injury and Griffin acquired midseason, the Pistons only went 39-43 last season, missing the playoffs."The most important thing is the talent level you have with Blake, Andre and Reggie to start with," Casey said. "They're veteran players and the next level is Luke Kennard, Stanley Johnson -- whom I've always admired from afar -- and Henry Ellenson, three very talented young players."Casey joins the team after being fired by the Toronto Raptors despite leading them to a franchise-record 59 wins last season. He was let go after a second-round playoff loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers."I can hold my head high for what we built in Toronto," Casey said. "That's part of the journey. This is a new chapter."
Report: Knicks' O'Quinn declines $4.2M player option

Report: Knicks' O'Quinn declines $4.2M player option

New York Knicks center Kyle O'Quinn has declined his $4.2 million player option for the 2018-19 season and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to a report from ESPN on Wednesday night.O'Quinn, 28, is coming off a career year, his sixth in the NBA and third with the Knicks. The 2012 second-round pick by the Orlando Magic averaged 7.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 77 games (10 starts).O'Quinn has career averages of 5.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.
NBA notebook: Cavs reportedly intend to keep Love

NBA notebook: Cavs reportedly intend to keep Love

The Cleveland Cavaliers aren't offering Kevin Love in any trade offers and intend to have him on the roster next season regardless of any decision LeBron James may make, ESPN reported Wednesday.Love has two seasons remaining on his deal with the Cavaliers and is owed just more than $49.7 million. The second year is a player option. Speculation has been rampant that Cleveland would look to deal Love if James leaves as a free agent.Retaining Love, who turns in 30 in September, would leave the franchise with at least a short-term standout to reload around. Love averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in 59 regular-season games last season.Love has career averages of 18.3 points and 11.3 rebounds over 10 seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cavaliers. He twice averaged 26 or more points during his six seasons in Minnesota.--The Los Angeles Lakers recently held a meeting warning all employees about possible tampering ahead of the opening of NBA free agency on July 1, according to an ESPN report.Per the report, co-owner and governor Jeanie Buss called the meeting, and president of basketball operations Magic Johnson led it. Some employees also received written notice that termination could be possible for anyone who might violate NBA rules.The Lakers were fined $500,000 last August after general manager Rob Pelinka made a prohibited form of contact with the agent of Paul George while the forward was with the Indiana Pacers. That came after the team had been warned following Johnson's public comments about George. L.A. was also fined $50,000 in February for Johnson's public comments praising the play of Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.--NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he understands why some fans are upset about the Golden State Warriors' assembly of a superteam with Kevin Durant, but he also gave the team praise for earning the success it has achieved.
Changing the game: Female reporters in the locker room and press box: Bill Livingston

Changing the game: Female reporters in the locker room and press box: Bill Livingston

Plain Dealer sports columnist Bill Livingston will retire soon. This week he is writing about changes in the sports world and journalism during his 47 years in the business and beginning next week he' ... Continue Reading
Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James's decision and No. 8 pick in 2018 NBA Draft: Crowquill

Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James's decision and No. 8 pick in 2018 NBA Draft: Crowquill

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The 2018 NBA Draft takes place Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Cleveland Cavaliers will have the No. 8 pick courtesy of the Brooklyn Nets via the Boston C ... Continue Reading
If the Cavaliers are considering Trae Young, there are questions: NBA Draft 2018

If the Cavaliers are considering Trae Young, there are questions: NBA Draft 2018

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- There has been little linking of Oklahoma's Trae Young to the Cavaliers, which might be considered surprising given the circumstances.Young led the NCAA's Div. I in scoring and ass ... Continue Reading
Draft duds: Mavs top 5 worst No. 1 picks

Draft duds: Mavs top 5 worst No. 1 picks

Have the Dallas Mavericks been the worst-drafting team in NBA history or does it just feel like that?Whatever the case, when perusing the team's top picks over the years it quickly becomes evident th ... Continue Reading
LeBron James' big decision: editorial

LeBron James' big decision: editorial

Like everyone in Cavaliers-land, we hope LeBron James decides to stay. We wish for it, we even, sometimes, dare to trust in it, knowing how deep his loyalty and connection to Northeast Ohio runs, know ... Continue Reading
Cleveland Cavaliers: Don't focus on LeBron James when drafting -- Terry Pluto

Cleveland Cavaliers: Don't focus on LeBron James when drafting -- Terry Pluto

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Trae Young or Collin Sexton?How about Michael Porter Jr., who is coming off major back surgery?Go safe and draft a polished forward such as Villanova's Mikal Bridges?Make a bold ... Continue Reading
Why Cleveland Cavaliers should draft Collin Sexton with No. 8 pick: Chris Fedor

Why Cleveland Cavaliers should draft Collin Sexton with No. 8 pick: Chris Fedor

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- This is a summer filled with questions for the Cleveland Cavaliers, making it really tough to peg which approach is best.But it seems all of the possibilities should lead the Cavs ... Continue Reading
Wizards, Knicks will meet in NBA's London game next season

Wizards, Knicks will meet in NBA's London game next season

The NBA unveiled the teams who will play when the league returns to London next season on Wednesday.The New York Knicks, making their third appearance, will take on the Washington Wizards, who are making their London debut.This will be the ninth time the NBA has played a game in England's most populous city."We've been playing regular-season match-ups in London for nearly a decade, and over that time the games and the surrounding festivities have grown into the equivalent of an NBA All-Star experience transported to Europe," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a press release from the league. "Fans and partners from across the continent come to celebrate basketball and enjoy the excitement and experience of an NBA game."Wizards guard John Wall expressed excitement about going abroad."It will be an honor to represent the Washington Wizards organization as we play our first game in the UK," he said. "I look forward to connecting with our fans in London and using the experience to further bond as a team."