• Cavs Offer Billups Front Office Job

    Owner Dan Gilbert has offered Chauncey Billups a five-year contract to head up the Cavaliers front office, but Billups has yet to accept, sources with knowledge of the talks told The Athletic.

    The two spent all day Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena, where Billups was introduced to a number of the executives who would be working under him, one source with knowledge of the meeting told The Athletic. It was the second consecutive day of meetings between Gilbert and Billups.

    Source: Jason Lloyd of The Athletic
  • Kerr Wants Warriors to Consider White House Visit

    Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday that although the NBA champions have not received an invitation to visit the White House, he would urge his players to consider going as a gesture of goodwill.

    "I would want to make sure the players gave this really a lot of thought," Kerr told "The TK Show" podcast. "And everybody knows I've been a very outspoken critic of [President Donald] Trump, and as a result, maybe we won't even get the invitation. But I do think it's very important to consider a potential invitation because I think it could have really positive ramifications if we did go."

    Source: ESPN
  • Sixers Sell Franchise-Record 14,000 Season Tix

    With visions of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz playing together, Philadelphia 76ers fans are lining up to buy tickets.

    Sales have spiked since Saturday, since news of their trade with the Boston Celtics to acquire the No. 1 pick in Thursday's draft. The Sixers have sold a franchise-record 14,000 season tickets for 2017-18 and expect to sell out all of their home games.

    Source: ESPN
  • Sources: Rockets Targeting CP3, Blake, and Others

    The Houston Rockets are aggressively trying to make trades in conjunction with Thursday's NBA draft to create the needed financial flexibility this summer to pursue a marquee free agent, according to league sources.

    Sources told ESPN on Wednesday that the Rockets have at least four top-tier free agents in their summer sights: Atlanta's Paul Millsap, Toronto's Kyle Lowry and the LA Clippers duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. One source close to the situation told ESPN to expect the Rockets to go "hard" after Paul in July.

    Source: Marc Stein of ESPN
  • Jackson Confirms Knicks Fielding Calls on Porzingis

    New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson confirmed Wednesday night that he has received calls in recent days from teams interested in trading for Kristaps Porzingis.

    "We're getting calls. As much as we value Kristaps and what he's done for us, when a guy doesn't show up for an exit meeting, everybody starts speculating on the duration or movability from a club," Jackson said in an interview on MSG Network. "So we've been getting calls and we're listening, but we're not intrigued yet at this level. But as much as we love this guy, we have to do what's good for our club."

    Source: Ian Begley of ESPN
  • Source: Pelicans Trade Tim Frazier to Wizards

    The New Orleans Pelicans have traded point guard Tim Frazier to the Washington Wizards in exchange for the No. 52 overall pick in the draft, a league source told kBaBasketball.

    Frazier is coming off his best season as a pro last season and averaged a career-high 7.1 points and 23.5 minutes per game. The 26-year-old guard filled in admirably for Jrue Holiday starting 35 games and averaging 8.9 points and 6.9 assists in 29.1 minutes per game.

    Frazier has a $2 million salary for next season and will become a free agent in the summer of 2018.

    Washington adds a backup point guard in Frazier with Brandon Jennings entering unrestricted free agency this summer. Trey Burke is eligible for a qualifying offer but is unlikely to receive one.

    New Orleans will now have two second-round draft picks (40 and 52) entering the draft. The Pelicans are now the 10th team with multiple picks second-round picks. They join the Magic (2), Hawks (2), Knicks (2), Rockets (2), Nuggets (2), Suns (2), Jazz (2), Celtics (3) and 76ers (4) as noted in our previous mock draft.

    For more on the draft and other potential trade to keep an eye on, check out our latest and final kBaBasketball mock draft.
  • Sources: Lakers’ Nick Young Will Decline Option

    Lakers guard Nick Young will decline his option and become a free agent, a source told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski via Twitter 
  • Sources: Spurs Open to Trading Danny Green

    League sources tell the @ExpressNews that #Spurs are open to trading guard Danny Green. No deal is close as of yet, though #NBA

    Source: Jabari Young on Twitter
  • Rockets Extend General Manager Daryl Morey

    Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has extended the contract of general manager Daryl Morey for additional four seasons, a person with knowledge of the deal said on Wednesday.

    "Leslie wanted to secure his management team well into the future," said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

    Morey had one more year left on his current deal. He could not be reached for comment.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle
  • Hawks Exploring Sign-and-Trade with Paul Millsap

    From ESPN’s Brian Windhorst:
    [The Dwight Howard trade] is the Hawks sending a signal that they are going into a full rebuild mode, and it would also imply that Paul Millsap probably will not be back with the organization.

    There are three or four teams out there that are willing to give Millsap a max contract, and sources have told me that the Hawks have begun getting some feelers on sign-and-trades.

    Teams like the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets are interested in Paul Millsap.

    Source: Brian Windhorst via Ryne Nelson of SLAM Magazine
  • Donovan Mitchell to Workout for Knicks Wednesday

    Louisville's Donovan Mitchell is scheduled to work out for the Knicks today in a group setting, per league sources. Mitchell's workout, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, is expected to be the last workout for New York before Thursday's draft. The club has told people around the league that it has not made up its mind yet. Mitchell, Frank Ntilikina and Malik Monk, Lauri Markkanen and others are being considered for the No. 8 pick, per people in touch with the team. Phil Jackson and other Knicks front office members are intrigued by Mitchell's defensive ability and athleticism. The Knicks also have no concerns about Mitchell's ability to handle New York due to his maturity and that he played for a high-profile college program in Louisville. Mitchell prefers to work out in a group setting to display his elite defensive attributes, something that has intrigued the Knicks and several other lottery teams. His workout is expected to include Villanova's Josh Hart, Miami's Davon Reed and Iowa State's Naz Long, among others. The group was also scheduled to workout on Tuesday but was moved to Wednesday along with Mitchell.

    Source: Ian Begley of ESPN
  • Greg Monroe to Opt-In with Milwaukee

    Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe plans to opt in to his $17.9 million contract for the 2017-18 season, league sources told The Vertical.

    Monroe had a Wednesday deadline for his player option. Monroe expressed to new Bucks general manager Jon Horst a desire to remain with the team and continue making strides toward Eastern Conference contention, league sources said.

    Monroe averaged 11.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 81 games for the Bucks this past season. He averaged 13.2 points and 7.3 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game in the Bucks’ first-round series loss to the Toronto Raptors.Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe plans to opt in to his $17.9 million contract for the 2017-18 season, league sources told The Vertical.

    Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical

  • Report: Jazz Made Trade Inquiry on Patrick Beverley

    The Utah Jazz have made a trade inquiry on Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley, multiple sources told The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday morning. The Jazz are one of 12 teams that has reached out to the Rockets in hopes of acquiring him.

    Source: Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune
  • Rockets Looking to Create Cap Space?

    Free Agency Scuttle: Houston is making Ryan Anderson/Lou Williams/Patrick Beverley available via trade to create summer spending flexibility.

    Source: Marc Stein of ESPN
  • Sources: Jimmy Butler Hopes to Stay in Chicago

    The Cleveland Cavaliers remain seriously interested in trading for Chicago's Jimmy Butler or Indiana's Paul George but have encountered significant obstacles on both fronts, according to league sources.

    Sources said Tuesday that the Cavaliers have been notified that Butler hopes to stay with the Bulls and would be reluctant to commit his long-term future to Cleveland. Butler, sources said, remains intent on trying to lead the Bulls back to Eastern Conference prominence.

    Source: Marc Stein of ESPN