• Anthony Davis: Can’t Wait to Make ‘Noise’ in West

    Anthony Davis says the New Orleans Pelicans are "tired of losing" and have the roster to do something about it.

    That is, if they can find a new offensive scheme that suits their mixture of incumbent starters and recent acquisitions. "We can't wait for the season to come and try to make some noise here in the loaded West," Davis said Tuesday afternoon while promoting a youth camp he'll host in early August.

    Source: The Associated Press on ESPN
  • Chauncey Billups Knew Kyrie was Unhappy

    Chauncey Billups knew Kyrie Irving was unhappy when Billups was interviewing for the Cleveland Cavaliers' president job last month. Billups also said his concern over the amount of assets in the franchise if LeBron James leaves in free agency next summer contributed to his decision to pass on the job.

    "[Irving's trade request] didn't surprise me. I knew as [the Cavs] were doing their due diligence on me I was doing the same thing on them," Billups said in an interview on the Vic Lombardi Show on Altitude Sports 950 AM in Denver on Tuesday. "I knew so much about the situation that the rest of the world doesn't know. But it's unfortunate, man, because [Irving is] a special talent. So much of what he's been able to accomplish on and off the floor has been as the beneficiary of having LeBron James."

    Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN
  • LeBron Denies Role in Kyrie Irving Saga

    The saga that has engulfed the Cleveland Cavaliers over the past several days continued to expand Tuesday, with LeBron James issuing a tweet expressing his unhappiness with how he has been portrayed in the reporting of teammate Kyrie Irving's request to be traded.

    Friday, ESPN reported that Irving had requested a trade and that James was blindsided by the news. Saturday, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said a source in Irving's camp felt that James helped orchestrate the release of news that Irving wanted to be dealt. (ESPN stands by its reporting, which was based on multiple sources.)

    Source: ESPN
  • Jared Sullinger Headed to China?

    Nets have interest in Jared Sullinger, but the belief is that he is headed to China.

    Source: Anthony Puccio of NetsDaily on Twitter
  • Source: Magic, Arron Afflalo Agree to One-Year Deal

    Free agent Arron Afflalo has agreed to a one-year deal with the Orlando Magic, league source tells ESPN.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
  • Report: Brandon Knight Suffers Torn ACL

    Suns guard Brandon Knight has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and could miss the entire season, league source tells ESPN.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
  • Sources: Blazers Trade Crabbe to Nets for Nicholson

    Portland has traded Allen Crabbe to Brooklyn for Andrew Nicholson, league sources tell ESPN.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
  • Sources: No Traction Yet on Possible Kyrie Irving Trade

    [Derrick] Rose's visit comes amid Kyrie Irving's trade request, which the organization has been aware since starting discussions with Rose recently. The Cavaliers have been fielding multiple trade calls and offers for Irving in recent days but do not yet have traction on a possible deal, league sources said.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
  • Gordon Hayward: ‘Probably smarter’ to Leave West for East

    In an extended interview about his free-agency process, All-Star forward and new Celtic Gordon Hayward visted with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski to discuss the courtships of Boston, Utah and Miami in a wide-ranging visit on The Woj Pod, released on Monday afternoon.

    On leaving the Western Conference for the East:

    "When we're going through this process and you keep seeing some of the big-name guys and it's like, the West is loading up more and more and more, it's not something where, like, I'm going to go East just so I don't have to play them, 'cause you don't want to run from competition at all. That's not how I am. But there is a sense that it's probably a smarter thing as far as you're not going to have to battle it out with all these teams just to make it to the second round, make it to the third round, giving yourself a better chance against a Golden State. So it definitely crosses your mind, 100 percent.

    Source: ESPN via Adrian Wojnarowski's WojPod
  • Richard Jefferson on Kyrie: ‘anybody would want stability’

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson said that Kyrie Irving's search for a more stable situation by requesting a trade is understandable considering the state of the franchise.

    "I think Kyrie is a hyper-intelligent kid," Jefferson said on the latest episode of his "Road Trippin'" podcast, released Monday. "Really, really smart. Doesn't get enough credit for how smart he is, and I think seeing that the franchise is in flux, I think seeing [David Griffin] leave and the amount of coaches ... I think Kyrie has had a much tougher time in this stretch of the organization than anyone ever wants to ever really fully [recognize].

    "He's the No. 1 pick right after LeBron [left for Miami in 2010], then he has three different coaches, then LeBron comes back, now there's trade rumors, now it's 'LeBron's leaving.' It's like at some point in time, anybody would want some sort of stability."

    Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
  • Hornets to Work Out Norris Cole

    The @hornets will work out veteran Norris Cole as a possible third point guard. Story coming.

    Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
  • Sources: Celtics Made ‘obligatory’ Call on Kyrie Irving

    Most teams, including the asset-rich Celtics, have placed the obligatory call letting Cleveland know they would like to be kept in the loop, sources say. Boston could offer Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and one of their golden picks -- Brooklyn's pick next season, or the Lakers/Kings pick they got from Philly in the Markelle Fultz deal. It's unclear if they would dangle all of that, but those picks could represent the young stud Cleveland needs. Regardless, a deal between the East's two best teams seems unlikely.

    Source: Zach Lowe of ESPN
  • Cavaliers Acting as if Kyrie Irving Trade is ‘inevitable’

    The Cavaliers are projecting confidence they can snare a king's ransom for Kyrie Irving, and more than that, they are acting -- for now -- as if a trade is almost inevitable, and that there is little chance of salvaging their relationship with him, according to several sources familiar with the situation.

    Things can always change, particularly if Irving initiates a meeting with James to hash things out, but that is the mood around these tense talks now.

    Source: Zach Lowe of ESPN
  • Carmelo Anthony, Thunder Have Mutual Interest?

    Have a scoop - OKC and Carmelo are officially circling each other. OKC's Troy Weaver recruited Melo to Cuse + has known him since DMV days.

    Source: Bill Simmons on Twitter
  • Orlando Magic and Wesley Iwundu Agree to Deal

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    The Orlando Magic and second-round draft pick Wesley Iwundu have agreed to a fully guaranteed three-year, $4.1 million deal, agent Austin Walton of NEXT Sports told kBaBasketball.

    The deal includes more guaranteed money than Davon Reed, the No. 32 overall pick in the draft, according to colleague Eric Pincus’ Phoenix Suns salary sheet.

    Orlando selected Iwundu No. 33 overall out of Kansas State University. He’s the first Kansas State player to be drafted since Michael Beasley and Henry “Bill” Walker in 2008. Iwundu averaged 13.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game as a senior at Kansas State. Iwundu also shot 48 percent from the field overall and 38 percent from beyond the arc.

    Iwundu scored 24 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds in Kansas State’s victory over Wake Forest in the South Region’s First Four portion of the NCAA Tournament.

    The 22-year-old is considered a versatile swingman defender.

    For more information on the Orlando Magic’s current salary cap situation, click here.