It’s looking like Cleveland’s Big 3 may not involve Kyrie Irving next season.
The Cavaliers are reportedly considering a three-team trade that would send Irving to the Knicks in exchange for Carmelo Anthony, according to Yahoo Sports. Initial reports suggest the third team involved may be the Suns. An ESPN report suggested the Knicks would also send future first-rounders to Cleveland in order to get rid of Anthony get Irving.
An unidentified source told the Post that Joe Tsai, executive VP of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is among those expressing interest, though his representatives denied that to the Post.
Nets representatives reportedly had 20 meetings lined up last month in China after Prokhorov’s failed attempts to sell a minority stake in the team.
Allen & Co., the investment bank, hasn’t circulated a sale book yet, according to the Post, but Prokhorov has said that he’s hopeful the majority ownership stake in the team that he took over in 2010 would fetch $2 billion.
The Nets were valued at $1.8 billion by Forbes in its latest ranking of teams, seventh on the list and just ahead of the Rockets, who also are for sale.
As crazy as turning a 6-10 power forward into a point guard might sound, Griffin has been one of the best passing big men in the NBA for most of his career. He averaged 5.3 assists per game in 2014-15, putting him behind only LeBron James (7.4), Tyreke Evans (6.6) and Evan Turner (5.5) for the most among forwards on the season. Griffin then finished behind five forwards in assists per game in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
John Wall wants nothing more than to keep playing with the team that drafted him, so to hear that Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the team that picked him up on draft day baffled the former Kentucky star.
That was crazy to me. I didn’t know that was happening at all. Well, too bad, Wall said (via CSN Mid-Atlantic). It’s kinda tough. If I had been to three straight [NBA] Finals, I’d want to stay but you never know what type of relationship or what type of details they have going on the backside. Nobody knows what’s going on behind closed doors.
These games will be our 25th and 26th in Mexico, the most played in any country outside of the United States and Canada, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. They will also mark the 25th anniversary of our first game in Mexico City, a milestone in our relationship with our Mexican fans and a further indication of our desire to strengthen our ties to Mexico and Latin America.
The games likely will draw huge crowds, especially since fans will want a glimpse of the Nets’ revamped team with Jeremy Lin, DeMarre Carroll and D’Angelo Russell in action.
Fans will also get to see Westbrook playing alongside Paul George and watch Hassan Whiteside work with Kelly Olynyk in the Heat’s first game in Mexico.
We are thrilled to be able to participate in the NBA Mexico City games, Heat president Pat Riley said. The game of basketball is truly a global game and we are proud to be a part of its return to Mexico City. We look forward to our first-ever regular-season game there and bringing the HEAT experience to our fans in Mexico.
The games will be televised by ESPN in the U.S. and Televisa in Mexico. Fans also can watch the games via the NBA app.