Jimmy Butler traded to 76ers

The dark cloud of uncertainty surrounding the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Jimmy Butler saga can finally be lifted. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, and later confirmed by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, the Philadelphia 76ers will acquire Butler in exchange for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless. Wojnarowski and Lowe added the Timberwolves would also receive a 2022 second-round pick and send center Justin Patton to Philadelphia. According to Wojnarowski, “After winless 5-game road trip that ended with loss Sacramento on Friday night, Tom Thibodeau…

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Report: Phoenix Suns will buyout Tyson Chandler,expected to sign with Lakers

According to The New York Times’ Marc Stein, the Phoenix Suns will buyout center Tyson Chandler, making him a free agent. Should he be claimed on waivers, Chandler would be owed $13.6 million this year. Left unclaimed, he becomes eligible to sign with any team he chooses. The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to sign Chandler as soon as he clears waivers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.   As @TheSteinLine reports, center Tyson Chandler is getting a buyout with the Suns and will become a free agent upon clearing waivers. Chandler…

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Derrick Rose’s career night makes the basketball world smile

The unfortunate turn that Derrick Rose’s career has taken has been well documented. Whether you are a fan of Rose or a fan of basketball, it has been near painful at times to watch the struggles of the former MVP. It seemed that the basketball world was on the verge seeing a potential Hall of Fame career, a la Penny Hardaway, and until this year, Grant Hill, diverted due to injury. His time in New York produced decent numbers 18.0 ppg and 4.4 apg) but not the type of impact…

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Klay Thompson sets single game three point record, scorches Bulls for 52

At least from the perspective of long-range shooting, Klay Thompson has not been himself to start the 2018-19 campaign. Coming into The Warriors’ game against the Chicago Bulls he had been averaging just 15.1 points per contest and shooting just 40% from the floor. He had only made 5 of his 36 three-point attempts on the season. The Bulls were very accommodating in helping Thompson break out of his shooting funk in a major way. He hit an NBA record 14 three-pointers en route to a 52 point night. Thirty-six…

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Tyronn Lue issues statement after being let go by Cavaliers

Starting the season with six losses in six games is not the way the Cavaliers envisioned starting their season, even in the post Leboncalypse era. Even though the team is bringing back 11 players from last year’s roster, without the confines of the LeBron James system, the roles on the team are vastly different and there will be an adjustment period. However, that does not excuse the atrocious defense the Cavaliers have played this season; they are currently dead last in defensive rating with a 120.1. Although six games does…

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Report: Cavaliers fire Tyronne Lue

After coming out of the gates on fire with a 0-6 start, the Cleveland Cavaliers have broken off head coach Tyronn Lue, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.   The Cleveland Cavaliers are planning to fire head coach Ty Lue, per league sources. @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 28, 2018   Lue assumed the Cavaliers head coaching role after David Blatt was let go halfway through the 2015-16 season, despite having the top record in the conference at the time. Lue would “coach” Lebron James and the Cavs…

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Bobby Portis out 4 to 6 weeks week MCL sprain

Earier today the Chicago Bulls announced that power forward Bobby Portis was diagnosed with a moderate MCL sprain in his right knee and will be out four to six weeks. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune initially reported that Portis was expected to be on the shelf for at least a month. He sustained the injury Wednesday night in the fourth quarter of the Bulls’ game against the Charlotte Hornets. Portis is the latest addition to the Bulls m.a.s.h. unit that also includes Lauri Markkanen, who has been since before…

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Luke Walton fined $15,000 for criticizing officials

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Los Angeles Lakers head coach was fined $15,000 for saying not nice things about the officials Monday night following his team’s 143-142 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton has been fined $15,000 for public comments on officiating Monday night. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 24, 2018 What seemed to be a source of consternation for Walton was the Spurs going to the free throw line more times than the Lakers , 38 to 26, though the Lakers were more…

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Darius Bazley skips G League to take Internship with New Balance

2018 McDonald’s All-American Darius Bazley initially had a scholarship at Syracuse until I March he decided to forego that to play a season in the G-League ( can we go back to calling it the D-League?). That too is no longer happening. Bazley signed with agent Rich Paul and Klutch Sports in May and is going to also forego hooping in that league to serve as a New Balance. As reported by the New York Times’ Marc Stein: This week, Paul revealed he has arranged for Bazley to spend the heart of…

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What I saw Lakers v Rockets: Trouble on the horizon in Lakerland??

Saturday night marked the Staples Center unveiling of this highly publicized and scrutinized version of the Los Angeles Lakers, starring LeBron James. It was an entertaining game but it will be most remembered for this little incident:   Now the fisticuffs themselves do not bother me; the typical NBA altercation these days is usually just some vociferous smack talk and maybe pushing and shoving (especially if there are people around to hold them back before anything could really happen). The main protagonists Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul, decided to take…

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