Report: Carmelo Anthony willing to waive no-trade clause for Rockets or Cavaliers

According to ESPN, Carmelo Anthony is open to waiving his no-trade clause for Houston or Cleveland.

Over the past few weeks, it had been speculated that Cleveland could be the destination for Melo if the Knicks were to agree to buyout.

Now, with Chris Paul in Houston, the Rockets have become an attractive destination for the 33-year-old Anthony.  The Rockets and Knicks have had trade discussions centered around Anthony and the Rockets’ Ryan Anderson, according to the report. 

In reality, Melo’s best opportunity of going to the NBA Finals is in Cleveland. Remember, the Rockets have to go through Golden State to get to the NBA Finals. On the other hand, Cleveland is head and shoulders about everyone else in the Eastern Conference. Anthony to Cleveland essentially guarantees a return to the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive year. 

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Report: Chauncey Billups will not take Cavs’ job

Chauncey Billups has decided not to take the job of president of basketball operations for the Cavaliers, according to ESPN.

Cleveland is still looking to replace former GM David Griffin who was fired by the team in June. 

On Sunday, Billups made his BIG3 debut in Charlotte. After the game, Billups addressed his situation with the Cavaliers.

Here is what he had to say on Sunday:

 

Twitter reaction to the “Bad Decision in Brisbane.” Horn defeats Pacquiao

In an absolute stunner, Manny Pacquiao lost a unanimous decision to Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia on Saturday night. Yes, Jeff Horn (17-0-1,11 KOs) who was a schoolteacher in Australia. While Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOS) lost, it was clear that he won. The final scorecards were 117-111, 115-113, 115-113 all for the winner and new WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn. 

Here is how Twitter reacted:

https://twitter.com/IrishDDizon/status/881378445418156034

Report: Iguodala returns to Warriors

Coming into free agency, there was some thought that Golden State could lose one or more of their key bench players. Well, Shaun Livingston and David West are reportedly returning, and now, so is Andre Iguodala. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Iguodala will be returning to Golden State on a three-year, $48 million deal. 

Iguodala, 33, does so much for the Warriors. He defends; he scores a little, and just makes the Warriors better.  

Iguodala reportedly met with the Spurs, Lakers, Kings, and Rockets, but he decided to return to Golden State. 

This is huge for the Warriors!

LeBron James: “Steph should be getting 400M

Over the years, LeBron James has been outspoken about max contracts in the NBA. LeBron believes, like it is in baseball, that a player should get as much as owners are willing to pay. With that being said, LeBron believes Steph Curry is worth more than what he received from the Warriors.

According to reports, Curry signed a five-year, $201 million dollar deal to stay with Golden State. 

James is not wrong. If owners are getting billions, why can’t players get whatever they can negotiate? However, $201 million is still a lot of money! Fortunately for Curry, he won’t be seeing the poor house anytime soon!

Report: Paul George traded to OKC

According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Pacers have traded Paul George to OKC for Victor Oladipo and Domantis Sabonis.

Obviously, Russell Westbrook is excited! This one is a shocker!

Report: Spurs get first meeting with Andre Iguodala

According to ESPN, Andre Iguodala’s first free agent meeting will be with the Spurs.  The meeting will take place in Los Angeles.

Losing Iguodala would be a blow for the Warriors. He was the NBA Finals MVP in 2015, and is a big time defender. Iguodala’s versatility and his ability to defend could be hard to replace for the Warriors.

The 33-year-old Iguodala was one of the finalist for the 2016-17 Sixth Man of the Year award.

The Spurs can two things with this move. They add the versatility of Iguodala, and deplete the Warriors. It could be a win-win for the Spurs.

 

Report: Ricky Rubio traded to Jazz

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the Minnesota Timberwolves will send Ricky Rubio to Utah for a 2018 first-round pick. It has been rumored for weeks that Rubio could be on the move. The 26-year-old Rubio averaged 11 ppg and 9 apg last season for Minnesota.

This means that soon to be free agent guard George Hill will probably not return to Utah, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.