Gordon Hayward to make decision on Tuesday?

Gordon Hayward has been wined and dined for the past few days. Now, it’s almost decision time. Hayward held meetings with the Heat, Celtics, and Jazz.  According to USA Today’s Sam Amick, Hayward may make his decision on Tuesday. Hayward is said to be conflicted about whether to return to the Jazz, or to move on.  

If he goes to Boston or Miami, Hayward gets out of the star studded Western Conference, and gives himself a better chance of making the NBA Finals. However, Utah is where he started, and is a team that had regular season and playoff success last year. 

The 27-year-old Hayward became an All-Star for the first time last season with Utah. 

Last summer, Kevin Durant made his decision on the 4th of July.

Will Hayward do the same?

Stay tuned!

 

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Kevin Durant gives Warriors a discount

On July 4, 2016, Kevin Durant decided to take his talents to the Warriors. On July 3, 2017, Durant decides to re-sign with the Warriors for two-years, $53 million, according to ESPN. The contract has a player option after year one of the deal. Durant can opt out after year one of the contract. If Durant does opt out, which is expected, he can get a new max contract in the summer of 2018.

According to The Mercury News, Durant will get $25 million next season, which around $9 million less than what he could have received, which is around $34 million.  By taking less money, the Warriors were able use those resources to retain Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala. 

For Durant, it’s not about the money. KD is trying to do whatever he can to keep this championship caliber roster together. He knows that Livingston and Iguodala give the team depth and versatility. 

According to ESPN, the Warriors have committed over $325M to 5 free agents so far this offseason. All 5 were on the team last season.

Steph Curry: 5 yrs/$201m

Kevin Durant: 2 yrs/$53m

Andre Iguodala: 3 yrs/$48m

Shaun Livingston: 3 yrs/ $24m

David West: 1 yr/$2.3m

What a summer for the Warriors!

Chauncey Billups makes BIG3 debut; recap and highlights from Week 2

Week 2 of the BIG3 took place in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday.  In front of a crowd of 10,651 at the Spectrum Center, Week 2 saw the debut of Killer 3s star Chauncey Billups. The 40-year-old Billups, who reportedly will not take the job of president of basketball operations with the Cavs, told the assembled media during a postgame press conference that his decision to sit out week one was in an effort to not take attention away from the league’s debut.

All eight teams were in action on Sunday.

Here are highlights and recaps of all four games from Sunday:

GAME 1: Trilogy (50) vs. 3 Headed Monsters (37)

Trilogy rode the hot hand and physical play of captain Al Harrington to claim the team’s second victory of the season. Harrington led all scorers with 20 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field, earning nine points from the free throw line and grabbing seven rebounds. Trilogy got off to a fast start to kick off BIG3 Week 2 and took a commanding 16-point lead at halftime. Rashad McCants, a driving force behind UNC’s 2005 NCAA championship, made his return to North Carolina and complemented Harrington with 13 points. In the defeat, captain Rashard Lewis led the way for the team with 17 points and Eddie Basden finished with eight points and eight rebounds.

GAME 2: Power (50) vs. Killer 3s (45)

Killer 3s captain Chauncey Billups dropped 15 points including two 4-pointers, and his co-captain Stephen Jackson added 18 points on 60% shooting from the field (9-15). Billups knocked down a deep shot to give Killer 3s a two point halftime lead, but it wasn’t enough to slow down Power. After going down by four, Power scored 13 of the game’s final 17 points. Power’s captain Cuttino Mobley led all scorers with 23 points.

GAME 3: Ball Hogs (50) vs. Tri-State (44)

The Ball Hogs overcame a 15-point deficit in the second half to take the victory in Week 2 on the hot shooting of Rasual Butler and Derrick Byars. The duo teamed up for 38 of the team’s total points, including three 3-pointers from Butler and a 4-pointer from Byars. Tri-State’s Mike James scored 17 points. 

GAME 4: Ghost Ballers (50) vs. 3’s Company (45)

The Ghost Ballers came up big to get the team’s first victory of the season, scoring the final ten points of the game. After being down nine points at the half, Ghost Ballers’ captain Mike Bibby turned it on and led both teams with 20 points.  For 3’s Company, Dermarr Johnson added 14 points and eight rebounds in the loss, and Allen Iverson finished with 2 points.

VIDEO COURTESY: FS1

BIG3’s Week 2 games will air on Fox Sports 1 on Monday night (7/3) at 8pm ET

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. 

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:

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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!