Report: Cavs discussing deal with Pacers for Roy Hibbert

In what could only be described as a blockbuster and unfair proposal, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers have reportedly had discussions about a deal for center Roy Hibbert.
Latest: #Cavaliers and #Pacers have had discussions on Roy Hibbert, but are looking to bring a third team in to make salaries work. #NBA — Evan Massey (@massey_evan) September 28, 2014
The Cavs have reportedly offered Dion Waiters, Brendan Haywood and a first-round pick. An already nightmare Cavs lineup could add even more size and presence to the mix.  Say what you want about Hibbert, but when he’s on, he can be dominant at times. Hibbert averaged 9.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game-last season, as Indiana reached the Eastern Conference Finals.

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Michigan Basketball: Revisiting Caris LeVert’s High School Scouting Report

Heading into the 2014-15 season, junior wing Caris LeVert is the unquestioned leader of the Michigan basketball program, as he is the team’s leading returning scorer (12.9) and rebounder (4.3). However, the road LeVert took to become the the Wolverines go-to player hasn’t been a predictable one.

LeVert has gone from an ordinary 3-star recruit into perhaps All-American material and an NBA draft hopeful.

So, let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit LeVert‘s high school scouting report.

When LeVert was heading into his senior year at Pickerington High School Central (Pickerington, Ohio) in 2012, not a lot of major programs were after him.

According to 247sports, Dayton and Ohio University (who he originally signed with) were the only other schools to offer him a spot. The site also listed him as a 3-star recruit.

Michigan head coach John Beilein would swoop in late after he decommitted from Ohio in the spring of 2012, and as they say, the rest is history.

When he came on board at Michigan, LeVert was initially buried on the depth chart, as he was behind Tim Hardaway Jr., Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III in the wing guard/forward pecking order of things. However, with each departure, he has moved up the ladder. And with all of those guys gone, LeVert has now become the “man” for the Wolverines.

Back when he was in high school, a lot of people labeled him as raw with above-average athleticism and a guy who could shoot well. Plus, one who in time could grow into a very good player.

Oddly enough, it was a Big Ten coach in Illinois’ John Groce who first saw the potential in him, as he was the coach of Ohio University at the time LeVert committed there. As you know, Groce left Ohio for Illinois in 2012, and now he and the Fighting Illini have to go up against LeVert every year.

LeVert had a great final year at Pickerington, leading his team to the state title and blowing up in the process. Prior to his senior year in high school, LeVert had talent but was considered raw, and that could be a reason why mostly mid-majors were after him initially.

Then the perfect storm happened for him, as he had a fantastic senior year while the coach (Groce) he signed up for at Ohio left to go to Illinois, leaving LeVert free to go to a big-time school.

At the time of his release from Ohio, Scout.com’s Brian Snow said this about LeVert, “With LeVert getting out of his letter of intent and entering the open market, look for a player with his skill level and ability to score to get high-major interest.”

Safe to say, the Wolverines got themselves a steal in LeVert and are happy the way things played out. LeVert is now set to contend for all-Big Ten honors while raising his NBA draft stock in the process.

For Michigan to do well this year, it will need a big season from LeVert, as the team lost big-time stars in Stauskas and Robinson III, Mitch McGary and others to the NBA.

It was a long, twisting road to get where he is, but the time is now for LeVert to shine.

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Report: Rajon Rondo suffers broken hand, out 6-8 weeks

Rajon Rondo might not be on the court when the Boston Celtics begin training camp Tuesday, but not because he’s been traded. The point guard underwent surgery Friday to repair a broken hand, sources told The Boston Globe’s Baxter Holmes. His “return timetable is unclear,” per Holmes. This obviously is a huge loss for the Celtics, as Rondo was expected to enter the season at full strength for the first time since 2012. Rondo played in just 30 games last season after returning from an ACL injury and saw limited minutes down the stretch. The reported injury also likely will affect Rondo’s trade stock. Many predict Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge will deal the 28-year-old at some point during the season as part of the team’s ongoing rebuild. Boston was set to enter camp with a deep contingent of backcourt players, but losing Rondo for any significant length of time would mean greater responsibility for some of the team’s younger guards — most notably, top draft pi…

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Report: Celtics’ Rajon Rondo suffers broken hand

Rajon Rondo might not be on the court when the Boston Celtics begin training camp Tuesday, but not because he’s been traded. The point guard underwent surgery Friday to repair a broken hand, sources told The Boston Globe’s Baxter Holmes. His “return timetable is unclear,” per Holmes. This obviously is a huge loss for the Celtics, as Rondo was expected to enter the season at full strength for the first time since 2012. Rondo played in just 30 games last season after returning from an ACL injury and saw limited minutes down the stretch. The reported injury also likely will affect Rondo’s trade stock. Many predict Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge will deal the 28-year-old at some point during the season as part of the team’s ongoing rebuild. Boston was set to enter camp with a deep contingent of backcourt players, but losing Rondo for any significant length of time would mean greater responsibility for some of the team’s younger guards — most notably, top draft pi…

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Bleacher Report say Julius Randle will be a “dud”

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Hey, Julius Randle, are you interested in a little extra motivation? Seeing as you’re now Kobe Bryant’s teammate, of course you are!
Earlier this week, Bleacher Report released their 2014-15 rookies projection piece and attempted to predict which of this year’s 13 top rookies would turn out to be studs or duds. The article’s author, Jonathan Wasserman, declared Julius Randle a “dud,” due to his “limited perimeter attack” and says people shouldn’t expect the Kentucky product to have “much of a defensive impact in L.A. either.”
“I’m not sure his game is up to speed,” Wasserman writes, noting that Randle “struggled at times in Las Vegas Summer League, where he shot just 41.9 percent and didn’t make one shot outside the paint.”
If you watched Randle during the Summer League, you’ll know that the 19-year-old didn’t have to settle for jump shots as he could get by his man whenever he felt like it thanks to his impeccable handles.
Sure, just under 42

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Report: Celtics trade Keith Bogans to Cleveland in five player deal

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According to reports from ESPN, the Boston Celtics have agreed to trade estranged guard Keith Bogans to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for four players, multiple draft picks, and a $5.3 million traded player exception (TPE).

So, deal is Boston’s Keith Bogans to Cleveland for Dwight Powell, Erik Murphy, Malcolm Thomas, John Lucas III and a pair of 2nd-round picks.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) September 26, 2014

The team already has 17 players under contract and invited three more to training camp, meaning the team already had a maximum of 20 players on the roster. A move was expected to come this week in order to clear room for guard/forward Evan Turner, who the team agreed to terms with in July but never officially signed.
Of course, this deal brings in four more players. Including Turner (who still has not officially signed), their roster number sits at 24 players. Jeff Goodman speculates that the Celtics will stash a few of those p…

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Syracuse Basketball: Revisting Trevor Cooney’s High School Scouting Report

It seems like it has been quite some time since Trevor Cooney joined the Syracuse basketball team. Cooney is entering his redshirt junior season for the Orange and will be looked to as one of the leaders of this year’s squad.

Cooney will again be the team’s main three-point shooting option, and the offense, at least early on, will likely go as Cooney goes. As Cooney prepares for the season as a go-to player, let’s take a look back at his high school scouting report and what people were expecting as he arrived on campus.

 

Underrated?

Some recent Syracuse guards have had some issues with being properly rated by outsiders. Jim Boeheim famously ranted when former guard and current assistant Gerry McNamara was called overrated. Boeheim said Syracuse wouldn’t have won “10 (bleeping) games” without McNamara.

Conversely, according to one scout, Cooney was severely underrated when he was coming out of high school. Via Trish LaMonte of Syracuse.com, Scout.com national recruiting director Dave Telep tweeted that the scouting service had Cooney “ranked too low.”

This came after Cooney put on a show at the 2010 King City Classic. Telep went on to say that he “really like’s Trevor Cooney’s swagger. Honestly, he looks like a different guy. Confidence level is sky high after u18′s.”

Cooney brought that swagger with him to Syracuse. He is an aggressive defender, and you can see the intensity on his face after he hits a big shot.

 

Highlight Tape Breakdown

There’s a limited amount of tape to be found on Cooney. But what can be found gives a perfect sample of the type of player Cooney is.

As you can see, Cooney has always been an effective scorer. He shows a good first step off the dribble and is able to finish in the paint with floaters. Naturally, the three-point shot is also on display, which is more of what Cooney has been responsible for in college.

Cooney’s full offensive repertoire hasn’t been used as much at Syracuse, but that’s because he has been lower on the offensive totem poll with players like C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis ahead of him. Now, Cooney will have the ball in his hands more often and will have more freedom to score from different areas on the floor.

What’s most surprising about Cooney’s mixtape is the athleticism he displays. You wouldn’t expect someone with Cooney’s build to be able to dunk as forcefully as he does. And yet there he is finishing lobs from teammates and dunking the ball off the backboard.

Cooney has had his athletic moments in college too. One such occasion was against Colgate, when he threw it down over a defender (and got fouled) on a fast break. The best part of the video might be the reactions of his teammates, as Fair, Ennis and Baye Keita all have smiles after Cooney rocked the rim.

Even though Cooney’s shooting has been streaky over his first few collegiate seasons, he has been a valued member of the team. His defensive abilities make it hard to take him off the floor even if he isn’t shooting well, and he gives the team a little attitude with his swagger, as Telep mentioned.

Now that Cooney will be one of the featured players of the team, look for him to score from more areas on the floor and lead by example.

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Report: Kobe Made Smush Parker Get Dressed In Broom Closet

Grantland has gotten their hands on the NBA’s redacted scouting reports, and the Lakers report is a doozy.
According to a former Lakers staff member, Kobe Bryant was among other things, a guy who refused to learn his teammates names, and a basketball sociopath.
The tidbit from the report that is sure to cause conversation in NBA circles, is the report that Bryant disliked Smush Parker so much, that he made him get dressed in a broom closet, because “Parker would eventually have to get used to being around the things he would use when he became a janitor.”

 
Bryant’s dislike for Parker was strong, but I wonder if Smush ever had to see a therapist after the treatment he received from the ‘Black Mamba.”

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Report: Timberwolves offer Eric Bledsoe max contract

Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports The Minnesota Timberwolves have offered restricted free-agent guard Eric Bledsoe a four-year, $63 million maximum-level contract in a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns, sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. The Suns offered Bledsoe a four-year, $48 million deal in July, but the two sides remain far apart on a deal. The Wolves, who acquired No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins after trading Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers last month, see Bledsoe as a key player to compliment their new franchise player. The Suns drafted guard Tyler Ennis in the first round in June and signed free-agent guard Isaiah Thomas to a four-year, $27 million deal in July. Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points and 5.5 assists in 43 games for the Suns last season after being traded from the Los Angeles Clippers. The post Report: Timberwolves offer Eric Bledsoe max contract appeared first on Sports Glory.

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Report: Timberwolves make max offer to Eric Bledsoe

TweetAccording to a report from ESPN, the Minnesota Timberwolves have made a max contract offer to Phoenix Suns restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe. Minnesota is hoping to work a sign-and-trade deal with Phoenix for the explosive guard. Bledsoe and the Suns have been at a standstill, with Bledsoe seeking a 4-year deal worth over $60 million. The Suns offered injury-prone Bledsoe a 4-year, $48 million deal but Bledsoe declined to take it. Minnesota have been active this summer. They traded away Kevin Love for top NBA Draft pick Andrew Wiggins and last year’s #1 pick Anthony Bennett in hopes of rebuilding their roster. The Timberwolves are also in contract negotiations with point guard Ricky Rubio, but the two sides are reportedly far apart of terms. Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game for the Suns last season. He missed 39 games due to injury and has only played one full season so far in his four-year NBA career. -ALR

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