NBA trade rumors: Cavaliers have gotten as many as 20 trade offers for Kyrie Irving

If someone wants Kyrie Irving in a trade this offseason, they’re likely going to have to give up the equivalent of what the Knicks gave up for Carmelo Anthony.

According to ESPN , the Cavaliers have received as many as 20 offers from teams interested in trading for the All-Star, but what the Cavs are asking for in return is far more than what teams are willing to give up.

The Cavaliers want a package that resembles the 2011 Denver Nuggets-New York Knicks deal for Carmelo Anthony — young players, win-now veterans and draft picks, league sources said. For new general manager Koby Altman, this is a textbook way to open trade discussions. But for now, most Irving suitors are using the Minnesota Timberwolves-Chicago Bulls trade model for Jimmy Butler, a scaled-down model of Melo’s rich return of assets.

Over his career, Beasley has averaged 12.6 points per game and 4.7 rebounds. He appeared in 81 games as a rookie for the Heat, scoring 13.9 points per game. That increased to 14.8 ppg the following year and an average of 19.2 over the 2010-11 season.

But the Heat traded him to the Timberwolves in 2011 amid off-court issues that continued in Minnesota with a possession citation during a traffic stop for speeding. Beasley has battled substance abuse his entire career, but has been fairly clean off the court since 2014.

After stints with the Timberwolves and Suns, he returned to the Heat in 2013 before joining the Rockets during the 2015-16 season and playing for the Bucks last season. Though the 28-year-old played sparingly for Milwaukee, he was an effective scorer and shot a career-best 41.9 percent from 3-point range.

His new deal, which will be for the veteran’s minimum, will give the Knicks a veteran scorer to mix with their young talent. Signing Beasley could open the door for the Knicks to finally move Carmelo Anthony, though no trade is imminent.

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Suns guard Brandon Knight out for season with torn ACL

Suns point guard Brandon Knight is expected to miss the entire 2017-18 season with a torn ACL, the team announced Tuesday.

The team did not release specifics on how the injury occurred, saying only that it happened last week while Knight was playing in his native South Florida. Suns team physician Dr. Tom Carter diagnosed the injury in Knight’s left knee. Knight will undergo surgery.

The 6-3 point guard averaged a career-low 11.0 points per game in his third full season in Phoenix. He made only five starts, following a campaign that saw him average a career-high 19.6 points per game.

Drafted eighth overall by the Pistons out of Kentucky in 2011, the Suns are Knight’s third NBA stop, following a two-year stint in Milwaukee.

Knight has been the subject of trade rumors in recent months, given his lack of playing time last season and his pricey contract; he’s still owed $44 million over the next three seasons.

If ever a player personified a city and a team, it was Anthony Mason. From his signature designer haircuts, to his hard-nosed, all-up-in-your-face brand of competitiveness, he embodied both style and substance. He spent five of his 13 NBA seasons with the Knicks, helping them win 270 regular season games. He played a pivotal role on the 1993-94 Knicks team, which reached the NBA Finals and lost in seven games to the Rockets. He earned Sixth Man of the Year honors the following season.

The Queens native was New York. He was the Knicks. He was hip-hop.

When he died in 2015 of a massive heart attack at 48 years old, one of the league’s most storied franchises lost a legend. Now his son, Anthony Mason Jr., is bringing the same energy his dad carried to the court to the non-profit sector and fashion industry. It’s become his life’s mission since the former St. John’s standout decided to step away from his own basketball career two years ago.

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Draymond Green, Conor McGregor get into spat on Instagram over Warriors jersey

Draymond Green made his allegiance to Floyd Mayweather clear when he called out Conor McGregor early Sunday morning.

We rocking with Floyd bro not you … take that off bruh, Green wrote on Instagram, tagging McGregor.

Never one to back down from an altercation, McGregor snapped back in Green’s comments, saying the No. 23 jersey belonged to former Warrior C.J. Watson.

But it’s not there, and the inclusion of the rookie out of Kansas seems to be holding up the trade. Why don’t the Suns want to pull the trigger? It comes down to risk vs. reward for Phoenix and there’s a whole lot of risk involved here.

The immediate impact would be adding Irving, one of the premier offensive talents in the NBA, to pair with rising star Devin Booker. It would undoubtedly be one of the most explosive backcourts in the league, but how would Irving’s game impact Booker?

The event’s organizer said local police cited fire-code concerns in blocking the doors at the Cashman Center and setting up a barricade outside.

Peep how long the line is outside the gym for tonight’s LaMelo Ball vs Zion Williamson face-off in Las Vegas.

Former NBA players and ESPN analysts Stephen Jackson and Paul Pierce discussed Carroll’s comments with host Rachel Nichols on Wednesday’s edition of The Jump, and well, they had a lot to say. Pierce offered a simple response.

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Thunder center Steven Adams shaves mustache and is unrecognizable

Steven Adams, is that you?

The Thunder center has shaved off all his facial hair and teammate Enes Kanter revealed a picture of the new Adams on Twitter.

OK, now that the caveat is done with, we can say this: There is a lot to be excited about in this year’s rookie class coming out of Summer League play, far more than we’ve seen in recent Julys. Despite a minor ankle injury to No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz, the top picks almost to a man comported themselves nicely. And the vaunted depth of the 2017 draft seemed to be validated by some stellar showings by lower picks.

Putting Irving in a lineup with Kristaps Porzinigis sounds intriguing, particularly when you consider Irving wants to be the focal point of the offense and escape LeBron James’ shadow. Assuming Porzingis stays and Carmelo Anthony is dealt, Irving would eat up a good portion of Anthony’s volume and score more efficiently.

In terms of touches last season, Derrick Rose (78.8), Porzingis (60.5) and Anthony (60.4) led the team. Rose is now on the Cavs, and Anthony would be gone in this scenario. Irving would likely see an increase from his touches last season with the Cavs (79.0) if he did get traded to the Knicks and find more opportunities to put on those spectacular dribbling displays fans love to see. Irving was actually most efficient scoring when taking seven dribbles or more, as FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring noted in his breakdown of Irving as a No. 1 option.

Still, the Knicks are the Knicks. New York has made the playoffs only four times since the 2001-02 season, and it’s been an organization full of dysfunction under James Dolan, most recently culminating with the firing of Phil Jackson. If Irving wants to head to NYC, that’s fine. He shouldn’t expect to reach the NBA Finals (or the first round) every season.

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Twitter had too much fun thinking of Kyrie Irving deals in ESPN’s trade machine

ESPN has a useful tool on its website called the NBA Trade Machine. It allows normal people to pretend to be a GM for a while and make trades around the league just to see if they would work, financially.

Of course the tool isn’t perfect. You can’t include draft picks, which can be essential in finalizing deals. Also, just because a trade can work doesn’t mean anyone in real life would actually agree to it. But the tool is fun to use, especially in moments of chaos like Friday afternoon.

The city that now adores him had given its loyalty to Gilbert back in 2010, in the wake of The Decision. Cleveland fans applauded Gilbert for saying out loud (in comic sans, of course) what was in their hearts.

James chose to go back to work for that man, in the city that embraced him.

Not that it turned out to be a bad tradeoff. James’ image is starkly different than it was seven years ago — pretty normal for anyone passing from his mid-20s to early-30s, in sports or anywhere else. Mission accomplished for the championship, his place in Cleveland lore and in its heart. Nothing Dan Gilbert says or does now can take that away.

But everybody had to hope the bill was not going to come. It’s here. The owner went owner again.

There should never have been so much as a crevice opening up for James to ever play anywhere else. Now, it’s too easy to see a door flung wide open. This time, nobody would blame him. They know better now.

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