There were eight teams (that we know of) having some level of contact with Phoenix about getting in on a Trevor Ariza trade. The Lakers were one and — as with all things Lakers — were the most talked about. But the Lakers were never going to pull off that trade because the Suns’ owner, Robert Sarver, didn’t want it to happen, according to David Aldridge of The Athletic. Sarver — a very hands-on owner when it comes to basketball decisions — is probably still stung by buying out Tyson Chandler and watching him go to the Lakers and dramatically helping their defense (the Lakers are allowing less than a point per possession when Chandler is on the court). And certainly spiting the Lakers will play well with the Suns’ fan base. However, the best franchises put aside petty thinking and do what’s best for them. If the Lakers had made the best offer (and we don’t know if it was) then take it. If it makes the Lakers better this season, or … [Read more...] about Why didn’t Lakers trade for Trevor Ariza? Suns owner reportedly blocked it.
The Hurricanes have taken defensemen in the first round in three of the last five drafts (Haydn Fleury, Noah Hanifin and Jake Bean) and have amassed plenty of depth at that position in recent years. Speaking with Lauren K. Ohnesorge of the Triangle Business Journal (subscription required), team owner Thomas Dundon indicated that the team will not be drafting blueliners with their top picks as long as he’s in charge:“We won’t be drafting defense in the first round as long as I’m here. I’ve got to have more offense. I want to lose 5-4, not 2-1. If we lose 5-4, I’ll have fun at least.”Considering Carolina’s defensive depth, it’s certainly understandable that they wouldn’t be looking to take a rearguard early on for a few years at least, but it’s rare that anyone would come out and make a proclamation regarding draft strategy like this. It will be interesting to see if the Hurricanes instead look to stockpile some extra … [Read more...] about Hurricanes owner: ‘We won’t be drafting defense in the first round as long as I’m here’
Cleveland is 7-22 in its first season since LeBron James fled for Los Angeles by Cody Benjamin 1m ago • 2 min read The Cleveland Cavaliers are one of the five worst teams in the NBA, they have the worst Eastern Conference record in basketball, and they might not reach double-digit wins until after Christmas.But they do have one of the best front offices they've ever had, according to owner Dan Gilbert.Speaking on a Friday conference call to media and Wine & Gold United members, Gilbert acknowledged there are frustrations with the Cavs' 2018-19 season, which is the start of the second post-LeBron James era in a half-decade. But he took a decidedly different approach -- either positive or unrealistic, depending on your perspective -- in discussing Cleveland's prospects under current general manager Koby Altman."I think the front office is in the best shape it's ever been," Gilbert said. "At least in the 12 or 13 years I've been in Cleveland. You have … [Read more...] about Cavaliers owner not worried about team’s future, says front office is in the ‘best shape’ ever
Phoenix ended up shipping Trevor Ariza to Washington on Saturday after a three-team trade fell apart late Friday by Chris Bengel 48s ago • 2 min read Saturday marks the first day that NBA teams can trade away players they signed during the offseason.With that in mind, forward Trevor Ariza has been one of the more popular names that has been made available by the Phoenix Suns. Ariza's time on the market ended quickly as he reportedly got traded to the Washington Wizards on Saturday in exchange for Austin Rivers and Kelly Oubre. According to David Aldridge of The Athletic, Suns owner Robert Sarver was "adamant" about not trading Ariza to the Los Angeles Lakers.So in the end, the Suns opted to send Ariza to Washington. This comes after the Wizards, Suns and Grizzlies had agreed to a three-team trade on Friday that would've sent Ariza to the Wizards while Oubre would've been sent to the Grizzlies. The Suns still would've ended up with Rivers in addition to … [Read more...] about Suns owner Robert Sarver didn’t want to trade Trevor Ariza to Lakers, per report
Chelsea Howard Omnisport @CDH16 Updated at 9:23 a.m. ET Updated at 9:23 a.m. ET Chargers running back Melvin Gordon knows the impact he has on fantasy football owners and offered an apology to those whose playoff chances were hurt by his absence in Thursday's game against the Chiefs. Gordon has missed the Chargers' last three games with a knee injury, but sitting out Thursday's game had an even bigger impact for fantasy owners in Week 15. In most fantasy leagues, Week 15 marks the semifinals of the playoffs. Gordon, 25, took to Twitter to send his apologies as he wrote, in part: "To my fantasy owners ...who lost without my help I’m sorry. Crunch time in these playoffs and I couldn’t come thru !!" To my fantasy owners ...who lost without my help I’m sorry. Crunch time in these playoffs and I couldn’t come thru !! 😔😩 !! … [Read more...] about Chargers RB Melvin Gordon apologizes to fantasy football owners