The Cleveland Cavaliers were a fairly stable franchise during the LeBron James era but now that the team is moving into life without the kid from Akron, things are not expected to be so solid.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that there are not any trades currently planned but if the team can not get itself above .500 at mid-season, there could be a lot of player movement.
The Dealer claims that if that is the case, the team will put Mo Williams, Antawn Jamison, Anthony Parker, and Jamario Moon up on the trading block and is betting 60/40 right now that Jamison will be gone before the deadline passes.
Lakers forward Ron Artest took issue with suggestions that his team’s triumph over the Celtics was impacted by the absence of Kendrick Perkins after the center blew out his knee.
“Boston lost to lakers because of [the] Kendrick Perkins injury. What about in  when (Andrew) Bynum was injured. What about this year Bynum was injured,” Artest tweeted.
“What about Kobe played with a broke finger …. What about Ron [Artest’s] defense [w]hen the Boston staff said Ron [A]rtest was too slow. … Doc got one million excuses.”
Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony’s Twitter account was hacked on Saturday night. Anthony wrote on Sunday that he was back in control of his account.
Someone who went by the name Kat Stacks reportedly started flirting with Anthony on his Twitter page. Shortly after, Anthony’s wife, LaLa Vazquez, wrote back her own threatening tweet.
A tweet on Anthony’s page subsequently followed: “I got 5k for whoever see @ihatekatstacks and slap the s**t out her pigeon face a**. Real talk. U f****d with the right one now,” Anthony’s Twitter account read Saturday.
Frustrated the Atlanta Hawks have not offered him a contract extension, Jamal Crawford will ask the club to trade him, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Crawford, who is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $10 million this season, approached the Hawks the first week of July about an extension.
Hawks general manager Rick Sund has not made Crawford an offer, a source with the organization told ESPN.
According to sources, the Nuggets look ready to part ways with Carmelo Anthony who has made it clear he wants out of Denver. Anthony’s camp has advised the Nuggets to deal Melo since he plans to leave as a free agent next summer.
The relationship has become contentious, with Anthony’s representatives making heavy-handed demands and Stan Kroenke responding in kind.
“It’s almost a given they’re going to move him,” said a team executive who has talked with both the Nuggets and Anthony’s agents.
The odometer keeps rolling. Now that Kobe Bryant’s turned 32, how much of a decline can we expect in his game over the next few seasons?
When Michael Jordan returned to the Chicago Bulls late in the 94-95 season — at 32 — he had played only 778 NBA regular season and playoff games. By comparison, Kobe Bryant has already played a whopping 1,219 games, 57% more than Jordan at the same age. Kobe is clearly the NBA version of a Ferrari with high mileage.
Bryant’s stats have also dipped in several categories in the last five seasons:
- Scoring per game: 35.4, 31.6, 28.3, 26.8, to 27.0 last season.
- Free throw attempts per game: 10.2, 10.0, 9.0, 6.9, 7.4.
- Minutes per game: 41.0, 40.8, 38.9, 36.1, 38.8.
J.R. Smith was allegedly involved in an altercation at Denver’s practice facility on Aug. 13. Police arrived after a player not associated with the Nuggets claimed to have been attacked by Smith.
“We did have a report of an altercation that took place at the Denver Nuggets’ practice facility,” Detective John White of the Denver Police Department told FanHouse by phone.
Numerous players were taking part in drills when members of the Nuggets’ coaching staff told the player who later called police to be physical with Smith.
“They were just wanting the guy to be physical with J.R., telling the other guys, ‘Hey, body up on the guys and really make them work,'” the source said. “J.R. just lost it. He tried to choke the kid, and the kid called the cops.”