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The Cleveland Cavaliers need to do something big this offseason in order to convince LeBron James to stay with the team. Any moves that are made have to also improve the Cavs’ chances against not only the Golden State Warriors, but new top tier opponents like the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics.

The eighth overall pick and Kevin Love are Cleveland’s two best assets, and many rumors and trade proposals have the Cavaliers gaining a star player in exchange for either Love or the pick. However, there may be a way to supercharge the team while getting rid of those assets and not getting a star in return. By Sam Pinex

The Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Hornets have just agreed to make the first big trade of the 2018 offseason. Embattled center Dwight Howard will now don the Nets’ colors after the team sent Timofey Mozgov, a couple of second rounders, and cash considerations over to Michael Jordan’s squad. By Artlos Sara

The deal works for both teams. Charlotte gets some tax relief while the Nets position themselves for an intriguing future thanks to Howard’s expiring deal. Jason McIntyreu speculated in his article for The Big Lead that Brooklyn had just positioned itself for a huge summer in 2019

The Charlotte Hornets’ salary-cap decision to trade center Dwight Howard might have been beyond what the numbers dictate but also fixing some potential issues in the locker room. According to former player-turned-analyst Brendan Haywood, the Hornets locker room had just about had it with Howard’s antics. By  

Luka Doncic is a hot commodity entering Thursday’s NBA Draft.

The 19-year-old Slovenian is expected to be in attendance for the draft despite recently competing for Spanish team Real Madrid. He is likely to be a very high pick in the draft, and he could go No. 3 overall if the Atlanta Hawks have their way.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that Doncic is at the forefront of Atlanta’s conversations.

One report says that NBA Draft prospect Mo Bamba has told the Memphis Grizzlies not to draft him.

Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony joined John Martin on 92.9 ESPN Radio in Memphis on Tuesday and told the host about Bamba’s efforts to stonewall the Grizzlies. Givony reported that Bamba refused to work out for the Grizzlies, share his medicals with them, and told them he would prefer not to play for them. By Larry Brown

A Turkish court has accepted an indictment charging the father of NBA player Enes Kanter with “membership in a terror group,” the country’s official news agency reported Monday.

Kanter has said he believes the Turkish government has targeted his father in the past because of the player’s outspoken stance against the government and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Kanter’s father is not in Istanbul at the moment, according to the player’s manager, Htank Fetic, but could be detained when he returns.

The indictment followed an investigation of Mehmet Kanter, and prosecutors planned to seek his conviction and a prison term of five to 10 years at trial, Anadolu Agency said. By ESPN

The Sixers have nametd Connor Johnson as their G League coach, the team announced in a press release. Johnson will coach the Delaware Blue Coats after working the past four seasons working with the 76ers coaching staff. The newly-named Blue Coats will play in the new 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington. Johnson was Philadelphia’s director of player development and coaching administration last season.

Don’t look for the Charlotte Hornets to trade the 11th overall pick. Do look for the Hornets to select a guard or a small forward at No. 11 Thursday night.

New Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak didn’t guarantee either of those things Tuesday, but he said that’s the indication two days out from the NBA draft.

Kupchak was hired in April, replacing Rich Cho. Since then he has fired coach Steve Clifford, hired former San Antonio Spurs assistant James Borrego for Clifford’s job, and gotten up to speed on this draft class. By RICK BONNELL

The Nuggets are actively shopping the No. 14 pick attached to a big salary, Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated tweets. Denver is seeking suitors for the expiring contracts of Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur, Fischer adds. Faried is due to make $13.76MM next season while Arthur has $7.46MM remaining on his deal.

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard met with head coach Gregg Popovich on Tuesday in San Diego, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.

However, according to Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com, Leonard has privately maintained that he no longer wants to play for the Spurs, and intends to eventually let suitors know that his intention is to sign in L.A. – preferably with the Lakers– when he reaches free agency in 2019.

The Philadelphia 76ers have plenty of picks to play with in the 2018 NBA Draft and are reportedly looking to package them together in an attempt to acquire a top-5 pick, per Sports Illustrated’s Jake Fischer.

Terae Young reportedly conducted a “secret workout” with the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 16, per ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. The Cavs reportedly view Michael Porter Jr. as their top choice; however, point guard is a clear need on the roster should Porter not be available. Thirty-two-year-old George Hill is the only point guard currently under contract for the 2018-19 season. By Ian Peirno

Overly dramatic? Maybe. But a revolution is on its way, NBA executives say, and the seeds of it will be planted Thursday night at the NBA draft. Which seeds ultimately blossom to lead the revolution, though, will depend on where they are planted. And by whom.

“This draft,” one Western Conference assistant GM said, “is going to change the way the game is played over the next eight to 10 years, because the way to beat teams that play small and defensively switch everything is to have big skilled guys. And that’s what this draft is full of.”

It also could be a draft that ultimately gets a few GMs fired. By Bleacher Report

With a vast majority of NBA teams cash strapped heading into free agency, we’re certainly going to see a lot more movement on the trade front. That could start as early as the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday.

It starts with disgruntled San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard and continues with the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns and Harrison Barnes potentially being moved

More so than previous years, the 2018 NBA Draft is seemingly wide open. We have absolutely no idea who will go No. 2 after Phoenix eventually selects Deandre Ayton with the first pick. Heck, we don’t even know if the Sacramento Kings will hold on to that selection.

Further down in the draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers are picking eighth overall. What will their selection tell us about the future of LeBron James in Cleveland? By Vincent Frank

 

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