LeBron James may be coming close to a final decision on where he'll take his talents for the foreseeable future, but concerns over the immature letter that Dan Gilbert released in 2010 after "The Decision" have apparently complicated the situation.
One reason, if not the major reason, that LeBron James has taken so long to decide whether to play in Miami or Cleveland next season is the infamous letter Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert penned about James after the superstar left Cleveland in 2010, sources said.
The timing of the report fits nicely with positioning Gilbert as the fall guy should LeBron return to Miami, as SB Nation's Mike Prada points out. Whether it gives any indication of where James will sign is a different story, but obviously the issue leaves something to be hashed out before any LeBron-Cleveland reunion.
Andrew Wiggins untouchable in trade talks?
If the Cavaliers get LeBron, their next logical step is a major run at Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love, but 1500ESPN's Darren Wolfson reports a "growing belief" that No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins would be made untouchable in any trade talks.
Wiggins, the 20-year-old wunderkind out of Kansas, is arguably the Cavaliers' most valuable asset, barring the acquisition of LeBron. However, he'll likely need time to develop and reach his potential, something Cleveland may not be able to wait for if it's pushed towards title contention by adding the game's best player.
In that case, it would make some sense to deal Wiggins for an present-day star like Love, and try to make a run while the Eastern Conference seems relatively weak. The Cavaliers probably don't have the assets to get a star otherwise, and opportunities can't be wasted when you have a player like LeBron in tow.
Pacers, Bucks talk Roy Hibbert?
The Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks discussed a trade involving embattled big man Roy Hibbert in the days leading up to the 2014 draft, reports Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times.
It's unclear whether the talks were serious or how exactly Hibbert would fit in Milwaukee, but the news fits into the context of rumors that the Bucks shopped center Larry Sanders during the draft. There were no takers for Sanders, unsurprisingly, but Hibbert could've been one possible replacement if Sanders was dealt.
It would still be an admittedly curious move for Milwaukee, though, given where the team is in its rebuilding process. With a core of Jabari Parker, Giannis Antetokounmpo and John Henson, the Bucks might be exciting, but they're far from ready to compete at the sport's highest levels.
Hibbert, for all his struggles last year, is firmly a win-now player when you consider his age and contract, so his fit in Milwaukee would've been interesting. Still, as the Bucks showed with their hiring of Jason Kidd, new ownership is willing to take some risks to build up the franchise, and when Hibbert's on, he's one of the game's best bigs. Most likely, the team was simply inquiring on a possible buy-low opportunity.
Anthony Morrow drawing interest
Much of the league's market is in a holding pattern as the big names decide where to go, but free agent swingman Anthony Morrow has already drawn interest from several teams, according to John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Morrow makes sense for most contenders given that he's an extremely strong three-point shooter who's big enough (6'5, 210 pounds) to fill the wing spots. Over his six-year NBA carer, Morrow has shot 43 percent from beyond the arc, making him one of the most efficient sharpshooters in the game.
Last season, Morrow averaged 8.4 points and 1.8 rebounds while primarily coming off the bench for New Orleans. He was as sharp as ever from deep, hitting 45 percent of his threes.
Hawks officially waive Salmons
The Atlanta Hawks officially waived veteran swingman John Salmons on Thursday, the team announced. Salmons was due to receive $7 million in 2014-15, but the Hawks will now only have to pay out $1 million on his partially guaranteed contract.
This doesn't come as remotely surprising news, as the Hawks effectively acquired Salmons as a cost-cutting move thanks to his contract. However, the team was reportedly trying to complete another trade after acquiring Salmons from Toronto for Lou Williams and Lucas Nogueira, and apparently couldn't find the right match.
So instead, the Hawks will simply take their $6 million in savings and look to invest elsewhere, presumably on a different veteran to help on the wings.