Reports: Rashard Lewis on the table for Gilbert Arenas

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UPDATE 11:07 am: Ken Berger of CBSSports has thrown an interesting twist in these talks with his latest update — the Suns may be involved as a third team, meaning Hedu Turkoglu could be making a return to Orlando as part of the deal. In this scenario the Magic would be shipping out Marcin Gortat for sure and maybe Vince Carter as well as Rashard Lewis and getting in return both Turkoglu and Arenas.

It’s complex. Complex things fall apart sometimes. But this trade a lot of momentum right now.

10: 15 am: Momentum has picked up significantly in the last 12 hours towards an Orlando Magic trade, specifically one for Gilbert Arenas. When reports surfaced last night that the Magic were 70-80% likely to complete a trade, most assumed it would be Vince Carter along with some other Magic player for Gilbert Arenas and possibly another player. But as things have evolved, it would appear that a different element has come into play.

Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post, which reported that the Magic and Wizards were engaged in talks on December 1st, reported Friday night that Rashard Lewis is on the table in trade discussions.  The addition of Lewis makes this entire situation more fluid. One, it would mean the Magic would be taking on Gilbert’s huge albatross of a contract, but would be doing so in exchange for their own heavy financial anchor. Lewis is on the books for over $21 million next season in addition to the $19 million he’s being paid this season.

Lewis, once an integral part of the Magic’s three-pronged attack with Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu (also let go for parts unknown, and by parts unknown I mean Toronto and then Phoenix), has slipped significantly over the past two seasons. In short, he’s a power forward who doesn’t rebound, and becoming one who doesn’t score that well either.

If moving for Arenas is considered a gamble, Lewis is limiting their risk to a certain degree. While Arenas’ contract is certainly more limiting should he also be unable to contribute at a meaningful level, removing Lewis’ contract from the books stems that wound’s geyser a bit.

Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld reports that the Magic may already have a deal finished, and may be looking for a separate deal with Phoenix, Portland, and… the Denver Nuggets. A deal being done is still not confirmed as of this writing, but Yahoo! Sports in their original report last night did indicate that the Magic were pursuing another deal separately.That trade would feature Vince Carter’s expiring contract alongside Marcin Gortat.

Jazz boost international bona fides with new minor-league coach

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Martin Schiller has been named coach of the Salt Lake City Stars, the Utah Jazz’s NBA G League affiliate.

Schiller previously served as an assistant coach of MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in Germany and replaces Dean Cooper. He was an assistant coach for the Artland Dragons from 2010-15.

Schiller has also been an assistant coach on the German National Team since 2015, where he worked with Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen.

Schiller hails from Vienna, Austria, and Stars vice president of basketball operations Bart Taylor lauded him for his international experience and player development background.

The Jazz organization is known to have close relationships with the international basketball community. The Jazz currently have eight international players.

Kyrie Irving will wear No. 11 with Celtics

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BOSTON (AP) — Newly acquired guard Kyrie Irving will wear No. 11 in Boston because the Celtics already have retired the numbers he wore in college and with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Irving wore No. 11 at two New Jersey high schools before switching to No. 1 at Duke. He wore No. 2 with the Cavaliers for the first six years of his NBA career.

The Celtics retired No. 1 for founder and original owner Walter Brown. They retired No. 2 for former coach and general manager Red Auerbach.

In all, the Celtics have retired 21 numbers, with Paul Pierce’s No. 34 next in line for the TD Garden rafters.

 

PBT Extra: Cavaliers’ new GM aces first big test with Kyrie Irving trade

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Everyone in the NBA — heck, nearly everyone living in the Western hemisphere — knew Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland. That should kill the Cavaliers’ leverage and make it hard to get enough quality back.

New GM Koby Altman — the guy thrust into the job when David Griffin was shown the door — pulled it off brilliantly.

That’s what I talk about in this new PBT Extra. With Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, the Cavaliers remain the team to beat in the East this season. The Brooklyn Nets pick gives them flexibility going forward, whatever LeBron James decides to do next season.

First time at the plate in the big leagues and Altman crushed it to straight away center field.

Cavaliers-Celtics deal first offseason trade involving players who just met in NBA Finals or conference finals

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The Cavaliers and Celtics played in last year’s Eastern Conference finals. The teams were widely expected to meet there again.

Yet, Cleveland and Boston just completed a blockbuster trade – Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ 2018 first-round pick.

That seemed odd.

In fact, it’s unprecedented.

That is an incredible fact, one which speaks to LeBron Jamescachet. The Cavs are emphasizing this season, LeBron’s last before a player option, by loading up with veterans Thomas and Crowder. With LeBron still reigning in Cleveland, the Celtics are delaying their peak by acquiring the younger Irving.

Adding to the intrigue: the Cavs and Celtics are still favored to meet in this year’s conference finals. At minimum, they’ll face off in a(n even more) highly anticipated opening-night matchup.