Author: Brett Pollakoff

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Report: Cavaliers have ‘huge interest’ in David West


David West didn’t opt out of the final year of his contract with the Pacers to go play for a team like the New York Knicks.

West turned down the chance to earn more than $12 million in Indiana next season to try to win a championship, so naturally, teams like the Warriors and the Spurs were initially believed to be at the top of his wish list.

A healthy Cavaliers team will also be considered among the favorites to contend for a title next season, and Cleveland reportedly would like a crack at West before he chooses to play somewhere else.

Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star:

I’m hearing the Cleveland Cavaliers have “huge interest” in David West. Most definitely aligns with his desire to play for a contender

West is a well-respected veteran, and a locker room leader that is still capable of producing plenty on the court in the right situation. San Antonio and Cleveland may make the most sense, but he’ll have to be willing to take very little money in order to gain a roster spot with either of those teams.

West averaged 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 28.7 minutes per contest for the Pacers last season.

Stephen Curry hits half-court shot while riding PhunkeeDuck (VIDEO)

2015 NBA Finals - Game Six

J.R. Smith first introduced us to the PhunkeeDuck during the NBA Finals, a Segway without handle bars of sorts that one could use to effortlessly motor around.

Stephen Curry has taken its use a step further, by bringing it to the basketball court and draining a half-court shot while appearing to ride it with the greatest of ease.

Report: DeAndre Jordan’s relationship with Chris Paul was ‘demonstrably poor’

DeAndre Jordan, Chris Paul

DeAndre Jordan agreed to a four-year free agent deal with the Mavericks, and shunned a Clippers team that was, by most accounts, much more ready-made to contend for a title in the immediate future.

So, why go? There are two very legitimate reasons.

First off, Jordan would never fully get the praise and recognition that he craved while playing alongside two big-time players in Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. Young NBA players have egos, and that fact undoubtedly played a part in Jordan’s free agent decision.

But so did the reality that he and Paul weren’t always on the best of terms.

Ken Berger of

On one hand, there was Jordan’s relationship with Clippers All-Star Chris Paul, which sources told was demonstrably poor. These things are never one man’s fault, but they believe that Jordan’s relationship with the man who got him the ball in LA played a role here.

Paul, like his Staples Center co-inhabitant Kobe Bryant, is among the game’s fiercest competitors, and will ride his teammates mercilessly in pursuit of winning, while prioritizing it above all else.

That act can wear thin on younger players, who want to enjoy the NBA lifestyle more than they necessarily want to win night in and night out, at any cost.

The Clippers locker room wasn’t the most pleasant of places at times last season. And once the opportunity presented itself, Jordan chose an option that wouldn’t harm him financially, but that would provide him with a level of star power and enjoyment that were clearly missing from his current situation.