Author: Brett Pollakoff

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

Reporter unsuccessful at baiting LeBron James into discussing possibility of Dwyane Wade leaving Heat in free agency


Dwyane Wade is in negotiations with the Miami Heat on a new contract. We know this because it has been confirmed by Wade’s agent, Henry Thomas.

The possibility of Wade choosing to leave the Heat in free agency if things don’t work out to his liking, however, has only been reported via information from anonymous sources — which puts this semi-controversial topic in the rumor category for now, especially in the minds of Wade’s fellow players.

That didn’t stop someone from trying to get LeBron James to comment on the situation by giving him what ultimately amounted to false information.

From Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

Q: “What do you think about Wade down in Miami and how that may change things?”

James: “What happened?”

Q: “Wade is talking about opting out down in Miami because they don’t want to match whatever the contract was?”

James: “He said that?”

Q: “That’s what people are saying.”

James: “Did he say that?”

Q: “That’s what the reports are saying?”

James: “I’m not commenting on it. If Dwyane Wade didn’t say, ‘I’m opting out,’ then I’m not commenting on that.”

LeBron has been through these types of “gotcha journalism” situations far too often during his 12 NBA seasons, so he’s smart enough to avoid being embroiled in nonsense by asking the right questions.

But you can see why players have reason to be wary of speaking with the media, and often times give boring or clichéd answers in interviews essentially on purpose.

Dwyane Wade to join ABC broadcast as part of NBA Finals coverage

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

Dwyane Wade may or may not be back with the Miami Heat next season.

But one place we know he’ll be appearing for sure is in the broadcast booth as part of ABC’s coverage of the NBA Finals.

From the Associated Press:

The three-time NBA champion will join ESPN on ABC for pregame and halftime shows during Games 2 and 3 of the Cleveland-Golden State series. Wade also will have the same arrangement for Games 6 and 7 if those games are played.

There are very few current players as uniquely qualified as Wade is to provide analysis of the championship round.

Wade has appeared in the last four NBA Finals, and has played in five overall, winning championships in the 2006, 2012, and 2013 seasons.

And, of course, Wade had LeBron James as a teammate for the last four seasons, which should leave him well-equipped to drop plenty of tidbits of worthwhile knowledge.

WATCH: J.R. Smith’s 2015 Cavaliers highlights

Cleveland Cavaliers v Milwaukee Bucks

J.R. Smith is right there with Stephen Curry in terms of his ability to make heavily-contested, insanely-difficult shots seemingly on a regular basis.

Since coming to the Cavaliers in the midseason trade from the Knicks, Smith has been largely spectacular, and this highlight reel does a great job of showcasing his special brand of talent.

Report: Knicks could select Trey Lyles with fourth overall pick in NBA Draft

Trey Lyles

Leading up to the NBA Draft, teams leak various bits of information about prospects they may or may not be interested in — some of it is true, and some of it is simply meant to create leverage in potential trade scenarios.

If the latest report is to be believed, which says the Knicks have their eyes on Trey Lyles, it would appear to be the type of tidbit meant to create some trade opportunities.

From Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

While Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein have garnered the most attention, the Knicks for months have been enamored with Trey Lyles, according to a team source. Lyles is a 6-foot-10 forward out of Indianapolis who Phil Jackson sees as a good fit for the triangle offense.

Would the Knicks select Lyles with the fourth overall pick? Crazier things have happened and if Jackson truly believes Lyles, the 2014 Indiana Mr. Basketball who was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and has played internationally for the U.S. and Canada, is worth it, perhaps he’ll make the move. A more plausible scenario would be for the Knicks to trade down, since most draft experts don’t see him as a top 10 pick.

Most mock drafts, including ours, have Lyles going outside of the lottery in the mid-first-round range.

New York isn’t likely to take a chance here if one of the consensus top-three prospects — Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor or D’Angelo Russell — remains on the board when it’s their turn to make a selection. That could happen, for example, if the Timberwolves or Lakers surprise by taking someone other than Towns or Okafor, because the Sixers are sitting at three, and already have two cornerstone bigs in Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid, and could go with someone like Emmanuel Mudiay instead.

But if things go as they’re currently being projected, the Knicks would potentially have a difficult decision to make.

They wouldn’t need to use the fourth overall pick on Lyles if that’s who they truly want; trading down to get additional assets along with Lyles would make the most sense. But Phil Jackson is unproven in being responsible for making draft day decisions, so it’ll be very interesting to see if he can make the right maneuvers to get the player he wants — and do it in the most intelligent way possible.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle plays the piano at a Bruce Hornsby concert (VIDEO)

Rick Carlisle

Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has evidently been a friend of Bruce Hornsby’s for many years.

He can also play the piano, and play it well — so, when you combine these two facts, you get Carlisle jumping on stage to help out with one of Hornsby’s recent live performances.

[via Sporting News]