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Chicago Bullls v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Six

Report: Bulls’ Mike Dunleavy won’t be suspended for Game 1 against Cavaliers


Mike Dunleavy played the role of agitator early in Chicago’s 54-point Game 6 victory, and the strategy worked to perfection.

Dunleavy delivered an early hit to the neck of Michael Carter-Williams, one that incited a range of emotions from a young and inexperienced Bucks team.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was ejected for basically tackling Dunleavy in retaliation, and Carter-Williams hit back later on once Dunleavy continued his overly-physical play.

The first hit on Carter-Williams seemed especially egregious — a push/punch to the neck as Carter-Williams drove for a shot. It caused many to wonder if Dunleavy might be in line for additional punishment in the form of a fine or suspension, but it appears as though he’ll emerge from these incidents unscathed.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Yahoo Source: No suspension for Chicago’s Mike Dunleavy. Flagrant 1 foul.

That’s obviously good news for the Bulls, but you can bet the league will keep an eye on Dunleavy in the next round, and should he try anything similar against the likes of Kyrie Irving or LeBron James, he probably won’t be as fortunate.

Report: Spurs ‘near or at the top’ of LaMarcus Aldridge’s list – unless Kevin Love leaves Cavaliers

Portland Trail Blazers v Cleveland Cavaliers

If LaMarcus Aldridge leaves the Trail Blazers in free agency this summerand his own teammates see it as a legitimate possibilitySan Antonio seems like a logical landing spot.

And maybe that’s underselling the Spurs.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

sources insist — at, yes, this early juncture — that San Antonio sits near or at the top of Aldridge’s list … unless the Cleveland Cavaliers were to lose Kevin Love and then somehow manufacture a way to sign-and-trade for him.

I still lean toward Aldridge staying in Portland, where can make about $109 million over five years as opposed to about $81 million over four years elsewhere. The Trail Blazers are good when healthy, and Aldridge has a strong connection to the franchise.

But it seems increasingly likely Aldridge leaves.

If the Spurs are already at or near the top of his list, just wait until he gets further removed from his time with Portland. He might have loved his last nine years with the Trail Blazers, but that bond won’t feel as tight in July as it does now. Just a couple days ago, he was still giving Portland his all in the playoffs.

Cleveland would be an intriguing destination, and Aldridge could provide some of the floor-spacing Love did next to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving – though Aldridge doesn’t stretch beyond the 3-point arc like Love did. Aldridge also doesn’t pass like Love, and Aldridge is older.

Keeping Love should definitely be the Cavaliers’ preference, though it isn’t just their choice. Love has a player option, and he’s reportedly at least considering leaving Cleveland.

If the Cavaliers lose Love, signing-and-trading for Aldridge would be difficult. A deal would have to appease the Trail Blazers, who wouldn’t rush to help their All-Star forward leave Portland. And if it’s good enough for the Trail Blazers, Cleveland might be giving up too much.

This is why the Cavaliers should go all-in on keeping Love.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers wins Executive of the Year

San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

Warriors general manager Bob Myers didn’t do much this year.

Which is why he won the NBA’s 2015 Executive of the Year.

His most noteworthy decision of the year was not trading Klay Thompson for Kevin Love, and Golden State mostly stuck with a roster built in previous seasons. This is a hard award to assess annually, because team-building is done long-term.

But apparently, voters – executives from the league’s 30 teams – decided the time was right to honor Myers.

For what it’s worth, Myers made good moves this year, too. He hired Steve Kerr and surrounded the first-time coach with quality assistants, and Shaun Livingston was a nice addition.

David Griffin, who positioned the Cavaliers to be appealing enough for LeBron James to return home, finished second (and would have had my first-place vote). Griffin also traded Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love (the verdict isn’t yet in) and rounded out Cleveland’s roster midseason by trading for Timofey Mozgov, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert.

The Hawks’ Mike Budenholzer finished third for doing I don’t know what. Getting votes because executives were salty about not being able to vote for Danny Ferry?

Go further down the results, and it basically becomes a participation ribbon. Seven executives got first-place votes, and 18 made someone’s top three.

Here’s the full voting with executive, team (first-place votes, second-place votes, third-place votes, points):

  • Bob Myers, Golden State (13-5-2-82)
  • David Griffin, Cleveland (8-7-8-69)
  • Mike Budenholzer, Atlanta (4-5-1-36)
  • Danny Ainge, Boston (1-3-2-16)
  • Gar Forman, Chicago (1-2-3-14)
  • Neil Olshey, Portland (2-1-1-14)
  • Daryl Morey, Houston (0-2-2-8)
  • Stan Van Gundy, Detroit (1-0-0-5)
  • Sam Presti, Oklahoma City (0-1-1-4)
  • Dell Demps, New Orleans (0-0-3-3)
  • Flip Saunders, Minnesota (0-1-0-3)
  • John Hammond, Milwaukee (0-1-0-3)
  • Mitch Kupchak, L.A. Lakers (0-1-0-3)
  • Sam Hinkie, Philadelphia (0-1-0-3)
  • Chris Wallace, Memphis (0-0-2-2)
  • Dennis Lindsey, Utah (0-0-2-2)
  • R.C. Buford, San Antonio (0-0-2-2)
  • Masai Ujiri, Toronto (0-0-1-1)