Sources: Warriors could be in play for LeBron

Sources: Warriors could be in play for LeBron

OAKLAND, Calif. — If the Golden State Warriors can create a max salary slot this offseason, the defending NBA champions could position themselves to secure a meeting with LeBron James, league sources told ESPN.

There is no indication that Golden State is evaluating such options to acquire the Cavaliers star at this time.

Out of respect for the Warriors’ winning culture, James would listen if Golden State explored ways to clear the necessary cap space, sources said.

This offseason, James is expected to decline his $35.6 million player option and become an unrestricted free agent for the third time in his career, although re-signing with Cleveland is not out of the question.

James’ distant relationship with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is well-chronicled and the instability in the front office has been of concern to him, but the Warriors’ strong organizational structure and the prospect of more championships would be an enticement that most veteran players would consider.

James and his business team have been known to covet structure if he were to leave his hometown team. With Golden State, an ultra-aggressive general manager in Bob Myers, the ownership group as a whole and coach Steve Kerr are the epitome of that.

A sign-and-trade scenario would be the most realistic way for Golden State to acquire James. The Warriors could build an offer around Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala to match salary and tempt the Cavaliers into making a deal, according to ESPN’s Kevin Pelton.

To make a sign-and-trade possible, Golden State also would need Kevin Durant to exercise his player option and take even less than his current annual salary of $25 million, as well as moving Shaun Livingston‘s salary to a team with cap space. Golden State likely would have to fill out its bench with players making the league minimum.

The Warriors have approximately $135 million tied up in payroll, highest in the league.

Published at Thu, 01 Feb 2018 07:06:49 +0000

Suns' Canaan suffers gruesome injury in fall

PHOENIX — Suns guard Isaiah Canaan broke his left ankle Wednesday night in a gruesome injury against the Dallas Mavericks.

The backup point guard was fouled as he drove to the basket in the final seconds of the first quarter. His ankle gave way on a hard, awkward landing, and his left foot was pointing in the wrong direction as his body tumbled to the floor.

As trainers rushed to Canaan, the crowd groaned and some of his shocked teammates covered their eyes or looked away. Phoenix guard Devin Booker pulled his jersey over his face.

Team doctor Tom Carter twisted the foot and ankle back into their proper positions and said afterward that Canaan never uttered a word of pain.

He was loaded onto a stretcher and wheeled off the court.

“It’s hard for fans and everyone sitting right there, and teammates especially, a guy they battle with every day. It’s their friend on and off the court,” Suns interim coach Jay Triano said. “I used the timeout to let us say a quick prayer and get us refocused again to keep playing.

“Not much can we do. He was in the hands of our medical staff and we trust they do their job and we had to keep doing ours.”

Phoenix won 102-88 to halt a five-game losing streak.

Triano said Canaan would undergo surgery on Thursday.

In his fifth NBA season, Canaan was signed by the Suns on Dec. 13 after being waived by Houston on Oct. 28. He began the night averaging 9.4 points and 4.2 assists in 18 games with Phoenix.

Published at Thu, 01 Feb 2018 04:31:58 +0000