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NBA Rumors for Monday, May 25

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nba rumors LeBron James opened up public negotiations for teammate Tristan Thompson's impending restricted free agency Monday, telling reporters that he wants the big man to stick around Cleveland for a long time. "Tristan should probably be a Cavalier for his whole career," James said a day after Thompson had a game-saving block in regulation followed by a game-clinching offensive rebound and kickout to James for 3 in Cleveland's 114-111 overtime win against Atlanta in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. "There's no reason why he shouldn't."

Tristan Thompson, who shares an agent, Rich Paul, with James, turned down a reported four-year, $52 million contract extension offer in October before the season started. He went on to have a solid season, averaging 8.5 points while shooting a career-high 54.7 percent from the field to go with 8.0 rebounds in 26.8 minutes per game, coming off the bench in 67 of his 82 appearances. He finished fifth in NBA Sixth Man of the Year voting.

Rockets guard James Harden has a history with Golden State assistant coach Ron Adams. Adams was an assistant in Oklahoma City when Harden played there. Harden said he learned a lot from him during his time with the Thunder. “He is one of my closest friends, one of my mentors when I got in the league,” Harden said. “That was my guy. He has coached me for two years. He is smart. He doesn’t get enough credit for what they have going on over there, but he is definitely one of the head honchos.” Houston Chronicle

Al Horford will not receive additional discipline for the Flagrant Foul 2 that resulted in his ejection from Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals Sunday night. Horford was assessed the foul with 34.3 seconds remaining in the second quarter when he got tangled up with the Cavaliers’ Matthew Dellavedova. Atlanta Journal Constitution

Pat Connaughton has the athleticism that can make a grown man cry. The evening of Connaughton's eye-opening NBA combine performance, his strength coach Erik Kaloyanides sat in a busy restaurant about 10 miles outside of Boston, his wife curious as to why their daughters' macaroni and cheeseburgers might have made his eyes watery. Kaloyanides was reading his phone that buzzed with text messages heavy on the celebratory exclamation points. His longtime client had tied the second-highest all-time measurement at the combine with a 44-inch vertical leap, sending Twitter into a trending frenzy and causing Kaloyanides — a former Division I offensive lineman with melons for biceps — to tear up before dessert. Indianapolis Star

If Kevin Durant wants to smoke weed for medical reasons, he should be able to BLAZE UP without fear of punishment from the NBA ... so says 4-time NBA champ John Salley. John is a HUUUGE proponent of medical marijuana -- in fact, he was rockin' a pro weed sweatshirt at LAX this weekend -- and explained why NBA teams should EMBRACE the ganja. TMZ

nba rumors “I gave it everything I had,” James said after recording a triple-double with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists. “I played to exhaustion. I gave my teammates and I gave myself as much as I can give and sometimes the body shuts down.” Washington Post

Before these playoffs began, before Kevin Love had his arm yanked out, Kyrie Irving’s knee gave out and Matthew Dellavedova became known as #DirtyDelly, LeBron James showed up to the Cavs’ first playoff practice with his two championship rings. Akron Beacon Journal Blog

James doesn’t talk about the rings much and he never really wears him. He told his teammates he keeps them locked away in a safe. But he brought them out last month to show the postseason rookies what they’re about to embark on and why they’re doing this. Now they’re closing in on the chance to play for a ring of their own. Akron Beacon Journal Blog

nba rumors But look at it from Horford’s perspective: One minute Dellavedova is falling to the ground and the next he feels him rolling into his knee. In the heat of the moment, without the benefit of replay, he may not have seen Delly fall over Carroll. All he knew was Dellavedova was coming into his knees and he responded inappropriately. Horford admitted as much himself. Whether it’s fair or not, Dellavedova’s style is upsetting other players. Akron Beacon Journal Blog

“I saw the ball, I dived on the floor,” Dellavedova said in explaining the play that injured Korver. “If I stay on my belly, it’s going to be a jump ball. So I protect the ball and kick it out to a teammate. On the (Horford play), I’m boxing him out. He’s pulling my left arm down. I’m trying to stay up, and he’s just pulling me down. I mean, the tape’s there.” Akron Beacon Journal Blog

nba rumors This time in a scramble for a rebound with 34.3 seconds left in the first half at Quicken Loans Arena, Cavs' backup point guard Dellavedova tripped over the Hawks' DeMarre Carroll and fell in a heap with Atlanta's Al Horford. When he felt Dellavedova on his knees, Horford elbowed Dellavedova in the neck and shoulder area. After a lengthy review, Horford received a flagrant-2 and an ejection and Dellavedova was called for a technical foul for what crew chief Ken Mauer called "a live ball physical taunt." Akron Beacon Journal Blog

An eight-year veteran, Horford would not call Dellavedova a dirty player, but referred to Dellavedova's "track record" with Gibson and Korver. Gibson was also ejected in a box-out altercation. Akron Beacon Journal Blog

"He can be careless at times. He’s a hard-nosed player. He's a competitor," Horford said of Dellavedova. "He’s only been in this league a couple of years, but in the end he’s got to learn it’s a big brotherhood here. Guys look out for each other. I don’t think it was malicious, but he has to learn." Akron Beacon Journal Blog

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer looked at the play and found it hard to determine whether Horford deserved an ejection. "It's somewhat difficult to see whether his elbow hits the shoulder first or hits the head first. If he hit him in the head, then it's an action that deserves ejection," Budenholzer said. Akron Beacon Journal Blog

Reports that surfaced late Sunday night that Hawks guard Kyle Korver will need surgery on his severe high right ankle sprain and will miss four to six months are inaccurate. Korver has yet to visit a foot and ankle specialist for a second opinion on the injury, which could eventually require surgery. Atlanta Journal Constitution


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