If Dallas is out of the running, the other top centers on the market will have little leverage to command a big offer from their current teams.

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The Celtics had the Cavs on the brink of elimination, and that was without injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. Danny Ainge has assembled a squad that is not only the future of the Eastern Conference but Devin Mesoraco Youth Jersey can contend at a championship level right now, something that might appeal to James as he transitions into the latter part of his career. Would he be willing to put his historic rivalry with the Celtics aside to potentially hang another banner or two in the TD Garden rafters?

A lot of this would depend on the status of James’ relationship with Irving, who asked for and got a trade away from James and Authentic Wilmer Flores Jersey the Cavs last summer. If Irving isn’t interested in a reunion with James, then the best option might be sending him back to Cleveland — though, now that LeBron has decided not to opt-in, any sign-and-trade possibility becomes very challenging.

I don’t know that timing is a factor in this. He is under contract for another year. Our goal is to keep him as part of our program for a long time.

— Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford, to local reporters, in a post-Draft press conference, on the current status of Kawhi Leonard’s relationship with the team.

It’s not like teams are saying ‘oh, I’m not going to do a deal with the Lakers,’ but I do think when you have 16 banners, there’s going to be a natural envy from http://www.authenticcincinnatiredshops.com/Devin-Mesoraco-Jersey your competitors.

— Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka, to local reporters after last week’s Draft, on the perception that other teams are not willing to trade with his team — a perception reinforced by reports that the Spurs are not willing to do any Kawhi Leonard trade with Los Angeles.