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Chris Paul talked with Doc Rivers about boycott if Donald Sterling remains Clippers’ owner

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Chris Paul says he has talked with head coach Doc Rivers about a potential boycott if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers when the NBA season begins.

Paul, who is a leader on the Clippers and president of the NBAPA, told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that it’s “unacceptable” if Sterling is still the team’s owner when the season begins. To that end he talked with Rivers about the possibility of sitting out games.

“That’s something me and Doc are both talking about,” Paul told Goodman Thursday. “Something has to happen, and something needs to happen soon — sooner rather than later.”

Interim Clippers CEO Dick Parsons testified that Rivers has said he does not want to coach the team if Sterling is the owner. Paul also intends to talk with his teammates about the possibility of a boycott.

Sterling is in the middle of a lawsuit aimed to determine whether his wife acted improperly in selling the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. His hope is to have the sale of the team to Ballmer blocked. He also filed a lawsuit in May alleging that the NBA acting improperly with their harsh punishments against him. As if those two suits weren’t enough, Sterling filed a third suit this week in which he accuses wife Shelly, the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver of defrauding him.

It looks like Sterling aims to get the sale of the team stuck in a legal jam that will allow him to linger as team owner for as long as possible.

Paul’s words are probably more of a threat than reality. Perhaps the thinking is that if the Clippers’ leaders can present the real possibility of a boycott, the legal system would have to answer these problems sooner rather than later.

Isaiah Thomas ‘felt very disrespected’ by Kings

Isaiah Thomas KingsIsaiah Thomas is extremely happy to be with an organization that appreciates him rather than looks for an excuse to replace him.

Thomas was sent by the Sacramento Kings to the Phoenix Suns and signed a four-year, $27 million deal as part of a sign-and-trade this summer. Thomas said at his introductory press conference earlier this week that he liked being in Phoenix because they made him feel like he was wanted. Contrarily, the Kings were always bringing in new players to potentially replace him or making him available in trades. Thomas told The Arizona Republic that made him feel “very disrespected.”

“I felt very disrespected. Every year it was somebody new. I felt I did a good enough job to show them I was a starting point guard or a guy who could play a big role with their team. But they thought differently,” Thomas said via The Republic.

“They’re going to go forward without me, and I’m going to go forward with the Phoenix Suns, and I know something special is coming here.”

The 5-foot-9 point guard is now with a team that has a potent backcourt. In addition to Thomas, the Suns have Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe. They also drafted point guard Tyler Ennis 18th overall. There will be plenty of competition, but Thomas has proven that he can produce in the NBA. He will definitely be a big part of the mix for Phoenix.

H/T SI Wire

Cavs’ Andrew Wiggins trade offer for Kevin Love said to be the best

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Kevin Love is still with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are still said to be the leaders to acquire him.

Here’s what ESPN’s Marc Stein tweeted on Thursday about a potential Love trade:

The T-Wolves have resisted trading Love and still have him under contract for another season, but they risk losing him and receiving nothing in return. It makes much more sense for them to trade him for a potential All-Star like Andrew Wiggins.

Though there has been a lot of chatter about other teams getting in the trade mix for Love, it’s pretty clear that the Cavs present the best offer.

Cleveland signed Wiggins Thursday, meaning they can’t trade him for 30 days. Once that passes, Minnesota should do the trade.

Chandler Parsons offended by James Harden’s cornerstone comments

Chandler Parsons RocketsIf the rivalry between the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks weren’t already strong enough, it just got even more interesting following Chandler Parsons signing with Dallas and the war of words that ensued.

First off, let’s start with Parsons, who says he was offended by Houston’s public search for a “third star” when he felt he was the guy who could complement Dwight Howard and James Harden. Then you have Howard, who said Parsons’ departure would not affect the team.

And the latest comes from Harden, who said he and Howard are the real key pieces for the Rockets, and that the rest of the pieces are more insignificant.

“Dwight (Howard) and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets,” Harden said in comments to The Philippine Star. “The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We’ve lost some pieces and added some pieces. I think we’ll be fine next season.”

That comment from Harden was in reference to the team losing Parsons, Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin this offseason.

Lin was not offended by the comments.

“I agree (with Harden),” Lin said Thursday via Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. “He didn’t mean that in any derogatory way. He and Dwight are the cornerstones of the Rockets.”

Parsons, however, did not take the remarks well.

“That’s a pretty ridiculous statement, if he meant that,” Parsons said in an interview with Jay Mohr. “And that’s part of the reason why I wanted to go to Dallas. I’m ready for the next step, I’m ready for a bigger role and I’m ready for more leadership. If anybody should understand it should be James, because he was in same situation in Oklahoma City and then he got the chance to come to Houston and shine.”

Parsons does say he has a lot of respect for the Rockets and that there are no hard feelings. He also appreciates that the team let him out of his contract a year early to get that restricted free agent money.

Are Howard and Harden right about their comments? Obviously Houston didn’t feel Parsons was a necessity, otherwise they would have matched his contract. They were off pursuing bigger things like Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony. We’ll learn in time whether the Rockets made a mistake by letting Parsons go, but I think they made the correct choice. Dallas gave him too much money.

Frank Caliendo reads LeBron James’ letter as Morgan Freeman (Video)

Frank CaliendoComedian and ace impressionist Frank Caliendo breaks out with some amazing bits from time-to-time, and this is certainly right up there.

During an episode of “Mike & Mike in the Morning” on ESPN Radio this week, Caliendo read LeBron James’ ‘Coming Home’ letter as Morgan Freeman. He did the voice. He did the cadence. He did all the intonations. It sounded just like the ending of “The Shawshank Redemption.”

Don’t forget, LeBron, that hope is a great thing. Maybe the best of things. And maybe one day you, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will all reunite in Zihuatanejo.

Also see: Frank Caliendo’s Richard Sherman 30 for 30 mockumentary

Ray Allen leaning towards signing with Cavs over retirement

Ray Allen HeatRay Allen is leaning towards joining LeBron James in Cleveland instead of retiring, according to a report.

The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn tweeted the news on Wednesday night, saying Allen is “leaning towards” returning for his 19th season.

Allen turned 39 this week, but he keeps himself in phenomenal shape and has averaged around 26 minutes per game each of the past two seasons, so we have little doubts about his physical ability to continue playing.

The expectation all along has been that Allen would go wherever LeBron chose to go in free agency, so this does not come as a surprise. If he does sign with Cleveland, that would mean the Cavaliers have added James Jones, Mike Miller and Allen — all three of whom are favorite teammates of James from Miami.

Dwyane Wade said kid at his camp asked him why he flopped in Finals

Dwyane Wade flopDwyane Wade is no stranger to flopping. The Miami Heat star’s most blatant offense came during Game 2 of the NBA Finals, when he drew a foul on Manu Ginobili with a successful acting job. He was later fined $5,000 by the NBA. Wade was also grilled by a child about the play.

Earlier this week, Wade told a funny story while answering questions from reporters at his and Brandon Marshall’s sports and cheerleading academy. Apparently one of his campers demanded an explanation for his flop on Ginobili.

[WATCH: Dwyane gets call on blatant flop against Manu Ginobili]

“One kid asked me why did I flop. I was about to get him kicked out of the camp,” Wade joked. “He said it like three times. I thought he was joking. I was like, ‘Are you serious?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, why did you flop?’ His dad put him up to that — Spurs fan.”

Hey, we were all thinking it. D-Wade’s flop in the Finals wasn’t his first and likely won’t be his last. If you’re going to make that a part of your game, at least be honest about it with the children.

H/T The Big Lead