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Suns offer Eric Bledsoe for Kevin Love trade to T-Wolves

Eric Bledsoe SunsThe Kevin Love trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers has been agreed upon and is expected to go through on Saturday, but that didn’t stop the Phoenix Suns from making a last-minute offer for the big man.

According to ESPN, the Suns offered Eric Bledsoe to Minnesota for Love in a sign-and-trade deal.

Bledsoe and the Suns are at odds over the emerging guard’s contract situation.

Bledsoe is a restricted free agent and has been offered a 4-year, $48 million deal by the team. Bledsoe is seeking a max deal for 5 years and $80 million from Phoenix, or a max deal of four years and $64 million if another team signs him to a max offer sheet.

After a contentious offseason where the relationship between Bledsoe and the Suns soured, reports said this week that the Suns were finally willing to sign-and-trade deals for the point guard. They’re not going to get Love for him, but this further shows they’re looking to trade Bledsoe.

Klay Thompson said to be ‘pissed’ Warriors considered trading him

Klay ThompsonThe Golden State Warriors were one of the teams most prominently mentioned in the Kevin Love trade conversations, and the talks largely centered around their willingness to include Klay Thompson in a potential deal.

The Warriors reportedly were reluctant to include Thompson in a package for Love, though some reports said they finally were willing to trade him. In the end, the Timberwolves agreed to trade Love to the Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett.

Though he was not traded, Thompson supposedly is unhappy Golden State talked about dealing him.

Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher says the Warriors have to do some fence-mending with Thompson and David Lee, whose name also appeared in trade talks. A source told Bucher that Thompson was “pissed” the team seriously considered trading him.

You can say Thompson needs to toughen up and get used to the rumor mill since being mentioned in trade talks are part of the business, but these guys are still humans and being mentioned in trades can easily hurt someone’s feelings. I understand why he’d be upset. If there’s anyone he should commiserate with, it’s Pau Gasol, who was mentioned in trade talks every week his last few years with the Lakers.

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V Stiviano says Donald Sterling is gay

Donald Sterling girlfriend V Stiviano

V. Stiviano is getting down and dirty when it comes to her legal dispute with Donald Sterling. For her latest act, she accused the former Clippers owner of being gay.

You may recall that the tension between Stiviano and Sterling began when Shelly filed a lawsuit trying to get back the cars, property and gifts (valued at over a few million dollars) that Donald gave to Stiviano.

After the suit was filed against her, Stiviano set out to ruin Sterling and successfully did so. Not only did her efforts lead to Sterling losing the Clippers, but she now is accusing the longtime team owner of being gay.

According to TMZ Sports, Stiviano says she never was a sexual partner of Sterling and that she was just a cover-up for the man being gay.

In the docs, Stiviano states she was “not ever a sexual partner of Donald T. Sterling” and “believes that [Sterling] is a homosexual and enjoys sexual acts and or sexual congress with males.”

Stiviano also says Shelly Sterling was “acutely aware of [Donald's] sexual orientation and condoned same as well as acknowledged and approved [Donald's] gifts of money [to Stiviano].”

This appears to be Stiviano hitting below the belt in a mud-slinging effort to get her way, or at the least a nice settlement from the Sterlings. She also says the gifts she received were not community property and therefore hers to keep.

Perhaps it’s allegations like these that Stiviano had in mind when she said, “Let the games begin!”

Despite Stiviano’s allegations, there is some evidence that indicates Sterling is heterosexual. Remember the former employee who sued Donnie boy? She detailed some pretty gross, explicit sexual stories that suggest Donnie is pretty hetero. Also keep in mind that Stiviano hinted on Instagram that she has a child with Sterling. It would have been pretty hard for them to have kids without ever having sex, unless they used artificial insemination.

Kevin Durant offered over $265 million deal by Under Armour

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Under Armour has just given a huge wake-up call to Nike.

The Maryland-based sports equipment and apparel company has offered Kevin Durant a 10-year deal worth between $265-285 million, according to an ESPN report. The deal includes stock offers and other incentives for Durant.

Nike has the option to match the offer from Under Armour. If they choose to do so, Durant would be contractually obligated to stay with them.

Durant visited the UA headquarters last week and ended up staying there the entire day despite only planning to remain for a few hours. ESPN described UA’s pitch to Durant as impressive. They say he even worked out in their basketball shoes.

Only a tiny portion of UA’s annual revenue comes from basketball-related products, so this would be a huge way for them to grow in the market. They already made a big move last year by signing Steph Curry away from Nike and are looking to steal another one of the swoosh’s top athletes.

A big part of their sales pitch will be tying together theirs and Durant’s DC/Maryland-area roots. UA’s headquarters are less than 40 miles from where Durant grew up.

Durant wanted to sign with Nike so badly coming out of college that he turned down an offer from adidas for 33 percent more money — $20 million in all. Will he be as generous this time around? We will soon find out, but one thing is for certain — his new representation at Roc Nation Sports has him shopping for the best deal.

John Wall shows off ‘Great Wall’ tattoo while sitting on Great Wall of China

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John Wall is currently touring China to promote his new Adidas shoe line, which is scheduled to be released in October. One of the many rare opportunities Wall has been presented with while overseas is the chance to show off his tattoo while sitting atop the structure that inspired it.

As you can see from the photo above that he posted on Instagram, Wall put his “Great Wall” tattoo on display while sitting on the Great Wall of China.

If the Washington Wizards point guard comes across an owl during his travels, he’ll have a chance to show off this piece of art.

H/T DC Sports Bog

Ernie Johnson does awesome Shaq impression (Video)

There are plenty of things we already knew about Ernie Johnson. Like, for example, that the guy is one of the smoothest broadcasters in all of sports. What you may not have known about Ernie is that he does an absolutely incredible Shaquille O’Neal impression.

During a recent event where he was promoting the NBA2K15 video game, which will feature the “Inside the NBA” studio, Johnson broke out a brief but amazing impression of his colleague.

“I’m the most dominant big man in the history of the NBA,” Johnson muttered in a perfect Shaq voice. “Nobody can guard me…”

[Related: Shaq stuffs sock in his shorts, rubs it on Charles Barkley]

The best part about the impersonation is that Ernie did it in passing like it was no big deal, despite the fact that it could have rivaled the work of any standup comedian. Never change, Ernie.

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Kyrie Irving admits he has not been a leader

Kyrie IrvingKyrie Irving is only 22 and has played just three seasons in the NBA, but it’s hard to remember that when it comes to our quick-to-judge sports culture. Irving has been viewed as the franchise cornerstone for the Cleveland Cavaliers and, as a former No. 1 overall pick and point guard, he’s expected to lead.

But Irving admits he has not been a leader thus far.

“I haven’t been a leader – not at all,” Irving told RealGM’s Shams Charania.

Irving expressed one of the issues that plagues young teams — there aren’t proper examples set for the young players.

“Everybody asks me if this is my year to be a leader … I haven’t been so far though, not at all,” Irving told RealGM. “I’ve just been a kid trying to figure it out. There’s no perfect way to be a leader, and coming in as a 19-year-old kid and having everything bearing on your shoulders, there are a lot of ups and downs. Now it’s about being the best every single day and not being afraid.”

For the first time since Irving has been there, the Cavaliers will be full of veteran leaders who have won. LeBron James, Mike Miller, Shawn Marion and James Jones are some of the players who will bring experience to the team. Irving is looking forward to playing with them and learning from them.

“I’m more than excited with our new veterans. I’m really excited just from the standpoint of how the locker room is going to go and how to really be a professional. I’m not saying that the veterans that we had weren’t professionals themselves, but we didn’t have enough. Given the right and wrong things to do in the league, I’ve had to learn on my own and that’s what some of us been doing.”

Some players are natural leaders, while others develop into them. It sounds like Irving needs to learn how to lead if he’s going to become a leader. For now, being a key supplemental player may be great for his development.

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