Patience has finally paid off for Dennis Smith, Jr. The Mavericks’ promising rookie is signing a three-year endorsement deal for $2 million annually with Under Armour including incentives, according to a report from ESPN’s Nick DePaula.
The Spurs have interest in Irving, league sources say, and Irving’s willingness to commit to an extension with the Spurs makes for legitimate win-now deal possibilities for Cleveland.
Irving approached Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert for a trade in July; he no longer wanted to play alongside LeBron James and gave ownership a list of five teams he would like to play for. That list included San Antonio.
Cleveland, with new general manager Koby Altman in tow, has not been in a rush to move the All-Star guard who has been a linchpin in the franchise’s three straight NBA Finals appearances and lone championship in 2016. Irving does not hold a no-trade clause and cannot dictate his new team even if Cleveland wants to keep him.
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If Kawhi Leonard proved anything in his MVP-level outing last season, it’s that he’s nearly capable of doing it on his own. Leonard is a one-man band, strapping up the opposing team’s best player on one end and carrying the Spurs offense on the other.
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