Cavaliers finalizing trade for Pistons’ Andre Drummond

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are working on acquiring Andre Drummond from the Detroit Pistons, Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported.

The Pistons will get Brandon Knight and John Henson in the deal, per Haynes. They’ll also get a future second-round draft pick.

As of Thursday morning, there was an “increased likelihood” the Pistons would keep their center. Drummond, a two-time All-Star, can opt out of his contract and become a free agent at season’s end, likely leading to the team’s interest in a trade.

The Pistons veteran voiced his displeasure at the news on Twitter an hour after the news broke, saying “there’s no friends or loyalty” in the NBA and that he had “no heads up” it would happen.

Drummond, 26, is averaging a career-high 17.8 points per game. His 15.8 rebounds per game are also league best. He’s led the NBA in rebounding in three of his seven full seasons, all of which have been with the Pistons. Detroit drafted him with the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Knight will return to the Pistons, who drafted him eighth overall in the 2011 draft. He’s averaging 4.9 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 16 games off the bench.

Henson was in his first season in Cleveland after seven with the Milwaukee Bucks. He’s averaging five points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 14.2 minutes per game.

Warriors trade D’Angelo Russell for Andrew Wiggins, draft picks

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The D’Angelo Russell era in Golden State reportedly is coming to an end.

The Warriors are trading Russell — along with Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman — to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for forward Andrew Wiggins and draft picks, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Over 33 games in a Dubs uniform, Russell averaged a career-high 23.6 points, to go along with 6.2 assists. He shot 43 percent overall and 37.4 percent from deep.

The Warriors acquired the 2019 Eastern Conference All-Star in the sign-and-trade transaction last July that sent Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets.

Wiggins — who will turn 25 years old on Feb. 23 — is averaging 22.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game this season. He is shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from beyond the arc.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft is owed $29.5 million next season, $31.6 million in 2021-22 and $33.6 million the following year.

Andre Iguodala traded to Heat, agrees to two-year extension

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Former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala reportedly has found a new basketball home.

Memphis is trading the 2015 NBA Finals MVP to the Miami Heat, according to multiple national reports.

But the biggest news regarding the deal is that Iguodala has agreed to a two-year extension worth $30 million, a league source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The second year — the 2021-22 season — is a team option, a source told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

So in the end, Iguodala will not be a free agent this summer and there will not be a reunion with Golden State.

The Warriors were forced to trade Iguodala (along with a top-four protected 2024 first-round pick) to Memphis last July when they agreed to a sign-and-trade transaction that brought D’Angelo Russell to the Dubs.

Iguodala — who turned 36 years old last week — struck an agreement with Memphis before training camp opened that allowed him to remain in the Bay Area while the franchise worked on finding a trade partner.

“It’s never been, ‘I don’t want to be there,'” the three-time NBA champion recently told ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz. “It’s, ‘Let’s have the conversations in terms of what it looks like going forward. How can I be a value to you? How can you be a value to me? And then how can we make that happen?'”

The Heat enter Wednesday night’s game at the Clippers tied for third place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 34-15.

Vanessa Bryant remembers her ‘best friend’ in latest Instagram posts

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Vanessa Bryant misses her best friend. Bryant paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant in two Instagram posts Wednesday. In the posts, Vanessa Bryant called Kobe Bryant “my best friend” and “the best daddy.”

The first post Vanessa Bryant shared was a picture of Kobe Bryant. There were a series of hashtags in the text area of the post. Vanessa Bryant also said she misses Kobe “so much.”

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among the nine people who were killed in a helicopter crash in January. NBA teams, players, fans and people who knew Kobe have paid tribute to him in various ways since his death.

Vanessa Bryant also posted a video of Kobe Bryant in a separate post. In the video, Bryant is answering interview questions. When asked about his best friend, Bryant responds by saying, “My wife.”

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It’s not the first time Vanessa Bryant has posted about Kobe since his death. Vanessa Bryant posted a family picture days after the helicopter crash. In it, she celebrated Kobe and Gianna’s lives, and urged fans to donate to MambaOnThree.org.

Vanessa Bryant has continued to push for donations, asking fans who wanted to contribute to the makeshift Kobe Bryant memorial outside Staples Center to instead give to the fund.