Basketball Trade Rumors for June 14th

1. Source: LeBron James ‘100 percent’ behind Cleveland Cavaliers’ bid to hire Tom Izzo

2. Wade wants best player to join him in Miami

3. Bulls could be leaders in competition

4. Bickerstaff joining Trail Blazers?

5. Lakers’ Jackson to make decision by month’s end1. Source: LeBron James ‘100 percent’ behind Cleveland Cavaliers’ bid to hire Tom Izzo

The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting "LeBron James may not be ready to commit to what he’s doing in free agency, but he may be willing to make his opinion known on the Cavaliers’ coaching search.

According to a high-level source, James would endorse the Cavs’ hiring Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo.

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said last week that James is not involved in the search for a replacement for Mike Brown, but sources have indicated James approves of the highly-respected Izzo. James also said in an interview with Larry King that he doesn’t want to be heavily involved with selecting his next coach.

But James "100 percent" would endorse Izzo’s hiring, the source said.

Izzo, meanwhile, is still pondering the Cavs job. On Sunday, Izzo told several Michigan-based reporters via text messages that he was "still gathering" in regards to the Cavs’ offer. Gathering facts and opinions, it is assumed. Perhaps even attempting to gather information from James’ himself.

Lansing (Mich.) television station WLNS reported on Sunday that Izzo is waiting to speak directly with James, which the station reported had not happened as of Sunday night. "

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2. Wade wants best player to join him in Miami

Espn is reporting "As the July 1 opening of the NBA’s free-agent shopping spree draws near, Dwyane Wade says he will start off by looking for the best player to join him with the Miami Heat, rather than searching for the franchise where he would best fit.

"It’s going to be fit with me first," Wade said. "I’ve made that very clear. Do I want to leave? Nope. Mmm-hmm. I want to be in Miami. That’s where it starts."

Wade attended Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Boston with his two sons, because at ages 8 and 3 they have no memories of their father’s run to the championship with the Heat in 2006 — and because the recollections are beginning to get hazy for Wade himself after failing to get past the first round of the playoffs in the past four seasons."

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3. Bulls could be leaders in competition

The Akron Beacon Journal is reporting "About an hour after LeBron James and the Cavaliers eliminated the Chicago Bulls from the playoffs, James could barely contain his excitement in speaking about the Bulls’ young talent.

”I love Derrick Rose,” James said. ”The sky is the limit for him. No point guard in the league has the athleticism he has and the speed and quickness he has. Chicago has a good one. He’s a hometown kid and he’s great.”

James is also a hometown kid, but if there is a team that can get him to pack up and leave, it could be the Bulls.

Rose, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng just might provide a younger, more talented nucleus than anything the Cavs can produce between now and July 1. Rose averaged 26.8 points and 7.2 assists in his second year in the league, then had his way with the Cavs in the playoffs, since Mo Williams couldn’t keep up with him – a foreshadowing of what was to come for the Cavs in the second round against the Boston Celtics.

Noah, despite his disdain for the city of Cleveland, destroyed the Cavs during the five-game series. He is often compared to Anderson Varejao as a high-effort player, but Noah averaged 14.8 points and 13 rebounds in outplaying Varejao and every other post player the Cavs had during the five games."

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4. Bickerstaff joining Trail Blazers?

The Oregonian is reporting It appears that Bernie Bickerstaff is about to add another team to his resume, which has plenty of places on it already.

Bickerstaff has coached the Seattle SuperSonics, Denver Nuggets, and the Washington Wizards. He’s been an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls. And he was the first head coach and general manager ever for the Charlotte Bobcats.

Now, The Oregonian reports, he’s going to join the Trail Blazers as an assistant coach. Blazers coach Nate McMillan is "poised to shake up his staff," according to the paper and assistants Dean Demopoulos and Joe Prunty are being shown the door. Assistant Monty Williams has already split town to become the head coach of the New Orleans Hornets.

The Oregonian also reports that Bickerstaff’s son, John-Blair, will be on the team staff soon as well.

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5. Lakers’ Jackson to make decision by month’s end

The LA Daily News is reporting Lakers coach Phil Jackson’s contract ends when these NBA Finals are over, and there have been plenty of rumors of him headed to other teams, but the Los Angeles Daily News is reporting that Jackson will make the decision whether to stay with the Lakers or retire by the end of the month.

Once the finals end, Jackson will visit with his doctor within a week and make a decision from there, the paper says.

The 64-year-old, who has a .705 winning percentage as an NBA coach, is earning $12 million this year. He’d have to take a pay cut to stay with the Lakers as coach into the future. It’s hard to imagine the NBA without Jackson on the sidelines; he’s been there since he took his first head-coaching gig with the Chicago Bulls in 1989.

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