NBA trade rumors: Cavs, Pacers, Nuggets nearly pulled off blockbuster deal involving Paul George, Kevin Love

To say it’s been an ugly offseason for the Cavs would be putting it mildly.

Cleveland let general manager David Griffin walk out the door along with vice president of basketball operations Trent Redden only days before the NBA Draft. The Cavs saw the gap between them and the Warriors widen during free agency as Golden State seemingly improved its roster while Cleveland retained Kyle Korver and added only Jose Calderon and Jeff Green in free agency. Chauncey Billups passed on the GM opening after being offered a below-market salary. All of this left LeBron James frustrated and concerned about where the Cavs are going.

Then the Kyrie Irving trade talks picked up this past weekend after it was reported Irving wants out of Cleveland. Can’t get any worse, right? Wrong.

According to an ESPN report documenting the weeks leading up to Irving’s trade request, the Cavs nearly acquired Paul George in a three-team deal with the Pacers and Nuggets. Here’s how it went down, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst:

If you’re going to be qualified, you better be in shape, and you better know the game. And she’s bad on both of them. She’s not in shape, she’s not calling the game right, and she don’t understand, so now she’s trying to make a name for herself. So she’s walking around like, ‘I’m the only woman in here.’ Yeah, we get it, I don’t care if you a woman or a man or whatever, just be good at what you do.

This appalling story about the female referee removed during an AAU game warrants serious discussion, read a tweet from the NBA Referees Association Twitter account. First, the misogynistic comments and intimidation by the coach have no place in basketball – or anywhere. The actions by Adidas show what happens when an organization does not support those tasked with protecting the integrity of the game. We support the referee community. This offensive behavior cannot stand, & hurts all those involved in basketball.

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