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NBA Rumors: Heat ‘Believed to Have Some Level of Interest’ in Kyrie Irving Trade

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Kyrie Irving’s future with the Brooklyn Nets is uncertain, and it’s possible the Miami Heat could be a dark-horse suitor for his services if he’s ultimately made available in a trade.

NBA insider Marc Stein laid out the latest on the Heat’s interest in his newsletter on Wednesday:

“The overwhelming expectation among rival teams is that establishing the Lakers, Clippers and Knicks as potential Irving suitors earlier this week was aimed at trying to goad the Nets into offering Irving a more lucrative long-term deal. Yet we should also file this away for potential down-the-road relevance: Miami is believed to have some level of interest in joining the chase for Irving — should the Nets reach the point of actively trying to trade him — and would figure to be a more legitimate landing spot than the teams initially mentioned given the Heat’s various trade assets.”

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Miami’s interest in Irving should come as little surprise, as the team came up short in the 2022 NBA playoffs, falling to the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and is looking to make improvements this offseason.

The Heat already have Kyle Lowry at point guard, but Irving would represent an upgrade over the 36-year-old Lowry, who averaged 13.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists during the 2021-22 campaign. His 13.4 points per game was his lowest scoring output since he averaged just 11.6 points during the 2012-13 season.

Even though Irving appeared in just 29 games last season, he averaged an impressive 27.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists. It was his sixth straight season averaging at least 23 points per game.

The 30-year-old would be an interesting fit in a Miami lineup that also boasts Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. That said, the Heat roster would likely get some sort of shake-up in a sign-and-trade for Irving.

It’s possible the franchise would offer up a combination of Lowry, Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro in a potential deal for Irving. Lowry would almost certainly be going the other way, as Miami wouldn’t want to pay him his $28.3 million salary for the 2022-23 season to sit on the bench.

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It’s unclear if Miami would be interested in trading Robinson, but the franchise could stand to unload him and the remainder of his five-year, $90 million contract after he regressed during the 2021-22 campaign.

As for Herro, it’s hard to imagine the Heat being interested in moving him. The 22-year-old has been a significant piece off the bench in Miami since being drafted, and he played a key role in the Heat reaching the conference finals this past season.

But while Miami would be interested in Irving, it’s unclear if the feeling is mutual. Stein also reported that “there are credible rumblings in circulation” that Irving has had contact with Lakers star and former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James “to presumably discuss a potential reunion in Hollywood.”

However, Stein did add that “it would be a stretch, though, to suggest that the Lakers are currently pursuing Irving.”

With rumors circulating, there’s no telling where he could end up. That said, everything hinges on his $36.5 million player option for 2022-23 and whether he decides to opt out.

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At this point, it’s probably not worth the speculation, especially considering the situation between Irving and the Nets remains fluid, according to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer.

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Fujitsu global survey demonstrates how ‘digital first’ approach helps to accelerate sustainability transformation

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Fujitsu global survey demonstrates how ‘digital first’ approach helps to accelerate sustainability transformation

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41% of business leaders in 9 countries cite sustainability among their top three management priorities



TOKYO, Jun 28, 2022 – (JCN Newswire) – Fujitsu today released its “Fujitsu Future Insights Global Sustainability Transformation Survey Report 2022,” highlighting the results of a survey of 1,800 business executives and decision makers in 9 countries conducted by Forrester Consulting with the aim of understanding global trends and current conditions in sustainability transformation(1)(SX).

This sixth survey investigated the current status of SX and how digital transformation (DX) contributes to the changes required to improve society’s sustainability.

Fujitsu will draw on the insights and knowledge gained from this survey to work with its customers to resolve issues towards the realization of a sustainable future for business and society.

Global Sustainability Transformation Survey Report 2022

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Sustainability: a growing management challenge for business leaders globally

Sustainability that takes into account environmental, societal, and economic impacts represents an urgent priority for individuals, companies, and governments around the world. Companies, in particular, need to prioritize sustainability not only with regard to the differentiation of their business, but also for the survival of the company. To this end, Fujitsu commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a survey to clarify the actual state of range of companies’ SX initiatives, and will now issue the results in the Fujitsu Future Insights Global Sustainability Transformation Survey Report.

Key findings:

1. Sustainability as a management priority

41% of respondents place sustainability among the top three management priorities, which demonstrates that the importance of sustainability has risen sharply in business strategy and decision-making over the past two years. The main reasons for this trend were rising awareness of sustainability among the younger generation (54%), government regulations and guidelines, and requests from consumer groups (49%).

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2. Only 5% of companies are SX leaders

The survey revealed that 21% of the companies have already delivered results from SX initiatives. However, only 5% of the leaders have developed a vision for SX initiatives and a company-wide SX strategy and achieved significant results through comprehensive measures. In contrast, 54% of the respondents responded that they were unable to develop or implement a corporate sustainability strategy.

3. Digital-first approach as key to SX

The survey showed that SX leaders have a high degree of maturity in four elements: purpose-driven, human-centric, data-driven, and connected, suggesting that these four elements may be important success factors for achieving success in sustainability initiatives. In addition, 67% of the respondents agreed that DX would contribute to the success of SX, and the survey results also revealed a strong correlation between SX maturity and DX maturity. This demonstrates that a digital-first approach is a critical factor in promoting SX.

4. SX: Challenges and ways to solve them

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In the survey, 38% of respondents cited a lack of executive alignment in sustainability vision and implementation, and 35% internal resistance and skepticism about sustainability initiatives as key issues in implementing sustainability initiatives. The survey further demonstrated that improving both the financial value including sales and profits and the non-financial value including creation of environmental and social value represent a major challenge. CEOs can address this issue by providing purpose-driven leadership, developing plans that include financial and non-financial goals, and leveraging digital technology with technology partners.

Fujitsu is promoting management and business operations based on its new global business brand, Fujitsu Uvance, which aims to contribute to the achievement of Fujitsu’s purpose: “to make the world more sustainable by building trust in society through innovation.”

The findings of this survey will help Fujitsu to continue to serve as customers’ SX partner, simultaneously helping customers to succeed in business and to provide value to society.

Survey overview

1. Period: February 2022

2. Countries surveyed: Australia, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States

3. Respondents: management and decision makers at companies with 500 or more employees and sales of 10 billion yen or more in the previous fiscal year.

4. Methodology: Anonymous online survey (number: 1,800) and interviews (number: 23)

Please download the full report “Fujitsu Future Insights Global Sustainability Transformation Survey Report 2022” at the following link: bit.ly/3P3EBmH

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(1) Sustainability transformation :

Sustainability transformation means transforming business to bring about positive change in our environment, society and economies. Examples include the reduction of energy usage and CO2 emissions through continuous monitoring and the reduction of waste by implementing end-to-end traceability.

Fujitsu’s Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015 represent a set of common goals to be achieved worldwide by 2030. Fujitsu’s purpose – “to make the world more sustainable by building trust in society through innovation” – is a promise to contribute to the vision of a better future empowered by the SDGs.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu’s purpose is to make the world more sustainable by building trust in society through innovation. As the digital transformation partner of choice for customers in over 100 countries, our 124,000 employees work to resolve some of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Our range of services and solutions draw on five key technologies: Computing, Networks, AI, Data & Security, and Converging Technologies, which we bring together to deliver sustainability transformation. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 3.6 trillion yen (US$32 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022 and remains the top digital services company in Japan by market share. Find out more: www.fujitsu.com.

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‘Wonderboy’ Thompson wants 4-man tournament with Diaz, Masvidal and Rakhmonov

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Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson has a suggestion for the UFC after Shavkat Rakhmonov called him out following his latest win over Neil Magny last weekend. The ‘Kazakh’ won via submission in the second round to take his undefeated streak to 16-0.

Shavkat Rakhmonov makes it 16-0 with 16 finishes and now he registered his first top 10 win over Neil Magny who has wins over likes of condit, gastelum, Lawler, Johnny Hendricks, Neal, Griffin etc. And shavkat made it look easy against such a guy. Shavkat is problem 🔥

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— Sayan (@Tweets_by_Sayan) June 26, 2022

The #10-ranked welterweight named Stephen Thompson in his post-fight interview and later mentioned Nick Diaz and Jorge Masvidal as people he’d like to fight next.

Speaking on his episode 51 of his YouTube show, Wonderboy said,

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“He called out me, (Jorge) Masvidal, and Nick Diaz. I feel like us three should just have… us three fight, four-man tourney. See who stays in the divish. Loser’s gotta get out. I like that idea…Let’s do it, dude. UFC, make it happen. I think that’d be really cool. A little tourney.”

Rakhmonov has garnered a significant amount of hype since arriving in the UFC in 2020. Since then, the 27 year old has racked up five straight victories with all of 16 of his pro wins coming via stoppage. The M-1 Global veteran is also the only man ever to finish Michel Prazeres. And following his impressive win over Magny he’s now earned back to back performance of the night bonuses.

Speaking to reports after the fight, Rakhmonov doubled down on his Wonderboy call-out while giving a couple of other intriguing options.

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“I’m not going to rush. I’m going to take my time and rest and assess everything with my team. But the names I want to face are Stephen Thompson, Nick Diaz, (Jorge) Masvidal. Let’s go.”

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Shavkat Rakhmonov has named three opponents he’d like to face:

Stephen Thompson 👀

Jorge Masvidal 💥

Nate Diaz 🔥

Who would you like to see the 16-0 prospect take on?

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— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) June 26, 2022

Many fans have been pushing for Rakhmonov to face surging another surging prospect – Khamzat Chimaev. But with the Swede ranked 7 places higher in the rankings, it makes sense for him to fight someone like #7-ranked Wonderboy in the interim.

Wonderboy is a big name and also a former title challenger, although he’s currently going through a minor slump having suffered back-to-back losses for only the second time in his career.

In the wake of the call-out, the 39-year old says he’s received an avalanche of messages encouraging him to take the fight.

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“What’s crazy is literally the entire population of where he’s from messaged me,” said Wonderboy.

I only had like 18 messages but after that fight I’ve got a hundred and something. Just like ‘Fight him! Fight him!’ Or just emojis of the flag. And it’s always broken English. ‘You. Fight him,’” he added.

For his part, it sounds like Wonderboy is definitely up for taking on the challenge. And he would also love to involve Diaz and Masvidal – (He’s expressed an interest in fighting Diaz and rematching Masvidal in the past.)

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“Whatever, man. Let’s go. We’ll see. Everybody’s calling me out. Not just me, but Masvidal and Nick. So we should just have a three-way. Sounds kinda weird, but still,” said Wonderboy.

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Stephen Thompson, Jorge Masvidal, UFC 217

Do you want to see a 4-man tournament involving Thompson, Diaz, Masvial and Rakhmonov?

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LA Lakers’ Top Trade and Free-agency Targets After Kyrie Irving Picks Up Nets Option

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    The NBA offseason is less than two weeks old, and we’ve already witnessed the birth and (likely) death of a “Kyrie Irving to the Los Angeles Lakers” rumor.

    On draft day, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania both reported on Irving’s potential departure from the Brooklyn Nets. Wojnarowski even listed Irving’s preferred sign-and-trade destinations, with the Lakers among them.

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    Four days later, Irving seemingly did an about-face and announced his intention to pick up a $36.5 million player option to stay in Brooklyn for 2022-23.

    Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

    Kyrie Irving: “Normal people keep the world going, but those who dare to be different lead us into tomorrow. I’ve made my decision to opt in. See you in the fall. A11even.” https://t.co/rpiS8YkSZI

    Of course, being on an expiring contract and not part of a sign-and-trade (which would “hard cap” his new team) might actually make it easier to move Kyrie, but Wojnarowski noted a mostly uninterested market on Monday.

    Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn

    ESPN Sources: Outside of the Lakers, there are currently no known teams planning pursuit of sign-and-trades for Nets G Kyrie Irving. No sign-and-trades can be formally discussed until after 6 PM on Thursday. Brooklyn isn’t believed to have interest in available Lakers packages.

    In the wacky world of the NBA offseason, it’s probably to declare anything impossible, but let’s assume for now that Irving won’t be reuniting with LeBron James.

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    That means L.A. has to look to some other possibilities to shake things up (running it back after missing the playoffs in 2022 feels like a terrible idea).

    It will have access to the taxpayer’s mid-level exception, which has a starting salary of $6.4 million. And in a summer with very little cap space available, that could actually go a long way.

    The Lakers should probably be open to trading anyone not named LeBron or Anthony Davis, too.

    Which targets are actually gettable? And what can the Lakers do to get back to contention as early as 2022-23? Scroll down to find out.

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    Yes, a shakeup is probably necessary for the Lakers, but they can do that through trade. And one of the few bright spots from last season was floor-spacer Malik Monk.

    Without access to his Bird rights (because he’s only been a Laker for a year), though, L.A. would probably have to use its taxpayer mid-level exception to sign him, something Monk is open to.

    “They might not be able to pay me as much as I want,” Monk told The Athletic’s Jovan Buha. “But I could be here and be way more comfortable as a Laker than going to any other team (that would pay) me $5 million more.”

    Last season, Monk averaged 13.8 points and 2.3 threes while shooting 39.1 percent from deep. And that floor spacing ability showed up in more than just the conventional box score.

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    When Monk shared the floor with LeBron, the Lakers were minus-0.1 points per 100 possessions. That doesn’t sound great until you realize they were minus-4.3 when LeBron played without Monk.

    There may be bigger names willing to play for $6.4 million in L.A., but it could certainly do worse than bringing Monk back.

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    The Charlotte Hornets are one team that reportedly had “real” interest in Russell Westbrook, according to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor.

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    Pairing him with LaMelo Ball and taking possessions away from the young All-Star seems like a bad idea, so perhaps the aim is to get sweeteners from the Lakers to take Westbrook off their hands. Maybe Hayward’s contract ($61.6 million over the next two seasons) is onerous enough to justify taking on a year of Russ without picks.

    Whatever the motivation, if it’s legitimate, the Lakers should pursue it.

    Hayward has had a terrible time staying on the floor over the last three years (averaging just 48.3 appearances per season), but his game would actually fit quite well with LeBron’s.

    Over the same stretch, he’s hit 39.6 percent of his three-point attempts. That alone should be a boost to James’ drive-and-kick game, but Hayward has some point forward in him too.

    That means he could run the offense from the wing when LeBron is off the floor or operate as a secondary creator attacking defenses that the superstar already has in rotation.

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    The lack of durability and an extra year on the contract are valid concerns, but it’s hard to see how Hayward would be anywhere near as bad a fit on this team as Westbrook was in 2021-22.

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    Almost every team in the NBA this offseason will be on the hunt for versatile, switchable wings, and the Lakers shouldn’t excuse themselves from that fray.

    And while there may be some older, bigger-name free agents willing to go to this historic franchise for a taxpayer mid-level exception that might feel like a discount for them, L.A. should expand its search this offseason.

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    The Lakers have done the “load up on past-their-prime veterans” thing before. It’s time to try something new, and Hayward’s teammate in Charlotte, Cody Martin, would be a good option, and he might not even cost the entire exception.

    He checks a lot of the same boxes Hayward would (though maybe on a smaller scale), and there are fewer concerns about his health.

    He only logged 26.3 minutes per game, but his pace- and playing-time adjusted numbers illustrate the point above: 10.5 points, 3.5 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.2 threes per 75 possessions, with a 38.4 three-point percentage.

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    If the Lakers are able to find a taker for Russell Westbrook, they’ll be in the market for another point guard (or at least a point guard-sized player), even if LeBron continues to operate as the primary playmaker.

    Some of his most successful lineups have included guards who could function off the ball and command attention as shooters outside, like Mario Chalmers, Kyrie Irving and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

    Bruce Brown might be a harder get than Martin due to interest from other teams, but he’d fill that role well on the taxpayer mid-level exception.

    Though he’s often functioned as a rim-runner over the last couple of seasons with the Brooklyn Nets, Brown started his career as a guard for the Detroit Pistons. And along that winding path, he’s developed a wide range of skills that make him one of the game’s most unique players.

    In his second season, he averaged 5.2 assists per 75 possessions. The next year, he went for 8.7 rebounds per 75 possessions, and in 2021-22, he shot a career-high 40.4 percent from three.

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    If Brown could put that all together, he’d be an ideal off-guard to play alongside one of the best point forwards of all time.

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    The Los Angeles Lakers have been reluctant to attach sweeteners in trades to unload Russell Westbrook, but the Indiana Pacers might be able to back them off that stance.

    Per Marc Stein, L.A. reportedly offered Indiana a package that included Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker and a draft pick for Malcolm Brogdon, and the Pacers refused.

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    Given his lack of durability (he’s only managed 48.7 appearances per season over the last three years), going much further than that might seem unwise. However, the Lakers shouldn’t abandon this idea.

    He’s a career 37.6 percent three-point shooter who ranks in the top 20 all-time in career free-throw percentage. And since he joined the Pacers, he’s averaged 6.3 assists.

    That combination of shooting and playmaking (not to mention his 6’5″ frame and multipositional defense) would make him a great secondary creator and catch-and-shoot threat with LeBron.

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