NBA WiretapDecember 2007 NBA Wiretap

Seattle Continues To Audition Ridnour, Watson And West

Dec 31, 2007 8:17 PM

Luke Ridnour, Earl Watson and Delonte West all are auditioning for the starting point guard position in an ongoing evaluation period that will last until the end of the season. West, who makes $1.9 million this year, becomes a restricted free agent at the end of this year. Seattle General Manager Sam Presti has said he will revisit contract talks with West this summer.

?I kind of have been playing with a heavy mind just thinking about the rotations and all of the point guards here,? West said. ?And thinking about how that affects the business aspect moving forward. And I just decided to put everything aside and to get back and have fun playing basketball and see where that takes me."

?You?ve got to be mentally strong in this league. But it?s not like we have a veteran guard here and then we have a rookie guard that we just brought on, and then you kind of have a pecking order. We have three quality guards that have all started and proved their worth in this league, and it?s just more how we?re going to balance the time out between the three of us. With that being said, and me being in my contract year there?s a lot on your mind.?

Tacoma News Tribune

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Belinelli To See Time At Point Guard?

Dec 31, 2007 8:15 PM

Rookie guard Marco Belinelli said he would welcome minutes at the point but acknowledged the team would be best if it were just a handful at a time.

"About 10 minutes," Belinelli said. "Coming up, playing in Italy, I always played point guard. But I need work."

He said the coaches have told him they like him at point because he has their desired size. At 6-foot-5, 192 pounds, Belinelli can see and shoot over most opposing point guards.

Contra Costa Times

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Point Guard Not Felton's Best Position?

Dec 31, 2007 8:13 PM

Sam Vincent is now of a mind that Raymond Felton doesn't play his best when he has primary responsibility as the team's playmaker. Hence, veteran Jeff McInnis becomes a starter.

"I'm not saying he's not a point guard," Vincent said of Felton. "He's a point guard who is still learning how to best get his game comfortable. In trying to do that, we're losing some of his aggressiveness.

"He's a combo guard who can play the point."

Charlotte Observer

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, NBA

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McGrady Unhappy In Houston?

Dec 31, 2007 8:05 PM

Houston, with Luis Scola coming on, won its first back-to-back set and had at least five players in double figures for the second straight game, both without Tracy McGrady. It's giving the team more reason to move McGrady, who is said to have quietly let it be known he's no longer happy in Houston.

Chicago Tribune

Tags: Houston Rockets, NBA

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Mejia Named D-League Performer Of The Week

Dec 31, 2007 5:29 PM

Sammy Mejia of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants was today named D-League.com Performer of the Week for games played during the week of Dec. 24.  In three games this week, Mejia averaged 31.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists while shooting 32-of-56 (.571) from the field and 28-of-35 (.800) from the free throw line.

Selected 57th overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2007 NBA Draft, Mejia scored 41 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out three assists and collected three blocks against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Friday, Dec. 28.  In two other games for the Mad Ants this week, Mejia scored 26 and 28 points, respectively.  

A product of DePaul University, the 6-6 guard played his first game for the Mad Ants on Dec. 22 after missing the beginning of the season due to an injury.  Mejia played with the Pistons in their training camp and was one of the last players cut prior to the start of the NBA season.  In four D-League games, Mejia is averaging 27.3 points and 7.3 rebounds.  

Other top performers in the D-League last week included Idaho?s Randy Livingston who averaged 17.3 points and 14.0 assists in three games, including a D-League record 22 assists on Wednesday, Dec. 26; Iowa?s Dwayne Mitchell, who averaged 24.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in three games for the Energy; DJ Strawberry, who averaged 32.0 points in two games on assignment with Albuquerque from the Phoenix Suns; Rio Grande Valley?s Kenny Taylor, who finished the week averaging 30.0 points while netting ten three-point field goals in two games for the Vipers; and C.J. Watson, who averaged 31.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists in two games for Rio Grande Valley.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Detroit Pistons, NBA, D-League

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Pierce And Paul Named Players Of The Week

Dec 31, 2007 4:53 PM

The Boston Celtics? Paul Pierce and the New Orleans Hornets? Chris Paul today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Dec 30.

Pierce led the Celtics to a 4-0 week averaging 27.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals including a season-high 37 points at Seattle on Dec. 27. He helped lead the Celtics to their first undefeated four-game West coast road trip since the 1992-93 season bringing the Celtics to eight straight wins on the road, the longest such streak since the 1980-81 season.

NBA.com

Tags: Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA

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McMillan To Miss Blazers' Game In Utah

Dec 31, 2007 4:52 PM

The Trail Blazers will attempt to run their winning streak to 14 on Monday in Utah, but they will have to do it without Coach Nate McMillan.

McMillan on Monday will attend the funeral of his mother-in-law in North Carolina and is set to rejoin the team on Tuesday in Minneapolis. Lead assistant Dean Demopoulos will coach the team.

It will be the second time Demopoulos has served as head coach of the Blazers. Last November, in the season's sixth game, a home contest against New Orleans, Demopoulos took over when McMillan left the team for another family matter.

The Oregonian

Tags: Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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Thomas Will Stay As Knicks Coach

Dec 31, 2007 4:47 PM

The New York Knicks may keep changing the lineups, but not the coach.

Isiah Thomas said Monday he would remain as coach, nearly two weeks after saying it would be fair to evaluate his performance in a "couple of weeks."

"We'll keep moving in this direction," Thomas said Monday when reminded of those comments after practice.

Asked what direction that was, Thomas responded: "Me as the coach."

ESPN

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Wizards Waive Mike Wilks

Dec 31, 2007 2:48 PM

Washington Wizards' President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has waived guard Mike Wilks.  

In four games with the Wizards, Wilks averaged 1.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 11.0 minutes per contest.  He originally signed with Washington on December 19.

RealGM Staff Report

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Nets Name Vandeweghe Special Assistant To The President

Dec 31, 2007 2:15 PM

The New Jersey Nets have named Kiki Vandeweghe Special Assistant to the President, Nets' President Rod Thorn announced today.  His duties will include working closely with Thorn in preparing for the 2008 NBA Draft and in the evaluation of current and future player personnel.

?We are very pleased to welcome Kiki to the Nets,? said Thorn.  ?Kiki has been a mainstay in the league for almost two decades, first as an All-Star player and then as a front office executive.  His experience in both areas will be an invaluable asset to the franchise, and we look forward to his contributions.?

RealGM Staff Report

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Kerr Plays Mitchell Report Hoax On Hill
A 'fake' news release was delivered to Suns' F Grant Hill, which read that he had become the first NBA player named in the Mitchell Report.

Arizona Republic

Vandeweghe Announcement In Jersey Expected Monday

ESPN

Conley Finally Returns

Commercial Appeal

Hughes Has Been On Block For Two Seasons

Beacon-Journal

Boston's Hamstrung Rondo Sits One Out

Boston Globe

Webber Will 'Definitely Play,' But There's No Room In Detroit

The Detroit News

Jackson Not Sure If The Celtics Can Win 70

Daily News

Curry Bugged By Bench Role

New York Post

Giricek: He Got No Respect, Making Trade No Surprise

Philadelphia Inquirer

Karl Envious Of Utah Acquisition

Denver Post

P.J. Brown Unlikely To Join Phoenix

Arizona Republic

Yao, Bonzi Expected To Play After Sitting Out Practice

Houston Chronicle

T-Mac Says He Could Miss 3 Weeks With Injury

Houston Chronicle

Lakers Break Out Short Shorts

ESPN

Sam Smith: Why Not Pippen For Next Bulls' Coach?

Chicago Tribune

Blazers' Winning Streak Hits 13 As Sixers Fall

USA Today

Isiah On The Firing Line
"You can't help but think about it," center Eddy Curry said of Isiah Thomas' possible firing.

New York Post

Crawford Sits As Bulls Win

ESPN

Kings' Artest To Have Surgery
Kings forward Ron Artest will need surgery for a chipped bone in his right elbow.

Yahoo.com

Arm Leaves Kirilenko Day To Day

Salt Lake Tribune