NBA WiretapMay 2017 NBA Wiretap

David Stern Thought Lakers Might Agree Upon New Chris Paul Trade After Veto

May 28, 2017 12:58 AM

David Stern further expounded on his controversial decision to veto a trade in 2011 for "basketball reasons" that would have seen the New Orleans Pelicans trade Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Pelicans and Lakers agreed upon a three-way trade with the Houston Rockets involving Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.

"(My decision) was only based on what was good for New Orleans, or what was not good for New Orleans," said David Stern. "It had nothing to do with the Lakers at all. And in fact, in the course of the weekend, we thought we could re-do the deal. We really thought that Houston would be ready to part with Kyle Lowry; and we had a trade lined up for Odom that would have gotten us a good first round draft pick. Not we, but my basketball folks. But Mitch Kupchak at the time panicked, and moved Odom to Dallas. So the piece wasn’t even there for us to play with at the time. So that was it — just about what was good for the then New Orleans Hornets."

New Orleans soon thereafter traded Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Harrison Faigen/Silver Screen & Roll

Tags: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jerry West Likely To Extend Contract With Warriors

May 28, 2017 10:48 AM

The Golden State Warriors have discussed a new contract with Jerry West. 

West's current deal expires in July and there is a growing sense he will continue.

West was brought to the Warriors in May of 2011.

Joe Lacob has said it is up to West whether he continues in his role with the Warriors.

"His contract is up, as you know," said Lacob. "We have met; we have discussed the future. And it’s really something that I’m sure at the end of the season we will return to and figure out what Jerry wants to do.

"We want him back. We love him. He’s been a great contributor to the organization, someone I consider a personal friend as well. We would love him back (beyond this season), and we’ve made that known."

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Isaiah Thomas Willing To Defer Extension To Help Boston In Free Agency

May 28, 2017 12:41 AM

Isaiah Thomas is eligible for a contract extension with the Boston Celtics this offseason, but he's okay waiting for free agency if he can help the team improve their roster.

Thomas is set to enter the final year of a four-year, $27 million contract he signed with the Phoenix Suns in 2014.

Thomas is scheduled to make just $6.3 million during the 17-18 season, be a salary less than what the Celtics will pay the No. 1 overall pick ($7 million at 120 percent of the rookie scale).

Thomas has been active in recruiting talent to the Celtics.

"We need the best possible player that's gonna help us win, and I'm with that," Thomas said. "Anything Danny and this organization need me to do to help bring even more talent to this city, I'm all for that. I want to win a championship and being so close to getting to the Finals, that makes you want it that much more.

"I'm all help if they need it. I'll be around."

In the past, Thomas has said the Celtics need to "bring out the Brink's truck" to re-sign him.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Tags: Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Chris Cohan Vetoed Warriors' Kevin Garnett Trade In 2007 For Financial Reasons

May 28, 2017 11:01 AM

The Golden State Warriors were close to trading for Kevin Garnett in 2007 before the Minnesota Timberwolves eventually dealt him to the Boston Celtics. The Warriors were coming off a first round upset of the Dallas Mavericks and were one of the NBA's most compelling teams.

"After the playoff series with Utah, we had a nice group but we were trying to figure out a way to bridge the gap," said Chris Mullin. "We had a deal. Kevin Garnett was getting ready to move and I think he was being very selective. But at one point, he liked our situation.

"The exact deal was probably going to be more Minnesota's choice. We had Monta (Ellis), Andris (Biedrins), the pick itself, Jason (Richardson), Baron (Davis). We felt whatever combination they took, we had enough.

"It got really, really close, but it was vetoed.

"For us, it was more of a way to keep that success going than be a one hit wonder."

Chris Cohan and Robert Rowell vetoed the Warriors' trade for Garnett for financial reasons.

"At that time financially, they weren't willing to go there," said Mullin.

The Warriors won 48 games during the next seasons but missed out on the playoffs. Davis signed with the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2009 offseason to make the We Believe team short lived. 

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Love Finds Cavs' Underdog Label 'Funny'

May 28, 2017 12:52 AM

Kevin Love doesn't understand why the Cleveland Cavaliers are entering The Finals against the Golden State Warriors with the label of underdogs.

"The whole underdog thing is funny to me, because, yeah, at the end of the day we are defending our title," Love said Saturday after the Cavs' first practice ahead of The Finals. "We're trying to repeat, which is so hard to do. I think we will use it as fuel, we will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it? It's tough for me to say that is the case. I don't feel like we're underdogs. We match up well with them, and I think they'd say the same about us."

BPI says the Warriors have a 93 percent chance of winning the series. 

Tyronn Lue said the idea that the Cavs need the underdog title as a linchpin to get ready for the Finals is off base.

"We're not going to use that as motivation," Lue said. "It's like, we're in the NBA Finals. That's enough motivation alone. Not worry about what it says in Vegas or what people are saying about underdogs. We're not using that as an excuse. We've got to come out and play. Our goals were set at the beginning of the season, and that's to win a championship. So that's what we're focused on."

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Durant, Curry Praise Culture Bob Myers Created With Warriors

May 28, 2017 12:45 AM

Like Steve Kerr, a big reason for the success of Bob Myers comes from his emotional intelligence. 

The culture Myers and Kerr created for the Golden State Warriors played a big role in attracting Kevin Durant in free agency.

“He doesn’t walk around like he’s the leader. We know he makes the big decisions but we work together, all of us, him and Steve especially. If you see Bob walking with a group of Warriors employees, you wouldn’t know he’s Bob Myers, the president of the team. He just fits in with everybody,” Durant said. “We talk so much about great leaders being just ahead of the pack most of the time but sometimes that doesn’t have to be your personality. It could be encouraging, working with others, learning and listening. All those traits he has, and I think that’s why he’s ahead of the pack.

“That’s what drew me here.”

“He understands how important it is for him to be aware of everything that’s going on, how everybody’s feeling,” Stephen Curry said. “It’s a tough job, for sure, to have to balance, manage, all these different personalities and the ups and downs of the season. He’s bridged the gap between upstairs and downstairs. All that responsibility, it all pays out when we all succeed, and a lot of that goes to what Bob does on a day-to-day basis. ... He finds a way to be personable, to be connected to every single person in our organization. And it’s very genuine. That goes a long way.”

Janie McCauley/Associated Press

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Jazz Deny Giving D.J. Wilson First Round Promise

May 28, 2017 10:44 AM

The Utah Jazz have denied a report they have promised to select D.J. Wilson with the 30th overall pick.

"Did not happen," vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin said. "Did not happen at all. I don’t know where he got that from."

Perrin said it is rare for the Jazz to make a draft promise.

"If we tell a guy we’re going to take him guaranteed, which we don’t do very often if at all, we will follow through on that honor and our word," he said. "It does put you at somewhat of a disadvantage because if someone comes to you with a great trade, you’ve made your commitment to that player, so you can’t trade. … We try to keep our flexibility."

Perrin says the Jazz have never made a promise in his 16 years with the franchise.

Aaron Falk, Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

Tags: D.J. Wilson, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Zaza Pachulia Cleared To Play Normal Minutes In Game 1

May 28, 2017 10:39 AM

Zaza Pachulia is on track to start Game 1 of The Finals on Thursday for the Golden State Warriors.

Pachulia participated in all parts of all three practices on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“We’ve done running, had scrimmages and he’s done everything,” Mike Brown said.

Pachulia is expected to play his typical 15-20ish minute per night role and he has been fully cleared, health-wise, to do so.

“It’s good that we have one week off,” Pachulia said. “That way I can prepare myself mentally and physically for this team.”

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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RealGM Radio: NBA Draft Lottery Winners

May 28, 2017 8:23 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) previews the NBA Draft and offseason of the three winners of the draft lottery.

He discusses the Celtics with Jared Weiss of CLNS Media and CelticsBlog (@JaredWeissNBA); the Lakers with Darius Soriano of Forum Blue and Gold (@forumbluegold – 40:00); and the Sixers with Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA – 1:18:04).

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Tags: Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson, Jonathan Isaac, Dennis Smith, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, RealGM Radio

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Dunc'd On: MIA, NOP Offseason Outlooks, More On BOS Offseason

May 28, 2017 2:34 PM

The offseason outlook for the Miami Heat. How can they build on their great finish to the season, and can/should they retain Dion Waiters and James Johnson? Then we look at whether the Boston Celtics should renegotiate and extend the contracts of Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley, and finally a look at New Orleans and whether they can add to DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux).

Click to subscribe via RSS feed or iTunes.  And if you like this pod, please donate to support Nate and Danny at Patreon.com/DuncanLeroux

 


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Turkey Issues Arrest Warrant For Enes Kanter
Enes Kanter previously backed Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen in Twitter postings.

AFP

David Lee Won't Need Surgery On Knee
David Lee's injury should heal in approximately six weeks.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

'Significant Change' Could Occur For Celtics In Offseason
The Celtics reached the Eastern Conference Finals this season while not sacrificing any future assets, but Danny Ainge acknowledged the team needs improvement.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Isaiah Thomas Still Hoping To Avoid Surgery On Hip
Isaiah Thomas said the Celtics are committed to putting him on the best path to long-term health.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Warriors Have Largest Regular Season Net Rating Edge In Finals History
The Warriors had a Net Rating of +11.6 during the regular season compared to +3.3 for the Cavaliers, a difference of 8.3.

RealGM Staff Report

Clippers Concerned By Spurs' Possible Pursuit Of Chris Paul
The Spurs don't currently have enough cap space to sign Chris Paul to a max contract, but they could conceivably clear room.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Lakers To Hire Miles Simon As Assistant Coach
Miles Simon will replace Theo Robertson.

Tania Ganguli/Los Angeles Times

ESPN's NBA Layoffs Were 'Different' Than Other Sports
While ESPN is reducing its coverage of other sports, the NBA remains a priority for the network.

Adi Joseph/USA Today

NBPA Won Arbitration Preventing Penalizing Players For Pre-NBA Allegations
In the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement, the league can issue discipline before a legal resolution is reached.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Playoffs Could Have Fewest Games In Expanded Format Era, Bring Down Cap
If only 78 games are played, it will be the shortest playoffs of the era, while 81 games would be tied for second shortest.

Albert Nahmad/Heat Hoops

Lonzo Ball Considering Workout For 76ers
Ben Simmons is expected to play the role of primary ballhandler for the 76ers, which is a concern for Lonzo Ball as a point guard.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Dunc'd On: BOS/CLE Game 5, BOS Offseason Preview
Wrapping up the Eastern Conference Finals, where does this upcoming NBA Finals rank historically, and then going through every permutation of the Celtics' offseason.

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LeBron James: Golden State Has Been Best Team In NBA, Then Added An MVP
LeBron James was asked if he's facing a particular challenge defending the Cavaliers' title against the Warriors.

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73 Early Entry Candidates Pull Out Of 2017 Draft
The final deadline for withdrawal is on June 12th.

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Steve Kerr Remains Physically Unable To Coach
Steve Kerr is active around the Warriors but physically unable to coach.

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

Raptors Acquire 2018 2nd Round Pick From Magic For Jeff Weltman
Orlando will send the Raptors the least favorable of two second round picks they control in 2018.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Magic Johnson Considers Brandon Ingram Untouchable For Lakers
Out of the core of young players Magic Johnson is inheriting with the Lakers, it appears as though Brandon Ingram is the one he's most attached to.

ESPN Los Angeles (via Serena Winters/Lakers Nation)

Kevin Durant Didn't Want His Love Of The Game Stolen From Him
Kevin Durant says winning a ring would mean his life is now complete.

Michael Lee/The Vertical

Hawks Hire Travis Schlenk As GM, Head Of Basketball Operations
Travis Schlenk has spent the past five seasons as Assistant General Manager for the Warriors.

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Danny Ainge Confirms Lonzo Ball Won't Work Out For Celtics
With the Lakers selecting second overall, Ball hopes to be picked by his hometown team.

Toucher and Rich