Basketball Wiretap

Danny Ainge Suggests Celtics' Asset Depth Has Caused Teams To Ask For Too Much

Jun 23, 2017 10:46 AM

Danny Ainge was asked whether he feels the Boston Celtics are being asked for more in trade discussions than they are of other teams due to the depth of assets the team holds in terms of future picks and affordable role players.

"I think there's some truth in that," said Ainge. "I think you're spot on a little bit. I know when I try to do deals with teams, I'm lookin at: 'I'm going to call that team because they have something I'm really excited about.'

"Yeah, people around the league know the things we have and I think they are asking for some of our prime real estate."

Ainge was asked whether their strong position has actually been an impediment. 

"I think over the last few trading periods I think it's been a little bit of a hurdle. Bottom line is we have to do the deals we really believe in. I think our team is on board with the ones we've turned down and the ones we've pursued longer and think more about it. We'll just continue to find the right deals."

Boston reportedly declined to offer either the No. 3 pick or Brooklyn's 2018 pick to the Chicago Bulls for Jimmy Butler. 

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Celtics Could Trade For Paul George If Agreement Reached With Gordon Hayward

Jun 23, 2017 12:21 PM

The Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers continue to discuss a Paul George trade but it is reportedly contingent on signing Gordon Hayward in free agency.

According to sources, the Celtics are in position to trade for George with a three-year extension in place. George would lose money, however, on an extend-and-trade as opposed to the raises he could receive simply becoming a free agent in 2018.

The Celtics passed on trading for Jimmy Butler at the draft and were instead focused on scenarios for George.

George has long preferred to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018, but it is possible the Celtics could make a trade for him with a commitment in the long-term.

George and Hayward were both members of the 2010 draft class and there was a report in March that indicated George wanted to play with Hayward, who is from Indiana.

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Tags: Paul George, Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rob Pelinka: Lakers 'Need Two Superstar Players To Come Here'

Jun 23, 2017 10:38 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers drafted Lonzo Ball this week while also freeing up cap space for the 2018 offseason by unloading the contract of Timofey Mozgov.

Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are hoping to add two superstars to their core of Ball and Brandon Ingram with Paul George and LeBron James mentioned most frequently as potential free agents they sign.

"There's just a renewed energy around here," Rob Pelinka said. "We feel it in the offices every day. We felt through this draft process. I think clearly with Earvin's vision and just his persona, I think the organization is really taking on that positive joy that he seems to live with every day. I think players around the NBA feel that as well and are going to be attracted to that energy here.

"We know the goal here is to compete for championships. That's what we want to do. I think with the leading teams in the league today, we felt like, to be able to look them in the eye and challenge them, we need two superstar players to come here and join this platform and join our core group of players we now have. That's our plan, and we're going to put all of our energy and all of our hard work toward that."

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jimmy Butler Loses Potential $29M On Next Contract With DPE Now Unavailable

Jun 23, 2017 12:06 PM

While Jimmy Butler will receive a trade bonus of $1.8 million as part of his move from the Chicago Bulls to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the inability to sign a Designated Veteran Player Exception will be massive.

Butler will lose approximately $31 million over the life of a five-year contract he re-signs with the Wolves at 30 percent of the cap as opposed to 35 percent of the cap.

Butler was a third team All-NBA selection in 16-17.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bulls Agree To Trade Jimmy Butler To Wolves For No. 7, Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn

Jun 22, 2017 7:39 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached agreement with the Chicago Bulls on a trade for Jimmy Butler ad the No. 16 pick, giving up Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and No. 7.

The two sides also discussed a deal last offseason.

Butler will join a Wolves' core that also features Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

Minnesota has pursued trading Ricky Rubio at various points in the past and it's unclear how the trade impacts his future.

Butler can become a free agent in 2019. Due to the trade, Butler is no longer eligible for a supermax extension. Butler will have to wait until 2021 to sign a 35 percent max contract.

According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Celtics refused to offer either No. 3 or Brooklyn's pick in 2018 in exchange for Butler.

Butler's trainer, Travelle Gaines, responded on Twitter with strong words against the Chicago front office.

"0-82.worst culture in the league.I met drug dealers with better morals then their GM. He is a liar and everyone knows," wrote Gaines.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics, Pacers Engage More Seriously On Paul George Trade

Jun 22, 2017 8:02 PM

With Jimmy Butler being moved to the Minnesota Timberwolves, talks between the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers on Paul George have become more serious.

Boston selected Jayson Tatum at No. 3, who would presumably be moved to Indiana if a George deal is consummated.

George prefers a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers.

10:54 PM Update: A couple of rival teams expected the Celtics to reach a deal with Indiana on a trade. There's not an expectation the Pacers completing a George trade on draft night.

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Tags: Paul George, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

ESPN's 2017 NBA Draft Coverage Up 13 Percent From 2016

Jun 23, 2017 11:25 AM

The 2017 NBA Draft received a 2.7 metered market rating, which was up 13 percent from 2016. The rating matches the third highest rated draft ever on ESPN.

The draft featured big market franchises like the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics at the top of the board.

ESPN also had an average minute audience of 135,000 viewers streaming the coverage.

ESPN was also competing against multiple live streams such as The Vertical.

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Dwyane Wade Still Exercising $23.8M Option With Bulls Despite Butler Trade

Jun 22, 2017 11:01 PM

Despite the Chicago Bulls' trade of Jimmy Butler on draft night, Dwyane Wade will stand by his decision to exercise his player option worth $23.8 million, sources tell Vincent Goodwill.

Wade signed a two-year deal with the Bulls last offseason in a surprising decision to part ways with the Miami Heat after 13 seasons.

Wade averaged 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 29.9 minutes per game in 60 appearances for Chicago.

Wade was almost certain to be unable to make up that money even over several seasons on the open market.

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Tags: Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Pacers: We're Not Going To Make Bad Paul George Trade

Jun 23, 2017 12:12 AM

The Indiana Pacers were unable to trade away Paul George on draft night and talks can linger into the start of free agency.

George has said he plans on signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018 if he's not traded to the team before then.

"I'm confident we'll get something," said Pritchard about trade talks. "A lot of things still ongoing. We're not going to make a bad deal."

Pritchard described George's decision to not re-sign in 2018 as "a gut punch. We had many conversations over the summer about players we’d like to add."

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Bulls Sell No. 38 Pick To Warriors For $3.5M

Jun 22, 2017 11:31 PM

The Golden State Warriors bought the 38th overall pick from the Chicago Bulls for $3.5 million to select Jordan Bell out of Oregon.

On a day in which Jimmy Butler was traded by the Bulls, the franchise sold a draft pick they acquired in the Luol Deng trade in 2014. The move saved the Bulls more than $20 million in salary and luxury tax at the time.

Golden State bought a pick last year that they used on Patrick McCaw.

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Dunc'd On: 2017 NBA Draft, Butler Trade
Every angle on the 2017 NBA draft and all the trades.

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Spurs Extend Qualifying Offer To Jonathon Simmons
At least 12 teams will be interested in Jonathon Simmons in free agency.

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Kennedy Meeks Signs Partially Guaranteed Deal With Raptors
Kennedy Meeks averaged 12.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a senior for the Tar Heels.

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Jazz Select Donovan Mitchell At No. 13, Trading Trey Lyles, No. 24 To Denver
Donovan Mitchell is a combo guard out of Louisville that plays well off the ball.

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Celtics Unwilling To Trade No. 3 In 2017 Or Brooklyn's 2018 Pick To Bulls For Jimmy Butler
The Celtics continue to be reluctant to trade assets for an established star.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Blazers Move Up To No. 10 With Kings To Select Zach Collins
The Kings traded Zach Collins to the Blazers for No. 15 and No. 20.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Jazz Explore Trading For Ricky Rubio
The Jazz would like to re-sign George Hill in free agency but he's uncertain to return.

Jody Genessy/Deseret News

Jazz Receiving Trade Offers For Derrick Favors
Derrick Favors put his North Salt Lake home up for sale earlier this week, according to

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Raptors Pursuing Jonas Valanciunas Trade Scenarios
Jonas Valanciunas signed a four-year, $64 million extension with the Raptors in 2015.

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Rockets Continue To Pursue Trade For Paul George
The Rockets could attempt to convince Paul George to re-sign with their team or flip him before the trade deadline.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Suns Discuss Eric Bledsoe Trade With Bulls, Nuggets
If the Suns pick De'Aaron Fox at No. 4, it likely means they were able to trade away Eric Bledsoe.

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Cavs, Spurs Discuss Danny Green Trade
Danny Green began his career with the Cavaliers.

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Harry Giles' Medical Info Viewed With More Optimism By Teams Than Expected
Harry Giles was expected to be one of the top prospects in the 2017 draft class but he's tore his ACL in 2014 and again in 2015.

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Knicks Seeking 3rd Pick, Brooklyn 2018 1st, Brown, Crowder From Celtics For Porzingis
The Celtics, at this point, are unwilling to meet Phil Jackson's asking price.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Knicks Have 'So Far' Yet To Find Team To Meet Trade Price On Kristaps Porzingis
The Knicks are attempting to trade into the top-4 of the draft.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Report: Phil Jackson Fell In And Out Of Sleep During Draft Workout
Jay Williams relayed the anecdote during a segment with Bob Ley on ESPN.

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Blazers Haven't Ruled Out Trading For LaMarcus Aldridge If Spurs Take Matching Salary
LaMarcus Aldridge left the Blazers to sign with the Spurs in 2015.

Jabari Young/San Antonio Express-News

Wolves Pursuing Trade For Jimmy Butler, Paul George
The Wolves and Bulls discussed a Jimmy Butler trade at last year's draft.

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George Hill, Spurs Have Mutual Interest
George Hill has long been interest in returning to the Spurs and maintains a residence in San Antonio.

Jabari Young/San Antonio Express-News

Cavs' Pursuit Of George, Butler Ends As Kevin Love Not Generating Enough Interest
The Cavaliers have pursued trade scenarios for both Paul George and Jimmy Butler, but those efforts appear to have led to a dead end.

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