Basketball Wiretap

Nets Sign Donatas Motiejunas To Four-Year, $37M Offer Sheet

Dec 2, 2016 7:43 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have signed Donatas Motiejunas to a four-year, $37 million offer sheet.

With Motiejunas being a restricted free agent, the Houston Rockets have 72 hours to match.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports Motiejunas' deal includes two non-guaranteed years on the back end.

The Rockets traded Motiejunas to the Detroit Pistons last February but the trade was later rescinded following concerns about the condition of his back.

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Tags: Donatas Motiejunas, Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Steve Kerr Admits Marijuana Use To Treat Chronic Back Pain

Dec 2, 2016 8:26 PM

Steve Kerr has acknowledged using marijuana to treat his chronic back pain.

“I guess maybe I can even get in some trouble for this, but I’ve actually tried it twice during the last year and a half, when I’ve been going through this chronic pain that I’ve been dealing with,” Kerr said Friday on The Warriors Insider Podcast.

“(After) a lot of research, a lot of advice from people and I have no idea if maybe I would have failed a drug test. I don’t even know if I’m subject to a drug test or any laws from the NBA.”

During the summer of 2015, Kerr underwent two surgeries on his back, the latter procedure in part to alleviate the pain from the first. 

Kerr took a leave of absence to begin the 15-16 season and didn't return until January of 2016.

“I’m not a pot person; it doesn’t agree with me,” Kerr said. “I’ve tried it a few times, and it did not agree with me at all. So I’m not the expert on this stuff. But I do know this: If you’re an NFL player, in particular, and you’ve got a lot of pain, I don’t think there is any question that pot is better for your body than Vicodin. And yet athletes everywhere are prescribed Vicodin like it’s Vitamin C, like it’s no big deal.”

Marijuana has been legalized in some form by 26 states and the District of Columbia. 

“There’s this perception in our country that over-the-counter drugs are fine, but pot is bad,” Kerr said, explaining that some folks continue to resist the notion that pot is somehow more treacherous than, say, alcohol, while others have studied the subject and become advocates.

“I would hope,” Kerr said, “especially for these NFL guys, who are basically involved in a car wreck every Sunday – and maybe four days later, the following Thursday, which is another insane thing the NFL does – I would hope that league will come to its senses and institute a different sort of program where they can help these guys get healthier rather than getting hooked on these painkillers.”

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA

Derrick Rose Would Like To Spend Remainder Of Career With Knicks

Dec 2, 2016 5:23 PM

Derrick Rose has played better than many expected so far with the New York Knicks.

Rose is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason but he has interest in remaining with the Knicks.

"Finding out how we’re going to win games, we got 10 new people on the team—it’s not like they had a foundation here and we came right into it," said Rose. "We’re building the culture. We’re building the foundation now. I’m under a one-year contract so of course I want to play the rest of my life here. But it takes time, it takes patience to figure out how everyone is going to fit, if it is going to fit and going from there."

Rose was also asked about how the Knicks are developing chemistry.

"It’s taking time, man," said Rose. "Everyone is getting comfortable with each other and figure out a new system without making things hard for each other on the floor. Of course, I can’t play the same way I played in Chicago with this team, like coming out and firing right away. I’ll look dumb shooting all those shots I shot in Chicago with this team and with the talent we have with this team. It’s about being patient, taking our time and letting it all click. At some point in the season, I know I’ll be able to play the way I normally know how to play. First we gotta learn how to win."

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Tags: Derrick Rose, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

76ers To Use Ben Simmons As Point Guard

Dec 2, 2016 10:58 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers plan on making Ben Simmons their point guard when he returns from injury.

“When he’s ready to go to the court, my intention is to give him the ball and let him be the point guard,” Brown said. “That’s the plan. That doesn’t just happen. It takes a little bit of time to introduce him.”

The 76ers will slide Jerryd Bayless off the ball but he would still defend opposing point guards.

Simmons suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot during the final day of training camp in September.

“It wouldn’t surprise me, if you fast-forwarded all this a few years where we may sort of declare him a point guard,”  Brown said last week on’s Hang Time Podcast. “Sometimes in my aggressive wishes, dreams, I say why don’t you just give him the ball?"

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Tags: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Tyronn Lue, Steve Kerr Named Coaches Of The Month

Dec 2, 2016 7:16 PM

Tyronn Lue and Steve Kerr have been named the NBA's Coaches of the Month for October and November.

Lue guided the reigning NBA champion Cavaliers to an Eastern Conference-best 13-3 record during October and November, matching the best 16-game start in franchise history.  Cleveland, which began the season with six straight victories, ranked second in the NBA in scoring (111.3 points per game), three-point field goal percentage (39.0) and three-pointers made (13.8 per game).  The Cavaliers sank a team-record 21 three-pointers in a 137-125 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Nov. 23.

Kerr led the Warriors to an NBA-best 16-2 record in October and November, including 12 victories in a row entering December.  Golden State paced the NBA in scoring (117.6 ppg), assists (31.1 apg), field goal percentage (50.2) and blocked shots (6.6 bpg).  The Warriors notched at least 30 assists in 10 consecutive games, the longest streak in franchise history, and they registered a team-record 47 assists in a 149-106 win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 23.

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Dakari Johnson Named D-League Player Of The Month

Dec 2, 2016 5:54 PM

Oklahoma City Blue center Dakari Johnson has been named the NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in November. The honor, the first of the 2016-17 season, is also the first of Johnson’s NBA D-League career.

Johnson (7-0, Kentucky) led Oklahoma City to a 6-3 record behind averages of 19.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.1 blocked shots (tied for fourth in the NBA D-League). He scored at least 20 points in six games and tallied four point-rebound double-doubles.

On Nov. 26, he recorded 20 points (on 7-for-11 shooting from the field) to go with six rebounds and a career-high five blocks in a 107-104 victory over the Canton Charge. Johnson closed the month by scoring a career-high 28 points, grabbing a season-high-tying 11 rebounds and handing out a season-high five assists in a 117-108 loss to the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Nov. 29.

Other players who received consideration for the monthly award were Austin’s Patricio Garino, Fort Wayne’s Julyan Stone, Grand Rapids’ Ray McCallum and Kevin Murphy, Los Angeles’ Justin Harper, Maine’s Jalen Jones, Westchester’s Chasson Randle and Windy City’s Spencer Dinwiddie.

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Tags: Dakari Johnson, Oklahoma City Blue, D-League, D-League Award, D-League Teams

David Blatt Found NBA Game, Lifestyle 'Very Different'

Dec 2, 2016 1:17 PM

David Blatt lasted just one and a half seasons in the NBA, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers reach The Finals in 2015 before he was fired midway through the 15-16 season. The Cavaliers went on to win the 2016 championship under Tyronn Lue.

Blatt found the NBA game and experience different than his experience coaching overseas.

"The NBA game is very different," said Blatt. "The lifestyle is very, very different. And it takes time to get used to that. I don't think that initially I really realized how different it was. I was just thinking—basketball. Then—what I thought WASN'T different about basketball was ALSO pretty different.

"It takes time to learn that and to be comfortable and to become credible. But that's OK. For me, that was a great learning experience. It didn't end the way that I wanted it to. But I've been up enough times in my life to where I can get knocked down and know well enough to get back up. I look back at my NBA experience now, as distance—as there becomes a LITTLE bit of distance, I try to look back at it fondly and positively. And that's a choice too. That's another choice you can make."

Blatt talked about how certain situations were magnified during his team with the Cavaliers.

"Yeah, I don't wanna go into too much of that," said Blatt. "I will say that the media has its job and its information to either create or report on. They have their own set of agendas and motivations and responsibilities. And that's all part of this enormous machine that makes the NBA so interesting and so attractive for people to follow and for owners and companies and media outlets to support. So if you want to enjoy the fruits of all that, then you can and should expect that not everything will necessarily go, as you see fit! You just need to understand that you're a part of that machine."

Amos Barshad/Bleacher Report

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

Joel Embiid Interested In Participating In Three-Point Contest

Dec 2, 2016 5:41 PM

Joel Embiid has made 15 of his 30 three-point field goal attempts so far this season and he was asked if he'd have interest in competing in the three-point contest during All-Star weekend.

“It would be nice,” Embiid said with a smile. “It would be nice. I don’t know.”

In the three-point contest, participants have one minute to make as many shots as possible from five positions behind the arc.

“If I have a chance to be in it, I have to practice all that,” Embiid said of getting shots up quickly.” But I think I can get it. I got to work on my quick release and you know most of the shots I take from three, I always hold my follow through.

“So in an all-star game, it’s about getting it up. So I have work on that.”

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA All-Star

Barkley's 93-94 Suns Were The 16-17 Warriors Of Their Season

Dec 2, 2016 5:18 PM

Charles Barkley criticized the way the Golden State Warriors play with sexist comments about women's basketball.

"Maybe I'm old school," said Barkley. "But I'll never like that little girly basketball where you have to outscore people. I'm biased against girl basketball? I love women's college basketball but I don't want it in the NBA."

When Barkley was MVP of the NBA in 1993 and led the Phoenix Suns to The Finals, his team played in a strikingly similar way as the Warriors, according to ESPN's Tom Haberstroh..

The Suns ranked first in offense and ninth in defense that season, the same as the 16-17 Warriors. Both teams also ranked first in points per game and third in pace. The Suns even had a higher three-point attempt rate than the 16-17 Warriors.

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Pelicans Assign Cheick Diallo To D-League

Dec 2, 2016 1:21 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have assigned rookie forward Cheick Diallo to the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League, pursuant to the flexible assignment system.

Diallo, 6-9, 220, has appeared in six games with Austin, averaging 14.3 points on .553 shooting from the floor, 6.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.

Diallo recorded two 20-point games, one double-double and three games with four blocks. This will mark’s Diallo’s second assignment to the D-League.

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Tags: Cheick Diallo, New Orleans Pelicans, Austin Spurs, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

Andre Drummond Receives $15,000 Fine For Striking Roy Hibbert In Head
Andre Drummond was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected for the elbow to Roy Hibbert.

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Dwyane Wade: I Definitely Had To Change My Game More Than LeBron
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James didn't have a conversation about how their respective games would change before they decided to join forces.

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Doc Rivers Fined $15,000 For Ejection During Nets' Loss
Doc Rivers has been fined $15,000 for directing verbal abuse towards a game official and not leaving the court in a timely manner after his ejection.

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Jamal Murray, Joel Embiid Named Rookies Of The Month
Jamal Murray and Joel Embiid have been named the Rookies of the Month for October and November.

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LeBron James, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Month
LeBron James averaged 23.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 9.3 assists in 35.9 minutes as the Cavaliers went 13-2 in the 15 contests he appeared in.

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Kristaps Porzingis Not Worried If Knicks Are His Team Or Carmelo's
Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists this season with a PER of 22.0.

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Nets Considering Signing Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas is visiting with the Nets and undergoing a physical.

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Kevin Durant Finding, Appreciating 'Small Things' With Warriors
The ease with how he's made the move has confirmed Kevin Durant made the right decision.

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NBA Changed 'Two Years After' Rule For Trading Future First Round Picks
The NBA quietly changed trade rules over the offseason to allow teams to simultaneously owe two picks with a "two years after" language attached.

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Blake Griffin: Our Spirit As A Team Is Great Now
Everyone around the Clippers swears the vibe around the team is the best it has been since Chris Paul arrived via trade in December of 2011.

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Clippers Expect Chris Paul To Seek Full Five-Year Max Contract
Chris Paul turns 32 in May and his new five-year deal would take him well past 35.

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LeBron James Named Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson Of The Year
LeBron James scored 41 points in Games 5 and 6 of The Finals and made a key block in the final minutes of Game 7.


Dunc'd On Pod: 4 Random Questions: MVP, Towns/Porzingis Outcomes. Then NYK/MIN and WAS/OKC
Who is MVP so far? And who will have the league's worst record? Followed by wrap-ups of MIN/NYK and WAS/OKC.

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Tyronn Lue Meets With J.R. Smith About 'Embarrassing' Jason Terry Play
J.R. Smith had an in-game hug with Jason Terry that led to a wide-open bucket for the Bucks.

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RealGM Radio: Tiers With Kevin Pelton
Host Danny Leroux and Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider start a new RealGM Radio monthly feature: a conference tiers episode.

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Reggie Bullock Out 2-4 Months With Surgery On Left Knee
Reggie Bullock will undergo surgery for a meniscus tear in his left knee.

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Nerlens Noel Assigned To 87ers To Continue Rehab
The 76ers have assigned Nerlens Noel to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League.

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Mikhail Prokhorov Looking To Sell Minority Stake In Nets To Local Investor
Mikhail Prokhorov in a statement didnít say how much of the team heís looking to sell.

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Justise Winslow To Work With Heat Shooting Coach While Not With Team
Justise Winslow will work with the shooting coach of the Heat while he's left behind on their road trip to let his sore left wrist heal.

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Scott Brooks On Durant, Westbrook's Relationship: It Doesn't Make Me Feel Good
Scott Brooks was asked a number of questions about Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook during his first trip back to Oklahoma City.

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