Basketball Wiretap

James Dolan Contemplating Phil Jackson's Future With Knicks

Jun 28, 2017 12:49 AM

James Dolan is contemplating the future of Phil Jackson as president of the New York Knicks.

Dolan had the ability to opt out of the contract at the end of the 16-17 season as both sides had a mutual option.

The Knicks hired Jackson on a five-year, $60 million contract in 2014 amid severe criticism from Knicks' fans of Dolan.

Jackson has sought a trade of Carmelo Anthony over the past few months, but his public comments have turned Anthony into a sympathetic figure in the media and with most fans.

Jackson's treatment of Anthony also led, at least in part, to Kristaps Porzingis skipping his exit interview with the Knicks at the end of the season. Jackson has since spoke publicly about exploring the Knicks' options on the trade market for Porzingis.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Becoming More Serious Threat To Sign Chris Paul

Jun 28, 2017 12:08 AM

The Houston Rockets have emerged as an "increasingly serious" threat to sign Chris Paul away from the Los Angeles Clippers.

Paul met with the Clippers on Tuesday and will meet again soon.

James Harden is among those who have advocated for the Rockets to sign Paul and he's conveyed that directly to him.

Paul would have signed with the Rockets in 2013 had the Clippers not hired Doc Rivers away from the Boston Celtics.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics Hoping To Acquire Paul George, Free Agent Star In Complicated Sequence

Jun 27, 2017 2:23 PM

The Boston Celtics are seeking a commitment from Gordon Hayward before they can finalize a trade for Paul George.

The Pacers may be unwilling to wait until the start of free agency to agree upon a trade and could look elsewhere with their George trade talks.

The Celtics will need to maneuver their roster and unload salaries but they have contingencies in place.

If Boston can't secure a deal with Hayward, they could instead sign Blake Griffin and then trade for George.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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

Rockets Focused On Trading Ryan Anderson If They Need Cap Space

Jun 28, 2017 12:30 AM

The Houston Rockets have been focused on trying to find a team with cap space to absorb the contract of Ryan Anderson in order to pursue max free agency space.

Anderson is owed $19.6 million and $61.3 million in total over the next three seasons. The Sacramento Kings are one possibility as they have a need for a stretch-4 and Anderson is a native of the area.

Anderson had an excellent first season with the Rockets after signing from the New Orleans Pelicans.

Houston is pursuing Chris Paul, Kyle Lowry, Blake Griffin and Paul Millsap in free agency.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Ryan Anderson, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wolves, Spurs, Clippers, 76ers, Magic, Nets, Jazz To Pursue Andre Iguodala

Jun 27, 2017 4:20 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets and Utah Jazz are among the teams that will pursue Andre Iguodala in free agency.

The Golden State Warriors still hope to re-sign Iguodala and it is not yet known whether Iguodala will take meetings with rival teams. Iguodala joined the Warriors on a four-year, $48 million deal in 2013.

If the Jazz lose Gordon Hayward, they are expected to make Iguodala their top priority.

Shaun Livingston is another free agent the Warriors would like to re-sign.

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Tags: Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Sixers, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Thunder Exercise $1.5M Team Option On Jerami Grant

Jun 28, 2017 12:19 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have exercised their $1.5 million team option on Jerami Grant.

The Thunder could have declined Grant's option and he would have become a restricted free agent. Grant will become an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

The Thunder acquired Grant from the Philadelphia 76ers for Ersan Ilyasova and a future first round pick (top-20 protected) at the start of the 16-17 season.

Grant averaged 5.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in 19.1 minutes per game in his third NBA season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Jerami Grant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dunc'd On: Mock Offseason Part 1!

Jun 27, 2017 11:30 PM

Our most anticipated podcast of the year, the mock offseason, returns. Nate and Danny are joined by Dan Feldman of NBC Sports and Kevin Pelton of ESPN. Nate plays the player agent, while the others GM for the 30 teams. We ftry to find a Paul George trade that makes sense, determine whether the Knicks can buy out Carmelo Anthony, and see where and for how much the big stars will sign.  We also look at the restricted free agent market--which players can agree with their incumbent teams, and which will obtain lucrative offers elsewhere.  The point guard market, with Kyle Lowry, Jeff Teague, George Hill, and Jrue Holiday proves especially interesting as well.  Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow.

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

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Jazz Working To Upgrade Roster Before Gordon Hayward's Free Agency

Jun 27, 2017 2:27 PM

The Utah Jazz are attempting to upgrade their roster ahead of the start of free agency in hopes of re-signing Gordon Hayward.

The point guard position is one area they would like to address in case George Hill leaves.

Utah is also exploring scenarios to reshape their roster if Hayward leaves in free agency. The Jazz have $16 million of cap room that can be used between now and June 30th, according to Albert Nahmad.

Hayward is expected to meet with the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Have 'Legitimate' Interest In Re-Signing Derrick Rose

Jun 27, 2017 6:36 PM

Despite drafting a point guard and appearing to rebuild, the New York Knicks have "legitimate" interest in re-signing Derrick Rose.

Rose averaged 18 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 64 games for New York.

Rose is coming off a meniscus tear in his left knee that required season-ending surgery April 5. 

Rose said in late March that he'd prioritize winning over money as a free agent.

"Not even thinking money. I've got more than enough money saved. If I stopped playing basketball now, I'll be all right," he said. "I want to win. I want to be happy and feel at peace with myself wherever I'm at. But being at the negotiating table, you never know. I'm not going to negotiate with people where money is the No. 1 thing I'm asking for. I want to win."

Ian Begley/ESPN

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

Celtics Have Increasing Confidence In Paul George Extension

Jun 27, 2017 2:30 PM

The Boston Celtics have an increasing level of confidence in their ability to sign Paul George to a contract extension.

George has been believed to prefer to join the Los Angeles Lakers either via trade or in the offseason of 2018.

The Celtics' belief they can turn George into more than a one-year rental has them increasingly willing to part with significant assets to the Indiana Pacers.

The Pacers could allow George to speak to potential suitors about a contract extension, though that permission has yet to be granted.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Paul George, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Resist Carmelo Anthony's Approach On Buyout Talks
Phil Jackson has publicly appealed to Carmelo Anthony to waive his no-trade clause.

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Jared Dudley Out 3-4 Months With Surgery On Toe
Jared Dudley underwent a left toe ligament and bone procedure last Friday.

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Chris Paul Meets With Clippers To Discuss Future
Chris Paul and the Clippers discussed the future of the franchise and will meet again soon.

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Suns Tender Qualifying Offers To Alex Len, Alan Williams
Both Alex Len and Alan Williams will enter restricted free agency.

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Bulls Willing To Discuss 'Advantageous' Buyout Scenario With Dwyane Wade
With the Bulls trading away Jimmy Butler on draft night, the franchise has signaled their intention to rebuild.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Bulls Decline Qualifying Offer To Michael Carter-Williams
Michael Carter-Williams will become an unrestricted free agent.

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Jazz Extend $2.69M Qualifying Offer To Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles is already 29, arriving to the NBA from Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2014.

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Malik Monk Likely Out For Summer League With Sprained Left Ankle
Malik Monk's rehab is expected to last two to four weeks.

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Dunc'd On: NBA Awards, Offseason Previews On The Knicks, Suns
Thoughts on the NBA awards, and then an offseason cap preview for the Knicks and Suns.

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Russell Westbrook Doesn't Comment On Potential Extension With Thunder
Russell Westbrook can sign a supermax contract beginning on July 1st.

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John Wall Recruiting Paul George To Wizards
The Wizards have had Paul George trade conversations with the Pacers.

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Russell Westbrook Named Most Valuable Player
Russell Westbrook joins Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Derrick Rose and Dirk Nowitzki as active players who have won MVP.

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Wizards Extend Qualifying Offers To Otto Porter, Bojan Bogdanovic
Both Otto Porter and Bojan Bogdanovic will be restricted free agents.

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Draymond Green Named Defensive Player Of The Year
Draymond Green finished second in voting in each of the previous two seasons behind Kawhi Leonard.

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Bob Myers Wins NBA Executive Of The Year
Bob Myers previously won the award for the 14-15 season.

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Mike D'Antoni Wins NBA Coach Of The Year
Mike D'Antoni has been named the 16-17 NBA Coach of the Year.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins Most Improved Player
Rudy Gobert and Nikola Jokic were the other two finalists for the award.

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Kemba Walker Wins Sportsmanship Award
Previous recipients include Mike Conley Jr., Kyle Korver, Jason Kidd, Stephen Curry and Grant Hill.

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Dirk Nowitzki Named Teammate Of The Year
Vince Carter, Tim Duncan, Shane Battier and Chauncey Billups are past recipients of the award.

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Eric Gordon Wins Sixth Man Of The Year
Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams were the other two finalists for the award.

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