Basketball Wiretap

Joakim Noah Suspended 20 Games For Violating Anti-Drug Program

Mar 25, 2017 11:03 AM

Joakim Noah has been suspended 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug program.

Noah tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is prohibited under the outgoing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Noah hadn’t “knowingly or willingly” violated the policy and cooperated fully with the league’s probe, league sources said.

 

Noah's suspension will begin once he's cleared to play after undergoing surgery on his left knee on Feb. 27th.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Joakim Noah, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Suspension

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Lonzo Ball Announces He'll Leave UCLA For Draft

Mar 25, 2017 11:06 AM

Lonzo Ball announced after UCLA's loss in the Sweet 16 to Kentucky that he will leave the school to enter the 2017 NBA Draft.

"That was my final game for UCLA, and I appreciate all the fans and all the support," Ball said.

Ball had widely been expected to leave UCLA after just one season.

Ball is expected to be a top-3 pick in the draft.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tags: Lonzo Ball, UCLA Bruins, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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James Harden Helped Facilitate Rockets' Trade For Lou Williams

Mar 24, 2017 6:50 PM

James Harden reached out to Lou Williams two weeks before the deadline about joining the Houston Rockets.

“When James called, he asked me if I was interested in playing with them,” Williams told The Vertical. “I told him that I loved the Lakers, but James and them have a group that fit my personality, fit how I play. He said he was going to make it happen.”

Williams then laughed. “I’ve heard that before, so I didn’t really put stock into it,” Williams told The Vertical. “I guess James did put the word in, and the team made it happen.”

Houston, Utah and Washington reached out to Magic Johnson about a deal, with Williams’ agent, Wallace Prather, helping to facilitate negotiations.

Williams has averaged 14.5 points in 13 games with the Rockets.

“We needed one more guy that could create, and Lou is perfect,” Mike D’Antoni told The Vertical. “Lou is a professional scorer. In case someone is off, if someone is injured, Lou brings another 15 to 20 points. We still need to incorporate everything. You can never have enough shooters and playmakers, and he does both.”

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Lou Williams, Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rob Pelinka Feels GM Job Is 'Sweet Spot For Who I Am With My Background'

Mar 24, 2017 5:31 PM

Rob Pelinka was recently on Adrian Wojnarowski's podcast and was asked about how he had thought about becoming an NBA general manager for a considerable amount of time and how he is managing the demands of the job.

“I feel like this is the sweet spot for kind of who I am with my background having gone to law school, having worked as an agent for almost 20 years and understanding the cap and how the system works, how modern day players think," said Pelinka "I went to business school and got a business degree and then basketball of course, having played in three Finals Fours. Those are my passions in life and they all kind of converge in this job.

“I think more than anything, Dr. (Jerry) Buss is our north star. He revolutionized the entire landscape of professional sports when he converged entertainment and sports together and kind of broke the mold. We’re still living with a lot of his vision today across all sports leagues. 

“And I think we feel the same," said Pelinka. "We have a platform that is second to none with this Lakers’ platform. We see an opportunity to cast a new vision for the future. The Lakers were always a team going back in history where all the other 29 teams were saying ‘hey how can we do it like the Lakers do?’ and maybe we lost that a little bit. I think it’s time to think that way again and hopefully get back to a position where others are saying ‘gosh, look at how the Lakers are doing things, we’d love it if we could do it that way.’

"It’s a challenge. It starts with Magic and I casting that vision and seeing it through.

"In terms of your specific question, one of the things Dr. Buss always said and I know Jeanie (Buss) is aligned to this. The Lakers are the Lakers when there’s a star in the building. The greats are so easily listed. Magic, Shaq, Kobe, Jerry West, Wilt. I can go on and on down the list. We feel like this is a perfect platform for hopefully that next player to eventually say there’s no city like LA, there’s no team that has the legacy like the Lakers. This could be my home someday. The perfect platform to accomplish what I want to with my career. I think that’s an important thing we make sure happens.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Michael Porter Jr. Commits To Missouri

Mar 24, 2017 5:12 PM

Michael Porter Jr. will attend Missouri for his freshman season.

Porter had previously signed with Washington but asked for his release after they fired Lorenzo Romar as head coach and his father as assistant coach. 

Porter is the top recruit in the incoming class of 2017 and is widely expected to be the top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Porter played his final season of high school basketball for Nathan Hale High School in Seattle where he was coached by Brandon Roy.

Missouri hired Cuonzo Martin this month.

"Last week everything changed for me regarding my college basketball decision. Realizing I would no longer have the opportunity to play for Coach Romar, I've taken the past seven days to give great consideration to my future.

"After a lot of thought, prayer, and talking with my family, I'm excited to announce that next year I will be attending the University of Missouri!

"I'm looking forward to the year ahead with Coach Cuonzo and my new teammates... Together we hope to restore the atmosphere at Mizzou Arena."

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Tags: Michael Porter, Jr., Missouri Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Nets Sign Archie Goodwin To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Mar 24, 2017 3:28 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to sign Archie Goodwin to a second 10-day contract.

Goodwin was released by the Phoenix Suns before the start of the season. Goodwin also briefly played for the New Orleans Pelicans this season.

Goodwin has averaged 8.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 13.2 minutes per game since joining the Nets.

Goodwin was a late first round pick in 2013 after one season at Kentucky.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Archie Goodwin, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jonathan Isaac Leaves Florida State To Declare For NBA Draft

Mar 24, 2017 2:45 PM

Jonathan Isaac has announced his decision to leave Florida State for the 2017 NBA Draft.

Isaac posted his announcement on Instagram while thanking the fans of Florida State.

Isaac is expected to be a top-10 pick as he's one of the more versatile forwards in the draft class.

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Tags: Jonathan Isaac, Florida State Seminoles, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Gordon Hayward: You Can't Blame Players For Staying Or Changing

Mar 24, 2017 12:10 PM

Gordon Hayward was asked if he thinks loyalty to a team is important after Wednesday's game.

Hayward will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"You know I think every player has different situations for reasons why they leave or stay,” he said. “I think it's definitely cool when guys play their whole career in one city. I grew up watching the Pacers, and Reggie Miller stayed there his whole career. He was a guy that everybody looked up to, so I think it's definitely cool. But, like I said, every situation is different, every player has different things going on, so you can't blame players one way or the other for staying or changing."

When Hayward was a restricted free agent in 2014, he signed a four-year, $63 million offer sheet with the then-Charlotte Bobcats that the Utah Jazz matched.

The Jazz can offer Hayward a fifth year and also 7.5 percent raises.

Jeff Rhineer/Fox 13 Salt Lake City

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

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Shaq Spun Lakers' Unwillingness To Pay Him With Trade Request

Mar 24, 2017 12:05 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers were unwilling to pay Shaquille O'Neal the type of contract he sought in 2004.

Jerry Buss informed O'Neal of the Lakers' position and that triggered what was believed to be at the time as a trade request at least partially due to O'Neal's deteriorating relationship with Kobe Bryant. The Lakers were also contending with Bryant's free agency that offseason.

O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat and he helped them win a title two years later in 2006.

“He called me and said hey we’re going to do something else, and I understood that,” O’Neal said. “Me being a marketing genius that I am, I wanted it to look like something else, but it really was never that.”

O'Neal remained close with Jerry Buss and his relationship with Bryant has improved with each passing year.

Tania Ganguli/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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Matt Barnes Wants To Beat Kings 'By 50'

Mar 24, 2017 11:55 AM

Matt Barnes will have his first opportunity to play the Sacramento Kings since he was released by the team in February. Barnes and the Golden State Warriors host the Kings on Friday.

“I’m trying to kill them,” said Barnes. “Plain and simple. Things didn’t go well there.”

Barnes signed a two-year deal in the offseason to return to his hometown.

“It was frustrating because being back home and really taking pride in trying to put that team back on the map, and then just in a day’s time you’re no longer a part of the organization,” Barnes told the Sacramento Bee. “It was kind of a rude awakening.”

Barnes is averaging 5.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in 11 games with his new team.

“They’re the enemy now,” Barnes said of the Kings. “We’re trying to kill them, beat them by 50.”

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Matt Barnes, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, NBA

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Heat Felt LeBron Attempted To Make Pat Riley 'Grovel' In 2014 Offseason Meeting
LeBron James was upset with Micky Arison using the amnesty clause on Mike Miller, as well as Riley's press conference after the Finals.

Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin/ESPN (via Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Derrick Rose, Knicks Not Ruling Out Deal In Offseason
Derrick Rose will prioritize winning over money when he hits free agency for the first time in his career this offseason.

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Kings' 2nd Choice For Head Coach Likely Was Patrick Ewing
Patrick Ewing is currently associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets and has long sought a head coaching job in the NBA.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Chris Paul Closer To Doc Rivers Than Any Clippers' Teammates
Chris Paul's hard-driving nature and politician's polish mean "nobody's really friends with (him)," according to a source.

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Carmelo Anthony Laments Jeff Hornacek's Switch To Triangle
Carmelo Anthony says it was "hard to readjust a whole system on the fly."

Marc Berman/New York Post

March Madness Beat 2016 NBA Playoffs In Ad Revenue By $200M
ESPN and Turner generated $1.031 billion in revenue from the 2016 NBA Playoffs.

Rodger Sherman/The Ringer

Dunc'd On: 2019 NBA Crystal Ball
A look into the future at the NBA landscape of 2019.

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Paul George Hears Cheers In Boston, Puts Future With Pacers On Improved Roster
Paul George said that if Indiana didn't have an improved roster, "then me and front office will talk."

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Gary Vitti Absent Since Lakers' Regime Change
While Gary Vitti retired from his full time position last year, he signed on as a consultant for two more seasons.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Frank Vogel Believes Mario Hezonja's Best Position Could Be Power Forward
Mario Hezonja has primarily played on the wings this season but Frank Vogel sees potential in him as a small-ball power forward.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Jeff Hornacek To Exclusively Run Triangle For Knicks In 17-18
Jeff Hornacek said it was a mistake to try to blend systems.

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Paul Millsap Expected To Become Free Agent
Paul Millsap could sign a five-year, $207 million max contract with the Hawks, or a four-year, $154 million deal with a rival team.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Michael Porter Jr. Asks For Release From NLI From Washington
Michael Porter Jr. is widely considered the top recruit in the country.

Jayda Evans/Seattle Times

Serge Ibaka, Robin Lopez Each Suspended One Game
Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka have each been suspended one game without pay for throwing punches at one another during an altercation.

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Warriors Optimistic Kevin Durant Will Return Before Playoffs
Kevin Durant is roughly at the halfway point of his recovery but the Warriors are encouraged by the progress he's made.

Marc Stein, Chris Haynes/ESPN

Joel Embiid 'Very Likely' To Undergo Knee Surgery
Joel Embiid is "very likely" to undergo knee surgery on his torn meniscus.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Jayson Tatum Leaving Duke For NBA Draft
Jayson Tatum is expected to be a top-10 pick.

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Ivan Rabb Leaves Cal For NBA Draft
Ivan Rabb is expected to be a first round pick.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Nets To Pursue Kentavious Caldwell-Pope In Free Agency
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has become the most important player on the Pistons over the past year.

Brian Lewis/New York Post

FOX To Televise BIG3 League
The league will make its debut on June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with games being played half-court.

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