Basketball Wiretap

Kevin Durant Out Four Weeks With MCL Sprain, Bone Bruise In Left Knee

Mar 1, 2017 10:05 AM

Kevin Durant will miss at least four weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee and a Grade 2 MCL sprain.

There were initially fears of a more severe injury in which Durant would miss the rest of the regular season.

Durant underwent an MRI on Tuesday evening after hyperextending his left knee.

There is no timetable for his return as he will be reevaluated in four weeks.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Warriors To Sign Matt Barnes For Remainder Of Season

Mar 1, 2017 8:30 AM

The Golden State Warriors have agreed to sign Matt Barnes for the remainder of the season.

The decision to sign Barnes came shortly after Kevin Durant's injury on Tuesday that is expected to rule him out for at least several weeks.

Barnes played two seasons with the Warriors from 2006 until 2008. 

The Warriors will still sign Jose Calderon as promised but he will be immediately waived.

"It's a dream come true!" Barnes told The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears. "I feel like I helped start something in '07, and now I'm coming back to help finish it."

In an Instagram post late Tuesday night, Barnes called this "the happiest day of my life" after the birth of his children.

Barnes was waived by the Sacramento Kings before the deadline despite being owed nearly $6.5 million for the 17-18 season. Barnes had hoped to sign with the Warriors before the season but elected not to pass up significantly more money from Sacramento.

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Tags: Matt Barnes, Jose Calderon, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Andrew Bogut Agrees To Sign With Cavaliers

Feb 28, 2017 7:49 PM

Andrew Bogut has committed to signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Bogut and the Philadelphia 76ers agreed upon a buyout following his trade.

Bogut also considered the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics.

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Brandon Jennings Agrees To Sign With Wizards

Feb 28, 2017 6:53 PM

Brandon Jennings has agreed to sign with the Washington Wizards for the remainder of the season.

The New York Knicks released Jennings on Monday after he requested an out in order to play for a contending team.

Jennings needs to clear waivers before he can sign with the Wizards.

The team has 15 players on the roster and will need to waive a player to make room for Jennings.

Jennings averaged 8.6 points and 4.9 assists while shooting 34 percent from 3-point range. 

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Tags: Brandon Jennings, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Sign Norris Cole For Remainder Of Season

Feb 28, 2017 4:14 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed Norris Cole for the remainder of the season.

Oklahoma City traded away Cameron Payne last week and needed a backup point guard.

Cole went unsigned as a free agent in the offseason after averaging 10.6 points and 3.7 assists for the New Orleans Pelicans in 15-16. Cole signed with the Chinese Basketball Association in October, but departed in December after suffering an injury. Cole received clearance from the CBA in recent days to sign with the Thunder.

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Tags: Norris Cole, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jazz Unable To Agree Upon Extension With George Hill

Feb 28, 2017 2:13 PM

The Utah Jazz were unable to agree upon a contract extension with George Hill.

The Jazz could have given Hill the remainder of their cap space this season and an extension of up to three years with annual raises of 7.5 percent.

The best offer Utah could make to Hill is for $88.3 million to be committed to the Jazz through the 2019-20 season, which computes to a three-year, $74.7 million extension plus $13.6 million this season.

The Jazz remain interested in re-signing Hill in the offseason. Hill was advised he can get a much better deal on the open market than he could at this time with an extension.

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Knicks Interested In Jrue Holiday In Free Agency

Feb 28, 2017 11:17 AM

The New York Knicks have interest in signing Jrue Holiday in free agency.

Phil Jackson has targeted Holiday in the past via trade.

With the New Orleans Pelicans trading for DeMarcus Cousins at the deadline, they are likely to try to keep Holiday.

The Knicks are expected to have at least $24 million in cap space in the 2017 offseason.

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Cavs' Front Office Now Believes LeBron's Comments About Roster Was Brilliant

Feb 28, 2017 6:50 PM

The front office now believes LeBron James was brilliant in lashing out about the state of the Cleveland Cavaliers' roster.

"We top-heavy as s---," James said on Jan. 23 after the Cavaliers lost for the fifth time in seven games. "It's me, [Kyrie Irving], [Kevin Love]. It's top-heavy."

James also said that he had hoped the franchise wasn't satisfied with winning one ring.

David Griffin fired back the next day and called James' statements 'misguided.'

Cleveland is 11-4 since the incident and the assessment has galvanized the team. Griffin on the team's shift, told ESPN "it's joyful to watch." 

The Warriors have been the ultimate motivator for the Cavaliers throughout the past year.

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Chris Bosh Hasn't Given Up On NBA Return

Feb 28, 2017 12:03 PM

Chris Bosh made his debut on TNT on Monday as an analyst for their "Players Only" programming.

Bosh isn't ready to give up on his playing career, however, and still is working out.

"My health is great," Bosh said during Monday night's broadcast. "I'm feeling good, still working out and just really still staying ready."

Bosh didn't discuss whether he's still battling the blood clots that derailed his 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

Bosh's last NBA game was Feb. 9, 2016. A blood clot was found in his calf two days later, he went back on blood-thinning medication and his playing future has been uncertain ever since.

"I think one of the interesting things that I didn't anticipate was my mental health, and that's something that as athletes we have to take into regard because we're used to a set schedule and we're used to a certain type of world," Bosh said. "And that's something that I've really had to work on for my well-being."

Bosh will continue as an analyst for Turner for the next four Mondays, running through March 27.

The Heat are trying to gain cap relief from the $52 million Bosh is owed over the next two seasons.

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Brandon Jennings Receiving Interest From Wizards

Feb 28, 2017 11:59 AM

The Washington Wizards are interested in signing Brandon Jennings.

Jennings was waived by the New York Knicks on Monday.

Stan Van Gundy suggested Jennings was going to sign with the Charlotte Hornets but the team was already committed to Briante Weber. The Golden State Warriors also had interest in Jennings but they were similarly committed to Jose Calderon.

The Wizards are currently playing Trey Burke as John Wall's backup at point guard.

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Warriors Fear Kevin Durant Could Miss Extended Period
Some close to Kevin Durant fear the damage could sideline him into the playoffs.

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KD's Knee, News, Awards Thru March 1
KD Injures His Knee, Warriors Sign Matt Barnes, MVP/ALL-NBA Thru 4 Months.

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Kevin Durant To Undergo MRI On Hyperextended Knee
Kevin Durant suffered a hyperextended knee when colliding with Zaza Pachulia in Tuesday's game at Washington.

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Mike D'Antoni Was Encouraged His Style Works By Warriors' Title
While away from the game, Mike D'Antoni talked to Alvin Gentry regularly and also touched base with Steve Kerr a couple of times.

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Unnamed Head Coach: James Harden Has Become Steve Nash On Steroids
James Harden has simplified his life this season, no longer dating Khloe Kardashian, no longer playing beside Dwight Howard and playing point guard under Mike D'Antoni.

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Michael Porter, Wendell Carter Headline USA's 2017 Nike Hoop Summit Team
The USA team for the Hoop Summit will be led by 11 players who have won at least one gold medal in international competition and three athletes who have earned two international gold medals.

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Michael Beasley Out At Least Three Games With Knee Injury
Michael Beasley underwent an MRI examination this morning that revealed a hyperextended left knee.

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George Hill, Jazz In Talks On Extension
The best offer Utah can make George Hill is for $88.3 million to be committed to the Jazz through the 2019-20 season.

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Dunc'd On: Lowry, Simmons, Embiid, Plus The Buyout Market
The Lowry, Simmons, and Embiid injuries, Deron Williams to Cleveland, and other buyout candidates.

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Lakers To Sign David Nwaba To 10-Day Contract
David Nwaba went undrafted in 2016 out of Cal Poly.

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Jose Calderon Released By Lakers, Will Sign With Warriors
The Warriors will stick to their plan to sign Jose Calderon despite internal interest in Brandon Jennings.

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Andrew Bogut Agrees To Buyout, Set To Decide Between Cavs, Rockets, Spurs, Celtics
Andrew Bogut will have conversations over the next 24 hours with those teams before making his decision.

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Gregg Popovich: Big Teams In Big Cities Important For NBA
While Gregg Popovich has had success in a small market, he acknowledged the NBA benefits from big market teams being relevant.

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Kyle Lowry To Undergo Wrist Surgery
Kyle Lowry hopes to return in time for the playoffs.

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Isaiah Taylor Signs Three-Year Deal With Rockets
Isaiah Taylor has averaged 21.1 points and 6.1 assists in 12 games for the Vipers making 49.7 percent of his shots, 41.3 percent of his 3-pointers.

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Larry Sanders Feels Mentally Ready For NBA Return
Larry Sanders is attempting a basketball comeback at the age of 27 after missing the game following his retirement.

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Joakim Noah Out For Season With Knee Surgery
Joakim Noah will undergo surgery on his knee and miss the remainder of the season.

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Joel Embiid Out Indefinitely With Swelling In Knee
Joel Embiid has been out most recently with a knee issue.

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Nets Waive Luis Scola
Luis Scola appeared in 36 games for Brooklyn this season, recording averages of 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game

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Mavs Made Moves At Deadline With Draft Pick In Mind
Mark Cuban acknowledged the Mavericks made a number of moves at the deadline with the future in mind.

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