Basketball Wiretap

Paul George's R&E Would Be $94M Over Three Years, Expires When Eligible For 35 Percent Max

Jun 23, 2017 9:45 PM

In following up on a report that the Boston Celtics could do an extend-and-trade agreement with Paul George and the Indiana Pacers if they manage to sign Gordon Hayward in free agency, Albert Nahmad explained why the scenario makes financial sense.

Under that scenario, George would increase his 17-18 salary from $19.5 million to the $29.7 million maximum and then extend for two additional years, which would mean $94 million over three years.

If George were to wait for six months after the trade, he could extend for four years at $169 million. But Boston would be required to keep the cap space necessary to increase George's salary to the max, which is $10.2 million.

On the renegotiation and extension deal, George would add $74 million over just two seasons and he would be instantly eligible for a 10-year veteran max at 35 percent in the 2020 offseason when he will have turned 30 that May.

While George has preferred to join the Los Angeles Lakers, he can compete for a title with the Celtics while having a financial incentive in both the short-term and long-term. If the Lakers don't trade for George, they can only offer him a four-year deal in 2018 with five percent raises.

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

RealGM Radio: NBA Draft with Sam Vecenie

Jun 24, 2017 1:52 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and draft expert Sam Vecenie of the Sporting News (@Sam_Vecenie) break down the 2017 NBA Draft.

They discuss the top picks, the massive Timberwolves/Bulls trade, their favorite sleepers, some early players to watch for 2018 and much more.

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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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Tags: Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

Lakers Were Sold On Lonzo Ball After Private Workout, Meeting In Chino Hills

Jun 23, 2017 4:44 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers requested a second workout with Lonzo Ball at their practice facility, but agent Harrison Gaines insisted the team instead see a day in Ball's life.

During a four-hour meeting in Chino Hills, LaVar Ball, trainer Darren Moore, Gaines, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka all watched his training session which included running hills, weightlifting, on-court drills and then breakfast with the entire Ball family.

“I wanted to show I don’t hide from anything,” Lonzo told The Vertical. “I just wanted to show the type of person I am. I wanted to show them what I do every day. I don’t hide. The way it turned out, I was very happy with it.”

At 8 a.m., Lonzo started the first part of a full daily routine led by Moore and LaVar. Lonzo ran a mile and then sprinted up two different steep hills near his home eight times each. 

A weight-room session in the Ball family’s garage followed at 9:15 a.m., which included a discussion of basketball philosophy between Lonzo, Johnson and Pelinka.

Lonzo then had an on-court workout with Moore at 10:30 a.m at Chino Hills High School.

LaVar then prepared a meal for the meeting with Johnson and Pelinka at the Ball residence. 

Ball was sick during his first workout with the Lakers on June 7th, but believed his adrenaline would negate any weakness. 

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Tags: Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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

NBA Execs Split On Michael Porter Jr., Luka Doncic As Top Prospect Of 2018

Jun 23, 2017 6:36 PM

Michael Porter Jr. and Luka Doncic are expected to be the top two picks of the 2018 NBA Draft.

Porter is an elite athlete at 6'10 with a tremendously fluid and polished set of offensive skills.

Doncic is one of the most highly regarded international prospects in basketball history who can shoot, make plays off the dribble and pass.

The league is essentially divided at this point between Porter and Doncic as the best prospect. Many observers believed Porter or Doncic would have been the top overall prospect if they were in the 2017 draft class over Markelle Fultz.

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Tags: Michael Porter, Jr., Luka Doncic, Missouri Tigers, Real Madrid, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, International Teams

Kings Release Arron Afflalo Before Guarantee Date

Jun 23, 2017 4:53 PM

The Sacramento Kings will release Arron Afflalo.

Afflalo had a guarantee date of June 23rd with only $1.5 guaranteed.

Afflalo signed a two-year, $25 million deal with the Kings last offseason.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Arron Afflalo, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Nuggets Were Unwilling To Include Jamal Murray In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks

Jun 23, 2017 4:27 PM

The Denver Nuggets discussed a Jimmy Butler trade with the Chicago Bulls, but were unwilling to include Jamal Murray in any deal.

Murray was one of the league's better rookies last season and is part of Denver's core around Nikola Jokic.

Denver also had concerns about the possibility of Butler leaving in 2019 when he can become a free agent.

Chicago instead traded Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Tags: Jamal Murray, Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Lakers Offered Unprotected Future First To Teams Willing To Take Deng Or Mozgov

Jun 23, 2017 4:14 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers offered an unprotected future first round pick to every team in the NBA with cap room in order to unload the contract of either Timofey Mozgov or Luol Deng.

Without any teams taking on one of those deals, the Lakers instead traded D'Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets with Mozgov for Brook Lopez and a late first rounder.

The Lakers signed Mozgov and Deng during the final offseason of the regime of Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss.

The Lakers are attempting to clear cap space to pursue the 2018 free agency class.

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Tags: Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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

Wolves Suggest Ricky Rubio Won't Be Traded
Minnesota was encouraged by how Ricky Rubio played in the second half of the season where he had a PER of 20.4 after the break compared to 15.1.

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Wolves Wouldn't Have Traded For Jimmy Butler Without Pick Swap
The Wolves didn't give up a draft pick in their trade for Jimmy Butler, merely swapping No. 7 with the Bulls for No. 16, while also sending out Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn.

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Clippers Deny Offering DeAndre Jordan In Trade Talks
DeAndre Jordan has two seasons and $46 million remaining on his contract but he's expected to become a free agent in 2018.


Rajon Rondo To Receive Interest From Pelicans, Pacers, Bulls If He Becomes Free Agent
Rajon Rondo will receive interest from the Pelicans and Pacers if he becomes a free agent.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Chris Paul To Exercise ETO To Enter Free Agency
Chris Paul can sign a five-year, $201 million contract with the Clippers, or a four-year, $149 million deal with a rival team.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Dwyane Wade Could Consider Return To Heat If Bought Out By Bulls
Dwyane Wade is expected to pursue a buyout with the Bulls.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Blake Griffin Opts For Free Agency
Blake Griffin can sign a five-year max contract with the Clippers worth approximately $172 million or a four-year, $128 million max with a rival team.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Lakers Sign P.J. Dozier To Undrafted Free Agent Deal
P.J. Dozier averaged 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game as a sophomore with a PER of 17.1

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

Jabari Young/San Antonio Express-News

Jimmy Butler Loses Potential $29M On Next Contract With DPE Now Unavailable
While Jimmy Butler will receive a trade bonus of $1.8 million as part of his move from the Bulls to the Wolves, the inability to sign a DPE will be massive.

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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.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

ESPN's 2017 NBA Draft Coverage Up 13 Percent From 2016
ESPN was also competing against multiple live streams such as The Vertical.

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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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Pacers: We're Not Going To Make Bad Paul George Trade
Kevin Pritchard described Paul George's decision to not re-sign in 2018 as "a gut punch."

Nate Taylor/Indy Star

Bulls Sell No. 38 Pick To Warriors For $3.5M
The Bulls sold the pick that became Jordan Bell to the Warriors.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Dwyane Wade Still Exercising $23.8M Option With Bulls Despite Butler Trade
Dwyane Wade signed a two-year deal with the Bulls last offseason.

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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.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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

Celtics, Pacers Engage More Seriously On Paul George Trade
Boston selected Jayson Tatum at No. 3, who would presumably be moved to Indiana if a Paul George deal is consummated.

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