Basketball Wiretap

Rockets Acquire Chris Paul From Clippers In Eight-Player Trade

Jun 28, 2017 5:22 PM

The Houston Rockets have acquired Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for guard Patrick Beverley, forward Sam Dekker, forward Montrezl Harrell, guard Darrun Hilliard, guard DeAndre Liggins, guard Lou Williams, forward Kyle Wiltjer, a future first round pick, and cash considerations.

“Since winning back-to-back championships, the pursuit of a third title has remained the ultimate goal for our franchise,” said Rockets owner Leslie Alexander.  “We feel that combining two of the league’s greatest players in James Harden and Chris Paul, operating in Coach D’Antoni’s system, gives us a championship caliber team that will compete at the highest level for years to come.”

“On behalf of the Rockets organization and our fans I’d also like to thank Sam, Montrezl, Kyle, and Lou for helping make this past season a special one.  I’d also like to personally express my deepest gratitude to Pat Beverley, who, for the past five seasons, always left everything he had out on the court.”

The Rockets completed five separate trades with Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Portland before completing the Paul trade:

  • Houston acquired forward Ryan Kelly from Atlanta in exchange for cash considerations.
  • Houston acquired guard DeAndre Liggins from Dallas in exchange for cash considerations.
  • Houston acquired guard Darrun Hilliard from Detroit in exchange for cash considerations.
  • Houston acquired forward Shawn Long from Philadelphia in exchange for a future second round pick and cash considerations
  • Houston acquired guard Tim Quarterman from Portland in exchange for cash considerations.

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

Report: Knicks Confident They Will Hire Masai Ujiri Away From Raptors

Jun 28, 2017 9:44 PM

The New York Knicks have Masai Ujiri at the top of their list to become president of basketball operations.

The Toronto Raptors hired Ujiri away from the Denver Nuggets in 2013 and he wa recently given a raise believed to make him one of five highest paid executives in the NBA.

Sources say Ujiri will be allowed to leave the Raptors if he makes that decision. Toronto recently received draft pick compensation from the Orlando Magic for Jeff Weltman. The Raptors haven't received a request from the Knicks to interview Ujiri.

League sources have indicated the Knicks are confident that Ujiri will join their franchise.

Tim Leiweke, who hired Ujiri with the Raptors, is now advising the Knicks.

“Don’t forget that (Leiweke) wants to stick it to these guys,” said one MLSE officail.

Bruce Arthur/Toronto Star

Tags: New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Paul George Willing To Commit Long-Term To Cavs If LeBron Stays

Jun 28, 2017 1:19 PM

Paul George is open to re-signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers if he's traded there this offseason and LeBron James chooses to remain there next summer.

While George has preferred to end up with the Los Angeles Lakers, he is prudent enough to not leave an opportunity to compete for a title with the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers are attempting to come up with a three-way trade scenario involving Kevin Love that results in a trade for George.

George also feels the same way if he's traded to the Boston Celtics or San Antonio Spurs.

The Lakers have limited assets to trade to the Indiana Pacers for George even with the commitment that he'll re-sign.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: Paul George, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Gordon Hayward Plans To Reach Free Agent Decision Quickly

Jun 28, 2017 6:11 PM

Gordon Hayward will meet with the Miami Heat on Saturday and the Utah Jazz on Monday.

Hayward will also meet with the Boston Celtics.

According to sources, Hayward wants to make a decision on his future "in short order."

Hayward is expected to receive full max offers from all three teams with the Jazz having the ability to include a fifth season.

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

Tags: Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Chris Paul Lost Faith In Doc Rivers Due To How He Favored Austin Rivers Over Team

Jun 28, 2017 2:34 PM

The relationship between Chris Paul and Doc Rivers began to deteriorate when the Los Angeles Clippers traded for Austin Rivers.

Paul and other members of the Clippers felt Rivers didn't treat his son the same way as he did the rest of the players on the team. 

When Doc Rivers decided not to trade for Carmelo Anthony in a trade that would have included Austin Rivers, Paul's position on the matter solidified as he viewed the Rivers as putting family over team.

"Chris despises Doc," said one league executive.

This move also gives Paul the ability to become a free agent during the same offseason as LeBron James in 2018.

The Clippers traded for Austin Rivers in 2015 and re-signed him in the 2016 offseason on a three-year, $35 million deal.

Michael Eaves/ESPN

Tags: Chris Paul, Austin Rivers, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Fire Phil Jackson As President Of Basketball Operations

Jun 28, 2017 9:35 AM

The New York Knicks have fired Phil Jackson as president of basketball operations for the New York Knicks.

Jackson has two years and $24 million remaining on his contract with the Knicks.

James Dolan is targeting Masai Ujiri to replace Jackson as president. The Toronto Raptors recently elevated Ujiri and gave him a raise.

According to Marc Stein, Tim Leiweke is poised to help the Knicks as an advisor following the sudden departure of Jackson.

Ramona Shelburne reports Steve Mills will be in charge of the Knicks' personnel moves through free agency.

"After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction," said Dolan. "Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated and successful individuals in the history of the NBA. His legacy in the game of basketball is unmatched. We wish him the best and thank him for his service to the Knicks as both a player and an executive.

"While we are currently evaluating how best to move forward regarding the leadership of the organization, I will not be involved in the operation of the team," continued Mr. Dolan. "Steve Mills, the team’s general manager, will run the day-to-day business of the organization over the short term. Tim Leiweke, who brings tremendous expertise and experience in sports franchise management from both Toronto and Los Angeles and is our partner in the Oak View Group, will advise and work with Steve on an interim basis to help develop a go-forward plan." 

“The New York Knicks will always hold a special place in my heart,” Jackson said. “This team and this town launched my NBA career. I will forever be indebted to them. I am grateful to Mr. Dolan for giving me the opportunity to return here.

"I had hoped, of course, to bring another NBA championship to the Garden. As someone who treasures winning, I am deeply disappointed that we weren’t able to do that. New York fans deserve nothing less. I wish them and the Knicks organization all the best – today and always.”

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Interested In Jeff Teague

Jun 28, 2017 2:12 PM

The New York Knicks have interest in signing Jeff Teague now that Phil Jackson is out as president.

With Jackson no longer involved with the Knicks, they figure to move away from the triangle offense.

The Knicks had trade talks with the Atlanta Hawks on Teague two years ago.

New York also drafted point guard Frank Ntilikina last week.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Jeff Teague, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dunc'd On: 2017 Mock Offseason Part 2

Jun 28, 2017 5:03 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. Despite the shock of Chris Paul reneging on his commitment to the Clippers from Part 1 to go to Houston and Kyle Lowry going back to the Raptors, the GMs soldier on. We find homes for all the major free agents, then rank the best teams in the East and West when all the transactions are complete and give our overall thoughts on what this means for the market in 2017 free agency.

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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Rockets Still Trying To Trade For 3rd Star Following Chris Paul Trade

Jun 28, 2017 12:27 PM

The Houston Rockets are still attempting to acquire a third star following their trade for Chris Paul.

The Rockets have been in pursuit of a trade for Paul George.

"They think they are getting Carmelo or Paul George," said a source to Tim MacMahon.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tags: Paul George, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Not Interested In Hiring Isiah Thomas To Replace Phil Jackson

Jun 28, 2017 9:38 PM

The New York Knicks will not consider hiring Isiah Thomas to replace Phil Jackson as president of basketball operations.

Thomas is currently serving as president of the New York Liberty.

Thomas was president of the basketball operations of the Knicks from 2003 until 2008.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Reuniting With Trevor Ariza Factored Into Chris Paul's Decision On Rockets
The Clippers attempted to trade for Trevor Ariza in the past.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

David Griffin Could Become Candidate For Knicks' Job
Jerry West will reach out to Tim Leiweke to endorse David Griffin as a candidate.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Teams Were Seeking Two First Rounders From Rockets For Ryan Anderson
The Rockets would have had to trade Ryan Anderson if they would have signed Chris Paul outright in free agency instead of trading for him.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Kings Decline Qualifying Offer To Ben McLemore
Ben McLemore will be an unrestricted free agent.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

76ers Trade Shawn Long to Rockets For 2018 2nd Rounder, Cash
The 76ers have traded Shawn Long to the Rockets for a 2018 second round pick and cash.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Hawks Trade Ryan Kelly To Rockets For Cash Considerations
The Rockets have been acquiring non-guaranteed contracts as part of their trade machinations.

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Kings Expected To Sign Bogdan Bogdanovic To Three-Year, $36M Deal
The Kings acquired the draft rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic at the 2016 draft from the Suns.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Blazers Trade Tim Quarterman To Rockets For Cash Considerations
Houston is presumably attempting to create cap facilitating moves related to their trade for Chris Paul.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Mavericks Trade DeAndre Liggins To Rockets For Cash Considrations
The Mavericks were going to decline their team option on DeAndre Liggins.

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Carmelo Anthony Could Join Rockets If Buyout Reached With Knicks
Carmelo Anthony was also linked to joining the Rockets in 2014.

Stephen A. Smith/ESPN

Clippers Believe Blake Griffin Will Re-Sign
Blake Griffin and Chris Paul were both scheduled to be free agents and it was unclear if they would re-sign both players.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles times

Chris Paul Traded By Clippers To Rockets
Chris Paul agreed to the opt-in of his contract to allow the trade to happen.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Raptors Promote Bobby Webster, Dan Tolzman, Keith Boyarsky
Bobby Webster came to the Raptors after working for the NBA league office in New York for the previous seven seasons in the NBA's CBA group.

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Carmelo Anthony Situation Accelerated Exit Talks Between Phil Jackson, James Dolan
The Knicks were determined not to accommodate Carmelo Anthony's preference for a buyout on the $54 million he has remaining on his contract in 17-18 and 18-19.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Kevin Durant Likely To Re-Sign With Warriors In Late July
Kevin Durant will allow the Warriors to do the majority of their offseason maneuvering before settling on his terms.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Knicks Targeting Masai Ujiri For President Of Basketball Operations Job
James Dolan has known to be fond of Masai Ujiri for several years.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

James Dolan Contemplating Phil Jackson's Future With Knicks
James Dolan is contemplating the future of Phil Jackson as president of the Knicks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Rockets Focused On Trading Ryan Anderson If They Need Cap Space
Ryan Anderson is owed $19.6 million and $61.3 million in total over the next three seasons.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Thunder Exercise $1.5M Team Option On Jerami Grant
The Thunder could have declined Jerami Grant's option and he would have become a restricted free agent.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Rockets Becoming More Serious Threat To Sign Chris Paul
James Harden is among those who have advocated for the Rockets to sign Chris Paul and he's conveyed that directly to him.

Marc Stein/ESPN