Basketball Wiretap

Knicks Considered Favorites To Sign Joakim Noah

Jun 29, 2016 11:52 PM

The New York Knicks are considered heavy favorites to sign Joakim Noah in free agency.

Noah is expected to part ways with the Chicago Bulls this offseason after joining them in the 2007 NBA Draft via a pick swap from the Eddy Curry trade.

The Knicks acquired Derrick Rose from the Bulls via trade before last week's draft and they've expressed interest in continuing as teammates.

Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post reports Noah is expected to sign with the Knicks soon after the beginning of free agency with a starting salary in the $18 million per year range.

Shams Charania of The Vertical reports Noah has set a meeting with Phil Jackson for shortly after midnight on July 1st.

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Tags: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets, Knicks, Grizzlies Interested In Eric Gordon

Jun 30, 2016 12:38 AM

The Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks are interested in pursuing Eric Gordon in free agency.

The Pelicans also have interest in re-signing Gordon, who has had injury issues over the past few seasons.

Gordon is coming off a four-year, $58 million deal signed in 2012.

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Tags: Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Mavs, Nets, Lakers, Pelicans, Rockets Interested In Mike Conley

Jun 30, 2016 12:06 AM

The Dallas Mavericks have secured a meeting with Mike Conley for July 1st.

Dallas has made Conley one of their top priorities in free agency.

The Memphis Grizzlies can sign Conley to a five-year deal while rival teams like the Mavericks can only offer four-year deals. Conley is seeking the fifth year from the Grizzlies.

The Mavericks largely played Deron Williams and J.J. Barea at point guard last season.

The Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers are also interested in Conley.

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Tags: Mike Conley, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Interested In Courtney Lee

Jun 30, 2016 1:03 AM

The New York Knicks have interest in Courtney Lee in free agency.

New York has a hole to fill at shooting guard and are hoping to have leftover money to sign one after likely adding Joakim Noah.

Lee was traded by the Memphis Grizzlies to the Charlotte Hornets at the deadline.

The Sacramento Kings also have interest in Lee.

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Tags: Courtney Lee, Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bucks, Grizzlies, Nets Interested In Kent Bazemore

Jun 29, 2016 10:14 PM

The Atlanta Hawks would like to re-sign Kent Bazemore but he'll receive significant interest in free agency.

The Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets are three teams that will pursue Bazemore.

Bazemore has emerged as a productive two-way wing over the past two seasons with the Hawks.

Bazemore began his career with the Golden State Warriors.

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Tags: Kent Bazemore, Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Over-36 Rule Currently Prevents LeBron James From Signing $200M Deal In 2017

Jun 29, 2016 11:19 PM

LeBron James has been widely expected to sign a five-year deal worth $200 million in the summer of 2017 after going through a series of one-plus-one deals since returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014.

But multiple league executives say the current collective bargaining agreement makes that type of deal impossible due to the "over 36 rule." The rule prevents teams from giving four- or five-year deals to players who are unlikely to play the life of the deal with no salary cap consequences.

For a player who is 36 years old in the last season of a five-year deal, his final annual salary is applied proportionally to previous seasons and counts toward the team’s cap.


James is vice president of the NBPA and could look to exercise his influence on a change to the obscure rule.

Under current rules, James could sign a four-year, $156.8 million contract with Cleveland in 2017.

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA CBA

Union Encouraging Players To Take Frontloaded Contracts

Jun 29, 2016 10:27 PM

With the salary cap increasing dramatically this season and next, the union has encouraged players to sign contract that decline over time so they can get as much guaranteed money up front as possible, according to sources.

The cap will be set at least $94 million this season and $107 million in 2017 before the cap flattens in 2018.

There is also a pending potential lockout in 2017 as the owners and players work on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The league's minimum payroll will be at $85 million.

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Tags: NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA CBA

Raptors Have Approached 76ers On Trade For Nerlens Noel

Jun 29, 2016 10:21 PM

The Toronto Raptors will have to trade away at least one big contract to have any hope of re-signing both DeMar DeRozan and Bismack Biyombo.

Toronto has approached the Philadelphia 76ers about sending out a rotation player such as Terrence Ross and other add-ons for Nerlens Noel. The thought is that Noel would be able to fill the backup center role that Biyombo played.

Noel is eligible for a contract extension this offseason and the 76ers have been trying to balance out their roster and their glut of centers.

Talks have yet to gain much traction to date.

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Tags: Nerlens Noel, Bismack Biyombo, Philadelphia Sixers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Pistons Trade Jodie Meeks To Magic

Jun 29, 2016 1:41 PM

The Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic have agreed upon on a trade involving Jodie Meeks.

Meeks played in just three games last season with the Pistons.

The Magic will trade their 2019 second round pick to the Pistons.

Meeks is a career 37.3 percent shooter on three-pointers and will turn 29 in August. Meeks signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract with the Pistons in 2014.

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Tags: Jodie Meeks, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Warriors Frustrated By Andrew Bogut, Could Look For Trade

Jun 29, 2016 6:09 PM

The Golden State Warriors have grown frustrated with Andrew Bogut and is the player they would like to move if they are able to agree upon terms with Kevin Durant.

The Warriors drafted Damian Jones, a center out of Vanderbilt, which was a pointed message to Festus Ezeli ahead of his restricted free agency and also has an indication of how they feel about Bogut.

Steve Kerr is committed to having a versatile lineup with the ability to play both big and small, but they've grown frustrated by Bogut's unreliability. 

The Warriors apparently were displeased with much of Bogut’s postseason work prior to the injury he suffered in The Finals.

The Warriors would likely choose Ezeli over Bogut as the player they would prefer to keep.

Bogut is entering the final season of his contract with a base salary of $11.03 million.

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Tags: Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dario Saric To Join 76ers For 16-17
The 76ers and Dario Saric's reps are working on contract details.

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Rockets, Blazers Interested In Dwight Howard
The Rockets have interest in re-signing Dwight Howard on a non-maximum contract.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Lakers Could Meet With Nicolas Batum
The Hornets have reportedly made re-signing Nicolas Batum one of their top priorities in free agency but he's considering other options.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Cole Aldrich Receiving Interest From Clippers, Suns, Magic
Cole Aldrich turns 28 in October and has played for five teams since becoming a lottery pick in 2010.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Clippers Promote Lawrence Frank To Run Front Office
Dave Wohl remains on the job as general manager but he'll report to Lawrence Frank and Doc Rivers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Adidas Signs Kanye West To New Deal
An Adidas spokeswoman declined to give financial details or specify the length of the deal.


Jamal Crawford To Meet With Clippers, Magic, Heat, Mavs, Knicks
Jamal Crawford has said this offseason that his preference is to re-sign the Clippers.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Warriors' Players Have Been Recruiting Kevin Durant All Season
The way several Warriors reached out to Kevin Durant all season long reportedly "appealed to him."

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kevin Durant Sets Schedule For Free Agent Meetings
Players can meet with their incumbent teams before the start of the league's new calendar year.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Trey Burke Made Available In Trade Talks By Jazz
The Jazz traded for George Hill last week and also have Dante Exum returning this season from a torn ACL.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Report: Adam Silver May Have Pressured 76ers Into Regime Change
According to sources, Adam Silver was "scared" by the "glorification of the Process" made famous by Sam Hinkie.

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Wizards Interested In Al Horford, Ryan Anderson, Nicolas Batum
All three players fit with their plans of playing faster and smaller with more perimeter shooting.

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Dwight Howard To Meet With Hawks, Celtics
Dwight Howard is a free agent three seasons after signing with the Rockets in 2013.

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Erik Spoelstra, Heat Progressing On Extension
Erik Spoelstra is entering the final season of his contract in 16-17.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

LeBron James Opts Out Of $24M Contract With Cavs For 16-17
Rich Paul gave no insight on Tuesday evening on the type of contract LeBron James will seek or his timetable for re-signing.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Dwyane Wade Prepared To Discuss Contract With Rival Teams
Initial contract discussions on a new contract between Dwyane Wade and the Heat have failed to produce common ground.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Nets, Kings, 76ers Interested In Allen Crabbe
Allen Crabbe had a breakout 15-16 season, scoring 14.2 points per 36 minutes with a True Shooting Percentage of .572 in 26.0 minutes per game.

Marc Stein/ESPN

RealGM Radio: Knicks With Chris Herring
Host Danny Leroux and Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal preview the Knicks offseason.

RealGM Staff Report

Tim Duncan Exercises Player Option With Spurs
Tim Duncan's future remains uncertain despite exercising his player option.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Lakers Interested In Harrison Barnes, Hassan Whiteside, Al Horford
The Lakers have enough cap space to sign multiple max contract players.

Chris Broussard/ESPN