Basketball Wiretap

Mo Williams Strongly Considering Retiring

Aug 27, 2016 1:58 PM

Mo Williams is strongly considering retiring from the NBA this offseason. Williams battled a left knee issue for most of last season. Williams' injury concerns and desire to eventually coach have factored into his thinking. 

The NBA's stretch deadline is approaching on August 31st, which could lessen the luxury tax penalty for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Williams exercised the player's option in the two-year, $4.3 million contract he signed prior to the start of last season, so the Cavs would owe him about $2.2 million in 16-17.

Waiving Williams before the Aug. 31 deadline would allow the Cavs to pay him his $2.2 million over a period of three years.

Williams' departure from the team would also leave Cleveland with only 2016 second-round draft pick Kay Felder of Oakland University as backup point guard to Kyrie Irving on the roster.

The Cavaliers could also find a trade partner for Williams' contract.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Mo Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

RealGM Radio: Pacific Division With Kevin Pelton, Ben Golliver

Aug 27, 2016 4:29 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider (@kpelton) and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated (@BenGolliver) break down the Pacific Division.

In the offseason review, they pick who got better and worse, discuss notable moves (17:22) and pick the rookies they are most excited to see (42:34).

In the season preview, they rank the teams 1-5 (53:44), predict how many playoff teams will come out of the Pacific (1:02:35), choose breakout players (1:16:00) and much more.



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Tags: Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, NBA, RealGM Radio

John Wall: Money 'Not Why I Play The Game'

Aug 27, 2016 1:43 PM

John Wall replied in a video posted online Friday to apparent critics who have voiced concerns over how he is "watching other people's pockets and I'm not worried about basketball and getting better."

Wall was reportedly irked in particular by Bradley Beal's new deal.

"I just wanted to clear the air for all these people," Wall said in a video published to the Twitter feed of the LeBron James media platform "The Uninterrupted."

"Listen, that doesn't matter to me," Wall said. "If I produce like I'm supposed to on the basketball court and take care of myself and image, I'm going to be fine with making money. That's not why I play the game of basketball."

Wall's comments follow interviews he and Beal had this week. 

Beal signed a five-year, $128 million max contract this offseason with Wall in the middle of an $80 million deal that runs through the 2018 season.

"Me, talking about Bradley Beal [making] more money, I'm not mad. I'm happy. He's my teammate," Wall said Friday. "He came out at the right time when the contract money came up. I can't control that."


Tags: John Wall, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Billy Donovan Appreciated How Kevin Durant Handled Free Agency During Season

Aug 26, 2016 4:22 PM

For the first time, Billy Donovan talked publicly about Kevin Durant leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Golden State Warriors this offseason.

Donovan coached Durant for just one season, joining the Thunder from Florida in the 2015 offseason.

"I don't know if I ever felt like he was going to necessarily come back, but I thought our meeting went very, very well," said Donovan. "I think Kevin on the front end was very, very, honest that when the season ended, he was going to go through this process and he was going to take a meeting with us, obviously, first. And then he was going to have some other teams he was going to meet with. And I think a little bit later on, after the season ended, they decided to do it out in The Hamptons.

"But I thought the meeting that we had went very well. I think we talked about basketball, we talked about our team, we talked about direction, we talked about obviously his leadership, his role, all those kind of things. I think leaving the meeting it was very, very positive. I thought it was very, very clear. I think there was direction on both sides.

"But one thing I think with Kevin was going through nine years in the organization, he was at a point of time when he was allowed obviously to be a free agent and go through this process and start to gather some information. We were the first meeting. So obviously, I think being in college for so long and you go through recruiting, you know that during that process, things can change through some of these different meetings. And obviously after meeting with Golden State, things probably in his mind changed in terms of what he was evaluating."

Donovan was asked if getting over Durant's departure was different for him since he had only been there with him for one season.

"One of the things I did when I first came in that I thought was really important; there was so much of a story surrounding the fact that Kevin last year was hurt and he had missed 50-something games. Now he was getting himself back healthy. We had a chance to spend a lot of time last summer together because he was in OKC rehabbing his foot getting himself ready to play. And I talked to him a lot about the fact that I wanted to help him and our team get better and be the best version of ourselves and how could I bring value and help.

"But I didn't want to get involved in the free agency talk at all because, one, it really was not my place. I didn't have a relationship with Kevin at all. I obviously knew him as a player from afar but I didn't have a relationship to inject myself. So I really tried to do every single day is to focus on helping him and our team get better.

"The thing I thought Kevin did a great job of this year was the fact that everywhere we went to a lot of different marketplaces, there was always the question of 'Are you going to consider this team? Are you going to consider that team? Have you given this any thought?'

"I really appreciated for our team we were able to stay focused on our team, the season, the playoffs, without having the distraction. I thought Kevin handled it really, really well and was consistent all the way through."

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

Execs Don't Expect DeMarcus Cousins To Re-Sign With Kings In 2018

Aug 26, 2016 4:04 PM

DeMarcus Cousins is expected by many around the NBA to leave the Sacramento Kings in 2018 when he's eligible for free agency.

"They're fooling themselves if they think he's sticking around," said one league executive. "The good news for them is his value will always be high. There isn't a point of no return in which you're not getting high value for him. Teams will bid against each other in the trade market. Maybe [Cousins] doesn't go for the biggest money in free agency but you'd love to have that card to play."

The Kings have two trade deadlines and one offseason to consider trading Cousins before he's free to leave on his own.

Sacramento is hoping Dave Joerger will be able to quickly connect with Cousins the way Michael Malone previously did before he was fired.


Zach Harper/CBS Sports

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jazz Trade Tibor Pleiss To 76ers For Kendall Marshall In Salary Dump

Aug 26, 2016 11:41 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers have traded Kendall Marshall to the Utah Jazz for Tibor Pleiss, two second round picks and cash.

The Jazz plan to waive Marshall before his $2 million contract becomes guaranteed.

The 76ers will absorb the $3 million guaranteed to Pleiss for 2016-17 and the $500,000 guaranteed on the $3.1 million in 2017-18. 

Marshall will find it difficult to find a guaranteed spot for training camp with another team due to being waived this late in the offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Kendall Marshall, Tibor Pleiss, Philadelphia Sixers, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Phil Jackson Regrets Not Trading For Jae Crowder In Tyson Chandler Trade

Aug 26, 2016 11:34 AM

Phil Jackson said his biggest mistake since taking over the New York Knicks was not taking Jae Crowder in the Tyson Chandler trade with the Dallas Mavericks.

Crowder emerged as one of the NBA's best defensive players since his trade to the Boston Celtics.

"One of the first deals I engineered when I came back to New York was to trade Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas for Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Samuel Dalembert, plus a second-round pick that the Mavs owed to the Celtics," said Jackson. "In talking with (Dallas), I was given the option of taking that pick or else taking Jae Crowder. I liked Crowder but I thought he wouldn’t get much of a chance to play behind Carmelo, so I took the pick which turned out to be Cleanthony Early. While Cleanthony has missed lots of time in the past two seasons with us, he still has the potential to be a valuable player. Even so, I should have taken Crowder.

“Anyway, for all of us, making mistakes are part of the learning process."

Charley Rosen/Today's Fastbreak

Tags: Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Chris Broussard's ESPN Contract Up In Mid-September

Aug 25, 2016 8:10 PM

The contract of Chris Broussard with ESPN expires in mid-September. 

Broussard joined ESPN in 2004 and he's since reported on-air during NBA games and also makes appearances on SportsCenter and other shows on across their networks.

Broussard has seemed to take on a bigger media role over recent years and broke fewer stories.

Michael McCarthy/Sporting News

Tags: NBA

John Wall 'Rankled' By James Harden's Extension

Aug 25, 2016 8:05 PM

John Wall recently admitted he and Bradley Beal sometimes "dislike each other on the court" in an interview.

“Wall’s got jealousy issues. He’s always upset with someone who makes more money than him," said one source.

An agent described Wall's situation with Beal like this: “Whatever is public, multiply it by five and that’s how they really feel about each other. It’s probably a total disaster.”

A front-office executive says that Wall was “rankled” after James Harden signed a four-year, $118 million extension with the Rockets.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Tags: John Wall, Washington Wizards, NBA

Celtics Renounce Draft Rights To Colton Iverson

Aug 25, 2016 5:55 PM

The Boston Celtics have renounced the draft rights to Colton Iverson.

Iverson didn't figure in the Celtics' plans and this gives him the opportunity to try to make an NBA roster elsewhere.

Iverson was a second round pick in 2013 who has played Internationally in each of the past three seasons.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Tags: Colton Iverson, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Warriors, Spurs, Cavs, Celtics, Raptors Lead ESPN's RPM Projected Wins
The Jazz rank sixth in ESPN's projected wins for the 16-17 season.

Kevin Pelton/ESPN

Heat Won't Move Josh McRoberts
Josh McRoberts will make $5.8 million this season and has a player option for $6 million in 17-18.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Dunc'd On: Reddit Mailbag
Dunc'd On Mailbag using questions submitted via NBAReddit

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Lakers Sign Tarik Black
In two seasons with the Lakers, Tarik Black has averaged 5.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 16.9 per game while shooting 57.5 percent from the field over 77 games.

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E.J. Singler Agrees To Sign With Raptors
E.J. Singler has agreed to play for the Raptors 905 of the D-League if he clears waivers assuming he doesn't make their regular season roster.

Blake Murphy/Raptors Republic

DeMarcus Cousins Goes Undercover To Referee Pickup Game (Video)
DeMarcus Cousins went undercover to officiate a pickup game in a video from Draft Kings.

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R.J. Hunter, James Young, John Holland, Ben Bentil To Compete For Final Celtics' Roster Spot
James Young and R.J. Hunter are former first round picks.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Wolves Sign Toure' Murry, John Lucas III To Camp Deals
The Wolves have Ricky Rubio, Kris Dunn and Tyus Jones at point guard.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Report: Blake Griffin Expects To Re-Sign With Clippers In 2017
Blake Griffin reportedly doesn't have interest in considering other teams, at least at this point.

Steve Kyler/Basketball Insiders

John Wall: Bradley Beal And I Have A Tendency To Dislike Each Other On Court
John Wall is willing to share the individual success with Bradley Beal.

J. Michael/Comcast

Yi Jianlian Will Carry Cap Number Of $8M For Lakers
Yi Jianlian must earn $6.8 million through "likely bonuses."

Marc Stein/ESPN

Joel Embiid 'Truly On Track' For Preseason
The 76ers haven't seen any red flags with the progress of Joel Embiid since his surgery in 2015.

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Festus Ezeli Out Six Weeks Following Injection In Left Knee
The injection in Festus Ezeli's knee is intended to alleviate pain and improve function.

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Fultz, Giles, Jackson, Smith, Ntilikina Comprise Top-5 Of ESPN's First 2017 Mock Draft
While Markelle Fultz is currently slotted to go first overall to the 76ers, ESPN has Josh Jackson as the top overall player on their big board.

Derrick Rose: You'll See A More Mature Player This Season
Derrick Rose averaged 19.9 points on 51.4 percent shooting after the All-Star break last season.

Nick DePaula/The Vertical

Jared Cunningham Signs With Jiangsu Tongxi
Jared Cunningham has a career PER of 6.8 in 84 NBA games.


Lakers To Finally Sign Brandon Ingram To Rookie Deal
The Lakers have waited on signing Brandon Ingram in order to have more cap flexibility.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Kobe Bryant Unveils $100M Venture-Capital Fund
Current investments include sports media website The Players Tribune, videogame designer Scopely, legal-services company LegalZoom, a telemarketing-software firm called RingDNA and a home-juicing company called Juicero.

Dennis K. Berman/Wall Street Journal

Lakers Sign Yi Jianlian
Yi Jianlian was the sixth overall pick 2007.

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Abdel Nader Agrees To Deal With Red Claws
Abdel Nader received significant offers in Europe as well.

Shams Charania/The Vertical