Basketball Wiretap

Stephen Curry Can't Envision Himself Leaving Warriors In Offseason

Jan 16, 2017 10:27 AM

Stephen Curry doesn't object to being the fourth-highest paid player on the Golden State Warriors this season.

"One thing my pops always told me is you never count another man's money," Curry said. "It's what you've got and how you take care of it. And if I'm complaining about $44 million over four years, then I've got other issues in my life."

Curry and the Warriors agreed to a four-year, $44 million extension in 2012.

Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant all earn more than Curry.

Golden State can offer him a five-year deal for about $210 million. Other suitors can present only a four-year pact at approximately $140 million.

Curry can't envision leaving the Warriors in the offseason.

"I can't," Curry said. "Like I've said from Day 1, when I was first asked about free agency, this is a perfect place to play. Bay Area fans are amazing, our organization's amazing, we've put together an amazing team that's competing for championships every year. ... There's really no reason that I can see right now that would draw me elsewhere."

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Carmelo Anthony Would Like Direct Conversation If Knicks Want To Move Him

Jan 16, 2017 10:43 AM

Carmelo Anthony said he hasn't reconsidered waiving his no-trade clause with the New York Knicks.

"I've never even, haven't even thought about that," Anthony said in Toronto when asked about the no-trade clause amid fan and media speculation about the topic, according to reports. "Like you said, I guess there's people talking about it. I don't know, I haven't thought about it. It's not something that I've thought about so far."

Anthony was asked by reporters in Toronto about his no-trade clause because Charley Rosen, a confidant of Knicks president Phil Jackson, wrote a column about the Knicks that included several critiques of Anthony, including the conclusion that "Carmelo Anthony has outlived his usefulness in New York."

Anthony said that if the Knicks would like to trade Anthony, they should approach him about it directly.

"If that's the case, if that's where it's coming from, that side, I guess it's a conversation we should have,'' Anthony said. "If they feel my time in New York is over, I guess that's a conversation we should have."

Anthony appeared frustrated by the topic on Sunday. 

"Listen, if that's how they feel, if that's coming from that side, then that's what's coming from that side. I haven't thought once about that. I hear it, hear all the rhetoric going on out there. I still come to work every day, play and bust my ass, and try not worry about it.''

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavs Briefly Considered Sitting Big 3 For MLK Game Against Warriors

Jan 16, 2017 12:14 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers briefly considered sitting LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love for Monday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

The Cavaliers have won four straight against the Warriors and sitting the trio would have meant they'd still have that winning streak essentially intact if they meet in The Finals in June.

The Cavs ultimately decided "the desire to improve and gain valuable repetition against one of the NBA's elite teams trumped that logic."

Cleveland beat the Warriors on Christmas Day in a come from behind victory.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA

Tom Gores Backs Stan Van Gundy Despite Slow Start For Pistons

Jan 16, 2017 10:40 AM

Tom Gores expressed "absolute confidence" in coach/president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy despite the Detroit Pistons' slow start to the season.

The Pistons entered 16-17 with high expectations but they have a 19-24 record.

On Saturday, Gores had a three-hour meeting with Van Gundy.

"We've got a bump in the road, and that's what success is about -- you have to work through it. It's all about having rough times and your ability to work through," Gores told reporters. "I never worry about Stan, because he wants to win. He's the hardest worker I've ever seen in my life. I believe in him as a man and I believe in him as a strong person."

Gores said Sunday he believes the Pistons "are going to make a run" this season.

"[Gores'] thing was not to overreact to six weeks out of what has been a 2½-year process,'' Van Gundy said. "It was good to sit down and talk through things and get his perspective on things.''


Tags: Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Heat To Sign Okaro White With Disabled Player Exception

Jan 15, 2017 3:59 PM

The Miami Heat have been granted a disabled player exception and will sign Okaro White of Sioux Falls.

White was with the Heat in preseason.

White has averaged 18.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in 33.0 minutes over 23 games in the D-League this season.

Miami has four players that have missed three or more games (Chris Bosh, Justise Winslow, Josh McRoberts and Josh Richardson).

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Okaro White, Miami Heat, Sioux Falls Skyforce, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

Cavs +8.9 Points Per 100 Against Warriors During Four-Game Streak

Jan 16, 2017 11:53 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have won four straight games against the Golden State Warriors, dating back to Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

On average, Cleveland is scoring 111.8 points per 100 possessions during the streak against 102.9 for Golden State.

Points per 100 Possessions (CLE/GSW)
June 13 (Game 5): 113.2 / 98.0
June 16 (Game 6): 122.5 / 107.5
June 19 (Game 7): 102.5 / 98.1
Dec. 25, 2016: 108.9 / 107.9

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA

Mavericks Sign Pierre Jackson To 10-Day Contrat

Jan 16, 2017 10:54 AM

The Dallas Mavericks have signed free agent guard Pierre Jackson to a 10-day contract. 

Jackson (5-11, 176) was originally signed by Dallas on Dec. 27, before being waived by the team on Jan. 6 after appearing in four games with the club. In those four contests, he averaged 3.0 points in 7.1 minutes per game. He had seven points, one rebound and two assists in 11 minutes in his NBA debut versus Houston on Dec. 27.

Jackson has appeared in 13 games (all starts) for the Mavericks’ D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, this season, averaging a league-high 29.6 points to go along with 4.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.8 steals in 37.4 minutes. He played in 10 games for the Legends before he was signed by Dallas on Dec. 27, but then returned to the D-League squad after being the waived by the Mavericks on Jan. 6.

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Tags: Pierre Jackson, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dunc'd On: 15 In 60 (Eastern Conference 01.15.17)

Jan 16, 2017 3:38 AM

15 in 60 on the Eastern Conference.  We go through each of the teams in the East in reverse alphabetical order and share our observations from the past 2 weeks.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux). 



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Loss To 76ers Led To Locker Room Tirade From Carmelo Anthony

Jan 14, 2017 10:18 PM

Carmelo Anthony went on a tirade in the locker room after the New York Knicks' loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in which they blew a 10-point lead in the final 2:30.

Anthony was upset with the loss and also that he was frozen out on the Knicks' final possession, a sequence that ended with Kristaps Porzingis shooting an air ball from the corner. Anthony never touched the ball on the possession.

Afterwards, Anthony told reporters that the loss was "unacceptable" while one of Anthony's associates said "that was as down as I've ever seen him after a game."

Anthony has never considered requesting a trade from the Knicks, according to the source.

Anthony's relationship with Phil Jackson has never been great and it's much worse now. Jackson ignored Anthony's suggestion on interviewing Tom Thibodeau and he also criticized Anthony for stalling the offense.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavs Assign Kay Felder To D-League

Jan 14, 2017 9:53 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned guard Kay Felder to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team.

Felder has played in one game for the Charge this season (12/28/16) scoring a game-high 33 points while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing seven assists in 38 minutes in a win over Greensboro in Canton.

Felder has appeared in 22 games for the Cavs this season, averaging 5.1 points in 10.6 minutes per game.

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Carmelo Anthony Reportedly Would Only Approve Trade To Cavs, Clippers
Carmelo Anthony has an early termination option after the 17-18 season.

Charley Rosen/Fan Rag Sports

John Wall, Jae Crowder Receive Fines For Postgame Confrontation
Jae Crowder received a fine of $25,000 while John Wall was fined $15,000.

NBA Doesn't Believe It Has PED Issue
There have been NBA players suspended for "drugs of abuse," but very few penalized for performance-enhancing drugs.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

LeBron James: Warriors Have Been NBA's Best Team, Not A Rival
LeBron James attempted to downplay the sense of the Cavaliers' rivalry with the Warriors while also praising their run of success.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

NBA Will Explore Possibility Of Adding Team In Mexico City
The NBA is hosting two regular season games in Mexico during the same season for the first time.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Hawks Expected To Sign Gary Neal To 10-Day Contract
Gary Neal played under Mike Budenholzer ‎when both were with the Spurs.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Rockets Open To Trading K.J. McDaniels
K.J. McDaniels signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Rockets in the 2015 offseason.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Cavs Looking For Playmaker, Not Necessarily Point Guard
LeBron James has publicly discussed the Cavaliers' search for a backup point guard.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Pistons Move Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Ahead Of Reggie Jackson On Untouchable List
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be a restricted free agent this offseason and is represented by Rich Paul.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Dunc'd On: Reddit Mailbag And News
News, including Derrick Rose's disappearance, DeMarcus Cousins' likely signing an extension, and more, plus a fun Reddit mailbag.

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Derrick Rose Hopes Absence Won't Change His Future With Knicks
The Knicks have been publicly supportive of Derrick Rose in the wake of Monday's incident.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Referees Claim Mark Cuban Pursuing Competitive Advantage 'Via Threats, Intimidations'
The National Basketball Referees Association is aggressively asserting that the NBA is allowing Mark Cuban an outsize influence on how the game is officiated.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Magic Have Expressed Interest In Trading For Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic has a player option after the 18-19 season but is signed on a reasonable salary considering the increase of the cap.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

RealGM Radio: Hawks With KL Chouinard
Host Danny Leroux and KL Chouinard of go in depth on the Atlanta Hawks.

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Thunder Assign Semaj Christon To D-League
In 36 games with the Thunder this season, Semaj Christon is averaging 3.2 points and 1.4 assists in 15.4 minutes.

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NBA Wants To Speed Up End Of Games
Adam Silver says the NBA would like to speed up the end of games, with a focus on retaining younger fans who "have increasingly short attention spans."

Tom Hamilton/ESPN

Anthony Bennett Signs With Fenerbahce
Anthony Bennett has signed in Turkey with Fenerbahce.

David Pick

All-Star Game Starters Remain Unchanged In Second Returns
LeBron James continues to lead the NBA in All-Star Game voting and is the first player to eclipse more than one million votes.

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Warriors, Spurs, Clippers Rank In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive Efficiency
The Spurs lead the NBA in Defensive Efficiency and rank fifth on offense.

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John Wall, Jae Crowder Downplay Postgame Confrontation
Jae Crowder could be seen putting his finger in John Wall's face after the two exchanged words, and Wall appeared to land a quick open-hand slap.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN