Basketball Wiretap

Pistons Waive Josh Smith

Dec 22, 2014 11:57 AM

The Detroit Pistons have waived Josh Smith.

Smith is owed $26 million over the next two seasons and the Pistons will use the stretch provision on his contract to give the team some cap relief.

The Sacramento Kings made multiple overtures to sign Smith in the offseason, but Stan Van Gundy wanted to try to make his frontcourt of Smith, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe work.

“Our team has not performed the way we had expected throughout the first third of the season and adjustments need to be made in terms of our focus and direction,” said Van Gundy.  “We are shifting priorities to aggressively develop our younger players while also expanding the roles of other players in the current rotation to improve performance and build for our future.  As we expand certain roles, others will be reduced.  In fairness to Josh, being a highly versatile 10-year veteran in this league, we feel it’s best to give him his freedom to move forward.  We have full respect for Josh as a player and a person.”

Marc Stein reports that the Pistons aggressively shopped Smith in recent weeks, but the Kings were the only team to show any real interest.

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Tags: Josh Smith, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Pacers' Players Not Encouraging Front Office To Trade For Stephenson

Dec 22, 2014 10:22 AM

The Indiana Pacers approached some of their players about bringing back Lance Stephenson, but they were reportedly not encouraging of the scenario.

The Pacers were worn out of Stephenson by the end of last season.

The Charlotte Hornets have begun trying to trade Stephenson after less than two months.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Introducing RealGM's All-New Responsive Design

Dec 22, 2014 11:15 AM

RealGM is excited to announce a redesign of our website and branding is now live. 

Our website is now fully responsive, which gives users a consistent experience across desktop, tablet and mobile devices. We went page by page, from Trade Checker to our player profile pages, to be optimized for any type of device. The experience on mobile and tablet is far more intuitive and complete with our redesign.

With unique pages like Traded Future Picks, daily updated Depth Charts and the most complete player profile pages in the world of basketball, we worked to make the experience of navigating and discovering information much easier on this new version of RealGM. The search functionality is greatly improved and page load times are quicker for most pages. 

We also worked with design firm Public-Library to update our branding. They created a custom typography and icon system that is an evolution of our diamond logo. The below images show how RealGM has changed over the years since our launch in August of 2000.

Another change is the typeface for article and news pages that is easier to read, regardless of device.

The forums will be released in the coming days, which will be more subtle than the rest of the redesign and focuses mainly on improving usability. 

We encourage you to give us feedback on the overall redesign on this forum thread.

 

Christopher Reina/RealGM

Tags: NBA

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Kings, Clippers, Mavs, Rockets, Heat Interested In Josh Smith

Dec 22, 2014 12:46 PM

The Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks will all have interest in signing Josh Smith once he clears waivers.

Smith was waived on Monday by the Detroit Pistons.

The Kings were interested in trading for Smith in the offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Houston Rockets are also interested in Smith. The Rockets can offer Smith its bi-annual exception, which gives them an advantage over other clubs.

Stein added that the Miami Heat also have interest in signing Smith.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Josh Smith, Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Would Have Kept Kevin Love Without Cavs' Trade

Dec 22, 2014 5:27 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves began their trade talks involving Kevin Love with the Golden State Warriors before eventually agreeing upon a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Warriors were unwilling to include Klay Thompson in any deal for Love, which made a trade impossible for both sides.

The Wolves acquired Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young for Love, Alexey Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute.

Flip Saunders says the Wolves would have kept Love if the deal with the Cavaliers didn't come together. There were no other trades on the table at that point which were to the Wolves' liking.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Tags: Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwyane Wade Didn't Try To Convince LeBron To Re-Sign With Heat

Dec 22, 2014 10:44 AM

Dwyane Wade hopes the Miami Heat fans give LeBron James an appreciative response in his first return visit with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Day.

Wade said he never tried to recruit James to remain with the Heat, treating him more as a friend than a teammate.

Wade and James were together in Las Vegas before he announced his decision to sign with the Cavs.

"We had already planned to go to Vegas earlier in the year," Wade said. "[LeBron's] camp was out there at the time, and I was out there with D-Wright. It was perfect timing to be out there with two of my best friends. So that summer, it was already planned. When it came to the decision that had to be made, I kind of knew a little bit. I could feel it a little bit. But I didn't know it 100 percent until we talked. But I could feel it. I knew it was tough on him. It was probably harder because I was around, because it was a tough time to make that decision for him. And then, one of the toughest parts was because of me and the relationship we had and stuff like that."

Wade and James won two championships together and their friendship will last into retirement.

"That's all I ever will be is Dwyane the friend," Wade said. "Dwyane the teammate, I'm not that guy. I knew whenever it comes to somebody having to do what's best for them, I'm always going to take myself out of it and give them the best advice I feel I can give. I'm not going to be biased and give them what I think is going to be best for me. I'm going to give them what I feel is best for them, and I've always been that way in any situation. I tried to be selfless. I took being his teammate out of it and I was just his friend. It was as simple as saying, 'Do what’s best for LeBron James, because everybody is going to benefit from you. You stay in Miami, we benefit from you. Wherever you go, do what's best for you, because wherever you play, somebody is going to benefit off of you. So you have to be happy with your situation.' "

Ethan Skolnick/Bleacher Report

Tags: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Have 'Zero Interest' In Claiming Josh Smith

Dec 22, 2014 7:31 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers are the only team under the cap with enough space to claim Josh Smith off waivers.

But the 76ers have zero interest in claiming Smith, who was released by the Detroit Pistons on Monday.

The 76ers have been opportunistic in acquiring assets under Sam Hinkie.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

Tags: Josh Smith, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Al Horford, LaMarcus Aldridge Named NBA Players Of The Week

Dec 22, 2014 1:49 PM

Al Horford and LaMarcus Aldridge have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Dec. 15-Dec. 21.

In winning the honor for the second time in his career, Horford led the Hawks to a perfect 3-0 week (road wins over Cleveland and Houston, and a home win over Chicago), averaging 18.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals in 32.0 minutes (.605 FG%, .750 FT%).

In wins vs. San Antonio, vs. Milwaukee, at San Antonio and at New Orleans, Aldridge averaged 26.3 points (51.7% FG), 14.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.25 steals and 1.25 blocked shots.

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Tags: Al Horford, LaMarcus Aldridge, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Award

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Manny Harris Named D-League Player Of The Week

Dec 22, 2014 4:28 PM

Los Angeles D-Fenders guard Manny Harris was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Dec. 15 – Sunday, Dec. 21.  The honor is the first for Harris this season and the fifth of his NBA D-League career. 

Harris led Los Angeles to a 2-0 week, averaging 29.5 points and 11.5 rebounds. His 39-point, 13-rebound 10-assist triple-double on Dec. 20 helped the D-Fenders to an NBA D-League record setting 175-152 win over the Reno Bighorns.  Earlier in the week, he recorded 20 points and 13 rebounds in a 122-120 victory over the Idaho Stampede. 

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Tags: Manny Harris, Los Angeles D-Fenders, D-League, D-League Award, D-League Teams

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Celtics Were Interested In Julius Randle From Lakers For Rondo

Dec 22, 2014 4:08 PM

The Boston Celtics had interest in acquiring Julius Randle from the Los Angeles in their trade discussions centered on Rajon Rondo. Randle is out for the season with a broken leg.

The Lakers have long sought to acquire Rondo from the Celtics.

Rondo was eventually traded to the Dallas Mavericks.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Recall Andre Dawkins From D-League
The Heat have recalled Andre Dawkins from their NBA Development League affiliate.

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Devin Smith Named December's Euroleague Player Of The Month
Devin Smith starred for Maccabi to the tune of 20.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and just 1 turnover per game in December.

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Brad Stevens Committed To Celtics Amid Speculation Of Interest From Indiana University
Brad Stevens is in his second season as the Celtics' coach and has gained respect in the league.

Paul Flannery/SB Nation

Kobe Bryant Considers Sitting Out For Rest
Kobe Bryant also seemed to wrestle with the idea of missing a game.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Kevin Durant Sits Again, Remains Day-To-Day With Sprained Ankle
Kevin Durant's ankle is reportedly feeling better, but the swelling and soreness apparently hadnít subsided enough for him to return to action.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

RealGM Radio: Matt Steinmetz On The Warriors
Daniel Leroux and Matt Steinmetz focus primarily on the Warriors' strong start, including the differences for this year's team, Klay Thompson's development and whether the Warriors can win the championship this season.

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Iman Shumpert Won't Need Shoulder Surgery
Iman Shumpert suffered the injury on Dec. 12 and will be reevaluated in a few weeks.

Peter Botte/New York Daily News

Danilo Gallinari Has Meniscus Tear In Right Knee
Danilo Gallinari is out indefinitely and will need surgery.

Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Rondo To Study Film Of New Teammates To Ease Transition
Rajon Rondo expects the adjustment period with the Mavericks to be quick.

Dwaine Price/Star-Telegram

David Lee To Return To Warriors' Lineup Monday
David Lee has missed all but six minutes of the season since re-injuring his left hamstring.

Carl Steward/San Jose Mercury News

Goran Dragic Will 'Definitely' Consider Signing With Knicks
The presence of Phil Jackson makes the Knicks more attractive to Goran Dragic.

Mitch Abramson/New York Daily News

Lance Stephenson Has Clashed With Hornets' Teammates
Steve Clifford has placed responsibility for Lance Stephenson's adjustment on the Hornets' veterans.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Deonte Burton Transfers From Marquette To Iowa State
Deonte Burton becomes the 13th transfer Fred Hoiberg has taken since 2010.

Jeff Borzello/CBS Sports

Kings, Nets Discussing Deron Williams Trade
The Kings and Nets are discussing a deal centered on Deron Williams.

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RealGM Radio: Galletti Breaks Down The NBA's Top-15 Teams
Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti discuss the stacked Western Conference playoff picture, his current title favorites and his top team in the league so far.

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Silver Believes Some Teams Are Going Through 'Legitimate Rebuilding Process'
Adam Silver believes the public perception of tanking is a bigger issue than what teams are actually hoping to accomplish.

Andy Katz/ESPN

Jameer Nelson, Celtics Have Initial Dialogue On Future Possibilities
The Celtics and Jameer Nelson have had initial discussions on his future role and "what if" possibilities before the February trade deadline.

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Mavericks Leaders To Sign Jermaine O'Neal
Jermaine O'Neal is "highly intrigued" about the idea of joining the Mavericks.

Marc Stein/ESPN

76ers To Waive Ronny Turiaf
Ronny Turiaf was acquired by the 76ers in a three-team trade on Friday.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Report: Cavaliers Connecting Better With Tyronn Lue Over David Blatt
The Cavaliers seem to oscillate between lukewarm and irritated with David Blatt, according to a report.

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