Basketball Wiretap

Chris Bosh More Likely To Wait Until 17-18 For NBA Return

Dec 6, 2016 7:53 PM

Chris Bosh has the mindset of being more likely to attempt a comeback before the 17-18 season than return at some point this season, according to a source within the league connected to Bosh.

Bosh failed his physical with the Miami Heat in September and Pat Riley subsequently said his career with the franchise is likely over.

The Heat will attempt to remove Bosh from their salary cap though that will require him to be medically forced into retirement. An independent doctor will rule on Bosh's medical condition.

Bosh has two additional seasons remaining on his contract with the Heat that he signed in 2014 as a free agent.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Donatas Motiejunas Won't Report To Rockets

Dec 6, 2016 12:58 PM

Donatas Motiejunas will not report to the Houston Rockets to take his physical and join the team.

The Rockets matched the four-year, $37 million offer sheet Motiejunas signed with the Brooklyn Nets in restricted free agency.

The Rockets can leave the current deal open or return Motiejunas to restricted free agency. Motiejunas would not be allowed to sign with the Nets for a year.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Donatas Motiejunas, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dunc'd On: DMo Refuses to Report, ORL/WAS, CHI/DET, NYK/MIA, PHX/UTA, PHI/MEM

Dec 7, 2016 3:14 AM

News, including the Donatas Motiejunas refusal to report after having his restricted free agent offer sheet matched, and where he and the Rockets go from here.  We hit on some other injury and CBA news, and then discuss John Wall's 52 points in a loss to Orlando, Detroit handling Chicago, New York pulling away from a depleted Miami Heat

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

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Tags: NBA, Dunc'd On

Spurs, Warriors Tried To Trade Up In 2011 For Jonas Valanciunas

Dec 6, 2016 11:29 AM

The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs walked away from the 2011 NBA Draft with Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard, but both teams were looking to trade into the top-5 to select Jonas Valanciunas.

Valanciunas fell to the Toronto Raptors at No. 5 as he wasn't planning on coming over to the NBA for one more season.

Bob Myers suspected the Spurs' Plan B in trading up ahead of the Warriors at No. 11 was to select Thompson, the player they were targeting with their lottery pick.

The Milwaukee Bucks also liked Thompson and they were picking 10th, but they moved out of the spot following a trade with the Sacramento Kings, who wanted Jimmer Fredette.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Jonas Valanciunas, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, NBA

Otto Porter Expected To Receive Max Contract Offers In Free Agency

Dec 6, 2016 12:03 PM

Otto Porter has begun living up to his billing as the third overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft this season, averaging 14.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.0 steals in 34.7 minutes per game. Porter also has a career high PER of 19.4.

Porter will be a restricted free agent this offseason, which will give the Washington Wizards matching rights.

Two front office executives recently predicted Porter will receive a max contract in free agency.

The Wizards maxed out Bradley Beal in restricted free agency in 2016.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Otto Porter, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Klay Thompson Scores 60 Points In 29 Minutes On 11 Dribbles

Dec 6, 2016 10:27 AM

Klay Thompson scored 60 points in just 29 minutes of floor action but he actually held the ball in his hands for just 90 total seconds.

Thompson touched the ball 46 times and dribbled just 11 times on his 21 field goals.

Thompson shot 21-for-33 from the floor, 8-for-14 on three-pointers and 10-for-11 at the line.

Tom Haberstroh/ESPN

Tags: Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, NBA

Kevin Garnett Pitched TV Show On Attending College, Living In Dorm

Dec 6, 2016 4:34 PM

Kevin Garnett pitched a television show to Showtime in which he would attend college after his retirement from the NBA.

Garnett was the first high school to NBA star of the current era.

"I can tell this story now because it's not going to happen," Mannix told his guest, Zach LaVine, who played with Garnett on the Minnesota Timberwolves. "He was retired. But when it ended in Boston, he thought he was done in Boston. He thought it was going to end there. Paul (Pierce) had to talk him into the trade to Brooklyn.

"He was on a plane to China with the head of Showtime Sports, and he went up to this guy -- Stephen Espinoza's his name. He went up to Stephen and said, 'I've got an idea for a show. How about I go to college?' KG came out of high school, he never went to college. He wanted to go to college, live in the dorm, and let Showtime shoot it."

Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Tags: NBA

Andrew Bogut Out Two Weeks With Bone Bruise In Knee

Dec 6, 2016 4:50 PM

Andrew Bogut has been diagnosed with a minor bone bruise in his right knee and will miss approximately two weeks.

Bogut's future with the Mavericks is uncertain as they attempt to work their way back into the playoff picture.

Bogut was acquired in the offseason via trade and is on an expiring contract.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Andrew Bogut, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Injury

J.R. Smith's MRI On Left Knee Shows No Damage

Dec 6, 2016 5:29 PM

J.R. Smith underwent an MRI on his left knee that showed no structural damage.

Smith is expected to be day-to-day.

Smith injured his knee in Monday's win by the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Toronto Raptors.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: J.R. Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury

Jason Kidd: Giannis Could Become Combination Of LeBron, Dirk

Dec 6, 2016 1:29 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo is playing a mix of point guard, both forward spots and even center on defense in some lineups.

Antetokounmpo is averaging 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists plus two steals and two blocks per game.

"Having being around some of the best in the world in LeBron (James) and Dirk (Nowitzki)," Jason Kidd said referencing former Team USA and Dallas Mavericks teammates, "wouldn't it be cool to have those two combined as one player? Maybe that could happen."

"I want to make great plays. It can be blocking a shot, it can be passing to an open teammate or dunking. Just great plays," Antetokounmpo said. "That's what makes me excited."

The Bucks signed Antetokounmpo to a four-year, $100 million extension in September.

"We're in the early stages of seeing where he can take us," Kidd said. "What he's done is show that he can handle a lot right now. There's going to be a time where we're going to raise the bar again and see how he does."

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Tony Parker Could Miss Extended Time With Knee Injury
Tony Parker is averaging 9.7 points and 4.3 assists in his 16th season.


Elton Brand Hired By 76ers As Player Development Consultant
Elton Brand will be heavily involved in assisting the players in every facet of their on- and off-court development, in addition to other responsibilities within the basketball operations department.

RealGM Staff Report

LeBron James Not Interested In Meeting With Phil Jackson About Comments
LeBron James says he has no interest in discussing Phil Jackson's "posse" comments while he's in town this week to play the Knicks.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Rockets Match Donatas Motiejunas' Four-Year, $37M Offer Sheet
The Rockets have matched the offer sheet Donatas Motiejunas signed with the Nets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Gary Payton II Named D-League Player Of The Week
Gary Payton II helped Rio Grande Valley to a 2-0 week behind averages of 33.0 points (second in the league), 10.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals.

RealGM Staff Report

Adam Silver Named SBJ's Most Influential Person In Sports Business
Adam Silver ranks first on Sports Business Journal's 50 Most Influential people in sports business list for the second time in three years.

Sports Business Journal

NBA PER: LeBron James Drops To 19th
LeBron James has finished no worse than sixth in PER in every season since 04-05 and finished first or second in eight separate seasons.

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Mavs May Trade Andrew Bogut Closer To Deadline If Out Of Playoff Hunt
Andrew Bogut could fetch a first round pick from a contender.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Jose Calderon Out 2-4 Weeks With Strained Right Hamstring
Jose Calderon is averaging 4.7 points, 2.6 assists, and 2.2 rebounds in 13.9 minutes per game while shooting 41.7% from three-point range.

RealGM Staff Report

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Russell Westbrook Named NBA Players Of The Week
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Russell Westbrook have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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Dave Joerger: DeMarcus Cousins 'Has Grown In How He Handles His Business'
The player-coach partnership DeMarcus Cousins has forged with Dave Joerger could be the best of his career.

Paul Flannery/SBNation

Grizzlies Sign Toney Douglas
Toney Douglas was with the Cavaliers during the preseason.

RealGM Staff Report

Rockets Were Al Horford's Second Choice In Free Agency
Al Horford met with four teams at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta during free agency.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

NBA Efficiency Differential: Raptors Jump From 8th To 3rd
The Raptors jumped from eighth at +3.6 to third at +9.1 since last week.

RealGM Staff Report

Rajon Rondo Suspended One Game By Bulls For Conduct Detrimental To Team
Rajon Rondo will miss Monday's game against the Blazers.

RealGM Staff Report

Matt Barnes Allegedly Chokes Woman In New York Nightclub
Matt Barnes is sought by New York City police after an alleged confrontation at a nightclub in Chelsea early Monday morning.

A.J. Perez/USA Today

Dunc'd On: 15 In 60 In The West, Plus Do Rockets Match DMo Offer Sheet?
A look at the 15 teams in the West, plus whether Rockets should match Donatas Motiejunas' offer sheet.

RealGM Staff Report

Dirk Nowitzki Wants To Play When Healthy Despite Mavs' Struggles
Dirk Nowitzki remains committed to salvaging the Mavericks' season as he continues to sit with lingering soreness in his right Achilles tendon.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Hassan Whiteside Considered Blazers 2nd Option In Free Agency
Hassan Whiteside quickly signed with the Heat but he also had interest in the Blazers.

Erik Garcia Gundersen/Miami Herald

Jaylen Brown Earned Respect Of Jimmy Butler During Summer Workouts
The Celtics envision Jaylen Brown growing into a similar scoring wing as Jimmy Butler has over the past few seasons.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe