Basketball Wiretap

Stephen Curry Wants To Re-Sign With Warriors

Sep 27, 2016 6:22 PM

Stephen Curry will be a free agent in 2017 and he's not at all worried about it becoming a distraction.

“Yes,” Curry said when asked if he's optimistic about his chances of re-signing.

Curry could get questions about his free agency when visiting other cities such as Charlotte.

“I hope not,” Curry said. “Because we’ll worry about that in the summer. My answer’s not going to be different all year.”

Curry also was asked if he'll talk to Kevin Durant about how he handled questions about his free agency.

“Maybe,” Curry said. “But I’m not gonna let it distract me at all. I want to be back here. I like playing here. And that’s it. The rest of it is about what we’re gonna do this year.”

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

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

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Kevin Durant: Nothing's Changed Except For My Jersey

Sep 27, 2016 10:36 AM

Kevin Durant is anticipating a quick adjustment period with the Golden State Warriors.

“I’m going to be who I am, and approach the game like I’ve always done it. Nothing’s changed on my end, except for my jersey,” said Durant.

Durant wants to win as part of a brotherhood with his new teammates.

“I don’t want to go out there and play upset with everybody else,” Durant said. “I want to play my game, and enjoy the game of basketball like I’ve always been enjoying it, and everything else will work itself out.”

Michael Lee/The Vertical

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Paul Allen Comfortable With Big Financial Commitment To Blazers' Payroll

Sep 27, 2016 6:34 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers became a far more expensive team in the short and long-term this offseason by re-signing Allen Crabbe, Meyers Leonard and Moe Harkless while also signing Evan Turner in free agency and extending C.J. McCollum.

Paul Allen was asked if he had any apprehension about investing so much in the team.

"Well, Neil (Olshey) and I go over all those things closely, I think," said Allen. "One of the big decisions was when we discussed signing Evan (Turner) and that worked out. And to get Meyers (Leonard) and Moe (Harkless) back, they were all very deliberate decisions we evaluated. The financial consequences are significant, but that's because we believe in this group of guys. They showed what they can do last year."

Allen was reticent to give specifics on expectations this season.

"I always try not to make, as you know — I think we've done this for a while — I don't make particular predictions on the number of wins and losses. But I think we have a chance to be significantly better than last year. And I think everybody was really encouraged to see how the team came together last year, how well the coaching meshed with the talent. And the guys that Neil brought in, I think, exceeded everybody's expectations. So that was a very encouraging year last year and hopefully we'll build on that."

Allen also said the Blazers are doing well from a business perspective.

"Good. Good. We had a very good year last year. Obviously, we're increasing our payroll. But all the media numbers and everything go up, too. So we're going to be spending more this year, but we think it's justified."

Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Tags: Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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ESPN's NBA Deal Reportedly Hurting Disney Stock

Sep 27, 2016 7:52 PM

The NBA's revenues increased increased dramatically with their new national television deals with ESPN and Turner that had an annual increase of 190 percent. 

ESPN and Turner renewed their deals with the NBA for $24 billion in October of 2014 and last through the 24-25 season.

Drexel Hamilton analyst Tony Wible downgraded Disney stock on Monday in response to “a massive increase in NBA costs” for ESPN.

Drexel Hamilton analyst Tony Wible downgraded Disney stock on Monday in response to “a massive increase in NBA costs” for ESPN.

Disney’s deal to televise NBA games, with its increase in step-up costs over last year, could shave as much as 5 percent off pre-tax profits.

Richard Morgan/New York Post

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Serge Ibaka Wants To Stay With Magic 'Forever'

Sep 27, 2016 10:52 AM

The Orlando Magic traded for Serge Ibaka this offseason one season before he becomes a free agent in 2017.

“I’m looking to stay here to play forever — for [as] many, many years as possible,” said Ibaka.

The Magic hope Ibaka enjoys playing for Frank Vogel and also having a bigger role in the offense and in the locker room.

“We certainly traded for Serge thinking long-term, and that’s our expectation,” Rob Hennigan said.

Ibaka is due to earn $12.3 million during the upcoming season.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Tags: Serge Ibaka, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Evan Fournier Never Considered Leaving Magic

Sep 27, 2016 7:00 PM

Evan Fournier didn't explore offers from rival teams during his restricted free agency, fairly quickly re-signing with the Orlando Magic on a five-year, $85 million deal.

Fournier was asked if it was important to continue building with the Magic over seeking the most money possible.

“Yes, definitely," said Fournier. "I don’t want to say a pay cut. It’s still a lot of money. But I did not even look at offer sheets or consider anywhere else. Since day one I’ve said it: I feel good here. There is no reason for me to leave. The front office showed me confidence. I’m a loyal guy and this is how we do business.”

Keith Smith/RealGM

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Blazers To 'Modernize' Uniforms Next Season

Sep 27, 2016 3:12 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers will "modernize" their uniforms when Nike takes over the NBA contract for the 17-18 season.

The Blazers could unveil their new uniforms in the spring.

Portland's uniforms have remained relatively unchanged since the early 1990s.

Andy Giegerich/Portland Business Journal

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Nerlens Noel Frustrated By 76ers' 'Silly' Center Logjam

Sep 26, 2016 11:37 AM

Nerlens Noel expressed his frustrating at media day with the Philadelphia 76ers inability to balance out their roster this offseason as they head into 16-17 with three centers who were each high lottery picks.

"I think it's just silly . . . this situation that we are in now with three starting centers," Noel said on the eve of the Sixers' media day. "With the departure of [former general manager and president] Sam Hinkie, I would have figured that management would be able to get something done this summer."

Noel will most likely become a reserve center to Joel Embiid.

Noel is not asking to be traded or demanding the 76ers trade someone else.

"I feel like it definitely needs to be figured out," he said. "I think at the end of the day, again, you have three starting-caliber centers. And it's just not going to work to anybody's advantage having that on the same team. That's how I'm looking at it. I'm not opposed to anything, but things need to be situated."

Noel can become a restricted free agent in 2017.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mo Williams Changes Mind, Decides To Retire

Sep 26, 2016 2:51 PM

Mo Williams has ultimately decided to change his mind again to retire from the NBA.

Williams announced on Twitter last week that he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers for one more season.

The Cavs owe Williams $2.2 million this season. David Griffin declined to answer whether the team would pursue a settlement, but said "we were planning on something like this being possible."

Williams had been leaning strongly toward retirement this summer, then reversed course on the eve of training camp. 

The Cavaliers only have Kyrie Irving and Kay Felder on their depth chart at point guard.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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

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Josh Smith Wants To Remain In NBA, Knows 'Changes Need to Be Made'

Sep 26, 2016 4:35 PM

Josh Smith remains unsigned this offseason as executives believe his disposition and not his talent is keeping him from receiving an offer.

Smith received interest last offseason from the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers but ultimately decided to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. Smith was expected to be the Clippers' third big man but the experiment didn't work and he was traded back to the Houston Rockets.

“I’m not a guy that is oblivious to my surroundings, I know that changes need to be made,” Smith told The Vertical. “It’s something that I have done wrong to now be figuring out my next move and figuring out what I need to do to be better. Even yoga this summer has helped me become one with my spirit, body and mind. I’ve done things to take steps toward bettering myself, having patience.

“I have a lot left to give to this game. I’m ready to go now. I feel like I’m in the best shape, and I’ve worked extremely hard this offseason. I’m ready.”

Smith was waived by the Detroit Pistons in December of 2014 just one season into a four-year, $58 million deal.

“The perception of me seemed to start early on with Atlanta, but after Detroit, it left people completely puzzled,” Smith said. “People didn’t understand how it happened, how I was let go. It just didn’t fit. But wherever I have gone in development situations, I have been able to be on winning teams.

“When I came to Atlanta, we were at the bottom. Al Horford came, and we made it a consistent playoff team. When I went to Houston [in 2015] after Detroit, we made it to the Western Conference finals, something that they hadn’t done since the ’90s. I played impactful minutes for us to get to those platforms.”

Smith has received interest from teams in China but he wants to remain in the NBA.

“My main goal is that I am an NBA player,” Smith said. “Being able to go overseas, people are professional, but the NBA is what I have built myself to do. I’m still hungry. If I jumped to leave my NBA chances behind, I feel it would’ve been an act of desperation.

“I’m not a guy who feels like I have to start or play 30 minutes a night anymore. I wish for an opportunity to be able to contribute, to be a positive guy around the locker room. It has been missing from me. I’m not doubting it. I felt I have always showed support for my teammates, cheering for them, but I have to do a better job.

“I feel I have something to give the NBA, period.”

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Josh Smith, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nikola Pekovic Ruled Out For Entire 16-17 Season With Ankle Injury
Nikola Pekovic has career averages of 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 24.9 minutes per game.

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Cavs Interested In Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich
Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers were teammates of LeBron James with the Heat.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Rockets To Make James Harden Their Full-Time Point Guard
Under the new up-tempo offense, Mike D'Antoni has decided to put the ball in James Harden's hands more than last season, like a traditional point guard.

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LAPD Investigation Of Derrick Rose Sexual Assault Case Ongoing
The civil case will begin in Los Angeles on Oct. 4th and criminal charges against Derrick Rose can still be filed.

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Pat Riley: Chris Bosh's Career With Heat 'Probably Over'
Miami is not actively working toward Chris Bosh's return.

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Paul Pierce To Retire After 16-17 Season
Paul Pierce averaged only 6.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season.

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Dunc'd On: HOU Season Outlook w/Rahat Huq, CHA Season Outlook w/Spencer Percy
Rahat Huq joins Nate Duncan to discuss the Rockets while Spencer Percy is the guest for their breakdown of the Hornets.

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Suns Sign Gracin Bakumanya, Derek Cooke Jr., Shaquille Harrison, Derrick Jones Jr.
The Suns have signed center Gracin Bakumanya, forward Derek Cooke Jr., guard Shaquille Harrison and forward Derrick Jones Jr., bringing the club's roster to 19 players.

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Jason Thompson Agrees To One-Year, $1.5M Deal With Shandong
Jason Thompson turned 30 this offseason and will now played abroad after 588 games in the NBA.

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Chris Bosh Responds To Failed Physical, Vows To Keep Trying To Play
Chris Bosh has yet to be cleared to return to basketball activities.

Manny Navarro/Miami Herald

Quinn Cook Signs With Pelicans
Quinn Cook averaged 19.6 points, 5.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 33.7 minutes per game in the D-League last season.

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RealGM Radio: Southwest Division With Rob Mahoney, Jonathan Tjarks
Host Danny Leroux, Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated and Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer break down the Southwest Division.

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Scott Wood Signs With Warriors
Scott Wood spent the past three seasons in Spain with UCAM Murcia, averaging 8.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Clippers Would Have Signed Kevin Garnett, Interested In Giving Him Post-Playing Role
Doc Rivers would have had interest in the Clippers signing Kevin Garnett had he decided to continue his playing career with a team other than the Wolves.

Jackie MacMullen/ESPN

Heat Sign Keith Benson
Keith Benson spent last season with the Heatís NBA Development League affiliate.

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Kevin Garnett Reaches Buyout With Wolves, Announces Retirement
Kevin Garnett returned to the Wolves in 2015 and appeared in 38 games last season.

Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune

Thunder Add Alex Caruso, Kaleb Tarczewski, Chris Wright To Camp Roster
As a senior, Alex Caruso was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year in addition to receiving Second-Team All SEC honors.

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Chris Bosh Fails Physical, Not Cleared For Training Camp
Chris Bosh is trying to return from blood clots.

Tim Reynolds/AP

Ben McLemore Has Been Available In Trade Talks For Months
Ben McLemore is in the final season of his rookie contract with the Kings.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Tyronn Lue Wanted To Make Sure He Was 'Right Fit' For Cavs' Job
Tyronn Lue was initially unsure if he was the right coach for the job so he never signed a three-year, $9.5 million deal he verbally agreed upon with the Cavs when they promoted him to head coach.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer