Basketball Wiretap

Kyle Lowry To Undergo Wrist Surgery

Feb 27, 2017 3:18 PM

Kyle Lowry will undergo surgery to remove loose bodies from his right wrist.

Lowry, who will be a free agent this offseason, hopes to return in time for the playoffs.

The Raptors have one of the NBA's best backup point guards in Cory Joseph.

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Tags: Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Injury

Lakers To Sign David Nwaba To 10-Day Contract

Feb 27, 2017 11:24 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers will sign David Nwaba of the L.A. D-Fenders to a 10-day contract.

Nwaba went undrafted in 2016 out of Cal Poly.

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Tags: David Nwaba, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles D-Fenders, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

Dunc'd On: Lowry, Simmons, Embiid, plus the Buyout Market

Feb 28, 2017 3:03 AM


We discuss the recent injury news about Kyle Lowry, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and more. Then the buyout market, including Omri Casspi, Deron Williams, Andrew Bogut, and Brandon Jennings.

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


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Andrew Bogut Agrees To Buyout, Set To Decide Between Cavs, Rockets, Spurs, Celtics

Feb 27, 2017 6:03 PM

Andrew Bogut has agreed upon a buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Bogut has narrowed his next team down to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics. Bogut will have conversations over the next 24 hours with those teams before making his decision.

In 26 games for Dallas, Bogut averaged three points and 8.3 rebounds. 

Bogut spent five seasons with the Warriors before joining the Mavericks.

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Tags: Andrew Bogut, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia Sixers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Joakim Noah Out For Season With Knee Surgery

Feb 27, 2017 11:49 AM

Joakim Noah will undergo surgery on his left knee and miss the remainder of the season.

Noah signed with the New York Knicks in the 2016 offseason on a four-year, $72 million contract.

Noah has missed a number of games this season due to a knee ailment.

Noah also underwent surgery on the same knee in 2014.

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Tags: Joakim Noah, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Injury

Jose Calderon Released By Lakers, Will Sign With Warriors

Feb 27, 2017 7:30 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have waived Jose Calderon.

Calderon is expected to sign with the Golden State Warriors once he clears waivers.

According to Chris Hayes of ESPN, there was internal support for the Warriors to sign Brandon Jennings but they were too far along with Calderon to change courses. Jennings was waived by the New York Knicks on Monday.

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Tags: Brandon Jennings, Jose Calderon, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Joel Embiid Out Indefinitely With Swelling In Knee

Feb 27, 2017 11:40 AM

Joel Embiid is out indefinitely with swelling in his knee and will undergo an MRI.

Embiid has been out most recently with a knee issue, but he missed the first two seasons of his NBA career due to multiple foot surgeries.

Embiid has missed 13 consecutive games and 16 out of 17 after suffering a bone bruise Jan. 20. An MRI exam revealed that he also has a slightly torn meniscus.

Embiid has been the favorite for Rookie of the Year but has not played since Jan. 27.

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Tags: Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

Isaiah Taylor Signs Three-Year Deal With Rockets

Feb 27, 2017 2:06 PM

The Houston Rockets have signed Isaiah Taylor to a three-year, non-guaranteed contract.

Taylor, who was with the Rockets in training camp and summer league, has averaged 21.1 points and 6.1 assists in 12 games for the Vipers making 49.7 percent of his shots, 41.3 percent of his 3-pointers.

Taylor has played only 12 games this season because of a groin injury, but is considered to be 100 percent.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Isaiah Taylor, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Waive Brandon Jennings To Sign Chasson Randle

Feb 27, 2017 9:57 AM

The New York Knicks waived Brandon Jennings in order to sign Chasson Randle.

The Knicks will pay Jennings the balance of the $5 million he's owed this season. The Knicks were unhappy with Jennings' mindset of late.

The Knicks will sign Randle to a partially guaranteed deal through the 2017-18 season.

Randle, undrafted out of Stanford in 2015, averaged nine minutes and 5.3 points for the Sixers in eight games this season.

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Tags: Brandon Jennings, Chasson Randle, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Larry Sanders Feels Mentally Ready For NBA Return

Feb 27, 2017 12:27 PM

Larry Sanders is attempting a basketball comeback at the age of 27 after missing the game following his retirement.

“I miss being on a team, man,” Sanders said on the phone last week. “I miss going to war with my teammates and fighting against another team and giving my all out there and affecting the game. My children are getting older. I have a boy and a girl, and my son talks about it all the time now, he misses me playing. Giving them something to cheer for, and my family. Having my name on my back, our name on my back. There’s a lot of value in that, there’s a lot of strength in that, for my whole family. Me being that person for them brings joy to me.”

Sanders has worked out for the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers. Sanders also had a group workout in Miami.

“I would say I worked really hard to get to where I was,” Sanders said. “I worked extremely hard. I started playing basketball when I was 17 years old. Things kind of hit me fast. It was hard to manage. I would say I’m more mature. I’m better. I’m at a higher level. I’m a better basketball player. I’ve taken that time to establish those things and get my family in order -- not to say everything’s perfect. I took the time that I needed.

“To convince someone by words, I don’t know what more I can say. The action’s going to be everything. If a team’s willing to take that risk on me, I’m also taking that risk on them, that they’re going to be able to support me and be in my corner. We’re going to be able to understand each other. I believe there’s a team out there that’s like that, that would love a guy like me in their system.”

Sanders became one of the NBA's best young rim protectors before he began to experience issues in his personal life. Sanders says he didn't start smoking marijuana until he arrived in the NBA at 22 and used it to cope.

“I was young in the league,” he says. “I was using it to handle where I was going. I wasn’t really managing my life at a high level. That was helping me to cope. But in hindsight, while I was coping on a day to day, on a larger scale, it was hindering. Because there were other skills that I needed to learn. Now, being away from marijuana, I’m able to look back on it and understand it and indulge in these other coping mechanisms. I’m older now, too. I feel my brain’s more developed. There’s different things that, chemically, are put in place now, that make me, I feel like a stronger individual, where a crutch doesn’t seem as appealing as it did before. There’s a lot of value in me learning things on my own and dealing with issues head on.”


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Tags: Larry Sanders, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Andrew Bogut Plans To Sign With Cavs If Bought Out
‎Various ailments limited Andrew Bogut to 26 games with the Mavs.

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Gregg Popovich: Big Teams In Big Cities Important For NBA
While Gregg Popovich has had success in a small market, he acknowledged the NBA benefits from big market teams being relevant.

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Nets Waive Luis Scola
Luis Scola appeared in 36 games for Brooklyn this season, recording averages of 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game

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Mavs Made Moves At Deadline With Draft Pick In Mind
Mark Cuban acknowledged the Mavericks made a number of moves at the deadline with the future in mind.

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Dunc'd On: Larry Coon On New CBA, Lakers
The effect of the new CBA on the trade deadline, obscure provisions that could matter, and the Lakers shakeup.

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Hawks Request Waivers On Lamar Patterson
The Hawks and Lamar Patterson agreed to his release to allow Patterson to address a personal matter.

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Vlade Divac: We Were Stuck With Boogie Situation, It Was Time To Start Over
Vlade Divac elaborated on the Kings' decision to trade away DeMarcus Cousins last week to the Pelicans.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Briante Weber Agrees To 10-Day Deal With Hornets
The Warriors decided not to re-sign Briante Weber after the expiration of his second 10-day deal in order to sign Jose Calderon.

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Kings Plan On Signing Bogdan Bogdanovic In Offseason
Bogdan Bogdanovic is a 24-year-old shooting guard presently playing with Fenerbahce.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Bucks Sign Axel Toupane To 10-Day Contract
Axel Toupane has appeared in 28 games with Raptors 905 this season and has posted averages of 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals in 27.6 minutes per game.

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Warriors Expected To Sign Jose Calderon
The Warriors released Briante Weber after Saturday's game.

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

Cavs, Spurs, Rockets, Celtics, Jazz Interested In Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut wants to pursue a championship and play a significant role for a veteran team.

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Derrick Williams Expected To Sign With Cavs For Remainder Of Season
Derrick Williams is currently on his second 10-day contract.

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Deron Williams Commits To Signing With Cavaliers
Deron Williams also considered signing with the Jazz.

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Mavericks Sign Ben Bentil To 10-Day Contract
Dallas also considered Pierre Jackson and Manny Harris for their open roster spots.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Lakers' Players Starting Over To Impress New Front Office
Magic Johnson was on the road with the Lakers in Oklahoma City over the past two days.

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Anthony Morrow Will Stop Wearing Derrick Rose's No. 1 After Criticism From Fans
Anthony Morrow and Michael Carter-Williams each briefly wore No. 1 this season with the Bulls.

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Pelicans Waive Omri Casspi, Sign Reggie Williams
Reggie Williams was previously with the Pelicans this season, appearing in five games.

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Mavericks To Sign Quinn Cook To 10-Day Contract
The Mavericks waived Deron Williams shortly after Thursday's trade deadline.

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Kevin Love Confident He'll Be Back From 'Very Minor' Surgery In Time For Playoffs
Kevin Love is sticking to the six-week timeline the team has provided for his recovery.

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