Basketball Wiretap

Wesley Matthews Out For Season With Torn Achilles

Mar 6, 2015 1:22 AM

Wesley Matthews will miss the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles tendon.

Matthews was injured in the third quarter of the Portland Trail Blazers' win on Thursday over the Dallas Mavericks.

Matthews crumpled to the floor upon making a move to the basket. He had a streak of 250 consecutive games played end on Dec. 10, 2012, only to start a second streak of 142 games that will end now.

The Blazers made a deadline deal for Arron Afflalo, who will move to the starting lineup.

Matthews will be a free agent this offseason.

 

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Wesley Matthews, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

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JaVale McGee, Celtics Unable To Reach Deal On Contract

Mar 5, 2015 2:26 PM

JaVale McGee and the Boston Celtics have broken off talks on a deal.

The Celtics wanted to have a team option for the 15-16 season, while McGee wanted it as a player option.

McGee will return to the open market.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Tags: JaVale McGee, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Westbrook: The Mask Is Not Going To Stop Me

Mar 5, 2015 10:55 AM

Russell Westbrook had another triple double in his first game back from a facial fracture.

Westbrook, who wore a protective mask, finished the overtime win with 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists.

“It was OK,” Westbrook said of the mask. “It was weird, obviously. Keep wiping it and it was a total big process of trying to keep everything from not fogging up. But it’s not going to stop me. My job is to come out there and lead my team.”

Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Wolves Claim Justin Hamilton, Waive Glenn Robinson III

Mar 5, 2015 6:35 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have claimed Justin Hamilton on waivers.

Hamilton was waived by the New Orleans Pelicans to create a roster spot for Elliot Williams.

The Wolves will waive Glenn Robinson III to create a roster spot of their own for Hamilton.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Justin Hamilton, Glenn Robinson, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Kerr Believes Curry Deserves MVP, Won't Promote Him For Award

Mar 5, 2015 9:05 PM

Steve Kerr would like Stephen Curry to win MVP this season, but he will not begin promoting him for the award.

"I care. I'd like for Steph to win the MVP, and I think he deserves it," Kerr said Thursday after practice.

"I don't think it's our job to promote it," and drew a distinction between the Warriors' approach and that of the Houston Rockets, who are heavily supporting James Harden's campaign.

"We're trying to win games. We've got a lot of work to do," Kerr said Thursday. "So, if Daryl Morey wants to run his own one-man campaign for James Harden, he can do that. That's fine. But we're focused on other stuff."

 

Curry and Harden are the two most likely MVP award recipients, according to the Bovada Sportsbook. Curry's odds are listed at 1-2, and Harden's are at 1-3. 

 

"[Harden has] generated more wins than any player in the league by a huge margin," Morey told ESPN.com's Tom Haberstroh last weekend during the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss/ESPN

Tags: Stephen Curry, James Harden, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Award

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Warriors, Mavs, Raptors, Spurs, Heat, Bulls Interested In JaVale McGee

Mar 5, 2015 3:38 PM

The Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls have registered interest in JaVale McGee.

McGee and the Boston Celtics were unable to close a deal on a contract on Thursday.

McGee is a talented two-way center that has struggled staying healthy and with maturity issues.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: JaVale McGee, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Gregg Popovich Strongly Opposed To July Finals

Mar 5, 2015 11:10 AM

Gregg Popovich is a strong opponent of the idea of the NBA Playoffs finishing in July. 

Adam Silver is considering ways of increasing the amount of rest between games, which could include finishing the Finals in July.

“I think the season’s long enough,” Popovich said Wednesday. “I will not come to work in July. If there’s a game in July, count me out.

“Count me out,” Pop said. “Life’s too short.”

Fran Blinebury/NBA.com

Tags: San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Goran Dragic Regrets Being Harsh On Suns' Management

Mar 5, 2015 11:02 AM

After having some time to reflect upon his exit from the Phoenix Suns, Goran Dragic believes he was too harsh toward the organization in some of his pre-trade comments.

"When I now look back on what I said about the Suns before the trade—"I don't trust them anymore...I don't feel comfortable with my situation"—I feel bad because it came out a little too harsh. I didn't mean it like that, but it happened in that moment, so I cannot go back and change it. I just said what I was thinking.

"I'm an honest guy, and I had never said something bad about that organization. They were always great to me—they were like family—so I didn't mean that. But at the same time, I thought that the situation was not good any more for me, so that's why it came out like that.

"I apologized to Suns owner Robert Sarver. We had a good conversation—he was always there for me and my family. He knew that I was not going to re-sign with them, so I wanted to do something before the trade deadline and hopefully they could get some players or some picks. I really appreciated what he did—trading me."

Dragic requested a trade to the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers or New York Knicks.

"My No. 1 wish was to go to Miami, who I found out later had tried to get me a couple of years ago when I was in Houston. Miami offered everything—a great market, great players, their championship mentality. They always want to do well, and I think that it was a good fit for me. I was pushing for this situation, but I still didn't know if the Suns were going to send me there. I was in a tough spot, but things worked out in the end."

Jared Zwerling/Bleacher Report

Tags: Goran Dragic, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, NBA

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Andrew Wiggins, Marcus Smart Named Rookies Of The Month

Mar 4, 2015 7:22 PM

Andrew Wiggins and Marcus Smart have been named the Rookies of the Month for February.

Wiggins averaged 16.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in February for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Smart averaged 9.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists for the month for the Boston Celtics.

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Tags: Andrew Wiggins, Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Award

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Russell Westbrook, LeBron James Named Players Of The Month

Mar 4, 2015 7:24 PM

Russell Westbrook and LeBron James have been named the NBA Players of the Month for February.

Westbrook had a PER of 34.6 in February, averaging 31.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 10.2 assists per game for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

James averaged 24.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game for the month.

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Award

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Steve Nash Admits Playing Career Likely Over
Steve Nash played just 65 games for the Lakers over his first two seasons with the club before being ruled out for the entire 14-15 season.

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Marcus Thornton Headlines 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Awards
Marcus Thornton of William & Mary have been named the Colonial Athletic Association's 2015 Player of the Year.

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Lawrence Alexander, Cody Larson Headline 2015 Summit League Awards
Lawrence Alexander of North Dakota State has been named the 2015 Summit League Player of the Year.

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JaVale McGee Close To Agreement With Celtics
JaVale McGee's deal with the Celtics would be through next season.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Hawks Expected To Sell For More Than $900 Million
Mark Rachesky, chairman of Lionsgate Entertainment, has emerged as the most recent bidder for the Hawks.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Dwight Howard Progressing 'On Schedule', Hasn't Begun On-Court Rehab
Dwight Howard has been out since Jan. 30 with the edema.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Devyn Marble To Miss 4-6 Weeks With Detached Retina
Devyn Marble is expected to miss approximately 4-6 weeks due to a detached retina in his left eye.

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Kentucky Leads NCAA In Efficiency Differential At +32.6
Kentucky is scoring 114.0 points per 100 possessions and have been even better on defense by allowing 81.4 points per 100 possessions.

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Zoran Dragic Assigned To Heat's D-League Team
Zoran Dragic has appeared in eight NBA games this season.

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Ray Allen Decides Not To Play In 14-15 Season
Ray Allen will reassess his status for the 15-16 season.

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Kevin Pangos, Kyle Wiltjer Headline 2015 West Coast Conference Awards
Kevin Pangos of Gonzaga has been named the 2015 West Coast Conference Player of the Year.

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Tony Allen, Nick Calathes Didn't Have Physical Confrontation
Sources claim that the confrontation did not rise to a "physical" level and that the suspension for Tony Allen is largely because he waved off attempts from coaches to calm him down.

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Jerrelle Benimon To Sign 10-Day Contract With Jazz
Jerrelle Benimon has averaged 19.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 35 games with the Idaho Stampede this season in the D-League.

Chris Reichert/RoadToTheAssociation.com

Eli Holman Re-Signing Deal With Zhejiang Lions For 15-16 Season
Eli Holman had considered summer and season offers in the NBA before re-signing in China.

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Pelicans Sign Elliot Williams To 10-Day Contract
Elliot Williams has averaged 21.8 points, 7.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 36.8 minutes per game while being named a NBA D-League All-Star.

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Thomas Robinson: I'm Tired Of Getting Treated Like A Rag Doll In NBA
Thomas Robinson has averaged 9.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in 16.4 minutes (19.0 PER) of play off the bench in four games with the 76ers.

Marcus Hayes/Philadelphia Daily News

Phil Jackson Fined By NBA For Comment On D'Angelo Russell
Upon leaving Ohio State's game, Phil Jackson said D'Angelo Russell was a "great looking kid, [a] great prospect."

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Hawks To Sign Jarell Eddie On 10-Day Contract
The Hawks have reached agreement on a 10-day contract with Jarell Eddie of the NBA Development League, league sources told RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Cameron Payne, Corey Walden Headline 2015 Ohio Valley Awards
Cameron Payne of Murray State has been named the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year.

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Seth Tuttle, Brenton Scott Headline 2015 Missouri Valley Awards
Seth Tuttle of Northern Iowa has been named the 2015 Missouri Valley Player of the Year.

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