Basketball Wiretap

NBA's Salary Cap Estimate For 17-18 Drops To $99M

Jun 21, 2017 11:25 PM

The NBA has informed teams the new cap is expected to be at $99 million for the 17-18 season.

The most recent projection in April was at $101 million.

Before that lowered projection, it was at $103 million and was at one time projected to be as high as $108 million.

The cap for the 16-17 season was $94.1 million.

A drop in the number of playoff games played contributed to the drop, as did teams spending more in 2016 free agency than anticipated.

Jay King/Boston Globe

Tags: NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA CBA

Chauncey Billups Offered Five-Year Deal To Run Cavs' Front Office

Jun 21, 2017 11:33 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have offered Chauncey Billups a five-year deal to run the team's front office. Billups has yet to accept the offer after a second day of meetings with Dan Gilbert.

Billups most recently served as an ESPN analyst and has no prior front office experience.

Billups is close friends with Tyronn Lue and also has long been friendly with Gilbert.

The Cavaliers parted way with David Griffin on Monday.

Jason Lloyd/The Athletic

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Dunc'd On: Cap Going Down, Porzingis Rumors, Other News, Malik Monk, ORL Offseason

Jun 22, 2017 4:00 AM

Topics include:


    • The reduction in the cap and tax for 2017-18.


    • Kristaps Porzingis rumors in New York and what we'd be willing to accept in trade for him.


    • Houston's machinations


    • Free agent option decisions


    • A scouting report on Kentucky shooting guard Malik Monk


    • Projecting the Orlando Magic offseason, including what they should do with the #6 overall pick.


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

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Tags: NBA, Dunc'd On

Celtics, Lakers, 76ers, Suns, Kings Thunder Have Discussed Kristaps Porzingis Trade

Jun 21, 2017 11:18 PM

The New York have discussed Kristaps Porzingis trade scenarios with each of the teams in the top-5 of the lottery as well as the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings comprise the top-5.

The Suns have had recent conversations with the Knicks on Porzingis, while New York has also had substantive talks with at least two other teams.

The Knicks would like to target Josh Jackson if they do move up.

Phil Jackson expressed in an MSG interview that he's still disappointed that Porzingis skipping his exit meeting.

"I don't think I've ever had a player over 25 years of coaching not coming to an exit meeting, so it hasn't happened to me,'' Jackson said. "It happens to other people and other players. His brother and his agent have downplayed it, but still it's a chance for a person to express themselves. I had a real good relationship with Kristaps over the last two years. It was kind of surprising.''

In 2004, Shaquille O'Neal skipped his exit meeting with the Jackson-coached Lakers.

Ian Begley, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia Sixers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Suns Attempting To Trade Away Eric Bledsoe

Jun 21, 2017 9:42 PM

The Phoenix Suns are attempting to trade Eric Bledsoe in any package they discuss with rival teams leading up to the draft.

Bledsoe has two seasons and $29 million remaining on his contract.

Phoenix has held trade talks with the Chicago Bulls on Jimmy Butler, as well as the Indiana Pacers on Paul George and the New York Knicks on Kristaps Porzingis.

The Suns own the No. 4 overall pick in the draft.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Carmelo Anthony Still Prefers To Remain With Knicks

Jun 21, 2017 11:07 PM

Carmelo Anthony has informed Phil Jackson that he prefers to remain with the New York Knicks.

Anthony owns a full no-trade clause but Jackson hasn't given up on his preference to trade him.

"We've expressed the fact that we haven't been successful and it might be time for (Carmelo) to find an opportunity to go somewhere else. He's come back and said he'd just as soon stay," Jackson said 

The Knicks have an 80-166 record since Anthony re-signed in 2014.

"There'll be conversations after the draft and after the free agency as teams start reorganizing their rosters. So there will be other conversations in the process," he said.

Anthony would be agreeable to a trade to either the Los Angeles Clippers or Cleveland Cavaliers, but he has no incentive to approve a trade to any other team.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Looking To Unload Salary To Pursue Chris Paul, Griffin, Lowry, Millsap

Jun 21, 2017 1:28 PM

The Houston Rockets are shopping Ryan Anderson, Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley in hopes of clearing cap space for this summer's free agency class.

The Rockets have interest in Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Kyle Lowry and Paul Millsap.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Ryan Anderson, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Chris Paul, Paul Millsap, Blake Griffin, Kyle Lowry, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Suns Discuss Trading No. 4 Pick For Jimmy Butler, Paul George, Porzingis

Jun 21, 2017 9:27 PM

The Phoenix Suns have interest in trading the No. 4 overall pick in a package for an "established star".

The Suns have had conversations with the Indiana Pacers on Paul George and Chicago Bulls on Jimmy Butler. Phoenix has also reportedly discussed a Kristaps Porzingis trade with the New York Knicks.

The Suns have two incoming future first round picks from the Miami Heat that they can use in a trade package.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wizards Acquire Tim Frazier From Pelicans For No. 52 Pick

Jun 21, 2017 8:27 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have traded Tim Frazier to the Washington Wizards for the No. 52 pick in the draft.

Frazier will give the Wizards needed depth at the point guard position.

Frazier signed a two-year, $4 million deal with the Pelicans last offseason.

Michael Scotto/Basketball Insiders

Tags: Tim Frazier, New Orleans Pelicans, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics Interested In Trading Down To Target Dennis Smith Jr.

Jun 21, 2017 6:49 PM

Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics are considering moving back in the draft again from No. 3.

The Celtics are believed to be interested in Dennis Smith Jr.

“We call him the minister of disinformation,” said one rival executive. “He’s putting a lot of stuff out there.”

The Celtics are believed to like Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson or Jonathan Isaac if they stay at No. 3.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Tags: Dennis Smith, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Clippers Intend To Buy 2nd Round Pick
The Clippers don't own a single draft pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Joel Embiid Recruits Kristaps Porzingis With 'Exit Meeting' Joke
Kristaps Porzingis had a chance to be drafted by the 76ers in 2015, but his camp did not allow the franchise to interview him.

RealGM Staff Report

Spurs Shopping LaMarcus Aldridge In Trade Talks
LaMarcus Aldridge has a player option for the 18-19 season.

John Gambadoro/98.7

Steve Kerr Wants Warriors To Consider 'Positive Ramifications' Of Visiting White House
With a group of players and coaches that have been outspoken against the Trump presidency, there has been an expectation that the Warriors wouldn't visit the Donald Trump White House.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Grizzlies Extend $2.82M Qualifying Offer To JaMychal Green
JaMychal Green averaged 8.9 points and 7.1 rebounds with a PER of 13.5 during the 16-17 season.

RealGM Staff Report

Nuggets Tender Qualifying Offer To Mason Plumlee
Mason Plumlee will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

RealGM Staff Report

Josh Jackson Signs Endorsement Deal With Under Armour
Josh Jackson was famously ejected from the Under Armour All America showcase in the summer of 2015.

RealGM Staff Report

Knicks Would Like Top-4 Pick, Established Starter If They Trade Kristaps Porzingis
The Knicks are motivated to trade into the top-4 of the draft and Josh Jackson is believed to be their target.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Mavs, Wolves Break Off Wesley Matthews For Ricky Rubio Talks
The Mavericks would have also moved up to No. 7.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Nick Young Declines Player Option With Lakers
Nick Young has declined his player option with the Lakers for the 17-18 season to become a free agent.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Spurs Open To Trading Away Danny Green
The Spurs are interested in pursuing their option in free agency and moving Danny Green would create additional cap space.

James Young/San Antonio Express-News

Paul George Wanted To Save Pacers From Oklahoma City's Fate Losing Kevin Durant
The Pacers could wait through the summer and potentially into training camp before agreeing upon a Paul George trade.

Nate Taylor/Indianapolis Star

Jazz Interested In Trading For Patrick Beverley
With George Hill becoming a free agent, the Jazz are actively shopping for a veteran point guard in case he doesn't re-sign.

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

Pacers Receiving Interest On Paul George From Teams Who Could Flip Him Later
The Pacers have received "a lot of action" on Paul George despite it initially appearing they'd have no leverage.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

LaVar Ball: If I'm Not Crazy, My Sons Aren't Good Enough
LaVar Ball has heard critiques of his parenting style with how active he is in developing and promoting the basketball careers of his three sons.

Zach Baron/GQ

Jimmy Butler Warned Off Cavaliers As Kyrie Irving Could Push For Trade
Jimmy Butler has been warned by several Cavaliers who had been recruiting him to stay away.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Daryl Morey Signs Four-Year Extension With Rockets
Daryl Morey had one season remaining on his current deal as general manager.

Mark Berman/Fox 26

Hawks Seeking Paul Millsap Sign-And-Trade Interest From Suns, Kings, Nuggets
There was reportedly a revolt in the Hawks' locker room when they put Paul Millsap on the trading block in the middle of the season.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Langston Galloway To Decline $5.4M Player Option With Kings
Langston Galloway will have a $6.8 million cap hold and would become a restricted free agent if the Kings extend a $6.5 million qualifying offer.

Michael Scotto/Basketball Insiders

Kings Declined Lakers' Offer Of No. 2 For Nos. 5, 10
The Lakers would have packaged one of the two Kings' picks to the Pacers along with 27, 28 and salary cap filler for Paul George.

David Aldridge/