Basketball Wiretap

Mavs Expected To Pursue DeMarcus Cousins In 2018

Oct 22, 2016 9:18 PM

The Dallas Mavericks are "expected to go hard after" DeMarcus Cousins during his 2018 free agency.

Cousins signed a four-year, $62 million contract extension in 2013 with the Sacramento Kings.

Cousins has been offered the opportunity to be traded by the Kings but he's continued to try to make the situation work.

The Mavericks recently signed Jaleel Cousins, who is DeMarcus' younger brother and he is expected to join the Texas Legends.

Dallas signed Harrison Barnes in the 2016 offseason one year after DeAndre Jordan ultimately decided to back out of his verbal agreement to re-sign with the Clippers.

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Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

LeBron James: Another MVP Would Be Great

Oct 22, 2016 10:32 PM

LeBron James was asked about his thoughts about the MVP race as it is considered fairly wide open entering the season.

Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), Michael Jordan (five) and Bill Russell (five) have won more MVPs than James' four.

“Well, I’ve never set into a season saying I want to win MVP,” James said. “I’ve always thought of the season saying I want to be MVP for my team and it’s resulted in me getting four of them. So I’ve been available, for the most part, every night and I’ve been available on both sides of the floor. I’ve been healthy.

“So the simple fact that I’ve been able to win four has been an honor, and it’s been a tribute to what I’ve been able to accomplish in my career, but more importantly being able to be on the floor with my teammates. So, it will be great if I’m able to accomplish another one by doing what I need to do to help this team win. Because we got to win to get one. No matter how great your individual numbers are or your play is, your team has to be successful, and I’ve been able to be a part of some successful teams so far.”

James averaged 36.1 minutes per game two seasons ago and 35.6 last year - setting a career low each time. 

James was asked if his reduced minutes could impact his MVP candidacy.

"No, because Steph played 31 minutes a game and he won the MVP," said James.

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

Rodney McGruder Wins Final Miami Roster Spot, Beno Udrih Amongst Five Waived

Oct 22, 2016 8:12 PM

Rodney McGruder has beat out Briante Weber and Beno Udrih for the final spot on the regular season roster.

Weber and Udrih were waived along with Okaro White, Luis Montero and Vashil Fernandez. White Montero and Fernandez are expected to be assigned to Miami's D-League affiliate immediately if they're not claimed by another team.

Unless Udrih is claimed by another team by Monday at 5 p.m., the Heat will absorb a $980,000 cap hit, with Udrih to walk away with a guaranteed $1.6 million in salary. Udrih gave up $90,000 in salary last season when he was waived due to injury by the Heat, allowing the team to add Weber, Joe Johnson and Dorell Wright for the postseason roster.

According to Albert Nahmad, Udrih's $90,000 buyout last season wound up saving the Heat $1.8 million plus a year of tax avoided toward the repeater clock.

Weber received a $328,000 2016-17 guarantee from the Heat.

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Tags: Beno Udrih, Rodney McGruder, Briante Weber, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Wolves Still Exploring Tyus Jones Trade Scenarios

Oct 22, 2016 8:20 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to be engaged in trade talks involving Tyus Jones.

The Wolves have received interest on Jones from the Philadelphia 76ers amongst other teams.

Jones grew up in the Minnesota area and was the 24th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft but he's behind Ricky Rubio and Kris Dunn on their depth chart at point guard.

Jones was also named the 2016 Summer League MVP.

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Tags: Tyus Jones, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Michael Jordan Credited For Having Key Role In CBA Talks

Oct 22, 2016 10:36 PM

Michael Jordan has played a key role in the NBA's collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the players that are nearing completion.

"Let me just single out one owner in particular, Michael Jordan," Silver said during his upbeat update on CBA negotiations this week following the Board of Governors meetings in Manhattan.

"I think having Michael Jordan as part of our negotiating committee, the unique perspective he brings to the bargaining table because of his playing career, having been, of course, a superstar player. Now for players to see him in that position, it doesn't mean that if Michael says it, it necessarily means that they accept that as the position they should take. But I think that's really added a special element unique to this league."

Jordan bought a minority stake in the then-Charlotte Bobcats in 2006 and became majority owner in 2010.

"I think [Jordan's presence], that added an enormous amount to the atmosphere in the room," Silver said.

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Tags: Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA CBA

Nuggets Waive Robbie Hummel, Nat Wolters

Oct 22, 2016 8:57 PM

The Denver Nuggets have waived Robbie Hummel and Nate Wolters.

Hummel, 6-8, 215, signed with Denver on Sept. 4, 2016 and appeared in seven preseason games for the Nuggets, averaging 2.4 points and 1.0 rebounds in 10.2 minutes.

Wolters, 6-4, 190, signed with the Nuggets on Sept. 15, 2016 and appeared in four preseason games for Denver, averaging 3.3 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 11.7 minutes per game.

The Nuggets roster now stands at 15 players.

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Dunc'd On: Utah Jazz Season Outlook w/ David Locke

Oct 22, 2016 5:12 PM

David Locke, Utah Jazz radioman and creator of the Locked On Podcast Network, joins for a season outlook on the Jazz. We discuss Dante Exum's preseason after a torn ACL, the Jazz injury issues, and how new acquisitions George Hill, Boris Diaw, and Joe Johnson will fit in. We also hit on potential breakout and regression candidates, playing time and lineup issues, key questions for success this year, and give our predictions for the Jazz season.

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Pelicans Waive Quinn Cook, Quincy Ford

Oct 22, 2016 8:16 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived guard Quinn Cook and guard/forward Quincy Ford.

Cook, 6-0, 174, appeared in three preseason games for New Orleans, averaging 8.3 points and 2.7 assists in 9.6 minutes per game. After a four-year career at Duke University, Cook spent the 2015-16 season with the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League. The Washington, D.C. native was originally signed by the Pelicans on Sept. 24.

Ford, 6-8, 225, was originally signed by New Orleans on Oct. 17. After a four-year collegiate career at Northeastern University, the Florida native appeared in eight games for the Utah Jazz’s summer league team, averaging 5.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists.

New Orleans’ roster now stands at 16.

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Steve Blake Signs With Australia's Sydney Kings

Oct 22, 2016 3:55 PM

Steve Blake has signed with the Sydney Kings of Australia.

Blake played for the Detroit Pistons last season.

"Any time you have someone of that experience it means a lot," coach Andrew Gaze said. "He's played at the highest level for such a long period of time. He's played with some of the greatest players in the world.

"The role that we have for him is something that is going to be an adjustment for us and an adjustment for him, and hopefully it can all work out and be beneficial for both."

Jamie Marcuson/Sydney Morning Herald

Tags: Steve Blake, Sydney, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

Jazz Waive Chris Johnson

Oct 22, 2016 9:25 PM

The Utah Jazz have waived Chris Johnson.

Following the move, Utah’s roster now stands at 15 players.

Johnson (6-6, 206, Dayton) appeared in all six preseason games for the Jazz, averaging 5.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 11.2 minutes. He appeared in 82 games (two starts) for Utah over the past two seasons, averaging 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13.0 minutes per contest.

The 6-6 forward originally signed a 10-day contract with the Jazz during the 2014-15 season before signing a multi-year deal on March 26, 2015.

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Warriors Pick Up 17-18 Option On Kevon Looney
Kevon Looney's deal for 17-18 is worth $1.2 million.

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Cavs Waive John Holland
John Holland appeared in three preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 10.7 points and 1.3 steals in 18.8 minutes.

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Sheldon McClellan, Danuel House Make Wizards' Regular Season Roster
Washington has waived Jarell Eddie, Johnny O'Bryant and Casper Ware.

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Celtics Sign Ryan Kelly
Ryan Kelly appeared in six games for the Hawks during the 2016 Preseason where he averaged 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 15.0 minutes per game.

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Jared Sullinger Out Indefinitely With Foot Injury
Jared Sullinger was projected to be the Raptors' starting power forward.

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Lakers To Wear 1980s Throwbacks For Select Games
The Lakers' previous yellow uniforms had purple numbers with a white shadow compared to their current white numbers with a purple outline.

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Danny Green Out Three Weeks With Quad Strain
Danny Green is coming off a season in which his three-point shooting dropped from 41.8 percent to 33.2 percent.

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Nerlens Noel To Undergo Minor Surgery On Left Knee
The source of Nerlens Noel's soreness in his left knee was identified as inflamed plica.

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Draymond Green: I Put Everyone, Everything Before Myself
Draymond Green's personality has been a topic of examination over the past few months.

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Paul George Thankful Pacers Made Moves To Stay Competitive
Paul George is grateful to the Pacers for "putting pieces around me to try and get us back in the playoffs and to try and take out LeBron and the Cavaliers."

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Magic Sign Ramon Galloway
Ramon Galloway spent last season playing in Italy.

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Knicks Waive Chasson Randle, Tokoto, Amundson, Cleanthony Early, Damien Inglis
The Knicks' roster now stands at 15 players.

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Pelicans Waive Shawn Dawson, Robert Sacre
New Orleans' roster now stands at 18.

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Bucks Preparing For Greg Monroe To Opt-In For 17-18
Greg Monroe is due $17.88 million for the 17-18 season, which he may not command on the open market even with the cap spike.

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Cavs Shopping Mo Williams In Hopes Of Roster Spot, Tax Savings
If the Cavs waive Mo Williams now to create a roster spot, Williams would receive his full salary and they would have to pay the full tax amount.

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Lauren Holiday Undergoes Successful Surgery For Brain Tumor
Jrue Holiday is on a leave of absence from the Pelicans to attend to his wife's medical situation.


Tristan Thompson Engaged To Khloe Kardashian, Will Have Own Reality Show
Khloe Kardashian was previously married to Lamar Odom and had a high profile romance last season with James Harden.

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Lakers Would Like To Keep Metta World Peace As Assistant Coach
Metta World Peace's mentorship to the Lakers' young players last season was a big reason why he received a camp invite this year.

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Cavs Receiving Trade Calls On Iman Shumpert
The Timberwolves are one of the teams that has expressed interest in Iman Shumpert.

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Rookie Scale, Vet Minimum, Free Agent Exceptions Could Increase By 50 Percent
The first year rookie scale for the 16-17 season ranges from $4,919,300 for the top overall pick to $976,300 for the 30th pick.

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