Basketball Wiretap

2019 NBA All-Star Game To Be Played In Charlotte

May 24, 2017 10:41 AM

The NBA is finalizing a deal to bring the 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte.

The 2017 game was scheduled to be played in Charlotte but the NBA moved it to New Orleans following North Carolina's passing of HB2. 

The 2018 All-Star Game will be held in Los Angeles.

“We have decided to award NBA All-Star 2019 to Charlotte based on this deep connection and the belief that we can honor our shared values of equality and inclusion, and we are excited to bring the All-Star Game back to Charlotte for the first time in 28 years," said Adam Silver.

“While we understand the concerns of those who say the repeal of HB2 did not go far enough, we believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law. Additionally, it allows us to work with the leadership of the Hornets organization to apply a set of equality principles to ensure that every All-Star event will proceed with open access and anti-discrimination policies. All venues, hotels and businesses we work with during All-Star will adhere to these policies as well.

“Sports have a long history of helping to change attitudes around important social issues. We believe holding our All-Star activities in Charlotte will be a powerful way for the NBA to continue this tradition.”

“The NBA’s decision to return to North Carolina while anti-LGBT laws remain on the books is troubling,” Hudson Taylor, the executive director of Athlete Ally, an organization that aims to put an end to homophobia in sports, said on Wednesday.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Bucks To Open GM Search Beyond Justin Zanik

May 24, 2017 12:52 PM

While Justin Zanik had been expected to become general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks, the franchise is opening up their search. Zanik will have an opportunity to interview for the job.

John Hammond left the Bucks one season earlier than expected to become general manager of the Orlando Magic.

Rod Thorn will lead the search on behalf of the Bucks' ownership group.

Zanik has been described incorrectly as the GM in waiting. Zanik was never promised the position by the Bucks when he left the Utah Jazz.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Interested In Signing Derrick Rose

May 24, 2017 12:55 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have interest in signing Derrick Rose in free agency.

Rose played for Tom Thibodeau for several seasons with the Chicago Bulls. The New York Knicks and Wolves discussed a Rose for Ricky Rubio trade in February. Minnesota also drafted Kris Dunn last June.

Rose is coming off a meniscus tear in his left knee that required season-ending surgery.

Rose and his agent, B.J. Armstrong, have both stated that they'd be open to re-signing with the Knicks.

The San Antonio Spurs could also have interest in signing Rose.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Derrick Rose, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Chris Bosh, Heat, NBPA Reach Resolution

May 24, 2017 4:44 PM

Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat and the players' association have tentatively agreed to a resolution that would allow all parties to move on.

The sides have been discussing a resolution to Bosh's situation since last fall. 

Bosh is guaranteed $52 million over the next two seasons, though a significant portion of that is covered by insurance. Bosh has remained on Miami's salary cap, which has limited their ability to replace him.

The Heat will end up with between $14 million and $37 million in cap room, depending on player options, team options and waivers decisions.

A special agreement has been necessary since the NBA is between two collective bargaining agreements.

Under the new CBA, a panel of doctors selected by the league and the association would determine whether a player with a potentially life-threatening medical condition would be cleared to play.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Chris Paul, Spurs Believed To Have Mutual Interest

May 24, 2017 1:16 PM

Chris Paul is widely expected to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers this offseason in free agency, but the San Antonio Spurs are lurking as a potential destination.

“I know they’re concerned about their point guard position," said Zach Lowe on The Lowe Post podcast. "Dejounte Murray looks good, but he’s not ready yet."

"They need a bridge there, right?" said Kevin Arnovitz. "They need a little bit of a bridge between (Tony) Parker and Murray."

"Maybe Mills is the bridge but Mills is about to get expensive and I think we saw in this series that he's just not a drive and kick guy. That's just who he is. Patty Mills is great for what he is.

"I know there's been a lot of rumblings about Chris Paul, and I think that's real. I think there's mutual interest there. I don't know how real it is given that the Clippers can offer a gigantic amount of money and are also a really good team. The Spurs, like I said, have no sort of cap flexibility to get there. I'm very curious about what they do this summer and who's on the team next year. And maybe rolling it back is all they can end up doing."

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Keeping Frank Vogel Was Non-Negotiable For Magic

May 24, 2017 12:30 PM

When the Orlando Magic interviewed candidates for their president of basketball operations job, it was conveyed that keeping Frank Vogel was non-negotiable.

Vogel is coming off the first season of a four-year deal with the Magic. Vogel represented the Magic at the lottery.

The Magic hired Jeff Weltman as president of basketball operations with John Hammond joining him as general manager.

Keith Smith/RealGM

Tags: Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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De'Aaron Fox: I Feel Like I'm The Best Player In This Draft

May 24, 2017 1:38 PM

De'Aaron Fox increased his draft stock as his freshman season at Kentucky progressed. Fox has received consideration at the top of the draft.

"I feel like I’m the best player in this draft no matter what," said Fox. "But seeing the lottery and how things fell, I feel like I wouldn’t slot past five. And I feel like if I perform well in my workouts I could move up."

Fox is one of many talented point guards in the class. Fox was asked how he stands out compared to Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and Dennis Smith.

"In college, I got to the basket whenever I wanted. I felt like I created better. Defensively, I feel like that really separated me. Those guys—Markelle is a great scorer, he’s able to distribute; Lonzo is a great passer; Dennis [Smith], his athleticism and being able to score is phenomenal. But I feel like defensively, that’s what sets me apart. But I can also create and I feel like I can create better than those guys and they’re all phenomenal players."

Fox was asked if he cares where he gets drafted.

"Honestly, no. For me, I look at the fit. Not the city or the culture of the city because I can adapt to that. But I feel like it has to be a good spot for me to play."

While Fox played well in his head-to-head matchups against Ball, he realizes there's a lot more to the decision-making of teams than those two games.

"People bring up the head-to-head a lot. If you were to go based off the head-to-head then why wouldn’t you pick me? But people don’t go off of two games. He had a hell of a season, I had a hell of a season. We’ll see where the chips fall."

Adam Caparell/Complex

Tags: De'Aaron Fox, Kentucky Wildcats, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Travis Schlenk, Hawks Discussing Contract To Become GM

May 24, 2017 10:47 AM

Travis Schlenk has emerged as the choice for the Atlanta Hawks' general manager position. The two sides have entered contract talks.

Schlenk is currently assistant GM of the Golden State Warriors.

While the Hawks have been denied permission to interview Neil Olshey and David Griffin, they have interviewed Chauncey Billups, Tommy Shepherd and others.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kyrie Irving: I Knew How Much My Team Needed Me

May 24, 2017 12:26 PM

Kyrie Irving had a postseason career high of 42 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers comeback win in Game 4 that gives them a 3-1 series lead over the Boston Celtics.

“I knew how much my team needed me, and I just needed to will it at that point,” Irving said. “I’m sure when I get home, my body will probably hate me. It’s about the magnitude of the game and what’s at stake.”

“He was built for this,” LeBron James said of Irving. “He was born for these moments.”

“It hasn’t been anything short of difficult trying to figure out when will it be my time,” Irving said Tuesday night. “It’s hard not to think about because as I continue to get older and I’m playing with an unbelievable player like ‘Bron … but I just have to enjoy the ride. Individual goals, you just push to the side because with this team, nothing is promised.

"‘Bron being so special, I’m trying to give him rest here and there and figure out where my spots are.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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Isaiah Thomas Still Consulting Specialists Before Deciding On Hip Surgery

May 24, 2017 12:39 PM

Isaiah Thomas has met with one specialist regarding the right hip injury that has sidelined him for the rest of the playoffs. Thomas will gather one or two more opinions before deciding whether to have surgery.

“He’s still obviously really sore,” Brad Stevens said. “The last [doctor] said that some of the inflammation that he has has to go down before they can make the final call.”

Thomas suffered the injury on March 15th and aggravated it several times before he was diagnosed with a labral tear after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Thomas is one season away from free agency.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Tags: Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

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Josh McRoberts Exercises $6M Player Option With Heat
Josh McRoberts is now eligible to be traded by the Heat.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Dunc'd On: BOS/CLE Game 4, News, Markelle Fultz Scouting Report
Kyrie Irving goes off against Boston, Markelle Fultz scouting report.

RealGM Staff Report

Magic Hire John Hammond As GM
The Magic also interviewed Hammond for the job that eventually went to Jeff Weltman.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Joe Lacob Hopes Warriors Resolve 'Unfinished Business' Against Cavs
Joe Lacob believes the 16-17 Warriors are better than the 73-win 15-16 team.

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

John Hammond Could Join Weltman's Front Office With Magic
John Hammond has one more season remaining on his contract with the Bucks.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Heat Close To Resolution With Chris Bosh For Cap Relief
The Heat, NBA and NBPA have been working together on a resolution for Chris Bosh's situation.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Knicks Hope To Revisit Ricky Rubio Trade Talks With Wolves
Ricky Rubio had an excellent second half of the season after trade talks with the Knicks broke down.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Mike Brown Encouraging Steve Kerr To Play More 'Mismatch Basketball'
The Warriors' pick and roll combo of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have perhaps more potential than any other duo in the NBA.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Knicks Interested In P.J. Tucker, Dante Cunningham
As they did last season with Courtney Lee, the Knicks are targeting more two-way players in free agency.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Manu Ginobili Undecided About Retirement
Manu Ginobili is unsure if he will continue his career in 17-18 or retire as he turns 40 this summer.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Steve Kerr Unsure If He'll Coach Finals
Steve Kerr was able to travel with the team to San Antonio but he's still in significant pain and discomfort.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Dunc'd On: Manu Memories, GSW To Finals, SAS, POR Offseason Previews
A send-off for Manu, Golden State's record playoff run, Spurs and Blazers offseasons.

RealGM Staff Report

John Hammond Interviewed For Magic Job
John Hammond received a contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks in June of 2016 that will take him through 17-18.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Magic Will Keep Matt Lloyd In Weltman's Front Office
Matt Lloyd will remain with the Magic in a role to be determined.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Kawhi Leonard Ruled Out For Game 4
Kawhi Leonard has been out since the second half of Game 1 with an ankle injury.

RealGM Staff Report

Jeff Weltman Agrees To Become President Of Basketball Ops For Magic
Jeff Weltman will sign a five-year contract with the Magic.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Emmanuel Akot Reclassifies To Join Arizona One Year Early
Emmanuel Akot will join DeAndre Ayton, Brandon Randolph, Ira Lee and Alex Barcello as top 100 prospects for Arizona.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Chauncey Billups To Interview For Hawks' GM Job
Chauncey Billups is currently an analyst with ESPN.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Paul Millsap Opts Out Of $21.4M Contract With Hawks
Paul Millsap structured a three-year, $60.2 million deal with a third-year player option during his 2015 free agency.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Kevin Durant: I Made The 100 Percent Correct Decision Signing With Warriors
Kevin Durant confirmed he will re-sign with the Warriors.

Marc J. Spears/The Vertical