Basketball Wiretap

Warriors Give Permission For Lakers To Interview Luke Walton

Apr 28, 2016 8:58 AM

The Golden State Warriors have granted permission to the Los Angeles Lakers to interview Luke Walton.

Steve Kerr said the Lakers will be able to meet with Walton now that the Warriors have advanced to the second round.

"We told Mitch that he's perfectly welcome to talk to Luke as soon as the series is over and we have a little break," Kerr said of Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak.

Walton is considered a prime candidate for the Lakers' vacancy.

Walton spent the vast part of his playing career with the Lakers.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Stephen Curry To Begin Testing Knee Next Week

Apr 28, 2016 9:22 AM

Stephen Curry is starting to feel better a few days after injuring his MCL.

Curry is expected to begin testing his knee on the court next week.

The Golden State Warriors announced Curry would be reevaluated in two weeks after his MRI results were known.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Spencer Hawes Has Sprained MCL in Right Knee - Re-Evaluated in a Week

Apr 28, 2016 6:36 PM

Spencer Hawes of the Charlotte Hornets had an MRI that revealed a sprained MCL in his right knee which will be re-evaluated in a week.


Hawes played 15 minutes in Game Five, scoring six points and grabbing four rebounds.

Marc Spears / ESPN

Tags: Spencer Hawes, Charlotte Hornets, NBA

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Dunc'd On: Wednesday's Games + Worst Defenders

Apr 28, 2016 5:53 AM

BCharlotte guts out Game 5 in Miami, Golden State rolls into the next round, a Houston postmortem, plus Nate and Danny pick their Worst Team All-Defense rosters from the 2015-16 season.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux of RealGM and the Sporting News (@DannyLeroux). 


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Kings Choose Ken Catanella To Be New Assistant General Manager

Apr 27, 2016 8:34 PM

The Sacramento Kings have chosen Ken Catanella to be their new Assistant General Manager.

Cantanella has been the Assistant General Manager for the Pistons since August 2014 and previously served as their Director of Basketball Operations.

Before joining Detroit's front office in 2011, Cantanella worked for the NBA as their Manager of Basketball Analytics.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nicolas Batum 'Will Likely Play Tonight' In Game 5

Apr 27, 2016 12:08 PM

Nicolas Batum told reporters at shootaround Wednesday morning that he "will likely play" in this evening's Game 5.

Batum has missed the last two games with a sprained left ankle.

Ethan Skolnick / Miami Herald

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, NBA

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David Blatt Meets With Phil Jackson About Knicks' Job

Apr 27, 2016 11:56 AM

David Blatt and Phil Jackson have met to discuss the New York Knicks' head coaching job.

Blatt and Kurt Rambis are the only known candidates so far, while Jackson is believed to have some degree of interest in Luke Walton.

Blatt was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers shortly before the All-Star break.

Rambis finished the season as interim head coach of the Knicks, replacing Derek Fisher.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dunc'd On: The Clippers + Tuesday's Games

Apr 27, 2016 3:14 AM

The Clippers' present and future in light of the injuries to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, a deep dive on the Raptors incredible comeback against the Pacers (16:30) , Celtics/Hawks (46:30) and Monday's Heat/Hornets (55:30).

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux of RealGM and the Sporting News (@DannyLeroux). 


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Isaiah Thomas Leaves Game 5 With Sprained Left Ankle

Apr 27, 2016 12:39 AM

Isaiah Thomas sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter of Game 5 against the Atlanta Hawks and did not return. It has been described as a "mild" sprain.

He left the game with 10:14 remaining and the Celtics trailing 93-64. They ended up losing 110-83.

Game 6 will occur Thursday in Boston. The Hawks now lead the series 3-2.

Gary Washburn / Boston Globe

Tags: Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics, NBA

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David Morway, Kings No Longer Discussing Front Office Job

Apr 26, 2016 6:46 PM

David Morway and the Sacramento Kings are no longer discussing a front office position.

The two sides were reportedly close to an agreement at one point. Sacramento has been looking to hire an executive with extensive front office experience and management of salary cap matters to assist Vlade Divac.

Morway was previously the general manager of the Indiana Pacers and assistant general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Blake Griffin Out For Rest Of Playoffs After Aggravating Left Quad Tendon
Blake Griffin aggravated the injury during Monday's Game Four in Portland.

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Dirk Nowitzki 'Definitely Won't Retire' This Season
Dirk Nowitzki is currently sixth all-time in points scored and 15th in made three pointers.

Tim McMahon/ESPN

Jeanie Buss Did Not Know Byron Scott Would Be Let Go
Byron Scott's team option for the 2016-17 was not picked up and the Lakers have already begun the search for their next head coach.

Kristine Leahy/FS1

Steve Kerr Wins NBA Coach of the Year
The Golden State Warriors went 73-9 in the regular season, breaking the NBA record.

Marc Stein/ESPN

French Prospect Jonathan Jeanne Will Not Enter 2016 NBA Draft
The 7'2" French big man was a likely first round pick had he chosen to enter the 2016 Draft.

Jonathan Givony / DraftExpress

Cal's Ivan Rabb Will Return to School, Not Enter 2016 NBA Draft
Rabb was a likely lottery pick in 2016 and will return to Cal for his sophomore season.

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Chris Paul Undergoes Surgery on Right Hand, Re-Evaluated in 4-6 Weeks
Chris Paul's fracture was in the third metacarpal, in the center of his right hand.

Official Release From LA Clippers

Thunder Defeat Mavericks 4-1, Will Face Spurs in Round Two
Thunder advance to face the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs.

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Lakers Receive Permission to Interview Ettore Messina
Messina is currently the lead assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs.

Sam Amick / USA Today

Dunc'd On Pod: Kara Lawson On NBA Playoffs, Danny Leroux On Steph's MCL
ESPN analyst Kara Lawson joins Dunc'd On for a deep dive on the NBA playoffs, plus a few minutes with Danny Leroux on the Steph Curry injury news.

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Stephen Curry Has Grade 1 MCL Sprain, Will Be Re-Evaluated In Two Weeks
Stephen Curry will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

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Nicolas Batum Will Miss Game Four with Left Foot Strain
Batum re-injured his foot in the fourth quarter of Game Two against the Miami Heat and missed Game Three.

Justin Verrier / ESPN

USA Men's Basketball Team Announces Summer Schedule
Team USA will play exhibition games in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago and Houston

Marc Spears / ESPN

Kevin McHale A Candidate for Kings' Job
McHale, most recently the head coach of the Houston Rockets, joins the list of candidates for the Sacramento Kings.

Marc Stein / ESPN

Lakers To Consider Luke Walton, Jeff Van Gundy, Kevin Ollie, Ettore Messina
The Lakers fired Byron Scott on Sunday without a definitive candidate lined up.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Dunc'd On: Weekend's Games + Byron Scott
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux discuss the recent developments in all eight playoff series plus NBA news including the impact of the Lakers moving on from Byron Scott and Dell Demps' future in New Orleans.

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Cavaliers Advance to Second Round, Completing Sweep of Pistons
Cavs advance to round two, where they will face the winner of the Atlanta/Boston series.

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Lakers Fire Byron Scott
The Lakers had a franchise-worst record of 17-65 this season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Russell Westbrook Fined $25,000 For Inappropriate Language Towards Fan
The NBA has fined Russell Westbrook $25,000 for "directing inappropriate language toward a fan" during Game 4.

Marc Spears/The Vertical

Stephen Curry Misses Second Half Of Game 4 With Sprained Knee
Stephen Curry will undergo an MRI on Monday to evaluate the status of his right knee.

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