Basketball Wiretap

Lakers To Aggressively Pursue Hassan Whiteside

Jun 25, 2016 2:44 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers plan to aggressively pursue Hassan Whiteside this offseason.

Whiteside will be an unrestricted free agent and the Miami Heat must use their cap space to re-sign him as they only have early Bird rights and they also cannot offer a fifth season on his deal.

The Lakers' top priority in free agency are rim protection and perimeter shooting.

The Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers will also pursue Whiteside.

Marc Stein, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Hassan Whiteside, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics, Clippers, Heat, Warriors, Spurs, Thunder Get Meetings With Kevin Durant

Jun 25, 2016 11:13 AM

Represenatives of Kevin Durant at Roc Nation are working to solidify invitations with the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant is expected to take the meetings in New York but teams are still awaiting a decision on the final location.

The Thunder remain the frontrunners to re-sign Durant on a one-plus-one contract, according to sources.

But sources say the Warriors, more than than any other rival team, have Durant's attention.

The Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards could still capture meetings with Durant but are currently outside the process.

Durant will leave for a publicity tour in the Far East on July 9th and a decision is expected before he departs.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kyrie Irving Completes USA's Olympic Roster

Jun 25, 2016 7:00 PM

Kyrie Irving has accepted the final invitation for the United States' 12-man roster for the 2016 Olympics.

Irving weighed the decision all week after the Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 7 of The Finals.

Irving, the MVP of the 2014 Basketball World Cup, averaged 19.6 points and 4.7 assists for the Cavaliers this season.

Here is the roster Mike Krzyzewski will coach in Rio:

Kyrie Irving
Klay Thompson
Kyle Lowry
DeMar DeRozan
Jimmy Butler
Kevin Durant
Harrison Barnes
Draymond Green
Paul George
Carmelo Anthony
DeMarcus Cousins
DeAndre Jordan

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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Jamal Crawford, Knicks Have Mutual Interest

Jun 25, 2016 7:05 PM

The New York Knicks and Jamal Crawford have mutual interest in free agency this offseason. The Knicks are on the market for a shooting guard and he can play either position albeit usually in a reserve role.

Crawford was traded to the Knicks in 2004 from the Chicago Bulls and remained with the team until he was dealt in 2008 to the Golden State Warriors as they tried to clear cap space for the 2010 free agent class.

"I'm not talking about any one team but everyone knows how I feel about New York," Crawford told The News. "I really enjoyed my time there."

Crawford was the 6th Man of the Year at the age of 36 this past season.

The Los Angeles Clippers own Crawford's Bird Rights and have expressed a desire to re-sign him.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Sergio Rodriguez Considering NBA Return, Could Sign With Nets

Jun 25, 2016 2:56 PM

Sergio Rodriguez is considering a return to the NBA and the Brooklyn Nets are considered the favorites.

Rodriguez was the 27th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in 2006 who traded his rights to the Portland Trail Blazers. Rodriguez spent three seasons with the Blazers before then playing for the Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks.

Since 2010, Rodriguez has had a successful run with Real Madrid in the ACB.

David Pick

Tags: Sergio Rodriguez, Brooklyn Nets, Real Madrid, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

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Harrison Barnes Accepts USA Invite For Olympics

Jun 25, 2016 10:40 AM

Harrison Barnes has accepted an invitation to play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics.

Barnes will be a restricted free agent at the start of the offseason.

The Golden State Warriors will also be represented by Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, though Barnes could be on another team's roster by the second week of July.

Barnes joins Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Green at forward.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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Warriors Believe Kevin Durant Odds 'Enhanced Significantly' Losing To Cavs In Finals

Jun 24, 2016 11:45 PM

The Golden State Warriors increasingly believe their chances of signing Kevin Durant this offseason were "enhanced significantly" by their loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in The Finals, according to sources.

The Warriors would need to lose at least one significant contract such as Andrew Bogut or Andre Iguodala to create a max contract slot for Durant.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Offered No. 5, Ricky Rubio To Bulls For Jimmy Butler Before Kris Dunn Slid

Jun 24, 2016 8:33 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly drafted Kris Dunn at No. 5 to keep him as he wasn't expected to drop to them.

The Wolves' offer of Ricky Rubio and the No. 5 pick to the Chicago Bulls was made before Dunn slipped and not after.

"Obviously, we liked him," Gar Forman said of Dunn. "He's a very good player."

Chicago reportedly sought Zach LaVine from the Wolves in exchange for Butler.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Ricky Rubio, Kris Dunn, Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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ESPN's Ratings For NBA Draft Lowest Since 2012 While Yahoo Gets 2.8M Viewers

Jun 24, 2016 6:27 PM

ESPN drew a 2.4 overnight rating for the 2016 NBA Draft after a record-setting 3.1 in each of the past two years.

The draft was considered weak and the first two picks, Ben Simmons to the Philadelphia 76ers and Brandon Ingram to the Los Angeles Lakers, were known in advance.

It was the lowest rated draft since 2012.

Adrian Wojnarowski's The Vertical ran a competing simulcast with analysis, news and the announcement of picks before ESPN on an online stream that received positive reviews.

A Yahoo spokesperson told Awful Announcing Friday the almost-four-hour stream drew 3.7 million total video views, reached more than 2.8 million unique viewers across all devices, and averaged 34 minutes of watch time per user.

ESPN's coverage averaged 2.994 million viewers compared to Yahoo's total number of viewers.

Andrew Bucholtz/Awful Announcing

Tags: NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Golden State Would Like To Sign Small Forward Into Core As Plan B

Jun 24, 2016 7:00 PM

The Golden State Warriors could consider Nicolas Batum or Evan Turner at small forward if they don't sign Kevin Durant.

The future of Harrison Barnes is in flux and they won't part with him unless they're sure of signing someone better.

Batum is likely a better fit than Barnes but his maximum salary will begin at $28 million compared to $23.5 million.

The Warriors are more likely to go after a small forward they can to the core like Turner, Allen Crabbe or Jonas Jerebko.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Harrison Barnes, Nicolas Batum, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dunc'd On: Mock Offseason Part 1 with Kevin Pelton, Danny Leroux, Dan Feldman
ate is the player agent while Danny, Dan, and Kevin are GMs for the NBA teams to find a home for all of the big name (and some smaller name) free agents in a simulation of the upcoming offseason.

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Thunder, Warriors, Spurs Granted Meetings With Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant will meet with at least three teams when free agency begins on July 1.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Bulls, Celtics Discussed No. 3, No. 16, Jae Crowder For Jimmy Butler
The Bulls held serious trade talks involving Jimmy Butler with both the Celtics and Wolves.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Spurs To Sign 2013 First Round Pick Livio Jean-Charles
Livio Jean-Charles averaged 5.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and one block per game in the regular season in the French league.

Antonis Stroggylakis/Eurohoops.net

Warriors Interested In Al Horford, Joakim Noah, Hassan Whiteside
The Warriors believe they can't thrive without a center who attacks the rim and scores inside.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

Kyle Wiltjer Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Rockets
Kyle Wiltjer averaged 20.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 43.7 percent on three-pointers as a senior.

Andy Katz/ESPN

Derrick Rose Doesn't Know Why He Was Traded, Thanks Bulls For Doing It
Derrick Rose also said he believes he can regain his MVP form.

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Marshall Plumlee Agrees Upon Guaranteed Free Agent Deal With Knicks
Marshall Plumlee went undrafted out of Duke.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Serge Ibaka Had Been Sending Some Signals Of Leaving Thunder In 2017
Oklahoma City made the trade also knowing Kevin Durant was fine with Serge Ibaka being traded.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Mavs Interested In Evan Fournier, Kent Bazemore, Evan Turner, Marvin Williams
The Mavs have several targets at wing if they have remaining cap space.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Chandler Parsons Seeking Max Deal Mavs Won't Offer
Chandler Parsons could re-sign with the Mavericks but he looks forward to being recruited by other franchises.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Wizards Preparing Max Offer To Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah is coming off shoulder surgery that ended his season in January.

Mitch Lawrence/Sporting News

Team Reneged On Promise To Draft Isaia Cordinier Early In 2nd Round
Isaia Cordinier asked teams not to pick him because he was guaranteed to be brought to the NBA immediately but the team reneged on the promise at the last minute.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

James Webb III, 76ers Agree Upon Two-Year Deal With Partial Guarantee
James Webb III was named first team All-Mountain West in 2015-16 after averaging 15.8 points and nine rebounds per game for the Broncos as a redshirt junior.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

RealGM Radio: NBA Draft Recap With Sam Vecenie
Host Danny Leroux and Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports review an extremely eventful NBA Draft, including winners and losers, what confused them and their favorite selections of the night.

RealGM Staff Report

Dunc'd On: 2016 Draft Review
Analysis of every first round pick along with the trades of Serge Ibaka, Thaddeus Young and Marco Belinelli.

RealGM Staff Report

Taurean Prince Thought He'd Go 20-25, Felt Like Atlanta Liked Him
Taurean Prince was taken 12th overall by the Hawks, who acquired the pick from the Jazz.

Andrew Perna/RealGM

Buddy Hield Ready To Space Floor For Pelicans
The Pelicans drafted Buddy Hield with the sixth overall pick on Thursday, adding perhaps the most proven scorer available.

Andrew Perna/RealGM

Ron Baker, Knicks Agree To Partially Guaranteed Deal
Ron Baker went undrafted out of Wichita State.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Gary Payton II Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Rockets
Gary Payton II went undrafted in Thursday's draft.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer