Basketball Wiretap

Kings Had Better Offer For DeMarcus Cousins Fall Through

Feb 20, 2017 3:54 PM

Vlade Divac told the media the Sacramento Kings had a better offer for DeMarcus Cousins than the one they executed with the New Orleans Pelicans but it fell through.

"I don't want to discuss in details about the process," said Divac.

Divac also revealed he went to All-Star weekend in New Orleans with the intent of trading away Cousins.

When asked why the Kings decided to make the trade when they did, Divac replied: "Because we'd probably lose value if we waited."

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Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings To Waive Matt Barnes

Feb 20, 2017 12:49 PM

The Sacramento Kings will waive Matt Barnes in order to create enough roster room to execute the DeMarcus Cousins trade.

Barnes agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract with the Kings during the 2016 offseason.

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Tags: Matt Barnes, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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DeMarcus Cousins Officially Traded By Kings To Pelicans

Feb 20, 2017 3:19 PM

The Sacramento Kings acquired guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and 2017 first and second-round draft selections from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for forward/center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Omri Casspi.

“It was time for a change and I decided this was the best direction for the organization," said Vlade Divac. “Winning begins with culture and character matters. With the upcoming draft class set to be one of the strongest in a decade, this trade will allow us to build the depth needed for a talented and developing roster moving forward. We thank DeMarcus for his contributions and wish him all the best in New Orleans. The fans in Sacramento are the best in the world and we are all committed to building a team that will continue to make Sacramento proud.”

"We’re thrilled to welcome DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans family,” said Dell Demps.  “This is an exciting time for Pelicans fans as we continue our quest for long-term success. I know our fans are equally excited to welcome DeMarcus and Omri to our great city.

“I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Benson, Dennis Lauscha and Mickey Loomis for their continued support and providing the resources for us to be successful. I’d also like to thank Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and Buddy Hield for their professionalism and hard work on the court and in the community during their tenure in New Orleans.”

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Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Vivek Ranadive Believes Buddy Hield Has 'Steph Curry Potential'

Feb 20, 2017 4:05 PM

The Sacramento Kings traded away DeMarcus Cousins in a package with Buddy Hield as the perceived centerpiece.

Vivek Ranadive was extremely high on Hield during the draft process, attending his pro day.

"Vivek thinks Buddy [Hield] has Steph Curry potential,” said a source.

According to Baxter Holmes, Ranadive's fixation on Hield played a big role in driving the trade.

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Tags: Buddy Hield, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pelicans Seeking Trade Of Terrence Jones

Feb 20, 2017 11:52 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans are seeking a trade involving Terrence Jones before the deadline.

With the Pelicans possessing an excess of bigs, both sides would like a trade.

Jones signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Pelicans in the offseason after he found his market soft.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Terrence Jones, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pelicans Nearly Dealt For Jahlil Okafor With Similar Offer As Cousins' Trade

Feb 20, 2017 2:19 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans were close to trading for Jahlil Okafor approximately 10 days ago with a package that was similar to the one they used to acquire DeMarcus Cousins.

The Pelicans were discussing a trade of Tyreke Evans, New Orleans' 2017 first rounder and Philadelphia's 2017 second rounder for Okafor with the 76ers. Unlike their offer for Cousins, the Pelicans were not including Buddy Hield.

The deal between the Pelicans and 76ers fell apart over pick protections.

The Pelicans also discussed a Paul Georg trade with the Indiana Pacers ahead of Thursday's deadline.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Jahlil Okafor, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia Sixers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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James Harden: Durant, Westbrook 'Have To Figure It Out Themselves'

Feb 19, 2017 8:24 PM

Four years before Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder via free agency, James Harden was traded by the team to the Houston Rockets.

Harden has remained close with both Durant and Russell Westbrook, who have had a famously icy rivalry in the months since Durant signed with the Warriors.

“They’re two grown men,” Harden said. “They have to figure it out themselves.”

Durant was asked how he's dealt with potential distractions.

“Sometimes it’s tough,” he said. “But when you just block it out, it’s kind of easy. Don’t look at stuff and don’t pay attention. Stuff that you guys think is important, I don’t think it’s important at all. When you look at it that way, it’s pretty easy to me.”

Scott Cacciola/New York Times

Tags: James Harden, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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2017 All-Star Game Has Highest Rating Since 2013

Feb 20, 2017 3:01 PM

The 2017 NBA All-Star Game averaged 7.8 million total viewers to make it the most viewed telecast since 2013.

Coverage of Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game across Turner’s TV Everywhere platforms garnered double-digit growth with video views up 46% and total video consumption up 37% vs. 2016.

The top five local market ratings for the All-Star Game were Oklahoma City (10.9 U.S. HH Rating), San Francisco (10.3), Cleveland (10.3), New Orleans (9.2) and Memphis (8.5).

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Celtics, Bulls Engage In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks

Feb 19, 2017 2:09 PM

The possibility of the Boston Celtics trading for Jimmy Butler will loom over the trade deadline. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics and Chicago Bulls have held talks.

"These teams have engaged on the potential of this trade," said Wojnarowski. "They have not gotten far down the road on it. There still needs to be some alignment within the Bulls' organization, from ownership to management that they want to make the decision to enter a full rebuild.

"These are two teams that have exactly what the other wants. Boston has been hoarding assets for years, for a couple of seasons, trying to get in a position to get a star player. The fact that the Celtics have a swap with Brooklyn this year that could potentially be a top-3 pick and they have Brooklyn's pick outright next year. Either of those picks, I don't think Chicago can get both of them, but that is the beginning point of a deal for the Bulls for Jimmy Butler."

The Celtics and Bulls also discussed a Butler trade at last year's draft.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers, Thunder Interested In Wilson Chandler

Feb 19, 2017 2:13 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder both have interest in trading for Wilson Chandler of the Denver Nuggets.

Both the Clippers and Thunder have limited assets to offer though they'd like to be buyers at the deadline.

The Thunder had interest previously in trading for Rudy Gay before his season-ending injury.

Chandler is a versatile veteran player that can play either forward position.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Wilson Chandler, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dunc'd On Pod: DeMarcus Cousins Trade With Tim Bontemps
A look at all angles of the DeMarcus Cousins trade with Tim Bontemps.

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DeMarcus Cousins Traded By Kings To Pelicans
The Pelicans have agreed to acquire DeMarcus Cousins from the Kings.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kings Break Off DeMarcus Cousins Trade Talks With Lakers
The Kings were seeking Brandon Ingram as part of a trade with the Lakers for DeMarcus Cousins.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Vlade Divac Delivers Two Best DeMarcus Cousins Trade Proposals To Ranadive
The Kings are seeking young talent, draft picks and expiring contracts in exchange for DeMarcus Cousins.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Report: 50/50 Chance Of Kings Trading DeMarcus Cousins By Deadline
The Kings and Pelicans have discussed a trade involving DeMarcus Cousins during All-Star weekend.

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Pelicans Make Inquiries On DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George
New Orleans is making everyone on their available to pair Anthony Davis with another All-Star talent, including Buddy Hield.

Justin Verrier/ESPN

Kings Discussing DeMarcus Cousins Trade Scenarios
The Pelicans have been one of the teams who have discussed a DeMarcus Cousins' trade with the Kings.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Teams Interested In Carmelo Anthony Expect Him To Remain With Knicks
Carmelo Anthony doesn't have a strong interest in changing teams during the middle of the season and hasn't been approached by the Knicks on any trade scenarios.

Adrian Wojarowski/The Vertical

Suns Continue To Shop Brandon Knight
With Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker in the Suns' backcourt, Brandon Knight is the odd man out.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Wizards Could Deal First Rounder For Veteran Depth Piece
The Wizards have "shown an inclination" to trade a first round pick to acquire a veteran player that could even be a rental for their playoff push.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Carmelo Anthony Planned On Using ASG Weekend To Discuss Future With Family
Carmelo Anthony views All-Star weekend as "therapy" and a "break" from the issues facing the Knicks.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Kevin Durant Non-Committal On Taking Less Money To Give Warriors More Flexibility
Kevin Durant can sign a new deal starting at $36 million or the Warriors can sign him using their non-Bird rights at $31.8 million to give them more cap flexibility.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

NBA Expects To Revisit Age Limit Talks With Union In Near Future
Adam Silver talked about the possibility of the NBA and NBPA revisiting the current age limit for draft entry despite already completing a new collective bargaining agreement.

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Celtics Reluctant To Compromise Cap Space Unless Dealing For Jimmy Butler, Paul George
To date, there has not been any traction on any deals that would tempt Danny Ainge to trade away any of his top assets

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Chris Webber, Tracy McGrady Headline Hall Of Fame Finalists
Chris Webber played 15 seasons with five franchises and also headlined Michigan's Fab Five for two seasons.

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Blazers Were Close To Jahlil Okafor Trade Before Dealing For Jusuf Nurkic
Talks between the Blazers and 76ers were advanced enough for Philadelphia to pull Jahlil Okafor from their lineup.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Jahlil Okafor Would Enjoy Playing With Anthony Davis
Jahlil Okafor was in New Orleans for the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday as his future with the 76ers remains uncertain amid trade rumors.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

LeBron James: I Don't Have A Rivalry With Stephen Curry
LeBron James even feels there's not a team rivalry between the Cavaliers and Warriors.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Pacers Shopping 2017 First Round Pick Concerned About Window With Paul George

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Some Teams Attempted To Sneak In Extra Picks During Trade Calls In Past
Execs experienced rival teams attempt to sneak extra picks into deals during trade calls with the league office in the early 2000s.

Jake Fischer/Sports Illustrated