Basketball Wiretap

Heat To Sign Okaro White With Disabled Player Exception

Jan 15, 2017 3:59 PM

The Miami Heat have been granted a disabled player exception and will sign Okaro White of Sioux Falls.

White was with the Heat in preseason.

White has averaged 18.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in 33.0 minutes over 23 games in the D-League this season.

Miami has four players that have missed three or more games (Chris Bosh, Justise Winslow, Josh McRoberts and Josh Richardson).

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Okaro White, Miami Heat, Sioux Falls Skyforce, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

Dunc'd On: 15 In 60 (Eastern Conference 01.15.17)

Jan 16, 2017 3:38 AM

15 in 60 on the Eastern Conference.  We go through each of the teams in the East in reverse alphabetical order and share our observations from the past 2 weeks.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux). 



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Carmelo Anthony Reportedly Would Only Approve Trade To Cavs, Clippers

Jan 14, 2017 9:51 PM

Carmelo Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract, which limits the New York Knicks' options.

Anthony re-signed with the Knicks on a five-year, $124 million deal in 2014 with a full no-trade clause. While Anthony has a no-trade clause and has said he'd like to remain with the New York Knicks, he could approve a trade to either the Cleveland Cavaliers or Los Angeles Clippers.

"It’s understood that he’d only accept being dealt to the Cavaliers or the Clippers," wrote Charley Rosen, who is perhaps the media member with the closest relationship with Phil Jackson.

Anthony has an early termination option after the 17-18 season.

Anthony has a PER of 19.4 this season, down from his career highs of 24.8 in 12-13 and 24.2 in 13-14.

Charley Rosen/Fan Rag Sports

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Loss To 76ers Led To Locker Room Tirade From Carmelo Anthony

Jan 14, 2017 10:18 PM

Carmelo Anthony went on a tirade in the locker room after the New York Knicks' loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in which they blew a 10-point lead in the final 2:30.

Anthony was upset with the loss and also that he was frozen out on the Knicks' final possession, a sequence that ended with Kristaps Porzingis shooting an air ball from the corner. Anthony never touched the ball on the possession.

Afterwards, Anthony told reporters that the loss was "unacceptable" while one of Anthony's associates said "that was as down as I've ever seen him after a game."

Anthony has never considered requesting a trade from the Knicks, according to the source.

Anthony's relationship with Phil Jackson has never been great and it's much worse now. Jackson ignored Anthony's suggestion on interviewing Tom Thibodeau and he also criticized Anthony for stalling the offense.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

LeBron James: Warriors Have Been NBA's Best Team, Not A Rival

Jan 14, 2017 9:26 PM

LeBron James attempted to downplay the sense of the Cleveland Cavaliers' rivalry with the Golden State Warriors while also praising their run of success.

"We don't look at it as a rival," James said. "They're a great team. They've been the best team the last couple years, last three years."

The Cavaliers will play the Warriors on Monday for the second time this season, and have met in each of the past two Finals.

"It's just the next game, it's Golden State," James said. "They're a helluva team, like I said the best team in the league and they've been that way the last three years, four years, however long it's been, I'm not quite sure. But, listen, you guys know, we don't put all our eggs in one basket for one game."

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA

NBA Doesn't Believe It Has PED Issue

Jan 14, 2017 9:39 PM

Adam Silver has dismissed claims from George Karl that the NBA has issues with players using performance enhancing drugs.

“I have not read George Karl’s book, which has just come out, but I’ve read accounts of George Karl’s book, and I’ve read accounts of what he said about performance-enhancing drugs," Silver said. “I’ll just say our testing is state of the art. I have no reason to believe whatsoever that we have an issue, either as the result of testing or as the result of other information that comes to the league office. I’d say that in most sports where there are issues, even when players do not test positive, usually there is some chatter that there is something going on. Other than what George Karl wrote in his book, there is no chatter whatsoever in the league. Obviously, many reporters in this room cover the NBA. Presumably if they thought there was an issue, they would be writing about it.”

There have been NBA players suspended for “drugs of abuse,” but very few penalized for performance-enhancing drugs. The most notable was Rashard Lewis, who served a 10-game suspension in 2009 for using the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA.

“We take allegations of performance-enhancing drugs or drug abuse of any kind incredibly seriously,” said Silver. “I’m sure we will go through George Karl’s book, others, not me, in the league office, word by word, suggestion by suggestion, and ferret out whether there’s anything to it. For us, it doesn’t matter what the source is. If somebody is — especially if it’s a Hall of Fame-caliber coach registering those sort of allegations against the league, we will take them seriously. But standing here today, I have absolutely no reason to believe there’s any truth to those allegations.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

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John Wall, Jae Crowder Receive Fines For Postgame Confrontation

Jan 14, 2017 9:46 PM

John Wall and Jae Crowder were each fined for their confrontation following the Boston Celtics' win over the Washington Wizards.

Crowder received a fine of $25,000 while Wall was fined $15,000.

The penalties were announced by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

Tags: Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Fines

Cavs Assign Kay Felder To D-League

Jan 14, 2017 9:53 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned guard Kay Felder to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team.

Felder has played in one game for the Charge this season (12/28/16) scoring a game-high 33 points while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing seven assists in 38 minutes in a win over Greensboro in Canton.

Felder has appeared in 22 games for the Cavs this season, averaging 5.1 points in 10.6 minutes per game.

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Canton Charge, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

NBA Will Explore Possibility Of Adding Team In Mexico City

Jan 14, 2017 9:15 PM

Adam Silver said the NBA is exploring the possibility of putting a franchise in Mexico City.

The NBA is hosting two regular season games in Mexico during the same season for the first time.

"In terms of a franchise in Mexico City, it's something that we're going to look at," Silver said. "This is a competitive market, well over 20 million people. While we have no immediate plans to expand the NBA, one of the things that we look at is whether expanding would be additive to the league as a whole. Clearly coming to Mexico City just because of the huge population here in Mexico but in essence as a gateway to the rest of Latin America could potentially be very important to the league. You clearly have a beautiful state-of-the-art arena here, and you can tell by ticket sales that we have the interest. So that's something that we will continue to look at."

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

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Hawks Expected To Sign Gary Neal To 10-Day Contract

Jan 14, 2017 9:11 PM

The Atlanta Hawks are expected to sign Gary Neal to a 10-day contract.

Neal worked out this week for the Hawks.

The Hawks would have to create a roster spot to make room for Neal, who is currently playing for the Texas Legends in the NBA Development League.

Neal played under Mike Budenholzer ‎when both were with the Spurs and is a career 38-percent shooter from 3-point range.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Gary Neal, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Open To Trading K.J. McDaniels
K.J. McDaniels signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Rockets in the 2015 offseason.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Cavs Looking For Playmaker, Not Necessarily Point Guard
LeBron James has publicly discussed the Cavaliers' search for a backup point guard.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Pistons Move Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Ahead Of Reggie Jackson On Untouchable List
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be a restricted free agent this offseason and is represented by Rich Paul.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Dunc'd On: Reddit Mailbag And News
News, including Derrick Rose's disappearance, DeMarcus Cousins' likely signing an extension, and more, plus a fun Reddit mailbag.

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Derrick Rose Hopes Absence Won't Change His Future With Knicks
The Knicks have been publicly supportive of Derrick Rose in the wake of Monday's incident.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Referees Claim Mark Cuban Pursuing Competitive Advantage 'Via Threats, Intimidations'
The National Basketball Referees Association is aggressively asserting that the NBA is allowing Mark Cuban an outsize influence on how the game is officiated.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Magic Have Expressed Interest In Trading For Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic has a player option after the 18-19 season but is signed on a reasonable salary considering the increase of the cap.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

RealGM Radio: Hawks With KL Chouinard
Host Danny Leroux and KL Chouinard of go in depth on the Atlanta Hawks.

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Thunder Assign Semaj Christon To D-League
In 36 games with the Thunder this season, Semaj Christon is averaging 3.2 points and 1.4 assists in 15.4 minutes.

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NBA Wants To Speed Up End Of Games
Adam Silver says the NBA would like to speed up the end of games, with a focus on retaining younger fans who "have increasingly short attention spans."

Tom Hamilton/ESPN

Anthony Bennett Signs With Fenerbahce
Anthony Bennett has signed in Turkey with Fenerbahce.

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All-Star Game Starters Remain Unchanged In Second Returns
LeBron James continues to lead the NBA in All-Star Game voting and is the first player to eclipse more than one million votes.

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Warriors, Spurs, Clippers Rank In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive Efficiency
The Spurs lead the NBA in Defensive Efficiency and rank fifth on offense.

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John Wall, Jae Crowder Downplay Postgame Confrontation
Jae Crowder could be seen putting his finger in John Wall's face after the two exchanged words, and Wall appeared to land a quick open-hand slap.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Donatas Motiejunas: Rockets Lost An Asset, I Lost $37M
Donatas Motiejunas is confident he will find a new multi-year deal in free agency in 2017.

Michael Scotto/Basketball Insiders

Klay Thompson Not Thinking Ahead To Possible Extension In 2018
Klay Thompson calls his career trajectory surreal.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Blake Griffin On Track To Return During Last Week Of January
Blake Griffin is on target to return from his routine arthroscopic procedure to remove loose bodies from his right knee on Dec. 20.

Kevin Arnovitz/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony: Blowing 10-Point Lead To 76ers 'Unacceptable'
Carmelo Anthony went 0-for-3 in the fourth quarter and missed a 3-pointer with 1:03 left.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Dunc'd On: #TwitterNBAShow: All-Star Starters, CLE/POR, MEM/OKC, Questions
Wrap-ups of CLE/POR and MEM/OKC, All-Star starters.

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Derrick Rose To Seek Max Contract In Free Agency
The Knicks would need to use nearly all of their cap space to sign Derrick Rose to a max contract.

Ian Begley/ESPN