Basketball Wiretap

Kyrie Irving To Receive MRI On Injured Shoulder

Feb 27, 2015 12:39 AM

Kyrie Irving experienced a left shoulder injury during Thursday's game against the Golden State Warriors. 

Irving will not travel with the team tonight to Indianapolis and will receive additional examination, including an MRI, on Friday morning, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced.

He is listed as doubtful for the Cavaliers game against the Pacers Friday night and his status will be updated as appropriate.

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Nate Robinson, Bulls Hold Exploratory Discussions

Feb 26, 2015 12:58 AM

The Chicago Bulls have held exploratory conversations with free agent guard Nate Robinson as a potential roster addition, league sources told RealGM.

Discussions have yet to advance, but the Bulls were made aware Tuesday night that Robinson has a strong desire to sign with the franchise. Robinson is a natural fit for the roster, familiar with its core players and coaching staff.

Chicago has entered planning mode, with some hope that Derrick Rose can still return this season from a torn meniscus in his right knee. Even if Rose misses a possible minimum of four weeks, there's belief the Bulls could hold firm on their current 14-man roster.

Robinson had the most complete and dynamic campaign of his 10-year NBA career as a reserve guard for the Bulls in 2012-13, averaging 13.1 points and 4.4 assists in all 82 regular season games. The 30-year-old had helped lead the Bulls to a Eastern Conference semifinal behind three 20-plus point performances in the 2013 postseason.

Robinson has spent the past two seasons with the Denver Nuggets. He was bought out of his contract after a trade to the Boston Celtics and became a free agent.

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Derrick Rose To Undergo Meniscectomy On Right Knee

Feb 26, 2015 5:03 PM

Derrick Rose is scheduled to have a meniscectomy on Friday morning for his meniscus tear in his right knee. 

A timetable for when Rose will return will be determined following the procedure.

Rose first tore the meniscus in his right knee in November of 2013.

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Michael Beasley Signs 10-Day Contract With Heat

Feb 26, 2015 12:55 PM

The Miami Heat have signed Michael Beasley to a 10-day contract.

Beasley was previously playing in China where he averaged 28.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists (26.3 PER).

Beasley was drafted by the Heat in 2010 and returned in 2013 after stints with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns.

Beasley gives the Heat depth at power forward with Chris Bosh out for the season.

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Paul George Participates In First Full Practice, Return Date Unclear

Feb 26, 2015 6:59 PM

Paul George participated in his first full practice this season with the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, beating his personal goal of March 1 by several days.

"Felt good. Felt really good," George said, "to be able to go through a full practice now and go up and down, it's a big step for me."

George does not yet have a firm date for his return from a right leg injury.

"I'm still hopeful," George said. "That's the date that I wish to return. (But) long ways away, still got some steps and some hurdles to overcome. That's still a goal of mine."

Frank Vogel said Thursday was the next step in the process for George.

"We want him to come back when he's ready to come back. He's eager to get out on the court, but he's not going to do it before he's ready," Vogel said. "We understand once he's medically cleared to play in a game, then there's going to be: Is he ready to play in a game? And that could be a few more weeks beyond that. It's really going to be something we monitor almost on a daily basis and hopefully it progresses as well."

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Tony Parker Shoulders Blame For Spurs' Recent Struggles

Feb 26, 2015 2:00 AM

Tony Parker took his share of the blame for the San Antonio Spurs' recent struggles, which includes a four-game losing streak.

“It’s tough right now," Parker said. "It’s tough. Since I’ve been with the Spurs, I’ve never experienced that in a 3-game, 4-game stretch. We’re not making shots. It starts with me. I’m not making shots. Our 3-point shooters are not making shots, and everything is tough. We just have to stay positive."

Parker believes finding his midrange jumper again is at the core of his offensive struggles.

“That’s the whole key. I had great looks tonight, shots that I always make. That’s why it’s like … it looks good. It feels good when I shot it. But I miss my first 5 or 6 shots, and then you know the defense, waits until I make that shot. Once I make that shot, everything will open up. The last three games, I haven’t been hitting that shot.”

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Rip Hamilton Announces Retirement From NBA

Feb 26, 2015 7:10 PM

Richard "Rip" Hamilton announced his retirement from the NBA on Thursday, first on an ESPN show.

"I want to give a major shout out to everyone who supported me through my NBA journey," Hamilton posted on his official Instagram account. "To my coaches, teammates, and fans in Washington, Detroit, and Chicago: thank you for treating me with the utmost class and respect during my career. I couldn’t have been the player I am without you! Every stop taught me valuable lessons that I will remember for the rest of my life. Although this part of my path has come to a close, my basketball journey is far from over and I am looking forward to the road ahead."

Hamilton won an NBA championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004 and was a three-time All-Star between 2006 to 2008.

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Ainge: Sullinger Hasn't Met His Conditioning Standards

Feb 26, 2015 7:04 PM

Danny Ainge revealed Thursday that Jared Sullinger did not meet any of the Boston Celtics' team-wide conditioning goals this season.

Sullinger is out for the remainder of the season with a foot injury.

“Well, Jared and I have talked a lot about (his conditioning) over the past year,” Ainge said on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich." “It’s something we take great pride in with our players. Our players have really bought in to our program, and a lot of guys — I think every guy has met the goals that they have set in regards to strength and conditioning, and body fat, and weight, and all the different things our strength coaches do on a regular basis.

“Jared just hasn’t met his goals. He’s not up to the standards that he wants and is not up to the standards that we think are in his best interests for the long-term health of his career. He’s not up to par to the standards that we feel are necessary to be a consistent winning player and play with great conditioning.”

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Kings Interested In Ty Lawson

Feb 26, 2015 2:31 PM

George Karl would like the Sacramento Kings to try to trade for Ty Lawson.

The Denver Nuggets are rebuilding and could make Lawson available.

Karl previously coached Lawson with the Nuggets.

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Daryl Morey: Even We Had Doubts About James Harden Trade

Feb 26, 2015 2:44 PM

James Harden has become one of the NBA's best players since his trade to the Houston Rockets, but wasn't a clear-cut win at the time for Daryl Morey.

Some believed Harden would not be able to extend his production to superstar minutes when he was 6th Man of the Year with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"The Harden trade was about 60-40 in favor of our side at the time," said Morey. "Even we had doubts. You need to prepare yourself to be ready for those opportunities when they come. It's not like anyone's giving away these good players. You have to maneuver your way into them....The notion that people in analytics don't think talent wins is ludicrous."

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Andre Miller Interested In Re-Signing With Kings
Andre Miller turn 39 next month.

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Darren Collison To Undergo Surgery, Likely Out For Season
Darren Collison will have surgery on Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury.

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Oliver: Eyes Better Than Numbers But Numbers See All The Games
Dean Oliver currently works for Vivek Ranadive and the Sacramento Kings.

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Cavs, Warriors Feature Best Two Five-Man Units In NBA
The Cavaliers' five-man unit of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Timofey Mozgov and J.R. Smith has been the best in the NBA in terms of net rating at +25.9.

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Professional Basketball Writers Association Responds To Roberts' Comments
The PBWA said they would welcome the opportunity to meet with Michele Roberts at any location and time of her choosing to discuss the issues she raised.

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James Harden Sprains Right Ankle
James Harden left the arena limping badly.

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Louisville's Chris Jones Pleads Not Guilty To Rape Charges
Chris Jones played in the Cardinals' win over Miami on Saturday afternoon, before the alleged sexual assaults.


Rajon Rondo Suspended One Game By Mavericks
Rajon Rondo and Rick Carlisle had a verbal altercation in the second half of the Mavericks' win on Tuesday.

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Ronnie Price Out 6-8 Weeks With Elbow Surgery
Ronnie Price is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.

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Pistons Sign John Lucas III For Remainder Of Season
The Pistons are signing John Lucas III to a deal for the remainder of the season.

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Suns Were Planning On Pursuing Brandon Knight In Free Agency
Brandon Knight will be a restricted free agent and their chances of re-signing him are significantly higher than if they were to pursue him in the open market.

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Pistons Claim Shawne Williams Off Waivers
Shawne Williams will provide depth and take Jonas Jerebko's spot in the rotation.

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Kendrick Perkins' Decision Came Down To Cavs, Clippers
Kendrick Perkins played AAU basketball with LeBron James and he chose the Cavaliers in part due to his relationship with him.

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Westbrook Has 30.0+ PER In Four Of Seven Months Since Third Surgery
Russell Westbrook has inarguably been one of the NBA's best players since the third surgery from December of 2013.

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Michele Roberts Would Like To See Change To Media Policies Pregame
Michele Roberts believes reporters shouldn't be allowed to idly stand around in the locker room pregame unless they're asking questions to players.

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LeBron James Jr. Already Has Received College Offers
LeBron James says his son "has great awareness and he’d rather pass first and set guys up. Most kids nowadays just want to score.”

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Rajon Rondo, Rick Carlisle Friction Had Been Building
Rajon Rondo and Rick Carlisle were arguing over play-calling responsibilities.

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Larry Sanders Explains Decision To Leave Basketball
Larry Sanders revealed he had checked himself into a clinic Rogers Memorial Hospital, a program for anxiety, depression and mood disorders.

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Derrick Rose To Undergo Knee Surgery To Repair Medial Meniscus Tear
Derrick Rose will undergo surgery after an MRI revealed medial meniscus tear in his right knee.

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76ers Claim Thomas Robinson On Waivers
Thomas Robinson was prepared to sign with the Nets if he cleared waivers.

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