Basketball Wiretap

Pat Riley: Chris Bosh's Career With Heat 'Probably Over'

Sep 26, 2016 11:28 AM

Pat Riley believes Chris Bosh's latest health setback has apparently convinced the Miami Heat that a return from multiple bouts of blood clots is no longer feasible.

Riley told reporters Monday that Bosh's "Heat career is probably over" and that the team is not actively working toward his return.

"There is not a next step for us," Riley said. "It's pretty definitive for us in our position."

Riley was asked if Bosh's career in the NBA is over.

"That's up to him," replied Riley.

The Heat declined to explain why Bosh failed the physical and cited a clause in the collective bargaining agreement that prohibits the team from releasing certain medical information.


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Paul Pierce To Retire After 16-17 Season

Sep 26, 2016 11:24 AM

Paul Pierce has announced he will return to the Los Angeles Clippers for his 19th NBA season and then retire.

"This is it, my final season," Pierce wrote on The Players' Tribune. "It's time to move on from the game of basketball. Just like any difficult decision, I think you've got to be at peace with yourself. I'm at peace with retiring, but I've got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity."

Pierce averaged only 6.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season.

"With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team," Pierce wrote Monday. "We're hungry. We want to win a championship.

"After 18 NBA years, it's hard to believe I'll be playing in each arena for the last time. So I'm going to enjoy every practice, every bus ride, every team dinner, every time running out through the tunnel. I'm going to do my part to give us a shot at the ultimate goal."


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Nerlens Noel Frustrated By 76ers' 'Silly' Center Logjam

Sep 26, 2016 11:37 AM

Nerlens Noel expressed his frustrating at media day with the Philadelphia 76ers inability to balance out their roster this offseason as they head into 16-17 with three centers who were each high lottery picks.

"I think it's just silly . . . this situation that we are in now with three starting centers," Noel said on the eve of the Sixers' media day. "With the departure of [former general manager and president] Sam Hinkie, I would have figured that management would be able to get something done this summer."

Noel will most likely become a reserve center to Joel Embiid.

Noel is not asking to be traded or demanding the 76ers trade someone else.

"I feel like it definitely needs to be figured out," he said. "I think at the end of the day, again, you have three starting-caliber centers. And it's just not going to work to anybody's advantage having that on the same team. That's how I'm looking at it. I'm not opposed to anything, but things need to be situated."

Noel can become a restricted free agent in 2017.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Mo Williams Changes Mind, Decides To Retire

Sep 26, 2016 2:51 PM

Mo Williams has ultimately decided to change his mind again to retire from the NBA.

Williams announced on Twitter last week that he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers for one more season.

The Cavs owe Williams $2.2 million this season. David Griffin declined to answer whether the team would pursue a settlement, but said "we were planning on something like this being possible."

Williams had been leaning strongly toward retirement this summer, then reversed course on the eve of training camp. 

The Cavaliers only have Kyrie Irving and Kay Felder on their depth chart at point guard.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Mo Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Josh Smith Wants To Remain In NBA, Knows 'Changes Need to Be Made'

Sep 26, 2016 4:35 PM

Josh Smith remains unsigned this offseason as executives believe his disposition and not his talent is keeping him from receiving an offer.

Smith received interest last offseason from the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers but ultimately decided to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. Smith was expected to be the Clippers' third big man but the experiment didn't work and he was traded back to the Houston Rockets.

“I’m not a guy that is oblivious to my surroundings, I know that changes need to be made,” Smith told The Vertical. “It’s something that I have done wrong to now be figuring out my next move and figuring out what I need to do to be better. Even yoga this summer has helped me become one with my spirit, body and mind. I’ve done things to take steps toward bettering myself, having patience.

“I have a lot left to give to this game. I’m ready to go now. I feel like I’m in the best shape, and I’ve worked extremely hard this offseason. I’m ready.”

Smith was waived by the Detroit Pistons in December of 2014 just one season into a four-year, $58 million deal.

“The perception of me seemed to start early on with Atlanta, but after Detroit, it left people completely puzzled,” Smith said. “People didn’t understand how it happened, how I was let go. It just didn’t fit. But wherever I have gone in development situations, I have been able to be on winning teams.

“When I came to Atlanta, we were at the bottom. Al Horford came, and we made it a consistent playoff team. When I went to Houston [in 2015] after Detroit, we made it to the Western Conference finals, something that they hadn’t done since the ’90s. I played impactful minutes for us to get to those platforms.”

Smith has received interest from teams in China but he wants to remain in the NBA.

“My main goal is that I am an NBA player,” Smith said. “Being able to go overseas, people are professional, but the NBA is what I have built myself to do. I’m still hungry. If I jumped to leave my NBA chances behind, I feel it would’ve been an act of desperation.

“I’m not a guy who feels like I have to start or play 30 minutes a night anymore. I wish for an opportunity to be able to contribute, to be a positive guy around the locker room. It has been missing from me. I’m not doubting it. I felt I have always showed support for my teammates, cheering for them, but I have to do a better job.

“I feel I have something to give the NBA, period.”

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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Nikola Pekovic Ruled Out For Entire 16-17 Season With Ankle Injury

Sep 26, 2016 11:55 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have announced that Nikola Pekovic will miss the entire 2016-17 season due to recurring right ankle pain.

A determination about future seasons will be made at a later date.

Pekovic, 30, has played parts of six seasons with the Wolves after the team drafted him with the 31st overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. In 271 career games, the 6-11 center owns averages of 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 24.9 minutes per game.

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Rockets To Make James Harden Their Full-Time Point Guard

Sep 26, 2016 2:38 PM

Mike D'Antoni will make James Harden the Houston Rockets' full-time point guard.

"With James you make a joke he's a 'points guard' because he's going to score some points," D'Antoni said.

Under the new up-tempo offense, D'Antoni has decided to put the ball in Harden's hands more than last season, like a traditional point guard.

Harden set career highs in usage rate (32.5 percent) and points-per-game average (29) last season.

"He's more or less responsible giving rhythm to the team, that's what a point guard does," D'Antoni said. "He's going to be on the ball and he's going to be distributing the ball and it will take some adjusting. He's got a lot more responsibilities as a point guard. A playcaller, a good basketball mind, he's already telling guys we can do this we can do that."

Harden said he expects shooting guards to continue to guard him.

"Just a lot of trust. My teammates trust in me to make the right decision whether its scoring or whether its making a play," Harden said. "We have a lot of guys who are more than capable to create and knock down shots and that's what is going to open our floor. A lot more guys are going to get open shots left and right."

When asked if he is a point guard now, Harden joked, "No, I'm a basketball player."

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

LAPD Investigation Of Derrick Rose Sexual Assault Case Ongoing

Sep 26, 2016 11:34 AM

Derrick Rose continues to be investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department on a sexual assault.

A woman filed a civil sexual assault case against Rose on Aug. 26, 2015, saying Rose and two friends raped her. The suit accused Rose and his friends of slipping a drug into her drink before committing sexual acts against her will.

Rose has not been interviewed, though an "offer is on the table" for him to speak.

The civil case will begin in Los Angeles on Oct. 4th.


Tags: Derrick Rose, New York Knicks, NBA

Suns Sign Gracin Bakumanya, Derek Cooke Jr., Shaquille Harrison, Derrick Jones Jr.

Sep 25, 2016 9:07 PM

The Phoenix Suns have signed center Gracin Bakumanya, forward Derek Cooke Jr., guard Shaquille Harrison and forward Derrick Jones Jr., bringing the club’s roster to 19 players.

Bakumanya, a 6-11, 220-pound center, went undrafted in 2016 as an international early entry candidate. A native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the 19-year-old played the 2015-16 season with Antibes Espoirs, the training center for Antibes Sharks of LNB Pro A, the top-tier league in France. He averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 rebounds in 30 games with Antibes Espoirs, in addition to playing in two games with Antibes’ Pro A team. At NBA Summer League 2016, Bakumanya saw action in two contests with Houston.

Cooke, a 6-9, 220-pound forward, spent the 2015-16 season with the Suns’ NBA D League affiliate, then the Bakersfield Jam. In 47 games with the Jam, he averaged 4.8 points and 7.0 rebounds, including 3.1 offensive boards which tied for sixth in the league, in 23.4 minutes. Cooke was also a member of the Suns at NBA Summer League 2016, appearing in three games in Las Vegas. Prior to going undrafted in 2015, Cooke played three seasons at the University of Wyoming where he helped the Cowboys to a Mountain West Conference tournament title and NCAA tournament berth in 2014-15. As a senior in 2014-15, he averaged 8.1 points on 72.0 percent shooting and 5.8 rebounds.

Harrison, a 6-4, 185-pound guard, went undrafted this past summer following a successful four-year career at the University of Tulsa. A starter in all 133 games in his four years, he averaged 11.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals for his career, finishing second in program history with 461 career assists and third with 244 steals. As a senior in 2015-16, Harrison averaged career-highs of 15.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists as he was named the American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year. Harrison earned All-AAC Second Team honors in both his junior and senior seasons at Tulsa.

Jones, a 6-7, 190-pound forward, went undrafted in 2016 after playing one season at UNLV. The Runnin’ Rebels’ second-leading scorer in 2015-16, he averaged 11.5 points on 58.9 percent shooting and 4.5 rebounds in 30 games during his freshman season. Jones recorded four double-doubles at UNLV, including a career-high 26 points to go with 10 rebounds against Chaminade at the Maui Invitational. 

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Dunc'd On: HOU Season Outlook w/Rahat Huq, CHA Season Outlook w/Spencer Percy

Sep 26, 2016 12:27 AM

Dunc'd On's Season Outlook for the Houston Rockets with Rahat Huq of We analyze how the Rockets will look after the acquisition of Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon, how they look without Dwight Howard, potential breakout and regression candidates, overrated and underrated players, playing time and lineup issues, key questions for success this year, and finally give our predictions for the Rockets season.

At 1:01:00, we give the same treatment to the Charlotte Hornets with Spencer Percy, managing editor of Queen City Hoops.


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Cavs Interested In Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich
Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers were teammates of LeBron James with the Heat.

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Jason Thompson Agrees To One-Year, $1.5M Deal With Shandong
Jason Thompson turned 30 this offseason and will now played abroad after 588 games in the NBA.

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Chris Bosh Responds To Failed Physical, Vows To Keep Trying To Play
Chris Bosh has yet to be cleared to return to basketball activities.

Manny Navarro/Miami Herald

Quinn Cook Signs With Pelicans
Quinn Cook averaged 19.6 points, 5.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 33.7 minutes per game in the D-League last season.

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RealGM Radio: Southwest Division With Rob Mahoney, Jonathan Tjarks
Host Danny Leroux, Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated and Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer break down the Southwest Division.

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Scott Wood Signs With Warriors
Scott Wood spent the past three seasons in Spain with UCAM Murcia, averaging 8.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game.

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Clippers Would Have Signed Kevin Garnett, Interested In Giving Him Post-Playing Role
Doc Rivers would have had interest in the Clippers signing Kevin Garnett had he decided to continue his playing career with a team other than the Wolves.

Jackie MacMullen/ESPN

Heat Sign Keith Benson
Keith Benson spent last season with the Heatís NBA Development League affiliate.

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Kevin Garnett Reaches Buyout With Wolves, Announces Retirement
Kevin Garnett returned to the Wolves in 2015 and appeared in 38 games last season.

Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune

Thunder Add Alex Caruso, Kaleb Tarczewski, Chris Wright To Camp Roster
As a senior, Alex Caruso was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year in addition to receiving Second-Team All SEC honors.

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Chris Bosh Fails Physical, Not Cleared For Training Camp
Chris Bosh is trying to return from blood clots.

Tim Reynolds/AP

Ben McLemore Has Been Available In Trade Talks For Months
Ben McLemore is in the final season of his rookie contract with the Kings.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Tyronn Lue Wanted To Make Sure He Was 'Right Fit' For Cavs' Job
Tyronn Lue was initially unsure if he was the right coach for the job so he never signed a three-year, $9.5 million deal he verbally agreed upon with the Cavs when they promoted him to head coach.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

John Wall Uncertain For Start Of Training Camp
John Wall underwent two knee operations this offseason.

Candace Buckner/Washington Post

Zaza Pachulia Sacrificed 'Significant' Money To Be 'All In On This Year'
Zaza Pachulia has never made more than $5.2 million in a single season.

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

Warriors Expecting To More Frequently Rest Players
Developing comfort and on-court chemistry will be important early in the season but breaking records is not a priority.

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

NBA, Union Meeting Regularly With Optimism Of New CBA By December
Adam Silver and a group of owners who make up the labor relations committee have been regularly meeting with Michele Roberts and her staff.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Dahntay Jones To Sign Camp Deal With Cavaliers
Dahntay Jones showed up in Santa Barbara this week to attend LeBron James' minicamp.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Referees To More Closely Monitor Hits To Groin This Season
The NBA has termed hits to the groin as "unnatural acts" and are a point of emphasis after Draymond Green was involved with multiple instances in the playoffs.

Brian Mahoney/Associated Press

Paul Millsap Undergoes Procedure For Swelling In Knee
Paul Millsap will progress through phases of rest and recovery before returning to full basketball activities over the next three weeks.

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