Basketball Wiretap

Langston Galloway, Knicks In Talks On Deal

Jan 26, 2015 6:46 PM

The New York Knicks held negotiations with Langston Galloway on a new contract Monday, with multiple NBA teams prepared to engage if he's set free, league sources told RealGM.

Galloway is on his second 10-day contract with the Knicks, ending Monday night.

The two sides failed to reach an agreement through then, and they'll carry over discussions to Tuesday.

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Tags: Langston Galloway, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kobe Bryant Considered Joining Michael Jordan With Wizards

Jan 26, 2015 12:42 PM

Kobe Bryant considered joining Michael Jordan with the Washington Wizards before his 2004 free agency.

Abe Pollin, however, parted ways with Jordan in 2003 a year before Bryant was scheduled to make his free agent decision.

“That’s true,” Bryant confirmed recently. “A long time ago? Yeah.”

 

Bryant considered signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, but eventually chose to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant was in the middle of a feud with Shaquille O'Neal as the two were struggling to co-exist. The Lakers traded O'Neal in that 2004 offseason to the Miami Heat.

“The challenge had been thrown down upon me, of not being able to win without Shaq. A public challenge never really bothered me too much, but he made a couple of comments as well. I think he called me Penny Hardaway Part 2 or something like that. So that’s what [ticked] me off,” Bryant said. “Then it was like, ‘Listen, you know the step back that I took to help us win championships. Let’s not get [expletive] confused. I can dominate on my own. I decided to stay here and win championships and sacrifice MVPs and scoring titles and all that stuff.’ So once that was said, it was like a line in the sand now.”

According to two people with knowledge of the situation, after Jordan decided to sell his minority ownership stake to resume his playing career with the Wizards, Bryant informed him several times he wanted to play for the Wizards. Jordan was going to return to the front office after his retirement.

“I’ve always been very big on having mentors, on having muses and I’ve been really, really big on that,” Bryant said. “Being around guys who have done it before and done it at a high level and always tried to pick their brains and always tried to absorb knowledge. Obviously, being in that situation [with the Wizards], it would’ve helped having to be around him every day and so on.”

 

The Wizards never had the assets to discuss a trade for Bryant, so the only chance the organization would have had to make a run at him was when he became an unrestricted free agent in 2004. 

 

“We would’ve put together a great team and we would’ve won championships,” Bryant said. “Listen, man. There are not a lot of players in this league that say, ‘Come hell or high water, we’re going to get this [expletive] done.’ People can look around and joke around about winning, saying they want to win. For me, it’s a matter of life or death. It was that important to me. And if it’s that important to me, I’m going to get there.”

Michael Lee/Washington Post

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bucks, Hornets, 76ers Interested In Gary Talton, D-League's Assists Leader

Jan 27, 2015 11:09 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Hornets and Philadelphia 76ers are exploring the call-up candidacy of Gary Talton, the NBA Development League’s assists leader, league sources told RealGM.

Behind 13 games of 10 or more assists, Talton has averaged 13.2 points, 10.2 assists and 40.6 percent three-point shooting this season. He has split the year with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, his current team.

Talton had two 20-assist performances earlier in the season with Rio Grande Valley, where he was surrounded by a bevy of shooters to feed passes. The 6-foot-1 point guard has notched double-doubles in three of his last five games with Fort Wayne.

Talton, 24, finished his collegiate career at UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago), averaging 12.3 points, 4.4 assists, four rebounds and 34.4 minutes per game as a senior. He went unselected in the 2013 NBA Draft, followed by free-agent workouts for teams, including the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Tags: Gary Talton, Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Hornets, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Misc Rumor

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Timberwolves Plan To Sign Lorenzo Brown On 10-Day Contract

Jan 27, 2015 11:21 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves plan to sign Lorenzo Brown to a 10-day contract.

Brown has played for the Grand Rapids Drive in the NBA D-League.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Lorenzo Brown, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Misc Rumor

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Kemba Walker To Undergo Surgery For Meniscus

Jan 26, 2015 2:53 PM

Kemba Walker will undergo surgery to repair his meniscus.

Walker is expected to miss approximately six weeks.

Walker has missed three of the Charlotte Hornets' past five games.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Nets Evaluating Lionel Hollins

Jan 26, 2015 5:12 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have launched an in-season evaluation on various aspects of the team, including the performance of Lionel Hollins as head coach.

Hollins is in the first season of a four-year deal worth more than $20 million.

Sources said Monday that the Nets, in hopes of sparking a change to their fortunes, will continue to pursue a shake-up trade or two before the Feb. 19 deadline. 

 

The Nets considered firing Jason Kidd last December when they started slowly.

Marc Stein, Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Splash Brothers To Headline Three-Point Contest

Jan 27, 2015 11:21 AM

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will headline the participants of the Three-Point Shooting Contest during All-Star Weekend.

Kyle Korver, Wesley Matthews and J.J. Redick will also participate.

Korver leads the NBA in three-point percentage at 53 percent.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, J.J. Redick, Kyle Korver, Wesley Matthews, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Kobe Bryant To Undergo Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

Jan 26, 2015 3:28 PM

Kobe Bryant will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.

Bryant was examined on Monday morning by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Dr. ElAttrache confirmed an earlier diagnosis of a torn rotator cuff, and advised Bryant to have surgery to repair the shoulder. Bryant has agreed, and surgery has been scheduled for Wednesday morning.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Clippers Remain Interested In Nate Robinson, Pursuing Other Deals First

Jan 26, 2015 1:30 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers remain interested in Nate Robinson, who was recently bought out by the Boston Celtics following a trade from the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clippers are exploring other deals first before addresssing Robinson.

Robinson previously played for Doc Rivers when both were with the Celtics.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Nate Robinson, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Sign Larry Drew II To 2nd 10-Day Contrat

Jan 26, 2015 12:50 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed guard Larry Drew II to a second 10-day contract. 

In six games played since joining the Sixers, Drew is averaging five points and four assists in nearly 19 minutes per game.  Dating back to the start of the 2000-01 season, Drew is one of just 22 players to have recorded at least 26 assists within the first six games of a career.

RealGM Staff Report

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Ronald Roberts Named D-League Player Of The Week
Ronald Roberts led Santa Cruz to a 2-0 record last week, averaging 29.5 points on 78 percent shooting (25-of-32) from the floor, to go with 13.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks.

RealGM Staff Report

Klay Thompson, LeBron James Named NBA Players Of The Week
Klay Thompson scored a record 37 points in the third quarter of Friday's game, finishing with 52 overall.

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Brook Lopez Prefers To Remain With Nets
The Nets have been pursuing a trade of Brook Lopez.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

LeBron: We've Improved Mentally More Than Anything
The Cavaliers have won six straight games.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Paxson Refutes Van Gundy's Comments On Bulls Leaking Stories To Undermine Thibodeau
Jeff Van Gundy accused Bulls management of trying to undermine Tom Thibodeau by leaking disparaging stories.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Mavericks Confident About Signing Jermaine O'Neal By All-Star Break
The Mavericks are confident that they are moving closer to signing Jermaine O'Neal, according to sources.

Tim MacMahon, Marc Stein/ESPN

Nets, Hornets Discuss Trade Involving Joe Johnson, Lance Stephenson
Michael Jordan has been intrigued with the possibility of Joe Johnson.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Quincy Miller To Sign Second 10-Day Contract With Kings
Quincy Miller was leading the NBA Development League with 26.3 points 3.7 blocks per game when the Kings signed him.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Nuggets Recall Erick Green From D-League
Erick Green played two games for the Mad Ants this season averaging 21 points and 3.0 assists per game.

RealGM Staff Report

Robbie Hummel Suffers Fracture In Hand
Robbie Hummel is averaging 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 15.0 minutes per game.

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Cavs' Unbalanced Roster Led To Poor Body Language, Effort
One unnamed player said "it was never Coach [David] Blatt's fault."

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer (via Fear The Sword)

LaMarcus Aldridge Likely To Have Double Recovery Time By Waiting On Surgery
LaMarcus Aldridge is not risking his long-term health by playing with a torn ligament.

Jason Quick/Oregonian

Brandon Jennings Out 6-9 Months With Full Achilles Tear
Brandon Jennings will miss the rest of the season and is expected to be out six to nine months with a full tear of his left Achilles.

Vincent Goodwill/The Detroit News

Goran Dragic To Give Every Team An Equal Opportunity In Free Agency
Goran Dragic said he has not given more specific thought to his decision, preferring to focus on the season.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Waiters Unconcerned He Didn't Receive Goodbye Message From LeBron
Dion Waiters said he has only spoken to Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson among former Cavaliers teammates since his trade to the Thunder.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Brandon Jennings Out Indefinitely With Possible Achilles Injury
Stan Van Gundy said Brandon Jennings will be out for the foreseeable future.

Keith Langlois/Pistons.com

Elijah Millsap To Sign Three-Year Deal With Jazz
Elijah Millsapís deal will be for the remainder of the season and holds two years of team options for the Jazz.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Jeremy Lin Receives Healthy DNP-CD
Jeremy Lin was a healthy scratch, DNP-CD during the Lakers' loss to the Spurs on Friday.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

LaMarcus Aldridge Puts Thumb Surgery On Hold, Will Play Against Wizards
LaMarcus Aldridge will play against the Wizards on Saturday night.

RealGM Staff Report

Thompson Sets NBA Record For Most Points In A Quarter
Klay Thompson scored 37-points in the third quarter, on his way to scoring 52-points on Friday night.

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