Basketball Wiretap

David Stern Believes NBA In 'Very Good Place' On Revenue Split Between Owners, Players

Oct 20, 2016 2:05 PM

David Stern is staying busy in retirement but he's stayed entirely out of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement talks. Stern was still commissioner in 2011 when the NBA engaged in a contentious lockout with the players.

“No. Not at all," said Stern when asked if he's involved. "I didn’t know there—are there CBA negotiations? No, I’m not involved.”

Stern was also asked if he misses the talks. During the previous talks, the players' share of Basketball Related Income was cut from 57 percent to 51.15 percent in 11-12 and would fluctuate between 49 to 51 percent after that.

“Oh, a lot," said Stern. "I don’t miss—that’s when I got my least amount of sleep. But I’m proud to say that the league has gotten to a very good place in terms of the players’ share and the owners’ share. What they can all see is that this is something that it pays to keep going. It’s fun to watch from a distance and not be involved.”

Jared Weiss/Sports Illustrated


LaMarcus Aldridge Dismisses Rumors, Insists He's Happy With Spurs

Oct 20, 2016 3:14 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge responded to reports he is unhappy with the San Antonio Spurs during a spot on the Jim Rome Show.

Jackie MacMullan reported this week that the Spurs could consider trading Aldridge this season as the partnership has had issues.

"I didn't buy into it," said Aldridge. I haven't heard anything about it. I talk to (Gregg Popovich) daily and he's always telling me that I'm doing great," Aldridge said. "Trying to be a more of a leader. He's put me in positions where I can be more of a leader. As long as the guys here aren't saying bad things to me. All my teammates have said nothing but great things to me."

Aldridge was asked if he's happy in San Antonio one year after choosing to sign there in free agency.

"Yeah for sure I am," said Aldridge. We made history last year. They've incorporated me into the family. Try to make me one of the big pieces.

"I'm winning. Of course I'm happy. That's why I don't buy into the rumors. I feel like I do my job here and I feel like I've done everything that they've asked. That's why I haven't bought into the rumors."

Jeff Garcia/NBC San Antonio

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Hawks Waive Jarrett Jack

Oct 20, 2016 5:23 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have waived Jarrett Jack.

Jack was signed by the Hawks on a veteran-minimum deal worth $980,431.

Jack has been unable to practice as he returns from torn right knee ligaments.

The Hawks have only Will Bynum and Josh Magette as point guards on the training camp roster behind starter Dennis Schroder and backup Malcolm Delaney.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Constitution

Tags: Jarrett Jack, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Marcus Smart Out Several Weeks With Ankle Sprain

Oct 20, 2016 10:56 AM

Marcus Smart suffered a left ankle sprain in Wednesday's preseason game and will be out for multiple weeks.

It is the same ankle that Smart has sprained before, but it doesn’t appear to be as bad a previous ankle sprain.

Smart was helped to the locker room by teammates as he didn't put any weight on the ankle.

A. Sherrod Blakely/Comcast

Tags: Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

Rudy Gay Preparing To Remain With Kings For Entire 16-17 Season

Oct 20, 2016 11:00 AM

Rudy Gay has been mentioned in multiple trade rumors less than a week before the start of the season.

Gay has been linked to deals with the Miami Heat and New Orleans Pelicans. Gay has previously informed the Kings he plans to opt for free agency in the 2017 offseason.

“I wake up every day and get ready to play the next game,” Gay said after practice Wednesday. “I’m with the Sacramento Kings. I prepare as if I’m going to be with the Sacramento Kings. I have no choice but to work for the Sacramento Kings.

“All the speculation is BS. Really, it’s out of my control. I’ll come here and be with my teammates and act as if I’ll be here all year.”

Gay admitted he's aware of the rumors.

“I hear it,” he said. “I’ve been traded before. If I came here (to practice) as if I didn’t want to be here, I wouldn’t help my teammates. That’s a league thing. That’s not just me. That’s something you don’t want a reputation for (quitting on your team).”

Dave Joerger dismissed the trade rumors and commended Gay.

“(Gay’s) a wonderful human being who’s grown as a player and a leader. He likes it here. We all want to win a little bit more. There’s going to be rumors. Guys in the last year of contracts, guys 6-8 who can do the things he does (on the court)."

Joe Davidson/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Warriors Likely To Keep JaVale McGee, Waive Cameron Jones, Phil Pressey, Elliot Williams

Oct 20, 2016 2:50 PM

The Golden State Warriors have waived Cameron Jones, Phil Pressey and Elliot Williams.

Golden State's roster now stands at 15.

With these cuts, JaVale McGee will likely make the Warriors' regular season roster.

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Tags: JaVale McGee, Cameron Jones, Phil Pressey, Elliot Williams, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Kevin Love Told GM He Wanted To Stay 'To Be A Champion' Ahead Of 2016 Trade Deadline

Oct 20, 2016 1:54 PM

Kevin Love came into the NBA as a modern Moses Malone with his bigger frame and ability to put up double doubles.

But Love decided to lose 25 pounds by changing his entire diet and workout regiment.

“I saw the way the game was going,” Love says. “It was getting smaller. Big guys were moving around and playing on the perimeter. Guys like that, who played inside-out, were really hard to guard.”

When Love was traded to the Cavaliers in 2014, Love lost even more weight down to 240 pounds.

“I thought we’d run, run, run, and I’d need to be really slender,” he says. “I got too skinny.” 

Love vowed to gain more weight in the 2015 offseason but his shoulder injury derailed those plans.

Love received a lot of blame for the Cavaliers seemingly underachieving during the middle of last season.

“I don’t know how it happened, but he caught all the grief for everything, and it wasn’t fair,” said Tyronn Lue. “Guys like LeBron and Kyrie, they have the ball in their hands, and the bigs take what they can get. Everybody sacrifices, but Kevin sacrificed the most.” 

David Griffin didn't want to trade Love but understood it might be the right option if he wanted to leave ahead of the 2016 trade deadline. Griffin approached Love on Feb. 10 in the trainer's' room but received a definitive answer from Love on wanting to stay.

“I want to be a champion,” said Love.

While the title was a relief to the people of Cleveland, it serves as a new motivator for Love.

“In a weird way, winning made me hungrier, like I have more to prove,” Love said. “It always comes back more to what I can’t do than what I can.”

Lee Jenkins/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Elton Brand To Retire After Preseason

Oct 20, 2016 1:13 PM

Elton Brand has announced he plans on retiring from the NBA with the conclusion of the preseason.

Brand announced his retirement in 2015 but was signed by the Philadelphia 76ers in January of 2016 to give the franchise a veteran presence. 

Brand was the top overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in 1999 and enjoyed his best seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Tags: Elton Brand, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Thibodeau, Towns Cite LaVine As Big Factor In Opening Up Space For Wolves

Oct 20, 2016 11:20 AM

Zach LaVine is widely expected to have a breakout season as the Minnesota Timberwolves take another step forward building around Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

“He's a big piece of what we're doing,” Tom Thibodeau said. “His shooting is critical. He shot the ball very well in the second half of last season. We need that 3-point shooting to open up the floor. His athleticism, the way he can run the floor. And there's no reason he can't be an excellent defensive player.”

Only four eligible guards finished last season with a worse Defensive Real Plus Minus than LaVine, which means Thibodeau will have a long ways to go to make him an excellent defensive player.

While LaVine is a shooting guard, it is difficult to compare him to any other player at the position in the NBA.


"There's so many different styles to it,” LaVine said. “I use my athletic ability to create shots for open people, I run the floor, then also space the floor as well. That’s what I try to do. I try to space the floor and use my athletic ability to get to the rim. … I try to get the best of both worlds.”

“We all love Zach. I think he’s more popular than me and Wigs combined, just for the fact that he’s won two slam dunk contests in a row,” Towns said. “But Zach’s a pivotal piece of the team. The way he shoots the ball and makes highly contested shots, it helps us tremendously, especially with his 3-point range. Zach’s one of the players who we're tremendously lucky to have as an athlete and as a shooter.”

Adi Joseph/Sporting News

Tags: Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Kings Purchase Controlling Interest In D-League's Bighorns

Oct 20, 2016 1:29 PM

The NBA Development League and the Sacramento Kings have announced that the team has acquired a controlling interest in the NBA D-League’s Reno Bighorns. With the purchase, the Kings become the 15th NBA team to own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate. 

“With today’s purchase, half of NBA teams now own and operate their NBA D-League affiliate an important milestone that proves how essential developing top young NBA talent has become,” said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner.  “I’m thrilled to welcome Vivek Ranadivé and the Sacramento Kings’ ownership group to the NBA D-League family and want to thank Herb Santos for his integral role in Bighorns basketball.”  

Longstanding partners, the Bighorns and Kings have been affiliated since the 2008-09 season, Reno’s inaugural NBA D-League campaign. Prior to the 2013-14 season, the teams entered into a single-affiliation partnership, with the NBA franchise managing basketball operations for the NBA D-League club. With today’s purchase, the Kings will now assume all business operations of the Bighorns. 

“We’re excited to deepen our relationship with the Bighorns and the Reno/Tahoe community,” said Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadivé. “This is an incredible opportunity to develop players, front-office staff and future business executives for the Sacramento Kings, while simultaneously contributing meaningfully to the Reno entertainment, commercial and non-profit ecosystem.”

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76ers, Pelicans Express Interest In Trading For Tyus Jones
The Timberwolves are open to moving Tyus Jones.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Mavs Exercise 17-18 Option On Justin Anderson
The Mavericks considered it an easy decision as Justin Anderson will make $1.6 million next season.

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Cavs Waive Markel Brown, Jonathan Holmes, Cory Jefferson
Markel Brown, Jonathan Holmes and Cory Jefferson each appeared in six preseason games.

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Kevin Love: The Block, The Shot, The Stop Defined Game 7 Win In That Order
When the Cavaliers defeated the Warriors in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, three plays defined the game.

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Dunc'd On: Cleveland Cavaliers Season Outlook w/ Chris Fedor
Chris Fedor of joins Nate Duncan for the Cavaliers season outlook.

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Bucks Exercise Fourth-Year Contract On Jabari Parker
Jabari Parker is averaging a team-best 16.8 points to go along with 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals in five preseason matchups in 2016.

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Reggie Williams Waived By Thunder
Reggie Williams last played in the NBA in 14-15 with the Spurs.

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Kings, Thunder Held Serious Rudy Gay For Cameron Payne Talks
The Kings are searching for a solution at point guard and Rudy Gay doesn't figure to remain with the team long-term.

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Wolves Plan To Keep Ricky Rubio Until Kris Dunn Establishes Himself
The Timberwolves are receiving trade interest from several teams on Ricky Rubio.

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Derrick Rose Found Not Liable In Civil Suit
Derrick Rose and two of his friends were sued for $21 million, accused of raping his ex-girlfriend while she was intoxicated on Aug. 27, 2013.

Julia Marsh/New York Post

Dunc'd On: Philadelphia 76ers Season Outlook w/ Derek Bodner
Derek Bodner of PhillyMag and Draft Express joins for the Philadelphia 76ers season outlook, including Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons

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Marvin Williams Suffers Fractured Finger
Marvin Williams will be re-evaluated on Oct. 25th.

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Russell Westbrook: There's A Sense Of Comfort For Me In OKC
Russell Westbrook is often alone and has an uncommonly small circle of friends and associates.

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Ben McLemore Unlikely To Sign Extension With Kings
Ben McLemore will instead become a restricted free agent in 2017.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Russell Westbrook Asked Durant How He Could Change During Meeting
Russell Westbrook and Nick Collison met with Kevin Durant in West Hollywood shortly before the start of free agency.

Lee Jenkins/Sports Illustrated

RealGM Radio: Conference Tiers With Tim Bontemps
Host Danny Leroux and Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post lay out and explain their tiers for the Eastern and Western Conferences.

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Exec: Draymond Green Could Be Factor To Prevent Warriors' Long-Term Success
The Warriors owe much of their success to Draymond Green but his emotional style could be problematic long-term.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss/ESPN

Spurs Unlikely To Trade Core Player This Season, Could Reconsider If Out Of Title Contention
The Spurs denied a report that they could trade LaMarcus Aldridge this season.

Jeff McDonald, Jabari Young/San Antonio Express-News

J.R. Smith's Deal With Cavs Worth $15.68M In Final Year
J.R. Smith will either earn $45.15 million over three seasons when factoring in the 18-19 guarantee or $57 million over four.

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Kevin Durant: Other Teams Would Get Vets, Thunder Kept Getting Younger
Kevin Durant expounded upon his decision to leave the Thunder for the Warriors in an interview before training camp with Rolling Stone.

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