Basketball Wiretap

Joel Embiid Honors Sam Hinkie With Instagram Post Calling Him 'The GOAT'

Jul 24, 2016 10:41 AM

Joel Embiid created a post on Instagram honoring Sam Hinkie.

"THE GOAT #HeDiedForOurSins #TrustTheProcess," wrote Embiid as the caption of a photo of himself with Hinkie.

Hinkie stepped down as general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers in April.

 

THE GOAT #HeDiedForOurSins #TrustTheProcess

A photo posted by Joel Hans Embiid (@joelembiid) onJul 23, 2016 at 4:17pm PDT

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Troy Williams Signs Partially Guaranteed Deal With Grizzlies

Jul 24, 2016 10:50 AM

Troy Williams has signed a partially guaranteed camp deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Williams went undrafted out of Indiana.

Williams played for the Suns in Summer League, averaging 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 22.2 minutes per game.

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Bobby Brown Signs Camp Deal With Rockets

Jul 24, 2016 10:52 AM

Bobby Brown has agreed upon a non-guaranteed camp deal with the Houston Rockets.

Brown last played in the NBA in 2010.

Last season, Brown played in China and Turkey.

Mike D'Antoni reportedly gave his blessing to adding Brown for training camp.

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Gerald Green Agrees To One-Year Deal With Celtics

Jul 23, 2016 11:33 AM

Gerald Green has agreed to a guaranteed one-year deal with the Boston Celtics.

Green was the 18th overall pick by the Celtics in the 2005 NBA Draft.

Green played for eight different franchises and spent two years abroad in Russia before reestablishing himself with the Suns in 13-14. Green spent last season with the Heat.

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Juwan Howard Influenced To Pursue Coaching By David Fizdale

Jul 24, 2016 10:36 AM

Juwan Howard expected to pursue a front office career after his retirement from the NBA until he was influenced by David Fizdale.

“It came towards the end of my career when I joined the Heat. David Fizdale is one of the guys who inspired and talked me into coaching,” Howard said. “I’m always going to point the finger at him. At first my mind-set was built on working in the front office, being a scout, and building my way up.

“I had a great conversation one time. Coach Fitzdale came to my house and we had a drink of wine and we were talking and he felt like this team needed me. He felt also the way I grabbed the respect from the guys in the locker room and the leadership qualities and also my knowledge and experience from the game of basketball, that it would be needed on his staff.”

Howard decided he wanted to coach and is now an assistant with the Miami Heat.

“I couldn’t turn that offer down and I have the bug because of him and learning from a guy like [Spoelstra], one of the best coaches in the NBA,” Howard said. “He doesn’t win championships by mistake, obviously he’s doing something right. This is one of the most bright individuals I’ve ever met and that is a fact.”

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Tyler Zeller, Celtics Agree Upon Two-Year, $16M Deal

Jul 23, 2016 11:37 AM

The Boston Celtics have agreed to re-sign Tyler Zeller on a two-year deal worth $16 million.

The second season of Zeller's deal is a team option for the Celtics.

Boston acquired Zeller during the 2014 offseason as the Cavaliers cleared cap space.

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Demetrius Jackson, Celtics Agree Upon Guaranteed Deal For 16-17

Jul 23, 2016 11:53 AM

The Boston Celtics have agreed upon a guaranteed deal for the 16-17 season with Demetrius Jackson.

Jackson was the 45th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Celtics.

Jackson averaged 5.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 16.6 minutes per game in Summer League for Boston.

R.J. Hunter, James Young, Ben Bentil and John Holland are expected to fight for Boston's final roster spot.

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USA Beats Canada To Win U-18 Americas, Markelle Fultz Named MVP

Jul 24, 2016 10:44 AM

The United States defeated Canada 99-84 in the championship game of the 2016 U-18 Americas.

Markelle Fultz was named Tournament MVP, scoring 23 points to go with five rebounds and five assists in the final. Fultz will play for Washington this fall.

Nickeil Walker led Canada with 25 points.

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Dirk Nowitzki Re-Signs With Mavs On Two-Year, $50M Deal

Jul 22, 2016 2:45 PM

Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have finalized his new contract worth $50 million over two seasons. The deal contains $30 million in guaranteed money and a team option for Year 2 if he decides to play in the 17-18 season.

Nowitzki had initially agreed upon a two-year, $40 million deal with the Mavericks.

Nowitzki was a free agent after coming off a three-year, $30 million deal in 2014 that contained a player option for 16-17.

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DeMarcus Cousins Calls Carmelo Anthony 'My Favorite Player Of All-Time'

Jul 22, 2016 12:30 PM

DeMarcus Cousins sometimes resembles a wing player in the body of a big at 6'11, 270 pounds.

Cousins cites Carmelo Anthony as his favorite player of all-time.

“I’m a fan of any player with skill,” Cousins said. “ ... Melo being my favorite player of all time, I’m trying to pick his brain every second I can.”

Cousins and Anthony are teammates on Team USA.

“It’s dope,” Cousins said after a recent practice at the Mendenhall Center. “I enjoy being around him. He’s got so so much experience in this game. It’s well known that I’ve been a Melo fan my whole life. Just to be able to work with him daily is going to help me become a better player. I’m excited for it."

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Yogi Ferrell Agrees To Deal With Nets
Yogi Ferrell averaged 8.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 16.9 minutes per game in Summer League for the Nets.

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Draymond Green Agrees To Plea Deal On Assault Case
Draymond Green's plea deal reduces the charge to a civil infraction, which carries a penalty of a $500 fine and $60 in jail restitution.

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Manu Ginobili Found 76ers' Pitch Appealing Due To Brett Brown, Size Of Offer
Philadelphia was offering a two-year contract offer that guaranteed in the first season five times more than the Spurs.

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Derrick Rose: Knicks, Warriors Are The Super Teams
New York acquired Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee to join Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.

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Cat Barber Agrees To Partially Guaranteed Deal With 76ers
Cat Barber played in the Summer League for the Pelicans, averaging 6.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 11.6 minutes over four games.

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NBA Officially Moves 2017 All-Star Game Out Of Charlotte
The new location has yet to be determined though The Vertical reported New Orleans has emerged as the favorite.

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D.J. Stephens, Grizzlies Agree To Two-Year Partially Guaranteed Deal
D.J. Stephens played for the Grizzlies' Summer League team.

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NBA Close To Moving 2017 All-Star Game From Charlotte
The Charlotte Observer expected the All-Star Game to inject $100 million into the economy.

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Kay Felder: Cavs Paying $2.4M To Acquire Me 'Means A Lot'
Kay Felder averaged 15.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 29.9 minutes per game in Summer League.

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Jarrod Uthoff Agrees To Partially Guaranteed Deal With Raptors
Jarrod Uthoff went undrafted out of Iowa.

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Donald Sloan Agrees Upon One-Year, $2.7M Deal With Guangdong Southern
Donald Sloan won a title with the Tigers in 2013.

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Celtics' Guerschon Yabusele Signs One-Year, $1.5M Deal With Shanghai
Guerschon Yabusele was the 16th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Celtics.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Harrison Barnes Braced For Warriors' Exit After Years Of Trade Rumors
Harrison Barnes was involved in trade rumors for Dwight Howard and Kevin Love before the Warriors pivoted to pursue Kevin Durant.

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Kevin Durant Cites 'Shoe War' As Factor In Withdrawing From 2014 World Cup
Kevin Durant's decision to pull out of the 2014 FIBA World Cup following the injury to Paul George received scrutiny.

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Kyle Collinsworth Signs Two-Year Partially Guaranteed Deal With Mavs
Kyle Collinsworth played for Dallas in the Summer League.

Tony Jones/The Salt Lake Tribune

Jason Terry Won't Return To Rockets
Jason Terry spent two seasons with the Rockets, averaging 5.9 points and 1.4 assists in 17.5 minutes per game last season.

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RealGM Radio: Kevin Pelton On Summer League
Host Danny Leroux and Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider break down Summer League from the rookies playing their first NBA games to the more experienced players looking to prove themselves and veterans trying to find a place in the league.

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Jeremy Lin Compares Signing With Nets To Investing In Startup
Jeremy Lin was raised in Palo Alto, which is located in the center of Silicon Valley.

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Cheick Diallo Agrees Upon Three-Year Deal With Pelicans
Cheick Diallo was drafted by the Pelicans with the No. 33 overall pick in last month's draft.

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Alonzo Gee Close To One-Year Deal With Pelicans
Alonzo Gee averaged 4.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 22.4 minutes per game for the Pelicans last season.

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