October 2012 Basketball Wiretap

Blake Griffin Signs With Jordan Brand

Oct 31, 2012 11:38 PM

Blake Griffin has reached agreement to join the Jordan Brand as an endorser, according to a source.

Los Angeles Clippers' teammate Chris Paul is a longtime endorser of Jordan Brand, along with Carmelo Anthony.

Russell Westbrook also recently signed with Jordan Brand.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Tags: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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Taj Gibson Agrees To $38M Extension With Bulls

Oct 31, 2012 11:19 PM

Taj Gibson and the Chicago Bulls have agreed upon a contract extension of $38 million over four seasons.

"I looked at the numbers and that's a lot of money, especially the security," said Gibson.

Gibson was the 26th overall pick by the Bulls in the 2009 NBA Draft and quickly established himself as one of the best defensive power forwards in the NBA.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Taj Gibson, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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UCLA's Kyle Anderson Cleared By NCAA

Oct 31, 2012 7:56 PM

Kyle Anderson has been cleared by the NCAA to play for UCLA.

"I know there were rumors about my family receiving stuff," Kyle Anderson Sr. told USA TODAY Sports in a telephone interview. "I actually moved out of my apartment and live with one of my fraternity brothers so I can save money so I can travel to see Kyle play. For all the rumors that said I received $250,000, ... I am a 50-year-old roommate."

Anderson Sr., also his son's summer league coach, said "anyone who knows this business knows I don't have to shop Kyle around. The vultures are going to come get him. I have a very unique position that the vultures — be it the college coaches or the agents — all know that I am in this business, so there is no reason to bombard me with phone calls because all my ducks are in line."

Eric Prisbell/USA Today

Tags: Kyle Anderson, UCLA Bruins, NCAA, NCAA Suspension

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Raptors Agree To $42M Extension With DeMar DeRozan

Oct 31, 2012 7:04 PM

The Toronto Raptors and DeMar DeRozan have agreed upon a four-year, $42 million (with bonuses) contract extension.

DeRozan was the ninth overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft.

DeRozan averaged 16.7 points on 42.2% shooting last season for the Raptors.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Tags: DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Brooklyn's Opener Postponed Due To Hurricane Sandy

Oct 31, 2012 3:23 PM

The NBA has canceled the Brooklyn Nets' regular season opener on Thursday due to Hurricane Sandy.

The game was set to be the Nets' first game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

No makeup date hase been set.

Mike Mazzeo/ESPN

Tags: New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

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Harden, Rockets Agree Upon $80M Extension

Oct 31, 2012 3:16 PM

James Harden and the Houston Rockets have agreed upon a five-year, $80 million contract extension.

Harden was acquired by the Rockets last Saturday in trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Harden was the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year last season and also won a gold medal as a member of the United States' basketball team.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Curry, Warriors Agree To Four-Year, $44M Extension

Oct 31, 2012 12:01 PM

The Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry have agreed upon a four-year, $44 million extension.

Curry was limited to 26 games last season due to ankle issues.

The Warriors drafted Curry with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Curry enters the 12-13 season with career averages of 17.5 points, 5.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

Marcus Thompson II/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Eric Gordon Out Indefinitely With Knee Injury

Oct 31, 2012 11:54 AM

Eric Gordon will not play in the New Orleans Hornets' regular season opener against the Spurs.

Gordon missed the entire preseason due to his persistent right knee issues.

Monty Williams said Gordon is likely out indefinitely.

Jim Eichenhofer/Times-Picayune

Tags: Eric Gordon, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Injury

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Daniel Orton Returns To Thunder

Oct 31, 2012 11:21 AM

Daniel Orton has returned to the roster of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Orton was signed by the D-League's Tulsa 66ers Wednesday morning, and then called up and signed by the Thunder.

Orton spent his first two NBA seasons with the Magic.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Daniel Orton, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Official Signing, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bogut Expected To Start In Season Opener

Oct 31, 2012 11:19 AM

The Golden State Warriors are expecting Andrew Bogut to play and be in the starting lineup in Wednesday's regular season opener against the Suns.

Bogut hasn't played in any preseason games.

Bogut will likely make a final determination following a morning shootaround to test his ankle.

Bogut practiced on Monday and Tuesday.

Matt Steinmetz/Comcast

Tags: Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Monroe Confident Of Long-Term Future Staying With Pistons
Greg Monroe will be eligible for a contract extension next summer with the Pistons.

Vince Ellis/Detroit Free-Press

Raptors Hope Valanciunas Covers For Bargnani On Glass
The Raptors are not expecting Andrea Bargnani to suddenly become a more productive rebounder.

Eric Koreen/National Post

Blazers Decline 13-14 Options On Babbitt, Smith, Williams
The Blazers will have between $11.8 million and $13 million in cap space next summer.

Mike Tokito/Oregonian

Bynum, 76ers Remain Cautious With Return Date
Andrew Bynum has begun low-impact conditioning and will likely need several weeks to reach game shape.

Tom Moore/Philly Burbs

Gilbert Admits Hindsight Shows Cavaliers Should Have Traded LeBron
Dan Gilbert can empathize with the decision made by the Thunder to trade James Harden before he hit free agency.

Steve Aschburner/NBA.com

Wade On Rondo Foul: It Was A Punk Play
Rajon Rondo committed a flagrant foul on Dwyane Wade during the fourth quarter of the Heat's 120-107 win over the Celtics.

Tom Haberstroh/ESPN

Celtics Exercise 13-14 Option On Avery Bradley
Avery Bradley averaged 7.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 21.4 minutes in 64 games last season.

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Suns Decline $5.4M Option For 13-14 On Wesley Johnson
The Suns told Wesley Johnson that they are interested in re-signing Johnson in the offseason.

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic (via Twitter)

Harden Sought Trade Kicker In Extension Talks With Thunder
During extension talks with the Thunder, James Harden and his agent sought a 15 percent trade kicker.

Bill Simmons/ESPN

Lawson Agrees To Four-Year, $48M Extension With Nuggets
Ty Lawson was the 18th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Bulls Exercise 13-14 Option On Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler was the 30th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

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Fesenko To Work Out For Hawks
In an effort to stay in top shape for another opportunity, Kyrylo Fesenko had been training in Colorado since being cut by the Bulls on Oct. 18.

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David Blatt Steps Down As Head Coach Of Russia
David Blatt led Russia to a gold medal at EuroBasket 2007 and a bronze at the 2012 Olympics.

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Suns Pursued Trade For James Harden
The Suns met with the Thunder to discuss a trade for James Harden.

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Danny Granger Out Indefinitely With Soreness In Knee
Danny Granger has continued soreness in his left knee and will be out indefinitely.

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Pera Agreed To Assurances To Keep Grizzlies In Memphis For At Least 15 Years
Robert Pera agreed to a three-pronged proposal of safeguards that essentially binds the Grizzlies in Memphis for another 15 years as part of his purchase.

Ronald Tillery/Memphis Commercial Appeal

76ers Want To Average Combined 40 Points From Three, Foul Line Per Game
During the 11-12 season, the 76ers averaged about 30 points per game from the three-point and foul lines.

Mike Jensen/Philadelphia Inquirer

Rose Won't Frequently Be On Bulls' Bench During Rehab
Derrick Rose may return to his offseason headquarters in Southern California while the Bulls are on their circus road trip.

Mike McGraw/Daily Herald

Blazers Hire Chris McGowan As President
Chris McGowan worked closely with the Los Angeles Kings and the L.A. Galaxy of the MLS.

John Canzano/Oregonian

Bogut Fully Participates In Practice For First Time Since Fracturing Ankle
Andre wBogut participated in full court play and contact drills without limitation.

Marcus Thompson II/San Jose Mercury News