February 2013 Basketball Wiretap

Nets Reassign Shengelia To D-League

Feb 28, 2013 9:54 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have reassigned Tornike Shengelia to the Springfield Armor, the Nets’ NBA Development League affiliate.  

Shengelia rejoins the Armor having played in 13 games for the Nets this season, averaging 1.4 points and 4.2 minutes. In his previous two assignments to Springfield, he played in three games, averaging 28.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 41.3 minutes. For his efforts, he was named NBA D-League Performer of the Week on Jan. 28. 

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Tags: Tornike Shengelia, Brooklyn Nets, Springfield Armor, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Anthony Bennett Dealing With Inflamed Nerves In Left Shoulder

Feb 28, 2013 8:21 PM

Anthony Bennett is listed as day-to-day with nerve inflammation in his left shoulder.

“Right now we’re treating him as having brachial neuritis, which is exactly inflammation of the nerve group coming off your neck to the shoulder,” said UNLV team trainer Dave Tomchek.

Bennett underwent both an MRI and ultrasound and will be re-evaluated prior to the Runnin’ Rebels’ Saturday afternoon game against Nevada.

“We’ve determined there’s no structural damage in the shoulder; we’re taking care of the nerve and it’s going to be a day-to-day situation,” Tomchek said. “He’ll get treatment and proceed with activity as pain allows him. There’s no timetable as to when this is going to be completely gone.”

Taylor Bern/Las Vegas Sun

Tags: Anthony Bennett, UNLV Runnin' Rebels, Mountain West Conference, NCAA, NCAA Injury, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Cavaliers Assign Kevin Jones To D-League

Feb 28, 2013 8:20 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned Kevin Jones to their D-League affiliate, the Canton Charge.

Jones appeared in 18 games this season for the Cavaliers and averaged 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds in 9.3 minutes per game.

Ron Ledgard/Akron Beacon Journal

Tags: Kevin Jones, Cleveland Cavaliers, Canton Charge, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Amundson Drawing Interest From Heat, Knicks, Bulls, Celtics

Feb 28, 2013 8:18 PM

Lou Amundson has received free agent interest from the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics.

“Any of them would be great,’’ said Amundson, who has been working out in his hometown of Denver after being waived Feb. 8 by Minnesota, said of the teams looking at him. “They’re all good teams.’’

Amundson said that his agent, Mark Bartelstein, has had conversations with Heat president Pat Riley. 

The Heat are considering whether to fill their 15th roster spot.

Chris Tomasson/FOXSportsFlorida

Tags: Lou Amundson, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Popovich: Spurs Unlikely To Change Roster

Feb 28, 2013 8:16 PM

Gregg Popovich said the San Antonio Spurs will review the post-deadline list of bought-out free agents, but added that a move remains unlikely due to roster constraints.

The Spurs have the maximum 15 players on their roster.

“We always look at everything, sure,” Popovich said. ‘You have to do your work. I don’t think anything is going to come of it.”

Popovich said there is an advantage to having a set roster.

“It saves time and lets us concentrate on other things, that’s for sure,” he said. “We don’t have to spend time teaching the system to people who haven’t been here. That’s really time consuming, so we don’t have to do that now.”

Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Tags: San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwight Howard Wants To Play For Team USA In 2016 Olympics

Feb 28, 2013 4:51 PM

After missing the 2012 Olympics, Dwight Howard expressed his interest in playing for Team USA in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

"No doubt," Howard said when asked if he wants to play for the men's national team in the next Olympiad.

Howard, who will be 30 when the 2016 Olympics arrive, was not able to participate last summer with a back injury but had been invited to be a member of the team.

"I was pissed off," Howard said. "I was mad I couldn't play in the playoffs. I was mad I couldn't play in the Olympics. I was pissed. I was looking forward to going to London. I was looking forward to making a big run in the playoffs last season, so I wasn't too happy about the fact that I had to have surgery and miss a lot of basketball."

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, International

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Lakers Unlikely To Sign Raja Bell If Bought Out

Feb 28, 2013 3:51 PM

The Utah Jazz and Raja Bell continue to discuss a buyout.

Bell hasn't played throughout the season.

Bell has long been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers, but the team reportedly doesn't want to add any more payroll.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Raja Bell, Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Nash Doesn't Regret Choosing Lakers

Feb 28, 2013 2:31 PM

Steve Nash does not regret his decision to join the Los Angeles Lakers despite a frustrating season that may result in missing the playoffs.

Nash also considered the Raptors and Knicks.

"Ten out of 10 times, I make the same decision again," Nash said. "I've gotten to see my kids probably four times as much as I'd seen them if I'd have gone back East. That's first and foremost. Second of all, it's a great experience to play for the Lakers organization. ... I'm happy here.

"I'm beyond playing for the credit or the adulation. I feel secure in myself as a player. I just want to help this team, regardless of what it means for me personally."

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Likely To Sign Terrence Williams To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Feb 28, 2013 1:35 PM

Doc Rivers believe the Boston Celtics will sign Terrence Williams to a second 10-day contract once the first expires after Friday's game.

"I think so," Rivers said when asked whether Williams will get another 10-day deal.

Williams has averaged 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in three games with the Celtics.

Baxter Holmes/Boston Globe

Tags: Terrence Williams, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Casspi, Cavaliers Discussing Buyout

Feb 28, 2013 1:21 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Omri Casspi are discussing a buyout.

Casspi would like to part ways by Mar. 1, which is the deadline for players to be bought out and remain eligible for the playoffs.

Casspi has not found a role during his tenure with the Cavaliers.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Omri Casspi, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Thunder Reassign Jones, Lamb, Liggins To D-League
The Thunder have reassigned Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb and DeAndre Liggins to the Tulsa 66ers.

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Michael Curry In Line For 76ers' Job If Change Made
Michael Curry is expected to be a candidate for the job in the long-term.

Ric Bucher/Comcast

Celtics Sign D.J. White To 10-Day Contract
D.J. White averaged 21.6 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 33.0 minutes per game in China.

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Gasol Cleared To Use Elliptical Machine, Expected To Be Out Three More Weeks
Pau Gasol has been cleared to increase his rehabilitation from a torn plantar fascia in his right foot.

Janis Carr/Orange County Register

Wall Struggling Since All-Star Break
John Wall has turned in several poor performances since the All-Star break.

Michael Lee/Washington Post

Korver Open To Return To Jazz
Kyle Korver will be a free agent after this season.

Bill Oram and Steve Luhm/Salt Lake Tribune

Granger Willing To Concede Franchise-Player Role To George
Danny Granger is willing to make the necessary adjustments to fit alongside Paul George.

Bill Reiter/FOXSports

Maggette Will Not Seek Buyout From Pistons
Corey Maggette is not interested in joining a playoff contending team.

Vincent Goodwill/Detroit News

World Peace's Hit On Faried Doesn't Warrant Action From NBA
As of Wednesday, the NBA also had not taken any action against Metta World Peace clubbing Kenneth Faried.

Benjamin Hochman/Denver Post

Greg Oden To Decide On Next Team In July
The Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics are in the mix for Greg Oden, the former No. 1 overall pick.

Shaun Powell/Sports On Earth

Hibbert Offers To Pay Stephenson's $35K Fine
Lance Stephenson received a $35,000 fine, which constitutes 4 percent of his pre-tax salary for the season.

Mike Wells/Indianapolis Star

David Lee, Hibbert Each Receive One-Game Suspensions
David Lee has been suspended one game for his part in Tuesday's altercation with Roy Hibbert.

Sam Amick/USA Today

D.J. White To Sign With Celtics Within Next Day
D.J. White has finally received a letter of clearance from China.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Anthony Davis To Sit With Sprained Shoulder
Anthony Davis has missed a combined 13 games this season due to a stress fracture injury (11) and a concussion (two).

John Reid/The Times Picayune

Irving To Miss Another Game With Injured Knee
Kyrie Irving will miss his second straight game due to a hyperextended/sore right knee.

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Rasheed Wallace To Undergo Foot Surgery, Likely Done For Season
Rasheed Wallace will undergo surgery on his injured foot.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Heat Call Ray Allen 'Jesus'
Ray Allen's Miami Heat teammates occasionally call him 'Jesus'.

Adi Joseph/USA Today

LeBron Posts Career Best Monthly PER Of 38.5 In February
LeBron James averaged 29.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game while shooting 64.1 percent from the floor.

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LeBron May Dial Down Pre-Game Dunks
The Heat have started to stream video of LeBron James' pregame dunks on the team's official website.

Michael Wallace/ESPN

30 Candidates For NCAA Naismith Award Announced
The thirty candidates for Naismith Men's College Player of the Year were announced on Tuesday.

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