December 2014 Basketball Wiretap

Cavs Granted $4.9M Disabled Player Exception For Anderson Varejao

Dec 31, 2014 10:27 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been granted a disabled player exception worth $4.9 million, according to sources.

The Cavaliers have lost Anderson Varejao for the rest of the season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Jazz Assign Toure' Murry To Stampede

Dec 31, 2014 8:13 PM

The Utah Jazz have assigned Toure’ Murry to the NBA Development League’s Idaho Stampede, the Jazz’s exclusive D-League affiliate.  

This will be the second assignment this season for Murry, who was previously assigned to Idaho from Nov. 13-Dec. 2.  In six games (five starts) for the Stampede, Murry averaged 14.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.3 steals in 31.5 minutes of play.

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Suns Recall Ennis, Goodwin, Warren From Jam

Dec 31, 2014 8:08 PM

The Phoenix Suns have recalled rookie guard Tyler Ennis, second-year guard Archie Goodwin and rookie forward T.J. Warren from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. 

In three games in his second assignment with Bakersfield of the season, Ennis averaged 15.7 points on 43.2 percent field goal shooting and 3.3 assists in 32.6 minutes.  

Goodwin played three games in his first assignment to Bakersfield this season, averaging 15.7 points on 48.6 percent field goal shooting and 3.7 rebounds in 30.9 minutes.  

This was the second D-League assignment of the season for Warren, who averaged 15.3 points on 45.0 percent field goal shooting and 7.3 rebounds in 28.9 minutes in three games.

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LeBron Has Been Dealing With Knee Pain All Year

Dec 31, 2014 7:56 PM

LeBron James sat out his second straight game on Wednesday with knee soreness.

"It's been hurting pretty much all year," James said of his left knee. "I've been playing with it and it goes away and comes back. So, the one in Miami kind of re-aggravated it when I came out of the game in the third quarter."

James is not concerned about the knee in the long-term.

"I'm not concerned because all the tests and everything I've done with the doctors, everything has come back negative," James said. "So, I got 41,000 minutes in my career including the playoffs. You (try to) drive that car in the winter time (and see how it feels)."

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Pistons Assign Spencer Dinwiddie To D-League

Dec 31, 2014 7:46 PM

The Detroit Pistons have assigned guard Spencer Dinwiddie to the team’s NBA Development League (D-League) affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive.

Dinwiddie, drafted 38th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, has appeared in eight games for the Pistons this season averaging 3.0 points and 12.4 minutes per game.     

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LeBron Denies Talking To Wade About Reuniting As Teammates

Dec 31, 2014 6:19 PM

During their on-court chat after the Christmas Day game, LeBron James may have communicated to Dwyane Wade that the two could reunite soon.

According to an apparently scrubbed version of the exchange that isolates the dialogue by reducing background noise, James seems to say, "Like I said, if we aren't better this year, we're gonna reunite again and do some bigger and better things, all right?"  Wade responds affirmatively.

James commented on the speculation on Wednesday, saying it was about getting together off the court and not about leaving Cleveland or playing with Wade again.

"I've seen the clip, just like you've seen the clip," James said.  "I don't know exactly what I said at the beginning either.  I know I said, 'We'll get back together and do some bigger and better things,' but it had nothing to do about basketball.  I mean, if I was going to tell him that, I'd tell him the night before.  Come on guys, I'm not stupid.  I know I didn't go to college but I'm not stupid.  I wouldn't say that on Christmas with a hundred cameras around.  I would have told him the night before at his house.  But, it's just me so I get it, I get it.  But it had nothing to do with leaving here and reuniting with him.  It had everything to do with just talking about other things more than just basketball.  Everybody gets so involved in basketball; our friendship -- obviously you guys know -- is bigger than basketball.  So, you know, our last four years couldn't be bigger and better even if we did get back together.  But, whatever, it's crazy."

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Hornets Recall Noah Vonleh From D-League

Dec 31, 2014 11:34 AM

Noah Vonleh has been recalled from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants by the Charlotte Hornets.

Vonleh played two games for the Mad Ants this season averaging 7.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. 

Al Jefferson will be out at least four weeks with a groin injury.

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Jalek Felton Commits To North Carolina

Dec 31, 2014 11:01 AM

Jalek Felton has committed to North Carolina, giving the Tar Heels their first recruit for the 2017 class.

Felton is a top-10 player in the class and the nephew of Raymond Felton.

"It's been a dream of his for a long time," said Fred Cannon, Felton's AAU coach with Team Felton. "It's all he's ever talked about. He sees it as more of a legacy-type thing.

"He's a fan of Roy Williams and the coaching staff, the up-tempo style, guard-oriented. It made him feel comfortable."

Felton had scheduled visits to Kansas, Wichita State, Kentucky and Arizona for January.

Felton is among the elite players in the Class of 2017, ranking as the No. 7 overall prospect and No. 1 shooting guard in the country.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

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Al Jefferson Out Minimum Of Four Weeks With Groin Strain

Dec 30, 2014 11:42 PM

Al Jefferson has been diagnosed with a strain of an adductor muscle in his left groin and is expected to miss a minimum of four weeks, the Charlotte Hornets announced on Tuesday.

In 32 games this season, Jefferson leads the Hornets in scoring and rebounding with averages of 18.0 points (25th in the NBA) and 8.2 rebounds (T-17th in the NBA) in 32.2 minutes per game.

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Tyrone Corbin Signed By Kings For Remainder Of Season

Dec 30, 2014 8:00 PM

The Sacramento Kings have removed the interim tag from Tyrone Corbin’s title as head coach.

Corbin has agreed to a contract to coach the Kings through the remainder of this season.

Corbin was promoted after the Kings fired Michael Malone on Dec. 14 and the Kings are 2-5 during his tenure.


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D-Fenders Acquire Jarvis Varnado From Energy
Jarvis Varnado appeared in 45 NBA D-League games for Sioux Falls and Iowa, making 44 starts and averaging 14.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.0 blocks in 31.1 minutes per game.

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Alec Burks To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery On Shoulder
Alec Burks will undergo season-ending surgery on his left shoulder.

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Heat Reassign Shabazz Napier To D-League
Shabazz Napier has appeared in 25 games with the Heat this season.

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LeBron: 'Chill Mode' Had Nothing To Do With Not Giving My All
LeBron James elaborated on describing his disposition as "chill mode" in the Cavaliers' 98-89 win over the Magic last week.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Stan Van Gundy Calls Pistons' Job His Last In NBA
Stan Van Gundy is open to coaching beyond his current five-year contract.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Kenyon Martin To Meet With Bucks
Kenyon Martin was headed to Cleveland on Tuesday morning to meet with Jason Kidd.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Serge Ibaka Continues To Refrain From Complaining About Lack Of 4th Quarter Looks
Serge Ibaka continues to not get very many looks on offense in the fourth quarter, averaging only 3.4 points on just 2.6 shot attempts.

Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

Chris Bosh Wants To Play In Post More As Heat Break Habits Of Playing With LeBron
Chris Bosh was a perimeter option on offense with LeBron James.

Shandel Richardson/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Durant Close To Return After First Full Practice Since Injury
Kevin Durant could return in the next Oklahoma City game.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Trevor Ariza Happy With Rockets' Decision, Transition
Trevor Ariza's versatility on defense has been invaluable to the Rockets.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Jimmy Butler, James Harden Named NBA Players Of The Week
Jimmy Butler led the Bulls to a 4-0 week behind averages of 23.0 points (seventh in the conference), 7.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 blocks.

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Hawks' Ownership Search Moving Very Slowly
The Hawks' ownership search is moving very slowly, according to a source.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Source: Clippers 'Don't Like Each Other'
The Clippers are 20-11 this season, good for the sixth seed in the Western Conference.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Cavs Worried About Divide Between David Blatt, Players
There is reportedly a rising concern in team circles about the level of response that David Blatt is getting on the floor.

Brian Windhorst, Marc Stein/ESPN

Knicks Allow Carmelo Anthony To Decide Playing Status With Injured Knee
Carmelo Anthony has received expansive treatment on his knee.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Mavericks Unsure If Jermaine O'Neal Wants To Sign With Them
The Mavericks have explored center options to add depth in their frontcourt.

Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

LeBron: Cavs Not Very Good Right Now
The Cavaliers are 11-6 at home this season.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Patty Mills Makes Season Debut Sunday After Offseason Shoulder Surgery
Patty Mills has missed the first 31 games of the season after having right shoulder surgery on July 2.

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Lakers Claim Tarik Black Off Waivers, Waive Xavier Henry
The Lakers have claimed Tarik Black off waivers and waived Xavier Henry.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Mavs Praise Shooting, Readiness Of Charlie Villanueva
The Mavericks have praised Charlie Villanueva's readiness and shooting in limited minutes.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN