March 2017 Basketball Wiretap

Pacers Agree To Sign Lance Stephenson To Three-Year, $12M Deal

Mar 29, 2017 12:22 PM

The Indiana Pacers have agreed to sign Lance Stephenson to a three-year deal worth $12 million with a team option in Year 3.

The Pacers will have a roster spot with the release of Rodney Stuckey.

Stephenson left the Pacers to sign with the Charlotte Hornets in the 2014 offseason. Stephenson has since played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Pacers To Waive Rodney Stuckey

Mar 29, 2017 10:59 AM

The Indiana Pacers will waive Rodney Stuckey.

Stuckey is out several weeks with a patellar strain.

Stuckey had an April 10th guarantee date on his contract for the 17-18 season worth $7 million.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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Mavericks To Sign Jarrod Uthoff For Remainder Of Season

Mar 29, 2017 11:06 AM

The Dallas Mavericks plan to sign Jarrod Uthoff to a deal for the remainder of the current season.

Dallas will let Manny Harris return to the Texas Legends of the D-League.

Both players were on 10-day contracts with the Mavericks.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Manny Harris, Jarrod Uthoff, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Legends, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Pelicans Sign Quinn Cook To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Mar 29, 2017 5:06 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed Quinn Cook to a second 10-day contract.  

Cook, 6-2, 179, who was originally signed by New Orleans on March 19, has appeared in three games with the Pelicans, averaging 1.0 points and 0.7 assists in 2.7 minutes per game.

Cook has played in a total of eight NBA games this season (five with Dallas), posting averages of 3.8 points and 1.8 assists in 10.6 minutes per contest.

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Kevin Durant Progressing From Knee Injury, Will Be Re-Evaluated In 7-10 Days

Mar 29, 2017 3:42 PM

The Golden State Warriors released the following update on the injury of Kevin Durant.

"Kevin has made very good progress since suffering the injury four weeks ago in Washington. He has not experienced any setbacks to date and has progressed as well as could be expected. At this point, he is being incorporated into non-contact basketball drills – shooting, running and jumping – and the plan is to intensify his level of movement over the next several days, which will include more explosive cutting and lateral maneuvers. His eventual return to contact drills and practice will be predicated upon his progress to the increased intensity of his workouts, and a return to game action prior to the end of the regular season remains a possibility. He will be re-evaluated again in the next 7-10 days."

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Joakim Noah Cleared By Doctor To Begin Serving Suspension

Mar 29, 2017 12:15 PM

The NBA's independent doctor has decided Joakim Noah is healthy enough to play following his knee surgery.

Noah will immediately begin serving his 20-game suspension over the final eight games of the current season. Noah will then miss the first 12 games of the 17-18 season.

Noah received a 20-game suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug program.

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Paul George Criticizes Teammates 'Pride' Following Loss

Mar 29, 2017 11:09 AM

The Indiana Pacers blew a fourth quarter lead in their 115-114 loss on Tuesday to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“Pissed,” George said in describing his emotions. “I know I was pissed. It’s the only to really sum it up.”

The Pacers are now just one game ahead of the Heat.

 

“We should have a professional approach, man, and defend our home court, especially to a team that’s not even in the playoffs,” George said of losing to the Timberwolves (29-44). “That’s what it comes down to. As a team, we’ve got to have a grit and we’ve got to own up, man up.”

George criticized his teammates for the Pacers' inability to win a key game.

“There’s no urgency, no sense of urgency, no winning pride,” he said.

Nate Taylor/Indianapolis Star

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Livio Jean-Charles Returns To ASVEL

Mar 29, 2017 3:56 PM

Livio Jean-Charles will return to ASVEL, a French team owned by Tony Parker.

Jean-Charles came to the United States this season but was released by the San Antonio Spurs in training camp.

Jean-Charles spent the season in the D-League with the Austin Spurs, averaging 9.9 points and 5.5 rebounds.

Jeff Garcia/NBC San Antonio

Tags: Livio Jean-Charles, San Antonio Spurs, Austin Spurs, ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne, NBA, D-League, International, D-League Teams, International Teams

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Reggie Jackson: I Felt Like A Shell Of Myself At Times This Season

Mar 29, 2017 12:20 PM

Reggie Jackson had a frustrating 16-17 season in which he could never fully get back from the platelet-rich plasma treatment he underwent for his left knee tendinosis.

“Just felt a little different. There were plays I know I made in ’15 and ’16 and gaps that I could hit and had the confidence to get there at all times,” he said after Tuesday’s loss at the buzzer to Miami gravely wounded his team’s playoff chances. “And this season, at times felt good and I could get there, other times felt like I was a shell of myself.”

“He was absolutely dominant,” Van Gundy said. “He had a great summer.”

The Pistons were 11-10 without Jackson before his early-December return.

“I could see the gap and felt like I couldn’t get there at times, couldn’t explode there, couldn’t get there as quick,” Jackson said. “It was like guys are popping out of nowhere when they get back in front of the ball and get in front of me. Didn’t feel like I was quite the same.”

Jackson is hopeful of a silver lining in what has been a lost season.

“It’s tough, but I also think it’s going to be good in the long run, force me to have to play a little different, force me to have to expand my game,” he said. “I haven’t been great this season by the way that I measure myself, but without pain there wouldn’t be joy. I truly believe there’s light at the end of the tunnel and I see it with everything I’ve gone through so far. This season will all be worth it and will make everything that much more joyful.”

Keith Langlois/NBA.com

Tags: Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Injury

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Dunc'd On: Nurkic Revenge Game (DEN/POR), GSW/HOU, MIA/DET

Mar 29, 2017 4:05 AM

Jusuf Nurkic destroys his old mates in Denver, Golden State continues its domination in Houston, and Miami ends Detroit's playoff chances with a Hassan Whiteside buzzer-beater.

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NBA Doesn't Expect Spirit Of Awards To Change With Post-Finals Show
The NBA will host an awards show for the first time in league history, which will air live on June 26th from New York City.

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Suns Sign Jarell Eddie To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Jarell Eddie has played in five games since joining the Suns and averaged 4.8 points in 12.5 minutes.

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Joakim Noah Trying To Start Suspension As Quickly As Possible
Joakim Noah is attempting to be medically cleared to return from his left knee surgery in order to begin his 20-game suspension this season.

Mike Vorkunov/New York Times

Rodney Stuckey Out 4-6 Weeks With Left Patellar Tendon Strain
Rodney Stuckey sustained the injury on Sunday.

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Dennis Smith Leaves N.C. State For NBA Draft
Dennis Smith is expected to be a top-10 pick in the draft.

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Lonzo Ball: I'm Better Than Markelle Fultz
Lonzo Ball and Markelle Fultz are widely considered the top-2 players in the 2017 NBA Draft class.

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Harry Giles Leaving Duke For 2017 NBA Draft
Harry Giles has announced he will declare for the 2017 NBA Draft after one season at Duke.

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Rick Carlisle: Rule Changes Changed Culture To Emphasize Skilled Players
Rick Carlisle was asked to theorize why offense has been up around the NBA this season.

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Adam Silver Believes NBA 'Definitely' Will Have Female Head Coach
Adam Silver's interview was promoting the NBA and Leanin.org's launch of a gender equality public awareness campaign.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

LeBron James: Cavs Going Through 'Delicate Time Right Now'
The Cavaliers have dropped to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference behind the Celtics.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Kings Deny Report Of Bringing In Executive Above Vlade Divac
Vlade Divac has said he is in charge of all basketball decisions, but that doesn't preclude Vivek Ranadive from hiring someone to be Divac's boss.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Drew Eubanks To Declare For Draft
Drew Eubanks averaged 14.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 32 games this season for Oregon State.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Dunc'd On: News, 4 Random Players, CLE/SAS
News, including injuries, front office drama, and suspensions.

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Paul Millsap Diagnosed With Left Knee Synovitis
Paul Millsap has been diagnosed with left knee synovitis and has undergone a non-surgical procedure at Emory.

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Kings Receive Permission To Interview Sam Hinkie
It is not yet known what type of role the Kings are considering for Sam Hinkie nor his level of interest.

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Jabari Brown Named D-League Player Of The Week
Jabari Brown led Santa Cruz to a 3-0 week, averaging 25.7 points (sixth in the league), 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

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DeMar DeRozan, James Harden Named Players Of The Week
DeMar DeRozan and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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Becky Hammon Turns Down Florida Job To Stay With Spurs
While Florida's offer was more than Becky Hammon is receiving with the Spurs, it was in the lower tier for the SEC.

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Net Rating: Raptors Climb To 4th
The Raptors have moved back into the top-5 for the first time in weeks.

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Jim Buss Removed As Co-Trustee Of Lakers
Janie Buss will replace Jim Buss as co-trustee, joining Jeanie Buss and Johnny Buss.

Nathan Fenno/Los Angeles Times