June 2017 Basketball Wiretap

Chris Paul Traded By Clippers To Rockets

Jun 28, 2017 11:40 AM

Chris Paul has been traded by the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets.

Paul agreed to the opt-in of his contract to allow the trade to happen.

The Clippers will receive Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and a top-3 protected 2018 first round pick in exchange for Paul.

Paul had until Wednesday to opt out of the final season of his contract.

During a meeting on Tuesday, Paul informed the Clippers that he planned to sign with the Rockets in free agency unless they worked out a trade.

According to David Aldridge, the Clippers were unwilling to give Paul a fifth year at the max which would have been worth nearly $45 million.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Believe Blake Griffin Will Re-Sign

Jun 28, 2017 12:30 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers believe they will be able to re-sign Blake Griffin following their trade of Chris Paul.

Griffin and Paul were both scheduled to be free agents and it was unclear if they would re-sign both players.

Griffin is expected to receive interest from the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles times

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Paul George Willing To Commit Long-Term To Cavs If LeBron Stays

Jun 28, 2017 1:19 PM

Paul George is open to re-signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers if he's traded there this offseason and LeBron James chooses to remain there next summer.

While George has preferred to end up with the Los Angeles Lakers, he is prudent enough to not leave an opportunity to compete for a title with the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers are attempting to come up with a three-way trade scenario involving Kevin Love that results in a trade for George.

George also feels the same way if he's traded to the Boston Celtics or San Antonio Spurs.

The Lakers have limited assets to trade to the Indiana Pacers for George even with the commitment that he'll re-sign.

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Tags: Paul George, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Fire Phil Jackson As President Of Basketball Operations

Jun 28, 2017 9:35 AM

The New York Knicks have fired Phil Jackson as president of basketball operations for the New York Knicks.

Jackson has two years and $24 million remaining on his contract with the Knicks.

James Dolan is targeting Masai Ujiri to replace Jackson as president. The Toronto Raptors recently elevated Ujiri and gave him a raise.

According to Marc Stein, Tim Leiweke is poised to help the Knicks as an advisor following the sudden departure of Jackson.

Ramona Shelburne reports Steve Mills will be in charge of the Knicks' personnel moves through free agency.

"After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction," said Dolan. "Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated and successful individuals in the history of the NBA. His legacy in the game of basketball is unmatched. We wish him the best and thank him for his service to the Knicks as both a player and an executive.

"While we are currently evaluating how best to move forward regarding the leadership of the organization, I will not be involved in the operation of the team," continued Mr. Dolan. "Steve Mills, the team’s general manager, will run the day-to-day business of the organization over the short term. Tim Leiweke, who brings tremendous expertise and experience in sports franchise management from both Toronto and Los Angeles and is our partner in the Oak View Group, will advise and work with Steve on an interim basis to help develop a go-forward plan." 

“The New York Knicks will always hold a special place in my heart,” Jackson said. “This team and this town launched my NBA career. I will forever be indebted to them. I am grateful to Mr. Dolan for giving me the opportunity to return here.

"I had hoped, of course, to bring another NBA championship to the Garden. As someone who treasures winning, I am deeply disappointed that we weren’t able to do that. New York fans deserve nothing less. I wish them and the Knicks organization all the best – today and always.”

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Durant Likely To Re-Sign With Warriors In Late July

Jun 28, 2017 10:33 AM

Kevin Durant will likely wait until later in July to re-sign with the Golden State Warriors.

Durant will allow the Warriors to do the majority of their offseason maneuvering before settling on his terms.

Durant is likely to take a below max one-plus-one deal in order to give the Warriors more flexibility in retaining Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. Durant will not field any outside offers.

Durant has a $27.7 million player option for the 17-18 season that he will decline.

"Everyone expects this to be an easy process," one source said.

Durant and Rich Kleiman have become very close with Bob Myers over their year working together. 

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Rockets Still Trying To Trade For 3rd Star Following Chris Paul Trade

Jun 28, 2017 12:27 PM

The Houston Rockets are still attempting to acquire a third star following their trade for Chris Paul.

The Rockets have been in pursuit of a trade for Paul George.

"They think they are getting Carmelo or Paul George," said a source to Tim MacMahon.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tags: Paul George, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Targeting Masai Ujiri For President Of Basketball Operations Job

Jun 28, 2017 9:45 AM

The New York Knicks are targeting Masai Ujiri to replace Phil Jackson as president of basketball operations. 

Ujiri joined the Toronto Raptors in 2013 from the Denver Nuggets and recently was elevated to a higher position while being given a raise.

James Dolan has known to be fond of Ujiri for several years.

Ujiri negotiated against the Knicks on the Carmelo Anthony trade while with the Nuggets and again on the Andrea Bargnani trade. The Knicks also discussed a Kyle Lowry trade but Dolan backed out due to concerns about negotiating with Ujiri again.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mavericks Trade DeAndre Liggins To Rockets For Cash Considrations

Jun 28, 2017 1:02 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have traded DeAndre Liggins to the Houston Rockets for cash considerations.

The Mavericks were going to decline their team option on Liggins.

Dallas claimed Liggins off waivers from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Carmelo Anthony Could Join Rockets If Buyout Reached With Knicks

Jun 28, 2017 12:44 PM

If Carmelo Anthony agrees to a buyout with the New York Knicks, he will reportedly join the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets traded for Chris Paul on Wednesday, who is one of Anthony's best friends in the NBA.

Anthony was also linked to joining the Rockets in 2014.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have also been mentioned as a potential destination for Anthony if bought out.

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Carmelo Anthony Situation Accelerated Exit Talks Between Phil Jackson, James Dolan

Jun 28, 2017 11:09 AM

The exit of Phil Jackson as president of basketball operations of the New York Knicks accelerated when the team decided they would not buy out Carmelo Anthony.

Jackson had lobbied for the Knicks to part ways with Anthony, preferably with a trade or a buyout. Anthony has a no trade clause, which he's been reluctant to waive.

The Knicks were determined not to accommodate Anthony's preference for a buyout on the $54 million he has remaining on his contract in 17-18 and 18-19.

Jackson publicly asked Anthony to waive his no trade clause after the end of the regular season.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings Expected To Sign Bogdan Bogdanovic To Three-Year, $36M Deal
The Kings acquired the draft rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic at the 2016 draft from the Suns.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Chris Paul Lost Faith In Doc Rivers Due To How He Favored Austin Rivers Over Team
When Doc Rivers decided not to trade for Carmelo Anthony in a trade that would have included Austin Rivers, Chris Paul's position on the matter solidified.

Michael Eaves/ESPN

Knicks Interested In Jeff Teague
The Knicks had trade talks with the Hawks on Jeff Teague two years ago.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Hawks Trade Ryan Kelly To Rockets For Cash Considerations
The Rockets have been acquiring non-guaranteed contracts as part of their trade machinations.

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Blazers Trade Tim Quarterman To Rockets For Cash Considerations
Houston is presumably attempting to create cap facilitating moves related to their trade for Chris Paul.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Raptors Promote Bobby Webster, Dan Tolzman, Keith Boyarsky
Bobby Webster came to the Raptors after working for the NBA league office in New York for the previous seven seasons in the NBA's CBA group.

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James Dolan Contemplating Phil Jackson's Future With Knicks
James Dolan is contemplating the future of Phil Jackson as president of the Knicks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Rockets Focused On Trading Ryan Anderson If They Need Cap Space
Ryan Anderson is owed $19.6 million and $61.3 million in total over the next three seasons.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Thunder Exercise $1.5M Team Option On Jerami Grant
The Thunder could have declined Jerami Grant's option and he would have become a restricted free agent.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Rockets Becoming More Serious Threat To Sign Chris Paul
James Harden is among those who have advocated for the Rockets to sign Chris Paul and he's conveyed that directly to him.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Dunc'd On: Mock Offseason Part 1!
The Mock Offseason podcast simulates the NBA offseason with 4 cap experts.

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Jared Dudley Out 3-4 Months With Surgery On Toe
Jared Dudley underwent a left toe ligament and bone procedure last Friday.

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Knicks Have 'Legitimate' Interest In Re-Signing Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose said in late March that he'd prioritize winning over money as a free agent.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Chris Paul Meets With Clippers To Discuss Future
Chris Paul and the Clippers discussed the future of the franchise and will meet again soon.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Wolves, Spurs, Clippers, 76ers, Magic, Nets, Jazz To Pursue Andre Iguodala
The Warriors still hope to re-sign Andre Iguodala.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Suns Tender Qualifying Offers To Alex Len, Alan Williams
Both Alex Len and Alan Williams will enter restricted free agency.

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Knicks Resist Carmelo Anthony's Approach On Buyout Talks
Phil Jackson has publicly appealed to Carmelo Anthony to waive his no-trade clause.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Celtics Have Increasing Confidence In Paul George Extension
The Celtics' belief they can turn Paul George into more than a one-year rental has them increasingly willing to part with significant assets to the Pacers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Jazz Working To Upgrade Roster Before Gordon Hayward's Free Agency
Utah is also exploring scenarios to reshape their roster if Gordon Hayward leaves in free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Celtics Hoping To Acquire Paul George, Free Agent Star In Complicated Sequence
The Pacers may be unwilling to wait until the start of free agency to agree upon a trade and could look elsewhere with their Paul George trade talks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical