May 2017 Basketball Wiretap

RealGM Radio: Jared Dubin On The Finals, The Upcoming Offseason

May 31, 2017 9:15 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and prolific freelancer Jared Dubin (@JADubin5) catch up on the playoffs so far and the upcoming NBA Finals.

They also discuss some of the more compelling off-seasons around the league and what lessons teams can learn from 2016 in the new salary landscape.

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Warriors Could Face $300M In Combined Salary, Tax By 19-20

May 31, 2017 6:34 PM

The Golden State Warriors could have a completely unprecedented level of salary and luxury tax in the coming seasons.

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant are each expected to sign for 35 percent max contracts as soon as this offseason, or the 2018 offseason in the case of Durant.

Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will also likely sign new max contracts in the coming seasons.

By 19-20 and 20-21, the Warriors' combined salary and tax could equal $300 million per season.

The Warriors move into a new arena in downtown San Francisco in time for the 19-20 season.

Bobby Marks/The Vertical

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA CBA

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LeBron James Responds To Hate Crime Vandalism At His L.A. Home

May 31, 2017 6:09 PM

The Los Angeles home of LeBron James was vandalized on Wednesday with a racial epithet. Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

James was asked to comment on the incident during Wednesday's press conference ahead of Game 1 of The Finals.

"I mean, as I sit here on the eve of one of the greatest sporting events that we have in sports, race and what's going on comes again and on my behalf and my family's behalf," said James. "But I look at it as this. I mean, if this -- if this is to shed a light and continue to keep the conversation going on my behalf, then I'm okay with it. My family is safe. At the end of the day, they're safe, and that's the most important.

"But it just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America. And, you know, hate in America, especially for African Americans, is living every day. And even though that it's concealed most of the time, even though people hide their faces and will say things about you and when they see you they smile in your face, it's a part of life every single day.

"And I think back to Emmett Till's mom, actually. It's kind of one of the first things I thought of, and the reason that she had an open casket is because she wanted to show the world what her son went through as far as a hate crime and being black in America.

"So it's like it doesn't -- no matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is -- it's tough. And we got a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African Americans, until we feel equal in America. But my family is safe, and that's what's -- that's what's important."

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Cavaliers Wearing Blue Jerseys For Game 1, Saving Black T-Shirt Uniform

May 31, 2017 4:11 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will wear their blue road jerseys for Game 1 of The Finals. The Cavaliers have worn that jersey for all prior playoff games this season.

The Cavaliers are holding onto their black, t-shirt style jerseys they wore in Games 5 and 7 last season for the "right moment."

The Cavaliers discussed which uniforms to wear against the Warriors for Game 1 on their flight back to Cleveland following Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Boston.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Adam Silver: LaVar Ball Will 'Settle Down' Once Lonzo Is Drafted

May 31, 2017 3:41 PM

Adam Silver said in an interview with ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike on Wednesday that he thinks LaVar Ball "will settle down" once his son, Lonzo Ball is drafted.

Silver has no plans to talk to LaVar Ball about his public profile.

Silver credited LaVar Ball for his promotional skills, calling his ability to generate publicity "quite incredible."

"I think here, if I were an NBA team looking at Lonzo Ball, I'm not sure how much consideration I would give to his father. I think ultimately the issue is, how much game does Lonzo have, how great a player can he be.

"I think his dad will invariably settle down once his son is drafted and a team has the appropriate discussions with him. So I'm not concerned about that," Silver said.

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Emeka Okafor Attempting NBA Return After Four Seasons Away

May 31, 2017 2:07 PM

Emeka Okafor has been cleared to resume his playing career and is seeking a return to the NBA.

Okafor last played in the NBA during the 12-13 season with the Washington Wizards.

Okafor was out for several seasons due to a herniated disc in his neck.

Okafor turns 35 in September.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Tags: Emeka Okafor, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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NBA Playoff Ratings Up 4 Percent, Local Regular Season Games Down 14 Percent

May 31, 2017 11:52 AM

There have been concerns that the lack of competitive balance displayed in the 2017 NBA Playoffs is bad for the league.

Playoff ratings on television are up four percent from last season. The NBA's broadcast partners aren't as anxious about the current lack of parity as team officials.

"We saw a very deep, very competitive regular season that played out positively from our perspective on how fans reacted," says Burke Magnus, ESPN's executive vice president of programming and scheduling.

While superteams help national rankings, local ratings sometimes suffer as a result. NBA ratings on regional sports networks were down 14 percent this season and even the Golden State Warriors dropped by 10 percent despite adding Kevin Durant. During the 15-16 season, the Warriors' ratings were boosted by their win streak to start the season and their quest for 73 wins.

"We were all wondering the same thing," says one of the GMs in attendance during a meeting at the combine in which Adam Silver discussed efforts to shorten games. "Is this because the new generation just watches highlights? Or is it because everybody knows who's going to win?"

Lee Jenkins/Sports Illustrated

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Bucks Interested In Wilcox, Stefanski, Dinwiddie, Karnisovas For GM Job

May 31, 2017 10:30 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks have been granted permission to interview several front office candidates as they look to fill their general manager vacancy.

John Hammond departed the Bucks last week to join the Orlando Magic with Justin Zanik acting as interim GM.

Milwaukee made calls on Tuesday to inquire about Indiana vice president of basketball operations Peter Dinwiddie, Denver assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas, Memphis Grizzlies VP of player personnel Ed Stefanski and Atlanta Hawks special adviser to ownership Wes Wilcox.

Stefanski and Wilcox both were general managers in the NBA. Stefanski was GM of the Philadelphia 76ers (2007-11) and Wilcox was with the Hawks (2015-17).

Dinwiddie and Karnisovas have emerged as two of the NBA’s most respected young front-office executives.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lonzo Ball To Hold Solo Workout With Lakers On June 7th

May 31, 2017 2:06 AM

Lonzo Ball will work out for the Los Angeles Lakers on June 7th. The Lakers are the only team Ball is scheduled to work out for though he could add one or two meetings with teams near the top of the draft.

Ball has emerged as the frontrunner to be selected by the Lakers at No. 2. 

Ball will meet with the front office and coaches while also participating in an individual workout. Ball never considered a one-on-one workout against another prospect.

The Lakers plan to work out other top prospects over the next two weeks, including Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox and N.C. State’s Dennis Smith.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft Workouts

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Blazers Willing To Attach First Round Pick To Dump Salary

May 31, 2017 1:58 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers own three first round picks this year and are willing to part ways with one of them in order to remove one of their unwanted contracts from their books, according to a source.

The Blazers have no pending free agents this offseason and face a numbers crunch with their roster in addition to a significant luxury tax payment.

The Blazers re-signed Allen Crabbe, Meyers Leonard and Maurice Harkless last offseason, while also adding Evan Turner and Festus Ezeli in free agency. The Blazers will waive Ezeli in the offseason.

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Clippers Interested In Hiring Jerry West
Jerry West is under contract with the Warriors until July and has been asked by Joe Lacob to remain on a new deal.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Nick Kerr To Join Spurs As Video Coordinator
Nick Kerr played collegiately at UC San Diego before transferring to Cal as a graduate student.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Steve Kerr Confirms He Plans To Coach Next Season
Steve Kerr plans to coach next season no matter what happens in The Finals.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Danilo Gallinari Declines $16.1M Player Option With Nuggets
Danilo Gallinari remains interested in signing a long-term deal with the Nuggets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Markelle Fultz Wants To Be Selected No. 1 'Really Bad'
Markelle Fultz has had multiple conversations with Danny Ainge since the draft combine in early May.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Dunc'd On: 2017 NBA Finals Preview, DET Offseason w/ Dan Feldman
A deep dive at the numbers and matchups in the 2017 NBA Finals, then a look at the Pistons' offseason options.

Pistons Interested In Trading No. 12 Pick For Established Player
The Pistons received little production out of their first round picks from the past two seasons during the 16-17 season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

LeBron James Fully Plans On Owning An NBA Franchise In Retirement
While LeBron James has ventures in media and entertainment, owning an NBA franchise is something he's obsessed with.

Ken Berger/The Athletic

Nerlens Noel Could Receive Multiple Max Offers In Free Agency
The Mavericks traded for Nerlens Noel at the deadline and hope to keep him in restricted free agency.

Mike Fisher/DallasBasketball.com

Dewayne Dedmon Declines $3M Player Option With Spurs
Dewayne Dedmon signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Spurs last offseason.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Chris Bosh Could Struggle To Find Team To Clear Him
While Chris Bosh has remained an effective player, finding a doctor to clear him following his recurring blood clots will be challenging.

David Aldridge/NBA.com (via Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Doc Rivers: Durant Joining Warriors 'Tough To Watch For Anybody That's Competitive'
Doc Rivers won The Finals in 2008 with a freshly assembled superteam when Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined he and Paul Pierce with the Celtics.

Mike & Mike/ESPN (via Sporting News)

Stephen Curry Hopes To 'Sustain' His Play For Next Three Weeks
Stephen Curry has struggled at times in each of the past two Finals.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Cavaliers Might Have Picked Jonas Valanciunas If They Knew When He'd Join NBA
The Cavaliers somewhat surprisingly selected Tristan Thompson with the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Steve Kerr Unlikely To Coach Game 1 Of Finals
Steve Kerr has had good days and bad days since his procedure earlier this month.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

RealGM Radio: NBA Draft Lottery Winners
Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) previews the NBA Draft and off-season with people who cover the three winners of the draft lottery.

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Dunc'd On: MIA, NOP Offseason Outlooks, More On BOS Offseason
Miami's challenges to retain their free agents, New Orleans' offseason, and more on Boston's options with Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley.

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Chris Cohan Vetoed Warriors' Kevin Garnett Trade In 2007 For Financial Reasons
The Warriors were close to trading for Kevin Garnett shortly after their We Believe success.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Jerry West Likely To Extend Contract With Warriors
Jerry West was brought to the Warriors in May of 2011.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Jazz Deny Giving D.J. Wilson First Round Promise
The Jazz have denied a report they have promised to select D.J. Wilson with the 30th overall pick.

Aaron Falk, Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune