Basketball Wiretap

Draymond Green To Paul Pierce: You Can't Get No Farewell Tour

Feb 24, 2017 11:04 AM

During the opening minute of the Golden State Warriors' win over the Los Angeles Clippers, Draymond Green began talking trash during a free throw to Paul Pierce sitting on the bench.

“Chasing that farewell tour, they don’t love you like that," said Green. "You can’t get no farewell tour, they don’t love you like that. You ain’t got that type of love. You thought you was Kobe.”


Pierce was critical of Kevin Durant's decision to leave the Thunder for the Warriors in the offseason, which prompted a reply from Green.

"I just wonder at what point do they get bored talking about the same thing. You got all these guys talking. Like (Paul) Pierce today, like, dude nobody care what you did or who you did it for. Just give it a break."

Pierce replied on Twitter after the game.


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Tags: Draymond Green, Paul Pierce, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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Jarrett Jack Signs 10-Day Deal With Pelicans

Feb 24, 2017 10:52 AM

Jarrett Jack has agreed upon a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Jarrett Jack, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Joel Embiid Unhappy With How 76ers Handling Injury Updates

Feb 24, 2017 10:45 AM

Joel Embiid went through a full scrimmage Thursday and the Philadelphia 76ers' medical staff was pleased by his progress, but the team still said he'll miss their next four games.

The Sixers are targeting a March 3 return against the Knicks from what the team is calling a left knee contusion.

"Honestly, I think I can play, but I'm not ready to play," Embiid said. "There was no swelling yesterday. This morning when I came in, there was a little bit. I just finished practice and I feel good, but there's still a little bit of swelling. I've got to manage that."

Embiid has sat out the previous 11 games and admits he's not happy with how the 76ers have managed updates with the injury.

"I was told I was going to kind of miss two or three weeks, so I wasn't happy with the way it was handled," Embiid said. "I thought keeping my name out there was going to literally have people think about me all the time instead of just saying when I was going to be back. So I'm happy that they did that today and said that I’m out for the next four games."

Tom Moore/Burlington County Times

Tags: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA

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Ben Simmons Ruled Out For Entire 16-17 Season

Feb 24, 2017 10:35 AM

Ben Simmons will sit out the entire 16-17 season.

Simmons underwent surgery on a broken foot in training camp and a most recent scan shows the bone has not fully healed.

Simmons was the top overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft out of LSU. The 76ers also had Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid miss what would have been their rookie season with Embiid sitting out a second season before returning this year.

"It's not the way you want to start your career, but it happens. We're not excited about the news today," said Bryan Colangelo.

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Tags: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Carmelo Anthony Doesn't Understand Vision Of Knicks' Management

Feb 24, 2017 10:34 AM

Carmelo Anthony admitted he doesn't understand management's vision for the New York Knicks after they sat out the deadline.

"No, not now. No, to be honest with you," Anthony said late Thursday night. "I think they were kind of planning on the trade deadline, whether they were trying to make moves. I think that was one plan. Now they've got to get back to the drawing board and come up with another plan about the future of this team."

The Knicks discussed a trade centered on Derrick Rose for Ricky Rubio. New York also held discussions involving Anthony with a number of teams in the weeks leading to the deadline but never approached him on waiving his no-trade clause with an actual proposal.

"Yeah, I mean, nobody likes to be in limbo," Anthony said. "We all want to know kind of what's going on, especially when it's involving you. But that's not the way it is in sports. I don't think I'm the only one that's going through that or feeling that way. I think there's other players who feel the same way, that they want to be involved -- not involved, but at least up to date with what's going on. I feel like I'm kind of up to date as far as when it comes to me what's going on."

Anthony, who has a no-trade clause, added that he "anticipated" that the Knicks wouldn't put together a deal to trade him by the deadline.

"It wasn't really anything kind of worth looking at, talking about or exploring. So I kind of knew that over the past couple of days," Anthony said, adding that the Knicks never approached him with a formal trade. "We all kind of know what was going on out there, seeing what was worth talking about or bringing to the table. Obviously nothing was worth bringing to the table."

Ian Begley/ESPN

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

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Dunc'd On: #TwitterNBAShow Trade Deadline with Tim Bontemps

Feb 24, 2017 3:33 AM

Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post joins to break down every trade over the last two days and pick our winners and losers of the trade deadline, plus answer questions via Twitter and Periscope.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA).

Click to subscribe via RSS feed or iTunes.

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Phil Jackson Difficult For Opposing Execs To Reach Leading To Deadline

Feb 23, 2017 11:51 PM

The New York Knicks intend to keep Phil Jackson as president but his intentions for the direction of the franchise are unclear and he hasn't addressed the media in weeks.

Jackson also doesn't like speaking to opposing executives.

One NBA general manager told the New York Daily News last week in New Orleans that his team "can't get a hold of Phil. It's crazy."

On the front office level, relationships are a critical component of doing business. Relationships between teams allow mutually beneficial trades to happen. The one major trade Jackson has made, acquiring Derrick Rose from the Bulls, can be linked to his former player John Paxson.

Jackson reportedly has few friends around the NBA outside of those he's worked with directly in the past. There is a notion that some executives of teams Jackson has openly ridiculed in the past aren't interested in doing business with him.

There are also several veterans unhappy with the direction of the team and don't like having to run the triangle offense.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns To Waive Jared Sullinger, Mike Scott; Sign Ronnie Price For Remainder Of Season

Feb 23, 2017 9:44 PM

The Phoenix Suns plan on waiving Jared Sullinger and Mike Scott.

The Suns traded for Sullinger as part of their deal with the Toronto Raptors for P.J. Tucker. 

Scott was acquired in a separate trade with the Atlanta Hawks.

The Suns will sign Ronnie Price for the remainder of the season.

Doug Haller/Arizona Republic

Tags: Jared Sullinger, Mike Scott, Ronnie Price, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Andrew Bogut Allowed To Sign With Warriors Due To CBA Loophole

Feb 23, 2017 8:38 PM

Andrew Bogut is expected to agree upon a buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers and a loophole in the CBA will allow him to return to the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors traded Bogut to the Dallas Mavericks in the offseason to help clear salary cap space to sign Kevin Durant. The Mavericks traded Bogut to the 76ers in a package for Nerlens Noel at the deadline.

The reacquisition restriction rule only applies to the "last trade" and not all prior trades as well.

According to a source, the NBA is interpreting that the "last trade" designation technically applies to the Mavericks only.

It is not year clear if the Warriors will have interest in Bogut, who figures to receive interest from the Cavaliers and Celtics.

According to Marc Stein, the Warriors will consider all options but they have been focused on targeting guards or signing Briante Weber for the remainder of the season. The Warriors have Zaza Pachulia, David West and JaVale McGee on their depth chart for big man minutes, though they recently waived Anderson Varejao.

Bobby Marks, Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Hawks To Sign Lamar Patterson, Ryan Kelly For Remainder Of Season

Feb 23, 2017 8:30 PM

The Atlanta Hawks will sign Lamar Patterson and Ryan Kelly to contracts for the remainder of the season.

Patterson recently signed two 10-day contracts with the team. The last contract expired on Feb. 17, during the NBA All-Star break.

Kelly was with the Hawks during training camp but released before the regular season on Oct. 18. He was brought back and signed on Oct. 31. He was later waived on Jan. 6.

The Hawks had one open roster spot at the trade deadline after not immediately signing Patterson for the remainder of the season. They created a second open roster spot by trading Mike Scott to the Suns.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tags: Ryan Kelly, Lamar Patterson, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bulls Won't Buyout Rajon Rondo, View Him As Trade Piece In June
With Rondo on a partially guaranteed deal for the 17-18 season, the Bulls view Rajon Rondo as an attractive trade chip in June.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Paul George Frustrated Pacers Didn't Loop Him In On Trade Talks
The Pacers took trade talks with Paul George down to the wire ahead of the deadline but elected to keep him.

Nate Taylor/Indianapolis Star

Nuggets Were Hesitant To Include Jamal Murray In Offer For Paul George
Jamal Murray has been one of the most promising rookies of the 2016 draft class.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Hawks Made Aggressive Offers For Jimmy Butler, Paul George
Atlanta made aggressive offers built around a package of draft picks.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Grizzlies Sign Toney Douglas For Remainder Of Season
Toney Douglas has appeared in 14 games as a reserve for the Grizzlies this season and averaged 5.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 17.2 minutes.

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Chris Bosh Joins TNT, Won't Attempt Return This Season
The Heat are expected to move forward with their case for cap relief during the same time frame that Chris Bosh will be working on Turner's Monday doubleheader broadcasts.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Mavericks Waive Deron Williams, Expected To Sign With Cavaliers
The Mavericks have waived Deron Williams.

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Hawks Trade Mike Scott To Suns
The deal generated a $3.3 million traded player exception for the Hawks.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Constitution

Pelicans To Waive Terrence Jones
Terrence Jones is on a veteran's minimum contract after he had a tepid free agent market last offseason.

Justin Verrier/ESPN

James Dolan Donated $300,000 To Donald Trump Campaign
James Dolan donated $300,000 to the fundraising committee 'Trump Victory', according to public records.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Deron Williams Could Agree To Buyout With Mavs
The Mavericks would like to give Yogi Ferrell an extended look as their starting point guard.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Wolves Walk Away From Ricky Rubio For Derrick Rose Deal With Knicks
The Wolves have shopped Ricky Rubio throughout the season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Raptors Acquire P.J. Tucker From Suns
The Raptors have agreed to acquire P.J. Tucker from the Suns.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Nuggets Acquire Roy Hibbert From Bucks
The move will get the Nuggets closer to the salary cap floor.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Lakers Trade Marcelo Huertas To Rockets For Tyler Ennis
The Rockets will waive Marcelo Huertas to clear more cap room for the buyout market.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Pacers Decide To Keep Paul George
The Pacers received offers for Paul from the Celtics, Nuggets and others.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Thunder Acquire Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson From Bulls For Cameron Payne
Taj Gibson will be a free agent in the offseason.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Rockets Trade K.J. McDaniels To Nets
The Rockets will be able to use K.J. McDaniels' $3 million cap space on the buyout market.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Paul George Not Interested In Nuggets Long-Term After Pacers Receive 'Monster' Offer
The Nuggets conveyed a "monster" offer to the Pacers for Paul George but the talks gained no traction.

Marc Stein, Chris Haynes/ESPN

Bulls, Thunder Discussing Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson, Andre Roberson, Cameron Payne
The Bulls have interest in Cameron Payne.

Marc Stein, Royce Young/ESPN