Basketball Wiretap

Paul Millsap Diagnosed With Left Knee Synovitis

Mar 27, 2017 8:17 PM

Paul Millsap has been diagnosed with left knee synovitis and has undergone a non-surgical procedure at Emory.

Millsap will be listed as out for the next three games and his status will be updated as appropriate.

Millsap visited with Dr. James Andrews of the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Pensacola, Florida and conferring with Dr. Kyle Hammond and Dr. Kenneth Mautner of the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

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Tags: Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Injury

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Kings Receive Permission To Interview Sam Hinkie

Mar 27, 2017 8:06 PM

The Sacramento Kings have received permission from the Philadelphia 76ers to speak to Sam Hinkie about a role in their front office.

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

Hinkie stepped down as general manager of the 76ers last April.

Marc Stein, Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Sixers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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DeMar DeRozan, James Harden Named Players Of The Week

Mar 27, 2017 4:33 PM

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

DeRozan paced the league in scoring (33.3 ppg) and added 5.7 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals as the Raptors went 3-0 for the week, extending their winning streak to five and clinching a playoff berth for the fourth straight season.

Harden led the Rockets to a 3-0 record for the week, averaging 33.0 points, 13.3 assists, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.00 steals while shooting 48.5% from the floor.  He had at least 20 points and 10 assists in all three games for the week and has done so 46 times this season.

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Tags: Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Award

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Becky Hammon Turns Down Florida Job To Stay With Spurs

Mar 27, 2017 2:34 PM

Becky Hammon has turned down an offer to become head coach at the University of Florida's women's team to remain with the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach.

While Florida's offer was more than Hammon is receiving with the Spurs, it was in the lower tier for the SEC.

Hammon considered the job for a few days before reaching her decision.

Hammon has long wanted to become the NBA's first female head coach.

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Tags: San Antonio Spurs, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Net Rating: Raptors Climb To 4th

Mar 27, 2017 2:03 PM

The Golden State Warriors continue to rank first in Net Rating at +11.6 points per 100 possessions, while the Toronto Raptors have reentered the top-5 at fourth.

Week 21 Rankings
1. Warriors: 11.6
2. Spurs: 8.3
3. Rockets: 6.9
4. Raptors: 4.3
5. Jazz: 3.9
6. Cavaliers: 3.8
7. Clippers: 3.5
8. Celtics: 2.8
9. Wizards: 2.4
10. Hornets: 0.9
11. Thunder: 0.8
12. Heat: 0.7
13. Grizzlies: 0.6
14. Nuggets: 0.3
15. Bucks: 0.3
16. Pacers: -0.9
17. Bulls: -1.0
18. Wolves: -1.0
19. Blazers: -1.0
20. Pistons: -1.2
21. Hawks: -1.4
22. Pelicans: -1.9
23. Mavericks: -2.6
24. Knicks: -3.8
25. Kings: -3.9
26. 76ers: -5.3
27. Suns: -5.8
28. Magic: -6.1
29. Nets: -7.2
30. Lakers: -7.5

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Jim Buss Removed As Co-Trustee Of Lakers

Mar 27, 2017 1:24 PM

Jim Buss resigned as a co-trustee as part of a requirement by Jeanie Buss to resolve his takeover attempt.

Her younger sister and staunch ally, Janie, replaced the brother, joining Jeanie and Johnny Buss as co-trustees.

“The message is clear here: Do not underestimate Jeanie Buss,” her attorney, Adam Streisand, told the Los Angeles Times. “There is not going to be a palace coup. Not now. Not ever.”

The brothers called an annual shareholders meeting last month, three days after Jeanie Buss overhauled the front office. She hired Magic Johnson as president of basketball operations and removed Jim Buss as executive vice president of basketball operations.

The family trusts require her to serve as controlling owner.

Nathan Fenno/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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Warriors Had Interest In Trading For Kyle Lowry In 2013

Mar 27, 2017 11:44 AM

The Golden State Warriors had interest in trading with the Toronto Raptors for Kyle Lowry in 2013.

During the early part of Masai Ujiri's tenure with the Raptors, he shopped Lowry to the New York Knicks and other teams. Lowry was set to be a free agent that offseason.

The Warriors were unwilling to include Festus Ezeli with a pick in their offer for Lowry.

Lowry went on to lead the Raptors to a playoff berth and has become one of their best players in franchise history.

Lowry conceivably could have given the Warriors a two-point guard backcourt with Stephen Curry. The great unknown is whether the Warriors would have been more willing to include Klay Thompson in their trade offer that offseason for Kevin Love if they had traded for and re-signed Lowry.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Tags: Kyle Lowry, Festus Ezeli, Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dunc'd On: The Top-10 Players In The NBA 2017

Mar 27, 2017 4:35 AM

We rank our top-10 players in the NBA, based on who we would most want on our team to win a playoff series.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux).

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Joel Embiid Undergoes Successful Surgery On Meniscus

Mar 26, 2017 2:59 PM

Joel Embiid had minor surgery on his left knee Friday to repair a torn meniscus.

Embiid should be able to transition to full weight-bearing workouts in about two weeks, according to a statement from Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache, who performed the surgery in Los Angeles.

"He deserves some luck," 76ers coach Brett Brown said before Friday's game against the Chicago Bulls. "He's been through a lot, and he's a different person than his first injury."

Embiid missed the first two seasons of his career due to recurring right foot injuries.

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Tags: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Ryan Anderson Out Two Weeks With Sprained Right Ankle

Mar 26, 2017 2:54 PM

Ryan Anderson will miss the next two weeks with a sprained right ankle.

Anderson's tests came back negative.

"The important thing is he can play two or three games before we get into the playoffs," Mike D'Antoni said. "And it looks like he will be on that timetable, we won't push it, and we'll deal with whatever and hopefully he'll be back sooner rather than later."

On the season, Anderson is averaging 13.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. 

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Tags: Ryan Anderson, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Cavaliers Assign Larry Sanders To D-League
Larry Sanders has appeared in two games for the Cavs and one for the Charge since signing with the Cavs on March 13th.

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Billy Donovan Denies Meeting With Hoosiers About Job
Billy Donovan was previously asked about the job when it became available in mid-March.

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Rudy Gobert Criticizes Unspecified Teammates For Playing Selfishly
Rudy Gobert publicly criticized some of his Jazz teammates for playing selfishly during their 108-95 loss to the Clippers.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Warriors Clinch Homecourt Advantage For Finals If They Advance
The Western Conference representative has had homecourt advantage in every Finals since 2014.

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

Lonzo Ball Announces He'll Leave UCLA For Draft
Lonzo Ball is expected to be a top-3 pick in the draft.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Joakim Noah Suspended 20 Games For Violating Anti-Drug Program
Joakim Noah tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is prohibited under the CBA.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

James Harden Helped Facilitate Rockets' Trade For Lou Williams
James Harden reached out to Lou Williams two weeks before the deadline about joining the Rockets.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Rob Pelinka Feels GM Job Is 'Sweet Spot For Who I Am With My Background'
Rob Pelinka was an agent for two decades before becoming GM of the Lakers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Michael Porter Jr. Commits To Missouri
Michael Porter Jr. will attend Missouri for his freshman season.

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Nets Sign Archie Goodwin To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Archie Goodwin was released by the Suns before the start of the season.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Jonathan Isaac Leaves Florida State To Declare For NBA Draft
Jonathan Isaac posted his announcement on Instagram while thanking the fans of Florida State.

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Gordon Hayward: You Can't Blame Players For Staying Or Changing
Gordon Hayward was asked if he thinks loyalty to a team is important.

Jeff Rhineer/Fox 13 Salt Lake City

Shaq Spun Lakers' Unwillingness To Pay Him With Trade Request
Jerry Buss informed Shaquille O'Neal that the Lakers were unwilling to meet his contract demands.

Tania Ganguli/Los Angeles Times

Matt Barnes Wants To Beat Kings 'By 50'
Matt Barnes signed a two-year deal in the offseason to return to his hometown.

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Heat Felt LeBron Attempted To Make Pat Riley 'Grovel' In 2014 Offseason Meeting
LeBron James was upset with Micky Arison using the amnesty clause on Mike Miller, as well as Riley's press conference after the Finals.

Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin/ESPN (via Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Derrick Rose, Knicks Not Ruling Out Deal In Offseason
Derrick Rose will prioritize winning over money when he hits free agency for the first time in his career this offseason.

ESPN

Kings' 2nd Choice For Head Coach Likely Was Patrick Ewing
Patrick Ewing is currently associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets and has long sought a head coaching job in the NBA.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Chris Paul Closer To Doc Rivers Than Any Clippers' Teammates
Chris Paul's hard-driving nature and politician's polish mean "nobody's really friends with (him)," according to a source.

Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

Carmelo Anthony Laments Jeff Hornacek's Switch To Triangle
Carmelo Anthony says it was "hard to readjust a whole system on the fly."

Marc Berman/New York Post

March Madness Beat 2016 NBA Playoffs In Ad Revenue By $200M
ESPN and Turner generated $1.031 billion in revenue from the 2016 NBA Playoffs.

Rodger Sherman/The Ringer