Basketball Wiretap

Dunc'd On: NBA Awards, NYK and PHX Offseasons

Jun 27, 2017 3:20 AM

We react to NBA awards voting, then look at the offseasons for the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns.

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

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Russell Westbrook Doesn't Comment On Potential Extension With Thunder

Jun 27, 2017 1:03 AM

Following his win of Most Valuable Player of the 16-17 regular season, Russell Westbrook was asked whether he's ready to commit to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Westbrook can sign a supermax contract beginning on July 1st.

"Man, tonight is so important for me, and obviously with the contract and stuff coming up, it's not really on my mind at the moment honestly," said Westbrook. "I'm just overwhelmed with a tremendous amount of blessings I've been able to get to be able to get this award. Man, I'm just thinking about tonight, and then after that, I'll move on."

If Westbrook doesn't agree upon an extension, the Thunder are expected to explore their trade options.

Westbrook signed an extension last summer that committed one additional season to the Thunder.

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John Wall Recruiting Paul George To Wizards

Jun 26, 2017 11:33 PM

John Wall admitted he is attempting to recruit Paul George to the Washington Wizards.

"I am talking to some guys, Paul. I know his ultimate goal of where he wants to be. I'm trying to see if we can make something happen," Wall told The Undefeated before the NBA Awards on Monday night.

The Wizards have had trade conversations with the Pacers, a source said. The source added that the Pacers have been patient and no deal with the Wizards is close at the moment.

The Wizards would likely need to include Otto Porter Jr. in a sign-and-trade in order to acquire George.

"Look at our team. We are one piece away," Wall said. "We have the point guard, we have the shooting guard, we have the center, we have the power forward. Our 3-man, [Otto Porter Jr.], did great for us. You can't take nothing away from what he did. But, [George] is a guy that can guard LeBron and go back at LeBron. It's a piece that you're going to need to win. If you don't have a guy who can do that, you don't have a chance. ...

"You got to add another star. You got to add another piece. You got to have three guys. And that's what it's looking like."

Asked about the Wizards' chances to get George, Wall said: "Right now, I don't know. Indiana has all the rights to do whatever they want. And if he goes where he doesn't want to go, he doesn't have to sign next year."

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Tags: John Wall, Paul George, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Russell Westbrook Named Most Valuable Player

Jun 26, 2017 11:08 PM

Russell Westbrook has been named the 16-17 NBA Most Valuable Player.

James Harden and Kawhi Leonard were the other finalists for the award.

Westbrook joins Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Derrick Rose and Dirk Nowitzki as active players who have won MVP.

Westbrook averaged a triple double for the season and also led the NBA in PER.

1. Russell Westbrook: 888 points (69 first place votes)
2. James Harden: 753 points (22 first place votes)
3. Kawhi Leonard: 500 points (9 first place votes)
4. LeBron James: 333 points (1 first place vote)
5. Isaiah Thomas: 81 points
6. Stephen Curry: 52 points
7. John Wall: 7 points
8. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 7 points
9. Anthony Davis: 2 points
10. Kevin Durant: 2 points
11. DeMar DeRozan: 1 point

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Award

Wizards Extend Qualifying Offers To Otto Porter, Bojan Bogdanovic

Jun 26, 2017 11:02 PM

The Washington Wizards have extended qualifying offers to Otto Porter Jr. and Bojan Bogdanovic.

Both Porter and Bogdanovic will be restricted free agents.

Porter was the third overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Georgetown.

The Wizards acquired Bogdanovic ahead of the 2017 trade deadline from the Brooklyn Nets.

Candace Buckner/Washington Post

Tags: Otto Porter, Bojan Bogdanovic, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Draymond Green Named Defensive Player Of The Year

Jun 26, 2017 10:48 PM

Draymond Green has been named the 16-17 Defensive Player of the Year.

Rudy Gobert and Kawhi Leonard were the other two finalists for the award.

Green finished second in voting in each of the previous two seasons behind Leonard.

Marc Gasol, Tyson Chandler, Joakim Noah and Dwight Howard are the other active players who have won the award along with Green and Leonard.

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Tags: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Award

Bob Myers Wins NBA Executive Of The Year

Jun 26, 2017 10:30 PM

Bob Myers has been named the 16-17 NBA Executive of the Year.

Myers previously won the award for the 14-15 season.

The Golden State Warriors led the NBA in regular season wins for the third straight season. Myers was critical in signing Kevin Durant in free agency and then building out a solid supporting cast despite a lack of cap flexibility. 

Daryl Morey finished just two points behind Myers with 57 compared to 59. Myers received nine first place votes compared to seven for Morey. Dennis Lindsey finished third.

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Mike D'Antoni Wins NBA Coach Of The Year

Jun 26, 2017 10:28 PM

Mike D'Antoni has been named the 16-17 NBA Coach of the Year.

Erik Spoelstra finished second while Gregg Popovich finished third. D'Antoni received 68 first place votes.

D'Antoni was in his first season as head coach of the Houston Rockets.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins Most Improved Player

Jun 26, 2017 10:19 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the Most Improved Player of the 16-17 season.

Rudy Gobert and Nikola Jokic were the other two finalists for the award.

Antetokounmpo averaged 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game in his fourth season in the NBA.

Antetokounmpo also was an All-NBA Second Team selection and made his first All-Star Game.

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Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Award

Kemba Walker Wins Sportsmanship Award

Jun 26, 2017 10:02 PM

Kemba Walker has been named the recipient of the 16-17 Sportsmanship Award.

Previous recipients include Mike Conley Jr., Kyle Korver, Jason Kidd, Stephen Curry and Grant Hill.

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Dirk Nowitzki Named Teammate Of The Year
Vince Carter, Tim Duncan, Shane Battier and Chauncey Billups are past recipients of the award.

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Eric Gordon Wins Sixth Man Of The Year
Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams were the other two finalists for the award.

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Malcolm Brogdon Wins Rookie Of The Year
Malcolm Brogdon has been named 16-17 NBA Rookie of the Year.

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Hawks Extend Qualifying Offer To Tim Hardaway Jr.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and the Hawks were never close to an extension last year.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dan Gilbert Hasn't Met With Other Candidates As Chauncey Billups Remains Undecided
The Cavaliers are currently being led by assistant general manager Koby Altman.

Tom Withers/Associated Press

Spencer Hawes Exercises $6M Player Option With Bucks
The Bucks acquired Spencer Hawes from the Hornets in a trade for Miles Plumlee.

Adrian Wojnarowski/the Vertical

Carmelo Anthony Was Previously Open To Trade To Wizards, 76ers
Carmelo Anthony now wants to remain close to his son in New York.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Wolves Waive Jordan Hill
The Timberwolves have waived Jordan Hill.

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Thunder Tender Qualifying Offer To Andre Roberson
Andre Roberson has become one of the NBA's best wing defenders.

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Adrian Wojnarowski To Begin ESPN Tenure On July 1st
Adrian Wojnarowski has long been rumored to be leaving Yahoo! to join ESPN.

Richard Deitsch/Sports Illustrated

Green, Leonard, Gobert, Chris Paul, Beverley On All-Defensive First Team
Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert and Kawhi Leonard were the leading vote getters for All-Defensive First Team.

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76ers, Nets Expected To Pursue J.J. Redick
J.J. Redick is coming off a four-year, $27 million contract with the Clippers he signed in 2013.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Brogdon, Saric, Embiid, Hield, Willy Hernagomez Named To All-Rookie First Team
Malcolm Brogdon and Dario Saric have been unanimously selected to the 2016-17 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

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Wolves Continue To Explore Trading Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio has two more seasons remaining on his current deal and will become a free agent in 2019.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Raptors Promote Bobby Webster To General Manager
Bobby Webster will be the youngest GM in the NBA at the age of 32 as he will replace Jeff Weltman.

Dave Zarum/Sportsnet

Thunder Sign Rashawn Thomas To Partially Guaranteed Deal
Rashawn Thomas averaged 22.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.0 blocks per game as a senior at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

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Pacers Decline $3.5M Option On Lavoy Allen
The Pacers added power forward T.J. Leaf and center Ike Anigbogu in the draft.

Nat Newell/Indy Star

Nets Decline $3.48M Option On K.J. McDaniels
K.J. McDaniels helped move the Nets towards the salary cap floor.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Dunc'd On: Kevin Love To Denver? MIN/DAL/SAC Offseasons
Cleveland/Indiana/Denver 3-way trade? How can the Wolves, Mavs, and Kings improve this offseason?

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Cavs Considered Leading Contenders To Sign Carmelo Anthony If Bought Out
Carmelo Anthony is owed $26.2 million in 17-18 and $27.9 million in 18-19.

Marc Stein, Chris Haynes/ESPN