Basketball Wiretap

Dunc'd On: Utah Jazz Season Outlook w/ David Locke

Oct 22, 2016 5:12 PM

David Locke, Utah Jazz radioman and creator of the Locked On Podcast Network, joins for a season outlook on the Jazz. We discuss Dante Exum's preseason after a torn ACL, the Jazz injury issues, and how new acquisitions George Hill, Boris Diaw, and Joe Johnson will fit in. We also hit on potential breakout and regression candidates, playing time and lineup issues, key questions for success this year, and give our predictions for the Jazz season.

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Steve Blake Signs With Australia's Sydney Kings

Oct 22, 2016 3:55 PM

Steve Blake has signed with the Sydney Kings of Australia.

Blake played for the Detroit Pistons last season.

"Any time you have someone of that experience it means a lot," coach Andrew Gaze said. "He's played at the highest level for such a long period of time. He's played with some of the greatest players in the world.

"The role that we have for him is something that is going to be an adjustment for us and an adjustment for him, and hopefully it can all work out and be beneficial for both."

Jamie Marcuson/Sydney Morning Herald

Tags: Steve Blake, Sydney, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

Warriors Pick Up 17-18 Option On Kevon Looney

Oct 22, 2016 3:53 PM

The Golden State Warriors have exercised the third-year option on the contract of Kevon Looney.

Looney's deal for 17-18 is worth $1.2 million.

Looney only appeared in five games during his rookie season as he recovered from two hip procedures. He was the final pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA draft out of UCLA.

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Tags: Kevon Looney, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Sheldon McClellan, Danuel House Make Wizards' Regular Season Roster

Oct 21, 2016 10:02 PM

Sheldon McClellan and Danuel House have made the Washington Wizards' regular season roster.

Washington has waived Jarell Eddie, Johnny O'Bryant and Casper Ware.

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Tags: Jarell Eddie, Johnny O'Bryant, Casper Ware, Sheldon McClellan, Danuel House, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Celtics Sign Ryan Kelly

Oct 21, 2016 8:50 PM

The Boston Celtics have signed forward Ryan Kelly. 

Kelly, a 6’11” forward, appeared in six games for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2016 Preseason where he averaged 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 15.0 minutes per game. Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 48th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Kelly has appeared in 147 career games and recorded averages of 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Kelly appeared in seven games (all starts) during the 2015-16 season for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League while on assignment from the Lakers and averaged 27.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists while shooting 52.9 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from three.

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Jared Sullinger Out Indefinitely With Foot Injury

Oct 21, 2016 8:37 PM

Jared Sullinger could be out indefinitely with a foot injury.

Sullinger was projected to be the Toronto Raptors' starting power forward.

“Jared is still sore. He may be a little while before he comes back,” Dwane Casey said ahead of his team’s final preseason game against the Wizards.

“He may get checked out to see what else is going on, but he’s not going to go tonight.”

Sullinger had his left foot stepped on in the first preseason game and hasn’t played since.

“We’ll get it checked out and see what it is,” Casey said. “He worked out (Thursday). He’ll get it looked at and see what’s going on because he’s been sore for a while now.”

Chris O'Leary/Toronto Star

Tags: Jared Sullinger, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Injury

Lakers To Wear 1980s Throwbacks For Select Games

Oct 21, 2016 7:41 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to wear Magic Johnson-era throwbacks from the 1980s at some point this season, according to multiple sources.

The Lakers' previous yellow uniforms had purple numbers with a white shadow compared to their current white numbers with a purple outline that were introduced for the 99-00 season when the team moved from The Forum to Staples Center.

The white numbers actually was a nod to the uniforms during the Jerry West and Elgin Baylor era of the franchise.

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Danny Green Out Three Week With Quad Strain

Oct 21, 2016 7:23 PM

Danny Green will be out for approximately three weeks with a left quad strain.

Green is coming off a season in which his three-point shooting dropped from 41.8 percent to 33.2 percent.

Green re-signed with the Spurs on a four-year, $45 million contract in the 2015 offseason.

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Nerlens Noel To Undergo Minor Surgery On Left Knee

Oct 21, 2016 6:50 PM

During the normal course of evaluation and treatment for his left adductor strain, which was identified on October 6, Nerlens Noel reported localized soreness in his left knee.

After consulting with multiple specialists, the source of the soreness was identified as inflamed plica. Noel has elected to address the injury via a minor surgical procedure in the coming days.

Noel will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

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Draymond Green: I Put Everyone, Everything Before Myself

Oct 21, 2016 4:59 PM

Draymond Green was the subject of an extended piece in ESPN this week in which his mercurial nature was examined.

Green had spoken previously about his personality in a piece that was published after the ESPN piece.

“OK, there’s the Draymond Green you see out on the floor,” said Green. “But that’s not me. I mean, it is, but there’s more. People see the fiery guy, the competitive guy, the trash talk and everything. But they don’t see the love and compassion. They don’t see the person. They don’t see the real me who values his friends and puts people first. I put everyone and everything before myself. That’s me.

“I could just give you a bunch of words,” Green continues, “but I want you to understand. People don’t see what’s underneath. At the end of the day, I care for you. It’s not just about how I am on the basketball court.

“I got real love for you,” he says. “That’s what allows my teammates to accept me.”

In the summer, Green was arrested for slapping a Michigan State football player and he also accidentally posted a private photograph on social media during Team USA's training camp.

“I’m human, and I make mistakes,” Green said. “I learned a lot about myself. And I wouldn’t change anything that happened this summer. It helped me grow as a person, and it helped me grow as a leader, and it’s helped me grow as a man. You learn from adversity more than anything because it allows you to see so much. It really allows you to see things in a different way.”

“He’s been upfront with us about everything,” Steve Kerr said. “He’s learned quite a bit this summer. We still rely on him for energy and leadership.

“He’s talked about taking the next step in terms of keeping his edge and not allowing it to spill over,” Kerr continues. “We’re not good when Draymond doesn’t play with that fire and energy, but he’s got to know where to draw the line.”

“The word that comes to mind is mercurial,” says Bruce Fraser, a Warriors assistant/player development coach. “He’s up and down. He’s emotional. Sometimes it can hurt or help him just like it can hurt or help our team. But you have to take the good with the bad.”

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Paul George Thankful Pacers Made Moves To Stay Competitive
Paul George is grateful to the Pacers for "putting pieces around me to try and get us back in the playoffs and to try and take out LeBron and the Cavaliers."

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Magic Sign Ramon Galloway
Ramon Galloway spent last season playing in Italy.

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Knicks Waive Chasson Randle, Tokoto, Amundson, Cleanthony Early, Damien Inglis
The Knicks' roster now stands at 15 players.

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Pelicans Waive Shawn Dawson, Robert Sacre
New Orleans' roster now stands at 18.

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Bucks Preparing For Greg Monroe To Opt-In For 17-18
Greg Monroe is due $17.88 million for the 17-18 season, which he may not command on the open market even with the cap spike.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Cavs Shopping Mo Williams In Hopes Of Roster Spot, Tax Savings
If the Cavs waive Mo Williams now to create a roster spot, Williams would receive his full salary and they would have to pay the full tax amount.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tristan Thompson Engaged To Khloe Kardashian, Will Have Own Reality Show
Khloe Kardashian was previously married to Lamar Odom and had a high profile romance last season with James Harden.

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Lakers Would Like To Keep Metta World Peace As Assistant Coach
Metta World Peace's mentorship to the Lakers' young players last season was a big reason why he received a camp invite this year.

Marc Stein, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Cavs Receiving Trade Calls On Iman Shumpert
The Timberwolves are one of the teams that has expressed interest in Iman Shumpert.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Rookie Scale, Vet Minimum, Free Agent Exceptions Could Increase By 50 Percent
The first year rookie scale for the 16-17 season ranges from $4,919,300 for the top overall pick to $976,300 for the 30th pick.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Restricted Free Agency To Become Easier On Players In New CBA
Teams will not be allowed to pull qualifying offers to restricted free agents before July 31st.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Amnesty Provision Not Expected As Part Of New CBA
In each of the past two CBAs, teams could use an amnesty to remove any existing contract from their salary cap.

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36-And-Over Rule Will Be Increased To 38 In New CBA
Chris Paul, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have been active in the union and could all benefit from the change to the rule.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Owners, Players Close To New CBA With BRI Split Remaining Unchanged
The NBA and its union will avoid a possible work stoppage in 2017.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Hawks Waive Jarrett Jack
Jarrett Jack was signed by the Hawks on a veteran-minimum deal worth $980,431.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Constitution

Mavs Exercise 17-18 Option On Justin Anderson
The Mavericks considered it an easy decision as Justin Anderson will make $1.6 million next season.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

LaMarcus Aldridge Dismisses Rumors, Insists He's Happy With Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge responded to reports he is unhappy with the Spurs.

Jeff Garcia/NBC San Antonio

Cavs Waive Markel Brown, Jonathan Holmes, Cory Jefferson
Markel Brown, Jonathan Holmes and Cory Jefferson each appeared in six preseason games.

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Warriors Likely To Keep JaVale McGee, Waive Cameron Jones, Phil Pressey, Elliot Williams
With these cuts, JaVale McGee will likely make the Warriors' regular season roster.

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David Stern Believes NBA In 'Very Good Place' On Revenue Split Between Owners, Players
The players' share of Basketball Related Income was cut from 57 percent to between 49 and 51 percent in the 2011 lockout.

Jared Weiss/Sports Illustrated