Basketball Wiretap

Tyronn Lue, Cavs Agree Upon Five-Year, $35M Extension

Jul 25, 2016 7:33 PM

Tyronn Lue and the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed upon a five-year, $35 million deal.

Lue helped lead the Cavaliers to the 2016 title just months after being elevated to head coach when the team fired David Blatt.

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Tags: Tyronn Lue, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Kevin Durant Was Looking For New Home In OKC One Week Before Free Agency

Jul 25, 2016 7:31 PM

Kevin Durant was in a suburb of Oklahoma City called Nichols Hills just one week before the start of free agency reportedly "seriously looking to buy a multi-million dollar home."

The Oklahoma City Thunder were surprised by Durant's decision to leave the franchise to sign with the Golden State Warriors as every indication led them to believe he would re-sign.

Durant reportedly "assured people he was coming back."

Durant announced his decision to sign with the Warriors on July 4th.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Russell Westbrook Not Seeking Trade From Thunder

Jul 25, 2016 7:17 PM

Russell Westbrook does not want the Oklahoma City Thunder to trade him this offseason, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Westbrook wants to play this coming season with the Thunder but he is unsure about his future beyond that in 2017 when he becomes a free agent.

But Westbrook will give serious thought to signing an extension with the Thunder.

Teams have called the Thunder about Westbrook but they've consistently said he's not available.

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Cameron Payne Undergoes Surgery On Broken Foot

Jul 25, 2016 7:15 PM

Cameron Payne underwent a successful procedure to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

Selected in the lottery of the 2015 NBA Draft (No. 14 overall) out of Murray State, Payne averaged 5.0 points, 1.9 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 57 games during his rookie season. Payne recently topped all scorers in the Orlando Summer League, averaging 18.8 points to go along with 4.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds in four games.  

Payne is expected to be ready for the start of 2016-17 season.

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Tags: Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Injury

Zach Lowe Re-Signs With ESPN On Multi-Year Deal

Jul 25, 2016 7:07 PM

Zach Lowe has re-signed with ESPN on a multi-year contract.

Lowe joined Grantland in October of 2012 from Sports Illustrated. Lowe's contract was up in the fall.

Bleacher Report reportedly made an "aggressive" offer to Lowe before he re-signed with ESPN that could have reached as much as $1 million per year, though that was speculation within the industry.

ESPN also retained Ramona Shelburne earlier this year after a pursuit from The Vertical.

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Tags: NBA

Mike Tobey Signs Camp Deal With Hornets

Jul 25, 2016 3:51 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have signed Mike Tobey.

Tobey, a four-year player at Virginia, saw action in 138 games during his career, posting averages of 6.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game. His .622 two-point field goal percentage ranked third in the ACC during the 2015-16 season. The 7-0 center tallied 11 outings of double-digit scoring and 15 games of five-or-more rebounds, including one double-double in his final collegiate campaign. He was named ACC Sixth Man of the Year following the 2014-15 season.

“We really liked what we saw in Mike during mini-camp and he continued to impress throughout Summer League,” Rich Cho said. “He is a talented young big man with a lot of potential and we look forward to seeing what he can do moving forward.”

In Summer League, Tobey averaged 10.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals in 20.8 minutes per game, tallying three games of ten-or-more points including one double-double. 

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Blazers Sign Tim Quarterman To Camp Deal

Jul 25, 2016 3:32 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed Tim Quarterman to a partially-guaranteed training camp contract.

Undrafted out of LSU, Quarterman (6-6, 187) posted averages of 11.2 points (41.5% FG, 34.3% 3PT, 63.2% FT), 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 0.97 steals in 33 games (27 starts) his junior 2015-16 season.

Quarterman, 21, played three seasons for the Tigers, averaging 8.4 points (39.7% FG, 31.0% 3PT, 66.0% FT), 3.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.04 steals in 98 games (43 starts).

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Dion Waiters Agrees To Two-Year, $6M Deal With Heat

Jul 25, 2016 3:18 PM

Dion Waiters has agreed to sign with the Miami Heat on a two-year, $6 million deal. Waiters will hold a player option in Year 2.

The Heat can sign Waiters with their Room MLE.

Waiters could have previously signed the $6.8 million qualifying offer with the Thunder at any point until it was withdrawn on July 18th.

Several teams expressed interest in Waiters at the start of free agency but expected the Thunder to match an offer sheet.

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Tags: Dion Waiters, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

C.J. McCollum Agrees Upon Four-Year, $106M Max Extension With Blazers

Jul 25, 2016 1:18 PM

C.J. McCollum and the Portland Trail Blazers have agreed upon a four-year, $106 million maximum contract extension.

The deal contains no options or trade kickers for McCollum.

The Blazers were not going to be a factor in the 2017 offseason with cap space.

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Michael Jordan Releases Statement On Shootings Of African-Americans, Police

Jul 25, 2016 12:19 PM

Michael Jordan has spoken out on the racial and social unrest impacting the United States, particularly in the African-American community and police officers.

Jordan has announced grants of $1 million each to two organizations working to build trust between law enforcement and the communities in which they work.

“As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers,” Jordan writes in a one-page letter released exclusively to The Undefeated. “I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.

“I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported...

“We are privileged to live in the world’s greatest country – a country that has provided my family and me the greatest of opportunities. The problems we face didn’t happen overnight and they won’t be solved tomorrow, but if we all work together, we can foster greater understanding, positive change and create a more peaceful world for ourselves, our children, our families and our communities.”

Jordan has donated to the presidential and senatorial campaigns of Barack Obama, former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley’s 2000 presidential campaign.

For two decades, Jordan has been saddled with a quote attributed to him by an anonymous friend in former Chicago Tribune NBA writer Sam Smith’s 1995 book, The Second Coming, that he didn’t support Gantt because “Republicans buy sneakers, too.” In a later book, Smith said it was a joke, not a political statement and that he felt badly about the backlash Jordan received. 

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Chris Bosh Believes He Should Be Cleared To Play
If Chris Bosh comes off the medication, there's no reason why he couldn't return to game action.

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Beau Beech Signs Partially Guaranteed Deal With Nets
Beau Beech averaged 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 19.0 minutes per game for the Nets in Summer League.

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Dunc'd On: Summer League Prospect Review, Part 1
A look at the summer league prospects from, in alphabetical order, the Atlanta Hawks through Denver Nuggets, plus Plumlee and Dirk contracts and OKC revokes Waiters' qualifying offer.

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Bobby Brown Signs Camp Deal With Rockets
Bobby Brown last played in the NBA in 2010.

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Troy Williams Signs Partially Guaranteed Deal With Grizzlies
Troy Williams played for the Suns in Summer League, averaging 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 22.2 minutes per game.

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Joel Embiid Honors Sam Hinkie With Instagram Post Calling Him 'The GOAT'
Joel Embiid created a post on Instagram honoring Sam Hinkie.

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Juwan Howard Influenced To Pursue Coaching By David Fizdale
Juwan Howard expected to pursue a front office career after his retirement from the NBA until he was influenced by David Fizdale.

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Demetrius Jackson, Celtics Agree Upon Guaranteed Deal For 16-17
R.J. Hunter, James Young, Ben Bentil and John Holland are expected to fight for Boston's final roster spot.

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Tyler Zeller, Celtics Agree Upon Two-Year, $16M Deal
The second season of Tyler Zeller's deal is a team option for the Celtics.

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Gerald Green Agrees To One-Year Deal With Celtics
Gerald Green was the 18th overall pick by the Celtics in the 2005 NBA Draft.

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Dirk Nowitzki Re-Signs With Mavs On Two-Year, $50M Deal
Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks have finalized his new contract worth $50 million over two seasons.

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DeMarcus Cousins Calls Carmelo Anthony 'My Favorite Player Of All-Time'
DeMarcus Cousins sometimes resembles a wing player in the body of a big at 6'11, 270 pounds.

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Yogi Ferrell Agrees To Deal With Nets
Yogi Ferrell averaged 8.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 16.9 minutes per game in Summer League for the Nets.

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Draymond Green Agrees To Plea Deal On Assault Case
Draymond Green's plea deal reduces the charge to a civil infraction, which carries a penalty of a $500 fine and $60 in jail restitution.

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Manu Ginobili Found 76ers' Pitch Appealing Due To Brett Brown, Size Of Offer
Philadelphia was offering a two-year contract offer that guaranteed in the first season five times more than the Spurs.

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Derrick Rose: Knicks, Warriors Are The Super Teams
New York acquired Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee to join Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.

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Cat Barber Agrees To Partially Guaranteed Deal With 76ers
Cat Barber played in the Summer League for the Pelicans, averaging 6.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 11.6 minutes over four games.

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NBA Officially Moves 2017 All-Star Game Out Of Charlotte
The new location has yet to be determined though The Vertical reported New Orleans has emerged as the favorite.

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D.J. Stephens, Grizzlies Agree To Two-Year Partially Guaranteed Deal
D.J. Stephens played for the Grizzlies' Summer League team.

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NBA Close To Moving 2017 All-Star Game From Charlotte
The Charlotte Observer expected the All-Star Game to inject $100 million into the economy.

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