Basketball Wiretap

Mavs Willing To Take On Salary In Exchange For Draft Picks

Feb 20, 2017 11:58 PM

With the Dallas Mavericks finally taking a longer term view, they are willing to take on contracts before Thursday's deadline if draft compensation is attached.

The Mavericks have rebounded from their slow start to the season and are only three games out of the eighth seed despite being 12 games under .500.

Mark Cuban has been committed to staying as competitive as possible for as long as Dirk Nowitzki continues to play.

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Wolves Reach Out To Knicks On Ricky Rubio For Derrick Rose Trade

Feb 20, 2017 11:24 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached out to the New York Knicks about a trade centered around Ricky Rubio for Derrick Rose.

Rose has an expiring contract and previously played for Tom Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls.

The Wolves have had interest in trading away Rubio throughout the season as they view Kris Dunn as the future at point guard. Minnesota would like to clear Rubio's contract off their books moving forward.

The Detroit Pistons have revisited talks with the Wolves for Rubio and Reggie Jackson could be dealt to the Knicks as part of a three-way trade.

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Tags: Ricky Rubio, Derrick Rose, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wolves Interested In Trading For Tony Snell

Feb 20, 2017 9:33 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have expressed mild interest in trading for Tony Snell.

Snell was moved this season by the Chicago Bulls to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Snell previously played for Tom Thibodeau.

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Tags: Tony Snell, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Official Transaction

Teams Can Now Place Protections On Traded Picks

Feb 20, 2017 9:27 PM

The Boston Celtics can now place pick protections on the draft pick they're owed from the Brooklyn Nets, which is a new rule for the NBA.

While teams can place protections when trading their own picks, they were unable to place new protections when trading those along to other teams.

Boston, for example, could place a top-1 or top-2 protection on the Brooklyn pick in a trade to protect themselves with an alternative pick compensation.

The Celtics have been seeking a superstar via trade and have been reluctant to move any of their Brooklyn picks for anything less.

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Tags: Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Jazz Testing Trade Market For Derrick Favors

Feb 20, 2017 9:20 PM

The Utah Jazz have tested the trade market of Derrick Favors over the past few weeks.

The Jazz have been preferring Rudy Gobert while also moving away from playing him with Derrick Favors.

Utah's level of seriousness on dealing Favors is unclear.

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Tags: Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Nuggets Seeking First Rounder, Swap Rights On Additional Pick For Gallinari, Chandler

Feb 20, 2017 9:18 PM

The Denver Nuggets are seeking a lottery-protected first round pick and swap rights on a second pick for Danilo Gallinari and wilson Chandler.

Denver continues to compete for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference while also juggling their long-term assets as they build around Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.

Gallinari will be a free agent this offseason.

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Tags: Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics, Clippers Have 'Intermittently' Held Blake Griffin Talks

Feb 20, 2017 9:13 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have intermittently discussed a Blake Griffin trade with the Boston Celtics this season though a deal is unlikely at this point.

Griffin will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Celtics would likely seek official permission to talk to Griffin about his future before executing a trade.

The Clippers would seek Jae Crowder, either Avery Bradley or Marcus Smart and multiple picks in exchange for Griffin.

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Bulls Aggressively Shopping Nikola Mirotic

Feb 20, 2017 8:37 PM

The Chicago Bulls are aggressively shopping Nikola Mirotic ahead of Thursday's trade deadline.

Mirotic will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

The Los Angeles Clippers are one possible destination for Mirotic.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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Suns Didn't Want To Break Up Core To Acquire DeMarcus Cousins

Feb 20, 2017 8:35 PM

Ryan McDonough spoke publicly about the Phoenix Suns' interest in DeMarcus Cousins the day after he was traded by the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans.

“We would have traded for him at the right price,” said McDonough. “We didn’t want to break up our young core to get him.”

The Suns could have offered Cousins an opportunity to reunite with his former Kentucky teammate Eric Bledsoe.

Phoenix are owed a number of picks from the Miami Heat along with their own that they could have used to trade for Cousins.

According to a source that spoke with Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer, the Suns offered a package of players and multiple first round picks.

John Gambadoro/Arizona Sports

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jimmy Butler Expects To Remain With Bulls Through Deadline

Feb 20, 2017 8:28 PM

The camp of Jimmy Butler expects him to remain with the Chicago Bulls through Thursday's trade deadline.

The Bulls and Boston Celtics haven't held substantive talks about Butler since June when they discussed a trade centered around the draft rights to Kris Dunn.

"I can't worry about that. It don't bother or scare me none. I'll be OK," Butler told reporters in New Orleans late Sunday after the All-Star Game. "Not saying I'm untradable, but I don't think about that. Hopefully, I'm not going to get traded, but I don't control that."


Butler could eventually command a supermax extension if he remains with the Bulls.

The Celtics have been underwhelmed by all preliminary offers for their main future assets.

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Vivek Ranadive Believes Buddy Hield Has 'Steph Curry Potential'
Vivek Ranadive's fixation on Buddy Hield reportedly played a big role in driving the trade.

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Kings Had Better Offer For DeMarcus Cousins Fall Through
Vlade Divac also revealed he went to All-Star weekend in New Orleans with the intent of trading away Cousins.

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DeMarcus Cousins Officially Traded By Kings To Pelicans
"It was time for a change and I decided this was the best direction for the organization," said Vlade Divac.

RealGM Staff Report

2017 All-Star Game Has Highest Rating Since 2013
The top five local market ratings for the All-Star Game were Oklahoma City (10.9), San Francisco (10.3), Cleveland (10.3), New Orleans (9.2) and Memphis (8.5).

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Kings To Waive Matt Barnes
Matt Barnes agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract with the Kings during the 2016 offseason.

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Pelicans Seeking Trade Of Terrence Jones
With the Pelicans possessing an excess of bigs, both sides would like a trade.

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Dunc'd On Pod: DeMarcus Cousins Trade With Tim Bontemps
A look at all angles of the DeMarcus Cousins trade with Tim Bontemps.

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Pelicans Nearly Dealt For Jahlil Okafor With Similar Offer As Cousins' Trade
The deal between the Pelicans and 76ers fell apart over pick protections.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

DeMarcus Cousins Traded By Kings To Pelicans
The Pelicans have agreed to acquire DeMarcus Cousins from the Kings.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kings Break Off DeMarcus Cousins Trade Talks With Lakers
The Kings were seeking Brandon Ingram as part of a trade with the Lakers for DeMarcus Cousins.

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Vlade Divac Delivers Two Best DeMarcus Cousins Trade Proposals To Ranadive
The Kings are seeking young talent, draft picks and expiring contracts in exchange for DeMarcus Cousins.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Report: 50/50 Chance Of Kings Trading DeMarcus Cousins By Deadline
The Kings and Pelicans have discussed a trade involving DeMarcus Cousins during All-Star weekend.

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James Harden: Durant, Westbrook 'Have To Figure It Out Themselves'
James Harden has remained close with both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Scott Cacciola/New York Times

Pelicans Make Inquiries On DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George
New Orleans is making everyone on their available to pair Anthony Davis with another All-Star talent, including Buddy Hield.

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Kings Discussing DeMarcus Cousins Trade Scenarios
The Pelicans have been one of the teams who have discussed a DeMarcus Cousins' trade with the Kings.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Teams Interested In Carmelo Anthony Expect Him To Remain With Knicks
Carmelo Anthony doesn't have a strong interest in changing teams during the middle of the season and hasn't been approached by the Knicks on any trade scenarios.

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Suns Continue To Shop Brandon Knight
With Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker in the Suns' backcourt, Brandon Knight is the odd man out.

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Wizards Could Deal First Rounder For Veteran Depth Piece
The Wizards have "shown an inclination" to trade a first round pick to acquire a veteran player that could even be a rental for their playoff push.

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Clippers, Thunder Interested In Wilson Chandler
Both the Clippers and Thunder have limited assets to offer though they'd like to be buyers at the deadline.

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Celtics, Bulls Engage In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks
The possibility of the Celtics trading for Jimmy Butler will loom over the trade deadline.

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