Basketball Wiretap

Marc Gasol Prioritizes Winning Championship For Free Agency Decision

Jan 29, 2015 1:00 AM

Pau Gasol believes his brother Marc will prioritize a winning situation when he makes his free agency decision in July. Marc Gasol will be an unrestricted free agent with the Memphis Grizzlies.

"Marc wants to win a championship," Pau said. "That's what he's looking for. That's what's most important to him. I don't know if you think the Lakers will be in a position to win a championship next year or not.

"But he knows what he'll be looking for as a free agent—or maybe he'll stay in Memphis because they have built a very good team already there with some very good pieces. He'll know what he wants, and he will be ready to make his decision."

Pau offered little reason to believe the Los Angeles Lakers will be on Marc's wish list.

Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

Tags: Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors Assign Festus Ezeli To D-League, Recall Ognjen Kuzmic

Jan 29, 2015 12:56 AM

The Golden State Warriors have assigned Festus Ezeli to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League.

Additionally, the Warriors have recalled Ognjen Kuzmic from his D-League assignment.

Ezeli has missed Golden State’s last 16 games (since December 25) due to a left ankle sprain.

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Tags: Festus Ezeli, Ognen Kuzmic, Golden State Warriors, Santa Cruz Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Official Transaction, D-League, D-League Transaction, D-League Teams

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Report: Thunder Had Deal Close To Send Reggie Jackson To Nuggets

Jan 29, 2015 12:53 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder were close to trading Reggie Jackson to the Denver Nuggets, according to a source.

Jackson is reportedly expected to be moved before the trade deadline.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: Reggie Jackson, Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Giannis, Wiggins Headline Rising Stars Challenge Rosters

Jan 28, 2015 3:05 PM

The NBA has announced the rosters for the 2015 Rising Stars Challenge.

USA Team
Trey Burke (Utah)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Detroit)
Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia)
Zach LaVine (Minnesota)
Shabazz Muhammad (Minnesota)
Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia)
Victor Oladipo (Orlando)
Elfrid Payton (Orlando)
Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn)
Cody Zeller (Charlotte)

World Team
Steven Adams (Oklahoma City)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)
Bojan Bogdanovic (Brooklyn)
Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota)
Dante Exum (Utah)
Rudy Gobert (Utah)
Nikola Mirotic (Chicago)
Kelly Olynyk (Boston)
Dennis Schröder (Atlanta)
Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota)

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Tags: NBA, NBA All-Star

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Tyler Johnson Signs 10-Day Contract With Heat

Jan 28, 2015 1:30 PM

The Miami Heat have called up Tyler Johnson on a 10-day contract, league sources tell RealGM.

Johnson comes from the D-League's Sioux Falls Skyforce, where he averaged 18.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 15 games.

Johnson was on a 10-day contract with the Heat earlier this month.

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Tags: Tyler Johnson, Miami Heat, Sioux Falls Skyforce, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Chris Johnson Signs 10-Day Contract With Jazz

Jan 28, 2015 1:19 PM

The Utah Jazz have signed forward Chris Johnson of the NBA Development League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers to a 10-day contract.  Johnson becomes the NBA’s 24th overall NBA D-League Call-Up of the 2014-15 season and the 22nd different player to be called up.  

The 24-year-old Johnson (6-6, 201, Dayton) appeared in 14 games (all starts) for the Vipers this season, averaging 20.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 steals in 35.3 minutes per contest. He scored in double figures on 13 occasions and recorded 20-plus points in eight games, including one 30-point contest. He started the 2014-15 season with the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 6.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 20.8 minutes while scoring in double figures twice in nine games (two starts), before being waived on Nov. 15. 

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Tags: Christapher Johnson, Utah Jazz, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Spurs Sign Reggie Williams To 10-Day Contract

Jan 28, 2015 12:53 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have signed forward Reggie Williams of the Oklahoma City Blue to a 10-day contract.

Williams has appeared in 13 games this season for the Blue of the NBA D-League, averaging 16.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.08 steals in 31.9 minutes. He has also spent time in the D-League with the Blue in 2013-14 and the Sioux Falls Skyforce in 2009-10. In 69 career D-League games, he has averaged 22.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists in 37.7 minutes.

In the NBA, the Virginia native has suited up for the Oklahoma City Thunder (2013-14), Charlotte Hornets (2011-13) and the Golden State Warriors (2009-11). In 180 total games, he has averaged 8.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 19.7 minutes.

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Tags: Reggie Williams, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Blue, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Wizards Show Interest In Will Bynum

Jan 28, 2015 12:42 PM

Along with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Washington Wizards have expressed interest on Will Bynum in the Chinese Basketball Association, league sources told RealGM.

Since arriving on Guangdong Southern, Bynum has scored 23.2 points and dished 7.4 assists a game while leading the club to an undefeated record. Guangdong is 32-3 and could play until late March, delaying Bynum’s potential return to the NBA.

In seven seasons with the Detroit Pistons, Bynum averaged 8.2 points, 3.3 assists and 18.5 minutes in 353 games. He was traded to the Boston Celtics in October and subsequently released.

Washington has one spot available on its roster.

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Tags: Will Bynum, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Guangdong Southern, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Misc Rumor, International Teams

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Shayne Whittington Assigned To D-League By Pacers

Jan 28, 2015 11:28 AM

Shayne Whittington has been assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League by the Indiana Pacers.

Whittington has played in 13 games for the Pacers this season with averages of 2.0 points and 1.2 rebounds per game.

Whittington was undrafted out of Western Michigan and signed as a free agent, July 2, 2014.

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D-League Teammates Jarnell Stokes, Kalin Lucas Ejected For Fighting With Each Other

Jan 28, 2015 11:21 AM

Jarnell Stokes and Kalin Lucas, teammates on the Iowa Energy, were ejected during a D-League game on Tuesday for fighting with each other.

While the cause of the fight is unknown, punches were thrown after they started pushing each other.

Teammates and coaches tried to separate both players.

Stokes has played in 16 NBA games this season for the Memphis Grizzlies.


Tags: Kalin Lucas, Jarnell Stokes, Memphis Grizzlies, Iowa Energy, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Raptors Won't Trade Terrence Ross
Terrence Ross is not currently starting for the Raptors.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Bucks Plan To Sign Jorge Gutierrez To 10-Day Contract
Jorge Gutierrez played for Jason Kidd last season on the Nets.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Pistons Considering Trade For Norris Cole
The Pistons are considering a trade with the Heat for Norris Cole following the season-ending injury to Brandon Jennings.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

K.J. McDaniels Receiving Strong Consideration For Rising Stars Game Despite New Format Narrowing Roster
K.J. McDaniels has performed well enough to receive serious consideration for the NBA’s Rising Stars game during the All-Star Weekend.

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Matt Barnes Fined $25k For Incident Involving Sarver
Matt Barnes said Robert Sarver cussed at him first.

Andrew Joseph/Arizona Republic

JaMychal Green, Spurs Unable To Agree Upon New Deal
JaMychal Green was on a 10-day contract with the Spurs after they cut Austin Daye.

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Robert Upshaw Considering Playing In D-League
Playing in the D-League would allow Robert Upshaw to improve his stock for the 2015 NBA Draft.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Wisconsin Proposes Using Jock Tax To Cover $220M Pledge For Arena
Recent estimates indicate that the amount of income tax revenue from NBA athletes in 2015 would total $15 million.

Don Walker/Journal Sentinel

Langston Galloway, Knicks Agree Upon Two-Year Contract
Langston Galloway's deal is partially guaranteed for next season, a league source tells RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Ronald Roberts Expected To Sign In Philippines
Ronald Roberts is on the verge of signing a lucrative contract in the Philippines.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Timberwolves Plan To Sign Lorenzo Brown On 10-Day Contract
Lorenzo Brown has played for the Grand Rapids Drive in the NBA D-League.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Splash Brothers To Headline Three-Point Contest
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson Kyle Korver, Wesley Matthews and J.J. Redick will participate.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Bucks, Hornets, 76ers Interested In Gary Talton, D-League's Assists Leader
Gary Talton has averaged 13.2 points, 10.2 assists and 40.6 percent three-point shooting this season for Fort Wayne.

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Langston Galloway, Knicks In Talks On Deal
Multiple NBA teams are prepared to engage with Langston Galloway should he become a free agent, league sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Nets Evaluating Lionel Hollins
Lionel Hollins is in the first season of a four-year deal worth more than $20 million.

Marc Stein, Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Kobe Bryant To Undergo Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery
Kobe Bryant has agreed to undergo surgery.

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Kemba Walker To Undergo Surgery For Meniscus
Kemba Walker is expected to miss approximately six weeks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Klay Thompson, LeBron James Named NBA Players Of The Week
Klay Thompson scored a record 37 points in the third quarter of Friday's game, finishing with 52 overall.

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Brook Lopez Prefers To Remain With Nets
The Nets have been pursuing a trade of Brook Lopez.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Clippers Remain Interested In Nate Robinson, Pursuing Other Deals First
Nate Robinson previously played for Doc Rivers when both were with the Celtics.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports