Basketball Wiretap

Noah Vonleh Out 3-4 Weeks With Surgery On Right Thigh

Aug 31, 2016 9:21 PM

Noah Vonleh underwent a successful procedure to remove a bone fragment from his right thigh on Wednesday.

Dr. Evan Ellis performed the procedure at Rebound in Vancouver, Washington.

The Blazers say Vonleh will need 3-4 weeks to recover.

Vonleh made 56 starts for the Blazers.

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Tags: Noah Vonleh, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

Bucks Accused Of Not Testing Larry Sanders For Concussion In 2014

Aug 31, 2016 9:13 PM

Larry Sanders fractured his orbital bone in a February 2014 game against the Rockets. He chose not to take his doctor-prescribed painkillers, worrying that the pills could be addictive.

Sanders believes he may have been concussed but the Milwaukee Bucks never tested him.

"They kind of let me go to sleep on the training table and sent me home and didn't really think anything was wrong," he said. "And then, the next day, I find out I blew out the orbital in my face. That kind of went into the box of why I had to get out of here, just for your health. I didn't really feel safe with them—the league or Milwaukee—after that point."

Sanders became more tentative putting his body on the line after that.

"I felt that, if something did happen again, I wouldn't be properly taken care of," he said. "I wouldn't be properly tested. Maybe it would be ignored and I would be pressured to go back and all these things, when they haven't even addressed the issue yet."

Mike Piellucci/Vice

Tags: Larry Sanders, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA CBA

76ers Officialy Sign Cat Barber

Aug 31, 2016 6:15 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have officially signed Anthony 'Cat' Barber.

Barber previously agreed upon a partially guaranteed deal with the 76ers.

Barber was a First-team All-ACC selection in 2016.

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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Tags: Anthony Barber, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics Waive John Holland

Aug 31, 2016 5:25 PM

John Holland has been waived by the Boston Celtics.

Holland signed a two-year deal with the Celtics late last season. Holland didn't appear in any games with the Celtics.

Holland averaged 16.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 30.2 minutes per game last season in the D-League.

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Tags: John Holland, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

76ers Waive Carl Landry, Tibor Pleiss

Aug 31, 2016 5:20 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have waived Carl Landry and Tibor Pleiss.

Pleiss was acquired from the Utah Jazz in a trade involving Kendall Marshall.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Tibor Pleiss, Carl Landry, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Cory Jefferson Agrees To Camp Deal With Cavs

Aug 31, 2016 4:23 PM

Cory Jefferson has agreed upon a camp deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jefferson played in eight games last season with the Phoenix Suns after appearing in 50 games in 14-15 with the Brooklyn Nets.

Jefferson averaged 5.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game with the Cavs in Summer League.

David Pick

Tags: Cory Jefferson, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kings Working Out Mychel Thompson

Aug 31, 2016 2:10 PM

The Sacramento Kings are bringing in Mychel Thompson for a workout.

Thompson went undrafted in 2011 out of Pepperdine.

Thompson averaged 12.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 29.1 minutes per game last season in the D-League.

Thompson is the brother of Klay Thompson.

David Pick

Tags: Mychel Thompson, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Serge Ibaka 'Never Asked To Be Traded' But 'Thrilled To Be In Orlando'

Aug 31, 2016 11:24 AM

Serge Ibaka was traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Orlando Magic on draft night while he was sleeping in Paris.

"Then came June 24, Thursday night, and my phone started buzzing with alarming frequency," said Ibaka. "We were at dinner when I started to get text messages, tweets — all types of people reaching out and asking about the rumors. At first, I had no idea what anyone was talking about. Then I recalled it was draft night, and saw talk that the Thunder, the team that drafted me in 2008 and the only NBA team I’ve ever played for, were thinking about trading me.

"Still, I assumed the rumors were just, well, rumors. We live with these kinds of things all the time, and there are always rumblings around draft time, so I was confident that this was nothing of substance. I was so confident, in fact, that I decided to turn my phone off, and after dinner went straight back to the hotel to go to sleep."

After the trade, Ibaka spoke with Rob Hennigan and he says "that conversation made me feel good about my new opportunity and the future."

Ibaka had a somewhat disappointing 15-16 season individually with a lesser role within the Thunder but his continued value as a defensive player and floor stretcher were clear in the playoffs.

"I never asked to be traded, even though there was a lot of media conjecture that I was unhappy with my role," said Ibaka. "I had an exit meeting with Billy Donovan and Sam Presti after the season, and it went well. But this is still a business, everybody has to do what’s best for them, and I let my agent deal with the business side of things. I just focus on basketball. I’m not the kind of guy who’s going to go in and ask for a trade, and I would have been happy staying with the Thunder.

"Playing in the NBA was my dream, and I’d be happy playing anywhere.

"Still, I’m really going to miss Oklahoma City. The fans love basketball there and the Thunder is one of the best organizations in sports. It’s been a tough summer for them for sure. I didn’t know what Kevin was going to do but I know it was a big decision for him, and if it makes him and his family happy then I’m happy for him. I have the utmost respect for both him and Russell Westbrook. Obviously, I’m disappointed that our group was never able to bring the city a championship, but I had some great times there, and so many moments I’ll never forget.

"Right now, though, I feel like a rookie again. I’m thrilled to be in Orlando. I know that might sound crazy to some people, that I’m excited to go from a contender like the Thunder to a rebuilding team, one that hasn’t made the playoffs in four years, but playing now for Frank Vogel, a coach who prides himself on defense, is very exciting for me. We have a core of like-minded, young, athletic players, which is going to be very fun. We are an old-school, smashmouth team, and I can’t wait to don a Magic uniform on opening night.

"The trade has given me a renewed opportunity to show you all of what I can do, and I can’t wait to see what happens in Orlando. We’re going to make some noise. It’s been a crazy summer, and I’m very ready for the fall to begin."

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Tags: Serge Ibaka, Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

Larry Sanders Received Serious Interest From Warriors, Cavs

Aug 31, 2016 11:12 AM

Larry Sanders hasn't played in the NBA for 20 months but he's considering a return.

Sanders will not return to the NBA until he feels mentally healthy enough to do so. He may not return at all.

"If the time comes and the stars align, then yeah," he said. "If I feel like I'm ready to play this summer, I'll probably be on a team next year."

Multiple sources confirmed that both the Warriors and Cavaliers expressed serious interest in signing Sanders.

"He's not DeAndre Jordan, but he's not too far off," a league source told VICE Sports. "As a pure defensive specialist center, top five. Top eight. And the thing is, the list isn't that long. It's not a top 30. There's not a top 12. They're unicorns in that way."

Sanders refers to himself as retired from the NBA but he still talks about playing in the present tense.

"You want to see me create? Watch me play defense," he said. "Because I'm thrilled by it. I love playing defense, I love watching how guys move and who's on the cut. I love anticipating blocks. I love contesting shots, altering shots. I love it. I love guarding somebody. I hate if someone scores on me—I hate that! I'm driven by it, man. It fuels me."

According to a league source who had conversations with multiple former teammates of Sanders, "he was his own guy and if you didn't fit in with him, he didn't want to know you."

Mike Piellucci/Vice

Tags: Larry Sanders, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Chris Bosh's Camp Frustrated By Silence From Heat On Clearance

Aug 31, 2016 11:07 AM

Chris Bosh's camp remains frustrated with how the Miami Heat have handled his return from blood clots. Bosh and his wife, Adrienne Bosh, have gone on a social media blitz this week in informing the public he wants to play.

The Heat haven't said whether or not Bosh will be cleared as they can apply to remove his future salaries from their cap if he doesn't play in a regular season game before Feb. 9th. If Bosh fights Miami's application, it is unlikely to be granted.

The Heat owe Bosh $25.3 million in 17-18 and $26.8 million in 18-19.

Bosh disputes the notion that he cannot play. Bosh previously found one doctor who told him about taking a new blood thinner that would be out of his system in eight to 10 hours – an idea the Heat rejected in April but an approach that has again been discussed this summer.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Perry Ellis Signs Camp Deal With Hornets
Perry Ellis underwent surgery for a sports hernia this week but is expected to be back in time for the start of camp.

Gary Bedore/Kansas City Star

Kevin Durant Voted Favorite Player Of Rookie Class For 3rd Straight Season
Kevin Durant's popularity grew from 21.2 percent up to 29.7 percent this season as he returned from injury and signed with the Warriors.

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Kris Dunn Scores Most Favorably In Poll Of Incoming Rookie Class
Kris Dunn is considered the favorite to win Rookie of the Year by his peers.

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Nuggets Trade Joffrey Lauvergne To Thunder For Two 2nd Rounders
The Nuggets have traded Joffrey Lauvergne to the Thunder for two future second-round picks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Andre Drummond: Boban Marjanovic 'Absolutely' Better Than Expected
Andre Drummond has been impressed by Boban Marjanovic during their informal pickup matchups this summer.

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Xavier Henry Signs Camp Deal With Bucks
Xavier Henry ruptured his left Achilles tendon early in the 14-15 season while with the Lakers.

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Trey Freeman Agrees To Camp Deal With Pistons
Trey Freeman averaged 5.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 18.4 minutes per game in Summer League.

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Travis Wear, Lakers Agree Upon Camp Deal
Travis Wear will have a chance to compete for a roster spot with the Lakers in training camp.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Lakers Sign Zach Auguste
Zach Auguste averaged 5.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in 15:41 minutes per game in four games for the Lakers in Summer League.

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Jason Thompson Close To Deal With Shandong
Jason Thompson was the 12th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft out of Rider.

David Pick

Steve Novak Re-Signs With Bucks
Steve Novak appeared in just three games before a left knee injury forced him to miss the remainder of the season.

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Chris Bosh Posts Videos Of Return To Court
Chris Bosh's videos Monday included shooting mid-range jumpers after running in from near the sideline and dribbling drills that finished with stepping into 3-point shots.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Pelicans To Work Out Lance Stephenson
The Grizzlies declined their team option on Lance Stephenson for the 16-17 season.

Brett Dawson/The New Orleans Advocate

Russell Westbrook In 'Some Run, Some Make Runways' Ad For Air Jordan
Russell Westbrook stars in a new ad that could be referring to Kevin Durant.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Dunc'd On: 2017 Free Agency + Best/Worst Contracts since Lockout Awards
A full preview of 2017 free agency, plus awards for best/worst contracts since the lockout.

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Ty Lawson Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Kings
The Kings had Darren Collison and Garrett Temple already on their depth chart at point guard.

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Ra'Shad James Agrees To Sign With Cedevita Zagreb
Ra'Shad James averaged 14.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 20.7 minutes over five Summer League games with the Bucks.

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Bryce Cotton Agrees To Deal With Anadolu Efes
Bryce Cotton played for both the Grizzlies and Suns last season.

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DeMarcus Cousins Open To Playing In 2020 Olympics
DeMarcus Cousins won a gold medal in his first Olympics for the United States.

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RealGM Radio: Pacific Division With Kevin Pelton, Ben Golliver
Host Danny Leroux, Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated break down the Pacific Division including an offseason review and regular season preview.

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