Basketball Wiretap

Jimmy Butler's Future With Bulls Will Factor Into Dwyane Wade's 17-18 Decision

Jan 19, 2017 7:40 PM

Dwyane Wade will weigh the future of Jimmy Butler with the Chicago Bulls as he considers whether to remain with the franchise for the 17-18 season.

The Bulls have been debating whether to initiate a full-scale rebuild, which would involve trading away Butler.

"At the end of the year, you sit back and see what the team is, what direction they're going in," Wade told ESPN on Wednesday night. "I would be a liar to say that I want to play on a team with all 21-year-olds. You know what I mean? And be a part of the future building. I would be a fool to say that. But you also want to be in the best position for what you think is for you at that time, too.

"... One of the main reasons I'm here is Jimmy. He's the one who called me and got me to come here. So that's a big part of my decision and everything else, is what Jimmy's doing, what his future looks like and all that. And I've made it very clear. So I have no idea from that standpoint. You just have to wait and see and then see what works out."

Wade signed a two-year, $47 million deal with the Bulls with a player option for Year 2.

"You would think so," Wade said. "You don't know. You think about guys like, let's just go with Mike Dunleavy, who didn't want to go to Atlanta. I think he had 20 off the bench the other night. You don't know what situation is going to be right for you. In the moment, yeah, you have an idea of what you want to do. And this is the way you wanted it to go and then when it don't go that way, you got to respond. So I don't know.

"I've enjoyed my time here. It's been a learning experience, it's been challenging and it's been cool all in the same. I feel -- for my career, for me -- I needed this. I needed to see what the other side was like, too. ... But I'm definitely very open and honest that Jimmy is one of the reasons I'm here from a basketball standpoint and, as we sit here right now, he's here, I'm here, we're happy. You don't know what's to go from there."

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Tags: Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron, Giannis, Harden Headline 2017 NBA All-Star Starters

Jan 19, 2017 7:05 PM

The NBA has announced their starters for the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans.

Eastern Conference
LeBron James
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Jimmy Butler
DeMar DeRozan
Kyrie Irving

Western Conference
Kevin Durant
Kawhi Leonard
Anthony Davis
James Harden
Stephen Curry

Russell Westbrook was the biggest omission as he finished third in fan voting amongst guards but first for players and media. Curry finished first in fan voting but third in player and media voting while Harden finished second in all three categories.

Both James and Durant finished first in their respective conferences in all three categories amongst frontcourt players.

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NBA, NBPA Officially Ratify New Collective Bargaining Agreement

Jan 19, 2017 5:56 PM

The NBA's new collective bargaining agreement has been ratified by the players and owners, according a release from the league office.

The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved the deal earlier this week and the National Basketball Players Associated voted its approval on Friday.

The new agreement will take effect on July 1, 2017 and run through the 2023-24 season.

The terms of the pact were agreed upon earlier this month and both sides had until Jan. 13 to ratify the terms.

The parties voted based on a term sheet that outline the key deal points. Once the NBA and NBPA finish drafting and execute the complete agreement, specific details will be released.

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Kings Confirm Full Rupture Of Left Achilles Tendon For Rudy Gay

Jan 19, 2017 5:25 PM

Rudy Gay has suffered a full rupture of his left Achilles tendon and will undergo surgery.

Gay underwent an MRI on Thursday to confirm the injury suffered on Wednesday.

Gay, 30, made it clear coming into the season that he intended to walk away from the final season of his Kings contract, valued at $14.3 million in 2017-18, to opt for free agency in July.

With the injury and a long recovery time, Gay could instead decide to opt into his contract with the Kings.

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TNT To Air 'Players Only' Franchise For Five Nights Of Monday Games

Jan 19, 2017 4:26 PM

TNT will debut a new NBA Monday franchise titled Players Only in which only former professional basketball players will fill all commentator roles.

TNT’s Players Only roster will include two game commentator teams – Brent Barry (primary host and play-by-play) with Derek Fisher and Grant Hill; and Greg Anthony (primary host and play-by-play) with Kevin McHale and Richard “Rip” Hamilton – along with reporters Lisa Leslie and Dennis Scott.

Additional NBA players will also contribute to Players Only throughout the five-week span.

“Our new Players Only franchise will allow us to provide a unique and compelling narrative surrounding the game through the distinct perspective and collective experiences of the former NBA player,” said Craig Barry, Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, Turner Sports. “We believe this original approach will offer deeper insights into the game, both on and off the court, along with broader access that will be entertaining for our passionate fans.”

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Kevin Durant: I Didn't Plan On Coming To Warriors For Just A Year

Jan 19, 2017 1:50 PM

The Golden State Warriors will contend with the free agencies of both Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry this offseason.

“I have no angst whatsoever (about re-signing Durant and Curry),” Joe Lacob said. “I totally am positive (that) I think those guys are going to sign. They’re both free agents. They have a right to do whatever they want. They’ve earned it, and I respect that. If they don’t sign with us for some reason, then shame on me and us. I take responsibility for that. But I don’t see that happening.”

Durant attended the Warriors' groundbreaking this week for the Chase Center and was asked about his future in a public forum. Durant was asked again about his future by the USA Today.

“I’m liking it here,” Durant said. “I’m liking everything that’s going on. I know what my contract says, but I didn’t plan on coming here for just a year. I’m in it right now, and I’m also just focusing on day by day.

“I know it’s cliché, and you hear that all the time, but I’m seriously just not thinking about it because I’m like – I’m just in it for the long haul.”

Sam Amick/USA Today

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

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Khris Middleton Could Return By All-Star Break

Jan 19, 2017 12:19 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks are hopeful that Khris Middleton will be available to return from his hamstring tear in early- to mid-February.

Middleton suffered the injury in September and the Bucks initially projected a six-month absence. 

Middleton told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last month that he always believed he'd be back at some point this season.

"But the way this team is playing, I'm not going to rush," Middleton told the newspaper in January.

Middleton is expected to be kept on a minutes restriction as he eases way his back from the injury.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Russell Westbrook Promises Revenge Upon Zaza Pachulia

Jan 19, 2017 12:17 PM

Russell Westbrook is promising revenge on Zaza Pachulia for the hard foul he took in the second quarter of the Golden State Warriors' 121-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

With time ticking down before the half, Pachulia knocked Westbrook down, appearing to push the ball into Westbrook's face. Westbrook remained on the floor holding his face while Pachulia stood over him.

"He hit me kind of hard," Westbrook said. "But it's all right. I'm gonna get his ass back. Straight up."

Pachulia was handed a flagrant foul 1 for the play, following a review by the officials.

"No, I didn't see that until just now, but I don't play that game," a clearly agitated Westbrook said. "I'm gonna get his ass back. Whenever that is, I don't know what it's going to be, but I don't play that game."

The Warriors visit the Thunder on Feb. 11.

"I thought it was a good steal, honestly, because I had the ball in my hands," Pachulia said. "Officials called a foul; there's nothing you can do. A foul is a foul. If it was a hard foul, it was a hard foul. There is nothing you can do. So you just move on. If he got hurt, that's fine too. It's part of the game."

Pachulia said he is not concerned with Westbrook's comments, instead focusing on what the Warriors have in front of them.

"We're thinking about this team and staying healthy moving forward and, better, getting into the playoffs and playing for the championship. That's what I'm thinking about," Pachulia said. "I'm not thinking about these kind of comments. That team is not there, so they might be thinking about other stuff, like getting back. So, you know, OK, you can get me back.

"But this is my 14th year. We all know what my game is, to play hard. Not dirty, but play hard. If it was a hard foul, it was a foul. It wasn't dirty at all, so I'm not worried about this."

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, Zaza Pachulia, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Nets Sign Quincy Acy To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Jan 19, 2017 11:12 AM

The Brooklyn Nets will sign Quincy Acy to a second 10-day contract.

Acy has averaged 6.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in four games of his first 10-day with the Nets.

Acy previously was with the Dallas Mavericks and the Texas Legends of the D-League this season.

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Dunc'd On: Who Has Made Some Money, OKC/GSW, Rudy Gay Injury

Jan 19, 2017 3:11 AM

We look at which free agents have improved their stock heading into the summer of 2017, going through point guards, wings, and bigs. Then a wrap-up of OKC/GSW, and the consequences of the Rudy Gay injury for his free agency.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux).

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Rudy Gay Likely Suffers Torn Achilles Tendon
Rudy Gay had planned to decline his $14.3 million option with the Kings for the 17-18 season.

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Kevin Durant Reflects On Time With Westbrook, Harden
Kevin Durant reflected back this week on how special the Thunder were earlier in his career playing beside fellow MVP candidates Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

Ben Simmons Could Debut Shortly After All-Star Break
Ben Simmons' current rehab will be centered on gradually increasing his conditioning and on-court workload.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Rajon Rondo 'Absolutely' Wants To Become Coach In Future
Rajon Rondo would like to play "six or seven more years" but he's already preparing for his career as a coach.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

NBA PER: Kawhi Leonard Moves Up From 10th To 4th
While Russell Westbrook continues to lead the NBA in PER, Kawhi Leonard has moved up from 10th at 26.5 to fourth at 28.2.

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John Wall Healthy Enough To Be 'The Player I Always Wanted To Be'
John Wall has played through pain and injuries but he also realized he needed surgeries on both knees this past offseason.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

Carmelo Anthony Glad He Protected Himself With No-Trade Clause
Carmelo Anthony reiterated that he plans to remain in New York.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Mike D'Antoni: James Harden Is Perfect Superstar For How I Coach
Daryl Morey describes James Harden as "maybe the greatest off-the-dribble driver of all time."

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Jeanie Buss Meets With Magic Johnson
While the exact nature of the meeting was not immediately clear, Jeanie Buss has been soliciting opinions on the direction of the franchise moving forward.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

76ers Expected To Consider Jrue Holiday In Free Agency
With Ben Simmons expected to be the 76ers' de facto point guard, Holiday would be a natural fit.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Pelicans, Hawks Held Exploratory Dwight Howard Trade Talks
The level of interest from New Orleans is unclear and there was not unanimous support within the organization in trading for Dwight Howard.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Pelicans Considered Pursuing Harrison Barnes In Free Agency
Harrison Barnes confirmed this week he would have considered the Pelicans had they pursued him.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Hawks Trade Mo Williams To Nuggets
The move gets the Nuggets closer to the salary floor with Mo Williams' $2.2 million salary.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Chris Paul Out 6-8 Weeks With Thumb Surgery
Chris Paul will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.

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James Harden: I Was Shocked By Mike D'Antoni's Point Guard Idea
Mike D'Antoni saw a way to make James Harden even better.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Nike Not Planning On Producing Sleeved NBA Jerseys
Adidas introduced the concept in 2013 to mixed reviews.

Sara Germano/Wall Street Journal

Some Within Knicks' Organization Believe Carmelo Anthony Should Be Traded
No specific trades were discussed during the meeting between Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony Informs Phil Jackson He Won't Waive No-Trade Clause
The most recent controversy has led some in the Carmelo Anthony camp wondering if Jackson is intentionally picking a public fight in hopes of agreeing to a trade.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Wolves Actively Looking For Ricky Rubio Trade
Minnesota has been searching for a "bridge" guard in return to start in the short-term but ultimately back up Kris Dunn.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Knicks Considering Starting Kristaps Porzingis At Center
Moving Kristaps Porzingis to center would send Joakim Noah to the second unit and move Carmelo Anthony to power forward.

Ian Begley/ESPN