Basketball Wiretap

Report: Knicks Confident They Will Hire Masai Ujiri Away From Raptors

Jun 28, 2017 9:44 PM

The New York Knicks have Masai Ujiri at the top of their list to become president of basketball operations.

The Toronto Raptors hired Ujiri away from the Denver Nuggets in 2013 and he wa recently given a raise believed to make him one of five highest paid executives in the NBA.

Sources say Ujiri will be allowed to leave the Raptors if he makes that decision. Toronto recently received draft pick compensation from the Orlando Magic for Jeff Weltman. The Raptors haven't received a request from the Knicks to interview Ujiri.

League sources have indicated the Knicks are confident that Ujiri will join their franchise.

Tim Leiweke, who hired Ujiri with the Raptors, is now advising the Knicks.

“Don’t forget that (Leiweke) wants to stick it to these guys,” said one MLSE officail.

Bruce Arthur/Toronto Star

Tags: New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Not Interested In Hiring Isiah Thomas To Replace Phil Jackson

Jun 28, 2017 9:38 PM

The New York Knicks will not consider hiring Isiah Thomas to replace Phil Jackson as president of basketball operations.

Thomas is currently serving as president of the New York Liberty.

Thomas was president of the basketball operations of the Knicks from 2003 until 2008.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Reuniting With Trevor Ariza Factored Into Chris Paul's Decision On Rockets

Jun 28, 2017 7:55 PM

The opportunity for Chris Paul to play with Trevor Ariza factored at least somewhat into his decision to join the Houston Rockets.

Paul and Ariza were teammates with New Orleans earlier their career.

The Los Angeles Clippers attempted to trade for Ariza in the past.

Ariza can play as a small ball 4 when the Rockets play Paul with James Harden and Eric Gordon.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Trevor Ariza, Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Gordon Hayward Plans To Reach Free Agent Decision Quickly

Jun 28, 2017 6:11 PM

Gordon Hayward will meet with the Miami Heat on Saturday and the Utah Jazz on Monday.

Hayward will also meet with the Boston Celtics.

According to sources, Hayward wants to make a decision on his future "in short order."

Hayward is expected to receive full max offers from all three teams with the Jazz having the ability to include a fifth season.

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

Tags: Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

David Griffin Could Become Candidate For Knicks' Job

Jun 28, 2017 6:01 PM

David Griffin could be a candidate for the New York Knicks' president of basketball operations job.

Griffin and the Cleveland Cavaliers parted ways after The Finals.

Jerry West will reach out to Tim Leiweke to endorse Griffin as a candidate.

While Griffin's agent has yet to hear from the Knicks, a member of the organization has begun making calls to gather information on him.

Griffin is known to be interested in a big job like the Knicks.

Several prominent college coaches have already expressed interest as well.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Teams Were Seeking Two First Rounders From Rockets For Ryan Anderson

Jun 28, 2017 5:55 PM

The Houston Rockets would have had to trade Ryan Anderson if they would have signed Chris Paul outright in free agency instead of trading for him.

The market for Anderson, who has three years and $60 million remaining on his deal was incredibly soft.

At least two teams were demanding two first round picks from the Rockets in exchange for taking on Anderson and his contract.

While Anderson has been injury prone, he's a productive floor spacer at the power forward position.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Ryan Anderson, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Acquire Chris Paul From Clippers In Eight-Player Trade

Jun 28, 2017 5:22 PM

The Houston Rockets have acquired Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for guard Patrick Beverley, forward Sam Dekker, forward Montrezl Harrell, guard Darrun Hilliard, guard DeAndre Liggins, guard Lou Williams, forward Kyle Wiltjer, a future first round pick, and cash considerations.

“Since winning back-to-back championships, the pursuit of a third title has remained the ultimate goal for our franchise,” said Rockets owner Leslie Alexander.  “We feel that combining two of the league’s greatest players in James Harden and Chris Paul, operating in Coach D’Antoni’s system, gives us a championship caliber team that will compete at the highest level for years to come.”

“On behalf of the Rockets organization and our fans I’d also like to thank Sam, Montrezl, Kyle, and Lou for helping make this past season a special one.  I’d also like to personally express my deepest gratitude to Pat Beverley, who, for the past five seasons, always left everything he had out on the court.”

The Rockets completed five separate trades with Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Portland before completing the Paul trade:

  • Houston acquired forward Ryan Kelly from Atlanta in exchange for cash considerations.
  • Houston acquired guard DeAndre Liggins from Dallas in exchange for cash considerations.
  • Houston acquired guard Darrun Hilliard from Detroit in exchange for cash considerations.
  • Houston acquired forward Shawn Long from Philadelphia in exchange for a future second round pick and cash considerations
  • Houston acquired guard Tim Quarterman from Portland in exchange for cash considerations.

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Tags: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dunc'd On: 2017 Mock Offseason Part 2

Jun 28, 2017 5:03 PM

Our most anticipated podcast of the year, the mock offseason, returns. Nate and Danny are joined by Dan Feldman of NBC Sports and Kevin Pelton of ESPN. Nate plays the player agent, while the others GM for the 30 teams. Despite the shock of Chris Paul reneging on his commitment to the Clippers from Part 1 to go to Houston and Kyle Lowry going back to the Raptors, the GMs soldier on. We find homes for all the major free agents, then rank the best teams in the East and West when all the transactions are complete and give our overall thoughts on what this means for the market in 2017 free agency.

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

Click to subscribe via RSS feed or iTunes.  And if you like this pod, please donate to support Nate and Danny at

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Tags: NBA, Dunc'd On

Kings Decline Qualifying Offer To Ben McLemore

Jun 28, 2017 4:16 PM

The Sacramento Kings will decline their qualifying offer to Ben McLemore.

McLemore will be an unrestricted free agent.

McLemore was the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft.

After the Kings drafted DeMarcus Cousins in 2010, they then drafted Jimmer Fredette, Thomas Robinson, McLemore and Nik Stauskas. None of those top-10 picks remained with the team to a second contract, while Robinson and Stauskas didn't even remain into a second season.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Ben McLemore, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

76ers Trade Shawn Long to Rockets For 2018 2nd Rounder, Cash

Jun 28, 2017 3:52 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have traded Shawn Long to the Houston Rockets for a 2018 second round pick and cash.

Houston continues to accumulate non-guaranteed contracts to facilitate possible trade scenarios.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Shawn Long, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Chris Paul Lost Faith In Doc Rivers Due To How He Favored Austin Rivers Over Team
When Doc Rivers decided not to trade for Carmelo Anthony in a trade that would have included Austin Rivers, Chris Paul's position on the matter solidified.

Michael Eaves/ESPN

Knicks Interested In Jeff Teague
The Knicks had trade talks with the Hawks on Jeff Teague two years ago.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Hawks Trade Ryan Kelly To Rockets For Cash Considerations
The Rockets have been acquiring non-guaranteed contracts as part of their trade machinations.

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Kings Expected To Sign Bogdan Bogdanovic To Three-Year, $36M Deal
The Kings acquired the draft rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic at the 2016 draft from the Suns.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Blazers Trade Tim Quarterman To Rockets For Cash Considerations
Houston is presumably attempting to create cap facilitating moves related to their trade for Chris Paul.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Paul George Willing To Commit Long-Term To Cavs If LeBron Stays
Paul George appears willing to commit to remaining with the Cavs, Spurs or Celtics if they remain title contenders.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Mavericks Trade DeAndre Liggins To Rockets For Cash Considrations
The Mavericks were going to decline their team option on DeAndre Liggins.

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Carmelo Anthony Could Join Rockets If Buyout Reached With Knicks
Carmelo Anthony was also linked to joining the Rockets in 2014.

Stephen A. Smith/ESPN

Clippers Believe Blake Griffin Will Re-Sign
Blake Griffin and Chris Paul were both scheduled to be free agents and it was unclear if they would re-sign both players.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles times

Rockets Still Trying To Trade For 3rd Star Following Chris Paul Trade
The Rockets have been in pursuit of a trade for Paul George.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Chris Paul Traded By Clippers To Rockets
Chris Paul agreed to the opt-in of his contract to allow the trade to happen.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Raptors Promote Bobby Webster, Dan Tolzman, Keith Boyarsky
Bobby Webster came to the Raptors after working for the NBA league office in New York for the previous seven seasons in the NBA's CBA group.

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Carmelo Anthony Situation Accelerated Exit Talks Between Phil Jackson, James Dolan
The Knicks were determined not to accommodate Carmelo Anthony's preference for a buyout on the $54 million he has remaining on his contract in 17-18 and 18-19.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Kevin Durant Likely To Re-Sign With Warriors In Late July
Kevin Durant will allow the Warriors to do the majority of their offseason maneuvering before settling on his terms.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Knicks Targeting Masai Ujiri For President Of Basketball Operations Job
James Dolan has known to be fond of Masai Ujiri for several years.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Knicks Fire Phil Jackson As President Of Basketball Operations
Phil Jackson has two years and $24 million remaining on his contract with the Knicks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

James Dolan Contemplating Phil Jackson's Future With Knicks
James Dolan is contemplating the future of Phil Jackson as president of the Knicks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Rockets Focused On Trading Ryan Anderson If They Need Cap Space
Ryan Anderson is owed $19.6 million and $61.3 million in total over the next three seasons.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Thunder Exercise $1.5M Team Option On Jerami Grant
The Thunder could have declined Jerami Grant's option and he would have become a restricted free agent.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Rockets Becoming More Serious Threat To Sign Chris Paul
James Harden is among those who have advocated for the Rockets to sign Chris Paul and he's conveyed that directly to him.

Marc Stein/ESPN