Basketball Wiretap

Hawks Expected To Sell For More Than $900 Million

Mar 4, 2015 8:36 PM

At least one group bidding on the Atlanta Hawks is prepared to pay in excess of $900 million for the franchise.

Mark Rachesky, chairman of Lionsgate Entertainment, has emerged as the most recent bidder for the Hawks.

Rachesky is not known to have previously expressed interest in purchasing a sports franchise, but he is regarded as a protégé of activist investor Carl Icahn.

Groups and individuals interested in the buying the Hawks, as well as the team's current ownership, were required to signed nondisclosure agreements which prevent them from commenting on the sale process.‎


The Hawks were valued in 2014 by Forbes at $425 million, but that figure was circulated before Steve Ballmer's purchase of the Clippers for a staggering $2 billion in a bidding process.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA CBA

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Steve Nash Admits Playing Career Likely Over

Mar 4, 2015 8:33 PM

Steve Nash has admitted publicly his NBA career is likely over.

Nash played just 65 games for the Los Angeles Lakers over his first two seasons with the club before being ruled out for the entire 14-15 season.

"Unfortunately, the NBA game is just a touch too far for me," said Nash, who turned 41 last month. "I play one game and I'm out a month. I have a bunch of back things going on that compromise that nerve."


Nash has largely been away from the Lakers this season.

"I never worked as hard as I did the last 18 months, two years, twice a day almost every day to try to just give it that one last year," Nash said. "And I finally just had to admit that it's just not meant to be."

John Chick/The Score

Tags: Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwight Howard Progressing 'On Schedule', Hasn't Begun On-Court Rehab

Mar 4, 2015 8:26 PM

Dwight Howard is progressing "on schedule" four weeks after undergoing a bone marrow aspirate injection.

Howard has been out since Jan. 30 with the edema.

“He’s coming along,” Kevin McHale said. “I saw him on the treadmill which is a good sign, but I haven’t seen him on the floor. Until you see him on the floor, who knows.”

In addition to the weight room and pool workouts Howard began shortly after the Feb. 4 procedure, Howard has been running on a weight control treadmill.

Howard has not progressed to on-court "active" rehab that would include running, cutting and jumping.

“I’ve seen great players take two months off and come back and it takes them a while,” McHale said. “It’s just the pace of the game and the NBA grind. The game, the size, the speed, when you’re away from it and you’re out there, it just takes a little time. You need timing. You can’t get timing one-on-one at three-quarters speed for three weeks and then doing it at full spoeed for five days and jumping on the court. It just takes a lot of time.

“I’m hoping he comes back as soon as possible, but there’s no use in having him come back until he’s healthy and can play for us. I’m not sure how many games he will have under his belt at that time, but we have to make sure we make the best use of all those games. He’s got to get in the best rhythm he possibly can.”

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Russell Westbrook, LeBron James Named Players Of The Month

Mar 4, 2015 7:24 PM

Russell Westbrook and LeBron James have been named the NBA Players of the Month for February.

Westbrook had a PER of 34.6 in February, averaging 31.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 10.2 assists per game for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

James averaged 24.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game for the month.

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Andrew Wiggins, Marcus Smart Named Rookies Of The Month

Mar 4, 2015 7:22 PM

Andrew Wiggins and Marcus Smart have been named the Rookies of the Month for February.

Wiggins averaged 16.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in February for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Smart averaged 9.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists for the month for the Boston Celtics.

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Devyn Marble To Miss 4-6 Weeks With Detached Retina

Mar 4, 2015 4:36 PM

Devyn Marble is expected to miss approximately 4-6 weeks due to a detached retina in his left eye, the Orlando Magic announced.

Marble is in his rookie season.

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Tags: Devyn Marble, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Injury

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Zoran Dragic Assigned To Heat's D-League Team

Mar 4, 2015 3:19 PM

The Miami Heat have assigned guard Zoran Dragić to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Dragic has appeared in eight NBA games this season, including two with the Heat since being acquired in a three-team trade on February 19, totaling six points, three rebounds and an assist in eight minutes of action.

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Ray Allen Decides Not To Play In 14-15 Season

Mar 4, 2015 2:46 PM

Ray Allen has decided not to play this season.

Allen will reassess his status for the 15-16 season. 

Allen received interest from many title contenders, most notably the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks. The Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls also registered interest in Allen.

“Over the past several months, I have taken a lot of time to deliberate what is best for me,” Allen said. “I’ve ultimately decided that I will not play this NBA season. I’m going to take the remainder of this season, as well as the upcoming off-season, to reassess my situation, spend time with my family and determine if I will play in the 2015-16 season.”

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Tony Allen, Nick Calathes Didn't Have Physical Confrontation

Mar 4, 2015 1:29 PM

Tony Allen has been suspended one game by the Memphis Grizzlies following an altercation with teammate Nick Calathes in practice.

Sources claim that the confrontation did not rise to a "physical" level and that the suspension for Allen is largely because he waved off attempts from coaches to calm him down.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Suspension

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Jerrelle Benimon To Sign 10-Day Contract With Jazz

Mar 4, 2015 12:46 PM

The Utah Jazz will sign Jerrelle Benimon to a 10-day contract.

Benimon was with the Denver Nuggets in the preseason.

Benimon has averaged 19.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 35 games with the Idaho Stampede this season in the D-League. Benimon has a PER of 22.0.

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Tags: Jerrelle Benimon, Utah Jazz, Idaho Stampede, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Eli Holman Re-Signing Deal With Zhejiang Lions For 15-16 Season
Eli Holman had considered summer and season offers in the NBA before re-signing in China.

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Pelicans Sign Elliot Williams To 10-Day Contract
Elliot Williams has averaged 21.8 points, 7.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 36.8 minutes per game while being named a NBA D-League All-Star.

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Thomas Robinson: I'm Tired Of Getting Treated Like A Rag Doll In NBA
Thomas Robinson has averaged 9.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in 16.4 minutes (19.0 PER) of play off the bench in four games with the 76ers.

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Phil Jackson Fined By NBA For Comment On D'Angelo Russell
Upon leaving Ohio State's game, Phil Jackson said D'Angelo Russell was a "great looking kid, [a] great prospect."

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Hawks To Sign Jarell Eddie On 10-Day Contract
The Hawks have reached agreement on a 10-day contract with Jarell Eddie of the NBA Development League, league sources told RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Celtics Interested In Re-Signing Jonas Jerebko
Jonas Jerebko will be a free agent after the season.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Tony Allen Suspended One Game By Grizzlies For Violating Team Policy
Dave Joerger did not elaborate on the policy Tony Allen violated.

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Alex Len Fined $20K, Hassan Whiteside Fined $15K By NBA For Altercation
Alex Len and Hassan Whiteside have been fiend $20,000 and $15,000, respectively, for their altercation in Monday's game.

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Raptors, Heat, Mavericks Among Teams Interested In JaVale McGee
JaVale McGee was waived this week by the 76ers and is eligible for the playoffs.

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Mavs Sign Bernard James For Remainder Of Season
Bernard James was coming off his second 10-day contract.

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Vlade Divac Named VP Of Basketball And Franchise Ops For Kings
Vlade Divac played for the Kings between 1998 and 2004.

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Mike D'Antoni Interested In Nuggets' Job
Mike D'Antoni's first head coaching job in the NBA was with the Nuggets.

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Brian Shaw Fired By Nuggets
Brian Shaw was hired as head coach of the Nuggets before the 13-14 season.

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Suns Agree Upon 2nd 10-Day Contract With Earl Barron
The Suns have agreed upon a second 10-day contract with Earl Barron, a league source tells RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Kidd: Khris Middleton Has Accepted Challenge To Get Better
The Bucks would like to re-sign Khris Middleton this summer in restricted free agency.

Charles F. Gardner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Tony Parker Plans On Playing In Eurobasket 2015
Tony Parker took last summer off after winning the 2014 NBA Finals with the Spurs.

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Quincy Miller Agrees Upon 2nd 10-Day Contract With Pistons
Quincy Miller has agreed upon a second 10-day contract with the Pistons, league sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Blake Griffin Could Return On Sunday
Doc Rivers described Blake Griffin as going "full-tilt" in his workout.

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Calipari: We Could Have $3 Billion In Created Wealth For Our Players Within Six Years
John Calipari has created a great pipeline at Kentucky to send players to the NBA while achieving success within the college game.

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James Harden Suspended One Game By NBA For Kicking LeBron James
James Harden has been suspended one game without pay for kicking LeBron James, the NBA announced on Monday.

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