Basketball Wiretap

Kings To Waive Matt Barnes

Feb 20, 2017 12:49 PM

The Sacramento Kings will waive Matt Barnes in order to create enough roster room to execute the DeMarcus Cousins trade.

Barnes agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract with the Kings during the 2016 offseason.

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Tags: Matt Barnes, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Pelicans Seeking Trade Of Terrence Jones

Feb 20, 2017 11:52 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans are seeking a trade involving Terrence Jones before the deadline.

With the Pelicans possessing an excess of bigs, both sides would like a trade.

Jones signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Pelicans in the offseason after he found his market soft.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Terrence Jones, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dunc'd On Pod: DeMarcus Cousins Trade With Tim Bontemps

Feb 20, 2017 5:23 AM

Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post joins after a wild night in New Orleans to hit on all aspects of the DeMarcus Cousins trade.

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

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Pelicans Nearly Dealt For Jahlil Okafor With Similar Offer As Cousins' Trade

Feb 20, 2017 2:19 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans were close to trading for Jahlil Okafor approximately 10 days ago with a package that was similar to the one they used to acquire DeMarcus Cousins.

The Pelicans were discussing a trade of Tyreke Evans, New Orleans' 2017 first rounder and Philadelphia's 2017 second rounder for Okafor with the 76ers. Unlike their offer for Cousins, the Pelicans were not including Buddy Hield.

The deal between the Pelicans and 76ers fell apart over pick protections.

The Pelicans also discussed a Paul Georg trade with the Indiana Pacers ahead of Thursday's deadline.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Jahlil Okafor, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia Sixers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

DeMarcus Cousins Traded By Kings To Pelicans

Feb 19, 2017 11:47 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to acquire DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings.

The Kings will acquire Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, the Pelicans' 2017 first round pick and the Philadelphia 76ers' 2017 second round pick in exchange for Cousins and Omri Casspi. The Pelicans' first round pick is top-3 protected for 2017.

Cousins will team up with Anthony Davis to form one of the NBA's best frontcourt duos in recent memory. The Pelicans also managed to retain Jrue Holiday.

The Kings and Cousins were widely expected to agree upon a supermax extension this offseason before a new round of Cousins' trade talks surfaced on Sunday.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kings Break Off DeMarcus Cousins Trade Talks With Lakers

Feb 19, 2017 11:32 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers were engaged in DeMarcus Cousins trade talks with the Sacramento Kings during All-Star weekend but those have been broken off.

The Kings are considering trading Cousins before Thursday's trade deadline and have been engaged with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Lakers and Kings also held trade talks involving Cousins in June of 2015.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Kings sought the inclusion of Brandon Ingram in the trade.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Vlade Divac Delivers Two Best DeMarcus Cousins Trade Proposals To Ranadive

Feb 19, 2017 11:05 PM

Vlade Divac has delivered what he believes are his two best trade proposals for DeMarcus Cousins to Vivek Ranadive, who has final say on whether the Sacramento Kings do a deal involving their franchise player.

Ranadive has reportedly become hesitant to sign Cousins to a supermax extension this offseason.

The Kings are seeking young talent, draft picks and expiring contracts in exchange for Cousins.

Cousins played in just two minutes during Sunday's All-Star Game, asking Steve Kerr to mostly sit him due to nagging injuries.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Report: 50/50 Chance Of Kings Trading DeMarcus Cousins By Deadline

Feb 19, 2017 8:57 PM

The Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans have discussed a trade involving DeMarcus Cousins during All-Star weekend.

While no trade is imminent, a source says there is a 50/50 chance of a deal materializing involving Cousins and the Pelicans before the deadline.

Cousins has consistently said he would like to sign an extension with the Kings.

The Kings are known to like both Buddy Hield and Jrue Holiday.

Any team trading for Cousins would likely want assurances that he would be interested in signing an extension, though they would be limited to a four-year deal and not the designated player five-year extension the Kings can sign him to.

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James Harden: Durant, Westbrook 'Have To Figure It Out Themselves'

Feb 19, 2017 8:24 PM

Four years before Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder via free agency, James Harden was traded by the team to the Houston Rockets.

Harden has remained close with both Durant and Russell Westbrook, who have had a famously icy rivalry in the months since Durant signed with the Warriors.

“They’re two grown men,” Harden said. “They have to figure it out themselves.”

Durant was asked how he's dealt with potential distractions.

“Sometimes it’s tough,” he said. “But when you just block it out, it’s kind of easy. Don’t look at stuff and don’t pay attention. Stuff that you guys think is important, I don’t think it’s important at all. When you look at it that way, it’s pretty easy to me.”

Scott Cacciola/New York Times

Tags: James Harden, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

Pelicans Make Inquiries On DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George

Feb 19, 2017 6:35 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have made trade inquires on both DeMarcus Cousins and Paul George.

New Orleans is making everyone on their available to pair Anthony Davis with another All-Star talent, including Buddy Hield.

The Pelicans have made more progress in their attempts trading for Cousins. 

New Orleans currently owns all of their own future first round picks.

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Tags: Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kings Discussing DeMarcus Cousins Trade Scenarios
The Pelicans have been one of the teams who have discussed a DeMarcus Cousins' trade with the Kings.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Teams Interested In Carmelo Anthony Expect Him To Remain With Knicks
Carmelo Anthony doesn't have a strong interest in changing teams during the middle of the season and hasn't been approached by the Knicks on any trade scenarios.

Adrian Wojarowski/The Vertical

Suns Continue To Shop Brandon Knight
With Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker in the Suns' backcourt, Brandon Knight is the odd man out.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Wizards Could Deal First Rounder For Veteran Depth Piece
The Wizards have "shown an inclination" to trade a first round pick to acquire a veteran player that could even be a rental for their playoff push.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Clippers, Thunder Interested In Wilson Chandler
Both the Clippers and Thunder have limited assets to offer though they'd like to be buyers at the deadline.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Celtics, Bulls Engage In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks
The possibility of the Celtics trading for Jimmy Butler will loom over the trade deadline.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Carmelo Anthony Planned On Using ASG Weekend To Discuss Future With Family
Carmelo Anthony views All-Star weekend as "therapy" and a "break" from the issues facing the Knicks.

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Kevin Durant Non-Committal On Taking Less Money To Give Warriors More Flexibility
Kevin Durant can sign a new deal starting at $36 million or the Warriors can sign him using their non-Bird rights at $31.8 million to give them more cap flexibility.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

NBA Expects To Revisit Age Limit Talks With Union In Near Future
Adam Silver talked about the possibility of the NBA and NBPA revisiting the current age limit for draft entry despite already completing a new collective bargaining agreement.

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Celtics Reluctant To Compromise Cap Space Unless Dealing For Jimmy Butler, Paul George
To date, there has not been any traction on any deals that would tempt Danny Ainge to trade away any of his top assets

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Chris Webber, Tracy McGrady Headline Hall Of Fame Finalists
Chris Webber played 15 seasons with five franchises and also headlined Michigan's Fab Five for two seasons.


Blazers Were Close To Jahlil Okafor Trade Before Dealing For Jusuf Nurkic
Talks between the Blazers and 76ers were advanced enough for Philadelphia to pull Jahlil Okafor from their lineup.

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Jahlil Okafor Would Enjoy Playing With Anthony Davis
Jahlil Okafor was in New Orleans for the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday as his future with the 76ers remains uncertain amid trade rumors.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

LeBron James: I Don't Have A Rivalry With Stephen Curry
LeBron James even feels there's not a team rivalry between the Cavaliers and Warriors.

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Pacers Shopping 2017 First Round Pick Concerned About Window With Paul George

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Some Teams Attempted To Sneak In Extra Picks During Trade Calls In Past
Execs experienced rival teams attempt to sneak extra picks into deals during trade calls with the league office in the early 2000s.

Jake Fischer/Sports Illustrated

Luka Doncic Signs With Bill Duffy
Luka Doncic has signed with Bill Duffy and BDA Sports as his representation.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Cavs Change Leadership Team Around Dan Gilbert
There are now fewer voices in the room when the Cavaliers make major decisions.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Report: Vivek Ranadive Remains Uncertain About DeMarcus Cousins' Supermax
A report from Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report suggests the Kings offered DeMarcus Cousins to the Magic earlier this season.

Ric Bucher/Bleacher Report

Eric Gordon: Pelicans 'Always Been A Little Dysfunctional'
Eric Gordon tried to leave New Orleans in 2012 when he signed an offer sheet with the Phoenix Suns that was matched.

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