Basketball Wiretap

Al Horford Wants To See Hawks Improve Roster Before Committing

Jun 30, 2016 10:34 AM

Al Horford wants to see the Atlanta Hawks improve their roster this offseason before committing to sign long-term with the team.

The Hawks traded away Jeff Teague before the draft to acquire the 12th overall pick that became Taurean Prince. Kent Bazemore is also a free agent of the Hawks.

Atlanta has been swept in each of the past two playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Horford was an All-Star in 2015 and 2016 as the Hawks had a resurgence under Mike Budenholzer.

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Tags: Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Grizzlies Interested In Signing Chandler Parsons

Jun 30, 2016 10:15 AM

The Memphis Grizzlies will pursue Chandler Parsons in free agency while also attempting to re-sign Mike Conley.

Parsons is seeking a max contract on the open market and the Dallas Mavericks have appeared unwilling to offer that significant of a contract.

Parsons had injury issues in each of his two seasons with the Mavericks after leaving the Houston Rockets in 2014.

The Grizzlies face serious competition for Conley from the Mavericks.

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Tags: Chandler Parsons, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Thunder Will Pursue Al Horford

Jun 30, 2016 10:08 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder are pursuing Al Horford and have been making calls around the NBA looking to clear a massive amount of cap space.

Horford played for Billy Donovan at Florida and the two remain close.

The Thunder have a vacancy at power forward following their trade of Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic.

Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler have been shopped to teams with cap space.

In conversations with rival teams, the Thunder have indicated they will know which route they are taking early in July.

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Tags: Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Interested In Courtney Lee

Jun 30, 2016 1:03 AM

The New York Knicks have interest in Courtney Lee in free agency.

New York has a hole to fill at shooting guard and are hoping to have leftover money to sign one after likely adding Joakim Noah.

Lee was traded by the Memphis Grizzlies to the Charlotte Hornets at the deadline.

The Sacramento Kings also have interest in Lee.

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Tags: Courtney Lee, Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets, Knicks, Grizzlies Interested In Eric Gordon

Jun 30, 2016 12:38 AM

The Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks are interested in pursuing Eric Gordon in free agency.

The Pelicans also have interest in re-signing Gordon, who has had injury issues over the past few seasons.

Gordon is coming off a four-year, $58 million deal signed in 2012.

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Tags: Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Mavs, Nets, Lakers, Pelicans, Rockets Interested In Mike Conley

Jun 30, 2016 12:06 AM

The Dallas Mavericks have secured a meeting with Mike Conley for July 1st.

Dallas has made Conley one of their top priorities in free agency.

The Memphis Grizzlies can sign Conley to a five-year deal while rival teams like the Mavericks can only offer four-year deals. Conley is seeking the fifth year from the Grizzlies.

The Mavericks largely played Deron Williams and J.J. Barea at point guard last season.

The Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers are also interested in Conley.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Mike Conley, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Considered Favorites To Sign Joakim Noah

Jun 29, 2016 11:52 PM

The New York Knicks are considered heavy favorites to sign Joakim Noah in free agency.

Noah is expected to part ways with the Chicago Bulls this offseason after joining them in the 2007 NBA Draft via a pick swap from the Eddy Curry trade.

The Knicks acquired Derrick Rose from the Bulls via trade before last week's draft and they've expressed interest in continuing as teammates.

Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post reports Noah is expected to sign with the Knicks soon after the beginning of free agency with a starting salary in the $18 million per year range.

Shams Charania of The Vertical reports Noah has set a meeting with Phil Jackson for shortly after midnight on July 1st.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Over-36 Rule Currently Prevents LeBron James From Signing $200M Deal In 2017

Jun 29, 2016 11:19 PM

LeBron James has been widely expected to sign a five-year deal worth $200 million in the summer of 2017 after going through a series of one-plus-one deals since returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014.

But multiple league executives say the current collective bargaining agreement makes that type of deal impossible due to the "over 36 rule." The rule prevents teams from giving four- or five-year deals to players who are unlikely to play the life of the deal with no salary cap consequences.

For a player who is 36 years old in the last season of a five-year deal, his final annual salary is applied proportionally to previous seasons and counts toward the team’s cap.


James is vice president of the NBPA and could look to exercise his influence on a change to the obscure rule.

Under current rules, James could sign a four-year, $156.8 million contract with Cleveland in 2017.

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA CBA

Union Encouraging Players To Take Frontloaded Contracts

Jun 29, 2016 10:27 PM

With the salary cap increasing dramatically this season and next, the union has encouraged players to sign contract that decline over time so they can get as much guaranteed money up front as possible, according to sources.

The cap will be set at least $94 million this season and $107 million in 2017 before the cap flattens in 2018.

There is also a pending potential lockout in 2017 as the owners and players work on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The league's minimum payroll will be at $85 million.

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Raptors Have Approached 76ers On Trade For Nerlens Noel

Jun 29, 2016 10:21 PM

The Toronto Raptors will have to trade away at least one big contract to have any hope of re-signing both DeMar DeRozan and Bismack Biyombo.

Toronto has approached the Philadelphia 76ers about sending out a rotation player such as Terrence Ross and other add-ons for Nerlens Noel. The thought is that Noel would be able to fill the backup center role that Biyombo played.

Noel is eligible for a contract extension this offseason and the 76ers have been trying to balance out their roster and their glut of centers.

Talks have yet to gain much traction to date.

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Tags: Nerlens Noel, Bismack Biyombo, Philadelphia Sixers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bucks, Grizzlies, Nets Interested In Kent Bazemore
The Hawks would like to re-sign Kent Bazemore but he'll receive significant interest in free agency.

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Rockets, Blazers Interested In Dwight Howard
The Rockets have interest in re-signing Dwight Howard on a non-maximum contract.

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Lakers Could Meet With Nicolas Batum
The Hornets have reportedly made re-signing Nicolas Batum one of their top priorities in free agency but he's considering other options.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Warriors Frustrated By Andrew Bogut, Could Look For Trade
Andrew Bogut is entering the final season of his contract with a base salary of $11.03 million.

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Cole Aldrich Receiving Interest From Clippers, Suns, Magic
Cole Aldrich turns 28 in October and has played for five teams since becoming a lottery pick in 2010.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Dario Saric To Join 76ers For 16-17
The 76ers and Dario Saric's reps are working on contract details.

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Clippers Promote Lawrence Frank To Run Front Office
Dave Wohl remains on the job as general manager but he'll report to Lawrence Frank and Doc Rivers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Adidas Signs Kanye West To New Deal
An Adidas spokeswoman declined to give financial details or specify the length of the deal.


Pistons Trade Jodie Meeks To Magic
The Pistons and Magic are nearing agreement on a trade involving Jodie Meeks.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Jamal Crawford To Meet With Clippers, Magic, Heat, Mavs, Knicks
Jamal Crawford has said this offseason that his preference is to re-sign the Clippers.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Warriors' Players Have Been Recruiting Kevin Durant All Season
The way several Warriors reached out to Kevin Durant all season long reportedly "appealed to him."

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kevin Durant Sets Schedule For Free Agent Meetings
Players can meet with their incumbent teams before the start of the league's new calendar year.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Trey Burke Made Available In Trade Talks By Jazz
The Jazz traded for George Hill last week and also have Dante Exum returning this season from a torn ACL.

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Report: Adam Silver May Have Pressured 76ers Into Regime Change
According to sources, Adam Silver was "scared" by the "glorification of the Process" made famous by Sam Hinkie.

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Wizards Interested In Al Horford, Ryan Anderson, Nicolas Batum
All three players fit with their plans of playing faster and smaller with more perimeter shooting.

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Dwight Howard To Meet With Hawks, Celtics
Dwight Howard is a free agent three seasons after signing with the Rockets in 2013.

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Erik Spoelstra, Heat Progressing On Extension
Erik Spoelstra is entering the final season of his contract in 16-17.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

LeBron James Opts Out Of $24M Contract With Cavs For 16-17
Rich Paul gave no insight on Tuesday evening on the type of contract LeBron James will seek or his timetable for re-signing.

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Dwyane Wade Prepared To Discuss Contract With Rival Teams
Initial contract discussions on a new contract between Dwyane Wade and the Heat have failed to produce common ground.

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Nets, Kings, 76ers Interested In Allen Crabbe
Allen Crabbe had a breakout 15-16 season, scoring 14.2 points per 36 minutes with a True Shooting Percentage of .572 in 26.0 minutes per game.

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