Basketball Wiretap

Rival Exec: I Don't Want DeMarcus Cousins' Attitude Around My Young Players

Dec 8, 2016 10:40 PM

Executives around the NBA are wondering if the Sacramento Kings may entertain trading away DeMarcus Cousins before the trade deadline.

Cousins is due $18 million in 17-18, which is his final season before free agency.

As one former teammate told The Vertical, “It’s a mess there, but he sees it as his mess.”

A high-ranking executive from a Western Conference team that contemplated a trade for Cousins was adamant in no longer having interest.

“Everything about that guy is wrong,” the exec told The Vertical. “I don’t want that attitude around my young players.” 

But an assistant coach from the same team remained interested in trading for Cousins.

“That situation out there would screw anybody up,” the coach said. “I’m telling you, get him out of that mess and you will see a different person — and a great [expletive] player.”

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

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

Bob Myers: Andre Iguodala Was Really The GM Of His Sign-And-Trade In 2013

Dec 8, 2016 6:51 PM

The Golden State Warriors drafted well between 2009 and 2012 in adding Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes, but Bob Myers' bold sign-and-trade in 2013 for Andre Iguodala began to move the team in their current direction.

Iguodala had spent one season with the Denver Nuggets following his trade from the Philadelphia 76ers.

"There were a lot of particulars to that transaction," said Myers. "Like anything, there's a confluence of events. Andre wanting to play for us, that was big. We had just played [Denver] in the playoffs, and it's interesting. He saw something in us maybe that we didn't even see in ourselves. He saw a chance to be a part of something special. He intuitively was willing to wait. He forewent some other opportunities as far as money. But as far as I knew it wasn't going to happen. I knew he was going to sign somewhere, I just didn't think it would be with us. Joe [Lacob] was constantly supportive. Jerry West, as someone who has done a lot of big things, was always encouraging. All of us combined to do our part, but Andre, to be fair, he was the visionary in that area.

"Getting the deal done was extremely difficult. Moving $24 million in that era was even harder than it would be now because the salary cap wasn't what it is now. It represented more than a third of a team's entire salary. I'd only been GM for a year, and it taught me a lot about what can be done, what can be accomplished even if you didn't think it can happen, so it was a lesson. If it hadn't worked, we would've been OK in the fact that we would've given everything we had to get it done, but I kept thinking it wasn't going to work.

"What it showed people outside of our organization was, wow, somebody actually went to the Warriors on their own accord! Andre has a great reputation throughout the league as a player, as a person, so for him to take that step was big for us. It was somewhat transformative.

"He was really the GM of that move more than any of us. I told him, "Go take something else because we can't do it." He said, "Well, give me a little more time." I said, "Don't lose anything."

"If you would have heard the conversations, you would have thought Andre and Rob [Pelinka, Iguodala's agent] were being irrational by waiting. The last thing we wanted to do was mislead them and leave them hanging, so I kept telling them, "We can't do it, we can't do it, take whatever else you have." He kept saying he'll wait a little bit longer, one more day, one more hour."

Erik Malinowski/Bleacher Report

Tags: Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Grizzlies Extend Contracts Of Chris Wallace, John Hollinger, Ed Stefanski

Dec 8, 2016 4:46 PM

Memphis Grizzlies Controlling Owner Robert Pera announced that General Manager Chris Wallace, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Hollinger and Executive Vice President of Player Personnel Ed Stefanski have been signed to multi-year extensions with the organization.

“I am pleased to announce that our Basketball Operations executive team, led by General Manager, Chris Wallace, will continue to lead our franchise for years to come,” Pera said. “Chris, John and Ed bring a wealth of NBA experience and success, and have done a tremendous job establishing the strong culture that I believe is necessary to ensure sustained success in this ultra-competitive environment. More importantly, I am confident that the toughness, resilience, discipline and unselfishness that are embedded in the fabric of our culture will continue to serve as a point of pride for Memphis, the surrounding region and all Grizzlies fans.”

Wallace joined the Grizzlies as general manager and vice president of basketball operations on June 18, 2007 and assembled much of the talent that has helped guide the franchise to a club-record six consecutive playoff appearances.

Hollinger joined the organization as vice president of basketball operations on Dec. 13, 2012. Best known for his work at the forefront of basketball's analytics movement, Hollinger holds a prominent role in more traditional basketball functions such as scouting and medical support, while his analytics background is vital in analyzing personnel decisions such as trades, draft, free agency and salary cap management. In addition, Hollinger oversees the Grizzlies’ analytics infrastructure and international scouting.

Stefanski joined the Grizzlies as executive vice president of player personnel on July 30, 2014, bringing to Memphis his well-earned reputation league-wide as an excellent evaluator of talent following management positions at the highest levels with the New Jersey Nets (1999-2007), Philadelphia 76ers (2007-11) and Toronto Raptors (2011-13).

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Tags: Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Nets Sign Spencer Dinwiddie To Partially Guaranteed Three-Year Deal

Dec 8, 2016 4:25 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have signed Spencer Dinwiddie to a partially guaranteed three-year deal.

Dinwiddie played in 46 games over the past two seasons with the Detroit Pistons.

Dinwiddie was averaging 19.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 8.1 assists in nine games in the D-League this season. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Won't Lift Matched Offer Sheet Signed By Donatas Motiejunas

Dec 8, 2016 4:08 PM

The Houston Rockets have no plans to lift the offer sheet they matched for Donatas Motiejunas.

Motiejunas had two days to report for his physical and did not. 

Motiejunas signed a four-year, $37 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets that became a four-year, $31 million deal with the Rockets after they were able to void all of his bonuses.

The Rockets can still theoretically agree upon a separate deal with Motiejunas though he is technically under a uniform player contract.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

Tags: Donatas Motiejunas, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

David Stern: There Was Never A Chris Paul To Lakers Trade To 'Void'

Dec 8, 2016 3:48 PM

David Stern was asked about the proposed trade of Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers that was canceled by him when the NBA were assuming control of the-then New Orleans Hornets.

Paul was to be traded to the Lakers with Pau Gasol going to the Houston Rockets in a blockbuster three-team trade.

The Los Angeles Clippers eventually traded for Paul and New Orleans won the lottery to draft Anthony Davis the next year.

"I'm going to correct your language: What 'cancellation'? The GM [Dell Demps] was not authorized to make that trade," said Stern when asked about the canceled trade. "And acting on behalf of owners, we decided not to make it. I was an owner rep. There was nothing to 'void.' It just never got made.

"When you're the commissioner and you have two teams that are ticked off at you, as in the Lakers and Houston, and the GMs without wanting to be attributed, spend their time trashing you, the wrong impression can be granted. It was one of the few times I decided to just go radio silent and let it play out, and I got killed. So, the answer is: there was never a trade. It was never approved by me as the owner rep."

When the decision was made in 2011, a league spokesman said: “League office declined to make the trade for basketball reasons.”

Sports Business Radio (via Ben Golliver/Sports Illustrated)

Tags: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Blazers Travel With 'Happy Lights' For Road Locker Rooms

Dec 8, 2016 3:36 PM

When the Portland Trail Blazers go on road trips, they bring their own supply of Sad lights for the visiting locker room.

The lights are named for what they are designed to counteract: Seasonal Affective Disorder, a depression-adjacent condition brought by a dearth of exposure to natural sunlight. The Blazers' traveling lights are roughly 2-foot by 3-foot rectangles facing out in the middle of their locker room on the road.

“The happy lights,” said Mason Plumlee.


The Blazers have long installed Sad lights within the ceilings of their Moda Center home locker room and above their practice facility court. “Our practice simulates the lighting at an arena,” Terry Stotts said. 

“I think it wakes you up,” Lillard said. “I feel like it brings a certain type of energy to the locker room and it’s become a part of our preparation now.”

“We try and have the lights in the locker room at least as bright as the arena” Stotts said. “So that when you come into the locker room at halftime, the lights don’t bring you down.”

Jake Fischer/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

Mike D'Antoni: Rockets Have Same Philosophy, From Owner To GM To Star

Dec 8, 2016 3:14 PM

The Houston Rockets have played well to start the Mike D'Antoni era, rebounding from a disappointing 16-17 season. The Rockets are playing with pace and efficiency on offense with their system built around James Harden.

“The good thing about when I took the job was that James wanted to play in the way that I wanted to coach, and that’s taking a lot of threes, getting to the rim, in the paint and foul shots,” said D’Antoni. “And so (it’s) the same philosophy, from the owner to the general manager to the star player.

“It’s worked out better than I thought.…We were hoping that it would get this good, and I think we can get it even better.”

Harden's assists have jumped from 7.5 per game to 11.6 this season.

“(D’Antoni) just told me he was going to make me the point guard and just continue to make me a better player, and he’s doing that. He isn’t trying to control. He just tries to help. And if I see something, I’ll throw it at him. It’s a real friendship; it’s obviously coach and player. And it works.”

D'Antoni is at his creative best again with the harmony of ownership, the front office and players.

“With the help of Daryl and those guys, they push my limits too,” D’Antoni said. “(Sometimes) I’m backing off (philosophically), like ‘Oooh ….’ I get scared, too, getting out on the ledge. But it’s wide open. Do it. And if we come up with something that we think is effective and different, then they’re not afraid to do it. And that’s what I really like.”

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

DeAndre Jordan: Durant Took Aftermath Of Free Agency Decision Hard

Dec 8, 2016 3:07 PM

Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan first became friends when Texas was recruiting Jordan. The pair began spending more time together over the past few summers and their bond grew playing for the United States this past summer.

Durant leaned on Jordan for support after he signed with the Golden State Warriors and was receiving criticism for the decision. During the previous offseason, Jordan backed out of his agreement to sign with the Dallas Mavericks in order to remain with the Los Angeles Clippers, which produced a similar type of scrutiny. 

“He took that (expletive) hard. I was like, ‘Man, at the end of the day, you made a decision that was for Kevin.’ It wasn’t for anybody else,” Jordan said. “You’re going to have one city, one team that’s going to hate your guts. Some other people, they’re going to dislike what you did. But at the end of the day, you’ve got a base that loves you to death. That’s what you have to focus on.”

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA

Nets Waive Yogi Ferrell

Dec 8, 2016 3:00 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on guard Yogi Ferrell.

Ferrell, who signed with Brooklyn on November 9, appeared in 10 games for the Nets posting averages of 5.4 points and 1.7 assists in 15.1 minutes per game.

The Nets roster now stands at 14 players.

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Tags: Yogi Ferrell, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Matt Barnes, DeMarcus Cousins Named In Assault Lawsuit
According to the lawsuit, Matt Barnes allegedly grabbed one of the plantiffs by her neck and began choking her.


Isaiah Thomas Receives Plasma Injection For Injured Groin
Isaiah Thomas received a platelet-rich plasma injection for his groin strain.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

RealGM Radio: Royce Young On The Thunder
Host Danny Leroux and Royce Young of ESPN go in-depth on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Donatas Motiejunas At Odds With Rockets Over $6M In Lost Incentives
The $6 million difference was to be paid to Donatas Motiejunas via incentive clauses if he played for the Nets.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

Warriors, Clippers, Jazz In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive Efficiency
With nearly all 30 teams having played at least 20 games to start the 16-17 NBA regular season, we're roughly at the quarter mark.

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Kevin Durant: I Value My Shots A Little More Now
Kevin Durant is averaging 27.0 points on just 16.9 shots per game while also averaging career bests in rebounds (8.4), steals (1.48) and blocks (1.76).

Marc Stein/ESPN

Kawhi Leonard Still Figuring Out Nuances Of Being Go-To Scorer
Kawhi Leonard has scored 30 or more points on six different occasions so far this season compared to just four 30-point games over the first five seasons of his career.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Phil Jackson: Carmelo Can Play Jordan, Kobe Role In Triangle If He Doesn't Hog Ball
Phil Jackson believes Carmelo Anthony is well-suited for the triangle as long as he doesn't hold onto the ball for too long.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Dunc'd On: DMo Refuses to Report, ORL/WAS, CHI/DET, NYK/MIA, PHX/UTA, PHI/MEM
Donatas Motiejunas refuses to report, injury news, and a wrap-up of the night's games.

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Chris Bosh More Likely To Wait Until 17-18 For NBA Return
Chris Bosh has two additional seasons remaining on his contract with the Heat that he signed in 2014 as a free agent.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

J.R. Smith's MRI On Left Knee Shows No Damage
J.R. Smith is expected to be day-to-day.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Andrew Bogut Out Two Weeks With Bone Bruise In Knee
Andrew Bogut has been diagnosed with a minor bone bruise in his right knee and will miss approximately two weeks.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Kevin Garnett Pitched TV Show On Attending College, Living In Dorm
Kevin Garnett was the first high school to NBA star of the current era.

Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Tony Parker Could Miss Extended Time With Knee Injury
Tony Parker is averaging 9.7 points and 4.3 assists in his 16th season.


Jason Kidd: Giannis Could Become Combination Of LeBron, Dirk
Giannis Antetokounmpo is playing a mix of point guard, both forward spots and even center on defense in some lineups.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Elton Brand Hired By 76ers As Player Development Consultant
Elton Brand will be heavily involved in assisting the players in every facet of their on- and off-court development, in addition to other responsibilities within the basketball operations department.

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LeBron James Not Interested In Meeting With Phil Jackson About Comments
LeBron James says he has no interest in discussing Phil Jackson's "posse" comments while he's in town this week to play the Knicks.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Donatas Motiejunas Won't Report To Rockets
The Rockets can leave the current deal open or return Donatas Motiejunas to restricted free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Otto Porter Expected To Receive Max Contract Offers In Free Agency
Otto Porter has begun living up to his billing as the third overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft this season, averaging 14.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.0 steals in 34.7 minutes per game.

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Spurs, Warriors Tried To Trade Up In 2011 For Jonas Valanciunas
The Warriors and Spurs walked away from the 2011 NBA Draft with Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical