Basketball Wiretap

Utah May Be Unwilling To Match Rival Offers For George Hill

May 19, 2017 1:22 AM

While the Utah Jazz are preparing to do everything within their power to re-sign Gordon Hayward this offseason, the free agency of George Hill is a priority that will have limitations.

Dennis Lindsey is adamant in wanting to re-sign Hill, but he acknowledged the Jazz won't be able to match all offers he might receive.

“I told him if he gets a crazy offer somewhere else and we helped him get that offer, ‘you’re not going to get one poor thought, much less a word (from us)’ if he were to go,” Lindsey said. “He helped us.”

Hill had a highly productive first season with the Jazz after coming over from the Indiana Pacers via trade.

The Jazz and Hill were unable to agree upon an extension during the season.

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Jazz Will Do Everything Possible To Re-Sign Gordon Hayward

May 19, 2017 1:18 AM

Dennis Lindsey's top priority this offseason is to re-sign Gordon Hayward for the Utah Jazz.

“It goes without saying that every fiber of our collective soul as the Utah Jazz want him back,” Lindsey said. “We think it’s a great fit. You can’t force a marriage, it’s got to be both ways. But we’re very comfortable with where we’re at.”

The Jazz have several advantages in what they can offer Hayward, who will receive max contract offers from multiple teams.

“It’s not like we can legally come to an agreement right now,” Lindsey said.

“What we told him is, he’s us,” Lindsey said. “All that development stuff . . . using our facilities and using (assistant coach) Johnnie Bryant as the lead guy in his development. When Gordon committed last summer, there was a very detailed plan.”

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Westbrook, Harden, Wall Join Curry In Eligibility For DPVE In 2017

May 18, 2017 2:31 PM

Russell Westbrook, James Harden, John Wall and Stephen Curry will be eligible for the Designated Player Veteran Extension in July.

All four players were named to the All-NBA Teams for the 16-17 season.

Curry can sign the supermax contract as a free agent. Curry was already eligible for the contract due to winning MVP in two of the past three seasons.

Paul George and Gordon Hayward are not eligible for the rule.

Kawhi Leonard is now eligible to sign the Designated Player Veteran Extension in 2018.

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Tags: John Wall, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Confident Of Signing Paul George In 2018

May 18, 2017 1:10 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers believe they will be in position to sign Paul George during the summer of 2018.

The Lakers have been advised not to give up assets to trade for George ahead of his free agency.

The Indiana Pacers considered trading away George at the deadline. George is believed to prefer to sign with the Lakers if the Pacers do not improve their status as contenders.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Lakers Plan On Waiting Until 2018 To Pursue Major Free Agents

May 18, 2017 4:13 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers have a number of options available to them now that they secured the second overall pick in the draft.

Magic Johnson said he'll take a patient approach in pursuing free agents, preferring the 2018 class that will likely feature Paul George.

“I don't think we're going to be a major player this year; I’m looking forward to next summer,” Johnson said.

Last offseason, the Lakers signed Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng to deals that already have become problematic.

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76ers, Nets, Knicks Interested In J.J. Redick

May 18, 2017 2:32 AM

The Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers all have interest in J.J. Redick in free agency.

While the Los Angeles Clippers have interest in re-signing Redick, media reports have consistently indicated he's their free agent most likely to sign elsewhere.

The 76ers are the team said to be most interested in Redick.

“Brooklyn, the Knicks are teams that have interest in Redick. We'll see how far they're willing to pay,” said Adrian Wojnarowski.

Redick has been connected to the Knicks with the possibility of the Clippers revisiting trade talks for Carmelo Anthony.

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Thunder Considering Stretch Provision For Kyle Singler

May 11, 2017 3:59 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder could use the stretch provision on Kyle Singler this offseason.

Singler is owed $9.7 million in guaranteed money on his contract. The final season of his contract is non-guaranteed.

The Thunder could spread out Singler's cap hit to $1.4 million per year over seven years.

Oklahoma City would create $3.3 million in cap room for 17-18 and $3.6 million for 18-19.

“Of course I want to do the best that I can,” Singler said. “And with that being said, I have a whole lot to look at. It’s not just [about] what I've done in the past. It’s what I'm going to do in the future, as well.”

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Mike D'Antoni Quit Knicks Following Carmelo Anthony's Ultimatum

May 10, 2017 2:03 PM

Mike D'Antoni admitted he stepped down as head coach of the New York Knicks towards the end of the 11-12 season due to Carmelo Anthony.

The New York Post reported at the time that Anthony didn't want to remain with the Knicks at the deadline if he knew D'Antoni would return next season.

D'Antoni didn't want to continue to work under that type of ultimatum. 

“I just went in and quit,” D’Antoni said.

Anthony was bothered by D'Antoni's offense and his perceived preference for Jeremy Lin.

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Gordon Hayward Undecided About Opt Out

May 10, 2017 1:33 AM

Gordon Hayward has yet to decide if he will opt out of his contract to become a free agent.

"It's hard to think about right now, just because of the season we've had and everything we've gone through," he said at his end-of-season availability. "Today it still feels like you're looking toward the next game, looking toward the next opponent. That's obviously over. But it's hard to shut that off right away."

Hayward has enjoyed his time in Salt Lake City, joining the Utah Jazz in 2010.

"It's been so much fun for me here in Utah. Kind of growing up here, starting a family," he said, adding later: "I have nothing but love for everybody here in Utah."

Hayward is expected to receive interest from the Boston Celtics amongst a number of other teams.

"We certainly want him to continue here. There's certainly a lot of good things happening here," Quin Snyder said.

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Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook Back On Speaking Terms

May 9, 2017 5:43 AM

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are back on speaking terms after Kendrick Perkins brokered a phone call.

The call took place after Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's triple-double record in April.

Perkins had been attempting to "figure out a way to try to make them talk again, because I felt like the outside world was putting a beef there that really wasn't too serious," that Durant messaged him with the news. Perkins spoke about the relationship during TNT's "Area 21".

"I think the night that Russ actually broke the record, I had texted KD," Perkins said. "The next day, he was talking about something and he sent me a text and was like, 'Me and Russ had a nice conversation.' The media don't even know nothing about it, but I just let it be known that they're back on talking terms, the differences are aside."

Perkins added that Durant could eventually return to the Thunder.

"I wouldn't be surprised -- if KD makes a little run, I wouldn't be surprised if he goes back to Oklahoma," Perkins said. "Because in my opinion, I don't think Russ is going anywhere. He's that type of guy. He just wants to stick it out, and he just wants you to give him those pieces and he just wants to roll with it. He's not going and trying to run and chase [titles]. And one thing about it, he's not begging nobody to come play with him."

Both Westbrook and Durant weren't interested in talking about their relationship during All-Star Weekend when they were teammates.

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Rudy Gay To Opt Out Of $14.2M Contract With Kings
Rudy Gay was having a productive season before he suffered a complete tear of his Achilles tendon in Jan. 18th.

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Kyle Lowry Confirms He'll Opt Out, Expects Stressful Decision
Kyle Lowry will prioritize his chances of competing for a title in free agency.

Doug Smith/Toronto Star

Masai Ujiri: We're Trying To Keep Up With The Big Boys
The Toronto Raptors will have another key offseason in 2017 with Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, Patrick Patterson and PJ Tucker becoming free agents.

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Heat Won't Decide On Wayne Ellington's Guarantee Until July 7th
Wayne Ellington averaged 10.5 points while shooting 37.8 percent on three-pointers in 24.2 minutes per game in 16-17 for the Heat.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Raptors' Four-Game Exit Could Increase Odds Of Kyle Lowry Departure
Kyle Lowry re-signed with the Raptors in free agency in 2014.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Doc Rivers: Clippers Need Length, Two-Way Players
Doc Rivers is looking forward to shifting towards the front office aspects of his job.

Jill Painter Lopez/Associated Press

Bulls Likely To Exercise $13.4M Option On Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo appeared to have no future with the Bulls during the middle of the season but he proved to be invaluable over the final stretch

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Thunder Hoping To Find 'Common Ground' With Andre Roberson
Sam Presti said another team's offer sheet "decreases the chances" of re-signing a free agent.

Brett Dawson/Oklahoman

Stephen Curry 'Catered To Whole Theme Of Pleasing' This Season
Stephen Curry deferred to Kevin Durant on the floor and perhaps played his best basketball when Durant was injured.

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Thunder 'Hopeful' Of Signing Russell Westbrook To Supermax Extension
If Russell Westbrook doesn't sign an extension this summer, Sam Presti says he hasn't considered whether they would trade him.

Royce Young/ESPN

Paul George Only Talked Scenarios Of Staying With Pacers During Exit Meeting
The future of Paul George with the Pacers remains uncertain but new chief decision-maker Kevin Pritchard seemed to suggest he wants to remain with the franchise.

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Knicks Unlikely To Have Enough Cap Space For Max Free Agent
While the Knicks have been linked to Jrue Holiday and Jeff Teague, they're estimated to only have $19 million in cap space.

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Blake Griffin, Clippers Hope To Agree Upon Max Contract
The Clippers can offer Blake Griffin a five-year deal worth approximately $175 million while a rival team can offer $130 million over four seasons.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Will Barton Prefers 2018 Free Agency Over Extension With Nuggets
Will Barton will be entering the final year of his three-year, $11 million contract in the 17-18 season.

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Vince Carter Plans To Play Next Season, No Retirement In Sight
Vince Carter has had remarkable longevity, evolving into one of the game's better veteran wing role players.

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Dante Cunningham Declines $3.1M Player Option With Pelicans
Dante Cunningham will decline his player option with the Pelicans for the 17-18 season to become a free agent.

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Jimmy Butler Supports Bulls Keeping Rajon Rondo
The Bulls have yet to give Rajon Rondo any indication about his guarantee.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Dwyane Wade Will Take Time To Decide Upon 17-18 Option With Bulls
Dwyane Wade has a player option for the 17-18 season worth $23.8 million.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Paul Millsap 'Looking To Expand This, See Where Hawks Can Go'
Paul Millsap will be a free agent this offseason.

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Blake Griffin Considered More Likely To Leave Clippers Than Chris Paul
Blake Griffin's personality could lend him to consider the decision privately instead of taking a series of public meetings.

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