Basketball Wiretap

Paul George Not Ready To Think About Future

Apr 24, 2017 11:29 AM

The Indiana Pacers were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in their first round series, quickly setting up a potentially momentous offseason for the franchise with Paul George.

George was asked whether he wants to remain with the Pacers and what it would take for him to be convinced stay.

“I ain’t even at that point, yet,” George said after the loss.

George has been connected to the Los Angeles Lakers, a franchise desperate for a star of his magnitude. 

“End of the day, it falls on me. I can always do things better,” George said.

George and the Pacers have been on the losing end of LeBron James' teams repeatedly in the playoffs.

“It’s real frustrating to continue losing to the same team, or the same person. It’s what I work hard for in the summer, to try to help lead a team of my own and it’s ultimately who I’m always going to see and face. But again, came up short. Didn’t do enough,” George said. “If we want to win, that’s the team that we have to work towards stacking up against. If we want to be serious, that’s the team we’ve got to look at and figure out how can we match up against them.”


Michael Lee/The Vertical

Tags: Paul George, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Heat Expect Chris Bosh Situation To 'Run Its Course, Take Care Of Itself'

Apr 19, 2017 7:37 PM

Pat Riley reiterated his stance from the preseason when asked about the status of Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat.

"Down the road," he said, "we don't have Chris' services."

Bosh has two more seasons on his contract, which will be paid in full by the Heat and insurance.

"It's been discussed enough and it's being discussed, but there's no resolution to it right now," Riley said.

The Heat are expected to seek cap relief from the NBA since Bosh hasn't been medically cleared to play.

"Look, there isn't anybody in this organization that feels worse for C.B. than I do. It got a little sideways at the end because of feelings and things of that nature."

The Heat eventually will need independent medical confirmation that Bosh is not able to safely to continue to his career.

"I think in due time it will run its course and take care of itself," Riley said."But I can't give you definitive answer."

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Tags: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Andre Iguodala Likely To Re-Sign With Warriors

Apr 17, 2017 8:30 PM

If the Golden State Warriors are able to retain Andre Iguodala's Bird Rights, they are almost assured of re-signing him. 

The Warriors would need Kevin Durant to take a 20 percent raise from this season's salary of $26.5 million up to $31.8 million to not need to fit him into cap space in order to re-sign Iguodala above and beyond their cap.

An NBA source said the only real open question for Iguodala to re-sign is the number of seasons on the deal with the Warriors.

“The people that need to know, they know the situation, and there’s not going to be any issue,” Iguodala said this month on Tim Kawakami's podcast.

“I didn’t say that,” Iguodala said. “But Bob and I have conversations all the time about different scenarios and different things, not just about me, but about the rest of the team..

“So I don’t see it being a big problem at all. And here right now will probably be the best place.”

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

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

Hornets Decline 17-18 Option On Christian Wood

Apr 17, 2017 6:23 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have declined their team option on Christian Wood for the 17-18 season.

Wood will be an unrestricted free agent.

Wood appeared in 13 games with the Hornets in 16-17 after spending 15-16 with the Phoenix Suns. Wood averaged 2.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 8.2 minutes per game.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Christian Wood, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Chris Bosh Still Believes He Could Play In NBA Again

Apr 17, 2017 11:13 AM

Chris Bosh believes he will play in the NBA again after sitting out the entire 16-17 season.

Bosh experienced blood clots near the All-Star break in 2015 and 2016. The Miami Heat were unable to clear Bosh before the start of the 16-17 season.

"At heart," Bosh said, "I'm still an athlete. That is not how I want it to end."

Bosh said he understood the desire of the Miami Heat for clarity with their salary-cap position going forward. Pat Riley said prior to this past season that the Heat no longer were working toward Bosh's return.

"Yeah, I understand what they have to do as a team," Bosh, 33, said. "It is a business. I know we -- as athletes and owners and people involved with the NBA -- never want to say it's a business, and things like that. It's is a business. And hurt does come in with that. But as president of the Miami Heat, I understand what he has to do."

Bosh declined to get into specifics about the state of his health.

"It's complicated," he said. "It's very, very complicated and that's why I haven't been able to play this year."

Bosh said the time away from the NBA has allowed him to take stock.

"It's been a very interesting time for me," he said, "only because I'm used to playing basketball. I'm used to practicing. I'm used to the schedule. That's kind of what I was born to do. That's what I've been doing my whole life. And over the last year, I have not been able to kind of fall back on that. So it's forced me to grow in a lot of different ways."

Bosh hedged when he was asked what he might do next.

"I don't know," he said. "And that's exciting. It's always this kind of pressure as an athlete, people [asking], 'What are you going to do? And you should do this? Or you should do that?' I think it's OK to say, 'I don't know what I want to do.' I have a lot of things on my mind."

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Tags: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

Knicks, Derrick Rose Have Mutual Interest

Apr 15, 2017 12:25 PM

The New York Knicks have interest in re-signing Derrick Rose this offseason.

Phil Jackson said he was impressed by Rose's attitude during his exit interview on Friday. Rose has mixed feelings about the triangle but expressed a desire to return.

“We had a good conversation with him today,’’ Jackson said. “He expressed that he wants to be back. We talked about him going through rehab and work and whatever he has to do. And he’s chosen to go back to Chicago to do that. He’ll also be in L.A., but he also took the time out to say he really he enjoyed playing here even with the losses, which of course surprises us because he’s been on some very successful teams. But he wants to redeem himself as a player, which I like that attitude. I like who Derrick represents as himself. He’s very direct about taking on a big challenge.’’

The Knicks are expected to target a point guard in the draft, but Rose could be a fit on a short-term deal.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: Derrick Rose, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Metta World Peace Not In Lakers' Plans For 17-18

Apr 13, 2017 2:22 PM

Metta World Peace was informed by Magic Johnson that the Los Angeles Lakers are unlikely to re-sign him this offseason.

"It was good, you know, exit meetings, you figure out how the season went," World Peace said. "And then, we also talk about I, uh, they're probably not going to bring me back."

Asked again to clarify, World Peace stated in a straightforward manner, "Yea, Magic said he's probably not going to bring me back, but it was good. I had a nice time."

World Peace is 37 and is unlikely to sign with another team this offseason.

"Obviously, one day I do want to coach," World Peace said when asked if it may be time to call time on his career. "It just depending on what that time is going to come, but as of yesterday, I enjoy playing, so I was thinking about playing basketball somewhere at a gym."

Shahan Ahmed/NBC Los Angeles

Tags: Metta World Peace, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dirk Nowitzki Confirms He'll Return For 17-18

Apr 13, 2017 1:45 PM

Dirk Nowitzki has confirmed he will return next season for his 20th with the Dallas Mavericks.

Nowitzki said in early March that he planned to continue his career.

Nowitzki averaged 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season as his minutes dropped to 26.4 per game.

Nowitzki had a PER of 17.0, which is still above league average but was his lowest since his second NBA season.

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Tags: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

GMs Lobbying For Changes To In-Season Waiver Process

Apr 12, 2017 6:51 PM

NBA general managers are lobbying for a dialogue about possible changes to the in-season contract buyout and waiver process.

Among executives and owners, there’s concern that the buyout process, which allows players to negotiate releases from contracts and often sign with playoff contenders, has become unfair to many smaller and mid-size market teams.

The NBA has a rule that dictates a player must be bought out or released and have his waiver process started prior to March 1 to become eligible to be added onto playoff rosters. 

General managers want to find a way to stop pre-arranged deals post-buyout with teams, which might give more clubs the chance to sign a buyout player who has cleared waivers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA CBA

Nuggets Will Take Wait-And-See Approach On Danilo Gallinari's Free Agency

Apr 12, 2017 4:42 PM

Danilo Gallinari can become a free agent this summer and the Denver Nuggets will take a wait-and-see approach.

“I think it’s no secret we really value Gallo, both as a player and as a person,” Connelly said. “So, with free agency, if he does choose to opt out there’s a lot of unknowns. How does the market develop? What do the various teams look like that are chasing him? What does he want in terms of contract and years; all of those things will certainly play a role. It would be premature of me to guess. He’s a guy that we value, he’s had a great year.”

The Nuggets have long resisted trade offers for Gallinari.

“He’s been here for a long time, one of our core guys,” Connelly said. “It’ll be interesting to see what happens this summer. Gallo loves Denver. And he’s a really, really good guy. If he doesn’t opt out, we’d be very happy with that. If he chooses to opt out, he’s certainly going to be one of our primary focuses. “

Christopher Dempsey/Altitude

Tags: Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Nuggets Will Be Aggressive In Extension Talks With Gary Harris
Tim Connelly said Gary Harris "kind of embodies everything that we're trying to be."

Christopher Dempsey/Altitude Sports

Manu Ginobili Remains Undecided On Playing Next Season
Manu Ginobili signed a one-year deal worth $14 million last July.

Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Cavs To Release Larry Sanders To Sign Edy Tavares
Edy Tavares averaged 10.9 points and 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks for the season with Raptors 905.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Mavericks Claim DeAndre Liggins Off Waivers
The Cavaliers will save $2.5 million in luxury tax payments with the Mavericks claiming DeAndre Liggins.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Cavaliers Agree To Sign Dahntay Jones
Dahntay Jones similarly signed with the Cavaliers for the playoffs at the end of the 15-16 season.

Chris Reichert/The Step Back

Jimmer Fredette Turned Down Multiple 10-Day Contract Offers
Shanghai would like to sign Jimmer Fredette for the 17-18 season though they would likely have to improve on the $1.1 million salary after taxes he made this season.

Ken Tingley/The Post-Star

LeBron James Likely Would Have Re-Signed With Heat Had They Won 2014 Finals
LeBron James had followed the Cavaliers and their moves while he was gone.

Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Pistons Unable To Complete Signing Of Lorenzo Brown, Release Of Beno Udrih
Lorenzo Brown averaged 23.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the D-League this season.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Cavaliers Release DeAndre Liggins
Cleveland could consider Anderson Varejao, Dahntay Jones or Mario Chalmers, but they are more likely to target someone who has played recently.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Suns Sign Elijah Millsap To Multi-Year Contract
Elijah Millsap averaged 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 16.4 minutes over 67 games in two seasons with the Utah Jazz from 2014-16.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Pelicans To Sign Axel Toupane
Axel Toupane was with Raptors 905 of the D-League.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Pelicans To Sign Quinn Cook To Two-Year Deal
Quinn Cook has averaged 2.7 points in 6.1 minutes over six games with the Pelicans.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Nets To Again Pursue RFAs With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Otto Porter Targeted
During last year's offseason, the Nets signed both Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson as restricted free agents to offer sheets.

Brian Lewis/New York Post

Jrue Holiday Has Enjoyed Fit With Pelicans Since Trade For Cousins
Jrue Holiday will be a free agent for the first time in his career this offseason.

William Guillory/Times-Picayune

Archie Goodwin To Sign Two-Year Deal With Nets
Archie Goodwin's deal will include guarantee dates for 17-18.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

C.J. Wilcox Waived By Orlando
C.J. Wilcox played sparingly in just 22 games this season for the Magic.

RealGM Staff Report

Magic Sign Patricio Garino
Patricio Garino averaged 11.2 points per game and made 43.0 percent of his 3-point tries over 49 games in the D-League.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Paul George Believes He's Worthy Of All-NBA Spot
If Paul George is named to one of the three All-NBA teams, he would become eligible for a designated veteran player extension with the Indiana Pacers worth more than $200 million.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Bucks Sign Gary Payton II To Multi-Year Contract
Gary Payton II averaged 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals in the D-League this season.

RealGM Staff Report

Magic To Sign Marcus Georges-Hunt
Marcus Georges-Hunt was averaging 15.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists over 45 games in the D-League.

Chris Reichert