Basketball Wiretap

Kevin Garnett Waiting To See If 'Everyone Has Same Loyalty'

Apr 22, 2016 10:47 PM

Kevin Garnett has one year remaining on his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves valued at $8 million.

Garnett missed the final 37 games of the season due to a leg injury but he continued to be with the team in a mentoring role.

"I pride myself on being loyal," said Garnett. "I think I've proven that by coming back home to finish my career. I need to see how the next few weeks turn out to truly understand if everyone has that same loyalty. Then I will know what my future holds."

Glen Taylor has been actively seeking to sell 30 percent of the franchise to a group led by private equity investor Steve Kaplan and just hired Tom Thibodeau as the Wolves' new coach and president of basketball operations in a five-year deal valued at an estimated $40 million.

Talks between Taylor and Kaplan are ongoing.

Before Garnett was traded to the Wolves in February of 2015, Adrian Wojnarowski reported Garnett could become a minority owner and consultant with the franchise once he retires.

 

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Seth Curry Declines $1M Option With Kings To Become Free Agent

Apr 22, 2016 5:20 PM

Seth Curry will decline his $1 million player option for the 16-17 season with the Sacramento Kings to become a restricted free agent.

Curry averaged 6.8 points, 1.5 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 44 games this season and established himself as an NBA rotational guard.

After going unselected in the 2013 draft out of Duke, Curry played in the NBA Development League and on 10-day contracts with Cleveland, Memphis and Phoenix. 

Curry's play in Summer League with the Pelicans led to a two-year guaranteed deal with the Kings.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Seth Curry, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ivan Rabb Remains Undecided On Draft

Apr 22, 2016 3:40 PM

Ivan Rabb remains undecided about whether he'll leave Cal to declare for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Rabb is expected to be a lottery pick if he declares.

“I’m just not sure. It’s a big decision. It’s my whole life,” said Rabb.

Rabb went to high school near Cal at Bishop O'Dowd in Oakland.

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Ivan Rabb, California Golden Bears, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jared Dudley Would Like To Re-Sign With Wizards But Wants Three-Year Deal

Apr 22, 2016 1:53 PM

Jared Dudley would like to re-sign with the Washington Wizards this offseason but he's seeking a three-year deal.

Dudley exercised his $4.25 million player option last offseason knowing back surgery was likely. Dudley figures to get a raise with the cap increasing.

“I thought I held my end of the bargain when it came to Ernie [Grunfeld] trading for me even though I was hurt at the time,” Dudley said after the Wizards’ season finale. “Going forward, I could definitely see me coming back. As I told some other reporters, I’m never anybody’s first or second or third option, I’m your fourth option. So if you don’t get your girlfriend you want right away, I’m the one at the end. For me, it’s no problem. You know what I can do in this system. When I play, I play the right way.”

Dudley played both forward positions for the Wizards.

“For me, the two things I wanted to basically show this year, for one, I wanted to show that I was healthy and show I could play the four,” Dudley said. “I thought I did that for 80 percent of the season.”

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Tags: Jared Dudley, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Durant Not Keen On Playing In Washington

Apr 21, 2016 11:58 PM

The Washington Wizards hired the ex-coach of Kevin Durant in Scott Brooks but it is not expected to make a difference in his free agency decision.

Friends say Durant isn't keen on returning to his hometown. Durant's inner circle has tightened considerably in recent years and he isn't interested in dealing with distant friends and family members.

Durant's lone visit to Washington this season was stressful, according to sources.

Durant respects Brooks and even missed him at various points in the season. Despite Brooks' limitations as a head coach, Durant knew he held everyone accountable and had a track record of player development.

Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Tags: Kevin Durant, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Paul Pierce Will Decide Upon Possible Retirement After Season

Apr 21, 2016 3:20 PM

Paul Pierce had a postseason DNP-CD in the Los Angeles Clippers' Game 2 win. It was the first of his career as his minutes continue to decline.

Pierce averaged just 18.1 minutes per game this season, scoring 6.1 points and connecting on 36.3 percent of his shots.

Pierce hopes to influence the Clippers even as a mentor but he's frustrated not to be out there.

"It is what it is," Pierce told The Vertical, his voice trailing off. "It is what it is. It's difficult. As a competitor, you want to compete and help your team win. A close game – I've been in those situations lots of times. When you have competed at a high level, it's difficult."

This playoffs run with the Clippers could be the final games of Pierce's career.

"The last few years it has been an end-of-the-season decision," Pierce told The Vertical. "I'll make that decision after this season, too."

Few within the Clippers' organization would be surprised if Pierce decides to retire.

Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Tags: Paul Pierce, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Chris Wallace: Grizzlies Will Re-Sign Mike Conley

Apr 20, 2016 3:34 PM

Chris Wallace is confident the Memphis Grizzlies will re-sign Mike Conley Jr.

There was a report from CBS Sports' Ken Berger last week that indicated Conley was likely to leave the Grizzlies.

"We are undefeated in re-signing our core players, and we will remain so. We are going to re-sign Mike Conley," said Wallace.

The Grizzlies re-signed Marc Gasol last offseason

Chris Vernon/ESPN Memphis

Tags: Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Quincy Acy To Decline $1.05M Player Option With Kings

Apr 20, 2016 12:03 PM

Quincy Acy will decline his option for next season with the Sacramento Kings to become a free agent.

Acy's player option is worth $1.05 million.

Acy signed with the Kings on a two-year deal in the 2015 offseason.

Acy averaged 5.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game for the Kings.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: Quincy Acy, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Elton Brand Expected To Retire Again

Apr 18, 2016 12:04 PM

Elton Brand came out of retirement in January to give the Philadelphia 76ers a veteran presence amid their frustrating season, but he's unlikely to return next season.

“Yeah, I got real sore and real tired and frustrated. I got everything I wanted,” Brand said, chuckling. “I got to know these guys and help the organization any way I could. I had a good time.”

Brand believes the 76ers have a promising future.

“In my opinion, the future looks bright. Really bright.

“We have some really high-level players,” he said. “It’s just youth. It takes a few years, a year or two. Guys have made leaps and bounds. You have high draft picks coming in, a lot of flexibility in the cap. So the future looks bright.”

Christopher A. Vito/Delaware County Times

Tags: Elton Brand, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Stephen A. Smith: DeMar DeRozan Leaving Raptors For L.A. In Offseason

Apr 18, 2016 11:55 AM

DeMar DeRozan will be a free agent this offseason coming off a career year with the Toronto Raptors.

DeRozan was the ninth overall pick in 2009 out of USC.

"He's enjoying his last days in Toronto because he'll leaving for Los Angeles in a few months anyways," said Smith of DeRozan.

While Smith doesn't specify which team from Los Angeles he predicts will sign DeRozan, it is presumably the Los Angeles Lakers given their needs on the wing and available cap space.

Stephen A. Smith/ESPN

Tags: DeMar DeRozan, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pistons Sign Lorenzo Brown For Remainder Of Season
Lorenzo Brown signed two 10-day contracts with the Pistons this season (March 18 and March 28) but did not appear in a game with Detroit.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Derrick Williams Confident Gamble On Himself Paid Off
Derrick Williams owns a player option with the Knicks worth $4.6 million.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Arron Afflalo Likely To Opt Out Of Contract With Knicks
Arron Afflalo hold an $8 million player option for next season.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Cavs Sign Dahntay Jones
Dahntay Jones appeared in 43 games for the Grand Rapids Drive this season, averaging 15.7 points on .546 shooting from the field, 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 35.7 minutes.

RealGM Staff Report

Knicks Targeting Players Suited For Triangle In Offseason
The Knicks will target players in the offseason who are well-suited for the triangle offense.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Heat Sign Dorell Wright
Dorell Wright is playoff eligible for the Heat.

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

John Holland Signs Two-Year Deal With Celtics
The second season of the deal is non-guaranteed for John Holland.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Bryce Cotton Signs With Grizzlies For Remainder Of Season
Bryce Cotton has made three appearances for the Grizzlies since signing a 10-day contract on April 1.

RealGM Staff Report

Pelicans Sign James Ennis For Remainder Of Season
In six games, James Ennis has averaged 11.3 points, while shooting .440 from three-point range, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per contest.

RealGM Staff Report

Briante Weber To Sign Three-Year Deal With Heat
For the D-League season, Briante Weber averaged 10.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Bulls Would Prefer To Re-Sign Joakim Noah Over Pau Gasol
Joakim Noah remains invested enough in the team to question Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose for their silence at the April 3 team meeting.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Kevin Garnett Expected To Play Next Season
Kevin Garnett signed a two-year, $16.5 million deal with the Wolves last offseason.

Darren Wolfson/KSTP

Dorell Wright, Heat Discussing Deal
Dorell Wright averaged 24.3 points and 7.5 rebounds for Beijing.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Parsons Remains Close To Dwight, Not At All With DeAndre
Dwight Howard will be a free agent this offseason and the Mavericks are expected to pursue him.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Christian Wood Signs With 76ers For Remainder Of Season
Christian Wood's deal contains no future years.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Nets Sign Henry Sims For Remainder Of Season
Henry Sims has appeared in nine games (two starts) with the Nets, averaging 6.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in 17.1 minutes per game.

RealGM Staff Report

Grizzlies Signing Xavier Munford For Remainder Of Season
The second 10-day contract Xavier Munford signed with the Grizzlies ended on Tuesday.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Pelicans To Sign Jordan Hamilton, James Ennis For Remainder Of Season
The Pelicans have several players out for the season with injury.

John Reid/Times-Picayune

Heat Considering Dorell Wright, Briante Weber, John Lucas III
Miami would like to sign one established player and one developmental player.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Metta World Peace Interested In Playing 2-4 More Seasons In NBA
Metta World Peace has played in China and Italy, but he would now like to remain in the NBA.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News