Basketball Wiretap

76ers Exercise 17-18 Options On Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas

Oct 26, 2016 8:03 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have exercised their 17-18 team options on the rookie contracts of Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas.

Embiid was the third overall pick in 2014 while Okafor was picked third overall in 2015.

The 76ers acquired Stauskas in a trade in 2015 with the Sacramento Kings.

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R.J. Hunter Close To Deal With Bulls

Oct 26, 2016 7:27 PM

The Chicago Bulls and R.J. Hunter are engaged in serious talks on a deal.

Hunter was waived by the Boston Celtics as part of their final roster cuts for the regular season.

Hunter was the 28th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft out of Georgia State.

The Bulls are in need of perimeter shooting on the wing.

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Lakers Exercise 17-18 Options On D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr.

Oct 26, 2016 4:47 PM

he Los Angeles Lakers have exercised their team options for the 2017-18 season on forwards Larry Nance Jr. and Julius Randle, and guard D’Angelo Russell.

Nance Jr., selected with the 27th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, appeared in 63 games (22 starts) in his rookie season, tallying three double-doubles. He finished third among all rookies in field goal percentage (52.7%) and 10th in rebounds per game (5.0). On January 14 at Golden State, Nance Jr. recorded a career-high six steals, becoming the first Laker rookie since Eddie Jones to have at least six takeaways in a game.

Randle, the seventh overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, was one of only nine players in the NBA last season to average a double-double, and did so in the fewest minutes per game of anyone in that group (11.3 points and 10.2 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game). He appeared in 81 games (60 starts) in 2015-16, registering 34 double-doubles and one triple-double, finishing the season ranked sixth in the NBA in total rebounds. Randle was chosen by USA Basketball to compete with the USA Men’s Select Team that trained with the Men’s National Team in Las Vegas this summer in preparation for the Olympics.

The second overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, Russell garnered All-Rookie Second Team honors after finishing last season ranked fourth among rookies in assists (3.3) and steals (1.16) per game and fifth in points (13.2) and three-point field goal percentage (35.1%). He was one of 10 American rookie and sophomore players selected to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star 2016, and became the youngest player in NBA history to make 120+ three-pointers in a season. Russell was chosen by USA Basketball to compete with the USA Men’s Select Team that trained with the Men’s National Team in Las Vegas this summer in preparation for the Olympics.

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Knicks Tried To Sign Nicolas Batum In Free Agency

Oct 26, 2016 4:22 PM

The New York Knicks had interest in Nicolas Batum during the 2016 offseason.

New York envisioned adding both Batum and Joakim Noah to their starting lineup. Batum would have to take less money than the five-year, $120 million deal he signed with the Charlotte Hornets while also adapting to the usage rates of Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony.

“There were options with other teams and different scenarios. But I tried to look at what suited me best, and look at this franchise long term. Having Kemba (Walker) under contract, having MKG (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist) under contract, having Frank [Kaminsky] under contract, having Coach Clifford under contract, we have the same core.

“Me personally, I won’t change my game. I got paid because I play a certain way, and especially with this team.”

The Knicks eventually signed Courtney Lee, who finished last season with the Hornets.

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Dennis Schroder, Hawks Agree To Four-Year, $70M Extension

Oct 26, 2016 4:07 PM

Dennis Schroder and the Atlanta Hawks have agreed upon a four-year, $70 million contract extension. Schroder will receive $62 million in guaranteed money over the next four seasons.

The Hawks traded away Jeff Teague in the offseason in a move that signaled their commitment to Schroeder long-term at point guard.

Schroder averaged 11.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 20.3 minutes per game last season with a PER of 15.5.

Schroder was the 17th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Germany.

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Austin Rivers Turned Down More Money To Re-Sign With Clippers

Oct 26, 2016 1:19 PM

Austin Rivers says he took less money to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Rivers received interest from the Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.

“I took less to come back here,” he said. “... I’m not taking this for granted. I was on a team where it was very bad. There are only four or five teams in the league with a realistic chance to win this year, and I think we’re one of them. I’m not taking this for granted. I know if I go somewhere else, I might not ever be on a team like this again. A lot of people go their whole career and never play on a team like this.”

Doc Rivers thought the Clippers could lose his son to the lure of more minutes and a bigger role.

“He could’ve had that opportunity,” Doc Rivers said. “For him to come back, it shows that winning is far more important and he enjoys the group.”


Austin says it is actually harder to play for his father than it would be for another coach.

“It’s the complete opposite. People who think that are (expletive) idiots. It actually gets me angry,” he said. “You can say it. ‘People are idiots.’ You can write that one down.

“I haven’t played for him my whole life, so it’s not like I had it easy. The whole rest of my career – when I was still successful – the No. 1 player in high school, one of the top five, top 10 players in college at Duke. I wasn’t with my father. I haven’t had it easy.”


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Paul George: My Only Goal Is Playing For A Championship

Oct 25, 2016 7:44 PM

Paul George has the chance to spend his entire career with the Indiana Pacers, something the franchise would certainly welcome.

George can become a free agent in 2018.

“Guys want to play with guys,” George said. “I think I have a better chance to accomplish that given Reggie (Miller) and the era that he was in. My only goal is playing for a championship. As long as we’re competitive and I have something to do with that, I’m happy.”

George has spent much of his career trying to get past LeBron James.

“In order for me to win, I’ve got to take him out,” George said. “At this time, I feel more experienced. It’s now about how do I get my team to play at a higher level. That’s what I’m trying to get to.”

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Magic Exercise 17-18 Options On Aaron Gordon, Mario Hezonja, Elfrid Payton

Oct 25, 2016 3:39 PM

The Orlando Magic have exercised their third-year team option on guard-forward Mario Hezonja, while also exercising their fourth-year team options on forward Aaron Gordon and guard Elfrid Payton.

Gordon played in 78 games (37 starts) last season with Orlando, averaging 9.2 ppg., 6.5 rpg. and 1.6 apg. in 23.9 minpg. Originally selected in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft by Orlando, he has appeared in 125 career regular season NBA games (45 starts), all with the Magic, averaging 7.7 ppg., 5.4 rpg. and 1.3 apg. in 21.3 minpg.

Hezonja played in 79 games (nine starts) last season during his rookie campaign with Orlando, averaging 6.1 ppg., 2.2 rpg. and 1.4 apg. in 17.9 minpg. He was originally selected in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Magic.

Payton played in 73 games (69 starts) last season with Orlando, averaging 10.7 ppg., a team-high 6.4 apg., 3.6 rpg. and 1.22 stlpg. in 29.4 minpg.  He was tied for 12th in the NBA in assists, ranked 15th in assists-to-turnover ratio (2.64, 467/177) and 40th in steals.  

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Suns Exercise 17-18 Options On Devin Booker, T.J. Warren

Oct 24, 2016 9:31 PM

The Phoenix Suns have exercised their 2017-18 options on guard Devin Booker and forward T.J. Warren.

Booker ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring this preseason, averaging 19.6 points in five appearances, including a 34-point performance at Portland on October 7. An NBA All-Rookie First Team selection in 2015-16, Booker ranked fourth among rookies with a scoring average of 13.8 points in 76 games, averaging 18.5 points over the season’s final 44 games after permanently joining the starting lineup on Jan. 8. 

Warren started all six of the Suns’ preseason games, averaging 12.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting from the field and 4.2 rebounds. In his second season with the Suns in 2015-16, Warren averaged career bests of 11.0 points and 3.1 rebounds through 47 games before a right foot fracture caused him to miss the season’s final 34 contests.

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Kings Waive Jordan Farmar, Isaiah Cousins, Lamar Patterson

Oct 24, 2016 5:38 PM

The Sacramento Kings have waived Jordan Farmar, Isaiah Cousins and Lamar Patterson.

Sacramento's roster now stands at 15.

Farmar ended last season for Dave Joerger and the Memphis Grizzlies last season and he figured to have a decent shot of making the regular season roster since Darren Collison will begin the season on suspension.

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Cavs Waive Dahntay Jones To Keep DeAndre Liggins
Dahntay Jones was signed at the end of the 15-16 season and gave the Cavs a veteran bench presence.

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Pistons Claim Beno Udrih Off Waivers
With Reggie Jackson injured, the Pistons have a need for depth at point guard.

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Suns Release Archie Goodwin
Archie Goodwin has been a promising prospect since entering the NBA in 2013 after one season at Kentucky.

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Rockets Keep Tyler Ennis, Waive Pablo Prigioni
Tyler Ennis and the Rockets could negotiate a new deal if he clears waivers.

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Thunder Waive Mitch McGary, Ronnie Price To Keep Semaj Christon
Mitch McGary is due $1.526 million for this season while Ronnie Price had guaranteed deals worth $2.557 million this season and $2.442 million for 17-18.

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Wolves Exercise 17-18 Options On Towns, Wiggins, LaVine, Jones
The Timberwolves have exercised the third-year options on Tyus Jones and Karl-Anthony Towns, along with the fourth-year options on Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins.

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Lakers Keep Metta World Peace, Thomas Robinson
Metta World Peace was on the roster bubble as the Lakers had reportedly approached him about staying with the team as an assistant coach.

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Yi Jianlian Waived By Lakers
Yi Jianlian was signed by the Lakers in August to a one-year, $8 million deal that was uniquely structured.

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76ers Sign Dionte Christmas
Dionte Christmas last played in the NBA during the 13-14 season with the Suns.

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Blazers Exercise 17-18 Options On Noah Vonleh, Shabazz Napier
Noah Vonleh posted averages of 3.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 15.1 minutes in 78 games (56 starts) last season with the Blazers.

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James Young Earns Final Celtics' Roster Spot, R.J. Hunter Waived
While James Young will be retained, the Celtics were unable to trade R.J. Hunter for a second round pick.

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Pacers Sign Ben Bentil
Ben Bentil was recently waived by the Celtics.

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Pelicans Waive Alonzo Gee, Keep Lance Stephenson
Alonzo Gee is owed his full $1.2 million while Lance Stephenson came to camp with just $100,000 of his minimum salary guaranteed.

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Pacers Waive Jeremy Evans, Julyan Stone
Julyan Stone played in five games, scoring one point while averaging two rebounds per game.

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Cavs Waive John Holland
John Holland appeared in three preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 10.7 points and 1.3 steals in 18.8 minutes.

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Jazz Waive Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson appeared in all six preseason games for the Jazz, averaging 5.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 11.2 minutes.

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Mavs Expected To Pursue DeMarcus Cousins In 2018
DeMarcus Cousins signed a four-year, $62 million contract extension in 2013 with the Kings.

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Nuggets Waive Robbie Hummel, Nat Wolters
The Nuggets roster now stands at 15 players.

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Pelicans Waive Quinn Cook, Quincy Ford
New Orleans' roster now stands at 16.

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Rodney McGruder Wins Final Miami Roster Spot, Beno Udrih Amongst Five Waived
The Heat will absorb a $980,000 cap hit, with Beno Udrih to walk away with a guaranteed $1.6 million in salary.

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