Basketball Wiretap

Heat Close To Resolution With Chris Bosh For Cap Relief

May 23, 2017 1:36 PM

Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat are moving towards a resolution that will allow his salary to come off their salary cap without concern of it returning going forward.

Bosh failed a physical in the preseason after missing the final part of both the 14-15 and 15-16 seasons due to blood clots.

The Heat, NBA and NBPA have been working together on a resolution for Bosh's situation that will likely be a one-time allocation.

A return to the NBA by Bosh could have reinstated his cap hit to the Heat.

Bosh's contract expires after the 18-19 season.

The Heat had the right to apply to exclude Bosh's salary from their salary cap as soon as Feb. 9, the one-year anniversary from his last game played.

Bosh still has interest in resuming his playing career.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

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

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Knicks Interested In P.J. Tucker, Dante Cunningham

May 23, 2017 10:15 AM

The New York Knicks have shown preliminary interest in PJ Tucker and Dante Cunningham in free agency.

As they did last season with Courtney Lee, the Knicks are targeting more two-way players in free agency.

Cunningham has spent the past three seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Tucker finished the season with the Toronto Raptors.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: P.J. Tucker, Dante Cunningham, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Manu Ginobili Undecided About Retirement

May 23, 2017 10:12 AM

Manu Ginobili is unsure if he will continue his career in 17-18 or retire as he turns 40 this summer.

The San Antonio Spurs started Ginobili in a playoff game in Game 4 for the first time since 2013.

"I do feel like I can still play," Ginobili said. "But that's not what is going to make me retire or not. It's about how I feel -- if I want to go through all that again. It felt like they wanted me to retire, like they were giving me sort of a celebration night. And of course, I'm getting closer and closer. There is no secret, for sure. It's getting harder and harder. But I always said that I wanted to let it sink in for three weeks, four weeks, whatever, and then I will sit with my wife and see how it feels.

"Whatever I decide to do, I'll be a happy camper. I have to choose between two wonderful, truly wonderful options. One is to keep playing in this league at this age, enjoying every day, playing the sport I still love. The other one is to stay at home, be a dad, travel more, enjoy my family. Whatever it is, it's two unbelievable options. So there is no way I can be sad, because whatever I decide, it's going to be great."

Gregg Popovich said he won't try to persuade Ginobili to continue playing.

"If he decides to play again, that's up to him," Popovich said. "But I won't try to convince him one way or the other. I don't think he needs that."

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Tags: Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Paul Millsap Opts Out Of $21.4M Contract With Hawks

May 22, 2017 12:34 PM

Paul Millsap has opted out of his $21.4 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks for the 17-18 season as expected.

As a free agent in 2015, Millsap and his agent, DeAngelo Simmons, structured a three-year, $60.2 million deal with a third-year player option.

Millsap initially joined the Hawks in 2013 from the Utah Jazz.

Millsap is expected to command a max or near max contract.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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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.

Mike Sorensen/Deseret News

Tags: George Hill, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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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.”

Mike Sorensen/Deseret News

Tags: Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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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.

Bobby Marks/The Vertical

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

Tags: Paul George, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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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.

RealGM Staff Report

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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.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical (via Nets Daily)

Tags: J.J. Redick, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia Sixers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Considering Stretch Provision For Kyle Singler
Oklahoma City would create $3.3 million in cap room for 17-18 and $3.6 million for 18-19.

Fred Katz/Norman Transcript

Mike D'Antoni Quit Knicks Following Carmelo Anthony's Ultimatum
Carmelo Anthony wanted to be traded by the Knicks in 2012 if they decided to keep Mike D'Antoni.

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Gordon Hayward Undecided About Opt Out
Gordon Hayward has enjoyed his time in Salt Lake City, joining the Jazz in 2010.

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Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook Back On Speaking Terms
Kendrick Perkins added that Kevin Durant could eventually return to the Thunder.

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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.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

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.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

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.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss/ESPN

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.

Ian Begley/ESPN

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.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

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.

Chris Haynes/ESPN