Basketball Wiretap

Paul George Hears Cheers In Boston, Puts Future With Pacers On Improved Roster

Mar 22, 2017 10:58 PM

Paul George heard some cheers when he was introduced as a visiting member of the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in Boston and was asked afterward about how the fans received him and his future with the Pacers.

“Yeah, I guess they were in on the rumors,” George said of how fans received him at TD Garden.

In the days leading up to February’s trade deadline the Celtics were reportedly one of a few teams to engage in talks with the Pacers on George.

“I didn't put no energy into it. It was out of my control,” George said of rumors that he might have been traded to the Celtics. "If I was here, I was here. If I remained a Pacer, I was a Pacer. I wasn’t going to put any unnecessary energy where I had no control over.”

George, who can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-18 season, was then asked if he wanted to remain with the Pacers.

“Yeah,” he replied. "If we have a great team, why not?”

George added that if Indiana didn’t have an improved roster, “then me and front office will talk.”

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Tags: Paul George, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Made 'Significant' Offer To Pacers For Paul George

Mar 21, 2017 12:58 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers offered a significant trade package at the deadline for Paul George.

The 76ers reportedly offered the Pacers their choice of Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel along with Robert Covington and at least two future first round picks for George.

The 76ers' preference was to keep their own future picks and move the draft rights of other teams like those of the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings to protect themselves in case George left in 2018.

The 76ers were not turned off by George's preference to play for the Lakers. Philadelphia was confident in their ability to convince George to stay with their young core of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric.

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Tags: Paul George, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pacers Talked Paul George Trade With At Least Celtics, Hawks, 76ers, Nuggets

Mar 21, 2017 10:09 AM

The Indiana Pacers discussed a Paul George trade with at least the Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets at the trade deadline.

The Pacers never appeared serious about actually trading George.

George wants to play for a contender and can be a free agent in 2018.

George has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers as the place he would like to play if he leaves Indiana.

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Tags: Paul George, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Carmelo Anthony Hints He May Be Ready To Leave Knicks

Mar 20, 2017 6:57 PM

The New York Knicks will miss the playoffs for the third straight season, which has made Carmelo Anthony grow reflective over his future.

“Nah, don’t start,’’ Anthony said when asked if he envisions making L.A. his workplace. “I haven’t thought about it. There was an opportunity during the deadline. There was always talk the last couple of seasons being connected to Clippers or Lakers. Somehow always been connected. First it was the Lakers. Now it’s the Clippers situation. I try not to think about it — especially now when I’m still playing with the New York Knicks and got to prepare to play against these guys.’’

The Knicks have been in Los Angeles since Saturday ahead of Monday's game.

“Sometimes you need to get in a new environment and feel a different type of energy and vibe,’’ Anthony said.

Anthony was referring to his team, but he probably could have been talking about his career, too.

“Over the years, I’ve grown to like it,’’ Anthony said. “I think as you get older, you start looking for places you can relax and enjoy and be good over the years. L.A. has been a place where my family feels comfortable at. We’ve been here for seven years now.’’

Anthony was asked about the Knicks not being a playoff team this season.

“I’ve come to grips with that,’’ Anthony said. “I had times to think about that over how many weeks it’s been, trying to utilize time to clear my mind and be at peace with it — our situation.”

Asked if he thinks if it will ever happen in L.A., Anthony said: “Honestly I think about it a lot. I try to put everything in perspective. I think about it all. I think about here. I think about it. The postseason. My teammates. I think about everything. I think about it a lot and put everything in perspective and hear other people’s take on it. At the end of the day, it’s on me.’’

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Committed To Trading Carmelo Anthony In Offseason

Mar 20, 2017 4:24 PM

The New York Knicks are committed to trading away Carmelo Anthony in the summer.

The Knicks explored trade scenarios involving Anthony leading up to the deadline.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause, which means he would have to formally approve any trade.

The Los Angeles Clippers privately expressed confidence they could trade for Anthony in the offseason. 

With the Knicks struggling over the past few seasons, they would like to rebuild entirely around Kristaps Porzingis.

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwight Howard Expected Magic To Trade Him To Brooklyn In 2011

Mar 17, 2017 10:50 AM

Now that Dwight Howard has had a quiet and productive existence with the Atlanta Hawks, he talked about the end of his time with the Orlando Magic.

Howard claims the Magic agreed to trade him after the 2011 lockout before he could opt out in 2012. Howard ended up opting in with the Magic in March, which took away his free agency option and led to his trade to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"After the situation in Orlando, I never really came out and said my side of the story about what was going on there while I was there and the reasons for me wanting to leave," said Howard. "After that, people just decided that, ‘He’s not going to talk about it, so we might as well come up with a narrative and what we think went on in L.A. and what went on with Kobe [Bryant] and what we think happened with James [Harden].’ I never had a personal vendetta with either one of those guys. People took it as me having a problem with them being on a team with another superstar.

"I’ve never been the one to say, ‘OK, I want to talk about this because it was an issue with me.’ But everyone else kind of made it a storyline. And here in Atlanta, there is no storyline."

Howard was asked about what really happened with Orlando.

"I really hate going back with it. There were a lot of different things that happened in Orlando that people never talked about. Before the season even started during the lockout, I asked them privately, I even talked to [teammate] Jameer [Nelson] and [then-general manager] Otis [Smith] and I said, ‘Hey, I just want a change in my life. It has nothing to do with [then-coach] Stan Van Gundy. This has nothing to do with the players here in Orlando. It has nothing to do with Orlando itself.’ I just felt I was too comfortable and I wanted more for myself and more for basketball.

"It had nothing to do with the team. They said they were going to try to move me. I thought it was going to happen. They came in and said, ‘We’re going to trade you.’ They shook my hand and said, ‘God bless you. You were here for eight years and you did a great job.’ They asked me to go shake my teammates’ hands. I went and shook their hands and told them that the team was going to trade me. I woke up the next day and they said, ‘We’re not going to trade you.’

"This was right after the [2011 NBA] lockout. I was supposed to get traded right before training camp. I had asked them to trade me to Brooklyn and I thought that was going to happen. They decided they weren’t going to trade me and that was when all hell broke loose. People said I was doing this in the locker room, doing that. But I’ve never been that kind of guy. I told my agent, ‘Listen, they want me here, so I will just stay here until the end of the season and I’ll make a decision after that. Let’s not fight it. Let’s not go back and forth. Let’s not talk about it.’

"And we did that. But every day in the media it was a different story. I was the type of person where I’m not going to focus on what is being said. I’m going to focus on winning and trying to win for this team while I’m here."

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Tags: Dwight Howard, Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Brandon Knight Sits With Back Spasms After Suns Ask Him To Return To Lineup

Mar 16, 2017 1:23 PM

With Eric Bledsoe out for the season, the Phoenix Suns asked Brandon Knight to play in Wednesday's game.

Knight told the team he had back spasms. 

Knight hadn't played in since before the All-Star break with the Suns playing Bledsoe and Tyler Ulis.

Phoenix tried to trade Knight at the deadline.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Brandon Knight, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

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Bulls Sought First Round Pick For Nikola Mirotic At Deadline

Mar 9, 2017 10:45 AM

The Chicago Bulls had several serious discussions at the trade deadline involving Nikola Mirotic.

Mirotic will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

The Bulls were seeking a first round pick in exchange for Mirotic.

Mirotic's PER has dropped from 17.9 as a rookie to 15.7 last season and 12.6 this season.

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Tags: Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Were Scrambling To Communicate Internally When Kings Traded Cousins

Mar 8, 2017 10:53 AM

Magic Johnson fielded a call from Vlade Divac about the Los Angeles Lakers potential interest in trading for DeMarcus Cousins when the Sacramento Kings were looking to deal him.

Johnson said he wasn't empowered to make that type of decision and referred Divac to Mitch Kupchak. Johnson never heard another word from the Lakers' front office even when they engaged in trade talks with the Kings on Sunday, February 19th before Cousins was dealt.

Divac believed he had a narrow window to trade Cousins and had to act quickly. Kings' ownership had given approval for a Cousins' trade involving Buddy Hield and Brandon Ingram.

Divac and the New Orleans Pelicans had met four or five times in person by the time the Lakers got involved. Divac was negotiating over the phone with Jim Buss and Kupchak despite the fact Johnson was in New Orleans that weekend.

Jeanie Buss had previously instructed Kupchak and her brother that she was to be consulted if they discussed trades involving any of the Lakers' three recent lottery picks. 

Jeanie Buss only received work about the talks which involved two of those three lottery picks after Jim Buss called Jess Buss and pressed him for a recommendation. The offer also would quickly expire. Jesse Buss tried to text Jeanie Buss, but the deadline was fast approaching and the Kings finalized the Cousins' deal with the Pelicans before her and Johnson even knew about the Lakers' attempts.

The lack of communication on the Cousins trade reinforced why she had already made her decision to fire Kupchak and Jim Buss.

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Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Larry Bird: I Wasn't Motivated To Trade Paul George At Deadline

Mar 7, 2017 11:32 AM

Larry Bird claims the Indiana Pacers weren't interested in trading Paul George at the deadline.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics were amongst the teams who called Bird. Magic Johnson's call to Bird lasted less than five minutes and consisted mostly of small talk.

“I wasn’t motivated to move Paul George at the deadline,” Bird said. “I can’t remember if it was even brought up or not. I don’t think it was. It’s all fake news anyway. You know that. Somebody’s gonna start it and [it] just was a snowball effect. [The phone call] was not about Paul George.”

George can become a free agent in 2018 and reportedly will consider signing with the Lakers.

Tania Ganguli/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Paul George, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jared Sullinger Receives Interest From Heat
David Falk met with Pat Riley in recent days but Jared Sullinger remains in the "exploratory stages" of finding a new team.

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Pistons Considering Replacing Reggie Jackson With Ish Smith In Starting Lineup
Stan Van Gundy said the Pistons need better effort out of their starting point guard.

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Cavs Were On 'Pins And Needles' About Celtics Trading For Either George, Butler
The Cavaliers were monitoring the Boston Celtics efforts to acquire either Paul George or Jimmy Butler at the deadline.

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Lakers Advised Not To 'Gut' Team To Trade For Paul George
If Paul George doesn't qualify for the supermax contract, the Pacers can sign him to a five-year, $180 million deal while a rival team can sign him to a four-year, $132 million deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Ranadive Texted Cousins For Input On Kings Trading For Player Before ASG Weekend
DeMarcus Cousins was told a week before he was traded by the Kings to the Pelicans that he wouldn't be dealt.

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Carmelo Anthony Doesn't Understand Vision Of Knicks' Management
Carmelo Anthony said "nobody likes to be in limbo" as the Knicks sat out the deadline.

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Phil Jackson Difficult For Opposing Execs To Reach Leading To Deadline
Phil Jackson reportedly has few friends around the NBA outside of those he's worked with directly in the past.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Andrew Bogut Allowed To Sign With Warriors Due To CBA Loophole
The reacquisition restriction rule only applies to the "last trade" and not all prior trades as well.

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Bulls Won't Buyout Rajon Rondo, View Him As Trade Piece In June
With Rondo on a partially guaranteed deal for the 17-18 season, the Bulls view Rajon Rondo as an attractive trade chip in June.

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Paul George Frustrated Pacers Didn't Loop Him In On Trade Talks
The Pacers took trade talks with Paul George down to the wire ahead of the deadline but elected to keep him.

Nate Taylor/Indianapolis Star

Nuggets Were Hesitant To Include Jamal Murray In Offer For Paul George
Jamal Murray has been one of the most promising rookies of the 2016 draft class.

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Hawks Made Aggressive Offers For Jimmy Butler, Paul George
Atlanta made aggressive offers built around a package of draft picks.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Grizzlies Sign Toney Douglas For Remainder Of Season
Toney Douglas has appeared in 14 games as a reserve for the Grizzlies this season and averaged 5.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 17.2 minutes.

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Hawks Trade Mike Scott To Suns
The deal generated a $3.3 million traded player exception for the Hawks.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Constitution

Pelicans To Waive Terrence Jones
Terrence Jones is on a veteran's minimum contract after he had a tepid free agent market last offseason.

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Wolves Walk Away From Ricky Rubio For Derrick Rose Deal With Knicks
The Wolves have shopped Ricky Rubio throughout the season.

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Raptors Acquire P.J. Tucker From Suns
The Raptors have agreed to acquire P.J. Tucker from the Suns.

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Nuggets Acquire Roy Hibbert From Bucks
The move will get the Nuggets closer to the salary cap floor.

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Lakers Trade Marcelo Huertas To Rockets For Tyler Ennis
The Rockets will waive Marcelo Huertas to clear more cap room for the buyout market.

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Pacers Decide To Keep Paul George
The Pacers received offers for Paul from the Celtics, Nuggets and others.

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