Basketball Wiretap

Nerlens Noel Frustrated By 76ers' 'Silly' Center Logjam

Sep 26, 2016 11:37 AM

Nerlens Noel expressed his frustrating at media day with the Philadelphia 76ers inability to balance out their roster this offseason as they head into 16-17 with three centers who were each high lottery picks.

"I think it's just silly . . . this situation that we are in now with three starting centers," Noel said on the eve of the Sixers' media day. "With the departure of [former general manager and president] Sam Hinkie, I would have figured that management would be able to get something done this summer."

Noel will most likely become a reserve center to Joel Embiid.

Noel is not asking to be traded or demanding the 76ers trade someone else.

"I feel like it definitely needs to be figured out," he said. "I think at the end of the day, again, you have three starting-caliber centers. And it's just not going to work to anybody's advantage having that on the same team. That's how I'm looking at it. I'm not opposed to anything, but things need to be situated."

Noel can become a restricted free agent in 2017.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Ben McLemore Has Been Available In Trade Talks For Months

Sep 23, 2016 12:06 PM

Ben McLemore has been available in trade talks by the Sacramento Kings for months.

McLemore is in the final season of his rookie contract.

The Kings acquired Arron Afflalo and Malachi Richardson this offseason.

McLemore’s playing time dropped to 21.2 minutes per game last season because the Kings opted to use Marco Belinelli more.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

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Bucks Acquire Michael Beasley From Rockets For Tyler Ennis

Sep 22, 2016 4:17 PM

The Houston Rockets have traded Michael Beasley to the Milwaukee Bucks for Tyler Ennis.

The Rockets signed Beasley at the end of the 15-16 season after he was finished with his season in China.

Beasley will give the Bucks depth on the wing with Khris Middleton out six months with a torn hamstring.

Ennis averaged 4.5 points, 2.1 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 14.2 minutes over 46 games last season for the Bucks. Ennis was the 18th overall pick out of Syracuse in 2014.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Rudy Gay To Opt Out, Unlikely To Have Interest In Re-Signing With Kings

Sep 19, 2016 12:55 PM

Rudy Gay has informed the Sacramento Kings he intends to opt out and is unlikely to have interest in re-signing during the 2017 offseason.

Gay holds a $14.3 million player option for the 2017-18 season. He’ll make $13.3 million this season.

The Kings have no interest in trading away Gay without a substantial package in return.

The Kings could wait until deeper into the season before moving Gay.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Kevin Love 'In Best Place' Mentally, Physically Since Cavs' Trade In 2014

Sep 3, 2016 10:58 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers believe Kevin Love is "in the best place" mentally and physically since he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014.

Love spent much of the offseason at the U.S. Olympic ski training facility in Park City, Utah.

Love is reportedly in excellent shape ahead of training camp.

"Kevin learned about what it takes to win. He really matured last season," said someone close to the situation.

The Cavaliers have consistently said publicly and privately they have no intention of trading Love.

Terry Pluto/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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