Basketball Wiretap

Wolves Still Exploring Tyus Jones Trade Scenarios

Oct 22, 2016 8:20 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to be engaged in trade talks involving Tyus Jones.

The Wolves have received interest on Jones from the Philadelphia 76ers amongst other teams.

Jones grew up in the Minnesota area and was the 24th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft but he's behind Ricky Rubio and Kris Dunn on their depth chart at point guard.

Jones was also named the 2016 Summer League MVP.

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Bucks Preparing For Greg Monroe To Opt-In For 17-18

Oct 21, 2016 1:33 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks are preparing for the possibility of Greg Monroe opting into his contract for the 17-18 season.

Monroe signed a three-year, $51.4 million deal with the Bucks in the 2015 offseason. Monroe is due $17.88 million for the 17-18 season, which he may not command on the open market even with the cap spike.

Monroe has struggled with his fit within the Bucks.

Milwaukee also re-signed Miles Plumlee in the 2016 offseason, extended John Henson a year ago and drafted Thon Maker, making the center position a crowded one long-term.

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Cavs Shopping Mo Williams In Hopes Of Roster Spot, Tax Savings

Oct 21, 2016 1:29 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are attempting to trade away Mo Williams or face a luxury tax hit as they've been unable to agree upon a buyout.

Williams is owed $2.2 million for this season and he did not report to training camp. Williams spent much of the offseason trying to decide if he would retire and ultimately underwent surgery on Oct. 12th.

If the Cavs waive Williams now to create a roster spot, Williams would receive his full salary and the Cavs would have to pay the full tax amount. 

The Cavs have the option of suspending Williams and not paying him, his first paycheck is not due until Nov. 15. But team suspensions do not affect the salary cap and they would still be taxed on the full salary. 

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Tags: Mo Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavs Receiving Trade Calls On Iman Shumpert

Oct 21, 2016 11:15 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have received interest from several teams on the availability of Iman Shumpert.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the teams that has expressed interest in Shumpert.

With J.R. Smith re-signed, the Cavs could consider trading Shumpert. While the Cavs won't salary-dump Shumpert, they could save considerably on the luxury tax if they find a move that makes sense.

Cleveland has Smith, Mike Dunleavy and Richard Jefferson on the wing along with LeBron James.

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Tags: Iman Shumpert, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

LaMarcus Aldridge Dismisses Rumors, Insists He's Happy With Spurs

Oct 20, 2016 3:14 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge responded to reports he is unhappy with the San Antonio Spurs during a spot on the Jim Rome Show.

Jackie MacMullan reported this week that the Spurs could consider trading Aldridge this season as the partnership has had issues.

"I didn't buy into it," said Aldridge. I haven't heard anything about it. I talk to (Gregg Popovich) daily and he's always telling me that I'm doing great," Aldridge said. "Trying to be a more of a leader. He's put me in positions where I can be more of a leader. As long as the guys here aren't saying bad things to me. All my teammates have said nothing but great things to me."

Aldridge was asked if he's happy in San Antonio one year after choosing to sign there in free agency.

"Yeah for sure I am," said Aldridge. We made history last year. They've incorporated me into the family. Try to make me one of the big pieces.

"I'm winning. Of course I'm happy. That's why I don't buy into the rumors. I feel like I do my job here and I feel like I've done everything that they've asked. That's why I haven't bought into the rumors."

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Kevin Love Told GM He Wanted To Stay 'To Be A Champion' Ahead Of 2016 Trade Deadline

Oct 20, 2016 1:54 PM

Kevin Love came into the NBA as a modern Moses Malone with his bigger frame and ability to put up double doubles.

But Love decided to lose 25 pounds by changing his entire diet and workout regiment.

“I saw the way the game was going,” Love says. “It was getting smaller. Big guys were moving around and playing on the perimeter. Guys like that, who played inside-out, were really hard to guard.”

When Love was traded to the Cavaliers in 2014, Love lost even more weight down to 240 pounds.

“I thought we’d run, run, run, and I’d need to be really slender,” he says. “I got too skinny.” 

Love vowed to gain more weight in the 2015 offseason but his shoulder injury derailed those plans.

Love received a lot of blame for the Cavaliers seemingly underachieving during the middle of last season.

“I don’t know how it happened, but he caught all the grief for everything, and it wasn’t fair,” said Tyronn Lue. “Guys like LeBron and Kyrie, they have the ball in their hands, and the bigs take what they can get. Everybody sacrifices, but Kevin sacrificed the most.” 

David Griffin didn't want to trade Love but understood it might be the right option if he wanted to leave ahead of the 2016 trade deadline. Griffin approached Love on Feb. 10 in the trainer's' room but received a definitive answer from Love on wanting to stay.

“I want to be a champion,” said Love.

While the title was a relief to the people of Cleveland, it serves as a new motivator for Love.

“In a weird way, winning made me hungrier, like I have more to prove,” Love said. “It always comes back more to what I can’t do than what I can.”

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Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rudy Gay Preparing To Remain With Kings For Entire 16-17 Season

Oct 20, 2016 11:00 AM

Rudy Gay has been mentioned in multiple trade rumors less than a week before the start of the season.

Gay has been linked to deals with the Miami Heat and New Orleans Pelicans. Gay has previously informed the Kings he plans to opt for free agency in the 2017 offseason.

“I wake up every day and get ready to play the next game,” Gay said after practice Wednesday. “I’m with the Sacramento Kings. I prepare as if I’m going to be with the Sacramento Kings. I have no choice but to work for the Sacramento Kings.

“All the speculation is BS. Really, it’s out of my control. I’ll come here and be with my teammates and act as if I’ll be here all year.”

Gay admitted he's aware of the rumors.

“I hear it,” he said. “I’ve been traded before. If I came here (to practice) as if I didn’t want to be here, I wouldn’t help my teammates. That’s a league thing. That’s not just me. That’s something you don’t want a reputation for (quitting on your team).”

Dave Joerger dismissed the trade rumors and commended Gay.

“(Gay’s) a wonderful human being who’s grown as a player and a leader. He likes it here. We all want to win a little bit more. There’s going to be rumors. Guys in the last year of contracts, guys 6-8 who can do the things he does (on the court)."

Joe Davidson/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

76ers, Pelicans Express Interest In Trading For Tyus Jones

Oct 19, 2016 8:33 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans Pelicans have expressed interest in trading for Tyus Jones.

Jones improved his stock around the NBA with his MVP performance in the Summer League. Jones was the 24th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft

The Minnesota Timberwolves are open to moving Jones.

Tom Thibodeau has used non-guaranteed veteran John Lucas III in his point guard rotation.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Wolves Plan To Keep Ricky Rubio Until Kris Dunn Establishes Himself

Oct 19, 2016 7:29 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves are receiving trade interest from several teams on Ricky Rubio.

Tom Thibodeau is reluctant to trade Rubio until Kris Dunn shows he's ready to take over the point guard position. Dunn is not expected to become the Wolves' starting point guard until approximately 20 games into the regular season.

Rubio has three seasons and $43 million remaining on his current contract. Rubio is still just 25 and has been an effective two-way point guard when healthy.

The Sacramento Kings are the most determined team looking to acquire Rubio as they continue their search for an upgrade at point guard.

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Spurs Unlikely To Trade Core Player This Season, Could Reconsider If Out Of Title Contention

Oct 19, 2016 11:35 AM

The San Antonio Spurs denied a report that they could trade LaMarcus Aldridge this season.

Aldridge signed with the Spurs in free agency in 2015 and had an excellent season but there are questions about his fit and his willingness to defer to Kawhi Leonard.

“This is more Kawhi’s team, and we all fit around him and try to make his life easier,” Aldridge said late last season. “If I was trying to be that guy still, I probably should not have come. I’m OK trying to help Kawhi be great every night.”

Sources expect the Spurs to play this season with their current core intact but could reconsider if they don't consider themselves to be title contenders.

If the Spurs do make Aldridge available, the Phoenix Suns are expected to be a strong suitor.

Jeff McDonald, Jabari Young/San Antonio Express-News

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LaMarcus Aldridge Could Be Traded By Spurs This Season
Jackie MacMullan hinted at possible issues going on with LaMarcus Aldridge that could lead the Spurs to trade him.

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Bulls Sought Additional Starter-Level Player From Celtics In Jimmy Butler Talks
On top of Jae Crowder, the No. 3 pick and the No. 16 pick, the Bulls wanted another starter-level player from the Celtics.

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Danny Ainge Prepared To Not Cash In Assets 'If That's The Best Path'
The Celtics are setup to possibly make multiple blockbuster trades as they did in 2007 when they acquired both Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in a single postseason.

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Bulls Acquire Michael Carter-Williams From Bucks For Tony Snell
The Bucks have been looking for more shooting on the perimeter following the hamstring injury to Khris Middleton.

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Goran Dragic Refutes Notion He's Unhappy With Heat
Goran Dragic refuted the characterization that he's upset with his situation with the Heat now that Dwyane Wade has left the team in free agency and Chris Bosh almost certainly won't play for the team again.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Heat, Kings Have Had 'Vague Trade Talks' Since July
Sacramento has a huge need for an upgrade at point guard with Darren Collison and Ty Lawson on their depth chart.

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George Karl's Attempts To Trade DeMarcus Cousins Confirmed
Vivek Ranadive confirmed that George Karl attempted to trade DeMarcus Cousins when he was head coach of the Kings.

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Hornets Not Interested In Trading For Greg Monroe
The Bucks have interest in trading Greg Monroe after signing him in free agency in 2015.

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Kings Reject Bucks' Offer Of Michael Carter-Williams For Ben McLemore
The Bucks have a need at shooting guard with Khris Middleton out for approximately six months with a hamstring injury.

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Nuggets Shopping Kenneth Faried In Trade Market
Denver has been shopping Kenneth Faried off and on for several seasons.

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Dirk Nowitzki Pushed For Mavs To Trade For Rajon Rondo
Jameer Nelson was not giving the Mavericks adequate minutes that season at point guard and Dirk Nowitzki pushed for the trade.

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Reggie Jackson Out 6-8 Weeks With Knee Tendinitis
The Pistons will explore the point guard market Reggie Jackson out for several weeks.

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Nerlens Noel Frustrated By 76ers' 'Silly' Center Logjam
Nerlens Noel expected the 76ers to balance their roster following the departure of Sam Hinkie.

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