Basketball Wiretap

Wolves Offered No. 5, Ricky Rubio To Bulls For Jimmy Butler Before Kris Dunn Slid

Jun 24, 2016 8:33 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly drafted Kris Dunn at No. 5 to keep him as he wasn't expected to drop to them.

The Wolves' offer of Ricky Rubio and the No. 5 pick to the Chicago Bulls was made before Dunn slipped and not after.

"Obviously, we liked him," Gar Forman said of Dunn. "He's a very good player."

Chicago reportedly sought Zach LaVine from the Wolves in exchange for Butler.

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Bulls, Celtics Discussed No. 3, No. 16, Jae Crowder For Jimmy Butler

Jun 24, 2016 8:30 PM

The Chicago Bulls involved Jimmy Butler in trade discussions with both the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Bulls and Wolves appeared to especially zero in on a trade with Butler for Kris Dunn as the primary pieces.

Chicago also held talks with Boston trading for No. 3 with Dunn as the pick along with Jae Crowder and the 16th overall pick for Butler.

Gar Forman downplayed the reports of Butler trade talks and said he doesn't feel the need to reassure him about his future with the Bulls.

"We appreciate Jimmy," Forman said. "We value Jimmy. It's our job to listen about any player on our roster when there's interest. And obviously we call teams and express interest in players that they have."

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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Serge Ibaka Had Been Sending Some Signals Of Leaving Thunder In 2017

Jun 24, 2016 2:57 PM

Serge Ibaka had been sending signals he might leave the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency in 2017 over the past year, according to sources. Ibaka also was beginning to grow tired with his lack of touches on offense.

The Thunder dealt Ibaka on draft night to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis.

Oklahoma City made the trade also knowing Kevin Durant was fine with Ibaka being traded, according to sources.

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Tags: Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs Pay $2.4M For 54th Overall Pick, Select Kay Felder

Jun 24, 2016 12:17 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers bought the 54th overall pick from the Atlanta Hawks to select Kay Felder.

LeBron James was reportedly a proponent of selecting Felder.

Cleveland paid $2.4 million to the Hawks to buy their way into the draft to select Felder.

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Bulls, Wolves End Jimmy Butler For Kris Dunn Trade Talks

Jun 23, 2016 11:07 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls have again broken off trade talks centered on a deal of Jimmy Butler for the draft rights to Kris Dunn.

The Bulls have reportedly sought Zach LaVine as part of the package for Butler.

Chicago has been considering going into a full rebuild mode this offseason and had strong interest in Dunn.

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Celtics Acquire Clippers' 2019 1st Rounder From Grizzlies

Jun 23, 2016 10:59 PM

The Boston Celtics have traded the 31st and 35th overall picks to the Memphis Grizzlies for the draft rights to the Los Angeles Clippers' pick in 2019.

The Grizzlies acquired the Clippers' first rounder as part of the Jeff Green for Lance Stephenson trade.

Memphis selected Deyonta Davis out of Michigan State with the initial second round pick.

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Wolves, Bulls Have Optimism Of Jimmy Butler For Kris Dunn Trade

Jun 23, 2016 8:52 PM

The Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves have picked back up trade talks centered on Jimmy Butler for Kris Dunn. There is a rising optimism on both sides a deal can eventually be reached.

Both sides have wanted to make a deal but have struggled to come upon agreeable terms.

Chicago is seeking Zach LaVine from the Wolves while Tom Thibodeau would like to keep him.

The Bulls are prepared to go into a full rebuild ahead of a strong 2017 draft.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Wolves have sought the opinion of Karl-Anthony Towns about the possibility of a trade for Butler and his opinions on players that might be traded for him.

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Magic Acquire Serge Ibaka From Thunder

Jun 23, 2016 8:48 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic.

The Thunder will acquire Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the draft rights to Domantas Sabonis.

Ibaka had a disappointing regular season but his value was clear in the Western Conference Finals with his ability to hit outside shots and defend all areas of the court.

Ibaka will be an unrestricted free agent in 2017 and he's wanted to be more of a centerpiece. Ibaka wasn't seeking or anticipating a trade from the Thunder.

Steven Adams has emerged at center for the Thunder and he'll soon be coming off his rookie deal.

The Toronto Raptors also had serious talks about a trade for Ibaka.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Suns Acquire Marquese Chriss From Kings

Jun 23, 2016 8:23 PM

The Sacramento Kings have traded Marquese Chriss, selected with the eighth overall pick, to the Phoenix Suns.

Sacramento will acquire the 13th overall pick, 28th overall pick, a 2020 second rounder and Bogdan Bogdanovic. 

The Suns have had a need for an athletic power forward.

Phoenix selected Dragan Bender earlier in the draft with the third overall pick.

Both Bender and Chriss are good shooters and they should be able to play with each other at center and power forward.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Shams Charania/The Vertical

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Wolves Likely To Trade Ricky Rubio, Reject Significant Offers To Select Kris Dunn

Jun 23, 2016 8:09 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves declined several attractive offers for the fifth overall pick to select Kris Dunn.

The decision appears predicated on the Wolves' attempts to trade Ricky Rubio. Tom Thibodeau has been active in shopping Rubio throughout the week and his tenure with the franchise is likely coming to an end.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Bulls Sought Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn From Wolves For Jimmy Butler
The Bulls were seeking Zach LaVine and the No. 5 overall pick (Kris Dunn) from Minnesota for Jimmy Butler.

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76ers Offering Nerlens Noel, 24, 26, Robert Covington To Celtics For No. 3
The Celtics have been shopping the third overall pick for weeks.

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Celtics, Bulls Continue To Discuss Jimmy Butler Trade
The Celtics and Bulls continue to discuss a trade centered on Jimmy Butler.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kings Trying To Trade For D'Angelo Russell From Lakers
The Kings have been active in trade talks this week and the one player they're focused on acquiring is D'Angelo Russell.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Pacers Talked Rudy Gay Deal With Kings Before Acquiring Thad Young
The Kings' asking price for Rudy Gay was too high for the Pacers and they pivoted towards Thaddeus Young.

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Hornets Acquire Marco Belinelli For 22nd Overall Pick
The Hornets have acquired to acquire Marco Belinelli from the Kings for the 22nd overall pick.

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Kings Receiving Offers Of Multiple Future 1st Round Picks For No. 8
The Kings have future pick obligations due to previous trades with the Cavaliers in 2011 and the 76ers last offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Thunder Making Serge Ibaka Available In Trade Talks
Serge Ibaka will be an unrestricted free agent in 2017.

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Pacers Acquire Thaddeus Young From Nets For 20th Overall Pick
The Nets have traded Thaddeus Young to the Pacers for the 20th overall pick and a future second rounder.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

76ers Have Been Conducting 'Due Diligence' On Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio signed a four-year, $54 million extension with the Wolves in 2014.

Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

76ers Increase Efforts To Acquire 3rd Overall Pick From Celtics
The 76ers have increased their efforts to acquire the third overall pick from the Celtics.

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Suns Offered Eric Bledsoe, Lottery Pick To Jazz For Gordon Hayward
The Suns attempted to acquire Gordon Hayward from the Jazz by offering Eric Bledsoe and a lottery pick.

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Nets Working To Trade Thaddeus Young For First Rounder
Several Western Conference teams have been aggressive on dealing for Thaddeus Young.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Hornets Offering No. 22 Pick Attached To Jeremy Lamb Or Spencer Hawes
The Hornets are offering the 22nd overall pick to any team that takes either Jeremy Lamb or Spencer Hawes into their cap space.

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Knicks Acquire Derrick Rose From Bulls
The Bulls will send Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 second rounder to the Knicks for Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon.

Shams Charania, Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Pacers Acquire Jeff Teague In Three-Team Trade
Jeff Teague will play for his hometown Pacers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Wolves Interested In Trading For Kenneth Faried
Tom Thibodeau has long been an admirer of Kenneth Faried and worked with him as part of the United States' World Cup team in 2014.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Bucks Expected To Trade Greg Monroe
Greg Monroe was an awkward fit with the Bucks, who went from being a playoff team in 2015 to the lottery in 2016.

Gery Woelfel/Racine Journal Times

76ers Offering Either Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel To Boston For 3rd Pick
Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel have struggled in their minutes together so far and Philadelphia is encouraged by the progress Joel Embiid has made coming back from multiple foot surgeries.

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Celtics Shopping No. 3 Pick For Butler, Hayward, Parker, Middleton
The Celtics have been working to put together a package for either Jimmy Butler, Gordon Hayward, Jabari Parker or Khris Middleton.

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