Basketball Wiretap

Doc Rivers Hopes Blake Griffin Ends Career With Clippers

Jul 28, 2016 11:34 AM

Doc Rivers was asked about trade rumors involving Blake Griffin and his future with the Los Angeles Clippers.

"One, I'm glad you asked the question," said Rivers. "It's funny, you don't want to go out and send out a press release every time there's a rumor about Blake. We're hoping Blake ends his career playing for the Clippers. Period. So when teams call, we say we have no interest.

"First of all, no team is calling right now because teams know we don't have any interest. It just tells you the different times, you know. Things have changed. Everyone believes that they're media now. I feel for guys like you. There's so many good credible guys and there's some of the guys that are bloggers that have nothing to do with the sport. I had my young son trace where this started, the Blake rumor to Boston.

"Danny and I have talked twice this summer. One was about the British Open and one was about another golf tournament. That's about it. But my son traced it to a Boston radio talk show and the guy didn't say that we had been talking, he said Blake was one of the guys that Boston should go after. That started the next step to the next step. That stuff is tough."

Griffin and Chris Paul will be free agents in 2017 and Rivers was asked about his confidence in keeping the Clippers' core together.

"Well, I'm confident, probably the same way they're going to be able to keep their guys," said Rivers. "I do think we have an attractive place. We have a new owner. It would be interesting if Steve Ballmer wasn't the owner, I don't know how confident I would be. With Steve, I'm extremely confident that we can keep both. You know, listen, winning is the key. The better we play on the floor, the better chance we have of not only keeping those guys but actually adding to our basketball team. That's always the key factor in this. Quality of life is important, being comfortable, players getting along with the staff and each other. All that goes into it. But I think we're in a good place there. I know both of them have said they want to play here. They want to play for us forever.

"Your job never stops. You never relax. You never take a player for granted."

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rudy Gay Denies Asking For Trade, Has No Idea On Direction Of Kings' Franchise

Jul 27, 2016 12:06 PM

Rudy Gay was asked about how he's handling reports the Sacramento Kings are looking to trade him this offseason.

"I mean it's been pretty loud as of late so it's hard not to pay attention to it," said Gay. "I think it just goes to, I don't know, I think there's always ways to do things and in this situation I don't think it's going about the right way. No matter what your intentions to do with your players, I would think the first thing you want to do is make sure people are happy with what you are doing. That hasn't been the case."

Gay hasn't had much communication with the franchise.

"No, I haven't. I've had communication, but not the kind of communication that I would say I like," Gay said.

Gay elaborated on hearing things through media reports instead of direct communication.

"You don't want to hear things on the internet, on Twitter. You would like to hear it from out of the horse's mouth. Just be upfront with people, that's all you have to do," Gay said.

Gay also denied that he's asked for a trade.

"No. I think people saw my disinterest, not disinterest, but I think people saw what went on this season and kind of went on that to say that I asked for a trade. I still feel like I had a lot more to give ... because of the structure of the team I wasn't able to give everything."

Gay also has no idea what the direction of the franchise is right now as they move into a new arena.

"I have no idea. I suit up and give it my all. That's all I can do in this situation, that's all you can do. Go out there and play as much as you can. Obviously, we don't have anything to really build on. We have a new coach. I think that's the only thing we can really build on. New coach and seeing how it plays out."

Blake Ellington/Sactown Royalty

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

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Magic In No Rush To Pursue Trade Of Nikola Vucevic

Jul 26, 2016 2:07 PM

The Orlando Magic are in no rush to pursue a trade of Nikola Vucevic.

The Magic traded for Serge Ibaka while also signing Bismack Biyombo in free agency to create a logjam at the big positions.

Rob Hennigan, the team's GM, called Vucevic shortly after the Biyombo signing to reassure him, but also declined to promise Vucevic he would remain the starter, the two men say. 

Orlando has concerns that they may have a potential playmaking void that Vucevic could help alleviate. Vucevic is a quality post player and passer. Vucevic assisted on 16 percent of Orlando's baskets while on the floor last season.

With Vucevic, Ibaka and Biyombo combining for approximately 80 minutes per game, they would have 16 minutes for small ball with Aaron Gordon at power forward.

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Tags: Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Russell Westbrook Not Seeking Trade From Thunder

Jul 25, 2016 7:17 PM

Russell Westbrook does not want the Oklahoma City Thunder to trade him this offseason, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Westbrook wants to play this coming season with the Thunder but he is unsure about his future beyond that in 2017 when he becomes a free agent.

But Westbrook will give serious thought to signing an extension with the Thunder.

Teams have called the Thunder about Westbrook but they've consistently said he's not available.

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings Still Searching For Rudy Gay Trade

Jul 19, 2016 11:51 AM

The Sacramento Kings remain interested in trading away Rudy Gay this offseason.

Gay was acquired by the Kings in December of 2013 in a trade with the Toronto Raptors. Gay signed a three-year extension worth $40 million in 2014. Gay has a player option for 2017 and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

Gay reportedly has requested a trade this offseason.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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

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Bucks Continue To Shop Greg Monroe In Trade Talks

Jul 19, 2016 11:47 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks continue to have interest in trading away Greg Monroe this offseason.

The Bucks re-signed Miles Plumlee to a five-year, $52 million deal this week.

Monroe signed a three-year, $50 million deal with the Bucks last offseason but he proved to be a bad fit.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Greg Monroe, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Russell Westbrook 'Controls His Destiny' One Year Before Free Agency

Jul 18, 2016 2:22 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder haven't given up on the possibility of Russell Westbrook agreeing upon a renegotiated contract that includes an extension.

Westbrook could sign for an additional two seasons and $73.5 million by waiting until the 2017 offseason when he becomes a free agent.

"OKC is still trying to get Russell Westbrook to sign a contract extension," the source explained, "which he won't do because extensions at this time aren't in a player's best interest anymore. He won't do it."

The issue with the Thunder trading Westbrook is the uncertainty of that team signing him long-term.

"No team is going to pay a hefty price without getting a commitment from Westbrook," the source said. "Someone may pay a cheaper price without a commitment, but OKC probably doesn't do a deal like that."

There is nothing imminent at this point.

"Russ is in control of the situation. Not any team," the source said. "He controls his destiny. But if a team is going to get him, they need a long-term commitment."

Kevin O'Connor/CelticsBlog

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Unlikely To Trade Ricky Rubio

Jul 18, 2016 11:37 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves are unlikely to trade away Ricky Rubio.

Speculation about the future of Rubio has been heightened since they drafted Kris Dunn with the fifth overall pick.

“I don’t see that as a likely possibility,” owner Glen Taylor said about a Rubio trade. “I just think the coach, everybody, likes Ricky. I think we want him to come in and improve on his shooting. But his other things, he plays defense, he gets assists, he helps the others get better. He has some wonderful qualities.

“I think the coach wants to bring an assistant coach to help Ricky on his shooting and I think that’s where we’re going to start out and go and we’ll see how good Kris Dunn is.”

Rubio has three seasons remaining on his contract with Minnesota.

The Timberwolves hired Tom Thibodeau as their head coach in April and Taylor believes they will help Rubio with his shooting

"I think the coach wants to bring an assistant coach to help Ricky on his shooting and I think that's where we're going to start out and go and we'll see how good Kris Dunn is," Taylor said.

Sid Hartman/Star Tribune

Tags: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Russell Westbrook Has Given Thunder No Indication He Would Like Trade

Jul 18, 2016 10:32 AM

Russell Westbrook has given the Oklahoma City Thunder no indication he currently would like a trade or plans on leaving in free agency in 2017.

One source described Westbrook as "ticked off" about Kevin Durant's decision to leave in free agency and is eager for the season to start as it will present a new challenge.

"He's ready," said the source.

Westbrook can sign an extension with the Thunder that raises his salary for the 16-17 season but he's unlikely to do so.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wizards Not Interested In Trading Away Marcin Gortat

Jul 16, 2016 8:18 PM

The Washington Wizards have no interest in trading away Marcin Gortat despite their signing of Ian Mahinmi.

Mahinmi signed a four-year, $64 million deal with the Wizards in the offseason.

Mahinmi has spent most of his career as a backup center.

The Wizards acquired Gortat in a preseason trade in 2013 with the Phoenix Suns. Gortat will be a free agent in 2019.

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Tags: Marcin Gortat, Ian Mahinmi, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs Trade Sasha Kaun To 76ers To Clear Room For Chris Andersen
Cleveland also gets a $1.33 million traded-player exception in the Sasha Kaun deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Clippers Close To C.J. Wilcox For Devyn Marble Trade With Magic
The Clippers are finalizing a trade to acquire Devyn Marble and a 2020 second round pick from the Magic for C.J. Wilcox and cash.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Celtics Haven't Recently Held Trade Discussions On Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin
Both Russell Westbrook and Blake Griffin will be unrestricted free agents in the 2017 offseason.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Warriors Gave Andrew Bogut Choice Between Mavs, Rockets
The 76ers also expressed heavy interest but the Warriors felt like they owed it to Andrew Bogut to trade him to a team with realistic playoff aspirations.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

GMs Expect Russell Westbrook To Be Traded Before Start Of Season
The Celtics are considered the most likely destination for Russell Westbrook by rival general managers.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Bryan Colangelo Admits 76ers Will Likely Trade Okafor, Noel Or Embiid
The 76ers have a logjam at the big positions in Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel.

SiriusXM NBA Radio

Bulls Pull Jimmy Butler From Trade Market
Jimmy Butler signed a five-year, $95 million contract with the Bulls in 2015 that contains a player option for 2019.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Jahlil Okafor Responds To Report 76ers 'Tried Like Hell' To Trade Him
According to the report, Jahlil Okafor is "upset and his people are upset."

RealGM Staff Report

Rudy Gay Requests Trade From Kings
The Kings are attempting to find a suitable trade package for Rudy Gay.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Hawks Preferred Horford Over Millsap In Part Due To $9M Difference In 17-18 Salary
The Hawks could have retained a quality frontcourt in signing Dwight Howard and Al Horford while collecting assets by trading away Paul Millsap.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Jose Calderon Traded By Bulls To Lakers
Jose Calderon was traded by the Bulls to clear cap space so they can sign Dwyane Wade into their cap space.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Cavs Agree To Trade With Bulls For Mike Dunleavy
Chicago has had to trade away Mike Dunleavy in order to fit Dwyane Wade's contract into their cap space.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Bulls Looking For Trade To Unload Salary To Fit Dwyane Wade Into Cap Space
The probable candidates for a trade are Taj Gibson and Mike Dunleavy.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Heat Need To Attach Asset To Trade Josh McRoberts
A source says the Heat may not be able to move Josh McRoberts into another team's cap space without including a draft pick or Justise Winslow is included.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Pacers Acquire Jeremy Evans From Mavericks
Jeremy Evans gives the Pacers an additional bench option on the wing.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Celtics Continue To Have Interest In Jimmy Butler, Jahlil Okafor Trade
A path to a trade will be more difficult than it was on draft night as both the Bulls and 76ers wanted the No. 3 pick to select Kris Dunn.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Jazz Acquire Boris Diaw In Trade With Spurs
The Spurs needed to clear cap space in order to sign Pau Gasol.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Blazers, Magic Finalizing Shabazz Napier Trade
Shabazz Napier figured to be Orlando's fourth point guard this season.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Russell Westbrook Has No Interest In Extension With Thunder
Russell Westbrook could re-sign with the Thunder but he doesn't believe it makes sense financially to do the renegotiation to improve his salary for 16-17 and an extension.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Mavericks Agree To Acquire Andrew Bogut From Warriors
The Warriors needed to unload Andrew Bogut's salary to create cap space to sign Kevin Durant.

Marc Stein/ESPN