Basketball Wiretap

Stan Van Gundy: Everybody In NBA Is Available

Jan 23, 2017 11:00 AM

Stan Van Gundy claims nobody in the NBA is truly untouchable in response to a report that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had joined Andre Drummond in the Detroit Pistons' "short list of untouchables."

"Look, these discussions happen all the time, and this idea when teams say somebody's off limits ... see, I won't lie to my guys," Van Gundy said Saturday. "There's no one in this league that's off limits.

"LeBron? What if the Warriors offered Kevin Durant and Steph Curry? They wouldn't consider that, the Cavaliers? They wouldn't consider that? There's no deal? Come on, man. Everybody is available."

Van Gundy's remarks came after a report indicated the Pistons were discussing a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves for Ricky Rubio.

Aaron McMann/MLive

Tags: Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Reggie Jackson Not Following Trade Rumors

Jan 23, 2017 10:57 AM

Reggie Jackson was asked to respond to a report that the Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves were discussing a trade where he would be dealt for Ricky Rubio.

"Thanks for giving me the news," Jackson said. "I don't listen to ya'll. Most of the time, I just go home, chill, kick it and watch TV. Play games. Kick it with my brother. So, I just don't really follow all of that. I'm just happy to be able to wake up and play basketball."

Jackson is in the second of a five-year, $80 million contract.

Stan Van Gundy quickly shot down the idea of trading Jackson for Ricky Rubio early Saturday, choosing not to deny the report but pointing out general manager Jeff Bower has multiple discussions a day with potential trade partners. Van Gundy texted Jackson about it.

"Yeah, I had no idea," Jackson said. "So I told him, if they traded me it was news to me. I appreciate the text, just letting me know that I was his guy. But like I said, I didn't really pay attention much to it. I see ya'll enough here, I see ya'll enough in the city.

"I'm going to go ahead and tune out. So after this, I'm going to go home and relax."

Aaron McMann/MLive

Tags: Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Carmelo Anthony's Camp Believes Phil Jackson Trying To Get Him To Waive No-Trade

Jan 23, 2017 10:52 AM

People close to Carmelo Anthony believe some of the constant sniping from Phil Jackson has been a way to get him to waive his no-trade clause with the New York Knicks.

Anthony holds the no-trade clause from his new contract signed in 2014 worth $124.9 million over five seasons. Anthony also has a 15 percent trade kicker.

Jackson held an interview a month ago in which he complained about Anthony stopping ball for too long on offense. More recently, Jackson confidant Charley Rosen wrote an article praising Jackson and critical of Anthony.

During their meeting last week, Anthony reiterated to Jackson he wants to remain with the Knicks.

“I don’t know. I’m done kind of worrying about that,” Anthony said. “My only focus is these guys that’s in this locker room, playing with them. I can’t control anything else.”

Steve Popper/USA Today

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

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Stan Van Gundy Insists Pistons Won't Trade Reggie Jackson For Ricky Rubio

Jan 21, 2017 9:43 PM

Stan Van Gundy insisted to reporters he will not trade Reggie Jackson to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Van Gundy confirmed a report that the Pistons and Timberwolves had discussed a multiplayer deal headlined by Jackson and Ricky Rubio this week, but he revealed Saturday morning that he has assured Jackson the deal would not happen.

"I texted Reggie and just said, 'This is crazy season, and we're not trading you for Ricky Rubio,'" Van Gundy told reporters after the Pistons' morning shootaround in advance of their Saturday night home game against Washington.

"That was it. I don't normally address it, but the fact that it was out there and it concerned his agent [Aaron Mintz] enough to call, I addressed it. ‎

"I'm not denying that the discussion took place -- they take place all the time. But that's a lot different than consideration. And clearly we didn't make that move."

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Ricky Rubio, Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves, Pistons Discuss Ricky Rubio For Reggie Jackson Trade

Jan 20, 2017 9:30 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons have held trade talks centered around Ricky Rubio for Reggie Jackson.

No deal appears imminent but the two sides have engaged in talks this week.

The Wolves have openly been trying to trade Rubio for some time with Kris Dunn representing the future at point guard. Rubio has two seasons left on his deal valued at $29.2 million.

Minnesota is also willing to include Shabazz Muhammad in scenarios involving Rubio. Muhammad will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

Jackson is in the second season of a five-year, $80 million deal.

Marc Stein, Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Ricky Rubio, Reggie Jackson, Shabazz Muhammad, Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Carmelo Anthony Will Consider Leaving If Knicks Prefer Trade

Jan 20, 2017 1:52 PM

Carmelo Anthony continues to want to remain with the New York Knicks but he said he would consider leaving if that's what the front office wants.

Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract, but he said he would be willing to listen to management if they told him they wanted to make a change.

“I think it will be more on the front office,” Anthony told Newsday this week. “I have the power, but still I would talk to them. We would be in communication if they feel like they want to go in a different direction, they want to start rebuilding for the future. If they tell me they want to scrap this whole thing, yeah, I have to consider it.”

The Knicks declined to comment.

Antony signed a five-year contract in 2014.

“There’s a part of me that also would feel like I’m being selfish to the guys that are on the team right now, in the midst of us losing to just try to figure a way to escape from everything. For me personally, it would be more of something I would really have to think about and consider. Put it all on the table and figure it out.”

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Tags: NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Teams Believe Hawks Will Revisit Paul Millsap Trade Talks

Jan 20, 2017 12:29 PM

Front office executives believe Paul Millsap has not been permanently removed from the trade market by the Atlanta Hawks.

The Hawks aggressively entertained trade offers for Millsap before publicly taking him off the market.

Millsap will be a free agent in 2017 and the Hawks are reticent to let him leave without compensation.

The Hawks have nearly traded Millsap multiple times since he signed a new deal in 2015.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic Offer Nikola Vucevic, First Rounder To Heat For Goran Dragic

Jan 20, 2017 12:02 PM

The Orlando Magic attempted to engage the Miami Heat recently on a trade for Goran Dragic. Miami has been open to considering trade offers for Dragic as they rebuild.

Orlando offered Nikola Vucevic and a future first round pick for Dragic.

With Miami already having Hassan Whiteside signed long-term, they don't have a need for another center in Vucevic.

Dragic can become a free agent in 2019 though he's signed through 2020.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Goran Dragic, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns Seeking 1st Round Pick For P.J. Tucker With Clippers Interested

Jan 20, 2017 11:54 AM

The Phoenix Suns are holding out for a first round pick in exchange for P.J. Tucker.

The Los Angeles Clippers have offered a future second round pick in exchange for Tucker. Doc Rivers is known to be an admirer of Tucker's game.

Tucker will be a free agent in 2017.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: P.J. Tucker, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nuggets Hope To Trade Jusuf Nurkic By Deadline

Jan 20, 2017 11:50 AM

The Denver Nuggets are actively working on finding a trade to move Jusuf Nurkic before the deadline.

Nurkic will become eligible for a contract extension this summer and then become a restricted free agent in 2018.

The Nuggets have acknowledged that a pairing of Nikola Jokic and Nurkic cannot be successful.

Denver would like to give Nurkic a chance to be a starting center elsewhere while receiving a return on his value.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Jusuf Nurkic, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Carmelo Anthony Glad He Protected Himself With No-Trade Clause
Carmelo Anthony reiterated that he plans to remain in New York.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Pelicans, Hawks Held Exploratory Dwight Howard Trade Talks
The level of interest from New Orleans is unclear and there was not unanimous support within the organization in trading for Dwight Howard.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Hawks Trade Mo Williams To Nuggets
The move gets the Nuggets closer to the salary floor with Mo Williams' $2.2 million salary.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Some Within Knicks' Organization Believe Carmelo Anthony Should Be Traded
No specific trades were discussed during the meeting between Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony Informs Phil Jackson He Won't Waive No-Trade Clause
The most recent controversy has led some in the Carmelo Anthony camp wondering if Jackson is intentionally picking a public fight in hopes of agreeing to a trade.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Wolves Actively Looking For Ricky Rubio Trade
Minnesota has been searching for a "bridge" guard in return to start in the short-term but ultimately back up Kris Dunn.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Carmelo Anthony Still Seeking Meeting With Phil Jackson
The meeting is expected to happen soon as Carmelo Anthony's future with the Knicks becomes increasingly uncertain.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony Would Like Direct Conversation If Knicks Want To Move Him
Carmelo Anthony said he hasn't reconsidered waiving his no-trade clause with the Knicks.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Loss To 76ers Led To Locker Room Tirade From Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony has never considered requesting a trade from the Knicks, according to a source.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Carmelo Anthony Reportedly Would Only Approve Trade To Cavs, Clippers
Carmelo Anthony has an early termination option after the 17-18 season.

Charley Rosen/Fan Rag Sports

Rockets Open To Trading K.J. McDaniels
K.J. McDaniels signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Rockets in the 2015 offseason.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Cavs Looking For Playmaker, Not Necessarily Point Guard
LeBron James has publicly discussed the Cavaliers' search for a backup point guard.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Pistons Move Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Ahead Of Reggie Jackson On Untouchable List
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be a restricted free agent this offseason and is represented by Rich Paul.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Magic Have Expressed Interest In Trading For Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic has a player option after the 18-19 season but is signed on a reasonable salary considering the increase of the cap.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Hassan Whiteside Not Paying Attention To Trade Rumors
The future of Hassan Whiteside with the Heat is uncertain just a few months after signing a long-term, four-year, $98 million deal in the offseason.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Hawks Tell Paul Millsap He Won't Be Traded
Paul Millsap said he's looking forward to focusing on basketball the rest of the season.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Bulls Told Rajon Rondo They're Trying To 'Save Him From Himself'
During the interview, Rajon Rondo also described the situation as the most confusing of his career.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Hawks Pull Paul Millsap From Trade Market
Wes Wilcox started informing teams Monday afternoon that the Hawks were no longer working to unload Paul Millsap.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Magic Tried To Trade For Paul Millsap Before Doing Serge Ibaka Deal
The Magic have tried to acquire Paul Millsap in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Heat Asking For Too Much For Goran Dragic For Serious Trade Talks To Form
Goran Dragic is in Year 2 of a five-year, $90 million contract with the Heat.

Marc Stein/ESPN