Basketball Wiretap

Wolves Continue To Explore Trading Ricky Rubio

Jun 26, 2017 11:41 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to pursue a trade of Ricky Rubio.

The Wolves would like to add more shooting at the point guard position. With Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler on the wings, Rubio is an awkward fit due to his inability to space the floor.

Rubio has two more seasons remaining on his current deal and will become a free agent in 2019.

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Lakers, Cavs, Rockets, Celtics, Spurs Pursued Paul George Heading To Draft

Jun 25, 2017 8:12 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs were among the teams that pursued a trade for Paul George aggressively leading up to the draft.

The Rockets and Lakers remain determined to keep pushing for a George trade, while the Cavaliers also are attempting to construct three-way scenarios involving Kevin Love.

The Celtics are expected to revisit discussions for Paul if they're able to sign Gordon Hayward in free agency. 

The Cavaliers believe trading for George could convince him to abandon his plan to join the Lakers in 2018.

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Tags: Paul George, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavs, Nuggets, Pacers Discuss Three-Way Deal Involving Paul George, Kevin Love

Jun 25, 2017 7:47 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers have discussed a three-team trade involving Paul George and Kevin Love.

In the discussed trade scenario, George would end up with the Cavaliers while Love would go to the Nuggets. 

While George would like to end up playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cavaliers could risk trading for George due to the unique nature of competing for a title playing with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

The Cavaliers would like to improve their team this offseason and be better suited to play against the Warriors, which George would do instead of Love.

One version of the three-team would trade would have Kenneth Faried going to the Cavaliers. The Nuggets have made upgrading the power forward position one of their priorities this offseason.

Denver made Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray off limits in trade talks.

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Tags: Kevin Love, Paul George, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wolves Wouldn't Have Traded For Jimmy Butler Without Pick Swap

Jun 23, 2017 10:38 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves didn't give up a draft pick in their trade for Jimmy Butler, merely swapping No. 7 with the Chicago Bulls for No. 16, while also sending out Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn.

"We didn't want to lose our draft choice," said owner Glen Taylor. "We really thought, as it turned out, moving down a number of notches didn't affect us too much. We still got a young guy (Justin Patton) with a lot of potential."

Taylor was asked whether the Wolves would have still done the deal if the Bulls insisted on keeping their pick at No. 16.

"No, we told them that would break the deal," said Taylor. 

Taylor also suggested the Wolves may have selected Lauri Markkanen at No. 7.

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Tags: Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Clippers Deny Offering DeAndre Jordan In Trade Talks

Jun 23, 2017 10:15 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have denied shopping DeAndre Jordan in pre-draft trade talks.

"DeAndre was never, ever dangled out there," Lawrence Frank said.

ESPN's Chris Haynes reported this week that the Clippers were gauging the market on Jordan.

Jordan has two seasons and $46 million remaining on his contract but he's expected to become a free agent in 2018.

"DeAndre's a cornerstone to what we do, and it's funny, if you track every rumor, literally every single player outside of maybe the guys on Golden State and LeBron were mentioned," Frank said. "So, you know, in the front office what we've learned quickly is you can't dispel everything.


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Nuggets Were Unwilling To Include Jamal Murray In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks

Jun 23, 2017 4:27 PM

The Denver Nuggets discussed a Jimmy Butler trade with the Chicago Bulls, but were unwilling to include Jamal Murray in any deal.

Murray was one of the league's better rookies last season and is part of Denver's core around Nikola Jokic.

Denver also had concerns about the possibility of Butler leaving in 2019 when he can become a free agent.

Chicago instead traded Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Tags: Jamal Murray, Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wolves Suggest Ricky Rubio Won't Be Traded

Jun 23, 2017 4:23 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have shopped Ricky Rubio in trade talks throughout the tenure of Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden, but their decision to trade away Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine for Jimmy Butler may change that position.

The Wolves may need to keep Rubio, who is on an affordable contract, if they are unable to sign a point guard in free agency.

"He's going to have a great career here," said Layden the day after the Butler trade.

Minnesota was encouraged by how Rubio played in the second half of the season where he had a PER of 20.4 after the break compared to 15.1 as well as a True Shooting Percentage of .553 compared to .529..

Rubio is one of the NBA's better defensive point guards, but his lack of shooting is problematic due to the ball dominance of Butler and Andrew Wiggins.

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

Lakers Offered Unprotected Future First To Teams Willing To Take Deng Or Mozgov

Jun 23, 2017 4:14 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers offered an unprotected future first round pick to every team in the NBA with cap room in order to unload the contract of either Timofey Mozgov or Luol Deng.

Without any teams taking on one of those deals, the Lakers instead traded D'Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets with Mozgov for Brook Lopez and a late first rounder.

The Lakers signed Mozgov and Deng during the final offseason of the regime of Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss.

The Lakers are attempting to clear cap space to pursue the 2018 free agency class.

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Tags: Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Celtics Could Trade For Paul George If Agreement Reached With Gordon Hayward

Jun 23, 2017 12:21 PM

The Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers continue to discuss a Paul George trade but it is reportedly contingent on signing Gordon Hayward in free agency.

According to sources, the Celtics are in position to trade for George with a three-year extension in place. George would lose money, however, on an extend-and-trade as opposed to the raises he could receive simply becoming a free agent in 2018.

The Celtics passed on trading for Jimmy Butler at the draft and were instead focused on scenarios for George.

George has long preferred to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018, but it is possible the Celtics could make a trade for him with a commitment in the long-term.

George and Hayward were both members of the 2010 draft class and there was a report in March that indicated George wanted to play with Hayward, who is from Indiana.

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Danny Ainge Suggests Celtics' Asset Depth Has Caused Teams To Ask For Too Much

Jun 23, 2017 10:46 AM

Danny Ainge was asked whether he feels the Boston Celtics are being asked for more in trade discussions than they are of other teams due to the depth of assets the team holds in terms of future picks and affordable role players.

"I think there's some truth in that," said Ainge. "I think you're spot on a little bit. I know when I try to do deals with teams, I'm lookin at: 'I'm going to call that team because they have something I'm really excited about.'

"Yeah, people around the league know the things we have and I think they are asking for some of our prime real estate."

Ainge was asked whether their strong position has actually been an impediment. 

"I think over the last few trading periods I think it's been a little bit of a hurdle. Bottom line is we have to do the deals we really believe in. I think our team is on board with the ones we've turned down and the ones we've pursued longer and think more about it. We'll just continue to find the right deals."

Boston reportedly declined to offer either the No. 3 pick or Brooklyn's 2018 pick to the Chicago Bulls for Jimmy Butler. 

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Pacers: We're Not Going To Make Bad Paul George Trade
Kevin Pritchard described Paul George's decision to not re-sign in 2018 as "a gut punch."

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Bulls Sell No. 38 Pick To Warriors For $3.5M
The Bulls sold the pick that became Jordan Bell to the Warriors.

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Jazz Select Donovan Mitchell At No. 13, Trading Trey Lyles, No. 24 To Denver
Donovan Mitchell is a combo guard out of Louisville that plays well off the ball.

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Celtics Unwilling To Trade No. 3 In 2017 Or Brooklyn's 2018 Pick To Bulls For Jimmy Butler
The Celtics continue to be reluctant to trade assets for an established star.

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Blazers Move Up To No. 10 With Kings To Select Zach Collins
The Kings traded Zach Collins to the Blazers for No. 15 and No. 20.

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Celtics, Pacers Engage More Seriously On Paul George Trade
Boston selected Jayson Tatum at No. 3, who would presumably be moved to Indiana if a Paul George deal is consummated.

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Bulls Agree To Trade Jimmy Butler To Wolves For No. 7, Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn
The Wolves have acquired Jimmy Butler from the Bulls.

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Jazz Explore Trading For Ricky Rubio
The Jazz would like to re-sign George Hill in free agency but he's uncertain to return.

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Jazz Receiving Trade Offers For Derrick Favors
Derrick Favors put his North Salt Lake home up for sale earlier this week, according to

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Raptors Pursuing Jonas Valanciunas Trade Scenarios
Jonas Valanciunas signed a four-year, $64 million extension with the Raptors in 2015.

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Rockets Continue To Pursue Trade For Paul George
The Rockets could attempt to convince Paul George to re-sign with their team or flip him before the trade deadline.

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Suns Discuss Eric Bledsoe Trade With Bulls, Nuggets
If the Suns pick De'Aaron Fox at No. 4, it likely means they were able to trade away Eric Bledsoe.

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Cavs, Spurs Discuss Danny Green Trade
Danny Green began his career with the Cavaliers.

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Knicks Seeking 3rd Pick, Brooklyn 2018 1st, Brown, Crowder From Celtics For Porzingis
The Celtics, at this point, are unwilling to meet Phil Jackson's asking price.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Knicks Have 'So Far' Yet To Find Team To Meet Trade Price On Kristaps Porzingis
The Knicks are attempting to trade into the top-4 of the draft.

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Blazers Haven't Ruled Out Trading For LaMarcus Aldridge If Spurs Take Matching Salary
LaMarcus Aldridge left the Blazers to sign with the Spurs in 2015.

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Wolves Pursuing Trade For Jimmy Butler, Paul George
The Wolves and Bulls discussed a Jimmy Butler trade at last year's draft.

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Cavs' Pursuit Of George, Butler Ends As Kevin Love Not Generating Enough Interest
The Cavaliers have pursued trade scenarios for both Paul George and Jimmy Butler, but those efforts appear to have led to a dead end.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Wants Trade From Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge "feels the Spurs have compromised him, his productivity."

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Multiple Teams Interested In Trading Up For Josh Jackson
With Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball almost certainly going first and second, the draft will begin at No. 3 with the Celtics.

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