Basketball Wiretap

Kristaps Porzingis Declines To Comment On Why He Skipped Exit Meeting

Apr 24, 2017 2:04 PM

Kristaps Porzingis appeared at a news conference in Latvia on Monday in which he announced he will play for the national team this summer.

Porzingis skipped his exit meeting with the New York Knicks and is upset about the team's lack of direction and dysfunction.

"To be honest -- I don't want to comment on anything that happened at the season's end. Personally I did not have any contact with anybody from the club [since the season ended], so ... better that [Porzingis' older brother] Janis comment on this," Porzingis said, according to the translated version of his remarks published by the New York Post.

Added Janis Porzingis, who is also one of Kristaps Porzingis' agents: "It's always a player's decision, it's Kristaps' decision. Obviously it's harder during the first couple years in the league, but after that you decide things on your own. And Kristaps is in a position to do that."

Porzingis was asked on Monday if he sees himself with the Knicks after his rookie contract expires.

"To be honest, I don't think about that right now, I just try to do my best. I believe everything will resolve itself," he said, according to the translated version of his remarks published by the New York Post.

Janis Porzingis added, "Actually there is no reason for this question. Kristaps is drafted there; he wants to play his whole career in New York.''

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Paul George Not Ready To Think About Future

Apr 24, 2017 11:29 AM

The Indiana Pacers were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in their first round series, quickly setting up a potentially momentous offseason for the franchise with Paul George.

George was asked whether he wants to remain with the Pacers and what it would take for him to be convinced stay.

“I ain’t even at that point, yet,” George said after the loss.

George has been connected to the Los Angeles Lakers, a franchise desperate for a star of his magnitude. 

“End of the day, it falls on me. I can always do things better,” George said.

George and the Pacers have been on the losing end of LeBron James' teams repeatedly in the playoffs.

“It’s real frustrating to continue losing to the same team, or the same person. It’s what I work hard for in the summer, to try to help lead a team of my own and it’s ultimately who I’m always going to see and face. But again, came up short. Didn’t do enough,” George said. “If we want to win, that’s the team that we have to work towards stacking up against. If we want to be serious, that’s the team we’ve got to look at and figure out how can we match up against them.”


Michael Lee/The Vertical

Tags: Paul George, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Vlade Divac Tried To Hire Scott Perry In Past

Apr 22, 2017 1:22 PM

The Sacramento Kings hired Scott Perry on Friday, which is a move Vlade Divac tried to execute in the past.

“I have known Scott for a long time, and he is very well respected within the league, and with players and agents. I contacted him previously when he was with (former Orlando Magic general manager) Rob (Hennigan), and asked if they would let him go. They said no. But when he became available, I reached out and we talked about the possibility of him joining me. This was my guy. He’s another guy who likes what we are trying to do and has similar thought on players.

“He is that guy, the one who can talk to anyone and knows everyone in the league and (college)."

The Kings have also hired Luke Bornn this offseason, while bringing in Ken Catanella last offseason.

According to numerous league insiders, NBA team executives have found it difficult to negotiate with the Kings because of their thin and inexperienced front office, which these hires should improve.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Bulls May Shift Course On Jimmy Butler's Future Due To Playoff Success

Apr 21, 2017 5:53 PM

Jimmy Butler's future with the Chicago Bulls may already be headed in a different direction due to their success so far against the Boston Celtics.

The Bulls narrowly reached the playoffs but then defeated the Celtics on the road in the first two games of their series.

Butler has been on the trade block over the past year but no deal has been consummated as the Bulls decide whether or not to rebuild.

“If they had gotten swept, they would have been inclined to blow it up,” says one source with ties to the Bulls. “But they're so ‘which way the wind is blowing.’ If they make it to the second round, they may talk themselves into trying to keep it together and build around Jimmy.”

The Celtics coincidentally were one of the teams most interested in trading for Butler. It was never clear how available Butler was or what the Bulls were asking in exchange for him.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics' Coaches Wanted To Trade For Carmelo Anthony At Deadline

Apr 21, 2017 3:22 PM

The Boston Celtics' coaching staff was in favor of trading for Carmelo Anthony at the deadline, according to a source. Danny Ainge, however, had reservations about trading for Anthony. The Celtics have sought cap space for 2017 and acquiring Anthony would have taken that option off the table.

Jae Crowder is a player of interest for the New York Knicks, who could have been acquired during the 2014 Tyson Chandler trade.

The Celtics could use cap space to absorb Anthony's contract if Ainge strikes out in free agency.

Anthony has a full no-trade with the Knicks.

Marc Berman/New York Post

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

Kings Hire Scott Perry As Executive VP Of Basketball Operations

Apr 21, 2017 3:03 PM

The Sacramento Kings have hired Scott Perry as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations within their front office.

Perry had been with the Orlando Magic for the past five seasons.

Perry will report to Vlade Divac and work closely with Ken Catanella and Luke Bornn. 

After coaching in college, Perry joined the Detroit Pistons' front office under Joe Dumars in 2000. Perry then worked under Sam Presti with the Oklahoma City Thunder before joining the Magic in 2012 as assistant general manager.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Magic Interested In David Griffin For GM Job

Apr 21, 2017 10:49 AM

The Orlando Magic have interest in hiring David Griffin as general manager.

Because Griffin is without a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 17-18 season, the Magic may wait to finalize their search until after the playoffs.

Talks between Griffin and the Cavaliers on an extension have stalled for months. Dan Gilbert has been reluctant to pay Griffin the going rate for a championship-level executive. 

The Magic are searching for a replacement for Rob Hennigan with Matt Lloyd filling the role on an interim basis. Lloyd is so well-respected amongst his peers that some have been reluctant to offer recommendations to the Magic because they hope he gets the job.

Alex Martins has been engaged with identifying and vetting candidates despite using Jed Hughes of the Korn Ferry search firm.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Kings Hire Luke Bornn As VP Of Analytics And Strategy

Apr 20, 2017 8:01 PM

The Sacramento Kings have hired Luke Bornn as VP of Analytics and Strategy.

Bornn, 31, will replace Roland Beech who left the Kings' front office this offseason.

Bornn will leave soccer giant A.S. Roma as well as his positions as an assistant professor at Simon Fraser University and visiting scholar at Harvard University.

“We’ll be looking at more advanced modeling tools often with the player tracking data to try and get a deeper understanding of player performance,” Bornn told NBC Sports California. “There is a lot of what happens on the court that really is not picked up by the box score. A lot of players that make big contributions make it in ways that don’t appear. It’s not an assist, it’s not a rebound, it’s not a block.”

According to their site, “SportVU utilizes a six-camera system installed in basketball arenas to track the real-time positions of players and the ball 25 times per second. Utilizing this tracking data, STATS is able to create a wealth of innovative statistics based on speed, distance, player separation and ball possession.”

Bornn was introduced to the world of basketball data by Kirk Goldsberry while at Harvard in 2012.

“Kirk and I sort of hit it off,” Bornn said. “He had just gotten SportVU data and he basically said to me, ‘I have this data, but I have no idea what to do with it, I have the basketball side, but I don’t have the technical side.’ I had the technical side and so it started a long collaboration of working with player tracking data.”

Bornn will build a database that is accessible to players, coaches and the front office.

“My role with the Kings will be all encompassing,” Bornn said. “It’s player evaluation, opponent scouting, it’s performance - with the sports science group there. We’ll be looking at all aspects, from the basics of stats, all the way to the more advanced metrics.”


James Ham/NBC Sports California

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Kristaps Porzingis Wants To Remain With Knicks, Doesn't Explain Skipped Meeting

Apr 20, 2017 12:44 AM

Kristaps Porzingis will leave for Latvia this week without meeting with Phil Jackson but said it is not a signal he doesn't want to remain with the New York Knicks.

“Of course,” Porzingis told The Post at his luxury apartment complex in Manhattan, when asked if he wants to be a Knick next year. “I love New York. I love New York.”

The Knicks were not given an explanation for Porzingis' decision to skip his exit meeting with Jackson.

Porzingis is reportedly upset with the direction of the Knicks and their treatment of Carmelo Anthony.

On Wednesday, Porzingis declined to address why he missed the meeting with Jackson.

“It’s not the right moment to comment on anything [about it],” he said. “I don’t want to say anything.’’

“It wasn’t right,” said one individual familiar with Jackson’s feelings on the blow-off. “But Phil went through this with Kobe [Bryant] and Andrew [Bynum], when they were still young but started to sprout their opinions and rebelled. It worked for Kobe. Hopefully this will make Kristaps better in the long run.”

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Heat Expect Chris Bosh Situation To 'Run Its Course, Take Care Of Itself'

Apr 19, 2017 7:37 PM

Pat Riley reiterated his stance from the preseason when asked about the status of Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat.

"Down the road," he said, "we don't have Chris' services."

Bosh has two more seasons on his contract, which will be paid in full by the Heat and insurance.

"It's been discussed enough and it's being discussed, but there's no resolution to it right now," Riley said.

The Heat are expected to seek cap relief from the NBA since Bosh hasn't been medically cleared to play.

"Look, there isn't anybody in this organization that feels worse for C.B. than I do. It got a little sideways at the end because of feelings and things of that nature."

The Heat eventually will need independent medical confirmation that Bosh is not able to safely to continue to his career.

"I think in due time it will run its course and take care of itself," Riley said."But I can't give you definitive answer."

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Tags: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Pat Riley Wants To Retain Roster, Downplays Adding 'Whale' In Free Agency
While Pat Riley has long sought cap space for 2017, he appears willing to shift towards retaining their own players.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Roland Beech Leaving Kings' Front Office
Roland Beech served as vice president of basketball results this past season.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Doc Rivers Wants To Keep Clippers Together
Doc Rivers cite the Jazz of the 1990s as an example of a team that wasn't broken up.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Andre Iguodala Likely To Re-Sign With Warriors
An NBA source said the only real open question for Andre Iguodala to re-sign is the number of seasons on the deal with the Warriors.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Suns To Keep Ryan McDonough As GM
The Suns intend to retain Ryan McDonough as general manager as he enters the final season of his current contract.

Marc Stein, Chris Haynes/ESPN

Hornets Decline 17-18 Option On Christian Wood
Christian Wood averaged 2.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 8.2 minutes per game.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Carmelo Anthony Separates From La La
The 16-17 season reportedly strained the Anthony's marriage.


Chris Bosh Still Believes He Could Play In NBA Again
Chris Bosh said he understood the desire of the Heat for clarity with their salary-cap position going forward.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Herb Simon: Paul George Wants A Winning Team And It's Our Job To Get Him One
Herb Simon believes the Pacers can win a title with Paul George.

Nate Taylor/Indianapolis Star

Michele Roberts Critical Of Phil Jackson's Comments On Carmelo Anthony
Michele Roberts spoke to Adam Silver about the hypocrisy of a team president openly campaigning for a player to leave his team.

RealGM Staff Report

Kristaps Porzingis Taking Extended Trip To Latvia As Frustrations Grow
Kristaps Porzingis' "growing disillusionment" is further complicating the Knicks' plans to rebuild around him, beginning with a trade of Carmelo Anthony.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Knicks, Derrick Rose Have Mutual Interest
The Knicks are expected to target a point guard in the draft, but Derrick Rose could be a fit on a short-term deal.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Kristaps Porzingis Skips Exit Meetings With Knicks
Perceiving the dysfunction and drama surrounding the Knicks led Kristaps Porzingis to skip his exit meetings with management.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Phil Jackson Confirms Knicks Will Try To Trade Carmelo Anthony
Phil Jackson confirmed in his end of season press conference that the Knicks will begin rebuilding again.

RealGM Staff Report

Carmelo Anthony Leaning Towards Waiving No-Trade Clause
Carmelo Anthony essentially questioned the direction of the entire organization during halftime of a game in March.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Metta World Peace Not In Lakers' Plans For 17-18
Metta World Peace is 37 and is unlikely to sign with another team this offseason.

Shahan Ahmed/NBC Los Angeles

Dirk Nowitzki Confirms He'll Return For 17-18
Dirk Nowitzki said in early March that he planned to continue his career.

Earl K. Sneed/

Thunder Never Considered Russell Westbrook Trade While Waiting For Extension Decision
Russell Westbrook would have been eligible for free agency in 2017 had he not signed an extension.

Royce Young/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony Seriously Considered Waiving No-Trade Clause At Deadline
Carmelo Anthony said he would "love" to remain in New York but wants to make sure the club is committed to winning next season.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Phil Jackson, Knicks Pick Up Mutual Option For Two More Seasons
Both Phil Jackson and the Knicks held the option to walk away at the end of the 16-17 season.

Ian Begley, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN