Basketball Wiretap

Kevin Durant: I Made The 100 Percent Correct Decision Signing With Warriors

May 22, 2017 10:08 AM

Kevin Durant is one win away from reaching The Finals for the second time in his career and the first time since 2012.

Durant made the controversial decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors last summer and he feels great about the results of that move even if they don't win The Finals.

“I made the 100 percent correct decision, win or lose,” Durant told The Undefeated.  “I feel like this is the place I was supposed to be. I appreciate everything I’ve done before this. But I’m here now, and I feel like it’s a great spot for me to be.

“This is where I am supposed to be at this point of my life. I’m taking it on and conquering every part of it. I’m enjoying every single step.”

Durant will be a free agent again this offseason and was asked if he'll re-sign with the Warriors.

"Yeah. I love it here. I love my teammates. I love the city [of Oakland]. I love the organization. I love it here. I don’t plan on going anywhere else."

Marc J. Spears/The Vertical

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Pablo Prigioni Receiving Interest From Knicks For Assistant Coach Job

May 22, 2017 10:01 AM

The New York Knicks have interest in hiring Pablo Prigioni as an assistant coach.

Prigioni played professionally last season in Spain.

Prigioni was working out prospects at the NBA combine this month.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Fire Assistant Coach Josh Longstaff

May 22, 2017 9:58 AM

The New York Knicks have decided not to renew the contract of assistant coach Josh Longstaff. 

Longstaff initially joined the Knicks with Derek Fisher and was one of the few remaining holdovers. 

Longstaff had formed a strong connection with multiple current players, most notably Kristaps Porzingis. The bond between Porzingis and Longstaff was so strong that he was requested to serve as an assistant on the Latvian national team this summer.

One member called Longstaff the hardest working member of the staff.

Longstaff was a player development coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

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

Travis Schlenk Emerges As Candidate For Hawks' GM Job

May 20, 2017 3:18 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have received permission from the Golden State Warriors to interview Travis Schlenk for their general manager position.

Schlenk has been assistant general manager of the Warriors for the past five seasons.

Schlenk has been a GM candidate at various points in the past and is also being considered by the Orlando Magic.

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Blazers Deny Request From Hawks To Interview Neil Olshey

May 20, 2017 2:58 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers denied a request from the Atlanta Hawks to interview Neil Olshey for their vacant general manager job.

Olshey became general manager of the Blazers in 2012.

The Hawks are searching for a new GM after Mike Budenholzer stepped down from the job.

Olshey was identified as a primary candidate for the job by the Hawks.

In order for the Blazers to let Olshey out of his contract, they would have to receive draft and/or financial compensation from the Hawks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Pelicans Close To Hiring Chris Finch As Assistant Coach

May 19, 2017 3:53 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans are close to hiring Chris Finch as an assistant coach.

Finch had a large impact on the Denver Nuggets' improvement on offense. Finch previously worked for the Houston Rockets for five seasons.

The Pelicans hope Finch will help improve the way the team plays on offense with DeMarcus Cousins.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Utah May Be Unwilling To Match Rival Offers For George Hill

May 19, 2017 1:22 AM

While the Utah Jazz are preparing to do everything within their power to re-sign Gordon Hayward this offseason, the free agency of George Hill is a priority that will have limitations.

Dennis Lindsey is adamant in wanting to re-sign Hill, but he acknowledged the Jazz won't be able to match all offers he might receive.

“I told him if he gets a crazy offer somewhere else and we helped him get that offer, ‘you’re not going to get one poor thought, much less a word (from us)’ if he were to go,” Lindsey said. “He helped us.”

Hill had a highly productive first season with the Jazz after coming over from the Indiana Pacers via trade.

The Jazz and Hill were unable to agree upon an extension during the season.

Mike Sorensen/Deseret News

Tags: George Hill, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jazz Will Do Everything Possible To Re-Sign Gordon Hayward

May 19, 2017 1:18 AM

Dennis Lindsey's top priority this offseason is to re-sign Gordon Hayward for the Utah Jazz.

“It goes without saying that every fiber of our collective soul as the Utah Jazz want him back,” Lindsey said. “We think it’s a great fit. You can’t force a marriage, it’s got to be both ways. But we’re very comfortable with where we’re at.”

The Jazz have several advantages in what they can offer Hayward, who will receive max contract offers from multiple teams.

“It’s not like we can legally come to an agreement right now,” Lindsey said.

“What we told him is, he’s us,” Lindsey said. “All that development stuff . . . using our facilities and using (assistant coach) Johnnie Bryant as the lead guy in his development. When Gordon committed last summer, there was a very detailed plan.”

Mike Sorensen/Deseret News

Tags: Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Hawks Offered Four Future First Round Picks To Pacers For Paul George

May 19, 2017 1:12 AM

The Atlanta Hawks offered four first round picks to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Paul George at the trade deadline.

The Pacers also received trade interest in George from the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets.

In addition to their own picks, the Hawks own future first rounders from the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2018 and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2019.

The Hawks' front office has since undergone significant changes, with Mike Budenholzer stepping down as president of basketball operations. Atlanta is still searching for their ultimate decision maker.

With George only one year from free agency and believed to prefer to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, it is unlikely the Pacers will receive a package of that quality again if they revisit trade talks.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Paul George, Atlanta Hawks, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Isaiah Thomas Talks To Markelle Fultz About Playing Together With Celtics

May 19, 2017 1:02 AM

Isaiah Thomas has reached out to Markelle Fultz about the possibility of sharing a backcourt with the Boston Celtics.

Fultz is expected to be the Celtics' pick at No. 1 if they don't trade it for an established star.

"He's excited," Thomas said. "I mean, he obviously doesn't know where he's going, but ... he's excited about the opportunity."

Thomas said Fultz inquired about the culture of the Celtics organization, to which Thomas has offered insight into how things work.

"He asks questions; I answer them," Thomas said. "He's a good friend of mine. If it happens, we'll figure out how to play together. If not, we'll go from there."

Both Thomas and Fultz attended the University of Washington.

While Fultz will likely be the top pick of the 2017 draft, Thomas was the last pick in 2011.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Tags: Isaiah Thomas, Markelle Fultz, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Westbrook, Harden, Wall Join Curry In Eligibility For DPVE In 2017
Russell Westbrook, James Harden, John Wall and Stephen Curry will be eligible for the Designated Player Veteran Extension in July.

Bobby Marks/The Vertical

Lakers Confident Of Signing Paul George In 2018
The Lakers have been advised not to give up assets to trade for Paul George ahead of his free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Celtics Will Only Trade Top Pick For 'Second Coming'
Wyc Grousbeck indicated the Celtics are unlikely to trade away the top pick in June's draft.

CSN New England (via ProBasketballTalk)

Lakers Plan On Waiting Until 2018 To Pursue Major Free Agents
Magic Johnson said he'll take a patient approach in pursuing free agents, preferring the 2018 class that will likely feature Paul George.

RealGM Staff Report

76ers, Nets, Knicks Interested In J.J. Redick
The 76ers are the team said to be most interested in J.J. Redick.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical (via Nets Daily)

Lonzo Ball May Only Work Out For Lakers
A source close to Lonzo Ball said it has been "clear from the start our desired destination is Los Angeles."

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Markelle Fultz Considered 'Clear Choice' For Celtics If They Keep No. 1
The Celtics had interest in trading for either Paul George or Jimmy Butler at the deadline and can revisit those discussions in June.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Salaries Of GMs On Contending Teams Increasing
Bob Myers and Masai Ujiri received contract extensions within the past season that pay more than $5 million per season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Hawks Interested In Chauncey Billups, Brent Barry For GM Job
David Griffin, Joe Dumars, Gersson Rosas and Mark Hughes are also candidates.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Cavs Ignoring Orlando's Request To Interview David Griffin
Dan Gilbert could be hoping that the Magic get tired of waiting for David Griffin.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Markelle Fultz, CAA Clients Won't Avoid Kings
The Kings met with Markelle Fultz at the draft combine in Chicago.

James Ham/CSN Bay Area

Pelicans Retain Alvin Gentry, Dell Demps For 17-18
The Pelicans' trade for DeMarcus Cousins helped both Alvin Gentry and Dell Demps retain their jobs for next season.

Scott Kushner/The Advocate

Rival Execs: Phil Jackson Harming Carmelo Anthony's Trade Value
Executives of other NBA teams have been baffled by the way Phil Jackson has spoken publicly about the status of Carmelo Anthony.

Fred Kerber/New York Post

Draft Prospects Could Avoid Boston Workouts Due To Playing Time Concerns
With a deep roster at every position, agents are concerned their clients would have to spend the first few seasons of their career coming off the bench.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Agents Continue To Push Draft Prospects Away From Kings
The Kings may be unable to host a player for a workout that goes in the top-20.

Chad Ford/ESPN

LaVar Ball Not Impacting Lakers, Suns' Draft Evaluation Of Lonzo Ball
Magic Johnson said there is no impact on the public personality of LaVar Ball on whether the Lakers target Lonzo Ball.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Phil Jackson Would Like Carmelo Anthony 'To Have Success Somewhere'
Phil Jackson continued his public campaign for Carmelo Anthony to accept a trade while speaking at the draft combine.

Nick Friedell, Ian Begley/ESPN

Some Teams Now Ranking De'Aaron Fox Ahead Of Lonzo Ball
The majority of teams still prefer Markelle Fultz over Lonzo Ball for the No. 1 pick and Ball may end up dropping further than No. 2.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Kristaps Porzingis Wants To Remain With Knicks
Kristaps Porzingis would wait to become a free agent if traded by the Knicks to a new team.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Thunder Considering Stretch Provision For Kyle Singler
Oklahoma City would create $3.3 million in cap room for 17-18 and $3.6 million for 18-19.

Fred Katz/Norman Transcript