Basketball Wiretap

Nets Sign Archie Goodwin To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Mar 24, 2017 3:28 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to sign Archie Goodwin to a second 10-day contract.

Goodwin was released by the Phoenix Suns before the start of the season. Goodwin also briefly played for the New Orleans Pelicans this season.

Goodwin has averaged 8.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 13.2 minutes per game since joining the Nets.

Goodwin was a late first round pick in 2013 after one season at Kentucky.

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Tags: Archie Goodwin, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Gordon Hayward: You Can't Blame Players For Staying Or Changing

Mar 24, 2017 12:10 PM

Gordon Hayward was asked if he thinks loyalty to a team is important after Wednesday's game.

Hayward will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"You know I think every player has different situations for reasons why they leave or stay,” he said. “I think it's definitely cool when guys play their whole career in one city. I grew up watching the Pacers, and Reggie Miller stayed there his whole career. He was a guy that everybody looked up to, so I think it's definitely cool. But, like I said, every situation is different, every player has different things going on, so you can't blame players one way or the other for staying or changing."

When Hayward was a restricted free agent in 2014, he signed a four-year, $63 million offer sheet with the then-Charlotte Bobcats that the Utah Jazz matched.

The Jazz can offer Hayward a fifth year and also 7.5 percent raises.

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

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Heat Felt LeBron Attempted To Make Pat Riley 'Grovel' In 2014 Offseason Meeting

Mar 24, 2017 11:52 AM

Pat Riley and the Miami Heat felt LeBron James may have already made up his mind about returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers when they met with him in July of 2014.

"There were also indications the Heat felt James had already made up his mind and was attempting to make Riley grovel," writes Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin in their forthcoming book 'Return of the King'.

Riley spoke to James about Miami's new additsions of Josh McRoberts, Danny Granger and Shabazz Napier.

James was upset with Micky Arison using the amnesty clause on Mike Miller, as well as Riley's press conference after the Finals.

Among the book's photos was one of James seated alongside Riley and Arison at the 2014 NBA Finals, with a caption of, "Heat president Pat Riley's 'If you've got the guts' message during a 2014 press conference may have alienated LeBron James on his way out the door. James was also frustrated that Heat owner Micky Arison slowed spending on the roster."

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Derrick Rose, Knicks Not Ruling Out Deal In Offseason

Mar 24, 2017 11:45 AM

Derrick Rose will prioritize winning over money when he hits free agency for the first time in his career this offseason. Rose was traded by the Chicago Bulls to the New York Knicks last offseason.

"Not even thinking money. I've got more than enough money saved. If I stopped playing basketball now, I'll be all right," Rose told reporters in Utah on Wednesday night. "I want to win. I want to be happy and feel at peace with myself wherever I'm at. But being at the negotiating table, you never know. I'm not going to negotiate with people where money is the No. 1 thing I'm asking for. I want to win."

Rose is averaging 17.8 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 32 minutes per game for New York.

The Knicks haven't ruled out potentially re-signing Rose. Rose has talked about being uncomfortable in the Knicks' triangle offense several times over the course of the season. 

Asked on Wednesday whether he can fit in the triangle, Rose said, "I'd be fine." He added: "I'm just confident in any offense."

Rose will take an open approach to free agency.

"It's a part of free agency to see about the other teams out there, whoever is out there, whoever is interested. At least give them a chance and go from there.

"This will be the first time I'll be a free agent. I don't know how that process goes," he added. "After the season, me, my agent, my brothers, family will have to talk about it. Of course I want to be here, just being in this environment, being in New York, being at the Garden every other night -- it's a blessing. But, again, I have to really talk it over with my agent and my brothers."

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Tags: Derrick Rose, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings' 2nd Choice For Head Coach Likely Was Patrick Ewing

Mar 23, 2017 2:50 PM

The Sacramento Kings would have likely hired Patrick Ewing as head coach if Dave Joerger didn't become available.

Ewing is currently associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets and has long sought a head coaching job in the NBA.

With Georgetown firing John Thompson III, there has been speculation Ewing could have interest in the job. Ewing has so far been committed to the NBA.

Ewing's son had been on Thompson's staff and he's remained close and loyal to the Thompson family.

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Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Chris Paul Closer To Doc Rivers Than Any Clippers' Teammates

Mar 23, 2017 2:27 PM

Chris Paul is one of the best point guards of all-time but he has been considered a difficult player to play with at various times in his career. 

One team source told Bleacher Report that Paul's hard-driving nature and politician's polish mean "nobody's really friends with Chris."

Paul is also much closer to Doc Rivers than any of his teammates, according to another source.

Both Paul and Blake Griffin are free agents this summer.

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Paul George Hears Cheers In Boston, Puts Future With Pacers On Improved Roster

Mar 22, 2017 10:58 PM

Paul George heard some cheers when he was introduced as a visiting member of the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in Boston and was asked afterward about how the fans received him and his future with the Pacers.

“Yeah, I guess they were in on the rumors,” George said of how fans received him at TD Garden.

In the days leading up to February’s trade deadline the Celtics were reportedly one of a few teams to engage in talks with the Pacers on George.

“I didn't put no energy into it. It was out of my control,” George said of rumors that he might have been traded to the Celtics. "If I was here, I was here. If I remained a Pacer, I was a Pacer. I wasn’t going to put any unnecessary energy where I had no control over.”

George, who can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-18 season, was then asked if he wanted to remain with the Pacers.

“Yeah,” he replied. "If we have a great team, why not?”

George added that if Indiana didn’t have an improved roster, “then me and front office will talk.”

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Tags: Paul George, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Paul Millsap Expected To Become Free Agent

Mar 22, 2017 8:14 PM

Paul Millsap is expected to become a free agent in the offseason.

Millsap could sign a five-year, $207 million max contract with the Atlanta Hawks, or a four-year, $154 million deal with a rival team.

Millsap is owed $21.4 million if he were to exercise his player option.

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Nets To Pursue Kentavious Caldwell-Pope In Free Agency

Mar 22, 2017 1:12 PM

The Brooklyn Nets will make Kentavious Caldwell-Pope a top priority this offseason as he hits restricted free agency.

Caldwell-Pope has become the most important player on the Detroit Pistons over the past year.

“You can make the argument that he’s their most important player now. So I think that just shows you the impact that he’s had. He’s gone from defender to arguably their MVP,” said Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who was drafted by Detroit in 2014 and spent his first two seasons playing alongside Caldwell-Pope.

The Vertical reported Detroit doesn’t want to give him a max contract, but it may not have a choice. The Post has confirmed the Nets’ interest and ESPN intimated they would go that high to get him.

“I’m impressed,’’ Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said when asked about Caldwell-Pope. “I love how he competes, how he competes on the defensive end. That’s really the essence of what I see when I watch him play. He plays with force, he competes on the defensive end.

“On a given night he can get 35 on you easily. His speed off the ball, coming off those [dribble handoffs], flying off and somehow [you’re] going to have to find a way to stay attached, stay close to him.”

The Nets can offer Caldwell-Pope a four-year, $103 million offer, but Detroit can offer a five-year deal and still not hit the luxury tax. 

Brian Lewis/New York Post

Tags: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit Pistons, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Finalizing Two-Year Deal With David Nwaba

Mar 21, 2017 5:04 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers are finalizing a two-year deal with David Nwaba.

Nwaba has been with the Lakers on a 10-day contract.

The Lakers will have a team option on Nwaba for the 17-18 season.

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76ers Made 'Significant' Offer To Pacers For Paul George
The 76ers' preference was to keep their own future picks and move the draft rights of other teams like those of the Lakers and Kings.

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Pacers Don't Have Luxury Of Fully Rebuilding
The Pacers plan on having approximately $20 million in cap space and will also look to use their own first round pick to acquire a player that will help them immediately.

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Lance Stephenson's Tenure With Pacers Shifted With ASG Snub, Evan Turner Trade
The Pacers began to have issues during their run of reaching the Conference Finals during the second half of the 13-14 season.

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Pacers Talked Paul George Trade With At Least Celtics, Hawks, 76ers, Nuggets
The Pacers never appeared serious about actually trading Paul George.

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Carmelo Anthony Hints He May Be Ready To Leave Knicks
The Knicks will miss the playoffs for the third straight season, which has made Carmelo Anthony grow reflective over his future.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Knicks Committed To Trading Carmelo Anthony In Offseason
The Clippers privately expressed confidence they could trade for Carmelo Anthony in the offseason.

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Rockets Sign Troy Williams For Remainder Of Season
Troy Williams has been with the Rockets' NBA Development League affiliate since he was signed March 9.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Doc Rivers Denies Report Linking Him To Orlando
A report suggested Doc Rivers could be a candidate to return to the Magic in a general manager/head coach capacity.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Rob Hennigan In Danger Of Being Fired By Magic
The Magic expected to contend for a spot in the playoffs this season.

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Pelicans Sign Quinn Cook To 10-Day Contract
Quinn Cook has appeared in 39 games this D-League while averaging 26.0 points, 6.6 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 38.6 minutes.

RealGM Staff Report

Wolves To Sign Omri Casspi
Tom Thibodeau met with Omri Casspi over dinner this weekend in New Orleans.

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Warriors Were Upset At Thunder Leadership During Kevin Durant's Return Game
The Warriors felt Kevin Durant should have been acknowledged or thanked in a news conference setting for his time with the Thunder.

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Mavericks Sign Manny Harris, Jarrod Uthoff To 2nd 10-Day Contracts
Manny Harris has appeared in three games for Dallas this season, averaging 2.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 6.9 minutes per game.

RealGM Staff Report

Grizzlies Sign Wayne Selden, Release Toney Douglas
Wayne Selden averaged 4.5 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game over four games with the Pelicans.

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Suns To Sign Jarell Eddie To 10-Day Contract
Jarell Eddie has averaged 14.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 27 D-League games this season.

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Briante Weber To Sign Two-Year Deal With Hornets
Briante Weber was coming off his second 10-day contract with the Hornets.

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Clippers, Heat Interested In Carlos Boozer
Carlos Boozer's performance in China has reportedly put him back onto the radar of NBA teams.

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Pat Garrity Considered Candidate For Magic GM Job
The Pistons' analytics staff reports to Pat Garrity and he also helps manage Detroit's cap.

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Magic Could Pursue Doc Rivers For GM/Coach Job
Doc Rivers' first head coaching job was with the Magic and he still maintains a home in the area.

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Wolves To Let Lance Stephenson Become Free Agent
The Wolves will let the second 10-day contract of Lance Stephenson expire which will make him a free agent.

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