Basketball Wiretap

Cavs Intend To Keep Core Together For Title Defense

Jun 27, 2016 11:23 PM

David Griffin anticipates the Cleveland Cavaliers defending their title with their same core.

There has been speculation that the Cavaliers could listen to trade offers for Kevin Love.

"We do intend to keep this group together and see what we're capable of," Griffin said.

‎"I think our best basketball's in front of us because we finally organically grew to the point that we were ready to achieve something together," Griffin said. "And so I expect you're going to see better play from Kyrie Irving, who I think took a huge jump both as an individual talent and a winner throughout these playoffs. [And] I think Kevin's fit with us is much more clearly defined."

The Cavaliers have six free agents, most notably LeBron James, J.R. Smith and Matthew Dellavedova. 

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Grizzlies Decline $9.4M Option On Lance Stephenson

Jun 27, 2016 6:37 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies have declined their option on the contract of Lance Stephenson for the 16-17 season.

Stephenson was acquired by the Grizzlies from the Los Angeles Clippers at the deadline.

Memphis decided to let Stephenson become an unrestricted free agent to maximize their cap space as they work to retain Mike Conley.

The Grizzlies have some level of interest in re-signing Stephenson as well as from other teams.

In 26 games, he averaged 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists while shooting 47.4 percent from the field.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Lance Stephenson, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Carmelo Anthony Has Begun Recruitment Of Kevin Durant

Jun 27, 2016 2:24 PM

Carmelo Anthony has begun his recruitment of Kevin Durant in free agency. The New York Knicks are pursuing Durant in free agency.

Anthony and Durant were teammates during the 2012 Olympics in London. 

"We've been together," said Anthony. "We've been talking."

Durant's free agency meetings are expected to be held in the New York area.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wizards To Pursue Darrell Arthur

Jun 27, 2016 2:15 PM

The Washington Wizards will pursue Darrell Arthur in free agency.

Arthur is a versatile big that has improved his perimeter shooting, making him a natural fit for the Wizards.

Arthur was scheduled to make $2.9 million with the Denver Nuggets but opted out with the salary cap rising to $94 million this summer.

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Tags: Darrell Arthur, Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bismack Biyombo Will Be Patient With Raptors In Free Agency

Jun 27, 2016 12:24 PM

Bismack Biyombo would like to re-sign with the Toronto Raptors in free agency and is prepared to be patient with them as they first work on DeMar DeRozan's contract.

The Raptors will have to use cap space to re-sign Biyombo as they signed him just last offseason after the Charlotte Hornets declined his qualifying offer.

Biyombo could earn as much as $17 million per season on the open market.

Toronto currently has approximately $69 million in guaranteed salary on their books.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: Bismack Biyombo, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Warriors Offer Top Assistant Job To Mike Brown

Jun 27, 2016 12:18 PM

The Golden State Warriors have offered their top assistant job to Mike Brown. The Warriors need a new top assistant after the departure of Luke Walton.

Terms of the deal are still being worked out.

Brown has twice been head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers with a stint as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in-between.

Brown has remained close to his NBA mentor, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, and spent a considerable amount of time around the Spurs’ organization during the 2015-16 season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Lakers, Warriors, Heat, Knicks, Magic, Clippers Interested In DeMar DeRozan

Jun 27, 2016 12:09 PM

DeMar DeRozan would prefer to re-sign with the Toronto Raptors in free agency, but he'll have a number of other opportunities available should they be unable to quickly agree upon a contract.

The Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Orlando Magic also have interest in DeRozan.

The Raptors can offer DeRozan an extra season and as much as a five-year, $153 million contract.

DeRozan has been an All-Star in each of the past two seasons and will play for the United States in this summer's Olympics.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: DeMar DeRozan, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Hornets Bracing For Losing Jeremy Lin In Free Agency

Jun 27, 2016 11:43 AM

While the Charlotte Hornets would like to re-sign Jeremy Lin this offseason, they are fearful of losing him to a rival team.

The Hornets will have to use cap space to re-sign Lin as they don't own his Bird Rights.

Lin will meet with three other clubs beginning at midnight on July 1st in Palo Alto, California.

Lin is looking for a long-term home after playing for four teams in the past five seasons.

"I've played six years in the NBA; I've played on five different teams. I've played for two D-League teams -- so seven cities in six years. I'm tired of boxes, I'm tired of moving companies, and I want to find a home," Lin said in an interview with the World Economic Forum over the weekend.

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Tags: Jeremy Lin, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Ekpe Udoh Considering NBA Return After Successful Season In Turkey

Jun 27, 2016 11:38 AM

Ekpe Udoh is interested in a return to the NBA after a successful season with Fenerbahce in Turkey.

Udoh has set a deadline early in July free agency to decide the best offer from six NBA teams and two elite Euroleague clubs, Fenerbahce and CSKA Moscow. 

“It’s definitely a possibility to come back to the NBA,” Udoh told The Vertical. “I can see myself fitting back today. I have lowered my weight to 240, so I’m even more mobile. I protect the rim, get out in transition and I’m able to play with any team and guard one through five.

“That was a big focal point around the NBA this past season, finishing off the pick-and-roll or hitting the open man. I can fit back in the NBA with whatever decision that I make.”

Udoh was the sixth overall pick by the Golden State Warriors out of Baylor in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Udoh averaged 11.9 points and 5.8 rebounds in 27.3 minutes in Euroleague. 

“Spending this season with Fenerbahce was critical,” Udoh said. “After the previous two years in the NBA, it was difficult to go through injuries and not receiving the chance to play my game. Fenerbahce allowed me to be aggressive, and I got to play for a great coach in [Zeljko] Obradovic. I got to play a lot of minutes and keep my body in shape.

“That was the best thing for my career, bringing back the love and understanding how hard I need to work to be in elite shape.”

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Ekpe Udoh, Fenerbahce Ulker, CSKA Moscow, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

Some Teams View Kevin Durant Meetings As Chance To Lay 2017 Groundwork

Jun 27, 2016 11:17 AM

Kevin Durant is expected to ultimately re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a one-plus-one contract and become a free agent again in 2017.

Teams meeting with Durant feel like they're laying the groundwork for his 2017 offseason as they anticipate that probable outcome.

The Thunder nearly reached The Finals in 2016 and the ability for Durant to re-sign on a short-term deal and then take a longer view when Russell Westbrook is also a free agent is appealing.

Even if Durant left the Thunder in free agency this summer, he would look for a one-plus-one contract in order to maximize his salary.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical (via Adam Kaufman/CBS Sports)

Tags: Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Hassan Whiteside Focused On 'Best Situation' More Than 'Loyalty'
Hassan Whiteside hopes to quickly make a decision when free agency opens on July 1st.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Joakim Noah Outlines Priorities In Weighing Free Agency Options
Joakim Noah wants a chance to win first and foremost.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Bulls Discuss Taj Gibson Trade With Multiple Teams
Taj Gibson is in the final season of his contract worth $8.9 million.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Suns Hire Ty Corbin As Assistant Coach
Ty Corbin was also a finalist for the Warriors' assistant coach position.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Grizzlies Claim Tony Wroten Off Waivers
Tony Wroten was released by the Knicks when they acquired Derrick Rose via trade.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Wizards Don't Expect To Sign Kevin Durant
Washington hired Scott Brooks as head coach, who worked with Kevin Durant for several seasons with the Thunder.

Britt McHenry/ESPN

DeMar DeRozan Not Planning On Meeting With Rival Teams
The Raptors can offer DeRozan a five-year maximum contract worth $153 million with the salary cap at a projected $94 million.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Jamal Crawford, Knicks Have Mutual Interest
Jamal Crawford was traded to the Knicks in 2004 from the Bulls.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Sergio Rodriguez Considering NBA Return, Could Sign With Nets
Sergio Rodriguez has had a successful run with Real Madrid in the ACB since 2010 when he left the NBA.

David Pick

Lakers To Aggressively Pursue Hassan Whiteside
Hassan Whiteside will be an unrestricted free agent and the Heat must use their cap space to re-sign him.

Marc Stein, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Celtics, Clippers, Heat, Warriors, Spurs, Thunder Get Meetings With Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant is expected to take the meetings in New York but teams are still awaiting a decision on the final location.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Warriors Believe Kevin Durant Odds 'Enhanced Significantly' Losing To Cavs In Finals
The Warriors will meet with Kevin Durant at the start of free agency.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Thunder, Warriors, Spurs Granted Meetings With Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant will meet with at least three teams when free agency begins on July 1.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Wolves Offered No. 5, Ricky Rubio To Bulls For Jimmy Butler Before Kris Dunn Slid
The Timberwolves reportedly drafted Kris Dunn at No. 5 to keep him as he wasn't expected to drop to them.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Bulls, Celtics Discussed No. 3, No. 16, Jae Crowder For Jimmy Butler
The Bulls held serious trade talks involving Jimmy Butler with both the Celtics and Wolves.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Spurs To Sign 2013 First Round Pick Livio Jean-Charles
Livio Jean-Charles averaged 5.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and one block per game in the regular season in the French league.

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Golden State Would Like To Sign Small Forward Into Core As Plan B
Nicolas Batum is likely a better fit than Harrison Barnes but his maximum salary will begin at $28 million compared to $23.5 million.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

Warriors Interested In Al Horford, Joakim Noah, Hassan Whiteside
The Warriors believe they can't thrive without a center who attacks the rim and scores inside.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

Kyle Wiltjer Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Rockets
Kyle Wiltjer averaged 20.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 43.7 percent on three-pointers as a senior.

Andy Katz/ESPN

Derrick Rose Doesn't Know Why He Was Traded, Thanks Bulls For Doing It
Derrick Rose also said he believes he can regain his MVP form.

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