Basketball Wiretap

Magic Hire John Hammond As GM

May 23, 2017 3:53 PM

John Hammond has agreed upon a five-year deal with the Orlando Magic to become general manager.

Hammond will reunite with Jeff Weltman, who was hired on Monday as president of basketball operations.

Hammond had one season remaining on his deal with the Bucks, who let him out of the contract. Justin Zanik had been the GM in waiting with the expectation he'd take over in 2018.

Hammond had been the Bucks’ GM since 2008, drafting a fine young core of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Thon Maker and Malcolm Brogdon.

The Magic also interviewed Hammond for the job that eventually went to Weltman.


Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

John Hammond Could Join Weltman's Front Office With Magic

May 23, 2017 1:57 PM

With Jeff Weltman joining the Orlando Magic as president of basketball operations, there is a rising expectation that John Hammond will join him in the front office.

Hammond has one more season remaining on his contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. Justin Zanik is expected to take over general manager duties with the Bucks after the 17-18 season.

Weltman worked with Hammond in the Milwaukee front office before he joined Masai Ujiri with the Toronto Raptors.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Heat Close To Resolution With Chris Bosh For Cap Relief

May 23, 2017 1:36 PM

Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat are moving towards a resolution that will allow his salary to come off their salary cap without concern of it returning going forward.

Bosh failed a physical in the preseason after missing the final part of both the 14-15 and 15-16 seasons due to blood clots.

The Heat, NBA and NBPA have been working together on a resolution for Bosh's situation that will likely be a one-time allocation.

A return to the NBA by Bosh could have reinstated his cap hit to the Heat.

Bosh's contract expires after the 18-19 season.

The Heat had the right to apply to exclude Bosh's salary from their salary cap as soon as Feb. 9, the one-year anniversary from his last game played.

Bosh still has interest in resuming his playing career.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

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

Knicks Hope To Revisit Ricky Rubio Trade Talks With Wolves

May 23, 2017 11:26 AM

The New York Knicks have interest in revisiting trade discussions with the Minnesota Timberwolves for Ricky Rubio.

The Knicks and Wolves discussed a Rubio trade at the deadline.

Rubio fits the mold of a two-way contributor that the Knicks are seeking.

Rubio had an excellent second half of the season after trade talks with the Knicks broke down.

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Tags: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Interested In P.J. Tucker, Dante Cunningham

May 23, 2017 10:15 AM

The New York Knicks have shown preliminary interest in PJ Tucker and Dante Cunningham in free agency.

As they did last season with Courtney Lee, the Knicks are targeting more two-way players in free agency.

Cunningham has spent the past three seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Tucker finished the season with the Toronto Raptors.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: P.J. Tucker, Dante Cunningham, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Manu Ginobili Undecided About Retirement

May 23, 2017 10:12 AM

Manu Ginobili is unsure if he will continue his career in 17-18 or retire as he turns 40 this summer.

The San Antonio Spurs started Ginobili in a playoff game in Game 4 for the first time since 2013.

"I do feel like I can still play," Ginobili said. "But that's not what is going to make me retire or not. It's about how I feel -- if I want to go through all that again. It felt like they wanted me to retire, like they were giving me sort of a celebration night. And of course, I'm getting closer and closer. There is no secret, for sure. It's getting harder and harder. But I always said that I wanted to let it sink in for three weeks, four weeks, whatever, and then I will sit with my wife and see how it feels.

"Whatever I decide to do, I'll be a happy camper. I have to choose between two wonderful, truly wonderful options. One is to keep playing in this league at this age, enjoying every day, playing the sport I still love. The other one is to stay at home, be a dad, travel more, enjoy my family. Whatever it is, it's two unbelievable options. So there is no way I can be sad, because whatever I decide, it's going to be great."

Gregg Popovich said he won't try to persuade Ginobili to continue playing.

"If he decides to play again, that's up to him," Popovich said. "But I won't try to convince him one way or the other. I don't think he needs that."

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Tags: Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Steve Kerr Unsure If He'll Coach Finals

May 23, 2017 10:03 AM

Steve Kerr remains unsure if he will be able to return to the sidelines for the 2017 NBA Finals. Kerr continues to deal with complications from his back surgery two years ago.

"Just day-by-day," Kerr told The Undefeated's Marc Spears, when asked about his status after the Golden State Warriors' series clinching win in Game 4.

Kerr was able to travel with the team to San Antonio but he's still in significant pain and discomfort.

Joe Lacob told ESPN late Monday night that he has told Kerr to take "as long as he wants" to return to the team.

"He is a fantastic coach and a fantastic human being and a great friend," Lacob said. "I told him the other day, 'I don't even want to talk about or think about anything other than winning this championship. You can contribute in any way you can, and we'll worry about the future in the future.'"

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

John Hammond Interviewed For Magic Job

May 22, 2017 7:41 PM

John Hammond interviewed with the Orlando Magic for their president of basketball operations opening before the job was eventually given to Jeff Weltman.

Hammond received a contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks in June of 2016 that will take him through 17-18. 

Justin Zanik will become general manager of the Bucks in 2018. Hammond could remain with the Bucks as a consultant.

Hammond first became general manager of the Bucks in 2008.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Magic Will Keep Matt Lloyd In Weltman's Front Office

May 22, 2017 7:36 PM

Matt Lloyd will remain with the Orlando Magic in a role to be determined. 

Lloyd had been serving as interim general manager of Orlando following the dismissal of Rob Hennigan.

The Magic hired Jeff Weltman as president of basketball operations on Monday.

Lloyd rose in influence within the Orlando front office after serving as a scout for several seasons with the Chicago Bulls.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Jeff Weltman Agrees To Become President Of Basketball Ops For Magic

May 22, 2017 6:24 PM

Jeff Weltman has agreed to become President of Basketball Operations for the Orlando Magic on a five-year contract.

Weltman will replace Rob Hennigan, who was fired at the start of the offseason. Weltman will decide who to hire as general manager below him.

Weltman has been with the Toronto Raptors since 2013. Weltman previously was with the Milwaukee Bucks from 2008.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Chauncey Billups To Interview For Hawks' GM Job
Chauncey Billups is currently an analyst with ESPN.

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Paul Millsap Opts Out Of $21.4M Contract With Hawks
Paul Millsap structured a three-year, $60.2 million deal with a third-year player option during his 2015 free agency.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Kevin Durant: I Made The 100 Percent Correct Decision Signing With Warriors
Kevin Durant confirmed he will re-sign with the Warriors.

Marc J. Spears/The Vertical

Pablo Prigioni Receiving Interest From Knicks For Assistant Coach Job
Pablo Prigioni played professionally last season in Spain.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Knicks Decide Against Renew Contract Of Josh Longstaff
Josh Longstaff had formed a strong connection with multiple current players, most notably Kristaps Porzingis.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Travis Schlenk Emerges As Candidate For Hawks' GM Job
Travis Schlenk has been assistant general manager of the Warriors for the past five seasons.

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Blazers Deny Request From Hawks To Interview Neil Olshey
Neil Olshey became general manager of the Blazers in 2012.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Pelicans Close To Hiring Chris Finch As Assistant Coach
Chris Finch had a large impact on the Nuggets' improvement on offense.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Utah May Be Unwilling To Match Rival Offers For George Hill
Dennis Lindsey is adamant in wanting to re-sign George Hill, but he acknowledged the Jazz won't be able to match all offers he might receive.

Mike Sorensen/Deseret News

Jazz Will Do Everything Possible To Re-Sign Gordon Hayward
The Jazz have several advantages in what they can offer Gordon Hayward.

Mike Sorensen/Deseret News

Hawks Offered Four Future First Round Picks To Pacers For Paul George
In addition to their own picks, the Hawks own future first rounders from the Wolves in 2018 and the Cavaliers in 2019.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Isaiah Thomas Talks To Markelle Fultz About Playing Together With Celtics
While Markelle Fultz will likely be the top pick of the 2017 draft, Isaiah Thomas was the last pick in 2011.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

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.

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