Basketball Wiretap

Mitch Kupchak Not Thinking About Jim Buss' Deadline

Sep 28, 2016 10:28 AM

Mitch Kupchak is unconcerned with the deadline Jim Buss declared for the Los Angeles Lakers to return to the Western Conference Finals.

In 2014, Buss said that if the Lakers weren’t there in “three to four years” he would step down. This season marks the third since that declaration.

“I’m not even sure what was said with certainty,” Kupchak said. “From my point of view, we’ve created a team that has a lot of young talent that can grow into, I believe, really good [players] and hopefully NBA players that can leave an imprint on this league. I think we’ve surrounded them with some older veterans that can help us win games.”

The Lakers won just 17 games last season and are expected to miss the playoffs again in 16-17.

Tania Ganguli/Los Angeles Times

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Stephen Curry Wants To Re-Sign With Warriors

Sep 27, 2016 6:22 PM

Stephen Curry will be a free agent in 2017 and he's not at all worried about it becoming a distraction.

“Yes,” Curry said when asked if he's optimistic about his chances of re-signing.

Curry could get questions about his free agency when visiting other cities such as Charlotte.

“I hope not,” Curry said. “Because we’ll worry about that in the summer. My answer’s not going to be different all year.”

Curry also was asked if he'll talk to Kevin Durant about how he handled questions about his free agency.

“Maybe,” Curry said. “But I’m not gonna let it distract me at all. I want to be back here. I like playing here. And that’s it. The rest of it is about what we’re gonna do this year.”

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

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Serge Ibaka Wants To Stay With Magic 'Forever'

Sep 27, 2016 10:52 AM

The Orlando Magic traded for Serge Ibaka this offseason one season before he becomes a free agent in 2017.

“I’m looking to stay here to play forever — for [as] many, many years as possible,” said Ibaka.

The Magic hope Ibaka enjoys playing for Frank Vogel and also having a bigger role in the offense and in the locker room.

“We certainly traded for Serge thinking long-term, and that’s our expectation,” Rob Hennigan said.

Ibaka is due to earn $12.3 million during the upcoming season.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

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Cavs Interested In Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich

Sep 26, 2016 6:55 PM

With Mo Williams deciding to retire from the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers have a need at the point guard position.

The Cavaliers only have Kyrie Irving and Kay Felder at the position heading into the season.

The Cavaliers have been in contact with Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers and Kirk Hinrich. Cole and Chalmers were teammates of LeBron James with the Heat.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Kirk Hinrich, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Josh Smith Wants To Remain In NBA, Knows 'Changes Need to Be Made'

Sep 26, 2016 4:35 PM

Josh Smith remains unsigned this offseason as executives believe his disposition and not his talent is keeping him from receiving an offer.

Smith received interest last offseason from the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers but ultimately decided to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. Smith was expected to be the Clippers' third big man but the experiment didn't work and he was traded back to the Houston Rockets.

“I’m not a guy that is oblivious to my surroundings, I know that changes need to be made,” Smith told The Vertical. “It’s something that I have done wrong to now be figuring out my next move and figuring out what I need to do to be better. Even yoga this summer has helped me become one with my spirit, body and mind. I’ve done things to take steps toward bettering myself, having patience.

“I have a lot left to give to this game. I’m ready to go now. I feel like I’m in the best shape, and I’ve worked extremely hard this offseason. I’m ready.”

Smith was waived by the Detroit Pistons in December of 2014 just one season into a four-year, $58 million deal.

“The perception of me seemed to start early on with Atlanta, but after Detroit, it left people completely puzzled,” Smith said. “People didn’t understand how it happened, how I was let go. It just didn’t fit. But wherever I have gone in development situations, I have been able to be on winning teams.

“When I came to Atlanta, we were at the bottom. Al Horford came, and we made it a consistent playoff team. When I went to Houston [in 2015] after Detroit, we made it to the Western Conference finals, something that they hadn’t done since the ’90s. I played impactful minutes for us to get to those platforms.”

Smith has received interest from teams in China but he wants to remain in the NBA.

“My main goal is that I am an NBA player,” Smith said. “Being able to go overseas, people are professional, but the NBA is what I have built myself to do. I’m still hungry. If I jumped to leave my NBA chances behind, I feel it would’ve been an act of desperation.

“I’m not a guy who feels like I have to start or play 30 minutes a night anymore. I wish for an opportunity to be able to contribute, to be a positive guy around the locker room. It has been missing from me. I’m not doubting it. I felt I have always showed support for my teammates, cheering for them, but I have to do a better job.

“I feel I have something to give the NBA, period.”

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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Mo Williams Changes Mind, Decides To Retire

Sep 26, 2016 2:51 PM

Mo Williams has ultimately decided to change his mind again to retire from the NBA.

Williams announced on Twitter last week that he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers for one more season.

The Cavs owe Williams $2.2 million this season. David Griffin declined to answer whether the team would pursue a settlement, but said "we were planning on something like this being possible."

Williams had been leaning strongly toward retirement this summer, then reversed course on the eve of training camp. 

The Cavaliers only have Kyrie Irving and Kay Felder on their depth chart at point guard.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Nerlens Noel Frustrated By 76ers' 'Silly' Center Logjam

Sep 26, 2016 11:37 AM

Nerlens Noel expressed his frustrating at media day with the Philadelphia 76ers inability to balance out their roster this offseason as they head into 16-17 with three centers who were each high lottery picks.

"I think it's just silly . . . this situation that we are in now with three starting centers," Noel said on the eve of the Sixers' media day. "With the departure of [former general manager and president] Sam Hinkie, I would have figured that management would be able to get something done this summer."

Noel will most likely become a reserve center to Joel Embiid.

Noel is not asking to be traded or demanding the 76ers trade someone else.

"I feel like it definitely needs to be figured out," he said. "I think at the end of the day, again, you have three starting-caliber centers. And it's just not going to work to anybody's advantage having that on the same team. That's how I'm looking at it. I'm not opposed to anything, but things need to be situated."

Noel can become a restricted free agent in 2017.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Pat Riley: Chris Bosh's Career With Heat 'Probably Over'

Sep 26, 2016 11:28 AM

Pat Riley believes Chris Bosh's latest health setback has apparently convinced the Miami Heat that a return from multiple bouts of blood clots is no longer feasible.

Riley told reporters Monday that Bosh's "Heat career is probably over" and that the team is not actively working toward his return.

"There is not a next step for us," Riley said. "It's pretty definitive for us in our position."

Riley was asked if Bosh's career in the NBA is over.

"That's up to him," replied Riley.

The Heat declined to explain why Bosh failed the physical and cited a clause in the collective bargaining agreement that prohibits the team from releasing certain medical information.

ESPN

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Paul Pierce To Retire After 16-17 Season

Sep 26, 2016 11:24 AM

Paul Pierce has announced he will return to the Los Angeles Clippers for his 19th NBA season and then retire.

"This is it, my final season," Pierce wrote on The Players' Tribune. "It's time to move on from the game of basketball. Just like any difficult decision, I think you've got to be at peace with yourself. I'm at peace with retiring, but I've got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity."

Pierce averaged only 6.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season.

"With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team," Pierce wrote Monday. "We're hungry. We want to win a championship.

"After 18 NBA years, it's hard to believe I'll be playing in each arena for the last time. So I'm going to enjoy every practice, every bus ride, every team dinner, every time running out through the tunnel. I'm going to do my part to give us a shot at the ultimate goal."

ESPN

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Suns Sign Gracin Bakumanya, Derek Cooke Jr., Shaquille Harrison, Derrick Jones Jr.

Sep 25, 2016 9:07 PM

The Phoenix Suns have signed center Gracin Bakumanya, forward Derek Cooke Jr., guard Shaquille Harrison and forward Derrick Jones Jr., bringing the club’s roster to 19 players.

Bakumanya, a 6-11, 220-pound center, went undrafted in 2016 as an international early entry candidate. A native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the 19-year-old played the 2015-16 season with Antibes Espoirs, the training center for Antibes Sharks of LNB Pro A, the top-tier league in France. He averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 rebounds in 30 games with Antibes Espoirs, in addition to playing in two games with Antibes’ Pro A team. At NBA Summer League 2016, Bakumanya saw action in two contests with Houston.

Cooke, a 6-9, 220-pound forward, spent the 2015-16 season with the Suns’ NBA D League affiliate, then the Bakersfield Jam. In 47 games with the Jam, he averaged 4.8 points and 7.0 rebounds, including 3.1 offensive boards which tied for sixth in the league, in 23.4 minutes. Cooke was also a member of the Suns at NBA Summer League 2016, appearing in three games in Las Vegas. Prior to going undrafted in 2015, Cooke played three seasons at the University of Wyoming where he helped the Cowboys to a Mountain West Conference tournament title and NCAA tournament berth in 2014-15. As a senior in 2014-15, he averaged 8.1 points on 72.0 percent shooting and 5.8 rebounds.

Harrison, a 6-4, 185-pound guard, went undrafted this past summer following a successful four-year career at the University of Tulsa. A starter in all 133 games in his four years, he averaged 11.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals for his career, finishing second in program history with 461 career assists and third with 244 steals. As a senior in 2015-16, Harrison averaged career-highs of 15.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists as he was named the American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year. Harrison earned All-AAC Second Team honors in both his junior and senior seasons at Tulsa.

Jones, a 6-7, 190-pound forward, went undrafted in 2016 after playing one season at UNLV. The Runnin’ Rebels’ second-leading scorer in 2015-16, he averaged 11.5 points on 58.9 percent shooting and 4.5 rebounds in 30 games during his freshman season. Jones recorded four double-doubles at UNLV, including a career-high 26 points to go with 10 rebounds against Chaminade at the Maui Invitational. 

RealGM Staff Report

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Jason Thompson Agrees To One-Year, $1.5M Deal With Shandong
Jason Thompson turned 30 this offseason and will now played abroad after 588 games in the NBA.

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Quinn Cook Signs With Pelicans
Quinn Cook averaged 19.6 points, 5.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 33.7 minutes per game in the D-League last season.

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Scott Wood Signs With Warriors
Scott Wood spent the past three seasons in Spain with UCAM Murcia, averaging 8.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game.

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Clippers Would Have Signed Kevin Garnett, Interested In Giving Him Post-Playing Role
Doc Rivers would have had interest in the Clippers signing Kevin Garnett had he decided to continue his playing career with a team other than the Wolves.

Jackie MacMullen/ESPN

Heat Sign Keith Benson
Keith Benson spent last season with the Heatís NBA Development League affiliate.

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Kevin Garnett Reaches Buyout With Wolves, Announces Retirement
Kevin Garnett returned to the Wolves in 2015 and appeared in 38 games last season.

Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune

Thunder Add Alex Caruso, Kaleb Tarczewski, Chris Wright To Camp Roster
As a senior, Alex Caruso was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year in addition to receiving Second-Team All SEC honors.

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Ben McLemore Has Been Available In Trade Talks For Months
Ben McLemore is in the final season of his rookie contract with the Kings.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Tyronn Lue Wanted To Make Sure He Was 'Right Fit' For Cavs' Job
Tyronn Lue was initially unsure if he was the right coach for the job so he never signed a three-year, $9.5 million deal he verbally agreed upon with the Cavs when they promoted him to head coach.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Dahntay Jones To Sign Camp Deal With Cavaliers
Dahntay Jones showed up in Santa Barbara this week to attend LeBron James' minicamp.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Bucks Acquire Michael Beasley From Rockets For Tyler Ennis
The Rockets signed Michael Beasley at the end of the 15-16 season after he was finished with his season in China.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Clippers Agree To Camp Deal With Dorell Wright
Dorell Wright finished last season with the Heat after averaging 24.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals in 30.8 minutes per game in China.

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Jazz Sign Henry Sims To Camp Deal
Henry Sims averaged 6.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and one block in 14 games for the Nets last season.

Deseret News

Wolves To Sign Rasual Butler On Camp Deal
Rasual Butler made the Pacers, Wizards and Spurs out of camp over the past three seasons.

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Mo Williams Decides Not To Retire, Returning To Cavs For One More Season
Mo Williams is under contract with the Cavaliers for one season at $2.2 million.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Bucks To Sign Jaleel Roberts To Camp Deal
Jaleel Roberts played Summer League in 2015 with the Wizards and also was with them for training camp.

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Kevin Garnett Discussing Buyout With Wolves
Kevin Garnett has one season and $8 million remaining on his current contract.

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Jabari Brown To Sign Camp Deal With Bucks
Jabari Brown averaged 32.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in China last season.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Clippers Agree To Camp Deal With Xavier Munford
Xavier Munford averaged 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 17.4 minutes over 14 games with the Grizzlies last season.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Lakers Sign Thomas Robinson To Deal
Thomas Robinson has been working out daily for the Lakers.

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