Basketball Wiretap

Russell Westbrook Doesn't Comment On Potential Extension With Thunder

Jun 27, 2017 1:03 AM

Following his win of Most Valuable Player of the 16-17 regular season, Russell Westbrook was asked whether he's ready to commit to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Westbrook can sign a supermax contract beginning on July 1st.

"Man, tonight is so important for me, and obviously with the contract and stuff coming up, it's not really on my mind at the moment honestly," said Westbrook. "I'm just overwhelmed with a tremendous amount of blessings I've been able to get to be able to get this award. Man, I'm just thinking about tonight, and then after that, I'll move on."

If Westbrook doesn't agree upon an extension, the Thunder are expected to explore their trade options.

Westbrook signed an extension last summer that committed one additional season to the Thunder.

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John Wall Recruiting Paul George To Wizards

Jun 26, 2017 11:33 PM

John Wall admitted he is attempting to recruit Paul George to the Washington Wizards.

"I am talking to some guys, Paul. I know his ultimate goal of where he wants to be. I'm trying to see if we can make something happen," Wall told The Undefeated before the NBA Awards on Monday night.

The Wizards have had trade conversations with the Pacers, a source said. The source added that the Pacers have been patient and no deal with the Wizards is close at the moment.

The Wizards would likely need to include Otto Porter Jr. in a sign-and-trade in order to acquire George.

"Look at our team. We are one piece away," Wall said. "We have the point guard, we have the shooting guard, we have the center, we have the power forward. Our 3-man, [Otto Porter Jr.], did great for us. You can't take nothing away from what he did. But, [George] is a guy that can guard LeBron and go back at LeBron. It's a piece that you're going to need to win. If you don't have a guy who can do that, you don't have a chance. ...

"You got to add another star. You got to add another piece. You got to have three guys. And that's what it's looking like."

Asked about the Wizards' chances to get George, Wall said: "Right now, I don't know. Indiana has all the rights to do whatever they want. And if he goes where he doesn't want to go, he doesn't have to sign next year."

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Wizards Extend Qualifying Offers To Otto Porter, Bojan Bogdanovic

Jun 26, 2017 11:02 PM

The Washington Wizards have extended qualifying offers to Otto Porter Jr. and Bojan Bogdanovic.

Both Porter and Bogdanovic will be restricted free agents.

Porter was the third overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Georgetown.

The Wizards acquired Bogdanovic ahead of the 2017 trade deadline from the Brooklyn Nets.

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Hawks Extend Qualifying Offer To Tim Hardaway Jr.

Jun 26, 2017 9:12 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have extended the qualifying offer of $3.34 million to Tim Hardaway Jr.

Hardaway will become a restricted free agent this offseason.

Hardaway and the Hawks were never close to an extension last year.

Hardaway averaged 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 79 games. He shot .357 from 3-point range. 

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Dan Gilbert Hasn't Met With Other Candidates As Chauncey Billups Remains Undecided

Jun 26, 2017 8:39 PM

Chauncey Billups remains undecided about the Cleveland Cavaliers' offer of becoming President of Basketball Operations. 

Billups is believed to be the only candidate to meet with Dan Gilbert.

Billups has reservations about uprooting his family from Denver to Cleveland, along with concerns about working with his close friend Tyronn Lue.

The Cavaliers are currently being led by assistant general manager Koby Altman.

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Spencer Hawes Exercises $6M Player Option With Bucks

Jun 26, 2017 8:26 PM

Spencer Hawes will exercise his player option worth $6 million with the Milwaukee Bucks for the 17-18 season.

The Bucks acquired Hawes from the Charlotte Hornets in a trade for Miles Plumlee. Hawes averaged 44 points and 2.4 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game after joining the Bucks.

Hawes will now become a free agent in 2018. Hawes is entering the final season of a four-year, $23 million deal he agreed upon with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014.

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Carmelo Anthony Was Previously Open To Trade To Wizards, 76ers

Jun 26, 2017 6:54 PM

Carmelo Anthony is currently reluctant to move out of New York for family reasons. Anthony and his wife are estranged and he continues to have a close relationship with his only son.

For that reason, Anthony is no longer as interested in playing in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Clippers have appeared to be the most realistic trading partner for Anthony in the past.

Anthony was considering accepting a trade to either the Philadelphia 76ers or Washington Wizards, which would keep him close to New York, but his mindset now is to remain with the Knicks.

Phil Jackson confirmed Anthony's position in an interview with MSG Network when the Knicks president said: "We've expressed the fact that we haven't been successful and it might be time for (Carmelo) to find an opportunity to go somewhere else. He's come back and said he'd just as soon stay.

Anthony is owed $54 million over the next two seasons.

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Wolves Waive Jordan Hill

Jun 26, 2017 5:04 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived Jordan Hill.

The second-year of his two-year, $8 million deal was non-guaranteed.

Hill appeared in seven games for the Wolves, averaging 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 6.7 minutes per game. 

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Thunder Tender Qualifying Offer To Andre Roberson

Jun 26, 2017 4:03 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have tendered a qualifying offer to Andre Roberson, making him a restricted free agent.

Roberson's qualifying offer is worth approximately $4.59 million.

Roberson, who was the 26th overall pick in 2013, became a starter in his second season. Roberson has since become one of the NBA's best wing defenders, though his perimeter shooting is a problematic part of his game.

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76ers, Nets Expected To Pursue J.J. Redick

Jun 26, 2017 1:00 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets are expected to pursue J.J. Redick in free agency. Both teams are in various stages of a rebuild, though the 76ers are far closer to competing for a playoff spot and can use a shooter of Redick's quality at shooting guard.

Reporters have consistently said they expect Redick to leave the Los Angeles Clippers this offseason for a more lucrative offer.

Redick is coming off a four-year, $27 million contract with the Clippers he signed in 2013.

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Wolves Continue To Explore Trading Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio has two more seasons remaining on his current deal and will become a free agent in 2019.

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Raptors Promote Bobby Webster To General Manager
Bobby Webster will be the youngest GM in the NBA at the age of 32 as he will replace Jeff Weltman.

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Thunder Sign Rashawn Thomas To Partially Guaranteed Deal
Rashawn Thomas averaged 22.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.0 blocks per game as a senior at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

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Pacers Decline $3.5M Option On Lavoy Allen
The Pacers added power forward T.J. Leaf and center Ike Anigbogu in the draft.

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Nets Decline $3.48M Option On K.J. McDaniels
K.J. McDaniels helped move the Nets towards the salary cap floor.

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Cavs Considered Leading Contenders To Sign Carmelo Anthony If Bought Out
Carmelo Anthony is owed $26.2 million in 17-18 and $27.9 million in 18-19.

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Lakers, Cavs, Rockets, Celtics, Spurs Pursued Paul George Heading To Draft
The Rockets and Lakers remain determined to keep pushing for a Paul George trade, while the Cavaliers also are attempting to construct three-way scenarios involving Kevin Love.

Chris Haynes, Marc Stein/ESPN

Chauncey Billups Remains Undecided On Cavs' Job
The Cavaliers continue to discuss their President of Basketball Operations job with Chauncey Billups.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Cavs, Nuggets, Pacers Discuss Three-Way Deal Involving Paul George, Kevin Love
In the discussed trade scenario, Paul George would end up with the Cavaliers while Kevin Love would go to the Nuggets.

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Mavericks Decline $25M Team Option For 17-18 On Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki could sign a new two-year deal with the Mavericks.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Rockets Have 'Serious Chance' Of Signing Chris Paul
The Rockets are attempting to clear the necessary cap space to offer Chris Paul a maximum contact of 35 percent of the salary cap.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Mavericks To Decline Team Option On DeAndre Liggins
Dallas could have kept DeAndre Liggins on a $1.6 million deal.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Mavericks Pick Up $1.31M Option On Yogi Ferrell
Yogi Ferrell was one of the NBA's best success stories after joining the Mavericks from the D-League.

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Johnathan Motley Signs Two-Way Deal With Mavericks
Johnathan Motley averaged 17.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists as a redshirt Junior.

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Mavs' Top Offseason Priority Will Be Re-Signing Nerlens Noel
Dallas is focused on developing their young core of Nerlens Noel, Harrison Barnes, Dennis Smith Jr. and Seth Curry.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Wolves Wouldn't Have Traded For Jimmy Butler Without Pick Swap
The Wolves didn't give up a draft pick in their trade for Jimmy Butler, merely swapping No. 7 with the Bulls for No. 16, while also sending out Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn.

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Clippers Deny Offering DeAndre Jordan In Trade Talks
DeAndre Jordan has two seasons and $46 million remaining on his contract but he's expected to become a free agent in 2018.


Paul George's R&E Would Be $94M Over Three Years, Expires When Eligible For 35 Percent Max
Paul George would add $74 million over just two seasons and he would be instantly eligible for a 10-year veteran max at 35 percent in 2020.

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Rajon Rondo To Receive Interest From Pelicans, Pacers, Bulls If He Becomes Free Agent
Rajon Rondo will receive interest from the Pelicans and Pacers if he becomes a free agent.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Chris Paul To Exercise ETO To Enter Free Agency
Chris Paul can sign a five-year, $201 million contract with the Clippers, or a four-year, $149 million deal with a rival team.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times