Basketball Wiretap

Kings Receive Permission To Interview Sam Hinkie

Mar 27, 2017 8:06 PM

The Sacramento Kings have received permission from the Philadelphia 76ers to speak to Sam Hinkie about a role in their front office.

It is not yet known what type of role the Kings are considering for Hinkie nor his level of interest.

Hinkie stepped down as general manager of the 76ers last April.

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Tags: Philadelphia Sixers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Becky Hammon Turns Down Florida Job To Stay With Spurs

Mar 27, 2017 2:34 PM

Becky Hammon has turned down an offer to become head coach at the University of Florida's women's team to remain with the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach.

While Florida's offer was more than Hammon is receiving with the Spurs, it was in the lower tier for the SEC.

Hammon considered the job for a few days before reaching her decision.

Hammon has long wanted to become the NBA's first female head coach.

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Tags: San Antonio Spurs, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors Had Interest In Trading For Kyle Lowry In 2013

Mar 27, 2017 11:44 AM

The Golden State Warriors had interest in trading with the Toronto Raptors for Kyle Lowry in 2013.

During the early part of Masai Ujiri's tenure with the Raptors, he shopped Lowry to the New York Knicks and other teams. Lowry was set to be a free agent that offseason.

The Warriors were unwilling to include Festus Ezeli with a pick in their offer for Lowry.

Lowry went on to lead the Raptors to a playoff berth and has become one of their best players in franchise history.

Lowry conceivably could have given the Warriors a two-point guard backcourt with Stephen Curry. The great unknown is whether the Warriors would have been more willing to include Klay Thompson in their trade offer that offseason for Kevin Love if they had traded for and re-signed Lowry.

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Tags: Kyle Lowry, Festus Ezeli, Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Billy Donovan Denies Meeting With Hoosiers About Job

Mar 26, 2017 12:07 PM

Billy Donovan denied a report that he traveled to Bloomington, Indiana to discuss the Indiana University head coaching vacancy.

Indiana has since hired Archie Miller as head coach to replace Tom Crean.

Justin Albers of AlbersAngle.com reported on Friday, citing sources, that Donovan had been in Bloomington that morning.

“Yesterday morning, I was here in practice,” Donovan said. “I was not there. I was here in practice and actually was in a couple meetings, and then went to Russell (Westbrook's) bowling charity last night.”

Donovan was previously asked about the job when it became available in mid-March.

“I love it here,” Donovan said at the time. “I love the guys I work with every day. I love our staff, the organization. As far as I’m concerned, my commitment is totally here and doing the best job I can while I’m here.”

Donovan is in his second season as head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder after leaving the University of Florida.

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Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Hoosiers, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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James Harden Helped Facilitate Rockets' Trade For Lou Williams

Mar 24, 2017 6:50 PM

James Harden reached out to Lou Williams two weeks before the deadline about joining the Houston Rockets.

“When James called, he asked me if I was interested in playing with them,” Williams told The Vertical. “I told him that I loved the Lakers, but James and them have a group that fit my personality, fit how I play. He said he was going to make it happen.”

Williams then laughed. “I’ve heard that before, so I didn’t really put stock into it,” Williams told The Vertical. “I guess James did put the word in, and the team made it happen.”

Houston, Utah and Washington reached out to Magic Johnson about a deal, with Williams’ agent, Wallace Prather, helping to facilitate negotiations.

Williams has averaged 14.5 points in 13 games with the Rockets.

“We needed one more guy that could create, and Lou is perfect,” Mike D’Antoni told The Vertical. “Lou is a professional scorer. In case someone is off, if someone is injured, Lou brings another 15 to 20 points. We still need to incorporate everything. You can never have enough shooters and playmakers, and he does both.”

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Tags: Lou Williams, Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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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."

Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin/ESPN (via Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

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.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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

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Chris Paul Closer To Doc Rivers Than Any Clippers' Teammates
Chris Paul's hard-driving nature and politician's polish mean "nobody's really friends with (him)," according to a source.

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Paul George Hears Cheers In Boston, Puts Future With Pacers On Improved Roster
Paul George said that if Indiana didn't have an improved roster, "then me and front office will talk."

Andrew Perna/RealGM

Paul Millsap Expected To Become Free Agent
Paul Millsap could sign a five-year, $207 million max contract with the Hawks, or a four-year, $154 million deal with a rival team.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Nets To Pursue Kentavious Caldwell-Pope In Free Agency
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has become the most important player on the Pistons over the past year.

Brian Lewis/New York Post

Lakers Finalizing Two-Year Deal With David Nwaba
The Lakers will have a team option on David Nawba for the 17-18 season.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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.

Kyle Neubeck/Liberty Ballers

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.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

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.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

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

Zach Lowe/ESPN

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.

Ian Begley/ESPN

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.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

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.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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.

Shams Charania/The Vertical