Basketball Wiretap

Vince Carter Plans To Play Next Season, No Retirement In Sight

Apr 29, 2017 7:56 PM

Vince Carter plans on continuing his career next season. Carter has had remarkable longevity, evolving into one of the game's better veteran wing role players.

Carter will be a free agent this summer.

"I said to myself 'I want to play 15 years'. I don't know where I got that from. And the I got to 15 years and I kept going. I never capped it, but at the same time I've had a lot of players remind me of things I've said," said Carter about how he kept telling fellow players he would retire after two more years.

"I'm still saying 'two more years and I'm done.'

"I sit here today and I think of when I was younger, at that 25 and the season was over, I felt awful.

"I could play three more rounds of basketball right now."

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Tags: Vince Carter, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dante Cunningham Declines $3.1M Player Option With Pelicans

Apr 29, 2017 12:05 PM

Dante Cunningham will decline his player option with the New Orleans Pelicans for the 17-18 season to become a free agent.

Cunningham's player option for 17-18 was worth $3.1 million.

Cunningham averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 25.0 minutes over 66 games this season with the Pelicans.

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Tags: Dante Cunningham, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jimmy Butler Supports Bulls Keeping Rajon Rondo

Apr 29, 2017 12:04 PM

The Chicago Bulls have until June 30th to fully guarantee the $13.4 million contract of Rajon Rondo.

The Bulls have yet to give Rondo any indication about his guarantee.

“Of course,” Jimmy Butler said when asked about if he preferred the Bulls to guarantee Rondo for next season. “He’s been huge for us this year, molding the young guys and getting in the film room. The way he plays the game, getting everyone involved, I love playing with him and D-Wade.”

While Rondo struggled early in the season, the Bulls played better down the stretch of the regular season with him and they also won two road playoff games at Boston before he was injured.

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Tags: Rajon Rondo, Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwyane Wade Will Take Time To Decide Upon 17-18 Option With Bulls

Apr 29, 2017 11:53 AM

Dwyane Wade plans on meeting face-to-face with Jimmy Butler in the coming weeks to discuss their futures with the Chicago Bulls.

Wade has a player option for the 17-18 season worth $23.8 million. Wade signed a two-year deal with the Bulls last summer.

“That’s far away,” Wade said about his option decision. “I have time.”

Wade will also meet in the coming weeks with the front office to gauge their plans for the offseason.

Chicago could conceivably trade Butler this summer, or look to retool around him and either Wade or Rajon Rondo.

"I have a great luxury where I don't have to ring-chase, but I can. Or I can be a part of passing down my knowledge. Either way," said Wade on Saturday.

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Tags: Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic To Offer President Job To David Griffin

Apr 29, 2017 1:58 AM

The Orlando Magic will offer their president of basketball operations to David Griffin.

Orlando will be allowed to engage Griffin in contract talks once the Cleveland Cavaliers' season is over.

Griffin is without a contract for next season with the Cavaliers and the two sides have been unable to hold meaningful talks on an extension. Griffin could still ultimately remain with the Cavaliers.

LeBron James has endorsed Griffin receiving an extension from Cleveland.

Orlando fired Rob Hennigan at the start of the offseason.

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Paul Millsap 'Looking To Expand This, See Where Hawks Can Go'

Apr 28, 2017 10:55 PM

Paul Millsap will be a free agent this offseason and his future with the Atlanta Hawks remains very much in doubt.

The Hawks considered trading Millsap this season before eventually deciding to keep him.

"It's been great, said Millsap after the Hawks were eliminated from the playoffs. "I'm looking to expand this and see where the franchise can go. These last four years has been great. I couldn't ask for anything more.

"I'm going to take some time, relax, and see what happens," said Millsap.

Atlanta can offer Millsap an extra guaranteed season on his contract.

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Erik Spoelstra Has Interest In Running Heat Front Office Someday

Apr 28, 2017 8:49 PM

Erik Spoelstra has interest in running the Miami Heat when Pat Riley retires.

Spoelstra was asked about it during an interview with Adrian Wojnarowski.

"Short answer would be, I'm a Pat Riley disciple, and, like I've said, he's always pushed me and nurtured me for the next steps," Spoelstra said during the interview recorded in Southern California. "So, yes, that I'd love to have that opportunity years down the line from the Arison family, because I believe in them so much as human beings. They're such good people and family oriented."

Spoelstra said he is comfortable in his current role Under Micky Arison and Nick Arison. Spoelstra already has a seat in all organizational meetings with Riley and Andy Elisburg.

"Pat, he's going to go on, hopefully for a while," Spoelstra said. "I think he's younger now than he was when he was coaching. And he's such a visionary. The way things are set up right now, look, I want this to be the set-up that it is right now.

"I feel involved. Every meeting that's important, that deals with the organization and personnel, it's usually just four of us that get in a room, Pat, Nick, Andy and myself. And if it really gets to a level, then Micky will. I couldn't ask for anything more. I don't feel like I need more right now."

Riley signed a five-year extension with the Heat a year ago.

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Tags: Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic Considering Kevin McHale For President Job

Apr 28, 2017 6:38 PM

The Orlando Magic have serious interest in hiring Kevin McHale for their team president position.

The Magic fired Rob Hennigan on April 13th.

McHale is working for TNT as a color analyst after his departure from the Houston Rockets as head coach last season. McHale served as Minnesota Timberwolves vice president of basketball operations from 1995 to 2008.

Magic owner Rich DeVos and CEO Alex Martins are leading the process.

Adrian Wojnarowski also reported on Friday that Larry Bird could be a candidate for the job.

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Larry Bird Stepping Down As President Of Pacers

Apr 28, 2017 12:37 PM

Larry Bird will step down as president of the Indiana Pacers with Kevin Pritchard taking over basketball operations.

Bird is expected to continue working for the Pacers as a consultant. Bird was head coach of the Pacers in the late 1990s and returned to the team in 2003 as President of Basketball Operations. Bird left the Pacers in 2012 due to health issues before returning a year later.

The Orlando Magic have also been asking around about Bird as a possible candidate for president.

Pritchard previously ran the Portland Trail Blazers and joined the Pacers in 2011. In 2012, Pritchard was promoted to general manager working under Bird.

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Blake Griffin Considered More Likely To Leave Clippers Than Chris Paul

Apr 28, 2017 10:45 AM

The return of Blake Griffin to the Los Angeles Clippers in free agency is less certain than Chris Paul's, according to sources.

Griffin will be a free agent for the first time in his career this summer. Griffin signed a super-max extension in July of 2012 a year before he would have become a restricted free agent.

Griffin's personality could lend him to consider the decision privately instead of taking a series of public meetings.

The Clippers can offer Griffin one additional guaranteed season and 7.5 percent raises.

According to Steve Ballmer, the Clippers don't have any interest in blowing up their roster.

"I love those guys, and I want those guys back," Ballmer said.

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Chris Paul Could Take Multiple Meetings But Clippers Expect Him To Re-Sign
Chris Paul could still take a number of meetings in a public process before ultimately re-signing with the Clippers.

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Veteran Teammate: Clippers 'Most Complicated Team' I've Ever Been On
The relationships between the Clippers have improved but remain complicated.

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Clippers Remain Committed To Re-Signing Blake Griffin
Adrian Wojnarowski said "it's hard to imagine a split with (Blake) Griffin."

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Recruiting From Harden, Ariza Helped Rockets Sign Eric Gordon
James Harden and Trevor Ariza played significant roles in convincing Eric Gordon to sign with the Rockets.

Reid Laymance/Houston Chronicle

Thunder Intend To Keep Andre Roberson
While Andre Roberson is a liability on offense, he has developed into a very good defensive player.

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Russell Westbrook Hasn't Thought About Extension But 'Loves' Being With Thunder
Russell Westbrook can sign a five-year extension this offseason with the Thunder worth more than $200 million.

Ryan Aber/Oklahoman

Russell Westbrook Has Never Complained About Teammates To Front Office
Russell Westbrook prefers to stay out of most front office affairs.

Royce Young/ESPN

Doc Rivers Unlikely To Leave Clippers Regardless Of Playoff Result
Doc Rivers is owed more than $22 million over the next two seasons and still has the confidence of Steve Ballmer.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Blazers Won't Bring Back Festus Ezeli
Festus Ezeli underwent an experimental knee surgery in March.

Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Pat Riley Wishes He Would Have Given Dwyane Wade Max In 2014 Instead Of Chris Bosh
When LeBron James left the Heat for the Cavaliers, the camp of Chris Bosh wanted to reopen a deal they had just finished

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Kristaps Porzingis Declines To Comment On Why He Skipped Exit Meeting
Kristaps Porzingis was asked on Monday if he sees himself with the Knicks after his rookie contract expires.

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Paul George Not Ready To Think About Future
Paul George and the Pacers have been on the losing end of LeBron James' teams repeatedly in the playoffs.

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Vlade Divac Tried To Hire Scott Perry In Past
NBA team executives have found it difficult to negotiate with the Kings because of their thin and inexperienced front office, which has changed this offseason.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Bulls May Shift Course On Jimmy Butler's Future Due To Playoff Success
Jimmy Butler has been on the trade block over the past year but no deal has been consummated as the Bulls decide whether or not to rebuild.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Celtics' Coaches Wanted To Trade For Carmelo Anthony At Deadline
The Celtics could use cap space to absorb Carmelo Anthony's contract if Danny Ainge strikes out in free agency.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Kings Hire Scott Perry As Executive VP Of Basketball Operations
Scott Perry had been with the Magic for the past five seasons.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Magic Interested In David Griffin For GM Job
Dan Gilbert has been reluctant to pay David Griffin the going rate for a championship-level executive.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kings Hire Luke Bornn As VP Of Analytics And Strategy
Luke Bornn will leave soccer giant A.S. Roma as well as his positions as an assistant professor at Simon Fraser University and visiting scholar at Harvard University.

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Kristaps Porzingis Wants To Remain With Knicks, Doesn't Explain Skipped Meeting
Kristaps Porzingis will leave for Latvia this week without meeting with Phil Jackson but said it is not a signal he doesn't want to remain with the Knicks.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Heat Expect Chris Bosh Situation To 'Run Its Course, Take Care Of Itself'
The Heat eventually will need independent medical confirmation that Chris Bosh is not able to safely to continue to his career.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel