Basketball Wiretap

Bryce Cotton Agrees To Deal With Anadolu Efes

Aug 28, 2016 1:05 PM

Bryce Cotton has agreed upon a $600,000 deal with Anadolu Efes.

Cotton played for both the Grizzlies and Suns last season.

Cotton averaged 12.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 19.7 minutes over two games in Summer League with the Hawks.

David Pick

Tags: Bryce Cotton, Anadolu Efes, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams, International Misc Rumor

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Mo Williams Strongly Considering Retiring

Aug 27, 2016 1:58 PM

Mo Williams is strongly considering retiring from the NBA this offseason. Williams battled a left knee issue for most of last season. Williams' injury concerns and desire to eventually coach have factored into his thinking. 

The NBA's stretch deadline is approaching on August 31st, which could lessen the luxury tax penalty for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Williams exercised the player's option in the two-year, $4.3 million contract he signed prior to the start of last season, so the Cavs would owe him about $2.2 million in 16-17.

Waiving Williams before the Aug. 31 deadline would allow the Cavs to pay him his $2.2 million over a period of three years.

Williams' departure from the team would also leave Cleveland with only 2016 second-round draft pick Kay Felder of Oakland University as backup point guard to Kyrie Irving on the roster.

The Cavaliers could also find a trade partner for Williams' contract.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Mo Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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John Wall: Money 'Not Why I Play The Game'

Aug 27, 2016 1:43 PM

John Wall replied in a video posted online Friday to apparent critics who have voiced concerns over how he is "watching other people's pockets and I'm not worried about basketball and getting better."

Wall was reportedly irked in particular by Bradley Beal's new deal.

"I just wanted to clear the air for all these people," Wall said in a video published to the Twitter feed of the LeBron James media platform "The Uninterrupted."

"Listen, that doesn't matter to me," Wall said. "If I produce like I'm supposed to on the basketball court and take care of myself and image, I'm going to be fine with making money. That's not why I play the game of basketball."

Wall's comments follow interviews he and Beal had this week. 

Beal signed a five-year, $128 million max contract this offseason with Wall in the middle of an $80 million deal that runs through the 2018 season.

"Me, talking about Bradley Beal [making] more money, I'm not mad. I'm happy. He's my teammate," Wall said Friday. "He came out at the right time when the contract money came up. I can't control that."

ESPN

Tags: John Wall, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Execs Don't Expect DeMarcus Cousins To Re-Sign With Kings In 2018

Aug 26, 2016 4:04 PM

DeMarcus Cousins is expected by many around the NBA to leave the Sacramento Kings in 2018 when he's eligible for free agency.

"They're fooling themselves if they think he's sticking around," said one league executive. "The good news for them is his value will always be high. There isn't a point of no return in which you're not getting high value for him. Teams will bid against each other in the trade market. Maybe [Cousins] doesn't go for the biggest money in free agency but you'd love to have that card to play."

The Kings have two trade deadlines and one offseason to consider trading Cousins before he's free to leave on his own.

Sacramento is hoping Dave Joerger will be able to quickly connect with Cousins the way Michael Malone previously did before he was fired.

 

Zach Harper/CBS Sports

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jazz Trade Tibor Pleiss To 76ers For Kendall Marshall In Salary Dump

Aug 26, 2016 11:41 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers have traded Kendall Marshall to the Utah Jazz for Tibor Pleiss, two second round picks and cash.

The Jazz plan to waive Marshall before his $2 million contract becomes guaranteed.

The 76ers will absorb the $3 million guaranteed to Pleiss for 2016-17 and the $500,000 guaranteed on the $3.1 million in 2017-18. 

Marshall will find it difficult to find a guaranteed spot for training camp with another team due to being waived this late in the offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Kendall Marshall, Tibor Pleiss, Philadelphia Sixers, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Phil Jackson Regrets Not Trading For Jae Crowder In Tyson Chandler Trade

Aug 26, 2016 11:34 AM

Phil Jackson said his biggest mistake since taking over the New York Knicks was not taking Jae Crowder in the Tyson Chandler trade with the Dallas Mavericks.

Crowder emerged as one of the NBA's best defensive players since his trade to the Boston Celtics.

"One of the first deals I engineered when I came back to New York was to trade Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas for Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Samuel Dalembert, plus a second-round pick that the Mavs owed to the Celtics," said Jackson. "In talking with (Dallas), I was given the option of taking that pick or else taking Jae Crowder. I liked Crowder but I thought he wouldn’t get much of a chance to play behind Carmelo, so I took the pick which turned out to be Cleanthony Early. While Cleanthony has missed lots of time in the past two seasons with us, he still has the potential to be a valuable player. Even so, I should have taken Crowder.

“Anyway, for all of us, making mistakes are part of the learning process."

Charley Rosen/Today's Fastbreak

Tags: Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Renounce Draft Rights To Colton Iverson

Aug 25, 2016 5:55 PM

The Boston Celtics have renounced the draft rights to Colton Iverson.

Iverson didn't figure in the Celtics' plans and this gives him the opportunity to try to make an NBA roster elsewhere.

Iverson was a second round pick in 2013 who has played Internationally in each of the past three seasons.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Tags: Colton Iverson, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Heat Won't Move Josh McRoberts

Aug 25, 2016 10:22 AM

The Miami Heat plan on keeping Josh McRoberts to begin this season.

McRoberts will make $5.8 million this season and has a player option for $6 million in 17-18.

McRoberts has previously been mentioned in trade rumors.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Josh McRoberts, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Sign Tarik Black

Aug 24, 2016 4:17 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Tarik Black.

“Tarik is a player whose strengths are well-suited for the style of play we envision for our team going forward,” said Mitch Kupchak. “He plays the game with a mix of athleticism, energy, and physicality that make him a valuable frontcourt contributor in today’s NBA.”

In two seasons with the Lakers, Black has averaged 5.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 16.9 per game while shooting 57.5% from the field over 77 games (27 starts). Awarded to the Lakers on a waiver claim on December 28, 2014, he also appeared in 25 games (12 starts) for the Houston Rockets to begin the 2014-15 season before being waived.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Tarik Black, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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E.J. Singler Agrees To Sign With Raptors

Aug 24, 2016 3:32 PM

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to terms with E.J. Singler.

Singler will be in training camp with the Raptors with a chance to compete for the 15th spot on the roster.

Singler has agreed to play for the Raptors 905 of the D-League if he clears waivers assuming he doesn't make their regular season roster.

“I have no idea what I’m gonna do. Gonna try to play as best I can in the Summer League and that’ll probably dictate where I go next year,” Singler told Raptors Republic in July. “That’s the hardest decision. There’s definitely pros and cons playing in the D-League, or there’s pros and cons playing overseas. Those are the things you’ve gotta weigh out with your family, yourself, and your agent. For me, personally, I’ve gotta give my best opportunity in the Summer League and things will work out for the best.”

Blake Murphy/Raptors Republic

Tags: E.J. Singler, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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R.J. Hunter, James Young, John Holland, Ben Bentil To Compete For Final Celtics' Roster Spot
James Young and R.J. Hunter are former first round picks.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Wolves Sign Toure' Murry, John Lucas III To Camp Deals
The Wolves have Ricky Rubio, Kris Dunn and Tyus Jones at point guard.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Report: Blake Griffin Expects To Re-Sign With Clippers In 2017
Blake Griffin reportedly doesn't have interest in considering other teams, at least at this point.

Steve Kyler/Basketball Insiders

Yi Jianlian Will Carry Cap Number Of $8M For Lakers
Yi Jianlian must earn $6.8 million through "likely bonuses."

Marc Stein/ESPN

Lakers To Finally Sign Brandon Ingram To Rookie Deal
The Lakers have waited on signing Brandon Ingram in order to have more cap flexibility.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Lakers Sign Yi Jianlian
Yi Jianlian was the sixth overall pick 2007.

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Abdel Nader Agrees To Deal With Red Claws
Abdel Nader received significant offers in Europe as well.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Nets Hire Gianluca Pascucci As Director Of Global Scouting
Gianlucas Pascucci joins the Nets after spending the past four years as vice president of player personnel for the Rockets.

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Celtics Sign Marcus Georges-Hunt To Camp Deal
Marcus Georges-Hunt went undrafted out of Georgia Tech.

Keith Smith/RealGM

Facundo Campazzo Interested In Playing In NBA
At 25, Facundo Campazzo is signed with Real Madrid for one more season.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

J.J. Hickson Agrees To Sign With Fujian
J.J. Hickson had an 18.4 PER in limited minutes over 15 games with the Wizards.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Nate Wolters Agrees To Deal With Nuggets
Nate Wolters last played in the NBA during the 14-15 season, playing in Japan last season in which he averaged 12.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Thunder Sign Semaj Christon
Semaj Christon spent the 15-16 season playing in Italy with VL Pesaro where he appeared in 30 games and averaged 14.3 points, 3.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 33.2 minutes.

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J.J. Hickson In Talks On Deal In China
J.J. Hickson had an 18.4 PER in limited minutes over 15 games with the Wizards.

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Lakers Hire Jud Buechler, Brian Keefe, Theo Robertson As Player Development Coaches
Luke Walton has rounded out his coaching staff.

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Jason Terry Close To Deal With Bucks
Jason Terry was teammates with Jason Kidd with Dallas and he also played for him with Brooklyn.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Yi Jianlian, Lakers Agree To Vet's Minimum Deal With Incentives
Yi Jianlian's contract would be for the veteran's minimum of $1.139 million that could reach "several million more" if he reaches some wide-ranging incentive bonuses.

Broderick/Turner/Los Angeles Times

Casper Ware Signs Camp Deal With Wizards
Casper Ware played in China and France last season.

Tim Bontemps/Washington Post

Xavier Henry Trying To Get Training Camp Invite From Lakers
Xavier Henry had a training camp invite from the Warriors last season and then played in the D-League for Santa Cruz.

Joey Ramirez/NBA.com

Lakers Continue Exploring Ways To Part With Nick Young
The Lakers signed Nick Young to a four-year, $21.5 million deal in 2014.

Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report