Basketball Wiretap

76ers Hire P.J. Carlesimo As Top Assistant Coach

May 27, 2016 6:31 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers will hire P.J. Carlesimo as Brett Brown's top assistant coach.

Carlesimo will replace Mike D'Antoni, who was hired by the Houston Rockets as head coach.

Carlesimo and Brown previously worked together with the San Antonio Spurs.

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Tags: Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Have 'Very High Likelihood' Of Trading Nerlens Noel Or Jahlil Okafor

May 27, 2016 11:56 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to trade either Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor this offseason.

Noel was selected in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Kentucky while Okafor was picked in 2015 out of Duke. They struggled when sharing the floor at the same time in 15-16 and Philadelphia also has Joel Embiid coming back from injury.

Noel is eligible for a rookie contract extension this offseason.

"I think that there's a very high likelihood, that whether it's to move up in the draft or use them to grab a free agent in a sign and trade or just to a trade, that you will not see the Nerlens Noel-Jahlil Okafor pairing at the start of next season," said ESPN's Chad Ford. "I think that they'll gauge the interest of both players. I think that there might be a slight preference for Noel, to keep him around with the Sixers, and I think you might be right, there might be a slight, better value for Okafor out on the market, but I think everyone agrees that that combination of those two players doesn't necessarily work.

"The Sixers needs to pick up assets, especially if they're gonna go ahead and do a Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram with the first pick in the draft. Then they're gonna need those assets to start to fill out their backcourt, because the 24th pick and [the 26th pick], you're not finding starters. I'm not even sure that you're necessarily finding rotation players at that back end of the draft that are gonna make big impact, so they're gonna have to do that via free agency or via trade, and I think either Okafor or Noel — I don't think they'll trade both — but one of those two is probably their best trade chip."

Kyle Neubeck/Liberty Ballers

Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wizards To Offer Max Five-Year Contract To Bradley Beal

May 27, 2016 11:35 AM

The Washington Wizards are expected to offer Bradley Beal a five-year deal for the maximum amount when free agency begins on July 1st.

Based on the $92 million salary cap projection teams are working with, a max contract would pay Beal around $22 million next season because he could just under 25 percent of the cap amount as a four-year veteran.

Beal earned $5.6 million last season and will have a cap hold of $14.2 million. While the Wizards hope to quickly come to an agreement with Beal, they plan on waiting to sign the deal until they pursue free agents using his cap hold as a lower cap figure.

Beal has been injury prone in his career but productive when healthy.

Beal was the third overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of Florida.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Tags: Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Roc Nation Ready To Be Kevin Durant's 'Guiding Light' In Free Agency

May 26, 2016 10:12 PM

While Kevin Durant will be a free agent for the first time in his career, his Roc Nation agency will also be having their first big NBA moment.

“We know this is a big deal and a big moment in his career,” said Rich Kleiman, Durant’s agent with Roc Nation. “We also have to be his guiding light in this. We can’t let the pressure of the situation be bigger than it is. Obviously, we understand all eyes are looking at him and looking at his decisions, and people want to see how we’re going to handle it, too.”

With the Thunder having an excellent playoff run, Durant is widely expected to re-sign with the Thunder.

Jay-Z played an active role in recruiting Durant to the agency but his day-to-day duties are nebulous.

Rick Maese/Washington Post

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Hire Mike D'Antoni As Head Coach

May 26, 2016 5:18 PM

The Houston Rockets have decided to hire Mike D'Antoni as head coach.

D'Antoni was last a head coach with the Los Angeles Lakers and was most recently an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Stephen Silas and James Borrego also received strong consideration from the Rockets.

Houston fired Kevin McHale last November and chose not to retain J.B. Bickerstaff after he served as interim head coach.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Damian Lillard Qualifies For Rose Rule But Doesn't Take Full 30 Percent

May 26, 2016 3:39 PM

Damian Lillard agreed to take 27.5 percent of the salary cap as his max contract if he qualified for the Rose Rule instead of the full 30 percent when he agreed upon his contract extension last offseason with the Portland Trail Blazers.

After making the Third Team last season, Lillard was a Second Team selection this season and therefore qualified for the rule.

Lillard will earn approximately $12.4 million less over his five-year extension by agreeing to take just 27.5 percent.

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Tags: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Anthony Davis Loses $24M Not Qualifying For Rose Rule

May 26, 2016 3:33 PM

Anthony Davis was not voted onto one of the three All-NBA teams and therefore did not qualify for the Rose Rule.

The Rose Rule allows players coming off their rookie contract to take up to 30 percent of his team's salary cap if he's voted a starter in the All-Star Game twice or twice named to an All-NBA team.

Davis was an All-NBA First Team selection last year and also started in the All-Star Game, but neither happened this season.

Davis will lose up to $24 million as his five-year deal will be worth $120 million instead of $144 million.

Brett Dawson/The Advocate

Tags: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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David Fizdale Agrees To Four-Year Deal With Grizzlies

May 26, 2016 1:12 PM

David Fizdale has agreed upon a four-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies to become their head coach.

The contract includes a team option for the fourth year.

Fizdale was a longtime assistant with the Miami Heat.

James Borrego was the other finalist for the Grizzlies' job.

The Grizzlies like Fizdale's pedigree coming from the Heat as well as tactical abilities and his strength in building relationships with players.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Frank Vogel Denies 'Begging' Larry Bird To Remain With Pacers

May 25, 2016 7:56 PM

Frank Vogel denied comments made by Larry Bird that he begged to remain head coach of the Indiana Pacers during the morning before he was let go. Bird made those remarks during his press conference explaining the decision.

"I was OK with that. Larry's going to speak his mind. A lot of people talked to me about it who didn't like that and it's probably an inaccurate perception that I was begging him to stay. ... I fully respect Larry and the process. He knew it was going to be an unpopular move but he did what he had to do.

"I felt like we were on the verge of some big things. We stood toe-to-toe with a 56-win team. I told my team after the series that we're poised ....  I felt like I was going to be able to do that with this group. That was my only mention to Larry."

Vogel said he and Bird shared the same philosophy on how they wanted the Pacers to play.

That’s a misconception about this whole view. Larry and I have been very well aligned all the way through these six years, including the decision to try to play faster and smaller this year," Vogel said. "This is not something I was resistant to. It’s a style of play I’m going to try to implement with the Orlando Magic. ... There was a lot made about Larry vs. Frank and the differences. But throughout the whole process, we were very well aligned.

'It wasn't about difference of opinion or difference of philosophy. It was about change."

Vogel has since been hired as head coach of the Orlando Magic.

Phil Friend/Indianapolis Star

Tags: Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Grizzlies Offer Head Coaching Job To David Fizdale

May 25, 2016 5:52 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies have offered their head coaching job to David Fizdale.

Fizdale is currently an assistant coach with the Miami Heat. Fizdale has been an NBA assistant since 2003 with the Golden State Warriors and his tenure with the Heat began in 2008. 

Fizdale has long been considered one of the NBA's most promising future head coaches.

The two sides are working on a contract after Fizdale met with Robert Pera in San Jose.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Joakim Noah Telling Teammates He's Leaving Bulls, Doesn't Trust Front Office
Joakim Noah allegedly said he "has no trust in the front office getting this in the right direction."

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

David Fizdale Progresses To 2nd Round Of Interviews With Grizzlies
David Fizdale has progressed to an interview with Robert Pera after his first interview with the Grizzlies.

Marc Stein/ESPN

James Borrego Gets 2nd Interview With Rockets
The Rockets had seemingly narrowed their search to Mike D'Antoni and Stephen Silas, but they're again widening it.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Bradley Beal 'Looking For' Max Contract In Free Agency
Bradley Beal is a restricted free agent at the age of 22, which means he could sign a four-year deal with a rival team.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Blazers Request Permission To Interview Stephen Silas
Stephen Silas is a candidate for the head coaching job of the Rockets as well as the top assistant job of the Warriors.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Warriors To Interview Blazers' Assistant Nate Tibbetts
Nate Tibbetts has been an assistant with the Blazers since 2013 under Terry Stotts.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

76ers To Expand Workouts For No. 1 Pick Beyond Simmons, Ingram
The 76ers are widely expected to pick between Brandon Ingram and Ben Simmons, but they expect to also work out Jaylen Brown, Kris Dunn and Jamal Murray.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Brian Shaw To Join Lakers' Coaching Staff
Luke Walton played for the Lakers during Brian Shaw's time as an assistant with the franchise.


Rockets To Interview James Borrego For Head Coaching Job
The Rockets have scheduled an interview for Monday with James Borrego.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Wolves Part Ways With Milt Newton, Rob Babcock
Milt Newton had been serving as general manager of the Wolves before the arrival of Tom Thibodeau.

Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune

Warriors To Interview Stephen Silas For Top Assistant Job
Golden State could no longer wait until the end of the playoffs to secure Luke Walton's replacement because of Stephen Silas' growing candidacy in Houston.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Carmelo Anthony Pleased Jeff Hornacek Will Have Freedom To Run His Own System
Carmelo Anthony showed up at the Knicks' training facility on Thursday for a workout as the team was on the verge of hiring Jeff Hornacek as head coach.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Rockets Considering Hiring Stephen Silas With Lionel Hollins As Top Assistant
Stephen Silas had a second interview with the Rockets on Thursday.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Miami's Top Priority Is To Get Meeting With Kevin Durant
The Heat are limited in how they can pursue Kevin Durant while re-signing Hassan Whiteside and Dwyane Wade where it would be virtually impossible.

Dan Le Betard/ESPN (via Dan Feldman/Pro Basketball Talk)

Kyle Lowry Explains Going Into Locker Room During Game
Kyle Lowry went into the locker room in the closing minutes of the first half while the Cavaliers went on a run against his Raptors.

Andre Vergara/Fox Sports

Rockets Interview Rex Kalamian
Rex Kalamian joined the Raptors this season after six with the Thunder.

Doug Smith/Toronto Star

Jeff Hornacek Agrees To Become Knicks' Head Coach
Jeff Hornacek and the Knicks are still negotiating a contract.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Adrian Griffin Expected To Receive Interest From Tom Thibodeau To Join Wolves
Adrian Griffin was a finalist for Orlando's job that went to Frank Vogel.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Frank Vogel Agrees To Become Head Coach Of Magic
Frank Vogel and the Magic have agreed upon a deal for him to become head coach.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Miami's Top Offseason Priority Is Re-Signing Hassan Whiteside
The Heat need to use their cap space to re-sign Hassan Whiteside.

Michael Wallace/ESPN