Basketball Wiretap

Nets Sign Donatas Motiejunas To Four-Year, $37M Offer Sheet

Dec 2, 2016 7:43 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have signed Donatas Motiejunas to a four-year, $37 million offer sheet.

With Motiejunas being a restricted free agent, the Houston Rockets have 72 hours to match.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports Motiejunas' deal includes two non-guaranteed years on the back end.

The Rockets traded Motiejunas to the Detroit Pistons last February but the trade was later rescinded following concerns about the condition of his back.

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Tags: Donatas Motiejunas, Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Derrick Rose Would Like To Spend Remainder Of Career With Knicks

Dec 2, 2016 5:23 PM

Derrick Rose has played better than many expected so far with the New York Knicks.

Rose is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason but he has interest in remaining with the Knicks.

"Finding out how we’re going to win games, we got 10 new people on the team—it’s not like they had a foundation here and we came right into it," said Rose. "We’re building the culture. We’re building the foundation now. I’m under a one-year contract so of course I want to play the rest of my life here. But it takes time, it takes patience to figure out how everyone is going to fit, if it is going to fit and going from there."

Rose was also asked about how the Knicks are developing chemistry.

"It’s taking time, man," said Rose. "Everyone is getting comfortable with each other and figure out a new system without making things hard for each other on the floor. Of course, I can’t play the same way I played in Chicago with this team, like coming out and firing right away. I’ll look dumb shooting all those shots I shot in Chicago with this team and with the talent we have with this team. It’s about being patient, taking our time and letting it all click. At some point in the season, I know I’ll be able to play the way I normally know how to play. First we gotta learn how to win."

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Tags: Derrick Rose, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Nets Considering Signing Donatas Motiejunas

Dec 1, 2016 11:37 AM

The Brooklyn Nets are considering signing Donatas Motiejunas to an offer sheet.

Motiejunas is a restricted free agent as he's been in a contract stalemate with the Houston Rockets.

Motiejunas is visiting with the Nets and undergoing a physical.

The Rockets traded Motiejunas to the Detroit Pistons before the 2016 deadline but it was rescinded following his physical due to concerns about his back injury.

Brooklyn has plenty of cap space to sign Motiejunas.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Donatas Motiejunas, Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Clippers Expect Chris Paul To Seek Full Five-Year Max Contract

Dec 1, 2016 11:07 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers expect Chris Paul to demand the full five-year max this offseason in free agency.

Paul turns 32 in May and his new five-year deal would take him well past 35.

Paul has so far defied age related regression and has remained incredibly healthy.

Mike Conley signed a record five-year, $153 million max contract this past offseason that Paul will comfortably break even if the cap projection comes in on the low end.

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Tags: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Stephen Curry: It's Hard To See Myself Anywhere Else

Nov 29, 2016 6:04 PM

Stephen Curry said the Bay Area feels like home to him just a few months before he's set to become a free agent for the first time in his career.

“It’s hard to see myself anywhere else,” said Curry.

Curry will come off a four-year, $44 million extension signed in 2012.

While Curry is confident he'll re-sign with the Golden State Warriors, he did also say "curveballs happen all the time."

Kevin Durant will also likely join Curry in free agency.

Jason Gay/Wall Street Journal

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Open To Discussing Derrick Rose Extension Later In Season

Nov 29, 2016 2:36 PM

While the New York Knicks have not approached Derrick Rose about an extension, they have not ruled it out for later in the season.

Rose will be a free agent this offseason after making $21.3 million in the final season of his deal.

The Knicks want to make sure Rose's body holds up this season and are prepared to pay more this summer if necessary.

If he signs an extension now, next season’s salary would begin at $23 million. His wage would go to $24.6 million in Year 2 and $26.2 million in Year 3 to give him $75 million in total over three seasons.

Rose's starting max salary if he waits for the offseason could be as high as $29 million.

“I haven’t talked to them about it,’’ Rose told The Post. “It’s been more about winning games. We’ll see. I’m more concerned with trying to win games, but it’s something I’d have to talk about with my family and team.’’

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: Derrick Rose, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Anthony Davis Defends Pelicans' Supporting Cast

Nov 28, 2016 11:35 PM

Anthony Davis has heard criticism of his supporting cast with the New Orleans Pelicans but disagrees.

The Pelicans, who rank 12th in the West at 6-12, started the season 0-8. 

"I hear it. I see it. I'm on social media, so I see it all the time," Davis said. "But I think, for me, it's just about the guys in that locker room. I know they come out here every day in practice and every night in the game and fight and leave everything on the floor. It's nothing that I try to pay attention to as much. But you see it. You have to pay attention to it.

"For me, that's not my M.O. to get into all the media and all that stuff. I just worry about what's going on in that locker room and on the floor with the guys I have in the locker room."

Davis admitted he was worried about the Pelicans' early season struggles.

"We were very worried," Davis said. "We didn't envision ourselves being in that situation. But we dug ourselves a hole. We're slowly climbing out of it, and we just have to keep fighting. Nobody wants to start 0-8. Nobody wants to start off on the wrong foot. But it happens.

"Some teams have whoever on their team where they're able to do whatever they want on the floor. For us, we have to be blue-collar guys who are coming in, work, being scrappy, first to the floor, rebounding the ball, sharing the ball. That's how we have to be. That's how we've been the past couple weeks, and that's how we've been able to get wins."

Justin Verrier/ESPN

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

DeMarcus Cousins Hopes John Wall Will 'One Day Be In A Sacramento Uniform'

Nov 28, 2016 7:34 PM

DeMarcus Cousins spoke to the media before the Sacramento Kings played the Washington Wizards about the possibility of playing with John Wall.

Cousins was asked if he and Wall ever discuss the situations they presently find themselves in where they're playing for teams not presently considered contenders. Cousins and Wall were teammates at Kentucky.

"Do we ever talk about playing with one another? Is that your question? It's come up," said Cousins. "They're going to all come to Sac. Come to Sac."

Cousins won't be a free agent until 2018 but he is currently adamant about wanting to remain with the Kings. Wall won't be a free agent until 2019.

"He wants me here," said Cousins about Wall. "Eric (Bledsoe) wants us in Phoenix."

Cousins was asked if he thinks there will ever be a time when he plays with Wall.

"You never know. Maybe. There might be a time we team up in a rec league after we retire or something. You never know."

Cousins was finally asked if playing with Wall is something he would want.

"Play with John and Eric again... you never know what will happen. It's the NBA, so hopefully one day he'll be in a Sacramento uniform," said Cousins.

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Danny Ainge Continues To Seek Major Trade For Celtics

Nov 28, 2016 5:01 PM

Danny Ainge continues to seek a major trade to upgrade the roster of the Boston Celtics.

Boston's current roster composition doesn't blend as well as the front office would like.

The Celtics have the right to swap their 2017 first round pick with the Brooklyn Nets. 

The Celtics also own the Nets' 2018 first rounder, as well as 2019 first rounders from the Clippers and Grizzlies.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

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Mark Cuban Sees No Reason For Mavs To Tank

Nov 28, 2016 12:54 AM

With the Dallas Mavericks starting the 16-17 season slowly, there have been suggestions that the team should begin the rebuilding process with a high draft pick in 2017. 

"Haters gonna hate. We think that you always compete," Cuban said on Sunday night. "If you're competing when the league is better like it is this year, if you don't do well, you'll be in a position to get a good pick. Which, remember, even if you have the worst record in the NBA, there's a 75 percent chance you're not going to get the top pick."

Cuban refuses to acknowledge this is a rebuilding season for the Mavericks as they're only a few games out of the eighth seed despite being 10 games under .500.

"There are so many teams that became four years away from four years away because guys just learned how to lose," Cuban said. "They stopped caring about any individual game and just got used to it, and you don't want guys developing those bad habits. We have so many young guys on this team, we want the games to mean something. Not to be, 'OK, who are we going to pull in the fourth quarter so we can lose this game?' That's not how teams develop good habits.

"The only way you overcome that is to have the ultimate superstar carry you through, and it's tough to draft the ultimate superstar. I don't see any Shaqs or LeBrons or Tim Duncans in this draft, so I don't think that's the right way to do it. You just ignore the haters, let them bitch, and go about your business."

Cuban didn't rule out making a trade for the future but isn't at that point yet.

"We'll play it by ear," Cuban said. "The one thing you don't do is panic. The one thing you don't do is make any rushed judgments. You see what you have -- right? -- and that's exactly what we'll do, and we'll make determinations from there. If we just can't get healthy, that will tell us one thing. If we can and we're just not any good, that will tell us another thing. If we can and we start rolling along and we think we can get a lot better, then that tells what we do there. You just don't know. The crazy thing you don't do is panic."

Cuban isn't worried about the Mavericks' draft position.

"This is not a race-to-the-bottom year," Cuban said. "So we get every chance to be as good as we can be. The team that has the worst record has a 75 percent chance that they won't get the No. 1 pick. That's not good odds. You'll get a top-three pick ... but there's no good reason to tank unless you think that there's three difference-makers. Not just All-Stars, but difference-makers.

"We'll see what happens across the course of the season to see if anybody emerges like that, but I'm not panicking, not rushing to judgment, not pulling the plug -- pick a euphemism."

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

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Rival Teams Expect Brandon Knight To Eventually Be In Suns' Trade Talks
Brandon Knight is averaging 12.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 24.9 minutes per game so far in 16-17.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Kings Give Omri Casspi's Agent Permission To Seek Trade Partners
Dan Fegan represents Omri Casspi as well as DeMarcus Cousins.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Rockets Pull Latest Offer To Donatas Motiejunas
Dontas Motiejunas' camp is convinced the Rockets have undervalued him and has been trying to generate interest from rival teams that possess cap space.

Marc Stein, Calvin Watkins/ESPN

Kings Could Be 'Starting To Get Sick Of DeMarcus Cousins'
The Kings have two more trade deadlines and an offseason to consider trading DeMarcus Cousins.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Anthony Davis Remains Fully Committed To Pelicans
Anthony Davis is averaging 31.7 points, 11.5 rebounds and three blocks as he continues to perform as one of the NBA's best players.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Omri Casspi, Dave Joerger Haven't Talked Since Preseason
Omri Casspi remains outside the Kings' rotation and his situation hasn't been discussed with Dave Joerger.

Matt George/Cowbell Kingdom

Pelicans Close To Signing Anthony Brown
Anthony Brown has averaged 29.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists over his first three games of the 16-17 D-League season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Chris Bosh Continues To Pursue NBA Return
Chris Bosh remains unlikely to play for the Heat again.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Archie Goodwin Waived By Pelicans
Archie Goodwin appeared in three games for the Pelicans, averaging 5.0 points in 10.0 minutes per contest.

RealGM Staff Report

Chandler Parsons Would Have Accepted 'A Lot Less' Than $98M From Mavs
Chandler Parsons and Mark Cuban quickly became close and often discussed personnel decisions.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Jazz Prioritizing Extension For George Hill Over Derrick Favors
The Jazz still possess more than $13 million in cap space, which could allow the team to agree upon an in-season contract extension with George Hill or Derrick Favor

Marc Stein/ESPN

Mavs Release Quincy Acy To Sign Jonathan Gibson
Dallas was down to only Seth Curry as a healthy point guard on their roster.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Suns Haven't Been Close To Trading Brandon Knight
Brandon Knight is coming off the bench this season for the Phoenix Suns with Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker starting, which has led to some speculation about his future with the franchise.

Kevin Zimmerman/Arizona Sports

Blake Griffin Exhibiting No Signs Of Interest In Playing For Hometown Thunder
Blake Griffin has an early termination option in his deal with the Clippers this summer.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Klay Thompson Hadn't Heard About Trade Rumor Until Bob Myers Called
Bob Myers attempted to remove any doubt about the future of Klay Thompson with the Warriors.

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

Thunder Remain Interested In Trading For Rudy Gay
Rudy Gay would allow them to slide Victor Oladipo to a 6th man role and Andre Roberson to shooting guard.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Hasheem Thabeet Working Towards NBA Comeback
Hasheem Thabeet was the second overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft out of UConn and struggled to establish himself as an NBA player.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Donatas Motiejunas, Rockets Haven't Held Any New Talks
Donatas Motiejunas is training in Vancouver as the Rockets have already played 10 games.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Nuggets Waive Jarnell Stokes
Jarnell Stokes appeared in two games and averaging 1.5 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 3.5 minutes.

RealGM Staff Report

Nuggets Finalizing Deal With Alonzo Gee
Alonzo Gee was a final cut by the Pelicans during the preseason.

Shams Charania/The Vertical