Basketball Wiretap

Ian Clark Waived By Jazz

Mar 26, 2015 7:40 PM

The Utah Jazz have waived guard Ian Clark. Following the move, the Jazz roster now stands at 14 players.

Clark (6-3, 180, Belmont) appeared in 23 games as a reserve this season for the Jazz, averaging 1.9 points in 7.0 minutes per game. He also appeared in seven games (six starts) while on assignment with the Jazz’s exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, the Idaho Stampede, where he averaged 14.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 32.0 minutes per contest. 

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Tags: Ian Clark, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Chris Johnson To Sign With Jazz For Remainder Of Season

Mar 26, 2015 7:25 PM

Chris Johnson has agreed to sign with the Utah Jazz for the remainder of the season, league sources tell RealGM.

Johnson became a free agent after his second 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks expired.

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Tags: Chris Johnson, Milwaukee Bucks, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Amar'e Stoudemire Expects To Play Several More Seasons

Mar 26, 2015 1:58 PM

Amar'e Stoudemire believes he has several seasons left in him at the age of 32.

Stoudemire's Phoenix Suns' teammates, Steve Nash and Shawn Marion, are in their final NBA seasons.

“I’m the last man standing,” Stoudemire said with a smile. “I plan on standing for a while, by the way.

“No, no, there’s no way. There’s a lot of youth in these legs. I have a lot of competitive juices still flowing in me. There’s no way I’m ready to be the next man."

The Dallas Mavericks would like to re-sign Stoudemire in the offseason.

Stoudemire has averaged 9.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game with the Mavericks.

“I love Amar’e -- love, love, love the guy,” Mark Cuban said. “There’s not enough superlatives. He’s just a great guy on the court and off. I just love his physicality. He just wants to win and is a great guy.”

The Mavs will probably offer Stoudemire a significant piece of their midlevel exception. Stoudemire, who says he can “compete at a high level for years to come,” will likely request a multiyear deal.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Report: LeBron 'Frustrated' By Kevin Love Not 'Getting With The Program'

Mar 25, 2015 7:43 PM

LeBron James has tried to make the situation with Kevin Love work, but he's grown frustrated by it, according to sources close to the situation. James reportedly is "frustrated by Love's inability and in some ways unwillingness to get with the program."

James pushed for the Cleveland Cavaliers to trade for Love last offseason.

Love can become a free agent this offseason or in 2016 when the cap rises.

The Cavaliers traded away Andrew Wiggins as part of the package for Love.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: Kevin Love, LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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LeBron: I Admire How Calipari Takes High Egos, Turns Them Into Team

Mar 25, 2015 1:35 PM

LeBron James and John Calipari have grown increasingly close over the years after they were introduced by a "family friend" believed to be William Wesley.

James said his close friend and former St. Vincent-St. Mary teammate Brandon Weems was on Calipari's coaching staff at Kentucky for two years, and "I gained even more of a relationship" with Calipari.

"What I admire is how he's able to take, year after year, these high egos coming out of high school and turn it into a team," James said of Calipari. "He makes them believe, not even believe, it's what it should be, that the team is more important than the individual. No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, in order for the team to have success everyone has to buy in.

"I love that about him, he doesn't cap, he doesn't put a cap on his talent, on those guys," James continued. "He gives them the reins if they play the right way, and he wants them to succeed at the highest level. So, you can respect that."

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Exec: John Calipari Driven Nuts By NBA Failure, Wants Another Chance

Mar 25, 2015 1:00 PM

John Calipari has become college basketball's most impactful coach during his tenure at Kentucky with a formula that has produced one national championship, two runner-up finishes and an undefeated season to date.

Calipari, however, did not succeed in his stint in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets.

"He desperately wants it," the front office official said about returning to the NBA. "He won’t say it out loud. The NBA is the only place he’s ever failed and it drives him nuts. He’s not the same guy he was then. He came to the NBA and he wasn’t ready. He’s ready now."

Calipari has remained close with Brett Yormark, CEO of the Nets.

The Nets could have $60 million in cap space in the summer of 2016, which coincides with the free agency of LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

"All these kids, if you look at a free agent list and check off the ones who he’s got a relationship with you could build an All-Star team," a person close to Calipari said. "Start with LeBron James."

Steve Popper/Bergen Record

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Omri Casspi Encouraged By George Karl, Wants To Re-Sign With Kings

Mar 25, 2015 12:38 PM

Omri Casspi would like to re-sign with the Sacramento Kings in free agency this offseason.

Casspi has been encouraged by the initial weeks of George Karl's tenure.

“I want to come back here so badly,” Casspi said. “I love the community and I feel like the team is finally moving in the right direction. George Karl’s system is great, and I’m not just saying that because I play for him, but because I really do believe this is the right way to play basketball. Spacing the floor. Moving, making extra passes, sharing the ball. Getting our hands on balls, deflections, then getting out and running. Unfortunately, coach Karl has not had a lot of time to teach us everything, but these last two games, you can see what we can become.”

Casspi is represented by Dan Fegan, who is also agent for DeMarcus Cousins.

Casspi's girlfriend is a native of Los Angeles who has practice law in Israel. If Casspi re-signs, she plans on taking the California bar exam.

“Shani loves it here,” Casspi said of his girlfriend. “We both do. This community has been through so much, and now we are on the right path. I want to be a part of that, especially with that new arena coming, coach Karl and Vlade here. When the time comes, my agent will talk to (general manager) Pete (D’Alessandro) and hopefully we get it done.”

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Omri Casspi, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Will Barton Interested In Returning To Nuggets

Mar 24, 2015 11:52 PM

Will Barton has received playing time with the Denver Nuggets and hopes to return to the team next season.

"No doubt," Barton said. "I think we can build something here. We have a lot of good talent, a good organization, coaching staff is good. I can see us building and having a strong future here. We can grow together."

The Nuggets can extend a qualifying offer to Barton after the season at what would be $1.1 million, which would make him a restricted free agent.

Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Tags: Will Barton, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Marc Gasol Hasn't Begun Considering Free Agency

Mar 24, 2015 2:50 PM

Marc Gasol will be one of the most highly coveted free agents in the offseason and will receive interest from the New York Knicks.

Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Knicks by 21 points at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

Gasol was asked if he'd consider the Knicks.

“I haven’t put any time in it,” said Gasol. “You guys know how hectic an NBA season is.”

Mitch Abramson/New York Daily News

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Speights: We Knew Wizards Would Argue, Quit If We Turned Up Defense

Mar 24, 2015 12:22 PM

Marreese Speights said he knew the Washington Wizards would falter in Monday's game if the Golden State Warriors elevated their defense.

"We just turned up a little," Speights said. "We knew if we hit them, if we got a couple stops they would start arguing with each other and quit. We went out there with a good mindset in the second half and we did it.”

The Wizards lost 107-76 and were outscored 29-8 in the third quarter.

Ben Standig/CSN Washington

Tags: Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pelicans Sign Toney Douglas For Remainder Of Season
Toney Douglas appeared in three games for New Orleans, averaging 9.0 points, 4.0 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 22.0 minutes per game.

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Byron Scott: Jeremy Lin Is Definitely An NBA Player
Jeremy Lin ranks 18th in PER since the break at 22.2.

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

Kevin Love Plans On Remaining With Cavaliers 'Either Way'
Kevin Love said his relationship with LeBron James is "evolving" and admitted that the two are not close during two interviews on Monday.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Mavs Concerned By Monta Ellis' On-Court Slump, Moodiness
Monta Ellis has struggled on the court of late and has shot just 38.9 percent from the floor since the All-Star break.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

JaVale McGee Remains Interested In Joining Playoff Contender
JaVale McGee still wants to play for a playoff contender, but his preference is to sign a deal only for the remainder of the season.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Kings To Sign David Wear To 10-Day Contract
David Wear has played for the Reno Bighorns in the NBA D-League this season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Cavs Had Interest In Steve Nash
The Cavaliers viewed Steve Nash as a potential short-minute backup to Kyrie Irving.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Toure' Murry Signs Second 10-Day Contract With Wizards
Toure' Murry was initially signed to give the Wizards depth in the backcourt.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Steve Nash Retires From NBA
Steve Nash won two NBA MVP awards while playing 19 seasons with the Suns, Mavericks and Lakers.

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Suns To Sign A.J. Price, Let Seth Curry Become Free Agent
A.J. Price played in China this season and will replace Seth Curry on the Suns.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

NBA Salary Cap Could Rise To $90M In 2016, $105M In 2017
It would give teams a chance to add players without going into the luxury tax.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Eric Gordon Sees Next Season As Contract Year
Eric Gordon did not want to give up on the Pelicans' season by undergoing surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

John Reid/The Times Picayune

Clippers Sign Jordan Hamilton For Remainder Of Season
Jordan Hamilton had been on two 10-day contracts with the Clippers to give the team depth on the wing.

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Spurs Expected To Pursue Marc Gasol If Duncan, Ginobili Retire
Marc Gasol would likely only leave the Grizzlies for a team that gives him a better shot at a championship.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Wizards Plan On Signing Toure' Murry To 2nd 10-Day Contract
The Wizards plan on keeping Toure' Murry and league sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania that the team is also monitoring Will Bynum.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Andrew Wiggins Plans To Remain With Wolves For 'Very, Very, Very Long Time'
Andrew Wiggins has already been mentioned as a potential addition for the Raptors due to the franchise being his home team.

Eric Koreen/National Post

Al Harrington Retires, Joins Nuggets' Staff For Rest Of Season
Al Harrington was best known for his days playing with the Indiana Pacers and spent two seasons with the Nuggets.

Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Knicks To Sign Ricky Ledo To 10-Day Contract
The Knicks will sign Ricky Ledo to a 10-day contract.

Mike Fisher/Fox Sports

Heat Sign Michael Beasley For Remainder Of Season
Michael Beasley has appeared in 10 games with the Heat this season averaging 9.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 22.9 minutes while shooting 42.4 percent from the field.

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Andrea Bargnani, Knicks Have Mutual Interest On Return
Ettore Messina believes that Andrea Bargnani is perfectly suited for Phil Jackson's triangle offense, noting that he's more effective in the high post.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News