August 2010 Basketball Wiretap

Kings Expected To Make Trade Offer For Anthony

Aug 31, 2010 5:04 PM

If the Nuggets make Carmelo Anthony available via trade as expected, the Kings will make an offer.

"If and when the Denver Nuggets commit to a sign-and-trade for Carmelo Anthony, the Kings will thrust themselves into the conversation. Count on it," writes Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee.

"That said, Joe and Gavin Maloof have been consistent about two things: (1) They are not interested in adding role players to eat up the salary cap space they've finally created; and (2) They are absolutely interested in a game-changer type of player, someone who puts fannies in the seats and affects the won-loss percentage."

Sacramento Bee

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Diawara Will Play In Italian League

Aug 31, 2010 4:58 PM

Yakhouba Diawara has signed a deal to play in the Italian League this season, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Diawara appeared in just six games for Miami in 2009-10, averaging less than eight minutes per appearance.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun-Sentinel (via Twitter)

Tags: Yakhouba Diawara, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International

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Nuggets Will Meet With Carmelo Soon

Aug 31, 2010 4:52 PM

Nuggets vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri said Tuesday that he's been in contact with Carmelo Anthony and plans to meet with him soon.

Denver offered Anthony a three-year, $65 million extension through 2014, but if he rejects it, the team will have to consider trading the forward.

ESPN

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nets Unwilling To Offer Lopez For Carmelo

Aug 31, 2010 12:40 PM

According to one report, the Nets are not willing to include Brook Lopez in an attempt to trade for Carmelo Anthony. But New Jersey's offer of Devin Harris, Derek Favors and draft picks may still give the Nuggets the best pieces in return for Anthony.

No mention is made of whether Anthony would agree to sign an extension with the Nets or the other interested teams as part of a trade out of Denver. Anthony's long-term commitment figures to be a prerequisite before teams offer the Nuggets quality assets in a deal.

The Nuggets have had discussions with the Bulls that center around Luol Deng and Taj Gibson.

The Warriors may offer Stephen Curry, Andris Biedrins and draft picks but are not sure that they will make Curry available.

The Clippers are called a long shot with Chris Kaman and Eric Gordon the likely two targets whom Denver would look to acquire.

Jon Rothstein/MSG Network (via Twitter)

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns Re-Sign Dwayne Jones

Aug 31, 2010 8:03 AM

The Suns have re-signed big man Dwayne Jones.

Phoenix traded Jones to Toronto as part of the Leandro Barbosa/Hedo Turkoglu trade last month, but the Raptors waived him.

The Suns are now carrying 14th players on their roster.

Arizona Republic

Tags: Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Official Signing, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavaliers In No Rush To Replace Lance Blanks

Aug 31, 2010 7:59 AM

The Cavaliers are in no rush to replace assistant general manager Lance Blanks, who left this offseason to work with the Suns.

"I've talked to a lot of guys. It's not something I'm going to rush," general manager Chris Grant said. "We've got the coaching staff set and our training staff set. Those are the two most important things."

Akron Beacon Journal

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Williams, Gardner Audition For Spurs

Aug 31, 2010 7:50 AM

The Spurs opened their practice facility to potential training camp invitees on Monday.

Jawad Williams and Thomas Gardner were among the first players to participate.

"We're going to be looking at a lot of guys over the next few weeks," Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said. "Eventually, we'll decide on the players we want to bring to camp."

San Antonio Express-News

Tags: Jawad Williams, Thomas Gardner, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Sign Da'Sean Butler

Aug 30, 2010 4:46 PM

The Miami Heat announced today that they have signed second-round draft selection Da'Sean Butler. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Butler, a 6'7", 230-pound forward, played all four seasons at West Virginia University appearing in 146 games (110 starts) and averaged 14.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.06 steals while shooting 44.8 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from three-point range and 73.3 percent from the foul line.

Press Release

Tags: Da'Sean Butler, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Official Trade, NBA Misc Rumor

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Hawks Don't Want Horford To Test Free Agent Market

Aug 30, 2010 8:35 AM

The Hawks would prefer that Al Horford doesn't hit the free agent market next summer.

Horford can become a restricted free agent after the 2010-11 season.

"The Hawks would prefer he not test the market because they know full well he'd be coveted from sea to shining sea," wrote the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The issue is that Jamal Crawford is looking for a contract extension and there have been reports that he'll request a trade if he doesn't receive one.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tags: Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Etan Thomas On 'Short List' For Hawks

Aug 30, 2010 8:25 AM

It was reported on HoopsHype.com over the weekend that the Hawks were close to signing veteran big man Etan Thomas.

Atlanta assistant general manager Dave Pendergraft confirmed the team had Thomas in for a workout but said Thomas is one of a handful of free agents the Hawks are considering.

"He's on a very, very short list," Pendergraft said. "We were pleased with the workout."

Pendergraft declined to comment on the other candidates for Atlanta's 13th roster spot.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tags: Etan Thomas, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wizards Invite Hudson, Martin To Camp
The Wizards currently have 12 players under contract for the 2010-11 season.

Washington Post

Crawford's Agent, Hawks To Meet This Week
Jamal Crawford is reportedly ready to request a trade if the Hawks don't give him a contract extension.

Boston Globe

Sy Could Join Hawks In 10-11
Pape Sy has one more year on his contract with Le Havre.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Knicks Could Still Sign Ager
New York has one open roster spot.

New York Post

Stackhouse Intrigued By Miami
Jerry Stackhouse thinks playing in Miami would be fun.

SLAM

Etan Thomas Close To Deal With Hawks
The Hawks may finally fill their need for another big man.

Jorge Sierra/Hoops Hype

Nuggets Prefer To Deal Carmelo To Nets, Kings Or Wolves
The Nuggets have a specific group of teams they'd like to execute a blockbuster trade with.

Sam Amico/NBA.com (via Twitter)

Nets Are 'Legit' Suitors For Anthony
One NBA executive believes New Jersey has the pieces needed to acquire Carmelo Anthony.

New York Post

Bucks May Not Have Room For Gallon
If the Bucks sign Darington Hobson, they'll have 15 players under contract.

Journal Times

Sampson Will Stay With Bucks
Kelvin Sampson has been linked to the final assistant job in Chicago.

Journal Times

Lakers Won't Re-Sign Mbenga
D.J. Mbenga isn't expected to return to the Lakers.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN.com (via Twitter)

Jazz Work Out Veteran Elson
Francisco Elson appeared in just 12 games last season.

Jorge Sierra/Hoops Hype (via Twitter)

Crawford Wouldn't Be Hard For Hawks To Trade
Jamal Crawford has a $10.1 million expiring contract.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wizards Inquire About Carmelo
The entire league is probably calling Denver to check on the availability of Carmelo Anthony.

Michael Lee/Washington Post

Without Extension, Jamal Crawford Seeks Trade
If the Hawks do not make a reasonable offer to Jamal Crawford next week he will ask to be traded.

ESPN.com

Ujiri: Keeping Carmelo My Top Priority
Carmelo Anthony is Masai Ujiri's top priority.

Associated Press (via New York Times)

Report: Knicks Are Carmelo's First Choice
Carmelo Anthony has his sights set on New York, according to the New York Daily News.

New York Daily News

Billups Might Be A Trade Chip As Well
Denver might be willing to part with Chauncey Billups if Carmelo Anthony is dealt.

John Hollinger/ESPN.com (via Twitter)

Heat Unlikely To Make Trades
Mario Chalmers and Dexter Pittman are the only two players that Miami can trade.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Denver Officially Hires Ujiri As New GM
Masai Ujiri was a scout with the Nuggets from 2003 to 2007.

ESPN