Basketball Wiretap

Clippers Intend To Buy 2nd Round Pick

Jun 21, 2017 11:39 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers don't own a single draft pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but they plan on buying an early second round selection.

The Clippers are prepared to pay upwards of $2 million to get into the draft.

According to several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, the Clippers have been calling teams who have second-round picks in the 35-50 range.

The Philadelphia 76ers own four second round picks, while the Boston Celtics own three. The Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz each own two first round picks, which could lead them to sell a second rounder.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Knicks Would Like Top-4 Pick, Established Starter If They Trade Kristaps Porzingis

Jun 21, 2017 8:57 PM

The New York Knicks have put calls out regarding Kristaps Porzingis.

The Knicks are motivated to trade into the top-4 of the draft and Josh Jackson is believed to be their target. New York would also like an established starter.

The Knicks have attempted to frame it as though they are listening to offers for Porzingis, but they have also made calls.

The Knicks have yet to reach out to Porzingis to say they're not trading him.

It is believed that the Knicks' interest in trading Porzingis is coming strictly from Phil Jackson. Jackson reportedly has concerns about Porzingis' lack of compliance.

During an interview on MSG on Wednesday evening, Jackson spoke about his concerns with Porzingis.

"As much as we love this guy, we have to do what's best for the club," said Jackson.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Mavs, Wolves Break Off Wesley Matthews For Ricky Rubio Talks

Jun 21, 2017 7:28 PM

The Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves have broken off talks centered on a Ricky Rubio for Wesley Matthews trade.

Dallas and Minnesota would have also swapped lottery picks with the Mavericks moving ahead of the New York Knicks at No. 8 to get No. 7 with the Wolves getting No. 9.

Talks between the two teams are now dead.

Matthews has a player option for 18-19, while Rubio can become a free agent in 2019.

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Tags: Ricky Rubio, Wesley Matthews, Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Celtics Interested In Trading Down To Target Dennis Smith Jr.

Jun 21, 2017 6:49 PM

Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics are considering moving back in the draft again from No. 3.

The Celtics are believed to be interested in Dennis Smith Jr.

“We call him the minister of disinformation,” said one rival executive. “He’s putting a lot of stuff out there.”

The Celtics are believed to like Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson or Jonathan Isaac if they stay at No. 3.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Tags: Dennis Smith, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Kings Declined Lakers' Offer Of No. 2 For Nos. 5, 10

Jun 21, 2017 10:55 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers attempted to trade the No. 2 pick to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the No. 5 and No. 10 picks in the draft.

The Lakers would have packaged one of the two Kings' picks to the Indiana Pacers along with 27, 28 and salary cap filler for Paul George.

The Kings declined the offer as they believe they can get the player they want at No. 5 while keeping a second top-10 pick in what's considered a deep draft.

The Lakers are expected to select Lonzo Ball at No. 2 if they keep their pick.

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Celtics Leaning Towards Jayson Tatum As Josh Jackson Still Declines Workout Invite

Jun 21, 2017 10:51 AM

The Boston Celtics have finally received the medicals of Josh Jackson, who they are considering picking at No. 3.

Jackson continues to decline Boston's invitation to work out for them ahead of Thursday's draft.

Boston is also considering Jayson Tatum at No. 3 and appear to be leaning towards picking him.

The Celtics traded down from No. 1 and haven't ruled out trading down again, according to various reports.

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Tags: Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Workouts

Pacers Continue To Seek No. 2 Pick From Lakers For Paul George

Jun 20, 2017 8:28 PM

The Indiana Pacers continue to seek the No. 2 overall pick from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Paul George.

The Lakers are offering Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, as well as picks No. 27 and No. 28 in Thursday's draft.

George has made it known he would like to join the Lakers and they can sign him outright in 2018.

The Lakers are expected to draft Lonzo Ball at No. 2.

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Tags: Paul George, Lonzo Ball, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Celtics Interested In Trading For Kristaps Porzingis

Jun 20, 2017 12:51 PM

The Boston Celtics are amongst the teams interested in trading for Kristaps Porzingis.

The New York Knicks are considering trading away Porzingis this offseason with the relationship between player and franchise remaining severely strained.

Communication between the two sides has been cut off since Porzingis skipped his exit meeting.

The Knicks are said to be high on Josh Jackson in the draft and the Celtics own the third overall pick.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Lakers Offering D'Angelo Russell In Hopes Of Drafting Luke Kennard Or Zach Collins

Jun 19, 2017 11:39 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers are attempting to trade for a second top-12 pick in Thursday's draft and reportedly are offering D'Angelo Russell.

The future of Russell with the Lakers is uncertain with the team expected to draft Lonzo Ball.

The Lakers are targeting Luke Kennard and Zach Collins with the additional draft pick.

Chad Ford/ESPN

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Danny Ainge Thinks Celtics' Pick At No. 3 Likely To Have Been Their Pick At No. 1

Jun 19, 2017 6:16 PM

The Boston Celtics have confidence they made the right move in trading the first overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for No. 3 and a future first rounder.

Philadelphia will draft Markelle Fultz, a player they clearly liked more than Boston did.

The Celtics are expected to select either Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum, though there's a chance the Los Angeles Lakers pass on Lonzo Ball at No. 2.

“I think even before the lottery we’ve been evaluating these kids for a couple years and we felt like it was very close with the top handful of players, and we still feel that way,” Ainge said. “We think there’s a really good chance the player we’ll take at 3 is the same player we would have taken at 1. So this was a great opportunity to acquire an impactful asset.”

The pick protections on the second pick is rather limited in which they won't be able to get the top overall pick in either scenario.  

“Those were things that were negotiated,” Ainge said. “They weren’t OK with giving up any of those picks to move down two spots in the draft, but eventually we got the picks that we wanted. They were not OK with giving up a potential No. 1 pick to move up two slots in this particular draft. It was negotiated and negotiated in a way that was fair for both teams.”

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

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76ers, Celtics Officially Announce Trade With Future Pick Protections
If the Lakers' pick doesn't convey, the Celtics will receive either Sacramento's or Philadelphia's first round pick in 2019, whichever is more favorable unless it's No. 1.

RealGM Staff Report

Lakers Seeking Additional First Round Pick
The Lakers currently own picks No. 2 and No. 28.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Suns Discuss Moving Up In Draft With Lakers, Celtics
The Suns are targeting Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson in the draft.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Lakers Moving Towards Picking Lonzo Ball At No. 2
The Lakers are also considering Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum and De'Aaron Fox.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Lakers Had Interest In Moving Up To No. 1 To Select Markelle Fultz
The Lakers did not have enough available assets to trade up to draft Markelle Fultz.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Celtics Likely To Decide Between Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson If They Keep No. 3
Boston could also flip the third overall pick in a separate trade and aren't done discussing scenarios.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Celtics Agree To Send No. 1 Pick To 76ers
The Celtics have agreed to trade the first overall pick to the 76ers

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Joel Embiid Takes Selfie In Front Of Markelle Fultz's 76ers' Locker
The 76ers are moving towards trading for Markelle Fultz.

RealGM Staff Report

76ers, Celtics Could Finalize Trade After Markelle Fultz Workout
Discussions between the 76ers and Celtics have centered on the first overall pick in exchange for the third overall pick, the Lakers' unprotected pick in 2018 and possibly a 2021 first rounder.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Dennis Smith Jr. To Work Out For Celtics
Dennis Smith Jr. has also worked out for the Lakers, Magic, Knicks and Wolves.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Celtics, 76ers May Not Agree Upon Trade Until Draft Night
There have been reports of the deal expanding to include a third team with Jimmy Butler going to the Celtics.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Daily News

Markelle Fultz To Work Out For 76ers On Saturday
Markelle Fultz was scheduled to work out for the Celtics, but Friday's trade talks with the 76ers have changed the dynamic.

Mark Murphy/Boston Herald

Magic Johnson 'In Love' With Markelle Fultz After He 'Murdered' Lakers' Workout
The Lakers may try to move up to No. 1 by offering No. 2 and Julius Randle to the Celtics.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

76ers Discussing Trading Up To No. 1 With Celtics
The Celtics would receive multiple draft assets from Philadelphia in exchange for the No. 1 pick.

Marc Stein, Zach Lowe/ESPN

Lonzo Ball Considering Meeting With Other Lottery Teams
Lonzo Ball is hoping to give the Lakers an up-close look at his training regimen and work ethic.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Josh Jackson To Boston At No. 1 Gaining Momentum
Josh Jackson has yet to workout for the Celtics but he could still be their choice at No. 1.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Markelle Fultz Describes Lakers' Workout As 'Family Decision'
Markelle Fultz would prefer to be drafted first overall but is ready to go anywhere.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Lakers Discussing Trading Out Of No. 2 Slot In Draft
The Lakers have had scenarios presented to them by rival teams and have also offered their own.

Tania Ganguli/Los Angeles Times

Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz, Jonathan Isaac Comprise Top-3 Of Pelton's Projections
Kevin Pelton's draft projections for the 2017 class has Lonzo Ball ranked first ahead of Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac.

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De'Aaron Fox: I'm Not Bad Shooter, I Just Had A Bad Year Shooting
De'Aaron Fox believes he's a better perimeter shooter than he showed during his lone season at Kentucky in which he shot 21 percent on three-pointers.

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