NBA WiretapFebruary 2012 NBA Wiretap

Magic, Warriors In Trade Talks Centered On Ellis

Feb 29, 2012 9:01 PM

The Magic and Warriors are in trade talks involving Monta Ellis, sources confirmed to RealGM.

No trade is imminent, but talks are ongoing say sources.

The willingness of the Warriors to deal Ellis has increased over the past few weeks. While Ellis does not have as much trade value as teammate Stephen Curry, he does represent the franchise’s best opportunity to change the status quo.

Orlando has been active in their pursuit of a scoring guard to pair with Dwight Howard in an effort to retain him.

Jarrod Rudolph/RealGM

Tags: Monta Ellis, Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Re-Assign Malcolm Lee To D-League

Feb 29, 2012 8:50 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have re-assigned Malcolm Lee to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Timberwolves’ NBA Development League affiliate.

It is the second assignment for Lee this season.

Lee was first assigned to the Skyforce on Feb. 6, appearing in three games and averaging 9.7 points, 6.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 25.3 minutes.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Malcolm Lee, Minnesota Timberwolves, Sioux Falls Skyforce, NBA, D-League, D-League Transaction, D-League Teams

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Nets Uninterested In Lopez For Ellis Swap

Feb 29, 2012 6:55 PM

The Nets are uninterested in trading Brook Lopez in a deal involving Monta Ellis, according to a source.

A report out of the Bay Area on Wednesday suggested the Warriors would want more from the Nets than just Lopez in exchange for Ellis.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Tags: Brook Lopez, Monta Ellis, Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Wouldn't Trade Griffin For Howard

Feb 29, 2012 6:52 PM

While Dwight Howard would be interested in playing with Chris Paul on the Clippers, the two teams have not engaged in trade talks recently.

A deal for Howard centered around Blake Griffin would surely be something the Magic covet. But sources say the Clippers won't even deal Griffin for Howard.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Would Seek Inclusion Of Deng In Gasol Deal

Feb 29, 2012 6:48 PM

The Bulls question their ability to beat the Heat in a seven-game series without making a move, according to a source.

Chicago has expressed interest in Pau Gasol and would quickly deal Carlos Boozer to the Lakers in a deal.

But the Lakers would likely want Luol Deng included, which would be a non-starter for Chicago.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Luol Deng, Pau Gasol, Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Report: Howard Prefers To Sign With Nets Outright In Summer

Feb 29, 2012 6:36 PM

The reportedly preference for Dwight Howard is to sign with the Nets in the offseason as a free agent, which would allow the franchise to retain the assets they do have.

Howard is enthused about teaming up with Deron Williams and he could likely receive a more lucrative adidas extension in Brooklyn.

The Magic haven't given up on keeping Howard and are interested in a trade for either Steve Nash or Monta Ellis, but both possibilities are remote.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics, Warriors Discussed Rondo For Curry Trade In December

Feb 29, 2012 6:33 PM

The Warriors and Celtics had trade talks involving Rajon Rondo for Stephen Curry in December, but it was Golden State that decided not to do the deal.

Boston has looked for several trades involving Rondo since the end of the lockout and continue to shop him aggressively, according to sources.

Chris Broussard/ESPN (via Twitter)

Tags: Stephen Curry, Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Blazers Interested In Trade For Nash

Feb 29, 2012 6:27 PM

The Blazers continue to be interested in making a trade for Steve Nash, according to sources.

But most sources don't expect a trade involving Nash.

"Because of his age and because he can leave in the summer, offers for Nash haven't been as star-laden as you'd think," said one source.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Decline Beasley Trade With Eye On Luxury Tax

Feb 29, 2012 6:25 PM

The Timerwolves offered Michael Beasley to the Lakers, according to a source.

The asking price was the better first round pick owned by the Lakers in 2012.

But the Lakers reportedly don't want to pay the increase in lottery tax that acquiring Beasley would mean.

Chris Broussard/ESPN (via Twitter)

Tags: Michael Beasley, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nowitzki Expected To Take Summer Off From German Team

Feb 29, 2012 4:40 PM

German national team coach Svetislav Pesic said Dirk Nowitzki is not expected to be a member of the team this summer as they attempt to qualify for EuroBasket 2013.

"I believe that Nowitzki isn't expecting my call," Pesic said. "He needs peace, a summer vacation. He has to think about his future. But, of course, we'll discuss his plans.

"Germany lived on Dirk's glory for long time,” Pesic said. “Since the bronze in Indianapolis, silver at the FIBA European Championship in 2005, up to these days.

"Because of the magnitude of his personality and basketball qualities, many other players were just - other players.

"That wasn't bad, it was normal back in those days as Nowitzki is a true leader on the court, but I think that there is a new wave of players in Germany that can help to build new future."

FIBA.com

Tags: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, National, National Misc Rumor

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Mitch McGary Not Considering Early Entry Into NBA, Plans To Enroll At Michigan
19-year-old post-graduate senior Mitch McGary has drawn attention from NBA scouts.

ESPNBoston.com

Nerlens Noel Crosses Off Florida, Providence From List
Nerlens Noel has dropped Florida and Providence from his list of schools.

Louisville Courier-Journal

Zeller Studying Leadership, Applying Lessons Learned With Tar Heels
Tyler Zeller has taken two classes devoted entirely to the concept of leadership as part of his coursework toward completing his business administration degree at North Carolina.

Charlotte Observer

Sullinger Admits To Being Affected By Officiating
Jared Sullinger has produced a pair of single-singles in his last two games.

Cleveland Plain Dealer

D'Antoni Seeks 10-Man Rotation, May Change From Game To Game
The Knicks suddenly have an issue with too much depth.

Kevin Armstrong/New York Daily News

Tyson Chandler May Sit To Heal Wrist
Tyson Chandler is still battling with pain in his injured right wrist, which was sustained on Feb. 19th against the Mavericks.

New York Daily News

Blazers Surprised By Report Of Roy Considering Comeback
Brandon Roy isn't eligible to return to the Blazers until his current contract expires in 2015.

Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Fredette Experiencing 'Gigantic Adjustment'
Jimmer Fredette is shooting 37.5% from the field.

Deseret News

King, Cuban Downplay Possibility Of Williams Signing With Mavericks
While Avery Johnson considers the Mavericks "a threat" to sign Deron Williams, Billy King disagreed.

Colin Stephenson/Star-Ledger

Collins Wants Holiday To Become Offensive Catalyst
During their recent losing streak, the Sixers have struggled offensively.

Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Daily News

Warriors Would Want More For Ellis Than Lopez
According to sources with the Warriors, there is little to the trade rumors involving Monta Ellis going to the Nets for Brook Lopez.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Lakers Recall Devin Ebanks From D-Fenders
Devin Ebanks averaged 18.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 32.0 minutes in three games with the D-Fenders.

RealGM Staff Report

Source: Suns Won't Trade Nash Unless He Submits Request
Steve Nash is set to become a free agent this summer, but has given no indication of any interest in being traded to a contender.

Chris Broussard/ESPN (via Twitter)

Heat Sign Mickell Gladness To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Mickell Gladness has appeared in eight games with the Heat this season.

RealGM Staff Report

Scouts Like Tyshawn Taylor's Speed, Improved Shooting Ability
Tyshawn Taylor is averaging 17.1 points while shooting a career-high 44 percent from the three point line.

ESPN.com

Kendall Marshall Draws Mixed Reviews From NBA Execs
Kendall Marshall continues to divide NBA decision makers.

ESPN.com

Shabazz Muhammad Set To Visit Duke
Shabazz Muhammad is set to take his first official visit to Duke this weekend.

The Chronicle

Brandon Roy Considering Comeback
Brandon Roy's decision to retire wasn't reportedly all health related.

David Pick/Eurobasket

Zeller Adjusting To Physical Play, Becoming Better Help Defender
Cody Zeller has scored in double figures in 13 of his last 16 games.

Indianapolis Star

Donovan Anoints Anthony Davis As Top Shot Blocker Of Last Two Decades
Anthony Davis leads the country in blocks at 4.7 per game.

Lexington Herald-Leader