NBA WiretapAugust 2012 NBA Wiretap

Luther Head Opts Out Of Contract With Hapoel Holon

Aug 31, 2012 11:10 PM

Luther Head has opted out of his deal with Hapoel Holon, a team in Israel.

Head signed a one-year contract with Hapoel on Monday.

David Pick/

Tags: Luther Head, Hapoel Unet Holon, Israeli BSL, NBA, International, International Teams, International League, International Misc Rumor

Arizona State Hires Larry Greer, Expects To Add Eric Musselman

Aug 31, 2012 11:08 PM

Larry Greer, a former assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers, has accepted an offer to join Herb Sendek’s staff at Arizona State.

Greer spent four seasons as the Blazers' advanced scout before Nate McMillan promoted him to assistant last offseason.

Eric Musselman is expected to join Sendek’s staff early next week, according to a report.

Musselman last season coached the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA's developmental league.

Chris Haynes/CSNNE

Tags: South Bay Lakers, Arizona State Sun Devils, Pacific-12 Conference, NCAA, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams, D-League Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

Spurs To Bring In Brian Butch, Warren Carter For Workouts

Aug 31, 2012 9:16 PM

The San Antonio Spurs will bring in Brian Butch and Warren Carter next week for a workout.

Carter played for Dexia Mons-Hainaut last season.

Butch has spent the past few seasons in the D-League.

Michael A. De Leon/Project Spurs

Tags: Brian Butch, Warren Carter, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International

Vujacic, Sharapova No Longer Engaged

Aug 31, 2012 7:07 PM

Sasha Vujacic and Maria Sharapova are no longer engaged.

"It's been since the end of spring," Sharapova said. "I was waiting for someone to actually ask me that question.

"I have never really been the person to announce things. I never announced when we were together or never announced we were engaged. I never have in any of my previous relationships as well."

Vujacic signed a one-year deal with Anadolu Efes of Turkey in 2011.

"It was a really nice period of time for both of us, but our career schedules just made it extremely difficult to see each other with the traveling and especially his career move to Turkey. But we have a tremendous amount of respect for each other. I still would love to call him as a friend. We spent really great years together."

Diance Pucin/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Sasha Vujacic, NBA, International

Bobcats Working Out Josh Howard

Aug 31, 2012 11:00 AM

The Bobcats are taking a look at free agent forward Josh Howard, president of basketball operations Rod Higgins confirmed.

Howard has also received interest from the Knicks and Bulls.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Tags: Josh Howard, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Deshaun Thomas Wrestled With Decision To Return To Ohio State

Aug 31, 2012 10:57 AM

Deshaun Thomas changed his mind five times over entering the NBA draft last spring before deciding to return for his junior season at Ohio State.

Thomas was a projected as a borderline first round pick.

“I just sat back one day and realized, ‘I’m going to stay and get better, and I think I can (go) higher (next) year,” he said. “I think I made a great decision.”

Thomas participated in two camps this summer that were scouted by NBA talent evaluators.

“They said my body was great, and they liked that I could score in different ways,” said Thomas, who said he is down to 214 pounds with 7.1 percent body fat. That’s at least 10 pounds lighter than his first two seasons. “I can move better,” he said.

Bob Hunter/Columbus Dispatch

Tags: Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State Buckeyes, Big Ten Conference, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Jacque Vaughn Finalizes Magic Coaching Staff

Aug 31, 2012 1:06 AM

Jacque Vaughn has completed his staff, with the addition of three assistants, two player development coaches and a special consultant.

James Borrego, Wes Unseld, Jr. and Brett Gunning will serve as Vaughn's main assistants. Luke Stuckey and Laron Profit will handle player development, while Gordon Chiesa was hired as a special consultant.

"Each coach brings a unique skill set to the staff," Vaughn said. "Collectively, this staff possesses a diverse basketball background. We are truly fortunate that these men have decided to join our Magic family."

John Denton/

Tags: Orlando Magic, NBA

Kemba Walker Ready To Assume Leadership Role With Bobcats

Aug 31, 2012 12:59 AM

Kemba Walker is ready to emerge as a leader on the court and in the locker room.

“Coach (Mike Dunlap) is really pushing me to be the leader and pushing me to use my voice,” said Walker, who turned 22 in May. “I’m trying to embrace that role.”

Walker praised Charlotte’s decision to select Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the second overall pick of the June draft.

“Very happy, very happy,” Walker said. “He was the next best player in the draft (behind Kentucky teammate Anthony Davis) and we had to take him. Not only that. He’s a great person. He’s a great kid. He’s going to be a great teammate. That’s what we need. We need high character guys.”

Tom Sorensen/Charlotte Observer

Tags: Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Nets Eye Brooklyn Waterfront Property For Practice Facility

Aug 31, 2012 12:53 AM

The Nets are looking to build a new practice facility and are considering a waterfront site in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, a real estate source said.

Real-estate developer Joseph Sitt has owned the 660,000-square-foot parcel since 2005, when he purchased it for about $24 million.

Daniel Massey/Crain's New York Business

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Popovich Sees Leonard As Future Face Of Spurs

Aug 30, 2012 8:21 PM

Gregg Popovich envisions Kawhi Leonard as the future cornerstone of the Spurs.

“I think he’s going to be a star. And as time goes on, he’ll be the face of the Spurs I think. At both ends of the court, he is really a special player,” said Popovich, who has been San Antonio's coach since 1996. “And what makes me be so confident about him is that he wants it so badly. He wants to be a good player, I mean a great player. He comes early, he stays late, and he’s coachable, he’s just like a sponge. When you consider he’s only had one year of college and no training camp yet, you can see that he’s going to be something else.”

The Spurs are set to return their entire roster, plus Nando de Colo, who the team selected with the 53rd pick of the 2009 draft.

“Well we thought we were very fortunate and we were very happy that we were able to sign our guys, that we could bring Boris (Diaw) back and Danny (Green) back,” Popovich said. “And they’re going to be even better for us this year, so that’s what we look for in improvement, for them to understand the system more, for Kawhi Leonard to be here in training camp, and so in a sense those three guys are like new players for us. We regard them almost like free agents, and we look forward to them rounding out the group that’s been here.” (via Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News)

Tags: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, NBA

Mike Zarren Removes Himself From Consideration For 76ers' GM Job
Mike Zarren has removed his name from consideration for the Philadelphia 76ers general manager job.

Paul Flannery/WEEI

Real Madrid Offering Sergio Llull Six-Year Extension
The Rockets own the draft rights to Llull, buying them for $2.25 million from the Nuggets.

The Dream Shake

Carmelo Rated Amongst NBA's Most Efficient On Drives, Touches At Elbow
The New York Knicks became one of 10 team to purchase a multi-camera system from STATS, LLC that tracks every movement in an NBA game.

Zach Lowe/Sports Illustrated

Hansen Buys More Property For Proposed Seattle Arena
Chris Hansen, the man behind the push to build a new NBA-ready arena in Seattle, has led a group of investors to buy the Showbox Sodo property for $8 million.

Marc Stilles/Puget Sound Business Journal

Webster Foresees Many Spot-Up Opportunities Playing With Wall, Nene
Martell Webster is also feeling healthy after experiencing multiple back surgeries.

Michael Lee/Washington Post

Isiah Thomas Taking Classes At UC Berkeley
Isiah Thomas is enrolled in graduate school at the University of California at Berkely.

Jeff Faraudo/Bay Area News Group

Hilton Armstrong Agrees To Terms With Panathianakos
Hilton Armstrong will continue his pro career in Greece.

Nets Daily

Darius Songaila Signs One-Year Deal With BC Donetsk
Darius Songaila spent eight seasons in the NBA.

Nets Work Out Eddy Curry, Hilton Armstrong
The Nets are looking to add a center to their roster.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Josh Howard Receiving Interest From Knicks, Bulls
Josh Howard played for the Utah Jazz last season.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Pacers Promote Peter Dinwiddie To VP Of Basketball Operations
Peter Dinwiddie has been promoted by the Indiana Pacers to Vice President of Basketball Operations.

Press Release

Zach Lowe Leaving SI For Grantland
Zach Lowe of Sports Illustrated will join Grantland on October 1st.

RealGM Staff Report

Ric Bucher To Co-Host Bay Area Radio Show
Ric Bucher will continue as an NBA reporter for ESPN.

RealGM Staff Report

Donte Greene Suffers Ankle Fracture
Donte Greene fractured his ankle during a workout on Saturday with the Charlotte Bobcats.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Dale Osbourne Hired As Assistant Coach By Blazers
Dale Osbourne joins the Trail Blazers from the Tulsa 66ers.

RealGM Staff Report

Wizards Sign Martell Webster
The Washington Wizards have signed Martell Webster.

RealGM Staff Report

Motiejunas Gaining Knowledge By Practicing Against Asik
To prepare for his rookie season, Donatas Motiejunas is practicing against Omer Asik.

Jason Friedman/

Wade Participates In On-Court Workout For First Time Since Knee Surgery
Dwyane Wade underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on July 9.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Omri Casspi Hopes To Find Spot In Cavaliers Rotation
Omri Casspi shot just 40.3 percent from the floor during the 2011-12 season.

Jodie Valade/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Shelden Williams Signs With Elan Chalon
Shelden Williams was the fifth overall pick of the 2006 NBA draft.