NBA WiretapDecember 2018 NBA Wiretap

Rockets Emerge With Interest In Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Dec 12, 2018 2:34 PM

The Houston Rockets have emerged as a suitor for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in multi-team trade scenarios.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been pursuing Trevor Ariza to improve on the wing.

Caldwell-Pope signed a one-year, $12 million deal to re-sign with the Lakers.

Houston could use Brandon Knight and his $14.6 million for this season and $15.6 million in 19-20 in a trade.

No deal is imminent at this time.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Durant Impressed By Zion Williamson, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Dec 12, 2018 7:34 PM

Kevin Durant said Zion Williamson is a "once in a generation athlete" and that he's "never seen anyone like that before" on The Bill Simmons Podcast.

Durant described Williamson's impressive leaping ability, saying he's never seen a left-handed player "who can dunk like that with his right hand, and cock the ball back so far, and jump so high off two feet".

"I've seen people jump high, but not that way", Durant added about the Duke forward.

Durant went on, saying that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the rookie that's impressed him the most this season.

Of Gilgeous-Alexander, Durant said "he's got the mid-range down. His mid-range is so good. He shoots it with a high release so it's hard to block at 6'6" with a point guard on him, so you gotta put a two-guard on him. And he's still shooting over two-guards...Once you learn how to shoot the mid-range, I feel like the three-ball is going to be easier for you to shoot". 

Durant also shouted out Ja Morant of Murray State and Bol Bol of Oregon.

 

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Clippers Have Master Plan To Add Both Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant

Dec 12, 2018 2:31 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers are executing a "revolutionary" plan to sign either Kawhi Leonard or Kevin Durant - or both - this offseason, according to Brian Windhorst. 

The chase to add Leonard and Durant, described as a "transparent obsession", is driven by Steve Ballmer's unique approach to free agency. The Toronto Raptors have noticed a Clippers employee at 75% of Raptors home games this season, including team president Lawrence Frank (team presidents and general managers don't usually attend games that don't involve their own team).

Windhorst notes that their ability to sign both Durant and Leonard was made possible through savvy moves by general manager Michael Winger in signing Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell to team-friendly deals.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor

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Robert Sarver Threatening To Move Suns To Las Vegas Or Seattle

Dec 12, 2018 3:04 PM

Robert Sarver has begun to tell some council members that he will relocate the Phoenix Suns to Seattle or Las Vegas if the City Council of Phoenix votes down a plan to spend $150 million to upgrade Talking Stick Arena.

As of now, the arena plan does not have the votes to pass.

Phoenix Mayor Thelda Williams and Councilwomen Laura Pastor and Debra Stark have asked for a postponement of the vote.

Talking Stick Resort Arena was built in 1992.

Laurie Roberts/Arizona Republic

Tags: Phoenix Suns, NBA

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NBA, Nike Release Earned Edition Uniforms (Pictures)

Dec 12, 2018 1:04 PM

The NBA and Nike have released their Earned Edition uniforms for the 18-19 season.

Only teams that qualified for the playoffs in the prior season will have Earned uniforms. 

The designs are variations of each team's Statement or City Edition. 

Select teams will debut their uniforms on-court as a part of the NBA’s annual Christmas Day lineup of games.


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Al Horford Out Multiple Games with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome In Left Knee

Dec 12, 2018 12:48 PM

Al Horford will miss "at least a few games" after being diagnosed with patellofemoral pain syndrome in his left knee.

"This is one of those things that it just wasn't getting better," Horford said, according to the Celtics' official Twitter account.

Horford has struggled this season and has been dealing with inflammation in his left knee for nearly a month.

"I don't want to have to keep dealing with this and have a question mark game after game," Horford told reporters on Tuesday. "I just have to listen to the training staff and what the doctors are telling me. I've got to buy into that."

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Tags: Al Horford, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

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Kevin Durant Says Warriors Will Be 'Bay Area Legends' If They Three-Peat

Dec 12, 2018 2:06 AM

Kevin Durant said he thinks about the significance and historical impact of the Warriors' legacy if they three-peat this season. 

Speaking on Chris Haynes' podcast, Durant said "I know for a fact that we'll all get our jerseys retired. We'll probably all get statues here in front of the Chase Center. We'll be Bay Area legends forever, meaning that people will recognize this team and this run forever in this area. I think about 50 years from now when they have our whole team on the Chase Center floor, or wherever the arena is at that point, all the fans will be cheering for us and reminiscing on those days."

A free agent at the end of this season, Durant is averaging 28.8 points per game, his highest average since 2013.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Pacers Interested In Trading Darren Collison Or Cory Joseph

Dec 12, 2018 9:11 AM

The Indiana Pacers are believed to have interest in trading one of their two veteran point guards.

Darren Collison and Cory Joseph roughly split minutes at point guard.

But the Pacers are high on rookie Aaron Holiday, who they would like to create more minutes for.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Cory Joseph, Aaron Holiday, Darren Collison, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pelicans, Pistons, Kings Identified As Active Buyers On Trade Market

Dec 12, 2018 9:08 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans, Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings are three of the most active buyers on the trade market.

The typical start of trade season is Dec. 15 when most players who signed deals in the offseason are eligible to be dealt.

The Pelicans are feeling pressure to build around Anthony Davis before he become eligible to sign a supermax extension this offseason.

Tom Gores wants the Pistons to return to the playoffs and they own their first round pick.

The Kings can offer the large expiring contracts of Zach Randolph and Iman Shumpert to upgrade their team.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lou Williams Out For Estimated Two Weeks With Hamstring Injury

Dec 12, 2018 1:48 AM

Lou William injured his right hamstring during the Los Angeles Clippers' 123-119 win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday.

Doc Rivers said his "best guess" was that Williams would be out for two weeks. Williams is averaging 17.2 points and 4.5 assists per game.

When asked who on the Clippers roster would replace Williams' production, Rivers said "you are not going to replace Lou so don't try. Just don't try. Just try to score as much as you can, stay aggressive and move the ball more."

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Tags: Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Gregg Popovich Moves To Fourth In All-Time Coaching Wins
Popovich won his 1,211 game as a head coach to surpass Pat Riley.

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Dunc'd On: Tuesday Gamer: POR/HOU; League-Wide News Catch-Up; TOR/LAC
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux recap HOU/POR, TOR/LAC, and other NBA news.

Jimmy Butler Says He Only Took One Shot During Infamous Timberwolves Practice
Butler said he dominated the scrimmage with assists, steals, and blocks.

The J.J. Redick Podcast/The Ringer

Jimmy Butler Suffers No Structural Damage To Groin
Jimmy Butler is doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Kevin Durant: You Lean On Your Love For The Game In Times Of Adversity
Kevin Durant's old coaches and friends told him to focus on his work following his altercation with Draymond Green.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

NBA Announces Partnership With Online Sportsbook
The Stars Group will have the right to use official NBA betting data and league marks.

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Anthony Davis Remains Focused On Winning With Pelicans
Anthony Davis remains convinced that the Pelicans can become playoff contenders.

Tim Bontemps/ESPN

Bulls Considering Leadership Committee To Work With Jim Boylen
Zach LaVine spoke with Jim Boylen one-on-one to try to clear the air.

Malika Andrews, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tristan Thompson Out 2-4 Weeks With Sprained Left Foot
Tristan Thompson landed awkwardly on Malcolm Brogdon.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Shareef Abdur-Rahim Named President Of G League
Shareef Abdur-Rahim will replace Malcolm Turner.

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LeBron James' 'Garden' Comment Referred To Venue, Not Playing For Knicks
LeBron James never seriously considered signing with the Knicks this past summer.

Joe Vardon/The Athletic

Mo Bamba Suspended One Game For Violating Team Rule
Bamba is averaging 6.6 points and 4.6 rebounds as a rookie this season.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Warriors Receive Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson Of The Year Award
The Warriors are the fourth team to be named Sportsperson of the Year.

Joe Reedy/Associated Press

Dwyane Wade Says He And LeBron James Shifted NBA Culture Following Final Matchup
Wade says the friendship between him and James helped each other's careers reach another level.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

DeMarcus Cousins Scrimmages With Warriors G League Affiliate
Cousins, who hasn't played since last January, is set to practice with the Warriors before heading down to Santa Cruz for another scrimmage.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Dunc'd On: 15 in 60 Part 2 (Western Conference 12.10.18)
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux finish up their Western Conference 15 in 60.

Kings Looking To Improve Current Team On Trade Market
The Kings haven't reached the playoffs since 2006.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Suns Finalizing Deal With Eric Moreland
Eric Moreland gives the Suns extra depth in the frontcourt.

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

NBA Launches Quarter-By-Quarter Pricing For Single League Pass Games
The offering will be available on NBA.com and the NBA App.

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Bulls Contacted NBPA About Issues With Jim Boylen
Zach LaVine and Justin Holiday were the most vocal in expressing their issues with the practice.

Vincent Goodwill, Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports