NBA WiretapOctober 2018 NBA Wiretap

Rockets Decline 19-20 Option On Marquese Chriss

Oct 31, 2018 6:52 PM

The Houston Rockets have declined their fourth-year option on the contract of Marquese Chriss.

Chriss was acquired by the Rockets in a trade with the Phoenix Suns.

Chriss was the eighth overall pick in the 2016 draft by the Suns. The Suns have also declined the 19-20 option on Dragan Bender.

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Tags: Marquese Chriss, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Exercise 19-20 Options On Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, Dario Saric

Oct 31, 2018 6:46 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have exercised the rookie-scale options on the contracts of Markelle Fultz, Dario Saric and Ben Simmons. 

Fultz, who was originally selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, following one season at the University of Washington, has appeared in 22 NBA games for the 76ers. This season, his second with Philadelphia, Fultz has played in eight games (all starts) and is averaging 9.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.0 steals in 24.6 minutes per contest.

Saric has started each of the 76ers’ eight games in 2018-19 and holds averages of 10.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 31.0 minutes per contest. He’s notched a season-best 15 points at Milwaukee on Oct. 24. An All-Rookie First Team selection following the 2016-17 season, Saric has seen action in 167 career games (117 starts), posting 13.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 28.1 minutes per game. 

Simmons joined Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only two rookies in league history to post at least 15.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game. He was one of only three NBA players to post such averages last season, joining current Laker LeBron James and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook.

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Tags: Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Tom Thibodeau Believed To Not Be Ready To Trade Jimmy Butler

Oct 31, 2018 2:56 PM

Tom Thibodeau is not believed to be ready yet to seriously negotiate a trade of Jimmy Butler.

The Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers have interest in Butler.

Butler will miss Wednesday's game, but he has told associates that he plans to play against the Warriors on Friday night.

Butler and his agent are frustrated by the Wolves slowly moving to honor his trade request.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Decline 19-20 Option On Justin Patton

Oct 31, 2018 1:45 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have declined their 19-20 option on Justin Patton.

Patton was the 16th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Patton has battled injuries throughout his time in the NBA.

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Tags: Justin Patton, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jimmy Butler Ready To Miss Games To Help Expedite Trade

Oct 31, 2018 12:47 PM

Jimmy Butler could begin an extended absence in an effort to expedite a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Butler is sitting out Wednesday's game against the Utah Jazz.

The Timberwolves termed it "general soreness and precautionary rest,” but Butler informed Tom Thibodeau of his decision.

Butler requested a trade before the start of training camp.

The Wolves were close to a trade of Butler to the Miami Heat before the start of the season, but talks fell apart. The Houston Rockets have since been active in talks with the Wolves.

Shams Charania, Jon Krawczynski/The Athletic

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Larry Drew, Cavaliers Haven't Gained Traction On Contract Talks

Oct 31, 2018 12:43 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Larry Drew have yet to gain traction over an interim coaching position.

The Cavaliers informed Drew they could still hire a new head coach but the team has not yet been aggressive in hiring one.

Drew is one of the league's highest-paid assistants at nearly $1 million this season.

"There are no updates, which I'm very disappointed about," Drew said Tuesday. "I'm going to be professional and I'm going to do my job. It's been close to 72 hours."

Brian Windhorst, Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bucks Exercise 19-20 Options On Thon Maker, D.J. Wilson

Oct 31, 2018 12:17 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have exercised the fourth-year contract option on forward Thon Maker and third-year contract option on forward D.J. Wilson.

The 10th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Maker, 21, is averaging 6.3 points and 4.7 rebounds over three games this season. In his first two seasons with the Bucks, Maker averaged 4.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

Wilson, 22, was the 17th overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft. He appeared in 22 games for the Bucks in his rookie campaign and averaged 1.0 point and 0.5 rebounds. In 11 games for the Wisconsin Herd, the G League affiliate of the Bucks, Wilson averaged 15.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists last season.

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Raptors Exercise 19-20 Options On OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam

Oct 31, 2018 11:58 AM

The Toronto Raptors have exercised the third-year team option on the rookie scale contract of forward OG Anunoby and the fourth-year team option on the rookie scale contract of forward Pascal Siakam. The contracts for Anunoby and Siakam are now guaranteed through the 2019-20 season. 

Anunoby, 6-foot-8, 232 pounds, was selected by the Raptors with the 23rd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. He has averaged 7.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 24.2 minutes in five games this season.

Anunoby averaged 5.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 20.0 minutes in 74 games (62 starts) last season. He ranked seventh among rookies in field goal percentage (.471) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.371). Anunoby scored in double figures 10 times with two 20-point performances.

Siakam, 6-foot-9, 230 pounds, is averaging 10.9 points 7.0 rebounds and 26.0 minutes in eight games (seven starts) this season. He set career highs with 22 points Oct. 29 at Milwaukee, and 15 rebounds Oct. 30 vs. Philadelphia.

Siakam was picked by Toronto 27th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft. He has averaged 6.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 19.1 minutes in 144 games (50 starts) with the Raptors.

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Tags: Pascal Siakam, Ogugua Anunoby, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavaliers Could Have Interest In Avery Johnson

Oct 31, 2018 11:56 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers could have interest in pursuing Avery Johnson as head coach.

Dan Gilbert has had interest in hiring a college coach for several seasons with offers in the past to Tom Izzo, Bill Self and John Calipari. Johnson is in his fourth season at Alabama and has coached in the NBA previously with the Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets.

Johnson also coached Collin Sexton at Alabama.

Officials from the Cavaliers spent time with Johnson in advance of drafting Sexton.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers, Alabama Crimson Tide, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Exercise 19-20 Option On Guerschon Yabusele

Oct 31, 2018 11:51 AM

The Boston Celtics have exercised the 19-20 option on the contract of Guerschon Yabusele.

Yabusele was the 16th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Guerschon Yabusele, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dunc'd On: Kings on Fire; News; PHI/TOR; WAS/MEM
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux recap the action in the NBA from Tuesday night.

Larry Drew 'Disappointed' Cavs Haven't Restructured Contract
Larry Drew assured the Cavaliers he would remain professional during the negotiations.

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Suns Decline 19-20 Option On Dragan Bender
Dragan Bender will be an unrestricted free agent in 2019.

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Joakim Noah Continuing To Workout In Hopes Of NBA Deal
Joakim Noah is working out "a couple of times" a day.

Madeline Kenney/Chicago Sun-Times

Spurs To Retire Manu Ginobili's Number On March 28
Manu Ginobili will become the ninth player in Spurs franchise history to have his number retired.

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Warriors Owe $40M In Renovations To Oracle Arena
The Warriors make annual payments of about $7.5 million.

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Pistons Exercise 19-20 Option On Luke Kennard
Luke Kennard was selected 12th overall by the Pistons in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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Warriors Exercise 19-20 Option On Damian Jones
Damian Jones has averaged 6.0 points on 77.8 percent shooting, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 16.9 minutes.

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Wizards Sign Chasson Randle
Chasson Randle spent 2018 training camp with the Wizards and appeared in three preseason games, where he averaged 5.3 points and 2.6 assists per game.

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Cleveland To Host 2022 NBA All-Star Game
The Cavaliers were a candidate to host the 2021 All-Star Game.

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Bulls Exercise 19-20 Options On Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, Denzel Valentine
Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine are now under contract for 19-20.

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Dunc'd On: 15 in 60: LAL, SAS, MEM, PHX; Rookie Scale Option Decisions
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux go through part 2 of their Western Conference 15 in 60 and discuss Rookie Scale Option decisions.

NBA PER: Damian Lillard Ranks No. 1 After Week 2
Damian Lillard leads the NBA in Player Efficiency Ranking after the second week of the 18-19 NBA season with a mark of 33.5.

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DeMarcus Cousins Apologizes To Steve Kerr For Ejection
DeMarcus Cousins and Enes Kanter reportedly were talking trash to each other during workouts, which the referees were alerted to in order to keep an eye on the situation.

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Kevin Love Likely Out At Least One Month With Toe Injury
The Cavaliers and Kevin Love are consulting with doctors early this week to consider the limited short-term solutions available.

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Rick Pitino Interested In Return To NBA
Rick Pitino has hired Drew Rosenhaus to represent him.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Placed In NBA's Concussion Protocol
Giannis Antetokounmpo was evaluated again on Sunday and reported new symptoms along with a lingering headache.

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Thunder Exercise 19-20 Option On Terrance Ferguson
Terrance Ferguson has appeared in 65 games with the Thunder.

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Cavaliers Promote Larry Drew To Interim Head Coach
Larry Drew was 8-1 when Tyronn Lue took a leave of absence last season.

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Dunc'd On: Lue Fired; 15 in 60 Part 1 (Western Conference 10.29.18)
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux go recap the Ty Lue firing and go through Part 1 of the Western Conference 15 in 60.