NBA WiretapNovember 2018 NBA Wiretap

RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2019 NBA Draft

Nov 30, 2018 9:29 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) break down the 2019 NBA Draft prospects and the college basketball season so far.

They discuss Zion Williamson’s rise to consensus top prospect, his teammates at Duke, Bol Bol’s unique skill set, players who have improved their stock and much more.

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Andre Roberson Suffers Setback, Out Another Six Weeks

Nov 30, 2018 5:21 PM

Andre Roberson will be out at least another six weeks after suffering a setback with his surgically repaired left knee.

Roberson came down from a jump during a workout on Thursday and reported some discomfort in his knee. 

Roberson underwent an MRI, which revealed a small avulsion fracture.

Roberson ruptured his left patellar tendon in January.

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Markelle Fultz's Teammates Concerned With His Overall Well-Being

Nov 30, 2018 5:19 PM

Markelle Fultz will continue to see medical specialists about his right shoulder next week.

Fultz is searching for solutions that have included several rounds of examinations in recent days.

The Philadelphia 76ers will wait until those appointments are complete before they decide his next steps on a return to the team.

Fultz's teammates are increasingly concerned about his overall well-being beyond his struggles on the court.

Fultz has lost the ability to carry out and follow through on long jump shots, and there has been internal and external debate about how much of this perplexing circumstance is physical versus mental. 

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Tags: Markelle Fultz, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

Victor Oladipo Out Indefinitely With Sore Right Knee

Nov 30, 2018 4:55 PM

Victor Oladipo will be out indefinitely as he continues to deal with a sore right knee.

In 16 games this season, Oladipo has averaged 21.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.

Oladipo last played on Nov. 17.

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Kings Interested In Trading For Otto Porter

Nov 30, 2018 3:46 PM

The Sacramento Kings have interest in trading for Otto Porter Jr.

Porter signed a four-year, $106 million offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets in 2017, which was matched by the Washington Wizards. The Kings also met with Porter in his restricted free agency.

The Kings have the expiring contracts of Iman Shumpert, Zach Randolph, Kosta Koufos, Ben McLemore, and approximately $16 million under the salary cap to make moves during the season/

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Tags: Otto Porter, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

John Wall's Trade Market Nearly Nonexistent

Nov 30, 2018 3:26 PM

The NBA has yet to determine how the trade bonus in the contract of John Wall would be applied if he's traded this season.

Sources say, however, that interest in trading for Wall is almost nonexistent at this point.

"There is a 99 percent chance that we would not trade for Wall, but I need to be prepared for that 1 percent," one team executive told ESPN.

Wall's trade bonus calls for him to be paid 15 percent of what is owed on is contract if he's traded. If Wall were traded now, the trade kicker could theoretically include his remaining $14.3 million this season and $123.6 million of his supermax set to begin in 19-20. For salary-cap purposes, $5.17 million would be added to each season of Wall's deal for the team acquiring him.

There's no precedent for Wall's situation and not something the NBA and NBPA saw coming during CBA talks.

"Granted, every player in this league can be traded, but the Wall extension right now is the toughest contract I have seen a team try to move in 20 years," one team executive told ESPN. "I couldn't look my owner in the eye and tell him there is value with the player even if we didn't have to trade anything of significance."


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Tags: John Wall, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dwight Howard Out 2-3 Months With Lumbar Microdiscectomy

Nov 30, 2018 2:50 PM

Dwight Howard underwent an L4-L5 lumbar microdiscectomy on Friday. The procedure went as planned with no complications.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins in Marina Del Rey, CA, and was recommended after consultation with Dr. Watkins and Wizards Director of Medical Services and Orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih determined that the disc herniation was causing severe nerve irritation and gluteal pain.

Howard’s progress will be re-evaluated in approximately two to three months.

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Joakim Noah Signs One-Year Deal With Grizzlies

Nov 30, 2018 1:19 PM

Joakim Noah has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.  

The 33-year-old Noah was waived by the Knicks prior to the start of this season after clashing with then-head coach Jeff Hornacek. He hasn't played since last January. 

Noah would add front court depth behind Marc Gasol. 

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Dwight Howard Could Undergo Surgery For Gluteal Injury

Nov 30, 2018 9:05 AM

Dwight Howard will likely need a procedure to provide relief from a gluteal injury that has frequently sidelined him this season.

Howard received the recommendation from a nerve specialist in Los Angeles. If Howard undergoes the surgery, he could miss a significant portion of the season.

Howard aggravated a piriformis muscle injury in a Nov. 18 game against Portland, and has missed 12 of the Wizards' 21 games this season.

Howard signed a two-year, $11 million free-agent deal with the Wizards during the offseason.

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Dunc'd On: NBA Awards Through November 2018

Nov 30, 2018 12:02 AM

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Dave Joerger Asks Brandon Williams To Leave Shootaround
Dave Joerger and Brandon Williams have been in conflict this season.

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Magic Johnson Doesn't Want Lakers To Replicate Cleveland's High Usage Of LeBron James
Magic Johnson wants to keep LeBron James as fresh as possible for seasons to come and that's why they prioritized signing playmakers like Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson.

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Celtics Waive Walter Lemon Jr. From Two-Way Contract
Walter Lemon Jr. was averaging 23.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 36.6 minutes per game in the G League this season.

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Nuggets Sign Brandon Goodwin Using Injury Hardship Exception
Brandon Goodwin has played in nine games with the Memphis Hustle this season, averaging 23.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.67 steals in 33.7 minutes per game.

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Warriors Insist Fallout From Draymond Green Suspension Worse Than Actual Incident
The incident between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant revealed that even the Warriors have issues and that became a story of its own.

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Mike D'Antoni Cites Lack Of Depth As Problem For Rockets
Mike D'Antoni acknowledged the front office is trying to address their depth issues.

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Dunc'd On: What Can Washington Get in Trades; Korver Trades; News and a Rant on Leadership
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux discuss Wizards trade scenarios and breakdown the Kyle Korver trade.

Stephen Curry Will Return From Groin Injury Saturday
Stephen Curry was 'dying to play' in Thursday's potential Finals preview against the Raptors.

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Denzel Valentine Undergoes Left Ankle Surgery
Denzel Valentine is anticipated to return to full basketball activities in approximately six months.

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Jazz Acquire Kyle Korver From Cavs For Alec Burks, Two 2nd Round Picks
Utah is sending 2020 and 2021 second-round picks to Cleveland.

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Suns Release Isaiah Canaan
The Suns have recently begun to start Devin Booker at point guard.

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Kawhi Leonard Agrees To Endorsement Deal With New Balance
Kawhi Leonard turned down an extension with Jordan Brand earlier this year.

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Kemba Walker Pushed Agent To Accept Charlotte's $10M Per Season Offer In 2014
Kemba Walker never imagined becoming one of the NBA's best shooters.

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Cavaliers Willing To Take On Long-Term Salary On Trade Market
The Cavaliers have trade assets in Kyle Korver and George Hill.

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NBA Reaches Deal To Distribute Real-Time Data For In-Game Betting
United Kingdom bookmakers say more money is bet during a game than before it.

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Dunc'd On: Gamer Night: TOR/MEM; NYK/DET; LAL/DEN; and Around the League
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux recap Tuesday night's action around the NBA.

LeBron James Launches DTC Supplement Company Called Ladder
LeBron James has launched a supplement company called Ladder alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lindsey Vonn, and Cindy Crawford.

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John Henson Undergoes Successful Wrist Surgery
John Henson had his torn left wrist ligament repaired.

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76ers Believe Markelle 'Definitely Has The Yips'
The 76ers and the camp of Markelle Fultz are in disagreement over his continued shooting struggles.

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Grizzlies 'Want To Bring People To The Mud'
The Grizzlies play at the NBA's slowest pace and believe operating against the trend of the NBA is to their advantage.

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