NBA WiretapFebruary 2018 NBA Wiretap

Corey Brewer Likely To Sign With Thunder

Feb 28, 2018 10:04 PM

Corey Brewer is expected to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder once he clears waivers on Friday.

Brewer agreed upon a buyout with the Lakers on Wednesday.

Billy Donovan was Brewer's coach at Florida.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Corey Brewer, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jarell Eddie Likely To Sign 10-Day Contract With Bulls

Feb 28, 2018 5:46 PM

Jarell Eddie is expected to sign a 10-day contract with the Chicago Bulls.

Eddie has been playing with the Windy City Bulls of the G League. Eddie was with the Bulls during preseason.

Eddie appeared in two games this season with the Celtics. Eddie played briefly for the Wizards and Suns during the 16-17 season.

Eddie went undrafted in 2014 out of Virginia Tech.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Jarell Eddie, Chicago Bulls, Windy City Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

Josh Hart Out Several Weeks With Fractured Hand

Feb 28, 2018 5:24 PM

Josh Hart has sustained a small fracture in his left hand and is evaluating his surgical and non-surgical options.

The injury occurred during Wednesday's practice.

Hart is likely to miss several weeks recovering from the injury.

Hart is averaging 6.6 points and 3.7 rebounds in 55 games. 

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Josh Hart, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Injury

Potential Seattle NHL Ownership Group Interested In NBA Team

Feb 28, 2018 4:40 PM

An ownership group that applied to bring an NHL franchise to Seattle is optimistic they could also bring an NBA team back to the city.

"The answer is absolutely," investment banker David Bonderman told ESPN. "If there is a franchise to be had from the NBA, we want to be up there fighting for it for Seattle."

Bonderman joins longtime sports executive Tim Leiweke and Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer as leads for the Oak View Group, which is hoping to found the NHL's 32nd team.

The OVG plans to break ground on the remodeled Key Arena in downtown Seattle in October, and the hope is to enter the league for the 2020-21 season.

Emily Kaplan/ESPN

Tags: NBA

Marc Gasol: This Is The NBA, Not The G League

Feb 28, 2018 4:33 PM

Marc Gasol was asked about his frustration level this season as the Memphis Grizzlies have one of the worst records in the NBA.

"It's pretty high," Gasol said. "It's pretty high."

Gasol was asked whether Wednesday's game against the Suns would be an opportunity to win.

"That'd be ideal just to show guys and give confidence to guys to show them that doing the right thing, it's important. It makes you win games. Winning is what this is about," Gasol said. "It's not about somebody playing well or getting, you know, your reps or developing players. Because we have a league for that. We have a league and a team here in Memphis to develop guys. This is the NBA, not the G League."

Ronald Tillery/Memphis Commercial Appeal (via

Tags: Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA

Pacers To Sign Trevor Booker

Feb 28, 2018 2:34 PM

The Indiana Pacers will sign Trevor Booker on a minimum deal for the remainder of the season once he clears waivers.

Booker was waived by the 76ers to create a roster spot for Ersan Ilyasova.

Booker was traded by the Nets to the 76ers in November.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Trevor Booker, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

76ers Waive Trevor Booker To Sign Ersan Ilyasova

Feb 28, 2018 2:13 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers will waive Trevor Booker to create a roster spot for Ersan Ilyasova.

Booker was acquired by the 76ers as part of the Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas trade.

Booker was a poor fit with the 76ers due to his inability to space the floor.

Booker is expected to receive interest from playoff teams.

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

Tags: Trevor Booker, Ersan Ilyasova, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Steve Kerr Wanted Ron Adams To Become Warriors' Tex Winter

Feb 28, 2018 11:08 AM

Ron Adams was in his mid-60s when the Warriors hired him away from the Celtics. Steve Kerr wanted Adams to freely speak his mind the way Tex Winter did in the 1990s with Phil Jackson's Bulls.

“I wanted a truth-teller, somebody to tell me, ‘You gotta do this, and you gotta do that,’ completely unfiltered,” Kerr said. “Somebody whose experience and wisdom made everyone stand up and listen. I knew right then that we were talking to the right guy, and I’m just thankful we have him because he’s been instrumental in all that we’ve done.

“Ron Adams, he’s our Tex.”

Adams is known as a curious thinker and reader with strong interests outside of basketball. Adams is eager to talk big ideas such as philosophy, religion, sociology and politics.

Kurt Streeter/New York Times

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

Stephen Curry Has Been 'Locked In' Ever Since Kevin Durant's Injury Last Season

Feb 28, 2018 10:43 AM

When the Warriors lost Kevin Durant for several weeks during the second half of last season, Stephen Curry changed his leadership approach by increasing his intensity.

"You just saw him practicing and he started becoming more aggressive," David West recalled to ESPN. "When we were going 5-on-5, he was going 100 miles an hour and everybody is like, 'Oh s---. This m-----f----- is serious.' And that was also at shootaround. He got everybody going. It was during that stretch that he became a little bit more vocal, more demonstrative about the urgency we needed to have to keep the season alive when you lose somebody like KD."

Durant noticed the change in Curry as well.

"Hell yeah, I saw it," Durant said. "As a leader, as one of the best players in the league, you see one of your teammates go down, you feel as though you have to pick up the slack. ... Mentally, he was just locked in and he's been that way ever since. That focus carried us to a title last year."

"I've had to learn when it was time to say something," Curry said. "I wasn't always considered one of the best players on the team. I had to grow into the role of leadership, and in many ways, I'm still growing into it. But I know how to work hard, and I like to let that speak for me."

Curry has tried to emulate the leadership he learned from his coach at Davidson.

"Coach Bob McKillop is the best example of how I always wanted to lead a team," Curry said. "He wasn't loud, but his message and tone was consistent enough that you knew what he stood for and guys followed. He knew when and how to get his point across and that's what I try to do here."

"I think it's how hard he works combined with his humility off the floor," said Steve Kerr. "He's just a decent human being; such a nice player. He's obviously a superstar player, but he acts like he's the 12th man. I can get on him in film sessions and he never seems to mind. He leads by example. He's a great guy, a great teammate and the players respect him. That's what a captain is about."

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA

James Harden: This Is The Year, For Sure

Feb 28, 2018 10:39 AM

James Harden is confident the Houston Rockets will have a special season.

"This is the year. For sure," Harden said when asked about his expectations for the Rockets.

Harden reached The Finals in 2011 with the Thunder but he believes this Rockets team might be superior.

"The front office -- [general manager] Daryl Morey and [CEO] Tad Brown -- those guys did an unbelievable job," Harden said. "From last year, bringing [Eric Gordon] and [Ryan Anderson] over. Then obviously adding [Chris Paul] and [PJ Tucker] and [Luc Mbah a Moute] and then you get [Gerald Green] and Joe Johnson.

"This is probably the best team I've ever been a part of, from top to bottom. The chemistry that we have, included with the coaching staff -- I mean, we're having a lot of fun."

Jovan Buha/ESPN

Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Silver In Cuban Memo: We Must Protect Actual And Perceived Integrity Of Game
Adam Silver promised to act more strongly if the NBA learns of teams actively attempting to lose.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Corey Brewer Agrees To Buyout With Lakers
Corey Brewer was traded by the Rockets to the Lakers last season.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Dunc'd On: Playoff Race Games Go Down To The Wire: LAC/DEN, PHI/MIA, WAS/MIL
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux recap DEN/LAC, MIA/PHI, and WAS/MIL.

RealGM Staff Report

Mark Cuban Cancels Appearance At SXSW
Mark Cuban said in an email Tuesday that he cancelled the speech before news of the Mavs scandal.

Melissa Repko/Dallas Morning News

LeBron James: NBA Needs To Expand G League As Alternative To 'Corrupt' NCAA
LeBron James has two sons who are expected to be high level recruits and he also aspires to someday own an NBA team.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

LeBron James On 76ers' Billboards: That's Dope
LeBron James considered the three billboards placed in Cleveland by a business based in Pennsylvania recruiting him to the 76ers to be a compliment.

Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Hawks Sign Jaylen Morris To 10-Day Contract
Jaylen Morris is averaging 12.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 39 games in the G League.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Kawhi Leonard Returns To Spurs, Tells Teammates He'll Play Again This Season
A soft target date for when Kawhi Leonard could return is March 8th.

Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Dwyane Wade Unsure If He'll Play Next Season
If Dwyane Wade does return, it will only be with the Heat.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Jarrett Jack Willing To Consider Buyout With Knicks
Jarrett Jack is on an expiring minimum deal.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

NBA Net Rating: Rockets, Raptors, Warriors Bunched In Top-3
The Rockets, Raptors and Warriors comprise the top-3 in Net Rating.

RealGM Staff Report

Barack Obama Suggests NBA Create Junior League Due To Issues With NCAA Structure
Barack Obama spoke for an hour at the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference last Friday.

Robby Soave/Record

Trevor Booker Aiming To Become Billionaire With Off-Court Ventures
Trevor Booker is a serial entrepreneur who owns more than 12 companies and has a shared interest in a half-dozen more with his college roomate Jonah Baize.

Sarah Todd/Philadelphia Daily News

NBPA Expected To Become More Involved In Joakim Noah Situation
Joakim Noah and the Knicks have until March 1st to agree upon a buyout.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Dirk Nowitzki: Tanking Sets Wrong Tone For Future
Dirk Nowitzki disagrees with the strategy laid out by Mark Cuban for the Mavericks to tank the remainder of the season.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Dunc'd On: Dylan Murphy: MIN Without Butler, 18 Year-Olds to G-League, OKC/GSW, DET w/Blake
Nate Duncan and Dylan Murphy discuss TWolves, Pistons, GSW/OKC, and the G-League as an alternative to college basketball.

Kawhi Leonard Could Return In March
Kawhi Leonard plans to resume working with the team at the Spurs' practice facility this week.

Michael C. Wright, Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

NBA Won't Punish Zaza Pachulia For Falling On Russell Westbrook
Zaza Pachulia was accused by some of purposely falling on the legs of Westbrook.

Tim Bontemps/Washington Post

Ersan Ilyasova Completes Buyout With Hawks, Will Sign With 76ers
Ersan Ilyasova

RealGM Staff Report

DeMar DeRozan Opens Up About Battle With Depression
DeMar DeRozan attempts to cope with his issues by throwing himself into life with his family and basketball.

Doug Smith/Toronto Star