NBA WiretapMarch 2018 NBA Wiretap

Trae Young Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Mar 20, 2018 9:32 AM

Trae Young will leave Oklahoma to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft.

Young is projected to be selected in the top-10.

Young and his family, including his father Ray, will soon start meeting with prospective agents for representation. 

Young averaged 27.4 points and 8.7 assists.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Trae Young, Oklahoma Sooners, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Pistons Interested In Chauncey Billups For Front Office Role

Mar 20, 2018 12:54 PM

The Detroit Pistons have reached out to Chauncey Billups about his potential interest in joining their front office to work alongside Arn Tellem.

The Pistons hired Stan van Gundy in a dual general manager and head coach role.

Tellem joined the Pistons in 2015 after a long career as one of the NBA's most powerful agents.

Billups was the Cavaliers' preferred candidate to run their front office last offseason but instead chose to remain with ESPN.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Tags: Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Likely To Stretch Joakim Noah After Sept. 1st

Mar 20, 2018 11:44 AM

Jeff Hornacek was asked on Monday about the status of Joakim Noah and when his situation may be resolved.

“I’m not sure,” Hornacek said. “In the summer, Scott [Perry, the general manager] and Steve [Mills, the team president] will be talking with him. I guess that’s how it will get resolved.” 

The Knicks attempted to trade Noah at the deadline after his confrontation during a January practice with Hornacek.

New York is most likely to stretch and waive Noah after September 1st to create additional 2019 cap space if they're unable to trade him in July. Noah is signed through 19-20 and stretching him at that point would spread that season's salary of $19.3 million over three years.

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Tags: Joakim Noah, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Stephen Curry Targeting Friday Return From Ankle Injury

Mar 20, 2018 11:31 AM

Stephen Curry is targeting a return from his right ankle injury on Friday against the Hawks.

Curry will have his ankle re-evaluated on Tuesday.

Curry has missed the past six games.

Curry tweaked his ankle on March 8 at home while playing the San Antonio Spurs. It was his fourth ankle injury of the season.

The Warriors are 13-8 when Curry has been sidelined this season, compared to 40-10 when he's in the lineup.

Chris Haynes, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

Bucks Sign Brandon Jennings To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Mar 20, 2018 12:57 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks will sign Brandon Jennings to a second 10-day contract.

Jennings is averaging 6.0 points and 5.5 assists for the Bucks.

Jennings played for the Wisconsin Herd of the G League before joining the Bucks.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dunc'd On: 2020 Crystal Ball: Predicting Best/Worst Teams, All-NBA, MVP & More

Mar 20, 2018 12:08 AM

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Tyronn Lue Takes Medical Leave Of Absence

Mar 19, 2018 11:08 AM

Tyronn Lue is taking a leave of absence as head coach of the Cavaliers to address his ongoing health issues. Larry Drew will serve as interim head coach in Lue's absence.

"After many conversations with our doctors and Koby and much thought given to what is best for the team and my health, I need to step back from coaching for the time being and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundation from which to coach for the rest of the season," said Lue in a statement.

"I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year. Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is. 

"While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season. My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the Championship we are all working towards.

"I greatly appreciate Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman, our medical team and the organization's support throughout."

Sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that Lue hopes to return well before the start of the playoffs.

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Gregg Popovich: It's Been A Frustrating Season

Mar 19, 2018 6:28 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have used 24 starting lineups this season as they have accrued 185 total games missed due to injury. Kawhi Leonard alone has missed 61 games.

"It's been a frustrating season," Gregg Popovich said. "But the challenges have pulled a lot of people closer. You have to do different things to try to stay afloat. It's been rewarding, as counterintuitive as that sounds."

"You've got to think: You can find the silver lining in anything," Danny Green said. "These young guys have gotten a great opportunity to show what they can do, and I think this will be great for them moving forward for their careers and for us as a team also to build some character, some depth, some trust and experience with these younger guys.

"We're hoping when it all comes together that this will be good for us."

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Tags: San Antonio Spurs, NBA

Nicolas Batum Out Several Games With Achilles Tendinitis

Mar 19, 2018 10:06 AM

Nicolas Batum has been diagnosed with chronic tendinitis in his left Achilles and could miss multiple games.

Batum underwent an MRI on Sunday.

The Hornets are seven games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with only 12 games remaining in the regular season.

Batum's 17-18 season has been slowed by injuries beginning with an elbow injury suffered in training camp.

Batum is in the second season of a five-year, $120 million deal with the Hornets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Nicolas Batum, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Injury

LeBron James Spends Over $1M Per Year Caring For Body

Mar 19, 2018 4:43 PM

LeBron James is believed to spend over $1 million per year caring for his body.

James privately employs Donnie Raimon as his personal biomechanist. Raimon helped James overcome back issues he began to experience in 2015. 

James also has worked with Mike Mancias since 2004. Mancias is employed by the Cavaliers.

"Between Donnie and Mike, it's a great one-two punch," James said.

"LeBron is probably one of the best I've seen as far as just, every day you see him just doing stuff with Donnie every day," Tyronn Lue said. "He does a really good job of taking care of his body, and that's why he's able to play the way that he does."

James also employs personal chefs and masseuses while he also gets private treatments with liquid nitrogen to help reduce inflammation. The home facilities James has rival those of professional teams. In his Akron home, James has a complete workout gym, hot and cold tubs and a hyperbaric chamber.

"I just think over time you kind of learn how to grow with it and how to deal with it when certain situations happen," James said. "It's very challenging, and you just have to go through it, and there was never someone I could talk to when I was coming up that was a part of this league that I could kind of lean on. I've learned everything on the fly. And I'm not talking about the game. Obviously, I've had coaches, I've had teammates and things of that nature. But as far as being an NBA player, how to approach it, how your body and how you continue to stay consistent, I've learned all of that on my own."

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

Kevin Love Returns From Broken Hand
Kevin Love missed the past 21 games.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Frank Jackson Out For Season After Foot Procedure
Frank Jackson underwent successful scar tissue removal, debridement and injection to his right foot.

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Jalen McDaniels Declares For NBA Draft
Jalen McDaniels averaged 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

New Tax Law Could Disrupt Trades In Sports
The new law could mean owners pay more in capital gains taxes if they trade an asset for something more valuable.

Jim Tankersley/New York Times

Joe Lacob: We'll Build Around Core Until We Decide Maybe We Shouldn't
Joe Lacob said he discusses contingency plans for endless best- and worst-case scenarios "every day" for the Warriors.

Mark Media/San Jose Mercury News

LeBron James, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Week
LeBron James led the Cavaliers to a 2-1 record after averaging a NBA-best 32.0 points on .569 shooting from the field, 13.3 rebounds, 9.7 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 blocks.

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Penny Hardaway Hired As Head Coach At University Of Memphis
Penny Hardaway retired from his playing career in 2008.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

NBA PER: Russell Westbrook Moves Up To No. 8
Russell Westbrook has moved to No. 8 in the NBA in PER after a slow start to the season.

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Dunc'd On: 15 in 60 (Western Conference 3.19.18)
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux give updates on each team in the Western Conference.

Jimmy Butler Hopeful Of Returning From Knee Injury During Regular Season
Jimmy Butler spoke to reporters for the first time since suffering a meniscus injury on Feb. 23.


Stan Van Gundy Fined $15,000 For Criticism Of Refs
Stan van Gundy's comments came following a loss to the Blazers.

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Alvin Gentry Fined $15,000 By NBA For Comments Of Officiating
Alvin Gentry's comments came after Saturday's loss to the Rockets.

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Magic Sign Rodney Purvis To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Rodney Purvis has played in five games with Orlando, averaging 3.8 ppg. in 11.5 minpg.

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Blazers Sign Georgios Papagiannis For Remainder Of Season
The Blazers initially signed Georgios Papagiannis to a 10-day contract.

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Rudy Gobert Glad Jazz Didn't Try To Tank
Rudy Gobert doesn't believe tanking is a sound strategy.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Stan Van Gundy: Referees Embarrassing For NBA
Stan van Gundy believes the officiating was the difference in Detroit's loss to the Blazers.


Cavaliers Sign Okaro White To 10-Day Contract
Okaro White appeared in six games this season with the Heat and 35 during the 16-17 season.

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Michele Roberts To Seek Extension As NBPA Executive Director
Michele Roberts' original four-year deal expires in September.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Nigel Hayes Agrees To 2nd 10-Day Contract With Raptors
Nigel Hayes has appeared in two games for Toronto.

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Kevin Durant Out Two Weeks With Rib Injury
Kevin Durant suffered the injury in last Sunday's loss to the Wolves.

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