NBA WiretapMarch 2018 NBA Wiretap

Joel Embiid Undergoes Surgery, Could Return In Two Weeks

Mar 31, 2018 5:54 PM

Joel Embiid has undergone successful surgery for a fractured orbital bone in his left eye.

Embiid will play when it is safe and medically advisable and the 76ers don't have a timetable for his return.

Embiid will have a post-operative examination in 5-7 days, per the 76ers. 

Sources tell ESPN that Embiid could return in as soon as two weeks.

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Tags: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Mavericks Sign Aaron Harrison To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Mar 31, 2018 4:08 PM

The Dallas Mavericks will sign Aaron Harrison to a second 10-day contract.

Harrison is averaging 4.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists over 20.3 minutes during his first four games with Dallas.

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Tags: Aaron Harrison, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Hawks Sign Jeremy Evans To 10-Day Contract

Mar 31, 2018 4:05 PM

The Atlanta Hawks will sign Jeremy Evans to a 10-day contract.

Evans last played in the NBA in 15-16 with the Dallas Mavericks.

Evans was with the Hawks during the preseason and then played 39 games in the G League with the Erie BayHawks. Evans averaged 15.3 points and 9.9 rebounds in 30.7 minutes per game in the G League.

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Tags: Jeremy Evans, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League

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Malik Rose Named 2018 G League Executive Of The Year

Mar 31, 2018 4:03 PM

Malik Rose has been named the 17-18 G League Executive of the Year.

Rose is in his first season as a G League general manager and oversaw the Erie BayHawks.

The BayHawks went 28-22 in the regular season.

Under Rose’s leadership, the BayHawks helped develop Atlanta rookies Tyler Cavanaugh, Tyler Dorsey, Josh Magette and Andrew White III.

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Tags: Erie BayHawks, NBA, D-League, D-League Award, D-League Teams

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Brandon Jennings Signs With Bucks For Remainder Of Season

Mar 31, 2018 3:56 PM

Brandon Jennings has signed with the Milwaukee Bucks for the remainder of the season.

Jennings came off his second 10-day contract with the Bucks on Friday.

Jennings began the current season in China and then joined the Wisconsin Herd of the G League.

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

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Kawhi Leonard Returns To New York For Rehab

Mar 31, 2018 3:54 PM

Kawhi Leonard has returned to New York to continue his rehab for his lingering right quad injury under the supervision of outside medical personnel.

Leonard returned to New York on Monday and there's no timetable for his possible return to San Antonio.

The Spurs have six games remaining in the regular season, which limits the odds of Leonard returning.

Leonard has been using the National Basketball Players Association headquarters gymnasium facilities in recent days.

Leonard is eligible for a five-year, $217 million supermax contract extension this summer with the Spurs. Leonard could also become a free agent in 2019.

Leonard left San Antonio in the aftermath of a team meeting on March 17th.

Leonard initially sought treatment within the organization before consulting with a specialist in New York on Jan. 16. 

Leonard resumed working out in San Antonio on Feb. 27, and the intensity of his workouts has varied. 

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Tags: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

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Dennis Schröder Out For Season With Left Ankle Sprain

Mar 31, 2018 11:42 AM

Dennis Schröder, who has missed the last two games with a left ankle sprain, underwent an MRI at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex on Friday.

The MRI revealed a medial bone bruise and Grade 2 left ankle sprain.

The expected recovery time for the injuries is 2-4 weeks and he will miss the remainder of the season.

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Tags: Dennis Schroder, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Injury

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Carmelo Anthony Surprised To Sit Entire Fourth Quarter

Mar 31, 2018 11:39 AM

Carmelo Anthony was surprised to be benched for the entire fourth quarter of Oklahoma City's overtime loss to the Nuggets.

"Yeah, of course," Anthony said. "Of course I wanted to be there, but that wasn't my decision to make, so I kind of leave that to coach on that one."

Anthony walked to the scorer's table with three minutes left in the fourth quarter but then sat himself back on the bench when Jerami Grant his a corner three-pointer. 

"I was sitting for the whole fourth, and there was like two and some change on the clock," Anthony said. "[Grant] hit that 3, so it was like, just let him continue to go out there and just play it out and see what happens. But then we wind up going to overtime."

Anthony subbed back in to start the overtime period.

"It was kind of a hard thing. I wanted to put Melo back in the game, but I think that unit was playing so well at that particular time. We were on a pretty good run, we were playing good. Jerami made a 3 when I wanted to put Carmelo back in," Billy Donovan said. "Carmelo's always been a team guy. I think he felt like, 'OK, Jerami's playing well, let him go, let him play.'"

Anthony said it's the first time in his career he can remember telling a coach to play someone else that late in a game.

"I think I've done it before, but not that late in the game and in the quarter," he said. "I've done it before where a guy has it going and didn't want to break his rhythm. A lot of times, when guys have it going like that, especially role players guys, bench guys, that gives them confidence, that you do believe in those guys. But not that late in a game like that, never did that."

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Kevin Durant Blames Technicals On Desire To Repeat

Mar 31, 2018 9:59 AM

Kevin Durant attempted to explain why he has received more technical fouls this season.

"It's just my emotions and passion for the game," Durant said after Friday's practice session. "After winning that championship (last season), I learned that much hadn't changed. I thought it would fill a certain [void]. It didn't. That's when I realized in the offseason that the only thing that matters is this game and how much work you put into it. Everything else off the court, social media, perception, isn't important. What people say, how they view you, it's not important.

"What we did as a team was special, and I want to experience that again. My love and passion for the game has [blossomed] because I understand that's what it's all about, and I'm pouring all of this [newfound thirst] into this game. But I know I have to keep [my fire] under control, and I will."

Prior to the 2017-18 season getting underway, Durant had only one ejection in his first 10 years in the league. He's up to five this season.

"It's just a part of the evolution that I'm going through," Durant told ESPN. "I'll be the first to admit that I'm not perfect. I don't have all the answers. It will probably take the offseason for me to assess, 'OK, let's figure out how to tone this down a little.' But I'm comfortable sharing this because all I care about is that," he said as he pointed to the practice court.

"I love this game, and I'm going to do whatever I can to help my team get back to where we were last year. That's what I'm excited for. That's why you're seeing this passion from me. Before, I used to care about the game and the lifestyle. Now, all I care about is my love for the game, the pureness of the game. This is me."

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Rockets Sign Tim Quarterman To Two-Year Deal

Mar 30, 2018 6:03 PM

The Houston Rockets have signed Tim Quarterman to a two-year deal.

Houston will hold a team option on Quarterman's contract for the 18-19 season. The Rockets used multiple players on a team option or non-guaranteed contract last offseason to acquire Chris Paul.

Quarterman is averaging 8.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 25.6 minutes per game this season in the G League with the Agua Caliente Clippers.

Quarterman appeared in 16 games last season with the Blazers.

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Blake Griffin Out At Least One Week With Bone Bruise In Right Ankle
Blake Griffin is averaging 19.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game since joining the Pistons.

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Cavs Haven't Ruled Out Signing Kendrick Perkins
Cleveland has two open roster spots.

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Kevin Durant Ejected In First Game Back From Rib Injury
Kevin Durant argued with referee Tre Maddox, claiming he was fouled as he drove to the basket.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tyronn Lue Rejoins Cavaliers, Will Ease Back Into Coaching
Tyronn Lue will rejoin the Cavaliers on Friday as an observer.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Isaiah Thomas Out Four Months Following Hip Surgery
Isaiah Thomas had successful arthroscopic surgery to his right hip on Thursday.

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Dunc'd On: Worst-Team All-Defense 2018
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux go through their worst defensive players in the league.

Joel Embiid Out 2-4 Weeks With Orbital Fracture Surgery
Joel Embiid collided with Markelle Fultz during Wednesday's game.

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Tim Quarterman To Sign 10-Day Contract With Rockets
Tim Quarterman is averaging 8.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 25.6 minutes per game this season in the G League,

Marc Stein/New York Times

Darius Bazley Will Enter G League Directly From High School
Darius Bazley is a projected top-10 selection in the 2019 NBA Draft.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Became Tired Of Criticism From Jason Kidd
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jason Kidd had a close working relationship.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Jason Kidd: Coaching Is Fun And It's Hard
Jason Kidd is in the midst of his longest period away from basketball in his entire adult life.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Grant Hill, Maurice Cheeks Voted Into Hall Of Fame
Jason Kidd was a 10-time All-Star while Steve Nash was an eight-time All-Star and also won two MVPs.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tyler Davis Testing Draft Waters
Tyler Davis averaged 14.9 points and 8.9 rebounds during his junior season at Texas A&M.

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Knicks Will Have Early Bird Rights On Trey Burke In 2019
The Knicks will have Trey Burke on a cap hold of just $1.6 million during the 2019 offseason.

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Joel Embiid Taken To Hospital Following Collision With Markelle Fultz
Joel Embiid posted an Instagram story that showed him in a hospital room and captioned it "Not good."

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Zach LaVine Not Stressed About Free Agency
The Bulls have been confident they will re-sign Zach LaVine in restricted free agency.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

RealGM Radio: Ben Golliver On The Playoff Chase
Host Danny Leroux and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated analyze the fascinating playoff races in both conferences.

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Dunc'd On: Rest-of-Season Reset
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux preview the end of the regular season.

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Marvin Bagley Jr. Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Marvin Bagley is expected to be one of the top picks in the draft.

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Magic Sign Rodney Purvis For Remainder Of Season
Rodney Purvis has played in six games with Orlando, averaging 6.3 ppg. in 13.7 minpg.

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