NBA WiretapJuly 2018 NBA Wiretap

Kings Agree To Sign Jamel Artis To Two-Year Deal

Jul 31, 2018 7:09 PM

The Sacramento Kings have agreed to sign Jamel Artis to a two-year deal.

Artis played 15 games with the Orlando Magic last season.

Artis will compete in training camp for a roster spot.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Jamel Artis, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bucks Sign Brandon McCoy, Travis Trice To Camp Contracts

Jul 31, 2018 6:03 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent center Brandon McCoy and guard Travis Trice to training camp contracts. 

McCoy, 20, played one season at UNLV and was named the 2017-18 Mountain West Freshman of the Year after setting conference freshman records in both points (16.9) and rebounds (10.3) per game. McCoy also averaged 1.8 blocks per game for the Runnin’ Rebels, which ranked second in the Mountain West Conference, and shot 54.5 percent from the field, which was third-best in the conference. He was a finalist for the 2017-18 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award and made the 2017-18 John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list for Player of the Year. The 6-11 center appeared in two games for the Bucks 2018 Summer League entry in Las Vegas.

Trice, 25, averaged 8.8 points, 4.0 assists and 3.2 rebounds in the five Bucks 2018 Summer League games. He played the last two seasons in the NBL (Australia and New Zealand) with the Cairns Taipans (2016-17) and Brisbane Bullets (2017-18). He has also played with the Westchester Knicks of the NBA G League in 2015-16 and 2017. The Springfield, Ohio, native played collegiately at Michigan State (2011-2015).

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Bucks Sign Jaylen Morris To Two-Way Contract

Jul 31, 2018 4:58 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Jaylen Morris to a Two-Way contract. 

Morris, 22, appeared in six games with the Atlanta Hawks last season and averaged 4.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 16.4 minutes per game. He was called up to the Hawks from their G League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, after he played and started 39 games for the BayHawks and averaged 12.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals in 31.4 minutes per contest while shooting 51.7 percent from the field.

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Tags: Jaylen Morris, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League

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NBA Reaches Gaming Partnership Agreement With MGM

Jul 31, 2018 3:30 PM

The NBA has reached agreement with MGM to make the company their first official gaming partner.

As part of the deal, MGM will use official NBA data on its betting platform and work with the league to detect and prevent fraud and game-fixing.

The value of the partnership with MGM was not disclosed.

The NBA will also look to sign similar agreements regarding its data with other sports betting operators. 

MGM has sponsored the NBA's Summer League in each of the past two years.

Kevin Draper/New York Times

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Dunc'd On: Capela Re-Signs, News, Re-Grading the 2017 Offseason (West)

Jul 31, 2018 12:03 AM

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Clint Capela returns to Houston on a surprisingly inexpensive deal; why did it happen? We catch up on the rest of the news, then hold ourselves accountable for our offseason grades for the Western Conference. How do big moves like the Paul George and D"Angelo Russell trades look in hindsight?

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Rockets, Pelicans Interested In Kent Bazemore

Jul 30, 2018 10:48 PM

The Houston Rockets are exploring a trade for a wing defender with Kent Bazemore a gettable target.

The Rockets attempted to sign Bazemore during the 2016 free agency.

The Hawks like Bazemore but would be willing to move him for the right offer as they rebuild their roster.

For the Hawks to take back a contract like Ryan Anderson, they would need a draft pick and/or a young player. Houston has been attempting to trade Anderson for months.

The New Orleans Pelicans are also interested in Bazemore, but the Hawks aren't interested in taking on Solomon Hill.

Kelly Iko/USA Today

Tags: Kent Bazemore, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwyane Wade Remains Undecided On 18-19 Plans

Jul 30, 2018 8:52 PM

Dwyane Wade remains undecided on whether he'll continue his NBA career in 18-19.

Wade can return to the Miami Heat or take a more financially lucrative offer in China. Wade said his family will play a big factor in his decision. 

"In due time," Wade said when asked if he has an update. "Time will tell."

Wade can play for either the $5.3 million exception or $2.4 million veteran minimum with the Heat, or accept a three-year, $25 million offer in China.

"My son is a junior in high school right now," Wade said of his 16-year-old son Zaire. "Every decision at this point, especially in a professional athlete's career, at 36 years old, a lot of it surrounds around their families and what is best for their family. So I am really invested into making sure that my sons can have every tool that they need to be able to succeed at this game of basketball and game of life."

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Tags: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James 'Thought Long And Hard' About Signing With Rockets, 76ers

Jul 30, 2018 6:48 PM

LeBron James said he strongly considered joining the Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets before deciding to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I definitely thought long and hard about the possibilities of lining up alongside Ben [Simmons] and [Joel] Embiid or lining up aside [James] Harden and Chris [Paul],'' James said.

James never formally met with the Rockets or 76ers, though his representatives did meet with Philadelphia on July 1st.

The path for James to join the Rockets would have been difficult in terms of the salary cap.

James said his decision involved where his family would feel comfortable as well.

Rachel Nichols/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Waive Rodney Purvis

Jul 30, 2018 6:21 PM

The Boston Celtics have waived Rodney Purvis.

Purvis was on a fully non-guaranteed deal and was acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder for Abdel Nader.

The Celtics will try to stay below the luxury tax.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

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Carmelo Anthony Gives Back $2.4M In Buyout With Hawks

Jul 30, 2018 10:41 AM

Carmelo Anthony has agreed to a buyout of his $27.9 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks.

Anthony is giving back $2.4 million of his deal. Anthony will recoup that amount by signing with the veteran's minimum.

Anthony will officially commit to the Houston Rockets once he clears waivers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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Andre Drummond Has Lost 20 Pounds In Offseason
Andre Drummond credits changes to his lifestyle.

Tim Bontemps/Washington Post

76ers Will Let Jerry Colangelo's Contract Expire
Jerry Colangelo's tenure as a special adviser to the 76ers is effectively over.

Tim Bontemps/Washington Post

Warriors Likely To Decline Fourth-Year Option On Damian Jones
Damian Jones was the 30th overall pick in 2016 out of Vanderbilt.

Anthony Slater/The Athletic

Patrick McCaw Expected To Remain With Warriors On $1.74M Qualifying Offer
Patrick McCaw suffered a bad back injury in March.

Anthony Slater/The Athletic

Hawks To Waive Carmelo Anthony On Monday
Carmelo Anthony will become a free agent and is expected to sign with the Rockets.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Kings Likely To Sign Wenyen Gabriel To Two-Way Contract
Wenyen Gabriel played for the Sacramento Kings in Summer League.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Raptors Interested In Greg Monroe
The Raptors have interest in signing a big man for their 14th roster spot.

Josh Lewenberg/TSN

Heat Sign Yante Maten To Two-Way Deal
Yante Maten averaged 10.7 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 44.6 percent from the field in Summer League.

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Kyrie Irving Expects To Be Ready For Training Camp
Kyrie Irving said he is relieved to have his left knee infection behind him.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

LeBron James Makes First Public Comments About Signing With Lakers
LeBron James agreed to sign with the Lakers on July 1st.

Mike Trudell/Lakers.com

Ryan Arcidiacono Agrees To Re-Sign With Bulls
Ryan Arcidiacono has agreed to sign a one-year partially guaranteed deal.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Heat Remaining Patient Waiting On Decision From Dwyane Wade
The Heat can only offer Dwyane Wade either the $5.3 million exception or the $2.4 million veteran minimum.

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Kanye West's Adidas Yeezy To Release Basketball Shoe In 2019
The Yeezy line has primarily focused on making lifestyle sneakers.

Nick De Paula/ESPN

Kawhi Leonard Very Engaged In 45-Minute Meeting With Nick Nurse
Kawhi Leonard discussed how he might be used in Toronto's offense.

Dave Feschuk/Toronto Star

Wizards Agree To Sign Chasson Randle
Chasson Randle spent last season with Real Madrid.

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

Magic Agree To Sign Amile Jefferson To Two-Way Deal
Amile Jefferson finished last season on a two-way deal with the Wolves.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Demetrius Jackson Agrees To Sign Two-Way Deal With 76ers
Demetrius Jackson spent last season with the Rockets and 76ers.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Clippers Waive C.J. Williams
C.J. Williams averaged 5.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 18.6 minutes per game with the Clippers last season.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Clint Capela Agrees To Five-Year, $90M Deal With Rockets
Clint Capela has been a restricted free agent this offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Pacers Had 'Qualms' Offering Supermax To Paul George Had He Qualified In 2017
Paul George didn't make an All-NBA team in 2017 and didn't qualify for a supermax.

Zach Lowe/ESPN