NBA WiretapAugust 2018 NBA Wiretap

Pelicans Waive DeAndre Liggins

Aug 31, 2018 6:40 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived DeAndre Liggins.

Liggins, 6-6, 209, appeared in 27 games (three starts) for New Orleans last season after being originally signed on January 10, averaging 1.6 points and 1.0 rebounds in 9.0 minutes.

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Suns Have Tried To Trade For Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker, Terry Rozier

Aug 31, 2018 3:59 PM

The Phoenix Suns have been active in attempting to trade for an established point guard.

According to John Gambadoro, the Suns have made inquiries on Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker and Terry Rozier.

Walker and Rozier both project to be free agents in 2019. Rozier's future is likely tied to what Kyrie Irving decides to do in his own free agency with the Boston Celtics.

The Suns traded away Brandon Knight this week in a deal for Ryan Anderson.

John Gambadoro/Arizona Sports 98.7

Tags: Kemba Walker, Terry Rozier, Damian Lillard, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

76ers Granted Permission To Interview Larry Harris, Gersson Rosas, Justin Zanik For GM Job

Aug 31, 2018 3:06 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have been granted permission to interview Larry Harris, Gersson Rosas and Justin Zanik for their general manager vacancy.

Harris currently works for the Golden State Warriors as assistant general manager. Harris was previously general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Rosas has worked for the Houston Rockets for 18 seasons.

Zanik has worked in the front offices of the Bucks and Utah Jazz after previously serving as a player agent.

Brett Brown is currently interim general manager.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia Sixers, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Bulls Promote Brian Hagen, Steve Weinman, Jim Paxson, Miles Abbett

Aug 31, 2018 3:02 PM

The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has promoted Brian Hagen to Associate General Manager, Steve Weinman to Assistant General Manager, Jim Paxson to Director of Pro Personnel and Miles Abbett to Manager of Minor League Scouting and Analytics.

Hagen is entering his seventh season with the Bulls, as he spent the last six seasons as Assistant General Manager and third as General Manager of the Windy City Bulls. Before joining the Bulls, he spent nine seasons in basketball operations with the New Orleans Hornets, most recently as the team’s Director of Player Personnel. In that role, he was responsible for coordinating the team’s amateur and professional scouting operations and assisted in the evaluation of free agents and prospective trade acquisitions. While with the Hornets, he also spent time as the team’s video coordinator, Director of Basketball Operations, Director of Scouting and Assistant to the General Manager.

Weinman, set to begin his seventh year with the Bulls, was previously the team’s Manager of Basketball Operations and Analytics, after spending two years working for the NBA. In his new role, Weinman will continue to manage the team’s salary cap and oversee the organization’s planning for future initiatives, while remaining the team’s lead for all basketball analytics efforts. Weinman will also shift his focus toward pro scouting and draft personnel.

Paxson will begin his 13th season with the Bulls and has spent the last 12 seasons serving as the Director of Basketball Operations. Prior to Chicago, he spent seven seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, first as Vice President of Basketball Operations (1998-99), and then as President and General Manager of the club (1999-2005). Paxson also served as Assistant General Manager of the Portland Trail Blazers for three seasons (1995-98), as well as Offensive Skills Coach during the 1993-94 season. He was a two-time NBA All-Star and earned All-NBA Second Team honors in 1984.

Abbett, about to embark on his fifth season with the Bulls, formerly served as the team’s Basketball Operations Coordinator. He will now build upon his analytical contributions for the organization, while also focusing on scouting the G League and international professional leagues.

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Ryan Anderson Agrees To Reduction Of 19-20 Guarantee To $15.6M

Aug 31, 2018 2:44 PM

Ryan Anderson agreed to reduce the guarantee on his $21 million salary for the 19-20 season from $21 million to $15.6 million as part of the Houston Rockets' trade of him to the Phoenix Suns.

For the Suns, the $15.6M represents Brandon Knight's salary for the 2019-20 season.

The Suns will have to decide by July 10, 2019 on guaranteeing the full amount for the final season of Anderson's contract, or they can waive him and owe him the $15.6 million. 

Anderson could recoup some of that money if he's waived as teams enter 2019 with more cap space.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Ryan Anderson, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Joel Embiid: I Pretended My Way To The NBA

Aug 31, 2018 11:03 AM

Joel Embiid wrote a first person essay at The Players' Tribune explaining his journey from Cameroon to the NBA.

When Embiid was in high school, he taught himself to shoot by watching a YouTube video following the search of 'WHITE PEOPLE SHOOTING 3 POINTERS.'

"I pretended my way to the NBA," wrote Embiid. "I seriously got to the league by watching YouTube and living in the gym. There’s no other way to explain it. Remember when KG won the title with the Celtics, and he was acting all crazy, screaming out, “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLLLLLLLLLLLLLE!!!!!!!!!!!!”

"That speaks to me. That’s my life. It happened so fast that it doesn’t even make sense."

Embiid was greatly influenced by Kobe Bryant and Hakeem Olajuwon.

"Thank you, Kobe. Thank you, Hakeem. Thank you, Mom and Dad. Thank you, Kansas. Thank you, Philly. Thank you, Lil’ Bow Wow. Thank you, Random White People.

It's a move, I swear."

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Tags: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA

Warriors Felt Omri Casspi's Attitude Was Suboptimal

Aug 31, 2018 10:25 AM

Omri Casspi had a strange season with the Golden State Warriors, struggling with injuries and his three-point shot.

Casspi was waived in April to create a roster spot for Quinn Cook. 

"I don't know if (it) was a 'blowup' necessarily," wrote Ethan Strauss. "There was a lot of frustration on both sides, though. Generally speaking, he didn't perform like the Warriors expected and they felt his attitude was suboptimal."

Casspi signed a one-year deal with the Grizzlies in free agency.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss/The Athletic

Tags: Omri Casspi, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Trade Ryan Anderson To Suns For Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss

Aug 31, 2018 9:04 AM

The Houston Rockets have traded Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton to the Phoenix Suns for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight.

Houston had been attempting to trade Anderson for more than a year. Anderson is owed $41 million over the final two years of his contract compared to two years and $30 million for Knight.

Knight missed last season due to a torn ACL.

Anderson could conceivably start at power forward for the Suns.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Ryan Anderson, De'Anthony Melton, Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

RealGM Radio: Rob Mahoney, Jonathan Tjarks On The Northwest Division

Aug 31, 2018 3:02 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer (@JonathanTjarks) and Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated (@RobMahoney) go in-depth on the NBA’s Southwest Division.

They discuss how the Rockets, Pelicans, Spurs, Mavericks and Grizzlies fared in the off-season, including which teams improved and what moves stood out. The three also predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.


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Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, RealGM Radio

Feds Investigating Alleged Money Laundering By Former Kings' Executive

Aug 30, 2018 4:07 PM

The FBI and federal prosecutors are investigating Jeffrey R. David, 44, the former chief revenue officer for the Sacramento Kings who currently holds the same position with the Miami Heat.

David allegedly diverted $9 million from the Golden 1 Credit Union and another $4.4 million from the Kaiser Permanente Foundation.

David's position with the Kings was eliminated on June 1st and joined the Heat as chief revenue officer in July.

No criminal charges have been filed in the case, which was referred to federal investigators by the Kings a week ago.

Sam Stanton, Darrell Smith/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, NBA

Thunder Use Waive-And-Stretch On Kyle Singler
The Thunder will save $23.4 million in salary and luxury tax payments by stretching Kyle Singler's $5 million salary.

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David West Retires From NBA
David West won titles in each of the past two seasons with the Warriors.

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Wolves To Wear Black Throwbacks With Green Trees
The Wolves wore the uniforms from 1996 until 2008.s

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Spurs Sign Chimezie Metu To Three-Year Deal
Chimezie Metu averaged 11.4 points and 7.6 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game in Summer League with the Spurs.

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Dunc'd On: UTA Season Outlook w/ David Locke; MIL w/ Frank Madden
Nate Duncan previews the season for the Jazz with David Locke and the Bucks with Frank Madden.

Woj: Celtics Remain Favorites To Re-Sign Kyrie Irving Over Rest Of Field
There has been speculation that Kyrie Irving might not re-sign with the Celtics in 2019.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Manu Ginobili Plans To Contribute To Spurs In Retirement
Manu Ginobili wrote a column detailing his decision to retire.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

USA Basketball, NBA, NBPA, NCAA Announce Partnership Focused On Elite Prospects
Life-skills education and off-court development also will be major focus areas for the expanded program.

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Hawks Sell Arena Naming Rights To State Farm For $175M Over 20 Years
The arena has undergone an extensive $192.5 million renovation in multiple phases over the past two years.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

76ers Sign Anthony Brown To Camp Deal
Anthony Brown was on a two-way contract with the Wolves last season.

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NBA To Allow Players To Wear Any Color Sneakers During 18-19 Season
As part of Nike's eight-year, $1 billion deal to outfit the NBA, Nike has been aggressive in amplifying the look of teams and players across the league.

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Grizzlies Waive Kobi Simmons From Two-Way Contract
Kobi Simmons averaged 6.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 20.1 minutes per game last season with the Grizzlies.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Magic Open To Trading Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic is entering the final season of his contract with the Magic.

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

Tom Thibodeau 'Very Optimistic' On Odds Of Signing Karl-Anthony Towns To Extension
If Karl-Anthony Towns doesn't sign an extension, he will become a restricted free agent in 2019.

Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

Wolves Hire Malik Allen As Assistant Coach
Malik Allen was most recently an assistant coach for Stan Van Gundy with the Pistons.

Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward To Begin Playing 5-On-5 Next Week
Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward appear to be at full health and are ready for the new season.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Spurs Agree To One-Year Deal With Quincy Pondexter
Quincy Pondexter has been limited by injuries over the past few seasons.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Deng Adel Agrees To Camp Deal With Wolves
Deng Adel went undrafted out of Louisville.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Kobe Bryant: Zero Percent Chance I Play Basketball Again
Kobe Bryant retired from basketball in 2016.

Christian Rivas/Silver Screen & Roll

Manu Ginobili Announces Retirement From NBA
Manu Ginobili was a four-time NBA champion, two-time All-Star and an Olympic gold medalist.

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