NBA WiretapSeptember 2018 NBA Wiretap

Dunc'd On: Nate's Back: Western Conference Over/Unders

Sep 30, 2018 11:51 PM

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Nate makes his return after his honeymoon and we discuss the Western Conference Over/Unders in alphabetical order from Dallas to Utah.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA).  And if you like this pod, please donate to support Nate and Danny at Patreon.com/DuncanLeroux.  Merchandise available at NateDuncanNBA.com.

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Steve Kerr: I Would Not Be Comfortable Being Both GM/Coach

Sep 30, 2018 1:06 PM

Steve Kerr is one of the only people in the NBA who has been both a general manager and a head coach, but he never had both roles at the same time.

"One of the reasons I wanted to coach is because frankly it's easier than being a GM and facing some of those choices," Kerr said. "So I'm lucky, I've got a great GM, a great friend in Bob [Myers] and when we've been faced with difficult decisions the collaboration and the process that we've had has been really sound and I've learned a lot actually from being part of it. We're in the midst of a good run obviously and we're lucky to be where we are and it's been smooth, but we're all going to face our moments. It's the NBA, it's tough out there."

Kerr was asked whether he believes someone could be successful in both roles.

"I'm sure it can," Kerr said, when asked if someone could still be successful in a dual coach/GM type role. "But it wouldn't work for me. It depends on the circumstances, the situation. It depends on relationships within the organization. Everybody is going to be structured a little differently. But having sat in both chairs I would not be comfortable doing both jobs."

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Tom Thibodeau Didn't Have Locker Room Issues Leak To Media In Past

Sep 30, 2018 1:00 PM

Unlike previous situations in his coaching career, Tom Thibodeau was unable to keep the issues going on inside the locker room of the Minnesota Timberwolves from leaking out to the media.

Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins didn't play with the same type of consistent effort Jimmy Butler respects, which created a divide within the Wolves.

Thibodeau had hoped he could keep the team in place through the offseason and fix the issues at the start of camp.

One of Thibodeau's favorite mantras is that "the magic is in the work."

But Butler was fed up with the situation to a point where he requested a trade as he enters his walk year.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wilson Chandler Out Two Weeks With Left Hamstring Strain

Sep 30, 2018 12:32 PM

Wilson Chandler will miss at least two weeks due to a left hamstring strain.

Chandler suffered the injury in the first half of Friday's game.

Chandler was acquired in a July trade with the Denver Nuggets.

ESPN

Tags: Wilson Chandler, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Pelicans Sign Brandon McCoy

Sep 30, 2018 12:30 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed free agent center Brandon McCoy.

McCoy, 7-1, 250, went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft.

The Chicago native spent one season at UNLV, appearing in 33 games and averaging 16.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Brandon McCoy, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lauri Markkanen Out 6-8 Weeks With Elbow Sprain

Sep 28, 2018 9:55 PM

Lauri Markkanen sustained a right elbow injury in practice on Thursday, Sept. 27. 

Markkanen underwent an MRI today that showed a high grade lateral elbow sprain.

Markkanen is estimated to be out six-to-eight weeks.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

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Lakers Hire Kurt Rambis As Senior Basketball Advisor

Sep 28, 2018 8:37 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Kurt Rambis as Senior Basketball Advisor. 

In his role, Rambis will report to Johnson and support the basketball operations and coaching staffs in their day-to-day functions.

“As a member of the Showtime Lakers, Kurt is a champion and knows how to win,” said Johnson. “He has been an integral part of the Lakers organization winning four NBA Championships as a player and an additional four as a part of the staff. His insights and wide range of experiences will be a huge benefit to our operations.”

Rambis previously spent 16 years (1994-2009, 2013-14) in various coaching and front office roles within the Lakers organization. During this time, the team made six NBA Finals appearances (2000-02, 2004, 2008-09) and won four NBA Championships (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2009). Rambis also served as the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2009-11 and most recently spent four seasons (2014-18) as associate head coach of the New York Knicks, including a brief stint as interim head coach.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Finalizing Camp Deal With Marcus Georges-Hunt

Sep 28, 2018 5:51 PM

The Boston Celtics are finalizing a camp deal with Marcus Georges-Hunt.

Georges-Hunt played with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic during the past two seasons. Georges-Hunt also previously played for the Maine Red Claws.

The legal issues of Jabari Bird and his status with the Celtics remains unresolved, which impacts their available roster spots.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Marcus Georges-Hunt, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Approached Eric Gordon On Contract Extension

Sep 28, 2018 9:10 AM

The Houston Rockets approached Eric Gordon this offseason about his interest in a contract extension.

Gordon is in the third season of a four-year, $52 million contract.

The Rockets can only offer a raise worth as much as 120 percent of his $14 million salary in 19-20, followed by eight percent raises.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Manu Ginobili Has No Intention Of Coaching

Sep 28, 2018 9:01 AM

Manu Ginobili has "no intention" of becoming a coach with the San Antonio Spurs.

Ginobili, however, attended the Spurs' annual coaching retreat before the start of training camp.

Ginobili said it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up because it gave him the chance to "learn and see basketball from the other side."

"I accepted with pleasure," he wrote. "It was a great decision."

Ginobili announced his retirement from the NBA in August.

Tom Orsborn/San Antonio Express-News

Tags: San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James Embraced Gradual Rebuild For Lakers With Long-Term Commitment
LeBron James realized the Lakers would be unable to contend for a title in his first season and believed he had multiple seasons remaining in his prime.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Klay Thompson Reiterates Desire To Remain With Warriors
Klay Thompson will be a free agent in 2019.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On West Over-Unders
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti break down the over/unders for the Western Conference.

RealGM Staff Report

Magic Sign Devin Davis, Waive Gabe York
Devin Davis averaged 10.9 ppg., a team-high 6.3 rpg. and 1.3 apg. in 26.0 minpg in his senior season.

RealGM Staff Report

Kings Sign Brandon Austin To Camp Deal
Brandon Austin spent time with the Reno Bighorns of the G League last season.

James Ham/NBC Sports

Spurs Pick Up 19-20 Option On Dejounte Murray
Dejounte Murray averaged 8.07 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season.

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

Magic Exercise 19-20 Option On Jonathan Isaac
Jonathan Isaac played in 27 games during his rookie campaign.

RealGM Staff Report

LeBron James Likely To Have Limited Preseason Workload
LeBron James played in only one preseason game at the outset of the 2017-18 season while he rehabbed an ankle injury.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Derrick Williams Sign With Bayern Munich
Derrick Williams arrived in Germany last week but he didn't initially complete his physicals due to an infection.

Sportando

Wolves Continue To Seek Return For Jimmy Butler Beyond What Teams Offering
Sources are skeptical of Tom Thibodeau's desire to make a deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe/ESPN

Dunc'd On: CLE Outlook w/ Joe Vardon; ATL Outlook w/ Brad Rowland
Danny Leroux previews the season for the Cavs with Joe Vardon and the Hawks with Brad Rowland.

Tom Thibodeau Ready To Honor Jimmy Butler's Trade Request
While Tom Thibodeau will attempt to trade Butler, he expects Jimmy Butler to honor his contract once he's healthy if he remains with Minnesota.

Reid Forgrave/CBS Sports

Kyrie Irving Discusses Intention To Re-Sign With Celtics
Kyrie Irving suggested the Celtics are too good for him to consider leaving the franchise in free agency.

Rachel Nichols/ESPN

Rockets Trying To Conceive Of Creative Trade Ideas For Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler is a native of the Houston area.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Magic Not Currently Considering Trade Of Nikola Vucevic
Wth Nikola Vucevic on an expiring contract and the Magic having significant depth at center, there has been speculation of a possible trade.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Gordon Hayward Signs Endorsement Deal With Anta
Gordon Hayward also received interest from Nike and New Balance.

Nick DePaula/ESPN

Pacers Exercise 19-20 Options On Domantas Sabonis, TJ Leaf
The Pacers have exercised their options for 19-20 on Domantas Sabonis and TJ Leaf.

RealGM Staff Report

Suns Interested In Trading For Jeff Teague
Phoenix has expressed interest in several point guards this offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Jimmy Butler Informs Wolves Of Preference To Be Dealt To Heat
Jimmy Butler initially had the Clippers, Knicks and Nets on his wish list.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Pistons Sign Chris McCullough To Camp Deal
Chris McCullough played for the Wizards in the G League last season.

RealGM STaff Report