NBA WiretapJanuary 2019 NBA Wiretap

Markelle Fultz Rejoins 76ers, Continues Shoulder Therapy

Jan 19, 2019 5:02 PM

Markelle Fultz has rejoined the Philadelphia 76ers as he continues therapy on his shoulder condition. 

Fultz hasn't played a game since leaving the team on November 21st. He was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome on December 6th, and has been working with therapists in Los Angeles. 

There is still no timetable on Fultz returning to the court, although he is pushing to return this season.

Fultz's agent Raymond Brothers added in early December that his condition was physical and not mental. 

"People were saying it was a mental problem, and it is not. There's no way you're the No. 1 pick in the world and all of a sudden you aren't able to consistently raise your arms to shoot a basketball. Something is physically wrong. Now we have the answer to that problem."

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Tags: Markelle Fultz, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Kenneth Faried Agrees To Buyout With Nets, Will Join Rockets

Jan 19, 2019 12:35 AM

Kenneth Faried has agreed to a contract buyout with the Brooklyn Nets.

The 29-year-old Faried is expected to join the Rockets once he clears waivers on Monday.

The Rockets have until then to make room for Faried's roster spot. With Clint Capela's injury, Faried will step into the lineup immediately and play significant minutes.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Kenneth Faried, Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Official Transaction, NBA Waiver, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Rockets Still Looking To Trade Carmelo Anthony

Jan 19, 2019 5:17 PM

The Houston Rockets continue to pursue trades for Carmelo Anthony and have no intention on waiving the forward.

Looking to sign Kenneth Faried once he clears waivers, the Rockets are expected to release the recently-signed James Nunnally to make room on their roster.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: James Nunnally, Carmelo Anthony, Kenneth Faried, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Anthony Davis Out 1-2 Weeks With Sprained Index Finger

Jan 19, 2019 1:07 PM

Anthony Davis will miss one to two weeks with a sprained left index finger.

Davis suffered the injury late in Friday's loss by the Pelicans to the Blazers.

Davis had an X-ray after the game.

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Tags: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Injury

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Isaiah Thomas Aims To Make Nuggets Debut Before All-Star Break

Jan 19, 2019 1:21 AM

Isaiah Thomas is planning to make his Denver Nuggets debut before the All-Star break in mid-February. The 29-year-old Thomas, who signed a 1-year deal with the Nuggets, has been out since having hip surgery last March. 

Thomas could return as early as their February 11-13th homestand against the Heat and Kings. 

Thomas is expected to begin playing in 5-on-5 scrimmages in the near future. 

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Tags: Isaiah Thomas, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

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Marc Gasol, Mike Conley Jr. Meet With Robert Pera

Jan 18, 2019 7:05 PM

Marc Gasol and Mike Conley Jr. met with Robert Pera this week to discuss the current state of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Several rival teams have monitored Gasol's situation with interest in a trade.

Gasol has a player option for the 19-20 season worth $25.5 million.

The Grizzlies have lost nine of their past 10 games and are falling out of the Western Conference playoff picture.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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NBA Awards Mavs Disabled Player Exception Worth $1.85 Million

Jan 19, 2019 1:30 AM

The Dallas Mavericks have received a Disabled Player Exception worth $1.85 million after losing J.J. Barea for the season.

The Mavs can use $1.95 million to acquire a player in a trade.

The exception expires on March 11th. 

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Tags: J.J. Barea, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Misc Official Transaction

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Wendell Carter Jr. Out 8-12 Weeks With Thumb Surgery

Jan 18, 2019 6:18 PM

Wendell Carter Jr. sustained a left thumb injury in the game at the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 15. A MRI was performed the next day in Los Angeles, with the initial diagnosis of an acute on chronic thumb sprain. He was examined today by Bulls hand specialists, Drs. John Fernandez and Mark Cohen.

Repeat physical examination, testing under live fluoroscopic XR, and review of all tests determined the extent of the thumb injury and associated instability. Surgery is recommended with an anticipated recovery and return to sport time of 8-12 weeks.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Wendell Carter, Jr., Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

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Rick Carlisle Tries To Reach Out To Dennis Smith Jr.

Jan 18, 2019 2:53 PM

Rick Carlisle tried to reach out to Dennis Smith Jr. expressing how he would "love to have him back."

Smith recently expressed that he hopes to be traded. Smith has been frustrated with his role with the Dallas Mavericks.

"Dennis Smith is not here, but I want to let everybody know I reached out to him and his agent last night and let them know that when he's feeling better, he's welcome to rejoin the team at any time," Carlisle said Friday. "We would love to have him back.

"In his year and a half here, he has started every game that he has been available to play. And during that period in time, he has experienced significant growth on both sides of the ball. I'm very proud of the progress that he's made. That's where we are."

Smith is not expected to rejoin the Mavericks on their road trip.

Added Carlisle: "I just think that he's part of this team and we'd love to have him back."

The Mavericks won't trade Smith unless they get a good value in return.

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Carmelo Anthony Expected To Have New Team Around Trade Deadline

Jan 18, 2019 9:48 AM

Carmelo Anthony has multiple options available as he remains in limbo after being away from the Houston Rockets for several months. Anthony last played on Nov. 8 and is expected to resolve his situation around the trade deadline.

Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Rockets this offseason.

It remains uncertain whether Anthony will be traded, or waived and subsequently signed.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been linked with Anthony.

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wizards Not Interested In Trading Otto Porter For Future Assets, Cap Relief
Otto Porter has two seasons remaining on his current deal.

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Ted Leonsis: Wizards Will Never, Ever Tank
Ted Leonsis referenced the way the 76ers tanked several seasons to build their current team and that it is not a path the Wizards will take.

Candace Buckner, Scott Allen/Washington Post

Dunc'd On: Trade Deadline: Central Division 2019
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux preview the trade deadline for the Central Division.

Dennis Smith Jr. Will Not Join Mavs On Upcoming Road Trip
The Mavs have recently been attempting to repair their relationship with Smith.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Bradley Beal: Wizards Will Make Playoffs
Beal is averaging 29.8 points since Wall's season-ending injury.

Candace Buckner and Scott Allen/Washington Post

Dion Waiters Fined By Heat For Post-Game Comments
Waiters has come off the bench since returning from an ankle injury.

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RealGM Radio: Matt Moore On NBA Tiers
Host Danny Leroux and Matt Moore of The Action Network lay out their tiers for the entire NBA halfway through the regular season.

RealGM Staff Report

Kings Interested In Trading For Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes has a player option for the 19-20 season worth $25.1 million.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James Continue To Lead ASG Voting In Latest Returns
LeBron James leads all NBA players with 3,770,807 votes.

RealGM Staff Report

Mavericks Haven't Given Up On Keeping Dennis Smith Jr.
The Mavericks have made Dennis Smith available in trade throughout the season.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

NBA To Televise All-Star Game Draft On Trade Deadline Day
The All-Star Game rosters will be selected on Feb. 7.

RealGM Staff Report

Gregg Popovich Undecided About Coaching Spurs In 19-20
Gregg Popovich turns 70 on Jan. 28 and is in the final season of his current five-year contract extension.

Marc Stein/New York Times

NBA Referees Will Answer Questions On Twitter During Select Games
Monday's game between the Warriors and Lakers will be featured.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

DeMarcus Cousins: Warriors Are The Most Hated Team In Sports
DeMarcus Cousins is set to make his debut with the Warriors on Friday.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

LeBron James Appreciative Of Kyrie Irving's Apology Call
LeBron James was coincidentally having dinner with Kevin Love in Los Angeles when Kyrie Irving called.

Joe Vardon/The Athletic

Kyrie Irving Apologized To LeBron James For Being A 'Young Player'
Irving said he appreciates James' leadership and now understands how difficult it is to lead a team with young players.

Tim Bontemps/ESPN

Tyus Jones Out With Sprained Ankle
Jones will be day-to-day following the removal of his boot.

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Sixers Interested In Noah Vonleh
Vonleh is averaging a career-high 8.6 points and 6.5 rebounds this season.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Quincy Acy Signs Second 10-Day Contract With Suns
Acy has played just 33 minutes with the Suns this season.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Dunc'd On: Trade Deadline: Atlantic Division 2019
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux preview the trade deadline for the Atlantic Division.