NBA WiretapDecember 2019 NBA Wiretap

Kevin Love Prefers Trade To Blazers, Blazers Expected To Pursue Danilo Gallinari

Dec 10, 2019 11:52 PM

Kevin Love would prefer getting traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, league sources told Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.

O'Connor also mentions the Nuggets and the Suns as potential teams that could trade for Love.

A potential deal for Love could also include Tristan Thompson, who is available in a deal.

The Blazers are expected to pursue Danilo Gallinari to fill their power forward position.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Tags: Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

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Larry Tanenbaum: No Team Can Talk To Masai Ujiri, He's Here To Stay

Dec 10, 2019 8:58 PM

Larry Tanenbaum said he is not worried about another team trying to sign Masai Ujiri away from the Toronto Raptors.

Ujiri's contract expires following the 20-21 season.

The New York Knicks are believed to have interest in Ujiri.

“We hope so,” Tanenbaum said earlier this week. “We haven’t talked (about an extension) at this point in time, but if you ask him, his intentions are pretty clear.”

Tanenbaum was asked why a contract extension hasn't been offered.

“Masai has a contract that goes for another two years — this season and next season — so there’s really no need at this point (to re-sign him),” he said.

Tanenbaum understands why rival teams have interest in Ujiri.

“He is the best,” said Tanenbaum. “But no team can come to talk to him. That’s tampering. And every owner knows that. Masai is here to stay.”

Michael Traikos/Toronto Sun

Tags: New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, NBA

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Rockets Have 'Serious Interest' In Robert Covington

Dec 10, 2019 11:56 PM

The Houston Rockets have "serious interest" in trading for Robert Covington, league sources told Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.

The Rockets are in the market to trade for another wing.

O'Connor adds that several playoff teams are also monitoring Covington with an eye towards a trade.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Tags: Robert Covington, Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

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Carmelo Anthony Approached Knicks About Helping Pursuit Of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving

Dec 10, 2019 8:23 PM

Carmelo Anthony and his representatives were in contact with management of the New York Knicks during the 2019 offseason about rejoining the franchise on a minimum contract.

Anthony's camp attempted to convince the Knicks that signing him would improve their chances of signing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

The Knicks were intrigued about the possibility of signing Anthony, but would only do so once they received commitments from Durant and Irving.

“He wanted to stay in New York,” said a person close to Anthony. “That’s what he was hoping for, but it didn’t work out.”

Durant and Irving lobbied the Nets to sign Anthony but the front office had several concerns.

Frank Isola/The Athletic

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Paul George Hints He's Not The One To Boo In Indiana

Dec 10, 2019 9:54 AM

Paul George was booed whenever he touched the ball in his third return trip to play the Indiana Pacers on Monday.

George scored 36 points and attempted 11 free throws.

George said he wasn't surprised by the reaction and said one day he will tell his side of the story leading to his trade request in 2017.

"You know, someday I'll do a tell-all and tell the leading events of how I left Indiana," George said. "And I promise you, I'm not the one to boo."

"... I'm not gonna share the teaser," George later added. "... I like being the villain. I'm here two nights out of the year. The people they should boo is here a lot longer than I am."

George refused to elaborate on whom he was talking about, but he did say he wouldn't speak negatively about Kevin Pritchard.

"You're getting close to trying to get this story out, aren't you?" George asked. "... I'm not going to bad-mouth KP. That's just Kevin's side of the story."

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Tags: Paul George, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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Otto Porter Jr. Out At Least Four More Weeks With Left Foot Injury

Dec 10, 2019 6:11 PM

Otto Porter Jr. was evaluated on Monday by a foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Bob Anderson, in Green Bay, Wis. Anderson confirmed the bone injury and healing response in Porter's left foot consistent with a small fracture that has become more clearly defined with repeated imaging over the last five weeks.

Porter will continue his current period of immobilization and progress as tolerated over the next four weeks when he will be reassessed.

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Tags: Otto Porter, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

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High-Ranking Knicks Official Tried To Convince Carmelo Anthony To Stay In 2017

Dec 10, 2019 2:56 PM

At least one high-ranking official with the New York Knicks visited Carmelo Anthony before his trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder to try to convince him to stay with the franchise.

Anthony believed it was time to part ways after what had happened during the 16-17 season with Phil Jackson. Jackson had already exited the franchise by that point.

The Knicks acquired Enes Kaner, Doug McDermott and a second round pick that turned into Mitchell Robinson for Anthony.

Ian Begley/SNY

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Willing To Give Up Future Assets For Wing Player

Dec 9, 2019 11:32 PM

The Houston Rockets are targeting a wing player in the trade market, league sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The team are willing to give up a future asset for a player who helps their roster right now.

The Athletic reported earlier that Mike D'Antoni is unlikely to return to the team next season unless they win the title this season.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

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Bill Self Could Possibly Succeed Gregg Popovich As Head Coach Of Spurs

Dec 9, 2019 5:40 PM

Gregg Popovich has given no indication to the San Antonio Spurs that he won't remain as head coach next season.

There has been speculation that Popovich could retire shortly after the 2020 Olympics with the United States.

League sources tell Sam Amick and John Hollinger of The Athletic that Bill Self is a potential replacement as head coach of the Spurs. Self is a close friend of R.C. Buford and have been so since their college days at Oklahoma States. Self and Buford worked together as assistants under Larry Brown at Kansas in the mid-1980s.

Kansas is under investigation for potential NCAA violations.

Sam Amick, John Hollinger/The Athletic

Tags: San Antonio Spurs, Kansas Jayhawks, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Zion Williamson May Not Make NBA Debut Until 2020

Dec 9, 2019 11:23 PM

There is "resignation" among members of the New Orleans Pelicans that Zion Williamson will not make his NBA debut until 2020, reported Marc Stein of The New York Times.

The team are being extra cautious with Williamson's rehab.

Williamson, who had knee surgery over 6 weeks ago, has yet to return to on-court work.

Marc Stein/The New York Times

Tags: Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Injury

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Josh Jackson Receives 1 Game Suspension From Memphis Hustle

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Malik Beasley Receives Trade Interest From Multiple Teams

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Masai Ujiri Turned Down Massive Extension Offer From Raptors

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

NBA Denies Rockets' Protest But Disciplines All Three Referees

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Jimmy Butler, Anthony Davis Named NBA's Players Of The Week

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RealGM Radio: Ben Golliver On The Season So Far, Bronny And More

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Thunder Willing To Absorb Burdensome Salary In Potential Trades

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Multiple Teams Monitoring Availability Of Marvin Williams

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Hawks Tell Trae Young Roster Changes Coming Soon

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Kevin Love 'Clearly Unhappy' With Cavaliers' Situation

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Pelicans Not Currently Considering Replacing Alvin Gentry

Sam Amick, John Hollinger/The Athletic

NBA PER: Anthony Davis Joins Giannis, Doncic, Harden In 30.0-Plus Club

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Chris Paul Believes Referees 'Got Him Back' With Delay-Of-Game Calls

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony Warned Chris Paul To Be Careful With Rockets

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Doc Rivers Unsure Whether Both Paul George, Kawhi Leonard Will Play Versus Pacers

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer

Dunc'd On: All-NBA and MVP of the Decade

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Gordon Hayward Could Return To Celtics Lineup On Monday

Tim Bontemps/ESPN

Kyrie Irving To Return To Nets Practice Within 'Next Week Or Two'

Brian Lewis/New York Post

Brett Brown Wants Ben Simmons To Shoot 'A 3-Point Shot A Game, Minimum'

Tim Bontemps/ESPN

Marcus Morris Organized Players-Only Meeting Hours Before David Fizdale Firing

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News