NBA WiretapFebruary 2019 NBA Wiretap

Marvin Bagley III Out 1-2 Weeks With Knee Sprain

Feb 28, 2019 7:45 PM

An MRI confirmed Marvin Bagley III suffered only a knee sprain during the Sacramento Kings 141-140 overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Bagley, averaging 18.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in his last 10 games, collided with Malcolm Brogdon late in the third quarter.

Bagley will be re-evaluated in 7-14 days.

Jason Anderson/The Sacramento Bee

Tags: Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Injury

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Knicks To Sign Henry Ellenson To Two-Year Deal

Feb 28, 2019 11:15 AM

The New York Knicks will sign Henry Ellenson to a two-year deal once his 10-day contract expires.

Ellenson's deal with the Knicks will include a team option for the 19-20 season.

Ellenson was waived by the Detroit Pistons in early February.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Henry Ellenson, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Spencer Hawes Signs G League Contract

Feb 28, 2019 9:31 AM

Spencer Hawes has signed a G League contract and will be available for a team to claim off waivers.

Hawes last played in the NBA during the 16-17 season with the Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks.

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Tags: Spencer Hawes, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Misc Rumor

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Hornets Not Interested In Discussing Buyout With Frank Kaminsky

Feb 28, 2019 9:25 AM

Frank Kaminsky has sought a buyout before Friday's deadline in order to become playoff eligible with another team.

The Charlotte Hornets, however, have not been interested in discussing a buyout with Kaminsky.

Kaminsky is averaging 5.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 10.4 minutes per game this season.

Kaminsky will be a restricted free agent this summer.

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Tags: Frank Kaminsky, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dirk Nowitzki Hasn't Ruled Out Returning For 19-20 Season

Feb 28, 2019 9:06 AM

Dirk Nowitzki hasn't ruled out returning to the Dallas Mavericks for the 19-20 season.

Nowitzki has maintained that he plans to wait until the summer before making a final decision. Nowitzki has begun to feel better of late for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery last spring.

Nowitzki also would like the chance to play with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.

"I'd love to be there for the young guys one more year, but I think it depends on how the body feels," Nowitzki said. "I've had some issues, obviously, this year. I had some knee swelling here the last few weeks, actually before the All-Star break, so it's not all great. But like I said, I am feeling better. I am feeling a little stronger.

"I think I'm going to make that decision later on, but I think the future's bright. I think Luka and KP, if they stay healthy, stay together, they should be a great combo. They should play great off each other. Both have an incredible skill set for their size, incredible playmaking ability for their size. They should jell well, but we have to see how it goes next year."

Porzingis has quietly lobbied for Nowitzki to play next season. Porzingis grew up idolizing Nowitzki. 

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dairis Bertans Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Pelicans

Feb 28, 2019 8:46 AM

Dairis Bertans has agreed to a two-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The deal will have a team option for the 19-20 season.

The Pelicans waived Tim Frazier to create a roster spot for Bertans.

Bertans is under contract with Olimpia Milano, but has an out-clause for the NBA.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Dairis Bertans, New Orleans Pelicans, EA7 Emporio Armani Milano, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International Teams

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Suns Begin Interviewing Candidates For GM Job

Feb 28, 2019 8:34 AM

The Phoenix Suns have begun interviewing candidates for their general manager vacancy.

The Suns have employed James Jones and Trevor Bukstein as co-interim general managers since firing Ryan McDonough. Both Jones and Bukstein could stay on as either a general manager or in another role.

The search comes one day after Adrian Wojnarowski was critical of the Suns and their perception around the NBA.

“This is an organization that is in a spiral in almost every way,” Wojnarowski said. “It is a concern for the NBA. Owner Robert Sarver has not seemed to learn a lot of lessons throughout the years about his management style, his hands-on nature and his ability to put an infrastructure in place and allow it to build an organization.”

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Tags: Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dunc'd On: GSW/MIA; Demps Firing, News, NOP/LAL, POR/BOS

Feb 28, 2019 7:29 AM

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Pelicans Waive Tim Frazier, Looking To Add Dairis Bertans From Olimpia Milano

Feb 28, 2019 2:31 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans waived Tim Frazier.

The Pelicans are "seriously discussing a deal" for Dairis Bertans from Olimpia Milano to take Fraziers' roster spot. 

The older brother of the Spurs' Davis Bertans, Dairis is shooting 54% on 3-pointers. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Tim Frazier, Dairis Bertans, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Waiver

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Trae Young Becomes Third Rookie To Have 35 Points, 5 Assists In Consecutive Games

Feb 28, 2019 1:41 AM

Trae Young became the first rookie since Allen Iverson to finish with at least 35 points and 5 assists in back-to-back games. 

Young had 36 points and 8 assists against the Rockets, and 36 points and 10 assists against the Timberwolves.

Young also joined Iverson and Michael Jordan to become the 3rd rookie to reach the 35/5 mark in consecutive games since the 1976-77 season. 

NBA Stats

Tags: Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Dwyane Wade On Buzzer-Beater: 'I Needed This One On My Way Out'
Wade banked a 3-point shot at the buzzer to beat the Warriors.

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Brad Stevens Following Fourth Straight Loss: Celtics 'Desperate For A Win'
The Celtics have lost four straight games.

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Lonzo Ball's Sprained Ankle To Be Re-Evaluated On Thursday
The Lakers have gone 4-9 since Ball suffered a Grade 3 ankle sprain on January 19th.

Christian Rivas/Silver Screen And Roll

Marcus Smart: Celtics Struggle Because 'Nobody Is Together'
The Celtics have lost 3 games in a row, and 5 out of their last 7.

NBA.com

Clippers Project To Have $54M-$75M In 2019 Cap Space
The Clippers didn't initially have 2019 in mind to pursue free agents.

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Hawks To Sign B.J. Johnson To 10-Day Contract
B.J. Johnson went to Summer League with the Hornets and training camp with the Magic.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Joe Lacob Reveals Warriors Moving To Phase 3 To Become 'More Than A Basketball Team'
Joe Lacob says he had a three-phase plan when he bought the Warriors in 2010 that is about to enter the third phase.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss/The Athletic

NBA Rescinds DeMarcus Cousins' Shoe Toss Technical Foul
DeMarcus Cousins cited injury concerns about throwing the shoe.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Auctioning Off Memorabilia
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says "much of the proceeds" will go to his Skyhook Foundation charity to help benefit kids learn about science, technology, engineering and math.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Cavaliers Will Attempt To Trade J.R. Smith In June
J.R. Smith has just $3.8 million of his $15.6 million salary for 19-20 guaranteed.

Joe Vardon/The Athletic

NBA Hasn't Received Demand To Increase Jersey Sponsorship Patch Size
Teams expect new deals and renewals will be for more money and longer terms.

Terry Lefton, John Lombardo/Sports Business Journal

NBA RSN Ratings Down 10 Percent On Average From Last Season
The Knicks, Bulls and Celtics have suffered massive declines this season.

John Ourand, John Lombardo/Sports Business Journal

Tahjere McCall Signs 10-Day Contract With Nets
Tahjere McCall has appeared in 23 games for Long Island this season, recording averages of 10.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals.

RealGM Staff Report

LeBron James: Lakers 'Wrong Franchise' If You're Affected By Distractions
LeBron James was asked whether the Lakers' push to the playoffs was becoming a distraction.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

James Harden's 30-Point Streak Ends At 32
James Harden had a chance to get to 30 before the final buzzer, but elected to hold onto the ball with the game decided.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Wolves Sign Cam Reynolds To 10-Day Contract
Cam Reynolds went undrafted out of Tulane in 2018.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Bucks Sign Isaiah Canaan To 10-Day Contract
Isaiah Canaan has played in 26 games with both Phoenix and Minnesota this season.

RealGM Staff Report

Karl-Anthony Towns Feels Lucky To Be Alive Following Car Accident
Karl-Anthony Towns said Monday that he had a 5 percent chance of surviving the accident.

ESPN

Celtics Told Pelicans At Deadline Everyone Can Be Available In Anthony Davis Trade
There has been varying speculation whether the Celtics will make Jayson Tatum available in Anthony Davis trade talks.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Jayson Tatum 'Knows' He'll Be An All-Star Next Season
Jayson Tatum's efficiency has dropped this season as his usage has increased amidst a disappointing regular season for the Celtics.

Shams Charania/The Athletic