NBA WiretapOctober 2020 NBA Wiretap

NBA Optimistic Players Will Agree To Mid-December Start Of Season

Oct 26, 2020 10:53 AM

The NBA and NBPA are widely expected to agree to revised collective bargaining agreement this week, which is their deadline to start the season by mid-December.

"I don't really think the players have much of a leveraging point here," said Brian Windhorst on his podcast. "They're probably going to have to agree to this.

"In talking to people on the league side this past week, they didn't act like getting the players to agree was going to be that big of a stumbling block. I'm sure some people are going to be upset, but I'm not sure what they can do about it."

The start of the season will take place 72 days after Game 6 of The Finals featuring the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat.

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Finance Committee Led Push To Start 20-21 NBA Season In December

Oct 26, 2020 10:44 AM

Prior to the Board of Governors meeting on Friday, the NBA's finance committee met last Monday and came to a conclusion that the league needed to start the season in December to maximize their revenues for the 20-21 season.

"The owners' finance committee, there's a group of owners who make up the finance committee, had a meeting and in that meeting they looked at everything and decided 'You know what? We need to play sooner rather than later,'" said Brian Windhorst on his podcast. 

"By Friday, by the time the full Board of Governors meeting came together, it was pretty much decided it was going to be Christmas or even sooner.

"They have to work out a deal with the players over the next few days, but it's going to probably be a late December restart for the NBA, which is not something even Adam Silver was believing three weeks ago."

The league projects that starting the season in December will result in an additional $500 million in revenue than they otherwise would lose by starting later. 

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Salary Cap For 20-21 Season Unlikely To Drop Below $109M

Oct 26, 2020 1:54 PM

The salary cap for the 20-21 season is expected to be no less than $109 million, according to the messaging teams have received from the league office.

"The teams I've talked to have said the cap will be no lower than $109 million," said Bobby Marks on The Lowe Post. "That's what they've been assured. It could be $111 million.

"When it comes to 21-22, teams are using $115 million as the number right now. I think that's potentially going to be higher because I think revenue for 21 and 22 gets back to some type of normalcy. And that will certainly have what the league will use as a projection."

Unlike most seasons, the cap won't be an accurate representation of projected BRI.

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2020 NBA Finals Averaged 4.1M Viewers In The Philippines

Oct 27, 2020 8:27 AM

The Philippines had the largest average NBA Playoffs audience of any international market with 1.3 million viewers. The NBA Finals averaged 4.1 million viewers in the country. By comparison, Game 6 of the 2019 Finals was watched by approximately 21 million viewers in China.

The Philippines ranks No. 3 in NBA League Pass subscribers in the Asia-Pacific market, excluding China.

Basketball is the No. 1 sport in participation in the country and 98% of Filipinos are aware of the NBA, according to Scott Levy, managing director of NBA Asia.

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NBA Likely To Start Training Camps On Dec. 1st

Oct 26, 2020 10:55 PM

The NBA is likely to open training camps for the 20-21 season on December 1st if the league moves forward with their plan to begin the season on December 22nd.

The league is proposing a December 22nd start date to the NBPA.

The NBA believes they can increase their revenue for the 20-21 season by beginning before Christmas Day and then returning to a normal October through June schedule for the 21-22 season.

The 19-20 season concluded on October 11th.

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Knicks Collecting 'A Ton' Of Information On Devin Vassell

Oct 27, 2020 1:33 AM

The New York Knicks are reportedly in regular contact with people around Devin Vassell and are collecting "a ton" on the Florida State sophomore, according to teams monitoring Vassell's situation.

Vassell averaged 12.7 points and 5.1 rebounds last season.

He is currently ranked No. 11 in ESPN's Best Available, with the Knicks having the eighth pick in the upcoming draft.

In regards to a video posted recently showing Vassell's shooting form, Florida State assistant CY Young said that the player has not altered his shot.

“Because he’s shooting from so far back, he’s sling-shotting it from over his head. Because it’s way deep. It was a (mess around) half-court shot. He always had kind of a high release but he hasn’t changed his shot. He doesn’t bring it back that far. He has not changed his shot at all," said Young.

Vassell shot over 41% from 3 in his college career.

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Teams Lobbying For Luxury Tax To Increase To $139M To Facilitate Trade Market

Oct 26, 2020 11:18 AM

NBA teams are lobbying for the luxury tax level for the 20-21 season to come in at $139 million with the apron at $145 million.

The trade market would essentially become frozen if the tax stays flat at $132.7 million.

A flat tax would only benefit the teams with cap space.

The luxury tax was projected at $139 million off a salary cap of $115 million for the 20-21 season. 

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Warriors Interested In Jeremy Lin

Oct 26, 2020 8:12 AM

The Golden State Warriors have interest in Jeremy Lin, according to a source.

Lin last played in the NBA in 18-19 with the Toronto Raptors, only playing sparingly. Lin received little free agent interest in 2019 and eventually signed in China.

Lin began his NBA career with the Warriors.

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Chauncey Billups Interviews For Assistant Coach Job With Clippers

Oct 26, 2020 1:35 PM

Chauncey Billups has interviewed with the Los Angeles Clippers for a spot on the coaching staff of Ty Lue.

Billups previously interviewed for the head coaching position with the Indiana Pacers.

Billups has been widely expected to join the staff of Lue as an assistant coach. 

Since retiring from the NBA as a player, Billups has worked in broadcasting. 

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Arizona Served With Nine Misconduct Allegations

Oct 26, 2020 8:09 AM

The University of Arizona have been served with nine allegations of misconduct with five of them being Level I allegations.

Arizona has also been charged with lack of institutional control and failure to monitor, and Wildcats coach Sean Miller has been charged with lack of head coach control.

Arizona is the eighth university to publicly acknowledge receiving an NCAA notice of allegations related to information obtained from a federal investigation into bribes and other misconduct in college basketball, joining Kansas, Louisville, NC State, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, TCU and USC.

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Mark Tatum: Improving Technology, Virtual Reality To Make NBA 'More Immersive' Experience

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Warriors, Hornets Believed To Prefer James Wiseman

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Clippers Hire Dan Craig As Assistant Coach

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Dunc'd On: Killian Hayes Scouting Report; LAC Offseason Outlook

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Raptors Work Out Malachi Flynn, Devon Dotson

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Zeke Nnaji Has Pre-Draft Workout With Heat

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Pat Riley Clears Up Asterisk Comment: Lakers Title 'Is Legitimate'

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Salary Cap Could Decline 'Between $3 Million And $12 Million' Next Season

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J.B. Bickerstaff: Cavs Are 'Planning For The Future' With Andre Drummond

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Warriors Would 'Strongly Consider' Drafting Saddiq Bey If Team Trades Down

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Kevin Seraphin Announces Retirement From Basketball

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Rob Pelinka: Lakers Title Deserves 'Gold Star' Instead Of Asterisk

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NBA Missed Revenue Projections By $1.5 Billion

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Raptors 'Remain Hopeful' Of Hosting Games In Toronto Next Season

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Yoeli Childs Reportedly Makes 'Strong Impression' During Knicks Interview

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Pat Riley On Heat Offseason: Priority Is To 'Take Care Of The Players That We Have'

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NBA Could Withhold 40 Percent Of Player Salaries In Escrow During 20-21 Season

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RealGM Radio: Jared Dubin On The Playoffs And Offseason

NBA Considering Two-Week Midseason Break With All-Star Game Likely Canceled

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Amar'e Stoudemire Agrees To Become Assistant Coach With Nets

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