NBA WiretapJanuary 2020 NBA Wiretap

Mavericks Acquire Willie Cauley-Stein From Warriors

Jan 24, 2020 6:17 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have acquired Willie Cayley-Stein in a trade with the Golden State Warriors.

The Mavericks were looking for depth at center following the season-ending injury to Dwight Powell.

Cayley-Stein signed a two-year, $4.6 million deal with the Warriors in the offseason.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Willie Cauley-Stein, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Make Future First Round Picks Available In Trade Talks

Jan 24, 2020 4:00 PM

The Houston Rockets have been in win-now mode for the past several seasons as they try to maximize the title window with James Harden.

Sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic that the Rockets are continuing to make future draft picks available in trade talks.

The Rockets have prioritized a wing player on the trade market.

For now, the Rockets will leave a roster spot open.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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Lauri Markkanen Out 4-6 Weeks With Stress Reaction In Right Pelvis

Jan 24, 2020 3:55 PM

Lauri Markkanen underwent an MRI of his right hip at Rush Hospital on Jan. 23 which revealed an early stress reaction of his right pelvis. Following a period of rest, Markkanen will resume basketball related activities with a full return anticipated in 4-6 weeks.

Further updates will be provided as appropriate.

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

Frank Vogel Will Coach Team LeBron In All-Star Game

Jan 24, 2020 4:02 PM

Frank Vogel and his staff will coach Team LeBron in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the United Center in Chicago.

With Thursday's 128-113 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, the Lakers (36-9, .800) clinched at least a tie for the best record in the Western Conference through games played on Sunday, Feb. 2. The Utah Jazz is the only team with the potential to tie the Lakers for the best record in the Western Conference through games played on Feb. 2.

According to NBA rules, the first tiebreaker to determine an All-Star Game head coach is better head-to-head record. The Lakers have won both games against the Jazz this season and the teams do not meet again until March, giving Vogel the tiebreaker over Utah head coach Quin Snyder.

As a result, Vogel has earned the spot to coach Team LeBron over the 13 other eligible Western Conference head coaches. The Denver Nuggets’ Michael Malone was ineligible because he served as a head coach in last year’s NBA All-Star Game.

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA All-Star

Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James Headline 2020 NBA All-Star Game Starters

Jan 23, 2020 7:32 PM

The NBA has announced the starters for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game.

Eastern Conference
• Giannis Antetokounmpo (Captain)
• Joel Embiid
• Pascal Siakam
• Kemba Walker
• Trae Young

Western Conference
• Anthony Davis
• Luka Dončić
• James Harden
• LeBron James (Captain)
• Kawhi Leonard

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76ers, Mavericks Amongst Teams Interested In Trading For Danilo Gallinari

Jan 23, 2020 11:39 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have received interest from multiple playoff teams in Danilo Gallinari, sources tell Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.

The Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers are two specific teams who have registered interest with the Thunder.

Gallinari will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason at the age of 31.

The Thunder are on pace to be a playoff team, which will almost certainly impact what they would need to receive in return for Gallinari. 

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Tags: Danilo Gallinari, Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia Sixers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavaliers Sign Alfonzo McKinnie To Second 10-Day Contract

Jan 23, 2020 11:06 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward Alfonzo McKinnie to a second 10-day contract.

McKinnie (6-8, 215) signed his first 10-day contract with the Cavaliers on January 9. He has played in 29 games (one start) for Cleveland this season, averaging 3.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per contest. Over his three-year NBA career, the Wisconsin-Green Bay product owns career averages of 4.0 points and 2.9 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game over 115 career contests (six starts) with the Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors.

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Tags: Alfonzo McKinnie, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Zion Williamson's Debut Draws ESPN's Biggest Non-XMas Audience Of Season

Jan 23, 2020 4:32 PM

Zion Williamson's NBA regular season debut had a 1.6 US rating, which matches ESPN's highest-rated game this season beyond Christmas Day.

The game averaged 2.357 million viewers and peaked with 2.777 million viewers.

Williamson had 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists while shooting 4-for-4 on three-point shooting in just over 18 minutes. 

Ben Cafardo/ESPN

Tags: Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA

Knicks Front Office Expected Team To Make Playoffs This Season

Jan 24, 2020 1:59 AM

Members of the New York Knicks front office told players during a team meeting that they expected the team to make the playoffs this season, sources told Ian Begley of SNY.

The front office also told players entering free agency in 2020 that they would be judged on the team's win-loss record as opposed to individual stats.

The team's early season struggles lead to the firing of David Fizdale

Steve Mills and Scott Perry met with players in the days leading up to David Fizdale's firing to discuss why the team was struggling. Fizdale's performance was brought up in those meetings, according to SNY.

Knicks players held a players-only meeting the day after a blowout loss to the Nuggets to discuss the need to improve their play in order to save Fizdale's job. Players were reportedly optimistic that they could turn their performance around under Fizdale.

Fizdale would be fired later that day following practice. 

Ian Begley/

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Steph Curry Says He Wanted To Get Drafted By Knicks

Jan 24, 2020 1:20 AM

Steph Curry said he thought he was going to get drafted by the New York Knicks in the 2009 NBA Draft.

"I wanted to go to New York and thought I was going to New York. At the draft in the green room, I was like, 'Oh, get to the eight spot and New York can get me.' And then I got the call from [former Warriors GM] Larry Riley, like 'We're going to pick you in the seventh spot,'" said Curry on the All the Smoke podcast featuring Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes. 

Curry added that he now can't imagine ever leaving the Warriors. 

"I don't want to move anywhere. I love the Bay," Curry told Jackson and Barnes. 


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Kawhi Leonard Still Advised To Skip Back-To-Backs For 'Injury Management'

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Wolves Reject Trade Offer From Mavericks On Robert Covington

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Josh Richardson Out 2-3 Weeks With Slight Strain Of Left Hamstring

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Chandler Parsons Goes To California To Recover From Car Accident

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Andre Drummond's Extension Demands Kept Hawks From Offering First Round Pick To Pistons

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Malik Monk Draws Interest From Members Of Knicks Front Office

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Josh Richardson Leaves Game With Hamstring Injury, To Be Re-Evaluated On Thursday

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Gersson Rosas Says Karl-Anthony Towns Is 'As Untouchable As They Come'

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Mavs In Contact With Joakim Noah Following Dwight Powell Injury

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Mason Plumlee Out 2-4 Weeks With Foot Injury

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2021 NBA Draft Shaping Up To Be Stronger Than 2020

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Dwight Powell Suffers Ruptured Right Achilles Tendon

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Amar'e Stoudemire Signs With Maccabi Tel Aviv

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Pistons Granted $9.2M Disabled Player Exception

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Larry Fitzgerald Buys Minority Stake In Suns

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Dunc'd On: LAC/DAL; Atlantic Division Trade Deadline

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