NBA WiretapOctober 2020 NBA Wiretap

Rockets To Hire Stephen Silas As Head Coach

Oct 28, 2020 4:57 PM

The Houston Rockets have agreed to hire Stephen Silas as head coach.

Silas was previously an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks.

The Rockets were reportedly sold on Silas' offensive ingenuity and his experience working under Rick Carlisle, Steve Clifford and Paul Silas.

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Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

NBPA Won't Be Rushed Into Decision On Dec. 22nd Start By End Of This Week

Oct 28, 2020 10:13 PM

The NBA and NBPA have a deadline of Friday for either side to serve notice to terminate the collective bargaining agreement, but Michele Roberts told The Athletic that the players will review the league's proposal and does not anticipate a decision on the Dec. 22 start to the season by the end of the week.

“The union and the players are analyzing all of the information and will not be rushed,” Roberts told The Athletic. “We have requested and are receiving data from the parties involved and will work on a counterproposal as expeditiously as possible. I have absolutely no reason to believe that we will have a decision by Friday. I cannot and will not view Friday as a drop dead date.”

Both sides can extend negotiations beyond the Friday deadline.

“This summer, up through just two short weeks ago, our players accepted the challenges posed by and risks to their personal health and safety in order to save our season. Separated from their communities and their families, these men lived in isolation for months. Each day could have been met with the news that this awful virus had invaded their space and they were exposed to likely infection. They stayed the course, followed the protocol and, as a result, were able to deliver fabulous competition and completed the season able to crown a champion. It has been reported that those efforts generated an additional $1.5 billion dollars of revenue to be enjoyed by the players — and the team owners.”

The NBA is proposing a 72-game season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that is getting worse in most parts of the United States.

“The players are now being asked to re-pack their bags and head back to camp in a little over a month. The prospective loss of revenue largely forms the basis of this proposal. Since its receipt a week ago,  the NBPA  — as is our practice — is reviewing and assessing the proposal and its underlying thesis. We will do so as expeditiously as practicable. Our focus will also include an analysis of any relevant health and safety implications. Simultaneously, we will be addressing these issues with our players. And, while we are all anxious to resolve these and other substantive issues outstanding between the parties, we plan to proceed at a pace that provides our players ample opportunity to determine the best way to proceed.”

The gaps between the NBA and NBPA center around the Dec. 22nd start date as well as the player escrow and total revenue situation. 

Shams Charania/The Athletic


Rockets Remain 100 Percent Committed To Keeping James Harden

Oct 28, 2020 10:43 PM

The future of James Harden with the Houston Rockets has been speculated about following the departures of Mike D'Antoni and Daryl Morey this offseason coupled with the team's limited ways of improving their roster and the tenuous financial situation of Tilman Fertitta.

The Rockets cashed in most of their remaining trade chips over the past year-and-a-half for Russell Westbrook during the 2019 offseason and then Robert Covington ahead of the 2020 trade deadline. 

"What I can say is right now the Rockets are 100 percent committed to trying to cash in on James Harden's prime," said Tim MacMahon on The Woj Pod. "They consider him the best player in the league, which you know... He's without question a perennial MVP candidate. That's just a simple fact. They're going to try to win a championship as long as he's at that level and as long as he's on board.

"I think at this point it's probably a year to year deal. If I'm speculating, I'm going to say that decision is more than likely made by James Harden instead of made by the Rockets. In other words, it could get to a point... And I don't believe this is imminent. Again, I think it's a year-to-year situation where at some point James Harden, who has tried repeatedly to pair with a superstar to give him a chance to a championship: first Dwight [Howard], then Chris Paul and now with Russ. If James Harden wants to pair with another superstar, he's probably going to have to be the one to pack his bags. Is that next offseason? Is that the offseason after that? We'll see. Obviously a lot of that depends on what happens with the Rockets over these next one or two years."

Harden can become a free agent in 2022.

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bucks, Pacers Have Held Victor Oladipo Trade Talks

Oct 28, 2020 11:12 PM

The Indiana Pacers have discussed a potential Victor Oladipo trade with the Milwaukee Bucks, sources tell Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.

At this point, a deal between the Pacers and Bucks seems unlikely.

Oladipo has one season remaining on his current contract with the Pacers.

Milwaukee is expected to be aggressive this offseason in improving its roster around Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Tags: Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

ESPN, TNT Have 'Strongly Encouraged' NBA To Return To Traditional Calendar

Oct 28, 2020 10:30 PM

During a conference call with team presidents and general managers on Wednesday, Adam Silver revealed that the NBA's television partners, ESPN and TNT, pushed the league for a return to its traditional October-June schedule for the 21-22 season.

The league hopes to finish the 20-21 season in June with July being the latest should they need to wait until January to start the season.

“We’re being strongly encouraged by our partners to work closely to a traditional season,” Silver told presidents and GMs on Wednesday, according to sources. “It’s almost disconcerting we’re deep into planning for next season so soon. But the sooner we can get back, the better.”

The league is projecting an extra $500 million in revenue during the 20-21 season if they begin the season on Dec. 22.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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NBA To Set Salary Cap At $109M, Luxury Tax At $132M For 20-21 Season

Oct 28, 2020 10:18 PM

The salary cap for the 20-21 season is expected to be $109 million with the luxury tax line at $132 million, multiple sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Michele Roberts revealed to The Athletic that the NBA and NBPA are close to agreement on the salary cap and tax.

If the league were to keep the salary cap as a percentage of basketball related income, it would likely be approximately $90 million. The NBA and NBPA are artificially smoothing the cap in order to protect teams from exorbitant luxury tax payments and also to help the 2020 free agency class sign deals with future earnings tied to a percentage of the cap more aligned to what the figure would have been if not for the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Shams Charania/The Athletic


76ers To Hire Daryl Morey To Run Basketball Operations

Oct 28, 2020 12:58 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to hire Daryl Morey to oversee the franchise's basketball operations department. A deal will likely be finalized in the next few days.

Elton Brand will remain in the role as general manager. 

Morey and the Houston Rockets agreed to part ways on October 15th. Conversations between Morey and the 76ers commenced shortly after his departure from Houston and escalated in recent days. The 76ers pursued Morey in the past but he decided to remain with the Rockets and ultimately sign an extension. 

The 76ers hired Doc Rivers, who has a strong relationship and history with Morey, as head coach this offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Houston Rockets, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

NBA Insiders Fear Knicks Could Become 'Kentucky Pipeline Team'

Oct 28, 2020 6:17 PM

The New York Knicks hired Leon Rose, who was a longtime agent with CAA, to run their front office earlier this year and Bill Simmons of The Ringer suggests people around the league are monitoring the possibility of former Kentucky players could be funneled to the franchise.

Rose also hired William Wesley for a role in the front office, who was his colleague at CAA.

"There's also a real fear in the NBA," said Bill Simmons. "I'm fine talking about this. It's rumor, heresy stuff. But it's just a fact. Kentucky, Worldwide Wes had a great relationship with John Calipari. CAA's got multiple Kentucky guys and there's a real fear in the league that the Knicks are going to become the Kentucky pipeline team.

"Devin Booker is a great example of that, right? Even though he's on a big deal right now, at some point if he wanted to move out of there...

"The league is kind of watching the Kentucky factor with that team.

"I think even [Anthony] Davis, if the Lakers hadn't won the title this year, who knows? Right? Are we positive he would have stayed? I don't know. All of the signs, all of the dialogue was like 'LeBron and him love each other'. But who knows what would have happened?

"That Knicks thing is intriguing," replied Kevin O'Connor. 

"Also, if you're the Kentucky pipeline team, that's a good thing because that's the one true pipeline we have right now. All the Kentucky guys know each other, like each other. Every year they have top dudes."

Kentucky has the most former players currently in the NBA.

"All this stuff, follow the breadcrumbs. Rich Paul and Klutch, the same thing. The agents carry a lot more sway than people think."

Bill Simmons/The Ringer

Tags: New York Knicks, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Substantial Faction Of Players Pushing For Jan. 18th Start Date, Free Agency On Dec. 1st

Oct 28, 2020 4:55 PM

A substantial factions of NBA players, including many of its stars, are pushing for the 20-21 season to begin on Martin Luther King Day on January 18th instead of the currently proposed start date of December 22nd.

Under the players' preferred plan, free agency would begin on December 1st, which would give free agents substantially more time to negotiate their contracts.

The league believes there would be $500 million in additional revenue during the 20-21 season if it begins the season before Christmas Day, which would also allow for a return to the NBA's normal calendar for the 21-22 season.

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports


NBA's Revenue Declined By Just 10 Percent During 19-20 Season

Oct 28, 2020 5:02 PM

The NBA's revenue for the 19-20 season dropped by just 10 percent to $8.3 billion due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The balance of the finances included an $800 million loss in gate receipts and a $400 million loss in sponsorships and merchandise. 

The NBA also believes there was a $200 million "net negative impact" from its splintering of a partnership with China following Daryl Morey's Tweet supporting Hong Kong a year ago.

The NBA bubble in Orlando recouped $1.5 billion in revenue that would've been lost without restarting the season. The bubble cost the league $190 million, which was $10 million more than originally estimated. 

The league is projecting a 40 percent loss in overall revenue, or approximately $4 billion, if the 20-21 season advances without fans and accompanying gate-night receipts. 

Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe/ESPN


Clippers Plan To Pursue Rajon Rondo In Free Agency

Marc Stein/New York Times

NBA To Have On-Court Ads, Less Restrictions On Casino, Alcohol Partnerships

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Rockets Interested In Hiring Nate McMillan, Jeff Hornacek As Assistant Coaches

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Daryl Morey Pushes Back On Suggestion He Didn't Want To Trade For Russell Westbrook

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

NBA Open To Regional Pods, Might Release Schedule In Halves For Extra Flexibility

Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe/ESPN

Danny Manning Could Join Pacers As Assistant Coach

Marc Stein/New York Times

NBA Estimates 'Net Negative Impact' Of $200M From China's Response To Morey Tweet

Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe/ESPN

NBA Likely To Artificially Keep Cap At $109M Instead Of True Figure Of $90M

Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe/ESPN

76ers Hire Dan Burke As Assistant Coach

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Danny Green Predicts LeBron James, Other Veterans Won't Play If Season Starts Dec. 22


Miller Family Agrees To Sell Jazz To Ryan Smith For $1.66 Billion

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Terence Davis Charged With Assaulting Girlfriend

Breanna Xavier-Carter/Toronto Star

Victor Oladipo Would Like To Stay With Pacers, No. 1 Alternative Likely Heat

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Knicks Open To Taking Back 'Undesirable Contracts' For Assets Via Trade

Ian Begley/SNY

Stan Van Gundy Says He Won't Limit Zion Williamson 'To A Position'

Andrew Lopez/ESPN

Heat Still Consider Giannis Antetokounmpo No. 1 Target, Won't Compromise 2021 Cap Space

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Mavericks Had Trade In Place With Thunder At Deadline For Danilo Gallinari

Brad Townsend/Dallas Morning News

Mavericks Signal Strong Desire To Trade For Third Star In Offseason

Brad Townsend/Dallas Morning News

Hornets Open To Trading Up For James Wiseman

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

NBA Free Agency Could Begin 48-72 Hours After Nov. 18th Draft

Marc Stein/New York Times