NBA WiretapFebruary 2020 NBA Wiretap

Timberwolves Agree To Buyout Allen Crabbe

Feb 29, 2020 5:20 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to buyout Allen Crabbe's contract, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Crabbe, who will be playoff eligible for his new team, is averaging 3.2 points this season. 

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Tags: Allen Crabbe, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Official Transaction

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Mo Harkless To Finish Season With Knicks

Feb 29, 2020 4:57 PM

There are no buyout discussions between the New York Knicks and Mo Harkless, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Harkless, who was traded to the Knicks as part of a deadline package involving Marcus Morris, will finish the season with the Knicks.

March 1st is the deadline for players to be waived and be playoff-eligible with their new team. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Maurice Harkless, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Official Transaction

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Anthony Tolliver Finalizing Buyout From Kings

Feb 29, 2020 4:49 PM

Anthony Tolliver is finalizing a buyout with the Sacramento Kings, league sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Tolliver was traded to the Kings in January. 

March 1st is the deadline for players to be released and be playoff eligible with their new team.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Anthony Tolliver, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Reportedly Hesitant To Trade Kevin Knox At Deadline

Feb 29, 2020 2:33 PM

The New York Knicks were reluctant to deal Kevin Knox at the trade deadline, league sources told Ian Begley of SNY.

The Knicks, under previous president Steve Mills, had put together a deal they felt the Warriors would have liked for D'Angelo Russell. It is unclear whether the package included Knox.

Many in the Knicks organization view Knox as part of their young core moving forward, alongside Mitchell Robinson and RJ Barrett.

The 20-year-old is averaging 6.5 points and 2.8 rebounds this season. 

Ian Begley/SNY.tv

Tags: Kevin Knox, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

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Leon Rose, Knicks Expected To Have Interest In Signing Carmelo Anthony This Offseason

Feb 29, 2020 1:43 PM

Leon Rose is expected to have interest in signing Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks this offseason, league executives told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Rose could officially be unveiled as the Knicks president as soon as Monday,

Rose has been Anthony's agent since 2009, and helped orchestrate the deal to get Anthony from the Nuggets to the Knicks. 

“It’s hard to say because I don’t know what that situation is going to be. The easiest thing to say is, ‘His agent is there, he’s coming back.’ Until I sit down and see the whole plan, I don’t know. Me and him, we talk multiple times a week. That’s not something we even discuss. I still think it’s still a shock for everybody. When the offseason comes … I got to be careful now because it’s tampering," Anthony told Newsday last week. 

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kawhi Leonard Says 'Sky's The Limit' For Healthy Clippers

Feb 29, 2020 1:30 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers improved to 7-0 with a full roster following their 132-103 win over the Denver Nuggets, with Paul George calling the win their most complete performance of the season.

"I would say with us being healthy, full roster, yes," said George, who had 24 points and 4 rebounds in the game.

Kawhi Leonard added that the Clippers are still one of the best teams in the league when healthy and focused. 

"I mean sky's the limit. We have very talented players, we got some youth, veterans, and when it's all put together, I feel like we can be one of the top teams. It's about just keep sustaining our health and trusting each other and just taking it one game at a time," said Leonard.

The Clippers bench scored 78 points in the game, with Marcus Morris saying that it is the best second unit in the league. 

"We probably have the best second unit in the league. I look around the league and don't see no second unit that is even close to ours."

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Tags: Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Steph Curry To Delay Return, Still Plans On Playing In March

Feb 29, 2020 12:43 PM

Steph Curry will not play this Sunday against the Washington Wizards.

Curry was expected to make his return from injury on March 1st, though the Warriors want Curry to get more practice time. Curry will practice with Santa Cruz on Monday.

Curry is still expected to return in March.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Mike Malone Following Loss To Clippers: 'We Were Soft Tonight From Beginning To End'

Feb 29, 2020 12:28 PM

Mike Malone criticized the Denver Nuggets' mentality following their 132-103 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We were soft tonight from beginning to end. They didn't feel us on either end. They got whatever they wanted. We couldn't run offense because they took us out of our stuff, and we just allowed them to do it for 48 minutes. They're a good team, but I'm just very disappointed in our competitive spirit and our effort," said Malone after the game.

Malone added that his team never responded to the intensity of the game.

"We came into this game thinking it was just going to be a standard NBA game. They approached this game like something was on the line, and you could tell a difference from the jump ball all the way until the final buzzer."

Will Barton reportedly gave a five minute speech after the game, telling his teammates how the league considers them to be soft.

"They think if they get into us, they can disorient anything we do. They did that tonight. Our offense was stagnant from [the start]. They weren't feeling us on defense. I think going forward, these teams we've got to beat to be elite. If we talk about [a] championship, we can throw it out the window if we ain't going to show up in [these] games," said Monte Morris. 

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Tags: Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Giannis Antetokounmpo On James Harden Comments: 'My Game Is Not Just Power'

Feb 29, 2020 2:42 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo responded to James Harden's comments about his lack of skills following the Milwaukee Bucks' 133-86 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"My game is not just power for sure ... obviously, it's going to be times where you've got to power through guys. Like one of the best players, LeBron, Michael Jordan, Kobe and all those guys ... Shaq, all those guys, they were extremely physical with their play. They made their presence felt in the paint, but obviously I try to work on my game, midrange shots, 3s, being able to screen and roll faster and make the right pass," said Antetokounmpo.

Antetokounmpo had picked Kemba Walker on his All-Star team over Harden, insinuating that he wants someone who passes the ball.

Harden responded to Antetokounmpo in an interview with Rachel Nichols, saying "I wish I could just run and be 7 feet and just dunk. Like that takes no skill at all. I gotta actually learn how to play basketball, how to have skill."

Antetokounmpo also said that he's still adding pieces to his game.

"It's hard to drive full speed and try to make the right pass to the corner. I try to get my passes more accurate and it's a lot of things I'm still adding, and hopefully when I add all those things in my game, I'm a more complete player and I'm better and can help my team win and the game is easier."

Eric Woodyard/ESPN

Tags: James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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RealGM Radio: Rob Mahoney On The Rockets, Zion And More

Feb 28, 2020 7:44 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Rob Mahoney of The Ringer (@RobMahoney) talk about major stories around the NBA.

They discuss how Houston’s exciting experiment has rejuvenated Russell Westbrook, Zion Williamson’s budding stardom, the 2021 free agent class and much more.

 

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Tags: Zion Williamson, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, RealGM Radio

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L.A. Deputies Allegedly Shared Graphic Photos Of Kobe Bryant Crash

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Glenn Robinson III Doesn't Understand Why 76ers Traded For Him

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James Harden On Giannis: I Wish I Could Just Run, Be 7 Feet And Just Dunk

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Steph Curry To Meet With Steve Kerr, Bob Myers On Friday To Discuss Return

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Joel Embiid Out At Least One Week With Left Shoulder Sprain

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Grizzlies Sign Jarrod Uthoff To 10-Day Contract

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Wolves Fined $25,000 For D'Angelo Russell Rest Violation

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Kelly Oubre Jr. Could Miss Remainder Of Season With Torn Meniscus

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Jalen Brunson Likely To Play Through Torn Labrum

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Luke Kornet Out 6-8 Weeks With Ankle Sprain, Fracture In Foot

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New Balance Agrees To Become An Official Marketing Partner Of NBA

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Pacers Not Interested In Signing Lance Stephenson

Scott Agness/The Athletic

Magic, Pistons Had Interest In Exploring Trade For Spencer Dinwiddie

Ian Begley/SNY

LeBron James To Sit Out Thursday Game Versus Warriors With Sore Groin

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Joel Embiid Leaves Game With Sprained Shoulder, To Have MRI On Thursday

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Dunc'd On: 2022 Crystal Ball

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Clippers Interested In Re-Signing Both Montrezl Harrell, Marcus Morris

Jovan Buha/The Athletic

Knicks Could Hire Rod Strickland For Role Under Leon Rose

Ian Begley/SNY.tv

Malik Monk Suspended Indefinitely For Violating NBA's Anti-Drug Program

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Joel Embiid Fined $25,000 For Obscene Gesture, Profane Language During TV Interview

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