NBA WiretapFebruary 2020 NBA Wiretap

Ben Simmons To Undergo MRI On Back On Sunday

Feb 23, 2020 12:59 AM

Ben Simmons will undergo an MRI on his back on Sunday.

Simmons left the Sixers' 119-98 loss to the Bucks in the first quarter due to tightness in his lower back. 

"He definitely tweaked [the back]," a league source told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

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DeMarcus Cousins To Continue Rehabbing Torn ACL With Lakers

Feb 22, 2020 4:25 PM

DeMarcus Cousins plans on remaining with the Los Angeles Lakers to continue rehabbing his torn ACL.

Cousins will be waived by the Lakers to create a roster spot for Markieff Morris.

Cousins suffered his torn ACL in August.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

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Lance Stephenson Looking To Return To NBA

Feb 22, 2020 2:22 PM

Lance Stephenson is eyeing a return to the NBA, league sources told Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.

Stephenson averaged 26.7 points and 7.4 rebounds in China last season.

Stephenson is reportedly willing to work out with a team to prove his value. 

The 29-year-old Stephenson played 68 games for the Lakers during the 2018-19 season.

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

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Kawhi Leonard Says 'The Time Is Now' For Clippers To Put Winning Run Together

Feb 23, 2020 1:04 AM

Kawhi Leonard said it's time for the Los Angeles Clippers to put together a winning run following their 112-103 loss to the Sacramento Kings.

The Clippers are on a three-game losing streak.

"The time is now. Just got to keep getting better. But it doesn't matter what seed you are. Just got to keep fighting. It is about the right team peaking at the right time. I don't think we have even got there yet. It feels like we are getting close, but we just need guys to get healthy," said Leonard.

The Clippers were without Paul George and Patrick Beverley, and used their 28th different starting lineup of the season.

Doc Rivers added that it was difficult for his team to find a rhythm due to the injuries.

"We didn't have rhythm before, so when you're bringing in new guys with other guys who probably don't have great continuity, as well, [there's no rhythm]," said Rivers.

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

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Mark Cuban Criticizes Officiating Following Loss To Hawks

Feb 23, 2020 1:23 AM

Mark Cuban went on Twitter to criticize the level of NBA officiating following the Dallas Mavericks' 111-107 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Cuban was upset by a play late in the game in which John Collins putback Dorian Finney-Smith's block shot. The initial goal-tending call on Finney-Smith was overturned after a review, though the refs counted Collins' shot due to an "inadvertent" whistle.

"So they call a goaltend. They literally blew the whistle that it was a goaltend. There was a putback after the whistle. After review they said no goaltend but count the basket? WTF is that? That's NBA officiating," tweeted Cuban.

Cuban then criticized the system for producing what he perceived as incompetent refs for 20 years.

"Refs have bad games. Crews have bad games. But this isn't a single game issue. This is the same s--- that has been going on for 20 years. Hire former refs who think they know how to hire, train and manage. Realize 2 years later they can't. Repeat." Cuban added.

Crew chief Rodney Mott explained the call after the game. 

"The ball was blocked and reviewed. The ball hit the rim, so it was deemed an inadvertent whistle because it was ruled a good block. By rule, it's an inadvertent whistle. It's Rule 2. Because he (Collins) was in his shooting motion when my whistle blew, it's deemed a continuation, so therefore, the basket counts," said Mott. 

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Kristaps Porzingis, Luka Doncic Out For Saturday Game Versus Hawks

Feb 22, 2020 2:28 PM

Kristaps Porzingis, Luka Doncic, and Willie Cauley-Stein will all miss the Dallas Mavericks game on Saturday night against the Atlanta Hawks.

Porzingis is out due to left knee injury recovery, with Doncic diagnosed with a sore right ankle. 

Cauley-Stein will miss the game due to personal reasons.

Doncic said during All-Star Weekend that he had "some problems" with his ankle, though nothing of long-term concern. 

Brad Townsend/Dallas Morning News

Tags: Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, Willie Cauley-Stein, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Injury

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Pistons Sign Donta Hall To 10-Day Contract

Feb 22, 2020 3:34 PM

The Detroit Pistons will sign Donta Hall to a 10-day contract.

Hall is averaging 15.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per game for Grand Rapids in the G League.

Marc Stein/New York Times

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Steph Curry Targets March 1st Return Date

Feb 22, 2020 4:32 PM

Steph Curry said he plans on returning to the Golden State Warriors lineup on March 1st.

Curry was cleared for contact on Saturday, and finished his first scrimmage since breaking his hand on October 30th.

The Warriors have yet to set a firm date for Curry's return, saying that he would come back sometime in early March.

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Karl-Anthony Towns Out At Least Two Weeks With Fractured Wrist

Feb 22, 2020 1:13 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns will miss at least the next two weeks after fracturing his wrist. 

Towns will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Towns missed 15 games earlier this season with a sprained knee. 

ESPN

Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

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Joe Johnson Returning To BIG3 For 2020 Season

Feb 22, 2020 11:01 AM

Joe Johnson will return to the BIG3 for the 2020 season.

Johnson's Triplets won the championship last season and he subsequently received a training camp invite from the Detroit Pistons. 

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

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Paul George, Patrick Beverley Out For Saturday Game Versus Kings

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Joe Harris Says He Wants To Re-Sign With Nets This Summer

Brian Lewis/New York Post

Grizzlies Sign Dusty Hannahs To 10-Day Contract

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Lakers-Clippers Game Rescheduled For April 9th

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Kemba Walker Gets Knee Drained, Receives Injection To Help Manage Swelling

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Moe Harkless Won't Be Bought By Knicks

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Lakers To Waive DeMarcus Cousins

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Markieff Morris Plans To Sign With Lakers

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Markieff Morris, Pistons Agree To Buyout, Lakers Considered Frontrunner

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RealGM Radio: Matt Moore On NBA Tiers

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Hornets Sign Joe Chealey To 10-Day Contract

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Joel Embiid Declares Himself 'Best Player In The World'

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Damian Lillard Could Miss 3-4 Games With Groin Strain

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Kyrie Irving Out For Season With Surgery On Right Shoulder

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Klay Thompson Ruled Out By Warriors For Entire 19-20 Season

Marc Stein/New York Times

Pistons Sign Derrick Walton Jr. To 10-Day Contract

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Dragan Bender To Sign 10-Day Contract With Warriors

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Kyrie Irving To Undergo Procedure On Right Shoulder

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Cavaliers Will Keep J.B. Bickerstaff As Head Coach, Won't Conduct Search In Offseason

Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Dunc'd On: Shooting Guard Rankings 2019-20

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