NBA WiretapSeptember 2020 NBA Wiretap

NBA Expected To Start Next Season In January At Earliest

Sep 22, 2020 12:44 PM

The NBA previously announced they won't start the 20-21 season before Christmas Day after originally planning on starting on December 1st, but Adam Silver revealed on Tuesday that the next season will begin in January at the earliest.

Silver reiterated that the NBA's goal for 20-21 is to play a standard 82-game season.

The NBA is finishing the 19-20 season playing at a single site campus in Orlando, but that is not expected to be repeated for next season.

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Hawks Plan On Discussing Extension With John Collins

Sep 21, 2020 3:47 PM

The Atlanta Hawks plan on discussing a contract extension with John Collins. Collins will be eligible for an extension once free agency begins.

“When that window does open up, we’ll certainly have conversations with John’s representatives,” said Travis Schlenk. 

Collins averaged 21.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 33.2 minutes per game in 19-20, which was his third NBA season.

Collins will be a restricted free agent in 2021 if he's unable to reach agreement with the Hawks.

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Tags: John Collins, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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J.J. Redick Hopes To Play Four More Seasons

Sep 22, 2020 8:15 AM

J.J Redick signed a two-year, $26.5 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2019 offseason and he would like to play through the 22-23 season.

"I realized this year I want to keep playing as long as possible," Redick told Mark Medina of the USA Today. "My goal is to play four more years. Year 18. That’s my goal. I’ll play to 39. Then my offseason, I’ll turn 40 and then I can walk away at that point. That’s my goal. We’ll see. The body has to hold up. But we’ll see."

Redick was the 11th overall pick in the 2006 draft out of Duke. 

Mark Medina/USA Today

Tags: J.J. Redick, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Montrezl Harrell To Receive Interest From Clippers, Multiple Other Teams

Sep 21, 2020 4:33 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers and Montrezl Harrell have mutual interest in negotiating a deal this offseason as he becomes an unrestricted free agent. But Harrell is expected to receive interest from multiple other teams.

Harrell struggled in the playoffs and also had a run-in with Paul George during Game 2. 

Harrell re-signed with the Clippers in 2018 on a two-year, $12 million deal. 

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Lakers/Nuggets Game 2 Down 36 Percent From Game 1 Competing Against NFL

Sep 22, 2020 11:22 AM

The NBA drew 4.921 million viewers for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets on Friday evening, while that number dropped to 3.170 million for Game 2 airing on Sunday evening against NBC's coverage of the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots (17.689 million viewers), according to data from ShowBuzzDaily. The drop competing against the NFL on Sunday evening represents a 36 percent decrease.

Sports Media Watch reports that Game 2 was the least watched Conference Finals game since the Detroit Pistons and New Jersey Nets in 2003.

The NBA's drop competing against the NFL on Thursday, however, wasn't as dramatic.

ESPN drew 4.008 million viewers for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics, 3.479 million for Game 2 on Thursday, and 3.810 million for Game 3 on Saturday. Game 2 competed against Thursday Night Football with the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals drawing 6.676 million viewers with the NBA taking a 13.3 decrease. 

Game 7 between the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets last Tuesday was the highest rated NBA telecast of the week with 5.226 million viewers.

For the 2019 Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers, the first three games each had more than seven million viewers. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors drew 5.5 million viewers for Game 1, 4.4 million viewers for Game 2 and 6.2 million viewers for Game 3.

TV ratings for sports individually are down across the board with the packed fall schedule.

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Mike D'Antoni, Billy Donovan, Ty Lue 'Strongly Vying' For 76ers' Job

Sep 21, 2020 4:19 PM

Mike D'Antoni, Billy Donovan and Ty Lue are "strongly vying for and interested in the position" of head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, sources tell Shams Charania of the Athletic

Elton Brand has already met with several top candidates and the 76ers expect to bring a shortlist of candidates to Philadelphia for in-person interviews within the next 10 days.

The 76ers parted ways with Brett Brown at the conclusion of their season.

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76ers Plan On Making Additional Hires To Elton Brand's Front Office

Sep 21, 2020 10:25 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers continue to back Elton Brand in his role as general manager.

Brand has had conversations with multiple front office personnel to improve his staff.

"Brand is well-respected by his peers across the NBA, agents and basketball industry executives," writes Shams Charania in his report.

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Nick Nurse Now Amongst Highest Paid NBA Coaches At $8M Per Season

Sep 21, 2020 4:05 PM

Nick Nurse signed a multi-year contract extension with the Toronto Raptors last week shortly after he was named 2019-20 NBA Coach of the Year.

Nurse will earn approximately $8 million per season, sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic. Nurse will be amongst the highest paid coaches in the NBA at that salary.

Nurse replaced Dwane Casey as head coach of the Raptors in 2018.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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Michael Jordan Partners With Denny Hamlin On NASCAR Team, Bubba Wallace Announced As Driver

Sep 22, 2020 1:19 AM

Michael Jordan will partner with Denny Hamlin to start a new NASCAR race car team, with Bubba Wallace announced as the team's first driver.

"The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend, Denny Hamlin, and to have Bubba Wallace driving for us, is very exciting for me. Historically, NASCAR has struggled with diversity and there have been few Black owners. The timing seemed perfect as NASCAR is evolving and embracing social change more and more. In addition to the recent commitment and donations I have made to combat systemic racism, I see this as a chance to educate a new audience and open more opportunities for Black people in racing," released Jordan in a statement.

Hamlin, a season-ticket holder of courtside seats to the Hornets, is a three-time Daytona 500 winner.

The team will feature a single-car Toyota entry aligned with Joe Gibbs Racing.

"Eleven years ago I met Michael Jordan at a then-Charlotte Bobcats game and we became fast friends. Not long after, I joined Jordan Brand as their first NASCAR athlete. Our friendship has grown over the years and now we are ready to take it to the next level. Deciding on the driver was easy -- it had to be Bubba Wallace," wrote Hamlin. 

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Kawhi Leonard, Paul George Haven't Waned In Commitment To Clippers

Sep 21, 2020 3:58 PM

While the Los Angeles Clippers failed to reach the Western Conference Finals in the first season Kawhi Leonard and Paul George played together, their commitment to the project has not waned.

Players and coaches from the Clippers left the arena following their Game 7 loss to the Denver Nuggets dejected, but still optimistic about the 20-21 season.

Both Leonard and George can become free agents in 2021.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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Billy Donovan Interviews For Pacers' Head Coaching Job

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Adam Silver: NBA Not Moving To Disengagement With China A Net Positive

Bob Costa/CNN (via Sopan Deb/New York Times)

Hollinger & Duncan: Playoff Winners and Losers and the Effect on Free Agency; The Clippers Plan

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Will Barton Continues To Rehab Knee, Unlikely To Return At Any Point For West Finals

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Bulls To Soon Move On To Finalists Stage In Head Coaching Search

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Dunc'd On: Ranking the Free Agent Guards; LAL/DEN Game 2

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Nikola Jokic Says Nuggets Miscommunicated On Defense During Final Play

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

JaVale McGee To Start In Game 2 Against Nuggets

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

247 Sports Analyst Josh Gershon To Join Timberwolves

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

'The Last Dance' Wins Emmy For Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series

Rick Porter/The Hollywood Reporter

Bam Adebayo Says Heat 'Got To Start The Game How We Start The Fourth' After Game 3 Loss

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Gordon Hayward To Remain In Bubble For Remainder Of Playoffs

Tim Bontemps/ESPN

Brad Stevens Credits Celtics' Aggression For Game 3 Win

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Jazz Could Buy Into Second Round Of 2020 Draft, Have Interest In Derrick Favors Reunion

Tony Jones/The Athletic

Gordon Hayward To Come Off Bench On Minutes Restriction, Javonte Green Also Available

Adrian Wojnarowski & Tim Bontemps/ESPN

Steve Nash Says He Plans To Play Kevin Durant In 'All Five Positions'

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Jamal Murray: Nuggets Have To 'Just Play Through' Foul Calls

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

LeBron James Says Receiving 16 Out Of 101 First-Place MVP Votes 'P----- Me Off'

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Pacers To Interview Mike Brown For Coaching Vacancy

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Gordon Hayward Upgraded To Questionable For Game 3

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