NBA WiretapFebruary 2021 NBA Wiretap

Pistons Reportedly Interested In Acquiring Spencer Dinwiddie

Feb 27, 2021 12:26 PM

The Detroit Pistons are one of several teams who have interest in trading for Spencer Dinwiddie, sources told Ian Begley of SNY.

Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated reported earlier that the Nets were shopping Dinwiddie.

Dinwiddie is currently recovering from a partially torn ACL, and may not return this season.

The guard has a $12.3 million player option for the 2021-22 season.

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Tags: Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

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Lakers Sign Damian Jones To 10-Day Contract

Feb 26, 2021 2:26 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Damian Jones to a 10-day contract.

Jones has played in 118 career games (49 starts) for Golden State, Atlanta and Phoenix, with averages of 4.3 points (.657 FG%) and 2.8 rebounds in 13.3 minutes. Last season with Atlanta, Jones notched 5.6 points (.680 FG%) and 3.7 rebounds. In 14 games for Phoenix this year, he tallied 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.

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Tags: Damian Jones, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Draymond Green Following Career-High 19 Assists: Had To Make It 'Right' After Last Week

Feb 27, 2021 1:36 PM

Draymond Green had a triple-double, including a career-high 19 assists, in the Golden State Warriors' 130-121 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

Green said he had to make it "right" after getting ejected in the final seconds against the Hornets last week.

"A revenge game would be a bit of a stretch. I would say it's just me coming out and making it right. Trying to do whatever I can to help this team get a win. Can't just forget about what happened last week, so I wouldn't call it a revenge game," said Green.

The Warriors are currently on a three-game win streak.

Green added that the team is beginning to gel. 

"I think earlier on in the year there were things that I would see that other guys weren't seeing, but with the repetition, with the time together, guys are starting to see that. Kelly Oubre's been fantastic cutting off the ball, [Andrew Wiggins], obviously, I can always find Steph somewhere. [James Wiseman] coming and putting that pressure on the rim. So just me and my teammates are playing well."

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Tags: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Kyrie Irving Out Saturday Versus Mavs Due To Right Shoulder Injury Recovery

Feb 27, 2021 2:32 PM

Kyrie Irving will miss the Brooklyn Nets' game against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night due to right shoulder injury recovery.

The Nets are currently on an eight-game win streak. 

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Pascal Siakam To Miss Next Three Games Due To Health & Safety Protocols

Feb 27, 2021 1:29 PM

Pascal Siakam is expected to miss the next three games due to the league's Health and Safety protocol.

Siakam will miss games against the Bulls, Pistons, and Celtics next week.

The Raptors are currently without Nick Nurse and five other coaches, with Sergio Scariolo taking over as head coach. 

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Tags: Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Injury

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LeBron James Responds To Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 'There's No Way I Would Ever Just Stick To Sports'

Feb 27, 2021 2:06 PM

LeBron James responded to comments made by AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic saying that it was a "mistake" for James and other "famous" people to get involved into politics.

"He was the same guy who said when he was back in Sweden ... because his last name wasn't a certain last name, that he felt there was some racism going on when he was out on the pitch," said James, before adding that he does his homework before addressing social issues.

James was referring to a 2018 interview in which Ibrahimovic said he experienced "undercover racism" in Sweden due to his Bosnian roots.

"I am not Andersson or Svensson. If I would be that, trust me, they would defend me even if I would rob a bank. They would defend me, I tell you," Ibrahimovic told Canal+ at the time.

James continued, adding that he would never stop addressing social issues in his community.

"I would never shut up about things that are wrong. I preach about my people, and I preach about equality. Social injustice. Racism. Systematic voter suppression. Things that go on in our community ... So, there's no way I would ever just stick to sports, because I understand how this platform and how powerful my voice is."

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Tags: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Brad Stevens Says Kemba Walker 'Willed' Celtics To Win Over Pacers

Feb 27, 2021 1:43 PM

Brad Stevens credited Kemba Walker's leadership for the Boston Celtics' 118-112 win over the Indiana Pacers to snap a three-game losing streak.

Walker finished the game with 32 points and 6 assists.

"I don't think we win the game without his will. I think that no matter how everyone is playing, when that thing was 18-4, he was the loudest voice. He willed us back into that thing. And now, we're back on our footing, [and] we have a little bit of confidence, which has been shot this week," said Stevens afterwards.

Walker had come into the game shooting 37.5% from the field, the second-lowest of his career.

Walker added that it's up to the team's veterans to sort of their recent struggles.

"We'll figure it out. That's on me. That's on Jaylen. That's on Jayson. That's on Marcus [Smart]. And then Tristan [Thompson] and Jeff are gonna add on to that, as well. That's on the veteran guys, as well as Brad, too. We've got to keep it together. We can't let nobody go in any other direction. Even though things might not be going as well as we would like it at the moment, but things could change really fast, so the only way you can get out of struggles is by doing it together."

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Tags: Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Domantas Sabonis Named All-Star Injury Replacement For Kevin Durant

Feb 26, 2021 4:47 PM

Domantas Sabonis has been named by Adam Silver to replace injured Kevin Durant in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game.

In his fifth NBA season and fourth with the Pacers, Sabonis was named an NBA All-Star for the second consecutive season. Sabonis previously participated in his first NBA All-Star Game in 2020, and NBA All-Star Weekend in 2017 and 2018 as part of the Rising Stars Challenge. 

Sabonis set a Pacers franchise record by opening the season with 16 consecutive double-doubles. He ranks second in the NBA this season overall with 24 double-doubles. Sabonis has posted three triple-doubles on the year and is now the franchise’s leader in career triple-doubles with seven.

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Tags: Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Sergio Scariolo: Coaching Raptors Wasn't Too Different From '1,500 Games I've Coached Before'

Feb 27, 2021 1:25 PM

Sergio Scariolo said coaching the Toronto Raptors' 122-111 win over the Houston Rockets didn't feel too different from other games he's coached before.

Scariolo was named the Raptors' head coach after Nick Nurse and five other coaches sat out due to health and safety protocols.

"So it was kind of reacting every time to something different, but at the end of the day, we got the W, so who cares," said Scariolo after the game.

Scariolo has won multiple FIBA titles as head coach of Spain, also leading the team to medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

"Honestly, it didn't feel too much difference with the 1,500 games I've coached before. I felt that we were prepared getting into the game because everybody made his contribution and this is what it takes in a team sport like basketball," said Scariolo.

The coach, who added that he spoke with Nurse before the game, didn't know how long he would remain as the head coach. 

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Tags: Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Nets Sign Iman Shumpert, Andre Roberson To 10-Day Contracts

Feb 27, 2021 2:02 AM

The Brooklyn Nets signed Iman Shumpert and Andre Roberson to 10-day contracts on Friday.

Shumpert, Roberson, and Noah Vonleh were waived on February 23rd.

Shumpert and Vonleh were brought back closer to the date to guarantee contracts for the rest of the season. 

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Tags: Iman Shumpert, Andre Roberson, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Official Signing

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Tobias Harris Has Right Knee Contusion, No Structural Damage

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Dejounte Murray Fined $25,000 For Kicking Ball Into Stands

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Nick Nurse, Five Toronto Coaches To Miss Game Due To COVID-19 Protocols

Marc Stein/New York Times

Obi Toppin To Participate In Dunk Contest

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Kyrie Irving On Leadership Growth: 'It's Not On Me To Lead The Group By Myself'

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Kyle Lowry's Agent Denies Sixers Trade Rumors

Kurt Helin/Pro Basketball Talk

Rockets, Cavaliers, Thunder Considered NBA's Only True Sellers Entering Deadline Period

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Malik Beasley Suspended 12 Games After Guilty Plea

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Raptors Agree To Sign Donta Hall To 10-Day Deal

Shams Charania/The Athletic

NBA Rejected Glen Taylor's Bid To Sell Wolves To Private Equity Firm Arctos

Josh Kosman, Thornton McEnery/New York Post

Kyrie Irving, Vanessa Bryant Support Changing NBA Logo To Kobe Bryant

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NBA Cancels Risings Stars Game, Will Still Announce Rosters

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Warriors Attempted To Sell Minority Stake To SPAC

Josh Kosman, Thornton McEnery/NEw York Post

Danny Ainge Believes In His Players Despite 'Major Funk'

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Dennis Lindsey Denies Bigotry Allegation By Elijah Millsap

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Kings Sign Norvel Pelle To 10-Day Contract

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RealGM Radio: Jon Krawczynski On The Timberwolves

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Wolves' 2021 FRP Owned By Warriors, Michael Porter Jr. Considered Two Most Valuable Trade Assets

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Zach LaVine's Extension Would Be $51M Less Than Waiting For 2022 Free Agency

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76ers, Heat, Clippers Interested In Trading For Kyle Lowry

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