NBA WiretapApril 2021 NBA Wiretap

Mark Cuban: Play-In Tournament 'An Enormous Mistake'

Apr 13, 2021 12:55 PM

Mark Cuban joined in with his franchise player, Luka Doncic, in criticizing the NBA's play-in tournament plan.

"I get why the NBA is doing it," Cuban said in a series of messages to ESPN. "But if we are going to be creative because of COVID, we should go straight up 1-20 and let the bottom 4 play in. This is the year particularly to do it since the 10 games cut [from the normal 82-game schedule] were in conference.

"The worst part of this approach is that it doubles the stress of the compressed schedule. Rather than playing for a playoff spot and being able to rest players as the standings become clearer, teams have to approach every game as a playoff game to either get into or stay in the top 6 since the consequences, as Luka said, are enormous. So players are playing more games and more minutes in fewer days."

Cuban voted for the play-in tournament for this season, which passed unanimously.

"In hindsight, this approach was an enormous mistake," Cuban told ESPN.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Dallas Mavericks, NBA

Discuss
Jamal Murray Out For Season With Torn ACL

Apr 13, 2021 11:16 AM

Jamal Murray has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee.

Murray will miss the remainder of the season.

Murray was averaging 21.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists with a PER of 18.4 this season.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Injury

Discuss
Pelicans Don't Plan To Sign Isaiah Thomas To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Apr 13, 2021 8:45 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans do not have immediate plans to sign Isaiah Thomas to a second 10-day contract. Thomas played in three games with New Orleans, averaging 7.7 points.

Thomas could be signed at a later date.

New Orleans has two weeks before it needs to add another player to the roster.

"I haven't run into a veteran guy more grateful for an opportunity to play in the league in my entire time in the league. He's been unbelievable here," Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy said after Monday's game. "To see him go in, even for a few minutes, make a shot, get the appreciation of the fans, I hope he heard it. A lot of times you don't when you're out there playing. I hope he heard it. I hope he enjoyed it. Because he certainly deserved it.

"I feel privileged that I've gotten the opportunity to coach him even for a very short amount of time."

Andrew Lopez/ESPN

Tags: Isaiah Thomas, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Discuss
NBA Reschedules Wolves-Nets For Tuesday Afternoon

Apr 13, 2021 10:46 AM

The NBA rescheduled Monday's game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets for Tuesday afternoon.

The game will be played at 3:00 PM central time and there will be no fans in attendance. The Nets will play at the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, making a key game for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference a back-to-back.

The game was postponed following the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright, an unarmed Black man, in a Minneapolis suburb.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: NBA

Discuss
Warriors To Consider Signing Extra Center

Apr 13, 2021 1:12 PM

The Golden State Warriors may sign a center before the end of the season.

Marquese Chriss suffered a season-ending injury during the first week of the season while James Wiseman was recently lost to a torn meniscus. 

Kevon Looney has consistently dealt with injuries during his career.

"We're obviously very thin in the front court," Kerr said. "That's obviously something that we will be looking at as we go forward and once we get word on what James' prognosis is."

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Discuss
Cam Reddish Out At Least Two More Weeks With Achilles Soreness

Apr 13, 2021 2:25 PM

Cam Reddish has progressed his rehabilitation activities from his right Achilles soreness to include spot shooting and will be introduced to straight line running later this week.

An update will be provided in two weeks.

Reddish is averaging 11.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 26 games this season.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Cam Reddish, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Injury

Discuss
Luka Doncic Says He Doesn't 'See The Point' Of Play-In Game

Apr 13, 2021 1:00 AM

Luka Doncic said he doesn't "see the point" of the play-in game, adding that the concept undermines an entire season's work.

"I don't understand the idea of a play-in. You play 72 games to get into the playoffs, then maybe you lose two in a row and you're out of the playoffs. So I don't see the point of that," said Doncic.

The Mavs, who lost to the Sixers on Monday night, are currently in seventh place in the Western Conference. They would play the Grizzlies should the season end today.

Doncic added that his goal is to not have to deal with the play-in game in the first place.

"We're just trying to get to the sixth spot. I think that's our goal right now. Maybe even [higher] than the sixth spot."

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Playoffs

Discuss
James Wiseman, Warriors Still Evaluating Options On Meniscus

Apr 13, 2021 1:10 PM

The Golden State Warriors and James Wiseman are still evaluating their options for his meniscus injury.

Steve Kerr was non-committal when asked Monday whether Wiseman's season was over.

"I don't know that," Kerr said before the Warriors hosted the Denver Nuggets. "We are in the process of getting multiple opinions. He had an MRI and so we're having multiple experts look at the MRI to determine what's next. We don't have any timetable yet. The biggest thing is making sure James is OK. He's obviously had a lot of adversity this rookie season, with the wrist injury, now the knee injury and of course missing training camp, not having a summer league. He's really gutted through a lot of difficulty. ... And so this is yet another obstacle that's been put in front of him."

Kerr said Wiseman is trying to stay positive despite the latest setback.

"He's in really good spirits," Kerr said. "He's just been through an awful lot this season. And he has a really good way about him and he's at minimum putting up a good front, but I know he's really crushed, but he's hanging in there."

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Tags: James Wiseman, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

Discuss
Gabriel Deck Signs Four-Year, $14.5M Deal With Thunder

Apr 12, 2021 8:30 PM

Gabirel Deck has signed a four-year, $14.5 million deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Deck is a 26-year-old wing out of Argentina who was most recently playing for Real Madrid. 

During the 2020-21 season, he appeared in 58 games (41 starts) and averaged 9.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 23.9 minutes per game, shooting 52.1 percent from the field.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Gabriel Deck, Oklahoma City Thunder, Real Madrid, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International Teams

Discuss
Nuggets Working To Get MRI To Evaluate Severity Of Jamal Murray Knee Injury

Apr 13, 2021 1:04 AM

The Denver Nuggets are working to get an MRI to evaluate the severity of Jamal Murray's knee injury, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Murray suffered the injury with under a minute left in the fourth quarter of the Nuggets loss to the Warriors.

"He just came back, he was gone for four days. His [right] knee had been bothering him…just an awful feeling. Keep Jamal in your thoughts and prayers and hopefully we will get some good news," said Michael Malone after the game. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Injury

Discuss
Kevin Ollie Hired As Head Coach Of Overtime Elite

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Nuggets Interested In Austin Rivers

Mike Singer/Denver Post

Paul George, Jayson Tatum Named NBA's Players Of The Week

RealGM Staff Report

NBA Postpones Wolves-Nets Following Killing Of Daunte Wright

RealGM staff Report

New Wolves' Ownership Group Intend To Keep Team In Minnesota

Jon Krawczynski/The Athletic

Knicks Sign Norvel Pelle To 2nd 10-Day Contract

RealGM Staff Report

Dunc'd On: 15 in 60 (Western Conference 4.12.21)

RealGM Staff Report

Pelicans Sign James Nunnally To Two-Way Contract

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Kyrie Irving Out Monday Due To Personal Reasons

Malika Andrews/ESPN

Grizzlies To Sign Tim Frazier To 10-Day Contract

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Pacers Sign Oshae Brissett To Second 10-Day Contract

Indiana Pacers

James Wiseman Suffers Meniscus Injury In Knee, No Timetable For Return

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Yogi Ferrell To Sign 10-Day Contract With Clippers After Clearing Protocols

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Frank Vogel After Win Over Nets: Lakers 'Always Have A Chance' Due To Scrappy Defense

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tony Snell Out At Least Two Games Due To Ankle Sprain

USA Today

Alize Johnson Agrees To Multi-Year Deal With Nets

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Anthony Davis Could Return In 10-14 Days, LeBron James On Track To Return In Three Weeks

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Alex Rodriguez, Marc Lore Finalizing Deal To Buy Timberwolves For Around $1.5 Billion

ESPN

Khem Birch Clears Waivers, Set To Sign With Raptors

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Gonzaga Guard Joel Ayayi Declares To NBA Draft

ESPN