NBA WiretapMay 2021 NBA Wiretap

Julius Randle, Knicks Plan To Discuss Extension In Offseason

May 6, 2021 11:21 AM

The New York Knicks and Julius Randle plan on discussing a contract extension this offseason.

Randle's base salary this season is $18.9 million and will receive another $2 million in bonuses.

The Knicks can add up to four years to Randle's contract, but they are limited on what they can offer on a raise to a max of 20 percent.

If the Knicks guarantee Randle's $19.8 million salary for next season, they can add $106 million in guaranteed money four four years. With incentives included, Randle could make as much as $140 million over five years. 

Randle could wait until the 2022 offseason and either sign a five-year max worth up to $201.5 million or a four-year max with a rival team for up to $149.4 million. 

Both the Knicks and Randle are interested in extending the partnership. 

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Naji Marshall, Pelicans Agree To Three-Year, $5.3M Deal

May 6, 2021 11:23 AM

Naji Marshall has agreed to a new three-year, $5.3 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The deal will be fully guaranteed for the rest of this season and next season.

Marshall went undrafted in 2020 out of Xavier. 

In 26 games this season with the Pelicans, Marshall is averaging 6.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 19.8 minutes. 

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James Harden Expects To Return Before Start Of Playoffs

May 6, 2021 1:28 PM

James Harden is "very confident" he will return to game action with the Brooklyn Nets before the end of the regular season.

Harden is dealing with a right hamstring injury and hasn't played since April 5th.

Harden said he feels "really good" and is working on his conditioning, changing speed and changing direction.

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Blazers Likely To Part Ways With Terry Stotts If Team Doesn't Impress In Playoffs

May 5, 2021 9:11 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers are likely to part ways with Terry Stotts this offseason unless the team goes on an impressive run in the playoffs, according to a source who spoke with The Athletic.

Stotts has one season remaining on his contract.

Sources also tell The Athletic that Stotts has less player support than he had in the past.

If the Blazers make a coaching change, they're expected to consider Lakers assistant Jason Kidd, Hawks interim coach Nate McMillan, 76ers assistant Dave Joerger, Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups and Spurs vice president of basketball operations Brent Barry.

The Blazers prefer a high profile coach to replace Stotts should they move on from him.

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Tags: Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pacers Suspend Greg Foster, Fine Goga Bitadze For Altercation

May 6, 2021 1:18 PM

The Indiana Pacers are suspending assistant coach Greg Foster for one game and fining Goga Bitadze an undisclosed amount for their exchange on court during Wednesday's game.

Foster and Bitadze are said to have a strong working relationship, but that the emotions got the better of both parties during the exchange.

Bitadze was a first round pick in 2019 by the Pacers.

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Tags: Goga Bitadze, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Suspension, NBA Fines

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Luca Vildoza Agrees To Four-Year, $13.6M Non-Guaranteed Deal With Knicks

May 5, 2021 2:05 PM

Luca Vildoza has agreed to a four-year, $13.6 million deal with the New York Knicks. The deal contains three non-guaranteed years on the contract.

Vildoza was playing for Baskonia in Spain. Vildoza negotiated a buyout with Baskonia before agreeing to the deal with the Knicks.

The Knicks had the salary cap space and roster spot to get ahead of summer free agency and secure Vildoza now.

It is not clear when Vildoza will join the Knicks this season.

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Kyrie Irving, Nets Fined $35,000 Apiece For Media Access Violations

May 5, 2021 8:49 PM

Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets organization have each been fined $35,000 for violating league rules governing media interview access.

The fines result from Irving's repeated refusal to participate in team postgame media availability.

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Zach LaVine To Return From COVID-19 On Thursday

May 5, 2021 11:03 AM

Zach LaVine plans to return to the Chicago Bulls lineup on Thursday against the Charlotte Hornets.

LaVine hasn't played since April 14th due to COVID-19 protocols. 

LaVine is averaging 27.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists this season. 

The Chicago Sun-Times previously confirmed LaVine tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Thunder Sign Charlie Brown To 2nd 10-Day Contract

May 5, 2021 8:46 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed guard Charlie Brown Jr. to a second 10-Day Contract.

Brown signed his first 10-Day Contract with the Thunder on April 25 and has appeared in three games (one start), registering averages of 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.00 steal in 15.9 minutes per contest.

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NBA Has Four Players Test Positive For COVID-19 Since April 28th

May 5, 2021 2:52 PM

The NBA has had four players test positive for COVID-19 out of 492 tested since April 28th.

The NBA had two positive cases in the previous period of testing. 

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Scott Brooks Had Playoff Mandate Entering Final Season Of Contract With Wizards

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Marv Albert, Chris Webber May Not Return To TNT Broadcast Team Next Season

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Brandon Ingram Day-To-Day with Left Low Ankle Sprain

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Hollinger & Duncan: Nikola Jokic and the Players With the Most To Prove These Playoffs

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Kings Can't Stretch Payments Over Time To Luke Walton If Fired

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Mike Budenholzer Needs Deep Playoff Run To Save Job With Bucks

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Kevin Durant Following Nets Loss To Bucks: 'Continuity Is A Big Thing In This League'

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Tyrese Haliburton Won't Need Surgery On Knee, Likely Out For Season

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Nate Bjorkgren Faces Uncertain Future With Pacers

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Scott Brooks, Michael Malone Named NBA's Coaches Of The Month

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LeBron James Out At Least Two More Games With Ankle Injury

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Julius Randle, Stephen Curry Named Players Of The Month For April

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Anthony Edwards, Malachi Flynn Named NBA's Rookies Of The Month

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Magic Sign Sindarius Thornwell To Two-Way Contract, Waive Devin Cannady

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Miles Bridges Out 10-14 Days With COVID-19 Protocols

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Cavaliers Sign Anderson Varejao To 10-Day Contract

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Franz Wagner Leaves Michigan For 2021 NBA Draft

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Draymond Green On Steph Curry Following Warriors Win: 'Teams Are Terrified Of Him'

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Steve Clifford Cleared From Health & Safety Protocol, Will Return On Wednesday

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Jared Harper Signs Second 10-Day Deal With Knicks

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