NBA WiretapJune 2021 NBA Wiretap

Danny Green Out 2-3 Weeks With Right Calf Strain

Jun 12, 2021 3:35 PM

Danny Green is expected to miss two to three weeks with a right calf strain. Green suffered the injury during the first quarter of the Philadelphia 76ers' Game 3 win at the Atlanta Hawks.

Green averaged 9.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 28.0 minutes during the regular season for the 76ers.

Furkan Korkmaz started the second half for the 76ers with Green out of the game.

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Tags: Danny Green, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

Spencer Dinwiddie Hopes To Return To Game Action If Nets Reach Finals

Jun 12, 2021 1:54 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie plans to return to the Brooklyn Nets from his Los Angeles-based rehab "sooner than later." Dinwiddie is eying a return to play if the Nets reach The Finals.

Dinwiddie suffered a partially torn ACL in December. 

“He’s going to be in Brooklyn to support his team,” the source said. “He definitely is.”

Dinwiddie is back to on-court work with noted NBA trainer Olin Simplis, who has trained him throughout his career. Dinwiddie fully tore the ACL, lateral meniscus and MCL and partially tore the medial meniscus in his left knee in a non-contact injury in college at Colorado, then recovered and worked his way into becoming an All-Star caliber player in six NBA seasons.

Steve Nash has been bearish on the possibility of Dinwiddie returning. 

Nash said on June 6 that he’s had no conversations with Dinwiddie about returning to the team, and on May 4, the coach was not high on the backup guard’s odds of returning for the playoffs.

“I don’t think so. We haven’t seen him since the turn of the year almost,” Nash said. “It’s very difficult to, one, expose him to full NBA playoff basketball with the type of injury he has. We want to look out for his long-term health, first and foremost. And second of all, adapting back to the team environment. All those things together, it seems like it’s probably very unlikely. But who knows? Stranger things have happened.”

Dinwiddie will be a free agent this offseason as he is expected to decline his $12.3 million player option. 

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Tags: Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

Becky Hammon, Dawn Staley, Chauncey Billups, Mike D'Antoni, Brent Barry Emerge As Candidates For Blazers

Jun 12, 2021 6:13 PM

Becky Hammon, Dawn Staley, Chauncey Billups, Mike D'Antoni and Brent Barry are among the initial candidates for the head coaching job of the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Blazers mutually parted ways with Terry Stotts shortly after the season ended.

Jason Kidd was previously a candidate but he withdrew his name from consideration.

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Tags: Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Mike Conley Ruled Out Of Game 3 With Hamstring Strain

Jun 12, 2021 2:30 PM

Mike Conley has been ruled out of Game 3 for the Utah Jazz against the Los Angeles Clippers with a mild right hamstring strain.

The Jazz lead in the series 2-0. 

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Danny Green To Undergo MRI On Calf On Saturday

Jun 12, 2021 1:22 AM

Danny Green is set to receive an MRI on his calf on Saturday.

Green left Game 3 against the Hawks due to a calf strain and did not return.

Doc Rivers was pessimistic over Green's availability.

"I'm not ruling Danny out, but I'm pretty much ruling him out. I doubt if he plays the next game," said Rivers.

The Sixers lead the series 2-1.

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Tags: Danny Green, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

Cavaliers Interested In Alex Caruso, T.J. McConnell

Jun 12, 2021 8:35 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be on the market for a backup point guard this offseason with Alex Caruso and T.J. McConnell near the top of their list.

"Both fit really well. Some prefer Caruso. He’s younger, bigger, stronger and can guard multiple spots. Others like McConnell more," writes Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Cavaliers plan to be aggressive with their mid-level exception this offseason after not using it in 2020.

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Tags: Alex Caruso, T.J. McConnell, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

James Harden Out For Game 4, Jeff Green Questionable

Jun 12, 2021 3:10 PM

James Harden has been ruled out by the Brooklyn Nets for Game 4 with a hamstring injury. Harden suffered the injury in the opening seconds of Game 1. Steve Nash revealed that Harden is "progressing" with the injury.

The Nets lead their series against the Milwaukee Bucks 2-1.

Jeff Green is questionable with his strained plantar fascia injury.

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Kevin Love, Cavaliers Have Yet To Discuss Buyout

Jun 12, 2021 8:28 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Kevin Love have yet to engage on a buyout.

Love would likely have to initiate those talks with the Cavaliers while also giving up some salary to get the franchise to seriously consider it.

Love's contract runs for two more seasons with his trade value presumably increasing as 2023 gets closer if he can establish himself as healthy and productive. 

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Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Isaiah Hartenstein Likely To Decline Player Option To Become Free Agent

Jun 12, 2021 8:25 AM

Isaiah Hartenstein is expected to decline his $1.7 million player option for the 21-22 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers to become a free agent. Hartenstein can likely earn more on the open market while also securing a multi-year deal.

Sources say Hartenstein's preference is to negotiate a long-term deal with the Cavaliers and remain with the team as Jarrett Allen's backup.

Allen will be a restricted free agent.

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Tags: Isaiah Hartenstein, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Josh Hart Interested In Fresh Start Ahead Of Restricted Free Agency

Jun 12, 2021 8:21 AM

Josh Hart will be a restricted free agent this offseason and sources tell the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he would like a "fresh start" after two seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Hart averaged 9.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 28.7 minutes per game last season with the Pelicans.

The Pelicans acquired Hart as part of the 2019 Anthony Davis trade. 

The Cleveland Cavaliers could have interest in Hart, who is close friends with Larry Nance Jr. 

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Ben Simmons Delivers On 76ers' Directive To Use 'Pace And Power' On Offense

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Donovan Mitchell Exits Game 3 Blowout Loss Early With Ankle Pain

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Joel Embiid: Playing With A Torn Meniscus Is Not Easy

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Jazz-Clippers Game 2 Generates 4.07M Viewers, ESPN Playoff Ratings Up 32% Compared To 2020

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Serge Ibaka Out For Season With Back Surgery

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Jalen Green: I'm The Best Prospect In This Draft

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Kawhi Leonard: Clippers Have 'A Lot Of Fight Left'

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Terry Stotts, Steve Clifford Considered Candidates For Pacers' Job

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Bucks Likely To Part Ways With Mike Budenholzer If Season Ends With 'Thud'

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Pascal Siakam Out Five Months With Surgery On Torn Labrum In Left Shoulder

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Carmelo Anthony, Jrue Holiday Headline Five Finalists For Social Justice Champion Award

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Jrue Holiday After Bucks Win: 'If We Got To Muck Up The Game, Then We Got To Muck It Up'

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RealGM Radio: Jared Dubin On The Second Round

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Heat, Spurs, Knicks Interested In Kelly Oubre

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Penny Hardaway Emerges As Head Coaching Candidate For NBA Job

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Coby White Out Four Months With Shoulder Surgery

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Juwan Howard Not Interested In Leaving Michigan For NBA

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NBA Will Return To Normal Calendar With 21-22 Regular Season Beginning On Oct. 19th

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Mike Conley Out For Game 2 With Hamstring Injury

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Hornets, Lakers, Knicks, Wolves Interested In Myles Turner

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