Basketball Wiretap

Karl-Anthony Towns: Wait On Extension Was About Getting Everything Perfect

Sep 24, 2018 10:09 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns waited until late September to sign a supermax contract extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Towns said multiple times that there were things that had to be discussed.

“It took a lot longer than I expected, but at the end of the day it was all about getting everything perfect and the understanding was the same,” Towns said. “In talking to each other about the commitment to winning, that was the biggest thing, and having that commitment to each other.”

Towns talked about his leadership role despite being just 22 years old still.

“I have more experience, I’m older, I’ve been in the league longer, I have a little more dog years on me,” Towns said. “It’s not the money. The money doesn’t make me a leader. It’s the everyday grind I show to my teammates that earns me that respect to make my voice heard.”

The relationship between Towns and Tom Thibodeau has been a point of discussion.

“Me and Thibs may not see eye-to-eye every day, but the one thing I know is we have tremendous respect for each other,” Towns said. “Regardless of what happens, that respect is there. I know when I look in Thibs’ eyes and he looks in mine, we both have the same goal and that’s to win. Me and Thibs have a good understanding what we’re looking for out of each other.”

Jon Krawczynski/The Athletic

Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Anthony Davis Signs With Rich Paul Of Klutch Sports

Sep 24, 2018 9:33 AM

Anthony Davis has officially signed paperwork to hire Rich Paul of Klutch Sports as his agent.

"My focus is to win, to come in every day and do all I can go help this organization," Davis said. "While establishing myself as the best player on the floor every night."

Davis is Klutch Sports' second biggest client behind LeBron James. Klutch Sports also represents John Wall, who signed a supermax extension last offseason.

"It's a pleasure and honor to represent a player like AD," Paul said. "He's a transcendent talent and continues to establish himself as one of the dominant players in the game."

Paul plans to meet with officials from the Pelicans soon.

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Tags: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kawhi Leonard: I Came To Raptors With An Open Mind

Sep 24, 2018 2:53 PM

Kawhi Leonard said he's focused on the coming season with the Toronto Raptors and not his future.

"I want to play here," Leonard said. "I came in with an open mind. I want to do great things ... focus on this year. If you're looking toward the future, you're going to trip over the present."

Leonard was also asked about his long-term goals as he's a few months from free agency.

Leonard said he plans to "play a long, healthy career; be happy wherever I land."

Leonard also said he has no regrets over what happened during his final season with the San Antonio Spurs.

"I have no regrets. But I want to focus on this team, this journey that we have in front of us today, and just stay in the present time, and not look back."

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Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Durant: We'll See What Happens After The Year

Sep 24, 2018 5:01 PM

Kevin Durant signed a two-year, $61.5 million deal with the Golden State Warriors in the offseason instead of a long-term deal.

Durant's future remains uncertain and speculation has increased in the media that he could potentially leave the Warriors.

"It's one of those things you're confident in those skills you want to keep it year by year," said Durant. "I easily could've signed a long-term deal, but I wanted to take it season by season and where it takes me. This whole year will be an exciting year for us all. We'll see what happens after the year."

Mark Medina/San Jose Mercury News

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

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Heat Most Aggressive In Pursuing Trade For Jimmy Butler

Sep 24, 2018 11:14 AM

The Miami Heat have been as aggressive as any other team in pursuing a trade for Jimmy Butler.

The Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings are among the teams interested in a deal for Butler.

Butler requested a trade from the Wolves last week.

Glen Taylor and Butler want a deal completed before the Timberwolves' first day of practice on Tuesday.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia Sixers, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors Hire Mike Dunleavy Jr. As Pro Scout

Sep 24, 2018 12:35 PM

The Golden State Warriors have hired Mike Dunleavy Jr. as a pro scout.

Dunleavy was drafted by the Warriors in 2002.

Dunleavy spent 15 years in the NBA.

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dunc'd On: MIA Outlook w/ Albert Nahmad; PHX Outlook w/ Michael Schwartz

Sep 23, 2018 9:47 PM

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Joakim Noah, Knicks Moving Towards Buyout Agreement

Sep 23, 2018 12:45 PM

Joakim Noah and the New York Knicks are moving towards a buyout.

The two sides have long been expected to part ways this offseason.

Several teams are monitoring Noah's entrance in free agency.

Noah has $37.8 million remaining on his contract after signing a four-year, $72 million deal in 2016.

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Tags: Joakim Noah, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James: We Got A Long Way To Go To Get To Golden State

Sep 24, 2018 5:59 PM

LeBron James admitted the Los Angeles Lakers have "a long way to go" before they reach the same level as the Golden State Warriors.

"We got a long way to go to get to Golden State," James said when asked about the Warriors. "They can pick up right where they left off, starting with training camp. ... We are picking up from scratch so we got a long way to go. We can't worry about what Golden State is doing. ... They've been together for a few years now."

The Lakers kept their young core together this offseason after signing James while also adding a number of veterans.

"We are all new to each other, we have to take our bumps and our bruises," James added. "There are going to be good times and bad times. If we continue to work the process and continue to sacrifice for one another and put in the commitment and time to being great, everything else will fall into place."

The Monday press conference was the first time James has spoken with the Los Angeles media since signing with the Lakers.

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Tags: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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Wolves Aligning Focus On Trading Jimmy Butler

Sep 22, 2018 9:50 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves are aligning their focus on trading Jimmy Butler.

Butler requested a trade this week with the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets on his list.

The Wolves signed Karl-Anthony Towns to a five-year, $190 million supermax extension on Saturday.

There have been reports that Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden had no interest in trading Butler, while Glen Taylor has been pushing for a fast resolution. 

Shams Charania, Jon Krawczynski/The Athletic

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Karl-Anthony Towns Agrees To Five-Year, $190M Supermax Extension With Wolves
Leon Rose informed the Wolves of Karl-Anthony Towns' intention to sign the extension on Saturday night.

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Jimmy Butler Granted Permission To Skip Wolves' Media Day
Jimmy Butler also will not be available for on-court activities at the start of training camp.

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Suns Agree To Two-Year, $2.3M Deal With De'Anthony Melton
De'Anthony Melton was the 46th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

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Wolves Hope To Include Gorgui Dieng In Jimmy Butler Trade
Gorgui Dieng still has $48 million over the next three seasons remaining on his contract.

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Jamal Crawford Continues To Wait For Right Situation
Jamal Crawford remains a free agent and is expected to begin training camp in his native Seattle at the age of 38.

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Kevin Durant To Have Business Show On ESPN+
The show will be hosted by Jay Williams and will delve into topics such as the sneaker business.

Andrew Marchand/New York Post

Adam Silver Encourages Teams To Hire More Women
Adam Silver asked teams to thoroughly review the report that was released earlier this week about the Mavericks.

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Kyrie Irving Talks Up Celtics' Future, Hasn't Spoken With Jimmy Butler At Length Since 2016
Kyrie Irving will be a free agent in 2019.

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Mavericks Likely To Start Luka Doncic At Power Forward, Dirk Nowitzki Off Bench
The Mavericks signed DeAndre Jordan in free agency to play center.

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Tyler Ulis Agrees To Exhibit 10 Deal With Warriors
The Suns waived Tyler Ulis this offseason.

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Glen Taylor Tells Owners Jimmy Butler Available In Trade
The front office of the Wolves has told inquiring teams they have no plans of trading Jimmy Butler.

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Bogdan Bogdanovic To Undergo Minor Arthroscopic Surgery On Left Knee
Bogdan Bogdanovic is expected to make a full recovery.

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76ers Sign Emeka Okafor To Non-Guaranteed Deal
Emeka Okafor was recently waived by the Pelicans.

Fred Katz/The Athletic

Anthony Carter Hired By Heat As Player Development Coach
Anthony Carter will be involved in all aspects of player development for the Heat and implementing Miami's player development and mentorship programs with the Heatís G League affiliate.

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Christian Wood Signs With Bucks With Significant Partial Contract Guarantee
Christian Wood last played in the NBA during the 16-17 season with the Hornets.

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Wolves Inform Teams Jimmy Butler Not Available In Trade
The Wolves have so far resisted trade inquiries on Jimmy Butler.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Suns Interested In Trade For Tyus Jones
The Wolves also have Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose on their depth chart at point guard.

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Warriors Promote David Kelly To Chief Legal Officer, Business And Basketball
David Kelly is responsible for all legal matters affecting the company, manages matters related to the salary cap and luxury tax planning for the team.

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Spurs Agree To Sign Olivier Hanlan
Olivier Hanlan played for the Spurs in Summer League in each of the past two seasons.

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Clippers Emerge As Frontrunner To Sign Kawhi Leonard In 2019
Kawhi Leonard will become a free agent in 2019 and is entering his first season with the Raptors.

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