Basketball Wiretap

Doc Rivers, Clippers Agree Upon Contract Extension

May 23, 2018 2:32 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have announced Doc Rivers has signed a contract extension to remain as head coach.

Rivers had one season remaining on his deal.

Rivers lost power within the Clippers' front office last offseason.

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Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie on the NBA Draft

May 23, 2018 4:47 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and NBA Draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) catch up on the draft process after the lottery and Combine.

They discuss Phoenix’s decision at #1, Luka Doncic’s expected value, the role of true centers, the future of NBA offense and much more.

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Tags: NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, RealGM Radio

Gobert, Davis, Oladipo, Holiday, Covington On 2018 NBA All-Defensive Team

May 23, 2018 2:12 PM

Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans lead the 2017-18 NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Gobert was voted to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the second year in a row, as selected by a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.  The 7-1 center from France earned 192 points, including 94 First Team votes.  Davis, a two-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection, makes his debut on the First Team.  The 6-11 forward/center received the second-most points (163) and First Team votes (73), behind Gobert.

The two big men are joined on the NBA All-Defensive First Team by Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (136 points), Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (105) and Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington (90).  All three players are All-Defensive selections for the first time.

The NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of 76ers center Joel Embiid (90 points), Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (86), Boston Celtics forward/center Al Horford (85), San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (80) and Minnesota Timberwolves guard/forward Jimmy Butler (79).  Like the First Team, the Second Team has three first-time All-Defensive selections: Embiid, Horford and Murray.

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Dunc'd On: CLE/BOS Game 5; WAS Offseason Outlook

May 24, 2018 12:29 AM

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We break down Boston's continued home dominance in Game 5, and then discuss a cash-strapped offseason for the Washington Wizards. Will a major move be coming?

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA).  And if you like this pod, please donate to support Nate and Danny at  Merchandise available at

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Chris Paul Dealing With Right Foot Soreness

May 23, 2018 9:41 AM

Chris Paul has been dealing with right foot soreness since Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

Paul responded well to treatment before Game 4. Paul scored 27 points in the game.

"Chris felt better. His foot felt better," D'Antoni said. "I called him after Game 3, and he said, 'Coach, I'm telling you, if I can get my foot right, we'll beat these guys.' Lo and behold, he got his foot right. And just like I said, we're back to even."

The Rockets haven't listed Paul on the official injury report during the series, and he had been evasive when asked about his health.

Paul acknowledged Tuesday night that he had undergone "a whole lot of treatment" in recent days.

"It's about as good as it's going to be right now," Paul said. "But for us, it's not about that. It's about going out there and getting stops and making big plays when we needed to."

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Tags: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Injury

NBA Playoffs Snapshot (May 22): Rockets/Warriors

May 23, 2018 9:37 AM

What happened in one snapshot in the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

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Knicks In Talks To Hire Pat Sullivan As Assistant Coach

May 23, 2018 1:26 PM

The New York Knicks are in talks to hire Pat Sullivan as an assistant coach.

Sullivan has coached with the Clippers over the past two seasons.

Sullivan is a native of New Jersey and worked with Scott Perry with the Pistons.

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Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Dunc'd On: GSW/HOU Game 4

May 23, 2018 7:08 AM

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Over an hour just on this game. We look at the big themes of Houston's win and how they defended Golden State so well. Then a possession by possession breakdown of the stretch run, and an outlook for the remainder of the series.

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Woj: Wolves Would Choose Karl-Anthony Towns Over Tom Thibodeau

May 23, 2018 9:45 AM

If the situation between Karl-Anthony Towns and Tom Thibodeau reaches a point of no-return, Adrian Wojnarowski believes ownership would side with Towns.

“I think their owner would trade management/the coach before he would trade Karl-Anthony Towns,” Wojnarowski said on The Russillo Show. “I don’t think they would allow that. I just don’t believe they’d allow that kind of decision. And I don’t know that they’d want to trade him. To answer this first, Minnesota’s bigger issue is not…he’s Karl-Anthony Towns, they’re not moving him, Towns is eligible for his extension this summer. You know Jimmy Butler…it’s more of a question of Andrew Wiggins. That to me would be, if someone was going to get moved — and I’m not saying anyone’s going to get moved — I think Andrew Wiggins is the one you’re going to look at first. Because…you don’t have to make a decision on Towns and Jimmy Butler and one of those guys having to take less on an extension, because you can’t have three [max] guys.”

Adrian Wojnarowski (via Uproxx)

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

Knicks In Talks To Hire Jud Buechler As Assistant Coach

May 23, 2018 9:39 AM

The New York Knicks are in talks to hire Jud Buechler on the coaching staff of David Fizdale.

Buechler has coached as an assistant under Luke Walton with the Lakers, where he worked in player development. 

Keith Smart is also expected to be hired as a top assistant coach under Fizdale.

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

NBA Playoffs Snapshot (May 21): Cavaliers/Celtics
How the Cavaliers leveled the series at 2-2.

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Andre Iguodala Out For Game 4 With Left Knee Contusion
Andre Iguodala was ruled as doubtful then questionable before being ruled out altogether.

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Suns To Hire Mike Woodson As Assistant Coach
Mike Woodson worked with Igor Kokoskov on the coaching staff of the Pistons during the 03-04 season.

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Teams Exploring Whether Wolves Could Trade Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns becomes eligible for a contract extension this offseason.

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Andre Iguodala Upgraded To Questionable For Game 4
X-rays on Andre Iguodala showed no structural damage.

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Simmons, Mitchell, Tatum, Kuzma, Markkanen On 2018 NBA All-Rookie Team
Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell headline the 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie Teams as unanimous selections.

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Hornets Hire Jay Hernandez As Assistant Coach
James Borrego has added Jay Hernandez to his coaching staff.

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

Mike D'Antoni Regrets Not Having Steve Nash Score More
With James Harden and Chris Paul playing more isolation basketball with the Rockets, we are seeing the evolution of D'Antoni's process.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Kevin Durant: Joining Warriors Has Made Tech Networking Easier
The Durant Company claims early-stage investments from $250,000 to $1 million in roughly 30 companies.

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Tyronn Lue: Great Players Run The NBA
Likely due to the greatness of LeBron James, Tyronn Lue is often overlooked as one of the league's better head coaches.

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Dunc'd On: CLE/BOS Game 4; PHI Offseason Outlook; Michael Porter, Jr. Scouting Report
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux recap Game 4 of BOS/CLE, preview the offseason for the 76ers, and give their scouting reports on Michael Porter Jr.

Hawks In Advanced Talks To Hire Melvin Hunt As Assistant Coach
Melvin Hunt will likely join the coaching staff of Lloyd Pierce.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Andre Iguodala Doubtful For Game 4 With Left Knee Contusion
Andre Iguodala's knee worsened overnight.

Anthony Slater/The Athletic

Seattle's KeyArena Renovation Plan May Not Meet NBA's Standards
Seattle has been working on a renovation plan for KeyArena, which they hope can attract franchises in the NBA and NHL.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

NBA Playoffs Snapshot (May 20): Warriors/Rockets
How Stephen Curry and the Warriors blew out the Rockets in Game 3.

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Spurs Still Hope To Meet With Kawhi Leonard, Offer Supermax Contract
The Spurs were eliminated from the playoffs on April 24th in Game 1 of the first round, but they have still yet to meet with Kawhi Leonard.

Tom Orsborn/San Antonio Express-News

Warriors Detail Why They Have Unusually Harmonious Locker Room
The Warriors have one of the most cohesive locker rooms in the NBA despite possessing four All-Stars.

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Steve Kerr Now Understands He Has To 'Let Draymond Be Draymond'
Steve Kerr and Draymond Green have had their share of run-ins during their four seasons working together.

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Jerry Stackhouse Interviews For Raptors' Head Coaching Job
Jerry Stackhouse is currently head coach of Raptors 905.

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Clippers Interested Using No. 12, No. 13 To Trade Up In Draft
Michael Porter Jr. could be a possible target for the Clippers, according to a front office executive.

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