Basketball Wiretap

Hawks Trade Dennis Schroder, Mike Muscala To Thunder For Carmelo Anthony, 2022 FRP

Jul 19, 2018 4:45 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony and a protected 2022 first round pick to the Atlanta Hawks for Dennis Schroder. Atlanta will also send Mike Muscala to the Philadelphia 76ers with Justin Anderson going to the Hawks. The 76ers will also send Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to Oklahoma City.

The pick is protected 1-14 in 2022 and will become two second rounders if it doesn't convey.

Anthony will be waived and the Houston Rockets will be the frontrunner.

Sam Presti and Billy Donovan were given permission to talk with Schrroder and they're enthusiastic about a partnership.

Muscala is likely to be moved to a third team.

The Thunder's projected luxury tax bill, meanwhile, will drop from $150 million to $88.8 million, saving them $62 million. The Thunder will save an additional $11 million with Schroder's $15.5 million contract and the $1.5 million cap hit of Luwawu-Cabarrot. If the Thunder used the stretch provision on Anthony, they would have $9 million remaining over the next three years. Schroder makes $15.5 million per year compared to Anthony's $28 million for 18-19.

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Tags: Mike Muscala, Dennis Schroder, Carmelo Anthony, Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Marcus Smart Agrees To Four-Year, $52M Deal With Celtics

Jul 19, 2018 10:24 AM

Marcus Smart and the Boston Celtics have agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal.

Smart was a restricted free agent.

Smart could have played the 18-19 season under the $6 million qualifying offer to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

Smart and the Celtics discussed a four-year, $50 million extension before the 17-18 season.

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Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks To Sign One-Year, $5M Deal

Jul 19, 2018 2:09 PM

Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks plan to finalize a one-year deal worth $5 million.

Nowitzki and the Mavericks are not in a rush to sign the actual contract.

Nowitzki, 40, averaged 12 points and 5.7 rebounds in 24.7 minutes per game in 77 contests last season. He underwent minor surgery on his left ankle in April but announced he would play at least one more season.

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Mavericks Agrees To Two-Year $5.3M Deal With Yogi Ferrell

Jul 19, 2018 2:13 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have agreed to sign Yogi Ferrell to a two-year, $5.3 million deal.

Ferrell will be the backup shooting guard for the Mavericks.

Ferrell initially joined the Mavericks on a 10-day contract in January 2017, one month after the Nets waived him. 

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Raptors Have Positive Initial Conversation With Kawhi Leonard

Jul 18, 2018 9:52 PM

Since the trade became official on Wednesday, the Toronto Raptors have had initial conversations with Kawhi Leonard and his camp. Sources say the talks were positive and there was no indication of a holdout or even an unwillingness to play for the Raptors. 

The Raptors acquired Leonard and Danny Green in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first round pick.

Leading to the trade, Zach Lowe of ESPN reported Leonard's camp made it clear he had no interest in joining the Raptors.

Lowe also reported late Wednesday that the Spurs sent $5 million in cash to the Raptors as part of the deal, which is meant to cover the tax hit linked to Leonard's trade kicker.

Bruce Arthur/Toronto Star

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

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Nemanja Bjelica, Kings Discussing Two-Year, $13M Deal

Jul 19, 2018 9:43 AM

The Sacramento Kings and Nemanja Bjelica are in talks on a two-year, $13 million deal.

Bjelica will have $2 million guaranteed for the 19-20 season.

Bjelica previously backed out of a one-year, $4.4 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

David Pick

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Karl-Anthony Towns On Minnesota: I Have A Lot Of Things That Have To Be Talked About

Jul 18, 2018 8:59 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns hosted a basketball camp on Wednesday and was asked if Minnesota still feels like his second home.

“I think I’ve done a lot of things here. I’m very proud of the things I’ve been able to do so far,” Towns said in response to the final question of the session about whether he considers Minnesota a second home. “But I have a lot of things that have to be talked about, so I’ll move on.”

Towns is eligible to sign a max contract extension this offseason, but his relationship with the Minnesota Timberwolves is uncertain.

There have been reports of issues between Towns and Tom Thibodeau.

Michael Ran/Star Tribune

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Rockets Expected To Sign Isaiah Hartenstein To NBA Deal

Jul 19, 2018 10:18 AM

The Houston Rockets are working to sign Isaiah Hartenstein to an NBA deal.

Hartenstein, a 7-foot center, played for the Rockets' Rio Grande Valley affiliate with a G League contract last season.

Hartenstein was Houston's second round pick in 2017 and could have chosen to return to Europe. Hartenstein, 20, had played with Zalgiris Kaunas in the Lithuanian league before he was selected by the Rockets.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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Dunc'd On: Kawhi Leonard to TOR From Every Angle; SAC/MEM Trade, News

Jul 18, 2018 6:55 PM

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Hawks Waive Jaylen Morris

Jul 19, 2018 4:17 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have requested waivers on guard Jaylen Morris.

Morris played in six games last season with the Hawks, averaging 4.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 16.4 minutes. He was signed to a multi-year contract on March 21 after signing consecutive 10-day contracts on February 28 and March 11.

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Trae Young: I Try To Be Steve Nash More Than Steph Curry
Trae Young gained around 12 pounds of muscle during the pre-draft process.

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Dwyane Wade Signs Lifetime Deal With Li-Ning, Still Deciding On Re-Signing With Heat
Dwyane Wade has been with Li-Ning since 2012.

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Michael Porter Jr. Undergoes Another Back Surgery
Michael Porter is hopeful of not missing the entire 18-19 season.

Steve Aschburner/NBA.com

Kawhi Leonard Reportedly Talking To Other Stars About 2019 Free Agency Plans
Kawhi Leonard has been in conversation with other players about playing in Los Angeles and Brooklyn.

Bruce Arthur/Toronto Star

Gregg Popovich Insists Kawhi Leonard Remained 'Great Teammate All The Way Through'
Gregg Popovich made it clear that he and Kawhi Leonard are parting on good terms.

Tom Orsborn/San Antonio Express-News

Spurs Required Ben Simmons Or Joel Embiid To Trade Kawhi Leonard To 76ers
The 76ers were unwilling to trade Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid or even Markelle Fultz to the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Celtics Were Unwilling To Trade For Kawhi Without Assurances On Health, Future Plans
The Celtics were unwilling to include any of their core players in trade talks without more information on Kawhi Leonard.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Spurs Weren't Interested In Kawhi Leonard Trade Offers Heavy On Picks, Unproven Players
Gregg Popovich doesn't want to finish his NBA career in a rebuild.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Kawhi Leonard's Camp Made It Clear He Had No Interest In Joining Raptors
Masai Ujiri believes he can convince Kawhi Leonard on the Raptors.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Nemanja Bjelica To Open Contract Talks With Kings
Vlade Divac reached out to Nemanja Bjelica to explain the value of remaining in the NBA versus returning to play in Europe.

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Antonio Blakeney Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Bulls
Antonio Blakeney was on a two-way contract last season.

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Marcus Smart, Celtics Progressing On Four-Year, $50M Deal
Marcus Smart has had a slow market in restricted free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Spurs Begged Kawhi Leonard To Let Them Announce He'd Miss Remainder Of Season
Even in the playoffs, Kawhi Leonard's status remained uncertain.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Gregg Popovich Has Remained Engaged In Spurs' Everyday Business
The timeline for how long Gregg Popovich will remain as head coach of the Spurs remains unclear.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Blazers Waive Georgios Papagiannis
Georgios Papagiannis appeared in one game for the Trail Blazers during the 2017-18 season.

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Raptors Told DeMar DeRozan At Summer League He Wouldn't Be Traded
DeMar DeRozan is reportedly disappointed by his trade to the Spurs.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Raptors Acquire Kawhi Leonard From Spurs For Package Centered On DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan will headline a package going to the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Chris Haynes/ESPN

Hawks Have Been Trying To Trade Dennis Schroder Throughout Offseason
Dennis Schroder's legal troubles could be impacting his trade value.

Michale Cunningham/Atlanta Journal Constitution

Raptors Have Made Most Compelling Offer To Spurs For Kawhi Leonard
There are several issues remaining for the Raptors to acquire Kawhi Leonard.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Lonzo Ball Undergoes Successful Surgery, Expected To Be Ready For Camp
Lonzo Ball had successful arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on Tuesday.

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