Basketball Wiretap

Pelicans Fire Dell Demps, Will Aggressively Pursue High-Level Basketball Executive As GM

Feb 15, 2019 1:13 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have fired Dell Demps.

They are looking to fill the interim GM role with internal candidates including Danny Ferry and David Booth.

Ownership plans to be aggressive in hiring a high-level executive as GM, with David Griffin a rumored candidate.

They plan to continue to push back on any Anthony Davis trades. Gayle Benson believes that "outside forces" are trying to pressure the front office into making decisions that don't make sense for the franchise.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Misc Official Transaction

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Anthony Davis Suffers Left Shoulder Muscle Contusion

Feb 15, 2019 8:42 AM

Anthony Davis' left shoulder Thursday night revealed a muscle contusion but "nothing too bad."

Davis was injured at the end of the first half of the Pelicans' win over the Thunder. Davis did not return to the bench after halftime and left Smoothie King Center with agent Rich Paul during the game to get an MRI.

Davis will head to Charlotte for the All-Star Game and receive treatment there before deciding whether to play on Sunday.

Tim MacMahon, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Injury

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Markieff Morris Agrees To Deal With Thunder

Feb 14, 2019 8:26 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder signed Markieff Morris to a free-agent deal.

The 29-year-old Morris was recently waived by the Pelicans. The Lakers, Raptors, and Rockets were also reportedly interested in adding Morris.

After waiving Alex Abrines last weekend, the Thunder signed Richard Solomon, Scotty Hopson, and Morris to fill out their roster.

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Tags: Markieff Morris, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Official Signing

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David Stern Believes Suspending Colin Kaepernick Would Have Solved Situation For NFL

Feb 14, 2019 3:19 PM

David Stern believes he would have handled the Colin Kaepernick situation differently than the NFL in which he would have been suspended and then his career could have continued thereafter. 

Stern suspended Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and imposed a $32,000 fine for protesting during the national anthem in the mid-1990s. Abdul-Rauf eventually reached an agreement that allowed him to stand for the anthem with his head bowed in prayer.

“As we were digging out of a terrible hole for us -- in the late ’70s and ’80s, when there was a fair amount of racism exhibited about players -- we felt as a matter of policy we had to promote our players and show that they were real people,” Stern said during the podcast, which will air on Feb. 18. “And it worked.”

Stern, however, imposed a controversial dress code in 2005 that many criticized as being racist.

Eben Novy-Williams, Scott Soshnick/Bloomberg

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Steve Kerr Fined $25K Following Ejection

Feb 14, 2019 8:32 PM

The NBA fined Steve Kerr $25,000 for "verbally abusing and confronting" an official during Golden State Warriors' 129-107 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Kerr was ejected after throwing down his clipboard while he argued a flagrant foul call on Draymond Green late in the 4th quarter.

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Tags: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Fines

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UCLA Reportedly Targeting Tony Bennett As Next Head Coach

Feb 14, 2019 8:45 PM

UCLA are looking to hire Tony Bennett as their next head coach. 

“They are going hard after Tony Bennett and he has not said no yet,” according to a source.

Bennett's grinding style of play would be an issue in winning over UCLA fans.

“That cost [former coach Ben] Howland. They never embraced him because of his defensive approach. The low-scoring and methodical pace was not appreciated by Coach [John] Wooden or the fans," according to the source.

Adam Zagoria/Zags Blog

Tags: NCAA, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Dwyane Wade: Luka Doncic's Passing Ability Is 'Lebron James-like'

Feb 14, 2019 2:11 AM

Dwyane Wade said that Luka Doncic's accuracy in passing under pressure was "LeBron-like" following the Miami Heat's 112-101 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

"Quote me right where I say this – it’s LeBron James-like from the standpoint of how he’s able to rope that pass to shooters in corners, getting blitzed. There’s not many guys who can do that and put it right there. He does an amazing job of it," said Wade following the game.

Wade also exchanged jerseys with Dirk Nowitzki after the final whistle. 

Robby Kalland/Dime Magazine

Tags: Dwyane Wade, Luka Doncic, LeBron James, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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D'Angelo Russell Reached Out To LeBron James For Advice Last Summer

Feb 14, 2019 1:50 AM

D'Angelo Russell reached out to LeBron James over the offseason, looking for advice on how to become a more consistent player.

Russell said that James told him to be "prepared mentally to go out and dominate every game, and then [Russell's teammates] will follow that".  

Russell then implemented a strict routine for each day throughout the season.

Russell added that he sympathized with former Lakers teammates Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, saying he was happy to leave behind the constant speculation that surrounded the team.

“I can’t imagine what they’re trying to block out...if [the Lakers] didn’t let me go then, they were gonna let me go now, and I’d be going through what they’re going through. Best thing that happened in my career," said Russell.


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Tags: D'Angelo Russell, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Danny Ainge Calls Suggestion Celtics Better Without Kyrie Irving 'Completely Illogical'

Feb 14, 2019 3:24 PM

Danny Ainge dismissed the suggestion the Boston Celtics may be better without Kyrie Irving.

The Celtics had an impressive win at the Philadelphia 76ers last week and also reached the Eastern Conference Finals last season without Irving.

“It’s completely illogical. It makes no sense," Ainge said. "If you just look at the data over the past two years our team has been so much better. It wasn’t but a month ago that we were trying to figure out ‘how in the world are we going to score without Kyrie on the court.’ And everybody was struggling and going through their challenges. I mean now we’re getting a lot of good play out of a lot of good guys. The last couple of nights Jayson Tatum and Gordon Hayward and Al Horford, they’re playing great basketball. And Jaylen Brown has really stepped up his game over the past couple of months even and really bought into his role off the bench. So I feel like we just all need to all play well, but Kyrie is by far our most efficient offensive player, without question. And our team, when Kyrie is on the court over the past two years, is by far more efficient with Kyrie playing than when he’s not. So no, I think it’s ridiculous to think.”

Irving will be a free agent this offseason.

John Karalis/Boston Globe

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, NBA

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Hawks To Convert Jaylen Adams' Two-Way Contract

Feb 14, 2019 2:02 AM

The Atlanta Hawks will convert Jaylen Adams' two-way deal into a regular NBA contract. Adams will also get a partial guarantee for the 2019-20 season.

The move comes after the Hawks waived Jeremy Lin.

The Hawks now have 13 players on their roster, and will need to sign one more player before February 21st. 

Jeff Siegel/Peach Tree Hoops

Tags: Jaylen Adams, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Official Signing

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Clint Capela Expected To Return After All-Star Break
Capela has been out since injuring his thumb on January 13th.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Adam Silver Hasn't Considered Leaving NBA To Become NFL Commissioner
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell signed a five-year extension worth up to $200 million in December 2017.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Fred VanVleet Out Five Weeks With Thumb Surgery
Fred VanVleet underwent surgery to repair a partial ligament injury to his left thumb.

RealGM Staff Report

Enes Kanter Agrees To Sign With Blazers
Enes Kanter signed a four-year, $70 million offer sheet with the Blazers in 2015.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Russell Westbrook: I've Been Blessed With Talent Not To Care About Criticism
Russell Westbrook has typically been able to tune out criticism during his career.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Joel Embiid Has Sharp Words For Referees After Loss To Boston
Joel Embiid was likely referring to a play in which he was hit across the arms by Al Horford and lost the ball but no foul was called.

Tim Bontemps/ESPN

Grizzlies Sign Bruno Caboclo To Multi-Year Deal
Bruno Caboclo is coming off a second 10-day contract with the Grizzlies.

Michael Wallace/Grizzlies.com

Sources: Pelicans Wanted To Sit Anthony Davis For Remainder Of Season
The Pelicans opted to wait until the offseason to resolve their situation with Anthony Davis.

Scott Kushner/The Advocate

Michael Jordan Owns Approximately 90 Percent Of Hornets
The NBA approved the purchase of the Hornets by Michael Jordan with just $30 million in cash.

Brian Windhorst/EPSN

NBA Announces Marketing Deal With Puma
Puma reentered the basketball market in October 2018.

RealGM Staff Report

Kristaps Porzingis Had Nets, Clippers, Heat, Raptors On Trade Wish List
Kristaps Porzingis didn't have the Mavericks on his wish list.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Knicks Also Pursued Marvin Bagley In Kristaps Porzingis Trade
The Kings were not interested in discussing a deal involving Marvin Bagley for Porzingis.

Marc Stein/New York Times

John Wall Undergoes Successful Achilles Surgery, Out 12 Months
The Achilles rupture was discovered while cleaning out an infection on his heel.

NBA.com

Bradley Beal Travel No-Call Causes Dispute Between League Executive, NBRA
Bradley Beal took two extra steps after losing control the ball, sparking a discussion between Monty McCutchen and the NBRA.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Isaiah Thomas May Return Wednesday Versus Kings
Thomas was upgraded to questionable after participating in 5-on-5 drills.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Michael Jordan: Winning 6 Championships Harder Than Harden And Westbrook's Streaks
Jordan added that Harden and Westbrook's streaks show the progression of talent in the league.

ESPN

Brad Stevens: I Have To Do A Way Better Job Holding Us To Our Standards
The Celtics have had a disappointing record and Brad Stevens has received some criticism for his coaching.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

NBA Rules Magic Johnson Didn't Commit Tampering On Ben Simmons
Magic Johnson revealed over the weekend that Ben Simmons expressed a desire to meet, through an intermediary.

NBA.com

RealGM Radio: Kevin Pelton on the Revamped Eastern Conference
Host Danny Leroux and Kevin Pelton of ESPN talk about the state of the NBA after the trade deadline.

RealGM Staff Report

Stephen Curry To Be Featured On Facebook Watch Docuseries
The series will be similar to "Tom vs Time" starring Tom Brady that was on Facebook Watch last year.

Ben Strauss/Washington Post