Basketball Wiretap

Victor Oladipo Still Prefers To End Up With Heat

Jan 14, 2021 11:30 AM

Victor Oladipo was traded by the Indiana Pacers to the Houston Rockets for Caris LeVert as part of the broader James Harden trade.

Oladipo will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason and sources tell Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer that he still hopes to eventually end up with the Miami Heat.

Oladipo had reportedly wanted a trade from the Pacers for some time.

Houston could still trade Oladipo before the trade deadline.

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Tags: Victor Oladipo, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

RealGM Radio: Seerat Sohi On The Harden Trade And More

Jan 14, 2021 7:37 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Seerat Sohi of Yahoo Sports (@SeeratSohi) discuss the James Harden megadeal and the NBA season so far.

They talk about how the Nets’ new trio will fit on the court, whether Houston got a reasonable return, how the Pacers and Cavs fared, the Suns’ early success and much more.

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Tags: James Harden, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, RealGM Radio

Timberwolves Expected To Re-Engage P.J. Tucker Trade Talks

Jan 15, 2021 1:05 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have maintained contact with the Houston Rockets over a possible trade for P.J. Tucker and are expected to re-engage discussions, sources told Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

The Athletic adds that the Wolves have been monitoring Tucker's situation since the draft.

The Rockets have received interest from multiple teams for Tucker, and are looking for three second-round picks in a deal. 

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Tags: P.J. Tucker, Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Jusuf Nurkic Suffers Fractured Right Wrist, No Timetable For Return

Jan 15, 2021 12:55 AM

Jusuf Nurkic fractured his right wrist during the Portland Trail Blazers 111-87 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

The Blazers did not release a timetable for Nurkic's return. 


Tags: Jusuf Nurkic, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

Danny Ainge: Price For James Harden Was Really High For Us

Jan 14, 2021 11:14 AM

During an interview on Thursday following the completion of the James Harden trade, Danny Ainge revealed the Boston Celtics were involved in the trade talks but that the price wasn't to their liking. 

"Yeah, we had conversations regarding James, not recently but yeah, we did have conversations," Ainge said. "We had numerous talks, but the price really wasn't changing. The price was really high for us, and it was something we really didn't want to do ... I think unanimously, we decided it wasn't time for us and it wasn't the price."

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported that the Celtics were the third team involved in trade discussions along with the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers.

The Celtics were similarly close to a deal for Jimmy Butler in 2017, but they were unwilling to include the No. 3 pick in that draft which became Jayson Tatum or the 2018 pick from Brooklyn included in the Kyrie Irving trade. 

Boston also discussed a similar trade that month with the Indiana Pacers for Paul George, but Tatum's second workout convinced them otherwise. 

According to Brian Robb of the Boston Sports Journal, the Rockets were asking for Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and draft compensation. 

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Tags: James Harden, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

76ers 'Just Fine' With Not Trading Ben Simmons For James Harden

Jan 14, 2021 11:23 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers held serious conversations with the Houston Rockets centered on a trade of Ben Simmons for James Harden, but ultimately decided not to complete a deal and let him go to the Brooklyn Nets.

"I think I can say this on your podcast," said Ramona Shelburne. "I think it will be okay. I'm not betraying a confidence. I think the 76ers are just fine. They're happy.

"Like, they were intrigued by this idea. Obviously, Daryl Morey knows how good James Harden is. I think they were really intrigued by the idea of what James Harden would do for Joel Embiid. We'll never know. We're never going to know what that would have been.

"But they really had been playing well with Joel and Ben Simmons. I talked to Joel Embiid just a couple days ago and he was really talking up Ben Simmons and how much they've gotten along this year. They really have connected this year. Now, we get to see what actually happens with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons."

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Tags: Ben Simmons, James Harden, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia Sixers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Woj: Nets 'Gained A Little Leverage Over' Kyrie Irving By Trading For James Harden

Jan 14, 2021 5:20 PM

Kyrie Irving remains away from the Brooklyn Nets as he deals with an undisclosed personal issue and his ability to influence the franchise may be less strong now that they have traded for James Harden.

"I think Kyrie is going to have to explain what's transpired here in the last week," said Adrian Wojnarowski on ESPN. "Ultimately, teams have to be able to count on you. If there's issues, if there are things they need to help Kyrie Irving work through, like any organization with a great player, they are going to be there to do that. 

"Ultimately, they need to know you have seriously committed to this endeavor, this group, this team. Kyrie Irving has to be a leader on this team. He has to be a leader for good.

"I think for the Nets, they need to know that. Bringing James Harden in changes that dynamic. This is a team now that has three MVP-level players on it. I do think, perhaps, the organization gained a little leverage now over Kyrie and over his future by landing James Harden."

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Nets 'Disappointed' Kyrie Irving Not Currently With Them

Jan 14, 2021 4:27 PM

Sean Marks admitted the Brooklyn Nets are "disappointed" by the absence of Kyrie Irving for personal reasons.

“I’m not going to shy away from it: Without a doubt the organization is disappointed with not having any one of our players, in this particular case, Kyrie, not amongst us — not in the trenches with us and so forth,” said Marks.

“I don’t want to speculate and say why he’s out and so forth. I’ve had conversations with him, and I’ll continue to have conversations. And we look forward to him being back in the gym where he will address this.”

Marks said he has been in touch with Irving as recently as Wednesday to discuss Brooklyn's trade for James Harden, but also said “you … hope there is an adequate, more than adequate excuse as to like why he needs personal time.”

“And he will address that, without a doubt,” Marks said.

The Nets have insisted that it will be Irving to explain his absence. 

“I have talked to Kyrie, so I know he’s excited about getting back on the court with his teammates as soon as possible,” said Marks.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

Zion Williamson Cleared To Return

Jan 14, 2021 4:35 PM

Zion Williamson has been cleared to resume team activities.

Williamson will play in Friday's game at the Los Angeles Lakers.

The New Orleans Pelicans were forced to play without Williamson on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Clippers. 

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Tags: Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA

Rockets Waive Bruno Caboclo

Jan 14, 2021 8:25 AM

The Houston Rockets have waived Bruno Caboclo.

The Rockets needed to create a roster spot to accept the incoming package of players as part of the James Harden trade.

Caboclo was the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors. 

Caboclo has appeared in six games this season.

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Tags: Bruno Caboclo, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

NBA Postpones Saturday's Game Between Suns, Pacers

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Warriors Viewed LaMelo Ball As More Talented, James Wiseman As Better Fit

Marcus Thompson/The Athletic

Rockets Receive Interest From Multiple Teams On P.J. Tucker

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Kyrie Irving Considered 'Alpha' Of Friend Group With Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Wizards Have Third Player Test Positive For COVID-19

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NBA Releases New Memo Planning For Localized Testing On Game Days

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76ers Offered Ben Simmons, Matisse Thybulle, Picks To Rockets For James Harden

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Kyrie Irving Currently Has 'Wild' Trade Value Range Across NBA

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Ben Simmons 'Was Absolutely On The Table' To Rockets, 'Was Prepared To Be Traded'

Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Marc Spears/ESPN

Kevin Durant 'Very Much Wanted' Nets To Trade For James Harden

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

NBA Has 16 Players Test Positive For COVID-19 Since Jan. 6th

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James Harden Hired Wasserman To Facilitate Trade From Rockets

Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Hollinger & Duncan: Can the NBA Continue? Which Surprise Teams Are For Real?

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Cavaliers Waive Thon Maker, Yogi Ferrell

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Rockets Trade Caris LeVert To Pacers For Victor Oladipo

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Nets Acquire James Harden From Rockets For Four FRPs, Four Swaps

Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Zion Williamson Out Due To COVID-19 Protocols

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Rockets Pursuing Trade Of James Harden With 76ers For Ben Simmons, Tyrese Maxey

Marc Stein/New York Times

Rockets Plan To Keep James Harden Away From Team Until Trade Complete

Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Rockets Moving Closer To James Harden Trade, Evaluating Offers From Nets, 76ers

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