Basketball Wiretap

John Wall, Wizards Agree Upon Four-Year, $170M Extension

Jul 21, 2017 10:01 PM

John Wall and the Washington Wizards have agreed upon a four-year, $170 million extension. 

Wall now is under contract for six years and $209 million. 

Wall will receive a player option in Year 4 of the extension. 

Wall qualified for the supermax after making an All-NBA team this season. 

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Kyrie Irving Requests Trades From Cavaliers

Jul 21, 2017 3:49 PM

Kyrie Irving has requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The request came last week and was made to Dan Gilbert. Irving no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James and would like a situation where he can become more of a focal point.

Irving can become a free agent in 2019 though he has $60 million remaining on his deal over the next three years. Irving doesn't have a no-trade clause.

"Kyrie and I had a meeting with Cavs leadership where we discussed many different scenarios in reference to Kyrie and his future with the team," agent Jeff Wechsler told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. "The basis of those discussions and what went on in those discussions are between the Cavs and us. We are respectfully going to keep those private."

James was informed of Irving's request and was blindsided and disappointed, sources said. 

Chris Haynes reports Irving expressed interest in the New York Knicks, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Sources tell Wojnarowski that Irving is attempting to take control of his own career and that it's unlikely he would be requesting a trade if there was more clarity on James' future.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Pau Gasol Agrees Upon Three-Year Deal With Spurs

Jul 21, 2017 4:15 PM

Pau Gasol has agreed upon a three-year deal to re-sign with the San Antonio Spurs.

Gasol opted out of his $16.2 million deal with the Spurs this offseason. Gasol signed a two-year, $30 million deal with the Spurs in 2016.

San Antonio was seeking additional cap flexibility this offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Pau Gasol, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Koby Altman Likely To Be Hired By Cavs As GM

Jul 21, 2017 5:05 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are likely to elevate Koby Altman to general manager permanently.

Altman has been serving in the role on an interim basis.

Altman previously worked as assistant general manager and was the highest ranking member of the front office left following the departure of David Griffin.

Dan Gilbert previously tried to hire Chauncey Billups this offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

David Morway, Justin Zanik Hired By Jazz

Jul 21, 2017 8:34 PM

The Utah Jazz have hired Justin Zanik and David Morway as the top front office executives working under Dennis Lindsay.

Morway began working for the Jazz last season. Morway has prior front office experience with the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers.

Zanik rejoins the Jazz after spending one season with the Bucks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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Cavaliers Had Kyrie Irving Trade On Table Before Draft

Jul 21, 2017 6:21 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers had a deal involving Kyrie Irving on the table before the draft that was crafted by David Griffin.

The Cavaliers didn't know at that time that Irving would like to be traded this offseason.

Cleveland was attempting to trade for Paul George or Jimmy Butler at the time. The Cavaliers, at that point, were focused on moving Kevin Love.

Multiple team officials declined comment, though a source said the team would move Irving and get a huge return.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dunc'd On: Kyrie Irving Trade Request, Potential Destinations And Trades

Jul 21, 2017 6:30 PM


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Knicks Interested In Trading Carmelo Anthony, Future First Picks To Cavs For Kyrie Irving

Jul 21, 2017 6:28 PM

The New York Knicks have strong interest in trading for Kyrie Irving.

New York is willing to include Carmelo Anthony and future first round picks but Kristaps Porzingis is considered untouchable.

Irving has listed the Knicks as one of the teams he would have interest in being traded to following his request to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Irving can become a free agent in 2019 and grew up in New Jersey.

Anthony has a no-trade clause and has recently preferred a trade to the Houston Rockets but he's previously expressed interest in the Cavaliers.

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

LeBron James Will Let Cavaliers Dictate Direction On Kyrie Irving Situation

Jul 21, 2017 5:20 PM

LeBron James won't intervene in the wake of Kyrie Irving requesting a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James and the Cavaliers were surprised by Irving's pronouncement and were unaware of his feelings.

James is focused on preparing for the upcoming season regardless of who his teammates are.

Irving cannot become a free agent until 2019 while James can be on the open market in 2018.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Otto Porter Wasn't Offended By John Wall's Lobbying For Paul George

Jul 21, 2017 11:23 AM

John Wall publicly lobbied for the Washington Wizards to trade for Paul George this offseason but they ultimate retained Otto Porter.

“It’s a difference between a role player and a superstar," said Wall at the NBA's awards show.

Porter signed a $106.5 million offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets that was matched by the Wizards while George was traded by the Indiana Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“I didn’t take no offense to what John had to say. End of the day, it’s just motivating me to get to where that level is. It’s all good,” Porter told The Vertical. “I’ve always had that in the back of mind, what type of player I want to be. I’ve always wanted to be an All-Star type player. I feel like I don’t have a ceiling. I can only get better from here on. And for me, it’s the work that I put in and the goals that I set for myself.”

Michael Lee/Washington Post

Tags: Otto Porter, John Wall, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavaliers Believe They Could Have Turned Irving, Love Into Chris Paul, Paul George
The Cavaliers believe they could have acquired both Chris Paul and Paul George had they known Kyrie Irving wanted out.

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Nets Sign Yakuba Ouattara To Two-Way Contract
Yakuba Ouattara spent the 2016-17 season playing for AS Monaco Basket of the French LNB Pro A league.

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Grizzlies Agree To Three-Year Deal With Dillon Brooks
Dillon Brooks was the 45th overall pick out of Oregon.

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Luis Montero Agrees To Two-Way Deal With Pistons
Luis Montero averaged 6.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 23.6 minutes per game in Summer League in 2017.

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Nuggets Sign Monte Morris To Two-Way Contract
Monte Morris was drafted by Denver with the 51st pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.

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Rockets Offered J.J. Redick More Money Than 76ers
Before the start of free agency, J.J. Redick was recruited by Chris Paul to join him with the Rockets.

Jonathan Tannenwald/Philadelphia Daily News

76ers' 2nd Rounder Jonah Bolden Agrees To Sign With Maccabi
Jonah Bolden averaged 12.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 27.2 minutes per game for Red Star.

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Raptors To Play DeMar DeRozan More At Point Guard
DeMar DeRozan played the role of facilitator while Kyle Lowry was out injured during the regular season.

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Dakari Johnson, Thunder Agree Upon Two-Year Deal
Dakari Johnson has played in the G-League over the past two seasons.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Mavericks Waive Nicolas Brussino
Nicolas Brussino averaged 2.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 9.7 minutes in 54 games with Dallas as a rookie in 2016-17.

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Dunc'd On: Summer League Prospect Review 2017 Part 1, News
Every relevant prospect in summer league, Atlanta thru Indiana, plus a news catch-up

Derek Willis Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Pistons
Derek Willis went undrafted out of Kentucky.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Troy Williams Agrees To Three-Year Deal with Rockets
Troy Williams played six games for the Rockets last season after signing from the G-League.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Udonis Haslem Agrees To One-Year Deal With Heat
Udonis Haslem's deal will be fully guaranteed.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Warriors Will Refund PSL Fees After 30 Years
The fee will essentially act as an interest-free, tax-free loan for three decades.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Derrick Rose, Cavs Holding Serious Talks On One-Year Deal
Derrick Rose and the Cavaliers are in serious talks on a one-year deal.

Brian Windhorst, Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Shane Larkin, Celtics Agree Upon Deal
Shane Larkin is leaving $6.3 million on the table overseas in order to return to the NBA.

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Carmelo Anthony Won't Waive No-Trade For Blazers
Carmelo Anthony has been recruited by C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Andrew Wiggins, Wolves Holding Extension Talks
The max extension for Andrew Wiggins would be worth approximately $148 million over five seasons.

Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

Matt Costello Signs Two-Way Contract With Spurs
Matt Costello averaged 8.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 23.2 minutes per game in Summer League.

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