Basketball Wiretap

Ben Simmons, Sixers Reach Confidential Settlement Over 21-22 Wages

Aug 15, 2022 7:03 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers and Ben Simmons have reached a confidential settlement on the nearly $20 million withheld from his contract last season. Simmons signed a five-year, $170 million contract extension in 2019 with the Sixers.

Simmons cited his mental health for the reason his participation in team activities was limited.

The 76ers maintained Simmons was in breach of contract for failing to show up for the start of training camp and refusing to play in preseason and regular season games.

Beginning with Simmons' first paycheck on Nov. 15, Philadelphia began to take back the per-game salary of $360,000 for each game Simmons missed in the season. Because Simmons received a $16.5 million advance of his $33 million salary in the offseason, there wasn't enough money in each paycheck to cover the per-game deductions.

The 76ers traded Simmons to the Brooklyn Nets at last season's deadline.

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Tags: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia Sixers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kevin Durant Has No Plans To Retire

Aug 15, 2022 7:07 PM

Kevin Durant strongly refuted an assertion from a "well-connected team executive" that suggested to Marc Stein of Substack that "Durant was more apt to retire than again play for the Brooklyn Nets."

Durant is seeking a trade this offseason and no deal appears imminent.

"I know most people will believe unnamed sources over me but if it’s anyone out there that’ll listen, I don’t plan on retiring anytime soon," wrote Durant on Twitter. "[Expletive] is comical at this point."

Durant has four seasons remaining on his contract.

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

NBA Won't Play Games On Nov. 8th Due To Election Day

Aug 16, 2022 10:17 AM

The NBA today announced that no games will be played on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. The scheduling decision came out of the NBA family’s focus on promoting nonpartisan civic engagement and encouraging fans to make a plan to vote during midterm elections.

Over the next few months, teams will distribute information on their state’s voting process and voter registration deadlines and are encouraging everyone to communicate this information with families and friends to ensure they all have a plan. 

On Monday, November 7th, the league will use the platform of games played to amplify the work of each team to promote civic engagement in their respective markets and share important voting resources from our partners.

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Nuggets Hire Drew Nicholas As Director Of Scouting

Aug 16, 2022 10:52 AM

The Denver Nuggets are hiring Drew Nicholas as director of scouting and will oversee the department under Calvin Booth.

Nicholas is a former scout for the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics.

The Nuggets are also hiring Mike Penberthy as a pro scout and shooting coach.

Jared Jeffries, who previously spent time in the Nuggets’ front office, is re-joining the team as a college scout. 

Mike Singer/Denver Post

Tags: Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

No Urgency With Kevin Durant Trade Request; Nets Not Changing Trade Strategy

Aug 15, 2022 10:57 AM

While speaking on ESPN's Get Up, NBA insider Brian Windhorst said nothing has changed with Kevin Durant's trade request from the Brooklyn Nets. Windhorst also added that Durant has no leverage with his request to leave the Nets.

"Ten days ago, Kevin Durant and Joe Tsai met in London. Durant really tried to apply the pressure by asking for Steve Nash and Sean Marks to get fired. And guess what has happened? Nothing. Nothing has happened," Windhorst said. "The dynamic around Kevin Durant hasn't changed at all. There hasn't been an urgency in trade talks. There hasn't been a change in strategy by the Brooklyn Nets."

Windhorst went on to say the Nets aren't coming off asking for a big return for Durant in a trade. And that Brooklyn has no leverage with other teams, same as Durant has no leverage with the Nets.

"I think what we have here is really a study of leverage. First off, the Nets do not have leverage in trade talks with other teams. They are not giving them the offers that they want. They see no reason to increase them. So, they're not making any progress there," said Windhorst. "Kevin Durant clearly does not have leverage with the Brooklyn Nets. He is asking for things: 'Get me traded. Fire the coach. Fire the GM.' He is being told no. So, when you have denied leverage, you have a stalemate."

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Hall Of Fame Coach Pete Carril Dies At 92

Aug 15, 2022 3:54 PM

Pete Carril, the Hall of Fame coach who brought notoriety to the "Princeton Offense" during his 30-year tenure with the Tigers, died Monday morning at the age of 92.

"We kindly ask that you please respect our privacy at this time as we process our loss and handle necessary arrangements. More information will be forthcoming in the following days," the Carril family said in a statement released by Princeton.

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Sixers At Celtics Rounds Out Opening Night On October 18

Aug 16, 2022 1:20 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers will play at the Boston Celtics to open the NBA season on October 18, reported Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Lakers will be at the Warriors in the second game.

In addition, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports! reported that Rudy Gobert and the Timberwolves will face the Jazz on October 21 in Minnesota. 

The league also announced its 5-game Christmas slate over the weekend.


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Tags: Boston Celtics, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Giannis Antetokounmpo Says He's Open To Playing For Bulls Later In Career

Aug 15, 2022 12:30 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo has four seasons remaining on a five-year, $228 million extension with the Milwaukee Bucks he signed before leading the team to the 2021 championship and has generally signaled a strong commitment to the franchise.

In promoting his new ambassadorship with the telehealth company Antidote Health, Antetokounmpo was asked by Fox 32 Chicago about the potential of playing for the Bulls in the future. And while reiterating his commitment to the Bucks, Antetokounmpo said he would be open to the idea of one day playing for his rival down in Chicago.

"I think anybody you ask that question that plays basketball, if he said no, he'd be a liar," Antetokounmpo said in the interview with Fox 32 Chicago. "It's a team that won multiple championships; it's a team that one of the greatest players, if not the greatest player to ever play this game, played for. So it's a no-brainer; everybody would love to play for Chicago."

The Bucks eliminated the Bulls in the first round of the playoffs.

"Down the line, you never know. You never know how life brings it, maybe I play for Chicago," Antetokounmpo said. "But right now I'm committed to Milwaukee."

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Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Carmelo Anthony Set To Produce Four-Part Docuseries On Life And Career

Aug 16, 2022 1:49 AM

Carmelo Anthony is set to create a four-part docuseries on his life and career titled "Seven."

The documentary will also take a look at notable moments throughout Anthony's NBA career, much of which he has yet to publicly comment on thus far.

“The biggest question everyone is probably thinking is – why now? Why choose this moment to tell my story? The short of it is I’ve spent enough time letting other people speak for me. It’s time for my truth,” said Anthony. “I look forward to viewers finally having the opportunity to hear about my journey in my own words."

Anthony, who will collaborate with Westbrook Studios and Falkon Entertainment on the project, will produce the docuseries through his Creative 7 production company.

Anthony is currently a free agent for the upcoming season. 

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Antonio Daniels Signs Multi-Year Deal To Remain Color Analyst For Pelicans

Aug 16, 2022 1:27 AM

Antonio Daniels announced that he's signed a multi-year broadcast deal to remain the color analyst for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Daniels is entering his fourth season with the team's broadcast crew. 

Antonio Daniels

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Udonis Haslem Remains Undecided On Playing This Season

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Celtics Considered 'Unofficial Front-Runner' For Kevin Durant

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Zion Williamson: Experiencing Hate, Pain From People I Don't Know Started To Wear On Me

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NBA Christmas Day Games Set To Feature Eight 2022 Playoff Teams

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Nuggets To Host Suns On Christmas Day

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Mavericks Signing McKinley Wright IV, Mouhamadou Gueye To Camp Deals

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Kevin Durant Headed Towards Holdout

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Will Barton Has Embraced Trade To Wizards

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Warriors To Host Grizzlies On Christmas Day

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Warriors To Open Title Defense Against Lakers On Opening Night

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First Draft Of Next Season's Schedule Features Lakers-Mavs On Christmas Day

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Willie Cauley-Stein Signs One-Year Deal With Rockets, Will Compete For Roster Spot

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Justin Tillman Agrees To Deal With Nuggets

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Sam Merrill Signs Two-Year, Partially Guaranteed Contract With Kings

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