Basketball Wiretap

LaMarcus Aldridge Agrees Upon Three-Year, $72.3M Extension With Spurs

Oct 16, 2017 4:26 PM

The San Antonio Spurs and LaMarcus Aldridge have agreed upon a three-year, $72.3 million contract extension.

Aldridge's deal contains a partial guarantee in the final year of the deal.

Aldridge could have become a free agent in 2018.

Gregg Popovich and Aldridge cleared the air during camp after he was involved in trade rumors in the offseason.

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Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bucks Claim DeAndre Liggins Off Waivers

Oct 16, 2017 5:52 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have claimed DeAndre Liggins off waivers.

Liggins was waived by the Miami Heat. Since the end of last season, Liggins has been on the rosters of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Heat and now the Bucks.

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Dante Exum To Undergo Surgery On Left Shoulder

Oct 16, 2017 8:05 PM

Dante Exum has elected to undergo surgery to stabilize the AC joint of his left shoulder. The surgery is scheduled to take place Tuesday, October 24 in Los Angeles.

Exum suffered a separated left shoulder on October 6.

Exum appeared in 66 games (26 starts) last season for Utah, averaging a career-high 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 18.6 minutes per contest.

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Tags: Dante Exum, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Injury

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Marcus Smart, Celtics Were Close On Extension

Oct 16, 2017 6:01 PM

The Boston Celtics and Marcus Smart were unable to agree upon a contract extension before Monday's deadline.

The two sides were reportedly close to a deal but Smart will instead become a restricted free agent in 2018.

Boston's concerns over the luxury tax contributed to their inability to agree upon a deal.

"It will cost them a lot more next year," Happy Walters said told Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald.

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Tags: Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bulls Claims Kay Felder Off Waivers

Oct 16, 2017 5:57 PM

The Chicago Bulls have claimed Kay Felder off waivers.

Felder was traded last week by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Atlanta Hawks and subsequently waived.

Felder was a second round pick by the Cavaliers in 2016.

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Hawks Agree Upon Two-Year Deal With Isaiah Taylor

Oct 16, 2017 5:59 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have agreed upon a two-year deal with Isaiah Taylor.

Taylor went undrafted in 2016 out of Texas.

Taylor was waived by the Houston Rockets on Friday.

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Tags: Isaiah Taylor, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nuggets Interested In Signing Richard Jefferson

Oct 16, 2017 9:12 AM

The Denver Nuggets have expressed interest in signing Richard Jefferson.

Jefferson has also received interest from the Milwaukee Bucks, who have been the most aggressive team.

Jefferson will become a free agent Monday afternoon as he was released by the Atlanta Hawks over the weekend.

Josh Kroenke enjoys a strong friendship with Jefferson.

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Tags: Richard Jefferson, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Grizzlies To Trade Or Waive Wade Baldwin

Oct 16, 2017 11:34 AM

The Memphis Grizzlies will trade or waive Wade Baldwin before the regular season roster cutdown deadline.

Baldwin was the 17th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

The Grizzlies will keep Mario Chalmers and Andrew Harrison on their regular season roster.

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Tags: Wade Baldwin IV, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Stephen Curry: I'm The Best Version Of Myself To Date

Oct 16, 2017 3:16 PM

While Stephen Curry has won two MVPs, he believes he may be entering his absolute prime.

“I hope it is,” Curry told The Athletic. “You go through this NBA journey and every year you learn something else about yourself, about your team, about being an NBA player. Using all that experience to my advantage, the work you put in off the court in the summertime to get yourself ready. I don't know exactly where the peak is, but I do think I'm the best version of myself to date.”

Curry was asked whether he would like to compete for an MVP again this season.

“That's such a tough question,” Curry said. “Because obviously, everybody wants to be in that conversation, wants to get votes and be recognized for having the best year individually. But when I won my first two, that wasn't what I was playing for. I don't have that perspective — oh, I need to go play for an MVP. Really, when Tuesday happens, my mentality is to help my team win games, be aggressive, play my best basketball and usually that means good things will happen individually and as a team. If I have to trade off a couple MVP votes for a championship, so be it. But hopefully I can be in the conversation for both.”

 

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Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Award

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Celtics Likely To Start Jayson Tatum On Opening Night

Oct 16, 2017 9:03 AM

The Boston Celtics will likely start Jayson Tatum on opening night as Marcus Morris continues to battle knee soreness.

Brad Stevens said Sunday that Morris will "be out here for the coming week-plus" and the team will re-evaluate him later this month to see when he might be ready for game action. 

Boston closed the preseason with a starting lineup of Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Tatum and Al Horford.

Tatum was the third overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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Raptors Exercise 18-19 Options On Jakob Poeltl, Pascal Siakam, Delon Wright
The Raptors have guaranteed the contracts of three Rookie Scale Contract players.

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2017 Rookie Scale Extensions Summary
Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Gary Harris and T.J. Warren signed Rookie Scale Contract Extensions as members of the 2014 draft class.

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Richard Jefferson Agrees Upon One-Year, $2.3M Deal With Nuggets
The Nuggets feel Richard Jefferson will give them depth at small forward and also be a strong veteran presence.

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Gian Clavell Signs Two-Way Contract With Mavericks
Gian Clavell averaged 8.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 18.7 minutes per game for the Mavericks in Summer League.

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LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs In Serious Talks On Extension
LaMarcus Aldridge can sign an extension with three additional seasons.

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RealGM Radio: Season Preview With Seerat Sohi
Danny Leroux and Seerat Sohi preview the major storylines of the upcoming NBA season.

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Dunc'd On: BOS Season Outlook w/ Jared Weiss; PHI w/ Derek Bodner
Nate Duncan is joined by Jared Weiss to preview the season for the Boston Celtics. Then Derek Bodner joins the pod to preview the season for the 76ers.

Pistons Exercise 18-19 Options On Stanley Johnson, Henry Ellenson
Stanley Johnson and Henry Ellenson are now under contract for 18-19.

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Wolves Exercise 18-19 Options On Karl-Anthony Towns, Tyus Jones
Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones were members of the 2015 draft class.

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Markelle Fultz To Begin Season As Reserve
Markelle Fultz was limited in preseason due to soreness in his right knee and right shoulder.

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Herd Acquire Returning Player Rights To Xavier Munford
Xavier Munford was a member of the 2017 USA AmeriCup Team.

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Bulls Likely To Re-Sign Zach LaVine In 2018
The Bulls are unlikely to extend Zach LaVine before Monday's deadline.

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Spurs Exercise 18-19 Option On Dejounte Murray
DeJounte Murray averaged 5.7 points, 2.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 15.3 minutes during the playoffs.

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Pacers Waive Jarrod Uthoff
Jarrod Uthoff went undrafted in 2016 out of Iowa and played nine games last season with the Mavericks.

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Pistons Waive Beno Udrih
Beno Udrih did not appear in any games with the Pistons this preseason.

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Heat Convert Contract Of Matt Williams Jr. To Two-Way
Matt Williams Jr. appeared in all six preseason games with Miami and averaged 2.2 points in 6.4 minutes of action.

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Jamel Artis Signs Two-Way Deal With Magic
Jamel Artis played for the Knicks in Summer League and the preseason.

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Clippers Sign C.J. Williams To Two-Way Deal
C.J. Williams averaged 5.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 18.9 minutes per game for the Clippers in the preseason.

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Bucks Waive Gerald Green
Gerald Green appeared in four preseason games for the Bucks and averaged 4.0 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.0 steal per contest.

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Richard Jefferson, Bucks Have Mutual Interest
Richard Jefferson will clear waivers on Monday.

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