Basketball Wiretap

K.J. McDaniels Agrees Upon Partially Guaranteed Deal With Raptors

Aug 17, 2017 5:12 PM

K.J. McDaniels has agreed upon a partially guaranteed one-year deal with the Toronto Raptors.

McDaniels finished the 16-17 season with the Brooklyn Nets. In 20 games with the Nets, McDaniels averaged 6.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14.7 minutes.

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Daryl Morey: James Harden Is An Unbelievable Recruiter

Aug 17, 2017 11:29 AM

Daryl Morey was asked about how James Harden factored into the recruitment of Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets acquired Paul in an opt-in-and-trade deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.

"There's no coaching there. He's not naturally an extroverted guy," said Morey. "He's a worker, a quiet guy who just wants to win. His first job if he wasn't doing this wouldn't be like the lead sales guy somewhere. He'd probably be the strategic guy because he's so smart.

"With that said, one-on-one he's so good with people. Obviously the great guys are all together. Whether it be USA Basketball or weddings or whatever it is. They get together and they talk. And one-on-one I can say James is an unbelievable recruiter because he's smart. He understands the plan. He wants to execute for the team he's leading. It makes my job easy, frankly, to have him."

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Sources Deny Report LeBron James Has Decided To Leave Cleveland In 2018

Aug 16, 2017 5:14 PM

Three sources close to LeBron James denied a report from Chris Sheridan indicating he has already made up his mind about leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2018.

James can become a free agent in 2018 but he remains undecided on his future.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dunc'd On: TOR Season Outlook with Blake Murphy; SAS with Jeff McDonald

Aug 17, 2017 12:04 AM


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Blake Murphy of Raptors Republic joins for the Toronto Raptors Season Outlook.  What will the departures of PJ Tucker, DeMarre Carroll, and Patrick Patterson mean for the Raptors, and how will new acquisition CJ Miles fit in? We also hit on potential breakout and regression candidates, playing time and lineup issues, key questions for success this year, and give our predictions for the Thunder season.

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Porter, Bagley, Ayton, Doncic Comprise Top-4 Of ESPN's First 2018 Mock Draft

Aug 16, 2017 10:19 AM

Michael Porter, Marvin Bagley, DeAndre Ayton and Luka Doncic comprise the top-4 of the first mock draft from Jonathan Givony of ESPN for 2018.

Porter is a multi-talented, highly athletic combo forward.

Bagley reclassified to the incoming freshman class of 2017 and will attend Duke.

Doncic has been widely considered a potential top overall pick but scouts have concerns on whether he is athletic enough to defend his position as well as create his own shot.

1. Michael Porter
2. Marvin Bagley
3. DeAndre Ayton
4. Luka Doncic
5. Robert Williams
6. Miles Bridges
7. Mohamed Bamba
8. Collin Sexton
9. Jaren Jackson
10. Wendell Carter
11. Trevon Duval
12. Bruce Brown
13. Lonnie Walker
14. Mitchell Robinson
15. Justin Jackson
16. Dzanan Musa
17. Troy Brown
18. Hamidou Diallo
19. Mikal Bridges
20. Chimezie Metu
21. Rodions Kurucs
22. Nick Richards
23. Shake Milton
24. Grayson Allen
25. Isaac Bonga
26. De'Anthony Melton
27. Austin Wiley
28. Tyus Battle
29. Brandon McCoy
30. Andrew Jones

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Tags: Michael Porter, Jr., Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley III, DeAndre Ayton, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Warriors Sign Georges Niang To Deal With Partial Guarantee

Aug 16, 2017 10:25 AM

Georges Niang has signed a partially guaranteed deal with the Golden State Warriors.

Niang will likely play for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G-League.

Niang appeared in 23 games last season for the Indiana Pacers as a rookie. Niang also averaged 19.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 33.0 minutes per game over six games in the G-League. Niang was a second round pick in 2016 out of Iowa State.

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Tags: Georges Niang, Golden State Warriors, Santa Cruz Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

Dwyane Wade, Bulls Expected To Eventually Agree Upon Buyout

Aug 16, 2017 4:22 PM

Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls are expected to agree upon a buyout at some point in the coming months.

Wade exercised his opt-in clause in June for $23.8 million for the 17-18 season.

The Bulls are beginning a rebuild after trading away Jimmy Butler and Wade doesn't fit in with their plans.

Chicago's backcourt of the future will be Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine.

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Tags: NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Westbrook, Durant, Kawhi Given Best Odds To Win 2018 MVP

Aug 16, 2017 1:14 PM

Bovada has released their odds to win the 2017-18 NBA Most Valuable Player award with Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard ranking first, second and third. Westbrook won the award last season while Durant won in 2014.

LeBron James and James Harden round out the top-5.

1. Russell Westbrook: 7/2
2. Kevin Durant: 9/2
3. Kawhi Leonard: 13/2
4. LeBron James: 15/2
5. James Harden: 8/1
6. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 17/2
7. Stephen Curry: 11/1
8. Anthony Davis: 16/1
9. Paul George: 25/1
10. Chris Paul: 25/1
11. Isaiah Thomas: 25/1
12. DeMarcus Cousins: 33/1
13. Karl-Anthony Towns: 33/1
14. John Wall: 33/1
15. John Wall: 33/1
16. Blake Griffin: 40/1
17. Nikola Jokic: 40/1
18. DeMar DeRozan: 50/1
19. Joel Embiid: 50/1
20. Kyrie Irving: 50/1
21. Damian Lillard: 50/1
22. Draymond Green: 60/1
23. Ben Simmons: 66/1
24. Gordon Hayward: 70/1
25. Carmelo Anthony: 75/1

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Tags: NBA, NBA Award

Clippers Sign Tyrone Wallace

Aug 16, 2017 1:48 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have signed Tyrone Wallace.

Wallace played for the Utah Jazz in Summer League in each of the past two seasons.

In 38 games in the G-League last season, Wallace averaged 14.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

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Bob Weiss Hired By Nuggets As Assistant Coach

Aug 16, 2017 1:33 PM

The Denver Nuggets have hired veteran NBA coach and player Bob Weiss to join Head Coach Michael Malone’s staff as an assistant coach.

Weiss brings 34 years of coaching experience to Denver, including 31 at the NBA level. Weiss, who spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Hornets, has been a head coach on four occasions, compiling a 223-299 career record (.427) with the San Antonio Spurs (1986-88), Atlanta Hawks (1990-93), Los Angeles Clippers (1993-94) and Seattle SuperSonics (2005-06). Along with the last four seasons in Charlotte, his tenure as an assistant coach includes stops with the San Diego Clippers (1977-80), Dallas Mavericks (1980-86), Orlando Magic (1989-90) SuperSonics (1994-2005) and Atlanta Hawks (2012-13).

In 2008, Weiss became the first former NBA head coach to be a head coach in China, where he spent two seasons leading the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons (2008-10) and one season with the Shandong Lions (2010-11).

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Tags: Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Nuggets Hire Calvin Booth As Assistant General Manager
Calvin Booth most recently served as Director of Pro Personnel for the Wolves.

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RealGM Radio: Central Division With Nate Duncan, Dan Feldman
Host Danny Leroux, Nate Duncan of the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast and Dan Feldman of NBC's Pro Basketball Talk go in-depth on the NBA’s Central Division.

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Pacers Sign Damien Wilkins, Ben Moore
Ben Moore is a 6-8 rookie forward who played at SMU.

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Raptors Sign Kyle Wiltjer
Kyle Wiltjer appeared in 14 games for the Rockets last season.

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Kristaps Porzingis Emerges As Cavaliers' Primary Trade Target
The Cavaliers would need to take on the three seasons and $55 million remaining on the contract of Joakim Noah.

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Kyrie Irving, Spurs Have Mutual Interest
The Spurs have interest in Kyrie Irving while he would be willing to commit to signing with the franchise long-term.

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Cavaliers Fixated On Acquiring Young Star For Kyrie Irving
While Cleveland wants LeBron James to re-sign, they are fearful of making a Kyrie Irving trade that doesn't allow them to rebuild for the long-term.

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Marvin Bagley Commits to Duke
Marvin Bagley is the top player in the incoming class of 2018.

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NBA To Label Regular Season Schedule By Week For First Time
The NBA's 72nd regular season will tip off on Tuesday, Oct. 17th and concludes on Wednesday, April 11th.

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Russell Westbrook, Paul George Have First Workout Together
Russell Westbrook and Paul George worked out in Los Angeles along with Jerami Grant, Kyle Singler, Semaj Christon and Doug McDermott.

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Nets Sign Jacob Wiley To Two-Way Contract
Jacob Wiley appeared in 34 games for Eastern Washington, recording averages of 20.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.8 blocks.

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Norris Cole Receive $700k Offer From Maccabi Tel Aviv
Norris Cole played 13 games last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Expected To Earn $7M+ Per Year On New Shoe Deal
Giannis Antetokounmpo's current Nike deal expires in September.

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Hornets To Sign Julyan Stone To Two-Year Deal
The second year of Julyan Stone's deal will have a guaranteed trigger date.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Dunc'd On: OKC Season Outlook With Fred Katz, DET With Dan Feldman
Going in-depth on the outlook for the Thunder and Pistons this season.

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Zach Randolph Could Face NBA Ban
The NBA's CBA says a player will be dismissed and disqualified from the NBA if he is convicted of a crime involving the felony distribution of marijuana.

Ronald Tillery/Memphis Commercial Appeal

Julyan Stone Expected To Sign With Hornets
The Hornets have been looking for a third point guard at the veteran's minimum.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Wolves Attempting To Re-Sign Shabazz Muhammad
Shabazz Muhammad's market in free agency has been more tepid than some expected.

Darren Wolfson/ESPN

Lonzo Ball Picks LeBron James Over Kobe Bryant
Lonzo Ball was asked to pick between LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

Adi Joseph/USA Today

J.J. Hickson, Dominique Jones Sign With Jiangsu Tongxi
J.J. Hickson played in China last season with Fujian, averaging 24.5 points, 13.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

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