August 2009 Basketball Wiretap

Rubio To Stay In Spain Two More Years

Aug 31, 2009 9:02 PM

A high-level source told Yahoo! Sports that Ricky Rubio will sign a six-year contract to remain in Spain.  The contract will give Rubio the ability to join the NBA after the 2010-11 season.

Timberwolves' GM David Kahn had been pushing to facilitate a deal that would allow Rubio to join the Wolves for the upcoming season.

But on Monday, Regal of Barcelona agreed to terms with Rubio after working out a buyout of Rubio's contract with DKV Jovenut.

Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA

Watson Takes Qualifying Offer From Golden State

Aug 31, 2009 6:42 PM

C.J. Watson has decided to pass on Golden State's three-year, $5.6 million extension and will sign for the qualifying offer worth just over $1 million, multiple sources confirmed to RealGM's Alex Kennedy.

Watson will play out the remainder of his contract and become a restricted free agent again next summer. Golden State could enter the season with as many as five point guards on their roster and playing time was a big factor in this decision.

The Warriors could come back with a higher proposal once they learn that Watson will sign for the qualifying offer.

Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times reported on Monday evening that Golden State had increased their offer to $5.4 million over three years.

Last season, Watson averaged 9.5 points and 2.7 assists in 77 games with the Warriors.

Alex Kennedy/RealGM

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA

Sources: Daniels To Sign With Celtics Tuesday

Aug 31, 2009 5:36 PM

The Celtics are expected to sign Marquis Daniels to a contract worth the biannual exception on Tuesday.

Sources told the Boston Herald of the agreement.

The Celtics had been trying to work a sign-and-trade with the Pacers, but nothing was reached.

Boston Herald

Tags: Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, NBA

Watson Staying In Golden State

Aug 31, 2009 4:20 PM

It appears as though guard C.J. Watson will stay with the Warriors.

Watson had been linked to the Magic in sign-and-trade rumors for a majority of the summer.

The guard told his Twitter followers that he'll be staying in Golden State.

Watson will likely sign the three-year, $4.5 million contract that the team offered him earlier this offseason.

Fan House

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA

Felton, Bobcats No Closer On Contract

Aug 31, 2009 4:16 PM

The Bobcats and Raymond Felton aren't much closer to a long-term deal with training camp less than a month away.

"It hasn't changed much for the better," agent Kevin Bradbury told the Charlotte Observer of negotiations with Charlotte. "We've had conversation and we hope we'll reach agreement...

"There hasn't been a ton of movement."

Bradbury maintains that Felton wants to remain in Charlotte for the long-term. The point guard could sign a one-year,  $5.5 million qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

However, Felton won't consider that until all long-term options are explored.

Charlotte Observer

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, NBA

Brooks Keeping Tabs On OKC's Players

Aug 31, 2009 4:10 PM

Thunder coach Scott Brooks has spent the offseason keeping tabs on his players.

Brooks put together a plan for each of his players around the time the regular season ended.

The Oklahoman reports that Brooks and his staff have spent the last four months traveling to meet with individual players for workouts and one-on-one attention.

"We've basically touched every player somewhere, either in their hometowns or they came back here or we met them in summer league," Brooks told the Oklahoman. "Our players are committed to getting better, and I think they've executed it.

"That's a big part of our summer. Summertime is the time to really develop on your individual skills in your game. And when they come together in fall camp, my job is to take all that individual improvement and wrap it all together and make a better team."


Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

Jerrells Has Chance To Be Detroit's Third PG

Aug 31, 2009 4:01 PM

Curtis Jerrells will be the third point for the Pistons when training camp opens next month.

Jerrells, who played at Baylor, signed a non-guaranteed contract with Detroit this summer. If he plays well, he'll have a chance to make the team's Opening Night roster.

However, Pistons coach John Kuester is confident in Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum. In addition, he believes that Ben Gordon, Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince can help initiate the team's offense.

Detroit has two roster spots open, but president Joe Dumars likes to leave one spot open for flexibility during the season.

Detroit Free Press

Tags: Detroit Pistons, NBA

Shavlik Randolph To Work Out For Heat

Aug 31, 2009 3:56 PM

The Heat were scheduled to workout Shavlik Randolph on Monday and Tuesday.

A league source told Blazers Edge of the plans.

Randolph is an unrestricted free agent and has spent a majority of the season working out in North Carolina.

Miami could sign Randolph for the veteran's minimum, which would play right into the team's desire to maintain cap space in the present and future.

Blazers Edge

Tags: Miami Heat, NBA

Varnado Hospitalized After Morning Workout

Aug 31, 2009 3:38 PM

Jarvis Varnado, one of the college basketball's best shotblockers, is in the hospital undergoing tests after falling ill during a morning workout.

Varnado felt nauseous and was first taken to a doctor Monday before being moved to a hospital in Tupelo for tests.

Though the illness is not considered serious, a spokesman says the school is taking "every precautionary measure."

RealGM Note: Varnado is expected to be a second round pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Tags: NCAA

Warriors Sign Mikki Moore

Aug 31, 2009 11:28 AM

The Golden State Warriors have sign free agent big man Mikki Moore.

Moore's agent, Mark Bartelstein, told's Marc Stein on Monday that his client agreed to a one-year contract with the Golden State Warriors over the weekend.

Moore's deal is for the $1.3 million, the veteran minimum.


Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA

Nets Sell Tickets Using Star Opponents
The Nets are getting creative to sell tickets.

New York Times

Yao Could Return In 09-10
The prognosis on Yao Ming's foot has improved dramatically.


Rubio Could Be Getting Closer To NBA
The odds of Ricky Rubio coming to the NBA this season improves with the more time David Kahn spends in Spain.


Source: Mavericks Also Wanted Boozer
The Mavericks were among the teams interested in trading for Carlos Boozer this offseason.

Deseret News

Gay Wants To Stay In Memphis
Rudy Gay has heard his name mentioned in a few trade rumors, but would prefer to remain with the Grizzlies.

Memphis Commercial Appeal

List Of Invitees To Hawks' Camp Growing
Othello Hunter has committed to attending Hawks' training camp next month.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bulls Aren't Chasing Carlos Arroyo
The Bulls are not looking to sign Carlos Arroyo.

Daily Herald

Kings May Not Be Done Shuffling Roster
The Kings have been quiet over the last month, but some roster shuffling could occur prior to training camp.

Sacramento Bee

Suns Management Encouraged By Early Turnout
Suns vice president of basketball operations David Griffin is happy that a number of players have reported early.

Arizona Republic

Kahn Meets With Joventut President About Rubio
Timberwolves general manager David Kahn, agent Dan Fegan and DKV Joventut president Jordi Villacampa had dinner together on Saturday night.

El Mundo Deportivo

Former NBA Player Tim James Stationed In Iraq
Tim James, a first-round draft pick of the Heat in 1999, is now stationed in Iraq.

Yahoo! Sports

Brown Pushed For Wing Additions In Cleveland
Mike Brown was reportedly behind the push to acquire Anthony Parker and Jamario Moon this offseason and he is thrilled to have the added size on the wing.

Plain Dealer

Jordan's HOF Ceremony Moved To Bigger Venue
Michael Jordan's Hall of Fame ceremony will need a bigger capacity than the typical Hall's Center Court Room.

Boston Globe

Brockman Still Hoping For Deal With Kings
The Kings have yet to sign second-round pick Jon Brockman, who was taken 38th overall out of Washington.

Sacramento Bee

Hawks Close On Jason Collins
The Atlanta Hawks are close to completing a deal to add veteran center Jason Collins.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sign-And-Trade Still Possible For Lee
There are a number of sign-and-trade possibilities still out there for David Lee.


Cavaliers Unlikely To Enter Jackson Race
Cleveland isn't a likely destination for Stephen Jackson, who has shockingly requested a trade from Golden State.

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Laimbeer, Theus To Join Wolves Staff
Kurt Rambis has added Bill Laimbeer and Reggie Theus to his coaching staff in Minnesota, according to a league source.

Star Tribune

Beaubois Impressive In 'Mavs University'
Mavericks rookie guard Roddy Beaubois has impressed many in workouts, but still has much to learn.

Dallas Morning News

Experts Pick Griffin As Rookie Of Year
A panel of experts has predicted that Clippers forward Blake Griffin will win Rookie of the Year this coming season.