February 2012 Basketball Wiretap

Toros Add Wanamaker, Julian Wright; Ronald Allen Waived

Feb 29, 2012 11:12 PM

The Austin Toros have added guard Brad Wanamaker and forward Julian Wright.  

Ronald Allen was waived as a result. 

Wanamaker (6-4, 210, Pittsburgh) played with several teams in Italy after participating in the 2011 Atlanta Hawks Mini-Camp and playing in two pre-season games. He played four seasons at Pittsburgh, competing in 34 games his senior season averaging 11.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 5.1 assists.

Wright (6-8, 225, Kansas) played two years collegiately before being selected 13th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets. Wright played with the Hornets three seasons before being traded to the Toronto Raptors for the 2010-11 season. 

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Tags: Brad Wanamaker, Julian Wright, Ronald Allen, Austin Spurs, D-League, D-League Teams

Magic, Warriors In Trade Talks Centered On Ellis

Feb 29, 2012 9:01 PM

The Magic and Warriors are in trade talks involving Monta Ellis, sources confirmed to RealGM.

No trade is imminent, but talks are ongoing say sources.

The willingness of the Warriors to deal Ellis has increased over the past few weeks. While Ellis does not have as much trade value as teammate Stephen Curry, he does represent the franchise’s best opportunity to change the status quo.

Orlando has been active in their pursuit of a scoring guard to pair with Dwight Howard in an effort to retain him.

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Tags: Monta Ellis, Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wolves Re-Assign Malcolm Lee To D-League

Feb 29, 2012 8:50 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have re-assigned Malcolm Lee to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Timberwolves’ NBA Development League affiliate.

It is the second assignment for Lee this season.

Lee was first assigned to the Skyforce on Feb. 6, appearing in three games and averaging 9.7 points, 6.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 25.3 minutes.

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Tags: Malcolm Lee, Minnesota Timberwolves, Sioux Falls Skyforce, NBA, D-League, D-League Transaction, D-League Teams

Dendy, Mitchell Take Top 2012 Sun Belt Honors

Feb 29, 2012 7:10 PM

LaRon Dendy of Middle Tennessee State has been named the 2012 Sun Belt Player of the Year.

Joining Dendy on the All-Sun Belt First Team are Tony Mitchell of North Texas, Augustine Rubit of South Alabama, Chris Udofia of Denver and D'Andre Williams of Arkansas-Little Rock.

On the All-Sun Belt Second Team are Marcos Knight of Middle Tennessee State, Josh Brown of Louisiana-Lafayette, Denver's Brian Stafford, Will Neighbour of Arkansas-Little Rock and DeJuan Wright of Florida International.

On the All-Sun Belt Third Team are Florida International's Jeremy Allen and Phillip Taylor, Western Kentucky's Derrick Gordon, Malcoln Kirkland of Arkansas State and J.T. Sulton of Middle Tennessee State.

Udofia was the Defensive Player of the Year award and Mitchell won Freshman of the Year honors.

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Tags: LaRon Dendy, Tony Mitchell, Augustine Rubit, Chris Udofia, D'Andre Williams, Josh Brown, Marcos Knight, Will Neighbour, Brian Stafford, DeJuan Wright, Jeremy Allen, Derrick Gordon, Malcoln Kirkland, J.T. Sulton, Phillip Taylor, Arkansas State Red Wolves, Little Rock Trojans, Denver Pioneers, Florida Atlantic Owls, Florida International Golden Panthers, Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders, North Texas Mean Green, South Alabama Jaguars, Troy Trojans, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, Sun Belt Conference, NCAA, NCAA Award

Nets Uninterested In Lopez For Ellis Swap

Feb 29, 2012 6:55 PM

The Nets are uninterested in trading Brook Lopez in a deal involving Monta Ellis, according to a source.

A report out of the Bay Area on Wednesday suggested the Warriors would want more from the Nets than just Lopez in exchange for Ellis.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Tags: Brook Lopez, Monta Ellis, Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Clippers Wouldn't Trade Griffin For Howard

Feb 29, 2012 6:52 PM

While Dwight Howard would be interested in playing with Chris Paul on the Clippers, the two teams have not engaged in trade talks recently.

A deal for Howard centered around Blake Griffin would surely be something the Magic covet. But sources say the Clippers won't even deal Griffin for Howard.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Lakers Would Seek Inclusion Of Deng In Gasol Deal

Feb 29, 2012 6:48 PM

The Bulls question their ability to beat the Heat in a seven-game series without making a move, according to a source.

Chicago has expressed interest in Pau Gasol and would quickly deal Carlos Boozer to the Lakers in a deal.

But the Lakers would likely want Luol Deng included, which would be a non-starter for Chicago.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Luol Deng, Pau Gasol, Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Report: Howard Prefers To Sign With Nets Outright In Summer

Feb 29, 2012 6:36 PM

The reportedly preference for Dwight Howard is to sign with the Nets in the offseason as a free agent, which would allow the franchise to retain the assets they do have.

Howard is enthused about teaming up with Deron Williams and he could likely receive a more lucrative adidas extension in Brooklyn.

The Magic haven't given up on keeping Howard and are interested in a trade for either Steve Nash or Monta Ellis, but both possibilities are remote.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics, Warriors Discussed Rondo For Curry Trade In December

Feb 29, 2012 6:33 PM

The Warriors and Celtics had trade talks involving Rajon Rondo for Stephen Curry in December, but it was Golden State that decided not to do the deal.

Boston has looked for several trades involving Rondo since the end of the lockout and continue to shop him aggressively, according to sources.

Chris Broussard/ESPN (via Twitter)

Tags: Stephen Curry, Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Blazers Interested In Trade For Nash

Feb 29, 2012 6:27 PM

The Blazers continue to be interested in making a trade for Steve Nash, according to sources.

But most sources don't expect a trade involving Nash.

"Because of his age and because he can leave in the summer, offers for Nash haven't been as star-laden as you'd think," said one source.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Lakers Decline Beasley Trade With Eye On Luxury Tax
Minnesota sought the better first round pick owned by the Lakers in 2012 in exchange for Michael Beasley.

Chris Broussard/ESPN (via Twitter)

Nowitzki Expected To Take Summer Off From German Team
Dirk Nowitzki is not expected to be a member of the German national team this summer.


Mitch McGary Not Considering Early Entry Into NBA, Plans To Enroll At Michigan
19-year-old post-graduate senior Mitch McGary has drawn attention from NBA scouts.


Nerlens Noel Crosses Off Florida, Providence From List
Nerlens Noel has dropped Florida and Providence from his list of schools.

Louisville Courier-Journal

Darius Miller Delivering In Clutch For Kentucky
Darius Miller is shooting 75 percent from the floor during the final ten minutes of games in which Kentucky is leading by five points or fewer or trailing.

Louisville Courier Journal

David Blatt Agrees To Terms Of Multi-Year Extension With Maccabi
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv coach David Blatt has signed a contract extension for an additional two seasons as well as option for a third year.


Zeller Studying Leadership, Applying Lessons Learned With Tar Heels
Tyler Zeller has taken two classes devoted entirely to the concept of leadership as part of his coursework toward completing his business administration degree at North Carolina.

Charlotte Observer

Sullinger Admits To Being Affected By Officiating
Jared Sullinger has produced a pair of single-singles in his last two games.

Cleveland Plain Dealer

D'Antoni Seeks 10-Man Rotation, May Change From Game To Game
The Knicks suddenly have an issue with too much depth.

Kevin Armstrong/New York Daily News

Tyson Chandler May Sit To Heal Wrist
Tyson Chandler is still battling with pain in his injured right wrist, which was sustained on Feb. 19th against the Mavericks.

New York Daily News

Blazers Surprised By Report Of Roy Considering Comeback
Brandon Roy isn't eligible to return to the Blazers until his current contract expires in 2015.

Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Fredette Experiencing 'Gigantic Adjustment'
Jimmer Fredette is shooting 37.5% from the field.

Deseret News

King, Cuban Downplay Possibility Of Williams Signing With Mavericks
While Avery Johnson considers the Mavericks "a threat" to sign Deron Williams, Billy King disagreed.

Colin Stephenson/Star-Ledger

Collins Wants Holiday To Become Offensive Catalyst
During their recent losing streak, the Sixers have struggled offensively.

Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Daily News

Warriors Would Want More For Ellis Than Lopez
According to sources with the Warriors, there is little to the trade rumors involving Monta Ellis going to the Nets for Brook Lopez.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Jeremiah Massey Named Eurocup Last 16, Week 6 MVP
Jeremiah Massey had 23 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three blocks.

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Lakers Recall Devin Ebanks From D-Fenders
Devin Ebanks averaged 18.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 32.0 minutes in three games with the D-Fenders.

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Matt Dellavedova Headlines 2012 West Coast Conference Awards
On the All-Conference First Team were two players from Saint Mary's, Loyola Marymount and BYU, while Gonzaga had three representatives and USF had one.

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De'Mon Brooks Takes Top 2012 Southern Conference Award
Despite playing just 22.0 minutes per game in conference play, De'Mon Brooks was named the Southern Conference Player of the Year.

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Isaiah Canaan Headlines 2012 Ohio Valley Awards
Isaiah Canaan was joined on the All-OVC First Team by teammate Donte Poole, Tennessee Tech's Kevin Murphy and Jud Dillard, and Tennessee State's Robert Covington.

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