August 2017 Basketball Wiretap

Pacers File Tampering Charges Against Lakers On Paul George

Aug 20, 2017 3:18 PM

The Indiana Pacers have filed tampering charges against the Los Angeles Lakers over Paul George. The Pacers traded George to the Oklahoma City Thunder on June 30th.

The NBA is investigating the charges but no wrongdoing has been found to date.

"At the request of the Indiana Pacers, the NBA opened an investigation into alleged tampering by the Los Angeles Lakers. The independent investigation is being conducted by the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. The Lakers have been cooperative and, at this point, no findings have been made. We have asked both teams to refrain from commenting while the investigation is ongoing.

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Tags: Paul George, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Expected To Hire Michael Winger As General Manager

Aug 20, 2017 1:54 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers are expected to hire Michael Winger as general manager.

Winger will report directly to Lawrence Frank, who was elevated to president of basketball operations.

Winger has spent the past seven season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Winger previously worked for five years under Danny Ferry.

The Clippers have restructured their front office this offseason by moving Doc Rivers to a coach-only role and also hiring Jerry West.

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Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Quinn Cook Agrees Upon Partially Guaranteed Two-Year Deal With Hawks

Aug 20, 2017 3:06 PM

Quinn Cook has agreed upon a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks.

Cook spent parts of last season with the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans.

Cook went undrafted in 2015 out of Duke.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Quinn Cook, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Sign Marshall Plumlee To Partially Guaranteed Deal

Aug 19, 2017 6:30 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have signed Marshall Plumlee to a partially guaranteed deal.

Plumlee spent last season with the New York Knicks, appearing in 21 games.

Plumlee went undrafted in 2016 out of Duke.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Marshall Plumlee, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic Sign Troy Caupain To Camp Deal

Aug 19, 2017 6:46 PM

The Orlando Magic have signed Troy Caupain to a training camp deal.

Caupain went undrafted out of Cincinnati.

Caupain played five games in Summer League with the Toronto Raptors.

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Tags: Troy Caupain, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Greece Accuses Bucks Of Keeping Giannis Antetokounmpo From Playing In Euros

Aug 19, 2017 6:58 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks are being accused by the Greek basketball federation of preventing Giannis Antetokounmpo from playing in the European championship.

About an hour after Antetokounmpo posted on Facebook and Instagram that he was unavailable because of a knee injury, the federation attacked the Bucks and the NBA in a statement, describing an "organized and well-staged plan" to keep Antetokounmpo from playing in the Eurobasket at the end of the month.

"The simultaneous report by the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo himself, by phone and social media from faraway China, and not by the appropriate official manner, of his inability to join the national men's team saddens us ... but is not surprising," the federation said in the statement.

"A series of indications ... had convinced us of the existence of an organized and well-staged plan by (Antentokounmpo's NBA) team, with the full knowledge if not encouragement of the NBA that put the athlete on the spot and forced him to announce today that he is no longer part of the men's national team."

Takis Tsagronis, the federation general secretary, told state TV ERT that a scan revealed no problems with Antetokounmpo's knee.

"This (the player's absence) is bad but not unexpected news. All indications were that it would end up like that," Tsagronis said.

"We, on our side, did everything not to give the Bucks an excuse. We took a magnetic scan of Giannis' leg and it was clean. What the Bucks claim is not the reality; something else is happening."

AP

Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

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James Harden: Chris Paul Didn't Seem Happy Heading Into Free Agency

Aug 19, 2017 7:31 PM

James Harden played a critical role in recruiting Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets this offseason.

Paul decided not to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers and agreed to an opt-in and trade to the Rockets.

“I just knew that in the summertime obviously (Paul) was a free agent, and I wanted to see where his head was,” Harden said of Paul. “He didn’t seem happy, so after that we just took it from there.

“Obviously Golden State has been in the Finals and won two out of three, so that’s what everybody is trying to build up against. But we’re right there. We’re right there. Obviously, we have a lot of work to do, but it definitely puts us in a better chance.”

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Tags: Chris Paul, James Harden, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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D'Angelo Russell 'Excited For New Opportunity To Start Over' With Nets

Aug 18, 2017 10:28 PM

D'Angelo Russell was asked whether he believes he was treated fairly by the Los Angeles Lakers.

“It’s business, man," said Russell. "That’s how I got to look at it. A lot of things happen in this league and you don’t agree with it or however you may feel about it and at the end of the day realize it’s business.”

Russell was asked for his reaction to the trade to the Brooklyn Nets. 

“I was excited. I was excited to get a new opportunity to start over, but it definitely caught me off guard. You see guys get traded you never think it would have to be you until it does. New step for me.”

WFAN (via Anthony Puccio/Nets Daily)

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Russell Westbrook Voted MVP By Fellow Players

Aug 18, 2017 10:23 PM

Russell Westbrook has been voted by his peers as Most Valuable Player for the 16-17 season.

Awards were given during the 2017 Players Voice Awards announced via Twitter on Friday.

Malcolm Brogdon won Rookie of the Year while Kawhi Leonard was named "Best Defender".

Gregg Popovich was voted the "Coach You'd Most Like To Play For," LeBron James was "Player You Secretly Wish Was On Your Team," and Vince Carter was "Most Influential Veteran."

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Award

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Knicks Sign Xavier Rathan-Mayes

Aug 18, 2017 10:13 PM

The New York Knicks have signed Xavier Rathan-Mayes.

Rathan-Mayes, 6-4, 208-pounds, played three seasons at Florida State University, averaging 12.4 points and 4.5 assists over 30.5 minutes in 100 games. As a junior (2016-17), he averaged 10.6 points on 45.3-percent shooting, 4.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds over 27.7 minutes in 35 games. He is fourth in Seminole history with 451 career assists and earned 2016-17 All-ACC Defensive team honors. The Markham, Ontario-native was a member of the Knicks’ entry in the 2017 NBA summer league in Orlando, FL to average 6.0 points and 3.5 assists over 17.8 minutes in four games.

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Jamel Artis Signs With Knicks
As a senior, Jamel Artis averaged 18.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and a team-high 3.3 assists over 34.3 minutes.

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Celtics Sign Daniel Dixon
Daniel Dixon didn't participate in Summer League.

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Michael Beasley: I've Always Been A Walking Bucket
Michael Beasley is seeking respect this season with the Knicks.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Jeff Withey Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Mavericks
Jeff Withey gives the Mavericks depth at center while they continue their restricted free agency stand-off with Nerlens Noel.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Jordan Mickey Agrees Upon Two-Year Deal With Heat
Jordan Mickey appeared sparingly in 41 games with the Celtics over the past two seasons.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Nigel Hayes Agrees Upon Partially Guaranteed Deal With Knicks
Nigel Hayes played for the Knicks in Summer League, averaging 5.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 15.4 minutes per game.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Dan Friedkin Interested In Purchasing Rockets
Dan Friedkin's wealth primarily comes from owning Gulf States Toyota Distributors.

Igor Bosilkovski/Forbes

Celtics Sign Andrew White On Partially Guaranteed Deal
Andrew White led Syracuse in scoring last season and went undrafted.

Mike Waters/Syracuse.com

Wizards Agree Upon One-Year Deal With Donald Sloan
Donald Sloan spent last season in China.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Kevin Durant Won't Visit White House With Donald Trump In Office
The Warriors are scheduled to play at the Wizards on Feb. 28th, but the White House has yet to extend a formal invitation.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

K.J. McDaniels Agrees Upon Partially Guaranteed Deal With Raptors
In 20 games with the Nets, K.J. McDaniels averaged 6.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14.7 minutes.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Daryl Morey: James Harden Is An Unbelievable Recruiter
Daryl Morey was asked about how James Harden factored into the recruitment of Chris Paul to the Rockets.

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Dunc'd On: TOR Season Outlook With Blake Murphy; SAS With Jeff McDonald
A deep dive into the prospects for the Raptors and Spurs this season.

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Sources Deny Report LeBron James Has Decided To Leave Cleveland In 2018
LeBron James can become a free agent in 2018 but he remains undecided on his future.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Dwyane Wade, Bulls Expected To Eventually Agree Upon Buyout
Dwyane Wade exercised his opt-in clause in June for $23.8 million for the 17-18 season.

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Clippers Sign Tyrone Wallace
In the G-League last season, Tyrone 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
Bob Weiss spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the Hornets.

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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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Westbrook, Durant, Kawhi Given Best Odds To Win 2018 MVP
Russell Westbrook won the award last season while Kevin Durant won in 2014.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Warriors Sign Georges Niang To Deal With Partial Guarantee
Georges Niang appeared in 23 games last season for the Pacers as a rookie.

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