August 2017 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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Wizards Agree Upon One-Year Deal With Donald Sloan

Aug 17, 2017 6:00 PM

Donald Sloan has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards.

Sloan spent last season in China.

Sloan played from 2013 until 2016 with the Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets.

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Celtics Sign Andrew White On Partially Guaranteed Deal

Aug 17, 2017 7:32 PM

The Boston Celtics have signed Andrew White on a one-year, partially guaranteed deal.

White led Syracuse in scoring last season and went undrafted.

White played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in Summer League.

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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

Dan Friedkin Interested In Purchasing Rockets

Aug 17, 2017 7:53 PM

Dan Friedkin is interested in purchasing the Houston Rockets.

Friedkin's wealth primarily comes from owning Gulf States Toyota Distributors. Toyota already has the naming rights to the Rockets' arena.

“Over the years we have enjoyed a close partnership with the Rockets and Les(lie Alexander) through Toyota’s naming rights of the arena,” Friedkin told Fox 26 through a statement. “As a Rockets fan and Houstonian it would be exciting and a privilege to build on the storied legacy of NBA basketball in this city.”

Friedkin is worth approximately $8.4 billion.

Friedkin becomes the second billionaire to enter the race, after Houston native Tilman Fertitta announced his interest. 

In July, Les Alexander announced he intended to sell the Rockets.

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Kevin Durant Won't Visit White House With Donald Trump In Office

Aug 17, 2017 5:41 PM

Kevin Durant will not visit the White House if the Golden State Warriors are invited.

"Nah, I won't do that," said Durant. "I don't respect who's in office right now."

The Warriors are scheduled to play at the Washington Wizards on Feb. 28th, but the White House has yet to extend a formal invitation. 

"I don't agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that," said Durant, who said it wasn't an organizational decision. "That's just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they'll all agree with me."

Durant believes the president has played a role in the escalation of racial tension in the United States and the public rise of white supremacists.

"He's definitely driving it," Durant said. "I feel ever since he's got into office, or since he ran for the presidency, our country has been so divided, and it's not a coincidence. When [Barack] Obama was in office, things were looking up. We had so much hope in our communities where I come from because we had a black president, and that was a first.

"So to see that and to be where we are now, it just felt like we took a turn for the worse, man. It all comes from who is in the administration. It comes from the top. Leadership trickles down to the rest of us. So, you know, if we have someone in office that doesn't care about all people, then we won't go anywhere as a country. In my opinion, until we get him out of here, we won't see any progress."

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA

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.

Then at 58:00 Spurs beat reporter Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News joins to give the same treatment for the San Antonio Spurs, including whether Kawhi Leonard can get even better, if the Spurs' defense will take a step back, and why Jeff is actually lower on the Spurs in the regular season this year than Nate is.

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Nigel Hayes Agrees Upon Partially Guaranteed Deal With Knicks

Aug 17, 2017 8:08 PM

The New York Knicks have agreed upon a partially guaranteed deal with Nigel Hayes.

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.

Hayes went undrafted out of Wisconsin.

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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

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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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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.

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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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Porter, Bagley, Ayton, Doncic Comprise Top-4 Of ESPN's First 2018 Mock Draft
Michael Porter Jr. ranks No. 1 on ESPN's first mock draft for 2018.

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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.

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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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