October 2017 Basketball Wiretap

Jeremy Lin Out For Season With Ruptured Patella Tendon

Oct 19, 2017 10:43 AM

Jeremy Lin will be out for the entire 17-18 season with a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee.

Lin suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of the Brooklyn Nets' season opener.

Lin is in the second season of a three-year, $36 million deal.

“Jeremy worked tremendously hard during the offseason and in training camp and was excited for the prospects of the team this season," said Sean Marks. "We feel awful that the injury will cost him the season, however our entire organization will be there to support Jeremy in every way possible throughout his recovery. Jeremy remains an important part of this team and will continue to contribute in a leadership role.”

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LaMarcus Aldridge Was Open To Trade From Spurs

Oct 19, 2017 7:36 PM

While the San Antonio Spurs and LaMarcus Aldridge agreed upon a three-year extension before the start of the season, both sides were interested in a trade during the offseason.

One scenario the Spurs discussed was trying to acquire Kyrie Irving in a deal for Aldridge.

"The Spurs did talk about trading LaMarcus last year," said Adrian Wojnarowski. "He was very open to being traded. They talked about deals around the draft and they talked about deals in the the summer, when they were trying to get Kyrie Irving."

Aldridge and Gregg Popovich cleared the air before the start of the season.

"Seems right now he's feeling comfortable, he's fitting well. He's more at home now, being himself," said Danny Green. "He's playing good basketball, he's in good shape right now."

"I think he's becoming happier as we go along," Green said.

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Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wade Baldwin Agrees To Two-Way Deal With Blazers

Oct 19, 2017 6:22 PM

Wade Baldwin has agreed upon a two-way contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Baldwin was released by the Memphis Grizzlies before the start of the season despite being in his second season as a first round pick in 2016.

The Blazers have a strong track record of developing guards.

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Tags: Wade Baldwin IV, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Gordon Hayward Unlikely To Return In 17-18

Oct 19, 2017 9:37 AM

Gordon Hayward underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle and a fractured tibia in Boston on Wednesday night.

Hayward is unlikely to return during the 17-18 season, according to his agent Mark Bartelstein.

"We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form," Bartelstein said.

"I was [at the hospital] for a minute last night and also again today for an hour or so. He's down," Brad Stevens said. "Obviously, there's a physical pain to it, but I think it's also doubled by the emotional pain of, you know, he put a lot of effort into trying to start this, his career, out well in Boston.

"But this is a setback; we're expecting a full recovery. And we know there are going to be a lot of tough days ahead on that recovery but, at the same time, hopefully he'll improve day to day. But it's been tough. It's been tough for him."

Hayward signed a four-year, $128 million contract with the Celtics in the offseason.

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Tags: Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

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Draymond Green MRI On Left Knee Negative

Oct 19, 2017 3:00 PM

An MRI on Draymond Green's left knee came back negative.

Green suffered the injury in the Golden State Warriors' opening night loss to the Houston Rockets. Green was fouled on a running jumper and landed awkwardly. Green immediately began hobbling and rubbing his left knee.

Green retreated to the locker room and didn't return to the game.

Green told ESPN after the game that "I'll be good. I'm fine," as he walked gingerly out of the locker room.

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Kyrie Irving's Father Had Issues With Cavaliers During Most Of Tenure

Oct 19, 2017 10:18 AM

Drederick Irving, father of Kyrie Irving, refused to give Randy Mims five one day while leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers' locker room. Mims is an employee of the Cavaliers and a lifelong friend of LeBron James.

Irving said his father believed they shouldn’t be “fraternizing with the enemy” when he was asked about the incident by James and whether there was something wrong.

"I could care less. You can write it," Irving told The Athletic when asked about the incident this week. "It's on you, kid. It's your validity, baby. It’s just my dad. It’s not me."

Drederick was often upset with the organization throughout Irving’s six years with the Cavaliers. There were concerns about the roster surrounding Irving before James' return, as well as coaching decisions and how the Cavaliers handled his health.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Hawks Hire Michelle Leftwich As VP Of Salary Cap Administration

Oct 19, 2017 2:04 PM

The Atlanta Hawks will hire Michelle Leftwich as a vice president of salary cap administration.

Leftwich joined the NBA league office in 1996 and was vice president and assistant general counsel.

The Hawks hired Travis Schlenk as general manager in the offseason.

Leftwich will join the Hawks next month.

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Bulls 'Can't Put A Timeline' On Duration Of Rebuild

Oct 19, 2017 10:09 AM

John Paxson spoke about the state of the Chicago Bulls during a radio interview on Thursday. The Bulls are beginning a rebuild after trading away Jimmy Butler in the offseason.

"You can't put a timeline on it, because there's so many variables out there," said Paxson.

Paxson was also asked about their decision to sell the draft pick that became Jordan Bell to the Golden State Warriors. Bell already appears to be a quality rotation player with the Warriors.

Paxson referenced "building up equity" with the ownership of the Bulls for future decisions.

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Pistons Draw Just 9,528 Fans For Opener At New Arena

Oct 19, 2017 11:08 AM

The Detroit Pistons drew just 9,528 fans for their first regular season game at Little Caesars Arena.

The new downtown Detroit arena has a capacity of 21,000.

Tickets were being given away until shortly before tipoff.

The Pistons also struggled with attendance at The Palace of Auburn Hills in the suburbs. They finished 25th in attendance last season.

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Multiple Factors Led Cavaliers To Scrap Kyrie Irving Tribute Video

Oct 19, 2017 10:22 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers decided not to air a tribute video for Kyrie Irving during his return to Quicken Loans Arena on opening night. The Boston Celtics will only make one trip to Cleveland during the regular season.

Several Cavaliers' players were upset by the idea of showing a tribute to Irving during the game.

Team spokesman Tad Carper said at halftime Tuesday they weren’t going to air the tribute video because they couldn’t find a time that felt appropriate, especially following the injury to Gordon Hayward.

Dan Gilbert was also involved in the decision not to air the video.

Irving was booed by the Cleveland fans throughout the game.

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Gregg Popovich Takes Blame For Trying To Change LaMarcus Aldridge
Gregg Popovich believes he made a mistake in trying to change LaMarcus Aldridge as a player when he first signed with the Spurs.

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Dunc'd On: The Real Opening Night: PHI/WAS, MIN/SAS, NOP/MEM, DEN/UTA
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux recap 4 games from the first League Pass night of the NBA season.

Carmelo Anthony Felt 'Stabbed In The Back' By Knicks
Carmelo Anthony envisioned remaining with the Knicks even as "was being pushed out."

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Chandler Parsons Finds Booing From Memphis Crowd 'Tasteless'
Chandler Parsons is prepared to treat home games like road games if he's still booed by Grizzlies' fans.

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Nets Fear Jeremy Lin Suffered Significant Right Knee Injury
Jeremy Lin landed awkwardly on a drive to the basket.

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Gordon Hayward To Undergo Surgery With Full Recovery Expected
Gordon Hayward has been diagnosed with a dislocation and fracture of his left tibia.

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Nuggets Release Jameer Nelson
Jameer Nelson will become a free agent on Friday if he clears waivers.

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Lakers Agree Upon Two-Way Deal With Vander Blue
Vander Blue was with the Lakers during camp and released before the start of the season.

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Cavaliers Finalizing Two-Way Deal With London Perrantes
London Perrantes was with the Spurs during training camp.

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Bobby Portis Suspended Eight Games For Altercation With Nikola Mirotic
Bobby Portis will be able to practice with the team during his suspension.

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Draymond Green To Undergo MRI On Left Knee
Draymond Green suffered the injury during the Warriors' opening night loss.

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Dunc'd On: Opening Night: Hayward, BOS/CLE, HOU/GSW, Aldridge Extension, Mirotic/Portis
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux discuss the first night of the NBA season and the news around the NBA.

Chris Paul Sits Out Final Minutes With Knee Soreness
Chris Paul was rooting on his teammates and waving a towel in celebration during the final minutes of the game.

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Rodney McGruder Undergoes Successful Surgery On Tibia Stress Fracture
A timetable for Rodney McGruder's return has not been set.

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Gordon Hayward Suffers Fractured Left Ankle, Broken Tibia
The game was delayed for several minutes as Gordon Hayward was stretchered off the floor.

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Suns Exercise 18-19 Options On Devin Booker, Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss
Devin Booker has the fourth-most points ever by an NBA player before his 21st birthday.

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Nikola Mirotic Out Indefinitely After Being Punched In Face By Bobby Portis
Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis had a physical altercation during practice.

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Thunder Sign PJ Dozier To Two-Way Contract
PJ Dozier helped lead South Carolina to the Final Four.

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Gary Payton II Signs Two-Way Contract With Bucks
Gary Payton II appeared in four preseason games and averaged 7.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

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LeBron James Wants To Be 'At Top Of Food Chain' Longer Than Anyone In NBA History
LeBron James was asked he he thought he might be considered greater than Michael Jordan by most people.

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