January 2017 Basketball Wiretap

Cavs Could Consider Deron Williams, Baron Davis

Jan 31, 2017 7:54 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have interest in Deron Williams, who is in the final season of his deal with the Dallas Mavericks and is making $9 million.

Cleveland has been searching for a backup point guard and will also look at Mario Chalmers and Kirk Hinrich.

Baron Davis also has interest in the job and played six games in the D-League last season. Davis was in Cleveland's locker room and talked to James during their loss in January at the Golden State Warriors.

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Larry Sanders Increasing Efforts To Return To NBA

Jan 31, 2017 7:41 PM

Larry Sanders has increased his efforts to return to the NBA by hiring an agent and beginning to meet with teams.

Sanders has hired agent Joel Bell and has started meeting with NBA teams, including, league sources said, a visit with the Boston Celtics last week.

Sanders has three additional visits scheduled.

Sanders, 28, has been determined the past six months to return to basketball shape and now believes he is ready.

Sanders receives $1.86 million per year until 2022 through his buyout with the Bucks via the stretch provision. Any future contract Sanders signs would be unaffected.

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Tags: Larry Sanders, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Carmelo Anthony Will Consider Family First When Dealing With Possible Trade

Jan 31, 2017 4:07 PM

Carmelo Anthony will only approve a trade from the New York Knicks if it is right for his family.

Anthony enjoys playing and living in New York and cited his family as a reason why he re-signed with the Knicks in 2014.

"That's more about what I care about, my family," he said early Tuesday. "My son being comfortable in New York at an age now where he's really getting an opportunity to understand being in New York and having a home there and having friends there.

"My wife working there and having opportunities there. … I think about that more so than my decision for my career. At the end of the day, it will come down to my decision. But I think more about my decision and what they're going to have to go through if anything would happen."

Anthony has denied providing Phil Jackson a wish list of teams he would approve a trade to.

"I haven't told anybody anything," Anthony said. "I haven't had that conversation with anybody."

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

NBA PER: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant Rank 1-2

Jan 31, 2017 1:43 PM

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are now first and second in the NBA in PER. Westbrook has led the NBA in PER for nearly the entire season.

Isaiah Thomas has moved up from eighth last week to the top-5 for the first time.

Week 14 Rankings
1. Russell Westbrook: 29.4
2. Kevin Durant: 28.0
3. Anthony Davis: 28.0
4. James Harden: 27.9
5. Isaiah Thomas: 27.7
6. Kawhi Leonard: 27.7
7. DeMarcus Cousins: 27.6
8. Chris Paul: 27.6
9. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 27.2
10. Nikola Jokic: 26.2
11. LeBron James: 25.6
12. Jimmy Butler: 25.6
13. DeMar DeRozan: 24.8
14. Enes Kanter: 24.8
15. JaVale McGee: 24.6
16. Joel Embiid: 24.4
17. Kyle Lowry: 24.0
18. Stephen Curry: 23.9
19. John Wall: 23.4
20. Karl-Anthony Towns: 23.4
21. Lou Williams: 23.1
22. Damian Lillard: 22.8
23. Mike Conley: 22.4
24. Kemba Walker: 22.2
25. Rudy Gobert: 22.0

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Stephen Jackson Occasionally Smoked Marijuana Before Games

Jan 31, 2017 12:34 PM

Stephen Jackson occasionally smoked marijuana before playing in games in the NBA.

"I just gotta be real, you know, it's been a couple games where I smoked before games and had great games," Jackson said on the podcast, which was posted Friday. "It's been some games where I smoked before the game and was on the bench after three minutes sitting on the sideline, 'Please calm down. This high has to calm down' -- I done shot three shots that went over the backboard, like, I'm going to be honest, like, 'Ahh, I gotta calm down.'"

Jackson also said on the podcast that Don Nelson, his coach while with the Golden State Warriors, knew that he smoked marijuana.

"We're in Utah, and the [league's] drug test people are around, you know, to get our last drug test so we can smoke, right? Don Nelson, we talked about weed all the time. He was cool with talking about weed. We got our last test in Utah, right? So me and [teammate] Baron [Davis] are coming out the locker room just screaming, excited with our last pink slip saying we could smoke for the rest of the season, and Don Nelson hauls ass down there giving us high-fives, like, 'Yeah, we can smoke now!'" Jackson recalled. "It was cool, the fact that he knows what's going on off the court with his players, which was great, man. We enjoyed it. That's why we were a great team."


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Cavaliers To Work Out Mario Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich, Lance Stephenson

Jan 31, 2017 11:17 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are working out a series of veterans this week.

Mario Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich and Lance Stephenson are all scheduled to work out for the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

There are a few other free agent prospects that are expected to attend the session as well.

Cleveland has one roster spot available, but could open up another slot should the team elect to waive Chris Andersen who is out for the rest of the year with a torn ACL.

Chalmers has been recovering from a torn Achilles.

Stephenson is finally healthy following rehabilitation from a groin injury that required surgery in early November. 

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Mario Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich, Lance Stephenson, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

LeBron James Blasts Charles Barkley, 'Tired Of Biting Tongue'

Jan 31, 2017 11:14 AM

LeBron James has heard enough criticism from Charles Barkley and spoke out against the Hall of Famer and longtime TNT commentator.

"He's a hater," James told said. "What makes what he says credible? Because he's on TV?"

"Inappropriate. Whiny. All of the above," Barkley said of James last week. "The Cleveland Cavaliers, they have given him everything he wanted. They have the highest payroll in NBA history. He wanted J.R. Smith last summer, they paid him. He wanted [Iman] Shumpert last summer. They brought in Kyle Korver. He's the best player in the world. Does he want all of the good players? He don't want to compete? He is an amazing player. They're the defending champs."

James initially took the high road when asked about Barkley's recent comments, saying they were "good for the ratings," while defending his competitive spirit.

After ESPN followed up with a story asking Tristan Thompson for his thoughts on Barkley's comments, James chose to speak out again in ardent fashion.

"I'm not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that," James told ESPN. "I'm not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, 'I'm not a role model.' I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying.

"All I've done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that."

James' friendships with Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony have been called into question, but he pointed out how Barkley remained friendly with Michael Jordan even during the Finals.

"Go watch the '93 Finals when John Paxson hit the shot," James said. "Barkley and Jordan were laughing and joking with each other during one of the games while somebody's shooting a free throw. In the Finals. But, oh, nobody were friends back then."

James also seemed to suggest Barkley continues to remain on TV for strictly financial reasons.

"I know he wanted to retire a long time ago, but he can't," James said. "He's stuck up on that stage every week."

James then issued a challenge, of sorts.

"And if this makes him want to talk to me, the schedule's out there," James said. "He knows every road arena I'll be in. Don't just come up to me at All-Star and shake my hand and smile."

James also talked about the perception that he's running the Cavaliers.

"I collect one paycheck from this," James said of his role with the Cavs. "There's the owner, Griff's [David Griffin] the GM, I'm the player. Screw Charles Barkley."

James put on his baseball cap and offered a parting thought as he prepared to leave the visitors locker room at the American Airlines Center to head to the airport for a flight back to Cleveland.

"I'm tired of biting my tongue," James said. "There's a new sheriff in town."

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

Dunc'd On: Trade Deadline: Southeast Division, Plus News

Jan 30, 2017 11:35 PM

News, including that LeBron James and Dan Gilbert are at odds over money, the Bulls drama, plus injury news.  Then a look at the 5 teams in the Southeast Division at the trade deadline: Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, Orlando, and Washington.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux).

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Vander Blue Named D-League Player Of The Week

Jan 30, 2017 8:43 PM

Vander Blue of the Los Angeles D-Fenders has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 29.

Blue (6-4, Marquette) led Los Angeles to a 2-0 week, averaging 32.5 points (second in the league) on 45.0 percent shooting to go with 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals. On Jan. 26, with the D-Fenders trailing 119-112 with 2:25 to play, Blue connected on back-to-back three-pointers and added two free throws to secure a 125-120 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce. He finished the game with 37 points and seven rebounds. On Jan. 29, Blue tallied 28 points, nine rebounds and three steals in a 132-104 win over the Austin Spurs.

Blue, who has scored at least 30 points seven times this season, is averaging 25.5 points (third in the league), 4.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals. This is the second Performer of the Week award for Blue this season.

Other top performers considered included Canton’s Chris Evans and Eric Moreland, Delaware’s Shawn Long, Erie’s Kalin Lucas, Iowa’s Jarell Martin, Maine’s Jalen Jones and Ryan Kelly, Northern Arizona’s Elijah Millsap, Oklahoma City’s Daniel Hamilton, Rio Grande Valley’s Darius Morris, Santa Cruz’s Phil Pressey and Scott Wood and Texas’ C.J. Williams.

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Dion Waiters, DeMarcus Cousins Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Jan 30, 2017 3:36 PM

Dion Waiters and DeMarcus Cousins have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Waiters led the Heat to a perfect 4-0 record for the week, helping to extend the NBA’s current longest winning streak to seven games, after averaging 23.3 points, 5.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 48 percent from three-point range. 

Cousins led the Kings to a 3-1 record, averaging 27.8 points (.444 FG%, .267 3PT%, .675 FT%) , 14.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks in 36.1 minutes per game.

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NBA Net Rating: Wizards Enter Top-10
The Wizards have entered the top-10 at No. 9 with a mark of +1.7.

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Pelicans Assign Cheick Diallo To D-League
This will be Cheick Diallo's fourth D-League assignment.

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Grizzlies Re-Sign Toney Douglas, Waive Troy Williams
Toney Douglas originally signed with Memphis as a free agent on Dec. 5 pursuant to the NBA’s hardship rule.

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Chasson Randle Signs Three-Year Deal With 76ers
Chasson Randle has appeared in four games for the 76ers on multiple 10-day contracts.

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Jeff Hornacek: Carmelo Anthony Has Control Of Trade Situation
Carmelo Anthony is starting to surge in recent games, blocking out the speculation despite feuding with management.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Cavaliers Sought Trade For T.J. McConnell
Cleveland wanted T.J. McConnell to fulfill a role similar to the one Matthew Dellavedova had with the Cavs the last three seasons as Kyrie Irving's backup.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Dunc'd On Pod: 15 In 60
A look at the last three weeks for the 15 teams in the Western Conference.

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Durant Encouraged Curry To Get Back To Being Himself In Series Of Chats
Kevin Durant conveyed the message to Stephen Curry that he should get back to being himself and Durant would adapt.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

NBA: We Are Global League, Proud To Attract Very Best Players From Around The World
The NBA has two active players, including Thon Maker and Luol Deng, who have Sudanese roots.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Quincy Acy Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Nets
Quincy Acy has been on two 10-day contracts with the Nets.

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Hawks Sign Lamar Patterson To 10-Day Contract
Lamar Patterson is ranked fourth in the D-League in scoring, 12th in assists and tied for 12th in steals.

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Magic Hoping To Acquire Proven Wing Scorer
Orlando would like to move one of their big men to make a deal, with Nikola Vucevic most likely to depart.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Enes Kanter Apologizes For Breaking Forearm
Enes Kanter fractured his arm when he attempted to punch the seat of a padded chair in frustration.

Royce Young/ESPN

Younger Bulls' Players Would Like Dwyane Wade To Practice More
Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler began Chicago's 100-88 loss to Miami on the bench as punishment for their comments.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Bucks Concerned For Status Of Thon Maker Due To Travel Ban
Thon Maker was born in Wau, Sudan, which became part of an independent South Sudan in 2011.


Knicks, Clippers Seek Third Team To Facilitate Carmelo Anthony Trade
New York is reluctant to absorb the three years and $42 million left on Jamal Crawford's contract after this season.

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Report: Cavaliers Lost $40M During 15-16 Season
The Forbes report follows a week in which LeBron James and Dan Gilbert are at odds over the spending on the Cavs' payroll.

Kurt Badenhausen/Forbes

Nikola Jokic Day-To-Day With Left Hip Flexor Strain
Nikola Jokic has a Left Hip Flexor Strain, according to an MRI exam.

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Bulls' Role Players Believe Butler, Wade Playing 'Buddy Ball'
In their loss to the Hawks that sparked criticism from Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade, the pair combined to score 73 points on 46 of the Bulls' 94 shooting possessions.

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Celtics Inform Knicks They Have No Interest In Trading For Carmelo Anthony
Last season, the Celtics and Knicks held exploratory talks on Carmelo Anthony.