October 2017 Basketball Wiretap

Eric Bledsoe Met With Suns About Potential Trade Before Season

Oct 23, 2017 12:10 PM

Eric Bledsoe met with the Phoenix Suns about a potential trade before the start of the season.

Bledsoe was the subject of trade rumors over the offseason, particularly involving Kyrie Irving.

The Suns are in a full rebuild while Bledsoe doesn't match their timeline at the age of 27. Bledsoe is signed through the 18-19 season.

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Tags: Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bucks, Knicks, Nuggets Interested In Trading For Eric Bledsoe

Oct 23, 2017 3:05 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks are amongst the teams that have expressed interest in trading for Eric Bledsoe.

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the New York Knicks also have interest.

Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reports the Denver Nuggets have held discussions with the Suns and are building a package centered on Emmanuel Mudiay.

Ryan McDonough has publicly confirmed that the Suns intend to trade Bledsoe.

"We’re getting a lot of calls and I’ll return some of those calls when I’m done with you guys," McDonough said.

"This is a turning of the page. We're just trying to change the culture and building a foundation for long-term success."

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Eric Bledsoe, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Briante Weber Signs Two-Way Deal With Rockets

Oct 23, 2017 9:54 AM

Briante Weber has agreed upon a two-way contract with the Houston Rockets.

Weber will initially report to the Rockets' G-League affiliate but will have the opportunity to be called up.

The Rockets will be without Chris Paul for another 2-3 more weeks.

Weber's deal includes a team option for the 2018-19 season.

Weber has played briefly in the NBA with the Grizzlies, Heat, Warriors and Hornets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Briante Weber, Houston Rockets, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League Teams

Stephen Curry Fined $50,000 For Throwing Mouthpiece

Oct 23, 2017 7:05 PM

Stephen Curry has been fined $50,000 for throwing his mouthpiece in the direction of a game official.

The incident, for which Curry was ejected, occurred with 43.6 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter of the Warriors’ 111-101 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, Oct. 21 at FedEx Forum.

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Eric Bledsoe Sent Home By Suns Following Meeting

Oct 23, 2017 1:21 PM

Eric Bledsoe met with the Phoenix Suns before their Monday morning shootaround and was sent home.

Bledsoe will not play on Monday against the Sacramento Kings.

Bledsoe reportedly met with the Suns before the start of the season about a potential trade.

There is an expectation around the NBA that Bledsoe will soon be traded.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Oct 23, 2017 3:09 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 1.

Antetokounmpo averaged 38.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game with a True Shooting Percentage of .709.

Harden averaged 27.7 points, 9.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.

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Tags: Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Award

NBA PER: Giannis, Vucevic, Capela In Top-3

Oct 23, 2017 10:15 AM

After Week 1 of the 17-18 NBA regular season, Giannis Antetokounmpo leads all players in PER with a rate of 42.5. Antetokounmpo is averaging 38.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game with a True Shooting Percentage of .709. Antetokounmpo had a PER of 26.1 in 16-17, which ranked 10th in the league.

PER Rankings (Week 2)
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 42.5
2. Nikola Vucevic: 35.6
3. Clint Capela: 34.4
4. Blake Griffin: 33.1
5. Hassan Whiteside: 31.4
6. Anthony Davis: 30.9
7. Stephen Curry: 30.8
8. C.J. McCollum: 30.6
9. Damian Lillard: 30.4
10. LeBron James: 28.7
11. LaMarcus Aldridge: 28.0
12. Kristaps Porzingis: 27.7
13. Myles Turner: 27.5
14. James Harden: 27.4
15. Dejounte Murray: 26.5
16. DeMarcus Cousins: 25.6
17. Tobias Harris: 25.6
18. John Wall: 25.3
19. Nerlens Noel: 25.0
20. Marc Gasol: 24.9
21. Jonas Valanciunas: 24.8
22. James Johnson: 24.8
23. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: 24.5
24. Enes Kanter: 24.3
25. Karl-Anthony Towns: 24.3

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Luol Deng Already Out Of Lakers' Rotation

Oct 23, 2017 8:02 PM

Luol Deng has been kept inactive by the Los Angeles Lakers for their past two games.

Luke Walton indicated that he will likely remain out of their rotation.

“As of now he’s not in the rotation as far as consistently penciled in without something happening,” Walton said.

Deng signed a four-year, $72 million deal with the Lakers in 2016.

“We’ve talked,” Walton said. “It’s 82 games. There’s a lot that’s going to change, but for right now we’ve asked him to stay sharp, to keep working to stay ready for when he gets called on and continue mentoring our young players.”

The Lakers are seeking multiple max salary slots for the 2018 offseason and will almost certainly need to attach an asset to trade Deng, if not multiple assets.

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

Tags: Luol Deng, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

South Bay Lakers Hire Metta World Peace As Player Development Coach

Oct 23, 2017 7:15 PM

The South Bay Lakers have hired Metta World Peace as a player development coach.

World Peace comes to South Bay as a seasoned veteran of the Lakers organization, having spent six seasons as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers (2009-13, 2015-17). World Peace was a key player on the 2010 NBA Champion Lakers and ranks ninth all-time in three pointers made (420) in franchise history. The four-time All-Defensive team selection posted career averages of 13.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in his 17-year career with the Bulls, Pacers, Kings, Rockets, Knicks and Lakers.

World Peace joins Head Coach Coby Karl and Assistant Coaches Brian Walsh, Isaiah Fox, Dane Johnson and Sean Nolen to finalize the South Bay Lakers’ coaching staff for the 2017-18 season.

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NBA Net Rating: Clippers, Raptors, Blazers In Top-3

Oct 23, 2017 10:21 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers lead the NBA in net rating after the first week of the 17-18 regular season with a mark of +27.7, followed by the Toronto Raptors at 24.1 and Portland Trail Blazers at 21.5.

NBA Net Rating (Week 1)
1. Clippers: 27.7
2. Raptors: 24.1
3. Blazers: 21.5
4. Grizzlies: 11.4
5. Spurs: 9.5
6. Magic: 7.4
7. Rockets: 7.4
8. Jazz: 5.6
9. Pistons: 4.8
10. Nuggets: 3.8
11. Wizards: 3.4
12. Thunder: 3.4
13. Hornets: 2.9
14. Nets: 2.5
15. Cavaliers: 0.3
16. Celtics: -0.3
17. Warriors: -1.0
18. Wolves: -1.0
19. Heat: -1.5
20. Bucks: -2.8
21. Pacers: -4.2
22. Pelicans: -4.2
23. Kings: -6.2
24. Lakers: -6.4
25. Hawks: -7.8
26. Mavericks: -9.5
27. Knicks: -12.9
28. Bulls: -13.3
29. 76ers: -15.7
30. Suns: -28.7

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Dunc'd On: 30 In 60--Something Good About Every Team
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux discuss the positives from all 30 teams in the NBA.

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Pelicans Sign Jameer Nelson, Waive Jordan Crawford
Jameer Nelson averaged 9.2 points, 5.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 27.3 minutes over 75 games for Denver last season.

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Milos Teodosic Out Indefinitely With Plantar Fascia Injury
Milos Teodosic entered the season as the Clippers' starting point guard.

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Jonas Valanciunas Out Indefinitely With Sprained Left Ankle
Jonas Valanciunas landed on the foot of Dario Saric in the second quarter of Saturday night's game.

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Raptors Waive K.J. McDaniels
K.J. McDaniels was inactive for the first two games of the regular season.

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Kyrie Irving Fined $25,000 For Foul Language To Fan
Kyrie Irving directed foul language towards a fan in Philadelphia.

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Eric Bledsoe: I Don't Wanna Be Here
Eric Bledsoe is signed through the 18-19 season.

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Suns Fire Earl Watson
The Suns have fired Earl Watson after just three games to start the 17-18 season.

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Milos Teodosic To Undergo MRI On Injured Foot
X-rays were negative for a break on the foot of Milos Teodosic.

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Joel Embiid: The Process Will Never Reach 100 Percent
Joel Embiid believes the process will continue even if the 76ers someday win the title.

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Stephen Curry Denies Throwing Mouthpiece At Referee
Stephen Curry was ejected late in the Warriors' 111-101 loss at the Grizzlies.

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Bobby Portis Publicly Apologizes To Nikola Mirotic
Bobby Portis said he is not concerned about any legal action Mirotic might take.

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DeMarcus Cousins Fined $25,000 For Foul Language Towards Fan
The technical foul DeMarcus Cousins was assessed has been rescinded.

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Kristaps Porzingis Needs To See Changes With Knicks Before Committing Long-Term
If Kristaps Porzingis declines an extension offer in 2018, he would become a restricted free agent in 2019 and potentially an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Jameer Nelson Agrees To Sign With Pelicans
Jameer Nelson gives the Pelicans more depth at point guard.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Bucks Sign Joel Bolomboy To Two-Way Deal
Joel Bolomboy played 12 games with the Utah Jazz last season.

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Kawhi Leonard Spotted Walking Gingerly Up Stairs To Airplane
Kawhi Leonard underwent a rehab session just before the scheduled flight time.

Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Chris Paul Had Issues With Culture Of Clippers
Chris Paul talked about the end of his tenure with the Clippers in a series with ESPN.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

DeAndre' Bembry Suffers Right Wrist Fracture
DeAndre' Bembry has suffered a right wrist fracture.

Michael Cunningham/Atlanta Journal Constitution

Kings Hire Jenny Boucek As Assistant Player Development Coach
Jenny Boucek has worked as a coach in the WNBA since 1999.

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