October 2017 Basketball Wiretap

Thunder Decline 18-19 Option On Josh Huestis

Oct 31, 2017 9:44 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have declined their team option on Josh Huestis.

Huestis was the 29th overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Huestis has averaged 12.7 minutes per game this season for Oklahoma City.

The Thunder have luxury tax concerns moving forward.

Michael Scotto/Basketball Insiders

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Clippers Decline Option On Brice Johnson

Oct 31, 2017 8:39 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have declined their third-year option on Brice Johnson.

Johnson will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

Johnson was due $1.5 million next season if the Clippers exercised their option.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

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Cavaliers Hold 'Air-It-Out' Meeting Before Practice

Oct 31, 2017 7:18 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a 3-4 record to begin the season and held an air-it-out meeting before Tuesday's practice.

"Off the court we've got great chemistry, great bond," said Tyronn Lue. "Just, on the court we just got to be better. Like, talking, communicating, enjoying the game together. Having fun. ... Right now guys are not having fun."

"Naturally, the slow start that we've had prompted us to just all get on the same page and kind of figure out what we need to do," said Kevin Love. "I feel like we can get in better shape, that's going to help us on the defensive end. Communication, energy and just getting the new guys to (become) adjusted, well adjusted and on the floor, more time together. So time will tell how it's going to play out, but we have a lot of really good positive energy from today, so, it was a great practice."

Cleveland is trying to incorporate eight new players.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

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Magic Decline 18-19 Option On Mario Hezonja

Oct 31, 2017 6:29 PM

The Orlando Magic have declined their fourth year option on Mario Hezonja.

Hezonja, who was the fifth overall pick in 2015, was shopped by the Magic leading to Tuesday's deadline.

Hezonja joins Jahlil Okafor as another top-5 pick to have his option declined. The 2009 draft also had two players in which their teams declined their option in Hasheem Thabeet and Jonny Flynn.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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Report: 76ers Decline 18-19 Option On Jahlil Okafor

Oct 31, 2017 4:04 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers will not pick up the fourth-year option on Jahlil Okafor.

Okafor was the third overall pick in the 2015 draft but the 76ers are maintaining cap flexibility for the 2018 offseason.

The 76ers have been attempting to trade Okafor but no deal is imminent.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Okafor could pursue a buyout with the 76ers for the final season of his contract.

Kyle Neubeck/Philly Voice

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Wizards Decline 18-19 Option On Chris McCullough

Oct 31, 2017 4:02 PM

The Washington Wizards have declined their fourth-year option on Chris McCullough.

McCullough was the 29th overall pick in the 2015 draft by the Brooklyn Nets and was traded to Washington with Bojan Bogdanovic.

McCullough is now two years removed from ACL surgery and showed potential while playing in the G-League.

Michael Scotto/Basketball Insiders

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Celtics Exercise 18-19 Options On Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier

Oct 31, 2017 3:52 PM

The Boston Celtics have exercised both the third-year rookie scale option on Jaylen Brown and the fourth-year rookie scale option on Terry Rozier III. 

Selected by the Celtics with the third overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, Brown, 21, has averaged 7.3 points (44.9% FG, 33.9% 3-PT, 67.5% FT), 3.1 rebounds and 18.5 minutes in 85 career games (27 starts). Named to the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team in 2016-17, Brown is currently producing 15.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.00 steal through the first seven games (all starts) of his second NBA season.

Now in his third NBA season after being selected by Boston with the 16th pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, Rozier III, 23, has averaged 4.6 points (35.1% FG, 31.1% 3-PT, 76.5% FT), 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 120 career games over two-plus NBA seasons. In seven games in 2017-18, Rozier III has recorded 9.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 24.6 minutes.

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Iman Shumpert Out 5-7 Days With Knee Soreness

Oct 31, 2017 2:22 PM

Iman Shumpert has experienced increased right knee soreness over the past few days, including pregame of the Cavs’ Sunday night contest against the Knicks.

Imaging on Monday at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health revealed no structural damage. 

Shumpert will be out 5-7 days while he undergoes a treatment and rehabilitation process. His status will be updated next week.

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Magic Explore Trade Market For Mario Hezonja

Oct 31, 2017 11:45 AM

The Orlando Magic have explored trading away Mario Hezonja.

The Magic have to decide whether to pick up their $5.2 million option on Hezonja for the 17-18 season by the end of Tuesday.

Orlando discussed a trade of Hezonja for Malachi Richardson and a second round pick.

Michael Scotto/Basketball Insiders

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Spencer Dinwiddie's Salary Protection Increasing To $250k

Oct 31, 2017 10:30 AM

Spencer Dinwiddie's salary protection will increase to $250,000 by remaining on the Brooklyn Nets' roster past Oct. 31st.

Dinwiddie signed a three-year contract last December.

Dinwiddie's cap hit this season is $1.5 million with a non-guaranteed salary of $1.7 million in 18-19.

“He continues to play like this, we have to find more minutes for him,” Kenny Atkinson said. “There’s just no choice.”

Bobby Marks/ESPN

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Warriors Decline Option On Kevon Looney, Pick Up Damian Jones'
Kevon Looney would have been owed $2.2 million next season.

Mark Medina/San Jose Mercury News

Ben Simmons Thought He'd Be Playing Better
Ben Simmons is averaging 18.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists in 35.0 minutes per game over his first seven NBA games.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Daily News

76ers Pick Up Rookie Scale Options On Everyone But Jahlil Okafor
The 76ers are shopping Jahlil Okafor in trade talks with other teams as both sides would like to move on.

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Dunc'd On: GSW/LAC, ORL/NOP, News Catchup
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux talk GSW/LAC, NOP/ORL, and other NBA news.

Victor Oladipo, DeMarcus Cousins Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Victor Oladipo and DeMarcus Cousins have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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Hawks Transfer Josh Magette To G-League
Josh Magette is on a two-way contract with the Hawks.

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NBA Net Rating: Clippers, Blazers, Raptors, Thunder, Magic In Top-5
The Clippers continue to lead the NBA in net rating after the second week of the 17-18 season with a mark of +14.2.

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Steve Mills: Knicks' Front Office On Same Page As Jeff Hornacek

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NBA PER: Giannis, Cousins, Capela, Davis, Curry In Top-5
Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to lead the NBA in PER after Week 2 of the 17-18 regular season with a mark of 35.8.

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DeAndre Jordan Extension Talks With Clippers Stall
DeAndre Jordan would have to earn less with an extension than he could if he waited until the offseason where his starting salary could start at $35 million.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Doc Rivers: J.J. Redick Begged To Re-Sign With Clippers
J.J. Redick has a different assessment of his free agency than Doc Rivers.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Clippers, Rockets Discussed DeAndre Jordan For Clint Capela At Trade Deadline
The Rockets were discussing a package centered on Clint Capela, picks and players for DeAndre Jordan.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Dunc'd On: 15 in 60 (Western Conference 10.30.17)
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux take a look at each Western Conference team.

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Markelle Fultz Out At Least Three Weeks With Shoulder Injury
Markelle Fultz does not have any structural damage in his ailing right shoulder but is dealing with soreness and muscle imbalance.

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Carrick Felix, Markieff Morris Suspended One Game For Leaving Bench
Carrick Felix and Markieff Morris left the bench during Bradley Beal's altercation with Draymond Green.

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Richaun Holmes To Return From Fractured Wrist This Week
Richaun Holmes has been out since Oct. 6th when he suffered a fractured wrist.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Daily News

Rockets Waive Isaiah Canaan
The Rockets are keeping their 15th roster spot open.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

LeBron James: I'm Fine, Cavaliers Fine
The Cavs have a 3-3 record to start the season.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Russell Westbrook Records Triple Double Against Every Team He's Faced
Russell Westbrook scored 12 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists against the Bulls.

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Pelicans Sign Josh Smith With Injury Exception
Josh Smith most recently played for Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association.

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