February 2017 Basketball Wiretap

Kevin Durant To Undergo MRI On Hyperextended Knee

Feb 28, 2017 7:53 PM

Kevin Durant will undergo an MRI on Wednesday on his left knee.

Durant suffered a hyperextended knee when colliding with Zaza Pachulia in Tuesday's game at Washington. 

Durant recently has been dealing with an injured hand.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

Andrew Bogut Agrees To Sign With Cavaliers

Feb 28, 2017 7:49 PM

Andrew Bogut has committed to signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Bogut and the Philadelphia 76ers agreed upon a buyout following his trade.

Bogut also considered the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics.

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Tags: Andrew Bogut, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Brandon Jennings Agrees To Sign With Wizards

Feb 28, 2017 6:53 PM

Brandon Jennings has agreed to sign with the Washington Wizards for the remainder of the season.

The New York Knicks released Jennings on Monday after he requested an out in order to play for a contending team.

Jennings needs to clear waivers before he can sign with the Wizards.

The team has 15 players on the roster and will need to waive a player to make room for Jennings.

Jennings averaged 8.6 points and 4.9 assists while shooting 34 percent from 3-point range. 

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Tags: Brandon Jennings, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavs' Front Office Now Believes LeBron's Comments About Roster Was Brilliant

Feb 28, 2017 6:50 PM

The front office now believes LeBron James was brilliant in lashing out about the state of the Cleveland Cavaliers' roster.

"We top-heavy as s---," James said on Jan. 23 after the Cavaliers lost for the fifth time in seven games. "It's me, [Kyrie Irving], [Kevin Love]. It's top-heavy."

James also said that he had hoped the franchise wasn't satisfied with winning one ring.

David Griffin fired back the next day and called James' statements 'misguided.'

Cleveland is 11-4 since the incident and the assessment has galvanized the team. Griffin on the team's shift, told ESPN "it's joyful to watch." 

The Warriors have been the ultimate motivator for the Cavaliers throughout the past year.

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

Mike D'Antoni Was Encouraged His Style Works By Warriors' Title

Feb 28, 2017 4:55 PM

Mike D'Antoni was encouraged by how the Golden State Warriors used elements of his offense in winning one NBA championship in 2015 and then winning 73 games in 15-16.

“O.K., this does work,” D'Antoni told himself. “I wasn’t stupid. I wasn’t crazy. You need the right players, the right mentality. But it can be done.”

While away from the game, D'Antoni talked to Alvin Gentry regularly and also touched base with Steve Kerr a couple of times. D'Antoni took mental notes for potential jobs and also began brainstorming ways to replicate Draymond Green.

"If Mike D’Antoni and Daryl Morey had a baby, it would be James Harden, running high-efficiency pick-and-rolls at the top of the crib," writes Lee Jenkins. "They formed a holy analytical trinity."

“This,” Harden says, “is probably what I should have been doing all along.”

“We’re convinced we can do it,” D’Antoni said.

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Tags: Houston Rockets, NBA

Unnamed Head Coach: James Harden Has Become Steve Nash On Steroids

Feb 28, 2017 4:50 PM

James Harden has simplified his life this season, no longer dating Khloe Kardashian, no longer playing beside Dwight Howard and playing point guard under Mike D'Antoni.

Harden trained at Arizona State in the offseason with longtime sports performance director Rich Wenner, who had introduced him to the Stairmaster as a smooth-faced freshman at Arizona State, and he did skills work with development coach Irving Roland, whom he met at the LeBron James Skills Academy a year later. “I need to get back to what I used to do,” Harden told them.

“I think he wanted to take his fame out for a spin,” says a Rockets source, “and I think he decided he liked it better in the garage.” 

“Ninety percent of teams in this league don’t have any alignment at all between the front office, the coaching staff and the players,” says one NBA head coach. “You looked at this team last year and they were all f----- up. You look at them now and they are completely aligned. James Harden has become Steve Nash—if Steve Nash were on steroids.”

Harden also signed a four-year, $118 million extension with the Rockets in July 2016, which will move back his free agency beyond his initially scheduled 2018.

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA

Michael Porter, Wendell Carter Headline USA's 2017 Nike Hoop Summit Team

Feb 28, 2017 4:39 PM

The USA Junior National Select Team for the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit will be led by 11 players who have won at least one gold medal in international competition and three athletes who have earned two international gold medals.

Named to the USA Nike Hoop Summit Team were Wendell Carter Jr. (Pace Academy/Fairburn, Ga.), Kevin Knox II (Tampa Catholic H.S./Riverview, Fla.) and Gary Trent Jr. (Prolific Prep Academy, Calif./Burnsville, Minn.), who teamed up to capture gold medals at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship.

Also selected to the team after collecting gold medals at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship were: Troy Brown Jr. (Centennial H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.), Jaren Jackson Jr. (La Lumiere School/Carmel, Ind.) and Collin Sexton (Pebblebrook H.S./Mableton, Ga.); while Jarred Vanderbilt (Victory Prep Academy/Houston, Texas) collected gold at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Further rounding out the USA team and its gold medalists are Mohamed Bamba (Westtown School, Pa./New York, N.Y.), Quade Green (Neumann-Goretti H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.), Michael Porter Jr. (Nathan Hale H.S./Seattle, Wash.) and M.J. Walker (Jonesboro H.S./Riverdale, Ga.), who helped lead the USA to a first-place finish at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and a berth into the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship.

The 12-man roster is finalized with the selection of Trevon Duval (IMG Academy, Fla./New Castle, Del.), a three-time USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp participant.

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Tags: High School, High School Nike Hoop Summit, NCAA

Michael Beasley Out At Least Three Games With Knee Injury

Feb 28, 2017 4:36 PM

Michael Beasley suffered a left knee injury during the second quarter of last night's game at Cleveland.

Beasley underwent an MRI examination this morning that revealed a hyperextended left knee. Beasley is expected to be sidelined for at least the next three games (vs. Denver, vs. LA Clippers, vs. Toronto) and will be re-evaluated at that time.

In 50 games (five starts) this season, Beasley is averaging 9.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 17.1 minutes per contest. He leads the team in field goal percentage (career-high 54.2) and is connecting on a career-high 42.1 percent (16-38) of his 3-point field goal attempts.

Beasley, 28, was acquired from Houston in a trade that sent guard Tyler Ennis to the Rockets on Sept. 22.

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Thunder Sign Norris Cole For Remainder Of Season

Feb 28, 2017 4:14 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed Norris Cole for the remainder of the season.

Oklahoma City traded away Cameron Payne last week and needed a backup point guard.

Cole went unsigned as a free agent in the offseason after averaging 10.6 points and 3.7 assists for the New Orleans Pelicans in 15-16. Cole signed with the Chinese Basketball Association in October, but departed in December after suffering an injury. Cole received clearance from the CBA in recent days to sign with the Thunder.

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Jazz Unable To Agree Upon Extension With George Hill

Feb 28, 2017 2:13 PM

The Utah Jazz were unable to agree upon a contract extension with George Hill.

The Jazz could have given Hill the remainder of their cap space this season and an extension of up to three years with annual raises of 7.5 percent.

The best offer Utah could make to Hill is for $88.3 million to be committed to the Jazz through the 2019-20 season, which computes to a three-year, $74.7 million extension plus $13.6 million this season.

The Jazz remain interested in re-signing Hill in the offseason. Hill was advised he can get a much better deal on the open market than he could at this time with an extension.

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

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George Hill, Jazz In Talks On Extension
The best offer Utah can make George Hill is for $88.3 million to be committed to the Jazz through the 2019-20 season.

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Chris Bosh Hasn't Given Up On NBA Return
Chris Bosh continues to work out in hopes of returning to the NBA.


Brandon Jennings Receiving Interest From Wizards
The Wizards are currently playing Trey Burke as John Wall's backup at point guard.

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Knicks Interested In Jrue Holiday In Free Agency
Phil Jackson has targeted Jrue Holiday in the past via trade.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Dunc'd On: Lowry, Simmons, Embiid, Plus The Buyout Market
The Lowry, Simmons, and Embiid injuries, Deron Williams to Cleveland, and other buyout candidates.

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Lakers To Sign David Nwaba To 10-Day Contract
David Nwaba went undrafted in 2016 out of Cal Poly.

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Jose Calderon Released By Lakers, Will Sign With Warriors
The Warriors will stick to their plan to sign Jose Calderon despite internal interest in Brandon Jennings.

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Andrew Bogut Agrees To Buyout, Set To Decide Between Cavs, Rockets, Spurs, Celtics
Andrew Bogut will have conversations over the next 24 hours with those teams before making his decision.

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Gregg Popovich: Big Teams In Big Cities Important For NBA
While Gregg Popovich has had success in a small market, he acknowledged the NBA benefits from big market teams being relevant.

Mark Media/Orange County Register

Kyle Lowry To Undergo Wrist Surgery
Kyle Lowry hopes to return in time for the playoffs.

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Isaiah Taylor Signs Three-Year Deal With Rockets
Isaiah Taylor has averaged 21.1 points and 6.1 assists in 12 games for the Vipers making 49.7 percent of his shots, 41.3 percent of his 3-pointers.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Larry Sanders Feels Mentally Ready For NBA Return
Larry Sanders is attempting a basketball comeback at the age of 27 after missing the game following his retirement.

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Joakim Noah Out For Season With Knee Surgery
Joakim Noah will undergo surgery on his knee and miss the remainder of the season.

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Joel Embiid Out Indefinitely With Swelling In Knee
Joel Embiid has been out most recently with a knee issue.

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Nets Waive Luis Scola
Luis Scola appeared in 36 games for Brooklyn this season, recording averages of 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game

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Mavs Made Moves At Deadline With Draft Pick In Mind
Mark Cuban acknowledged the Mavericks made a number of moves at the deadline with the future in mind.

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Andrew Bogut Plans To Sign With Cavs If Bought Out
‎Various ailments limited Andrew Bogut to 26 games with the Mavs.

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Knicks Waive Brandon Jennings To Sign Chasson Randle
The Knicks will pay Brandon Jennings the balance of the $5 million he's owed this season.

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Dunc'd On: Larry Coon On New CBA, Lakers
The effect of the new CBA on the trade deadline, obscure provisions that could matter, and the Lakers shakeup.

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Hawks Request Waivers On Lamar Patterson
The Hawks and Lamar Patterson agreed to his release to allow Patterson to address a personal matter.

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