March 2017 Basketball Wiretap

Jusuf Nurkic Out At Least Two Weeks With Fibular Fracture

Mar 31, 2017 9:16 PM

Jusuf Nurkic has been diagnosed with a nondisplaced fibular fracture in his right leg.

Nurkic will be out two weeks and then reevaluated.

In 20 games since joining Portland, Nurkic is averaging 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.25 assists in 29.2 minutes.

The Blazers are currently considered the favorites for the eighth seed in the Western Conference/

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Jerry Krause Voted Into Hall Of Fame

Mar 31, 2017 9:13 PM

Jerry Krause will posthumously be in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2017.

Krause will be elected via the contributor category.

Krause was general manager of the Chicago Bulls for all six of their titles in the 1990s.

While Krause wasn't GM of the Bulls when Michael Jordan was drafted, he picked every player during their title run.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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Jahlil Okafor Shut Down For Remainder Of Season With Knee Soreness

Mar 31, 2017 6:15 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have shut down Jahlil Okafor for the final seven games of the season.

Okafor has been experiencing right knee soreness.

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Robert Covington Out For Season With Torn Meniscus

Mar 31, 2017 6:12 PM

Robert Covington will miss the remainder of the season with a slight tear of his lateral meniscus in his right knee.

Covington will miss the final seven games of the Philadelphia 76ers' season.

Covington averaged 12.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 67 games this season.

The 76ers' own a team option on Covington's contract for the 17-18 season.

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Ivica Zubac Out For Season With Ankle Injury

Mar 31, 2017 3:42 PM

Ivica Zubac was injured in the first quarter of Thursday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Results of the X-rays were negative and the MRI confirmed a high ankle sprain in his right ankle.

Zubac will be out for the remainder of the season and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

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Nick Young Undecided On $5.7M Player Option With Lakers

Mar 31, 2017 2:18 PM

Nick Young might opt out of his $5.7 million player option for the 17-18 season after he rebuilt his value with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers considered using the stretch provision on Young last offseason, which seemed like a good idea at the time but would have been a mistake considering how well he's played.

Young is averaging 13.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting.

“I got a chance to play and show Nick Young again after going through everything I went through,” Young said. “That’s the best part of everything, being able to play. You think you won’t be in the league last year. Then you start 60 games.”

Young and his agent haven't decided what they'll do but he would prefer to stay with the Lakers.

“It’s L.A. I’m from here, family is here,” Young said. “I’ve been here for four years.”

Mark Medina/Orange County Register

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Cavaliers In 'Bad Spot', Hold Team Meeting Following Loss To Bulls

Mar 31, 2017 10:48 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers held a team meeting following their 99-93 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

The Cavs dropped to 6-10 in March, which is LeBron James' first double-digit loss total in a month since November of 2003 when he was a rookie.

"We're just in a bad spot right now. Not disappointed with the effort. We're just in a bad spot," James said after the Cavs' fifth loss in their past seven games. "We're going to try to figure it out. ... I think the effort was there. I just don't think the concentration for as close to 48 minutes is there yet. Which is unfortunate."

The Cavaliers are now a half-game behind the Boston Celtics for the top seed in the East.

"Every journey's different. When you're in it, it absolutely sucks, when you're in a rut like this," Kyrie Irving said. "We're taking steps forward. After the game we took a step forward."

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI

Mar 31, 2017 10:26 AM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early Wednesday morning in Auburn Hills.

Caldwell-Pope was clocked driving 20 miles over the 25 miles per hour speed limit at 2:50 AM.

An officer smelled alcohol and put Caldwell-Pope through sobriety tests, which indicated impairment. 

Caldwell-Pope was issued a ticket for operating while intoxicated after a Breathalyzer test at the Auburn Hills police station registered his blood-alcohol content at 0.08. 

Caldwell--Pope will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

Vince Ellis/Detroit Free-Press

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RealGM Radio: Ben Golliver On The MVP And More

Mar 31, 2017 2:48 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated (@BenGolliver) have a wide ranging discussion on the NBA at the end of March.

The two give their arguments for their current MVP picks, discuss the Warriors’ recent success, lay out some playoff series they would like to see and speculate about the upcoming offseason.

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Dunc'd On: David Locke On League Trends & Observations, Jazz, West Playoffs

Mar 31, 2017 1:34 AM

Golden State's win in San Antonio, and a dramatic Bucks win in Boston solidify their playoff positions.  

Then, we do 4 random questions on the Bucks' playoff quality, the effect of Miami's season on their future, Greg Monroe's player option, and which West playoff seed is most likely to get upset.

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

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DeMarcus Cousins Trying Not To Make First Game Against Kings Personal
DeMarcus Cousins was traded on the night of the All-Star Game.

William Guillory/Times-Picayune

T.J. Leaf Declares For NBA Draft
T.J. Leaf is expected to be a mid-first round selection.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Frank Mason Named AP Player Of The Year
Frank Mason averaged 20.9 points per game for Kansas.

Blair Kerkhoff/Kansas City Star

Pelicans Rule Out Omer Asik, Quincy Pondexter For Remainder Of Season
Omer Asik was diagnosed with a gastrointestinal infection.

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Lauri Markkanen Leaves Arizona For NBA Draft
Lauri Markkanen averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Wildcats while shooting 42.3 percent on three-pointers.

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Anthony Grant Leaves Thunder To Become Head Coach Of Dayton
Anthony Grant was an assistant coach for Billy Donovan with the Thunder for the past two seasons.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Exec: Jimmy Butler 'As Good As Gone'
Jimmy Butler has a player option in which he can become a free agent in 2019.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Kevin Durant Sees Superstars Being Singled Out On Rest Issue
While Kevin Durant empathizes with fans over NBA teams resting players, he doesn't believe Adam Silver should be seeking the involvement of team owners on the issue.

Chris Hayes/ESPN

Dunc'd On: GSW/SAS, MIL/BOS, 4 Random Questions on Bucks, Heat, West Playoff Matchups
Wrap-ups of Golden State/San Antonio and Milwaukee/Boston, plus four random questions.

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Carmelo Anthony 'At Peace' With Reduced Role
The Knicks will take a longer look at their younger players for the rest of the season.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Brent Barry Expected To Eventually Follow Kerr Route Of Front Office Then Coaching
Brent Barry has received interest from NBA teams over the past few seasons for both coaching and managerial roles.

Kevin Arnovitz/ESPN

Jerry Stackhouse Expected To Be Head Coaching Candidate
Jerry Stackhouse was an 18-year NBA player and was a de facto player development coach during the final seasons of his career.

Kevin Arnovitz/ESPN

Suns Sign Jarell Eddie To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Jarell Eddie has played in five games since joining the Suns and averaged 4.8 points in 12.5 minutes.

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Pelicans Sign Quinn Cook To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Quinn Cook has appeared in three games with the Pelicans, averaging 1.0 points and 0.7 assists in 2.7 minutes per game.

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NBA Doesn't Expect Spirit Of Awards To Change With Post-Finals Show
The NBA will host an awards show for the first time in league history, which will air live on June 26th from New York City.

Rohan Nadkarni/Sports Illustrated

Livio Jean-Charles Returns To ASVEL
Livio Jean-Charles came to the United States this season but was released by the Spurs in training camp.

Jeff Garcia/NBC San Antonio

Kevin Durant Progressing From Knee Injury, Will Be Re-Evaluated In 7-10 Days
Kevin Durant has made significant progress since injuring his knee four weeks ago.

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Pacers Agree To Sign Lance Stephenson To Three-Year, $12M Deal
Lance Stephenson left the Pacers to sign with the Hornets in the 2014 offseason.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Reggie Jackson: I Felt Like A Shell Of Myself At Times This Season
Reggie Jackson had a frustrating 16-17 season in which he could never fully get back from the platelet-rich plasma treatment he underwent for his left knee tendinosis.

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Joakim Noah Cleared By Doctor To Begin Serving Suspension
Joakim Noah will miss the first 12 games of the 17-18 season.

Ian Begley/ESPN