April 2017 Basketball Wiretap

NBA Playoffs: Conference Semifinals Efficiency Capsules

Apr 30, 2017 7:43 PM

The following infographics show the Net Rating, Offensive Rating and Defensive Rating for all eight teams in the Conference Semifinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz

San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets

Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors

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Will Barton Prefers 2018 Free Agency Over Extension With Nuggets

Apr 30, 2017 4:13 PM

Will Barton is uninterested in signing an extension with the Denver Nuggets this offseason and will opt for free agency in 2018.

Barton will be entering the final year of his three-year, $11 million contract in the 17-18 season.

Under the new collective bargaining agreement, players who are on three-year contracts are eligible to sign an extension after the second-year anniversary of the pact. With 8 percent increases, Barton was looking at roughly a four-year, $39 million extension.

In Barton's first two full seasons with the Nuggets, he averaged 14.4 points and 13.7 respectively and shot a career-high 37 percent from 3-point range in 2016-17.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Will Barton, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Giannis' Development Made It Easier For Bucks To Sell Thon Maker Pick

Apr 30, 2017 2:58 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks made a risky pick for Thon Maker in the 2016 NBA Draft that was perhaps made easier by how quickly Giannis Antetokounmpo developed.

"Now if you’re talking about the Giannis connection, I think Giannis’ rapid improvement had probably made that pick easier to sell because immediately everyone started trying to compare the two, even though that really wasn’t a part of our decision," said John Hammond.

Hammond talked about what led the Bucks to select Maker.

"We loved his length. We loved his ability to shoot the ball. With the game moving to where it is today, can he be a stretch big? We’re still hoping that Thon can be that player consistently as he moves forward. But more than anything with Thon was then when we had the chance to get to know him, we just fell in love with him as a person. I loved (director of scouting) Billy McKinney’s line on Thon. When Thon left us after the draft workout, Billy said, “You can be guaranteed that player is going to become the very best he can possibly become because he’s going to work that hard.” He’s never going to leave anything on the table. He’s always going to give you 100 percent and give himself 100 percent and give himself the best opportunity to become a player someday in this league."

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Tags: Thon Maker, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

Dwight Howard Frustrated With Role At End Of First Season With Hawks

Apr 30, 2017 12:21 PM

Dwight Howard expressed displeasure with how his first season with the Atlanta Hawks ended.

Howard was often on the bench during the end of the Hawks' games against the Wizards.

“It was very difficult,” Howard said Saturday. “I want to play. I want to be out on the floor. I want to make a difference. I want to make an impact, and I can’t do that on the bench.”

Howard denied suggestions that matchups reduced his time on the floor.

Howard said he and Mike Budenholzer will discuss the situation during the offseason.

“That’s something that we have to talk about,” he said. “I can’t give you details here.”

Howard was healthy this season but sometimes didn't fit with the Hawks on offense.

“It hurts,” Howard said. “I’m sure if you wrote the best stories in the world and nobody read your stories and they told you to stop writing and you saw somebody else’s story that wasn’t as good as yours, I’m pretty sure you’d be pissed, too. That’s how it is in basketball.”

Jeff Schultz/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tags: Dwight Howard, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

RealGM Radio: Kevin Pelton Previews Second Round

Apr 29, 2017 10:00 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Kevin Pelton of ESPN (@kpelton) preview the second round of the NBA playoffs.

The two break down Spurs/Rockets, Cavs/Raptors (25:17), Celtics/Wizards (43:45) and Sunday’s Game Seven between the Clippers and Jazz (57:08).

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Vince Carter Plans To Play Next Season, No Retirement In Sight

Apr 29, 2017 7:56 PM

Vince Carter plans on continuing his career next season. Carter has had remarkable longevity, evolving into one of the game's better veteran wing role players.

Carter will be a free agent this summer.

"I said to myself 'I want to play 15 years'. I don't know where I got that from. And the I got to 15 years and I kept going. I never capped it, but at the same time I've had a lot of players remind me of things I've said," said Carter about how he kept telling fellow players he would retire after two more years.

"I'm still saying 'two more years and I'm done.'

"I sit here today and I think of when I was younger, at that 25 and the season was over, I felt awful.

"I could play three more rounds of basketball right now."

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Tags: Vince Carter, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Record 88 Players Make NBA Debut During 16-17 Season

Apr 29, 2017 7:48 PM

There were 88 players who made their NBA debut this season, which is the highest total in modern league history.

During the 05-06 season, there were 85 debuts as the previous high.

With more teams utilizing the D-League, there have been a great number of opportunities given to rookies.

That number doesn't even include Ben Simmons, who missed the entire season.

Kevin Pelton/ESPN

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Dante Cunningham Declines $3.1M Player Option With Pelicans

Apr 29, 2017 12:05 PM

Dante Cunningham will decline his player option with the New Orleans Pelicans for the 17-18 season to become a free agent.

Cunningham's player option for 17-18 was worth $3.1 million.

Cunningham averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 25.0 minutes over 66 games this season with the Pelicans.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Dante Cunningham, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jimmy Butler Supports Bulls Keeping Rajon Rondo

Apr 29, 2017 12:04 PM

The Chicago Bulls have until June 30th to fully guarantee the $13.4 million contract of Rajon Rondo.

The Bulls have yet to give Rondo any indication about his guarantee.

“Of course,” Jimmy Butler said when asked about if he preferred the Bulls to guarantee Rondo for next season. “He’s been huge for us this year, molding the young guys and getting in the film room. The way he plays the game, getting everyone involved, I love playing with him and D-Wade.”

While Rondo struggled early in the season, the Bulls played better down the stretch of the regular season with him and they also won two road playoff games at Boston before he was injured.

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Dwyane Wade Will Take Time To Decide Upon 17-18 Option With Bulls

Apr 29, 2017 11:53 AM

Dwyane Wade plans on meeting face-to-face with Jimmy Butler in the coming weeks to discuss their futures with the Chicago Bulls.

Wade has a player option for the 17-18 season worth $23.8 million. Wade signed a two-year deal with the Bulls last summer.

“That’s far away,” Wade said about his option decision. “I have time.”

Wade will also meet in the coming weeks with the front office to gauge their plans for the offseason.

Chicago could conceivably trade Butler this summer, or look to retool around him and either Wade or Rajon Rondo.

"I have a great luxury where I don't have to ring-chase, but I can. Or I can be a part of passing down my knowledge. Either way," said Wade on Saturday.

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Luka Doncic Named Euroleague MVP For 2nd Straight Game
Luka Doncic has won the honor four times this season.

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Dunc'd On: All Five Game 6s
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux look at all 5 Game 6s from Thursday and Friday.

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Magic To Offer President Job To David Griffin
David Griffin could still ultimately remain with the Cavaliers.

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Paul Millsap 'Looking To Expand This, See Where Hawks Can Go'
Paul Millsap will be a free agent this offseason.

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Erik Spoelstra Has Interest In Running Heat Front Office Someday
Erik Spoelstra already has a seat in all organizational meetings with Pat Riley and Andy Elisburg.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical (via Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Magic Considering Kevin McHale For President Job
Kevin McHale served as Wolves vice president of basketball operations from 1995 to 2008.

Sam Amick/USA Today

ESPN Lays Off Marc Stein, Henry Abbott, Chad Ford
Marc Stein had been with ESPN since 2000 and was a central part of their NBA coverage as a reporter, writer and on television.

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Larry Bird Stepping Down As President Of Pacers
Larry Bird will step down as president of the Indiana Pacers with Kevin Pritchard taking over basketball operations.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Nike, Adidas, Under Armour Decline Deal With Lonzo Ball
LaVar Ball was representing Lonzo during the process and he insisted that the company license his Big Baller Brand.

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Blake Griffin Considered More Likely To Leave Clippers Than Chris Paul
Blake Griffin's personality could lend him to consider the decision privately instead of taking a series of public meetings.

Kevin Arnovitz/ESPN

Chris Paul Could Take Multiple Meetings But Clippers Expect Him To Re-Sign
Chris Paul could still take a number of meetings in a public process before ultimately re-signing with the Clippers.

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Veteran Teammate: Clippers 'Most Complicated Team' I've Ever Been On
The relationships between the Clippers have improved but remain complicated.

Kevin Arnovitz/ESPN

Gregg Popovich: Kawhi Leonard Is Best Player In NBA Right Now
Kawhi Leonard has led the NBA in PER during the playoffs.

Michael Lee/The Vertical

Jamal Murray Undergoes Core Muscle Surgery
Jamal Murray averaged 9.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists while being the only Nuggets player to appear in all 82 games.

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Clippers Remain Committed To Re-Signing Blake Griffin
Adrian Wojnarowski said "it's hard to imagine a split with (Blake) Griffin."

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Joel Ayayi Commits To Gonzaga
Joel Ayayi is considered one of the best young international point guards.

Evan Daniels/Scout.com

NBA Creates Six New Award Categories Determined By Fan Voting
Dunk of the Year, Best Style, Block of the Year, Assist of the Year, Game Winner of the Year and Top Performance of the Year will be awarded this year.

AJ Neuharth-Keusch/USA Today

Rajon Rondo Remains Doubtful For Game 6
Rajon Rondo suffered a broken thumb in Game 2 and has missed Games 3-5.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Recruiting From Harden, Ariza Helped Rockets Sign Eric Gordon
James Harden and Trevor Ariza played significant roles in convincing Eric Gordon to sign with the Rockets.

Reid Laymance/Houston Chronicle

Warriors Expect Steve Kerr To Return To Bench
Steve Kerr continues to suffer complications from two back surgeries.