August 2017 Basketball Wiretap

Bucks Use Stretch Provision To Waive Spencer Hawes

Aug 31, 2017 11:52 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks will waive Spencer Hawes using the stretch provision.

Hawes is owed $6 million for the 17-18 season.

By waiving Hawes and using the stretch provision, the Bucks will get under the salary cap.

The Bucks acquired Hawes during the 16-17 season as part of a salary dump involving Marshall Plumlee.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Spencer Hawes, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Shabazz Muhammad Receiving Interest From Lakers, Wolves, Pelicans

Aug 31, 2017 9:46 PM

Shabazz Muhammad is considering signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Muhammad was previously represented by Lakers' general manager Rob Pelinka.

Muhammad has since been represented by Rich Paul.

The Lakers still have their $4.3 million room exception available.

The Minnesota Timberwolves haven't ruled out re-signing Muhammad, while the New Orleans Pelicans are also interested.

Eric Pincus/Basketball Insiders

Tags: Shabazz Muhammad, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Zach Randolph's Charges Reduced To Misdeamenors

Aug 31, 2017 9:44 PM

Zach Randolph has been charged to two misdemeanors following an August 9th marijuana arrest.

Randolph was initially arrested for felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell, a charge based on the large quantity of weed cops say he had at the time. 

Prosecutors have reduced the charges to misdemeanor possession of more than one ounce of marijuana and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

Randolph is unlikely to face any jail time.

TMZ

Tags: Zach Randolph, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Suspension

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Blazers Guarantee $1.4M Salary Of Pat Connaughton

Aug 31, 2017 8:01 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers will keep Pat Connaughton on their roster for the 17-18 season.

The Blazers had until Thursday afternoon to waive Connaughton before his $1.4 million salary for 17-18 became guaranteed.

Connaughton was a second round pick in 2015.

The Blazers now have 14 guaranteed contracts on the roster with less than a month to go until training camp and are likely done dealing before the start of the regular season.

Mike Richman/Oregonian

Tags: Pat Connaughton, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Frank Jackson To Undergo Surgery On Broken Right Foot

Aug 31, 2017 7:21 PM

Frank Jackson will undergo surgery on his broken right foot.

Jackson also underwent a procedure on the same foot in May.

Jackson was the 31st overall pick by the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2017 NBA Draft after one season at Duke.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Frank Jackson, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Injury

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Dan Gilbert Promises To Never Move Cavaliers From Cleveland

Aug 31, 2017 6:00 PM

Dan Gilbert has vowed to never move the Cleveland Cavaliers out of Northeast Ohio.

Gilbert responded to rumors that spread following his cancellation of renovations to Quicken Loans Arena.

"CLE, Let's put any silly rumors to rest: I will never move the Cleveland Cavaliers out of Cleveland. Period. And that's unconditional," wrote Gilbert on Twitter.

As part of the $140 million renovation project, the Cavs would have extended their leased at Quicken Loans Arena from 2027 to 2034.

Gilbert bought the team in 2005.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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Bulls Acquire Quincy Pondexter, 2nd Round Pick From Pelicans

Aug 31, 2017 5:44 PM

The Chicago Bulls are finalizing a deal to acquire Quincy Pondexter and a second round pick from the New Orleans Pelicans.

Pondexter has been injured during the past two seasons.

The Pelicans are creating a roster spot and dropping below the hard cap in unloading Pondexter.

With Solomon Hill likely out for the season, the Pelicans need to find healthy wings. The Pelicans have interest in signing Dante Cunningham.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Quincy Pondexter, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Fined $500,000 For Violating Anti-Tampering Rule

Aug 31, 2017 12:57 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have been fined $500,000 by the NBA for violating the league's anti-tampering rule on Paul George.

The conduct at issue involved communications by Rob Pelinka with the agent representing Paul George that constituted a prohibited expression of interest in the player while he was under contract.  The penalty reflected a previous warning issued by the NBA to the Lakers regarding tampering, following comments made by Lakers President of Basketball Operations Earvin Johnson about Paul George during an April 20 national television appearance.  

The investigation did not reveal evidence of an agreement or understanding that the Lakers would sign or acquire Mr. George.

The NBA’s anti-tampering rule prohibits teams from interfering with other teams’ contractual relationships with NBA players, including by publicly expressing interest in a player who is currently under contract with another team or informing the agent of another team’s player of interest by one’s own team in that player.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Fines

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Pelicans Working Out Josh Smith, Chase Budinger, Martell Webster

Aug 31, 2017 12:47 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans are bringing in Josh Smith, Chase Budinger and Martell Webster for workouts.

The Pelicans are thin on the wing with Solomon Hill out six to eight months.

New Orleans may start Jrue Holiday at shooting guard to mitigate their lack of depth on the wing.

"They have a workout there, with, I'm told, Josh Smith, Chase Budinger, Martell Webster," said Bobby Marks on Adrian Wojnarowski's podcast.

Bobby Marks/ESPN (via CBS Sports)

Tags: Solomon Hill, Chase Budinger, Martell Webster, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Amile Jefferson Agrees To Partially Guaranteed Deal With Wolves

Aug 31, 2017 12:40 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed upon a one-year, partially guaranteed deal with Amile Jefferson.

Jefferson went undrafted out of Duke in 2017.

Jefferson averaged 2.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in 11.0 minutes per game for the Wolves in Summer League.

Michael Scotto/Basketball Insiders

Tags: Amile Jefferson, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavaliers Operating Under Assumption LeBron James Will Leave In 2018
Even though many sources around the NBA expect LeBron James to leave the Cavaliers, that decision is far from certain.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Report: Dan Gilbert Was In Charge Of Cavs' Negotiations On Kyrie Irving Trade
The Cavaliers hired Koby Altman as general manager but Dan Gilbert reportedly ran their negotiations on trading Kyrie Irving.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Dunc'd On: Western Conference Over/Unders 2017, News
Nate and Danny discuss the recent news and notes of the NBA and talk West Over/Unders.

Cavaliers, Celtics Reach Final Agreement On Kyrie Irving Trade
Kyrie Irving will be traded to the Celtics.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Cameron Payne Out Three Months With Foot Surgery
Cameron Payne also underwent surgery last year on his right foot.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Blazers Use Stretch Provision To Waive Andrew Nicholson
Andrew Nicholson was acquired by the Blazers as part of the Allen Crabbe trade.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Boston Had Concerns About Jimmy Butler, Gordon Hayward Meshing
The Celtics considered trading for Jimmy Butler before the start of free agency.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

GM: Kyrie Irving Would Have To Become Top-10 Player To Equal Boston's Trade Cost
Kyrie Irving's trade return was the most impressive of the 2017 offseason.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Isaiah Thomas Could Miss Most Of 17-18 If Recovery Doesn't Proceed Smoothly
Isaiah Thomas has a bone bruise in addition to his right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Isaiah Thomas Vows To Return From Hip Injury As 'The Same Player'
Isaiah Thomas doesn't believe his hip injury will have a long-term impact upon his career.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Cavaliers Ready To Complete Trade With Celtics For Late FRP
The Cavaliers and Celtics began discussions on an amended trade on Tuesday.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Pistons Agree Upon Deal With Dwight Buycks
Dwight Buckys spent the past two seasons in China with Fujian.

Michael Scotto/Basketball Insiders

Air Canada Centre To Be Renamed Scotiabank Arena
Air Canada Centre has been the name of the Raptors' arena for the past 18 years.

RealGM Staff Report

Pelicans, Wolves Attempting To Sign Dante Cunningham
Dante Cunningham joined the Pelicans in 2014.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Kevin Durant: Nobody Wants To Play In Under Armours
Kevin Durant was asked if he's spoken to Stephen Curry about Under Armour shoes.

Bill Simmons/The Ringer (via Reuters)

Neil Olshey Agrees To Extension With Blazers Through 2021
Neil Olshey was entering the final guaranteed year of his contract extension signed in 2015.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Celtics, Cavs Haven't Been In Contact On Amended Trade
Boston feels like they were transparent with Koby Altman when a trade agreement was reached about the timeline of when Isaiah Thomas can return.

Mark Murphy/Boston Herald

Jared Sullinger Discussing Deal With Nets
The Nets have an open roster spot.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Lamar Odom: 2011 Trade From Lakers 'Basically Ended My Career, Purpose'
Lamar Odom is still haunted by the 2011 offseason when the Lakers traded him to the Mavs.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Cavaliers Cancel $140M Renovation Of Quicken Loans Arena
Community groups opposed spending tax money on the upgrades.

Karen Farkas/Cleveland Plain Dealer