August 2017 Basketball Wiretap

Cavaliers Agree To Trade Kyrie Irving To Celtics

Aug 22, 2017 7:22 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics have agreed upon a trade of Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas.

Boston will send Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets' 2018 first round pick for Irving.

Irving will waive his trade kicker to facilitate the trade to the Celtics.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Isaiah Thomas, Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Andrew Wiggins Terminates Relationship With BDA Sports

Aug 22, 2017 8:24 PM

Andrew Wiggins has filed papers with the NBPA to terminate his relationship with BDA Sports.

Bill Duffy said he had recently been made aware of rival agencies and potential start-up enterprises who were recruiting Wiggins with inducements that included no commission fees on contracts.

Duffy had negotiated Wiggins' five-year, $148 million contract extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The NBPA has guidelines that compensate previous agents for deals negotiated under their watch.

"We are disappointed that Andrew made this decision, especially after a three-year partnership where we worked closely with Andrew and his entire family," Duffy told ESPN. "Unfortunately, tampering is a common problem in our industry, and that's part of the reason why I've already been in contact with the NBPA to discuss my rights in this matter. Obviously, whenever Andrew signs the max extension that we negotiated with Minnesota, we will work with the NBPA to make sure that our interests are protected."

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavaliers Save $29.1M In Luxury Tax Payments With Kyrie Irving Trade

Aug 22, 2017 8:34 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will save approximately $29.1 million in luxury tax payments with their trade of Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics.

Cleveland's tax is down from $78.4 million to $49.3 million.

The Cavaliers were able to shed payroll with their deal of Irving for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic.

Bobby Marks/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Dunc'd On: Kyrie Irving Traded to Boston

Aug 22, 2017 8:48 PM

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Dennis Smith Jr. Voted By Peers As Favorite To Win Rookie Of The Year

Aug 22, 2017 11:08 AM

Dennis Smith Jr. was voted by his rookie peers as the most likely winner of the 17-18 NBA Rookie of the Year award.

Smith received 25.7 percent of the vote, ahead of Lonzo Ball at 20 percent and Markelle Fultz at 17.1 percent.

Kris Dunn was the player voted most likely to win the award last season at 29 percent.

Ball and Jayson Tatum were voted the rookies that will have the best career.

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Tags: Dennis Smith, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Award

Dwyane Wade Likely To Sign With Cavs If Bought Out

Aug 22, 2017 5:46 PM

Dwyane Wade is expected to eventually agree upon a buyout with the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls are in rebuild mode and could save some money if Wade is willing to give back a portion of his $23.8 million salary.

Wade opted into his contract in June.

Joe Vardon reports the Cleveland Cavaliers are likely to eventually sign Wade.

"As of right now, people close to James are fairly confident that, at some point this year, Dwyane Wade is going to end up on the Cavs," said Vardon on the "Wine and Gold Talk" podcast with Chris Fedor.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer (via CBS Sports)

Tags: Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Ben Simmons Cleared For Full Basketball Activity

Aug 22, 2017 7:05 PM

Ben Simmons has been cleared to resume full basketball activity for some time.

Simmons played in a pickup game on Monday in Australia.

Simmons sat out his entire rookie season due to his broken foot and subsequent surgery.

The 76ers begin training camp on Sept. 26th.

Tom Moore/Philadelphia Daily News

Tags: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

Jerry West Didn't Want To Leave Warriors

Aug 22, 2017 12:31 PM

Jerry West left the Golden State Warriors to join the front office of the Los Angeles Clippers this offseason. West described his departure from the Warriors as difficult in an interview with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic.

"Frankly it was very sad, OK? It really was," said West. "A place where I thought that if I was going to work another year or if somebody wanted me to work another year, I thought I could contribute; I did not want to leave. I did not want to leave. I was very happy there.

"But those things happen sometimes. Obviously to be around a bunch of players that were as together as any I’ve seen and I think more importantly the talent that was on that team and to see the joy. There’s a lot of joy there. I think those are the kind of environments where people really prosper.

"And getting to know Steve (Kerr) a lot better than I did before… I think the one thing about him, he’s a remarkable person. He’s continuing to grow as a coach. But he seems to have a great way with these people, working with Bob (Myers), who I’ve known forever… I don’t even call it work. Being around Bob. And more importantly seeing Travis (Schlenk, now the Atlanta general manager) get a job. I’m thrilled for him. Very deserving. And also the people in the scouting department up there and the fun I had up there.

"You don’t always in your life have a chance to work in environments like that. And the ownership group, to have that many diverse people who were so successful. To see the decisions that were made up there to make this possible… it was kind of a storybook six years to be honest with you.

"Everyone talks about, ‘well, this team is loading up to beat the Warriors,' right? Well, everyone’s playing for second place right now.

"There’s one thing you can’t ever guard against is (injuries), losing your players that are unique. But there’s a joy to that place that I’ve never been around before. When you get older, certainly that plays a big part when you’re no longer there."

West was then asked by Kawakami why he left the Warriors if he wanted to remain with the franchise.

"It was time for me to leave. I’m in Los Angeles again. For me, I’ll have a chance to go in the office a little bit and watch some of the people that have been hired, to watch our coaches coach. I’ve often said I’ve done some crazy things in my life because of the timing and maybe the timing was right."

Tim Kawakami/The Athletic

Tags: Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Pacers Sign Alex Poythress To Two-Way Contract

Aug 22, 2017 5:38 PM

The Indiana Pacers have signed Alex Poythress to a two-way contract.

Poythress spent the majority of the 16-17 season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, averaging 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds.

Poythress also played six games for the Philadelphia 76ers to close out the season.

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Tags: Alex Poythress, Indiana Pacers, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

Kendall Marshall, Reggie Williams Headline USA's AmeriCup Roster

Aug 22, 2017 12:56 PM

The United States have announced their 12-man roster for the 2017 AmeriCup. The USA team features six players with NBA experience, 11 with NBA G League experience and seven with playing experience overseas.

Jeff Van Gundy is coaching the team for the tournament.

Billy Baron (UCAM Murcia (Spain)
Alec Brown (Windy City Bulls)
Larry Drew II (Sioux Falls Skyforce)
Reggie Hearn (Reno Bighorns)
Darrun Hilliard (Detroit Pistons)
Jonathan Holmes (Canton Charge)
Kendall Marshall (Reno Bighorns)
Xavier Munford (Greensboro Swarm)
Marshall Plumlee (Los Angeles Clippers)
Jameel Warney (Texas Legends)
C.J. Williams (Texas Legends)
Reggie Williams (Oklahoma City Blue)

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Raptors Sign K.J. McDaniels
K.J. McDaniels split last season between Houston and Brooklyn, averaging 4.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 10.3 minutes in 49 games.

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Cavs To Receive Nets' 2018 FRP From Celtics In Proposed Trade
The Celtics are prepared to trade away Brooklyn's first round pick in 2018.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Cavs, Celtics Discussing Kyrie Irving For Isaiah Thomas Trade
Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers in July.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Nerlens Noel Hires Rich Paul As Agent
Klutch Sports has worked with a number of clients on lengthy restricted free agency periods.

Michael Scotto/Basketball Insiders

Magic Sign Adreian Payne To Two-Way Contract
Adreian Payne appeared in 18 games last season with Minnesota, averaging 3.5 ppg. and 1.8 rpg. in 7.5 minpg.

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Dunc'd On: POR Outlook With Erik Gundersen; ATL Outlook With Brad Rowland
Nate Duncan looks at the prospects for the Blazers and Hawks this season.

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Steve Kerr Expects To Coach 'For Many Years To Come'
Steve Kerr missed several weeks of the 2017 playoffs due to complications from his 2015 back surgery.

Scott Ostler/San Francisco Chronicle

Nerlens Noel Fires Agent To Hire Dan Fegan
With Nerlens Noel a restricted free agent, the Dallas Mavericks are unwilling to sign him to a max contract.

Newy Scruggs/NBC 5

O.J. Mayo Hopes To Return To Bucks
O.J. Mayo wants to return to the Bucks when he's reinstated into the NBA after his two-year suspension.

Scooby Axson/Sports Illustrated

Clippers Hire Trent Redden As Assistant GM
Trent Redden previously worked with Michael Winger with the Cavaliers.

Kevin Arnovitz/ESPN

Adetunji Adedipe Named Assistant GM Of Lakeland Magic
Adetunji Adedipe is in his third season with the Magic organization.

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Pacers File Tampering Charges Against Lakers On Paul George
The NBA is investigating the charges but no wrongdoing has been found to date.

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Quinn Cook Agrees Upon Partially Guaranteed Two-Year Deal With Hawks
Quinn Cook spent parts of last season with the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Clippers Expected To Hire Michael Winger As General Manager
Michael Winger will report directly to Lawrence Frank.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

James Harden: Chris Paul Didn't Seem Happy Heading Into Free Agency
James Harden believes the Rockets can close the gap on the Warriors with Chris Paul.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Greece Accuses Bucks Of Keeping Giannis Antetokounmpo From Playing In Euros
Takis Tsagronis, the federation general secretary, told state TV ERT that a scan revealed no problems with Giannis Antetokounmpo's knee.


Magic Sign Troy Caupain To Camp Deal
Troy Caupain played five games in Summer League with the Raptors.

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Clippers Sign Marshall Plumlee To Partially Guaranteed Deal
Marshall Plumlee spent last season with the Knicks, appearing in 21 games.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

D'Angelo Russell 'Excited For New Opportunity To Start Over' With Nets
D'Angelo Russell realizes the way he was treated by the Lakers was part of the business.

WFAN (via Anthony Puccio/Nets Daily)

Russell Westbrook Voted MVP By Fellow Players
Awards were given during the 2017 Players Voice Awards announced via Twitter on Friday.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN