September 2017 Basketball Wiretap

Cavs Could Start Kevin Love At Center

Sep 30, 2017 11:10 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are giving strong consideration to starting Kevin Love at center with Tristan Thompson coming off the bench.

Cleveland has been using Jae Crowder at the 4 with the starters during training camp.

"Tristan is a very dynamic roller, guy that plays a lot as a dunker," Love said. "Myself, I have to play inside-out, mix that up and really take what the defense gives you. But it gives us a different look. I mentioned different dynamics out there on the floor with different lineups, and we're so deep now that [Dwyane Wade] and a lot of guys similar in size at that 4-5 spot, we're going to see guys playing interchangeable. It's not just going to be on the defensive end in that regard."

With Kyrie Irving's trade to the Cavaliers, the team will be relying upon Love's offense more this season.

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Tags: Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

Paul George: Westbrook's Extension 'Absolutely' To Factor In 2018 Decision

Sep 30, 2017 10:35 PM

Paul George has confirmed that the decision of Russell Westbrook to sign an extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder will play "absolutely" play a factor in his own decision next summer.

"We've been on an unbelievable start right now, and for him to be committed here, it says a lot," George said. "Not only in us pairing together, but just knowing what type of dude Russ is and his values and his beliefs and him being committed to this organization says a lot. And I'm one person that's enjoying it here, so I think when that time comes, the decision will be easier to make for myself."

Westbrook signed a five-year, $205 million extension with the Thunder.

"From the commitment from the front office all the way down to Russ, the commitment here is off the charts," George said.

George has been widely linked to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I had a feeling he wanted to remain a Thunder," George said. "But again, you let guys deal with their situations, and that's what it was. He had to make his decision."

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DeAndre Jordan, Clippers Discussing Contract Extension

Sep 30, 2017 10:15 PM

DeAndre Jordan and the Los Angeles Clippers have held several discussions on a contract extension.

While the two sides have discussed an extension, no contract figures have been broached.

“We’ve had discussions, but obviously nothing has gotten done,” Jordan said. “So, we’ll see what happens.”

Jordan has a player option for the 2018-19 season that will pay him $24.1 million. Jordan could re-sign with the Clippers in the summer for as much as $207 million over five years.

Jordan doesn’t have an agent, so he has been negotiating with the Clippers on his own.

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Martell Webster Announces NBA Retirement

Sep 30, 2017 10:13 PM

Martell Webster has announced his retirement from the NBA.

The New Orleans Pelicans signed Webster to a camp deal and hadn't played in the NBA since the 14-15 season.

Webster was the sixth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.

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Kawhi Leonard Out For Preseason With Quad Tendinopathy

Sep 30, 2017 1:10 PM

Kawhi Leonard is out for the entire 2017 preseason with a right quadriceps injury.

Leonard is continuing a rehabilitation program for right quadriceps tendinopathy.

The San Antonio Spurs will provide a timeline for Leonard's return at a later date.

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Glenn Robinson III Expected To Miss Two Months With Ankle Injury

Sep 30, 2017 11:47 AM

Glenn Robinson III is expected to miss two months after suffering a severely sprained left ankle during practice on Friday.

Robinson suffered the injury in a practice scrimmage, crumbling to the floor after a drive to the basket.

Robinson averaged a career-high 6.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 20 minutes a game last season. 

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NBA Issues Memo On Standing For Anthem

Sep 30, 2017 11:45 AM

The NBA issued a memo to their 30 teams reinforcing its rule that players and coaches must stand for national anthem.

The memo was distributed by deputy commissioner Mark Tatum. It instructs teams that "the league office will determine how to deal with any possible instance in which a player, coach, or trainer does not stand for the anthem."

The memo states that individual teams "do not have the discretion to waive" the rule that players, coaches and staff stand for the anthem.

The league has the discretion to discipline players who violate the rule. It is not clear if the league would exercise it in the event of any protest.

The league also does not want teams independently disciplining players, sources say, and has encouraged open dialogue within teams.

The memo also suggests teams might prepare a video tribute or public service announcement featuring "team leadership speaking about the issues they care about."

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Dennis Schroder Charged With Misdemeanor Battery

Sep 29, 2017 3:48 PM

Dennis Schroder was charged with misdemeanor battery in an Atlanta suburb early Friday morning, court records show.

"We are aware of an incident involving Dennis Schroder earlier this morning," the Hawks said in a statement. "We are still gathering information as it pertains to the situation, and out of respect for the legal process, we will have no further comment at this time."

Schroder allegedly had a confrontation at a hookah bar.

The report says a security camera caught Schroder and several others in a heated exchange with the victim.

NBA players are subject to fines and suspensions under the personal conduct policy in their contracts.

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Russell Westbrook Agrees Upon Five-Year, $205M Extension With Thunder

Sep 29, 2017 3:42 PM

Russell Westbrook has agreed upon a five-year, $205 million contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Westbrook is now signed for six seasons at $233 million through 22-23.

Sam Presti and Westbrook's agent, Thad Foucher, finalized the deal on Friday.

Westbrook is committing his future to the Thunder despite the impending free agency of Paul George.

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Multiple NBA Players Part Ways With Andy Miller

Sep 29, 2017 12:25 AM

Multiple players have severed ties with agent Andy Miller following an FBI corruption probe.

Miller's agency employed Christian Dawkins, who was one of 10 people arrested on federal corruption charges this week. Justin Patton and Edmond Sumner have parted ways with Miller since the FBI investigation became public.

Miller represents Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Myles Turner.

Willie Reed has also filed a $13.5 million arbitration claim, alleging he was defrauded.

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NBA Projects $101M Cap For 18-19, $108M For 19-20
At one point, the cap for the 17-18 season was projected to hit $108 million.

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Nuggets Exercise Options On Lyles, Mudiay, Beasley, Hernangomez, Murray
The Nuggets have exercised their fourth-year and third-year options on five players.

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Board Of Governors Approve Legislation On Resting Players
Adam Silver will have the discretionary ability to fine teams for resting players in several instances.

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NBA Approves Draft Lottery Reform
The NBA draft lottery reform passed 28-1-1 vote.

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X-Rays Negative On LeBron James' Rolled Ankle
LeBron James sat out of practice on Thursday.

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Paul Pierce Joins ESPN As Studio Analyst
Paul Pierce has contributed analysis during each of the past two Finals.

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Carmelo Anthony Expected To Join Paul George With Cavs On Draft Night
Carmelo Anthony believed he was on the verge of being traded to the Cavaliers on draft night.

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Dunc'd On: Wade to Cavs, Updated OKC Outlook With Fred Katz, News
Nate Duncan is joined by Danny Leroux to discuss the latest new around the NBA. Then Fred Katz joins Nate to discuss the new look Thunder.

Union Reviewing Corruption Case For Any Ties To NBA Players
Michele Roberts is anticipating the fallout of the probe to impact NBA players.

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Dwyane Wade Signs One-Year, $2.3M Deal With Cavs
Dwyane Wade said he hopes to win a third title with LeBron James.

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Dion Waiters Rejected Ankle Surgery With 8-10 Month Recovery
Dion Waiters continues to push through discomfort in his ankle as training camp gets underway.

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Knicks Sought Tristan Thompson From Cavs For Carmelo Anthony
Cleveland never moved from their offer of Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye.

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JaMychal Green, Grizzlies Finalizing Two-Year, $17M Deal
JaMychal Green had until Sunday to accept the Grizzlies' qualifying offer.

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Bulls Sign Bronson Koenig To Camp Deal
Fred Hoiberg recruited Brandon Koenig when he was at Iowa State.

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Kings Pick Up 19-20 Option On Dave Joerger
The Kings hired Dave Joerger as head coach in 2016.

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Kings Extend Vlade Divac Through 19-20
Vlade Divac was hired by the Kings as general manager in 2015.

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Hawks To Reduce Arena Capacity To 15,700
The Hawks are reducing the capacity of Philips Arena by approximately 2,350 seats.

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Louisville Fires Rick Pitino
A national "pay-for-play" scheme involved Louisville, which was the latest in a string of scandals involving Rick Pitino's program.

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JaMychal Green, Grizzlies Not Close To Long-Term Deal
JaMychal Green has until Sunday to accept the $2.8 million qualifying offer from the Grizzlies.

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Chandler Parsons Feels 'Completely Different' After Offseason Training
Because Chandler Parsons didn't have to go through the same type of extensive rehab as he had in the previous two summers, he could focus on training.

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