September 2017 Basketball Wiretap

Andrew Wiggins, Wolves Nearing Five-Year, $148M Max Contract

Sep 21, 2017 12:30 PM

Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves are expected to soon finalize a five-year, $148 million max contract.

Wiggins was the first overall pick in the 2014 draft out of Kansas by the Cleveland CAvaliers and was subsequently traded to the Wolves in the Kevin Love trade. Wiggins averaged 23.6 points, four rebounds and 2.3 assists in 82 games last season. 

Wiggins and the Wolves have seemingly been on the verge of an extension for several weeks.

Bill Duffy, Wiggins' previous agent, negotiated the contract before they parted ways.

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Bulls Willing To Work With Dwyane Wade On Buyout

Sep 21, 2017 11:00 AM

The Chicago Bulls are willing to work with Dwyane Wade on a buyout agreement.

"First of all, we haven't heard directly from Dwyane," said John Paxson. "We've talked to his representatives. Gar's been on the phone with his guy several times in the last weeks, so some dialogue is going on. We haven't heard directly from Dwyane. But we understand where he is at this time of his career. We're more than willing to work with him.

"But as I said when we had the press conference to introduce the new players after the draft, we have to always do what's in our best interest. So there has to be something that is mutually agreed upon. It can't be something the player wins because that's what he wants. We have to do what's in our best interest.

"Like I said, Gar's having dialogue. We want to work with Dwyane because we respect him very much. If he doesn't want to be here, then we want to do it. But again, the bottom line is always, and it has to be, that we have to do what's in our best interest."

Mully And Hanley (via Cody Westerlund/670 The Score)

Tags: Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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NBA Pursuing Lottery Reform Due To Fan Feedback On Tanking

Sep 21, 2017 11:59 AM

According to president of league operations Byron Spruell, "many fans continue to say that tanking is making them less interested in the league" and that is why they're pursuing lottery reform.

There will likely be a vote on lottery reform on Sept. 28 at the NBA's Board of Governors meeting.

The league needs 24 out of 30 teams to approve the new rules, which would begin in 2019.

"We are proposing that teams can no longer target finishing positions at the bottom, with a marginal difference in each seed from there on," Spruell told ESPN. "We need to continue to focus on competitive play and owe it to our fans and business partners to do that. It's the right time to take action."

Adam Silver believes draft lottery reform and new rules on resting players is critical for the perception of the NBA.

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Jarrod Uthoff Agrees To Deal With Pacers

Sep 21, 2017 9:50 PM

Jarrod Uthoff has agreed upon a one-year, partially guaranteed deal with the Indiana Pacers.

Uthoff shot 46 percent from beyond the arc in the G-league last year before being called up by the Dallas Mavericks.

Uthoff passed on EuroLeague offers as well as offers from three other NBA teams.

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Wolves Sign Aaron Brooks

Sep 21, 2017 9:44 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed Aaron Brooks. 

Brooks, 32, appeared in 65 games last season with Indiana averaging 5.0 points and 1.9 assists in 13.8 minutes. The 6-0 point guard shot 37.5% from long distance in 2016-17, making 48 of his 128 attempts from beyond the arc.

Brooks has played in 613 career NBA contests over nine seasons with Houston, Phoenix, Sacramento, Denver, Chicago and Indiana. The Seattle, Washington native owns career averages of 10.1 points on 41.3% shooting and 3.1 assists in 21.6 minutes per game. Brooks has appeared in 38 playoff games, including 13 starts, averaging 8.7 points and 1.8 assists in 18.4 minutes per game. Originally drafted by the Houston Rockets with the 26th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Brooks played under Tom Thibodeau in Chicago during the 2014-15 season averaging 11.6 points and 3.2 assists over 82 contests, 21 starts.

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Bucks Sign Kendall Marshall To Camp Deal

Sep 21, 2017 11:49 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent guard Kendall Marshall to a training camp contract. 

Marshall, 26, appeared in 21 games (18 starts) last season for the Reno Bighorns of the NBA G League and averaged 15.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 9.0 assists in 36.2 minutes per contest. He started in all five games this summer for Team USA in the FIBA AmeriCup tournament and averaged 3.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists for the Gold Medal winning squad.

A four-year NBA veteran, Marshall was the 13th overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. He sports career averages of 5.0 points, 1.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists over 160 games (57 starts) with Phoenix, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee and Philadelphia.

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Lakers Sell Jersey Sponsorship To Wish For $12M-$14M Per Season

Sep 21, 2017 1:23 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed upon a jersey sponsorship deal with Wish, an e-commerce company based in San Francisco.

The Golden State Warriors' deal with Rakuten is worth $20 million annually, but also includes naming rights to the team's practice facility.

The Wish logo will also be on the team’s G-League South Bay Lakers franchise.

“We talked to a bunch of companies,” Lakers' President of Basketball Operations Tim Harris said. “We were hoping for a company that is more mobile facing, because it helps us to continue to connect with younger fans.” 

John Lombardo, Terry Lefton/Sports Business Journal

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Hawks Sign Jeremy Evans, Jordan Mathews

Sep 21, 2017 12:17 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have signed Jeremy Evans and Jordan Mathews.

A six-year NBA veteran, Evans spent 2010-15 with the Utah Jazz, the 2015-16 season with the Dallas Mavericks and last year with Khimki (Russia). The 2012 NBA slam dunk contest champion, Evans has appeared in 249 career regular season games (nine starts), averaging 3.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in 10.5 minutes (.568 FG%). He’s also spent time with Utah and Texas in the NBA G League.

Evans, a 6’9 forward, was originally selected in the second round (55th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft by Utah after a four-year career at Western Kentucky. Evans will wear jersey No. 22.

Mathews, who played three years at California before transferring to Gonzaga for his senior season, averaged 10.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 28.0 minutes (39 games, all starts) in 2016-17, helping lead the Zags to the National Championship game. His 85 three-pointers made last year tied for the seventh-highest single-season total in school history.

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Bucks Waive Bronson Koenig

Sep 21, 2017 9:55 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on Bronson Koenig.

The undrafted rookie from Wisconsin originally signed a Two-Way contract on July 6. 

In five games during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Koenig averaged 5.2 points and 1.0 rebounds per contest.

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Rockets To Sign Chris Johnson

Sep 21, 2017 10:17 PM

The Houston Rockets will sign Chris Johnson to a one-year contract.

Johnson has played briefly in the NBA with the Grizzlies, 76ers, Jazz and Bucks. Johnson had an impressive Summer League with the Rockets.

In four seasons with the Vipers in the G-League, Johnson averaged 14.6 points on 48.2 percent shooting and 5.5 rebounds.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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Kings Hire Galen Duncan To Serve As Life Coach To Players
Galen Duncan spent the last 10 years as senior director of player development with the Lions.

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Heat Agree Upon Jersey Sponsorship With Ultimate Software
Ultimate Software is listed as the "Official HR/Payroll Provider of the Miami Heat."

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Dunc'd On: Big News Catch-Up w/ Danny Leroux, MIL Season Outlook w/ Frank Madden
Danny Leroux joins Nate Duncan to catch up on all the latest news around the NBA. Then Frank Madden joins Nate to discuss the season outlook for the Bucks.

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Eastern Conference.

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76ers To Again Explore Trade Market For Jahlil Okafor
The 76ers have found the trade market for Jahlil Okafor to be soft during their previous attempts to deal him.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Daily News

76ers Confident Extension Agreement Will Be Reached With Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid has yet to be cleared by the 76ers for five-on-five drills.

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Markieff Morris Expected To Have Sports Hernia Surgery
Markieff Morris also had a sports hernia in 2010 before his junior season at Kansas, which was treated with surgery.

Candace Buckner/Washington Post

Magic Name David Tenney High Performance Director
David Tenney joins the Magic from the MLS.

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Magic Johnson Subpoenaed In Draymond Green Civil Suit
Draymond Green is being sued by former Michigan State football player Jermaine Edmondson alleging a 2016 assault.

Detroit Free Press

Spurs Used Tech Industry Of Austin In Pitch To Andre Iguodala
The Spurs attempted to pitch Andre Iguodala on opportunities that could be available to him nearby in Austin.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Andre Iguodala Nearly Left Warriors For Rockets
Andre Iguodala intended his final meeting with the Warriors as a chance to say goodbye.

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Dwight Howard: I Never Recovered From Dwightmare Period
Dwight Howard's future with the Magic and long dragged out exit dominated the NBA landscape in 2012 and he feels like the period has continued to plague his career five years later.

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Dante Cunningham, Pelicans Agree Upon One-Year, $2.3M Deal
Dante Cunningham also considered signing with the Wolves.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Kevin Durant Apologizes For Twitter Comments About Thunder, Billy Donovan
Kevin Durant spoke about his Tweets from a fake account.

Anthony Slater/The Oklahoman

Heat Exercise Fourth-Year Option On Justise Winslow
Justise Winslow has career averages of 7.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 29.8 minutes while shooting 40 percent from the field.

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Ten Teams Transferred $201M In Revenue Sharing To 15 Other Teams
The Warriors, Knicks, Lakers and Bulls contributed $144 million (71.5 percent) of revenue sharing transfers.

Zach Lowe, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Expansion, Relocation Discussed As Teams Take Financial Losses
Some profitable teams have suggested the NBA consider relocating some of the teams losing the most money to stronger markets.

Brian Windhorst, Zach Lowe/ESPN

Bulls Hire Doug Collins As Senior Advisor Of Basketball Ops
Doug Collins will serve as an expert resource for the front office and coaching staff.

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14 NBA Teams Lost Money During 16-17 Season
Nine teams lost money even after receiving revenue share payments despite the NBA's new television deal.

Brian Windhorst, Zach Lowe/ESPN

Andrew Bogut Agrees Upon One-Year, $2.3M Deal With Lakers
Andrew Bogut chose the Lakers for the chance to reunite with Luke Walton and play a key role as a veteran big.

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