March 2019 Basketball Wiretap

Donatas Motiejunas To Sign With Spurs

Mar 23, 2019 4:30 PM

The San Antonio Spurs are expected to sign Donatas Motiejunas.

Motiejunas last played in the NBA during the 16-17 season with the New Orleans Pelicans after he had a protected restricted free agency with the Houston Rockets.

Motiejunas has spent the past two seasons playing in China, averaging 27.3 points, 14.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 34.2 minutes per game in 18-19.

Motiejunas averaged 7.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in five seasons in the NBA.

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Pau Gasol Expected To Miss 4 Weeks Due to Ankle Injury

Mar 23, 2019 10:14 PM

Pau Gasol will be out approximately one month with an injured left ankle.

Gasol, who joined the Bucks on March 1st, has missed the last 6 games with the injury.

Gasol joins Nikola Mirotic and Malcolm Brogdon on the Bucks' injured list. 

Malika Andrews/ESPN

Tags: Pau Gasol, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Injury

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LeBron James On Missing Playoffs: 'It's Not What We Signed Up For'

Mar 23, 2019 11:27 AM

LeBron James will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005 following the Los Angeles Lakers' 111-106 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

"Obviously, it's been a tough season for all of us...It's not what we signed up for. Throughout the year, things happened. Suspensions, injuries, things of that nature. And just not being able to play sustainable basketball for 48 minutes. But you don't even try to wrap your head around it, you just keep pushing. Just try to get better tonight, move on to tomorrow, and go from there. Playoffs are never promised. You've got to come out and work. For me personally, you just continue to put the work in and see what you can do to help," said James following the game.

James added that he was going to talk to the coaching staff about potentially reducing his minutes even more as the season winds down. 

"I'm probably going to have a conversation with the coaching staff and my trainer and go from there. But I love to hoop. S---, I'm going to have five months and not play the game."

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Rockets Sign Chris Chiozza For Remainder Of Season

Mar 23, 2019 4:20 PM

The Houston Rockets have signed Chris Chiozza for the remainder of the season.

Chiozza was playing for the Capital City Go-Go of the NBA G League and is the 44th Call-Up of the season.

Chiozza (6-0, 175) signed a 10-day contract with Houston on Feb. 22 and did not appear in a game for the Rockets but saw action in four games for their G League affiliate, Rio Grande Valley. Following the expiration of his 10-day deal, Chiozza rejoined Capital City.

In 47 combined G League games for the Go-Go and Vipers this season, Chiozza has averaged 13.2 points, 7.7 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals while shooting 40.7% from 3-point range. He ranks third in the G League in both assists and steals.

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Tags: Chris Chiozza, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League

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Greg Monroe Signs 10-Day Contract With Celtics

Mar 23, 2019 11:22 AM

Greg Monroe has agreed to a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics.

Monroe averaged 4.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 11.1 minutes over 38 games with the Toronto Raptors this season.

Monroe was traded by the Raptors to the Brooklyn Nets and then waived at the deadline.

Monroe finished last season with the Celtics.

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Lakers Question Lonzo Ball's BBB Shoes Due To Frequent Ankle Injuries

Mar 23, 2019 7:32 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers questioned Lonzo Ball whether his Big Baller Brand shoes were the cause of his ankle injuries.

"Yeah, they talked to me. They asked me about it, and I told 'em, 'I feel comfortable. If I wasn't comfortable, I wouldn't play in 'em. If I didn't play in [his signature BBB shoes], I'd play in Kobe [Bryant's signature Nike shoe]. I work out in [LeBron James' signature Nike shoe], but that's because they're heavier," said Ball.

Ball has suffered 3 separate ankle injuries in 2 seasons. 

Ball recently severed ties with the co-founder of Big Baller Brand. 

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Tags: Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Paul George On Free Agency Discussion With Kawhi Leonard: 'That's Between Us'

Mar 22, 2019 10:53 PM

Paul George said he and Kawhi Leonard have talked about Leonard's free agency this summer, although George won't reveal what was said.

"That's between us," said George.

George, who was in a similar position to Leonard last season, decided to sign a 4-year deal with the Thunder. 

Leonard is averaging 27 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game this season.

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Tags: Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor

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Shaq Becomes Board Member And New Face Of Papa John's

Mar 22, 2019 11:05 PM

Shaquille O'Neal will appear in Papa John's commercials as the company attempts to repair its image following the dismissal of founder John Schnatter.

"If you want to enjoy great pizza and feel loved by the people that serve the pizza, you can come back home now. 'The Daddy' is here," said O'Neal.

O'Neal, who is the first African-American on the Papa John's board, will receive $8 million a year in cash and company stock after signing a 3-year endorsement deal. 

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Derrick Rose Undergoes Successful Elbow Surgery

Mar 23, 2019 6:12 PM

Derrick Rose underwent successful surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow on Saturday.

Rose, who was ruled out for the season earlier this week, will be out indefinitely.

Rose averaged 18 points and 4.3 assists per game this season, his highest totals since 2016. 

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Tags: Derrick Rose, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

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Mike D'Antoni Calls James Harden's 61-Point Game 'One Of The Best Performances'

Mar 23, 2019 11:36 AM

James Harden tied a career-high with 61 points as the Houston Rockets beat the San Antonio Spurs 111-105. 

"I don't know how you get any better. Whoever was in the gym tonight probably [saw] something they have never seen before. There's no way. That was one of the best performances -- the magnitude of the game, we needed it -- just everything," said D'Antoni. 

Harden, who scored 57 points in his previous game, tied Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant for most points over a two-game stretch.

Gerald Green agreed with D'Antoni's assessment.

"Some of the shots he hit today, it's remarkable. I've seen a lot of basketball in my life, played against a lot of people, and his talent level is just something that I've just never seen before...There's nobody that can stop him. He's just one of those types of players that he's able to get a shot off at any time. He doesn't have any weaknesses."

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Giannis Antetokounmpo To Debut Nike Signature Shoe During Playoffs
Giannis Antetokounmpo has primarily worn Kobe Bryant's signature shoes this season.

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Marcus Smart On Ejection For Shoving Joel Embiid: 'I'll Do It Over Again'
Smart was fined $50,000 for his confrontation with Embiid.

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Lonzo Ball Severs Ties With Big Baller Brand Co-Founder
Lonzo Ball believes Alan Foster has taken approximately $1.5 million from him.

Ramona Shelburne, Paula Lavigne, Malika Andrews/ESPN

Joshua Kushner Buys Minority Stake Of Grizzlies
Joshua Kushner is the younger brother of Jared Kushner.

Kevin Draper, Marc Stein/New York Times

Avery Johnson Negotiating Buyout With Alabama
Avery Johnson's name emerged as a potential candidate for the Cavaliers' vacancy in November after Tyronn Lue was fired.

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Bol Bol Still In Walking Boot But No Longer On Crutches
Bol Bol underwent surgery in January to repair a non-displaced fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot.

James Crepea/Oregonian

Tim Hardaway Jr. Out For Season With Stress Reaction In Left Tibia
Tim Hardaway averaged 15.5 points per game with the Mavericks.

Brad Townsend/Dallas Morning News

Donovan Mitchell Got Advice From James Harden And Dwyane Wade To Overcome Struggles
Harden and Wade advised Mitchell to get to the free-throw line more often.

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Klay Thompson Sets Goal To Make NBA All-Defensive Team
Thompson added that he can't get caught up in his perception due to the fickle nature of fans and media.

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Ja Morant Records First Triple-Double In NCAA Tournament Since Draymond Green
Morant finished with 17 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists as Murray State moved on in the NCAA Tournament.

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Dunc'd On: The Top-10 Players in the NBA 2019
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux rank their top 10 players in the NBA.

Marcus Smart Fined $50,000 For Shoving Joel Embiid
Marcus Smart received a Flagrant Foul 2 and an automatic ejection for the incident with Joel Embiid.

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Kelly Oubre Jr. Out For Season With Thumb Surgery
Kelly Oubre will undergo a minor procedure on his thumb and face a four to six week recovery.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Kevin McHale, Jim Paxson Emerge As Early Candidates For Suns' GM Job
Kevin McHale and Jim Paxson have prior general manager experience.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Jimmer Fredette Agrees To Sign Two-Year Deal With Suns
Jimmer Fredette last played in the NBA during the 15-16 season.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Wolves Rule Out Jeff Teague, Derrick Rose, Robert Covington For Remainder Of Season
Derrick Rose has a chip fracture and a loose body in his elbow.

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John Calipari Tweets He Plans To Remain With Kentucky Until Retirement
John Calipari has been linked with the job at UCLA.

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Dunc'd On: BOS/PHI; TOR/OKC; News; MIA/SAS, and More
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux recap BOS/PHI, OKC/TOR, MIA/SAS, and some NBA news.

Spurs Present Dwyane Wade With Jerseys Of Franchise Players
The Spurs presented Wade with autograph jerseys from Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker.

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Marcus Smart Ejected, Aron Baynes Leaves Game With Sprained Ankle
Stevens said Baynes suffered a Grade 2 sprain and gave no timetable for his return.

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