January 2019 Basketball Wiretap

Victor Oladipo Suffers Serious Knee Injury, Will Have MRI Thursday

Jan 23, 2019 8:53 PM

Victor Oladipo was stretchered off the court after suffering a serious right knee injury in the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors. 

Trainers quickly put a towel over his knee. He will have an MRI on Thursday.

Oladipo is leading the Pacers in scoring, averaging 19.2 points per game. 


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RealGM Radio: Adam Mares on the Denver Nuggets

Jan 24, 2019 2:54 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs and Locked on Nuggets (@Adam_Mares) go in-depth on the Nuggets season so far and their future.

They discuss how Denver has weathered the barrage of injuries, Nikola Jokic’s workload, the developing young core and much more.

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LeBron James To Miss Timberwolves Game On Thursday, Not Ruled Out For Sunday

Jan 24, 2019 1:56 AM

LeBron James will sit out against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, marking the 15th straight game he's missed with a groin injury suffered on Christmas Day.

James has yet to return to a full-contact practice. 

Luke Walton didn't rule James out for Sunday's game against the Suns.

"He's not out yet for Sunday. I guess that puts it in play. With him and Rondo, it's going to be, again, how he's feeling tomorrow morning and take it from there and see how he's doing the next day after that and the next day. When they feel ready to play, then they'll play."

The Lakers are 5-9 without James and have fallen out of a playoff position. 

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

Enes Kanter: Play Me Or 'Get Me Out Of Here'

Jan 24, 2019 2:12 AM

Enes Kanter expressed his frustration after receiving a DNP-CD in the New York Knicks' loss to the Houston Rockets. 

"I want to play basketball. We're all competitors. I want to play basketball. So just if you're going to play me here, play me. If not, then just get me out of here," said Kanter.

Kanter said that David Fizdale told him he would start following an injury to Luke Kornet before the coaching staff changed their mind. 

"My job right now is just cheer for my teammates and try to be a good teammate, [but] what they're doing to me is pretty messed up. I deserve way better," he said.

Kanter is currently in the final year of his contract. 

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Tags: Enes Kanter, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Kevin Durant Opens After-School Facility In Hometown

Jan 24, 2019 2:31 AM

Kevin Durant opened the College Track at The Durant Center, an after-school facility, in his hometown of Prince George's County, Maryland.

The facility features a $10 million endowment from Durant and will provide scholarships, tutoring, and emotional and financial support to help students get into college.

The inaugural class had 69 students. 

“As a basketball player, it’s easy for us to say, ‘Let’s create an AAU team or let’s do a camp.’ As you get older, you start to look for bigger ways to impact. I see my peers, and not just NBA players but athletes in general, but just trying to push the future forward, push the youth forward,” said Durant. 

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James Harden Scores Career-High 61 Points

Jan 24, 2019 2:19 AM

James Harden scored a career-high 61 points in the Houston Rockets' 114-110 against the New York Knicks. 

The 61 points tied Harden with Kobe Bryant for the second-highest total scored at Madison Square Garden, 1 point behind Carmelo Anthony.

Harden is currently averaging 35.7 points for the season. 

"This is one of the historical buildings in the sport that we have. Obviously, the fans are one of the best that we have in this league. And so it's pretty cool to come out here and put on a show for them," said Harden.

Harden shot 17-38 from the field, and went 22-25 from the free-throw line. He also added 15 rebounds and 5 steals. 


Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Knicks, Lakers, Magic Discussed Dennis Smith Jr. Trade With Mavs

Jan 23, 2019 12:41 PM

The Dallas Mavericks had trade talks with several teams last week on a Dennis Smith Jr. deal.

While the Orlando Magic have previously been mentioned as a team that discussed a Smith trade, talks were also held with the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers.

Smith has since returned to the Mavericks.

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Grizzlies Ready To Listen To Marc Gasol, Mike Conley Trade Offers

Jan 23, 2019 8:15 AM

The Memphis Grizzlies are ready to listen to trade offers for Marc Gasol and Mike Conley.

The Grizzlies could decide to keep one or both players if no deals meet the threshold of a desired return.

Memphis is prepared to reshape their roster around Jaren Jackson.

The Grizzlies will seek a combination of young talent, draft picks and cap relief.

The age and money owed to Gasol and Conley will make it difficult for the Grizzlies to get a substantial return.

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Tags: Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jazz Interested In Otto Porter

Jan 23, 2019 12:38 PM

The Utah Jazz have been a team interested in trading for Otto Porter.

The Washington Wizards could be more aggressive in shopping Porter if they fall out of playoff contention.

Porter has a player option in the 2020 offseason.

The Wizards, however, have made it abundantly clear they will not trade Bradley Beal.

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Spurs Interested In Trading For Wing

Jan 23, 2019 10:07 AM

The San Antonio Spurs have attempted to acquire a wing player over the last few months.

The Spurs had interest in trading for Trevor Ariza but were unable to find a suitable trade with the Phoenix Suns.

Stanley Johnson could be a potential target for the Spurs. Assistant general manager Brian Wright was in the front office of the Detroit Pistons when he was drafted in 2015. Executives believe Wright remains a supporter of Johnson.

“Can (the Spurs) fix everything that’s wrong with him?” another NBA scout asked, pointing to Johnson’s shooting as a concern. “Maybe (the Spurs) are the culture for him to turn him around.”

Johnson will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

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Tags: Stanley Johnson, Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Hawks Willing To Discuss Taurean Prince Trade
Taurean Prince is in his third season and is averaging 14.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

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Anthony Davis Won't Be Out For Extended Time
Rich Paul had concerns that Anthony Davis could be out until after the All-Star break.

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Mike Conley Confirms Robert Pera Informed Him, Marc Gasol Of Trade Talks
Mike Conley said there was no indication in his talk with Robert Pera that a trade will happen by the league's deadline Feb. 7.


Trade Deadline Activity Currently Featuring Far More Buyers Than Sellers
There are 25 teams who remain in playoff contention.

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Jeanie Buss: Luke Walton Is Doing A Terrific Job
Luke Walton's job security has been an issue since the early part of the season.

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Exec: Pau Gasol Doesn't Have Trade Value
Pau Gasol only has $6.7 million of his $16 million salary for 19-20 guaranteed.

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Devin Booker, Gorgui Dieng Ejected, Attempt To Fight In Hallway
As Gorgui Dieng was leaving the court, he motioned Devin Booker to meet him in the hallway.

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Grizzlies Trying To Trade Chandler Parsons
Chandler Parsons returned to California to work out as he waits on a possible trade.

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TNT's NBA Ratings Down 22 Percent From Last Season
LeBron James' move from the Eastern time zone to the Pacific time zone with the Lakers is believed to be a major factor.

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Rick Carlisle On Dennis Smith Jr. Return: 'Everything We Needed'
Smith finished with 17 points in his return after missing 6 games.

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Rajon Rondo Expected To Return To Lakers On Thursday
Rondo missed the last 14 games with a finger injury.

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DeMarcus Cousins Signed With Warriors After Lakers And Pelicans Backed Away
Cousins added that he often thinks about what he and Anthony Davis could have accomplished as a tandem.

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Anthony Davis To See Hand Specialist, May Miss Up To 4 Weeks
Davis will be examined for a potentially fractured left index finger.

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Dunc'd On: Chris Haynes of Yahoo!: AD's Options, Melo/Lakers, Teams Looking to Move at Deadline
Nate Duncan and Chris Haynes discuss NBA news and possible Trade Deadline moves.

Kevin Durant: Lakers Were Figuring Out Identity Before LeBron James' Injury
The Warriors spoke positively about the Lakers after Monday's game.

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Rockets, Bulls Finalize Carmelo Anthony Trade
Jon Diebler and Tadija Dragićević were included in the final version of the Carmelo Anthony trade.

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Luka Doncic Fined $10,000 For Kicking Ball Into Stands
Luka Doncic was assessed his second technical foul and ejected.

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Grizzlies Quietly Evaluating Potential Marc Gasol Trade Scenarios
Marc Gasol is 33 and it is difficult to ascertain what type of return the Grizzlies could get for him.

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Dunc'd On: All-Star Picks; Cousins' Return; News
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux give out their All-Star picks and discuss some news.

James Harden Joins Wilt Chamberlain With 20th Straight 30-Point Game
The last time Harden scored under 30 points was December 11th.

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