March 2021 Basketball Wiretap

NBA Has One Positive COVID-19 Case Since March 24th

Mar 31, 2021 4:33 PM

The NBA has had one player test positive for COVID-19 out of the 481 tested since March 24th.

The league also had just one player test positive during the previous week.

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J.J. Redick Voices Displeasure With Pelicans For Trade To Mavericks

Mar 31, 2021 2:39 PM

J.J. Redick spoke on his podcast about his displeasure with the New Orleans Pelicans for trading him to the Dallas Mavericks.

Holiday revealed he asked for a trade before the start of the season and that David Griffin promised to oblige him if the situation didn't work out during the season.

"Obviously, he did not honor his word," said Redick of Griffin.

"I don't think you're going to get honesty from that front office, objectively speaking," added Redick. "That's not an opinion, I just don't think you're gonna get that. I don't think what happened with me is necessarily an isolated incident. I think front offices around the league operate in their best interest. I get that. I understand that. Truthfully... I think I was a little naive thinking I was in Year 15 and I attempted to do things right throughout my career.

"But in terms of this front office, yeah, it's not something where I would expect certainly the agents who worked on this with me to ever trust that front office again."

Redick was "jarred" by the trade to the Mavericks as they weren't one of the teams discussed with him. Redick has no set timetable for reporting to the Mavericks. 

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Tags: J.J. Redick, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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DeMarcus Cousins To Sign 10-Day Contract With Clippers

Mar 31, 2021 11:37 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers plan to sign DeMarcus Cousins to a 10-day contract. Cousins will give the Clippers additional depth at center behind Ivica Zubac and Serge Ibaka.

Cousins will have to clear the NBA's health and safety protocols before signing the deal.

The Houston Rockets waived Cousins in late February.

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Austin Reaves Leaves Oklahoma For 2021 NBA Draft

Mar 31, 2021 11:04 AM

Austin Reaves will leave Oklahoma to declare for the 2021 NBA draft and will forgo his remaining college eligibility.

"I have decided to declare for the NBA draft and will be hiring an agent in the near future," Reaves told ESPN. "My family and I believe this is best decision for my future and I'm super excited for the next part of my journey."

Reaves is currently the No. 40 prospect in the ESPN 100 draft rankings.

Reaves averaged 18.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists for Oklahoma

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Creator Of NBA Top Shot Secures $305 Million In Private Funding

Mar 31, 2021 1:23 AM

Blockchain technology company Dapper Labs, the creator of NBA Top Shot, has received $305 million in private funding to scale up its virtual trading card site.

The most recent round of funding features current and former NBA players, including Kevin Durant, Spencer Dinwiddie, Kyle Lowry, and Michael Jordan.

Dapper Labs has raised $357 million of capital in total. 

NBA Top Shot has seen $500 million in sales and registered more than 800,000 accounts since its public beta testing phase in October.

NBA Top Shot features virtual highlight cards that come with a nonfungible token (NFT) backed by blockchain technology.

A dunk highlight of LeBron James recently sold for $210,000. 

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Lou Williams Considered Retirement Following Trade

Mar 31, 2021 1:11 AM

Lou Williams said he considered retiring after getting traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Atlanta Hawks.

Williams eventually joined the Hawks on Tuesday night.

"It hurts. I had a lot of investment there. We had some success. We were gearing up for another deep run, a championship run. That was my mentality. I thought I would finish the season there," said Williams on Tuesday.

Williams added that he feels like he can help the Hawks make the playoffs.

The team is currently sixth in the Eastern Conference.

"I feel like I can help this team do some things. I don't want to look back and say I retired prematurely, be asking myself what could have been or what I could've done. This is an opportunity to finish out the season with this team and go from there."

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Alize Johnson, Nets Agree To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Mar 30, 2021 5:49 PM

The Brooklyn Nets will sign Alize Johnson to a second 10-day contract.

Johnson's original 10-day contract expires on Wednesday.

Johnson scored 23 points to go with 15 rebounds in 33 minutes in his one appearance with the Nets to date.

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Marvin Bagley Remains Away From Kings While Recovering From Broken Hand

Mar 30, 2021 5:15 PM

Marvin Bagley is remaining away from the Sacramento Kings as he recovers from a broken hand.

The Kings discussed a Bagley trade at the deadline with both the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks. 

Bagley will rejoin the team once he is fully recovered and remains in constant communication with the franchise.

The Kings have already picked up Bagley’s $11.3 million fourth-year option for next season. 

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Warriors Rejected Brooklyn's Offer Of Spencer Dinwiddie For Kelly Oubre

Mar 30, 2021 4:46 PM

The Brooklyn Nets offered Spencer Dinwiddie to the Golden State Warriors in a trade package for Kelly Oubre.

The Warriors rejected the offer as they continue to seek a playoff berth. Golden State evaluated numerous trade scenarios involving Oubre, but none materialized that would also help them in the short-term.

Dinwiddie is out for the season and can become a free agent in the offseason.

“I think a lot of people thought he might be available, but we value him, too, as evidenced by not trading him,” Bob Myers said of Oubre last week.

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Tags: Kelly Oubre, Jr., Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Marc Gasol Will Lose Starting Job To Andre Drummond, Lakers Unlikely To Waive Him

Mar 30, 2021 4:12 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to start Andre Drummond at center over Marc Gasol, sources tell Jovan Buha of The Athletic.

Frank Vogel declined to go into any detail about any conversations the Lakers had with Drummond about his role before they signed him.

“I have talked to him personally,” Vogel said. “He’s really excited about this situation. I don’t want to go too far into the nature of those private conversations other than to say that he’s really excited — probably excited as we are. I think our team got a lot better.”

Either way, Drummond is expected to receive less playing time and touches with the Lakers than he did with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Gasol is unlikely to be waived by the Lakers, sources tell The Athletic. 

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Bulls Would Need To Do Renegotiation And Extend To Sign Zach LaVine Long-Term In 2021

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Lakers Offered Dennis Schroder Full Amount Allowed On Extension

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Evan Fournier Not Ready To Think About Free Agency With Celtics

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Jaden Springer Declares For NBA Draft, Will Sign With Agent

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Mitchell Robinson Has Successful Surgery On Fractured Foot, No Timetable For Return

New York Knicks

Rafael Stone 'Not Second-Guessing' James Harden Trade 'For A Moment'

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Jeff Teague Agrees To Sign With Bucks

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Dunc'd On: 15 in 60 (Western Conference 3.29.21)

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De'Aaron Fox, Terry Rozier Named NBA's Players Of The Week

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2021 NBA Draft Scheduled For July 29th, Lottery For June 22nd

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NBA's Basketball Africa League To Begin May 16th

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Lakers To Pursue 3-And-D Wing For Final Roster Spot

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Small Market Executives Complain Of Rise Of Buyout Market

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Heat, Celtics, Knicks, Pelicans, Raptors Preparing To Pursue Bradley Beal

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Kyle Lowry Preferred Joining Heat Over 76ers, Lakers

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Nets Assistant Royal Ivey Interviews For Texas Job

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Thunder Sign Moses Brown To Multi-Year Contract

Oklahoma City Thunder

Kyrie Irving To Return Monday, Kevin Durant Out At Least One More Week

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Knicks Waive Terrance Ferguson, Vincent Poirier

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Mike Woodson Finalizing Six-Year Deal To Become Next Head Coach At Indiana University

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