Basketball Wiretap

LeBron James Denies Being 'Eager' For Cavaliers To Trade Kyrie Irving

Jul 25, 2017 7:11 PM

LeBron James responded to a report from Stephen A. Smith that the camp of Kyrie Irving believes James helped orchestrate news of Irving's trade request.

On Monday, Smith said on his radio show that sources in James' camp told him James would be tempted to "beat [Kyrie's] ass," regarding Irving's trade request.

Smith has stood behind his reporting.


Tags: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

Arron Afflalo Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Magic

Jul 25, 2017 5:10 PM

Arron Afflalo has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Orlando Magic.

Afflalo was waived by the Sacramento Kings before his $12.5 million contract for 17-18 would have become guaranteed. Afflalo signed a two-year, $25 million deal with Sacramento in 2016.

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Tags: Arron Afflalo, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Brandon Knight Suffers Torn ACL In Left Knee

Jul 25, 2017 4:57 PM

Brandon Knight has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and could miss the entire 17-18 season.

Knight has three years remaining on his contract at $13.6 million, $14.6 million and $15.6 million. Knight agreed upon a five-year, $70 million deal with the Suns in the 2015 offseason.

The Suns traded a future first round pick from the Los Angeles Lakers for Knight in a three-team trade with the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers in February of 2015. The Lakers' pick has become unprotected and will be conveyed to either the 76ers or Boston Celtics this season.

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Tags: Brandon Knight, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Injury

Lakers Agree Upon Two-Year Deal With Tyler Ennis

Jul 25, 2017 4:44 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed upon a two-year deal with Tyler Ennis.

The Lakers hold a team option for Year 2 of the deal as they look to preserve their 2018 cap space.

Derrick Rose was also an option for the Lakers as they search for Lonzo Ball's backup at point guard.

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Tags: Tyler Ennis, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Blazers Trade Allen Crabbe To Nets For Andrew Nicholson

Jul 25, 2017 2:34 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have traded Allen Crabbe to the Brooklyn Nets for Andrew Nicholson.

The Blazers will waive and stretch Nicholson. According to Bobby Marks, the Blazers will have their luxury tax bill for 17-18 drop from $48.3 million to $4.4 million due to the trade.

Brooklyn signed Crabbe to a four-year, $75 million offer sheet during the 2016 offseason that the Blazers matched. Crabbe has a player option in the 2019 offseason.

Crabbe averaged 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists with a PER of 11.6 in 28.5 minutes per game last season. Crabbe hit 44 percent of his three-point attempts. 

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Tags: Allen Crabbe, Andrew Nicholson, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Raptors Sign Lorenzo Brown To Two-Way Contract

Jul 25, 2017 2:10 PM

The Toronto Raptors have signed Lorenzo Brown to a two-way contract.

Brown split the 16-17 season between China and the G-League.

Brown, 6-foot-5, 189 pounds, is averaging 3.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 63 career NBA games with Philadelphia (2013-14), Minnesota (2014-15) and Phoenix (2015-16). He has also appeared in games for the Delaware 87ers (2013-14), Springfield Armor (2013-14) and Grand Rapids Drive (2014-17) of the NBA G League.  

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Hawks Hire Josh Longstaff As Head Coach Of G-League Affiliate

Jul 25, 2017 1:53 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have named Josh Longstaff as Head Coach of the Erie BayHawks, the organization’s NBA G-League affiliate.

“Josh is a tremendous communicator and has shown the ability to build productive relationships with young players. His passion and knowledge of player development fits in perfectly with the program we are building in Erie as well as Atlanta,” Rose said.  “We’re excited to be able to add a young coach of his caliber to the organization.”

Longstaff, 34, spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the New York Knicks after beginning his NBA coaching career with the Oklahoma City Thunder (2010-14), first serving as Player Personnel and Video Coordinator for one year before being promoted to Video Analyst and Player Development Coach.  While a member of the Thunder staff, he helped Oklahoma City to four straight playoff appearances, including the 2011-12 Western Conference title as well as two conference finals appearances.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of such a great organization,” Longstaff said.  “I’m thrilled and humbled to be able to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a head coach on the professional level.”

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Erie BayHawks, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

Chauncey Billups Knew During Cavs' Interview Of Kyrie Irving's Unhappiness

Jul 25, 2017 1:06 PM

Chauncey Billups was aware of Kyrie Irving's level of unhappiness when he interviewed to become president of basketball operations of the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

"(Irving's trade request) didn't surprise me, I knew as (the Cavs) were doing their due diligence on me I was doing the same thing on them," Billups said in an interview on the Vic Lombardi Show on Altitude Sports 950 AM in Denver on Tuesday. "I knew so much about the situation that the rest of the world doesn't know. But it's unfortunate man because he's a special talent. So much of what he's been able to accomplish on and off the floor has been as the beneficiary of LeBron James. That would be alarming to me if I was a team looking to get him."

Billups admitted he's surprised Irving would want to be traded.

"You're getting everything you want," Billups said. "You're getting all the shots you want, you're playing for a great coach, when the game is on the line they're coming to you, you're playing on national TV every week. To me, I don't get it. Everybody has their own desires. Maybe he wants to be Russell Westbrook and go try to win the MVP and get all the shots. That's the only thing sense I can make of it and to me that doesn't make sense."

Billups said the two-week process interviewing with Dan Gilbert was positive. 

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Pelicans Waive Quinn Cook, Axel Toupane

Jul 25, 2017 12:32 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived guard Quinn Cook and guard/forward Axel Toupane.

Cook, 6-2, 184, who was signed on March 19 after spending the 2016 training camp with the Pelicans, appeared in nine games last season with New Orleans, averaging 5.8 points and 1.6 assists in 12.3 minutes per game.

Toupane, 6-7, 210, was originally signed by New Orleans on April 10, appearing in two games at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season for the Pelicans, averaging 5.5 points in 20.5 minutes.

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Anthony Brown Agrees Upon Two-Way Deal With Wolves

Jul 25, 2017 11:45 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed upon a two-way deal with Anthony Brown.

Brown was selected 34th overall in the 2015 draft by the Lakers.

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Tags: Anthony Brown, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Magic Sign Wesley Iwundu To Three-Year, $4.1M Deal
Orlando selected Wesley Iwundu No. 33 overall out of Kansas State.

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Derrick Rose Agrees To Sign With Cavaliers
Derrick Rose underwent a physical with the Cavaliers on Monday.

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Heat Sign Derrick Walton Jr. To Two-Way Contract
Derrick Walton Jr. averaged 10.0 points, 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 20.5 minutes in Summer League.

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Pau Gasol Agrees To Three-Year, $48M Deal With Spurs
Pau Gasol will have a partial guarantee in Year 3 of the deal.

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Koby Altman Hired By Cavaliers As General Manager
Koby Altman has also led the Cavaliers' front office over the last five weeks.

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Heat Sign Matt Williams
Matt Williams appeared in eight Summer League games with the Heat and averaged 9.9 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 38 percent from the field.

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Darius Miller, Pelicans Agree Upon Two-Year Deal
The Pelicans will have a team option for the second-year of the deal with Darius Miller.

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DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis Working Out Together
DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are working out together this offseason in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

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Cavaliers Seeking Blue Chip Young Player As Centerpiece In Kyrie Irving Trade
Following Kyrie Irving's trade request of the Cavaliers, there is little chance of salvaging the relationship.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: Teams Have To Make Right Moves To Keep Players
At an event in the Philippines, Giannis Antetokounmpo was asked how long he plans on staying with the Bucks.

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Carmelo Anthony, Thunder Have Mutual Interest
Troy Weaver helped recruit Carmelo Anthony when he was an assistant coach at Syracuse.

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Eric Bledsoe Loves Phoenix But 'Wants To Win'
Eric Bledsoe said the player movement in the offseason has been "more fun than the Finals."

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Cavaliers Have Yet To Gain Traction On Kyrie Irving Trade
Kyrie Irving requested a trade on July 7th after meeting with Dan Gilbert and news broke on July 21st.

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Derrick Rose Meeting With Cavaliers To Discuss One-Year, $2.1M Deal
Derrick Rose's deal would be for one-year at the veteran's minimum of $2.1 million.

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RealGM Radio: Western Conference Tiers With Adi Joseph
Host Danny Leroux and Adi Joseph of For The Win lay out their current tiers for the Western Conference.

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Dunc'd On: Aaron Jackson Interview; LAC, LAL, MEM Summer Prospects
A great, honest interview with overseas pro Aaron Jackson, followed by a look at LAC, LAL, MEM Summer Leaguers.

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Cavs Thought They Had Paul George Trade Agreed Upon On June 30th
Paul George was going to be traded by the Pacers to the Cavaliers with Kevin Love going to the Nuggets and Gary Harris moving to Indiana in a package involving other pieces.

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Kyrie Irving's Frustration With LeBron James Stems From Game Play
David Griffin had several conversations with Kyrie Irving throughout the year and worked to improve the situation.

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LeBron James Won't Waive No-Trade Clause With Cavaliers
LeBron James' future with the Cavaliers beyond the 17-18 season is unclear.

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Jimmer Fredette Agrees To One-Year, $1.8M Deal With Shanghai
Jimmer Fredette averaged 37.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 40.5 minutes per game last season for Shanghai.

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