Basketball Wiretap

Pacers To Hire Jannero Pargo As Assistant Coach

Jul 22, 2021 11:35 PM

The Indiana Pacers will hire Jannero Pargo as an assistant coach on the staff of Rick Carlisle.

Pargo spent the past two seasons as an assistant with the Portland Trial Blazers under Terry Stotts.

Pargo retired as a player in 2017 after entering the NBA in 2004.

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Tags: Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Warriors' Big 3 Pressuring Front Office To Make Big Trade With Bradley Beal On Radar

Jul 22, 2021 9:31 PM

Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson have made it clear to management of the Golden State Warriors that they want to focus on the pursuit of a championship and would like them to even consider using their two lottery picks on someone who can help immediately, sources tell The Athletic.

Bradley Beal is deemed the best player and best fit for the Warriors among the players who could potentially become available. 

Beal has so far held firm that he would like to remain with the Washington Wizards and has not requested a trade. Beal has two year at $71.8 million remaining on his deal, including a $37.3 million player option for 22-23.

While the Warriors would also be interested in Damian Lillard, multiple sources said the team doesn't suspect he would want to join their team.

Any deal for Beal would have to include Andrew Wiggins to make the salaries match. Golden State would also likely need to send both of their 2021 first round picks and possibly James Wiseman as part of the package. 

Marcus Thompson II/The Athletic

Tags: Bradley Beal, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Teams Offering High Pick In 2021 Draft As Part Of Package To Blazers For CJ McCollum

Jul 22, 2021 8:59 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have received trade calls from teams interested in CJ McCollum with offers of a pick in the top part of the draft.

The Blazers aren't entertaining those types of offers as they are in a win-now phase around Damian Lillard.

The Blazers don't own a draft pick as they used what became the No. 23 selection as part of the Robert Covington trade.

McCollum signed a three-year, $100 million extension in 2019 and can't become a free agent until 2024. 

Jason Quick/The Athletic

Tags: C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Lakers Extend $1.9M Qualifying Offer To Talen Horton-Tucker

Jul 22, 2021 8:25 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have extended a qualifying offer to Talen Horton-Tuckers, making him a restricted free agent.

The qualifying offer for Horton-Tucker is $1.9 million.

The Lakers have "early Bird rights" and can re-sign Horton-Tucker for a contract that projects to start at $10.4 million, according to Marks. The contract must last a minimum of two seasons.

Horton-Tucker averaged 9.0 points on 45.8% shooting with 2.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals in more than 20 minutes per game last season.

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Tags: Talen Horton-Tucker, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Pelicans Officially Hire Willie Green As Head Coach

Jul 22, 2021 5:09 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have named Willie Green the team’s new head coach.

Green becomes the eighth head coach in franchise history.

“After an extensive and collaborative search, Willie stood out among an impressive group of candidates as the best person to lead our team moving forward,” said Pelicans Governor Gayle Benson. “We are very happy to welcome Willie as our new head coach and we look forward to working with him to guide our team on the court as we work towards bringing a championship to New Orleans.”

“Willie has established himself as one of the most respected assistant coaches in the NBA. In large part, this is due to a tireless work ethic and authenticity of character,” said David Griffin. “He brings a vast amount of basketball knowledge and experience to our team as both a coach and former player, along with exceptional leadership qualities and an innate ability to connect with players, staff and fans alike. We could not be more excited to welcome Willie and his family to New Orleans.”

“I want to thank Mrs. Benson, David Griffin, and the entire Pelicans organization for having faith in me to lead this talented group of players moving forward,” said Green. “It’s a blessing and an honor to get this opportunity in a special place like New Orleans. I look forward to getting to work and immersing myself and my family into the local community.”

Green joins the Pelicans after spending the previous two seasons (2019-21) as an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns.

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Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Sign Scott Perry To Extension

Jul 22, 2021 3:57 PM

The New York Knicks have signed Scott Perry to a contract extension.

Perry was first hired by the Knicks in 2017 during the Steve Mills tenure. Perry survived the hiring of Leon Rose in the spring of 2020.

Perry was on an expiring deal and led in the signing of Julius Randle in 2019.

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Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Only Five Teams Have Retained Their Own Second Round Pick In 2021 NBA Draft

Jul 22, 2021 2:38 PM

Over the past decade, second round picks have become increasingly used in trades with some teams seeking more of them while others have found them expendable.

Only five of the 30 teams have retained their own second-round pick in Thursday’s Draft: Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder own two additional second round picks as well as their own.

The Pistons don't own their second round pick, but they do have three incoming from other teams.

Second round picks are also often traded during the draft, which could drop the number from five even further. 

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Tags: NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Hawks Extend Qualifying Offer To John Collins

Jul 22, 2021 1:16 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have extended the qualifying offer to John Collins, which will make him a restricted free agent.

Collins will be one of the top free agents on the market after he was unable to agree to an extension with the Hawks before the start of the 20-21 season.

Collins' qualifying offer will be worth approximately $7.7 million. 

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: John Collins, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Mikey Williams Signs With Excel For NIL

Jul 22, 2021 11:12 AM

Mikey Williams has become the first prep basketball star to sign with a major sports representation agency to pursue name, image and likeness endorsements and sponsorships.

Williams will attend Lake Norman Christian in Huntersville, North Carolina, and play for Vertical Academy. Williams has signed a deal with Excel Sports Management that Excel vice president Matt Davis said he believes "will generate millions of dollars for this young man."

"Mikey's relevance around his peers in the basketball community is off the charts," Davis told ESPN. "He's one of the most relevant personalities in the basketball community. His digital and social following speak for themselves."

Williams is the No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2023 and has over five million followers across multiple social media platforms.

While legislation recently allowed for college athletes to financially profit from NIL endorsement opportunities, no high school prospect unaffiliated with a college program has shown the ability to generate the revenue that Williams appears on the cusp of earning.

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Tags: Mikey Williams, High School, NCAA, NBA

Kings Shop No. 9 For Players To Help Them Win Now

Jul 22, 2021 11:02 AM

The Sacramento Kings have shopped the No. 9 overall pick in the draft for players who can help them win now, sources tell The Ringer.

The Kings finished the 20-21 season with a 31-41 record and were two games out of the final Play-In spot. The Kings last made the playoffs in 2006.

If Sacramento keeps the No. 9 pick, The Ringer currently has Franz Wagner as their selection.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Raptors, Magic Make Trade Offers To Cavaliers For No. 3

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Onyeka Okongwu Out Six Months With Surgery On Shoulder

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Reggie Bullock To Receive Interest From Knicks, Celtics, 76ers, Lakers

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Malika Andrews Considered Strong Candidate To Become Next Countdown Host

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Hollinger & Duncan: How the Bucks Did It; Draft and Free Agency Disagreements

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2021 NBA Finals Up 32 Percent Compared To 2020

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Maria Taylor, ESPN Announce Parting Of Ways

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Lakers Interested In Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook

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Jalen Johnson Considered Lottery Lock By Multiple Sources

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Chris Paul Rules Out Retiring This Offseason

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Jalen Green To Only Work Out For Pistons, Rockets

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Scottie Barnes Works Out For Raptors

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Received Fluid IV Treatment After Game 5

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Dunc'd On: Larry Coon on a Possible New TV Deal. Plus Live Mailbag: Kings’ Trade Ideas; Jarrett Allen’s Future; What Lakers Need; Scouting Shooters

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Bucks Win 2021 NBA Finals, Beat Suns 105-98 In Game 6

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Jacque Vaughn Exited Talks To Join Pelicans Following Negotiations With David Griffin

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NBA Assigns Chris Paul Nemesis Scott Foster To Referee Game 6

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Pistons To Workout Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, Jalen Suggs, Possibly Evan Mobley

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Norman Powell Declines $11.6 M Player Option With Blazers

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NBA Sends Out 20 Invites To Draft Green Room

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