Basketball Wiretap

Board Of Governors Expected To Approve Resumption Of NBA Season With 20-To-22 Teams

May 29, 2020 5:57 PM

The NBA will hold a vote of the Board of Governors on Thursday.

The owners are expected to approve Adam Silver's recommendation on a format to restart the 19-20 season in Orlando. The expectation is that invitations will be sent for 20-to-22 teams to participate. 

Silver met with the Board of Governors on Friday and discussed four separate return-to-play scenarios.

The current target date for the season to resume is July 31st.

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NBA Considers Including All Teams Within Six Games Of Playoffs In Return-To-Play

May 29, 2020 4:01 PM

One of the four return-to-play plans discussed by the NBA's Board of Governors was one in which teams that are within six games of a playoff spot would be invited to compete in regular season games and then a play-in tournament for the final playoff sports. There would then be a play-in tournament for the final playoff spots.

There have also been scenarios involving 20 teams in a Group State format, which would include the Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs. 

If the NBA uses the six-game threshold plan, then the Washington Wizards and Phoenix Suns would also be invited to participate.

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Owners Expected To Give Adam Silver Latitude To Implement His Preferred Return-To-Play Plan

May 29, 2020 3:25 PM

Adam Silver met with the NBA's Board of Governors on Friday to discuss several return-to-play scenarios.

While owners and teams are pushing for proposals in some level of self-interest, there's a sense that they will inevitably give Silver the latitude to implement the plan that he lands on with the players.

Most expect a return-to-play plan will be decided upon next week.

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NBA Targeting July 31st For Resumption Of Season

May 29, 2020 3:18 PM

Adam Silver informed the NBA's Board of Governors that July 31st is a target date for the return of the 19-20 season.

It has been previously reported that the NBA was targeting mid-July for the resumption of the season.

The NBA will almost certainly play the remaining games of the season in a bubble environment at Disney World in Orlando.

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Chris Paul Receives Praise For How He's Handled Union Duties During Pandemic

May 29, 2020 1:13 PM

Chris Paul has had direct conversations with Adam Silver more than once per week as the liaison between the commissioner and the players throughout COVID-19.

"Hell, I need to vent at times," Paul said. "I just look at it as guys are actually concerned and they want to know what's going on. They should have a say in their future."

Paul has also been in constant communication with Michele Roberts.

"He's never said, 'Can I get back to you?' Never," Roberts said of Paul, who will often surprise Roberts' staff by jumping on a conference call to offer encouragement and share ideas.

"Being accessible has been a godsend."

While Paul wants all players to have their voice heard, one thing he has been able to do is get his fellow superstars engaged in union issues.

"Our meetings are much more engaged now. That's because of Chris," Roberts said. "He won't allow an issue to be presented and then not discussed."

Paul's ability to share the court as a point guard also translates to letting others weigh in during conference calls.

"I frequently joke about this, he's obviously a point guard and his claim to fame in terms of skill set is his ability to read the room, read the floor and pass the ball," Roberts said. "He does that in meetings too.

"If Chris sees a player who has not said much, he'll ask, 'John, what do you think about this? Come on, weigh in.' That's what he does. It's a delight."

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Bradley Beal Views Trade Rumors 'As A Sign Of Respect'

May 29, 2020 12:44 PM

Bradley Beal has emerged in trade rumors even though the Washington Wizards have maintained the position publicly and privately that he's not available. Beal has also reiterated he wants to remain with the Wizards.

The New York Daily News reported last week that the Brooklyn Nets have had "internal discussions" on trading for Beal.

"It's not the first time I've heard this kind of talk," Beal told ESPN. "It's interesting. To me, I look at it as a sign of respect, that I've been doing good things and guys want to play with me.

"That's an unbelievable feeling. When you hear that Kyrie [Irving] and KD [Kevin Durant] want you, s---, that's amazing. At the same time, you don't know how much there is to it, or how easy it would be to do. And I've put down roots in D.C. I've dedicated myself to this town, this community. I love it here, and it would feel great to know I could grind out winning here instead of jumping to another team.

"But I'd be naive to say that I don't think about it when these stories come up."

Beal wants to reunite with John Wall and see how the Wizards can compete.

"My biggest thing right now is that I want to play with John [Wall] again,'' Beal said. "I want to see him get back to that level where I know he can be, especially since my game has grown so much [while he's been out]. What can we accomplish together? I'm so happy he's healthy, working his tail off."

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Dunc'd On: Jack McCallum; The Dream Team, Then vs Now, Favorite Seasons; News With Danny

May 29, 2020 2:06 AM

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Jack McCallum joins to discuss his new podcast the Dream Team tapes, his relationship with those players, how the reporting game has changed, his favorite seasons to cover, and more.

Then Danny with some news, including the latest return to play scenarios and a retrospective on the career of Jerry Sloan.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA). And if you like this pod, please donate to support Nate and Danny at Merchandise available at

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No Formal Vote On Resuming Season Expected On Friday, Discussions To Extend Into Weekend

May 29, 2020 1:53 AM

The NBA will not formally vote on resuming the season during their board of governors meeting on Friday, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Wojnarowski adds that discussions will extend into this weekend. 

Bucks owner Marc Lasry recently stated that the NBA board could vote on resuming the season "early next week."

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Marc Lasry: NBA Board Could Vote On Resuming Season 'Early Next Week'

May 29, 2020 1:37 AM

Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry said that the NBA board of governors could vote on resuming the season "early next week" during an appearance on CNBC's Halftime.

Lasry said that Adam Silver will present "different options" for resuming play on Friday, with the board taking the weekend to consider his proposal.

The Bucks owner added that he believes the season will resume at Disney World, with the biggest question centered around the number of teams that will be allowed to play.

“I think at the end of the day, we’ll be in Orlando at Disney. The question is going to be will we have all 30 teams there or will we have 24; whatever the number will end up being. But hopefully, by the middle of July, we start playing again.”

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NBA Prefers Teams Wait To Begin Training Camp Until Arriving In Orlando

May 28, 2020 9:39 PM

The NBA prefers teams wait to hold group workouts until they arrive at Disney World.

The league believes it can better control and minimize the odds of a COVID-19 outbreak in their environment. 

If the NBA succeeds in forcing teams to wait, it will mean no training camps will occur until they arrive in Orlando.

league executives fully anticipate that group workouts will be allowed at some point before they arrive at Disney World.

“I expect the league to revise that plan once a schedule is actually set,” a general manager told The Ringer. “(Adam) Silver isn’t stupid.”

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GMs Strongly Prefer Play-In Tournament Over Group Stage Concept

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Luka Doncic Believed To Have Stayed In Shape, Has Played Pickup In Slovenia

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Group Stage Described By Some As 'Elaborate Game' To Get Zion Williamson Into Bubble

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Jason Terry Leaves Mavericks For Assistant Coach Job With Arizona

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Pat Riley Not Expected To Travel With Heat To Orlando Campus

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NBA Players, Staff Currently Abroad Now Permitted To Reenter United States

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NBA, NBPA Discuss Plan To Allow Family Members To Join Players In Orlando

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NBA Sued For $1.25M For Not Paying Rent At New York City Flagship Store

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Tom Thibodeau, Kenny Atkinson, Mike Miller To Interview For Knicks' Job

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Knicks To Formally Begin Search For New Head Coach

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Walt Disney World To Reopen To Public On July 11th

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Knicks Announce Hiring Of Brock Aller, Walt Perrin, Frank Zanin

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NBA Not Expected To Reach Decision On Return-To-Play Plan With Board Of Governors Meeting

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John Wall Says He's '110%' Healthy, Focused On Next Season


Mark Cuban Wants Teams To Play 5-7 Games, Have Tournament For Last Two Playoff Seeds

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Pistons Begin Search To Hire General Manager

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Possibility Of All 30 NBA Teams Resuming Play Now Considered Remote

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NBA, NBPA Discuss Model With All 30 Teams Returning To Reach 72 Regular Season Games

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Michael Jordan On Tape Admitting He Told Rod Thorn He Wouldn't Play With Isiah Thomas


Bulls 'Leaning Toward' Replacing Jim Boylen As Head Coach

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