Basketball Wiretap

76ers 'Ultimate Purpose' In James Harden Trade Talks Was To 'Provide Rockets Leverage'

Jan 18, 2021 4:09 PM

Sources tell The Athletic that the Philadelphia 76ers "ultimate purpose in the [James Harden] negotiations was to provide the Rockets with the leverage needed to maximize the return wit the Nets."

The 76ers had real interest in trading for James Harden, but Brooklyn's willingness to increase their offer reached a point where Philadelphia could no longer compete.

Sources also tell The Athletic that the Boston Celtics were involved in the later stages of trade talks as well.

Daryl Morey joined Philadelphia from the Rockets this past offseason and has a long relationship with Rafael Stone. With the 76ers and Nets sharing a division, Philadelphia benefits long-term from Brooklyn sending out the trade package they did for Harden.

Kelly Iko, Sam Amick/The Athletic

Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia Sixers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Damian Lillard, Kevin Durant Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Jan 18, 2021 4:02 PM

Damian Lillard and Kevin Durant have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 4 (Jan. 11-Jan. 17).

Lillard averaged 30.3 points, 7.3 assists and 5.3 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers went 3-1.

Durant averaged 34.0 points and 8.0 assists as the Brooklyn Nets went 3-0.

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Tags: Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Award

Cavaliers To Trade Or Waive Kevin Porter Jr.

Jan 18, 2021 1:36 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will trade or waive Kevin Porter Jr. following a screaming match with team officials on Friday.

Porter was upset that his locker was moved to an auxiliary area to accommodate Taurean Prince.

Porter was told to clean out his locker and other members of the roster were informed he'd no longer be on the team.

The Cavaliers picked up an option in Porter's contract last month; he has one year at $1.7 million left on his deal.

Porter was arrested on Nov. 15 after a middle-of-the-night crash when he flipped his Mercedes SUV. In October, Porter raised alarms when he posted a black square on his Instagram with the message "Do you ever wish to see the end of your time?" After Cavs officials and teammates reached out, Porter deleted his Instagram account.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Porter, Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Kyrie Irving To Miss Monday's Game Versus Bucks

Jan 18, 2021 1:31 PM

Kyrie Irving will miss Monday's game with the Brooklyn Nets against the Milwaukee Bucks. Irving has now missed seven straight games.

Irving continues to ramp up his conditioning in preparation for his return after a personal leave and subsequent quarantine.

The Nets won their first game with James Harden on Saturday against the Orlando Magic.

Adrian Wojnarowksi/ESPN

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

Dunc'd On: 15 in 60 (Western Conference 1.17.21)

Jan 18, 2021 3:30 AM

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Taking a look at all 15 teams in the Western Conference, starting with the recent Jazz-Nuggets matchup, then going in rough reverse alphabetical order.

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Tags: NBA, Dunc'd On

Rafael Stone: Assets From James Harden Trade Give Rockets 'Flexibility'

Jan 17, 2021 10:54 PM

Rafael Stone said that he was excited by the flexibility that the Houston Rockets received in trading James Harden, citing the value of draft picks.

"I would say what's super exciting about this deal is it gives us flexibility. In the NBA, picks, especially high picks, are the best currency.

"Everybody likes them. Everybody values them. That was great organizationally. It gave us flexibility to do different types of deals as they come up this year, next year or whatever," said Stone.

The Rockets received three unprotected picks from the Nets, along with the Bucks' first-round pick in 2022 via the Cavs, and four pick swaps with the Nets.

Stone also spoke of Victor Oladipo, adding that he sees him growing within the Rockets system.

"He's a two-way player. He's played at an extraordinarily high level. He's obviously had a significant injury. He's back. He's already really, really good, but I think in his own mind and in ours, there's still room to grow, which is really exciting."

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Victor Oladipo, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Jonas Valanciunas Enters League's Health And Safety Protocols, Out For Monday Game

Jan 17, 2021 6:40 PM

Jonas Valanciunas has entered the NBA's health and safety protocols, and will miss the Memphis Grizzlies' game against the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.

The Sixers-Thunder game on Sunday has been postponed due to contact tracing connected with the Grizzlies. 

The Grizzlies played the Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Karl-Anthony Towns announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. 

Royce Young/ESPN

Tags: Jonas Valanciunas, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Injury

Kyrie Irving Upgraded To Questionable Versus Bucks On Monday

Jan 17, 2021 5:47 PM

Kyrie Irving is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Irving has missed the Nets' last six games.

Malika Andrews/ESPN

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Injury

Sixers-Thunder Game Postponed With Sixers Unable To Field Eight Players

Jan 17, 2021 5:40 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers game against the Oklahoma City on Sunday has been postponed.

The Sixers have too many players undergoing contact tracing and were not able to field eight players. 

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN adds that the contact tracing is connected with their game against the Grizzlies on Saturday night. 

Marc Stein/The New York Times

Tags: Philadelphia Sixers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

Danilo Gallinari Increasing Activity, Doubtful For Monday Game

Jan 17, 2021 1:30 PM

Danilo Gallinari has been increasing his workload but remains doubtful for the Atlanta Hawks game on Monday.

Gallinari suffered a sprained ankle earlier in the season. The forward has only appeared in two games for the Hawks this year. 

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Tags: Danilo Gallinari, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Injury

Kemba Walker Set To Play 20 Minutes In Season Debut

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James Harden After Recording 30-Point Triple-Double In Nets Debut: 'I'm A Hooper'

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MRI Confirms CJ McCollum Has Sprained Left Foot

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

Caris LeVert Out Indefinitely After MRI Reveals Small Mass On Kidney

Indiana Pacers

Tom Thibodeau On Potentially Starting Immanuel Quickley: 'We're Still Evaluating'

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Isaiah Thomas In Talks With Handful Of Teams Over Potential Return

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

Pacers Receive $2.6 Million, Two Second-Round Picks To Complete James Harden Trade

Shams Charania/The Athletic

James Harden To Start For Nets, Steve Nash Wants Kyrie Irving To Workout Before Game Return

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Six Wizards Players Test Positive For COVID-19, Three More In Protocol

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Billy Donovan Says Bulls 'Don't Know How' To Win Following Loss To Thunder

Royce Young/ESPN

Paul George On Mentality This Season: 'I'm Coming Back With Vengeance'

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Giannis Antetokounmpo On Working Through Free Throw Struggles: Just Shoot More


LeBron James Signs With PepsiCo, Expected To Promote Mountain Dew Brand

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Kyrie Irving Ready For Return, Won't Play In Saturday's Game

Malika Andrews/ESPN

Karl-Anthony Towns Tests Positive For COVID-19


NBA Doesn't Expect Shutdown Of Season Or Return To Bubble

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

James Harden: I Wasn't Trying To Be Disrespectful To Rockets

Malika Andrews/ESPN

Heat Have 'High' Level Of Interest In Trading For Bradley Beal

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

NBA, NBPA Discuss Adding Third Two-Way Contract Per Team

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Jusuf Nurkic To Undergo Surgery On Fractured Right Wrist, Out Eight Weeks

Shams Charania/The Athletic