Basketball Wiretap

D'Angelo Russell 'Excited For New Opportunity To Start Over' With Nets

Aug 18, 2017 10:28 PM

D'Angelo Russell was asked whether he believes he was treated fairly by the Los Angeles Lakers.

“It’s business, man," said Russell. "That’s how I got to look at it. A lot of things happen in this league and you don’t agree with it or however you may feel about it and at the end of the day realize it’s business.”

Russell was asked for his reaction to the trade to the Brooklyn Nets. 

“I was excited. I was excited to get a new opportunity to start over, but it definitely caught me off guard. You see guys get traded you never think it would have to be you until it does. New step for me.”

WFAN (via Anthony Puccio/Nets Daily)

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Russell Westbrook Voted MVP By Fellow Players

Aug 18, 2017 10:23 PM

Russell Westbrook has been voted by his peers as Most Valuable Player for the 16-17 season.

Awards were given during the 2017 Players Voice Awards announced via Twitter on Friday.

Malcolm Brogdon won Rookie of the Year while Kawhi Leonard was named "Best Defender".

Gregg Popovich was voted the "Coach You'd Most Like To Play For," LeBron James was "Player You Secretly Wish Was On Your Team," and Vince Carter was "Most Influential Veteran."

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Award

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Knicks Sign Xavier Rathan-Mayes

Aug 18, 2017 10:13 PM

The New York Knicks have signed Xavier Rathan-Mayes.

Rathan-Mayes, 6-4, 208-pounds, played three seasons at Florida State University, averaging 12.4 points and 4.5 assists over 30.5 minutes in 100 games. As a junior (2016-17), he averaged 10.6 points on 45.3-percent shooting, 4.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds over 27.7 minutes in 35 games. He is fourth in Seminole history with 451 career assists and earned 2016-17 All-ACC Defensive team honors. The Markham, Ontario-native was a member of the Knicks’ entry in the 2017 NBA summer league in Orlando, FL to average 6.0 points and 3.5 assists over 17.8 minutes in four games.

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Tags: Xavier Rathan-Mayes, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jamel Artis Signs With Knicks

Aug 18, 2017 10:11 PM

The New York Knicks have signed Jamel Artis.

Artis, 6-7, 213-pounds, played four seasons at the University of Pittsburgh, averaging 12.6 points, on 47-percent shooting, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists over 27.6 minutes in 135 games. As a senior, he averaged 18.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and a team-high 3.3 assists over 34.3 minutes in 32 games. Artis finished his career as one of three players in the program’s history to register at least 1,600 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists in a career. The Baltimore, MD-native was a member of the Knicks’ entry in the 2017 NBA summer league in Orlando, FL to average 8.8 points over 19.4 minutes in five games.

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Tags: Jamel Artis, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Sign Daniel Dixon

Aug 18, 2017 10:10 PM

The Boston Celtics have agreed upon a deal with Daniel Dixon.

Dixon played collegiately at William & Mary and went undrafted in 2017.

Dixon didn't participate in Summer League.

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Tags: Daniel Dixon, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Michael Beasley: I've Always Been A Walking Bucket

Aug 18, 2017 10:08 PM

Michael Beasley calls himself “a walking bucket’’ and thinks he’ll score a lot of them at Madison Square Garden because he’s “always done well with pressure.’’

Beasley spent last season with the Milwaukee Bucks and signed with the New York Knicks this offseason on a one-year, $2.1 million deal.

“I’ll bring what they saw in college,’’ Beasley told The Post in a robust phone interview Friday from his home in Washington D.C. “ I just need the opportunity to show that. Look at my nine-year career, I’ve always been close to a point a minute. I’ve always been a walking bucket. Nobody can stop me, hasn’t stopped me my last nine years. Every time I’ve touched the ball, the defender’s scared. I’m at the point of my career I’m just tired of not getting the acknowledgement of being who I am.

“I’ve always been the quiet, not-stand-up-for-myself-kind-of-guy. Not being disrespectful. But I want my respect. For the last nine years, I’ve been a walking bucket, man. Anytime you want a point, I’ll give you a point, no matter what the circumstances, who the player is defending me.’’

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Tags: Michael Beasley, New York Knicks, NBA

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Jeff Withey Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Mavericks

Aug 18, 2017 8:03 PM

Jeff Withey has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

Withey gives the Mavericks depth at center while they continue their restricted free agency stand-off with Nerlens Noel.

Withey has played four seasons in the NBA, splitting time with the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans.

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Jordan Mickey Agrees Upon Two-Year Deal With Heat

Aug 18, 2017 11:33 AM

The Miami Heat are finalizing a $1.5 million deal with Jordan Mickey.

The contract will have a team option for the 18-19 season.

Mickey was an early second round pick by the Boston Celtics in 2015. Mickey appeared sparingly in 41 games with the Celtics over the past two seasons.

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Nigel Hayes Agrees Upon Partially Guaranteed Deal With Knicks

Aug 17, 2017 8:08 PM

The New York Knicks have agreed upon a partially guaranteed deal with Nigel Hayes.

Hayes played for the Knicks in Summer League, averaging 5.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 15.4 minutes per game.

Hayes went undrafted out of Wisconsin.

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Tags: Nigel Hayes, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dan Friedkin Interested In Purchasing Rockets

Aug 17, 2017 7:53 PM

Dan Friedkin is interested in purchasing the Houston Rockets.

Friedkin's wealth primarily comes from owning Gulf States Toyota Distributors. Toyota already has the naming rights to the Rockets' arena.

“Over the years we have enjoyed a close partnership with the Rockets and Les(lie Alexander) through Toyota’s naming rights of the arena,” Friedkin told Fox 26 through a statement. “As a Rockets fan and Houstonian it would be exciting and a privilege to build on the storied legacy of NBA basketball in this city.”

Friedkin is worth approximately $8.4 billion.

Friedkin becomes the second billionaire to enter the race, after Houston native Tilman Fertitta announced his interest. 

In July, Les Alexander announced he intended to sell the Rockets.

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Celtics Sign Andrew White On Partially Guaranteed Deal
Andrew White led Syracuse in scoring last season and went undrafted.

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Wizards Agree Upon One-Year Deal With Donald Sloan
Donald Sloan spent last season in China.

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Kevin Durant Won't Visit White House With Donald Trump In Office
The Warriors are scheduled to play at the Wizards on Feb. 28th, but the White House has yet to extend a formal invitation.

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K.J. McDaniels Agrees Upon Partially Guaranteed Deal With Raptors
In 20 games with the Nets, K.J. McDaniels averaged 6.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14.7 minutes.

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Daryl Morey: James Harden Is An Unbelievable Recruiter
Daryl Morey was asked about how James Harden factored into the recruitment of Chris Paul to the Rockets.

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Dunc'd On: TOR Season Outlook With Blake Murphy; SAS With Jeff McDonald
A deep dive into the prospects for the Raptors and Spurs this season.

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Sources Deny Report LeBron James Has Decided To Leave Cleveland In 2018
LeBron James can become a free agent in 2018 but he remains undecided on his future.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Dwyane Wade, Bulls Expected To Eventually Agree Upon Buyout
Dwyane Wade exercised his opt-in clause in June for $23.8 million for the 17-18 season.

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Clippers Sign Tyrone Wallace
In the G-League last season, Tyrone Wallace averaged 14.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

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Bob Weiss Hired By Nuggets As Assistant Coach
Bob Weiss spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the Hornets.

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Nuggets Hire Calvin Booth As Assistant General Manager
Calvin Booth most recently served as Director of Pro Personnel for the Wolves.

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Westbrook, Durant, Kawhi Given Best Odds To Win 2018 MVP
Russell Westbrook won the award last season while Kevin Durant won in 2014.

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Warriors Sign Georges Niang To Deal With Partial Guarantee
Georges Niang appeared in 23 games last season for the Pacers as a rookie.

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Porter, Bagley, Ayton, Doncic Comprise Top-4 Of ESPN's First 2018 Mock Draft
Michael Porter Jr. ranks No. 1 on ESPN's first mock draft for 2018.

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RealGM Radio: Central Division With Nate Duncan, Dan Feldman
Host Danny Leroux, Nate Duncan of the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast and Dan Feldman of NBC's Pro Basketball Talk go in-depth on the NBA’s Central Division.

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Pacers Sign Damien Wilkins, Ben Moore
Ben Moore is a 6-8 rookie forward who played at SMU.

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Raptors Sign Kyle Wiltjer
Kyle Wiltjer appeared in 14 games for the Rockets last season.

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Kristaps Porzingis Emerges As Cavaliers' Primary Trade Target
The Cavaliers would need to take on the three seasons and $55 million remaining on the contract of Joakim Noah.

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Kyrie Irving, Spurs Have Mutual Interest
The Spurs have interest in Kyrie Irving while he would be willing to commit to signing with the franchise long-term.

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Cavaliers Fixated On Acquiring Young Star For Kyrie Irving
While Cleveland wants LeBron James to re-sign, they are fearful of making a Kyrie Irving trade that doesn't allow them to rebuild for the long-term.

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