Basketball Wiretap

Nuggets Not Sure If Michael Porter Will Play At All During 18-19 Season

Jun 22, 2018 7:32 PM

The Denver Nuggets are not sure if Michael Porter Jr. will play in Summer League, or even at all during the 18-19 season, according to Josh Kroenke.

Porter fell to No. 14 due to concerns with his medicals.

Sources say the Sacramento Kings seriously considered taking Porter at No. 2.

Porter walked around with a slight limp before his post-draft news conference.

Three officials from teams with top-10 picks told The Undefeated they were highly concerned about Porter Jr.’s health.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Tags: Michael Porter, Jr., Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Wilson Chandler Exercises $12.8M Player Option With Nuggets

Jun 22, 2018 6:02 PM

Wilson Chandler will exercise his $12.8 million player option for the 18-19 season with the Denver Nuggets.

Chandler signed a four-year, $46 million extension in 2015 with the Nuggets.

Denver acquired Chandler in the 2011 Carmelo Anthony trade with the Knicks.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mavericks Chose Sending FRP To Hawks Over Taking On Kent Bazemore's Contract

Jun 22, 2018 5:57 PM

The Dallas Mavericks had the option to swap Wesley Matthews for Kent Bazemore instead of sending a future first round pick to the Atlanta Hawks in their draft night trade.

Bazemore is owed $18.1 million in 18-19 and $19.27 million in 19-20 compared to just $18.6 million in total to Wesley Matthews.

The Mavericks found that price to be too high and instead send a pick to the Hawks that is top-5 protected in each of the next two seasons, top-3 in 2021 and 2022, and unprotected in 2023.

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Tags: Kent Bazemore, Wesley Matthews, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Carmelo Anthony Will Not Opt Out Of $27.9M Deal With Thunder

Jun 22, 2018 5:49 PM

Carmelo Anthony will not opt out of his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the 18-19 season.

Anthony is owed $27.9 million next season.

The Thunder could pursue a buyout with Anthony or possibly trade him.

Oklahoma City could have a tax bill approaching $80 million if Paul George re-signs on a max salary starting at $30.3 million.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Luka Doncic Unlikely To Play In Summer League

Jun 22, 2018 2:36 PM

Luka Doncic is unlikely to play in Summer League for the Dallas Mavericks.

The Mavericks are concerned about the workload for Doncic as he just finished up his season with Real Madrid.

Doncic also played for Slovenia in last summer's EuroBasket.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Summer League

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Draymond Green Spent Draft Night In Warriors' War Room

Jun 22, 2018 2:11 PM

Draymond Green was in the Golden State Warriors' draft room on Thursday.

“He could do whatever he wants, I imagine," said Bob Myers. "He could be in the media, he could be a GM, he could be a coach. He’s just a winner.”

The Warriors picked Jacob Evans at No. 28.

At some point during the draft, Green elucidated the Warriors purpose as a perennial contender.

“There are 82-game players, then there are 16-game players,” Green said.

Ethan Strauss/The Athletic

Tags: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Report: Chris Paul, Rockets Have Tension On Contract Situation

Jun 22, 2018 12:22 PM

Chris Paul orchestrated an opt-in-and-trade to the Houston Rockets last offseason to delay his free agency by one season. Paul had an excellent season but injury issues plagued him.

Since then, the Rockets were also sold to Tilman Fertitta, which could complicate contract discussions with Paul.

"From what I'm told, there is tension now between Houston and Chris Paul. There was definitely some type of handshake, wink-wink, we're going to max you out last summer. Now, they're not so sure. Houston, with good reason, doesn't want to do that. They have an out because they have new ownership. So Daryl Morey can go to Chris Paul and be like 'I want to do it, but we've got the new owner and he doesn't want to give you five years.'

"Could Chris and LeBron go to the Lakers? Can Chris Paul go elsewhere? Which would open up Houston.. I don't think LeBron would go there with them doing that to Chris Paul and he doesn't want to be there long-term.

"I'm told LeBron hasn't made a decision yet because there are so many moving parts."

Chris Broussard/Fox Sports

Tags: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Inform LiAngleo Ball He Won't Be On Summer League Team

Jun 22, 2018 12:03 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have formally informed LiAngelo Ball that he won't be on their Summer League team.

The Lakers were determined to make the decision on LiAngelo Ball strictly a basketball one.

“Obviously there’s more to it than basketball,” said a source.

LaVar Ball has publicly pushed for the Lakers to have all three of his sons on their team.

The Lakers selected Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: LiAngelo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Summer League

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Bulls Had Interest In Trading Up For Marvin Bagley III, Jaren Jackson

Jun 22, 2018 12:01 PM

The Chicago Bulls stayed at No. 7 in the 2018 NBA Draft and selected Wendell Carter Jr.

But the Bulls tried to trade up for Marvin Bagley III and Jaren Jackson.

Sources say the Bulls' efforts never got close. The Bulls did discuss trades with both the Atlanta Hawks at No. 3 and Memphis Grizzlies at No. 4.

The Bulls didn't want to sacrifice future first round picks to move up, or take on the contract of Chandler Parsons.

The Bulls privately had hoped the Kings would become enamored with Michael Porter Jr., dropping Bagley to a slot from which the Bulls could possibly trade up and acquire Bagley.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Marvin Bagley III, Jaren Jackson, Jr., Wendell Carter, Jr., Chicago Bulls, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Hawks Pulled Out Of Trade With Bucks After Donte DiVincenzo Pick Leaked

Jun 22, 2018 11:55 AM

Travis Schlenk told 95.7 The Game in San Francisco on Friday that the Atlanta Hawks had a deal in place to acquire the No. 17 pick from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for a draft pick.

But Schlenk ended up not executing the trade after it leaked that the Bucks were going to take Donte DiVincenzo instead of Kevin Huerter.

"Last night, for instance, we had the 19th pick and we're coming down and we're actually talking to Milwaukee on the 17th pick, talking about trading up to get a guy we like," Schlenk said. "There's were a couple of guys we felt really good about on the 19th pick, obviously Kevin [Huerter] was one of them, and it leaked who Milwaukee was going to take.

"So, all of a sudden, we were able to pull back out of that deal and keep the draft pick instead of packaging picks to move up because we knew that two guys on the board we felt really good about and only one team in between us so that was beneficial to us last night."

ESPN

Tags: Donte DiVincenzo, Kevin Huerter, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Hawks Agree To Sign Jaylen Adams To Two-Way Contract
Jaylen Adams went undrafted out of St. Bonaventure.

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Jazz Sought Input From Donovan Mitchell On Drafting Grayson Allen
Dennis Lindsey revealed that Donovan Mitchell texted David Morway after the Utah rookie watched him workout at CAA.

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Clippers Sign Angel Delgado To Two-Way Contract
The Clippers were largely dependent on their two-way players last season in Jamil Wilson and Tyrone Williams.

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Heat View Hassan Whiteside Situation As Salvageable
The Heat have realized that Hassan Whiteside's trade value is heavily diminished.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Nets Agree To Four-Year Deal With Rodions Kurucs
The Nets used the 40th overall pick in the draft on Rodions Kurucs.

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Spurs Publicly Say They Still Prefer To Retain Kawhi Leonard
R.C. Buford said "Kawhi Leonard and his family mean a lot to our organization."

San Antonio Express-News

Donnie Nelson Advocated For Luka Doncic As He Did Giannis Antetokounmpo In 2013
The last time Donnie Nelson advocated to Mark Cuban to trade up for a player prior to Luka Doncic, it was for Antetokounmpo.

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Cavaliers Continue Dialogue With LeBron James' Camp While Respecting His Space

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Lakers Remain Prepared To Wait For 2019 If 2018 Targets Don't Commit
Rob Pelinka talked about how the Lakers' past success makes some teams not want to work with them.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Rockets Sign Gary Clark To Two-Way Contract
Gary Clark went undrafted out of Cincinnati.

RealGM Staff Report

Dunc'd On: 2018 NBA Draft
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux recap the NBA Draft.

Theo Pinson Agrees To Two-Way Deal With Nets
Theo Pinson went undrafted out of North Carolina.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

LeBron James Still Trying To Get Stars To Join Him With Cavaliers
LeBron James is a few days away from free agency and continues to pursue his options to remain with the Cavaliers.

Ryen Russillo/ESPN

Knicks Sign Allonzo Trier To Two-Way Contract
Allonzo Trier went undrafted out of Arizona.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

76ers Trade Mikal Bridges To Suns For Zhaire Smith, Miami's 2021 First Rounder Pick
The Suns acquired the draft pick from the Heat in the Goran Dragic trade.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Cavaliers, Lakers Believed To Be Frontrunners For LeBron James
LeBron James' family is believed to prefer Northeast Ohio or Los Angeles.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Mavericks Agree To Trade With Hawks For No. 3 To Select Luka Doncic
The Mavericks have been targeting Luka Doncic.

Marc Stein/New York Times

2018 NBA Draft: Full Results
The Suns have selected Deandre Ayton first overall.

RealGM Staff Report

Michael Porter Jr. Projected To Fall Due To New Medical On Back
Adrian Wojnarowski reports there is a new medical report on Michael Porter that questions the long-term viability of his back.

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Mavericks Trying To Move Up To No. 3 To Select Luka Doncic
If the Hawks move down with a Luka Doncic trade, they will target Trae Young.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN