Basketball Wiretap

LeBron James Says He And Lonzo Ball 'One And The Same' In Playmaking Ability

Dec 16, 2018 2:31 AM

LeBron James and Lonzo Ball became the first teammates to record triple-doubles in the same game since Jason Kidd and Vince Carter achieved the feat in 2007 as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Charlotte Hornets 128-100.

James finished the game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists, while Ball had 16 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds. James let Ball know in the fourth quarter that the second-year guard was close to a triple-double. 

In describing the synergy between his and Ball's all-around game, James said "we just try to do a little bit of everything to help our team win. We're one and the same when it comes to our playmaking ability. We're always looking for our teammates, and that's the greatest satisfaction we can have when we see our teammates score the ball. We've always been pretty good rebounders for our position -- him at the guard spot, me at the forward spot. And then being able to put the ball in the hole as well. We just try to be aggressive, attack the rim, make shots from the outside when guys disrespect us, and we showed all of that tonight". 

James has been encouraging Ball to be more aggressive in putting defenses under pressure throughout the season. 

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Tags: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Chris Wallace: Grizzlies Were 'Very Clear' About Who Was In Failed Trade

Dec 16, 2018 2:14 AM

In the fallout from the failed three-team trade involving the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards, Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace reiterated that he was "very clear" about which player with the last name Brooks he was willing to deal.

The Suns thought they would receive the 22-year-old Dillon Brooks from Memphis. Wallace wanted to trade the 29-year-od MarShon Brooks instead. 

The confusion lead to the deal getting called off, although the Wizards and the Suns would complete a similar deal centered around Trevor Ariza and Kelly Oubre without a third team. 

Wallace said "what happened last night was unfathomable. I've never experienced this before...[the failed agreement] forced me to do something I've never done in 30-plus years working in this league with seven teams, is to drag two players out of a locker room and tell them they've been traded and then eventually have to come back and tell them, 'Oh, no, you haven't been traded". 

Suns officials said they talked directly to the Grizzlies about Dillon Brooks, while Grizzlies officials said the deal was negotiated through Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld. 


Tags: Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Marvin Bagley To Be Re-Evaluated In 10-14 Days

Dec 15, 2018 2:04 PM

Marvin Bagley is set to miss at least the next 10 days after an MRI revealed a bone bruise on his left knee. 

Bagley suffered the injury in the second quarter against the Warriors.

Bagley is averaging 12.7 points and 6.1 rebounds on the season. 

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Tags: Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Injury

Woj: Anthony Davis Would Only Re-Sign With Pelicans Due To Supermax

Dec 15, 2018 12:44 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have been one of the NBA's most aggressive teams on the trade market as they attempt to build a strong enough team around Ant

"The biggest story in the NBA: A 25-year-old big man who can do literally everything on the court is approaching the most pivotal moment of his career and a moment that can pivot the entire landscape of the league," said Zach Lowe. "Davis is already eligible for a supermax.

"If he says 'no' to that, the entire league is now in disarray because anyone with trade assets will be doing everything they can to get Anthony Davis."

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Pelicans thought they had a better team than they were expecting entering the 18-19 season and have been frustrated by their inability to gauge their team due to injuries.

"Boston has been hawking Anthony Davis for years," said Wojnarowski. 

The Celtics have been hoping to use all of their accumulated young players and draft assets to trade for Davis, but now the Los Angeles Lakers have a legitimate shot for Davis

"There's no deal coming here for New Orleans where Anthony Davis looks and says 'Hey, I think I can win a championship here.'

"If he stays with the Pelicans, it's going to be because of five years and $235 million."

Both Wojnarowski and Lowe predict Davis will turn down the supermax.

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Tags: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kawhi Leonard Has Been Focused On 'Home And L.A.'

Dec 15, 2018 12:25 PM

The acquisition of Kawhi Leonard by the Toronto Raptors has gone extremely well, but they remain nervous about their odds of re-signing him in 2019.

"They can't change the geography. They can't change the weather in Toronto. Those were always be things against them in this," said Adrian Wojnarowski. "Home and L.A. has been the focus for Kawhi Leonard through all of this."

Wojnarowski also added that quality of life will also be a priority for Leonard and that his prior championship changes the equation for some players. 

Leonard previously sought a trade from the San Antonio Spurs to one of the two Los Angeles teams.

The Los Angeles Clippers have been sending Lawrence Frank to an inordinate number Raptors' games and have been treating Leonard's impending free agency almost like a college recruiting process. 

Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Magic, Pelinka Have Been Hoping To Get Their Own Head Coach Hire For Lakers At Some Point

Dec 15, 2018 12:19 PM

The future of Luke Walton as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers has been a topic of discussion this season as he was hired before Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka were hired.

"We know since Magic's taken over, they have been hoping to get their own coach in at some point," said Adrian Wojnarowski. "We saw it play in the meeting they had when Magic really went after Luke."

Jeanie Buss has so far protected the job security of Walton while allowing Johnson and Pelinka to overhaul all other aspects of the franchise.

Wojnarowski added that Walton doesn't fit Johnson's mold of what a head coach should be with Pat Riley as the template.

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Suns Trade Trevor Ariza To Wizards For Kelly Oubre, Austin Rivers

Dec 15, 2018 12:14 PM

The Phoenix Suns have agreed to trade Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards for Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers.

The deal was reworked after the Suns and Memphis Grizzlies disagreed on the inclusion of either MarShon Brooks or Dillon Brooks.

Ariza signed a one-year, $15 million deal with the Suns during the offseason and became trade-eligible on Saturday.

Ariza and his agent, Aaron Mintz of CAA, had hoped that the Los Angeles Lakers could complete a deal with the Suns. Robert Sarver became more sensitive about trading Ariza to the Lakers following the criticism the Suns received after buying out Chandler to allow him to join the Lakers.

The Wizards weren't expecting to have enough flexibility to re-sign Oubre in restricted free agency.

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Tags: Trevor Ariza, Kelly Oubre, Jr., Austin Rivers, Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Lakers Saving Picks, Top Young Players For Anthony Davis Trade

Dec 15, 2018 12:12 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers figure to remain active leading to the trade deadline, but it will be the types of deals that don't mortgage their future.

"Here's the line they have to walk: they're not going to give away picks and their top young players in some deal that makes them incrementally better this season because they have to save all those assets for Anthony Davis, a big trade this summer either pre or post free agency," said Adrian Wojnarowski. 

The Lakers signed Tyson Chandler after his buyout and have also pursued Trevor Ariza.

"The absolute dream scenario, people talk about (how) they can trade for Anthony Davis or sign a free agent. The dream scenario is they do both."

Lowe also talked about the goal is to sign a free agent first using their cap space and then use their remaining assets to trade for Davis.

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Tags: Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Trevor Ariza Trade Off The Table After Confusion Over MarShon And Dillon Brooks

Dec 14, 2018 11:28 PM

A potential three-team trade involving Trevor Ariza is considered dead after the Phoenix Suns mistakenly thought they would receive Dillon Brooks instead of MarShon Brooks from the Memphis Grizzlies. 

The framework for the original deal involved Trevor Ariza going to the Wizards, Kelly Oubre going to the Grizzlies, and Austin Rivers, Wayne Selden, and MarShon Brooks heading to the Suns.

But the Suns wanted Dillon Brooks instead of MarShon Brooks. Memphis then called off the deal.

The confusion happened due to the Wizards brokering the deal between them, the Suns, and the Grizzlies. Grizzlies and Suns officials never communicated directly until the trade was almost finalized, leading to the confusion.

The Suns and Wizards are still interested in a deal involving Ariza and are searching for a third team. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Trevor Ariza, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Paul George Says This Season Is Best He's Ever Played

Dec 14, 2018 9:23 PM

Paul George has credited his bond with Russell Westbrook on and off the court as a key reason for this season's career year. His averages of 24.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game are all career-highs.

George also ranks third in real plus-minus.

"I think just the experience and not having to shoulder everything offensively, it's definitely helped..but I do feel I've grown, and just been seasoned, just knowing how to attack, how to play off certain defenses," George said.

George also added that he told Billy Donovan to stop calling plays for him, preferring to find scoring opportunities within the flow of the game. 

"I've always been a guy to just let the game come to me...if it's a shot for me, if I can make a play, create for someone else, I'll do that. A lot of times you run a play, everybody's watching, everybody's locked in, everybody's pulling over and it just makes the game tougher for me. I like it when I can kind of manipulate and be on attack mode where they don't know what to do, as opposed to a play other teams [can] scout."

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Tags: Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

NBA Close To Adding G League Team In Mexico
The Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls are the two most popular teams in Mexico.

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76ers Have Rejected Multiple Trade Offers For Markelle Fultz
The 76ers have yet receive any offers for Markelle Fultz that represent equal value in their estimation.

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Bulls Discussing Jabari Parker Trade
Jabari Parker signed a two-year, $40 million contract with the Bulls in the offseason.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Joakim Noah Admits He Partied Too Much In New York
Joakim Noah now admits that he wasn't quite mature enough to handle living in New York.

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Pistons, Magic Interested In Markelle Fultz
Markelle Fultz is making $8.3 million this season.

Vince Ellis/Detroit Free Press

RealGM Radio: NBA Ownership With Amin Elhassan
Host Danny Leroux and Amin Elhassan of ESPN go in-depth on a topic that is a passion for both of them: the importance of ownership in the NBA.

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Lakers Players Put Hands Behind Back To Protest Foul Calls Against Rockets
LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, and Lonzo Ball each expressed their frustration with how Rockets players draw fouls.

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Robert Sarver Says Suns Are Staying In Phoenix In Video Release
Robert Sarver added that he wanted to build a first-class practice facility in addition to renovating Talking Stick Resort Arena.

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Jabari Parker Out Of Bulls Rotation
Parker signed a two-year, $40 million deal last summer.

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Dunc'd On: Shooting Guard Rankings 2018-19
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux rank today's NBA SGs.

Harrison Barnes Criticizes Refs, Frustrated By Inability To Draw Fouls
Barnes is averaging just 4.1 foul shots per game this season.

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Spencer Dinwiddie Agrees To Three-Year, $34M Extension With Nets
Spencer Dinwiddie recently became eligible for an extension.

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Jonas Valanciunas Out Four Weeks With Surgery On Dislocated Thumb
Jonas Valanciunas suffered the injury in the first half of Toronto's win at the Warriors.

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Kawhi Leonard Focused On Basketball, Not Media
Kawhi Leonard is not bothered by what is said about him.

Kurt Helin/NBC Sports

Derek Fisher's Hire At Lending Firm Receives Criticism From Current And Former Players
Derek Fisher has joined a company specializing in alternative lending.

Chris Thompson/Deadspin

Knicks To Sign Allonzo Trier To Two-Year Deal, Waive Ron Baker
Allonzo Trier was on a two-way contract with the Knicks.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Phil Jackson Spotted At Lakers' Practice Facility
Phil Jackson still has ties to Jeanie Buss, Kurt Rambis, Luke Walton and Coby Karl.

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Kyrie Irving Challenges Jaylen Brown To Overcome Early Struggles
Brown has struggled to translate the high expectations from his play during last season's playoff run to this season.

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Steph Curry Says Raptors Have 'A Little Bit Of Everything' After Loss
The Raptors, lead by Kyle Lowry's 23 points and 12 assists, beat the Warriors without Kawhi Leonard.

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Dirk Nowitzki To Make Season Debut Against Suns
Nowitzki will set an NBA record for most seasons played with one team.

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