Basketball Wiretap

Eric Moreland Agrees To Partially Guaranteed Deal With Raptors

Sep 18, 2018 2:49 PM

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal with Eric Moreland.

Moreland played in 67 games last season with the Detroit Pistons.

Moreland went undrafted in 2014 out of Oregon State.

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Tags: Eric Moreland, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Expect Zhaire Smith To Return Around Christmas

Sep 18, 2018 10:42 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers expect Zhaire Smith to return from his Jones fracture surgery around Christmas.

Smith underwent surgery on Aug. 9 to repair an acute Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot.

The typical recovery time is six to eight weeks but teams usually add two to three weeks for recovery time.

Smith suffered the injury Aug. 6 while participating in Tim Grgurich's development camp in Las Vegas.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Zhaire Smith, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Jabari Bird Sought Mental Health Help Before Domestic Violence Incident

Sep 18, 2018 10:29 AM

Jabari Bird had begun to deal with emotional issues in the weeks leading up to a Sept. 7 incident in which he has been charged with kidnapping, assault and battery on his girlfriend.

Before his arraignment last Thursday, Bird was being held for psychiatric evaluation.

People around Bird have been aware that he recently had been experiencing, according to one source close to him, “panic attacks and things like that. It wasn’t a long-term thing, but everyone knew. The Celtics knew there was something going on and he was being treated.”

Said another, “This wasn’t one of the domestic-violence situations you usually see where someone gets jealous for one thing and loses control. There was something deeper going on here with (Bird). This was a bad situation.”

Bird's girlfriend told the authorities he sent her a text threatening to kill himself. Bird was convinced to surrender to authorities. 

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Tags: Jabari Bird, Boston Celtics, NBA

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Xavier Silas Signs Camp Deal With Nuggets

Sep 17, 2018 10:16 PM

Xavier Silas has agreed to a camp deal with the Denver Nuggets.

Silas primarily played in the G League last season with the Northern Arizona Suns.

Silas is a 30-year-old shooting guard.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Xavier Silas, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lee Jenkins Joins Front Office Of Clippers As Executive Director Of Research And Insight

Sep 17, 2018 10:10 PM

Lee Jenkins has agreed to join the front office of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jenkins is a longtime writer for Sports Illustrated, specializing in feature stories on the NBA.

Jenkins will have the title of Executive Director of Research and Insight. Jenkins will work alongside Lawrence Frank and Michael Winger.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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NBA Projects $118M Cap For 2020-21

Sep 17, 2018 9:45 PM

The NBA has informed every team of updated projected salary cap and tax levels for the 2019-20 season ($109 million, $132 million) and 2020-21 ($118 million, $143 million).

Since the cap jumped significantly in 2016, it has remained relatively flat.

The cap is $2 million higher for the 2020-21 season due to BRI projections and a projected shortfall-based adjustment.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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Jarrett Jack Agrees To One-Year Deal With Pelicans

Sep 17, 2018 6:30 PM

Jarrett Jack has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Jack has had two previous stints with the Pelicans.

Jack averaged 7.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 62 games last season with the Knicks.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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76ers Plan Additional Talks With GM Candidates Gersson Rosas, Justin Zanik

Sep 17, 2018 4:57 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers are planning additional dialogue with general manager candidates Gersson Rosas and Justin Zanik.

Rosas currently works in the front office of the Houston Texans while Zanik is with the Utah Jazz.

The 76ers are also considering internal candidates.

Philadelphia is searching for a replacement for Bryan Colangelo.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Houston Rockets, Philadelphia Sixers, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Netflix Has No Plans To Pursue Live Sports Programming

Sep 17, 2018 1:12 PM

Netflix has not plans to pursue live sports broadcasting, which is something their rival Amazon has done.

“I think in terms of live sports there’s nothing we can do differently from a television broadcaster, so it doesn’t add additional value,” said Netflix VP of business development EMEA Maria Ferreras. “You can never say never, but there’s no plans to go into that.”

Netflix, however, will continue to look to pursue documentary programming in the sports category.

The NBA is currently in a multi-year deal with ESPN and Turner while they've also worked with YouTube.

Robert Mitchell/Variety

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Spurs Sign Drew Eubanks To Two-Way Deal

Sep 17, 2018 1:02 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have agreed to sign Drew Eubanks to a two-way deal.

Eubanks went undrafted out of Oregon State.

Eubanks averaged 5.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game for the Spurs in Summer League.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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Spurs Hire Brent Barry For Front Office Job
Brent Barry has interviewed for several front office positions in recent years while working in broadcasting for Turner.

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Dunc'd On: SAS Outlook w/ Jabari Young; MEM Outlook w/ Chris Herrington
Interim host Danny Leroux breaks down the Spurs with Jabari Young and the Grizzlies with Chris Herrington

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Jeff Bzdelik Retires From Assistant Coach Position With Rockets
Jeff Bzdelik is credited as being the architect of the Rockets' improved defense.

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Dwyane Wade Announces He'll Sign One-Year Deal With Heat
Dwyane Wade will retire following the 18-19 season.

ESPN

Jimmy Butler Meeting With Tom Thibodeau, Scott Layden To Discuss Situation
The situation is nearing a fork in the road with Jimmy Butler.

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RealGM Radio: Andrew Sharp, Mike Prada On The Southeast Division
Host Danny Leroux, Mike Prada of SB Nation and Andrew Sharp of Sports Illustrated break down the NBA’s Southeast Division.

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Alan Williams To Sign Two-Way Deal With Nets
Alan Williams has played for the Suns since the 15-16 season.

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Knicks Expected To Waive And Stretch Joakim Noah Before Start Of Camp
While the Knicks are fielding trade calls for Joakim Noah, a waive and stretch is appearing likely.

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Kobi Simmons Signs One-Year Deal With Cavaliers
Kobi Simmons was recently released from a two-way deal with the Grizzlies.

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Dwyane Wade Still Not Prepared To Make Decision On 18-19
Training camp is beginning in less than two weeks but Dwyane Wade is not ready to make a decision.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Hubie Brown Close To Multi-Year Extension With ESPN
Hubie Brown is 85 years old.

Andrew Marchand/New York Post

Dirk Nowitzki May Be Willing To Play 6th Man Role
Dirk Nowitzki has primarily been playing center over the past few seasons but the Mavericks acquired DeAndre Jordan this offseason.

Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Gordon Hayward Playing Full-Contact 5-On-5
Gordon Hayward said he's 100 percent and expects to play in Boston's season opener.

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Jabari Bird Allegedly Strangled Victim At Least A Dozen Times
Jabari Bird has entered a not guilty plea.

ESPN

Dewayne Dedmon Making Progress From Fractured Left Ankle
Dewayne Dedmon's walking boot has been removed.

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Raptors To Sign Deng Adel To Partially Guaranteed Deal
Deng Adel had previously agreed to a camp deal with the Wolves.

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Cavaliers Sign Isaac Hamilton, Scoochie Smith To Camp Deals
Isaac Hamilton went to camp with Cleveland last year and then played with Canton.

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Dunc'd On: DEN Outlook w/ Adam Mares; ORL Outlook w/ Danny
Nate Duncan previews the season for the Nuggets with Adam Mares and the Magic with Danny Leroux.

Heat Exercise Third-Year Option On Bam Adebayo
Bam Adebayo averaged 6.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 19.8 minutes while shooting 51.2 percent from the field as a rookie.

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Russell Westbrook Undergoes Knee Surgery
Russell Westbrook was feeling some stiffness in the last week.

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