December 2017 Basketball Wiretap

RealGM Radio: Jared Weiss On The Celtics

Dec 31, 2017 10:49 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Jared Weiss of The Celtics Wire (@JaredWeissNBA) go in-depth on the Boston Celtics.

They discuss the development of young players Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown; Boston’s place in the NBA’s hierarchy; Gordon Hayward’s status this season; integrating Kyrie Irving and much more.

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Heat Sign Derrick Jones Jr. To Two-Way Contract, Waive Matt Williams Jr.

Dec 31, 2017 3:15 PM

The Miami Heat will sign Derrick Jones Jr. to a two-way contract.

Jones was released by the Phoenix Suns in early December. Jones has appeared in 38 games, all with the Suns, over his first two NBA seasons, averaging 4.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in an average of 15.2 minutes.

The Heat released Matt Williams Jr. from his two-way contract.

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Anthony Davis: I'm Not Frustrated

Dec 31, 2017 10:53 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans are back down to .500 after losing consecutive games to the Mavericks and Knicks.

“I’m not frustrated,” Anthony Davis said. “We’re fine. We just have to take care of business on the road. We have to get back to playing how we were playing before, which is with a lot of energy. But, I’m not frustrated. I’m disappointed we dropped these two.”

Davis had 31 points and nine rebounds in the game.

The Pelicans are now 9-9 at home.

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Rudy Gobert Out Two More Weeks With Knee Injury

Dec 31, 2017 10:46 AM

Rudy Gobert was re-evaluated on Saturday and is expected to miss two more weeks.

Gobert is showing progress towards his return as he's participating in light workouts and individual drills in practice.

Gobert suffered a left PCL sprain and bone bruise on Dec. 15.

A right tibia contusion also sidelined Gobert for 11 games earlier in the season.

“Rudy’s working and trying to get back, there’s nothing that his teammates or myself can do to accelerate that,” said Quin Snyder. “We see him every day. He’s been great about staying connected to the team, but having an advent calendar isn’t the answer.

“It’s going to be when it is and we’ll be glad to have him back when we do, but I don’t think there’s a sense that ‘Oh, if we had Rudy then we may have’… that’s not the right way to approach it.”

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Tags: Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Injury

Austin Rivers Day-To-Day With Achilles Tendon Strain

Dec 30, 2017 6:24 PM

Austin Rivers is day-to-day with an Achilles tendon strain.

Rivers left Friday's game on crutches. 

The Clippers are 2.5 games out of the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

Rivers is averaging career highs of 15.8 points, 3.6 assists and 40.5 percent 3-point shooting over 32 games this season.

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Jonathan Isaac Out Indefinitely With Ankle Injury

Dec 30, 2017 6:02 PM

Jonathan Isaac will be placed in an injury rehabilitation and conditioning program and will be out indefinitely. 

Isaac's return to play will depend on how he responds to the program. Isaac originally suffered a sprained right ankle on Nov. 11

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Rudy Gay Out At Least Two Weeks With Heel Injury

Dec 30, 2017 11:08 AM

Rudy Gay will miss at least two weeks after an MRI revealed retrocalcaneal bursitis in his right heel.

Gay exited with the injury on Thursday.

An MRI Friday morning showed the inflammation of the bursa sac that lies over the heel.

Gay missed the previous two games with a sore right heel.


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Dunc'd On: News, Power Forward Rankings 2017

Dec 29, 2017 6:25 PM

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We wade through a huge news backlog, including the various point guard injuries, the latest on two-way contract situations for Phoenix, Indiana, and the Clippers, and more. Then (27:00) we start our power forward rankings. Where do Giannis, AD, KLove, and the rest fall?

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Serge Ibaka Suspended One Game For Altercation With Member Of Toronto's Staff

Dec 29, 2017 5:09 PM

Serge Ibaka has been suspended by the Toronto Raptors for one game.

Ibaka and a member of the Raptors' staff had an altercation after their game on Dec. 27th in Oklahoma City.

Ibaka will miss Friday's game against the Hawks.

"Both parties have apologized. We've discussed this internally as a team, and we won't be discussing it any further," said Masai Ujiri. "Now we're focused on moving forward together and we look forward to having Serge back in the lineup."

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Lakers Hold 'Heart To Heart' Meeting Instead Of Practice

Dec 29, 2017 4:56 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers held a "heart to heart" meeting in place of practice on Thursday.

"Just clearing up some things, what we can be better at, how we can hold each other to be more accountable, more accountable for ourselves, and how we can just get a better feeling for the game," Brandon Ingram said after the team's shootaround on Friday. "... I don't think you work through it in one day, but I think we put it out there about how each guy was feeling about how they play on the basketball floor, about how they're feeling about the business of the organization, how they want to be played or anything of that nature. I think they just put it all out there, and ultimately I would hope they felt free after they did."

Luke Walton noticed players "pouting" on the bench after a recent loss.

Andrew Bogut cited injuries, rotations and how "everyone knows what is going on with the salary-cap situation next season."

"We just really had a heart to heart," rookie Kyle Kuzma said. "We're just trying to get back on the same page. That happens at all levels. It's no different. Every team has problems. Championship teams have problems and whatnot. Meetings are always good. ... But, of course, everybody on the team said something about how they feel."

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Stephen Curry Expected To Return From Ankle Injury On Saturday
Stephen Curry went through practice Thursday.

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Avery Bradley Paid Settlement To Sexual Assault Accuser
Avery Bradley's attorney told TMZ that his client maintains his innocence.


Derrick Williams Signs Contract In China
Derrick Williams played for the Cavaliers and Heat last season.


Chris Paul Now Eligible To Sign Four-Year Extension With Rockets
Friday marks the six-month anniversary of Chris Paul's trade to the Rockets.

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Jeff Teague Out 2-4 Weeks With Sprained MCL
Jeff Teague suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee.

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Gerald Green Agrees Upon Non-Guaranteed Deal With Rockets
The Rockets have until the NBA's deadline of Jan. 7 to guarantee Gerald Green's contract for the season.

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Pacers Convert Alex Poythress To Standard Contract
Alex Poythress will no longer be a two-way player.

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Enes Kanter Beginning To Consider Opting Out Of $18.4M Contract For 18-19
The Thunder essentially considered Enes Kanter a salary dump in adding Carmelo Anthony.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Chris Paul, Paul George Helped Convince Donovan Mitchell To Stay In Draft
Chris Paul and Paul George worked out with Donovan Mitchell at a pre-draft camp hosted by CAA.

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Draymond Green Endorses Kevin Durant For Defensive Player Of The Year
Kevin Durant is second in the NBA in blocks per game at 2.3.

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Knicks Still Have Willy Hernangomez In Plans
League sources said Willy Hernangomez still has decent trade value.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Jeff Teague To Undergo MRI On Injured Left Knee
Jeff Teague was injured when Gary Harris rolled over Teague's planted left leg in a scrum for the ball.


Isaiah Thomas To Scrimmage For First Time With Cavs On Friday
The scrimmage will take place at a high school in Napa following the Cavs' wine tasting excursion on Thursday.

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Carmelo Anthony: We Need The Westbrook That Doesn't Defer
Russell Westbrook has begun to play like his MVP self of late and has a PER of 39.1 over his last five games.

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Reggie Jackson Out 6-8 Weeks With Grade 3 Ankle Sprain
Reggie Jackson dealt with knee issues throughout the 16-17 season but had played far better this season.

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Jaylen Brown May Have Strained Ligaments Around MCL
Jaylen Brown had also been dealing with a sore Achilles.

Gary Washburn, Jay King/Boston Globe

Derrick Rose Claims His 'Love Of The Game' Keeps Him From Retiring
Derrick Rose wants his fans to know that he is "not depressed," is improving physically and still loves basketball.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Magic Hired Becky Bonner By Showing Roadmap To Becoming NBA GM
Becky Bonner is the director of player development and quality control for the Magic under Jeff Weltman.

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Dion Waiters May Need Offseason Surgery On Ankle
Dion Waiters missed the final 13 games of the 16-17 season due to the sprain but elected not to undergo surgery this past offseason.

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Reggie Jackson To Undergo MRI On Right Ankle Sprain
Reggie Jackson was unable to get up on his own power.

Kirkland Crawford/Detroit Free Press