September 2019 Basketball Wiretap

Nuggets Hope To Sign Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez To Extensions

Sep 21, 2019 10:55 AM

The Denver Nuggets have interest in signing Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez to contract extensions.

According to a source that spoke with Mike Singer of the Denver Post, the Nuggets would like to sign both players to a deal before the Oct. 21 deadline.

Beasley and Hernangomez are members of the 2016 draft class and have emerged as rotation players for the Nuggets.

Mike Singer/Denver Post

Tags: Juancho Hernangomez, Malik Beasley, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Sign Daryl Macon

Sep 20, 2019 5:09 PM

The Miami Heat have signed guard Daryl Macon. 

Macon, who signed a two-way contract with Dallas last season, split the season between the Mavericks and the Texas Legends of the NBA G League. He appeared in 41 games (37 starts) with the Legends and averaged 19.0 points, 6.2 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 1.05 steals and 34.5 minutes while shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 83.5 percent from the foul line. He led the team in points (780), assists (254), field goals made (260) and free throws made (192). He also appeared in eight games with the Mavericks totaling 29 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 90 minutes of action.

Macon spent the 2018 Summer League with the HEAT appearing in seven games (five starts) and averaged 7.9 points, 4.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 22.4 minutes. Additionally, he played two seasons at the University of Arkansas, becoming the first player in school history to be named SEC Player of the Week at least four times and was only one-of-seven players in program history to score at least 1,000 points in just two years.

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Spurs Promote Mitch Johnson To Assistant Coach, Darius Songalia To Player Development Assistant

Sep 20, 2019 5:08 PM

The San Antonio Spurs announced Mitch Johnson has been promoted to an assistant coach while Darius Songalia has been elevated to a player development assistant on Gregg Popovich’s staff.

At the same time the Spurs have announced the following promotions and additions to the basketball operations staff: Brandon James - vice president of basketball administration and deputy general counsel, Dave Telep - director of player personnel, Adam Glessner - senior director of basketball intelligence, Phil Cullen - director of basketball operations and innovation, Niraj Mulji - director of basketball strategy, Nick Repole - director of research and development, Landry Fields - Austin Spurs general manager, Tyler Self - Austin Spurs assistant general manager and Keon Weise - performance informatic scout.

Johnson has spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach for the Austin Spurs, San Antonio’s G League affiliate, where he helped guide the team to the 2018 G League Championship. Prior to joining Austin, Johnson spent one season as an assistant at the University of Portland in 2016. Before his stint with Portland he coached in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League and served as a basketball coaching intern at Seattle University in 2011. Johnson played collegiately at Stanford University and spent three seasons playing in the G League and overseas in Europe.

Songalia enters his second season with the Silver and Black after spending last year as a quality assurance assistant in the video department. Before coming to the Spurs, he played eight seasons in the NBA, averaging 6.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in 495 career games. Songalia also played professionally in Russia, Turkey, Spain, Ukraine and Lithuania. A native of Russia, Songalia made the move to the United States while in high school and played collegiately at Wake Forest University.

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Hawks Sign Tahjere McCall

Sep 20, 2019 3:27 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have signed guard Tahjere McCall.

Most recently, McCall played on the Hawks’ Las Vegas Summer League team, starting four games and averaging 11.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.5 steals in 31.0 minutes (.455 FG%, .500 3FG%, .714 FT%).

He appeared in one game last season with the Brooklyn Nets, tallying four points and one rebound in eight minutes (2-3 FGs). McCall spent the last two years with the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League, and last season, in 33 games (19 starts), averaged 11.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals in 26.1 minutes (.498 FG%, .759 FT%).

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NBA Will Add Section Within Traveling Rule To Define 'Gather'

Sep 20, 2019 3:23 PM

The NBA Board of Governors approved new language in the NBA rule book that governs traveling violations.  The revision will not change the substance of the rule but will help eliminate the gap between the rule as written and how it has been applied in NBA games. 

“One of the most misunderstood rules in our game is how traveling is interpreted and appropriately called,” said Byron Spruell, NBA President, League Operations.  “Revising the language of certain areas of the rule is part of our three-pronged approach to address the uncertainty around traveling.  This approach also includes an enforcement plan to make traveling a point of emphasis for our officiating staff, along with an aggressive education plan to increase understanding of the rule by players, coaches, media and fans.”

The official NBA rule book will now have a section that formally defines the “gather,” which is a concept that has been used by the officiating staff for many years to apply the rule but was never defined in the rule book. The text of the rule will also be revised to provide additional clarity regarding how many steps a player may take after the gather occurs.

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NBA Passes Stricter Measures To Enforce Tampering, Cap Rules

Sep 20, 2019 3:04 PM

The NBA Board of Governors have passed a stricter package of measures to enforce compliance with tampering and circumvention of the salary cap.

It is not yet clear the full extent of the legislation.

There was a proposal that the NBA would audit five teams at random per year to check their communication with agents and players.

"I’m sure you’ve heard some of the chatter around these rules," said Adam Silver. "As I said, I understand it, that none of us want people looking into our private affairs. I think part of the discussion, of course, went to what the scope of any investigation should be. I am not interested in looking in any aspects of people’s life outside of what is relevant to the operation of their teams, unless of course there is an issue that requires that we look into something outside the scope of what we’re addressing here.

"The league has the authority, in essence, to promulgate what those procedures will be going forward. The only thing that actually required a vote of our team governors was, in essence, the discipline schedule, which included increased fining authority for the league. Although I’ll say, I think there’s a general sense in this league that among the tools we have to ensure compliance, fining authority unto itself may be one of the least effective tools. So within the power that already has been vested in the league, there is the ability to impact competition directly by suspending executives, taking away draft picks and voiding contracts. All of those provisions are on the table.

"But again, the ultimate goal here is to ensure compliance and to ensure that there’s that appropriate tension that exists at the team. So there is sort of a significant threat that if a team doesn’t comply that there will be consequences."

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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Thabo Sefolosha, Rockets Agree To One-Year Deal

Sep 20, 2019 12:13 PM

The Houston Rockets have agreed to a one-year deal with Thabo Sefolosha.

Sefolosha has been participating in a minicamp with other members of the Rockets in Las Vegas.

Sefolosha spent the past two seasons with the Utah Jazz.

Marc Stein/New York Times

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Mavs Sign Yudai Baba

Sep 19, 2019 11:42 PM

The Dallas Mavericks officially announced the signing of Yudai Baba.

Baba averaged 4 points and 2.3 rebounds for the Mavs' summer league team.

The Mavs are now at their roster limit with 20 players heading into training camp. 

Mavs.com

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Nuggets Sign Tyler Zeller To Training Camp Deal

Sep 19, 2019 11:38 PM

Tyler Zeller signed a training camp deal with the Denver Nuggets, reported Chris Dempsey of the Nuggets.

Zeller played in 6 games last season for the Hawks and Grizzlies.

Chris Dempsey/Nuggets

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Bucks Not Concerned By Warriors' Possible Pursuit Of Giannis Antetokounmpo

Sep 19, 2019 8:39 PM

The Golden State Warriors have been linked with a pursuit of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but that is not something the Milwaukee Bucks are concerned about at this time.

“Keeping Giannis, it’s a focus obviously,” one Bucks front-office source told Heavy.com. “But fighting the Warriors is not a focus. The Warriors are not the concern in the least. They’d have a long way to go to get him to Golden State, they’d have to give away a lot. He has never given any indication that he wants to leave Milwaukee. So a lot of that stuff, it is more chatter than anything.”

The Bucks plan on offering Antetokounmpo a supermax contract next offseason.

Antetokounmpo can't become a free agent until 2021 and the Warriors would have to trade Klay Thompson and one of either Draymond Green or D'Angelo Russell to create enough cap space to sign him.

Sean Deveney/Heavy.com

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NBA Considering New Anti-Tampering Measure

Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe/ESPN

NBA Rejects Rockets' 'Likely Bonus' Deal With Nene

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Kawhi Leonard Told Clippers He Preferred Signing With Them If They Improved Roster

Arash Markazi/Los Angeles Times

NBA Warned Clippers To Stop Sending Representatives To Kawhi Leonard's Games In Toronto

Arash Markazi/Los Angeles Times

Mike Scott (Idaho) Signs With Jazz

Nicola Lupo/Sportando

Lakers Receive $1.75M Disabled Player Exception

Shams Charania/The Athletic

NBA Still Discussing Whether To Approve Houston's Contract With Nene

Bobby Marks/ESPN

Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving Could Have Lost Combined $16M Without D'Angelo Russell S&T

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USA Keeps No. 1 FIBA Ranking Despite 7th Place Finish

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Several Nets Players Still Interested In Team Signing Carmelo Anthony

Ian Begley/SNY

Dunc'd On: WAS Outlook w/ Fred Katz and Mike Prada; PHX w/ Michael Schwartz

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Wizards Sign Justin Anderson To Non-Guaranteed Deal

Fred Katz/The Athletic

Michele Roberts Believes There's 'Double Standard' On Criticizing Players Switching Teams

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Isaiah Thomas Out 6-8 Weeks With Left Thumb Injury

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Shelburne: Warriors Have Always Been Big Threat To Pursue Giannis Antetokounmpo

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Sale Of Nets To Joe Tsai Unanimously Approved By NBA Governors

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Isaiah Taylor Agrees To Partially Guaranteed Contract With Raptors

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Stephen Curry Intends To Play In 2020 Olympics

Rachel Nichols/ESPN

Damian Lillard Plans To Play In 2020 Olympics

James McKern/News.com.au

Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball Participate In Voluntary Offseason Workouts With Pelicans

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