January 2019 Basketball Wiretap

LeBron James Scheduled To Return Tonight Against Clippers

Jan 31, 2019 9:13 PM

LeBron James is scheduled to make his return for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Los Angeles Clippers tonight.

James was upgraded to doubtful for the game.

He has missed the previous 17 games with a groin injury. The Lakers are 6-11 in that span. 

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Jason Kidd 'In The Mix' To Replace Luke Walton As Lakers Coach

Jan 31, 2019 9:09 PM

Jason Kidd is in the discussion to be the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers if they decide to move on from Luke Walton, according to Ric Bucher.

"Another development that I’m hearing is gaining momentum, and that’s the possibility of Jason Kidd returning to the coaching ranks by succeeding Luke Walton with the Lakers...now sources are saying that the Lakers have actually gotten back to him and that this has gone to the next level. And that if the Lakers do make a move on Luke – which, based on all of the rumblings, could happen sooner rather than later – Kidd appears to be very much in the mix and possibly is even the favorite," said Ric Bucher on his podcast.

Kidd has a career coaching record of 183 wins and 190 losses in 4.5 seasons with the Nets and Bucks. 

Dan Feldman/NBC Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Dunc'd On: NYK/DAL Trade; Predicting Most/Least Likely to Deal, AD Destination, plus NW Div Deadline Outlook

Jan 31, 2019 8:07 PM

Listen to "NYK/DAL Trade; Predicting Most/Least Likely to Deal, AD Destination, plus NW Div Deadline Outlook" on Spreaker.

 

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Discussing the NYK/DAL trade, and why Nate really likes it for the Knicks. Then, recorded a little earlier today, we go through the Northwest Division to discuss their teams’ outlook at the trade deadline, in order: Denver, OKC, Portland, Utah, and Minnesota. Then we predict our 5 teams most and least likely to do a deal, how many trades will take place between now and the deadline, and finally where and when Anthony Davis will be traded.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA).  And if you like this pod, please donate to support Nate and Danny at Patreon.com/DuncanLeroux.  Merchandise available at NateDuncanNBA.com.

Tags: NBA, Dunc'd On

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Nikola Jokic Headlines Western Conference All-Star Reserves

Jan 31, 2019 7:15 PM

Nikola Jokic and Anthony Davis headline the 2019 NBA All-Star Game reserves for the Western Conference.

Davis is joined on the team by LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, Karl-Anthony Towns and Russell Westbrook.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: NBA, NBA All-Star

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Ben Simmons, Blake Griffin Headline Eastern Conference All-Star Reserves

Jan 31, 2019 7:09 PM

The Eastern Conference reserves have been announced, headlined by Ben Simmons.

Joining Simmons on the squad are Bradley Beal, Blake Griffin, Kyle Lowry, Khris Middleton, Victor Oladipo and Nikola Vucevic.

Oladipo will be replaced by another player due to his season ending injury.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: NBA, NBA All-Star

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Kevin Love Takes Part In 5-On-5 Scrimmage, Close To Return

Jan 31, 2019 6:49 PM

Kevin Love is close to making his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers lineup after participating in a 5-on-5, full contact scrimmage.

"He actually did pretty well. Moved around really well. Got a little winded, which is expected. It's the first time he's really been in a contact situation where we actually went up and down and there was actual contact. I thought he moved really well, shot the basketball well," said Larry Drew.

Love has been out since undergoing foot surgery in late October.

ESPN

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Kristaps Porzingis Plans To Sign Qualifying Offer With Mavs This Summer

Jan 31, 2019 4:28 PM

Kristaps Porzingis is planning to sign a one-year qualifying offer in restricted free agency with the Dallas Mavericks this summer.

Porzingis, along with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee, was traded to the Mavs for Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews, and DeAndre Jordan.

If Porzingis were to sign the qualifying offer, he would then become an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Knicks Agree To Trade Kristaps Porzingis To Mavs

Jan 31, 2019 3:53 PM

The Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks have agreed to a trade involving Kristaps Porzingis.

The Knicks would receive Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, and a first-round pick according to Mark Stein. 

The Mavs would also take on the contracts of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee.

The trade comes on the heels of a tense meeting between Porzingis and Knicks management this morning. 

The trade gives the Knicks enough salary cap space for two max contracts this summer.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Dennis Smith, Wesley Matthews, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

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Kristaps Porzingis' Future With Knicks Uncertain Following Tense Meeting

Jan 31, 2019 3:27 PM

Kristaps Porzingis expressed his concern over the state of the New York Knicks franchise in a meeting on Thursday. The building tension between both sides could lead the Knicks to pursue a trade before the deadline or over the summer, according to sources. 

Porzingis and his brother Janis, who's also his agent, met with the Knicks front office to discuss their frustration over the franchise's dysfunction, losing, and lack of a sustainable, long-term plan.

Porzingis can become a restricted free agent this summer. Multiple teams around the league have looked into acquiring the 23-year-old.

Porzingis, who is recovering from an ACL tear, recently had a 45-minute workout with a Knicks coach. Knicks medical staff confirmed that his knee is healing well. 

Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe, Ramona Shelburne, Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

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Wizards Will Not Trade Bradley Beal, John Wall, Otto Porter Jr., Will Make Playoff Push

Jan 31, 2019 2:40 PM

Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis called the idea of tanking "offensive" and said that the Wizards are focused on making the playoffs this year.

"You have to go to the players, the coach, the staff and say, 'Do we have enough to make the playoffs?' And to a person, I was told, 'Yes we do,'" said Leonsis.

Leonsis said the Wizards would not tank the season. 

"I was asked point blank, 'Are you going to tank? That's an offensive question. You can't go to your organization, to your players, to your coach and say, 'Let's plan to lose.'"

Leonsis added that the team will not trade Bradley Beal, John Wall, or Otto Porter Jr.

ESPN

Tags: John Wall, Otto Porter, Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Anthony Davis Plans On Playing For Pelicans Before Trade Deadline
Davis is deciding whether he still wants to be a part of the team or to detach himself following his trade demand.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Enes Kanter On Kissing Knicks Logo: 'I Just Wanted To Show My Love'
Kanter has been the frequent target of trade rumors this season.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Celtics To Pursue Anthony Davis Trade This Summer, Davis' Camp Uncertain Kyrie Irving Re-Signs With Team
The Celtics believe that Davis would not leave a core of him, Kyrie Irving, and Jayson Tatum in free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Anthony Davis Intent On Signing With Lakers In 2020, Pelicans Not Returning Lakers Calls
Dell Demps is not returning Rob Pelinka's phone calls as the Pelicans are ready to hold onto Davis for another season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Dunc'd On: Why AD to Lakers Could Be Tough; ATL/SAC; MEM/MIN; DAL/NYK, News
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux discuss recent NBA news and some games from last night's action.

Pelicans Have 'No Interest' In Dealing Anthony Davis To Lakers
The Pelicans are in no rush to trade Davis before the February 7th deadline.

Christian Rivas/Silver Screen And Roll

Pelicans Remove Anthony Davis From Team Intro Video, Twitter & Facebook Pages
Alvin Gentry didn't know if Davis would play for the Pelicans again.

Andrew Lopez/NOLA.com

Steve Kerr: DeMarcus Cousins Got Warriors Through Tough Days
Kerr credited Cousins for giving the Warriors a new energy and helping Draymond Green reach another level.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Brandon Ingram On Trade Rumors: 'Just Part Of The Business'
Ingram scored a career-high 36 points in a loss against the 76ers.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Pelicans GM Dell Demps 'Not Picking Up His Phone' To Field Anthony Davis Offers
The Pelicans are in no rush to trade Anthony Davis before the February 7th deadline.

AnthonyIrwinLA/Silver Screen And Roll

LeBron James Not Expected To Play Thursday Versus Clippers
The next chance for James to return would be Saturday against the Warriors.

Chris Cwik/Yahoo! Sports

Buddy Hield, Bogdan Bogdanovic Helping Marvin Bagley Improve 3-Point Shot
Bagley is shooting just 26.8% from deep this season.

James Ham/NBC Sports

Joel Embiid On Shooting 3's: 'I Don't Get Disrespected, I Do The Disrespecting"
Embiid is currently shooting 31% on 3's this season on 3.9 attempts per game.

Josh Naso/Sixers Wire

Jimmy Butler On His Personality: 'Damn Right I'm Confrontational'
Butler said he modeled his work ethic after Luol Deng.

Dave Uram/94WIP

Damian Lillard On Three-Point Contest Versus The Currys: 'I'm Going To Win' In Their Hometown
Lillard is 8th in the league with 142 made 3's this season.

Sean Meagher/The Oregonian/OregonLive

Ben Simmons, Luka Doncic, Donovan Mitchell Headline Rising Stars Showcase
The game features 3 players - Ayton, Gilgeous-Alexander, and Markkanen - who came through the league's Basketball Without Borders program.

NBA.com

Rich Paul: More Players Today Are 'Controlling' Their Future
Paul stated that players today are in more control of where they want to play than players in the past.

Sam Amick/The Athletic

Zion Williamson Wants To Get Drafted By 'Whoever Wants Me'
Williamson added that he follows the game through NBA Twitter.

Madeline Kenney/Chicago Sun-Times

Kyrie Irving To Star In Horror Movie Set In Oklahoma City Hotel
The movie is based on an oral history in the Players' Tribute about the experiences of NBA players staying at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City.

Dave McNary/Variety

J. Cole, Meek Mill To Headline 2019 All-Star Game
Meek Mill is set to open the All-Star Game, with J. Cole performing at halftime.

NBA.com