October 2019 Basketball Wiretap

Russell Westbrook Leaves Game After Aggravating Finger Injury

Oct 19, 2019 5:07 AM

Russell Westbrook aggravated a dislocated finger during the Houston Rockets' preseason game against the Miami Heat.

Westbrook ran off the court and went directly into the Rockets locker room after losing the ball in the fourth quarter.

Mike D'Antoni said after the game that Westbrook would be "fine."


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Alex Caruso Has Bone Contusion In Pelvis, Will Be Re-Evaluated In Los Angeles

Oct 19, 2019 5:03 AM

Alex Caruso left the Los Angeles Lakers' preseason game with a bone contusion in his pelvis. X-rays came back negative.

Caruso suffered the injury after playing three minutes in the first quarter. 

Caruso will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Los Angeles.

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Nets Waive Devin Cannady, CJ Massinburg, C.J. Williams, Lance Thomas

Oct 18, 2019 11:07 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on guards Devin Cannady, CJ Massinburg and C.J. Williams and forward Lance Thomas.

Brooklyn’s roster now stands at 16 players.

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Thunder Exercise 20-21 Options On Terrence Ferguson, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Oct 18, 2019 9:53 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder exercised its fourth-year contract option on guard Terrance Ferguson and its third-year contract option on guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Ferguson has appeared in 135 games (86 starts) with the Thunder, averaging 5.2 points on 35.6 percent shooting from three-point range to go along with 1.4 rebounds in 20.0 minutes. During the 2018-19 season, Ferguson started in each of his 74 appearances and during the month of January, he led the team in three-point shooting (47.9 percent). 
The Tulsa, Okla. native became the third player in NBA history to record 24 points and six three-pointers in his first career start on Jan. 3, 2018 at the Los Angeles Lakers. Ferguson was originally selected 21st overall by the Thunder in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Gilgeous-Alexander earned All-Rookie Second Team honors this past season after appearing in all 82 games (73 starts) with the LA Clippers and recorded averages of 10.8 points, 3.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.17 steals in 26.5 minutes. He was named a member of the World Team for the 2019 Rising Stars Challenge. He ended the season by scoring 20 or more points in four of the last seven games while also scoring in double figures in 17 of the final 20 games of the 2018-19 season.

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Pacers Engage Multiple Teams On Domantas Sabonis Trade Talks

Oct 18, 2019 8:27 PM

The Indiana Pacers have engaged in active trade talks with multiple teams centered on Domantas Sabonis. The Pacers have held a high asking price for Sabonis. 

Sabonis is extension eligible and will become a restricted free agent next offseason without a deal. Sabonis is signed for $3.5 million this season.

The Pacers signed Myles Turner to a four-year, $72 million extension last October.

Sabonis and Turner conceivably could play together, but both are natural centers.

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Hawks Waive Armoni Brooks, Marcus Derrickson, Tahjere McCall, Jordan Sibert

Oct 18, 2019 4:22 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have requested waivers on Armoni Brooks, Marcus Derrickson, Tahjere McCall and Jordan Sibert.

Brooks signed with the Hawks on Aug. 27, Derrickson on Aug. 23, McCall on Sept. 20 and Sibert on Oct. 8.

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Bucks Sign Trevor Lacey

Oct 18, 2019 4:20 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Trevor Lacey.

Lacey, 27, played the last two seasons in Russia with Lokomotiv Kuban after starting his professional career in the Italian League in 2015. He played collegiately at Alabama (2011-13) and North Carolina State (2014-15), where he earned Second Team All-ACC honors after averaging 15.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Wolfpack.

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Hawks Sign Kenny Gabriel

Oct 18, 2019 3:22 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have signed forward Kenny Gabriel.

Gabriel, a 6’8” forward, spent last season with Turk Telecom in Turkey, where he appeared in 42 games (35 starts) and averaged 9.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 26.8 minutes (.430 FG%, .339 3FG%, .784 FT%). He has also played in New Zealand, Greece and Russia. He’s played in NBA summer league with Sacramento, Cleveland and Miami.

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Blazers Waive Keljin Blevins, Troy Caupain, London Perrantes

Oct 18, 2019 3:21 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have waived forward Keljin Blevins and guards Troy Caupain and London Perrantes.

All three players were signed to training camp contracts in September.

Blevins, 23, averaged 4.3 points 0.8 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 28 total minutes during four preseason appearances.

Caupain, 23, posted averages of 3.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 48 total minutes in five preseason games.

Perrantes, 25, appeared in all five preseason games, amassing totals of four points, one rebound and 10 assists in 43 minutes.

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Jazz Exercise 20-21 Options On Donovan Mitchell, Tony Bradley

Oct 18, 2019 3:20 PM

The Utah Jazz have exercised its team options for the 2020-21 season on Donovan Mitchell and Tony Bradley.

Mitchell (6-3, 215, Louisville) owns career averages of 22.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals in 156 games (148 starts) over two NBA seasons. The 23-year-old led all sophomores in scoring last season at 23.8 points per contest, becoming the first sophomore guard to average over 23 points since Dwyane Wade in 2004-05. In addition, after his 139th career game, Mitchell totaled 3,011 points, 539 rebounds and 538 assists, joining LeBron James, Allen Iverson, Mitch Richmond, Michael Jordan, Sidney Wicks, Earl Monroe and Oscar Robertson as the last eight players to total over 3,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists within their first 140 career games.

Bradley (6-11, 248, North Carolina) is entering his third NBA season with the Jazz, where he owns career averages of 2.1 points, and 2.2 rebounds in 5.4 minutes per contest. In 2018-19, the Bartow, Fla. native averaged 5.7 points and 5.0 boards in 12.0 minutes per contest, recording his first career double-double at the Los Angeles Clippers on April 10 with 15 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.

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Victor Oladipo Will Soon Be Cleared For Five-On-Five Halfcourt Drills

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Warriors Waive Alfonzo McKinnie To Create Roster Spot For Marquese Chriss

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Zion Williamson Out Several Weeks With Right Knee Injury

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Rockets Sign Matur Maker

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NBA Teams Using Start Of Regular Season To Gauge Potential Lost China Revenue

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Iman Shumpert Receiving Interest From Grizzlies, Bulls

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Kings Already Showing Remorse Over Harrison Barnes' Four-Year, $88M Deal

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Marquese Chriss Moving Closer To Securing Roster Spot With Warriors

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Blazers Sign Moses Brown To Two-Way Deal

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Pistons Sign Craig Sword, Waive Todd Withers

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Pistons Exercise 20-21 Option On Luke Kennard

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Jazz Sign Isaac Haas, Mike Scott

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Zion Williamson To Sit Final Preseason Game Due To Knee Soreness

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Adam Silver: Financial Consequences Of China Fallout May Continue To Be Fairly Dramatic

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Lakers Sign Marcus Allen, Waive Reggie Hearn

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Lakers Exercise 20-21 Option On Kyle Kuzma

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Andrew Wiggins: There's Not 100 Players Better Than Me

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