May 2019 Basketball Wiretap

Andre Iguodala Expected To Play In Game 2 After MRI On Calf Comes Back Clean

May 31, 2019 9:47 PM

An MRI on Andre Iguodala's left calf came back clean on Friday.

Iguodala, who sat out game 4 of the Western Conference finals, tweaked his calf late in game 1 of the NBA Finals. 

The Warriors will proceed with caution with what they're calling a "lower leg injury," but are confident that Iguodala will play in game 2. 

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Tags: Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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Raptors Refused To Include Pascal Siakam In Trade Offer To Spurs For Kawhi Leonard

May 31, 2019 9:45 PM

The emergence of Pascal Siakam this season as the probable Most Improved Player and his performance in Game 1 of The Finals triggered a discussion on whether the San Antonio Spurs could have acquired him from the Toronto Raptors for Kawhi Leonard.

The Spurs acquired DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first round pick for Leonard and Danny Green.

The Raptors reportedly refused to include Siakam and OG Anunoby in trade talks for Leonard.

"My understanding is they would not trade him," said Tim Bontemps on The Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective podcast.

"No, he was not (available). I don't think so either," said Jackie MacMullan. 

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Tags: Pascal Siakam, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mike D'Antoni's Agent Claims Rockets' Offer Considerably Lower Than $5M

May 31, 2019 9:26 PM

The agent for Mike D'Antoni contends that the offer his client received from the Houston Rockets was considerably smaller than the $5 million that was depicted by Tilman Fertitta.

The final season of his current contract pays $4.5 million.

Warren LeGarie said that the Rockets’ offer would not be worth $5 million in the 20-21 season if the Rockets failed to make the playoffs or D’Antoni was fired during the season.

“I’d like clear up some inaccuracies that were stated about the offer made to Mike,” LeGarie said. “The reported $5 million is really $2.5 million because it comes with contingencies. One, it’s only $5 million if he makes the playoffs and two, if he is coaching the team at the end of the year.

“If they decide to fire Mike in the proverbial change of direction he gets $2.5 million. If there is an injury or a change in the roster construction, of which Mike has no control, he nonetheless would become a victim of it.”

LeGarie also said the $1 million bonus for each round of the playoffs the Rockets reached in that season would begin with the second round.

“We’re not here to criticize the offer,” LeGarie said. “We’re here to choose whether or not to accept it. We chose based on the current market for coaches of his stature as well as what he has done for the Rockets, the offer did not make sense for him, though I’m sure it makes sense for the Rockets. We don’t consider the offer insulting. It’s still real money. But it is our right not to take it.”

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cam Reddish To Undergo Core Muscle Surgery

May 31, 2019 6:18 PM

Cam Reddish will undergo a minor core muscle procedure.

Reddish will have a six-week timetable before he's fully healthy.

Reddish was plagued by the injury throughout his lone season at Duke.

Reddish is expected to be a lottery pick.

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Tags: Cam Reddish, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Clippers Fined $50,000 For Tampering Following Doc Rivers' Comments On Kawhi Leonard

May 31, 2019 3:20 PM

The NBA has fined the Los Angeles Clippers $50,000 for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule.

The fine is in response to comments regarding the Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard made by Doc Rivers in a recent television appearance.

The Clippers are widely expected to pursue Leonard this offseason.

"[Leonard] is the most like Jordan that we've seen," Rivers said. "There's a lot of great players. LeBron is phenomenal, KD is phenomenal. Not that [Leonard] is Jordan or anything like that, but he's the most like him. Big hands, post game, can finish. Great leaper, great defender, in-between game. If you beat him to the spot he bumps you off, and then you add his three-point shooting."

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Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Fines

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Kevin Durant Likely Would Be Out Several More Weeks If This Were Regular Season

May 31, 2019 12:47 PM

Kevin Durant would likely be weeks away from returning to action if this were the regular season, according to a source with the Golden State Warriors.

Durant's rehabilitation work has mostly been upper-body conditioning and some light lower-body work that's not weight bearing.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports reported on Friday that Durant is likely to return for Game 3 or Game 4.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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Daryl Morey Expects To Keep Core Rockets Despite Trade Speculation

May 31, 2019 11:05 AM

Daryl Morey predicted the Houston Rockets' starting five will return next season despite reports that he has been aggressive on the trade market and has made everyone conceivably available. 

“My job is to make the best team possible, give us a chance to win a championship,” Morey said. “My job is to look at every aspect of the organization. How can we improve? Whether that be players, … yeah we’re going to look for better players."

The Rockets have also begun to overhaul their coaching staff.

“Whatever it takes to get over that final hump to get a championship, that’s what we’re going to do. On the coaching front, I … recommended we make some changes. If there’s a trade out there that helps us, great, we’ll do that as well.

“Our starting five this year I would put up there with anyone. If there's a trade out there that helps we'll do that. We're going to keep all of our key people."

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Game 1 Of 2019 NBA Finals Draws 10.1 Overnight Rating, Down From 12.3 In 2018

May 31, 2019 10:08 AM

Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors drew a 10.1 overnight rating. Nationally televised games featuring the Toronto Raptors typically get a lower number since Canadian audiences are not included.

The rating is down from 12.3 last season featuring the Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The following ratings are for each Game 1 featuring the Warriors since 2015:

2018 — 12.3
2017 — 12.4
2016 — 13.1
2015 — 12.9

The Finals has drawn a double-digit rating for 53 straight games.

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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RJ Barrett Declining Request From Grizzlies For Private Workout

May 31, 2019 9:54 AM

The Memphis Grizzlies have been rather open with their intent to select Ja Morant at No. 2, but they have been sending mixed signals of late.

The Grizzlies have requested a private workout with RJ Barrett, but he has declined the invitation so far. Barrett could revisit the possibility over the next three weeks.

Barrett will work out for the New York Knicks, who select No. 3 overall, on June 10.

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Tags: R.J. Barrett, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Duke Blue Devils, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Knicks Explore Trading Down From No. 3

May 31, 2019 9:43 AM

The New York Knicks will host RJ Barrett for a workout on June 10th as he looks like the likely selection at No. 3.

Barrett would be excited about joining the Knicks, according to sources.

The Knicks, however, are doing due diligence on other prospects in the top 10 as they could move back. The Knicks view the concept of trading down as a way of acquiring pieces that would fit better around a star they might sign in free agency such as Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving.

The Knicks are considering trading the No. 3 pick to the Atlanta Hawks for Nos. 8 and 10. The Hawks would essentially be on the opposite side of a deal they did last year in which they traded down from No. 3 with the Dallas Mavericks to pick up an additional selection. A deal is unlikely to occur until the draft is underway to know which players are available.

The Knicks have been looking at Cam Reddish, Jarrett Culver, Coby White and Nassir Little.

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Tags: R.J. Barrett, Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Kevin Durant Likely To Return For Either Game 3 Or Game 4
Kevin Durant could return as early as Game 3, but there's a stronger possibility that Game 4 is the most logical option.

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Steve Kerr: Kevin Durant Is 'Long Shot' To Play In Game 2
Durant traveled with the Warriors to Toronto.

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Dunc'd On: 2019 NBA Finals Game 1
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux recap Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Adam Silver Details Why NBA Not Currently Considering Expansion
Adam Silver continues to suggest the NBA is not interested in expansion at this time beyond their current slate of 30 franchises.

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Mike D'Antoni Ends Extension Talks With Rockets Without Deal
Mike D'Antoni plans to complete the final season of his contract in 19-20.

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Jon Horst Seeking Extension From NBA GM-Low $500k Annual Salary
A source says the average salary for an NBA general manager is approximately $3 million per year.

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DeMarcus Cousins Active For Game 1
DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn quadriceps in the first round.

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Wolves Hire Gianluca Pascucci As Assistant General Manager
Gianluca Pascucci had been director of global scouting for the Brooklyn Nets since 2016.

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Sons Of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade Transfer To Sierra Canyon
The James' family decision was motivated by basketball.

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Adam Silver: Everything Is Going Spectacularly Right Now For NBA
While national TV ratings are down, attendance is up and the league is beginning to earn real revenues internationally.

Kevin Draper/New York Times

Zion Williamson Hires Austin Brown, Lisa Joseph-Metelus Of CAA As Agents
Austin Brown represents Dwyane Wade, Pau Gasol, D'Angelo Russell, Gary Harris, Jaren Jackson Jr., Donovan Mitchell and several other NBA players.

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Masai Ujiri: Dwane Casey And DeMar DeRozan Are Part Of Raptors' Playoff Journey
Ujiri said that the Raptors had to make a change after last season.

Lori Ewing/The Canadian Press

Steph Curry Is Betting Favorite To Win NBA Finals MVP
Curry has never won an NBA Finals MVP.

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NBA Spoke To Raptors About Drake's Presence On Sideline
Drake left his courtside seat to embrace Nick Nurse in game 4.

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Kyle Lowry Admits Thumb Injury Affecting Passing Ability
Lowry said he's going to have to take care of the injury this offseason.

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Dunc'd On: 2019 NBA Finals Outlook; RJ Barrett Scouting Report; HOU Trades Coming?
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux talk NBA Finals, RJ Barrett, and Houston Rockets.

Warriors 'Unequivocally Regard' Kawhi Leonard As Bigger Problem Than James Harden
Kawhi Leonard remains one of the NBA's best two-way players.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Klay Thompson Upset More About Résumé Than Money On All-NBA Omission
Klay Thompson was an All-NBA third team selection in 14-15 and 15-16.

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Mike D'Antoni, Rockets Have Extension Talks Stall
The Rockets are seeking an incentive heavy contract with Mike D'Antoni.

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Anthony Davis Unlikely To Drop Trade Request From Pelicans
Anthony Davis and Rich Paul had a "respectful, productive sit down" with David Griffin.

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