July 2019 Basketball Wiretap

Knicks Would Have Considered Signing Carmelo Anthony Had They Added Two Max Free Agents

Jul 31, 2019 6:02 PM

The New York Knicks would have considered bringing back Carmelo Anthony had they signed two marquee free agents this summer, league sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Anthony hasn't played in the NBA since parting ways with the Rockets in November.

Charania reports that there were conversations between Anthony's camp and Team USA Basketball about the possibility for his return during this summer's FIBA World Cup, though both sides moved on from that idea. 

Executives around the league also believe that Anthony could retire with the Knicks after signing a one-day contract if no other possibilities emerge. 

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Zion Williamson Signs Three-Year Endorsement Deal With 2K

Jul 31, 2019 5:40 PM

Zion Williamson has signed a three-year endorsement deal with 2K, reported Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press.

Williamson will make his video game debut in NBA 2K20, which releases on September 6th.

“Zion represents the best of the NBA’s up and coming talent and we are excited to welcome him to Team 2K. ... We’re excited to grow with him,” said NBA 2K Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations Jason Argent.

Tim Reynolds/The Associated Press

Tags: Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Lakers Officially Unveil Frank Vogel's Coaching Staff, Including Jason Kidd & Lionel Hollins

Jul 31, 2019 5:31 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers officially presented Frank Vogel's coaching staff heading into next season, a group that included former NBA coaches Jason Kidd and Lionel Hollins.

Phil Handy, Miles Simon, Mike Penberthy and Quinton Crawford round out the coaching staff.

Greg St. Jean, Dru Anthrop, and Jon Pastorek were hired in player development roles. 

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

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Marko Guduric Signs Two-Year, $5.3 Million Deal With Grizzlies

Jul 31, 2019 5:25 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies signed Marko Guduric to a two-year deal worth $5.3 million, league sources told Omari Sankofa and Shams Charania of The Athletic. 

The 24-year-old Guduric averaged 9.4 points for Fenerbahce last season. 

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Tags: Marko Guduric, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Official Signing

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Cody, Caleb Martin Agree To Rookie Deals With Hornets

Jul 31, 2019 11:58 AM

The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a deals with twins Cody and Caleb Martin from Nevada.

Cody Martin, who was selected with the 36th pick in the 2019 NBA draft, signed a three-year deal with the Hornets.

Caleb Martin will receive a partially guaranteed deal. 

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Cody Martin, Caleb Martin, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Official Signing

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Nets Sign Deng Adel

Jul 30, 2019 10:24 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have signed forward Deng Adel. 

Adel (6’7, 200) appeared in 19 games (three starts) with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018-19 season, averaging 1.7 points and 1.0 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per game after signing a two-way contract on Jan. 15. Adel also appeared in 37 NBA G League games last season split between Raptors 905 (25 games) and the Canton Charge (12 games), recording averages of 12.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 31.2 minutes per contest. The 22-year-old competed for Houston’s NBA Summer League Team in Las Vegas earlier this month.

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Magic Sign DaQuan Jeffries, Vic Law

Jul 30, 2019 10:20 PM

The Orlando Magic have signed free agent guard/forward DaQuan Jeffries and free agent forward Vic Law.

Jeffries (6’5”, 230, 8/30/97) played with Orlando during the 2019 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He appeared and started in five games with the Magic, averaging 13.2 ppg., 3.0 rpg., 2.0 apg., 1.40 stlpg. and 1.00 blkpg. in 27.7 minpg.

Law (6’7”, 200, 12/19/95) also played with Orlando during the 2019 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He appeared in three games with the Magic, averaging 5.7 ppg., 4.0 rpg. and 1.00 stlpg. in 16.0 minpg.

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Naz Mitrou-Long Signs Two-Way Contract With Pacers

Jul 30, 2019 8:59 PM

The Indiana Pacers signed Naz Mitrou-Long to a two-way deal, league sources told Scott Agness and Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The 25-year-old Mitrou-Long was on a two-way contract with the Jazz last season. He averaged 16.8 points and 5.5 assists during Summer League. 

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Tags: Naz Long, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Official Signing

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Wizards Hire Johnny Rogers As VP Of Pro Personnel

Jul 30, 2019 2:21 PM

The Washington Wizards hired Johnny Rogers in a newly created position of VP of Pro Personnel, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN.

Rogers was previously an executive for the Clippers. 

Rogers has a strong scouting reputation built through his time with the Thunder and Clippers, according to Wojnarowski. 

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CJ McCollum Agrees To Three-Year, $100 Million Extension With Blazers

Jul 30, 2019 2:05 PM

CJ McCollum agreed to a three-year, $100 million extension with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The agreement extends his current deal to five-years and $157 million.

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Tags: C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Official Signing

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Wolves Name Sachin Gupta EVP Of Basketball Operations
Sachin Gupta was the Assistant General Manager for the Pistons last season.

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Josh Reaves Signs Two-Way Contract With Mavs
Josh Reaves averaged 12.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in Summer League.

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Dunc'd On: Mailbag Time!
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux answer listener questions on USA Basketball, max contracts, rotation weaknesses among 2020 title contenders and more.

Ian Clark Signs With Xinjiang
Ian Clark played for the Pelicans over the past two seasons.

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Jeremy Lin Turns Down CSKA In Hopes Of Finding NBA Deal
Jeremy Lin is not interested in signing in Europe at least for now.

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Marcus Smart Admits That Celtics Were 'Dysfunctional'
Marcus Smart deflected blame from Kyrie Irving.

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Jazz Sign Juwan Morgan To Exhibit 10 Contract
Juwan Morgan played for the Jazz in Summer League.

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NBA Extends Tencent Partnership For Five More Seasons
490 million people in China watched the NBA on Tencent last season.

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Steve Ballmer Not Ruling Out Changing Clippers Logo, Colors, Or Team Name
The Clippers plan to open a new arena in 2024.

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Heat Waive Yante Maten
Yante Maten averaged 23.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.17 blocks and 32.7 minutes in the G League.

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Mitch Creek Signs With South East Melbourne Phoenix
Mitch Creek played for the Nets and Wolves last season.

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Pelicans Believe Zion Williamson Still Getting Taller
David Griffin offered the tidbit when asked about Zion Williamson's weight.

Jeff Duncan/The Athletic

Maine Red Claws Hire Darren Erman As Head Coach
Darren Erman is coming off four seasons with the Pelicans.

Jay King, Jared Weiss/The Athletic

Damion Lee Signs Two-Way Deal With Warriors
Damion Lee averaged 4.9 points in 32 minutes for the Warriors last season.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Jeremy Lin On Free Agency Struggles: I Feel Like 'NBA's Kind Of Given Up On Me'
Jeremy Lin played in 74 games last season.

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Bobby Portis Envisions Himself 'Being A Sixth Man Of The Year Candidate'
Bobby Portis signed a two-year, $31 million contract with the Knicks this offseason.

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Dunc'd On: Re-Grading the 2018 Offseason (West)
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux re-grade the 2018 offseasons for the Western Conference.

Sam Presti Pens Op-Ed In Newspaper: Thunder Are 'Transitioning To A New Phase'
Sam Presti discussed the importance of Thunder fans embracing a new era for the team.

Sam Presti/The Oklahoman

Lakers Part Ways With Director of Player Personnel Ryan West
Ryan West played a significant role in drafting D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson.

Bill Oram/The Athletic

Donte Grantham Waived By Thunder
Donte Grantham played in three games for the Thunder last season.

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