October 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Mark Tatum: Improving Technology, Virtual Reality To Make NBA 'More Immersive' Experience

Oct 26, 2020 1:12 AM

Mark Tatum, the NBA's deputy commissioner, said that improvements in 5G technology could lead to further innovations in the fan experience.

Tatum added that the league learned several lessons during the bubble from a technological standpoint.

“As bandwidth speeds get faster, as 5G gets faster, that experience is going to become more immersive, and I do think the opportunities will then grow for people to want to experience that and to adapt to virtual reality," said Tatum.

Rob Shaw, the head of Global Sports Media and League Partnerships for Facebook, said that several NBA teams have reached out about adding VR seats for season-ticket holders during the upcoming season. 

Facebook worked on the "rail-cam" that was used inside of the bubble. 

Tatum said that "99% of our fans never step foot in an NBA arena," so the league needs to work on bringing content to fans outside of television - which could also provide opportunities for new revenue streams.

Tatum added that the league isn't concerned about declining TV ratings. The league also logged over 300 million YouTube views during the playoffs, a 63% increase from last year.

“We have incredible potential going forward. I think the growth that we’re seeing from our business will only continue to get greater," added Tatum. 

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Tags: NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Dunc'd On: Killian Hayes Scouting Report; LAC Offseason Outlook

Oct 26, 2020 12:09 AM

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A look at French point guard Killian Hayes, who is the most volatile prospect according to mock drafts.  Where do we fall on the ledger? Can his pick-and-roll ability and impressive stats at 18 overcome his average athleticism?

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Raptors Work Out Malachi Flynn, Devon Dotson

Oct 25, 2020 6:40 PM

The Toronto Raptors worked out Malachi Flynn and Devon Dotson on Sunday, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

Dotson, who averaged 18.1 points and 4.1 rebounds last season at Kansas, is ranked No. 33 on ESPN's Best Available for the upcoming draft.

Flynn averaged 17.6 points last season with San Diego State, and is ranked No. 38 in the Best Available list.

The Raptors have the 29th and 59th pick in the upcoming draft. 

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Tags: Malachi Flynn, Devon Dotson, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft Workouts

Zeke Nnaji Has Pre-Draft Workout With Heat

Oct 25, 2020 6:24 PM

Arizona freshman Zeke Nnaji worked out for the Miami Heat on Sunday, sources told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

Nnaji, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, averaged 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game last season.

Nnaji is currently ranked No. 35 on ESPN's Best Available list.

The Heat also recently requested an interview with Maryland's Jalen Smith.

The Heat have the 20th pick in the upcoming draft. 

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Tags: Zeke Nnaji, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Pat Riley Clears Up Asterisk Comment: Lakers Title 'Is Legitimate'

Oct 25, 2020 5:30 PM

Pat Riley clarified the comments he made during an interview with the Miami Herald in which he appeared to add an asterisk to this season's NBA title. 

“The asterisk is next to the Heat’s name, not the Lakers. Their title is legitimate. Our loss has an asterisk (next) to it. The Lakers were the better team. Period," updated Riley on Sunday.

Riley previously stated that the finals could have gone to a game 7 had Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo remained healthy.

“I would like to see what it would be like with everybody whole. We’ll get our chance again. The Lakers have the greatest player in the game today in LeBron [James] and Anthony Davis.

They beat us fair and squarely. But there will be always be that asterisk; if we had Bam and Goran 100 percent — Goran was our leading scorer [entering the Finals] — it might have gone to a seventh game," said Riley on Friday.

Rob Pelinka added on The Woj Pod that the Lakers deserve a "gold star" instead of an asterisk for this season's achievement.

Tim Reynolds/The Associated Press

Tags: NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Salary Cap Could Decline 'Between $3 Million And $12 Million' Next Season

Oct 25, 2020 2:30 PM

The NBA salary cap is expected to decline "anywhere between $3 million and $12 million" for next season, sources told Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle. 

The league reportedly missed its revenue projections by $1.5 billion due to a combination of the shutdown, cancellation of games, and finishing the season without fans. 

It was reported on Friday that the NBA could hold up to 40% of player salaries for the upcoming season in escrow to offset anticipated losses due to having a limited amount of fans or no fans altogether.

The withheld salary would be roughly $1.6 billion based on a $4 billion projected salary for next season.

The league is also targeting a December 22nd start date, which could generate an extra $500 million in revenue. 

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

J.B. Bickerstaff: Cavs Are 'Planning For The Future' With Andre Drummond

Oct 25, 2020 1:32 PM

J.B. Bickerstaff said that while he has yet to directly talk to Andre Drummond about his contract situation, he plans on having Drummond on the team "for the future."

Drummond has a $28.7 million player option for the 2020-21 season. 

“I have not asked him, ‘Hey man, are you opting in or opting out?’ But the conversations we’ve had have been positive. Indirectly those conversations have been about the future, what next year is going to look like, how he wants to be part of the team and how we can use him effectively and all those things," Bickerstaff told Chris Fedor of cleveland.com (h/t Pro Basketball Talk). 

Bickerstaff added that "we’ve had no conversations about him not being here and we’ve been planning for the future with him.”

It was reported last week that Drummond and the Cavs are "far apart" regarding a contract extension, with the team realistic about Drummond's flaws within today's game.

A source added that the best case for the Cavs, should he opt in, would be to trade Drummond to a contender at next season's trade deadline.

Chris Fedor/cleveland.com

Tags: Andre Drummond, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Warriors Would 'Strongly Consider' Drafting Saddiq Bey If Team Trades Down

Oct 24, 2020 11:44 PM

The Golden State Warriors would reportedly "strongly consider" drafting Villanova's Saddiq Bey if the team trades down in the draft, sources told Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.

"According to multiple league sources, Golden State would strongly consider Bey if it trades down to the mid- to late-lottery.

"His winning pedigree, defensive versatility, basketball IQ and offensive efficiency make him an intriguing option as a “3-and-D” wing in the Warriors’ system," reported Letourneau.

The 21-year-old Bey is currently ranked No. 18 in ESPN's Best Available.

The Warriors were most recently "blown away" by Dani Avdija's during his private workout.  

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Saddiq Bey, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Kevin Seraphin Announces Retirement From Basketball

Oct 24, 2020 11:09 PM

Kevin Seraphin announced his retirement from basketball due to injuries at the age of 30.

Seraphin, the 17th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, played in the NBA for seven seasons with the Wizards, Knicks, and Pacers.

Seraphin left the league for Europe in 2017, and was inactive for the 2019-20 season with a knee injury before retiring.


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Rob Pelinka: Lakers Title Deserves 'Gold Star' Instead Of Asterisk

Oct 24, 2020 10:48 PM

Rob Pelinka reflected upon his experience in the bubble, saying that the Los Angeles Lakers title deserves a "gold star" instead an asterisk.

"It’s easy to think about ‘oh, we didn’t get to have a parade, or we didn’t get to do this yet.’ But to be able to have won a championship inside a bubble, and to be with the guys and the staff for 100 days in a row, also provided some extraordinary moments that probably future champions will never be able to experience because it was such a unique setting.

"So I try to spend a lot of time thinking about the parts of this championship that make it unique," said Pelinka in his appearance on The Woj Pod (h/t to Silver Screen & Roll).

The Lakers delayed their public celebration as a precautionary measure due to COVID-19.

Pelinka said that the title wouldn't come with an asterisk considering the challenges of the bubble. 

“I think some have (asked) ‘will this championship have an asterisk on it?’ I like to say ‘no, I think it’s got a gold star.’ Just because you had to do so much more to get to the end, and I think it was just a testament to our team (and) the players and our staff coming together in that environment.”

Harrison Faigan/Silver Screen & Roll

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Playoffs

NBA Missed Revenue Projections By $1.5 Billion

Tim Reynolds/The Associated Press

Raptors 'Remain Hopeful' Of Hosting Games In Toronto Next Season

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Yoeli Childs Reportedly Makes 'Strong Impression' During Knicks Interview

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Pat Riley On Heat Offseason: Priority Is To 'Take Care Of The Players That We Have'


NBA Could Withhold 40 Percent Of Player Salaries In Escrow During 20-21 Season

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NBA Considering Two-Week Midseason Break With All-Star Game Likely Canceled

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Amar'e Stoudemire Agrees To Become Assistant Coach With Nets

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NBA Targeting Dec. 22 Start, 72-Game Schedule With Finals Over By Olympics

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ESPN Moving Most Written Content Behind Paywall Including Lowe, Windhorst

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NBA Would Start Training Camp During First Week Of December Ahead Of Christmas Day Openers

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NBA Starting 20-21 Season On Christmas Day Gaining Momentum

Marc Stein/New York Times

NBA, NBPA Hold Productive Talks On CBA Ahead Of Oct. 30 Deadline

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NBA Board Of Governors Discuss Quicker Start To 20-21 With Less Than 82 Games

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Bucks Hire Josh Oppenheimer As Assistant Coach

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Larry Drew Expected To Join Ty Lue's Staff, Lue Also Targeting Dan Craig

Marc Stein/The New York Times

Kenny Atkinson Could Join Clippers As Assistant Coach

Marc Stein/New York Times

Hollinger & Duncan: The Most Likely Players to Be Traded; SVG and Bjorkgren Hirings; Your Questions

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Pelicans Unlikely To Trade J.J. Redick Following Stan Van Gundy Hire

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Fewer Teams Expected To Tank During 20-21 Season

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