March 2020 Basketball Wiretap

90 Percent Of NBA Players Have Received Less Than Half Of Their 19-20 Salary

Mar 31, 2020 5:33 PM

Approximately 90 percent of NBA players will have received less than half of their 19-20 salaries by the time April 1st checks go out because they are a 12-month payment plan, according to the estimates of league sources.

There are less than 20 players in the NBA who have negotiated all-you-can get deals that feature the maximum allowable salary advance alongside an accelerated six-month payment schedule.

Nine players who receive more than 90 percent of their 19-20 salaries by April 1st are represented by Klutch Sports, including LeBron James, John Wall, Kentavious-Caldwell Pope, Dejounte Murray, Miles Bridges, Darius Bazley, Darius Garland, Terrance Ferguson and Trey Lyles.

Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Blake Griffin and Otto Porter are also on similar deals in which they have an accelerated pay schedule.

It is not yet known if players will receive their scheduled April 15th salaries in full.

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Lakers Complete 14-Day Home Isolation, All Players Now Symptom-Free Of COVID-19

Mar 31, 2020 3:45 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have completed their 14-day home isolation prescribed by the team and all players are now symptom-free of COVID-19.

The Lakers had two players test positive for COVID-19, but their identities were never reported.

The Lakers played the Brooklyn Nets shortly before the season was suspended as that franchise also had multiple players test positive.

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Zeke Nnaji Leaving Arizona For 2020 NBA Draft

Mar 31, 2020 2:53 PM

Zeke Nnaji is entering the 2020 NBA Draft, leaving Arizona after his freshman season.

Nnaji is ranked No. 34 by ESPN for the draft class. Nnaji was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and also received All-Pac-12 first-team honors.

"Ever since 4th grade I have had the dream of playing professional basketball in the NBA. After consulting with my family and praying about it, we have submitted the required paperwork to the league office. I'm officially making myself available for the draft," Nnaji told ESPN in an email.

Nnaji averaged 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

"It still feels like I'm dreaming because I have never heard of anything like this pandemic happening," Nnaji told ESPN. "Now I'm back at home in Minnesota. I just started doing some light workouts, and I'll continue to ramp things up in the coming weeks. Every now and again, I still go back mentally to Wednesday, March 11th, going through my process of getting ready to play USC before the season was canceled. Now it's time to move forward to the next level, so I'm doing everything possible to maximize this process.

"This is all new to me but I have continued to pray for all the health workers on the front line of this pandemic," Nnaji added. "I can't imagine what their families are going through. I'm continuing to take precautions and do my part through social distancing, but I'm also finding ways to get my work in as much as possible."

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Tags: Zeke Nnaji, Arizona Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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NBA Governors To Discuss Status Of April 15th Paychecks This Week

Mar 31, 2020 11:46 AM

The NBA will likely have their next Board of Governors meeting via conference call on April 17th. The NBA's Board of Governors were scheduled to meet in person on April 16-17, but that is extremely doubtful to occur in person due to COVID-19.

Some Governors will likely have meetings with front office committees this week to discuss, among other things, the status of April 15th paychecks for players.

NBA teams will pay their players in full for their April 1st paycheck. 

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Chinese Government Delays Restart Of Chinese Basketball Association

Mar 31, 2020 11:05 AM

The Chinese government has issued an order delaying the restart of the Chinese Basketball Association and other group sporting events.

The CBA has been suspended since January due to COVID-19. Many sports leagues are viewing the CBA as a test case of resuming a league impacted by COVID-19.

CBA teams have been informing players they still intend to finish out the current season and hope to have more clarity in the coming weeks.

The spread of COVID-19 has slowed down dramatically in China.

The CBA planned to house teams in quarantined hotels with multiple temperature checks per day to try to avoid the risk of exposure and spread of the virus.

Jeremy Lin and Lance Stephenson are two of the more prominent American born players in the CBA.

 

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Dunc'd On: Jason Glushon and Bouna Ndiaye Agent Reports; Daily COVID19 Roundup

Mar 31, 2020 3:07 AM

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Nate and Danny look at Jason Glushon (Jrue Holiday, Al Horford) and Bouna Ndiaye (Rudy Gobert, Nic Batum) and see how they’ve done for their clients.

Then a solo effort by Nate to discuss the key COVID news of the day. A look at reports of possible reinfection in China and another examining the seasonality of the virus. Nate examines the risk of hospitalization and negative outcomes by age. Then the latest news around the US: Which states still haven’t enacted physical distancing, the potential spread among prisons, possible good news from New York, and a possible advance in ease of testing.

Finally the latest from around the world, including Spain, Africa, Russia, France, Germany, Sweden, Hungary, China, and Italy.

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.

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Donovan Mitchell, DeMarcus Cousins Planning To Play In Players-Only NBA 2K Tournament On ESPN

Mar 31, 2020 1:27 AM

The NBA is planning a players-only NBA 2K tournament that will be broadcast on ESPN, league sources told Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.

The 10-day tournament is expected to launch on Friday, and will feature 16 players.

Donovan Mitchell and DeMarcus Cousins are expected to participate in the tournament.

The league is still finalizing details on the tournament, according to sources.

 

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

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Remy Martin Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

Mar 31, 2020 1:17 AM

Arizona State point guard Remy Martin announced that he will enter the 2020 NBA Draft.

"Starting from a young age, I have worked towards the opportunity to play in the NBA and I have now decided to take another step into making my dream a reality. I will forever cherish the time I have spent at ASU," said Martin in a statement.

Martin averaged 19.1 points, 4.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds last season, and was named first team all-Pac-12 by The AP.

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ABC/ESPN To Release 10-Part Michael Jordan Documentary Starting April 19th

Mar 31, 2020 1:10 AM

ABC/ESPN has decided to move its release of their 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan to April 19th.

The documentary, titled "The Last Dance," was originally scheduled to release in June.

ESPN declined to confirm the new start date, though sources say that the release will be announced on "Good Morning America" on Tuesday. 

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Knicks Had Interest In Trading For Terry Rozier Before Deadline

Mar 30, 2020 9:07 PM

The New York Knicks had interest in trading for Terry Rozier before the 2020 trade deadline.

The Knicks had support internally for a deal that would have sent Julius Randle, Dennis Smith Jr. and a future first round pick to the Charlotte Hornets for Rozier and Malik Monk.

It is not known how close a deal came to being executed.

The Knicks also had interest in trading for D'Angelo Russell.

Both Rozier and Russell were free agents last offseason.

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Tags: Terry Rozier, Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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NBA Has Deprioritized Fulfilling RSN Contracts With Little Time For Regular Season Games

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NBA Has Discussed Best-Of-Three As Possible Playoff Format, Single-Elimination Only As Last Resort

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Knicks Interested In Re-Signing Maurice Harkless

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Mid-Level Exception Will Be Thought Of As 'Priority Exception' In 2020 Offseason

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Tom Thibodeau Likely To Be Candidate For Knicks, Nets

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Tokyo Olympics To Begin On July 23, 2021

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Nets Expected To Pursue 'Blue Chip Coach'

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Nets Expected To Use Young Talent To Acquire Third Star

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Dunc'd On: James Wiseman Scouting Report; COVID19 News Wrap-Up with Ben Taylor

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Marcus Smart Cleared Of COVID-19 By Health Officials

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Mac McClung Leaving Georgetown For 2020 NBA Draft

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NBA Program Asking Players Who Recovered From COVID-19 To Donate Plasma For Research

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DePaul Junior Paul Reed Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

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James Dolan, MSG To Pay Event Staff Through At Least May 3rd

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Danilo Gallinari Helps Fund 400 COVID-19 Testing Kits, Medical Supplies In Oklahoma City

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Brad Stevens: Marcus Smart Doing 'Great' During Self-Isolation

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Leon Rose Reportedly Impressed With Mike Miller

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All Jazz Players, Staff Cleared By Utah Health Officials Following Quarantine

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NBA Considering Teams Play Games, Live In Centralized Locations

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Robert Pera Inquired Last August About Possibly Relocating Grizzlies

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