September 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Billy Donovan Says He Was Drawn To 'What The Bulls Have Meant To The Game Of Basketball'

Sep 25, 2020 1:33 AM

Billy Donovan said he was excited to take over the Chicago Bulls' job due to the franchise's iconic place within basketball.

"The history. The organization. What the Bulls have meant to the game of basketball and to basketball worldwide. I mean, it's an iconic franchise, and certainly to be a part of trying to help build it back up was certainly very, very appealing and exciting, said Donovan, who was introduced on Thursday.

Donovan signed a four-year deal worth over $24 million.

Donovan is unable to join the Bulls during their voluntary workouts due to protocols surrounding COVID-19.

Arturas Karnisovas said he sold Donovan on his vision for the team.

"Beside the fact of what he was saying in our meetings, his record speaks for itself. So he didn't have to prove it to us that he's capable of building a program to make it successful. I think just looking at his résumé you can say that so it was more about us selling our vision," said Karnisovas.

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Tags: Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Juancho Hernangomez To Miss Timberwolves Workouts Due To Filming Adam Sandler Movie

Sep 25, 2020 1:24 AM

Juancho Hernangomez will miss the next two weeks of the Minnesota Timberwolves' voluntary workouts due to filming Adam Sandler's latest movie.

“He’s chomping at the bit to be here. He didn't realize when he signed up for the movie that we were going to have the bubble," said Gersson Rosas.

Hustle, the Netflix-produced film, revolves around an overseas scout searching for talent. 

Hernangomez, who was traded to the Wolves during the season, is currently a restricted free agent. 

Chris Hine/Star Tribune

Tags: Juancho Hernangomez, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA

76ers Could Try To Pair James Harden With Mike D'Antoni

Sep 24, 2020 2:56 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers could pursue James Harden either via trade or in free agency in 2022, according to John Clark of NBC Philadelphia.

The 76ers are pursuing Mike D'Antoni as head coach, who decided not to explore talks with the Houston Rockets on a new contract.

"I’m hearing one of the reasons along with coaching that Sixers have a lot of interest in Mike D’Antoni is feeling with some in organization that he could help lure James Harden to Philly," writes Clark.

Harden signed a four-year extension with the Rockets in 2017.

John Clark/NBC Philadelphia

Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Billy Donovan's Contract With Bulls Worth $24M Over Four Seasons

Sep 24, 2020 2:47 PM

The Chicago Bulls agreed to hire Billy Donovan this week as head coach.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports Donovan's deal is worth more than $24 million over four seasons.

The Bulls had Fred Hoiberg on a contract worth approximately $5 million per season.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics' Draft Room Let Out 'Collective Moan' When Heat Selected Tyler Herro

Sep 24, 2020 2:25 PM

The Boston Celtics had serious interest in drafting Tyler Herro leading up to the 2019 NBA Draft.

Boston owned the 14th pick but the Miami Heat picked Herro at No. 13. The Celtics lost a coin flip to the Heat for the selection and they ended up selecting Romeo Langford at No. 14. 

"On NBA draft night last year there was a collective moan among the Boston Celtics brass right about the time the Miami Heat used the No. 13 pick to select Tyler Herro," wrote A. Sherrod Blakely this week.

Herro is averaging 20.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists through the first four games of the Eastern Conference Finals

A. Sherrod Blakely/NBC Sports Boston

Tags: Tyler Herro, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, NBA

Bam Adebayo Aggravates Wrist Injury, Will Play In Game 5

Sep 24, 2020 8:34 AM

Bam Adebayo aggravated a wrist injury at the end of Game 4 in which he was in visible pain.

Sources tell Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press that Adebayo is fine and will play in Game 5 on Friday. Adebayo will receive treatment for the injury between now and Game 5.

Adebayo initially injured his wrist in Game 3.

Adebayo is averaging 17.9 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 36.5 minutes per game in the playoffs.

Tim Reynolds/Associated Press

Tags: Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Stephen Curry, Draymond Green Excused From Warriors' Minicamp

Sep 24, 2020 1:30 AM

Stephen Curry and Draymond Green are both excused from the Golden State Warriors' minicamp, according to Steve Kerr.

The Warriors' first practice took place on Wednesday.

"First of all, I want to make clear that this is a voluntary camp. And so [GM] Bob [Myers] and I have both been in touch with Steph and Draymond and we are well aware of their circumstances. And so they both have important family issues to attend to and so they have excused absences," said Kerr.

Klay Thompson and Eric Paschall are expected to join the group later this week, with Kerr adding that "Klay looks great."

Kerr described being able to practice again as a "relief" for the team. 

"For our team, it was really a relief to be out on the floor playing basketball again together. Competing, laughing, enjoying ourselves. The guys looked great. There was a lot of good energy and they had a lot of fun out there today. First time, really, that any of them have had a chance to play real basketball, other than just kind of one-on-one stuff, in a long time. So great to see them out there."

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Tags: Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Preseason

Monte McNair: Luke Walton Is 'Going To Be Our Coach Next Year'

Sep 24, 2020 1:22 AM

New Sacramento Kings GM Monte McNair said that he and Luke Walton are on the same page during his introductory press conference on Wednesday.

"Luke's going to be our coach next year. I'm really excited to work with him. I think we're aligned with our vision and we're gonna start implementing it," said McNair.

Walton went 31-41 in his first season as head coach.

McNair, who was an executive with the Rockets, said he will incorporate ideas of pace and space into his new team.

"In Houston, obviously we pushed some things to the extreme. That was partly due to our personnel there. There are some tenets that we'll apply here. We're definitely going to play fast and space the floor. There's a lot of versatility and talent on this roster. I think that'll dictate how we build the team."


Tags: Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Landry Fields Hired By Hawks As Assistant GM

Sep 23, 2020 6:40 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to hire Landry Fields as assistant general manager.

Fields was previously general manager of the Austin Spurs of the G League.

Field spent five seasons in the NBA.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs, Austin Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League Teams

NBA Will Do 'Everything They Can' To Have Fans Back At Arenas Next Season

Sep 23, 2020 5:18 PM

The NBA appears to have reached a point in planning for the 20-21 season in which they are almost entirely resistant to playing any games next season in a bubble environment similar to the one they created in Orlando to finish the 19-20 season.

"There was a lot of talk, even a month ago, six weeks ago, about starting next year in a bubble," said Adrian Wojnarowski on his podcast on Wednesday. "That 'hey, we have to be open to the idea.' And the further we were in that bubble and it went along, the more and more I got a sense, and I think others got a sense that, I think everybody in the league wants to do everything they can to not go back to it.

"And not just from [how] everybody is going stir crazy and it's not normal. But I think the owners' appetite, understandably, and the players' appetite, to get the revenue streams back. To get fans back at arenas. Financially, it is scary to have the fans out for this long. But you also don't want fans out so long that they just, like... Just don't assume everybody is going to come flooding back. People find other things to do in this world. All of the entertainment options there are... You don't want people out of NBA buildings for so long that it is not a habit anymore. And you don't get everybody back.

"The more and more time goes on here, the greater sense I've gotten around the league, the union, players, owners certainly, that they're going to do everything they can to in some way shape or form have fans back at arenas next year. Even if that means it is socially distanced. We're seeing it in football in some places. 

"I don't think they've ruled the bubble out, but it is kind of the last thing anyone wants to do right now."

The NBA is closely studying the current NFL model in which some teams are operating at limited capacity for games.

The NBA now expects to wait until at least January to begin their next season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: NBA

Dragan Bender Agrees To Sign With Maccabi Tel Aviv

Nemanja Zoric

Bulls Hire Vanja Cernivec As International Scout

Daniel Greenberg

Mike D'Antoni To 76ers Has 'Gotten Much Louder'

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Pacers Interview Nate Bjorkgren For Head Coaching Job

Frank Isola/The Athletic

NBA To Conduct Draft Combine From Sept. 28 Through Mid-November

RealGM Staff Report

Romeo Langford Out For Season After Wrist Surgery

Tim Bontemps/ESPN

Bulls Hire Billy Donovan As Head Coach

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Adam Silver: NBA Not Moving To Disengagement With China A Net Positive

Bob Costa/CNN (via Sopan Deb/New York Times)

Hollinger & Duncan: Playoff Winners and Losers and the Effect on Free Agency; The Clippers Plan

RealGM Staff Report

NBA Expected To Start Next Season In January At Earliest

Bob Costas/CNN (via Marc Stein/New York Times)

Lakers/Nuggets Game 2 Down 36 Percent From Game 1 Competing Against NFL

RealGM Staff Report

J.J. Redick Hopes To Play Four More Seasons

Mark Medina/USA Today

Michael Jordan Partners With Denny Hamlin On NASCAR Team, Bubba Wallace Announced As Driver


76ers Plan On Making Additional Hires To Elton Brand's Front Office

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Montrezl Harrell To Receive Interest From Clippers, Multiple Other Teams

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Mike D'Antoni, Billy Donovan, Ty Lue 'Strongly Vying' For 76ers' Job

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Will Barton Continues To Rehab Knee, Unlikely To Return At Any Point For West Finals

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Nick Nurse Now Amongst Highest Paid NBA Coaches At $8M Per Season

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Billy Donovan Interviews For Pacers' Head Coaching Job

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Bulls To Soon Move On To Finalists Stage In Head Coaching Search

Shams Charania/The Athletic