January 2021 Basketball Wiretap

NBA Rescinds Draymond Green Technical Foul

Jan 23, 2021 1:21 AM

Draymond Green's second technical foul from Thursday night's game against the New York Knicks was rescinded by the league.

Second-year official John Butler thought that Green was yelling at him late in the second quarter, giving Green his second technical and ejecting him from the game. 

Green, instead, was yelling at James Wiseman. 

The game's crew chief Ben Taylor admitted Butler's mistake at halftime. 

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Tags: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Woj: NBA Has Many Black Assistant Coaches On Cusp Of Becoming First-Time Head Coaches

Jan 22, 2021 9:26 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski expects more Black assistant coaches to get hired in the near future as first-time head coaches. There are currently only seven Black head coaches in the NBA.

"The NBA generally has had a better hiring record than the NFL has, but I don't think we take time... we don't talk as much about the assistants in the NBA as we do in the NFL," said Wojnarowski. "I think there's a group of young, and not so young, Black assistants who are going to be head coaches. I think last year's interview process, guys didn't get jobs, but I think there a few guys on the cusp.

"I would tell you that Darvin Ham in Milwaukee, who made an incredible impression with the Clippers, with Indiana.

"Jamahl Mosley in Dallas made a great impression, again in LA. Interviewed in other places.

"Wes Unseld Jr. with the Nuggets, who Mike Malone, to his credit, Mike gave Wes a lot of praise for that Nuggets' defense in the bubble. And the role he played.

"And there are others. I think we're going to see in the NBA, you're going to see some of these candidates start to break through and get jobs. We just talk about it the way we do the NFL. 

"And there's others. I don't want to do just a list here. Certainly, I think those guys are among the most prominent right now who I think are really close."

Zach Lowe also mentioned Jarron Collins, Charles Lee, David Vanterpool, Chauncey Billups and Melvin Hunt as possible Black candidates who could be hired as first-time head coaches. 

"We don't talk about it enough," said Wojnarowski. "It's important in this league."

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Hawks Guarantee Solomon Hill's Contract For Remainder Of Season

Jan 22, 2021 8:43 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have guaranteed the $2.1 million salary of Solomon Hill for the remainder of the season.

Hill was on a non-guaranteed deal.

Hill has played in all 14 games while shooting 34.5 percent on three-pointers.

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Tags: Solomon Hill, Atlanta Hawks, NBA

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Nets Granted $5.7M Disabled Player Exception

Jan 22, 2021 4:38 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have been granted a disabled player exception worth $5.7 million for the loss of Spencer Dinwiddie.

Dinwiddie tore his ACL in December and will be out for the rest of the season.

The Nets have until April 19th to use the exception.

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Tags: Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Sign Rayjon Tucker To Two-Way Contract

Jan 22, 2021 3:13 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to sign Rayjon Tucker to a Two-Way contract.

Tucker will join the Delaware Blue Coats of the G League in the Orlando bubble. 

Tucker went undrafted in 2019 out of Arkansas-Little Rock and spent last season with the Wisconsin Herd and Utah Jazz. Tucker spent training camp in 2020 with the Los Angeles Clippers. 

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Tags: Rayjon Tucker, Philadelphia Sixers, Delaware 87ers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League Teams

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Norvel Pelle Agrees To Sign With Nets

Jan 22, 2021 2:13 PM

Norvell Pelle will sign with the Brooklyn Nets pending his clearance of health and safety protocols.

Pelle appeared in 24 games with the Philadelphia 76ers last season.

The Nets will still have two open roster spots.

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Anthony Davis: I Think I Suck Right Now

Jan 22, 2021 11:44 AM

While the Los Angeles Lakers continue to demonstrate why they're considered championship favorites with a 12-4 record, Anthony Davis admits he's playing below his standards.

"Right now, to be hard on myself, man, I think I suck right now," Davis said after finishing with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks in a road win at the Milwaukee Bucks. "I'm not making shots. I'm not making free throws. But I think tonight my aggressiveness, just being a [post-up threat] and getting to the paint, allowed guys to get open."

Davis tried to be more involved as a facilitator. 

"My aggressiveness tonight," Davis said, "that's the only way I feel like I'm gonna get out of this funk or whatever that I'm in.

"I put a lot of pressure on myself to be a better basketball player every game, and that's what I'm gonna continue to do."

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Gordon Hayward Underwent Minor Surgery On Left Foot In October

Jan 22, 2021 11:26 AM

Gordon Hayward underwent a previously unreported elective surgery in early October to alleviate persistent nerve pain his left foot, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic.

Hayward's surgery was performed by Indianapolis-based Dr. David Porter, which relieved the discomfort that he played through last season and required approximately four weeks of recovery time for the incision to heal.

A source from the Charlotte Hornets told The Athletic they were aware of the procedure during free agency and were completely comfortable with Hayward's medical status.

“Imagine just having a constant burning sensation in your foot,” Bartelstein said of the condition. “It’s like having a rock in your shoe all the time. (Morton’s Neuroma) is a simple procedure they’re able to do that removes that nerve so you’re not feeling that burning sensation. It’s made a world of difference.”

 

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Tags: Gordon Hayward, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Alex Len Agrees To One-Year Deal With Wizards

Jan 22, 2021 10:49 AM

Alex Len has agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards.

Len was waived this week by Toronto Raptors.

The Wizards are in need of depth in the frontcourt.

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Michael Porter Jr. Cleared From Health And Safety Protocols, Questionable For Friday Return

Jan 22, 2021 1:13 AM

Michael Porter Jr. is questionable to return on Friday after clearing the league's health and safety protocols.

Porter has not played since December 29th.

Porter is currently averaging 19.5 points and 6.8 rebounds on the season. 

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Tags: Michael Porter, Jr., Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Cody Zeller Expected To Return On Friday Night

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Rockets Plan To Have John Lucas Work With Kevin Porter Jr.

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Rockets Acquire Kevin Porter Jr. From Cavaliers

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Tokyo Olympics Likely To Be Canceled Outright

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RealGM Radio: Matt Moore On NBA Tiers

RealGM Staff Report

Adam Silver Suggests NBA Won't Expand For Under $2.5 Billion Franchise Fee

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NBA's National TV Ratings Up 34 Percent Compared To 19-20

RealGM Staff Report

NBPA Interested In Negotiating Equity Options In Next CBA

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Grizzlies' Next Three Games Postponed By NBA

RealGM Staff Report

NBA Has 11 New Positive COVID-19 Cases Since Jan. 13

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Kevin Durant On Kyrie Irving Return In Double-Overtime Loss: It 'Felt Like We Belong Together'

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Killian Hayes To Miss At Least 8 More Weeks Due To Right Hip Injury, Will Not Need Surgery

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Wizards-Bucks On Friday Night Postponed Due To Health And Safety Protocols

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NBA Tasks Team Security With Preventing Hugs, Handshakes

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Hollinger & Duncan: Would We Have Done the Harden Trade? What to do with KPJ? What Does a Scouting Database Look Like?

RealGM Staff Report

NBA Postpones Blazers-Grizzlies For Contact Tracing

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Surge Of Traded Picks, Pick Swaps Could Inhibit Market For Next Superstar Trade

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Caris LeVert Says Getting Traded 'Possibly Saved Me In The Long Run'

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Jusuf Nurkic Undergoes Wrist Surgery, To Be Re-Evaluated In Six Weeks

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CJ McCollum Started Shooting More Three-Pointers To Extend Career

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