February 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Victor Oladipo Turns Down Two-Year, $45.2 Million Extension From Rockets

Feb 28, 2021 7:31 PM

Victor Oladipo turned down a two-year, $45.2 million contract extension from the Houston Rockets, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The amount was the most that the Rockets could currently offer Oladipo. The 28-year-old is currently in the final year of his four-year deal.

Oladipo is reportedly looking for a long-term deal, which the Rockets cannot offer until this offseason.

The Heat and the Knicks are among teams who have shown an interest in Oladipo in the past. 

Wojnarowski adds that the Rockets have yet to engage in trade talks involving Oladipo. 

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Tags: Victor Oladipo, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor

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Robert Covington To Compete In Skills Challenge

Feb 28, 2021 7:09 PM

Robert Covington is set to compete in the Skills Challenge, sources told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

The NBA will use All-Star Weekend to highlight Historically Black College and Universities. Covington, a graduate of Tennessee State, is the only player from an HBCU in the NBA.

The NBA and NBPA have committed more than $2.5 million in a fund to support HBCUs, as well as raising awareness around issues like equity and access to COVID-19 vaccines. 

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Tags: Robert Covington, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Cassius Stanley, Anfernee Simons To Join Obi Toppin In Slam Dunk Competition

Feb 28, 2021 6:09 PM

Cassius Stanley and Anfernee Simons will enter the Slam Dunk competition on March 7th, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The two players will join Obi Toppin in the competition.

Derrick Jones Jr., winner of last year's competition, will not enter this season. 

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Tags: Cassius Stanley, Anfernee Simons, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA All-Star

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RJ Hampton Expected To Enter Health & Safety Protocol Through All-Star Break

Feb 28, 2021 2:57 PM

RJ Hampton is expected to enter the league's healthy and safety protocols through the All-Star Break, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

There is also additional contact tracing ongoing within the Nuggets organization.

The Nuggets have three games remaining before the break. 

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Tags: R.J. Hampton, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Tom Thibodeau After Knicks Return To .500: All Wins 'Count The Same'

Feb 28, 2021 12:39 PM

Tom Thibodeau said the New York Knicks' 110-107 win over the Indiana Pacers that brought the team back to .500 for the season didn't take on any extra meaning.

The Knicks were at one point down double-digits in the game. 

"One game doesn’t take on more meaning than another. They all count the same. And wherever you end up, that can be the difference between a lot of things.

So we have to understand how important each day is, have to understand how important each practice is, we have to understand how important each possession is. And so if we want to fight for things we say we want to fight for, there’s a price to pay for that, and we have to do that.”

The Knicks are currently 17-17 on the season, and are the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Julius Randle, who finished the game with 28 points and 10 rebounds, added that he took the matchup against Domantas Sabonis personally from a competitive standpoint. 

“As a competitor, sometimes there are just individual matchups that you take -- not personal like you don’t like the other guy -- just personal from a competitive standpoint. So it was that."

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Tags: Julius Randle, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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James Harden Says 'There Are Some Similarities' Between Him, Luka Doncic

Feb 28, 2021 12:30 PM

James Harden admitted that he saw "some similarities" between him and Luka Doncic following the Brooklyn Nets' 115-98 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

"There are some similarities. He never lets anyone speed him up, and he gets what he wants. That's rare for a guy at a young age. I think he's 21 years old. And to be able to dictate the game and control the game like he does, we all know he has a very, very bright future. The Mavs got a special one," said Harden after the game.

The loss snapped the Net's eight-game win streak.

Doncic had 27 points, six rebounds, and seven assists in the game, with the Mavs returning to .500.

Rick Carlisle also acknowledged the similarities between the two players.

"Harden has been in a situation the last few years where the offense has really revolved around him. With our team, it does around Luka similarly, but our style is a little different than Houston and Brooklyn. Both of these guys are generational-type players." 

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Tags: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Raptors Versus Bulls Postponed On Sunday Due To Contact Tracing

Feb 28, 2021 12:01 PM

Sunday's game between the Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls was postponed due to contact tracing within the Raptors.

The game is the 34th postponement of the season so far.

In addition, it was announced on Saturday that Pascal Siakam would miss up until the All-Star break due to health and safety protocol. 

Marc Stein/The New York Times

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Suspension, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Kevin Durant To Serve An All-Star Game Captain Despite Injury

Feb 28, 2021 12:09 AM

Kevin Durant will remain an All-Star Game captain despite having to sit out due to a hamstring injury.

Durant and LeBron James will draft their All-Star Game rosters on March 4th. 

It is unclear whether Durant will travel to Atlanta for the All-Star Game on March 7th.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Jrue Holiday Likely To Return To Bucks On Sunday

Feb 27, 2021 9:54 PM

Jrue Holiday is likely return to the Milwaukee Bucks lineup against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

Holiday has missed the last 10 games due to the league's health and safety protocols.

The Bucks went 5-5 without Holiday. 

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Tags: Jrue Holiday, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Kyrie Irving Out Saturday Versus Mavs Due To Right Shoulder Injury Recovery

Feb 27, 2021 2:32 PM

Kyrie Irving will miss the Brooklyn Nets' game against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night due to right shoulder injury recovery.

The Nets are currently on an eight-game win streak. 

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Injury

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LeBron James Responds To Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 'There's No Way I Would Ever Just Stick To Sports'

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Brad Stevens Says Kemba Walker 'Willed' Celtics To Win Over Pacers

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Draymond Green Following Career-High 19 Assists: Had To Make It 'Right' After Last Week

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Pascal Siakam To Miss Next Three Games Due To Health & Safety Protocols

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Sergio Scariolo: Coaching Raptors Wasn't Too Different From '1,500 Games I've Coached Before'

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Pistons Reportedly Interested In Acquiring Spencer Dinwiddie

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Nets Sign Iman Shumpert, Andre Roberson To 10-Day Contracts

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Domantas Sabonis Named All-Star Injury Replacement For Kevin Durant

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Tobias Harris Has Right Knee Contusion, No Structural Damage

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Dejounte Murray Fined $25,000 For Kicking Ball Into Stands

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Nick Nurse, Five Toronto Coaches To Miss Game Due To COVID-19 Protocols

Marc Stein/New York Times

Lakers Sign Damian Jones To 10-Day Contract

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Obi Toppin To Participate In Dunk Contest

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Kyrie Irving On Leadership Growth: 'It's Not On Me To Lead The Group By Myself'

Colin Martin/SNY

Kyle Lowry's Agent Denies Sixers Trade Rumors

Kurt Helin/Pro Basketball Talk

Rockets, Cavaliers, Thunder Considered NBA's Only True Sellers Entering Deadline Period

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Malik Beasley Suspended 12 Games After Guilty Plea

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Raptors Agree To Sign Donta Hall To 10-Day Deal

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NBA Rejected Glen Taylor's Bid To Sell Wolves To Private Equity Firm Arctos

Josh Kosman, Thornton McEnery/New York Post

Kyrie Irving, Vanessa Bryant Support Changing NBA Logo To Kobe Bryant

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