April 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Sean Marks: James Harden Hopefully Won't Be Out 'Too Much Longer'

Apr 17, 2021 12:37 AM

James Harden continues to make progress on his injured hamstring and hopefully won't be out "too much longer," according to Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks.

"Hopefully if things go smoothly, he'll be out and joining the guys in a game. He's met his markers up to this point, and we'll just continue to progress him along, and hopefully it's not too much longer," said Marks.

Marks did not have an exact timetable for Harden's return.

Harden has missed the last ten games with the injury.

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Tags: James Harden, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Injury

Celtics Sign Jabari Parker To Two-Year Deal, Waive Moe Wagner

Apr 16, 2021 7:38 PM

Jabari Parker has agreed to a two-year deal with the Boston Celtics.

Parker gives the Celtics added depth in the frontcourt. 

Parker was waived by the Sacramento Kings last month after appearing in just three games.

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Tags: Jabari Parker, Moe Wagner, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Damian Jones Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With Kings

Apr 16, 2021 5:05 PM

Damian Jones has signed a second 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings.

Jones has averaged 13 minutes over three games with the Kings.

Jones was previously on a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Tags: Damian Jones, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Donovan Mitchell Diagnosed With Lower Right Ankle Sprain

Apr 16, 2021 5:03 PM

The Utah Jazz have diagnosed Donovan Mitchell with a lower right ankle sprain and there's early optimism the injury is not a major one.

Mitchell immediately underwent x-rays, which returned negative. Mitchell will undergo an MRI on the injury.

Mitchell landed awkwardly and had to be helped into the locker room by teammates. 

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Tags: Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Injury

DeMarcus Cousins Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With Clippers

Apr 16, 2021 2:57 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have signed DeMarcus Cousins to a second 10-day contract.

Cousins has appeared in three games with the Clippers, averaging 6.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 9.6 minutes per game.

Cousins began the 20-21 season with the Houston Rockets and was waived in February. 

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Marc Gasol Fractures Left Pinkie Finger

Apr 16, 2021 2:36 PM

Marc Gasol dislocated his left pinkie finger in Thursday's game against the Boston Celtics.

A trainer popped the digit back into place and Gasol stayed in the game.

X-rays revealed Gasol had suffered a volar plate fracture in the finger.

“It’s my left,” Gasol said. “I don’t use it much anyways.”

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Injury

Execs Expect Pelicans To Consider Lonzo Ball Sign-And-Trade

Apr 16, 2021 2:25 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans discussed Lonzo Ball with several teams before the trade deadline with the Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks among the teams showing interest, sources tell ESPN.

Some executives came away from those talks with the impression that Ball might be made available in a sign-and-trade in the offseason as a restricted free agent.

The Pelicans, however, had indeed expressed interest in keeping Ball. 

Ball is averaging 14.5 points and 38.4% from 3 on 8.1 attempts per game, all career highs.

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Tags: Lonzo Ball, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dwyane Wade Buys Ownership Stake In Jazz

Apr 16, 2021 1:31 PM

Dwyane Wade has purchased an ownership stake in the Utah Jazz and plans to take an active role in the franchise and region.

Wade is the latest of several Hall of Fame-level players with NBA ownership stakes, including Grant Hill (Atlanta Hawks), Shaquille O'Neal (Sacramento Kings) and Charlotte Hornets majority owner Michael Jordan. Magic Johnson previously had a 4% stake in the Los Angeles Lakers.

"This goes way beyond the dream I had to just play basketball in the NBA," Wade told ESPN. "I've seen Shaq do it in Sacramento. I've seen Grant Hill do it in Atlanta. I've seen Jordan do it in Charlotte. If this partnership is going to be anything like my relationship is with Ryan, there are going to be a lot of things that I'll want to be involved in. ...

"Unfortunately, people in my community don't get this opportunity, and I do not take it lightly to have this opportunity. To make real change, this is where you have to be -- at the top -- and Ryan knows that. I'm thankful for him, and I know too that I bring a lot to this partnership outside of just my basketball knowledge and skills."

Wade met Smith at a golf course in 2019 and they soon became friends. 

The NBA has a bylaw that ownership stakes can be no less than 1% of the team, but Wade's financial investment in the franchise is not immediately clear.

Micky Arison on Twitter expressed disappointment that Wade didn't reconsider a stake in the Miami franchise after previous negotiations.

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Tags: Miami Heat, Utah Jazz, NBA

Evan Mobley Leaves USC For NBA Draft

Apr 16, 2021 11:45 AM

Evan Mobley has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft, leaving USC after his freshman season.

Mobley is widely expected to be a top-3 pick in the draft.

Mobley was a second-team All-American and the Pac-12 Player of the Year.

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Magic Sign Devin Cannady To Two-Way Contract

Apr 16, 2021 9:52 AM

The Orlando Magic have agreed to sign Devin Cannady to a Two-Way contract.

Cannady was MVP of the G League Finals this season.

Cannady went undrafted in 2019 out of Princeton and is a 6'2 point guard.

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Anthony Davis Cleared For Full-Contact Practice, Could Return Monday Versus Jazz

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James Wiseman Undergoes Successful Surgery, Expected To Return Next Season

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RealGM Radio: Matt Moore On NBA Tiers (April 2021)

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Clippers Likely To Sign DeMarcus Cousins To 2nd 10-Day Deal

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Thunder Sign Justin Robinson To 2nd 10-Day Contract

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National Basketball Social Justice Coalition Hires James Cadogan As Executive Director

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Zach LaVine Out Several Games After Entering COVID-19 Protocol

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Nikola Jokic Considered Heavy Favorite To Win MVP In Latest Straw Poll

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LaMarcus Aldridge Retires Following Irregular Heartbeat

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Ben Simmons After Win Over Nets: 'We Want That One Seed'

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James Wiseman To Undergo Surgery To Repair Meniscus On Thursday

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GMs, Trainers Put Players In 'Survival Mode' With NBA's Compressed Schedule

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Austin Rivers, Nuggets In Serious Talks On Contract

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NBA Has Zero New Players Test Positive For COVID-19 Since April 7th

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Wizards Sign Jordan Bell To 10-Day Contract

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Hollinger & Duncan: Coach Rankings 2020-21 Part 1

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Gregg Popovich Suggests Scrutinizing Political Donations Of NBA Owners

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NBA Contends Injury Rate In Line With Data From Last Five Seasons

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Knicks, Bulls Considered Top Threats To Sign Lonzo Ball

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Chris Chiozza Undergoes Surgery For Broken Right Hand

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