May 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Rockets Sign Khyri Thomas To 10-Day Contract

May 6, 2021 2:33 PM

The Houston Rockets have agreed to sign Khyri Thomas to a 10-day contract.

Thomas was a second round pick in 2018.

Thomas played eight games in the NBA during the 19-20 season with the Detroit Pistons.

During the G League bubble this season, Thomas averaged 13.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting on three-pointers. 

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Magic To Sign Admiral Schofield To 10-Day Contract

May 6, 2021 2:25 PM

The Orlando Magic will sign Admiral Schofield to a 10-day contract.

Orlando created the roster spot due to an injury hardship exception. 

Schofield played for the Washington Wizards last season and subsequently has played in the G League. 

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James Harden Expects To Return Before Start Of Playoffs

May 6, 2021 1:28 PM

James Harden is "very confident" he will return to game action with the Brooklyn Nets before the end of the regular season.

Harden is dealing with a right hamstring injury and hasn't played since April 5th.

Harden said he feels "really good" and is working on his conditioning, changing speed and changing direction.

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

Pacers Suspend Greg Foster, Fine Goga Bitadze For Altercation

May 6, 2021 1:18 PM

The Indiana Pacers are suspending assistant coach Greg Foster for one game and fining Goga Bitadze an undisclosed amount for their exchange on court during Wednesday's game.

Foster and Bitadze are said to have a strong working relationship, but that the emotions got the better of both parties during the exchange.

Bitadze was a first round pick in 2019 by the Pacers.

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Tags: Goga Bitadze, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Suspension, NBA Fines

Naji Marshall, Pelicans Agree To Three-Year, $5.3M Deal

May 6, 2021 11:23 AM

Naji Marshall has agreed to a new three-year, $5.3 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The deal will be fully guaranteed for the rest of this season and next season.

Marshall went undrafted in 2020 out of Xavier. 

In 26 games this season with the Pelicans, Marshall is averaging 6.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 19.8 minutes. 

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Julius Randle, Knicks Plan To Discuss Extension In Offseason

May 6, 2021 11:21 AM

The New York Knicks and Julius Randle plan on discussing a contract extension this offseason.

Randle's base salary this season is $18.9 million and will receive another $2 million in bonuses.

The Knicks can add up to four years to Randle's contract, but they are limited on what they can offer on a raise to a max of 20 percent.

If the Knicks guarantee Randle's $19.8 million salary for next season, they can add $106 million in guaranteed money four four years. With incentives included, Randle could make as much as $140 million over five years. 

Randle could wait until the 2022 offseason and either sign a five-year max worth up to $201.5 million or a four-year max with a rival team for up to $149.4 million. 

Both the Knicks and Randle are interested in extending the partnership. 

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Marv Albert, Chris Webber May Not Return To TNT Broadcast Team Next Season

May 6, 2021 1:21 AM

Both Marv Albert and Chris Webber may not return to TNT's NBA broadcast team next season, sources told Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. 

The 79-year-old Albert is currently in the final year of his five-year deal. Albert has hinted at retiring in the past, though no official decision has been reached.

The feeling that Webber may not return next season has been "building for awhile," according to Marchand. 

Webber informed network executives that he would not do the NCAA Tournament "very late," which was considered poor form.

If Albert does retire, TNT currently has Ian Eagle, Kevin Harlan, and Brian Anderson as play-by-play replacements. Anderson reportedly had the inside track to replace Albert, though the role is considered wide open. 

Andrew Marchand/New York Post

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Brandon Ingram Day-To-Day with Left Low Ankle Sprain

May 5, 2021 8:50 PM

Brandon Ingram has been diagnosed with a left low ankle sprain.

An MRI taken on Wednesday at Ochsner Health confirmed the diagnosis. The injury occurred during the second quarter of Tuesday night’s game vs. Golden State.

Ingram will miss Friday night’s game at Philadelphia and his status will be day-to-day moving forward.

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Kyrie Irving, Nets Fined $35,000 Apiece For Media Access Violations

May 5, 2021 8:49 PM

Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets organization have each been fined $35,000 for violating league rules governing media interview access.

The fines result from Irving's repeated refusal to participate in team postgame media availability.

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Thunder Sign Charlie Brown To 2nd 10-Day Contract

May 5, 2021 8:46 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed guard Charlie Brown Jr. to a second 10-Day Contract.

Brown signed his first 10-Day Contract with the Thunder on April 25 and has appeared in three games (one start), registering averages of 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.00 steal in 15.9 minutes per contest.

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Hollinger & Duncan: Nikola Jokic and the Players With the Most To Prove These Playoffs

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NBA Has Four Players Test Positive For COVID-19 Since April 28th

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Luca Vildoza Agrees To Four-Year, $13.6M Non-Guaranteed Deal With Knicks

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Scott Brooks Had Playoff Mandate Entering Final Season Of Contract With Wizards

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Kings Can't Stretch Payments Over Time To Luke Walton If Fired

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Zach LaVine To Return From COVID-19 On Thursday

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Mike Budenholzer Needs Deep Playoff Run To Save Job With Bucks

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Blazers Likely To Part Ways With Terry Stotts If Team Doesn't Impress In Playoffs

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Kevin Durant Following Nets Loss To Bucks: 'Continuity Is A Big Thing In This League'

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Tyrese Haliburton Won't Need Surgery On Knee, Likely Out For Season

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Nate Bjorkgren Faces Uncertain Future With Pacers

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Scott Brooks, Michael Malone Named NBA's Coaches Of The Month

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LeBron James Out At Least Two More Games With Ankle Injury

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Julius Randle, Stephen Curry Named Players Of The Month For April

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Anthony Edwards, Malachi Flynn Named NBA's Rookies Of The Month

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Magic Sign Sindarius Thornwell To Two-Way Contract, Waive Devin Cannady

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Miles Bridges Out 10-14 Days With COVID-19 Protocols

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Cavaliers Sign Anderson Varejao To 10-Day Contract

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Franz Wagner Leaves Michigan For 2021 NBA Draft

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Draymond Green On Steph Curry Following Warriors Win: 'Teams Are Terrified Of Him'

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