September 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Ben Simmons Rejects Offer From Teammates To Meet With Him In Los Angeles

Sep 25, 2021 9:35 PM

Several players on the Philadelphia 76ers wanted to fly to Los Angeles this week to meet with Ben Simmons with the hopes of persuading him to join the team as training camp is set to begin, but they were informed not to come and that he did not want to meet.

Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle were among the players to travel to Los Angeles. Some of those teammates he considers friends, but he didn't want them to make the trip out of courtesy because he won't change his mind on wanting a trade from the 76ers.

Simmons has mentally checked out as a member of the 76ers.

The 76ers have not received an offer they deem enough to move Simmons and the franchise has wanted him back. Simmons has $147 million over four years remaining on his contract. 

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Rui Hachimura Out Indefinitely With Undisclosed Personal Reason

Sep 25, 2021 9:32 PM

Rui Hachimura is out indefinitely with an excused absence as the Washington Wizards begin training camp on Tuesday.

Hachimura will miss time due to an undisclosed personal reason. Hachimura is set to begin his second NBA season. 

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Rockets Waive Matt Hurt From Two-Way Contract

Sep 25, 2021 10:32 AM

The Houston Rockets have waived Matt Hurt from his Two-Way contract. Hurt was signed to a Two-Way deal with Houston after going undrafted at the 2021 NBA Draft.

Hurt played two seasons at Duke. As a sophomore, he started all 24 of the Blue Devils games. The 6'9'' forward averaged 18.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. He then declared as an Early Entry Candidate for the 2021 NBA Draft.

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Pistons Convert Jamorko Pickett To Two-Way Contract

Sep 25, 2021 10:27 AM

The Detroit Pistons have converted Jamorko Pickett to a Two-Way contract. Pickett had originally signed a non-guaranteed training camp deal with Detroit.

The 6'8'' Pickett went undrafted out of Georgetown at the 2021 NBA Draft. He then played in Summer League for the Pistons before signing his original deal. He averaged 9.8 points on 54.5% shooting in Las Vegas.

Pickett was a four-year starter for the Hoyas. As a senior, he averaged 12.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

The forward now fills the Two-Way spot that was opened when Detroit converted Luka Garza from his Two-Way deal to a standard contract. Pickett joins Chris Smith as the Pistons Two-Way players this season.

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Trail Blazers Re-sign Keljin Blevins To Two-Way Contract

Sep 25, 2021 10:16 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers have re-signed Keljin Blevins to a Two-Way contract. Blevins played season with the Blazers as a Two-Way player.

After going undrafted out of Montana State in 2019, Blevins spent training camp with the Trail Blazers. He then played for the Northern Arizona Suns in the G League in 2019-20.

Blevins spent the entirety of the 2020-21 season with Portland. The 6'6'' wing appeared in 17 NBA games. As Portland does not have a G League affiliate, Blevins did not take part in the G League bubble.

Blevins is a cousin of Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard.

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Pelicans Add Zylan Cheatham, Jared Harper To Camp Roster

Sep 25, 2021 10:06 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed Zylan Cheatham and Jared Harper to fill out their camp roster. Both players were signed to non-guaranteed training camp deals.

Cheatham played for New Orleans during the 2019-20 season on a Two-Way contract. He was then part of a complicated sign-and-trade deal with the Milwaukee Bucks and Oklahoma City Thunder that saw Jrue Holiday land with the Bucks and Steven Adams and Eric Bledsoe with the Pelicans.

Cheatham was then waived by Oklahoma City and spent 2020 training camp with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He then played for the Iowa Wolves in the G League bubble. Cheatham averaged 10.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in the bubble.

Harper was with the New York Knicks on a Two-Way contract last season. He played only 16 minutes over NBA games in 2020-21. In the G League bubble, Harper scored 21.3 points and dished out 6.9 assists per game.

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Matt Coleman, Kings Sign Camp Deal

Sep 25, 2021 9:47 AM

The Sacramento Kings have signed guard Matt Coleman III to a non-guaranteed training camp deal. Coleman went undrafted at the 2021 NBA Draft out of Texas.

In five Las Vegas Summer League contests, Coleman averaged 6.6 points, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 13 minutes per game.

Coleman was a four-year starter for the Longhorns, as he started all 128 games he played in. As a senior, the 6'2'' point guard averaged 13.2 points, 4.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals.

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Bucks Waive Mamadi Diakite, Sign Javin DeLaurier

Sep 25, 2021 9:38 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks waived forward Mamadi Diakite. Diakite's contract was partially guaranteed for $100,000. That amount will go on the Bucks cap sheet, unless Diakite is claimed off waivers.

Diakite started his rookie season with Milwaukee on a Two-Way contract. His deal was converted to a standard contract in late-April.

In 14 NBA appearances (one start), Diakite averaged 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.1 minutes per game. In the G League Bubble, Diakite averaged 18.5 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game for the Lakeland Magic. The Bucks did not field a G League team during the 2020-21 season.

The Bucks also signed Javin DeLaurier to a training camp contract. DeLaurier went undrafted out of Duke at the 2020 NBA Draft. He then attended training camp with the Charlotte Hornets before playing for the Greensboro Swarm in the G League Bubble. DeLaurier also spent part of the 2020-21 season playing professionally in Canada for the Niagara River Lions.

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Knicks Sign Wayne Selden To Camp Deal

Sep 25, 2021 9:00 AM

The New York Knicks have signed guard Wayne Selden to a non-guaranteed training camp deal. Selden last played in the NBA in 2018-19 with the Memphis Grizzlies and Chicago Bulls.

Selden spent the 2019-20 season with the South Bay Lakers of the G League and played in Israel during the 2020-21 season. The 6'5'' guard out of Kansas has also played for the New Orleans Pelicans in addition to the Grizzlies and Bulls in the NBA.

At 2021 Las Vegas Summer League, Selden averaged 6.7 points in six games for the Knicks.

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NBA Denies Andrew Wiggins Exemption For Vaccination Status

Sep 24, 2021 8:53 PM

The NBA announced it reviewed and denied Golden State Warriors wing Andrew Wiggins' exemption request on his vaccination status. Wiggins requested a religious exemption to remain unvaccinated, but eligible to play in Warriors home games in San Francisco.

The city of San Francisco requires a COVID-19 vaccination for all participants (ages 12 and older) in large indoor events.

Wiggins will be unable to play in Warriors home games until he's vaccinated. Wiggins is also unable to participate in team workouts, due to being unvaccinated. He's currently restricted to individual workouts.

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Amir Coffey To Sign Two-Way Deal With Clippers

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Avery Bradley, Warriors Agree To Deal

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Manu Ginobili Hired By Spurs As Special Advisor

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Langston Galloway Signs Camp Deal With Warriors

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Luka Garza, Pistons Agree To Two-Year Deal

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Patrick Williams Out 4-6 Weeks With Severe Ankle Sprain

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Charles Bassey, 76ers Agree To Three-Year Deal

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Michael Porter Jr., Nuggets Continue To Discuss Extension

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Garrison Matthews Agrees To Non-Guaranteed Deal With Celtics

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Jordan Ford Signs Camp Deal With Clippers

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Tarik Black Signs Camp Deal With Nuggets

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Grizzlies Convert Yves Pons To Two-Way Contract

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Kristaps Porzingis Wanted Trade After Playoffs, Now Returning To Mavericks With 'Fresh Start'

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LeBron James Has 'Slimmed Up' In Offseason

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Ryan Arcidiacono, Celtics Agree To Camp Deal

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Zach LaVine, Bulls Discussed Extension Before Free Agency

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Joel Embiid 'Full Go' For Preseason Despite Meniscus Tear In Playoffs

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Kyrie Irving Hasn't Received COVID-19 Vaccine, Status For Brooklyn Home Games In Question

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Karl-Anthony Towns Has Given No Indication He's Interested In Trade From Wolves

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Bob Voulgaris, Mavericks Part Ways

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