January 2022 Basketball Wiretap

Bol Bol Out 8-12 Weeks With Foot Surgery

Jan 18, 2022 2:57 PM

Bol Bol has decided to undergo surgery on his foot and will be out eight to 12 weeks.

The Denver Nuggets agreed to trade Bol to the Detroit Pistons, but the deal was voided due to an issue with the physical exam.

Bol has appeared in 14 games this season with the Nuggets. 

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Myles Turner Out At Least Two Weeks With Stress Reaction In Left Foot

Jan 18, 2022 12:33 PM

Myles Turner has been examined by multiple specialists, who have determined the injury to be a stress reaction in his left foot.

Turner missed Monday's game.

Turner will continue to receive treatment and will be re-examined in two weeks, at which time the Indiana Pacers' medical team will re-assess his status.

Turner has been mentioned in trade rumors throughout the season.

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Lakers, Blazers, Knicks, Jazz, Wizards, Celtics, Pacers, Wolves, Kings Interested In Jerami Grant

Jan 18, 2022 11:22 AM

The Detroit Pistons have received interest in Jerami Grant from the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings.

The Pistons are seeking either two first round picks or one first round pick plus a high upside young player in exchange for Grant.

Grant expects to sign a lucrative extension in the ballpark of four years, $112 million this offseason.

Washington is viewed by some league personnel as a favorite to trade for Grant. Grant grew up in the D.C. area and is familiar with Wes Unseld Jr. from their time together with the Denver Nuggets. 

The Memphis Grizzlies have been mentioned in some circles speculatively, but they're not expected to pursue Grant.

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Frank Vogel Was Nearly Fired Following Loss To Nuggets

Jan 18, 2022 9:34 AM

Despite the Los Angeles Lakers coming off one of their best wins of the season, Frank Vogel is reportedly coaching for his job. Los Angeles picked up a big win over the Utah Jazz to improve to 6-4 over their last 10 games, but Vogel's job security is still in question.

Vogel was nearly fired after the Lakers were blown out by the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. Had a similar result happened on Monday against Utah, Vogel likely would have been dismissed.

After winning the NBA title in 2020, the Lakers have struggled through two injury-ridden seasons. LA was bounced in the first round of the NBA playoffs in 2021 and this year they have struggled with a .500 record. Anthony Davis has missed considerable time, Kendrick Nunn hasn't played all season and Russell Westbrook's fit has been awkward, at best. That's left Vogel patching together lineups around LeBron James and Westbrook based on which veterans are available on a nightly basis.

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Kyrie Irving Stands Rooted On Staying Unvaccinated

Jan 18, 2022 9:09 AM

Kyrie Irving was asked following the Brooklyn Nets loss at the Cleveland Cavaliers if the injury to Kevin Durant has made him change his mind about getting vaccinated. Irving's status as an unvaccinated player makes him ineligible to play in home games for the Nets. Irving made it clear that there is nothing that will change his mind on getting vaccinated.

"It's not going to be swayed just because of one thing in this NBA life. That somehow, it's brought to my attention as being more important than what's going on in the real world. It's just not happening for me. Again, I respect everyone else's decision, I'm not going to ever try to convince anyone of anything or any of that, I'm just standing rooted in what I believe in," Irving said. "And though we're dealing with this right now with Kev, I just know that I'm protected by the organization, I'm protected by my teammates, I'm protected by all the doctors I've talked to. And I just stand rooted."

Irving later said he doesn't like that those questioning his decision to be unvaccinated do so in terms of his professional life and not his personal life.

"You're bringing my vaccination status into a basketball game, and I live my life, the majority of the time, when I'm away from this. So, when I say I'm not getting vaccinated and I'm making a choice with my life, somehow it gets mixed into, 'Well, what about the basketball?' When it's like no, bro. We live in a real world," Irving said. "It's great to be able to do this. I'm grateful for the opportunity. I love being with my teammates. I love playing on the Nets, but I've already been away enough time to think about this, to process it, to be able to make this decision, stand strong, understand that people are gonna agree and some people are gonna disagree."

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Kendrick Nunn's Return Delayed For Lakers

Jan 18, 2022 8:54 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers were hoping to see offseason signee Kendrick Nunn take the court this month, but that debut will have to wait a while longer. Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Nunn's bone bruise in his knee did not respond well to ramped up on-court work. As such, the team has backed off on Nunn's rehab.

The Lakers used most of their Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception to sign Nunn to a two-year, $10.3 million contract. Nunn holds a player option for the 22-23 season.

With Nunn unable to play since the preseason, the Lakers have cobbled together their backcourt minutes around Russell Westbrook. Avery Bradley has been the starter next to Westbrook, while Malik Monk, Talen Horton-Tucker and Austin Reaves have all played a rotation role.

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Tags: Kendrick Nunn, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Injury

Airbnb Co-Founder Joe Gebbia Buys Minority Ownership Stake In Spurs

Jan 18, 2022 8:41 AM

The San Antonio Spurs have sold a minority stake in the franchise to Airbnb co-founder and billionaire Joe Gebbia.

Gebbia tells The Athletic that he has a new strategic partnership role with the Spurs, joining Michael Dell, the founder of Dell Technologies, and San Francisco-based investment firm Sixth Street as new investors in the Spurs. 

“I love being in presence of people who have dedicated their lives to something, to their craft. And I remember thinking to myself: One day, I want to be in the NBA of the business world,” Gebbia told The Athletic. “I want to be in the NBA of entrepreneurship. I'm a big fan of the Spurs. Big fan of coach Pop (Gregg Popovich), and the Spurs have had a pretty remarkable run — five championships between what ‘99 and 2014, legends on a team like Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli, David Robinson, Tim Duncan.”

Gebbia was born in Atlanta.

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Jazz To Sign Danuel House To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Jan 18, 2022 8:30 AM

The Utah Jazz plan on signing Danuel House to a second 10-day deal.

House was originally signed to a 10-day hardship deal during Utah's issues with COVID-19.

The Jazz were encouraged by House's play during the initial tenure.

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Nets Considering Trade Of Nic Claxton

Jan 18, 2022 8:26 AM

The Brooklyn Nets have tested the trade market for Nic Claxton.

"You mentioned Day'Ron Sharpe, so there's been some chatter through a couple of teams I've talked to that the Nets have dipped their toe into the trade market for Nic Claxton," said Brian Windhorst on his podcast. "In other words, maybe thinking about trading him.

"When I say this, I know I'll get aggregated for saying it but I know this would surprise some people because they'd say 'This guy is really valuable defensively. He's very active.'

"He's been out recently with a hamstring injury, but he's a free agent [this offseason]."

Sharpe has played solid minutes for the Nets at center, which could make losing Claxton more manageable for the team.

Windhorst closed his report by indicating that it was a "feeling out of the market" for Claxton. 

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NBA Net Rating (Week 13): Warriors, Jazz Tied At +8.0

Jan 17, 2022 4:41 PM

The Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz are tied for the best mark in the NBA in Net Rating at +8.0 while the Phoenix Suns are at +7.8.

NBA Net Rating (Week 13)
1. Golden State Warriors: 8.0
2. Utah Jazz: 8.0
3. Phoenix Suns: 7.8
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: 5.2
5. Miami Heat: 4.6
6. Milwaukee Bucks: 3.9
7. Memphis Grizzlies: 3.7
8. Dallas Mavericks: 2.9
9. Brooklyn Nets: 2.6
10. Chicago Bulls: 2.5
11. Philadelphia 76ers: 2.1
12. Boston Celtics: 1.7
13. Toronto Raptors: 1.1
14. Denver Nuggets: 1.1
15. Minnesota Timberwolves: 1.0
16. New York Knicks: -0.0
17. San Antonio Spurs: -0.4
18. Charlotte Hornets: -0.6
19. Indiana Pacers: -0.9
20. Los Angeles Clippers: -1.3
21. Los Angeles Lakers: -1.5
22. Atlanta Hawks: -1.6
23. Washington Wizards: -2.0
24. Sacramento Kings: -4.0
25. Portland Trail Blazers: -4.3
26. New Orleans Pelicans: -4.5
27. Oklahoma City Thunder: -7.0
28. Houston Texans: -8.3
29. Orlando Magic: -9.1
30. Detroit Pistons: -9.9

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NBA PER (Week 13): Joel Embiid Climbs To No. 3

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'Noise Circulating' That 76ers Want To Try To Acquire James Harden In 2022 Offseason

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Darius Garland, Devin Booker Named NBA Players Of The Week

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Dunc'd On: 15 in 60 (Western Conference 1.17.22)

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Malcolm Hill, Bulls Agree To Two-Way Deal

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Cam Reddish: I Feel Like I Can Be A Star

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Tyrese Haliburton Enters COVID-19 Protocols

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Nuggets Interested In Trade For Bryn Forbes

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Rockets Seeking First Round Pick For Eric Gordon

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Indiana Asking For First Round Pick And Young Player For Caris LeVert

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Pacers Looking For Two First Round Picks For Myles Turner

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Stanley Johnson To Sign 10-Day Contract With Lakers

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Draymond Green Out At Least Two Weeks With Calf Injury

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Spurs Assign Zach Collins To Austin

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Heat Waive Marcus Garrett From Two-Way; Heat Plan To Sign Kyle Guy To Two-Way

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Kevin Durant Has Sprained Left MCL, Nets Hopeful For Return In 4-6 Weeks

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Knicks Want To Acquire Jalen Brunson

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Kevin Durant Leaves With Left Knee Injury, MRI Set For Sunday

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Mavericks To Waive Willie Cauley-Stein, Sign Marquese Chriss

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Marquese Chriss To Remain On Mavs Roster But Will Be Inactive

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