February 2022 Basketball Wiretap

Chris Paul, Joel Embiid Named NBA's Players Of The Week For Week 15

Jan 31, 2022 3:39 PM

Chris Paul and Joel Embiid have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 15 (Jan. 24-30).

Paul averaged 22.3 points, 12.8 assists and 7.5 rebounds as the Phoenix Suns went 4-0.

Embiid averaged 34.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists as the Philadelphia 76ers went 3-0.

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Multiple Teams Expected To Pursue Goran Dragic If Bought Out

Jan 31, 2022 3:29 PM

The Dallas Mavericks are expected to receive competition in signing Goran Dragic should he become a free agent after the trade deadline.

Marc Stein writes that "sources say that multiple teams are expected to pursue Dragic."

The Toronto Raptors have expressed confidence that they will be able to trade Dragic by the deadline. Dragic and his $19.4 million expiring contract could be bought out by the team that trade for him.

The Raptors acquired Dragic as part of the Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade with the Miami Heat.

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NBA Net Rating (Week 15): Warriors Regain Sole Possession Of No. 1

Jan 31, 2022 3:20 PM

The Golden State Warriors have regained sole possession of the top slot in the NBA in net rating at +8.2 points per 100 possessions ahead of the Phoenix Suns at +7.9.

NBA Net Rating (Week 15)
1. Golden State Warriors: 8.2
2. Phoenix Suns: 7.9
3. Utah Jazz: 5.8
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: 4.8
5. Miami Heat: 4.7
6. Memphis Grizzlies: 3.8
7. Boston Celtics: 3.0
8. Milwaukee Bucks: 2.9
9. Dallas Mavericks: 2.8
10. Philadelphia 76ers: 2.4
11. Denver Nuggets: 2.2
12. Chicago Bulls: 1.8
13. Brooklyn Nets: 1.8
14. Minnesota Timberwolves: 1.0
15. Toronto Raptors: 0.9
16. Atlanta Hawks: 0.4
17. San Antonio Spurs: -0.1
18. Charlotte Hornets: -0.1
19. Los Angeles Clippers: -0.6
20. New York Knicks: -1.0
21. Los Angeles Lakers: -1.6
22. Indiana Pacers: -2.1
23. Washington Wizards: -2.5
24. Portland Trail Blazers: -3.8
25. New Orleans Pelicans: -4.5
26. Sacramento Kings: -5.2
27. Oklahoma City Thunder: -7.4
28. Orlando Magic: -7.9
29. Houston Rockets: -8.4
30. Detroit Pistons: -9.4

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Nassir Little Out For Season With Shoulder Surgery

Jan 31, 2022 2:36 PM

Nassir Little will undergo surgery to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder.

The surgery will be performed on Tuesday, February 1 by Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze, Florida.  

Little will miss the remainder of the season.   

In 42 games this season with the Portland Trail Blazers (23 starts), Little averaged career highs of 9.8 points (46.0% FG, 33.1% 3-PT, 73.4% FT), 5.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.86 blocks and 25.9 minutes.  

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NBA PER (Week 15): Stephen Curry Falls Out Of Top-25

Jan 31, 2022 2:18 PM

After starting the season as a runaway MVP favorite, Stephen Curry has fallen out of the top-25 in PER as his poor shooting streak continues. Curry has a PER of 21.3 for the season and 16.8 in January. Curry is shooting just 31.3 percent on his three-pointers in January.

NBA PER (Week 15)
1. Nikola Jokic: 33.0
2. Joel Embiid: 31.4
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 30.6
4. LeBron James: 27.3
5. Jimmy Butler: 26.2
6. Kevin Durant: 25.9
7. Rudy Gobert: 25.5
8. Ja Morant: 25.2
9. Montrezl Harrell: 25.0
10. Trae Young: 24.8
11. Karl-Anthony Towns: 23.8
12. DeMar DeRozan: 23.5
13. Domantas Sabonis: 23.2
14. Anthony Davis: 23.1
15. Jarrett Allen: 22.9
16. Luka Doncic: 22.8
17. Deandre Ayton: 22.4
18. Kristaps Porzingis: 22.1
19. Kevin Love: 22.1
20. Robert Williams: 22.0
21. Frank Kaminsky: 21.9
22. Donovan Mitchell: 21.8
23. James Harden: 21.7
24. Dejounte Murray: 21.6
25. Jonas Valanciunas: 21.4

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Joe Ingles Out For Season With Torn ACL

Jan 31, 2022 2:10 PM

Joe Ingles has suffered a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee, an MRI confirmed on Monday.

Ingles has no other structural damage to his knee.

Ingles is expected to undergo surgery as soon as he gets a range of motion back in his knee and will almost certainly miss the start of the 22-23 season.

Ingles was in his final year of his contract with the Utah Jazz and had been the subject of trade rumors.

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Nuggets Granted $2.7M Disabled Player Exception

Jan 31, 2022 1:15 PM

The Denver Nuggets have been granted a $2.7 million disabled player exception for the loss of Michael Porter Jr.

The deadline to use the DPE is March 10th.

There have been reports that Porter could possibly return before the end of the season.

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Thunder Sign Mamadi Diakite To 10-Day Deal

Jan 31, 2022 1:10 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed forward Mamadi Diakite to a 10-day contract.
 
Diakite (6-9, 218) has appeared in eight games for the Thunder this season and averaged 3.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 11.6 minutes per game.

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Bradley Beal Out At Least Two Games With Sprained Left Wrist

Jan 31, 2022 12:21 PM

Bradley Beal will miss the next two games (Feb. 1 at Milwaukee and Feb. 2 at Philadelphia) due to a sprained left wrist.  

Beal suffered the injury at the 7:47 mark of the third quarter at Memphis on January 29. 

Beal is averaging 23.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.6 assists this season.

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Monty Williams To Coach Team LeBron In 2022 NBA All-Star Game

Jan 31, 2022 10:24 AM

Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams and his staff will coach Team LeBron in the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.

Phoenix (40-9, .816) defeated the San Antonio Spurs 115-110 tonight to clinch the best record in the Western Conference through games played on Sunday, Feb. 6.  As a result, Williams has earned a spot as a head coach in the NBA All-Star Game for the first time.  He will be the Suns’ first NBA All-Star Game head coach since Mike D’Antoni in the 2006-07 season.   

Under Williams, the Suns have the best record in the NBA this season and are off to their best start in franchise history through the first 49 games of a season.  Phoenix won a franchise-record 18 consecutive games from Oct. 30 – Dec. 2 and has a current 10-game winning streak.  Williams was named the NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month for games played in October/November.

Williams is in his third season as Phoenix’s head coach.  

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Heat Sign Chris Silva To 4th 10-Day Contract

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Nuggets Could Get Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr. Back This Season

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Jalen Brunson Has 'Real Flight Risk' For Mavericks In Offseason

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Quin Snyder, Danuel House Enter COVID-19 Protocols

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Jazz Fear Joe Ingles Suffered Serious Knee Injury

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Goran Dragic Drawing 'Great Interest' On Trade Market

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Derrick Rose To Return Shortly After All-Star Break

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LeBron James Returns to Los Angeles Early Due to Swelling In His Knee

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Marcus Smart Reveals He's Played With Glass In Right Hand For Four Years

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James Harden Misses Game Due To Right Hand Strain

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Wizards Bench Daniel Gafford For Time Being

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Spencer Dinwiddie: Speaking Up In Washington Wasn't Welcomed

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Kristaps Porzingis Leaves Game With Knee Soreness; Won't Play Sunday

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Out Until After All-Star Break With Sprained Ankle

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Pelicans Sign Wenyen Gabriel To 10-Day Hardship Contract

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Justin Holiday Being Unvaccinated Could Impact His Trade Market

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Thunder's Mike Muscala May Have Ankle Surgery This Summer

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Wizards Suspend Isaiah Todd For One Game

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Cole Anthony Fined $25K For Profane Remarks Towards Official

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Kings Drop Out Of Trade Talks With 76ers For Ben Simmons

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