Basketball Wiretap

Los Angeles Clippers Have Master Plan To Add Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant

Dec 12, 2018 2:31 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers are executing a "revolutionary" plan to sign either Kawhi Leonard or Kevin Durant - or both - this offseason, according to Brian Windhorst. 

The chase to add Leonard and Durant, described as a "transparent obsession", is driven by Steve Ballmer's unique approach to free agency. The Toronto Raptors have noticed a Clippers employee at 75% of Raptors home games this season, including team president Lawrence Frank (team presidents and general managers don't usually attend games that don't involve their own team).

Windhorst notes that their ability to sign both Durant and Leonard was made possible through savvy moves by general manager Michael Winger in signing Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell to team-friendly deals.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor

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Anthony Davis Remains Focused On Winning With Pelicans

Dec 11, 2018 2:27 PM

Anthony Davis remains convinced that the New Orleans Pelicans can become playoff contenders.

"For sure," said Davis. "We had everybody healthy the first four games, and we went 4-0. Then Elfrid [Payton] goes down, I've been out a couple games, Niko [Mirotic] ... a lot of guys have been out.

"Every time we've had a full roster, we've been a tough team to beat. But we still have to find a way to win. Injuries are part of the game, you can't control them. That's why we have 12 guys on the roster.

"You just need five guys to play. As long as you have that, you have a chance to win."

Davis will become eligible for a supermax extension this summer and that will be a barometer for his future.

The Boston Celtics will be one of the teams interested in trading for Davis if he becomes available. Davis was asked if he heard the local fans cheering for him during Monday's game.

"I heard it tonight," Davis said. "But I'm just focused on this team. I'm trying to do whatever I can to help this team get wins with the roster we have. It's been a rocky season, so it's on me to try to figure it out.

Tim Bontemps/ESPN

Tags: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James' 'Garden' Comment Referred To Venue, Not Playing For Knicks

Dec 11, 2018 9:07 AM

LeBron James never seriously considered signing with the New York Knicks this past summer.

That became a question when James made comments about Madison Square Garden after the last game between he and Dwyane Wade.

“It was either here or at the Garden, that’s it,” said James.

According to multiple sources, James meant that a final meeting with Wade was so special it had to played at a venue like Staples Center or Madison Square Garden.

Joe Vardon/The Athletic

Tags: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns Finalizing Deal With Eric Moreland

Dec 10, 2018 5:19 PM

The Phoenix Suns are finalizing a contract with Eric Moreland.

Moreland gives the Suns extra depth in the frontcourt.

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

Tags: Eric Moreland, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nuggets Sign Nick Young, Waive Brandon Goodwin

Dec 10, 2018 11:28 AM

The Denver Nuggets have signed veteran guard Nick Young to the injury hardship relief exception granted by the NBA. Additionally, they have waived guard Brandon Goodwin.

Young, 6-7, 210, spent the 2017-18 season with the Golden State Warriors, appearing in 80 games (eight starts) and averaging 7.3 points and 1.6 rebounds en route to an NBA Championship. The 11-year NBA veteran has averaged 11.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists while shooting 37.6% from three-point range in 716 career games (201 starts) with Golden State, L.A. Lakers, Philadelphia, L.A. Clippers and Washington Wizards. The Los Angeles, CA native was drafted 16th overall by the Wizards in the 2007 NBA Draft after spending three years at the University of Southern California. Young will wear #34 for the Nuggets.

Goodwin, 6-2, 180, was signed by Denver on Nov. 29 with the injury hardship relief exception. He did not appear in a game for the Nuggets. Goodwin is averaging 23.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.67 steals in nine games with the Memphis Hustle of the G League this season.

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Tags: Nick Young, Brandon Goodwin, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kemba Walker: I Don't Have Any Interest In Coming Back Home To NY Right Now

Dec 10, 2018 9:16 AM

Kemba Walker was asked about possibly joining the New York Knicks as a free agent in 2019.

“I don’t have any interest in coming back home — right now,” said Walker.

Walker has always been linked to the Knicks due to their need at point guard and his ties to the area.

“I mean, I’m home. This is where I’m from,” Walker said when asked why he likes playing at the Garden so much. “I’m pretty sure anyone that goes home to play where they’re from, it’s exciting for them. [It’s exciting] for me, when I get a chance to play in front of my family and friends, play in front of the people that know me best.”

Walker previously expounded upon the links to the Knicks over this past summer.

“I’ve been hearing it for years now, the Knicks,” Walker said then. “Every time I come home, it’s ‘When are you coming home to the Knicks?’ MSG is a special place, man. The Knicks are a special team. Of course, I’ve been a Knicks fan growing up, always rooted for the home team. But I really can’t see myself in a Knicks jersey — only because I’ve been in one jersey. I really don’t know.”

Zach Braziller/New York Post

Tags: Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jason Terry To Remain Retired Unless Lakers, Warriors Or Mavs Have Interest

Dec 9, 2018 10:56 AM

Jason Terry said he will remain retired unless he receives a call from one of three teams: the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors or Dallas Mavericks.

"Then I'll answer the phone," said Terry on the Mavs' broadcast on Saturday.

Terry played for the Milwaukee Bucks last season.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Not Interested In Carmelo Anthony

Dec 7, 2018 12:20 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have no interest in acquiring Carmelo Anthony at this time.

Anthony's future remains in limbo as he is on the roster of the Houston Rockets but won't play for them again.

Anthony's camp reached out to the Lakers previously. LeBron James hasn't spoken to Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka about acquiring Anthony.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Sign Danuel House To Two-Way Deal

Dec 6, 2018 5:52 PM

The Houston Rockets have agreed to sign Danuel House to a two-way contract.

The Rockets recently waived House to create a roster spot for Gary Clark.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Danuel House, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Sign Gary Clark To Three-Year Deal

Dec 6, 2018 5:51 PM

The Houston Rockets have agreed to a three-year deal with Gary Clark.

Clark was previously on a two-way contract.

Clark emerged this season as a key rotation player for the Rockets.

The Rockets recently waived Danuel Houston to create a roster spot for Clark, and will now sign him to a two-way deal.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Gary Clark, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Work Out Arron Afflalo, Brandon Rush, Sean Kilpatrick, Haywood Highsmith
The 76ers need more depth on the wing.

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Kevin Durant Talks About Issues Superstar Players Could Face Joining LeBron James
Kevin Durant himself will be a free agent next offseason and has been linked to the Lakers.

Ric Bucher/Bleacher Report

Rockets Waive Danuel House
The Rockets are likely making the move to create a roster spot.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Andrew Harrison To Sign Two-Way Deal With Pelicans
Andrew Harrison was recently waived by the Cavaliers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Grizzlies Officially Sign Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah will serve as the Grizzlies' backup center.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Suns Continuing To Look For Short-Term Solution At Point Guard
Phoenix will host Darius Morris of the Santa Cruz Warriors for a visit this week.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony's NBA Career May Be Over
Anthony left the Houston Rockets after 13 games earlier this season.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Cavs Waive Preston, Harrison From Two-Way Contracts, Sign Blossomgame, Jalen Jones
In five G League games with Canton, Jaron Blossomgame is averaging 17.2 points on 49.2 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from 3-point range.

Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Joakim Noah Signs One-Year Deal With Grizzlies
Joakim Noah hasn't played since last January.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Celtics Waive Walter Lemon Jr. From Two-Way Contract
Walter Lemon Jr. was averaging 23.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 36.6 minutes per game in the G League this season.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Nuggets Sign Brandon Goodwin Using Injury Hardship Exception
Brandon Goodwin has played in nine games with the Memphis Hustle this season, averaging 23.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.67 steals in 33.7 minutes per game.

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Suns Release Isaiah Canaan
The Suns have recently begun to start Devin Booker at point guard.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Rockets To Sign Danuel House From G League
Danuel House has traveled to join the Rockets in Washington.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Joakim Noah Expected To Sign With Grizzlies
Joakim Noah and the Grizzlies have been in talks on a deal for nearly two months since his buyout by the Knicks.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Bucks Waive Jodie Meeks
Jodie Meeks served the final 19 games of his original 25-game suspension this season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Milos Teodosic Expects To Return To Europe By 19-20 Season
Milos Teodosic has seen his role reduced this season with the Clippers.

Antonis Stroggylakis/EuroHoops

Wizards To Sign Okaro White
Okaro White played 41 games with the Heat over the 16-17 and 17-18 seasons.

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Joakim Noah, Grizzlies Discuss Contract
The Grizzlies are thin at center behind Marc Gasol.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Cavs Asked LeBron James To Commit Long-Term If They Declined Kyrie Irving's Trade Request
LeBron James said that he wouldn't commit to that stipulation.

Joe Vardon/The Athletic

Draymond Green Dared Kevin Durant To Leave Warriors In 2019
Sources say there was a point in the argument when Kevin Durant cringed and that it went from basketball to personal.

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