Basketball Wiretap

Report: Kawhi Leonard Not Replying To Spurs For Weeks

Apr 18, 2018 12:58 AM

Kawhi Leonard's ongoing rehab in New York has created tension with the Spurs where his future with the franchise remains uncertain.

Leonard has reportedly been infrequently communicating with the Spurs.

Leonard has been going "weeks without responding to any of the club's calls and texts", according to a report from Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee.

An updated version of Voisin's piece was changed to the following that eliminated that anecdote:

"He occasionally texts with some of his teammates, but according to Gasol leaves others in the dark."

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Source: Spurs Continue To Give Signals They Won't Consider Trading Kawhi Leonard

Apr 17, 2018 5:52 PM

While the San Antonio Spurs figure to receive interest from rival teams who would like to trade for Kawhi Leonard, it remains to be seen whether they will entertain a move.

The Spurs can offer Leonard a supermax contract extension of $219 million over five years.

Leonard has remained away from the Spurs during the past few weeks as he rehabs in New York.

"One well-placed insider who has closely monitored this situation told me recently that the Spurs continue to give off signals behind the scenes that they won't trade Leonard," wrote Marc Stein. "I'm sure they want Leonard to believe that, but this saga has reached the point that a trade has to be considered no less likely than the prospect of a Pop/Kawhi summit that leads to a detente."

Marc Stein/New York Times

Tags: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mavericks Open To Using Cap Space Even Before Draft

Apr 17, 2018 11:29 AM

The Dallas Mavericks could have as much as $30 million in cap space this offseason.

"We have the cap room," Mark Cuban said. "That's why we have it -- to use it. There's no reason to save it.

"We would even use it before the draft. If we got a great player before the draft and we still have cap room now, going into the draft there might be something that we like. If somebody wants to get off money or somebody cuts somebody and we like him, we could sign them now."

Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon and Clint Capela are expected to receive attention from the Mavericks in restricted free agency.

Derrick Favors, Will Barton and Avery Bradley are three unrestricted free agents who could be targets.

Cuban doesn't expect much turnover of the roster this season.

"I expect us to keep a lot of our team together, at least 10 guys if not more," the owner said. "We need to clear a spot for the first-round pick, maybe the second-round pick and a free agent or two."

Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

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LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard Could Impact Each Other's Offseason Destination

Apr 16, 2018 10:15 PM

While LeBron James will be a free agent this offseason, the most interesting story could be the future of Kawhi Leonard.

The San Antonio Spurs could entertain trading Leonard this offseason if they don't sign him to a five-year supermax.

"What happens to Kawhi Leonard, is a link to what happens to LeBron," said Brian Windhorst on ESPN's SportsNation.

"Where Kawhi ends up this season, will have a direct impact on where LeBron ends up even if they don't play together. They will be linked in where their futures will be."

Windhorst added that the Lakers could approach the Spurs on a trade offer for Leonard. Windhorst also mentioned that James has the ability to complete an opt-in-and-trade similar to what Chris Paul did with the Clippers to get to the Rockets.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Sixers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Execs Believe Spurs May Not Offer Full Supermax To Kawhi Leonard

Apr 15, 2018 6:22 PM

League sources have criticized how the San Antonio Spurs have handled Kawhi Leonard's ongoing injury issues, noticing how they have not protected his image as he recovers from his injury.

Some executives expect the Spurs to receive significant interest from teams looking to trade for Leonard and believe the team may not offer him his full five-year, $219 million supermax extension.

"It would be a mistake," one Western Conference league executive said about the possibility of the Spurs trading Leonard.

Leonard played just nine games this season.

Jabari Young/San Antonio Express-News

Tags: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Not Treating 2018 Offseason As 'Litmus Test Of Success'

Apr 14, 2018 4:59 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers will not panic during the 2018 offseason if they are unable to land their preferred free agent targets. The Lakers could roll their cap space over to the 2019 class, which could include Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson.

"I don't look at July 2018 as the litmus test of success," Rob Pelinka said. "I think that there is a theme, a strategy, that you can see in history that is not going to be just defined by one moment. That will be the next point of time to see what happens, but there is a strong trend of success in our players and how the team is being managed that is going to continue going forward regardless of what specifically happens in July of 2018."

"We are not going to give money away just to say we signed somebody," Magic Johnson said. "We are not going to do that."

In order for the Lakers to maximize their cap space, they would have to waive and stretch Luol Deng, and rescind the qualifying offer to Julius Randle.

Tania Ganguli/Los Angeles Times

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Kevin Love: LeBron James' Looming Decision Could Affect Cavs' Playoff Run

Apr 13, 2018 8:34 PM

Kevin Love admitted that LeBron James' impending decision this offseason is looming over the Cavaliers' playoff run.

James will be a free agent for the third time since joining the Cavaliers, but never considered leaving the franchise in previous offseasons.

"It definitely could," Love told ESPN on Friday on whether Cleveland's playoffs could be impacted by James' free agency or vice versa. "But only one person knows what he's thinking and that's 'Bron. I think at the end of the day, we would love to have a long run, but that's going to be up to not only him but all of us. And you know I don't mean only the players, but the coaching staff and everybody. I mean, really getting on board and, you know, sticking to our schemes and playing great basketball.

"So I think it definitely could affect it, but you know that's, at least for me, out of sight, out of mind right now."

The Cavaliers nearly traded away Love for Paul George last offseason.

"My name has always come up and will always continue to come up in trade rumors," Love said. "I guess it's good to be wanted. But at the same time, I've enjoyed being here. I've enjoyed every year competing for a championship. ...We're looking for another run this year. But I don't think that stuff will ever stop. And that's OK. I mean I've come to come to terms with it and, you know, whatever happens happens, but for now I just want to try to win."

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Grizzlies Intend To Use Midlevel Exception To Re-Sign Tyreke Evans

Apr 13, 2018 11:16 AM

The Memphis Grizzlies intend to use their mid-level exception to re-sign Tyreke Evans in the offseason.

Evans signed a one-year, $3.3 million deal with the Grizzlies in 2017 and outperformed that deal. The Grizzlies resisted offers at the deadline for Evans as they were seeking a first round pick.

The midlevel will be worth approximately $8.6 million.

Ronald Tillery/Memphis Commercial Appeal

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Ty Lawson Agrees To Sign With Wizards

Apr 12, 2018 10:34 AM

Ty Lawson has agreed to sign with the Washington Wizards.

Lawson played in China this season, averaging 25.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.5 assists in 36.1 minutes per game.

Lawson gives the Wizards extra depth at point guard for the playoffs.

Lawson played 69 games in the NBA in 16-17 with the Kings.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

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Jahlil Okafor: My Career Has Been Surprising

Apr 11, 2018 9:31 PM

Jahlil Okafor entered the NBA as a generational low post talent, but he's dealt with injuries, off-court issues and a deep center rotation with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Despite a fresh start with the Brooklyn Nets this season, Okafor's place in the NBA remains uncertain as he heads to unrestricted free agency.

“A lot of it has been surprising,” Okafor said when asked if the start of his NBA career thus far has surprised him. “When you’re a kid, and you’re dreaming of the NBA, you don’t think about not being able to play, switching teams and stuff like that. Just trying to get used to that and learning as much as I can, so I guess you could say that’s a surprise to me."

Okafor asked Jabari Parker for advice as a fellow Duke product that has had some issues establishing himself as well.

“I always tell Jah just like when he was going through the recruiting process, you’ve got to go to a place that’s going to be engulfed in you and is going to give you that opportunity,” Parker said. “That’s all it takes. It’s just a chance. Right? He really hasn’t been given a chance. That hasn’t been fair for him.”

“Incredible people, a truly good human being, and I didn’t play him,” the 76ers' Brett Brown said of Okafor’s time in Philadelphia. “It would be easy for there to be conflict. There isn’t. I enjoy seeing him. I enjoy seeing his partner. They’ve been together for a while. He has told me, and I communicate with Nik (Stauskas) and Jahlil, that there really isn’t room for them right now (in Brooklyn). They’re not in their plans right now, so they’re going with their guys, and again he doesn’t play. But I think physically he looks good. His spirit seems to be great, and he certainly has a place in this league. I am fond of Jahlil Okafor. I feel like we tried to do our best for him. It didn’t work out here, and we wish him well.”

 

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets To Sign Aaron Jackson For Remainder Of Season
Aaron Jackson averaged 20.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 7.7 assists in China this season.

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Chris Paul 'Loves' Houston, Hasn't Begun Thinking About Free Agency
Chris Paul will be a free agent this offseason and has not begun to think about his impending decision.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Wolves Convert Amile Jefferson To Standard NBA Contract
Amile Jefferson was signed by the Timberwolves to a two-way contract on Jan. 15.

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Chris Paul Revealed To Steve Ballmer That Doc Rivers Was Contributor To Exit
Steve Ballmer wanted to gain insight from Chris Paul on why he left and also to share his thoughts on the state of the franchise.

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Raptors Convert Lorenzo Brown To Standard NBA Contract
Lorenzo Brown is now eligible to participate for the Raptors in the playoffs.

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Vince Carter Plans On Playing At Least One More Season
Vince Carter has remained a productive rotation player.

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Kevin Durant To Become Free Agent, Seek New Deal With Warriors
Kevin Durant took a discounted two-year, $51 million deal last offseason.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Dirk Nowitzki Announces He'll Return For 18-19
Dirk Nowitzki will turn 40 on June 19th.

Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Quinn Cook Signs Two-Year Deal With Warriors
Quinn Cook's deal with the Warriors is fully guaranteed.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Cavaliers To Sign Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins was a member of the Cavaliers in 2015 and returned to the franchise during training camp but was cut before the start of the season.

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Lakers Sign Andre Ingram For Remainder Of Season
Andre Ingram averaged 9.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 47 games (seven starts) for the South Bay Lakers this season.

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Clippers Finalizing Three-Year Deal With C.J. Williams
C.J. Williams has been on a two-way deal this season for the Clippers.

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LeBron James Cites Family, Winning As Two Biggest Factors In 2018 Decision
LeBron James has previously been a free agent in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Warriors Waive Omri Casspi
The Warriors need to create a playoff roster spot for Quinn Cook.

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Cavaliers Sign Okaro White For Remainder Of Season
Okaro White signed a 10-day contract with the Cavaliers on March 18.

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Paul George Won't Let How Thunder Finish Season Dictate Free Agency Decision
Paul George said he's not in a "championship or bust" mindset as he evaluates his free agency options.

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MarShon Brooks Agrees Upon Two-Year Deal With Grizzlies
MarShon Brooks will sign for the remainder of the season and his contract for 18-19 is fully guaranteed.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Jazz To Sign David Stockton For Remainder Of Season
David Stockton's second 10-day contract ended on Thursday.

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Celtics Sign Jonathan Gibson For Remainder Of Season
Jonathan Gibson averaged 33.7 points per game this season in China.

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Pelicans Sign Jordan Crawford
Jordan Crawford gives the Pelicans depth at point guard with Ian Clark out with an ankle injury.

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