Basketball Wiretap

Lakers interested In Mindaugas Kuzminskas

Nov 20, 2017 11:47 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have interest in Mindaugas Kuzminskas.

Kuzminskas was released by the New York Knicks when they had to create a roster spot for Joakim Noah.

The Lakers are in need of perimeter shooting on the wing.

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Suns Plan On Signing Mike James To Standard Contract

Nov 20, 2017 6:23 PM

The Phoenix Suns would like to sign Mike James to a standard NBA deal before Dec. 6 when his two-way contract expires.

The Suns will need to create a roster spot in order to sign James to a contract.

James went undrafted in 2012 out of Lamar and has since played in Europe before making the Suns' roster as a two-way player out of camp.

With the trade of Eric Bledsoe, James has received regular playing time with the Suns.

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Mavericks To Sign Antonius Cleveland To Two-Way Deal, Release Gian Clavell

Nov 16, 2017 4:37 PM

The Mavericks will sign Antonius Cleveland to a two-way deal.

Cleveland had been playing for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G League.

Dallas will release Gian Clavell to create a roster spot for Cleveland.

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Tags: Gian Clavell, Antonius Cleveland, Dallas Mavericks, Santa Cruz Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

Nuggets Declined Offer Of Protected 2nd Round Pick From Lottery Team For Jameer Nelson

Nov 16, 2017 8:39 AM

The Denver Nuggets had a deal to trade Jameer Nelson to a projected lottery team for a protected second round, but ultimately decided to release him. By waiving Nelson, they allowed him to choose his destination.

"You can't make decisions with your heart only," Connelly says, without confirming any Nelson deal. "But these are good guys. To view them as just assets -- that's not something we ascribe to. Guys we've had here will speak highly of how we've treated them."

Michael Malone wanted to keep Nelson, who gave him reliable minutes at point guard.

"It was tough to see Jameer go," Malone says. "The players trusted him. I find value in veteran mentors. In our meetings, of course I brought up all the reasons it made sense to keep him. But you have to think big picture. It wasn't like I was kicking and screaming. By the end, we were all on board."

Nelson signed with the New Orleans Pelicans when he cleared waivers.

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Tags: Jameer Nelson, Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Dirk Nowitzki Will Make 18-19 Decision Based On Body, Not Mavs' Record

Nov 15, 2017 7:02 PM

Dirk Nowitzki will make his decision on whether to continue his playing career beyond the current season based on how his body feels not on the Dallas Mavericks' record.

Nowitzki has said he hopes to play at least one more season.

"It's how the body feels," Nowitzki told ESPN.

"I'd love to play every game. I'm not sure how realistic it is, but that's how I approached the season. I want to be out there, want to move and want to be out there with the guys. We'll just have to sit and relax [after] I play through the season and see how I feel. Probably that decision won't be made until the summer."

The Mavs hold a team option for the second season of the two-year, $10 million deal Nowitzki signed over the summer. 

"I hope so," Mark Cuban said when asked whether he believes Nowitzki will opt to play next season at age 40. "I think there's a really good chance he is [coming back], because he wants to break the record for years with one team and be that one guy. Not many people have that opportunity.

"He's still having fun," Cuban added.

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Robert Covington, 76ers Finalizing Four-Year, $62M Extension

Nov 15, 2017 6:58 PM

Robert Covington and the Philadelphia 76ers are finalizing a four-year, $62 million extension.

The deal will include a $15 million renegotiation bump on Covington's $1.57 million salary this season, plus an additional four years that'll keep Covington under contract through the 2021-22 season.

The balloon payment on the 2017-18 season allows the team increased salary cap space and payroll flexibility for upcoming season.

Covington could have become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Covington has become one of the NBA's best three-and-D wings.

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Knicks Waive Mindaugas Kuzminskas

Nov 13, 2017 10:58 AM

The New York Knicks have waived Mindaugas Kuzminskas.

Kuzminskas, 6-9, 215-pounds, averaged 6.3 points over 14.9 minutes in 68 games during his rookie season for the Knicks in 2016-17 after signing as an undrafted free agent on Jul. 9, 2016. The Lithuanian native has appeared in one game this season.

“The respect this franchise has for Mindaugas cannot be overstated,” Knicks General Manager Scott Perry said. “His professionalism and work ethic were greatly appreciated by his teammates, coaches and the entire staff. This decision was extremely tough for us. We wish him nothing but the best moving on with his playing career.”

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Knicks Likely To Waive Mindaugas Kuzminskas

Nov 12, 2017 10:36 AM

Mindaugas Kuzminskas is likely to be waived by the New York Knicks to create a roster spot for Joakim Noah who is coming off his drug suspension. Ramon Sessions is the other potential candidate to be waived.

The Knicks have been attempting to trade Kuzminskas.

Kuzminskas is a Phil Jackson signee who didn’t dress for a single game until Wednesday.

Michael Beasley is also an outside candidate to be waived.

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Phil Jackson Planned On Signing George Hill To Mentor Frank Ntilikina

Nov 10, 2017 11:14 AM

Phil Jackson intended to sign George Hill if he remained president of the New York Knicks.

Hill was going to be a mentor to Frank Ntilikina, who the Knicks selected eighth overall.

Hill is friends with Courtney Lee and Joakim Noah and was interested in the Knicks. Hill ultimately signed with the Sacramento Kings instead.

Steve Mills pivoted the Knicks towards going younger while eventual Knicks' general manager Scott Perry played a role in bringing Hill to the Kings to mentor De'Aaron Fox.

The Knicks instead used their cap space on Tim Hardaway Jr., who Jackson did not have interest in signing.

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Scott Perry Not Sure What Kristaps Porzingis' Brother Meant By Comments

Nov 9, 2017 12:41 PM

Scott Perry addressed recent comments by Janis Porzingis, brother and agent of Kristaps Porzingis, about his future with the New York Knicks.

“I don’t really want to talk about that right now,’’ Perry said. “The time to talk about contract extensions, that’s far. We’re living in today. KP is playing some very good basketball right now. He’s playing well and happy with this team. We’ll deal with all that stuff later. But no comment in terms of what was said because I really don’t know (what it meant).

“I’ve met (Janis), had a good initial meeting with him. I’m looking forward to getting to know him better as we move forward.’’

Porzingis will become eligible for a contract extension this offseason.

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Julius Randle Unlikely To Remain In Lakers' Plans
Julius Randle will have a cap hold of $12.4 million in the offseason as a restricted free agent.

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Hawks Sign Tyler Cavanaugh To Two-Way Contract
Tyler Cavanaugh was on the Hawks' preseason roster.

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Maverick Carter: LeBron James Will Only Play Where He Can Win
Maverick Carter downplayed the possibility of LeBron James signing with the Lakers this offseason.

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Kristaps Porzingis' Brother Warns Knicks Over Treatment
Janis Porzingis explained why Kristaps Porzingis skipped his exit interview "for the sake of overall peace."

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Wizards Waive Carrick Felix
Carrick Felix was signed as a free agent prior to training camp.

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Warriors Were Willing To Max Out Stephen Curry In 2013 RFA If He Stayed Healthy
The Warriors could have signed Stephen Curry to a four-year, $61 million deal or a five-year, $78.9 million deal.

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Celtics Considered Most Likely Destination For Jahlil Okafor If Bought Out
The Celtics have expressed interest in trading for Jahlil Okafor in the past.

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Jahlil Okafor Hoping For Trade, Buyout From 76ers
Jahlil Okafor is hoping to leave the 76ers in the near future.

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Bucks Decline 18-19 Option On Rashad Vaughn
Rashad Vaughn was the Bucks' first round pick in 2015.

Matt Velazquez/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Thunder Decline 18-19 Option On Josh Huestis
Josh Huestis has averaged 12.7 minutes per game this season for Oklahoma City.

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Clippers Decline Option On Brice Johnson
Brice Johnson was due $1.5 million next season if the Clippers exercised their option.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Magic Decline 18-19 Option On Mario Hezonja
Mario Hezonja was shopped by the Magic leading to Tuesday's deadline.

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Report: 76ers Decline 18-19 Option On Jahlil Okafor
Jahlil Okafor was the third overall pick in the 2015 draft.

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Wizards Decline 18-19 Option On Chris McCullough
Chris McCullough was the 29th overall pick in the 2015 draft by the Nets.

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Celtics Exercise 18-19 Options On Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier
Jaylen Brown is averaging 15.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.0 steal through the first seven games.

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Spencer Dinwiddie's Salary Protection Increasing To $250k
Spencer Dinwiddie signed a three-year contract last December.

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Warriors Decline Option On Kevon Looney, Pick Up Damian Jones'
Kevon Looney would have been owed $2.2 million next season.

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76ers Pick Up Rookie Scale Options On Everyone But Jahlil Okafor
The 76ers are shopping Jahlil Okafor in trade talks with other teams as both sides would like to move on.

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DeAndre Jordan Extension Talks With Clippers Stall
DeAndre Jordan would have to earn less with an extension than he could if he waited until the offseason where his starting salary could start at $35 million.

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Doc Rivers: J.J. Redick Begged To Re-Sign With Clippers
J.J. Redick has a different assessment of his free agency than Doc Rivers.

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