Basketball Wiretap

Kevin Durant Received 25 Percent Of 22-23 Salary From Nets One Day After Trade Request

Aug 11, 2022 11:38 AM

Kevin Durant was owed and received an eight-figure check from the Brooklyn Nets on July 1st, one day after he formally requested a trade.

Durant's latest contract with the Nets includes the most aggressive early payment schedule allowed by league roles where he receives half of his $42,969,845 salary before the first week of training camp. In Durant's case, that means he was due a check of $10,742,461 on the day after informing Brooklyn that he wants to be dealt. Durant will receive the second payment of that amount on Oct. 1.

Most players don't say collecting their annual salaries until the season actually starts.

Durant signed a four-year, $194 million extension in August 2021.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Makur Maker, Wizards Sign Exhibit 10 Deal

Aug 10, 2022 1:43 PM

The Washington Wizards have signed Makur Maker to an Exhibit 10 contract.

Maker will likely end up playing for the Capital City Go-Go this season in the G League.

Maker participated in a predraft workout with the Wizards and played for Howard last season.

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Tags: Makur Maker, Washington Wizards, Capital City Go-Go, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League Teams

Dakota Mathias, Grizzlies Agree To Camp Deal

Aug 10, 2022 9:50 AM

The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to a non-guaranteed training camp deal with Dakota Mathias. The 6-foot-4 guard played in six games with Memphis last season.

Mathias has played in 14 total NBA games with the Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers over the last two seasons. At the G League level, Mathis has shown the ability to be a consistent three-point shooter.

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Tags: Dakota Mathias, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor

Simi Shittu, Magic Agree To Deal

Aug 9, 2022 5:24 PM

Simi Shittu has agreed to a deal with the Orlando Magic.

Shittu played in Israel last season, averaging 7.0 points and 4.9 rebounds in 17.2 minutes over 16 games.

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Tags: Simi Shittu, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Collin Sexton, Cavaliers Contract Talks 'Not Contentious'

Aug 9, 2022 4:18 PM

Collin Sexton remains a restricted free agent with a deal not appearing to be imminent either with the Cleveland Cavaliers or a rival team.

The talks between Sexton the Cavaliers are "not contentious."

The Cavaliers have offered a three-year, $40 million deal to Sexton. Sexton has been seeking a deal worth approximately $20 million per season.

Sexton could be forced to play under the $7.2 million qualifying offer if no deal is reached.

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Tags: Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

James Harden Has 15 Percent Trade Kicker In Contract With Sixers

Aug 9, 2022 11:22 AM

James Harden negotiated a 15 percent trade bonus in his new two-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Harden will earn $33 million in Year 1 and has a player option for 23-24 worth $35.64 million.

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Tags: James Harden, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Quinn Cook, Kings Agree To One-Year Deal

Aug 8, 2022 11:12 PM

Quinn Cook has agreed to a one-year contract with the Sacramento Kings. Cook will have the opportunity to compete for a roster spot.

Cook played in the G League for the Stockton Kings last season.

Cook last played in the NBA during the 20-21 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Tags: Quinn Cook, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Trent Forrest, Hawks Sign Two-Way Contract

Aug 8, 2022 3:46 PM

The Atlanta Hawks signed free agent guard Trent Forrest to a two-way contract.

Forrest saw action in 60 games (six starts) for the Utah Jazz as a two-way player during the 2021-22 campaign, averaging 3.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 12.8 minutes (.490 FG%, .792 FT%). In his six starts, the 6-4 guard notched 9.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 28.4 minutes of action (.611 FG%, .429 3FG%, .889 FT%). Utah compiled a 4-2 record when inserting Forrest into the starting lineup. In a win against Denver on Feb. 2, 2022, Forrest poured in a career-high 18 points on 6-7 shooting from the floor, in addition to two rebounds, a career-high tying eight assists and one steal in 39 minutes as a starter.

After going undrafted in the 2020 NBA Draft, Forrest signed a two-way contract with the Jazz prior to the start of the 2020-21 season, and then again before the 2021-22 campaign. He signed a standard NBA contract on April 10, 2022. Over his two-year career, Forrest has seen action in 90 games (six starts), owning career averages of 3.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 11.9 minutes (.478 FG%, .851 FT%). He has also appeared in four postseason contests.

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Nikola Vucevic, Bulls To Have 'Initial Discussions' Over Contract Extension

Aug 6, 2022 1:36 PM

Nikola Vucevic and the Chicago Bulls will engage in discussions over a potential contract extension at the start of training camp, sources told Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Vucevic is entering the last year of his contract worth $22 million.

Cowley adds that both sides are looking to extend Vucevic's time in Chicago.

The Bulls could sign Vucevic to a one-year extension with a player option for the 2024-25 season to align with the contracts of Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso. 


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Tags: Nikola Vucevic, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor

Pacers, Deividas Sirvydis Agree To Camp Deal

Aug 5, 2022 9:14 AM

The Indiana Pacers have agreed to a one-year deal with Deividas Sirvydis. It's expected that Sirvydis will go to camp with a chance to compete for a roster spot.

Sirvydis spent parts of the last two seasons with the Detroit Pistons. The 6-foot-8 wing has appeared in 23 NBA games over the last two seasons.

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Tags: Deividas Sirvydis, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor

LeBron James, Lakers Have 'Productive' Discussion About Future, No New Deal Yet

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Mike Muscala Re-Signs With Thunder

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Warriors Holding Last Guaranteed Roster Spot For Andre Iguodala

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Jared Rhoden, Blazers Agree To One-Year Deal

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Duane Washington Jr., Suns Agree To Two-Way Contract

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CJ Elleby, Wolves Agree To Camp Deal

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Noah Vonleh Agrees To Deal With Celtics

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Pelicans Would Be Required To Waive Zion Williamson To Reduce Contract Amount

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Bruno Caboclo Signs Camp Deal With Celtics

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NBA Opens Investigation Into Potential Tampering Committed By Knicks On Jalen Brunson

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Nuggets Sign Gabe Brown To Camp Deal

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NBA Launches Investigation Of Sixers' Signings Of James Harden, P.J. Tucker, Danuel House

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Zavier Simpson, Magic Agree To Deal

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Matthew Dellavedova Signs With Kings

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LeBron James Remains 'Extremely Happy In Los Angeles', Unlikely To Leave Before 2024

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Eric Paschall, Wolves Agree To Two-Way Deal

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Deandre Ayton, Suns Perceived Around NBA To Had 'Burned Bridge' Before Matched Offer Sheet

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Collin Sexton Considered More Likely To Take Qualifying Offer Than Three-Year, $40M Offer From Cavs

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Ryan Rollins, Warriors Agree To Three-Year, $4.8M Deal

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Zion Williamson's Contract Can Be Reduced If Weight, Body Fat Go Over Predetermined Amount

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