December 2013 Basketball Wiretap

Suns Committed To Re-Signing Eric Bledsoe At 'Whatever It Takes'

Dec 31, 2013 12:51 PM

Eric Bledsoe has had a breakout season with the Phoenix Suns, receiving increased playing time and general usage.

Bledsoe will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

"We'll have no problem stepping up and paying Eric whatever it takes to keep him," said Ryan McDonough.

"We feel like we're holding the cards with Eric, and more importantly, I think Eric's had a good experience here so far."

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Knicks Sign Jeremy Tyler, Waive Chris Smith

Dec 31, 2013 12:47 PM

The New York Knicks have signed forward Jeremy Tyler of the Erie BayHawks, and waived guard Chris Smith.

Tyler, 6-10, 250-pounds, has averaged 18.0 points, on 47.8-percent shooting, and 10.2 rebounds over 31.0 minutes in six games (all starts) with the BayHawks. He originally signed with New York on Aug. 6, after playing for the Knicks’ entry in NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, NV, and was waived on Oct. 25 while recovering from a broken right fifth metatarsal. 

Smith, 6-0, 200-pounds, signed with New York on Sep. 10, and appeared in two games, playing two minutes. He was assigned to Erie on Nov. 18, where he played six games before being recalled on Dec. 17.

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Jeremy Tyler Reaches Deal With Knicks

Dec 30, 2013 5:42 PM

Jeremy Tyler reached completion on his deal with the New York Knicks on Monday afternoon, and the center is expected to receive an opportunity in the playing rotation this week, sources said.

Tyler signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Knicks in the offseason, but he was a final cut before the regular season due to a fracture in his right foot. He's healed since and joined the Knicks’ Development League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, where he averaged 18 points and 10.2 rebounds over six games.

Tyler bolsters a frontcourt that has dealt with widespread injury issues, including Tyson Chandler missing an extended stretch and Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin on minutes restrictions.

Tyler was a second round pick in 2011, and the 22-year-old spent parts of two seasons with the Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks. Tyler had played in Japan out of his junior year in high school, prior to placing his name into the NBA Draft.

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Knicks To Waive Chris Smith

Dec 30, 2013 2:35 PM

The New York Knicks will waive Chris Smith.

Smith is the younger brother of J.R. Smith.

Smith's contract for the 13-14 NBA season is already fully guaranteed.

Smith played in just two games with the Knicks this season, along with an additional six in the D-League with the Erie BayHawks.

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Execs Anticipate Lance Stephenson Receiving $7M-9M Annually On Open Market

Dec 29, 2013 9:50 PM

Lance Stephenson will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason and his value to the Indiana Pacers continues to increase.

The Pacers will have Paul George on the first year of his extension, along with big deals for Roy Hibbert, David West and George Hill, which will make signing Stephenson problematic even with Danny Granger's deal expiring.

Rival executives anticipate Stephenson receiving offers in the $7 million to $9 million range per season in the open market.

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Knicks May Re-Sign Jeremy Tyler

Dec 29, 2013 2:09 PM

The New York Knicks are discussing re-signing Jeremy Tyler, according to a source.

Tyler is playing for the Knicks' D-League affiliate, but remains an NBA free agent.

The Knicks could wait until Jan. 5 when 10-day contracts can be signed.

Tyler was cut at the end of training camp in a controversial move in which the Knicks kept Chris Smith.

Marc Berman/New York Post

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Clippers, Heat Interested In Andrew Bynum If Waived

Dec 29, 2013 12:05 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat would have interest in signing Andrew Bynum if he is released by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers have suspended Bynum indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. The Cavaliers are searching for a trade of Bynum before Jan. 7 when the remaining $6.2 million of his $12.2 million contract becomes guaranteed.

Bynum has dealt with chronic knee problems.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

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Bulls Still Want To Re-Sign Luol Deng

Dec 28, 2013 11:54 PM

The Chicago Bulls remain determined to keep Luol Deng and hope to re-sign him in the offseason.

Deng will be a free agent in the offseason and the two sides broke off extension talks before the start of the season.

Deng has been mentioned in trade rumors with several teams.

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Carmelo: LeBron, Wade, Bosh Were 'Smart' To Form Big 3

Dec 23, 2013 12:30 PM

In an interview that aired over the weekend, but was taped a month ago, Carmelo Anthony spoke openly about his admiration for the success of the Miami Heat in constructing a Big 3.

“They were smart,” Anthony said. “I think it’s smart. It was their choice.”

Anthony will opt out of his contract to become a free agent on July 1.

“I’m not saying I want to go somewhere else,” Anthony said. “When I first got to New York I always told myself it would be a three- to 3½-year plan just to rebuild. I knew we took a step backwards as an organization for me to get here. So we had to rebuild.

“You’re not going to build a mansion in a year or two years. It takes time. That’s where I’m at right now.”

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

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Grizzlies To Sign Seth Curry

Dec 23, 2013 12:50 AM

The Memphis Grizzlies will sign Seth Curry.

Curry is averaging 21.3 points and 7.8 assists per game for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League.

Curry will arrive in Memphis on Monday.

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Lakers Agree To Sign Kendall Marshall
Kendall Marshall was averaging 19.7 points and 9.6 assists per game for the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League.

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Alexis Ajinca Close To Two-Year Deal With Pelicans
Alexis Ajinca is finalizing a buyout with Strabourg of France.

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Eric Griffin Reaches Deal With Puerto Rican Team
Eric Griffin will sign with Ponce of the Puerto Rican league for the Tournament of the Americas, a source told RealGM.

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Bulls Meet With Nikola Mirotic, Hoping For Buyout For 14-15 Season
Nikola Mirotic is having another excellent season for Real Madrid in the Euroleague and Spanish ACB.

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Sessions Wasn't Expecting To Leave Lakers When Opting Out
Ramon Sessions might have remained the Lakers' starting point guard with a deal for Steve Nash seeming less likely.

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Grizzlies Sign James Johnson
James Johnson was a first round pick by the Bulls in 2009 out of Wake Forest.

Ronald Tillery/Memphis Comercial Appeal

Pelicans Waive Josh Childress
Josh Childress appeared in four games with the Pelicans this season.

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Call From Tyronn Lue Led To Clippers Signing Stephen Jackson
Stephen Jackson went six months between NBA contracts, but kept himself prepared in the event the right situation presented itself.

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Bulls To Sign D.J. Augustin
D.J. Augustin also needs to pass a physical with the Bulls.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Hilton Armstrong Signs With Warriors
Hilton Armstrong was with the Pacers this season in training camp.

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Rondo Denies Report Of Being Recruited By Anthony
Rajon Rondo is eligible for free agency in 2015.

Baxter Holmes/Boston Globe

Chris Douglas-Roberts To Sign With Bobcats
Chris Douglas-Roberts was playing with the Texas Legends this season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Bulls Frontrunner To Sign D.J. Augustin After Waivers
The Bulls are thin at point guard with the injury to Derrick Rose and struggles for Marquis Teague.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Some GMs Wouldn't Offer Rudy Gay MLE In Free Agency
Rudy Gay has a player option for the 14-15 season worth $19.3 million.

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Raptors Waive D.J. Augustin
The Raptors have waived D.J. Augustin.

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Stephen Jackson Signs Agreement With Clippers
Stephen Jackson has signed his contract agreement with the Clippers, a source told RealGM.

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Darius Morris, Reggie Williams, Seth Curry To Work Out For Grizzlies
Darius Morris and Reggie Williams are free agents, while Seth Curry is with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Clippers Interested In Stephen Jackson
The Clippers have a growing need for a wing and Stephen Jackson continues to look for an NBA team.

Marc Stein, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Fan Interrupts Game To Show 'Kyrie Don't Leave' T-Shirt
The fan tried to show Kyrie Irving a white shirt that read, "KYRIE DONT LEAVE" in all caps, written in black marker.

Arash Markazi/ESPN

Carmelo Recruiting Rondo To Knicks
Rajon Rondo has long been mentioned in trade rumors and is eligible for free agency in 2015.

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