December 2014 Basketball Wiretap

Lakers Claim Tarik Black Off Waivers, Waive Xavier Henry

Dec 28, 2014 5:22 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have claimed Tarik Black off waivers and waived Xavier Henry.

Black played for the Houston Rockets this season.

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Miroslav Raduljica Finalizing Deal With Timberwolves For Rest Of Season

Dec 28, 2014 1:15 PM

Free agent center Miroslav Raduljica is finalizing a guaranteed contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the remainder of the season, league sources told RealGM.

Raduljica, a seven-footer, had spent the past week finalizing his buyout settlement with Shandong of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Raduljica’s agent, Matt Babcock of APAA Sports Group, gauged calls around the NBA upon settling the situation in China and sought a guaranteed deal.

In 48 games as a rookie for the Milwaukee Bucks last season, Raduljica was a tremendously efficient player and averaged 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds. He shot 54 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the foul line.

Raduljica was traded to and waived by the Los Angeles Clippers in the offseason and returned overseas in China.

As a breakout performer of the Serbian national team’s silver medal finish in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, Raduljica averaged 13 points and 4.6 rebounds over nine tournament games.

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Ray Allen May Be Leaning Towards Retirement

Dec 27, 2014 12:39 PM

Ray Allen remains undecided about whether he will continue his playing career, but he could be leaning towards retirement.

Allen has received interest from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and other clubs.

"I have now heard that Ray Allen is leaning towards retiring," said Brian Windhorst.

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Rockets Waive Tarik Black To Create Roster Spot For Smith

Dec 26, 2014 11:37 AM

The Houston Rockets have waived Tarik Black to create a roster spot for Josh Smith.

There are several teams interested in claiming Black, making it unlikely the Rockets will have to pay his salary.

The Rockets hope Smith will pass his physical and play in Friday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Brady Heslip May Sign Overseas

Dec 26, 2014 10:08 AM

Brady Heslip is considering leaving the D-League to sign overseas.

The Sacramento Kings were giving serious consideration to calling up Heslip from the Reno Bighorns prior to Mike Malone's dismissal.

Heslip is the D-League's leading scorer this season with 27.9 points per game.

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Rockets Hope To Create Josh Smith's Roster Spot Via Trade

Dec 26, 2014 12:13 AM

The Houston Rockets still hope to open up a roster spot to sign Josh Smith by completing a trade on Friday.

Smith has already agreed to sign with the Rockets after clearing waivers.

The Rockets would have to waive a player if a trade is not found by Daryl Morey.

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Josh Smith Agrees To Sign With Rockets

Dec 24, 2014 1:21 PM

Josh Smith has agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets.

Smith was waived this week by the Detroit Pistons.

Smith has been promised a spot in the starting lineup and now has the opportunity to play beside former AAU teammate Dwight Howard. Smith only would consider clubs offering a starting spot, which limited his options to the Rockets and Miami Heat

Smith will likely sign a deal with the Rockets for the biannual exception of $2 million once he clears waivers at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday. 

The Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings also had interest in Smith.

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Mavs Confident Of Signing Jermaine O'Neal Or Josh Smith

Dec 24, 2014 1:12 AM

Donnie Nelson is confident of the Dallas Mavericks' chances of signing either Jermaine O'Neal or Josh Smith.

The Mavericks need to improve their frontcourt depth after their trade of Brandan Wright in the deal for Rajon Rondo.

"I feel pretty good that we'll be able to come to terms with one," Nelson said Tuesday on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. "Certainly to come up with both would be just hitting a grand slam home run. Look, there's a long line for suitors on both fronts.

"I think the fact that Jermaine has chosen Dallas to be his home in the long term certainly has its place and resonates with time with family and such. And here's a guy who has a long history not only with our coach but with our point guard/quarterback. That certainly has a place.

"With Josh, again, we're one of a number of potential teams and suitors. It's got to be right with him and with us. We're kind of in the swings of putting our best foot forward. If we're able to hit that one home, it just would be a real, real nice get for us."

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Rockets To Promise Starting Spot To Josh Smith

Dec 24, 2014 1:02 AM

The Houston Rockets will assure Josh Smith that he will become their starting power forward if he chooses to sign with them.

The Rockets previously tried to acquire Smith during the 2013 offseason.

Smith will also receive interest from the Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings.

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Malcolm Thomas To Re-Sign With 76ers

Dec 23, 2014 4:10 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers will re-sign Malcolm Thomas, according to sources.

Thomas was waived this season by the 76ers on Nov. 10.

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76ers Want Andrei Kirilenko To Report
Andrei Kirilenko wants the balance of the $3.3 million owed to him this season.

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Rockets Emerge As Favorites To Sign Josh Smith
Beyond Josh Smith's close friend Dwight Howard, there's confidence among Rockets' players that they'll be able to sign him.

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76ers Have 'Zero Interest' In Claiming Josh Smith
The 76ers are the only team under the cap with enough space to claim Josh Smith off waivers.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

Kings, Clippers, Mavs, Rockets, Heat Interested In Josh Smith
The Clippers and Mavericks can only offer Josh Smith the minimum.

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Pistons Waive Josh Smith
Josh Smith is owed $26 million over the next two seasons.

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Pacers' Players Not Encouraging Front Office To Trade For Stephenson
The Pacers were worn out of Lance Stephenson by the end of last season.

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Goran Dragic Will 'Definitely' Consider Signing With Knicks
The presence of Phil Jackson makes the Knicks more attractive to Goran Dragic.

Mitch Abramson/New York Daily News

Rockets Release Francisco Garcia
The Rockets will release Francisco Garcia.

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Kobe Unsure If Lakers Adding Superstar In 2016 Would Factor In Decision On Retirement
Kobe Bryant has been widely expected to retire when his current contract expires in 2016, but he was asked if the Lakers adding Kevin Durant or any other superstar player may cause him to reconsider.

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Rajon Rondo 'Open' To Re-Signing With Mavs, Rockets
Given Rajon Rondo's looming unrestricted free agency, any deal would have to come with assurances that he'd be willing to re-sign with his new team.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Heat To Apply For $2.65M Injured Player Exception
Josh McRoberts is expected to be out for the remainder of season with a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Ira Winderman/Sun-Sentinel

Miroslav Raduljica Expected To Become Free For Mid-January NBA Deal
Miroslav Raduljica has received interest from several NBA teams for a midseason acquisition, sources said.

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Raptors Could Pursue Marc Gasol In Free Agency
The Raptors had been expected to wait until 2016 to pursue Kevin Durant, but are increasingly intrigued by Marc Gasol.

Cathal Kelly/The Globe and Mail

Furkan Aldemir Signs Four-Year, $12M Deal With 76ers
Furkan Aldemir has landed a four-year contract worth around $12 million with the 76ers, according to sources.

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Ray Allen Contacted By Wide Range Of Teams, Including Grizzlies; Not At Stage To Decide On Future
Ray Allenís agent, Jim Tanner, confirmed the wide range of interest on Saturday and added that there is no timetable to make a decision on his playing future.

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76ers Sign Ronald Roberts From D-League, Waive Jorge Gutierrez
Ronald Roberts started all eight games for the Sevens so far this season, averaging team-highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 67% from the floor.

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Darius Morris Signs With Nets
Darius Morris was one of the Blazers' final cuts this preseason.

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Jazz To Sign Patrick Christopher
The Jazz are lining up the call up of Patrick Christopher from the NBA D-League.

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Lakers Granted Hardship Exception
The Lakers have had just 11 healthy players for the last two weeks.

Eric Pincus/Los Angeles Times

76ers Waive Drew Gordon, Sign Malcolm Lee
The 76ers have waived Drew Gordon to sign Malcolm Lee from the D-League.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer