December 2016 Basketball Wiretap

Lakers Bring In Donatas Motiejunas For Workout

Dec 28, 2016 1:49 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers brought Donatas Motiejunas in for a workout following the injury to Larry Nance Jr., but they didn't immediately sign him.

Motiejunas is an unrestricted free agent after a prolonged contract stalemate with the Houston Rockets.

The Lakers have Timofey Mozgov, Julius Randle, Thomas Robinson, Tariq Black and Ivica Zubac on their depth chart at the big positions.

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Spurs Waive Nico Laprovittola

Dec 27, 2016 8:01 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have waived Nico Laprovittola.

Laprovittola, who was in his first season with the Spurs, was signed as a free agent on Sept. 26, 2016. He saw action in 18 games for the Spurs, averaging 3.3 points and 1.6 assists in 9.7 minutes.

Laprovittola played for Lietuvos Rytas last season.

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Pierre Jackson Signs Two-Year Deal With Mavericks

Dec 27, 2016 10:47 AM

The Dallas Mavericks are signing Pierre Jackson to a partially guaranteed two-year deal.

Jackson had been averaging 29.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 35.7 minutes per game this season for the Texas Legends of the D-League.

Jackson was an early second round pick in 2013 out of Baylor by the Philadelphia 76ers with his draft rights going to the New Orleans Pelicans in the Jrue Holiday trade.

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John Wall Would Like Extension But Hasn't Qualified For Rule Of New CBA

Dec 16, 2016 1:54 PM

John Wall has frequently been vocal in expressing his opinion of being underpaid on his five-year, $80 million max contract extension he signed in 2013 that runs through 18-19.

Under the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement, teams can sign designed players to contract extensions at 35 percent of the cap but Wall hasn't qualified for the criteria.

In order to sign that type of extension, a player has to have achieved All-NBA status, league MVP or Defensive Player of the Year.

“I feel like it’s amazing and crazy because I had my best year, like, two years ago, my second year [as an] all-star, I averaged 20 and 10 and was a starter but couldn’t make all-NBA team,” Wall said. “So I mean, you want those individual accolades but it’s to the point that [if] you get your recognition, then you get it. You only get those [individual honors] by winning. When I did and had an opportunity to win, I still didn’t make it."

Wall is averaging 24.0 points, 9.5 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

“We don’t play on TV a lot so a lot of people don’t get to see us play. If you don’t have NBA League Pass and stuff like that, you don’t see the things that I’m doing in the game or what we’re doing trying to win,” Wall said Thursday. “So if you ain’t checking on Twitter and stuff like that, you don’t know. All these other teams get a lot of TV games, that’s why they get these accolades from the media and fan votes. Until we get an opportunity to be on TV more, it would be tough for people to realize and see what I do.”


Candace Buckner/Washington Post

Tags: John Wall, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Stephen Curry Could Sign Five-Year, $207M Deal Due To New CBA Rule

Dec 15, 2016 7:13 PM

The salary of Stephen Curry is set to increase from $12 million this season to $36 million next season as part of the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement.

Curry is on the final season of a four-year, $44 million extension signed in 2012.

Because of a new rule, Curry's new contract could be worth $207 million over five seasons with $47 million coming in 21-22.

The new rule enables a narrow selection of superstars who are willing to re-sign with their current team to receive up to 35 percent of the salary cap if certain benchmarks are met. As a two-time MVP who has played his entire career with the Warriors, Curry would meet the qualifications.

A player with Curry's experience level, under the previous CBA, would have been able to sign for only 30 percent of the cap.

If Curry were interested in changing teams, he could only sign a four-year deal worth approximately $135 million.


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Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA CBA

Rockets To Re-Sign Bobby Brown

Dec 15, 2016 6:42 PM

The Houston Rockets will re-sign Bobby Brown.

Brown was waived by the Rockets to create a roster spot for Donatas Motiejunas. The Rockets decided to renounce their rights to Motiejunas after a prolonged restricted free agency.

Brown appeared in six games for the Rockets this season before he was released.

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Rockets Renounce Rights To Donatas Motiejunas

Dec 15, 2016 6:31 PM

The Houston Rockets have renounced their rights to Donatas Motiejunas and he'll become an unrestricted free agent.

Motiejunas and the Rockets hit another snag last weekend following his physical after the two sides were able to agree upon a revised four-year deal.

The initial deal Motiejunas signed with the Brooklyn Nets in restricted free agency worth as much as $37 million over four seasons was discarded after it became a four-year, $31 million deal with the Rockets.

The Rockets could have failed Motiejunas on his physical to keep him a restricted free agent but they instead have given him the opportunity to sign with another team beyond the Nets.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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Gordon Hayward Will Prioritize Competing For Title As Free Agent

Dec 14, 2016 1:36 PM

Gordon Hayward said he will prioritize contending for a title as a free agent this offseason.

Hayward will surely have several max contract offers on the open market while the Utah Jazz can offer ore money and an extra guaranteed season.

The Jazz want to get healthy and demonstrate to Hayward that they have a nucleus capable of competing for a title.

"It comes down to where I can compete for a title," he said. "Where I live -- that doesn't affect me. The limelight doesn't matter to me. I just want to make a run at it."

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Clippers Pursued Sign-And-Trade For Gordon Hayward In 2014

Dec 14, 2016 1:27 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers explored a sign-and-trade deal for Gordon Hayward in 2014 when he was a restricted free agent. Hayward signed a four-year, $63 million offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets that was matched by the Jazz.

Doc Rivers is an admirer of Hayward's game and the Clippers have long had a hole at small forward.

The Clippers won't have an easy path to max cap space to pursue Hayward as they also have to contend with the free agencies of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick in 2017.

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Taj Gibson Would Prefer To Re-Sign With Bulls

Dec 12, 2016 4:13 PM

Taj Gibson agreed upon a four-year, $38 million extension with the Chicago Bulls in 2012 and will be a free agent for the first time in his career this offseason.

"Of course I want to stay here," Gibson said.

Gibson took somewhat of a hometown discount when he extended in 2012.

"The amount of money I'm seeing guys making is ridiculous. But I'm going to remain humble," Gibson said. "I'm going to stay focused and know I was blessed to get that last deal I got."

Gibson will turn 32 in June.

"The basketball gods always reward you. Just stay the course," Gibson said. "I always just do my job and never be a distraction for my team. I'm blessed to be here a long time. I remember over the years a lot of trade rumors, a lot of times I thought I wasn't going to make it through. They stayed with me. It speaks to my character.

"Right now, I just have to focus on doing my job and proving I can still play and be a front-line guy (as a starter) or off the bench."


K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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Rockets, Donatas Motiejunas Hit Another Snag On Contract
The Rockets and Donatas Motiejunas agreed upon a new contract on Friday but that hit a snag on Saturday with his physical.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Reggie Williams To Sign With Pelicans
Reggie Williams last played in the NBA during the 14-15 season with the Spurs.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Pelicans Waive Anthony Brown
Anthony Brown appeared in nine games for the Pelicans, averaging 3.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game.

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Rockets Sign Donatas Motiejunas To New Four-Year, $35M Deal
Donatas Motiejunas broke restricted free agency convention by not reporting for his physical this week.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Bob Myers: Andre Iguodala Was Really The GM Of His Sign-And-Trade In 2013
The Warriors signed Andre Iguodala in free agency after they played him in the playoffs.

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Nets Sign Spencer Dinwiddie To Partially Guaranteed Three-Year Deal
Spencer Dinwiddie was averaging 19.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 8.1 assists in nine games in the D-League this season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Rockets Won't Lift Matched Offer Sheet Signed By Donatas Motiejunas
The Rockets can still theoretically agree upon a separate deal with Donatas Motiejunas though he is technically under a uniform player contract.

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Nets Waive Yogi Ferrell
Yogi Ferrell appeared in 10 games for the Nets posting averages of 5.4 points and 1.7 assists in 15.1 minutes per game.

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Donatas Motiejunas At Odds With Rockets Over $6M In Lost Incentives
The $6 million difference was to be paid to Donatas Motiejunas via incentive clauses if he played for the Nets.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

Chris Bosh More Likely To Wait Until 17-18 For NBA Return
Chris Bosh has two additional seasons remaining on his contract with the Heat that he signed in 2014 as a free agent.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Donatas Motiejunas Won't Report To Rockets
The Rockets can leave the current deal open or return Donatas Motiejunas to restricted free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Otto Porter Expected To Receive Max Contract Offers In Free Agency
Otto Porter has begun living up to his billing as the third overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft this season, averaging 14.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.0 steals in 34.7 minutes per game.

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Rockets Match Donatas Motiejunas' Four-Year, $37M Offer Sheet
The Rockets have matched the offer sheet Donatas Motiejunas signed with the Nets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Grizzlies Sign Toney Douglas
Toney Douglas was with the Cavaliers during the preseason.

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Rockets Were Al Horford's Second Choice In Free Agency
Al Horford met with four teams at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta during free agency.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Hassan Whiteside Considered Blazers 2nd Option In Free Agency
Hassan Whiteside quickly signed with the Heat but he also had interest in the Blazers.

Erik Garcia Gundersen/Miami Herald

Nets Sign Donatas Motiejunas To Four-Year, $37M Offer Sheet
With Donatas Motiejunas being a restricted free agent, the Houston Rockets have 72 hours to match.

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Derrick Rose Would Like To Spend Remainder Of Career With Knicks
Derrick Rose is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason but he has interest in remaining with the Knicks.

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Nets Considering Signing Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas is visiting with the Nets and undergoing a physical.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Clippers Expect Chris Paul To Seek Full Five-Year Max Contract
Chris Paul turns 32 in May and his new five-year deal would take him well past 35.

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