December 2017 Basketball Wiretap

Heat Sign Derrick Jones Jr. To Two-Way Contract, Waive Matt Williams Jr.

Dec 31, 2017 3:15 PM

The Miami Heat will sign Derrick Jones Jr. to a two-way contract.

Jones was released by the Phoenix Suns in early December. Jones has appeared in 38 games, all with the Suns, over his first two NBA seasons, averaging 4.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in an average of 15.2 minutes.

The Heat released Matt Williams Jr. from his two-way contract.

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Derrick Williams Signs Contract In China

Dec 29, 2017 11:49 AM

Derrick Williams has signed a contract with the Tianjin Gold Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Williams played for five teams in his eight NBA seasons, averaging 8.9 points and four rebounds per game over his career. 

Williams played for the Cavaliers and Heat last season.

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Chris Paul Now Eligible To Sign Four-Year Extension With Rockets

Dec 29, 2017 10:17 AM

Chris Paul is now eligible to sign a four-year, $132 million extension with the Houston Rockets with a starting salary of $29.5 million in 18-19.

Friday marks the six-month anniversary of Paul's trade to the Rockets.

Paul will become eligible to sign a five-year, $205 million contract with the Rockets in July with a starting salary of $35.3 million in free agency.

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Gerald Green Agrees Upon Non-Guaranteed Deal With Rockets

Dec 28, 2017 6:14 PM

Gerald Green has agreed to sign a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets have until the NBA's deadline of Jan. 7 to guarantee Green's contract for the season, or waive him.

Green was released by the Milwaukee Bucks at the end of training camp.

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Pacers Convert Alex Poythress To Standard Contract

Dec 28, 2017 1:41 PM

The Indiana Pacers announced Thursday they have signed forward Alex Poythress to a standard NBA contract. 

Poythress has been a two-way player this season, splitting time between the Pacers and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the G League. Poythress will no longer be a two-way player. He has appeared in 11 games for the Pacers this season.

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Enes Kanter Beginning To Consider Opting Out Of $18.4M Contract For 18-19

Dec 28, 2017 11:54 AM

Enes Kanter was expected to opt into the final season of his contract at $18.4 million but the decision is now a bit more difficult with how well he's played with the New York Knicks.

The Thunder essentially considered Kanter a salary dump in adding Carmelo Anthony.

"It's always on my mind," Kanter told the Daily News. "But the season is going really well right now. It's just a contract. I think people worry about it too much and it gets into their head.

"People think about it too much and then it affects them, it affects their game, it affects their whole team. When the season is over, that's the time to think about it."

Kanter isn't currently represented by an agent.

The Knicks have not yet discussed the opt-in with Kanter.

Kanter is unlikely to receive a deal with an annual average as high as his $18.4 million salary but he could receive longer term security.

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Mike James Released By Suns

Dec 23, 2017 8:30 AM

Mike James has been released by the Phoenix Suns just a few weeks after they converted his two-way deal into a standard NBA contract.

James fell out of the Suns' rotation over the past four games.

“Mike established himself as an NBA player here and our partnership proved to be beneficial,” Suns general manager Ryan McDonough told Yahoo Sports. “Mike had a handful of 20-point games and helped us win a few games. We wish Mike the best as he works to find another home.”

James made his debut in the NBA this season after spending his previous pro seasons overseas.

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Suns Sign Isaiah Canaan For Remainder Of Season

Dec 23, 2017 8:28 AM

The Phoenix Suns have agreed to sign Isaiah Canaan to a minimum deal for the remainder of the season.

Canaan has averaged 13 points and five assists per game since joining the Suns on a hardship exception.

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Jazz Sign Naz Long To Two-Way Contract

Dec 22, 2017 6:23 PM

The Utah Jazz plan to sign Naz Long to a two-way contract.

Utah waived Nate Wolters from his two-way contract to create a spot for Long.

In 20 games in the G League this season, Long is averaging 15 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

Long went undrafted out of Iowa State in 2017.

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Jazz Waive Nate Wolters

Dec 22, 2017 5:33 PM

The Utah Jazz have waived Nate Wolters, who was on a two-way contract.

Wolters appeared in five games for the Jazz this season while also playing in another 13 in the G League.

Before the current season, Wolters last played in the NBA in 14-15.

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Sources: Rockets Plan On Pursuing LeBron James In Free Agency
When LeBron James was previously a free agent in 2014, he made it clear that he would not accept a contract below his full max.

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Bulls Waive Kay Felder
Kay Felder appeared in 14 games for Chicago and averaged 3.9 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 9.6 minutes.

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Paul George: I'm Not Giving Up On Thunder
Paul George remains optimistic about Oklahoma City's odds this season.

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Hawks Sign Tyler Cavanaugh To Two-Year Contract
Tyler Cavanaugh was previously on a two-way contract with the Hawks.

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Nets Sign Milton Doyle To Two-Way Contract
Milton Doyle has played well for the Nets' G-League affiliate.

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Nets Waive Yakuba Ouattara
Yakuba Ouattara originally signed a two-way contract with Brooklyn on July 21.

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Bucks To Waive Gary Payton II, Sign Sean Kilpatrick
Gary Payton II's 45 days of service as a two-way player are coming to an end.

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DeMarcus Cousins Expects To Remain With Pelicans Past Trade Deadline
Anthony Davis has been working to convince DeMarcus Cousins to re-sign with the Pelicans.

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Dirk Nowitzki Encouraged By Health, Expects To Play Next Season
Dirk Nowitzki has been reluctant to speculate on his playing status beyond this season.

Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Shabazz Muhammad Expected $20M Per Season In Free Agency
Shabazz Muhammad turned down a four-year, $40 million contract extension from the Wolves in 2016.

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'Overstated Assumption' LeBron James, Chris Paul Want To Be Teammates
The Rockets lack the cap space to sign LeBron James, Chris Paul and James Harden to max contracts.

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Sources Describe LeBron James To Lakers As Long Shot
The Lakers are widely expected to have enough cap space to sign two players to max contract deals provided they unload Luol Deng's contract.

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Suns Sign Isaiah Canaan With Injury Exception
Devin Booker is amongst four Suns who are out for two weeks or more.

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Nerlens Noel Doesn't Regret Rejecting $70M Offer From Mavericks
When Nerlens Noel fired Happy Walters in August and replaced him with Rich Paul, there were no new contract talks with the Mavericks.

Yaron Weitzman/Bleacher Report

Terrence Jones To Sign With Santa Cruz Warriors
Terrence Jones signed a one-year deal for $2 million in China in July and was waived in November.

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Lakers Willing To Save Cap Space For 2019
The Lakers are willing to preserve some of their cap space for 2019 if they're unable to sign their targets.

Harrison Faigen/Lakers Nation

Rival Execs Give Rockets Legitimate Chance Of Signing LeBron James
The presence of Chris Paul and James Harden makes the Rockets an attractive spot for LeBron James.

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Derrick Rose Denies Adidas Contract Was Factor In Decision To Keep Playing
Derrick Rose reportedly would lose $80 million on his Adidas contract if he were to walk away.

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Hawks Waive Nicolas Brussino
Nicolas Brussino was claimed off waivers by the Hawks this offseason after his release by the Mavericks.

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LeBron James Pays $23M For 2nd Home In Los Angeles
The house has city-to-ocean views, the 15,846-square-foot home is furnished with an elevator, a home theater and a custom kitchen.

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