December 2018 Basketball Wiretap

Grizzlies To Sign Jarnell Stokes To Two-Way Deal

Dec 30, 2018 4:01 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies will sign Jarnell Stokes to a Two-Way contract.

Stokes is currently playing for Sioux Falls in the G League.

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Nuggets Waive Nick Young

Dec 30, 2018 2:16 PM

The Denver Nuggets have waived Nick Young.

Young was on the Nuggets' roster using the injury hardship exception.

Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Tags: Nick Young, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Patrick McCaw Agrees To Two-Year, $6M Offer Sheet With Cavaliers

Dec 28, 2018 11:35 AM

Patrick McCaw has agreed to sign a two-year, $6 million offer sheet with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

McCaw has been holding out this season as a restricted free agent with the Golden State Warriors.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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Donte Grantham Signs Two-Way Deal With Thunder

Dec 27, 2018 3:12 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to sign Donte Grantham to a Two-Way contract.

Grantham will replace Tyler Davis on a Two-Way deal.

Grantham went undrafted out of Clemson in 2018.

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Thunder Waive Tyler Davis From Two-Way Deal

Dec 27, 2018 2:50 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has waived two-way player Tyler Davis.

The center saw action in 15 games (eight starts) with the Oklahoma City Blue and averaged 17.2 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.87 blocks in 26.7 minutes per game.

Davis appeared in one game with the Thunder.

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Pelicans Considered Using Entire 2016 Cap Space On Harrison Barnes

Dec 27, 2018 12:43 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have been limited on cap space during most of the tenure of Anthony Davis.

When they found cap space again in 2016 with the salary cap increase, they considered spending all of it on Harrison Barnes.

The Pelicans instead signed E'Twaun Moore and Solomon Hill while letting Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson walk.

Barnes ultimately signed with the Dallas Mavericks.

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Teams Expect Anthony Davis To Cycle Through Short-Term Contracts

Dec 27, 2018 12:37 PM

Teams interested in trading for Anthony Davis expect him to cycle through a series of short-term contracts until he can sign a long-term deal at 35 percent of the cap.

Davis could sign a supermax extension with the New Orleans Pelicans at 35 percent of the cap this offseason.

Rich Paul, who represents Davis, has worked with LeBron James on a number of short-term contracts during his second tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

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Bulls Sign Brandon Sampson To Two-Way Deal, Waive Tyler Ulis

Dec 27, 2018 12:23 PM

The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Brandon Sampson to a Two-Way contract. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. In a preceding move, the Bulls waived Two-Way player Tyler Ulis.

Sampson (6-5, 184) went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft after playing three seasons at Louisiana State University. He has played in 18 games (18 starts) this season for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G League, averaging 17.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 35.1 minutes per game. At LSU, Sampson played in 85 games (40 starts) from 2015-18. Over his career with the Tigers, he averaged 7.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists, scoring a career-high 24 points twice in the 2016-17 season.

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Vlade Divac: Kings Won't Sacrifice Future Cap Space For Playoff Push

Dec 26, 2018 11:51 PM

Vlade Divac stated that while he is willing to make a trade to help the Sacramento Kings' playoff push, it will not come at the expense of a potential $60 million in free cap space this summer. 

When asked if the Kings were a playoff team, Divac said "Uh… right now, yeah. If you look at the standings, we’re in the playoffs. But are we desperate to do it? No, we’re not. Do we want to be there? Yeah. Are we going to push? Yeah. The players are playing for it. We are supporting it. If I have to do something to help them, yeah I will do it. But not just from desperation and to sacrifice everything that we’ve built".

The Kings currently have $11 million in cap space and no first-round pick in 2019. 

Divac also added that he is still open to adding a first-round pick this season, saying "I have room to do that (by taking on another team’s ‘bad’ contracts in exchange for the pick). So if I can convert (that into a pick), yes. But it’s not something (where) I’m desperate to do it. If it comes, great. If it doesn’t, I’m fine".

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LeBron James: 'I've Always Recruited'

Dec 24, 2018 11:58 PM

Responding to the reaction to his comments about playing with Anthony Davis from last week, LeBron James said he's recruited players throughout his career.

"I've always recruited. I've been trying to get guys to come play with me since, like, 2007. I've got rejected a lot. But I've also have not got rejected a lot," James told Rachel Nichols in a sit-down interview.

James tried to get Ray Allen, Joe Johnson, Michael Redd and Chris Bosh to join the Cavs during his first stint in Cleveland, but added that "a lot of people didn't want to come to Cleveland".

"It wasn't hard getting guys in Miami, I'll tell you that. So now that I think being in L.A., I don't think it would be that hard to get guys here," said James.

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Kevin Durant On Free Agency: Nobody Can Recruit Me No More
Durant said he wants to see how teams operate everyday instead of an elaborate recruiting pitch.

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Western Conference GM Describes LeBron James, Rich Paul As 'Mafioso Mob Bosses'
Anthony Davis is represented by Rich Paul.

Eric Pincus/Bleacher Report

Bulls Agree To Sign Brandon Sampson To Two-Way Contract, Waive Tyler Ulis
JaKarr Sampson is currently playing for the Windy City Bulls.

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Bucks Granted Salary Relief For Mirza Teletovic's $10.5M Salary
Mirza Teletovic was diagnosed with pulmonary emboli in both lungs.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Warriors Still Prepared To Match Any Offer Sheet Signed By Patrick McCaw
Patrick McCaw has received interest but teams are hesitant to submit an offer sheet.

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

Anthony Davis Loves New Orleans, Doesn't Care About LeBron's Comments
Anthony Davis is eligible to receive the supermax extension from the Pelicans this summer.

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Wizards Agree To Sign Ron Baker
Ron Baker was recently released by the Knicks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Austin Rivers Gave Back $650k In Buyout With Suns
Austin Rivers is on a $12.6 million expiring contract this season.

Gina Mizell/The Athletic

LeBron James Remains Interested In Lakers Adding Carmelo Anthony
LeBron James had dinner with Carmelo Anthony in Manhattan on Monday.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Grizzlies Expected To Sign Austin Rivers
Austin Rivers was traded last week by the Wizards to the Suns.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Suns Agree To Buyout Of Austin Rivers
Austin Rivers was earning $12.6 million in the final season of his deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Kawhi Leonard Has Been Focused On 'Home And L.A.'
Kawhi Leonard previously sought a trade from the Spurs to one of the two Los Angeles teams.

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Spencer Dinwiddie Agrees To Three-Year, $34M Extension With Nets
Spencer Dinwiddie recently became eligible for an extension.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Kawhi Leonard Focused On Basketball, Not Media
Kawhi Leonard is not bothered by what is said about him.

Kurt Helin/NBC Sports

Knicks To Sign Allonzo Trier To Two-Year Deal, Waive Ron Baker
Allonzo Trier was on a two-way contract with the Knicks.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Clippers Have Master Plan To Add Both Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant
The Clippers have the cap space to offer two max contracts this offseason.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Anthony Davis Remains Focused On Winning With Pelicans
Anthony Davis remains convinced that the Pelicans can become playoff contenders.

Tim Bontemps/ESPN

LeBron James' 'Garden' Comment Referred To Venue, Not Playing For Knicks
LeBron James never seriously considered signing with the Knicks this past summer.

Joe Vardon/The Athletic

Suns Finalizing Deal With Eric Moreland
Eric Moreland gives the Suns extra depth in the frontcourt.

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

Nuggets Sign Nick Young, Waive Brandon Goodwin
Nick Young has remained unsigned after spending last season with the Warriors.

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