September 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Dragan Bender Agrees To Sign With Maccabi Tel Aviv

Sep 23, 2020 2:35 PM

Dragan Bender has agreed to sign with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Bender played for Maccabi before he was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in 2016.

Bender spent last season with the Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors.

Maccabi is believed to have given Bender an NBA out in his contract. 

Nemanja Zoric

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J.J. Redick Hopes To Play Four More Seasons

Sep 22, 2020 8:15 AM

J.J Redick signed a two-year, $26.5 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2019 offseason and he would like to play through the 22-23 season.

"I realized this year I want to keep playing as long as possible," Redick told Mark Medina of the USA Today. "My goal is to play four more years. Year 18. That’s my goal. I’ll play to 39. Then my offseason, I’ll turn 40 and then I can walk away at that point. That’s my goal. We’ll see. The body has to hold up. But we’ll see."

Redick was the 11th overall pick in the 2006 draft out of Duke. 

Mark Medina/USA Today

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Montrezl Harrell To Receive Interest From Clippers, Multiple Other Teams

Sep 21, 2020 4:33 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers and Montrezl Harrell have mutual interest in negotiating a deal this offseason as he becomes an unrestricted free agent. But Harrell is expected to receive interest from multiple other teams.

Harrell struggled in the playoffs and also had a run-in with Paul George during Game 2. 

Harrell re-signed with the Clippers in 2018 on a two-year, $12 million deal. 

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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Kawhi Leonard, Paul George Haven't Waned In Commitment To Clippers

Sep 21, 2020 3:58 PM

While the Los Angeles Clippers failed to reach the Western Conference Finals in the first season Kawhi Leonard and Paul George played together, their commitment to the project has not waned.

Players and coaches from the Clippers left the arena following their Game 7 loss to the Denver Nuggets dejected, but still optimistic about the 20-21 season.

Both Leonard and George can become free agents in 2021.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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Hawks Plan On Discussing Extension With John Collins

Sep 21, 2020 3:47 PM

The Atlanta Hawks plan on discussing a contract extension with John Collins. Collins will be eligible for an extension once free agency begins.

“When that window does open up, we’ll certainly have conversations with John’s representatives,” said Travis Schlenk. 

Collins averaged 21.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 33.2 minutes per game in 19-20, which was his third NBA season.

Collins will be a restricted free agent in 2021 if he's unable to reach agreement with the Hawks.

Sarah K. Spencer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Sees Himself With Bucks 'As Long As Everybody's Fighting For The Same Thing'

Sep 18, 2020 4:06 PM

The future of Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the most pressing issues in the offseason as he becomes eligible for a supermax contract before potentially becoming a free agent in 2021.

"As long as everybody's fighting for the same thing ... which is to be a champion, I don't see why not to be in Milwaukee for the next 15 years," Antetokounmpo told Ernie Johnson on NBA TV after accepting the trophy.

Antetokounmpo had a three-hour meeting with Marc Lasry this week.

"Obviously, I would like to keep that conversation I had with the ownership and my coach and the general manager private, but at the end of the day, every team has got to improve. It's simple. You've got to be better than what you were last year. If you did not win the whole thing, you've got to get better," Antetokounmpo said. "If you win the whole thing, you've got to get better and do it again. So, for now, our team has got to get better. I think we have great talent and as long as we improve individually and improve as a team we're gonna be in a good spot.

"I left the meeting encouraged and was happy with what we discussed and for now, we're on the same page. I was happy that they came and we had this long conversation about how we're gonna get better and about things for the future but, as I said, I was happy," he continued. "I left the conversation encouraged, but I've been encouraged my whole career in Milwaukee. I know that we've gotten better each year and I know that Milwaukee has great people that view every year the same I do every year which is to play well, improve and win it all. So, I've always been encouraged but after the meeting I was encouraged, too."

Eric Woodyard/ESPN

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Marc Gasol Considering Signing In Europe

Sep 17, 2020 1:44 PM

Marc Gasol will consider continuing his professional career in Europe now that his contract in the NBA has ended.

Gasol's decision could hinge on family reasons as he could still command a more lucrative contract in the NBA.

Gasol spent the past season and a half with the Toronto Raptors.

The European season will begin before the NBA even hits free agency, which could complicate his decision.

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Jeremy Lin Will Seek Return To NBA

Sep 15, 2020 1:35 PM

Jeremy Lin has announced he will seek a return to the NBA next season.

Lin played this season for the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association. 

“This decision has really been the hardest in my life,” Lin told his seven million followers in Mandarin in a tearful video on Weibo.

“Every morning I would wake up at 4am or 5am, thinking, thinking and thinking all the time.

“In the end, although Shougang has treated me incredibly well … giving me everything I wanted, in the end, I feel that I still have NBA dreams. I still have time to play and I have to chase this.”

Jonathan White/South China Daily Post

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Marc Lasry Confirms Bucks Will Pay Luxury Tax In Meeting With Giannis Antetokounmpo

Sep 14, 2020 11:53 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Marc Lasry met for a three-hour lunch on Friday to review the Milwaukee Bucks' season and discuss the future of the franchise. 

Larry confirmed the Bucks' willingness to sped into the luxury tax during the meeting while the two also discussed ways the roster can be improved. Milwaukee payroll for 20-21 will be close to the proposed $132.7 million threshold.

Antetokounmpo agreed to meet with Lasry again once he returns from a vacation.

The Bucks were eliminated from the playoffs in the second round by the Miami Heat.

Antetokounmpo will be eligible for a supermax contract extension this offseason and can become a free agent in 2021.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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Facundo Campazzo Could Leave Real Madrid To Sign With Wolves

Sep 14, 2020 10:03 AM

Facundo Campazzo could leave Real Madrid for the NBA this season with the Minnesota Timberwolves considered the most likely team, per Marca.

Campazzo is a 5'11 point guard from Argentina. Pablo Prigioni is an assistant coach with the Wolves.

The Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs are also referenced as possibilities. 

Jose Luis Martinez/Marca

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Bucks Will Offer Supermax To Giannis Antetokounmpo At Start Of Free Agency

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Bucks Still Considered Favorites For Giannis Antetokounmpo In 2021

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Clippers Expected To Pursue Deal For Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Goran Dragic Expected To Re-Sign With Heat In Free Agency

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Report: Heat, Raptors Considered Frontrunners For Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Knicks Interested In Fred VanVleet

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Donovan Mitchell, Jazz Plan To Finalize Max Extension At Start Of Free Agency

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