January 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Victor Oladipo Still Prefers To End Up With Heat

Jan 14, 2021 11:30 AM

Victor Oladipo was traded by the Indiana Pacers to the Houston Rockets for Caris LeVert as part of the broader James Harden trade.

Oladipo will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason and sources tell Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer that he still hopes to eventually end up with the Miami Heat.

Oladipo had reportedly wanted a trade from the Pacers for some time.

Houston could still trade Oladipo before the trade deadline.

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Tags: Victor Oladipo, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kyrie Irving Considered 'Alpha' Of Friend Group With Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan

Jan 14, 2021 11:05 AM

Kyrie Irving's commitment to the Brooklyn Nets is unclear as he remains on a personal leave, but he was reportedly the driving factor in convincing Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan to sign with the franchise during their 2019 free agency.

"I thin what's amazing about where Kevin Durants fits in is Kevin Durant went to Brooklyn in this sort of grand scheme with Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan," said Ramona Shelburne on the ESPN Daily podcast. "Those are the three super friends from Team USA. They were down on the cruise boat down there in Brazil.

"If you understand their relationship, Kevin Durant is really focused on basketball. He's like a hoophead. He just loves to play. Kyrie Irving is the alpha of that group, of that friend group.

"When they were choosing where to play, I think Kyrie took the lead. Kyrie wanted to go to Brooklyn. He talked DeAndre and Kevin into it.

"So if you're Kevin Durant right now, how do you feel about that? The guy who got you there is sort of M.I.A. We don't know what's going on with him. Now you have a chance to play with your old buddy James Harden."

Durant and Harden worked out together in Los Angeles before the start of the season and began discussing playing together with the Nets.

"Even when they were talking about it this summer, the conversations were pretty extensive. It was mapping out how the trades would even get done."

Brooklyn, like Philadelphia with Daryl Morey, had a confidence in knowing what they were getting in Harden due to his connections with Durant as well as Mike D'Antoni. 

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Waive Bruno Caboclo

Jan 14, 2021 8:25 AM

The Houston Rockets have waived Bruno Caboclo.

The Rockets needed to create a roster spot to accept the incoming package of players as part of the James Harden trade.

Caboclo was the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors. 

Caboclo has appeared in six games this season.

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Tags: Bruno Caboclo, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Knicks, Cavaliers, Mavericks Interested In Signing Talen Horton-Tucker

Jan 12, 2021 10:41 AM

Talen Horton-Tucker is expected to receive interest from "multiple teams" in free agency with the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks specifically mentioned.

The Lakers can give Horton-Tucker a contract starting around $10.5 million while rival teams will be limited by the mid-level exception starting at approximately $9 million. A quirk in the cap, however, can allow for a third-year balloon payment worth as much as the maximum salary with a raise in the fourth. A rival team could pay Horton-Tucker $9 million in the first year, $10 million in the second year then jump to more than $32 million in the third year and $32 million in the fourth. The Lakers could match the deal.

“The way the rules are, I don’t see the Lakers letting him go,” one general manager told Heavy.com. “But teams can make this a more difficult decision for the Lakers than they’d like. Teams that have a lot of cap space and are looking to gamble on a young guy, why not put your money into him? The upside is obvious.”

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Tags: Talen Horton-Tucker, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wizards Apply For $4.2M Disabled Player Exception For Thomas Bryant

Jan 11, 2021 1:43 PM

The Washington Wizards will apply for a $4.2 million Disabled Player Exception following the season-ending injury to Thomas Bryant.

The Wizards will be able to use the spot to acquire a player for the remainder of the season.

Bryant suffered a torn ACL.

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Tags: Thomas Bryant, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

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Rockets Have Grown More Confident They Can Keep James Harden Through End Of Season

Jan 11, 2021 11:44 AM

Rafael Stone may be unwilling to trade James Harden from the Houston Rockets at all this season, according to sources that spoke with Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.

The Rockets have grown more confident in their ability to have Harden accept completing the season with the team, according to front office executives around the NBA. If the Rockets keep Harden through the end of the current season, any team trading for him would only have one more guaranteed year under contract.

Sources say, however, that Harden still prefers to be traded.

But there have been some encouraging signs coming from the Rockets with the play of Christian Wood and John Wall.

“As long as we continue to find chemistry, we have a chance to do something special,” said Harden on Saturday. 

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavaliers Sign Yogi Ferrell To 10-Day Contract Using Hardship Exception

Jan 11, 2021 11:29 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Yogi Ferrell to a 10-day contract.

The team was granted a hardship exception by the NBA in order to acquire Ferrell.

Ferrell (6-0, 180) played in 50 games for Sacramento last season, averaging 4.4 points in 10.6 minutes. In four NBA seasons, he owns career averages of 7.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 20.4 minutes over 249 games (53 starts) with Brooklyn, Dallas and Sacramento. Ferrell went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team while a member of the Mavericks in 2017. The Greenfield, Indiana native played four years collegiately at Indiana University from 2012-16.

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Tags: Yogi Ferrell, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Hawks Offered John Collins Four-Year, $90M+ Extension

Jan 8, 2021 11:42 AM

The Atlanta Hawks offered John Collins a contract extension worth more than $90 million, according to sources that spoke with The Athletic.

Collins sees himself as a maximum salary player. Collins will be a restricted free agent this offseason in a market where there are more teams with max cap space than there will be suitable players to spend it on.

Collins was one of only four players who averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds last season. 

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Tags: John Collins, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks To Sign Taj Gibson

Jan 7, 2021 2:37 PM

The New York Knicks plan to sign Taj Gibson.

Gibson spent last season with the Knicks and has also played under Tom Thibodeau for many seasons.

The Knicks will have to waive a player to create a roster spot for Gibson.

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Knicks Still Have Taj Gibson On Radar

Jan 7, 2021 8:29 AM

The New York Knicks continue to have interest in signing Taj Gibson.

The Knicks elected not to re-sign Gibson in the offseason but he is on their radar.

Gibson was seen as a mentor to Mitchell Robinson.

The Knicks would have to waive a player to create a roster spot for Gibson.

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Pistons Only Offered Christian Wood $8M Per Season

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Didn't Actively Recruit Bogdan Bogdanovic To Bucks

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Nets To Apply For $5.7M Disabled Player Exception

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Grizzlies Sign Tim Frazier

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