Basketball Wiretap

Kyle Lowry's Agent Denies Sixers Trade Rumors

Feb 26, 2021 1:17 AM

Kyle Lowry's agent Mark Bartelstein denied reports that his client was looking for a trade to the Philadelphia 76ers.

“That’s just not true…I got on the phone with Masai (Ujiri, Raptors president) and Bobby (Webster, Raptors GM) and let them know that [report] certainly wasn’t coming from us," said Bartelstein on Sirius XM NBA Radio (h/t Pro Basketball Talk). 

There were reports from earlier in the day linking Lowry to the Sixers, Heat, and Clippers.

Lowry is also reportedly looking for a two-year deal worth $60 million in free agency. 

Kurt Helin/Pro Basketball Talk

Tags: Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

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Rockets, Cavaliers, Thunder Considered NBA's Only True Sellers Entering Deadline Period

Feb 25, 2021 10:21 PM

With the NBA expanding its playoff format and a crowd of teams right around .500, there are only a limited number of teams that will look to sell pieces ahead of the trade deadline. 

"They're selling," said Tim MacMahon regarding the Houston Rockets. "They're definitely selling."

"The only teams that are truly selling are Houston, Cleveland and Oklahoma City," interjected Tim MacMahon. "Everybody else is ether not going either way, like probably a team like Detroit, or trying to make the playoffs."

The Cavaliers are aggressively shopping Andre Drummond, while the Rockets could make Victor Oladipo available. The Thunder, meanwhile, have traded away a number of their veterans over the past few months as they begin a full rebuild.

Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Tim Bontemps/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves' 2021 FRP Owned By Warriors, Michael Porter Jr. Considered Two Most Valuable Trade Assets

Feb 25, 2021 10:17 AM

The 2021 first round pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves owned by the Golden State Warriors and Michael Porter Jr. are widely considered the two most valuable trade assets on the market.

The Warriors acquired the top-3 protected pick from Minnesota as part of the D'Angelo Russell for Andrew Wiggins trade.

Denver has so far been reluctant to trade Porter in their conversations for Jrue Holiday and James Harden. It remains to be seen whether the Nuggets would reverse course should Bradley Beal come to market.

Bobby Marks/ESPN

Tags: Michael Porter, Jr., Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Zach LaVine's Extension Would Be $51M Less Than Waiting For 2022 Free Agency

Feb 25, 2021 10:09 AM

Zach LaVine will become eligible to sign an extension with the Chicago Bulls in the offseason, but it will be limited to a four-year, $104 million contract. If LaVine waits until free agency in 2022, he could sign a four-year, $155 million deal with a rival team.

The reality of LaVine's extension situation means the Bulls will almost certainly have to wait for him to become a free agent for his future to be settled, which could make them more strongly consider a trade than they would otherwise.

LaVine made his first All-Star Game this season.

Bobby Marks/ESPN

Tags: Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers, Heat, Clippers Interested In Trading For Kyle Lowry

Feb 25, 2021 10:01 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers have interest in trading Kyle Lowry, sources tell Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

A source says Lowry's preference is to play for the 76ers and that they might be able to get a deal done with the Toronto Raptors.

Lowry is on an expiring contract after nine seasons with the Raptors.

According to a source, the Raptors would like to reward Lowry for his years of service with the team by giving him an opportunity to compete for another title.

Lowry is a native of Philadelphia and would give the 76ers a perimeter playmaker.

The Clippers, meanwhile, would allow Lowry to reunite with Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka. Lowry is also close friends with Ty Lue and Chauncey Billups.

In free agency, Lowry will seek a contract of $60 million over two years.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Kyle Lowry, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Philadelphia Sixers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Considering Trade For Andre Drummond

Feb 24, 2021 4:06 PM

The New York Knicks are "analyzing" whether to make a trade for Andre Drummond, a source told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

The Cavaliers benched Drummond two weeks ago as they attempt to trade him.

The Knicks are the most flexible team to slip Drummond’s expiring $28 million contract onto their roster as they still have $15 million of cap space.

The Toronto Raptors were previously working on a deal for Drummond, but couldn't find sensical matching salaries. 

The Cavaliers could agree to a buyout with Drummond if he's not traded by the deadline. 

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: Andre Drummond, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Granted $4.7M Disabled Player Exception For Meyers Leonard

Feb 23, 2021 3:11 PM

The Miami Heat have been granted a $4.7 million disabled player exception for the season-ending injury to Meyers Leonard.

The Heat have until April 19th to use the disabled player exception. 

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Meyers Leonard, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mavs Reportedly 'Quietly Gauged' Trade Market For Kristaps Porzingis

Feb 23, 2021 1:11 AM

The Dallas Mavericks "quietly gauged" the trade market for Kristaps Porzingis, sources told Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.

Fischer added that the team is beginning to re-evaluate whether Porzingis can support Luka Doncic as a second option on a contender.

The Mavs are currently looking to add a center to supplement Porzingis, with Andre Drummond mentioned as a candidate.

The team is also expected to make a "significant offer" for John Collins should he make it to restricted free agency.

Porzingis missed the Mavs' Monday night game due to back soreness

Jake Fischer/Bleacher Report

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

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Karl-Anthony Towns Addresses Future With Wolves For First Time This Season

Feb 22, 2021 8:31 AM

After a tough loss to the New York Knicks, but before Ryan Saunders was fired, Karl-Anthony Towns addressed his mindset about remaining with the Minnesota Timberwolves over the long-term for the first time this season.

"If you want to build a legacy we got to win," Towns said. "And I want to build my legacy here so I want to win with the Wolves, and I'm going to do everything I possibly can to keep step-by-step, brick-by-brick, building something and a culture here that's going to stand here for a long time."

Towns can become a free agent in 2024 after signing a five-year, $158 million max extension with the Wolves in 2018. 

Since signing the extension coming off a playoff appearance, the Wolves have consistently struggled and are now on their third head coach. Minnesota also made a risky move for Towns' close friend, D'Angelo Russell, but the pair have only played five games together so far.

Chris Hine/Star Tribune

Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bucks Remain Interested In Trading For P.J. Tucker

Feb 22, 2021 8:23 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks remain interested in trading for P.J. Tucker of the Houston Rockets, sources tell Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.

Milwaukee's interest in Tucker dates back to at least November.

The Bucks are incredibly limited in what they can trade in terms of future draft picks, which complicates any potential for a trade.

Donte DiVincenzo is widely considered Milwaukee's most valuable tradable asset. 

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Tags: P.J. Tucker, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Continue To Seek Major Trade To Boost Title Odds

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Knicks Interested In Bradley Beal, Monitoring CJ McCollum

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Magic Expected To Retain Core Entering Next Season

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Blake Griffin To Remain Out Of Lineup As Pistons Look For Trade, Buyout Options

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Bulls Reportedly Show Interest In Lonzo Ball

Shams Charania/The Athletic

No Active Discussions Over Buyout Involving Andre Drummond

Adrian Wojnarowski & Brian Windhorst

Hawks Would Only Trade John Collins For Lottery-Level Pick

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Cavs To Trade Andre Drummond, Discussions Active With Raptors

Shams Charania/The Athletic

James Harden Doesn't Like How Exit From Rockets Played Out

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76ers Could Try To Trade For Nemanja Bjelica

Sam Amick/The Athletic

Celtics Interested In Trading For Harrison Barnes

Sam Amick/The Athletic

Nuggets Remain Focused On Internal Improvement Rather Than Major Trade

Sam Amick/The Athletic

Wizards Granted $4.16M Disabled Player Exception

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Agent: Bradley Beal Doesn't Want To Quit On Something

Ben Rohrbach/Yahoo! Sports

Knicks Believed To Still Have Interest In Victor Oladipo

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Members Within Raptors Organization Believe Team Should Trade Kyle Lowry

Jake Fischer/Bleacher Report

Raptors Interested In Andre Drummond

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Heat, Clippers, Bucks, Nets Were Also Interested In Derrick Rose

Vincent Goodwill/Yahoo! Sports

Austin Rivers Expected To Receive Trade Interest From Contending Teams

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Knicks Not Interested In Including Kevin Knox, First-Round Pick In Derrick Rose Trade

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