Basketball Wiretap

Anthony Davis Wonders If He's On Same Path As Other Stars Who Were Traded

Feb 20, 2018 5:37 PM

Anthony Davis can become a free agent in 2020 and his future with the New Orleans Pelicans remains in doubt. Davis, however, could be eligible to sign a designated veteran player extension before he's eligible for free agency.

Davis and the Pelicans were on track to easily be a playoff team before DeMarcus Cousins was lost for the season with a torn Achilles.

Davis was asked how he feels when he hears about players like Kevin Garnett who regretted not seeking a trade to improve his title chances earlier in his career.

“It makes you think," said Davis. "I’m not going to lie, it makes you think because you wonder if you’re following on that same path. But then again, you be like, this year could be the year. You don’t know. So you just gotta take it year-by-year and just see. See where the team is going, what direction they want to go to, and just see where their head is.”

Davis also said it's not good enough for the Pelicans to simply reach the playoffs.

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Tags: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jeff Hornacek Shoved Joakim Noah During Altercation

Feb 17, 2018 8:56 PM

Jeff Hornacek and Joakim Noah engaged in a physical altercation during practice last month.

Noah voiced his displeasure about a lack of playing time and Hornacek was the first to shove Noah. The two were separated before any punches were thrown.

Noah remains away from the Knicks after they were unable to trade him at the deadline.

The Knicks and Noah could agree upon a buyout.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Tags: Joakim Noah, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwyane Wade Initiated Questions About Kevin Love's Absence

Feb 16, 2018 11:40 AM

Dwyane Wade was the first player on the Cavaliers to vocally challenge Tyronn Lue to disclose where Kevin Love had been when he left the arena during a loss to the Thunder on Jan. 20th and the team's practice the following day, according to sources.

Numerous players verbally attacked Love, who eventually explained his absence. In the initial reports, Isaiah Thomas was characterized as leading the charge against Love.

Koby Altman contends Wade wasn't traded because of the team meeting but due to fit.

A team source also said LeBron James possibly felt relief by Cleveland's trade of Wade back to the Heat.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Koby Altman Had Rare Meeting With LeBron James Before Deadline

Feb 14, 2018 10:07 AM

Koby Altman sat down with LeBron James approximately 24 hours before the trade deadline.

James had only spoken with Dan Gilbert once since June 30th and his relationship with Altman has been more distant than it had been with David Griffin. James has let Rich Paul communicate with the Cavaliers on roster issues.

Altman assured James that management was determined to reshape the roster.

Altman shared the framework of possible trades for Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Rodney Hood, George Hill and DeAndre Jordan.

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers' Refusal To Take Iman Shumpert Was Sticking Point In DeAndre Jordan Trade

Feb 14, 2018 10:03 AM

Koby Altman received permission from Dan Gilbert for the Cleveland Cavaliers to trade Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and Cleveland's 2018 first round pick to the Los Angeles Clippers for DeAndre Jordan.

The Clippers were willing to accept that trade if the Cavaliers found a third team for Shumpert and the $21 million remaining on his contract while also helping them get a center back.

Altman and Michael Winger made calls to try to find a third team.

Winger asked if he could communicate with Shumpert about a potential buyout, but Altman wanted the talks to be more advanced before granting that permission.

Altman had discussed a Jordan trade with Lawrence Frank and Winger for weeks but they were difficult to make progress on because the Clippers wouldn't take Tristan Thompson, JR Smith or Shumpert.

The Cavaliers ultimately traded Shumpert in a three-way trade with the Kings and Jazz that netted them George Hill and Rodney Hood.

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Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Iman Shumpert, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings Tried To Include Georgios Papagiannis In Cavs-Jazz Trade

Feb 14, 2018 9:50 AM

The Sacramento Kings attempted to include Georgios Papagiannis as part of a three-way trade at the deadline with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings.

Rival executives say the Kings wanted to save themselves the embarrassment of waiving Papagiannis, who was the 13th pick in 2016.

Koby Altman and Sacramento assistant general manager Brandon Williams vocally disagreed over the insertion of Papagiannis in the trade.

Cleveland couldn't take on his deal because the NBA's repeater tax would turn the balance of his $2.3 million contract for this season and $2.4 million next season into three times that due to the luxury tax.

The Kings waived Papagiannis after the deadline.

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Tags: George Papagiannis, Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Sought First Round Pick For Avery Bradley

Feb 12, 2018 9:49 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers were more motivated to trade Avery Bradley at the deadline than they were DeAndre Jordan.

The Clippers sought a first round pick for Bradley.

"They wanted a first rounder for him and just couldn't get it," said Marc Stein on the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast.

Stein also talked about how second round picks were difficult commodities to acquire at this trade deadline, which made first round picks nearly impossible to acquire.

The San Antonio Spurs were "very interested" in Bradley, "but the price was too high." 

The Spurs and Clippers discussed a Bradley trade involving Danny Green and a first round pick.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Tags: Avery Bradley, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James Likes Cleveland's Trade Acquisitions

Feb 9, 2018 3:34 PM

LeBron James likes the moves the Cleveland Cavaliers made ahead of the deadline on Thursday in which they acquired Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Rodney Hood and George Hill.

"I think we became a younger team, more athletic. We added some more shooting as well. So, we'll have to see how it meshes," James said. "I like the pieces that we have coming in."

The Cavaliers will have to quickly incorporate those four players into their rotation.

"It's my job to get these guys integrated as fast as possible," James said Friday. "I know the coaching staff and [coach] T Lue is going to do it as well, but it's my job to get these guys on the same page with us where we want to accomplish what we want to do. I look forward to getting them here. ... All four of them are pretty smart guys, and it should be fun."

The Cavaliers sent out Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and Derrick Rose.

"It's always tough when you lose teammates," James said. "The trade deadline is always a difficult time for everybody. ... I wish it could've been a lot better than it was. I definitely wish all six guys ... the best."

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs, Clippers Held Advanced Trade Talks On DeAndre Jordan

Feb 9, 2018 1:06 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers held advanced trade discussions on DeAndre Jordan on deadline day. The two sides were unable to come to an agreement and the Cavaliers pivoted to a pair of deals involving the Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz.

"There were people in the league who thought there was traction towards the Cavs making a deal with the Clippers yesterday morning," said Brian Windhorst on The Lowe Post. "The reason people thought that was because there were other teams who were engaged in trade talks with pieces that would have spun off from that trade.

"So it got to the point where the Cavs and Clippers felt like they were close enough to some sort of agreement with each other that they could begin looking to bring in third teams and that's why I know about it. 

"The Cavs and Clippers got some distance down the road with DeAndre Jordan. At a certain point, the Cavs elected not to make the deal with the Clippers and instead made the deal with the Lakers. Maybe that was for a hundred different reasons we'll never know. Maybe it was because in addition to negotiating with the Clippers, they had to negotiate with DeAndre Jordan, because he has a contract situation and if he was traded, he would have wanted to get an extension alongside of it.

"The Cavs were also talking with the Hornets. I just didn't see a deal path there unless they were willing to take on a huge sum of money, or willing to include the Brooklyn pick.

"They ended up making deals with four teams (at the deadline) and they were talking to at least six, and probably a lot more."

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bulls Waive Tony Allen

Feb 9, 2018 10:53 AM

The Chicago Bulls have waived Tony Allen.

Allen was acquired on February 1 in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Chicago’s roster now stands at 16.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Tony Allen, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Grizzlies Rejected Emmanuel Mudiay, 2nd Round Pick From Nuggets For Tyreke Evans
The Grizzlies wanted more in exchange for Tyreke Evans and didn't want any salary for the 18-19 season.

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Kyle Collinsworth Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Mavs
Kyle Collinsworth's deal for the remainder of the season will be guaranteed.

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Suns Acquire Elfrid Payton From Magic For 2nd Round Pick
Elfrid Payton will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

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Wizards Trade Shelon Mac To Hawks
Sheldon Mac will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

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Pelicans Trade Dante Cunningham To Nets For Rashad Vaughn
The Nets recently acquired Rashad Vaughn in a deal with the Bucks.

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Blazers Trade Noah Vonleh To Bulls, Drop Below Luxury Tax
The Blazers will also send cash in the deal to the Bulls.

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Knicks Acquire Emmanuel Mudiay From Nuggets
Emmanuel Mudiay was the 7th overall pick in the 2015 draft.

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Raptors Trade Bruno Caboclo To Kings For Malachi Richardson
Bruno Caboclo was Toronto's first round pick in 2014.

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Knicks Receiving Trade Calls On Doug McDermott
Doug McDermott will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

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Dwyane Wade Traded By Cavs To Heat
Dwyane Wade will return to Miami.

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Cavaliers Acquire Rodney Hood, George Hill In Three-Way Trade With Jazz, Kings
Rodney Hood will be a restricted free agent in 2018.

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LeBron James Didn't Offer Cavs Any Assurances On 2018 Before Lakers' Trade
The deal adds $28 million to the Cavaliers' future cap while also relinquishing a first round pick.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Pistons Trade Brice Johnson, 2nd Rounder To Grizzlies For James Ennis
The Pistons also pursued a similar trade for Dante Cunningham.

Adrian Wojnaroski/ESPN

Hawks Trade Luke Babbitt To Heat For Okaro White
Luke Babbitt previously played for the Heat.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Lakers Trade Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance To Cavs For Isaiah Thomas, Frye, FRP
The Cavaliers have helped the Lakers create cap space.

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Raptors, Clippers Discuss DeAndre Jordan Trade
Any trade presumably would include Jonas Valanciunas.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Cavaliers Continue To Seek Kemba Walker Trade
The Hornets would like salary cap relief as part of any trade for Kemba Walker.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Pistons Acquire Jameer Nelson From Bulls For Willie Reed
Jameer Nelson will reunite with Stan Van Gundy.

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Cavaliers, Clippers Seek Third Team For DeAndre Jordan Trade
The Cavaliers and Clippers continue to engage in DeAndre Jordan trade talks heading to the deadline.

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Grizzlies Not Interested In Opening Marc Gasol Trade Talks
Marc Gasol can become a free agent in 2019.

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