Basketball Wiretap

Kobe Bryant Endorses Trading Young Lakers For Anthony Davis

Mar 20, 2019 11:44 AM

Kobe Bryant publicly endorsed trading the Los Angeles Lakers' young players for Anthony Davis.

The Lakers had included Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram in trade talks with the New Orleans Pelicans for Davis.

"Kuzma, Lonzo, Ingram ... Are all three better than Anthony Davis? No no!. Ciao! Bye

"Anthony Davis is one of the best players in the world. Not just now but in history. What are we talking about? If you can acquire Anthony Davis, you do it. If not, agree. We have three players who are very young and who work hard. They are intelligent and must be developed. But if you can acquire Anthony Davis ... yes!"

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Tags: Anthony Davis, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jazz, Grizzlies Could Resume Mike Conley Trade Talks In June

Mar 18, 2019 8:13 AM

The Memphis Grizzlies and Utah Jazz could pick up their trade talks involving Mike Conley around the draft.

The Grizzlies and Jazz held serious talks on Conley leading to the deadline, but no trade was ultimately executed.

The Grizzlies have begun to fully shift to rebuilding mode with their trade of Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors. 

Conley has an Early Termination Option on his contract for the 20-21 season that he's unlikely to exercise.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Tags: Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Lonzo Ball On Upcoming Offseason: 'If I Get Traded, Then I Get Traded'

Mar 13, 2019 10:30 PM

Lonzo Ball said he was motivated and excited to have a full summer to work on his craft.

“I’m very, very motivated. I want to be the best I can be. I’m looking forward to this summer. I don’t look at it as added pressure, because I haven’t had a full summer yet to dedicate to myself. I have to keep working on my craft," said Ball.


Ball was shutdown for the season following complications related to his Grade 3 ankle sprain.

He added that he's not worried about potentially getting traded in the offseason. 

“At the end of the day, you can only control the things that you can control. If I get traded, then I get traded. But I’m going to be ready to go. The goal is to be the best player I can for whichever team.”

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Injury

Pelicans On Trading Anthony Davis To Lakers: 'They're Just Not Going To Do It'

Mar 13, 2019 10:21 PM

A trade between the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers involving Anthony Davis is very unlikely to take place, according to Marc J. Spears.

"I have been told that there’s no way Anthony Davis is coming here, through the Pelicans. They’re just not going to do it," said Spears while filming for ESPN.

Michael Wilbon added that he also heard a similar sentiment. 

The Pelicans and Lakers each accused the other team of leaking information during their trade negotiations before the deadline, with Magic Johnson adding that the Pelicans of not negotiating in good faith. 

Dan Feldman/NBC Sports

Tags: Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Pelicans Had No Intention Of Trading Anthony Davis Before Trade Deadline

Mar 6, 2019 3:10 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans had no intent to trade Anthony Davis before the trade deadline, especially not to the Los Angeles Lakers, according to sources.

The Lakers made several aggressive offers to the Pelicans involving Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart.

Magic Johnson criticized the Pelicans for negotiating in bad faith on Davis.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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

Lakers Executives Believe Rival Teams Are Subversively Damaging Their Reputation

Mar 6, 2019 1:48 AM

Los Angeles Lakers executives believe that rival teams are going out of their way to sabotage their standing within the league, according to Sam Amick.

"From Jeanie on down, there is a growing belief that rival teams like New Orleans have gone to great lengths to do the kind of subversive damage that is nearly impossible to prove. Johnson himself has said that he doesn’t believe the Pelicans negotiated in good faith, and it certainly was unique to see trade packages with remarkable specificity being reported throughout the process," writes Amick.

Those accusations come on the heels of Jeanie Buss calling out the media for leaking false rumors during their trade talks for Anthony Davis.

“The biggest challenge…(is) the fake news about how we were supposedly trading our entire roster for a certain player, which is completely not true,” said Buss at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

Sam Amick/The Athletic

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Suns' Trade With Celtics For Terry Rozier Fell Apart Over Pick Protections

Mar 5, 2019 12:36 PM

The Phoenix Suns offered a protected first round pick to the Boston Celtics before the start of the season for Terry Rozier.

The Celtics demanded an unprotected first round pick in exchange for Rozier, who will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

Boston considers Rozier to be insurance at point guard in case Kyrie Irving leaves in free agency.

A report this week indicated Ryan McDonough's dismissal as general manager of the Suns came after he was unable to remedy their point guard situation.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Tags: Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavaliers Will Attempt To Trade J.R. Smith In June

Feb 27, 2019 9:18 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will not buyout J.R. Smith before the deadline as they have every intention of attempting to trade him in June.

Smith signed a four-year, $57 million contract with the Cavaliers in 2016 with just $3.8 million of his $15.6 million salary for 19-20 guaranteed.

Because the Cavaliers are well over the luxury tax line, there is little incentive to agree to a buyout with Smith at a reduced figure.

Joe Vardon/The Athletic

Tags: J.R. Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics Told Pelicans At Deadline Everyone Can Be Available In Anthony Davis Trade

Feb 25, 2019 4:35 PM

The Boston Celtics informed the New Orleans Pelicans that "everyone can be available" when they discuss an Anthony Davis trade this offseason.

There has been varying speculation whether the Celtics will make Jayson Tatum available in Davis trade talks.

The Celtics were unable to execute a trade for Davis as the trade deadline due to the presence of Kyrie Irving on their roster while also on a Derrick Rose rule max contract.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Anthony Davis, Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor