Basketball Wiretap

Mavericks Chose Sending FRP To Hawks Over Taking On Kent Bazemore's Contract

Jun 22, 2018 5:57 PM

The Dallas Mavericks had the option to swap Wesley Matthews for Kent Bazemore instead of sending a future first round pick to the Atlanta Hawks in their draft night trade.

Bazemore is owed $18.1 million in 18-19 and $19.27 million in 19-20 compared to just $18.6 million in total to Wesley Matthews.

The Mavericks found that price to be too high and instead send a pick to the Hawks that is top-5 protected in each of the next two seasons, top-3 in 2021 and 2022, and unprotected in 2023.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

Tags: Kent Bazemore, Wesley Matthews, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Bulls Had Interest In Trading Up For Marvin Bagley III, Jaren Jackson

Jun 22, 2018 12:01 PM

The Chicago Bulls stayed at No. 7 in the 2018 NBA Draft and selected Wendell Carter Jr.

But the Bulls tried to trade up for Marvin Bagley III and Jaren Jackson.

Sources say the Bulls' efforts never got close. The Bulls did discuss trades with both the Atlanta Hawks at No. 3 and Memphis Grizzlies at No. 4.

The Bulls didn't want to sacrifice future first round picks to move up, or take on the contract of Chandler Parsons.

The Bulls privately had hoped the Kings would become enamored with Michael Porter Jr., dropping Bagley to a slot from which the Bulls could possibly trade up and acquire Bagley.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Marvin Bagley III, Jaren Jackson, Jr., Wendell Carter, Jr., Chicago Bulls, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Hawks Pulled Out Of Trade With Bucks After Donte DiVincenzo Pick Leaked

Jun 22, 2018 11:55 AM

Travis Schlenk told 95.7 The Game in San Francisco on Friday that the Atlanta Hawks had a deal in place to acquire the No. 17 pick from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for a draft pick.

But Schlenk ended up not executing the trade after it leaked that the Bucks were going to take Donte DiVincenzo instead of Kevin Huerter.

"Last night, for instance, we had the 19th pick and we're coming down and we're actually talking to Milwaukee on the 17th pick, talking about trading up to get a guy we like," Schlenk said. "There's were a couple of guys we felt really good about on the 19th pick, obviously Kevin [Huerter] was one of them, and it leaked who Milwaukee was going to take.

"So, all of a sudden, we were able to pull back out of that deal and keep the draft pick instead of packaging picks to move up because we knew that two guys on the board we felt really good about and only one team in between us so that was beneficial to us last night."


Tags: Donte DiVincenzo, Kevin Huerter, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Heat View Hassan Whiteside Situation As Salvageable

Jun 22, 2018 11:11 AM

While the Miami Heat had some level of interest in trading Hassan Whiteside, they are expected to keep him this offseason.

The Heat have realized that Whiteside's trade value is heavily diminished.

Pat Riley sees the situation with Whiteside as being salvageable. 

“I expect a lot of out Hassan, contrary to what people might think about us trading him,” Riley said. “We haven’t offered him to anybody, really, to be honest with you. So you go through an emotional period with a player and you deal with it and you come back and you work things out.”

The Heat signed Whiteside to a four-year, $98 million deal in 2016.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Spurs Publicly Say They Still Prefer To Retain Kawhi Leonard

Jun 22, 2018 9:44 AM

R.C. Buford spoke publicly about the San Antonio Spurs' preference to retain Kawhi Leonard despite his trade request.

"Kawhi and his family mean a lot to our organization and to our community," Buford said. "While none of us would wish we are where we are, we are going to do what we can to build the best relationship we can with him. We will explore all of our options, but the first one would be to keep Kawhi as part of our group."

Buford declined to comment on trade speculation surrounding Leonard on Thursday. 

Buford was asked about a timeline for getting Leonard's situation resolved.

"Yesterday," said Buford.

"I don't know that timing is a factor in this," Buford said. "He is under contract for another year. Our goal is to keep him as part of our program for a long time."

San Antonio Express-News

Tags: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavaliers Continue Dialogue With LeBron James' Camp While Respecting His Space

Jun 22, 2018 9:13 AM

LeBron James' camp and the Cleveland Cavaliers remain in touch as free agency approaches.

"We continue to have good dialogue with his management team," Koby Altman said. "I think LeBron has more than earned the right to approach his contracts the way he does. He's done that before, so this is nothing new for us.

"We want to respect his space during this process, and I continue to have really good dialogue with his management team as he goes through that process. That's probably all I can say at this point regarding him, but we don't take him for granted. We love him, this city loves him. He means the world to us and this franchise."

James has spent this week on a family vacation and the Cavaliers approached the draft without knowing his intentions. The Cavaliers drafted Collin Sexton at No. 8.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

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

Lakers Remain Prepared To Wait For 2019 If 2018 Targets Don't Commit

Jun 22, 2018 8:42 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers have plans to pursue two max free agents while also possibly pursuing a third via trade.

But the Lakers are willing to maintain their cap flexibility for 2019 if their primary targets are not acquired. The Lakers plan on pursuing LeBron James and Paul George in free agency. The 2019 free agency class includes Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler and Kyrie Irving.

"We do feel like the road is a flexible road for us, if July 1 happens with one or two superstar players, great," Rob Pelinka said. "If it doesn't, we love this young core that we're developing and we know 2019 could present some amazing opportunities as well. So really any road we go down we're really confident in but obviously for Lakers fans we want to be good, we want to be back in the playoffs where Lakers deserve to be and competing for a championship.

"I'll personally feel a sense of urgency until we win a championship, I won't rest until then," Pelinka added. "That's just the way I'm built, and I know Magic's built the same way and Jeanie [Buss] ultimately, we don't compete to play games, we compete to win championships so there will be a sense of urgency until that's accomplished."

Pelinka also talked about how the Lakers' past success makes some teams not want to work with them.

"If you have success in any walk of life, you're going to face that," Pelinka said. "We don't really see that as a challenge, we just see it as a reality, but we also feel like because of the DNA shift here and because of the energy around our team and our young core and our cap flexibility, that players want to be here. So whether other teams want to participate in that or not, we can't control [that].

"But we can control the environment we have here and creating energy where great players want to be Lakers."

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

76ers Trade Mikal Bridges To Suns For Zhaire Smith, Miami's 2021 First Rounder Pick

Jun 21, 2018 9:19 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to send Mikal Bridges to the Phoenix Suns for Zhaire Smith and Miami's 2021 unprotected first round pick.

The Suns acquired the draft pick from the Heat in the Goran Dragic trade.

Phoenix moved up just six spots despite giving up an unprotected first rounder.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Mikal Bridges, Zhaire Smith, Philadelphia Sixers, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Mavericks Agree To Trade With Hawks For No. 3 To Select Luka Doncic

Jun 21, 2018 7:46 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have agreed upon a trade with the Atlanta Hawks to move up to No. 3 to select Luka Doncic.

The Mavericks will send a future first round pick (top-5 protected for 2019 and 2020, top-3 protected in 2021 and 2022, and unprotected in 2023), along with the No. 5 pick to the Hawks.

The Hawks needed Trae Young to remain available when the Mavericks selected at No. 5 for the deal to be consummated. 

Dallas and Atlanta had been discussing a trade swap throughout the day on Thursday.

"What a day," Rick Carlisle said. "We're very fortunate. We get a guy that we think is a franchise-foundation piece. It's a big day for us."

The Mavericks expect Doncic to start as a rookie.

"I would project him as a starter right now," Carlisle said. "And then we'll see how it all goes. I stood up here last year and said the same thing about Dennis (Smith Jr.) and he started every game he was available. And I see the same kinds of things for Doncic. I have a really strong feeling that he and Dennis will complement each other extremely well."

Marc Stein/New York Times

Tags: Luka Doncic, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Mavericks Trying To Move Up To No. 3 To Select Luka Doncic

Jun 21, 2018 6:11 PM

The Dallas Mavericks continue to pursue a trade with the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 3 pick in which they're targeting Luka Doncic.

"They're asking for a lot to move out of that spot," said Adrian Wojnarowski on Sports Center of the Hawks.

If the Hawks move down, they will target Trae Young.

Shams Charania reports the Mavericks' efforts to move up to No. 3 has lost momentum in recent hours.

According to Marc Stein, the Hawks sought an unprotected future first round pick from the Mavericks in addition to swapping No. 3 for No. 5, along with exchanging the contracts of Wesley Matthews and Kent Bazemore.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Receiving Trade Interest In Eric Gordon
Eric Gordon signed a four-year, $53 million deal with the Rockets in 2016 and has two seasons remaining.

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

Wizards Interested In Trading Marcin Gortat
Marcin Gortat has one season remaining on his current deal.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Spurs Listening To Kawhi Leonard Trade Offers
The Lakers and Spurs have yet to hold talks on Kawhi Leonard.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Bucks Looking To Trade Down, Unload Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova is owed $19.2 million over the final two seasons on his deal.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

76ers Considered Trading Markelle Fultz, Nos. 10/26 To Move Up For Michael Porter Jr.
The 76ers moved away from that strategy due to Michael Porter's recurring back issues.

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

Karl-Anthony Towns Hasn't Asked For Trade From Wolves
Karl-Anthony Towns and Tom Thibodeau have spoken on the phone this offseason.

Jon Krawczynski/The Athletic

Kings Deciding Between Marvin Bagley, Trading Down For Michael Porter
Marvin Bagley has expressed interest in playing for the Kings.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

Grizzlies Holding Trade Talks With Multiple Teams On No. 4 Pick
The Grizzlies would like to trade back rather than trading out of the lottery altogether.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

Suns Focused On Deandre Ayton, Haven't Had Any Substantive Trade Talks
The Suns are focused on selecting Deandre Ayton.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Lakers Acquire 39th Overall Pick From 76ers For Chicago's 2019 2nd Rounder
The 76ers had acquired the pick from the Knicks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Cavs Plan On Keeping Kevin Love No Matter What LeBron Decides
Kevin Love has two years remaining on his contract with the Cavs worth approximately $49.6 million.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Mavs, Magic, Nuggets Trying To Move Up To No. 3 To Select Luka Doncic
The Hawks very well could control the direction of the draft at No. 3.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Knicks Explore Trading Up To Select Mohamed Bamba
The Knicks met with Mohamed Bamba in-person in New York on Wednesday.

Jonathan Givony, Ian Begley/ESPN

Dwight Howard Traded By Hornets To Nets For Timofey Mozgov, Two 2nd Rounders
Charlotte was determined to move Dwight Howard this offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Kawhi Leonard To Tell Rival Teams He Plans To Sign In Los Angeles
The Spurs are unlikely to be motivated to trade Kawhi Leonard to the Lakers.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Gregg Popovich Met With Kawhi Leonard On Tuesday
Gregg Popovich had yet to have a sit down with Kawhi Leonard.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Raptors Explore Trade Market For Norman Powell
Norman Powell signed a four-year, $42 million contract extension in the fall.

Josh Lewenberg/TSN

Kings Not Interested In Trading Down From No. 2 With Clippers
The Clippers are attempting to package the No. 12 and No. 13 picks in the draft to move up.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Chris Paul Will Re-Sign With Rockets, Focused On Recruiting LeBron James
The Rockets are prepared to find a way to acquire LeBron James if he signals he wants to join the franchise.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

LeBron James' Camp Has Remained In Touch With Cavaliers
LeBron James has not been present for any of the meetings and there has not been any real dialogue as far as his future.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer