Basketball Wiretap

Cavaliers Believe They Could Have Turned Irving, Love Into Chris Paul, Paul George

Jul 21, 2017 6:55 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers believe they could have turned Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love into Chris Paul and Paul George in June.

Cleveland kept both Irving and Love in June as they were unaware Irving would soon be requesting a trade before the end of July.

Paul orchestrated an opt-in and trade from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets before the start of free agency.

George was traded on June 30th by the Indiana Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Kevin Love, Paul George, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Interested In Trading Carmelo Anthony, Future First Picks To Cavs For Kyrie Irving

Jul 21, 2017 6:28 PM

The New York Knicks have strong interest in trading for Kyrie Irving.

New York is willing to include Carmelo Anthony and future first round picks but Kristaps Porzingis is considered untouchable.

Irving has listed the Knicks as one of the teams he would have interest in being traded to following his request to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Irving can become a free agent in 2019 and grew up in New Jersey.

Anthony has a no-trade clause and has recently preferred a trade to the Houston Rockets but he's previously expressed interest in the Cavaliers.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavaliers Had Kyrie Irving Trade On Table Before Draft

Jul 21, 2017 6:21 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers had a deal involving Kyrie Irving on the table before the draft that was crafted by David Griffin.

The Cavaliers didn't know at that time that Irving would like to be traded this offseason.

Cleveland was attempting to trade for Paul George or Jimmy Butler at the time. The Cavaliers, at that point, were focused on moving Kevin Love.

Multiple team officials declined comment, though a source said the team would move Irving and get a huge return.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

LeBron James Will Let Cavaliers Dictate Direction On Kyrie Irving Situation

Jul 21, 2017 5:20 PM

LeBron James won't intervene in the wake of Kyrie Irving requesting a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James and the Cavaliers were surprised by Irving's pronouncement and were unaware of his feelings.

James is focused on preparing for the upcoming season regardless of who his teammates are.

Irving cannot become a free agent until 2019 while James can be on the open market in 2018.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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

Kyrie Irving Requests Trades From Cavaliers

Jul 21, 2017 3:49 PM

Kyrie Irving has requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The request came last week and was made to Dan Gilbert. Irving no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James and would like a situation where he can become more of a focal point.

Irving can become a free agent in 2019 though he has $60 million remaining on his deal over the next three years. Irving doesn't have a no-trade clause.

"Kyrie and I had a meeting with Cavs leadership where we discussed many different scenarios in reference to Kyrie and his future with the team," agent Jeff Wechsler told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. "The basis of those discussions and what went on in those discussions are between the Cavs and us. We are respectfully going to keep those private."

James was informed of Irving's request and was blindsided and disappointed, sources said. 

Chris Haynes reports Irving expressed interest in the New York Knicks, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Sources tell Wojnarowski that Irving is attempting to take control of his own career and that it's unlikely he would be requesting a trade if there was more clarity on James' future.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Carmelo Anthony Won't Waive No-Trade For Blazers

Jul 20, 2017 10:18 AM

While the Portland Trail Blazers have interest in trading for Carmelo Anthony, he won't consider waiving his no-trade clause to join them.

Anthony has been recruited by C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard.

Anthony remains committed to ending up with the Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers while recently prioritizing the Rockets.

Steve Mills said earlier this week Anthony could remain with the team this season. The Knicks are not interested in engaging in buyout talks.

Anthony continues to expect a trade to the Rockets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Blazers Interested In Trading For Carmelo Anthony

Jul 16, 2017 12:02 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers have interest in trading for Carmelo Anthony.

The Blazers were previously believed to be a team that could help facilitate a trade of Anthony by the New York Knicks to the Houston Rockets.

The Blazers believe Anthony would give the team as much depth to compete in the second tier of the Western Conference behind the Golden State Warriors.

Portland has little desire to help Anthony be traded to the Rockets.

Anthony hasn't expressed a willingness to expand his list of teams he'd accept a trade to beyond the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Carmelo Anthony Hopes Knicks Fulfill Plan To Trade Him To Rockets

Jul 15, 2017 11:56 PM

Carmelo Anthony continues to count on the New York Knicks to fulfill their previously agreed upon mandate to trade him to the Houston Rockets.

Steve Mills and Scott Perry are pursuing a meeting with Anthony.

Anthony expects the Knicks to rebuild without him.

Over the past few weeks, Anthony has begun to prioritize a trade to the Rockets to join Chris Paul and James Harden over the Cavaliers and LeBron James. Houston is determined to trade for Anthony and believes he only has interest in playing for them next season.

Mills and Perry are evaluating whether it's worth allowing time for Anthony's standing around the NBA to be rebuilt.

Perry has history with Anthony and strong relationships with some in his inner circle.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Carmelo Anthony, Rival Teams Dismayed By Knicks Pulling Him From Trade Talks

Jul 14, 2017 12:06 PM

The New York Knicks' decision to pull Carmelo Anthony off the trade block has led all sides to be frustrated. The Knicks were involved in four-team trade talks with Anthony expected to be dealt to the Houston Rockets.

Steve Mills is having second thoughts about a trade now that they're on the verge of hiring Scott Perry as general manager. Mills wants to give Perry a chance to settle into his new job before a decision is made on Anthony.

"That's crazy," a source told the News. "From what I understand Carmelo is under the belief that he's going to the Rockets. That's what the Knicks have been telling us; that they're trading him. I can't imagine that after all he went though last season with Phil (Jackson) he's happy with this."

Anthony agreed to waive his no-trade clause for the Rockets and has been preparing for that move for nearly two weeks.

Anthony is said to be dismayed over the events of the past 24 hours.

According to a source, Anthony went to the Knicks prior to the NBA Draft and requested a buyout. With that request denied, Phil Jackson said they would try to accommodate a trade.

The parameters of a deal are in place but there are some details that need to be finalized.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

John Henson, Bucks Have Mutual Interest In Trade

Jul 14, 2017 12:00 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks and John Henson would both like to find a trade scenario this offseason.

Henson has three years and $32 million remaining on his contract.

The Bucks are looking to shed salary since they are close to the hard cap.

Henson averaged 6.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in 19.4 minutes last season with the Bucks.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Break Off Carmelo Anthony Trade Talks
It is unlikely Carmelo Anthony is going to respond with eagerness about remaining with the Knicks.

Ramona Shelburne, Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Warriors Rejected Pacers' Offer Of Paul George For Klay Thompson
The Warriors weren't interested in trading away Klay Thompson, who has two seasons remaining on his current contract.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Paul George Was Surprised By Trade To Thunder
Sam Presti said the Thunder were risking more if they didn't trade for Paul George.

Royce Young/ESPN

Jazz Attempting To Trade Boris Diaw Before Guarantee Date
Boris Diaw's deal is worth $7.5 million next season.

Tony Jones, Kyle Goon/Salt Lake Tribune

Rockets, Knicks Discussing Four-Team Carmelo Anthony Trade Scenarios
While both sides are motivated to agree upon a trade centered on Carmelo Anthony, no agreement is imminent.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Pelicans, Pistons Discuss Reggie Jackson Trade
The Pistons and Pelicans have discussed a trade of Reggie Jackson for E'Twaun Moore and Alexis Ajinca.

Michael Scotto/Basketball Insiders

DeMarre Carroll: Raptors Have A Lot Of Guys Who Don't Trust Each Other
DeMarre Carroll was surprised he wasn't traded last season.

Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

Heat Included $5.1M In Josh McRoberts Trade With Mavericks
Miami took back the contract of A.J. Hammons from the Mavericks, who is guaranteed $1.3 million this season and $1.5 million next season.

Albert Nahmad/Heat Hoops

Carmelo Anthony Confident He'll End Up With Rockets
With the Knicks not wanting to take back the contract of Ryan Anderson, the Knicks and Rockets will likely need to involve a third team.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Raptors To Waive And Stretch Justin Hamilton
The Raptors agreed to acquire Justin Hamilton as part of the DeMarre Carroll salary dump trade with the Nets.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Raptors, Pacers Agree To Cory Joseph For C.J. Miles Sign-And-Trade
C.J. Miles is a free agent this offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Raptors Trade DeMarre Carroll, 2018 1st, 2nd To Nets For Justin Hamilton
DeMarre Carroll was owed $30 million over the next two seasons.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Knicks Renew Willingness To Trade Carmelo Anthony
The Knicks do not envision a scenario where Carmelo Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr. share the floor next season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Celtics Agree To Trade Avery Bradley To Pistons For Marcus Morris
Avery Bradley is entering the final season of his contract and Boston needed to clear cap space to sign Gordon Hayward.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Celtics, Jazz Unable To Gain Traction On Gordon Hayward Sign-And-Trade
There were reports that Jae Crowder could be traded to the Jazz as part of a Gordon Hayward sign-and-trade.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Heat To Send Josh McRoberts, Future 2nd Rounder To Mavs For A.J. Hammons
The Heat are clearing cap space to re-sign James Johnson.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Knicks Interested In Trading For Marcus Smart
Marcus Smart will make $4.5 million for the 17-18 season and then become a restricted free agent.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Jazz Open To Gordon Hayward Sign-And-Trade With Celtics
The Celtics are shopping Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder to clear cap space to sign Gordon Hayward outright.

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

Celtics Aggressively Seeking Trade Of Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder Or Avery Bradley
The Celtics have discuss trade scenarios involving three key members of their team as they look to clear cap space for Gordon Hayward.

Ramona Shelburne, Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Clippers Interested In Tony Allen
Tony Allen played for Doc Rivers with the Boston Celtics before he signed with the Grizzlies.

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