Basketball Wiretap

DeMarcus Cousins Expects To Remain With Pelicans Past Trade Deadline

Dec 15, 2017 11:11 AM

DeMarcus Cousins is confident that he will still be playing for the New Orleans Pelicans after the Feb. 8 trade deadline. Cousins will become a free agent this offseason.

“I am confident in my team,” Cousins said. “I am starting to understand this business a lot more than I did before. You can kind of tell when things are about to come about. We’re a very competitive team. A talented team. I don’t think that will be the case at all.”

Cousins also said Davis has been working on making sure he re-signs with New Orleans.

“A.D. hits me with little jabs about free agency all the time, but he also understands,” Cousins said. “It was Jrue (Holiday) in that situation last [offseason], and we understood his situation. Of course, they throw their little jabs. They throw their little jokes. But they are serious at the same time. They are respectful about it at the same time.

“They have been great about it. It’s never been like a pressure thing. But I know where their heart is and they know where mine is. We have a great understanding.”

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Hornets Attempted To Acquire Jimmy Butler From Bulls

Dec 15, 2017 10:25 AM

The Charlotte Hornets attempted to engage the Chicago Bulls last spring on a trade for Jimmy Butler.

Sources say the Bulls had no interest in anything the Hornets could offer for Butler.

Chicago ultimately traded Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and a pick swap that led to Lauri Markkanen. 

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Marc Gasol Contends He Won't Ask For Trade From Grizzlies

Dec 13, 2017 11:39 AM

Marc Gasol contends he will never ask for a trade from the Memphis Grizzlies regardless of how badly the team may fall off.

While the Grizzlies have been one of the NBA's most consistent playoff teams during Gasol's tenure, they have fallen off so far in 17-18.

"I have a responsibility to this city," Gasol said. "I'm not gonna quit, no matter what." 

Gasol was asked whether that would stay the same if the Grizzlies fell 30 games under .500.

"I would want to see how we got there -- what the process is," Gasol said.

"But as long as [owner] Robert [Pera] wants me here, my teammates want me here, they think I'm part of the solution -- and not part of the problem -- that's all I need." 

Gasol is due $24.1 million due in 18-19 and $25.6 million on a player option in 19-20.

If the Grizzlies approach him with a trade, however, Gasol would accept it.

"If they think it is best, I would do anything for this franchise," Gasol said.

While sources say there was real tension between Gasol and David Fizdale, Gasol still denies he asked for Fizdale to be fired.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Grizzlies Continue To Believe Window Open With Marc Gasol, Mike Conley

Dec 13, 2017 11:34 AM

While the Memphis Grizzlies have struggled this season, the front office continues to like their chances to compete with their core of Marc Gasol and Mike Conley Jr.

"We think our window is still very much open with Mike and Marc," Chris Wallace, the team's GM, told ESPN.com during a recent sit-down in New York. 

"I think we'll be heard from the rest of this year, and in years to come," Wallace reiterated on Tuesday.

The Grizzlies have struggled to put young supporting players in place around Gasol and Conley.

"It remains to be seen," Wallace said when asked if any of their young players can become rotation players. "I'm not trying to evade the question. I learned a long time ago not to rush to judgment on young players."

Zach Lowe/ESPN

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

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Bulls Gauging Trade Value Of Nikola Mirotic, Robin Lopez

Dec 12, 2017 7:33 PM

The Chicago Bulls have made preliminary trade calls to gauge the value of Nikola Mirotic and Robin Lopez.

The Bulls are looking to add future assets in terms of draft picks.

Chicago is also below the salary cap floor, which could help teams avoid luxury tax penalties.

Mirotic initially wanted the Bulls to trade either him or Bobby Portis following their fight in practice before the start of the season.

Mirotic cannot be traded until January 15th and he also has veto power due his one-year Bird restriction.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Nikola Mirotic, Robin Lopez, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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DeAndre Jordan Chose Jeff Schwartz Over Rich Paul As Agent

Dec 8, 2017 12:12 PM

DeAndre Jordan waited more than two years to sign with an agent after his decision to leave Dan Fegan in 2015 when he backed out of a deal with the Dallas Mavericks to remain with the Los Angeles Clippers.

"He was deciding between Jeff [Schwartz] and Rich Paul," a person familiar with Jordan's thinking told Bleacher Report. "I had heard back then that he was 100 percent signing with Jeff."

Jordan finally hired Schwartz this month as he discusses an extension with the Clippers while also potentially being discussed in trades.

"He needs one," the person familiar with Jordan's thinking told B/R. "It's smart."

While negotiating a max contract is manageable without an agent, there are many issues that an agent can help facilitate in Jordan's circumstances.

"It's so hard to know otherwise what's going on," a person who advises several NBA stars told B/R. "I look at it like this: If you play for a team, is the team ever really going to tell you, 'We're trying to trade you?' How do you get a guy to buy in after that?"

The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the teams most interested in trading for Jordan. The Bucks have several ties to Schwartz, which could make dealing for Jordan an easier proposition. 

Ken Berger/Bleacher Report

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Trade Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas To Nets For Trevor Booker

Dec 7, 2017 4:17 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers are nearing an agreement to trade Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas and the New York Knicks' 2019 second round pick to the Brooklyn Nets and Trevor Booker.

Brooklyn will release Sean Kilpatrick to create a roster spot for Okafor and Stauskas.

The Nets have now acquired two of the top-3 picks of the 2015 draft in Okafor and D'Angelo Russell.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Trevor Booker, Philadelphia Sixers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nerlens Noel Out 4-6 Weeks With Thumb Surgery

Dec 7, 2017 10:01 AM

Nerlens Noel will undergo surgery on a torn ligament near his left thumb.

Noel will likely be out between four and six weeks.

The Dallas Mavericks hope Noel returns before the trade deadline. Noel rejected a four-year, $72 million offer from Dallas this past offseason and signed for the qualifying offer.

"It's not anything crazy," Noel said. "It's a pretty common injury for a basketball player. I'm just going to get it taken care of. I showed it to the trainers and they said, that it's not right. They said I should probably get some surgery and get it fixed up now.

"I can play basketball with it. A couple guys in here have had it."

Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Tags: Nerlens Noel, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

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Clippers' Price For DeAndre Jordan In Trade Talks Remains High

Dec 5, 2017 2:46 PM

While the Los Angeles Clippers are listening to all incoming trade calls on DeAndre Jordan, they have yet to make any of their own.

The Clippers continue to have interest in extending Jordan or re-signing him in the offseason. The Clippers' price for Jordan remains high for this reason.

Jordan's spirits within the Clippers' locker room remains upbeat despite their struggles and injuries.

“We’ve got to stick with it and find a way to keep this ship afloat while these guys get healthy,” Jordan told USA TODAY Sports. “I’ll let (the front office) handle what they handle. That’s out of my control, so I’ll focus on what I can control. Like I said, I’m happy being here and you know, we’ll see what happens. If they come to me and they want to talk about (a possible trade), we can talk about it, you know? I don’t believe nothing in this league until it happens.”

Sam Amick/USA Tribune

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Raptors, Wizards, Wolves, Bucks Interested In Trading For DeAndre Jordan

Dec 1, 2017 6:05 PM

The Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly shown the most interest in trading for DeAndre Jordan.

The Clippers have interest in John Henson, Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton in their trade talks with the Bucks. The Clippers want at least two of those three Bucks in any trade for Jordan.

Jordan will be a free agent in the offseason and is currently operating without an agent. The Clippers are widely expected to fall out of playoff contention following the injury to Blake Griffin. 

Gery Woelfel/Woelfe's Press Box

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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GM: Grizzlies Have No Plans To Trade Marc Gasol, Mike Conley
Chris Wallace remains optimistic that the Grizzlies can compete for a playoff berth this season.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Nikola Mirotic Accepts Bobby Portis' Apology, Ready To Move On
Nikola Mirotic had previously requested the Bulls either trade him or Bobby Portis.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Grizzlies Have Rejected Marc Gasol Trade Inquiries
Marc Gasol can become a free agent in 2019 and the Grizzlies appear to be on the verge of a rebuild.

Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Nikola Mirotic Close To Return, Still Not Speaking With Bobby Portis
Nikola Mirotic has yet to retract his request that the Bulls either trade him or Bobby Portis.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Jahlil Okafor Pushing Hard For Buyout
The 76ers are holding out for the possibility that Jahlil Okafor's $5 million salary could be packaged as part of a bigger deal before the deadline.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Clippers Discuss DeAndre Jordan In Trade Talks
DeAndre Jordan can become a free agent this offseason and has been in extension talks with the Clippers.

Tim Bontemps/Washington Post

Jusuf Nurkic Twice Requested Trade From Nuggets
Jusuf Nurkic requested a trade from the Nuggets in April of 2016 and again in December before he was moved to Portland in February of 2017.

Ben Golliver/Sports Illustrated