Basketball Wiretap

Jusuf Nurkic Twice Requested Trade From Nuggets

Nov 20, 2017 1:05 PM

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

Nikola Jokic had emerged as the Nuggets' starting center during the 15-16 season while Nurkic was rehabilitating his left knee.

The Nuggets attempted to mend the relationship with Nurkic and promised he would open the season as a starter, but he realized there was a catch.

“In the first game, I only played three quarters,” Nurkić said. “I had 23 points and 9 rebounds. I’m playing a good game, we’re winning and I’m not playing in the fourth quarter? From that point, I could kind of see that something was wrong.”

The Nuggets were attempting to make it work with Nurkic and Jokic playing together, but Malone pulled Nurkic from the starting lineup after 25 games. Nurkic and his agent, Aylton Tesch, requested a trade for a second time.

“I believe you can develop guards together. But two centers? No way,” Nurkić said. “I don’t want to make this a big drama like KD. I was never on the same page with the coach and the front office. It just came to the point where I needed to go. My career was on the line.”

Nurkic received criticism from the local media for how he handled the situation.

“People assume I had an attitude problem and people like to make up stories that paint me as a bad guy,” he explained. “Once I asked for a trade, there were even more rumors that I wasn’t happy. But I shouldn’t be happy! No one in that situation should be happy. I put in the hard work to play and someone was holding me down.”

Ben Golliver/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Jusuf Nurkic, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Denver Was Unwilling To Include Jamal Murray For Kyrie Irving

Nov 16, 2017 8:47 AM

The Denver Nuggets would not include Jamal Murray in trade talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving.

If Denver had offered Cleveland a package of Murray, Wilson Chandler and a top-3 protected first round pick for Irving, they would have been in the bidding.

The Nuggets also had trade talks with the Suns for Eric Bledsoe.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Jamal Murray, Wilson Chandler, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nuggets Were Close To Trade With Suns For Eric Bledsoe

Nov 16, 2017 8:41 AM

The Denver Nuggets were close to a trade with the Phoenix Suns for Eric Bledsoe.

The deal would have included Emmanuel Mudiay and a first round pick, but talks ultimately collapsed.

Phoenix traded Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks for protected first round pick and second round picks, along with Greg Monroe.

"We chase every opportunity to improve ourselves," Tim Connelly said. "We've had a lot of excellent players offered to us for our young talent. There's a fine line between overvaluing your own players and being too aggressive chasing short-term results."

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Tags: Eric Bledsoe, Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nuggets Declined Offer Of Protected 2nd Round Pick From Lottery Team For Jameer Nelson

Nov 16, 2017 8:39 AM

The Denver Nuggets had a deal to trade Jameer Nelson to a projected lottery team for a protected second round, but ultimately decided to release him. By waiving Nelson, they allowed him to choose his destination.

"You can't make decisions with your heart only," Connelly says, without confirming any Nelson deal. "But these are good guys. To view them as just assets -- that's not something we ascribe to. Guys we've had here will speak highly of how we've treated them."

Michael Malone wanted to keep Nelson, who gave him reliable minutes at point guard.

"It was tough to see Jameer go," Malone says. "The players trusted him. I find value in veteran mentors. In our meetings, of course I brought up all the reasons it made sense to keep him. But you have to think big picture. It wasn't like I was kicking and screaming. By the end, we were all on board."

Nelson signed with the New Orleans Pelicans when he cleared waivers.

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Tags: Jameer Nelson, Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Cavs Rejected Pacers' Offer Of Paul George For Kyrie Irving

Nov 13, 2017 3:00 PM

During their trade discussions in June involving Paul George, the Indiana Pacers asked for Kyrie Irving on several occasions and the Cleveland Cavaliers told them he wasn't available.

Irving requested a trade approximately eight days after George was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Irving was ultimately dealt to the Boston Celtics.

Brian Windhorst offered the additional reporting details in response to a Frank Isola Tweet about how the Cavaliers attempted to trade Irving to the Pacers.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Paul George, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wide Open Eastern Conference Expected To Lead To More Trade Activity

Nov 10, 2017 10:12 AM

With the Eastern Conference being relatively wide open following the struggles of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the injury the Boston Celtics faced with Gordon Hayward, more teams believe they have a chance to advance far into the playoffs. That mindset may may for a more active trading period.

"There's a lot of teams between 7-4 and 4-7 who still are trying to figure out who they are and where they're playing," said Wojnarowski. "In the East, are the Cavs vulnerable here? They've looked very vulnerable. There's teams now, multiple teams thinking 'hey, we have a chance.' There's several teams in the East who think they can get to the Eastern Conference Finals.

"In the West, I don't think anybody's feeling has changed about Golden State.

"I think that's going to dictate, as we get closer to trade season, just the idea that with so many teams in the East especially thinking 'we have a chance', executives think there's going to be a lot of activity this year. As one said to me, 'you may see a lot more West to East deals where teams in the West who just don't think they can compete, whether they're getting salary off or trying to create flexibility for the summer. You may see some of these contenders in the East trying to load up and you may see that talent surge from East to West, you may see it come back this year."

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Need To Make Roster Move When Joakim Noah Comes Off Suspension

Nov 9, 2017 12:51 PM

The New York Knicks have a roster decision to make once Joakim Noah's 12-game drug suspension is over.

The Knicks have to remove someone from the roster to make room for Noah, which could happen witha  trade.

Noah is in Year 2 of a four-year, $72 million contact.

“We know that is looming,’’ Scott Perry said. “We’re going to have to address the roster. We’ve been working through the process for a few weeks. By Sunday at 5 p.m., there’ll be a resolution one way or another. Whether it’s a trade or waive an individual.’’

Mindaugas Kuzminskas’ agents have explored interest around the league for a trade as he's fallen out of favor with the Knicks.

Ramon Sessions has also seen his playing time reduced.

“I think it would be unfair for me to comment about any guy as it relates to if he’s going to be here or not,’’ Perry said. “What I will say about Ramon, Ramon is a true professional. The guy is a pro. He goes about his business the same way every day whether he’s playing or not playing. That sets a fine example.”

Marc Berman/New York Post

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

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Julius Randle Unlikely To Remain In Lakers' Plans

Nov 9, 2017 10:07 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers are preserving their cap space for the summer of 2018 to pursue multiple max contract free agents. Julius Randle is unlikely to be part of their plans beyond the current season.

"One player whose future is very unlikely to continue with the Lakers is Julius Randle," said Wojnarowski on ESPN. "Rob Pelinka, their general manager, and Magic Johnson, their president, will be faced with this question: Do they look to trade Randle between now and the February trade deadline and get back potentially a first-round draft pick for him, or do they roll the dice and wait until summer when he's a restricted free agent."

Randle will have a cap hold of $12.4 million in the offseason as a restricted free agent.

The Lakers have recently begun to use Randle more at center.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns Interested In Jahlil Okafor

Nov 8, 2017 9:08 AM

The Phoenix Suns have interest in trading for Jahlil Okafor.

The Suns don't currently have a roster spot available, but that could change once they part ways with Greg Monroe via trade or buyout.

Phoenix is rebuilding and presumably view Okafor as a potential reclamation project.

The Philadelphia 76ers declined their team option on Okafor's contract for 18-19 and are attempting to facilitate a trade to give him playing time elsewhere. While Okafor isn't under contract next season, the Suns have sufficient cap space to re-sign him to a long-term deal should he play well.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns To Explore Greg Monroe Trades Before Discussing Buyout

Nov 8, 2017 9:03 AM

The Phoenix Suns will explore the trade market for Greg Monroe before engaging on buyout talks.

The Suns acquired Monroe as part of the Eric Bledsoe trade.

Monroe is on a $17.8 million expiring contract and doesn't fit into the Suns' long-term plans.

Monroe is unlikely to remain with the Suns past the trade deadline or buyout deadline.

The Suns will need a roster spot by Dec. 6th when the two-way contract of Mike James needs to convert into a regular roster spot.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Greg Monroe, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bucks Acquire Eric Bledsoe From Suns
Eric Bledsoe has finally been traded by the Suns.

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Luol Deng Seeking Trade Or Buyout From Lakers
The Lakers owe Luol Deng $36 million over the next two seasons.

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Eric Bledsoe To Resume Training At Suns' Practice Facility
Eric Bledsoe will use the facility to stay in game shape while the Suns continue to explore trade scenarios.

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Celtics Unwilling To Trade First Round Pick For Jahlil Okafor
The Celtics have long had interest in trading for Jahlil Okafor but view him as more of a project player than an immediate contributor.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Stan Van Gundy Publicly, Privately Disputes Reggie Jackson For Eric Bledsoe Rumors
Stan Van Gundy reached out to Reggie Jackson following reports of trade talks with the Suns.

Rod Beard/The Detroit News

Pistons Interested In Trading For Eric Bledsoe
The Pistons would send Reggie Jackson out in a Eric Bledsoe trade.

Marc Stein/New York Times

76ers Continue To Seek Asset For Jahlil Okafor
The 76ers' ultimate deal point could be centered on future second round draft picks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Jahlil Okafor Hoping For Trade, Buyout From 76ers
Jahlil Okafor is hoping to leave the 76ers in the near future.

Jessica Camerato/NBC Sports

Magic Explore Trade Market For Mario Hezonja
The Magic have to decide whether to pick up their $5.2 million option on Mario Hezonja for the 17-18 season.

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Clippers, Rockets Discussed DeAndre Jordan For Clint Capela At Trade Deadline
The Rockets were discussing a package centered on Clint Capela, picks and players for DeAndre Jordan.

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76ers Working With Jahlil Okafor On Finding Trade Partner
The 76ers have to decide whether to pick up Jahlil Okafor's $6.3 million option for 18-19 by Oct. 31st.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Suns Attempting To Include Tyson Chandler In Eric Bledsoe Trade
Tyson Chandler is due $13.59 million in 18-19.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Nikola Mirotic Prefers To Remain With Bulls
There's a growing sense Nikola Mirotic would find it difficult to remain teammates with Bobby Portis.

KC Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Kyrie Irving Had Interest In Knicks Since They're 'Close To Home'
Kyrie Irving reiterated he had genuine interest in being traded to the Knicks despite their current status as a rebuilding franchise.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

DeMarcus Cousins Regrets Being Loyal To Kings, Not Leaving In 2015
DeMarcus Cousins' agent told the Kings in 2015 that he wanted to be traded to the Lakers.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Suns Receiving 'Pretty Intriguing Offers' For Eric Bledsoe
The Suns have received interest from the Knicks, Nuggets and Bucks.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Ryan McDonough Publicly Critical Of Eric Bledsoe, Rich Paul
Ryan McDonough questioned the leadership of Eric Bledsoe and the advice he is getting from his agent.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Bucks, Knicks, Nuggets Interested In Trading For Eric Bledsoe
Ryan McDonough has publicly confirmed that the Suns intend to trade Eric Bledsoe.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Eric Bledsoe Sent Home By Suns Following Meeting
Eric Bledsoe will not play on Monday against the Kings.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Eric Bledsoe Met With Suns About Potential Trade Before Season
Eric Bledsoe is signed through the 18-19 season.

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