Basketball Wiretap

James Harden: Chris Paul Didn't Seem Happy Heading Into Free Agency

Aug 19, 2017 7:31 PM

James Harden played a critical role in recruiting Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets this offseason.

Paul decided not to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers and agreed to an opt-in and trade to the Rockets.

“I just knew that in the summertime obviously (Paul) was a free agent, and I wanted to see where his head was,” Harden said of Paul. “He didn’t seem happy, so after that we just took it from there.

“Obviously Golden State has been in the Finals and won two out of three, so that’s what everybody is trying to build up against. But we’re right there. We’re right there. Obviously, we have a lot of work to do, but it definitely puts us in a better chance.”

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Tags: Chris Paul, James Harden, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kristaps Porzingis Emerges As Cavaliers' Primary Trade Target

Aug 15, 2017 10:08 AM

Kristaps Porzingis has emerged as the Cleveland Cavaliers' primary target in Kyrie Irving trade discussions.

Porzingis would give the Cavaliers a young star who could also help them immediately as he enters his third NBA season.

The Cavaliers would need to take on the three seasons and $55 million remaining on the contract of Joakim Noah in order to begin a conversation with the New York Knicks.

During Phil Jackson's final days as president of the Knicks, he explored the trade market of Porzingis. 

Multiple NBA teams are questioning how emphatic the Knicks will continue to be on their "no" in trading Porzingis for Irving. Porzingis remains distant from the organization.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Kristaps Porzingis, Joakim Noah, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kyrie Irving, Spurs Have Mutual Interest

Aug 15, 2017 10:04 AM

The San Antonio Spurs would be a viable trade partner for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Kyrie Irving if LeBron James was committed to the franchise long-term.

The Spurs have interest in Irving while he would be willing to commit to signing with the franchise long-term.

San Antonio could put together a package for Irving with some combination of LaMarcus Aldridge, Tony Parker and Danny Green that gives the Cavaliers a win-now roster.

The Cavaliers, however, are focused on acquiring a young star as part of their trade package for Irving.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavaliers Fixated On Acquiring Young Star For Kyrie Irving

Aug 15, 2017 9:50 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers want LeBron James to commit to the franchise before building around him while he wants to see the team execute a plan before committing to them.

While Cleveland wants James to re-sign, they are fearful of making a Kyrie Irving trade that doesn't allow them to rebuild for the long-term.

The Cavaliers have become more fixated on acquiring a young star such as Kristaps Porzingis, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson or Jamal Murray in their trade inquiries involving Irving.

Cleveland is determined to get an elite young player back in return for Irving. If James was committed long-term, they could trade Irving for veterans.

Cleveland has been deliberate with the trade process and conversations could become more aggressive in September close to the start of camp.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Kristaps Porzingis, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Jamal Murray, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks, Rockets Resume Carmelo Anthony Trade Discussions

Aug 10, 2017 5:28 PM

The New York Knicks and Houston Rockets have returned to the negotiation table on a deal centered upon Carmelo Anthony. The two teams are seeking a third party to help facilitate a trade.

Anthony will only waive his no-trade clause for the Rockets and refuses to expand his list.

The Rockets are looking to send out Ryan Anderson in a trade but his $60 million owed over three years has been a stumbling block.

The Knicks are willing to begin training camp with Anthony still on the roster.

The Portland Trail Blazers remain interested in trading for Anthony as well.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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

Anthony Davis Was Assured By Pelicans He Wouldn't Be Traded

Aug 10, 2017 10:51 AM

Anthony Davis was asked about his future with the New Orleans Pelicans by kids at a basketball camp this week.

"I get asked all types of random stuff," he said with smile. "The craziest (question) was if I was going to Boston."

Davis referenced the question as a joke but he also acknowledged the trade rumors this offseason were difficult to ignore.

Davis said that he spoke with his agent, Thaddeus Foucher, and Pelicans general manager Dell Demps about the rumors earlier in the offseason and he was assured he wouldn't be traded.

"I understand it's a business, but if I don't hear anything from Dell or my agent, I don't pay attention to it," said Davis.

"Once I first heard (the rumors), then I heard it again, then I heard it again, I just wanted to make sure. I found out it wasn't (true), and that was the beginning of the summer, so I haven't paid attention to it since."

Davis made it clear he remains happy with the Pelicans.

"I am happy here as a Pelican," he said. "I am happy here."

The Pelicans have missed the playoffs in each of the past two seasons.

"I don't really care what anybody says. We know what we're doing," Davis said. "Especially having an entire training camp with me, DeMarcus and Jrue (Holiday) and (Rajon) Rondo...We feel like we have a shot against anybody, that's our mindset coming in. We're not worrying about all the white noise and what other people are saying."

William Guillory/Times-Picayune

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

David Griffin: Kyrie Irving's Trade Request Showed Courage

Aug 7, 2017 7:20 PM

David Griffin said the decision made by Kyrie Irving to ask for a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers showed courage.

"He handled the situation exactly like he was supposed to," Griffin said Monday on ESPN's The Jump. "He went to [Cavs owner] Dan Gilbert privately, told him that he thought he would be happier somewhere else.

"The absolute worst thing this guy could have done was pretend to be all-in and sink the ship from within. Most guys don't have the courage to do what he did."

Griffin believes Irving will eventually be traded by the Cavaliers.

"This is a guy whose list included really good coaching situations -- Brad Stevens and [Gregg] Popovich. This is a guy who recruited LeBron [James], [Gordon] Hayward and a host of other free agents, and all of a sudden LeBron came back, so he was sold a totally different situation than he's actually in, and he worked very well in, he won a championship in.

"I see this as him looking for a fit for himself, to take the next step in his career. I think this is a guy who wants to know how good he can be. LeBron casts a very large shadow over an organization. And most of it is really, really positive. You know you are expected to win a championship by way of example. But what that doesn't always allow is for a player like Kyrie to test his boundaries and see how good he can really be, and can I really be the frontman of a team like that."

Griffin admitted Irving's inability to coexist with James is something one can criticize. 

"I don't think he's figured out how to carry the mantle of a team and win games in that environment," he said. "None of the players on that team had learned how to do it before LeBron got there. That didn't grow organically. They didn't learn how to win together.

"Not that [Irving] couldn't have carried the load, but he probably didn't have enough expectation of himself to do it, because everybody just assumed, 'Well if we lose this one, it's OK.' And that's really my fault. We had to do a better job of calibrating everybody toward when LeBron is out of a game, that's opportunity to you."


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

Carmelo Anthony 'At Peace' While Waiting On Trade

Aug 2, 2017 6:34 PM

Carmelo Anthony said he is now "at peace" with his future amid continuing trade talks between the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets.

“You know I can’t comment about all that,” Anthony said about his desire to be traded to the Rockets.

With Scott Perry becoming general manager of the Knicks, he wants to revisit his wish list of teams he'd accept a trade to.

“I’ve talked to him,’’ Anthony said. “We’ve communicated. I’ve known Scott for maybe 10 years. I’ve known him for a while back to his Detroit days, the draft, 2003, all that. I’ve reminded him of [bypassing me].’’

Anthony also commented on Phil Jackson's dismissal from the Knicks.

“I thought it was a business decision,’’ Anthony said. “[James] Dolan’s got to run his organization.”

Anthony also said the past 12 months have featured highs and lows.

“An emotional roller coaster, an emotional roller coaster,’’ Anthony said. “But I had to find peace. I had to come to peace with myself and come to peace with kind of the situation I’m in and kind of try to find happiness. I kind of lost that a little bit, but I’m finding it now and it feels good.”

Marc Berman/New York Post

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

Kyrie Irving Unwilling To Commit Long-Term To Any Team Trading For Him

Aug 2, 2017 10:36 AM

Kyrie Irving is not prepared to commit to any team beyond his likely free agency in 2019.

The Phoenix Suns are a team that would be interested in trading for Irving but would like to know if he'd be willing to sign an extension. The Suns would be willing to trade Eric Bledsoe for Irving even without a commitment.

Irving is due $18.87 million in 17-18, $20.10 in 18-19 and $21.33 million in 19-20 (player option).

Irving has requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers but wants to keep his options open long-term.

Terry Pluto/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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

Carmelo Anthony Not Interested In Trade To Cavaliers

Aug 1, 2017 11:19 AM

Carmelo Anthony has zeroed in on the Houston Rockets as the only team he has interest in being traded to.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause and he won't waive it for the Cleveland Cavaliers. With Kyrie Irving requesting a trade and LeBron James one season away from free agency, the Cavaliers are no longer attractive to Anthony.

The Knicks are waiting for the Rockets to improve their offer for Anthony. Houston is offering a package centered on Ryan Anderson.

Phil Jackson began a public campaign last season to compel Anthony to waive his no-trade clause.

Marc Berman/New York Post

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

Cavs Would Trade Kyrie Irving To Suns For Eric Bledsoe, Josh Jackson, Miami's 2018 FRP
The Cavaliers are seeking Eric Bledsoe, Josh Jackson and a future first round pick from the Suns for Kyrie Irving.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Kyrie Irving 'Tired Of Hearing About What LeBron Needs'
When Kyrie Irving signed his extension in 2014, he reportedly "didn't particularly care for (LeBron) James to return to Cleveland."

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Heat Deny Offering Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow To Cavs For Kyrie Irving
The Heat have rarely denied trade reports in the media.

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Cavs' Paul George Trade Fell Apart On Pick Protections
The Pacers were willing to trade Paul George for Kyrie Irving straight-up, but the Cavaliers declined the offer several times.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Teams Receiving Positive Reports On Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving has had a history of late nights and partying but he hasn't missed practices or shown up for shootarounds nursing an apparent hangover.

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Spurs, Clippers, Suns, Wolves, Knicks, Heat Make Offers For Kyrie Irving
The Cavaliers are seeking a package similar to what the Nuggets received for Carmelo Anthony in 2011.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

LeBron James Not Inquiring About Potential Trade Targets For Cavs
LeBron James has been in touch with the Cavaliers but he hasn't been inquiring about any potential trade targets.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Dan Gilbert Believes Pacers Could Have Made Better Paul George Trade
The Cavaliers thought they had a deal in place to acquire George in a trade that would have sent Kevin Love to the Nuggets, and Gary Harris as the centerpiece to the Pacers.

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Cavaliers Describe Kyrie Irving Situation As 'Fluid'
Dan Gilbert made it sound as though Irving could remain with the Cavaliers into the 17-18 season.

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Carmelo Anthony Continues To Prioritize Trade To Rockets
The Cavaliers presumably have a clearer path to trading for Carmelo Anthony due to the Kyrie Irving request, but he prefers the Rockets.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Cavaliers Engaging Teams On Kyrie Irving Trade
With the Cavaliers signing Derrick Rose this week, he could end up as their starting point guard depending on who they get back for Kyrie Irving.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Blazers Trade Allen Crabbe To Nets For Andrew Nicholson
The Blazers will waive and stretch Andrew Nicholson.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Cavaliers Seeking Blue Chip Young Player As Centerpiece In Kyrie Irving Trade
Following Kyrie Irving's trade request of the Cavaliers, there is little chance of salvaging the relationship.

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Carmelo Anthony, Thunder Have Mutual Interest
Troy Weaver helped recruit Carmelo Anthony when he was an assistant coach at Syracuse.

Bill Simmons/The Ringer

Eric Bledsoe Loves Phoenix But 'Wants To Win'
Eric Bledsoe said the player movement in the offseason has been "more fun than the Finals."

Scott Bordow/Arizona Republic

Cavaliers Have Yet To Gain Traction On Kyrie Irving Trade
Kyrie Irving requested a trade on July 7th after meeting with Dan Gilbert and news broke on July 21st.

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Cavs Thought They Had Paul George Trade Agreed Upon On June 30th
Paul George was going to be traded by the Pacers to the Cavaliers with Kevin Love going to the Nuggets and Gary Harris moving to Indiana in a package involving other pieces.

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Kyrie Irving's Frustration With LeBron James Stems From Game Play
David Griffin had several conversations with Kyrie Irving throughout the year and worked to improve the situation.

Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

LeBron James Won't Waive No-Trade Clause With Cavaliers
LeBron James' future with the Cavaliers beyond the 17-18 season is unclear.

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