Basketball Wiretap

Cavs Not Currently Entertaining Idea Of Trading Kevin Love

Sep 14, 2017 12:20 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers do not currently have plans to trade Kevin Love, according to sources.

Love was nearly included in a three-team trade in June that would have secured Paul George from the Indiana Pacers.

Love's trade value has dipped dramatically since 2014.

Love will be relied upon to take a bigger role on offense for as long as Isaiah Thomas remains out with his hip injury.

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Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Terry Rozier Was Confident Celtics Wouldn't Trade Him

Sep 10, 2017 10:09 AM

Terry Rozier has been the subject of trade interest during his time with the Boston Celtics, but Danny Ainge has so far resisted including him any deals.

Rozier was reportedly a sticking point in several rumored trades.

Rozier was asked if he was ever worried the Celtics would trade him this summer as they have reshaped their roster.

"Nah, Danny won't trade me," said Rozier with a laugh.

Rozier is entering his third season with the Celtics and saw an increased role in 16-17.

Adam Kaufman/WBZ

Tags: Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Chris Paul Told Celtics, Warriors He Wouldn't Re-Sign During 2011 Trade Talks

Sep 8, 2017 6:57 PM

The Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors pursued a trade for Chris Paul in 2011 when he was put on the trade market by the New Orleans Pelicans.

Paul preferred a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers but ended up being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.

"When Chris Paul was in New Orleans, there were two teams that wanted to be aggressive in trading for him and he said 'I will not re-sign with you,'" said Wojnarowski about the Celtics and Warriors.

The Celtics attempted to acquire Paul by trading Rajon Rondo to the Pelicans. The advanced age of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce was a significant reason why Paul didn't want to join the Celtics.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Chris Paul, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Grizzlies Still Consider Marc Gasol, Mike Conley 'Untouchable'

Sep 6, 2017 1:40 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies have refused to put Marc Gasol into any trade conversations, according to two sources close to the situation. The Grizzlies consider Gasol untouchable. 

Gasol signed a five-year max contract in 2015 and can't become a free agent until 2019.

There have been reports this offseason that the Boston Celtics have interest in trading for Gasol.

Memphis also considers Mike Conley untouchable. The Grizzlies will continue to build around Gasol and Conley over the long-term.

Matt Moore/CBS Sports

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

Jimmy Butler 'Couldn't Be Happier' With Trade To Wolves

Sep 5, 2017 2:22 PM

Jimmy Butler spoke about his growth as a player during a lengthy profile piece for Vice by Michael Pina.

Butler was traded by the Chicago Bulls to the Minnesota Timberwolves, which appears to be a decision motivated by how the team reacted to his emergence as a franchise player.

"I think they maybe expected me to stay the same, and I don't think that that's right. Like, I have changed. I will tell you that. But I think that I've changed for the better," Butler said. "When I say for the better, whenever I was a rookie, averaging 0.8 points per game or whatever it might be, it wouldn't matter if I scored that 0.8 because it wasn't going to win or lose us a game. Now, you go forward a couple years when I'm averaging 20 points per game, that's more than likely gonna cost us a game. It's gonna be the difference between winning or losing. Am I right? So now I don't give a damn about pressure, but if someone's going to take the blame for something, who they gonna point to? Me. So yeah, I've changed, because I want to (expletive) win. I want to show that I can win. So the way I go about things, it's not gonna be the way I went about things when I was a rookie, [when] I'm not gonna say anything. Now I've got something to (expletive) say."

Butler is reuniting with Tom Thibodeau after two seasons playing for Fred Hoiberg. 

"I'm confrontational. I feed off of confrontation. It makes me go. Not everybody's like that. [Hoiberg] is not that coach, and there's nothing wrong with that. There are different coaching styles and people are gonna say—which is what they did say—'It's gonna be Jimmy's team or it's gonna be Fred's team.' Two total opposite ends of the spectrum. They're either gonna try to win it now or they're gonna go young. And you see which way they went with it. Completely fine. Yo, it's y'all's business. It's y'all's organization. It's cool. And now I'm in Minnesota and couldn't be happier."

Michael Pina/Vice

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

Jabari Parker Was Briefly Discussed In Knicks-Rockets Trade Talks

Sep 5, 2017 1:35 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks emerged as a potential third team in discussions centered on a trade of Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks to the Houston Rockets.

The name of Jabari Parker came up in those preliminary talks. It is unclear whether the Knicks or Bucks broached the idea of Parker in a package that includes a larger contract such as John Henson or Greg Monroe.

Parker is eligible for a contract extension and could become a restricted free agent in 2018. Parker is recovering from another torn ACL.

The Knicks remain committed to acquiring a combination of young player, draft pick or expiring contract in exchange for Anthony.

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Tags: Jabari Parker, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bulls Acquire Quincy Pondexter, 2nd Round Pick From Pelicans

Aug 31, 2017 5:44 PM

The Chicago Bulls are finalizing a deal to acquire Quincy Pondexter and a second round pick from the New Orleans Pelicans.

Pondexter has been injured during the past two seasons.

The Pelicans are creating a roster spot and dropping below the hard cap in unloading Pondexter.

With Solomon Hill likely out for the season, the Pelicans need to find healthy wings. The Pelicans have interest in signing Dante Cunningham.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Quincy Pondexter, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Report: Dan Gilbert Was In Charge Of Cavs' Negotiations On Kyrie Irving Trade

Aug 31, 2017 11:40 AM

According to multiple sources that spoke with The Ringer, Dan Gilbert was in charge of the decision-making on the Cleveland Cavaliers' trade of Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, Brooklyn's 2018 first round pick and Miami's 2020 second round pick.

The Cavaliers hired Koby Altman as general manager after Chauncey Billups decided not to take the job as president of basketball operations.

“A state of organizational chaos is Gilbert’s M.O.,” one executive told The Ringer. “Gilbert thinks he’s the protagonist in the story of the Cavaliers, when, in reality, he’s the antagonist.”

The Cavaliers sought extra assets from the Celtics following Thomas' physical. For the Cavaliers, however, the most coveted assets in the deal were Crowder and Brooklyn's pick.

According to a source, the Celtics priced Thomas' injury into the initial offer of the Nets' pick and Crowder.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

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

Cavaliers, Celtics Reach Final Agreement On Kyrie Irving Trade

Aug 30, 2017 10:26 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics have reached a final agreement on their Kyrie Irving trade.

The Celtics will send a 2020 second round pick from the Miami Heat in addition to the previously agreed upon deal of Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn's 2018 first round pick for Irving.

Cleveland sought an extra asset from the Celtics following their examination of Thomas, who is recovering from an injured hip.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Boston Had Concerns About Jimmy Butler, Gordon Hayward Meshing

Aug 30, 2017 9:31 AM

The Boston Celtics considered trading for Jimmy Butler, but sources say they had some concerns over how he would mesh with Gordon Hayward both on the court and as personalities. 

Boston could have comfortably beat the Minnesota Timberwolves' offer of Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and a pick swap.

The Celtics also had interest in Paul George, but there was a fear he would leave for the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent in 2018.

Boston also has Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown as high lottery picks on the wing.

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Tags: Gordon Hayward, Jimmy Butler, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

GM: Kyrie Irving Would Have To Become Top-10 Player To Equal Boston's Trade Cost
Kyrie Irving's trade return was the most impressive of the 2017 offseason.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Cavaliers Ready To Complete Trade With Celtics For Late FRP
The Cavaliers and Celtics began discussions on an amended trade on Tuesday.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Celtics, Cavs Haven't Been In Contact On Amended Trade
Boston feels like they were transparent with Koby Altman when a trade agreement was reached about the timeline of when Isaiah Thomas can return.

Mark Murphy/Boston Herald

Cavs Seeking Addition Of Jaylen Brown Or Jayson Tatum To Trade
After the Cavaliers examined Isaiah Thomas, they began seeking an amended trade price for Kyrie Irving.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN (via NESN)

Cavs Seeking Extra Compensation From Celtics Following Isaiah Thomas Exam
The Cavaliers are seeking further compensation from the Celtics following the physical of Isaiah Thomas.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Cavs Considering Options Following Isaiah Thomas' Physical
Isaiah Thomas has yet to begin running this offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Sources Deny Report Of Iman Shumpert Trade Request
The Cavaliers have shopped Iman Shumpert in trade talks throughout the offseason.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Knicks Omit Carmelo Anthony From Promotional Materials
Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez are featured in the Knicks' promo materials.

Greg Joyce/New York Post

LeBron James Spoke With Koby Altman After Kyrie Irving Trade
LeBron James has yet to say anything on social media about the Cavaliers' acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Klay Thompson: Trade Rumors Mean You're Wanted
Klay Thompson said he hopes to remain with the Warriors for his entire career.

Anthony Slater/The Athletic

Kyrie Irving Was Prepared To Skip Camp With Cavaliers
Multiple players on the Cavaliers hoped Kyrie Irving would remain with the team and that the issues could be resolved.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Jayson Tatum Glad To Remain With Celtics, Excited To Play With Kyrie Irving
Jayson Tatum and Kyrie Irving, who share an agent, traveled to the Bahamas for a vacation earlier this month.

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Bucks Offered Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon, FRP For Kyrie Irving
The Bucks could have paired Kyrie Irving with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker.

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Jayson Tatum Was 'Sticking Point' In Cavs, Celtics Talks
The Celtics were able to acquire Kyrie Irving without sending back any of their young core players to the Cavaliers.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Cavaliers Agree To Trade Kyrie Irving To Celtics
The Cavaliers have traded Kyrie Irving to the Celtics for a package including Isaiah Thomas.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Cavs To Receive Nets' 2018 FRP From Celtics In Proposed Trade
The Celtics are prepared to trade away Brooklyn's first round pick in 2018.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Cavs, Celtics Discussing Kyrie Irving For Isaiah Thomas Trade
Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers in July.

Shams Charania/The Vertical