Basketball Wiretap

76ers Remain Uninterested In Trading Ben Simmons For CJ McCollum

Jul 30, 2021 1:30 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers continue to seek Damian Lillard from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Ben Simmons and are not prepared to settle for CJ McCollum.

There were suggestions this week that the 76ers were warming to the idea of trading for McCollum, who would give the team perimeter shot creation in the halfcourt.

Based on the reported trade offers the 76ers made leading up the draft, they are in no rush to resolve the future of Simmons.

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Tags: Ben Simmons, C.J. McCollum, Philadelphia Sixers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bradley Beal Had No Issue With Wizards Trading Russell Westbrook

Jul 30, 2021 11:05 AM

Bradley Beal had no issues with the Washington Wizards trading away Russell Westbrook, sources tell The Athletic. Sources also said that Beal has expressed no desire to be traded this offseason.

The Wizards remain confident they can sign Beal long-term even as questions about his mindset have surfaced in recent days.

Beal can sign a four-year, $180 million extension with the Wizards in October, or he can sign a five-year, $235 million contract during his 2022 free agency.

Beal averaged more than 30 points per game in each of the past two seasons.

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Tags: Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook Recently Met To Discuss Teaming Up

Jul 30, 2021 10:47 AM

Russell Westbrook met with LeBron James and Anthony Davis approximately two weeks ago at the house of James to discuss the possibility of playing together with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times. The Lakers and Washington Wizards agreed to a trade of Westbrook shortly before the draft on Thursday.

Westbrook talked about how his only intention is to return home to Los Angeles and become a champion. James and Davis talked about changing positions, playing more minutes at power forward and center, respectively, to accommodate Westbrook. Sources that spoke with Jovan Buha of The Athletic also indicated that Davis is expected to play more minutes at center next season. 

Westbrook attended Lawndale Leuzinger High School and then two seasons at UCLA. Westbrook will be on his fourth team in four years. Westbrook has two years left on his contract, $44.2 million for next season and $47 million for the 2022-23 season.

Shams Charania and Fred Katz of The Athletic reported that Westbrook formally informed the Wizards of his wish to be traded recently and that he preferred a deal to the Lakers.

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Grizzlies, Kings Were Close To Jonas Valanciunas Trade

Jul 30, 2021 8:20 AM

Before eventually agreeing to a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans ahead of the draft, the Memphis Grizzlies were in serious talks with the Sacramento Kings on a similar deal, according to Brian Windhorst on The Hoop Collective Podcast. 

The Grizzlies would have sent Jonas Valanciunas to the Kings for the No. 9 pick in the draft and Marvin Begley Jr.

Memphis instead traded up with the Pelicans at No. 10 while also taking back Steven Adams and Eric Bledsoe. New Orleans acquired Valanciunas as part of the deal.

Sacramento used the No. 9 pick on Davion Mitchell. 

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Tags: Jonas Valanciunas, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Jazz Trade Derrick Favors, Future First Rounder To Thunder

Jul 30, 2021 8:08 AM

The Utah Jazz have agreed to trade Derrick Favors and a future first round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a future second round pick.

The Jazz will create financial flexibility with the move as they attempt to re-sign Mike Conley Jr. in free agency.

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Pacers Trade Aaron Holiday, No. 31 To Wizards For Isaiah Jackson

Jul 29, 2021 10:29 PM

The Indiana Pacers have traded Aaron Holiday and No. 31 to the Washington Wizards for the No. 22 draft pick used on Isaiah Jackson.

Holiday was a first round pick in 2018 out of UCLA and averaged 7.2 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 17.8 minutes per game last season for the Pacers. 

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Bulls, Celtics, Raptors, Pacers To Pursue Lonzo Ball

Jul 29, 2021 9:50 PM

Lonzo Ball will be a restricted free agent this offseason with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Ball will receive interest from the Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers.

Ball is expected to command a salary in the $21 million to $22 million per year range.

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Tags: Lonzo Ball, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Pelicans, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Trade Two First Round Picks To Thunder To Select Alperen Sengun At No. 16

Jul 29, 2021 9:44 PM

The Houston Rockets traded two first round picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for No. 16 to select Alperen Sengun. 

The picks are a 2022 first rounder from the Detroit Pistons and a 2023 first rounder from the Washington Wizards. 

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Tags: Alperen Sengun, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Bucks Trade No. 31 To Pacers For Four Second Rounders

Jul 29, 2021 8:34 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have traded the No. 31 pick to the Indiana Pacers for No. 54, No. 60 and two future second round picks.

The Bucks acquired the first pick of the second round as part of the P.J. Tucker trade as they sent No. 24 to the Houston Rockets.

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Lakers Agree To Acquire Russell Westbrook From Wizards For Kyle Kuzma, KCP, Montrezl Harrell

Jul 29, 2021 8:18 PM

The Washington Wizards have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook, a 2024 second-round pick and a 2028 second-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell and No. 22.

Westbrook sought a trade from the Wizards this offseason. Westbrook will now play for his fourth team in four years. 

The Lakers were previously in talks with the Sacramento Kings on a similar deal for Buddy Hield.

While Westbrook will create issues for the spacing of the Lakers, the team has sought additional playmaking around LeBron James.

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Pistons Trade Mason Plumlee, No. 37 To Hornets For No. 57

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Bradley Beal Has No Interest In Requesting Trade From Wizards

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Cavaliers Acquire Ricky Rubio From Wolves For Taurean Prince

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Lakers, Wizards Close To Trade Of Russell Westbrook For Kuzma, Harrell, KCP, No. 22

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Nets Trade Landry Shamet To Suns For No. 29, Jevon Carter

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Warriors Reject 76ers' Offer Of Ben Simmons For Wiseman, Wiggins, Nos. 7, 14, Two Future Firsts

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Spurs Interested In Kyle Kuzma As Part Of DeMar DeRozan Sign-And-Trade With Lakers

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Pacers Discussing Trades Involving Myles Turner, T.J. Warren, No. 13

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Cavaliers Would Only Trade Out Of No. 3 For 'Godfather' Offer

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Thunder Have Discussed Trading Up With All Five Teams Ahead Of Them

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Magic Active In Terrence Ross Trade Discussions

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Buddy Hield To Lakers 'Now Has Real Traction'

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Wizards Confirm Bradley Beal Hasn't Requested Trade

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Ben Simmons 'In Step' With Philadelphia's Attempts To Trade Him

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Hawks Take Trade Calls On Cam Reddish

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Lakers, Mavs, Knicks, Pelicans Interested In Trading For Landry Shamet

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Damian Lillard To Evaluate Portland's Offseason Moves Before Reassessing His Future

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Cavaliers Considered Team In Top-3 Most Likely To Move Down

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Warriors Interested In Moving Up With Jalen Suggs As Target

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Montrezl Harrell Could Be Part Of Buddy Hield Trade

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