December 2018 Basketball Wiretap

Anthony Davis Has Yet To Tell Associates He'd Like Trade

Dec 27, 2018 12:39 PM

Anthony Davis has yet to tell those close to him he is "dead set" on joining the Los Angeles Lakers or any other specific team.

Davis also does not appear ready to demand a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans.

Davis has been consistent with his public comments about wanting to win with the Pelicans.

The Boston Celtics have long been interested in Davis and presumably could offer the Pelicans the best package, while the Lakers could also put together a potential trade for Davis.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Anthony Davis, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Have Held Trade Talks With Hawks On Kent Bazemore

Dec 27, 2018 12:30 PM

The Houston Rockets have held trade talks with the Atlanta Hawks this season on Kent Bazemore.

Bazemore is also expected to receive interest from several other contenders.

Bazemore has a player option for the 19-20 season.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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Bulls Make Robin Lopez Available In Trade Talks

Dec 26, 2018 3:37 PM

The Chicago Bulls have made Robin Lopez available in trade talks.

Lopez is on a $14.4 million expiring salary, which could make a trade difficult. 

If Lopez isn't traded by the deadline, he could become a buyout candidate. 

Marc Stein/New York Times

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Bulls Have Received Sparse Interest In Jabari Parker

Dec 24, 2018 9:11 AM

The Chicago Bulls have received very little interest in a Jabari Parker trade.

Sources say Parker has all but checked out in hopes of an imminent trade from the Bulls.

Parker signed a two-year, $40 million deal with the Bulls in the offseason with Year 2 being a team option.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

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Anthony Davis Has $4.1M Trade Kicker If Dealt In Offseason

Dec 23, 2018 5:50 PM

Anthony Davis has a 15 percent trade bonus in his contract, which the New Orleans Pelicans would be responsible to pay if he's dealt in July.

This would mean an extra $4.1 million payment to Davis. The trade bonus would be negligible if he's dealt during the season.

"There's no way they're paying that trade kicker," a Western Conference executive said. "None."

There's a belief that Davis and Rich Paul could say they will only waive the trade bonus if he's dealt to the Lakers.

Davis could benefit from his next contract being shorter if he's dealt by the Pelicans. Davis would be eligible for the top-tier max salary in 2022.

Eric Pincus/Bleacher Report

Tags: Anthony Davis, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Western Conference GM Describes LeBron James, Rich Paul As 'Mafioso Mob Bosses'

Dec 23, 2018 5:46 PM

A general manager in the Western Conference described LeBron James and Rich Paul as "mafioso mob bosses" in comments to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report.

James spoke publicly about the Los Angeles Lakers acquiring Anthony Davis, which some see as less of an issue as Davis being represented by Paul.

"I'm not worried about James tampering to the media about AD. It's that James and Paul are mafioso mob bosses of the NBA that's the problem," a Western Conference general manager said.

A number of executives believe Davis will end up traded to the Lakers or Boston Celtics during the 2019 offseason.

Eric Pincus/Bleacher Report

Tags: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Anthony Davis Reveals He Values Legacy Over Money

Dec 22, 2018 12:50 PM

Anthony Davis says he values his legacy more than money.

Davis won't be swayed by the supermax when considering his long-term future with the New Orleans Pelicans.

“I’d take legacy over money,” Davis told Yahoo Sports after posting game highs of 30 points and 20 rebounds to go with five assists in Friday’s loss. “I want to have a legacy. All my people that look up to me, the younger kids, I want them to know about AD’s legacy. Championships, the things I do in the community, being a good teammate, playing hard. All that stuff matters the most to me. Don’t get me wrong, money is amazing. But I think in that sense, money or legacy, I think my legacy will win that battle every time.”

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

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

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Anthony Davis, LeBron James Meet Up For Dinner After Game

Dec 22, 2018 12:47 PM

LeBron James and Anthony Davis met up for a postgame dinner in Los Angeles following the Lakers' 112-104 win over the Pelicans.

The Pelicans were staying overnight in Los Angeles before traveling to Sacramento.

“I’d take legacy over money,” Davis told Yahoo Sports after posting game highs of 30 points and 20 rebounds to go with five assists in Friday’s loss. “I want to have a legacy. All my people that look up to me, the younger kids, I want them to know about AD’s legacy. Championships, the things I do in the community, being a good teammate, playing hard. All that stuff matters the most to me. Don’t get me wrong, money is amazing. But I think in that sense, money or legacy, I think my legacy will win that battle every time.”

If Davis declines the supermax, he will likely become a free agent in 2020, which will force the Pelicans to consider trading him.

Davis purchased a $7.5 million home in Westlake Village in Los Angeles County earlier this year.

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

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Rival Exec: LeBron's Comments Were To Let Anthony Davis Know He's Still In Lakers' Plans

Dec 21, 2018 10:56 AM

LeBron James publicly talked about how he would like the Los Angeles Lakers to acquire Anthony Davis, which some believe was not by accident.

“That would be amazing,” said James about a possible trade for Davis. “That would be amazing, like, duh. That would be incredible.”

“They are just making sure that AD knows he is still in their plans and they want him,” said one rival executive. “Bron is too smart to act innocent on this one.”

Magic Johnson was fined by the NBA two summers ago on a tampering charge after making a reference to Paul George on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Davis is also represented by Rich Paul.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

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Knicks Have Expressed Interest In Jabari Parker

Dec 20, 2018 4:53 PM

The New York Knicks have expressed preliminary interest in trading for Jabari Parker.

The Knicks are not prepared to trade any first round picks as they enter a pivotal 2019 offseason.

Parker is in Year 1 of a two-year, $40 million deal with the second season being a team option. The Knicks could conceivably look to unload some 2019 salary in a deal for Parker.

Ian Begley/ESPN

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Giannis Antetokounmpo To Anthony Davis: Come To The Bucks
Both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis laughed after the exchange.

Steve Aschburner/NBA.com

Pelicans' Staffer Suggests Reporters Ask LeBron James Who He'd Trade For Anthony Davis
LeBron James talked publicly about his interest in the Lakers acquiring Anthony Davis.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Rodney Hood Expected To Be In Trade Discussions Leading To Deadline
Rodney Hood just learned that he could veto a trade due to his status on a one-year deal.

Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

LeBron James Remains Interested In Lakers Adding Carmelo Anthony
LeBron James had dinner with Carmelo Anthony in Manhattan on Monday.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

LeBron James: Lakers Adding Anthony Davis Would Be 'Incredible'
James and Davis are both represented by Rich Paul of Klutch Sports.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Terrence Ross Receiving Trade Interest
Ross, in the final year of his three-year deal, is having the best season of his career.

Marc Stein/The New York Times

Rockets Have Kentavious Caldwell-Pope At Top Of Wish List
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has veto rights but it is believed he would approve a trade to the Rockets.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Hawks Receiving Trade Interest On Kent Bazemore
Kent Bazemore has one season remaining on his current deal at $19.3 million.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Trevor Ariza, Suns Made 'Mutual' Decision To Part Ways
Trevor Ariza wanted a trade from the Suns after signing a one-year, $15 million deal in July.

Duane Rankin/Arizona Republic

Woj: Anthony Davis Would Only Re-Sign With Pelicans Due To Supermax
Both Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe predict Anthony Davis will turn down the supermax.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe/ESPN

Suns Trade Trevor Ariza To Wizards For Kelly Oubre, Austin Rivers
Trevor Ariza is finally on his way to the Wizards.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Lakers Saving Picks, Top Young Players For Anthony Davis Trade
The Lakers figure to remain active leading to the trade deadline, but it will be the types of deals that don't mortgage their future.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe/ESPN

76ers Have Rejected Multiple Trade Offers For Markelle Fultz
The 76ers have yet receive any offers for Markelle Fultz that represent equal value in their estimation.

Candace Buckner/Washington Post

Bulls Discussing Jabari Parker Trade
Jabari Parker signed a two-year, $40 million contract with the Bulls in the offseason.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Pistons, Magic Interested In Markelle Fultz
Markelle Fultz is making $8.3 million this season.

Vince Ellis/Detroit Free Press

Rockets Emerge With Interest In Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope signed a one-year, $12 million deal to re-sign with the Lakers.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Pacers Interested In Trading Darren Collison Or Cory Joseph
Darren Collison and Cory Joseph roughly split minutes at point guard.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Pelicans, Pistons, Kings Identified As Active Buyers On Trade Market
The typical start of trade season is Dec. 15 when most players who signed deals in the offseason are eligible to be dealt.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Anthony Davis Remains Focused On Winning With Pelicans
Anthony Davis remains convinced that the Pelicans can become playoff contenders.

Tim Bontemps/ESPN

Kings Looking To Improve Current Team On Trade Market
The Kings haven't reached the playoffs since 2006.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN