February 2019 Basketball Wiretap

Warriors Monitoring Karl-Anthony Towns

Dec 30, 2019 2:36 PM

The Golden State Warriors are monitoring the situation of Karl-Anthony Towns with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Towns is under contract until 23-24, but multiple executives at the G League Showcase relayed that he is unhappy. Towns signed his extension with the Wolves during the 2018 offseason.

The Wolves have had interest in pairing Towns with D'Angelo Russell as the two are known to be close friends.

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Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dewayne Dedmon Publicly Confirms He'd Prefer Trade From Kings

Dec 30, 2019 11:10 AM

Dewayne Dedmon publicly confirmed he would like to be traded from the Sacramento Kings.

Demon signed a three-year, $40 million contract with the Kings this past offseason, but he has fallen out of Luke Walton's rotation.

“I would like to be traded,” Dedmon told The Bee, speaking publicly about his trade request for the first time. “I haven’t been playing, so I would like to go somewhere where my talents are appreciated.”

Shams Charania of The Athletic first reported Dedmon's preference for a trade last.

Dedmon dismissed the notion his play contributed to falling out of the rotation.

“I’m not the only person struggling with my shot, so if that’s a factor then it’s kind of crazy,” Dedmon said. “If you’re not allowed to shoot through your slumps, I don’t know how you’re supposed to make shots.”

Jason Anderson/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Dewayne Dedmon, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Warriors Open To Trading Alec Burks, Other Veteran Players

Dec 28, 2019 11:41 PM

The Golden State Warriors are reportedly willing to trade Alec Burks and other veteran players at the trade deadline, league sources told Monte Pool of NBC Sports Bay Area.

Burks is currently making $2.3 million this season.

The team is looking for future assets in return for a veteran player. 

Damion Lee and Ky Bowman are coming up on their limit for two-way deals, which could add extra urgency in trading Burks.

Lee and Bowman have 12 and 11 days remaining as NBA players on their two-way deals.

Monte Pool/NBC Sports Bay Area

Tags: Alec Burks, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Dennis Smith Jr. Receiving Trade Interest From Several Teams

Dec 28, 2019 1:41 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. is looking for a move away from the New York Knicks, league sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Several teams have also inquired about Smith. 

Ian Begley of SNY previously reported that the Timberwolves were interested in trading for Smith. 

Smith, who was acquired in the Kristaps Porzingis deal last winter, is averaging 5.2 points in 16.1 minutes this season.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Dennis Smith, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Nuggets Open To Discussing Deals For Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez

Dec 28, 2019 1:20 PM

The Denver Nuggets are reportedly open to discussing moves for Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez, league sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Though Charania adds that the Nuggets are asking for "high value" for both players.

Both Beasley and Hernangomez will be free agents at the end of this year, and are expected to receive lucrative multi-year deals. 

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Heat Haven't Ruled Out Dion Waiters Playing For Them Again

Dec 27, 2019 4:10 PM

Pat Riley has recently met with both Dion Waiters and James Johnson and expressed the sentiment the franchise hopes for a fresh start with both players.

Miami has not closed the door on Waiters playing for them again, according to sources.

Waiters has been suspended three separate times by the Heat this season.

Waiters has one more season remaining on his contract with the Heat.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Dion Waiters, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dewayne Dedmon Seeking Trade From Kings

Dec 27, 2019 3:40 PM

Dewayne Dedmon wants a trade from the Sacramento Kings, according to sources that spoke with Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Dedmon signed a three-year, $41 million contract with the Kings in the offseason.

Luke Walton is believed to have soured on Dedmon and neither side believes the union can be salvaged.

Dedmon hasn't played in eight of the past 10 games.

Multiple teams are making offers for Dedmon in hopes of a deal by the deadline.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Dewayne Dedmon, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Several Knicks Would Prefer Trade By Deadline

Dec 27, 2019 11:07 AM

Multiple members of the New York Knicks have said privately in recent weeks they prefer to be traded ahead of the Feb. 6 trade deadline, sources tell Ian Begley of SNY.tv.

It is not clear if any of those players have approached management about a potential trade.

The Knicks signed the majority of their 2019 free agents to short-term deals.

Marcus Morris is one player on the Knicks who has been mentioned in the media as a trade candidate. 

Ian Begley/SNY.tv

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

Anthony Davis Began Considering Trade From Pelicans Last Christmas

Dec 26, 2019 10:39 AM

Anthony Davis began thinking about requesting a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans around Christmas Day in 2018. The Pelicans were not on the NBA's lineup on Christmas Day last season and the team was 15-19.

“I think it was just the wins weren’t adding up, and it seemed like we weren’t making the playoffs," Davis told Yahoo Sports. "Everyone around me and everyone who knows me knows that I want to win. And I didn’t feel like we were going to be able to do that last year. I want to be able to win. We got off to a great start. We were 4-0. Then guys got hurt and little things started to go south. But my mindset at the time was to keep trying to lead my team.”

The Pelicans continued to struggled in January and requested a trade on January 28th.

"You don’t have a lot of time in this league. It goes by very fast," he told Yahoo Sports. "So for me, it was about putting myself in position where I can win before this career is over. And hopefully win several championships and have several winning seasons. That’s what was going through my head at that time. I’m not sure what the record was, but I felt like it was time for me to at least let the organization know where my head was at.”

The Los Angeles Lakers were always his preferred destination leaving the Pelicans, but Davis thought he might have to settle for another team due to the bad blood brewing between the two franchises.

“There were several teams in mind," Davis told Yahoo Sports. "My agent [Rich Paul] was doing a good job talking to the front office and management over there. He was the one communicating back and forth with them, and I was just trying to continue being a leader over there and still playing when they allowed me to. I’m not sure what was really being talked about, but the Pelicans didn’t do anything. So I still tried to lead that team, and when I got a chance to play, I played my heart out. It’s basketball. I’m still going to be a professional, and any time I’m on the floor with four other guys, I’m going to go out there and compete.”

Chris Haynes/Yahoo! Sports

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

Cavs To Begin Gathering Draft Picks, Young Assets For Veterans

Dec 24, 2019 1:29 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are starting a process of "uprooting veterans" on their roster in order to accumulate draft picks and young assets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The team traded Jordan Clarkson in exchange for Dante Exum and 2 second-round picks on Monday night.

The Cavs also created a $3.83 million trade exception in the deal.

The Cavs are also projected to have more than $28 million in cap space for free agency. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Jazz Acquire Jordan Clarkson From Cavaliers For Dante Exum, Two Second Round Picks

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Execs Believe Dion Waiters Unlikely To Play In NBA Again

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Malcolm Brogdon: Pacers Valued Me More Than Bucks

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Hawks Interested In Trading For Steven Adams

Chris Kirschner/The Athletic

Mavericks Not Actively Pursuing Trade For Andre Iguodala

Marc Stein/New York Times

Anthony Davis Confirms Knicks Made 'Final Cut' Of Trade List

Alex Smith/SNY

Heat No Longer Interested In Chris Paul, More Likely To Pursue Jrue Holiday

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Wolves Interested In Trading For Dennis Smith Jr.

Ian Begley/SNY.tv

Jrue Holiday Available For Trade, Brandon Ingram & Zion Williams Seen As Untouchable

Marc Stein/The New York Times

Trey Burke's Father Makes Plea On Instagram For 76ers To Trade His Son

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tommy Sheppard Says Wizards Have 'Every Intention Of Retaining' Davis Bertans

Chase Hughes/NBC Sports

'No Belief' Chris Paul Will Be Traded This Season

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Warriors Unlikely To Trade D'Angelo Russell During 19-20 Season

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Raptors Won't Compromise 2021 Cap Space In Pursuit Of Giannis Antetokounmpo

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Cavaliers Unlikely To Generate Big Trade Offer For Kevin Love

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Michael Porter Jr. Remains Untouchable By Nuggets

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Teams Monitoring Availability Of Jrue Holiday, J.J. Redick

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Lakers, Clippers Remain Interested In Andre Iguodala

Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe/ESPN

Blazers Apply For $2.85M Injured Player Exception For Rodney Hood

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Cavs Looking For First-Round Pick In Exchange For Kevin Love

Jason Lloyd/The Athletic